Well that took forever!
By early April, we were roaming around in the the no man’s land of kind of finished, but not really. We had a crib but no mattress, books but no shelves, clothes but no closet. At 8 months pregnant I was slow to make decisions, unpackaged deliveries or do much of anything really. But I wasn’t due until May so…I had time, right?!
Our little man came 3 weeks before he was expected. And since we are forever running a teeeeeny behind schedule, those three weeks proved to be crucial.
As it was, once the baby arrived decorating fell to the bottom of the priority list behind late night feedings, constant diaper changes, bath times, nap times and general survival. And the nursery remained unfinished until recently.
Even today I still have to install the bookshelves and a gallery wall of newborn portraits*. But aside from those minor decor projects (if you even want to call them projects) the baby’s room is finally suitable for a reveal post.
All in all I’m thrilled with how the room came together, especially considering what we started with. I have to admit, this was definitely one of my favorite rooms to decorate. I got to use lots of colors and patterns given the playful nature of a nursery. I also had the challenge of fitting all of this into a very tiny space. Although small spaces can be frustrating, they require a certain level of creativity that keep decorating interesting (and fun when it all works out)!
Also keeping us on our toes was the fact that we didn’t know the gender of our little one until he arrived. Decorating a room for a baby boy or girl but not knowing which one it will be presented obvious challenges. I also didn’t want to create a permanently gender neutral nursery (think gray baby’s room) – so I decided to pick a color that worked with either pink or blue and add those gender specific details later. After some mental debate I decided on Kelly green. It’s always a fan favorite and a fun, bright color that goes well with navy blue or bright pink accents.
You will also notice that the room lacks a theme. As I’ve
ranted on about mentioned before, I don’t like themed nurseries. I feel like themes are limiting and children quickly outgrow them. I also don’t want to feel like I’m walking into Disney Land (or Sesame Street or the setting of Toy Story) every time I have to change a diaper. Although this is the kid’s room, it’s still my house and I want to like it.
So in the end between the non-negotiable timeline, tiny square footage, unknown gender and a lack of already existing inspiration – the nursery was admittedly a challenge. But a fun challenge nonetheless and I enjoyed the process. I now feel more comfortable decorating with bold colors and multiple patterns within a room. The lessons I learned in the nursery are already starting to give me ideas for the rest of the house and now I’m just itching to add some bold accents on the third floor. Who knows, I might even paint the stairs a crazy neon color…