Monday, July 22, 2013

Nursery decorating begins.... now.

We have a normal [future] nursery! Without terrible built-in laminate closets featuring fading butterfly decals! The before, and the after:


I think it's fair to say that in the final tally of scheming versus reality in our wall/closet project, "our" master closet ended up bigger than we thought it would, and Baby H's closet ended up smaller. But you know what? Little ones don't need a lot of closet space. As long as we can get her out of this room before she's having freakouts about what to wear to school every day [see also: Maude Apatow in the funniest scene in 'This is 40'], we'll be fine.

But I'm getting waaaay ahead of myself, given that Baby H is still the size of a papaya. Before there are teen freakouts and goth posters on the wall, there is a tiny baby and a nursery. And for maybe the last time, I get to design it! Enter:

Maggie's Rules to Nursery Happiness
  1. There will be brightness
  2. There will be color
  3. There will not be pink
Here's what I came up with:

 
I see oh-so-me pattern play, great wallpaper, patterned curtains, and pops of color. Mostly I see the happiest room ever.

My first step is this wallpaper - easier said than done. It's Fireworks by Albert Hadley for Hinson, and I'm obsessed. My first leads went nowhere, but I have a couple of good investigators on the case, so there is hope. If any of you have any designer wallpaper hunting tips, send them on! (As for installation, I dare not do this myself, never fear.)

Who else is on Team Bright for a girl's nursery?

Edit: Additional comment on the room - we'd originally intended to buy a glider, but we've already been gifted a rocking chair, so we're going to try that first. We can always switch it out later, if need be.

16 comments:

Amy Huff said...

Looks fantastic. The stimulation for the baby will be fabulous and it will make you smile during the late night/early morning visits.

The one thing we would re-do was chose a more sleep friendly rocker/glider. Our girl liked to sleep on you and our choice wasn't that comfy for that purpose.

The pouf/footstool is awesome and we use her footstool for getting dressed everyday, pigtail adjustments and general play. It's super multi-purpose. Color is lovely.

Maggie said...

Great points Amy, see my edit above!

Maggie said...

Great design! I love that it's not pink. I'm not the biggest fan of pink myself, but unfortunately, you can barely find anything for girls that is not pink. It's already driving me crazy, and our girl isn't born yet!

I can't wait to see the finished nursery.

agalandherdog said...

Love the bright, fun colors! Good luck finding that wallpaper. It's gorgeous and I'm partial to the designer's name seeing as our little one's name is Hadley. Isn't this too much fun already?!

melissa said...

I love it! So cheerful! Is that a hint on Baby H's name I see?

Maggie said...

@Melissa: Ha, nope! Just the Etsy stock image :-). A pretty name, but not ours.

mjae said...

Of course it will be gorgeous... Since my own adobe walls don't allow this kind of dreaming, I will live vicariously through you for a minute with these suggestions: 1) they now have dry erase/whiteboard paint and chalkboard paint. How cool would that be? 2) corkboard strips (You cannot overestimate how much space you will need for hanging art work that you DON'T WANT TO FRAME!!!!)

mary said...

What a great nursery! I love the colors and the patterns. I saw your edit on the rocking chair and I'm going to do what I do best: be an aggressive advice giver. You need to buy a glider. Marcus and I both spent hours upon hours in our glider at godforsaken hours and our kid was a sleeper. I'm going to say another thing that might not be popular: not only do you have to buy a glider, but you have to buy an expensive one. :) Forget about spending $$ on everything else. It's all in the glider. And usually gliders take six to eight weeks, unless you buy the store models (which could be an option). Ok. I'm done. I'll leave you alone. I just want you to be super duper comfortable when Baby H arrives.

mary said...

p.s., It's a beautiful rocking chair and I can see why want to give it a go. :)

Sara said...

Love the bright fun colors and lack of pink. It's going to be beautiful! That Jenny Lind crib is gorgeous. Love the map print and the pops of blue in there too. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. And I also hate to give advice (because everyone is so different), but we really do spend a LOT of time in our stupid glider (oh so many hours upon hours of rocking) and it is important to have a comfy chair. Of course you can use a rocker, but you might also want a nice chair (maybe even somewhere else in your house, not necessarily the nursery) that you are ok spending hours in. Whenver Mac was sick (which happened a lot this winter) he would only sleep in our arms upright in that glider. I wish ours reclined so we could sleep in it as well.

Mollie D said...

Love it- and when they are little, you can put a double bar in the little closet and double their closet space because their clothes are so small

erin @ oliveourhouse said...

can't wait to see it! i know it'll be great.

two things: get used to pink because EVERYONE will send you pink things. or everyone that doesn't know you well. ha, i've come to terms with it.

i third (?) the glider. of course, try your rocking chair but i cant imagine not having ours. it's the perfect spot to do bedtime- nurse, read books, rock. its just so comfortable and i feel like it's me and adelaide's spot (as corny as thought sounds). i mean, sean's allowed to sit there too ;)

Kate said...

Love, love, love...OBVIOUSLY! I'm a sucker for anything Girl that also manages to be Not Pink, as well as a sucker for anything Maggie, of course! {And, while there will be some people who insist on gifting All Things Pink, I've found, if you respectfully inform people that Pink isn't really your style, they'll scale back...and there are SO many adorable girl clothes out there now that aren't pink -- even though it may not seem like it at first glance!}

I do agree on the glider recs, BUT, for us at least, it's more about having an accessible, super comfy spot where you can nurse / feed / sleep upright for hours on end than actual GLIDING. That might be your couch or bed or an overstuffed easy chair elsewhere in your casa, if the wooden rocker isn't conducive to marathon cuddle sessions!

Amy I. said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it to pieces. We have that crib and dresser. I wish I had switched out different drawer pulls on the dresser, but I didn't know those existed when we bought it. I guess it's not too late! Anyways, YAY! I can't wait to see this all come together.

e said...

I actually found bouncing on our exercise ball much more effective (read: faster) at putting our babies to sleep. Then again, I'm all about teaching babies to sleep without needing to intervene! So count me as a vote for the rocker + exercise ball that will fit nicely in that new closet!

mjae said...

[That was me as "e" above...]

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