As it was probably expected, we suddenly changed our minds and decided to turn our third bedroom (currently a home office) into a nursery for bébé F. What happened? Did I get into full nesting mode? Did we move from the "overwhelmed" stage to the "we can do it!" one? Did the guilt take over? A mix of everything, I guess.
I We just came to the conclusion that it would probably better not to do things all half-assed to put some real effort into this one. Since we realized we would need to turn part of our office into a changing/clothes station anyway, the leap did not seem so gigantic anymore. We know we want to move in the mid-term, but I we realized that doesn't mean we should live "in waiting", because you never know what might happen...
So, good, all good. But this implies a big reshuffling all around the house in the next few weeks. And yes, I'm now 31 weeks pregnant and cannot do much, so I guess my husband deserves *some* sympathy on this one. Here's what we need to do for things to work: change the configuration of the dining room so we can add a small (frosted glass) table on which to put the iMac. Thankfully, our computer actually looks nice, and doesn't take much space (screen, keyboard and mouse, that's all), so it is possible to do it streamlined and not too-cluttered with parts and wires and such. I'm not in love with the idea of having it next to where we eat, but then I still like this better than having it in the basement. We will put the printer on top of a filing cabinet to go underneath the table, and figure out a way to handle the other things we need (paper and supplies, but also all our bills and paperwork, etc.)
The rest of the furniture/stuff will go in the basement, and that will be the biggest challenge. In order to make space, we will have to move at least two small bookcases into our bedroom. We will organize the books, papers and such in the basement, along with my makeshift gym (3 machines + a TV) and a proper playroom corner. LP is getting big enough that he likes to go play there, so we will try to organize the space neatly, have adequate storage, get a play mat, a little table and chairs, etc. The idea would be to move all the toys there, so they are not scattered everywhere in the house. Of course it will take a little effort to stay on top of it: he'll probably bring up a few different toys everyday, but he's at an age when we can teach him to bring it back and manage the load, as well.
Finally, we will buy him a new chest of drawers and bedside table, and put the ones we already have in the nursery. M made our crib four years ago, according to this model we liked but thought was too expensive. The furniture is solid wood painted white with gold trim, from the late 40s (it once belonged to M's grandparents). Our rocking chair is more 70s and not great, but it will do. Like the last time, we will install a changing pad directly on top of the chest of drawers, and put a floating shelf over it for the supplies. A generic white IKEA bookcase, a lamp, and a few cheery, feminine prints will complete the room.
The walls are gray, and they will stay that way. Gray for a baby girl, really???, I hear some of you say... Well, look at these two inspirations below and tell me if you still think so.
The fabric will be yellow and green, all from this mod-inspired collection of textiles I've ordered online. My mom will be making all the cushions, bedding, and curtains, and I've asked her to integrate borders in crisp white eyelet embroidery, to add a little softness.
I think it will look great and hopefully a little sophisticated and, yes, even a tad girly. I can't wait to show you the final results.