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At long last we are giving you a little tour of our son’s nursery! This post was a long time coming; in fact, we shot this video a few short weeks before his arrival. Man, does it feel like a lifetime ago. And now that we’ve had a couple weeks to test-drive the space, I’ve included some tips and tricks to offer up to anyone who wants them.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, a little bit about concepting this space. We had a couple challenges with this one…the first being we didn’t want to design a gender specific nursery. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with blue and pink, it’s just a personal preference of ours. Instead we embraced all the adorable kid stuff by focusing on designing a space that would promote creativity and wonder.
The second challenge was the sheer size of this space. It’s 9′ x 7′ and in the shape of an “L.” The closet door swings outward towards the same wall a long radiator sits against, which makes one of the four walls almost unusable.
We did a lot of planning and measuring and second-guessing ourselves on furniture choices, and we ended up with a space that Joe and I are equally excited about. I gave up my need for everything to be clean and uncluttered and instead embraced the “stuff” that comes with raising a child. I mean, he can’t have enough books, am I right??
Originally we were only going to use the Cole & Son’s wallpaper as an accent with a lovely gray color from BEHR but loved the look of it so much, we decided to really go for it and turn this small room into a little forest full of fun, colorful toys and books. We enjoyed tapping into our own inner child and selected wooden toys that were reminiscent of what we both grew up playing with.
We were also fortunate enough to partner with Target to finish off the space and dive into the more practical aspects of building a nursery, from selecting a changing table to designing a “play area” in a room that barely had space for a crib.
Now that we have a couple weeks of parenthood under our belt, here are some hard and fast tips/tricks we used to build a nursery that was functional, beautiful, and full of creativity for our son:
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BY Kate Arends - September 6, 2016
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