Today I’m excited to share Archer’s nursery tour! But more specifically I wanted to tell you what I learned from designing my second baby’s nursery and give a few practical tips that you can implement too. And naturally I want to spoil you rotten with a fab giveaway to boot!
You’ll probably remember my posts on nursery design here and here. But beyond the design, I bumped into a couple of key issues. When you’ve got another baby on the way, odds are that you’re going to reuse a lot of the same things from the first one. I had saved practically everything from when Jude was a baby, with the exception of the crib which had long ago gone on to glory. Heck, I still had diapers in my old diaper bag, for Pete’s sake! But there were a couple of areas where I realized that we were going to have to find some design solutions.
Right away I realized that this baby needed two things of his very own that I couldn’t hand down from Jude:
- a dresser
- toy & book storage
I couldn’t pass along Jude’s dresser because he’s still using it and will be for years to come (which is great because we bought it to last well beyond the nursery years). And the toy storage – as we all know – is an absolute must-have since those darn things multiply like rabbits. A place for everything and everything in its place.
End goal: pick out storage furniture that can grow with Archer so we’re not locked into babyish pieces that only get us through a year or two. So I chatted with my friends at the Land of Nod to see if we could come up with something together. The Land of Nod’s aesthetic meshes so well with mine, and like I’ve said before, it’s the kind of stuff I’d want even if I didn’t have kids. And to me, that’s the mark of great design – there’s no delineation between “for kids” or “for grown-ups.” It’s just good stuff.
All those precious baby clothes are now corralled in the stylish Andersen dresser. It does double duty as a changing table; I reused the topper that came with Jude’s dresser from 2007. I’m really impressed with the quality of this dresser – and I’m totally having a moment with the natural wood-on-white look right now. It’ll transition perfectly once Archer needs a more grown-up space (um, not too soon, ok? Sob).
All the baby toys are happily living in the District bookshelf across the room. I went with two shelves instead of three as it fit the space better, although I love that you can add more later if you need it. It’s currently housing books, stuffed animals, and other goodies. I’m sure little treasures will get stowed behind the sliding doors.
I pulled the rolling library cart in from the playroom with all of the board books. Above it are my Madera Instagram prints, printed on wood to continue the natural texture from the dresser and the frames.
And these wire baskets make for perfectly lightweight laundry hampers (these are similar).
The red pouf serves as a comfy seat as well as a footrest for the rocking chair (which is currently downstairs in the living room) and I love it when Jude hops up onto it when I’m changing the baby’s diaper.
I’m utterly obsessed with the striped cube storage totes. The colors are bright and vibrant, and they’re so flexible. I use them for everything from taking Pencil Shavings Studio orders to the post office to taking a haul of things down to the lake house. In the nursery, I’m using them to store all the gigantic boxes of diapers and wipes that I keep on hand as well as more toys (OMG WHERE DO THEY ALL COME FROM).
So now for the fun part – the Land of Nod wants to give you $100 to get creative with your own storage! One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to put towards any of their colorful and fabulous bins, shelves and totes. How fun is that? It’s a veritable rainbow of options – here are my current favorites. Check out the Rafflecopter widget to enter.
STRIPED TOTES // LOCKER BASKETS // HALF TONE FLOOR BASKETS // STRAPPING SHELF BASKETS // ORANGE MEGA SORTER // LATTICE FLOOR BIN
Thank you to my friends at the Land of Nod!