Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nursery Inspiration

For those of you who may have missed my announcement the other day in my post about Cheese Dip, we are joyfully anticipating the arrival of another little one into our family!  I'm a little over 14 weeks right now and definitely feeling pregnant.

This pregnancy has been a trial for me in truly trusting the Lord.  I miscarried a baby last March, and I would be lying to you if I said that getting pregnant again wasn't a scary thing.  Anyone who has miscarried can probably relate to the fact that you wonder if you'll ever be able to have a baby again (or ever have a baby if you don't have other children yet).  The Lord was very gracious to us and we found out I was pregnant about a week before our other baby would have been due.  We kept the new to ourselves for awhile, because we wanted to have a good ultrasound, with a heartbeat, before telling anyone.  I struggled during those first few weeks to leave the entire situation in the Lord's hands, knowing that He was in control, the baby was His, and He would do what He deemed best.  Hearing the baby's heartbeat for the first time was awesome!  I've still struggled in trusting God throughout this, but He continues to teach me to not fear and trust Him completely.

At this point we've decided not to find out the gender of this baby (some of our friends call us crazy).  We didn't find out with our first child and I loved that moment after giving birth when they said, "It's a girl!"  There are definitely pros and cons to each way, but neither is right or wrong.

I've never been able to really decorate a nursery before.  When we had our first baby, we were living with my parents (husband was just beginning his Navy career), and with our 2nd, we lived in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment, so the 2nd bedroom was also the guest room.  Now, we actually have space for a nursery and I have to say I'm pretty excited about getting to decorate for this little one.  Currently, the room we will use as the nursery has a crib and a queen size bed in it (it's the 2nd guest room) but I'm hoping to convince my husband to put the bed in the attic for awhile so it can just be a nursery.  We'll see how that goes over...

Anyway, on to the subject at hand:  inspiration for the nursery.  There are several requirements for this nursery:
1.  It must be gender neutral.
2.  The cost cannot be great.
3.  Most decor will be DIY driven (see #2)
4.  The colors need to somewhat fit in with the rest of the house.

These are my requirements thus far, the list will probably grow, but this is the start.  So, I've spent just a little bit of time looking for inspiration and here are the photos I've found.

I am seeing this alphabet art everywhere right now!  Not sure if I really like it, but I do like the pops of color against the blue wall.

The slight orange with blue combo really struck me.  There's no way I'm painting stripes on the walls, but the look is nice.

The roman shades stuck out to me in this photo, although I do like the celery color on the wall and non-baby fabric choices.

Blues and greens are my favorite, and this room looks pretty simple.

The idea of hanging fabric shelves is great!  They're functional and you can add more color with great fabrics.

This room seems more girly to me than gender neutral, but I do like the simplicity of it.

Embroidery hoop art is perfect for any room, but I like it in a nursery for added color.  A clock is a must so as to keep track of nursing time :)

I like the turquoise (NOT painting the ceiling!) and those floating shelves are great.

These are my initial thoughts on the nursery.  I hope to figure out how to make an inspiration board, so once I do come to some conclusions (probably in April, right before the baby is due) I'll let you know.

Happy November!


  1. Praying that you will continue to trust God - and that He will keep you and little baby safe!! I love all of the inspiration you've found. I think orange and blue looks really good! And I really love all of the little owl things that are everywhere...maybe the new animal for this baby?? :) All of the alphabet letters are fun because they're so colorful. I know whatever you end up doing will look great because you are so creative! It's nice that you are crafty and can sew so you can save money that way.

  2. I love all the pictures--how are you ever going to choose? So excited for you guys with the new little one on the way. Oh, and I'm trying the cake doughnuts today=)

  3. I also love yellow and gray together. It can be made girly or boyish. :) We've thought about not founding out if we have another baby since we already have one of each. :)
    PSs. I say yes to painting stripes! ;)

  4. Those are some great nursery ideas! I know that it must not be easy after having a miscarriage to be pregnant again...here's to your healthy baby in April!

  5. Rejoicing with you, Lauren! What wonderful news!! Praying you will continue to trust our Father and rest in His tender care. As for the nursery - I love different things about each of the photos :) I was wondering if your love of the beach could be used as a gender neutral theme. Could easily use non-nursery fabrics in your blues, turquoises and greens, shells ... with your creativity, that could be super cute! Just a thought ...

  6. Congratulations, Lauren! :) That's wonderful that you are going to be able to set up a nursery for this precious little one! We are getting our nursery ready now, so I know how hard it is to decide what to do! I know whatever you do will be beautiful. I hope that you and baby are feeling well!
    ps. I can't believe you ran that 10 miler pregnant! You're like super woman :)

  7. Congrats Lauren! I missed the announcement in the cheese post (that sounds funny) but I saw it on facebook the other day and was so excited for you all! I love the alphabet from the first picture. It would be so much fun being on the lookout for the perfect letters over the next several months!

  8. Lauren,
    Just wanted to add in my congratulations!!! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. :)

  9. Congratulations!!! So exciting! I bet you girls are so thrilled and looking forward to "birth" day. :-) SO happy for you!

  10. Congrats again! I hope and pray that God will protect you and baby. You found some great inspirational nurseries! It will be fun to see what you end up doing!

  11. Praise the Lord! What exciting news! I am just catching up after the birth of little Louisa, who, as you know, is a gift after a miscarriage.
    I will be praying for you all.


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