New house…new room for the kiddo
We were very sad to sell our old home but also very excited to begin making a new home into ‘our’ home (disclaimer: none of the trim in our daughter’s new room has been painted yet. It was previously the brightest bubble gum pink you’ve ever seen. No thank you…that got primed sooner than you can say “paint me!” but we haven’t had a chance to finish painting it yet, so that’s why it looks tie-dyed!). As much as we were emotional about all the memories we made in our first home, we also wanted to make sure that the transition had little, if any effect on our daughter who was just really beginning to know what home was and feel comfortable in the only place she had known.
One way we did this was by taking some key features of her old room and translating them into her new room. We loved how her nursery was not too ‘baby’ and was really a space she could grow up with and into, so the first thing we did was use the same wall color in her new space to make it feel warm and familiar. As part of our sales contract, the light fixture and curtains also came with us to our new house so that some of the key features would be the same. When we added in the crib, chair, dresser, and artwork, we worried that the room was starting to feel too much the same as before. With so much emotion wrapped up in our old house, we wanted some sense of different and new in our daughter’s room since the rest of the house was a far departure, in terms of organization and layout, from our old home. To do this, rather than recreate the numbers mural (which we seriously intended to do in her new room because we loved it so much) we wondered what we could do that would further lend itself to being a room that she could grow up in once the crib was out. The answer for us was simple – stripes! We chose the same ‘Wood Smoke’ grey as we previously had in her nursery for all 4 walls and added lighter gray stripes to 2 of the walls.
We used green Frog tape to tape off the individual stripes and it came off neatly leaving a nice clean line.
They were the same idea as the numbers mural, large, graphic, tone on tone color, but they were cleaner and little simpler and allowed us to layer things on top. To infuse more color and texture into the room, we built upon the fabric rings we originally had in the nursery with additional, larger rings layered on the stripes.
We also put up some of the fabric flags we made for her first birthday celebration along with creating an ‘art wall’ from Ikea’s DIGNITET system.
All together, these items really begin to keep some charm within the space and are really easy to swap out as our daughter grows and changes. Being in the room feels just as cozy as her previous nursery, but it is clearly a new space. The sheer increase in square footage means that we still have lots to do in here, so it’s far from complete. As she transitions from a crib to a standard bed, we’ll evaluate what furniture should stay and which pieces should go. We also want to build some built-ins to house all the books and future toys/accessories that come with growing children but we didn’t want to prematurely build them before we had a chance to really live in the space with her.
Some images that are currently inspiring us are these (courtesy of Houzz.com):
We had the advantage of owning and renovating our first home to really get a sense of the spaces we like and how we use them. In that home, storage was KEY and we built shelving and hidden storage into every nook and cranny of that place! So when we moved into a larger, much different home, we were able to make some big decisions quickly; ie. Immediately take down a wall and open up the living space, basic layout of a new kitchen and access to a new deck and yard, etc. But with some items like built-ins, we really wanted to live in the house for a little bit of time and see how we were using the different spaces and where we really needed to store what. We still have a general idea of where we think built-ins will work best in our daughter’s room (originally we started with them all lined up on the floor – we’ve since upgraded to an IKEA EXPEDIT shelf), but are still not 100% ready to bring out the lumber and compound miter saw!
-Anthony + Naomi