When Colin and I reached the point in our lives where we felt ready to start a family, I must admit that I became completely obsessed with all things baby-related ESPECIALLY baby nurseries! Then, when we found out that we were actually expecting a baby, I ended up creating 2 secret boards (one for each gender) on Pinterest completely dedicated to baby nursery ideas. Even now that my kiddo is a toddler, I still can find myself basking in the adorableness of a baby nursery.
My best friend, Camielle, and her husband, Scott, just welcomed their first baby a few months ago, so I was able to witness their daughter’s nursery transformation! Want to know a fun fact? Camielle and I have been best friends since the 4th grade! She was the Maid of Honor in my wedding, and I the Matron of Honor in hers. So you can probably imagine the little girl exhilarations that escaped when each of us learned that the other was pregnant.
Camielle and Scott opted more for a gender-neutral nursery since Camielle didn’t know initially whether she was having a boy or girl, and only found out about a month before she was due. Scott knew! I knew! But Camielle didn’t want to know! However, she changed her mind in the end!
Their daughter, Harper, was gifted with a nursery of beautiful grays and whites with pops of blue and yellow. Harper’s room is full of love, and character. From a crocheted elephant rug to the polka dot accent wall, Harper’s room will definitely evolve well as she transitions into toddlerhood and early adolescence.
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Now let's pause, and admire how absolutely beautiful this little girl is!
I asked Camielle to give us a little more detail regarding Harper’s nursery . . .
1. What is your favorite element about baby Harper's nursery? Why?
The wall behind her crib because it came together exactly how I imagined it. Honestly, I could say this about all of the walls of her room. I had planned it all out so much that once I had it done I could sit back and just smile because it's everything I wanted it to be and more. I absolutely love her room.
2. Where did you find your inspiration for decorating Harper's nursery?
Little things here and there. Some things I found on Pinterest, some from magazines and some I just thought up on my own.
3. Did you hit any major snags or blunders along the way? If so, what?
Oh yes! When I first started painting her room I really wanted the dark gray wall to be close to charcoal and thought I had picked the right color, but boy was I wrong! I had chosen a really dark shade of blue (I didn't know it was blue until it dried) and it was horrible! I had to repaint the wall that same day. I had painted all of the spice rack bookshelves and got them ready to put on the wall and realized the heads of the screws I used were too big to fit in the slots of the shelves. When I went to hang her coat tree, I kept hitting metal in the wall so I had to keep moving it a little more to the right. I obviously finally got it but I now have 2 holes that I still need to patch up from the first attempts!
4. Did you try to stay within a certain budget for completing Harper's nursery? If so, how did you do?
No, it was the one room of our house that we felt like we could splurge and not feel bad about it. I didn't go crazy or anything. Most of the items I made myself, were gifted to us or I was able to get at a low cost. Thank you, IKEA!
5. What advice do you have for other soon-to-be parents when it comes to putting together a nursery?
Plan it out! And be open to changes. Things might not go according to your exact plan but roll with the changes you might be surprised by how much you really enjoy the new outcome.
Things To Consider When Setting Up Your Own Baby Nursery
1. Overly babyish themes are not a “must,” and not very common anymore.
It can be so tempting to step into a Babie’s R’Us and become engulfed in all of the adorable mock-up nurseries that they showcase in the middle of their store. Creating and decorating a baby nursery is definitely not what it used to be as more parents are opting for a modern or cohesive room that flows with the rest of the house. So don’t be lured into purchasing a wallpaper border completed covered in zoo animals, but rather do what Camielle did and find some beautiful prints to hang on the walls. Prints are more easily replaced through the years rather than wallpaper.
2. Choose soft, calm color palettes, such as neutral tones.
Resist the urge to paint every wall a bright pink if you’re having a baby girl, and instead opt for soft grays or whites, with some pops of a fun color to give the room some personality. Neutral walls are easier to transition as your baby gets older.
3. Always think about safety, and how well your space can be adapted for a nursery.
Purchase furniture that will fit a space well, but most importantly can be tethered to a wall. Most pieces of furniture come with the ability to be fastened to the wall in which it’ll be placed against. However, if you’re receiving an older bookcase from your Mother, then research how to install your own mechanism for securing the bookcase to a wall. Also, it’s a good idea to go with pieces of furniture that can “grow” with your child. Instead of purchasing a changing table, consider buying a dresser and putting a changing pad on top of it. Cribs can now be purchased to “grow” with your child too!
4. When it comes to selecting curtains, bedding, and fabric-covered furniture pieces (i.e. rocker or glider), keep in mind the type of fabric that is most appropriate.
For example, choose a changing paper cover that has a slicker/wipeable surface for easier clean-up in case of accidents. When it comes to choosing crib sheets, pick a fabric that is strong, long lasting and doesn’t fade, but also soft and isn’t covered in harsh chemicals.
5. You can never go wrong with making a floor-plan.
Take the measurements of the room that’ll be used for your nursery, and make a sketch. When the time comes for purchasing furniture, always take measurements first, and put it into your sketch so you’ll get a better idea of how well the piece will fit into the space.
6. Make a mood board!
Like I said before, I ended up making two inspirational boards on my Pinterest account so that I could collect ideas that I loved. Once you’re done, look through your board as a “whole,” and look for repeated patterns, themes, and colors. This will help you in your decorating decision making!
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