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Design a Nursery Your Baby Can Grow With

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

PSA: Your baby will grow fast. My son, Maclan will be one at the end of the month (Halloween baby!) and I feel like I blinked. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital, but that’s a story for another day - we are tackling the nursery here, folks! My design advice to all expectant parents is to pick a nursery theme that will grow with your child.

You’re no expert by the time the second kid arrives, but I do like to think you gain some practical knowledge. When I first started to brainstorm the design for Mac’s nursery, I spent hours looking for the perfect artwork that would inspire the theme of his room. Baby animals holding balloons….vintage golf prints…I was all over the place! Then it came to me….pick a theme that would grow with him rather than one that may not fit his (or my) taste in a few years.

For Madeleine’s room I followed this idea and chose a shabby chic theme which has followed us through a major home renovation and her transition into toddlerhood! Above her crib, I hung a wooden cut-out monogram that we had to move once she she started standing (no children were hurt in the decorating of this nursery). This brings me to my second piece of advice, don’t hang anything above the crib that your child will be able to reach once they start standing.

Realizing that I didn’t want to make the same mistake twice, I chose to hang a wallpaper mural of a world map behind Mac’s crib. I plan to do a future post on this DIY project that my Dad was kind enough to help me with. I am happy to report that the project was completed successfully and more importantly, we are still speaking. I figured a world map was an interesting talking piece and I picture him one day putting push pins into the places he will travel. I am also hoping Mac is better at geography than I am - I mean he has to be with a map above his head, right?

I sourced the wallpaper from Murals Wallpaper in the UK and overall I was very happy with the experience and the product. You can learn more about how it works here.

Other Sources:

Nursery Furniture: RH Outlet (Marcela line)

Glider: Pottery Barn

Roman Shades: Pottery Barn

Nursery Baskets: Pottery Barn

Rug: Pottery Barn (no longer available)

Ottoman/Pouf: Amazon

Mirror & Lamp: Targets

Monthly Frame: Pottery Barn

Hello World Frame: Mudpie

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