Soon after we found out I was pregnant, we started thinking about Ro's nursery. We had not yet painted any rooms in our home or taken on any big home projects. The idea of preparing and fixing up an entire room from scratch was exciting as well as daunting. I did a lot of research on pinterest and other baby blogs and saw quickly that most boy nurseries went one of two ways: super defined theme or muted light blue. (I mean how many times were you asked "what's your theme?" !!!). I saw many nurseries in those groups that were fun or beautiful, but none of them felt like us or our home. Throughout our search, we kept seeing individual pieces that we loved, that felt perfect for Ro. When it started to come together, it first seemed that we were going for theme "random," but then it moved more toward "bright colors" and "transitional." When looking at the finished project, I see a lot of things Ro can grow into and use and enjoy for several years. I also think the furniture, toys and art can be used if we have another baby boy or even a girl one day.
We weren't interested in spending more money than necessary and honestly, our house isn't big enough for too much more stuff. So we tried to use some things we already had. We were able to use an empty dresser from our guest room, a desk lamp I hadn't used since law school, an old bedside table of Bobby's, some baskets for books and toys, including an old Curious George tin of mine, and art and prints from Bobby's nursery (I mean, adorable, right?). We also rounded up tons and tons of books from our childhoods that our mothers saved. We filled up two big baskets full of books before we even had a baby shower. Using some of these things allowed us to splurge on other things including new bright, white paint, our Babyletto Crib, large area rug, new art and our homemade shelves.
We have also been lucky enough to have so many friends and family that have given us some amazing things we were able to use in Ro's nursery. My parents gave us the little letters on the door and name train (from France). The friends who threw our baby shower gifted us with the adorable Where the Wild Things Are letters. Bobby's brother Jack and his girlfriend Taylor gave Ro the incredible, handmade HARRY POTTER-inspired mobile. Everything we have utilized and displayed has a purpose and for the most post, also some meaning for us.
If you are interested in where you can find some of these items, we have linked the sources below the photos.
Ro's room is a lot messier than it appears in these photos. He loves to push over his toy bag, pull his clothes out of the drawers and leave his books in every corner. But even when it's messy, it's the happiest, sweetest room in our house. The first photo in the post shows my favorite spot in the whole house--Ro's rocking chair. He sits there in my lap every morning and every night. it's our special little time together, and I dread the day he's too big for it. In the meantime however, I'll just enjoy our spot and his little room. There is really nothing quite like opening his door in the morning and finding him sitting politely in his crib (or standing and trying to eat it) with the sun streaming in through the shutters.