Decorating my daughter's nursery was one of the most fun things that I did in preparation for her arrival. What made this time fun for me was that I could make her nursery into whatever I wanted it to be; I had complete carte blanche. So when the the time came, I took full and advantage. I was both creative and girly at the same time. In addition to all of this, my husband didn't really have a preference of what I did in there just as long as it was pretty.
For her nursery, I choose a teal and raspberry (fuchsia) pallet. Since I didn't want the whole room to be pink, I chose to do all the walls in a fresh teal blue color and I painted her closet a darker fuchsia color. Okay okay, my husband painted it, but it came out better than I expected!!!
Next, I lucked up and found some floral sheers at a closing discount store. They were perfect because they were a shade of pink and yet not pink. Later that same day when I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond, I found some awesome fuchsia curtains during the back to school season sale. As we added the sheers and the curtains and a few other touches, we really began to see that the nursery (and our family) was really starting to come together.
The next thing that we purchased for the nursery was a dresser for the baby's clothes. Instead of purchasing a $400 dresser from a baby store, I found a much more affordable and practical 8-drawer piece at IKEA. In addition to it being less expensive, I found that it served all of my family's needs and more. We used the dresser for clothes, quick access to pampers, hair accessories and even a changing table space. It had a huge surface and deep drawer space. This was definitely a good purchase.
Concerning the crib, I ordered it from Wayfair.com. It was one of those convertible cribs that could start as a crib and later convert into a toddler bed...Bonus! The design was simple and did not overpower the room. In an effort to not color bomb the room, I thought a nice white would balance everything out.
Finally, there was the rocking chair. We had spent quite a bit of time and a few trips to Baby's R Us looking at rocking chairs. I have to say that this was my husbands favorite part of this whole experience. We tried all types of chairs. We tried big bulky chairs that didn't move; we tried rocking chairs that came with ottoman attachments, and we even tried the big bulky rocking chairs with ottoman attachments. In the end, we lucked out and found our chair on the Close5 - one of those online selling apps. It was in great condition and the right price. We got a GREAT deal.
All in all, I want you to know that you don't have to spend a lot of money to create your dream nursery. Second, as a mom, I encourage all expecting parents to have fun creating a fun and interactive space for your children. I am so proud of the way Natalie's nursery came out. Please share pictures of your nurseries; I would love to see them! Take Care.