By Sarah Powers
As I fussed with trinkets on the shelves and hung pictures on the wall last weekend, I realized how much I’ve learned about making a baby’s room cute, comfortable, and functional. Between new babies, moves, and room-swaps, I’ve decorated and organized a total of six nurseries for three kids (including one nursery-in-a-closet, but that’s another story). Some things, like socks living in the top righthand drawer of the dresser, have never changed; others, like how I fold and put away the clothes – or don’t – have evolved with time.
If you’re a first-time mama setting up your little nest now, you might be overwhelmed by the perfect Pinterest / Pottery Barn / Restoration Hardware images, the cost of a glider, and the “must-have” lists telling you that you MUST HAVE a wipe warmer (spoiler: you don’t). It’s natural to fixate on creating a perfect space for your new babe, so I think part of the fun is in the dreaming and the pinning and all the rest. But it’s easy to get carried away, too, with color schemes and bumper fabric, and to forget that much of what makes a baby’s room special is all the living and growing that happens there: the midnight feedings and the bedtime books and the nap battles and the piles of outgrown shoes in the closet.
And it’s from this perspective, looking back, that I share a few nursery decorating tips and organizing ideas I’ve picked up over the years. [click to continue…]