Obviously I'm totally biased, but you are about to witness the sweetest nursery reveal – like, ever.
I love this room so very much. Some evenings I'll sneak away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to just sit here quietly and take it all in. I imagine the teeny baby inside my belly – what will she look like? – and how very soon she'll make her grand debut into this great, big world.
I can't help but get a little emotional.
(Okay, a lot – so much so, in fact, that I'm afraid the husband may soon forbid me from entering this room altogether until the baby arrives, ha!)
After six weeks of planning, brainstorming, problem solving, sourcing, assembling, styling and shooting, I am thrilled to finally share this space with you. I had never designed a nursery before, so this One Room Challenge was all sorts of sentimental.
If you want to see what happened throughout the entire six-week adventure, you can catch up below:
- A Modern Glam Nursery for Our Baby Girl: The Plan (Week 1)
- Small Nursery Layout + 3-D Room Mockup (Week 2)
- Designing a Custom Nursery Closet + Wallpaper Update (Week 3)
- Nursery Progress (Week 4)
- Adding Personality to the Nursery With Accessories and DIY Projects (Week 5)
One evening last week, as we were putting a few finishing touches on the room, the husband and I began reminiscing about our own respective childhoods.
"Can you imagine our own parents putting in this much time and effort – not to mention resources – into a room for a baby?" I asked. "Back then, you got a crib and some swaddle blankets to your name, and you were set!"
Growing up in Ukraine, it's not that my parents didn't believe in providing the best for their children. They simply didn't have the means for such unnecessary extravagance. In that time and setting, the very idea of a nursery was nonexistent. You simply didn't dedicate an entire room to a teeny baby, let alone decorate it for the sake of decorating.
So when I first began designing this space, I was hyper sensitive to the fact that much of what we consider the norm in preparing for baby's arrival is not really necessary. Furthermore, I didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on a baby's room – only to re-do everything a few years later, when she's older.
I'm especially excited that the end results are a good mix of already owned pieces and a couple newly purchased items that can easily transition through the years. Of course, I also got the opportunity to work with some incredible sponsors, who so very generously donated products and helped bring our vision for the room to life.
Let's take a look, shall we?
I had the most difficult time choosing a glider for the space – and so I didn't!
Instead, we moved one of the chrome barrel chairs from our living room into the nursery on a trial basis. It's so cozy, especially with the faux fur throw – I may leave it in here for good and forget the glider altogether.
The grand debate of leaving the closet doors versus removing them for the time being was quickly settled once we brought in the chair. There's simply no way we would've had enough room for the French closet doors to swing open.
Sure, we could've replaced the closet doors with a bi-fold alternative, but that's just unnecessary spending.
Speaking of closet doors, one of my very favorite features of the room is the built-in nursery closet. It was gifted to us by the good folks at ClosetMaid.
Each time I step into the room, my eyes are immediately drawn to its organized and perfectly styled shelves. They send my OCD-ladden heart aflutter every time. I'm fully aware that once baby girl grows up, the likelihood of everything staying organized is very, very slim. But by that time there will be no need for the barrel chair in the room, so we can easily re-install the French doors to hide the messes.
Or maybe she'll take after me and have intense perfectionist tendencies that will translate into a neat closet, ha! Not sure whether I can truly wish that on anyone, though, especially on my own child...
The nursery is teeny-tiny – 8x10.5 feet, to be exact – and with the top of the dresser just big enough to fit a changing tray and a few diapering essentials, we had to get creative in terms of storing necessities and displaying decorative items.
The mirrored cake stand used as display is one prime example. Granted, I haven't had my baby shower just yet, so we didn't have many toys and such to display – but even with the few items, it's a sweet little addition to the room.
The copper shelves provide additional storage. They were a last-minute find at Minted.com while I was searching for artwork. For now, they house a few personal and decorative items but can also function as bookshelves.
When I first shared a preview of the shelves on Instagram, I was surprised by just how many of you zeroed in on the "M" initial.
It's no secret that we've been quite indecisive in choosing a name. As exciting as it is to be one step closer to finally doing so, I can't say we're there just yet. "M" is just one of the top three names we have in mind. But if you have any suggestions for soft, feminine girl names with a Slavic root – I'm all ears!
Another one of my favorite items on the shelves has got to be the Russian alphabet print. I'm excited to announce that it will soon be available in my Etsy shop. It's such a simple but cute way to add a personal touch to a baby's room.
Speaking of artwork, just on the other side of the crib hang two gorgeous photos of my beloved Paris. Not only do they seamlessly fit in with the color palette of the room, but they bring up all sorts of sweet emotions from when the husband and I spent 10 dreamy days in the City of Lights.
It wouldn't be a baby's room without a few whimsical and playful touches, right?
Lots of you asked about the tulle pom pom garland. I'll be sharing a DIY tutorial very soon for those interested in recreating the piece.
One of my favorite whimsical pieces is the baby mobile.
I mentioned last week that I got the incredible opportunity to work with Sproutling + Co. on a custom mobile for our little girl. The possibilities are truly endless on this one. Not only can you choose colors to match the nursery, but you can completely customize the entire design by choosing a custom frame color and adding wood beads. Nicole, the talent behind Sproutling + Co., makes these lovely creations by hand – and she’s a total gem to work with.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, concludes our tour.
My next project will be to register for a hospital tour and figure out what in the world to pack in a hospital bag... Any tips?
A Note of Gratitude
I'd also like to thank my ORC sponsors, who so generously donated products to our nursery and helped bring our vision for the room to life:
- Minted for the artwork of Paris and the copper shelves;
- Lamps Plus for the floor lamp, ottoman, mirrored cake stand and faux flower bouquet;
- Walls Need Love for the "Clara" wallpaper mural;
- ClosetMaid for the custom nursery closet;
- Safavieh for the faux fur throw;
- Rockabye for the musical lamb rocker;
- Sproutling + Co. for the custom baby mobile;
- Freshly Picked for the baby moccasins.
Shop the Room, by Category
Because so many of the items in this room were already owned, they are either no longer available or were custom made. For everything else, you’ll find all of the shoppable sources below.
If there's something specific you can't find, or you have a question about a particular product, I am always happy to help. The curtains, mobile and wallpaper have all been quite popular, with many of you sending emails to inquire about where I bought those particular items. All that to say: If you spot something you like, be sure to claim it before it's sold out.
WALL DECOR: WALLPAPER MURAL, Walls Need Love | PARIS ARTWORK, Minted | COPPER SHELVES, Minted | MOON PRINT, DIY | SHEEP PRINT, DIY | RUSSIAN ALPHABET PRINT, DIY | "M" INITIAL PRINT, DIY | WHITE PRINT FRAMES, IKEA | BRASS MIRROR, Target
UPHOLSTERY, FABRICS, THROWS AND RUGS: RUG, Wayfair | FAUX FOX THROW, Safavieh | FAUX FUR BLUSH THROW, HomeGoods (Similar available at West Elm and Wayfair) | BLACKOUT CURTAIN PANELS, Wayfair | FITTED CRIB MATTRESS SHEET, Target | CHANGING PAD SHEET, Target
DECOR AND ACCESSORIES: SILK FLOWER ARRANGEMENT, Lamps Plus | MIRRORED CAKE STAND, Lamps Plus | BABY MOBILE, Sproutling + Co. | TULLE POM POM GARLAND, DIY (Tutorial coming soon!) | ACRYLIC PHOTO FRAME, Target | POLKA DOTTED STORAGE BINS, Target | NEON NESTING BOXES, Kate Spade | GOLD ONE-STEM VASE, Bloomingville | PINK CANDLE HOLDER, HomeGoods | WHITE PLANTER, IKEA (Also available at Amazon) | GOLD TRAY, At Home (Similar available at West Elm, CB2, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, World Market and Pier 1 Imports) | AMPERSAND FIGURINE, Etsy (Similar available at Wayfair and Overstock) | MISCELLANEOUS NOTEBOOKS, HomeGoods and TJ Maxx | BRASS DISPENSERS ON THE CHANGING TABLE, Target | CRYSTAL DRESSER KNOBS, Amazon | BRASS CURTAIN ROD, Bed Bath & Beyond | MUSICAL LAMB ROCKER, Rockabye
BABY ITEMS AND TOYS: BABY MOCCASINS, Freshly Picked | GRAY BABY BOOTIES, Amazon | GRAY PLUSH BUNNY, Target | SMALL, BLUSH BUNNY, Amazon | WOODEN BLOCKS, Michael's Stores (Similar available on Etsy) | "CHEBURASHKA" PLUSH TOY, Amazon | PINK BABY HANGERS, Target
About the One Room Challenge
Twice a year, 20 featured bloggers along with hundreds of guest participants are challenged to transform any room they so choose, but they must complete the entire project in six weeks.