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A Bright and Cheerful Nursery Tour

It’s been a while since I’ve posted pictures of Baby Brownie’s nursery. The last tour I posted was before Baby Brownie was born, and there are a few functional updates that I added after she actually joined us. I also added a few more pops of color here and there.

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Compare this to the previous nursery tour and you’ll see a few small differences:

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First of all, we got rid of the rocker and replaced it with a small and super comfy loveseat. Baby Brownie never really liked being held and rocked (I know, what a weirdo!), and the loveseat allows us to sit and read a book with her, or just hang out in her room.

Plus, it literally just kills me when she lounges on the sofa like a big girl. She just loves sitting there like the big people and it’s kind of the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. Funny how the most inane things are freakishly adorable when it’s your kid.

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We also added blackout linings to the thin IKEA curtains. I just bought 4 yards of blackout fabric at Joann’s (used a 50% off coupon) and sewed them to the backs of the curtains; just one straight seam right at the top. Baby Brownie’s naps got quite a bit longer after we added those.

Oh and on the left of the above picture you can see the open closet. We still haven’t gotten around to putting closet doors or a curtain up, but I actually don’t mind seeing everything, as long as it’s moderately neat.

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A folding table was brought over by the couch to hold the humidifier (the table is taller than the IKEA LACK table we had there before, which means we can put a few things on it without Baby Brownie pulling them down).

We added a larger, more substantial, and more colorful rug (from IKEA) to create more play space for her.

I added some Skip Hop Wall Decals on the wall over the crib.

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We didn’t really get a baby bedding set as we didn’t want a traditional crib bumper. We did eventually get a mesh crib bumper because the baby kept getting her leg stuck between the slats. We’ll remove that as soon as she shows signs of trying to climb out of the crib.

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We also didn’t go for a specific nursery theme. We just went with what we had and what worked. It all ended up matching pretty well. Lots of bright colors and animals!

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Numbered bins from IKEA hold random toys, books, and socks. Floral hooks from World Market hold her towel. Speaking of which, I need to add a 3rd hook to the left, don’t I? It’s looking pretty lopsided.

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These bins may not look like much but when I’m doing a frenzied last-minute tidy of Baby Brownie’s room it’s nice to just throw stuff in there.

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I know dark furniture isn’t as trendy now but I still like our dark cherry finish nursery furniture. The map print I bought online and finally put up securely with 3M Command strips after it fell down several times.

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I love that fox clock. I bought it in Toronto at the Superstore ($10! Can’t beat it!) with my sister who was pregnant at the time with Baby Brownie’s cousin. The two girls have the same clock hanging up in their room even though they’re several thousand miles apart with a 3-hour time difference =).

The art is a cheapo $2 Walmart frame I spray painted and I added some free printable art.

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I feel like the room is much more functional now, with more seating, the blackout curtains, some convenient storage, and a clock! And it’s definitely more colorful now too. Guess you can never be totally prepared for having a baby…you really just have to wait till the little one arrives to know exactly what you need!

Dear readers, those of you who have kids, what did you end up unexpectedly needing or not needing after your child was born? Did that change your nursery decor?

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Nursery Tour: Baby Brownie’s Girly Room

I didn’t intend for Baby Brownie’s nursery to be so feminine, really, I swear.

But somehow, it’s impossible to have a baby girl without receiving tons of pink stuff.  And after all the showers had been thrown, I actually really liked the pink stuff.

This 100-square foot room has come a long way since we first moved in.  We removed the stained carpet, put in a hardwood floor lifted from another room, repainted the beadboard and painted the walls a buttery Provencal yellow.

The crib and dresser were gifts from Chris’ mother, who is incredibly excited to be having her first grandchild, and a girl to boot!  The lovely pink blanket with the rosettes is from my sister-in-law Heidi.

I found the old rocker on Craigslist and recovered the seat cushions with some clearance fabric from IKEA.  The telephone cushion was on clearance for $5 at Homegoods. Curtains are from IKEA’s children’s department, side table is a $7.99 LACK.  The soft lambskin was a surprise gift in the mail from my aunt who lives in New Zealand.  Such a beautiful and unique gift!  Whenever I walk past it, I seriously want to throw myself on the floor and roll around on it like a puppy.

Because earthquakes are a concern in Southern California, I haven’t been able to put any framed art above the crib and dresser.  My temporary solution was to tape these shower decorations to the wall.

The oh baby bunting and sweet sugar n’ spice sign (mounted on foam board) were made by Chris’ cousin Malinda.

The one thing we haven’t yet done is to put doors on the closet.  I might just hang a curtain from a tension rod to hide the clutter.  But I also really enjoy looking at all of Baby Brownie’s cute little clothes.  For now.  I’m sure that as clutter builds up I’m going to want to hang that curtain to hide it!  Any suggestions for cheap but cute curtains for the closet?  And I still want to get some more lightweight wall art for above the crib.

But it’s basically ready for its future little inhabitant!  Though hopefully Baby Brownie will stay in the oven for another couple of weeks, as we still have a lot of work to do on the other parts of the house!

Check out the updated nursery tour here!

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