Wednesday, November 21, 2012

our nursery is kind of boring


and it doesn't bother me one bit.
it's funny:  i am definitely not the kind of person who is generally all 'function over form!'.  i appreciate aesthetics -- clean lines, modern touches, and pretty colors.  as you all know, i love clothes, shoes, and stationery -- and one of my greatest pleasures these days is shopping for annabel's wardrobe.  nothing makes me happier than dressing her up in cute little outfits, even if they aren't the most practical.

but i've never been a 'home' person.

it may have a lot to do with the way i was brought up -- a 30-second once-over is enough to tell any visitor that my parents valued practicality and didn't really buy into the whole concept of decor.  was our home comfortable?  absolutely.  relatively clean?  sure.  but my mother wasn't [and still isn't] the type to sit down with a copy of better homes and gardens and design her dream living room.

and as it turns out, neither am i.

i'm very conscious of time; less so of space.  i do like things to be neat and organized, but beyond that i don't tend to get excited about frills.  i like minimalist and natural spaces with a lot of clean lines, but even that takes effort that i'm not really willing to put forth.  the whole 'DIY' trend has sailed completely over my head, which is probably a good thing because i am just not the crafty type.

i may be in the minority, but i'm probably not alone.  so i'm writing this post about our nursery to anyone out there who:

-- was not drawn to any particular color scheme [not pink . . . not blue . . . and not green/yellow/grey/peach, either]
-- does not want to spend time creating original murals for the nursery walls
-- would rather have things look overly spare than overly decorated

i am proud to say that despite my minimalist [read: lazy] approach, i am completely satisfied with annabel's living space.  and i'm pretty sure that she is too.  the walls are standard-issue apartment beige, we don't have any wall art/personalized decor, and believe it or not there isn't even a window.*

here's what we do have . . .

1) a crib, changing table, and futon.  yes, a futon.  i would have preferred a rocker, but we live in a 2-bedroom apartment and the only way we could make a's room into a guest bedroom [for when a's grandparents visit, which has been pretty frequent!] was to put in a futon/sleeper couch.  it's actually pretty comfortable for those middle-of-the-night feedings.

our crib was a generous gift from the in-laws and i splurged on the matching changing table/drawer set -- it converts into a dresser, so i figured that it would be a long-lasting piece of furniture.   so far, i'm quite satisfied.



2) a closet.  so thankful for this because it allows us to keep all of that extra baby stuff tucked away.  
in it, i have a's dresses organized by size.  it breaks my heart that many in this photo are all too little now!



3) carpet.  i love wood floors, but i'm really thankful that a's room is carpeted.  when she was little, we'd put a blanket down, but now i just let her have the run of the place.  ours is spongy/padded enough that it's comfortable for her to roll around on, and if she falls from a seated position it's no big deal.


4) some kind of organizational system
super-cheap at target.

SUPER-important for corralling all of her toys and books.  and the drawers even add a little bit of color to our otherwise neutral landscape.  i heart this shelving system!


and believe it or not -- that's about it.
yes, it's somewhat minimal.  but it's so functional!  and therefore, i am 100% happy with our little nursery.  i may care a bit more about these things once we move to a real house [ie, not an apartment].   but i'm still completely happy with our setup.

 but there's a nice soft light during the day as we're in a converted warehouse apartment. the wall doesn't go to the ceiling -- it's actually a pretty decent situation as far as napping is concerned.

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