When I found out I was having a boy when I was pregnant with Bean, I think I had his entire nursery decorated in about 24 hours. I bought anything blue and sports related that I could find. Bean had a cute room, but truthfully, I never really LOVED his nursery. I wasn’t crazy about the color his walls were painted and I never liked the sports theme. I think what happened was that I rushed into it. I rushed the decorating process because I got so excited.
This time around, I’ve been a lot more deliberate in my decorating. It’s not that I’m not just as excited as when I was decorating for Bean, but because of several factors (money, time, energy, schedules…) I’ve had to slow down the decorating process this time. And you know what? I’m so glad I did! Every decision we’ve made so far about the nursery has been well thought out, deliberate, and specific. There isn’t a lot of stuff in there and I actually kind of like that. I’m still waiting on my bedding set and I’m sure once that gets here, it will complete the whole look, but for now I’m loving how it’s all coming together.
I decided against getting a mobile that clips onto the side of the crib for a couple reasons. First, Bean never really used his and seemed to be just as content staring at the ceiling fan and those mobiles are expensive! I just didn’t want to buy something just to buy it. But also because I think those mobiles can look a little obtrusive in a nursery. You have this beautiful nursery and delicate crib bedding and then this giant, plush mobile over it all. I didn’t want it to ruin the feminine look I wanted in the nursery. So instead, I looked on Etsy for handmade, delicate mobiles that had a more artsy look to them. Something to entertain Gracie that actually added to the feel of her room, instead of distracting from it.
And I hit the jackpot.
I found Little Dreamers, Inc. on Etsy and fell in love. The mobiles were gorgeous and girly, but they were a little out of my price range. And then I noticed they sold do-it-yourself mobiles. Instead of paying $60 or $80 for the assembled mobile, you pay $25 and get all the pieces and a directions page. It took me about 3 hours to string up all the butterflies and connect the strings to the hoop and then another half hour to string it up and hang the mobile itself. But when it was done, it was well worth the effort. I love it.
And I think it looks beautiful over the crib.
Since we were already in the nursery hanging the mobile, I had Chris (…and Bean) go ahead and hang the shelf over the vanity. The shelf holds mine and my mom’s collection of Madame Alexander dolls. I think it looks great above the vanity – especially when we get the mirror on the vanity – and I love that it’s something from my childhood.
Overall, I think the nursery is coming together just how I wanted it to. The bedding set and curtains are the next big purchase next week and that will really bring it all together and let me see what else needs to be done.
(If you missed the video tour of the nursery, the bassinet and the rocking chair will actually be moved into my room when Gracie is born and the changing table will be moved from Bean’s room into Gracie’s room where the bassinet is right now…Are you picturing it yet??? Good.)
I can’t wait to see it all come together. And I know my two little worker bees will be happy when it’s all put together and I will stop making them do home repairs in a cotton candy pink room…