Stick a fork in the baby nursery and call it done. Well, actually it’s a shared space for Lux and Priscilla-Jake Ryan/baby Sparkle. Previously, this room was the guest bedroom and Lux and Knox shared a room together, but given that Knox is going to start kindergarten next year we figured it would be smarter to rearrange the spaces so that he could have his space and quiet since he’s older and would likely appreciate the extra room he has now for legos and dragons and all the things that make 5 year-old boys happy.
We don’t know the sex of the baby yet, but with a 50/50 shot at either a boy or girl and some gender neutral bases like yellow, green, and blue, it would be easy to tweak to include some more boy-ish elements if we wanted to down the line. I ended up using a lot of stuff I already had on hand, like the rug, dresser, shelves, and wall decor, so it’s not a huge investment loss if we change things up.
Lux’s bed and bedding were already being used, but luckily still fit the space. It’s a double-sided light blue and light green quilt with the blue side on top, but the green is visible when you fold it back. Her bedframe is an antique my parents purchased in Tennessee, and the bedding is from Target. Funny, I bought the twin set on clearance for $14 with her big girl bed in mind when I was still pregnant with her. Love how it worked out.
The pink children’s roll top desk was mine from when I was a kid. I stacked some toy suitcases and put her dress up jewelry box on it with the owl lamp from Urban Outfitters I had in college. I love the subtle pops of white around the room.
One of the few baby items that we had not yet gotten rid of was the crib. Ideally, I would have loved to have found a cute white curvy Jenny Lind-style crib, but again decided to just go with what we already had instead of spending more money. All three kids will have used it, and that makes it sentimental and that’s cool. I ended up buying an aqua polka-dot crib sheet on clearance from Target and a yellow breathable bumper. I think the sheet was around $6 and the bumper was about $20. I looked at some other matching custom options on etsy and online baby boutiques but they are so expensive! I also didn’t want an overpowering pattern, and I’m glad it worked out the way it did. I DIY’d a quick crib skirt using some fabric I bought at Hobby Lobby using this technique.
Knox and Lux both received these beautiful homemade crocheted blankets when they were babies. You can see Lux’s pink blanket above. She LOVES that blanket, she carries it around the house all day and sleeps with it every night. It has been loved well since she was born. Sad to say, we aren’t in contact with the person who made their blankets anymore but I was really hoping to find one that matched for PJR-Sparkle. I checked local craft fairs and connected with a few people who crocheted about possibly making one, but that never came through so I finally caved and ordered one on etsy. It’s cute and the patterns are similar, but it’s not identical. I was really happy with how fast it came though! I hope he/she treasures it as much as Knox and Lux love theirs.
The only other thing I ended up buying was the $15 wicker chair from Goodwill that I spray painted white. We had a rocker for Knox and Lux that I would nurse in or soothe them back to sleep but that unfortunately found a new home before we found out we were expecting again. I still wanted Lux to have some of her own toys and books in the room so this corner has some nice space for her play in. I’d like to add another basket or two to keep things tidy so I’ll be keeping an eye out for those when I’m out and about. We are big on baskets in our house for toy roundup. Each kid has a basket in the living room also with their most used toys and I switch those out about once a month in rotation. Maybe one day I’ll share what the other rooms look like, too.
Right now it’s my favorite room in the house. I love going in there and staring at the stockpile of diapers in the closet and refolding tiny white onesies. I’m so thankful for the chance to decorate this room and for this baby and for the future. I think back to what this house was like when we first moved in almost six years ago and it makes me so joyful that we are where we are today. Life is amazing and unpredictable and absolutely incredible.