When it came to planning Huck's nursery, we were pretty limited in our space options. We have a small house with small rooms. But I was determined to make it work and make it function. We have plenty of time to think about moving into a bigger house when our financial situation allows it. Plus, more space more stuff - right?
I knew I wanted the space to be bright, airy, cozy, simple and functional. I wanted it to reflect the style of our home but still be fun and right for a baby. Chic but not stuffy. Whimsical but not too cheesy. Am I right that there is A LOT of cheesy kid's stuff out there? Why can't it be a touch more elegant and simple? I wanted neutral creams and greys with pops of turquoise, lime green and yellow.
And I wanted to do it on a budget. So here's a basic breakdown:
General decor: I chose a neutral pale grey green colour for the walls to brighten the small space. Jack built me a gorgeous feature wall using old weathered barn board we had picked up in rural Manitoba for a past project that didn't happen. Old shelves we had pulled out of one of our Gimli rental properties added storage space and Jack used a few of the leftover barn board pieces to make our custom 'H'. I am slowly building a gallery wall - starting with with some fun prints of animals with books I picked up on sale by the lovely Trafalgars Square shop on Etsy ($12 each) with cheap IKEA frames, a print we bought on our honeymoon in Florida in a thrift store frame (the school of fish) and an 'H is for Huck' online printable that I simply printed at home (get yours here!). I plan to add more to the wall over time.
Feeding area: I knew I wanted something ultra comfy for feedings and rocking Huck to sleep but rockers and gliders are soooo expensive! I scoured the IKEA scratch and dent section for months while pregnant and finally scored with this leather overstuffed rocker/recliner. It was originally $649 but was a floor model with some denim marks on the cream seat so I scored it for $260. It was definitely my big splurge for the room but well worth it and again - it will transition well in our next home as additional living room/basement furniture. The quilt is ultra special to me...my sister made it using all the fabrics featured on the tables at our wedding. The lamp I picked up at Target.
Changing area: The change table is just an IKEA dresser ($149) that we can use as Huck gets older and transitions to big boy furniture. Jack built the wooden box that secures the change pad to the top for safety. Dollar Store buckets and baskets in pretty pops of colour hold all my diaper and changing supplies.
Storage: The room has a very small closet filled with a few hanging items, bedding and wipes refills, the laundry basket, diaper garbage, etc. IKEA baskets above the closet and under the crib hold toys and items not currently in use. A hook rack behind the door keeps my baby carriers and stores dirty reusable diapers.
Hope you enjoyed the nursery tour! I really love spending time with Huck in the space and despite the small size - is quite functional thanks to some design choices.
What's your favourite tip for scoring extra storage in small spaces?