My child’s room has quickly become my favorite space…which is a relief considering how much time I spend there! My husband and I opted not to find out the gender of our baby during my pregnancy. We wanted to keep it a surprise. Boy or girl, I knew one thing; I wanted to create a fun, colorful, and happy place for my child to grow. Children's toys are all so brightly colored, I wanted to make sure the room they lived in matched!
The first piece I researched for the nursery was the crib. After comparing and contrasting about a million different ones, I chose the Stokke Mini Sleeper. What I love about this design is that not only does it convert from bassinet to crib, it continues on to a toddler bed, a child’s bed, and eventually becomes two very sleek chairs! I also love how easily we are able to roll the crib from one room to another.
The Changing Table
As a new parent you quickly find out that much of your time is spent changing your baby. Whether its changing a diaper or changing their clothes because they have spit up everywhere, having a convenient space to change them is key! Changing tables, however, are not always the cutest or the right height if you are a tall parent. Luckily you don't have to be restricted. Any dresser will do if it is at a comfortable height for you. All you need is a changing pad which are sold separately. The changing pad comes with straps that you can use to safely secure it to the back of any dresser. So in reality, for about $30 you can make any dresser you have a changing table. What I love about our dresser (from William Sonoma Home) is that there are no knobs jutting out, giving you one less thing to worry about with your little one. Changing pad covers are also a fun place to add a splash of color and personality to your nursery. Ours is a fun giraffe print from Aden+ Anais. We added a couple cute elephant storage container (Potterybarn Kids) to keep diapers and wipes readily available and we were all set!
A comfortable chair is a nursery essential! Having a cozy place to nurse, pump, read stories, doze off (or finally catch up on your blog) is amazing! Whether its a rocker, a glider or just an oversized armchair (Pottery Barn) like mine, find what is comfortable for you. I keep a blanket (this fun block print quilt was purchased from Anokhi in New Delhi) on the back so I have easy access to it in the middle of the night.
Since it is a pretty tight space, I didn't really have too much room to fit in a lot of furniture. I did, however still need a place to set things down. These two garden stools were purchased almost 2 years ago from Costco ($40 each). I didn’t think this is how I would end up using them, but they work perfectly!
Just as important as the chair is the ottoman. I knew I didn't want the matching ottoman to this chair. I felt it would be too bulky. Instead I opted for this round Moroccan leather poof. It makes for a great foot rest, it is also a second seat if both me and my husband are in here.
Whether you have carpet in your nursery or not, adding a fun rug is a great way to pull the space together. I found ours at the Land of Nod. It brings great texture and a wonderful array of color to the room. It is really soft, making it a great rug for playing on the floor! I also find it really useful to have a body pillow to lean on during play time.
I went with a very simple color called Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore. I wanted a light and fresh backdrop since I knew I wanted to have a wall covered with colorful children's books. When I found the Ubabub Booksee Shelf Set, I was in love! The plexiglass shelves allow you to safely display all your great books and make it easy for you little ones to pick out which book they want. My little one can’t roll over yet let alone stand and walk…but when that day comes we will lower these shelves to give him more access.
On the opposite wall we added the Petit Collage World Map wall decal. It’s a fun, colorful and easy to pull on and off your walls. Both my sisters travel a lot and one lives in London, so it is really nice to be able to talk to him about where they are on this fun map. Hopefully we will be traveling with him soon enough so we can talk to him about all the places he will go!
We added these simple over the door hooks from the Container store to make use of the door space as well. I also found this great scarf holder (pictured on the right) that I use for his swaddle cloths.
My husband and I took a trip to India when I was 3months pregnant. I found two elephant hangings. I use one as a mobile for his crib. The other we have hung from the ceiling in the middle of the room. Our little one loves staring up at them (when he is not asleep) so I am glad we brought them back with us!
Whether it's a playroom, or bedroom...make it a space your child is excited to be in!