I am so thrilled to get to do a nursery post this week! So many of my friends are expecting new babies and I just thought it would be a great way to express my excitement and love for them and offer any help I can in the way of interior design.
On a heavier note...this post is REALLY hard for me...My incredible husband and I have not been able to conceive (for lots of reasons) as of yet and it has been a very touchy subject for me over the last two years... Many of our friends do not even know the struggle that I have had in learning how to deal with this sort of pain and frustration, but I will say, that after many moments of study, prayer and reflection, I truly believe that God, in all of HIS power has been healing me and is preparing me for the special gift of motherhood someday...so, with that said...
To all of my precious friends who have new little bundles of joy and to those of you who are beginning your journey to mom-hood, here are a few things to help you along the way with your sweet-one's nursery!
The nursery needs to be a restful place for baby. Using an overly bright color on the walls can add to crying, the lack of sleep and overall stresses for mom.
Pick paints that are soft in their tone and that have and eggshell finish for easy clean-up later on when your little one decides to use the walls for their canvas. Some of my top recommendations are as follows...
Here are my favorite picks for girls and boys offered by Benjamin Moore and Pottery Barn Kids!
Play with different shades and finishes of your paint to create a fantastic alphabet mural as seen below!
is a huge necessity for a nursery that can also be rather expensive. I usually try to hit up antique stores and or flea markets for great furniture finds. Incorporating an "out-of-the-ordinary" accessory, or a vintage chair instead of an expensive glider can be a fantastic $$ saver...the important things to remember are to look for quality of moving/working parts and overall durability.
You don't have to use the typical furniture either...just like the FABULOUS piece above, use something that you love and that your baby could grow into!
Above is the Graham (Bedding) Collection from Serena & Lilly. I adore the mix of textures with the rattan chair and sisal rug. Below is the Colette (Bedding) Collection, incorporating the use of an antique chair and a modern bench...also by Serena & Lilly.
Grey Low-Rise Crib from Land of Nod
From mobiles to books, accessories are a must! They will help to aide in your baby's development and defined interests in color and texture. Incorporating different colored and textured items throughout the space will create, not only a beautiful room, but will also assist in baby's learning. Use letters and numbers as art and include Bright colors, when used in accessories, offer great stimulation and focus for them too!
Here are some awesome DIY mobile ideas and some great accessories from onekingslane.com, Etsy, and Pinterest!
STORAGE & ORGANIZATION
I love stumbling on unique pieces for storage, whether it be a colorful basket as shown below from the Land of Nod, or Vintage Army Totes from The Foundry. Allow for book storage and additional toy storage with the use of bookcases. Those shown below are from the Land of Nod and Pottery Barn Kids...you can also have custom built-ins installed for a higher-end look and massive storage options!
Terrific built-ins courtesy of Apartment Therapy and CocoCozy.
is HUGE! You'll need it to change diapers, clothes, read stories and to rock your sweet one to sleep. Don't limit yourself to those typical ceiling fans and light kits, be creative...install wall-sconces on either side of the crib or near the changing table, use a table lamp next to the rocking chair, just have fun with it! Here are some of my favorite lighting applications for your nursery!
I LOVE this Giraffe Floor Lamp from Pottery Barn Kids!