So we all know that Maximus isn’t really sleeping, but this is what my pre-baby imagination came up with. Since my second bedroom serves so many roles as it is, making it the babies room wouldn’t work. Also, I wanted to have him close to me for the first couple years for what has now turned into 1am screamfests. I’m a complete zombie when woken up in the middle of the night and making it across the room to check on him is already hard enough, so it’s probably better he’s not in another room.
The space between my closet door and bedroom door was freed up last year, after my closet renovation. I’ll post more about that later, but I no longer needed my armoire in the bedroom, leaving a perfect place for a crib.
My problem was, that I didn’t want it to feel like there was a random crib just placed in my room. My goal was to create an area that defined the space for the baby within the room, so I started looking on Houzz for nursery ideas and I came across this picture.
The idea of adding extra storage is a no-brainer in my small house. I also love the idea of having books on display, since reading to the baby is so important to me. The cabinets reminded me of the kids cabinets that I’ve seen at Ikea and who doesn’t looooove a good reason to go wondering around Ikea? If you’re anything like me, you go to Ikea for one thing and after entering the rabbit hole, you leave with things you didn’t know you needed. Ikea is slowly taking over every room in my house. So when I saw this cabinet, the wheels in my head started turning.
Now I know it’s a bathroom medicine cabinet, but hear me out. I originally wanted a mirror to put on that wall, so I thought this would be perfect to pull double duty. I was also looking for the ledge shelves that I have in my living room, for the books to go on, but for some reason my Ikea doesn’t seem to carry them anymore. Thankfully Pinterest has a million ideas on how to make them on your own. I don’t even remember what site I went to, but it was something like THIS. I ended up using left over trim that I had from my closet renovation to create the same look. In case you were wondering, this does not impede the closet door. That would drive me nuts if it did.
I got lucky and found a random bassinet in the back of a TJ Maxx for $20. Sometimes it pays to go wondering around stores for no reason. It was perfect, since it had wheels to roll him from room to room as a newborn and it fit between my bed and the wall at night.
I also found a picture of crocheted jelly fish on pinterest, so my mom made me a couple to hang from the ceiling. They still need eyes and a mouth MOM, but I think they are cute!
It took until he was 2 months old, to find a picture to hang over his bed. I didn’t want anything that was too expected. I think this has the perfect amount of child like whimsy with a coastal theme that still matches the rest of the room. Now I wish I could find more animals to go with him. Couldn’t you just picture Llama Llama red pajama, hanging out with Peter Rabbit on the beach?
This is what his section of the room looks like today. It turns out, a regular size crib wouldn’t fit between the two doors, so I ordered this (affiliate link) Mini Crib on Amazon. It fits perfect and he still has plenty of room to grow. I like how the natural wood matches the cabinet too.
This is my side of the room. What do you think? Do the two sides look cohesive? I feel like the lighting in these pictures aren’t doing it justice.
What do you think?