Our nursery has been “the nursery” for the past 4 years – ever since we moved into our home. At first we said “someday when we’re ready” and then that room became a painful reminder of what we didn’t have.
Initially, I painted it a light grey (Sherwin Williams, Olympus White), to keep things neutral because we didn’t know what we would have.
With that being said, I am a “neutral” person and don’t really like following trends or themes – so the whole pink/blue thing was immediately off the table anyways.
Finding out whether we were having a boy or girl, honestly didn’t change much, although I do feel like there’s a lacking of online “inspo” for boy nurseries.
So how did we start? I feel like that’s always the biggest step, right?
The first thing for us to choose was Furniture, primarily the crib and slowly add to that. We started making purchases as soon as we hit the second trimester because we felt the cost would be a little easier to stomach if things were spread out over time, compared to one really big purchase.
We ultimately chose our furniture from Pottery Barn Kids for a few reasons. The easiest reason is that I love Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma already, so it was an easy Brand Choice, but more importantly, the quality of all the furniture and products that we’ve purchased from them over the years has totally held up. They also have phenomenal customer service.
We also wanted furniture that would last for over a decade. I didn’t want to by a crib, a toddler bed, and then a full size bed – I just wanted 1 piece that would do it all. I also didn’t want a “nursery chair” – I wanted a chair that I wouldn’t mind in my living room, once it served it’s baby duties. I also wanted to buy pieces that I personally would use in other rooms of the house in case we made changes as he grew and got older. So while some of the purchases we made, may have been a little more expensive then some, we felt like we’ve made investments in pieces/products to last.
Furniture Choices – Crib: Larkin // Dresser: Larkin // Chair: Comfort Swivel // Bookshelf: Studio Wall Shelf // Bookshelves: PB Holman Ledges // Chandelier: Dahlia // Rug: West Elm Mini Pebble Jute Wool Rug 8’x10′ Natural/Ivory
While the furniture pieces were in motion and slowly getting delivered, it was time to pick a theme or decorate – ((insert anxiety)).
We love coastal decor, but didn’t want to be pigeon holed.
We love animals, but didn’t want the room to feel like a Zoo.
We’ve always wanted to travel to Australia and considered an “Outback Theme,” but didn’t want to be limited.
So we simply chose to go with neutral pieces that either fit into travel or animal categories – simple enough right?
The first purchase was the map, which I ordered on Etsy from a shop called TexelPrintArt. The shipping took a couple of weeks because it was custom made, but ultimately we are really happy with this canvas piece.
I also found the cute wooden animal frames of the Elephant and Giraffe at my local Hobby Lobby.
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Wood Frame came from Timber and Gray.
Side Table: World Market // Table Lamp: Pier 1 Clearance // Frames: PB // Giraffe Basket: PB // Hamper: PB Kids // Diaper Pail: Ubbi // Elephant Piggy Bank: PB Kids // Black Out Curtains: PB // Curtain Rod: Target
After our Baby Moon and Baby Shower, I took some of our Maternity Photos and made a gallery wall with them. I have my Gallery Wall Tips highlighted in my IG Stories @meghan_mosakowski
We went also went with simple and natural bedding with beige and white linens.
Once some of the essentials were out of the way, I could have fun with some other projects…
We ended up deciding to have his closet renovated to optimize all of the space we have and used All About Closets in Forked River, NJ.
The closet had the standard 1 bar and shelf that most do, so we ripped it out, painted it and choose to add some shelving and drawers so that we could store everything of his without impinging on our space too much.
We used to have sliding doors, which obviously won’t work now, so we are still deciding if we want to install Bifold Doors or French Doors, but I think this last and final project will be put on the back burner for now.
The last and most recent update was the addition of some book ledges. As soon as we came home from the Baby Shower and saw all the books we received, I ordered shelves immediately. On the bottom shelf is actually the original Goodnight Moon book that my parents used to read to me as a child – kinda neat being able to still have that!
All in all, we are essentially done, and this Type A personality is happy!
I think it was fun and realistic doing things gradually over the course of the entire pregnancy so that the process was enjoyable. All of these things can add up quickly, so financially this is the way to go if you ask me.
I also know that none of this is necessary before your baby comes, but let’s face it, from what I hear time is pretty precious once the baby is actually here – I can’t picture myself decorating and shopping, can you? Plus if anything, this distracted me from the nausea, back pain, heartburn and sleepless nights 🙂
I’d love to see and hear about your nurseries!! Comment below!