25 January 2018

Minimalist Nursery Tour

Now that we're getting closer to being prepared for baby boy to make his arrival, I wanted to share with you all a quick tour of his room.

I would describe the style of our nursery as "minimalist," although I know that for plenty, the idea of having a room for the baby at all is completely at odds with the idea of minimalism, let alone all the baby stuff that's inside it. But for me, my biggest priority in designing my home is to make it a home that I enjoy and that functions well for my purposes--and varying degrees of minimalism seem to suit those purposes well on occasion.

I should have taken "before" photos of the room, as transforming it into its current state was a process! Previously, this was the spare bedroom in our apartment, and it contained a bunkbed and another twin bed--it was our guest room, or really, more accurately, "bunk room," and came in handy for various short-term guests that needed a place to stay temporarily, and we liked that we had simple sleeping quarters to offer to someone who needed them. We've actually had a surprising number of strangers end up in our bunk room for a night or two over the past couple of years...our longest guest stayed three months!

However, with this new phase of life, I was no longer interested in dedicating a room in our small apartment to the occasional houseguest, since I'd rather devote the space to someone who will be living here day-in-and-day-out. My idea is that the baby will sleep in our room until I feel comfortable and safe enough to have him sleep in the other room, but in the meantime, even if he doesn't sleep there at night, it's much more convenient to have all of his stuff organized in a separate room. We dismantled the bunk bed and kept only the bottom bunk--so we will still have one bed to offer when needed.

Notes on the tour:

- I requested diapers at my baby shower, and man, my friends delivered! Very happy to have a variety of diaper sizes already prepared for the upcoming months!

- The song that I handlettered and added to the inside of the wardrobe door is one that's very precious to Angel and I, and somewhere along the way in this pregnancy we chose it as the one song for our boy. The whole song is great, and I recommend looking it up and having a listen, but the lyrics that I wrote out are:

Let mercy lead
Let love be the strength in your legs
And in every footprint that you leave
There'll be a drop of grace
If we can reach
Beyond the wisdom of this age
Into the foolishness of God
That foolishness will save
Those who believe
Although their foolish hearts may break
They will find peace
And I'll meet you in that place
Where mercy leads 

- The only things in this room that Angel and I purchased ourselves for the baby are the crib and accompanying crib stuff, and the Calvin College onesie--that onesie was actually purchased, in faith, slightly before this baby existed. Everything else is a hand-me-down or was given to us sometime along this journey. Even the mini-hangers in the closet came to us from my little sister's closet clean-out session! We are so, so very thankful for how our community has met little needs and wants for this boy before he's even been born--both our community here and our community in the USA. I think it's hard to even accurately communicate how grateful we are for those who have thought of us and have helped provide for our boy in a way that we honestly know we never could have done on our own. We have the best family and friends ever, y'all.

- I realize that the oceanic theme is very...subtle, at this point. Mostly just seen in the colors of the bedding and rug and curtain, and in my three sea creatures on the wall. I may do more painting or handlettering as time goes on to add a bit more to the walls. Because we rent, painting and nail holes are something I want to avoid. I also hope to, later on, discover some cool natural wooden toys to add when he's older. I'll be honest, I've been in love with wooden toys for about as long as I can remember. Even while living in Michigan and attending craft shows without a baby in sight to buy for, I would find myself magnetically pulled to the booths with naturally finished wooden boats and trucks and animals and blocks and puzzles. 

What do you think of the space? Is there any particular baby item that you have a special weakness for? 
Lauren said...

I think wooden toys are so cute - they are just really classic and you know so much love when into the making of them!! Plus, they aren't as easily breakable as other, plastic toys. That's wonderful so many people helped you get all the supplies you needed for your little one (or at least MOST of it) and yay for all the diapers you have. Those are always good to have on hand, and in different sizes. :)


Michelle said...

It’s looking great, Rachel! I also love wooden toys. And books. Gracie has an overflowing bookshelf in her room, and it makes me so happy every time I see it.

candy said...

We never had the money to set up a so called nursery. We just had a bedroom with changing table and crib in the room. That was about it. I enjoy seeing different nursery rooms.

Brita Long said...

Are You My Mother? was one of my favorite books as a kid. My mom would read it to my brothers and me, doing different voices for all the animals.

Those song lyrics are beautiful, so I see why y'all chose it.

I like your simple room. I think it can be easy to go overboard with baby stuff and a nursery. So many "must-have" items are really baby-specific, since babies are little humans with their own preferences! When the time comes for Dan and me, I hope to get as much as we can secondhand, and maybe even borrow some of the pricier gadgets from friends if they're in-between infants.

Oh, and I love classic wooden toys, but there are a few plastic ones I like. My in-laws still have a bunch of original Little People toys which they saved from when my husband and his brothers were kids. Those toys are in great condition for being 30+ years old and played with by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. My toddler nephew has some of the newer Little People, which still seem to be a good quality, and he has tons of DUPLOS, which are actually fun for Dan and me to play with as adults. I feel like toys that adults like too are helpful to prevent boredom!

Unknown said...

I love it, very soothing color scheme. I'm not sure if they have it where you live, but maybe stick on wall decals would be a nice way to decorate more. I also love the closet space going from the wall almost to ceiling. Its always a good idea to have an extra room for a baby, otherwise stuff is everywhere and so unorganized!! I love the song lyrics too, its so meaningful and personal. Best wishes!!

Ruthie Ridley said...

Wow, it came out so great! Awesome color scheme!

Angi said...

Cute room!! That wardrobe is pretty awesome, I'd trade that for a closet any day. Imogen has the Jesus Storybook Bible (I think Michelle recommended it to me actually) and we really love it, I'm sure you guys will too! I'm a big fan of wooden toys, too. Imogen definitely has her fair share of non-wooden toys from friends and family (and a couple that we've bought, like plastic stacking cups) but when Isaiah and I buy her stuff, we tend to go for toys that will last and are more keepsake-ish, even if they're a little more pricey.

My only recommendation would be a blackout curtain for that window if any light gets in there. I found that as Imogen got a little older (like 2-3 months) she would NOT sleep if there was ANY light coming into her room. It was just too much fun to look around at things on the walls, etc. We ended up actually putting foil on her window because the blackout curtain we had just wasn't enough to keep all the light out, especially since in the summer/early fall we have about 18 hours of daylight. Every baby is different, of course, but something to keep in mind if you have a baby who won't sleep with distractions, like mine!

Amanda said...

This is so sweet. Loved the video tour! I'm excited for your sweet boy to come play with all of this toys :)

Laura said...

You will LOVE the Jesus Storybook Bible! :)

Lyndsey said...

this is so sweet!! You are so ready for your little boy! Congrats!

The Peculiar Treasure said...

ALL THE HEART EYES for those watercolors! Love the sea creatures anyway, but water colors are even better! And good call on the Jesus Storybook Bible!

Unknown said...

I wish I would have started my minimalist journey when my babies were born! So much stress will be gone with less>>>room for more of what matters! I blogged about getting rid of clutter to see our riches in our homes today!

La Shell said...

Love it! No waste and no excess. I love the hair! I'm sure baby boy will have a ball in his nursery!

Unknown said...

Looks lovely! We’ve tried steering clear of tons of toys and going for quality over quantity. That wardrobe is to die far! Enjoy!

Sarah Ricker: Sarah Emily Blogs said...

I love it! Your sea creatures are absolutely gorgeous! I too love wooden toys! I feel like they are great as well because they bring in a natural element. I did the same thing too, Noah slept in our room until we felt like it was safe/he was ready for his own room and crib but it was super nice to have all of his items organized in one spot!

Jami Fadley said...

That wardrobe is amazing!!!

Unknown said...

Looks fabulous! I love this Darling nursery.

AnneMarie said...

I love this baby room!!!!! That built in wardrobe looks pretty amazing, as does the under-bed and under-crib storage. What a cool way to keep toys and clothes contained and out of sight when they're not in use!

Steph L said...

It looks great! The storage under the crib and bed is awesome. I love the watercolor sea creatures and lyrics inside the wardrobe!!

Wooden toys are the best. We have a few that my grandpa made when I was young that I'm looking forward to sharing with Jackson when he is a little older.