(1) We just don't have the space. Living in a one bedroom apartment in the city doesn't really allow for a separate space for Whelpalina, a new name inspired by Bek C!. We do plan to move to a different apartment in our building shortly after she's born but there's no guarantee that it'll be a two-bedroom.
(2) I'm a big proponent of some form of attachment parenting and I can't really see myself being separated from Whelpalina at nap times or overnight.
(3) Both EH and I grew up in cramped spaces and we'd like to think we turned out just fine. I didn't have my own bedroom until I was well into my teens, I shared with my 7 years younger brother, and EH lived in a one and a half bedroom apartment with three siblings. We've got a pretty large bedroom in our apartment now so she'll be hanging out with us in a corner of the room, similar to my inspiration pic.
I love a couple of things about the inspiration pic. EH and I finally got a new queen-sized bed on President's Day. We've been sleeping on a full-sized bed since we met in 2006! I say all this to say I'm pretty excited about decorating the bed. The color of the walls looks a lot like Ocean Air, the color from Benjamin Moore that's on our bedroom walls. I would love to get a headboard like the one pictured someday.
But enough about that. I've tried working with mood boards in the past and just got totally frustrated with it. I decided to give it another try because I need some kind of visual direction so I don't go all over the place with this nook.
Whelpalina's nook was inspired by the piece of homemade artwork that's in our bedroom, pictured above. It's a large piece I painted that's a mixture of blues, oranges, golds and mango yellow. We're going to place it on the wall above her crib, along with a print I saw on Etsy ( I Am A Child of God) that I'm going to get in a sunny yellow color, another piece of homemade art I drew before I got pregnant of a happy little girl (foreshadowing?? Maybe!), a picture from our yet to be booked maternity photo shoot, and a shot from our yet to be booked newborn photography shoot.
I'm not really sure what to use as a mobile above her crib. I like the idea of colorful paper poufs placed high up in the corner of the ceiling instead of hanging right over the bed. If I did them over the crib they would probably be a lot smaller than the ones pictured. I don't know if I trust myself to be that creative so it would be great if I could get them pre-made from Etsy or some other place so all I have to do is hang them.
Speaking of cribs, we probably won't be getting one for Whelpalina until she outgrows her co-sleeper. I love the idea of the co-sleeper for late night feedings and portability. We can take it with us when we're able to leave the house and it turns into a play yard, which I love because I'd like to have something separating her from Josh, the cat. The portable co-sleeper and maybe a baby rocking seat (for naps), like this one,
will be her primary residences until she outgrows them.
I'm really digging the crib in the picture. It's the Hudson 3-in-1 convertible crib from Babyletto. I love the modern two-tone color and the fact that it can convert to a toddler bed when the time comes.
Next to the crib, I've placed a good ole' staple from Ikea, the Poang Rocking Chair. I've wanted to get one of these just as extra seating for a long time but there always seems to be something more important going on so that idea has been benched multiple times. I love the Poang because it's pretty low profile and portable. I can sit with Whelpalina in our bedroom or I can bring it out into the living room and be sociable when we have guests. When it's done being used as a rocking chair/baby feeder I can see myself draping a really pretty throw over it and sitting in it for however long it lasts. I thought about getting a serious glider but when I pictured putting it in our living room it seemed way too big, clunky and generally out of place.
I've added a gold pouf footrest to my mood board because....it's a gold pouf footrest. It would be great to find something like it for a good price but in the end I have a few small, square ottoman/footrests scattered around my living room and I may just recover one of them in a nice fabric and reuse it instead.
Underneath the nook area, I'm thinking of placing a neutral, natural fiber rug. The room is already busy enough so no need to add colorful carpet. I'd love to use one of those beautiful Senegalese baskets as a hamper for the inevitable avalanche of dirty clothes Whelpalina will produce. I'm planning to use one of those ubiquitous clear Container Store containers for extra storage in the nook. It'll probably hold some clothing, diapers and extra supplies. The good news is I already have it as storage for my own clothes so no money involved there. I'm hoping to get an actual dresser for myself with real drawers before she arrives. Then, I'll be able to add a changing pad to that.
So that's it! Not much to the nook but I'm a simple girl and I like it that way.
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