The New Nursery
Turns out this whole ‘second baby’ thing is still happening and not shockingly (and yet SHOCKINGLY) this one is gonna need to sleep somewhere too (which I’m genuinely/hormonally/tearfully happy about). I’m 28 weeks along (I think, I might be 29 weeks – if anyone knows please let me know) so therefore this little lady is coming in less than 3 months. I took me a while to mentally commit to giving up a grown up room to another baby. We only have three bedrooms, so it feels insane for two of them to have cribs!!! But its happening, and we have our old office downstairs that we are turning into a guest suite so I feel ready and VERY excited to turn the current guest room into my baby girl’s room. Plus once I started thinking about designing it, I became REAL excited.
Let’s recap a bit with the history of the room and remind you what it looks like:
We moved in and slowly (over 9 months) – top left – pulled together this room as the guest room. It hasn’t really changed since that last photo (well, the plant died and the bench moved to the family room) – and it gets a lot of use by guests that claim to love it.
It’s a pretty good size, has high ceilings and gets decent light – not a TON but it’s not dark. I actually love that it’s a darker, cozier and always cool room because sometimes I lay in there during Charlie’s nap with the curtains drawn and marathon Empire or Flipping Out, and it feels like a tiny escape.
That’s what it currently looks like, and here are my new baby room needs:
1.This needs to be a baby room, sure, but only by way of function, not necessarily style. I don’t want it to be too girly or too baby because I love a gender neutral room, mainly for my own flexibility. We aren’t sure how long we’ll stay in this house but who knows, I might have the kids share a room eventually and this room might turn into a tv den, home office, or back to a guest room so I wanted it to have a foundation that I loved for myself, too. OR since this room is a lot bigger maybe this would be where they both share a room and then Charlie’s room is more of their play/family room. I don’t know, I just like gender neutral and flexible rooms that I like to be in as much as the kids, so when designing it I kept thinking what have I been dying to do in a room, baby or not? I have needs/wants as a designer and I’ve been craving to do something like this in a room for a while.
2. While we don’t need this to double as a full size guest room I do want it to have flexibility for me to nap/marathon my stories, and especially, for when we have more than just two guests, to accommodate another person. My best friend stays the night with her toddler sometimes (when we want to have girls night when one of the guys are out of town) and I want a comfy place inside the house for her to crash, not just outside/downstairs in the guest suite.
Stylistically I’ve been craving a cozier, slightly more traditional room that leans a bit country and sings of my pacific northwest routes. In short – I’ve wanted a forest themed cave room for a while, and I’m ’bout to get it.
Now, I’m not sure this is IT, and don’t hold me to the final design, but here is what will probably happen in the new baby girl nursery and I’m VERY excited.
1. Crib: I love this crib so much. I have not decided if this is where I’m splurging in the room yet, and I know I have this inexpensive backup option, but that is one beautiful crib, and frankly just looks so much more beautiful on my mood board.
2. Flokati Rug: Right now I have this beautiful white Loloi rug which I’m going to keep, but I might layer on a larger sheepskin or flokati in the middle for added softness. A white viscose rug isn’t the smartest decision for a kids room, I know, (they are so beautiful because they look like silk, but fairly fragile) but I already have it and I want to use it to help keep the room feeling as big and bright as possible.
3. Pink Pouf: Obviously dark olive greens need to be balanced out with a bit of femininity and softness, so those accents are going to help it say ‘baby girl’ when needed.
4. Wallpaper: This really should have been #1. That wallpaper KILLS me and excites me and just generally makes everything that is wrong in the world, right. I love it so much. It’s a mural that goes around, about 6′ high. While it is foresty its also a bit playful in how its drawn. I’ve been looking for a forest mural FOREVER, something that helped me ever since I did this project with Moby, but they are all kinda cheesy. Most of you might remember that I was debating really hard what to do with that cement block wall and I decided AGAINST wallpapering it. But that was before I had all the information. Basically what my wonderful installer told me to do was to buy and test (which we did) this material called Faster Plaster which is basically a thick under paper that covers all the seams and texture, giving the wall a smooth surface to then paper over. It’s not cheap, around $400 for the wall and an additional $200 to paper it. But listen, I want that paper and I’m just so happy that we don’t have to add dry wall or plywood or any of the other solutions that I thought we would. Faster Plaster is your friend (and its easily removeable). I’ve wanted wallpaper in this room FOREVER and now i’m gonna get it. I highly suggest you guys check out Rebel Walls paper because they have some crazy awesome murals that are wildly cheaper than most on the market.
6. Rocker: I have Charlie’s glider which I love and I may just move that in here, but the gray wasn’t looking as good as this dark gray/green one, so it’s on here for now and I’ll figure out soon whether I want to get it or just work with what I have.
7. Linen Drapes: This one is a bit of a bummer because those curtains in the room were custom and are expensive and beautiful and great in so many ways, but they are going to be too dark for that wallpaper and I think that your eye is going to want a break with some cream linen drapes. It will frame the window perfectly and lift the whole room. I’m wondering if I can use those curtains in the guest suite downstairs, but I’m not sure color-wise if it will work down there either so if anyone needs some custom beautifully made curtains shoot me an email. I’m not sure what company I’m going to go for with these – maybe just custom (stay tuned for a big curtain roundup VERY soon).
8. Fawn Night Light Foresty and cute.
9. Rattan Side Table Again with the victorian. Not the most functional in here because I find that you need a lot of hidden storage in baby’s room to hide gross things like ointments and nipple creams, but I want this little table to float around and just look cute.
10. Sofa I’ve wanted this sofa forever out of sheer simplicity and absolute comfort. I shopped for a TON of pull out sofas for this room even though we don’t NEED a pull out sofa. I figure when you have kids you kinda can’t have enough extra sleeping for visitors, right? But none of them were comfortable enough for me to curl up on with my kids to read stories (or again, for me to hide away from the kids to watch my smutty TV), plus again, we do have the guest room downstairs. But this sofa is crazy deep, so comfortable (it feels like its full of down) and yet because its so low and has no arms it doesn’t feel nearly as big as it is in the room. When the back cushion is removed its basically a twin bed – but a REALLY REALLY comfortable one. I haven’t purchased it yet, I’m still making sure that I don’t want something vintage in there, but I love that it has the comfort I need, the overnight capabilities that I want, and the simplicity with the wallpaper that gives your eye a big break (clearly a pattern in here or something dark wouldn’t work with the paper).
Lots of pretty textiles/accessories that are still up in the air, but the board gives you a good idea of what I’m kinda looking for: 11. White Quilted Pillow 12. Pink Linen Crib Sheets 3. Pillow 14. Woven Hamper
15. Dresser: Vintage: I found this dresser from Sunbeam Vintage (they have a great online site that they keep up to date with their inventory) and I fell in love with it. I think its Haywood Wakefield, but I’m not sure. What I love about it is the lighter, richer tone but without any shine. I’ve seen them before and even since I bought this one, so they aren’t crazy rare or anything, just beautiful quality dressers from the 50’s that have pretty architecture and the right tone to work with my victorian bamboo.
16. Hedgehog Table Lamp: Because I can’t seem to design one room without putting an animal somewhere in it (but how cute are his little gold spikes!!!!).
So what do you guys think? I’m very excited. My only fear is making sure that it feels light and happy, but with that huge window and all the white in the sofa and rug, I really think it will be. I have another option to show you (my backup design) that I’ll pull together soon that feels totally different, but this is the winning design and I’m moving forward.