Scott and I had a very lazy Sunday today, which is a bit odd for us. If you know Scott at all, you know that he’s a very spirited guy (ie. can’t sit still) and loves to be on the move (ie can’t sit still). But alas, we were very sedentary today because it rained ALL DAY. No joke, it has been raining since Saturday morning, non stop, and now it’s snowing pretty heavily. The lovely weather has kept us locked up, so I decided to use this downtime to tackle a project that’s been brewing in my head for some time – a little laddie nursery. That’s right folks, I’ll be an aunt in about 5 months (you thought I was going to say mom didn’t you? did your heart skip a beat?) and my sister has accepted my offer to do her little boy’s nursery. I’m so super excited! I just started jotting down some ideas today and doing some (very rough) sketches, so I figured I’d post them on here to get a bit of feedback. This is idea numero uno in my crazy design mind, so if it’s totally off the mark, that’s fine! I’ll work on some more ideas and post them along the way until the ultimate boy nursery comes to fruition.
This is a quick little idea collage I pulled together on this rainy day. My mom has already purchased the crib bedding for this room, so it gave me a starting point as well as something concrete that I had to work with. My sister mentioned that she doesn’t want something too cutesy for the nursery, but rather something a bit more modern and not so literal (ie a surfer mural on the wall). With this collage, I’m running with the stripe theme, but making the stripe wall a bit more modern than most stripe walls you might see out there. My husband seems to think the striped wall is “a bit 80s” so maybe I am off the mark. But I like it. :) The crib, bookshelf and glider are from the always amazing Target, while the floating white shelves and baskets are from Ikea. The artwork is something that I found online that I’d like to try and recreate (DIY project) if this idea reaches the goal line.
This is a quick little sketch I drew up to give some idea of where everything would be in the space. I’m by no means the best artist, but at least this gives a feel for how the space would lay out. I have yet to find the perfect rug or the exact window treatments, but hey, this is a first stab. Give me a break, internet! One thing that I don’t have shown on these sketches is the papa’s surfboard, which I think would be nice in Elevation A to the right of the dresser. Future baby daddy is a surfer and would like that to be integrated into the room somewhere, so I think one of his boards propped up against the wall would a) be a great place to store the board and b) bring in the surfer theme, without the cheesy mural. If we went this route, the custom artwork could definitely be tweaked to have a more beachy, surfer feel.
Of course, my brain is spewing out ideas (like the vomit reference?), so I’ve been spending the rest of my afternoon sketching more accent wall ideas. Some are ok, some are awful – but that’s how the design process works. At least I didn’t post the other 20 sketches I had – my rendition of an elephant was just too embarrassing to post in blogland. Maybe it’ll make an appearance on a “best of the worst” entry in the future. Yikes.
Please feel free to leave me a comment and give me some feedback (good or bad) and some ideas for this little munchkin retreat. I’m not sure if I’m writing this blog just for my parents (love your comments, ma and pa), so if you’d like to follow their lead, drop me a line!