The Nursery

With our moving date about a month out, I’ve had plenty of time to mentally remodel/redecorate our entire house! So it’s fun when I can put it on “paper” so to speak, in inspiration boards on my computer.

I’m really excited to actually be able to paint the walls in our new baby room. With Hailey I made up for the beige apartment walls by painting her dresser. Our bun-in-the-oven, Madelyn Faith, will have an aqua room with coral accents. Here is the inspiration board:

The wood floor will require a nice soft carpet for our little girl (and for our toes in the middle of the night in the dead of winter). The rug will probably be our most expensive purchase for this frugal little nursery. Our current crib is brown, but I hope to find time to paint it white before September, when Madelyn is due to come. The rocking chair probably looks familiar, yes, it is the finished reupholstered rocking chair project (which still has yet to be completed – the cushion needs to be ENTIRELY resewn). The dresser is a stand-in for what I’m hoping to find on Craigslist as I did with Hailey’s dresser – which was a steal at $40. The tissue pom-poms are super easy to make, the hardest part is finding the right colors of tissue paper. And I would love to find the other ball-type things – any ideas? Party supply maybe? Pom-poms are my idea of a mobile-replacement. Hailey loved watching them twist and turn while having her diaper changed when she was very young.

Our biggest hurdle with the baby room will be closing up a huge hole in the floor. Yes, that’s right, we have a spiral staircase through the floor into a basement bedroom, as odd as that is. Unfortunately the rooms are on the small side, and we can’t afford the square footage the staircase takes up. Otherwise we might consider putting a closet around it until the kids were older so they could have the ultimate two-level shared bedroom.

Basement guest-bedroom:

Madelyn’s Room:

Obviously by the railing placement, this staircase is an extreme hazard to young children, in addition to the space it takes up. My hope is to close the hole up and put matching wood over the floor, probably nabbing the wood from the coat closet floor and replacing it with carpet.



  1. Megan
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Sara! I was just passing through today and was reading your ideas for the nursery – so fun! How exciting to be moving back to Spokane . . . and to get to decorate more! Hey, I wanted to post this link, too – I had just seen how to make yarn balls on a blog the other day – it’s:

  2. krystn
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    i love that stairway!! dont lose it!!!

    • Posted July 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Krystn – I think we are planning on keeping it for awhile at least! It does make arranging the furniture a challenge though.

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