An evolving nursery

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.

 The nursery, before renovations began. It was previously used as a home office.

The nursery, before renovations began. It was previously used as a home office.

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.

 Our bedroom faces the crib through a short hallway, so we can see and hear him from our bed.

Our bedroom faces the crib through a short hallway, so we can see and hear him from our bed.

 This antique rug from  Old New House  has been with us for several years. It's honestly too small for the nursery but I love it. We'll eventually move it to a new space (once the addition is complete) and put a larger rug in the nursery.

This antique rug from Old New House has been with us for several years. It's honestly too small for the nursery but I love it. We'll eventually move it to a new space (once the addition is complete) and put a larger rug in the nursery.

 Our dog kept sneaking onto the glider when I had my back turned. As a compromise, we let her have her own dog bed in the nursery. (Don't worry, we never leave the baby and dog alone in the nursery!)

Our dog kept sneaking onto the glider when I had my back turned. As a compromise, we let her have her own dog bed in the nursery. (Don't worry, we never leave the baby and dog alone in the nursery!)

 I love this accent wall -- I'm so happy with it! The wallpaper is from  Shoppe by Amber Interiors .  Megan  suggested the wallpaper, and I was hesitant at first: would I get sick of it? Would the baby rip it off? But I  love love love  it. The wallpaper brings color and fun into the room, in a grown-up way.

I love this accent wall -- I'm so happy with it! The wallpaper is from Shoppe by Amber Interiors. Megan suggested the wallpaper, and I was hesitant at first: would I get sick of it? Would the baby rip it off? But I love love love it. The wallpaper brings color and fun into the room, in a grown-up way.

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.

 The rug is now pushed under the crib; I'm afraid he'll eventually tumble out!

The rug is now pushed under the crib; I'm afraid he'll eventually tumble out!

 The gray and white plastic play mat -- good for drooling & falling on.

The gray and white plastic play mat -- good for drooling & falling on.

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!

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