Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Nursery: Part One - Design & Planning

Unlike the last room that I gave a makeover, this room doesn't have any particularly terrible features that are driving me to fix it up. Instead, the drive to overhaul this room comes from what I'm attributing to my nesting urge. This is going to be a moderately long post, so you might want to settle in with a small cup of coffee.

Design
I spent a lot of time looking over those cutesy bedding sets before I knew Peanut was a girl. I'd been hoping to find something neutral and adorable. There was nothing that struck my fancy though. Everything seems too polarized to people who know the sex of their baby. Plus, the overwhelmingly purple and pink sets were just too much for me. Disheartened by the lack of adorable and neutral bedding, I decided to peruse the nursery design ideas on Houzz. I noticed the wall decal trend was pretty popular, so I headed over to Etsy to have a look around.
Cherry Blossoms and Pandas by
Surface Inspired
As soon as I saw that decal, I knew that I had to have it. I also wanted half of the cherry blossoms to be dark blue with the other half light blue, similar to the cherry blossoms at the bottom of this. The decal gave me the perfect idea for a theme. I could take what we had done for our wedding and twist it to make it cute and nursery appropriate, which means cherry blossoms, pandas and squirrels. I'm not huge into the whole Pinterest thing, but I've been using a board to collect all my thoughts and ideas as find them. I definitely have a pretty thorough vision in my head about what the final product should look like and I'm excited to get it there.

Planning
Now that I have the vision, it's planning time! I've broken it down into stages that make sense to me and are organized enough to keep up a series of posts.
  • Basic room work
    • I'm still on my crusade against the crappy baseboard trim (ugh, it's so bad) so replacing that is a must. The casing trim isn't as bad so I think with a combination of sanding, wood filler and deglosser it can be left and repainted.
    • Prepping, painting and basic room setup
  • Furniture
    • I've got a tentative room layout but don't have any of the furniture yet.
    • Obviously it's hard to represent, but I intend to have the rocking chair angled from that corner into the room. It's not going to face out the doorway.
  • Closet Organization
    • The room isn't big enough to get a real dresser and still have it feel open and uncluttere, so I'm going to be installing some wire shelving in the closet. It's adjustable so it'll be able to grow with the kiddo.
  • Decor Details a.k.a the finishing touches!
    • I'm planning on making my own curtains and a slip cover for the rocking chair and foot stool I've chosen.

I've definitely got a few more minor pieces of things I want to do on my list, but they don't really fit into the series of posts specifically for the nursery. They'll probably just end up being their own individual ones.