An evolving nursery
The nursery is my favorite room. Sunlight bursts through its big windows in the morning. In the afternoon, it stays cool and dark for naptime. It's small -- about 10x12 -- but perfect for a little kid.
We decorated the room with rich patterns and colors, which we balanced with neutrals to keep the pattern from becoming overwhelming. Overall, it's a calm and cozy spot that fits both my tastes and a growing baby's needs.
What we started with
When we first moved in, the room was a drab beige home office. It didn't need much work compared to the rest of the house, but it lacked personality.
Like the rest of the house, we refinished the floors, plastered the walls, and painted. We also patched the mailbox slot. If the mail slot had been original, I might have kept it (with an appropriate box), but upon closer inspection, it looks like it was added in the 70s or 80s.
The first version of the nursery
When you have a newborn, the nursery is a quiet room. It's where I sat for hours and hours, breastfeeding, napping, and reading with a baby in my arms. We centered the layout around a cozy glider and bookshelf.
The next iteration
At about six and a half months, Emerson started to become a lot more active. He wanted to play with lots of toys, try to crawl, etc. We suddenly went from having a sweet baby who lay in our arms all day to an independent baby who wanted to move around!
To transition into this next phase, we started baby-proofing. We moved everything fragile, put the rug under the crib, and set up a big play space in the middle of the room.
We're planning to redecorate again in a few months, when he's tall enough to start climbing on furniture. I'm guessing we'll get to practice the art of re-arranging many times as he grows!