|My crazy desk pre-move|
|Post-move office space|
We also live in the smallest little Florida bungalow that we love but doesn't have much in the way of space. Since I work from home my office used to be in what is now the nursery, so we had to figure out where to relocate me. In an abundance of creativity we've moved my office into an area of our house that used to be the dining room. Despite the fact that my desk is now in a much less secluded space in our house I actually prefer it. I got a view upgrade with a big window & my crazy desk is still virtually out of sight from the rest of the house, so it's all good.
It took some work to even start with a clean slate in the nursery...we were totally overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends & family at Baby M's shower and I of course totally procrastinated moving my office. Once we finally got our (my) act together things came together pretty quick. From the beginning we knew we wanted a pretty neutral set up in there with some gender neutral colors & less baby-centric look. We settled on mint green, mustard yellow & coral. That way we can keep the same set up from baby to baby & actually like what we see in there. Also, I'm a lady that likes to beat a budget...so I know from the beginning we were in for a pretty creative experience. Here's what we came up with. I'm sharing because A.) It was a lot of work and I'm proud of what we did and B.) because browsing other posts like these is the only way I even knew where to start with this whole nursery thing. Here goes...
The twin bed was mine from many moons ago but of course I didn't have any linens for it. I picked up the duvet cover from the North Tampa Just Between Friends sale for under $20, a huge improvement from the duvet options I'd been browsing online. Then I got stuck trying to find a set of twin sheets, but luckily Mom had a fitted white sheet handy & I spotted this little cutey on Etsy for like $7. It just so happened the Etsy seller lived in Orlando & I had a trip planned over there anyway so I didn't even have to pay shipping. I love that it's vintage and the orangey-coral & mustard yellow are perfect. We already had the bolster pillow & added the two coral & mustard pillows thanks to TJ Maxx. Those were surprisingly expensive (comparatively) but totally worth it.
We'd decided we didn't want any baby-specific furniture like a changing table so we opted for a re-purposed dresser. We looked & looked for the longest & finally remembered that my mom had a pretty rockin' mid-century dresser in my old bedroom which she so kindly gave us. After a sand, removing the doors & a few coats of mint green paint it was lookin' sharp for sure. The dresser was free (thanks Mom) & we didn't even need a quart of paint. We organized all of the stuff that apparently babies need with some Ikea boxes & a couple of gold buckets from my FAVORITE section in Target...the ONE SPOT! Some of the other baskets & such we were given at the shower, so we re-purposed those too. The sweet little scalloped changing pad cover was a gift from Aunt Meghan & it's one of my favorite parts.
Since there's no crib I decided to add a little visual interest for the noodle by hanging a homemade mobile over the dresser. I spotted this little how-to on Pinterest & adapted it a little to fit what I wanted. The embroidery hoop is quite a bit smaller on ours, we painted it gold, & used paint samples instead of scrapbook paper to cut medallions instead of hearts out of. It took me a while to get it finished, but I really like it. I bet all things considered, including supplies, that was a $10 project.
We were also given a second hand glider by some sweet friends but the
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There are a variety of other things in the nursery that we love, some of which I don't have pictured because that'd spoil the old baby name surprise. Some of my personal favorites include an inexpensive hanging organizer for cloth diapers, a #hashtag (of course), a bed for the pups and a gallery wall that features handmade puppy silhouettes, the Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto & the Jordan Standard. Greg was also kind enough to hang up some sturdy hooks in a lesser used corner of the room for getting baby slings & wraps put up & out of the way. Even if it doesn't stay that way, I love an organized nursery & that's exactly what we've got. In a color scheme that doesn't
SCREAM baby. Under budget!
Now that the glider is finally finished we are officially done (with the exception of a missing photo or two) with Baby M's nursery & ready to meet him. I hope he appreciates his new digs.