When we decided that we weren’t going to find out the sex of our baby, everyone was confused on how we would decorate the nursery! As far as ‘home decorating’ goes, I am a very neutral person and already wanted to have a grey nursery so it was a no brainer how we would decorate. I took a while to get started because we were doing a lot of home projects around here, including getting all new doors and doing some painting and outdoor work so I wanted to wait until after those projects were completed to start and by the time I started I was around 30 weeks and getting a little antsy!
We recently had the room painted grey, before I even knew I was pregnant, and it was used as a guest room. I really wanted a calm environment for the room with a lot of fun touches that were unique to us. The first thing I really wanted was a changing table where somehow I became hellbent on finding a hutch to refinish to use. I finally found one on Craiglist. It has great storage and really cool details which we painted grey. I love how it came out! On the top shelf, we have a few little fun trinkets and B built a lego firetruck because he grew up loving legos and my brother gave us the “I love you forever book”, with a very nice inscription inside which made everyone at my shower cry. The second shelf is a few stuffed animals, books and a bin for swaddling blankets.
When I started planning I knew a big rug in the middle of the room would make it warmer with the hardwood flooring and once I saw this one at Target, I thought it would be perfect! We received the rug from one of our showers from a family member and we got the crib from my in-laws and it’s from Buy, Buy, Baby.
As for wall decorations, I saw a few ideas on Pinterest for bookshelf and loved them. A little bookshelf that was well off the ground so once our baby grew it wouldn’t be pulling the books or the shelf off the wall was what I started thinking. I showed B the Ikea inspired bookshelves on Pinterest and he told me he could build them instead so off he went. He also made two shelves that I really wanted to include in the room – one for ‘us’ with our stuffed animals from our childhood on it and one of the ‘dogs’ with their picture and the Milkbone tin. They came out so great, I love how they add more personalization.
We got the glider from Target. I was pretty nervous because we could only order it online and I was scared I wouldn’t like it once it arrived. As soon as we unpacked it, I sat down and I love it! I can sit in it for so long – it’s so comfortable! I am going to put a small white table next to the glider for a bottle and maybe a book or our baby monitor to sit on while we are in there for those late nights and early mornings.
One thing that I really wanted in the room was it to be a reflection of both of us and not just solely focused on baby stuff. I don’t know why but I don’t really love all the BABY stuff so when I found these animal prints, I was so in love. I looked at SO many animal prints because I love animals and wanted to include them but some just seemed so boring to me. Even though they are a little quirky, they are so fun and I love the bright colors! I can’t wait to point out pig and donut or puppy and glasses to our baby! I ordered them from Etsy and put them into Ikea frames and once they were hung I couldn’t stop smiling!
The finishing touch to the room is the amazing mobile that Shea got for me from Etsy. It includes my in-laws 2 dogs, her 2 dogs and my 2 dogs! Another thing I’m so excited to show our baby when it arrives :) I love the colors and how realistic they look. We were scared it wouldn’t look as good as we imagined when she told me what she got for me, but it exceeded all of our expectations and has incredible detail while being completely custom to our dogs!
Here is a before and after of the hutch. I wish I took a better before photo but it’s from the Craiglist listing and it is a little grainy.
Another really fun gift from Shea, this “Love You” Nightlight. I saw this on Pinterest and loved it and it looks amazing turned on. Can’t wait to use it at night :)
I love these shelves! The flower is B’s ‘toy’ from when he was a baby and the Pink Polar Bear was mine from when I was growing up. Then I found the vintage Milk bone tin on etsy a while back and made the little ‘dog’ shelf so that our entire family is covered on the both shelves.
I hope to get a small chair to go where the mamaroo is once our baby is a bit larger but am waiting to see what it is first! I hope to make this a little reading nook area. Also, for underneath the nightlight I ordered a new grey dog bed for Sophie and George so they don’t constantly lay on the rug. They always love laying on their beds and I know that they will want to be with us and the new baby when we are doing feedings and in the middle of the night.
Ready for the hospital! Come on out baby – we’re waiting for you!
I’m sure that there will be tons of things to add and change once we get this little dude or dudette home and figure out our new lives together, but as for right now I’m so happy with how things came out and I love how it’s very clean. I feel so relaxed in the room and hopefully the little one will be relaxed and SLEEP while in it’s crib too ;)
P.S. SHE’S here! ;)