Nursery Underway

Well, it’s official….my uncomfy office shoes are already in the trash (I spent most of today wearing moccasins!), this morning I finally got around to eating breakfast sometime after noon and tonight I found the time and energy to bake a dessert.

So, what does it all mean?

No more work for me – yay!

Now my head’s just a-swirling with all the fun and creative projects I can finally get stuck into before bub arrives, starting, of course, with the nursery.

I struggled for ages with the type of feel I wanted in the baby’s room.

I was sooo tempted to opt for a contemporary pop of gender-neutral colour….

Or to go for something dark and dramatic….

Though I think I’ve finally decided to stick with my favourite scheme – a fresh blend of earthy neutrals with loads of natural texture and some vintage elements.

So, that means whites, creams and rustic greys, character-rich timbers, raw linens, jute and perhaps a few metallic hints.

Here’s a little mood board I came up with….

You may remember the challenge I’m facing in terms of size and shape. The nursery is only around 2.5 meters square (8×8 feet approx.) and has a weird angle which cuts into the space so I’ve decided on just three main pieces of furniture; a cot (crib), a dresser/change table and some kind of nursing chair.

Although it’s gonna be tight I figure there are a few layout options I can probably get away with.

Though I would like quite a balanced layout, due to the irregular shape of the room and necessary proportions of the furnishings, it looks like a more asymmetrical finish will probably be the go. Though of course the final layout will depend on what items I actually find during my frugal searches and how best they physically work together in the space.

I can’t wait to get started!

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17 Comments
  1. The Moerks says:

    Yay, you are on maternity leave. Have fun with this special time before more special times when bub arrives.

  2. Jenny says:

    How nice to be finished work. I can’t wait to see what you come up with Kristine. The space is certainly going to be a challenge for you but you will concur that in a blink. I already like the mood board. ;-)

  3. Top right or third down on the left would be my favorite based on what you want/ need space around and what you use most frequently… I bet you’ll find a fabulous dresser to change bub on and an equally unique nursing chair… Can’t wait to see it progress x

  4. What a challenge! We’ll be working on a small nursery as well but after seeing this I’m re-thinking my idea of small. One thing I thought of that would be ideal in a small nursery is to have the chair next to the dresser. I think it’ll be really convenient to have a place to sit stuff on and this way you won’t need a small side table.

  5. Amanda says:

    i love the color scheme you chose! it’s my absolute favorite and seeing how your mood board makes me drool… i cannot wait to see the nursery!

  6. Jen says:

    Congrats on being free for awhile!! The sixth one down on the right looks the most practical and spacious. Good luck and have fun!! The color scheme will be amazing.

  7. Cynthia says:

    I can’t wait to see your final plan.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Yay for you! You are going to have so much fun putting the nursery together and we will reap the benefits of all those cool ideas rolling around in your head.
    Love the idea of the neutrals. So many ladies are doing that now. I have seen several nurseries done in neutrals and they are all different and beautifully done.
    The walls sure are qwirky in there, but I know you will make it work. I like the crib away from the window on the wall.

  9. Tammi says:

    I love the direction you are taking with your nursery…it will be gorgeous!!

  10. chris says:

    in the home stretch mama. hopefully your nursery project will keep you looking forward to the joy of baby instead of how miserable you might feel.
    i like the one with the dresser/changing table by the window with the chair behind the door. when youre in the chair you probably would have the door shut anyway. and im not a big fan of the bed by the window.

    whatever happens i am anxious to see it.
    bless you.

  11. Ann says:

    Lucky baby… I would put the cot behind the door so that as you open the door the light won’t shine directly in on them and they don’t see you standing there. You do a LOT of peeking in around the door in the first year and it’s great if you can do it sneakily! Sorry, more mothering advice – as if you’re not getting enough already – just wait until you actually have the baby!! A x

  12. NanaDiana says:

    Oh- I love that you are done working and can enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. Have fun “playing” with your room…it will be just right when the baby is in the bed…no matter what layout you use! xxoo Diana

  13. Enjoy your time off before baby arrives. I will be using the same items of furniture in our small space eventually. I hope you are feeling well and able to rest up. xx

  14. Andy Porter says:

    I just took the tour of your home, and there wasn’t an option to comment, I tried to email you, but that wouldn’t work for me either….anyhoo, I just had to find a way to tell you that your home is out of this world stunning! Every picture more beautiful than the next! Every element is completely perfect! I’m a big fan!:) Thanks so much for linking!

    Andy
    Poppies at Play

  15. Sarah B says:

    The bub’s nursery is going to look fantastic. Can’t wait to see what you do :)

  16. Anne says:

    Can’t wait to see finished result! I just found your blog…and so glad I did!

  17. I have found it easiest to have changing table close to the closet. That way, I can grab things without stepping away from baby.

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