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Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Nursery: Design Plan

Nursery Design Plan
Happy New Year!

We are beyond excited for what is going to be, by far the most important event for us in 2015...the arrival of our baby!  Several weeks ago, we found out that we are having a baby boy & we've been busy working on the nursery ever since...

While we always wanted our nursery to be somewhat neutral whether we had a boy or a girl (no traditional pink or baby blue), it helps to know the gender so we can add some more masculine touches to the room.

First things first - choosing the room for the nursery.  We had 2 guest bedrooms & we needed to choose which one would become the nursery.  Here were the options:

1.  Guest Bedroom #1:  This room is 11' 9" x 17' 8" & is located next to the guest bathroom.  It's very unfinished & has become our unintentional storage room:

2.  Guest Bedroom #2:  This room is much smaller, at 9' 11" x 11' 2" & is also very unfinished:

Both rooms happen to be two of the most neglected areas in our home, having never been fully furnished or decorated, so no loss there.  In addition, both rooms have exactly the same same size closets, making the closet storage debate a non-issue as well.

After some discussion, we decided it would make more sense to use the larger room as the guest bedroom since it's right next to the bathroom & more convenient for guests.  Mel's parents will also be visiting more frequently & it would have been cramped for them in the smaller room between the queen bed, furniture, & luggage.

While the nursery will be a significantly smaller room, we figured it will work fine for now seeing as we won't have a lot of furniture other than the crib, glider, & dresser.  Worst case scenario, we can always swap the rooms later on if needed.

Even though we have about 4 months before the baby arrives, we decided we would like to finish the nursery ASAP.  Our main concern was choosing the large furniture pieces & getting them ordered (since we had heard that some things can take weeks or months to arrive - especially if they are out of stock).

We talked about the look we were going for & created a Nursery board on Pinterest to catalog all of our inspiration photos.  Mel also created a mood board to pull together our favorite ideas & products:
2.  felt animal heads from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
3.  we'd like to make some sort of DIY mobile
4.  Urban Walls "seeing stars" decals - we'd like to use these stars as a ceiling treatment
5.  gallery wall- we plan on creating a gallery wall above the dresser
6.  mirrors - we're liking anything metallic or with rope detail
7.  IKEA Hemnes dresser / changing table - which we plan on customizing
8.  storage components - jars, baskets, & bins
9.  3-in-1 Ellery Crib from Target
10.  ottoman or pouf for the glider
11.  Grand Bella Velvet Glider in Beige
12.  natural wood toys & decor

Overall, we didn't want a nursery that was too "theme-y" or full of the traditional pastel or primary nursery colors.  If we had to pick some of our favorite nursery trends, we would include anything with a nod to a nautical, safari, or travel vibe.  The trick will be to pull elements from each theme & combine them into one cohesive nursery.

Like the rest of our house, we opted for a more neutral pallet - with shades of white, blue-gray, metallic, & natural wood tones.  We also tried to pick furniture pieces that were gender neutral, as they may need to work for a baby girl in the future.  Lastly, we wanted a room that the baby would not outgrow too quickly & that could also easily transition back to a guest bedroom if needed.

While all the large & more permanent pieces will be shades of white/cream, we'll add color with decor, linens, & paint.  We also plan on adding some more boyish touches as we go.

The first task we completed in the nursery was installing our board & batten accent wall.  We have also already picked up the dresser from IKEA, received our glider, & ordered the crib - just waiting for it to arrive.  We are feeling good about the progress, but we still have a lot more to finish.

Here are some of the items at the top of our to-do list:
1.  pick out paint colors & paint the entire room and closet
2.  install closet organizer
3.  put together crib & dresser
4.  put up star decals on ceiling
5.  work on DIY wall art projects

Our next nursery post will detail our board & batten installation.  Surprisingly, it was a fairly simple project that has already made a huge impact in the room.  Mel & her dad (well mostly her dad, let's be honest), completed it in only a couple of hours.  Here's a peek!
We are already anticipating how much fun it's going to be to paint this wall... ;)

So that's the game plan for our little boy's nursery...more coming soon!

Mel & Nader

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