Anything Can Happen! Designing Your Baby’s Nursery
I could not wait to design my child’s nursery, in fact I’ve been designing it for years in my head. Over the years the ideas and themes have morphed and changed with the times, trends, and my own varying points of interest. Soooo, by the time it was in fact time to design it I had actually kind of overwhelmed myself. I imagined themes that would transform the space into another realm; a room that would literally be a page from one of my favorite stories or a perfectly designed outdoor experience complete with sports area and campsite.
While those ideas are cool and a lot of fun, I realized that I was so caught up on choosing the perfect theme that I kind of lost sight of my connection to it and any chance that the space might be unique to my own little one; to me, the connection is what it’s all about. This is the room where the wonder of so many firsts will occur. This is the room I want him to always remember with warmth and wonder. This is the room that will be our sanctuary for laughter, learning, and lots of love. I wanted it to be beautiful and functional; a space we could play and grow in together as a family.
So with that I began to wonder what arrows and tents or cars and planes had to do with any of it. Could they go together? Did it even matter if it all made sense? Did I really want to limit our surroundings to a “collection” someone else had designed for us and an experience that had already been written? I had so many different themes running through my head and I wanted him to know them all. I wanted it to have silly animals and toys AND the antique clock his grandfather had given us and you know what? It does!
My point in sharing this with you is that designing your child’s nursery should be FUN not overwhelming; it should be personal not plagiarized. Using a theme as a starting point to spark creativity and keep you on track is a great idea and starting point as far as I’m concerned! There are tons of great themes out there and while the “theme” I started with is not what I ended with, I am really happy with the life my design took on. Now I am not, by any stretch of the imagination a professional designer, BUT I do love to design. I can tell you that when designing any room or space, the key for me is starting with some kind of theme or plan and then creating as I go. I am thoughtful about each and every piece so it does not become chaotic. I have spaces in my home I am still not happy with and I can say that is because I had no idea what I wanted it to be or say when I started. When designing your nursery, I say: Let it be part of you and what you want to share with your baby, not just something you found on Pinterest. It can be beautiful and cozy and creative… and it can be just for you and your family to take wonder from. It can be whatever you want it to be!
Go ahead and search for themes, think about your favorite childhood things, think about what you want this room to be and to “say”, think about special family heirlooms or traditions you might want to include for the baby to experience from his very earliest memories. Maybe you will even choose a few of the pieces I used and that’s all fine BUT don’t get so caught up in your theme that you lose sight of how beautiful the abstract can be. What did you love from your childhood that you want to be sure to share with your little one? Perhaps you will choose a collection you love for almost everything in the room and that is great but don’t forget to add those few extra things that will make it one of a kind; Don’t be afraid to experiment, to mix and match and to make the space your own. Create your own theme that is just for you and your family!
What started out with about 10 themes when I began has now morphed into one that was just right for us, it’s the self-proclaimed “anything can happen theme.” In the words of the great Shel Silverstein “… listen close to me, anything can happen,child, anything can be.”
If you are not yet sure what your anything will be, here are a few of my favorite theme ideas to get you started:
Alice in Wonderland, Wonderland
Any children’s Book
The Man in the Moon
Oh the Places you will go
Science and Nature
Sports and Leisure
A Combination of colors: a theme can be as simple as choosing a few of your favorite colors
Fun and Games
Land and Sea
Under the Sea
Up in the Sky