Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nursery Plans

I am so so so excited about the babe's room!! I have been searching & searching for the perfect item to get my plans in place... and then one day.. I found the most perfect fabric in the whole wide world! Amy Butler Honeycomb in Linen... BEYOND! :) I wanted to go very simple with the bedding, white bed sheets since they will need changed often & a fun crib skirt. The fabric I chose is a pale pink & off white linen pattern, very modern. Mixed with the white Jenny Lind crib, it will make the most perfect bed skirt!! I also ordered a matching baby blanket with white chenille on the other side. LOVE!! 
Here is my vision for the nursery so far:



 Along with the white crib & Amy Butler fabric for the bedding - we chose a pale grey for the walls, just enough to make the white trim & furniture pop. The color is "Toasted White" by Glidden. We then chose a charcoal grey glider - so obsessed - which has a very vintage yet modern feel... which is exactly what I want for the room! It was much pricier than we had hoped, but I was in love with the style & Brandon was in love with the comfort. Win Win! Convincing him to buy anything expensive is a chore and a half... so when he said yes... mama had to just roll with it! :) The glider can be found here  if you are interested.

Last, in order to bring in some fun colors, I went with this custom paper banner, 15' in length incorporating all the shades of white, grey & pink that I am using in the room, with some old book pages and some teal & yellow as well! I LOVE it! I am planning on putting a mirror above the changing table, so the plan is to drape the garland over top.

I also want to make some more fun nursery prints to make a small collage on the other wall with some modern white ikea frames & fun prints like the one below.. available in my etsy shop!
  
Right now I am giving myself a pat on the back for not using only black, white & grey in the room! I know, mom, you're proud too! :) 

Now, a question for all of the mama's out there, what other items are MUST HAVES for the nursery? Any favorite products out there that I should know of? 

I tried convincing my husband that we needed a $60 porcelain gnome night light ... he decided that I was only in love with it because the product was called "Gnome Alone." Bahahahahahahah! He might be right.

But I still might get it.

19 comments:

  1. here's what I will say...don't get a diaper genie! they are a waste of money and they don't work nor do they control oders. we ended up getting a white metal trash can from Ikea and making sure there was an oder absorbing air freshener next to it to control the oders. you'll be changing it so often anyway, it shouldn't get to bad.

    utilize storage space under the bed, get some totes that are long and will fit store extra clothing/diapers, etc. Use storage on your changing table too.

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  2. here's what I will say, don't get a diaper genie. they are a waste of money and don't control oders well. we had one and i hated it, i finally just got a metal trash can from Ikea and just got an oder controling air freshener and set next to it. since you're taking out the trash a lot anyway you hardly notice it.

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  3. Get a crib that turns into a toddler bed and then a FULL size adult bed. Make sure to get the matching double dresser and 5 drawer dresser too. Also, wait until you're further along to pick out a glider and get the ottoman with it! Make sure it is really soft for after you have her because you will be EXTREMELY sore if you deliver vaginally. I disagree with Andrea, we have a diaper genie in our nursery and my daughter has RANK and I mean RANK smelling number two and neither my husband nor I can ever smell it. Also get a white noise machine. We got one that sounds like the ocean, it helps her sleep longer and not hear the trash men or children on their way to school (or my husband when he forgets the gate right in front of her room and stubs his toe). We also use our double dresser and a changing table which is very convenient.

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  4. Love it Jessica! I can't wait to see it come together. My only advice is that there's A LOT of stuff people say you need but really aren't necessary. Hell, a changing table is only good for a few years - go for a dresser instead.

    And tell Brandon gnomes are a requirement for all baby rooms!

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  5. I love it, Jess! I am so excited to see the progress!! I FINALLY blogged a little about our nursery tonight~a totally different route than you are going, but equally as sweet, I think! lol You are so much further ahead than I was at 18 weeks, I am just now getting my complete vision of where I am headed...but now that I have it, I can't wait to get it all done!

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  6. Find a dresser that will last you a very long time and buy a changing pad to put on top. I'm right behind you at 17 weeks pregnant, and all the research I've done & chatting from other moms say changing tables are a waste of money. Since a dresser is a must, and if you are limited on space, then you are better off to get a dresser that will grow with your child. Good luck! Love the updates! :)

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  7. I LOVE your nursery plans! I'm getting ready to paint our nursery this weekend, and I'm still going back and forth on colors- a light grey is one of my top picks though! And that's the same glider I'm getting (hopefully)! :)

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  8. I would def say buy the matching dressers to go with your crib! Also the glider was a great choice. I literally live in mine still and my daughter is 15 months. Love the design!

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  9. Get a boppy. You can buy one or get the pillow and make your own cover. They are a life saver! We used it to help prop the baby up when he couldn't sleep. And also when he started holding his own bottle we layed him on it and it elevated him just enough. Now he carries it to where he wants to take nap and uses it as his pillow. I also agree with the girls about getting a dresser with a changing pad. It will save you money in the long run and some of the changing tables only hold up to a certain weight.
    Congrats on your baby girl!

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  10. Jessica-
    The one thing I can say is make your babies room, a room that will grow with her. It looks like you are already going that route though! Both of my girls have very modern and slightly more grown up rooms, but they will grow with them, that is for sure. The theme for my oldest daughter's is "if the shoe fits...", the element we started with is a wall of 16 frames with pictures of different high end designer shoes in them...so cute - and then went from there. My younger daughters is European chic. I have had friends go too babyish in their nurseries and find themselves redecorating after only a year. Love what you have so far!!

    Chelsea of jameson monroe

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  11. Your blog is too cute. It looks like you have the big important things decided on. Another fun, not really necessary item, would be a growth chart.

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  12. Beautiful choices!! My recommendation is definitely a white noise machine (we use a small table top fan) and black out curtains. The curtains definitely help little one sleep a little better during the day! There are so many colors and varieties....surely there's some to match your decor! Also, waterproof lap pads/changing pads are a MUST! We used them everywhere!! Saved sooo many sheets, blankets, clothes, etc.!! Not all that fashionable, but super functional! BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS...read to your baby girl!!!! Oh, and the diaper genie......works fine for us! We've used ours for 13 months now and no problems. I just keep a small air freshener at the bottom of it just for a little added freshness. :)

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  13. The best piece of advice is to buy a long dresser with plenty of room on top for a changing pad and a basket for all her diapering needs!! We had a changing table for my daughter and found that after about two months we were mostly changing her on the floor or on our bed. We never used it!

    Also, if you are planning on using a baby monitor, the best one on the market is an AngleCare! It has a pad that lays under the mattress that detects movement. Our daughter stopped breathing one night and the alarm went off and we were able to get to her in time. Saved her life!! Totally worth the price! :)

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  14. I have no tips : but I love the room!! im getting to excited I can't believe how fast its all going! (at least for me it is :)

    Miss you!

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  15. GUESS FREAKING WHAT!! I splurged for that glider too!!!! It's awesommmmmmmme. You will lovvvve it! Loving your plans for the room!!

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  16. I'd suggest getting a lamp with a dimmer or a night light for the first few weeks of middle of the night feedings. Breastfeeding starts out as an aim and shoot right at first and requires being able to slightly see. Also, I loved having a blanket for me on the rocker for middle of the night winter feedings...although maybe it doesn't get as cold down there as it does in Iowa. And totally not necessary, but Jack has the minky crib sheets from Pottery Barn and LOVES them! I think they have them in white. Check them out. Everything looks so cute!

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  17. Ah, all of the suggestions are pouring in. Looks like you guys are well ahead of the game.

    Honestly, we had 5.5 weeks to put together a nursery (last minute adoption that was not in the plans, originally) and I've been extremely happy with all of the stuff we DON'T have.

    We don't have a Diaper Genie and I love that our normal garbage bags fit into the garbage can we use. It's just fine and the color choices are far better when you avoid the Diaper Genie. We don't have a white noise machine and as a result, I believe our daughter is a great sleeper! She is used to noises that interrupt...but she has managed to adapt to that. No matter where we go - vacation, friends, etc. - she sleeps well. We don't have a changing table and it's awesome. We have a tall dresser and we use the top part as a changing table. It's perfect! Finally, we don't have black out shades and I believe it's the same as the white noise machine. Because Katherine doesn't have them in her room, she manages to sleep just fine with a little bit of light streaming in. It makes for a very adaptable baby.

    So, don't feel like you have to go out and make some crazy purchases. LIke my mom always says to me "None of this fancy stuff was around when I had you guys (there are 3 of us kids) and you guys all turned out just fine."

    :) The nursery looks great so far...love your ideas and the paint color. So fun!

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  18. where did you get your crib? im looking for the same style, but the ones i see all have wheels...also how are you making your pictures w/ several images in them for here on the blog....

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  19. Just found out I'm pregnant and stumbled across your blog. Instant fan! Love the weekly chalkboard updates, and that "world is your oyster" sign is amazing - where did you find it?

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