When we were dating, Mr. Macaron and I used to love checking out furniture shops together like Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and Z Gallerie. Yea, I know, sort of dorky. His parents were interior designers, so he grew up with a design oriented family. As for me, I used to work with creative folks everyday and their design passion rubbed off on me. I also adore the HGTV show with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper.
Needless to say, when we recently bought our first house, we were so excited to finally have the chance to create a home of our own. No landlords to tell us we couldnn’t paint walls, add shelves, or break down that wall. A new home, also meant I got a second chance with Petit Macaron’s nursery. In our rental, we only had two bedrooms – one was our bedroom and the other was an office. When Petit Macaron joined the family, we opted to make the second room half office and half nursery.
Having the room half office and half nursery really didn’t work out that great. We really couldn’t use it much as an office since we didn’t want to use the computer when Petit Macaron was sleeping. On top of that, I couldn’t go all out with a nursery I dreamed of for my first baby. It was like a two-faced room with cute baby pictures over a printer. It worked for the time, but wasn’t my favorite situation.
Now that we have our own home, I’m thrilled that Petit Macaron will have his own nursery room! Since we just moved a week or so ago, we’re just getting started. I decided I will just expand upon the “theme” I started with his old nursery.
Honeycomb Wall Shelf, Eclipse Banner, Dot Crib Fitted Sheet, Blue Egg Fitted Sheet, Crisscross Floor Bin, Carousel Crib, Mod Botanical Change Pad Cover, Pull Up a Pouf, Sealy 3 Drawer Dresser, Babyletto Lolly Dresser, Komfy Kings Rio Swivel Glider, Vintage Humpback Whale, Gold Monogrammed Letter, Quick Zip Sheets, Mobile similar Paper Mobile, Seek Adventure Banner similar banner, Faux Metal Letters
At the beginning, I had a really hard time deciding on the nursery theme. There are so many cute ideas. Here’s the list I had running on my phone notepad:
- Colors – grey, blue, yellow, orange
- Woodland zoo/animals
- Under the Sea
- Space (Moon, stars, planets, constellations)
- Airplanes & Clouds
- Animals (Elephants, giraffes, foxes, owls)
- Noah’s ark
- Star Wars
- Classic Adventure (Indiana Jones, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea)
First, I decided on Noah’s Ark, then I switched to nautical. However, as I started receiving gifts, I got all sorts of different things that really didn’t seem to fit the nautical theme like safari stuffed animals. I decided to start anew and keep it simple and flexible. I started an idea board and found a color palette I liked. Then I went through all my Pinterest pins and Etsy favorites and posted them to my board if they fit the colors. I decided not to let it bother me if everything didn’t match. I couldn’t get everything on my idea board, but it really helped me create a vision for the nursery. In the end, it was pretty darn cute.
- Painting the walls – Maybe a light gray like this one, or this color
- Add wall decals like these circles, triangles, or paper boats
- Hang this Eclipse print or canvas banner
- Display books – I like the IKEA spice rack DIY, but we do have built-ins I could use
There isn’t a ton of space in the room, but I think a few additions will really bring it together. I am looking forward to diving into this project. If you have any fun tips or ideas, let me know!