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?
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.
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!