Thinking about Nursery / Toddler Room Decor

We haven’t officially moved yet but all of the work we contracted has been completed. I will post pictures at some point, I promise.

All the furniture (the existing furniture of my mom’s) has not been moved into place and without our stuff there, it is hard to figure out where things will land somewhat permanently. We’ve only really set the furniture in 1 room – the dining room.

But now it is time to think about the new baby’s room and what we’re going to do with Annmarie’s new room. We don’t have a ton of money to spend so the idea of completely overhauling Annmarie’s current stuff is out of the question. We also don’t have a ton of free time to peruse thrift stores and makeover existing furniture (as I so longingly see on home improvement type blogs). We also want to make the transition from our current home into the new home as smooth as possible. We felt keeping her familiar things would help with the transition.

Just as a refresher, this is Annmarie’s room:


These pictures were taken pre-birth of Annmarie so the room is a lot messier. We hung some additional pictures but the overall look of the room is the same.

We’re keeping Annmarie in a crib for now. She doesn’t try climbing out of it and she isn’t showing any other signs of wanting/needing a “big girl bed”. I also want to keep all of the artwork. However, there are some shelves that run along the perimeter of the room so the idea of recreating a “gallery” wall seems like it won’t work.
Childhood Bedroom - before
(the room looks different now – new paint color and hardwood floors but you can see the style of shelf that runs along the room).

I thought we’d just move her artwork to be displayed on the shelves. The idea of putting stuffed animals or toys seems silly since they’d be so far out of reach for her.

We have a large bird/tree decal on her wall now and would like to install a similar type of decal. I’m not sure if I want to use the same one though.

I really like this one (but I don’t like the price especially since I can find the same bird/tree decal we use now for only $32):

And since the whole room is hardwood floors, we need to find an area rug. I saw this one on Rugs USA but the largest size is only 5’5″ x 7’9″:

We also need new blinds, curtain rods, etc. These things are adding up quickly.

As for the new baby’s room. We want to go gray and yellow. The walls have been painted a very light shade of gray. There is only 1 small window and it is located in the back of the house where there is a big tree. Basically this room feels very dark.

We want to get a white crib (I’m a big fan of white furniture in a nursery). I want to reuse my old dresser (partly because my mom is having difficulty letting it go) but want to paint it white. However, I’ve been reading through tutorials on painting furniture and it just seems like a pain in the ass.

I’d LOVE to get a yellow chevron rug but have only found non-soft versions online (or they are outrageously expensive). I also love this rug from Rugs USA:

Unfortunately, it is backordered until mid November and the site won’t even let me put in an order for it.

I’ve been eyeballing this yellow rug but don’t LOVE it.

But again, we’re trying not to break the bank here. We still need to buy an area rug for our new room and at some point, we need to update the kitchen.

I’m not sure if we’re going with a “theme” for the new baby’s room. I’ve seen elephants pop up when looking at gray and yellow rooms. But I don’t know. Around this time last year, I had a pretty clear vision of how I wanted Annmarie’s nursery to look. With new baby, I just have a vague idea and am also consumed with keeping costs down. Any suggestions? I’m looking for some cost-effective inspiration!


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5 responses to “Thinking about Nursery / Toddler Room Decor

  1. I love how both of your little girls’ rooms look pretty much how I would love to decorate my living room. (Especially that second rug. Want.)

  2. I have a Fat Head of Van Halen that would look great in her room. And it would inspire her music appreciation. Oh, and did I mention that it’s Van Halen?

  3. Shannon

    Sounds like you’re on the right track with both rooms. I actually love that second yellow rug, the one you’re only so-so on. But rugs our out of control, aren’t they? Our home only has one carpeted room, so we’re in need of serious rugs, and I just can’t bring myself to pay that kind of money right now. Like you, we’re also trying to keep costs down. Fortunately we got a crib for $100, and the rest of the baby’s furniture is stuff we had on hand. But even decor is killing us. Curtains, curtain rods, rugs, wall decor. I’m trying to hand make as much as possible, but even homemade stuff adds up when you have to buy all the materials!

    Sorry, that turned into a rant…

  4. The chevron rug thought made me think of something I pinned on pinterest. It was a DIY rug. Clicking through, I found she just used a paper stencil and paint. You could buy a cheap solid rug and DIY the chevron…or any other design for that matter. A bit of a pain in the ass, but cheap. Rugs are so expensive. Here’s the link:

  5. augustina

    i love the yellow rug. where is it from?

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