Target has been releasing some great limited-edition fashion collections in recent years, and their recent collaboration with designer Jason Wu may be one of their best to-date. Not surprisingly, the collection sold out very quickly, but I had a chance to shop it when it hit stores on Feb. 5.
I love how the littlest touches can reinvigorate a room. A picture, a pillow or, in this case, a serving tray can add color, texture or detail.
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It’s been a busy week around the office and the house, so I haven’t done much nesting worth posting about this week. One bit of excitement this week happened though: the delivery of the 2012 IKEA catalog.
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I’ve just discovered a new
addictive time-suck inspiring creative tool, called Pinterest. If you spend a lot of time on the web, you may have already heard of it. (I know it’s been sweeping the blogs and message boards I frequent faster than you can say “viral.”)
But if you haven’t heard of it–or you’re just waiting to hear what all the fuss is really about–I’ll give you a quick review of my initial impressions.
It’s been both a challenge and a pleasure transforming our under-used second bedroom–or let’s be honest, our “junk room”–to a clean, cozy space for our baby boy. Thank you to everyone who has followed us from our initial brainstorming, to three rounds of mood boards, to painting, and now, finally, today’s big reveal.
From Mood Board to Reality
The mood board development process was actually a great tool for clarifying and refining our rough design ideas, so by the time we selected our final mood board, we had a pretty good idea of exactly what we wanted. However, there are always some small adjustments when you start putting actual furniture into an actual space, so, of course, we did make a few modifications.
The biggest surprise to us was how much the furniture we selected filled the room. We intentionally selected pieces that were space-efficient and small in scale to avoid over-crowding our petite nursery. Even so, we found that when everything else was in the room, we no longer had space for the side-table we had planned. We also made some tweaks to the original floor-plan, and we settled a few small details we hadn’t decided in the planning stages, for example, lighting and a diaper pail.
Although we finished painting nearly a month ago, it took a few weeks to do all the shopping, assembling, arranging and, most time-consuming of all, staging all the finishing touches to get the room picture-perfect. It was all worth it in the end, though. The nursery feels so clean, calm and cozy that just sitting in there for a few minutes makes me happy. It was nice to have such a welcoming space to bring our baby boy home to.
This first image is the view as you walk into the room from our hallway. We re-covered the guest-room futon we already owned with a suede-like brown microfiber cover to create a cozy sitting area for nursing, cuddling, story-time and, of course, napping while baby sleeps. When our little one outgrows the convertible crib/toddler bed, the futon will become a hip, multi-functional “big boy” bed.
The botanical prints, purchased from Etsy and framed in affordable Ikea frames, help carry the theme and color palette throughout the room in an affordable way. They’re simple and classic enough that if we decorate our son’s room someday down the road, I could see reusing them in another space.
Ikea’s ever-popular Expedit bookcase was just the right size to house baby’s first library, a few toys and mementos and some neat woven toy-boxes, without crowding or dominating the room.
To create a cozy but modern sleeping space, we paired Ikea’s minimalist Gulliver crib with select elements from the “Bunny Meadow” bedding collection. The mobile and other pieces bring just the right amount of cuteness without making the room too baby-ish.
We placed our relaxing Eames-style fiberglass rocker next to the crib both to create an easy transition from nursing to crib and to help carry the rich, brick red accent color throughout the room.
We also included Ikea’s sturdy Mandal dresser to provide a steady, roomy changing area, as well as ample storage for everything from diapers, to clothes, to bedding.
We hope you enjoyed going through the design process with us. I’ve attempted to link to as many of the furniture and decor items, as possible, in the text above, but if you have any questions about the room or any feedback you’d like to share, please drop us a note in the comments section. We would love to hear from you!
After finally selecting a design, I am proud to say that we’re making serious progress on the nursery. Last week, my husband and a friend painted the entire nursery.
We went from a very neutral but dull “builder beige” to a fresh pastel green.
We did learn a few lessons in the painting process:
- Textured walls devour paint! We anticipated using one gallon of paint, based on the room’s square footage, but we actually ended up needing two whole gallons. A 100% increase in supplies and costs isn’t too bad on a project this small, but I’m glad we learned our lesson on this room, rather than discovering it when painting a much bigger space, like the great room.
- Picking colors without a sample is for the brave. We decided not to purchase any sample paint, and instead, to rely on our initial selection based on color swatches in the store. I don’t regret our color choice or our process, but for a bigger project, I think I might want to do samples in the future, as no color ever really looks the same in store as it does on your wall.
- Colors will grow on you with time and when seen in different lights. I have to admit that the first night I saw the paint on the walls, I was worried the color was a little too cool of a green and that it wouldn’t be warm enough to go with the textiles in the room. However, we decided not to overreact and, instead, to bring in some of the furniture and decor and take a look at everything in different lighting. Wow, what a difference a few small changes and a few days makes. The wall color is actually a great match to the textiles we purchased and the warm colors in the furniture keep the room looking bright and cozy, not overly cool at all.
We’re so excited to be making progress on the nursery. We’ve already been out furniture shopping and bit-by-bit the room is coming together. Keep watching or subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss the “big reveal” coming soon.
We posted three sets of potential mood boards for our baby boy’s nursery in September, and the response from all our readers both here on the blog and on the other forums we shared them on has been phenomenal. Thank you so much to everyone who took time to weigh in on our design selections.
After getting feedback on our initial selections, we were able to short-list our options to three choices: Orange and Blue, Modern Meadow and Exotic Elephants. We kicked the tires on the furniture we were considering at Ikea, made some updates to all three boards, and finally, it was decision time. Ultimately, we still liked all three themes, but in the end, one of them just felt right. So the winner is …
The relaxing, tranquil mood of this theme is what won us over. While we loved the energy and playfulness of the Orange and Blue theme, we decided we wanted the nursery to be a peaceful sanctuary.
We made a few adjustments from the original board, substituting a sturdier dresser for the inexpensive one I originally chose and substituting a “terracotta” rocker for the original red, which was back-ordered into next year.
Now that the design work is done, it’s time to bring everything together. In the coming weeks, we’ll finish clearing our old furniture out of the room, painting the room and buying and assembling all the elements of the room. Stay tuned for updates as we prepare for our little one’s December arrival.