I have always been an art/design junky. I majored in Architectural Studies in college, studied art and architecture while abroad in Florence, Italy (hence the Italian nickname for Piccolino!), and even started to get a Masters of Interior Architecture. A few weeks into the program, however, I dropped out. It was the first thing I had ever “quit” without finishing, and it was a really hard decision to make. But the reality that I came to was (1) I hated the meaningless artsy fartsy design assignments one is forced to do in school. I wanted to work with real design problems and real materials and budgets, not construction paper and cardboard. And (2) I didn’t need to get a Masters in something just because it was my passion. Getting the degree wouldn’t necessarily help me get a job with a firm or deepen my love. In fact, even if I never got a job working with art/architecture/design, I knew I would always be able to “work” on the design of my own house. Thank goodness I married a man with good taste (and good enough sense to let me take the reigns with most of our design projects)!
It will come as no surprise to you, then, that I have been dreaming of designing a nursery since before I was even pregnant. A few weeks ago, when we found out the little dude is a BOY, I knew it was time to get to work. First I made a spreadsheet with 6 different worksheets of various nursery schemes. Colors, furniture, bedding, wall decals/art, themes, etc. My mind was in overdrive. There are a few things that limit my big dreams, however. Space and money. Isn’t that always the way? As I’ve learned decorating the rest of our house, I will never have quite enough space or quite enough money. However, the rest of our house has turned out pretty cute (if I do say so myself), and I am confident that the nursery will too.
So without further ado, here are the selections I’ve made so far. None are set in stone, except for the bedding, which I just ordered.
Custom bedding I designed (to be sewn by a seller I found on Etsy) made out of these fabrics… a crib skirt, crib sheet, padded bumper and changing pad cover.
Changing pad (something like this) to go on top of…
2 Ikea MALM dressers side-by-side (there’s a 3-drawer and a 4-drawer, I will practice changing diapers on both in the store and see which is the most comfortable height for me — since I’m so short I’m thinking it will be the 3-drawer, but we’ll see).
Wall decals like this with some modern, graphic jungle animals to coordinate with the bedding.