A few weeks ago, a girlfriend of mine — who is expecting her second any day now! — mentioned that she would be using her third bedroom as the baby’s nursery, and that she planned to install a bassinet and changing table in there, but keep it otherwise untouched. “You know — so it would principally be a guest bedroom,” she explained, and I nodded. She and I both share the intention of having our children sleep in the same room once their sleeping schedules even out, and her approach seemed practical to me.
“But then — around six months, I went into crazy nesting mode and decided to redo the entire room and make it a proper nursery for him. I felt badly I wasn’t going to give him all of the fun stuff I gave my first. Did that happen to you, too?”
While I did go into the most intense nesting mode in the weeks leading up to Hill’s birth (I could not go to sleep without leaving the house virtually impeccable, fearing, every night, I’d go into labor), I’d missed out on this particular preparatory ritual. I had spent weeks and weeks planning and designing and decorating mini’s nursery back in our home in Chicago, but with micro, all we had to do was place his bassinet in our bedroom and that was that.
Because we are in the midst of preparing to move to a larger apartment, I am excited about the opportunity to properly decorate micro’s nursery. It’s kind of fun to undertake this activity now that he’s here. It will feel like a decompression in many ways, after living in such tight quarters and with such taut anticipation for so many months. I thought I’d share a few items I’m eyeing for his room, below.
I should start by saying that I have always adored Katie Ridder’s beetlecat print (seen above), and would love to somehow incorporate it into his room. Since we will be renting, wallpaper is not practical, so I am thinking of exploring whether we could have valences/roman shades made out of it for the windows, or possibly an ottoman upholstered, or simply pillows?
Beyond that — you’ll notice below that not everything “goes together”; I’m sharing a bunch of items that have caught my eye as possibilities. You can see I’m debating between color palettes — red, navy, pale blue?
A SLEEPER ARMCHAIR SEEMS LIKE A BRILLIANT IDEA TO MAXIMIZE THE ROOM’S UTILITY
IF NOT THAT, MAYBE “A CHAIR AND A HALF“?
DOWN THE ROAD, LOVE THESE BUNKBEDS IN THEIR FUN COLORS
ALSO LOVE THESE UPHOLSTERED FOUR POSTER BEDS (ESP IN THAT BLUE STRIPE!)
NAVY GRASSCLOTH WALLPAPER – PROBABLY NOT ON THE WALLS (RENTING!), BUT MAYBE IN THE BACK OF A BOOK SHELF OR SOMETHING
REVERSIBLE INITIAL THROW PILLOW (ON INSANE SALE)
P.S. A true dream nursery.
P.P.P.S. The best organizational gear.