Make way for baby! Decorating the Nursery as a Graco Designer.

Ever since we found out we were expecting, my mind has been jumbled with ideas, lists, designs, names, expectations…sound familiar?  I am sure all new moms and dads feel the same way when thinking about all the newness to come surrounding the arrival of their little one.  This will be our first child, and to say that Andrew and I are excited would be an understatement.  But goodness, all the planning and preparing that is going on becomes a little overwhelming.  Is it nesting or obsessing?

Lots to choose from!

Here at Graco, I am on the fashion design team and as such, my mind is often full of  creative and unique ideas for our nursery.   We don’t have a theme, but we definitely want a colorful, fun space that feels both graphic and vintage at the same time.   Andrew and I decided not to find out the gender, so we are also sticking to a somewhat neutral color palette (which is fine because green is both of our favorite color!)  We are not planning on painting the room, we will bring in color through furniture and fabrics  (hoping it all works together in the end!) Using furniture and accessories we already own has helped to create a look that works with the overall look of our home. This doesn’t mean we didn’t bring in some newness, we had to (we didn’t already own a crib).

Along with furniture and decor, there is the problem of  where to put baby.  We are turning the room that used to be my art space / guest room into our special nursery, but we still need to be able to store and access all my art supplies, etc.   While the room is fairly large, finding a way to hide floor-to-ceiling shelving in order to make the room baby friendly was a challenge. Being creative and working through the challenges has been a lot of fun for Andrew and me.  The amount of time and love that has gone into this room is a gift not only for our new baby, but for each other.

Isn't it cozy?

Our little one is due in 4 weeks (eek!) and our nursery is not quite ready yet.  This weekend we hung curtains and shelving for books, but the furniture still needs tweaking and we have yet to buy bedding.  Here is a sneak peek of one corner of the room, but we are still deciding what to do with that little table – paint it, cover it or use something else?  And of course accessories have to be added (oh the decisions to be made).  Stay tuned in the next few weeks for the big reveal!

Do any of you have any advice for must haves in the nursery?  Things we should leave out?  How about your favorite Graco products to include in the space?  We would love any ideas you have on ways to finish our look!

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8 Responses to “Make way for baby! Decorating the Nursery as a Graco Designer.”

  1. Kristen March 8, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    Must Haves… Glider/Rocker which it appears you have nicely tucked in the corner with must have #2, table (or at least a windowsill) by said chair. If it were me in that particular space with the ideas you said in your post, I’d paint the table or find something new to give it a little more “child-like” and colorful feel as you said you were going for. I see yellow in the background and you mentioned green so perhaps something to coordinate there. Another must have – diaper stacker. We integrated ours into the room theme so that it didn’t look like this totally out of place baby gear item. For example, my 1 son had a tree painted in the corner of the room and so we hung a hook from one of the branches and made the diaper stacker look like it had a perfect cute place “hanging” from the tree. I’d definitely invest the money in a 3 in 1 crib as it is a lot more economical and will give you YEARS with the same pieces (think Graco Smart Seat!!) and a dresser that you can just pop a changing pad on top of and get another multiuse piece. No more need for changing table, toss out the pad and whallah dresser is now a more formal piece of furniture. Pick a great spot for your crib so that you can peek in on baby but also where is close to an outlet for accessibility to plug in your Graco video monitor and Graco humidifier! :) Finally put a DIMMER on the overhead light or make sure you have a VERY soft lamp. As much as we would like to think that the wipes warmer (LOVE IT – MUST HAVE) with the light will be bright enough for 3am diaper changes, it isn’t and you’ll need just a smidge of light but will most definitely not want to turn an entire room light on and wake baby! Most of all, make the room warm and inviting, cozy and FUN, soothing and yet somehow spunky… they are babies after all. Take it from a gal who hand painted (yes, I did it all myself 1 stroke at a time freehand while majorly preggers) an entire Dr. Seuss themed baby room ( and a “Under the Sea / Finding Nemo” themed baby room. Have fun with it and baby will love it!! Plus, how can someone in the fashion team go wrong with room decor!?!?

  2. Kate March 8, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    I second Kristin’s “must have” of a dimly lit room! But my suggestion is to combine that need with the one for white noise… get the Graco Sound Machine! We COULD NOT go a night without it! You can use it for white noise, nature sounds, classical music, iPod plug-in, AND a soft nightlight.

    Can’t wait to see your nursery finished, Deanna!

  3. Deanna Conkling March 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks for your comment, Kristin – lots of great advice :) I think we will end up painting the table and possibly lining the little shelf with a fun coordinating fabric – I’ll have to do another post about all my projects. A multi-use crib was recommended so can’t wait to take that through all the stages, haha. And I love that you said that about putting the changing pad on top of the dresser – we are doing that! We will have to make sure to stock up on all the accessories from Graco as we have gotten some great recommendations for those as well. I hope our room does turn out fun and cozy – that’s the plan! Kudos for the painted theme rooms – love the idea – maybe for baby #2! Have a great day and thanks for checking out my first post :)

  4. Deanna Conkling March 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Thanks for the comment Kate! Yes, we have several lighting options in the nursery, so will be able to have it as bright or dim as we need – glad that’s an asset :) And of course we already picked up a Sweet Slumber machine and are looking forward to using that. Andrew has grand plans to play lots of classical music, and perhaps a little indie rock through that thing!

  5. Kelly V. March 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Love the first post! I think the bright colors really stand out and bring life to the room. I can’t wait to see the full end result. Welcome to the team – we’re so glad to have you!


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