I’m the first to admit that I love a gorgeous nursery/toddler room…
I pin photos like crazy on Pinterest, I drool at photos in magazines, and dream of all the fun purchases that cost an arm and a leg in catalogs.
But then reality hits. Do people actually have rooms that look like that?
Well…I’m sure they do but they are either perfectly staged for photos or the mom of the little one that lives in that room is driving herself crazy constantly picking up the room to be super neat and tidy. Lol, I don’t have time for that!
Now that I’m thinking up Mabel’s new toddler room and a nursery for Baby #2, gone are dreams of the perfect room. It’s amazing how your priorities change after being a mom for a few years or when the second child comes along. Like what was I thinking buying an insanely overpriced crib the first time?!
You know what wins over now? Practicality! A room that’s comfortable and can be played in…one that looks lived in too…not just straight out of a magazine.
The big challenge this time around is that since we are in a rental, we have to be a little more creative without permanent personalization. I would love to paint…but it’s just not gonna happen since I don’t feel like asking the landlord or having to repaint before we move again.
Let me show you what I’m working with before I attempt a slight overhaul on Mabel’s new room. We moved in 3 months ago (goodness, has it been that long already?) and Mabel’s room is a slight hodgepodge of eclectic furniture that goes together but is missing the warm feeling of anything on the walls.
You can see her sheet, it was part of her crib bedding that I made (you can see her nursery here) and now that I’ve decided to change up her color scheme, her bedding will be changing. Now, there is nothing wrong with the bedding I made almost 3 years ago…but I enjoy sewing so I’m taking on the challenge of making new bedding for her room along with some window panels. *I’ve been asked a handful of times about the bookshelf – and this is the one we bought…we’ve been very happy with the quality so far!*
These are the fabrics I decided on:
If you’re curious, they are by Katy Jones/Art Gallery Fabrics and part of a collection called Priory Square.
Here is another view of her room with her toy chest and vanity that I found on Etsy while we were back in Delaware. One thing I have no problem spending money on are quality wood items that I know will last. Depending on space, the vanity might be moved to Baby #2’s room so that we have more room to add a table/chair set to Mabel’s room.
And lastly the view of the dresser (see there are actually things on top of it because a real toddler lives in this room, lol!):
The dresser was another Etsy find (from the same place we found the vanity) and the little purple table is from Target. As for the glider and ottoman, I’m almost 100% positive they will go to live in the nursery since those bad boys aren’t cheap and this momma doesn’t want to shell out the money for another one. Mabel will either get a comfy stationary chair or the teepee/tent that I plan on making will fill out that space. She loves little cozy places where she can hide.
Okay…so that’s where we are currently at right now. Mabel’s room is one big work in progress and the nursery is still a blank canvas (I’m going to be kicking myself the closer I get to this little one’s arrival when I still haven’t gotten around to messing with it)…but I’m taking it one step at a time.
I’ll post the update photos as I go, probably some photos of Mabel’s new bedding as it comes off of my sewing machine over the next few weeks. 🙂 And possibly a tutorial if any of you like to sew!
Did you go with a theme for your little one’s room, do you have a color scheme that you chose, or is it just an eclectic mix of what you and your little one enjoy?