One of the most fun parts of house hunting was knowing we’d get to create a space especially for our baby–the thought of squeezing all three of us into our little apartment made us extra grateful for the opportunity! There are three bedrooms in our house, and we chose the room right across from ours to be the nursery. I read recently that nurseries are often one of the only opportunities people have to design a room totally from scratch, and definitely found that true for us. It was a little overwhelming at first, but choosing the furniture and little details turned out to be such a joyful project, and one of my favorite parts of pregnancy. I’d love to show you how it turned out today!
With almost everything baby-related, simplicity and quality have been our mottos. I don’t think babies really need all that much, and it was more important to me that our nursery was simple and peaceful than decked out with toys and gadgets. The mobile is my favorite thing in the whole room–it was a bit of a splurge on our registry that was gifted to us by some sweet friends at my baby shower. The quality is gorgeous, and I’m certain that every single one of our future babies is going to be looking up at it someday!
One of the reasons we chose this room for the nursery is the window seat! Someday, we’ll make a cushion for it and turn it into a cozy spot for reading, but for now, it’s perfect for holding a basket with nursing/pumping supplies (a tip I picked up from my friend Rhi)…and baby boy’s initials ;)
My inspiration for the whole room began with that chambray “Texas forever” banner! Southern Weddings readers may recognize it from my all-time favorite editorial–it’s one of the only props I’ve ever kept from a shoot, and I LOVE the way it looks on the wall. We were originally going to go for even more of a Texan theme in the room (or George Strait theme, as Dave likes to say :)), and might add a few more touches as baby boy grows (I’d love to use one of these cactus fine art photos somewhere), but for now, I’m pretty happy with things as they are.
Dave came across this C.S. Lewis quote on Facebook one day, and we both loved it so much. As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I knew I wanted to have a custom print made so we could display it, and Alex of Prairie Letter Shop did a beautiful job!
We had planned to get a dresser to use as a changing table, but with everything else we had to buy for the house this summer, our budget for one was maybe a little unrealistic. I stalked Craigslist and sales for weeks before deciding to stop stressing about it and use one of our Ikea Kallax shelves instead, at least for now. The wicker baskets hold 1. extra diapers and wipes, 2. swaddles, crib sheets, and changing pad covers, and 3. miscellaneous supplies. The open basket holds easily accessible diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, and hand sanitizer. Here’s hoping this system works as well in real life as it does in my head–I’ll keep you posted :)
Um, hello tiny polo shirt! The closet is where most of our baby items are stored–toys in the blue ombre basket, books, clothes (we have newborn clothes on the shelf and other sizes organized in the gray bin), bath supplies and towels in the navy basket, and supplies we won’t need right away/as often on the top shelf.
Y’all, I can’t tell you how happy this room makes me! Even though you definitely don’t need a finished nursery by a baby’s arrival, it feels so comforting to me to have it ready to go, and I hope CKK likes it as much as I do :)
Sources: Paint / Crib / Crib sheet / Mobile / Activity gym / Nursing supplies basket / Laundry basket / Glider / Gingham pillow / Blanket / Calligraphy print / Calligraphy banner / Shelves / Wicker baskets / Changing table basket / Changing pad / Changing pad cover / Diaper bag