You guys...my baby is ONE MONTH ALREADY! Where has the time gone?! I'm very much looking forward to the days when she can interact with us more, but I know I'll miss the days when we woke up at 6am and snuggled on the couch until Daddy woke up. We can at least carry that on until she goes to Kindergarten, right?!
As quickly as she's growing, it was important to me to design her nursery in a way that could grow with her. It isn't themed or decorated in any one specific way. There isn't one color palette. I kind of mashed a bunch of playful colors together.
If she's anything like me, her tastes will change with the wind, and well...I can't afford to redecorate every time she has a new favorite thing (although I wish I could!).
I want to raise her to be creative. I want her to not be afraid to try new things and new ideas. I want her to believe in herself and her dreams. So I decided to design her nursery solely on a vibe: creativity. I wanted it to be playful, fun, and childish.
The focal point of the room is her wallpaper wall. You see it as soon as you enter the room. It's a brushstroke pattern in the color Seafoam. I found it on Wayfair and somehow convinced Dane we needed it. You can find it here.
It matches perfectly to the dresser Dane and I had refinished. I mean, really. It couldn't match more perfectly! The dresser was something I originally purchased to fix up and sell a few years back. It's a hobby of mine. I just love giving old pieces a new life! After I had finished the dresser, I loved it too much to sell, so we moved it up into our Master Bedroom even though it didn't match anything else in the room. When we found out we were having a daughter, we knew her nursery would be the perfect home for it.
Above her nursery you'll find a very large 'L'. We purchased the large cardboard letter from our local Joann, along with an ombre yarn, and I wrapped it until I was satisfied. We also bought blank canvases and made our own playful art to hang in her room. I tried to think of art that a real child would draw. I remember drawing rainbows and houses as a kid, so I added those elements to the room. And because neither of us are great at drawing, it added to the childishness of the room!
I also had Dane make these 'house' shaped shelves for her walls. They're perfect for displaying a few decor items, and her nursery camera (or her...if you read Our Greatest Adventure post).
Because her room has such a small footprint, I knew we needed sleek furniture that wouldn't make the room feel smaller than it already is. We got her crib from Ikea, and chose the Beach color to add some contrast and texture to the room. It's also a nice gender-neutral color so we can reuse it for her future siblings.
The rocking chair is also an item we found on Wayfair. It's the Nola Rocking Chair in the Light Beige color. It's also offered in Grey, but I felt the beige would help keep the room light and airy. I find it pretty comfortable, but Dane is much taller than I am, and wishes the back was taller to support his head. The end table is actually the very first thing Dane ever built, and holds a great amount of sentimental value.
The rug and poof are At Home finds. Both were fairly inexpensive and were great ways to add texture to her room. They add a little coziness to the minimalistic furniture we chose.
As she continues to grow, my plan is to switch out the crib for a 'big girl' bed and move the rocking chair out to create a corner for her toys. Maybe Dane can build her a little dollhouse? ;)
I hope you'll hangout a bit longer and read up on the tassel project I did to carry the playfulness into Lenna's closet!
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