Tuesday, October 12, 2010


No, I don't have completed nursery photos to show you. Because the nursery isn't complete yet. In fact, all it is at the moment is painted walls, a rug, and a closet full of baby stuff that has yet to be organized in any way.

I mentioned that this is making me antsy, the bags and boxes of baby clothes and toys (almost entirely gifts and hand-me-downs... dear Internet, and soon-to-be-grandparents, thank you for providing for my child), so this weekend we finally did something about it. We decided upon and ordered the rest of the nursery furniture. And now it is all on its way to our house. Where we will have to recruit a neighbor to help Torsten haul it up the stairs, and then we will attempt to assemble it all (actually, only the bookshelf and the crib require assembly) without killing each other. It will be a good test of our marriage, yes?

Anyway, as a refresher, here is the room as it stands now (though the rug now lies flat, and so the books have been removed):

And here is the photo that inspired the planned color scheme (from here):

We have now ordered four pieces of furniture. Once they arrive and are assembled, the only major things the room will be missing are the crib mattress and blinds for the windows. Plus the little things, like a changing pad, crib skirt, laundry hamper, table lamp, and so on. We've also made pretty good progress on wall art--but once the furniture is assembled we will work on placement and figure out what is still needed.

Anyway! We purchased this crib when it went on sale. It is currently languishing in our garage, waiting to be carried upstairs and assembled.

Then, when my parents were here a few weeks ago, my mom and I went and bought this glider and ottoman set, a baby gift from my parents. It is my concession to practicality--it is not the most attractive chair I've ever seen, but it IS the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in. And I expect to be sitting in it a lot, including late at night, so that seemed like a worthwhile tradeoff. We ordered it with a white frame and yellow upholstery, but NOT the upholstery shown in this photo (the fabric we ordered is less... shiny. And hopefully therefore also less ugly).

Then this weekend, we decided upon and ordered this dresser. (We decided to use my parents' early Christmas gift offer on a higher-quality dresser, since, as many of you pointed out, it will get lots of use, what with drawers that are opened and closed on a regular basis, unlike a bookshelf, which pretty much just sits there.)

And then there was the last piece: the bookshelf. I had been coveting this one (there are two in that photo, but we only would have ordered one), but we just do not have the budget for a $400 bookshelf right now. So we discussed it and agreed that a lower-quality, not-solid-wood bookshelf is just fine. As long as it is sturdy enough that it won't collapse into a pile of kindling as soon as we put a book on it, it's fine, at least for the next few years. (And we will be sure to fasten it--and all the furniture--to the wall so that it can't hurt Piglet, too.) So I was browsing Target, thinking I'd never find anything as perfect as the expensive shelf... and then look what I found! A nearly-identical replica of the expensive shelf, for less than half the cost (AND I had a promo code for an additional discount).

Now I just have to antsily wait for everything to arrive so we can put it together... and then organize all our baby stuff! And then wait for, you know, the baby, so that we can actually USE this room we are spending so much time putting together.

Also, while we're showing photos, here's a bonus one of me. 26 weeks today!


  1. Generally speaking, I'm not a huge fan of white furniture. But, lately? I've kind of been infatuated with kitchens that have white cabinets with dark countertops and stainless steel appliances. And also? I'm finding that I kind of like nurseries where accents (i.e., walls, rugs, accessories) are in bright, vibrant colors and the furniture is white. I can already tell I'm going to love your nursery when it's finally put together!

  2. yaaaay! i can't wait for you guys to put it all together so that *i* can drool over photos :)

  3. I have a DaVinci crib, and I cannot tell you how happy I am with it. It's so sturdy, well-made and it just feels super-safe. And, as I'm sure you know, they ranked highest on Consumer Reports, too. And so reasonable!

    I know this is assy of me, but I always sort of chuckle when people spend a fortune on baby furniture, but particularly cribs. Friends, your child, no matter what you think, will CHEW on your crib. GNAW on it. You will have chew marks all over your rails and the occasional slat, and ... yeah. Get a well-made, inexpensive crib. They exist.

  4. You look great! So happy and glowing :)

    Can't wait to see pictures of the nursery put together.

  5. The nursery is going to be gorgeous, but not as gorgeous as you and that baby belly!!!

  6. and my cribs have teeth marks too. lmao @jonniker's comment.

  7. It's beginning to look like you're going to have a baby in your house!!!

  8. We bought a not-so attractive rocking chair because my husband deemed it the most comfortable. Given the number of hours I've spent in that thing, that was one of our better ideas. It still looks as good as the day we brought it home too.

  9. Pretty. This is going to be a beautiful room - that Mr. Piglet is one lucky boy!

  10. If you really hate the color of the cushions you can always cover them with a blanket :) Or, when you have the money, get them reupholstered :)

  11. You're looking beautiful!

    Also, I. Want. That. Yellow. Rug.