At one time it was normal for me to spend weeks renovating or redecorating a room just in time to finish it up and crave change again just a few months later. Slowly but surely I’m finding my sense of style and it’s starting to stick.
When we were preparing the nursery for Lyric’s arrival I knew I had created the first space in our home that I would feel content with for a long time. I remember measuring and cutting every single piece of pine for the walls and watching it come together piece by piece with my big ol’ belly getting in the way. I kept the room white so it felt timeless and calming, even on those sleepless nights.
Just over a year later we would be expecting another baby and preparing the nursery all over again. I didn’t want to start from scratch because it was important to me that some of the elements that were present in Lyric’s first year stayed the same. But I knew Harlow’s nursery needed just enough change that would make the space her own.
For once being that person that took over 5 years to find that one perfect area rug, I sure am killing it in that department now! Our new Lorena Canals area rug has given the nursery a completely new and refreshing feel to it and I loooove it. The BEST, most amazing part is this thing is machine washable. Can I get an Amen, Hallelujah, best-invention-ever, please? 🙌🏻 I would otherwise never ever buy such a light colored area rug with kids in the house. You literally put it in any conventional washing machine, tumble dry on low or hang dry and it looks brand new again. I love a beautiful area rug but it drives me crazy only being able to spot clean most of them, so this sets the bar incredibly high and suddenly makes all the others in the house seem like they’re lacking. Also, the quality is comparable to the expensive 100% wool rugs I have but is actually softer than them! Now I want a hallway runner, a rug in the dining room and a new one in the living room, too!
But back to the nursery – we kept it gender-neutral initially, but finding out that we had a little Harlow on the way meant I could create the neutral yet feminine space I had always wanted and I think the rug helps set the perfect tone. The crib, macrame wall hanging, a few new pieces of artwork and the linens are also new. Blending white with the warm tones in the wood accents gives the room the fresh and cozy feel I wanted. Then, just a little bit of color in the pink change pad cover (that my mom made) and the print above the crib was all the space needed to feel feminine and delicate without overdoing it.
I’m so in love with this little nursery, I can hardly believe we’ve welcomed two babies home here. We’ve tucked a little girl into bed night after night for almost three years in this room. I’ve spent many nights nursing my girls to sleep and waking up in that chair with a crooked neck and frozen toes. We’ve had countless good night snuggles and good morning kisses in this same little space. We’ve all had our turn squeezing into the bottom of that closet during a game of hide-and-seek. And the diapers…I can’t imagine how many diapers we’ve changed on that change table! It really is all about the little things, but I think that’s why I enjoy making the most of each and every corner in our home. This is where we make all of our memories and I think these four walls and the rooms within it warrant some TLC just like they witness between the people and pet that live here.
machine washable area rug: Lorena Canals / deer print: Hi Kids Co. / nursing pillow Cover: Sunday Design Studio / table lamp & pouf: target / change table & wood circular mirror: Ikea / gazelle head: Home Sense / macrame wall hanging: Simply Entangled / custom pink watercolor print: Anewall / crib: Jenny Lind from Wayfair / custom name crib sheet: Dotboxed / letter H: Amazon / heart mirror: Wal-mart / white circular mirror: Bouclair