Because You Know I’ve Thought About It…

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  January 4, 2012 — 8 Comments

I admit that I’ve been trolling Pinterest for nursery inspiration long before I got pregnant, but now that there’s an actual bun in my oven it is so exciting to think about all the possibilities for the real-life nursery I get to have in my house. Here are the inspiration images that make my little heart go pitter-patter:

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This is the exact crib that I want, except white. Although the yellow is very pretty, I think I’d rather white for something I’m likely to re-use with future kiddos. I’m definitely hoping to use pops of yellow elsewhere though. And I love the use of fabric in embroidery hoops to adorn that blank wall.

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Ahhhhh this room just looks so soothing and serene. I want to sit in that green chair and stretch my toes out to touch that pretty textured rug.

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I just realized that the first three pictures I posted were of rooms with blue walls,  but none of them screamed “boy,” and in fact all three seem pretty likely to be girls’ rooms. I love a lot about the room above: the white Jenny Lind style crib, the long dresser with changing pad on top, and the mirror over the crib, especially.

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This room looks a little more boyish to me, maybe because of the pops of red (which, coincidentally, is pretty much my least favorite color. Can you see why I’m so convinced it’s a girl? I’ll have to shift my whole world perspective to raise a boy). I can’t quite put my finger on what I love about this room. I think it’s that it’s so eclectic.

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OMG I love those poms clustered in the corner. And the crib. And the rug. And the footstool. And the clever little shelf under the window. And I totally would have pegged myself for a no-crib-skirt kind of gal but how soft and pretty and not-overly-sweet is this one?

So this is what I think I want: a white Jenny Lind style crib (like the one in the last picture. Maybe I can track one down secondhand to save some bucks), a long, low dresser to double as a changing table, a comfy chair that can be repurposed elsewhere in the house later on (so traditional nursery gliders are out), and lots of fun, pretty color all around. And the less money we spend the better, so that means being patient, stalking craigslist, and putting in a little elbow grease. Good thing I’ve got about six months to get ‘er done. Hopefully by the end of June the smallest bedroom in our house will have been transformed into a little baby paradise.

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8 responses to Because You Know I’ve Thought About It…

  1. Be careful with secondhand cribs to make sure that they meet the current safety standards – there have been a lot of new developments in crib safety over the past couple of years (bar spacing, rail lowering mechanisms, etc.).

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap January 4, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Good point! I knew about the drop side thing but I never would have even thought to check the bar spacing! Thank you so much!

  2. Janet (Country Mouse January 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    You are smart to not spend too much money on a nursery if possible. Remember, it is only a nursery for a short time and then it becomes a little person’s room. (unless, of course, there is a sibling in the works soon.) I like the idea of no cutesy characters.(No Thomas..No Big Bird) The colors and decorations that I see above could easily transition beyond baby years. I like the mirror by the crib too, but I have some safety concerns. It isn’t long before babies pull themselves up and tend to pull things down. Be sure anything just above the crib is very securely fastened.

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap January 4, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Yeah that was pretty much my thinking for not having a specific “theme.” I figure the easier it is to transition into a big kid room or a nursery for subsequent kiddos, the better. As for the mirror, I think you’ve got a good point. I have looked into it a bit and there’s always the option of a baby-safe mirror, but I’d probably be more likely to just get a regular ‘ol mirror and make sure it’s very securely anchored to the wall.

  3. Two words: rocking chair. I didn’t have one with my first, but it was my go-to furniture with the second two. It may not look as charming as an easy chair, but I promise you: once the baby is here, utility will shoot up to the top of your priority list.

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap January 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

      A rocking chair is definitely at the top of my list of things to look for while thrifting! I feel like it’s such a classic piece of furniture that it doesn’t scream “baby” and can be used for years to come.

  4. 1. congratulations! i love all of these nurseries! ive seen them on pinterest too and they are exactly what id imagine well have someday. i saw another blogger bought a jenny lind from jc penney (or as my mom would say penneys) that was very affordable but i cant find a white one.
    2. GEAUX TIGERS!! (i clicked over from your comment and got distracted by the pretty baby stuff :) we love the garden district – thats where our old house was and i even rented an apartment there while in undergrad. cutest hood in baton rouge!

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap January 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      1. Thank you! I’ll have to check out Penney’s (that’s what my mom calls it too)

      2. Geaux Tigers! We absolutely love the GD and I really, truly believe it’s the best place to live in Baton Rouge. Love it!

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