Arlo's Nursery Tour
Our home layout put us in a cramp when we found out we were pregnant so soon after Remy. We knew whn we bought the house that it could be a pickle, but said, "Ah, we'll be fine." What I mean is, we have plenty of bedroom space, but we have several stories, so having two babies means we actually need them on the same level as us for a while. At least a two or three years. The problem, but really awesome thing, is that when the investor updated our home, they took out the third bedroom on the top story, and in its place, they created a huge master bedroom with an enormous walk in closet. A BIG bonus and buying point for me, but fast forward two years, and we found ourselves in a bit of a jam with where to put a baby. I had not done a lick of anything as far as decorating with our master, and I had this huge empty entryway space that I never knew what to do with and bam, along came a baby! A perfect nook for a nursery! When Arlo is a bit older and consistently sleeping through the night, we plan to move her into Remy's room and have them share. We'll see if Remy allows it... we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. My husband laughed when I said we could put a crib in our closet, but if he only read the New York blogs that I have and he would see how "normal" that is when space is at a premium.
For now, we have Arlo's crib on the wall where the door is, also a shared wall with Remy's room. I admit I have bounced from room to room to quiet one baby and then the other. I set to work on combining our master bedroom with the nursery over the summer, and I am glad it was a blank canvas because I knew whatever color I painted the nursery had to tie into our room and flow. We went with gray and a bright, reddish pink. The red has actually cozied up our room and it looks awesome in the morning light and again at sunset. The gray was the HARDEST to perfect! We finally found one that went with the pink we chose from Sherwin Williams. It was hard to find a gray that didn't look purple when the light reflected off the pink wall but showed up gray and not white.
Once we had the place painted, I knew I wanted to partition the room with curtains. It took several trips to JC Penney and a couple online purchases and returns before settling on these drapes that are supposedly light and sound proof. Mazen actually found the rod and ceiling hook from Lowes.
Over the summer we found ourselves at a junk yard trying to source appliances for an investment property when I came across this tall, narrow shelf. It was painted a silvery blue and had the tiniest little cubby spaces. I immediately envisioned it in the nursery nook to store things. It was $10 and I didn't change a thing, I just wiped it down.
The dresser is mid century and a Craigslist find for about $180. It has the tiniest, shallow drawers, perfect for baby jambes, knotted hats and bodysuits. I store sheets and blankets in our dresser since I hang all of my clothing. As another storage solution, I found trays from Ikea for her shoes that slide underneath the dresser, and I use a clothing rack in a corner of our room. We made the branch rack hanging above her dresser and use it to display special clothing pieces that either have special meaning or have beautiful prints. In the corner, I displayed a photograph of us as a family (she was still growing inside), along with a branch and a railroad tie that I found on the maternity photo shoot I did when I was pregnant with her.
I made the mobile hanging above her crib from embroidery floss and beads and baubles. Speaking of crib, that beautiful piece, by Cocoon, is kindly borrowed from husband's brother. All we did was buy a new mattress and sheets. The pink plaid sheet is from Land of Nod and the white sheet with gray polka dots is from Target.
On the pink wall in the nursery nook I printed some bright, abstract Instagram photos I took- balloons, donuts and a graffiti wall in Brooklyn. On the gray wall above her clothing rack, the bicycle print, "Enjoy the Ride," was a beautiful gift to Arlo when she was born from friend and designer of Hello Happy Design, also a local company! I love the placement of that print because it's playful yet it's not too babyish so it ties our room together nicely into her space. In perfect timing for the holidays, we have a giveaway to offer too! You can win an 8X10 print from Hello Happy Design of your choosing, excluding the personalized prints, a $36 value, PLUS free shopping! She has adorable woodland animals and zodiac signs that are perfect for any nursery or children's room. The winner will be notified by Hello Happy Design directly via e-mail with a coupon code to use at checkout online.
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Photos below by Daren Nkomo
And a few more additional photos I took (including the cover image)