One of the most fun parts of getting ready for a new baby is decorating the nursery. While I'm certainly excited to tackle this project, I'm trying not to let myself get too carried away. After all, Babeleo will be a baby, and probably won't care all that much about the decor in his/her little room, at least not for a while yet. I have to admit that for the most part, I'm decorating to indulge my own fancies.
Be that as it may, I chose the theme and vibe that I'm going for based on my hope and dreams for little Babeleo. I'd like to create a space that inspires curiosity, peace, and a connection to nature and spirituality. That's a tall order for a baby room, but I enjoy a good challenge.
The walls in the room we're planning to use are already a very peaceful shade of blue/grey. We were gifted with a white crib during Scott's sister's last visit, and we plan to furnish the rest of the room with second-hand dressers and bookcases as we find them. There is already some basic shelving in the room, and a wide, shallow closet.
Photo via Carrie McBride, Apartment Therapy
We'll probably convert the closet into a changing area. My sister did something similar in her baby room, saving space, and making the room appear a little bit larger and more open.
If I had to sum up what I'm going for, I'd have to say it's a combination of world-travel, nature, and Bhuddism. Kind of an odd combo, I know, but I think it will come together in the end. I've been collecting little things, as well as pinning projects and ideas as I come across them. For the travel side, I'd like to have some things like sailboats, airplanes, maps and globes.
Photo via the Martin Family, HandmadeHome.net
One specific project I am set on doing is a world map mural on one of the walls. I've been looking at decals, posters, and wallpaper, but depending on my ambition, I might just try painting it myself. We'll see. I plan on sticking the map with pins for all of the places that our family has been. Between my parents, sisters, and Scott and I, we'll need a whole lot of pins. I'd also love to collect some artwork from different places we've been.
For the Buddhist aspects, I'm thinking prayer flags, simple objects, and calming colors. I'll probably pop in a few choice prayers and quotes here and there for good measure.
And then there is nature. I've already collected a few pieces of artwork to reflect this aspect of the design. The first item I bought for the baby room was this mobile made from driftwood and decorated with little fabric seagulls. One of my best friends gifted me with this gorgeous seagull mobile as well. Birds, fish, animals, trees, and flowers will pop up all over the place in our little nursery.
I especially love the seagulls when I think of one of my favorite books, Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. I would love to find an illustrated edition of that book to share with Babeleo. My family loves books, so I'm sure there will be no shortage in that department!
You can follow my nursery pinterest board to see the ideas I've been collecting. See any projects you think I'd like to check out? Send them my way!Follow Mary Makes Dinner's board World Themed Nursery on Pinterest.