Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Nursery Inspiration

Lately, all my extra effort and free time have been focused on house shopping (!!!), hence my lack of blogging. Chris and I met with a loan officer last week and have been officially pre-approved for a home loan. We've looked at countless house listings online and on Friday we're going to visit a few in person. It's about time! You may remember that back in September, the rental home we had been living in for the first two years of our marriage sold, leaving us homeless. We've been staying with Chris' parents since then to save money for a house, and with our little miss on the way (due in three months, give or take a few days!) we're ready to find a home of our own.

I haven't allowed myself to think too much about decorating a nursery since we don't exactly have a room to decorate just yet, but now that we're looking into houses, I've been thinking more and more about that tiny little space. I'm still not sure what we're going to end up doing (although it will probably involve a fox/woodland motif of some sort) so I've gathered up some lovey photos from blogland to fuel my inspiration.

I'm kind of super-obsessed with the Meadow Nursery collection from Dwell studio. It's the sweetest woodland-themed print in pink, light blue and navy that isn't fussy or too girly. That said, I refuse to pay more for a bedding set than for the crib it will go on, so I'll have to find baby's bedding elsewhere.

How cheery and sweet is this blue and yellow nursery designed by Kim of Senn & Sons? I love all the details, especially the yellow chandelier and Hygge & West focal wall.

I think this nursery from A Lovely Lark is one of my favorites. Those curtains provide the perfect splash of color without overpowering the entire room.

Although I think our nursery will be a little more playful, this sophisticated neutral room is lovely. Via Style at Home.

I read somewhere that a dark nursery is soothing for baby because it creates a surrounding similar to the womb. This constellation-themed room has a beautiful dark feature wall that doesn't feel too heavy, and the citron accents are wonderful.

Now that I know we're having a girl, it has been really difficult to stay away from pink things, and I don't even like pink. I do love baby Alice's sweet pink nursery, though.

I think decorating a nursery for a girl will be more of a challenge than I originally thought. My room as a little girl was over the top: frills everywhere, pink everything. I had an extensive unicorn collection and a wallpaper boarder to match (that's right. UNICORNS.) Although that isn't exactly my style now, there's a tiny piece of me that wants to go overboard on the girlyness with our little one. I think the key is to find the right combination of items that inspire creativity and can grow with her, with just a touch of girlyness. Challenge accepted.


Kate said...

That last nursery is one of my favorites... thinking how to do something similar for our new nursery, but making it a bit more unisex - just in case! And yay for house hunting!! I know you'll find something perfect.

Keitha said...

Super excited for your house hunt!! I'm sure youguys will fall in love with something amazing!!

lizzie said...

Cute nurseries! We just bought a house almost 2 months ago and it has been a BLAST. We looked for six months before finding something perfect ... so just a warning: It might be a while ... but I'm really indecisive. I looked at more than 150 houses in person and all the houses online. All of them.

Best of luck! If you need a friend to vent to — it's all very fresh in my mind. :)

Kirstin Anne said...

these fabric prints are lovely and not too girly, I think they would be perfect for little!

Carrie said...

Good luck house hunting! So exciting. :)

I love the crib in the first nursery as well as the bedding, and the kitschy 1950's lamp in the last one.

It was incredibly frustrating to me that I couldn't get away from pink when I was preggo with Olive. I actually like pink and I'm not opposed to ruffles and ribbons but I worked in merchandise design for awhile and pink became this annoying stereotype for ladies and little girls. It was all re-lived when I was shopping for and gifted little baby clothes that only came in one shade of pink. I've joined a support group and it's been much easier to embrace this time :)

I can't wait to hear all about your adventures and mis-adventures in house hunting and baby preparations ;) <3

Katherine Ross said...

Lizzie - UGH I know I'm being pretty optimistic about house hunting with 3 months before baby. I'm really hoping we find something before then! I'm pretty picky too, so we'll see how it actually goes haha. That said, I don't think there are 150 house in the area we're looking at... ha!

Kirstin - Those prints are so adorable!! I'm definitely considering making the crib bedding myself (or at least the skirt/bumper) so I'll have to keep those prints in mind!

Carrie - Haha, seriously, baby girl is synonymous with pink! I don't really mind it all that much, depending on the shade, but I usually lean towards another hue. I do like it mixed in with other colors though!

Latrina said...

You are going to have so much fun designing & decorating your baby's nursery, I just know it!

I adore the photos you'e shared too. SO much different than the baby rooms we had growing up, haha... Mine was in the style of "Carebears" -- a bit overboard too. And my siblings were Mickey & Minnie Mouse. :P

I love the idea of a woodland inspired nursery. So sweet!

Good luck on your house hunting!! That's pretty exciting. :D

Cal said...

I love the last nursery!! How fun to start planning!! I'm so excited for you guys :)