Nursery Plan Part 1

Saturday, February 11, 2012

We've decided to turn our tiny spare bedroom into Little Ninja's room. It's right across the hall from our bedroom and it's got lots of cozy potential.

I'm feeling a bit pressed for time to get this room done since I'm usually such a slow worker / decorator. 

So I thought I'd share my visions for a few areas in the room. Then I'll see if I can actually implement them before little dude's arrival.

There's this one awkward wall in the room that is in between the door to the room and the closet.

As you'll be able to tell from the next picture, the wall is an awkward spot because you can't really put any furniture on it. If you do, it will block sight of the window that is directly behind it. See if you can figure out what I mean:

The view of the window is already partially blocked off because it's in the little closet alcove. So whatever I choose to put on that wall will have to be super narrow.

Here's what I'm thinking:

1. Two or three long, white, crown moulding ledges, all the same length (for display).
Image: Pottery Barn

2. Two differently sized / shaped wooden boxes on castors (for toys).

3. A round rug to soften the boxy-shaped room (and for some texture).
Image: Pottery Barn

4. Walls painted a soft greeny-grey (already done in Benjamin Moore's Old Prairie). 
Image: Benjamin Moore

Kind of with a layout like this:

I've got two inspiration pictures pinned on Pinterest with the 3-shelf look goin' on:

Image: Pinterest

Image: Pinterest

So, that's the first plan. Can you kind of picture it??? Any other suggestions??? :)


  1. I think your plan is super cute and will work out really well in such a narrow space! I think it's perfect!!
    ~ Jamie Asper

  2. Love the three shelf idea....Can't wait to see the finished room. I remember decorating my son's nursery, I had so much fun!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. I think that could definitely work well. Love the crate concept. Alternatives might be a single or double shelf, one with a row of hooks to hang vintage-y and keepsake-y clothing items, etc. - or a rod/rack under a shelf for keepsake baby blankets - I need to do something like that for our kids (our daughter has a hand-made bonnet, a First Nations necklace too pretty to store out of sight, and some decorative old watches, etc. hanging on a shelf with hooks in her room). If you opt not to go with crates, I don't know if a narrow bench would fit there? Our rooms are also old and small, and very quaint. I've semi-blocked views a bit out of necessity, with things like shallow bookcases with lots of storage potential, but not too much bulk. Happy decorating!

  4. I love your ideas...I think it would look really cute! I'm just wondering about the location. What are you putting between the windows? Could you put it there instead. I'm just thinking that in the middle of the night when you're half asleep and you have to go in there will you walk into it all?

  5. I like the sample pic!

    But I gotta ask..what about the stripey bedroom? No?


  6. Joy,

    Thanks for the bench idea. I'll be looking for crates and/or a bench on my next antique road trip. :)


    I painted those stripes for Ethiopian baby and so I'm saving that room for him or her. :)


    I've got a tall, narrow dresser that is going to go in the spot between the windows. Thanks for the tip about walking into the crates though. I'll try to find some narrow ones!


  7. Congratulations on Little Ninja! So exciting. I love your blog! The idea of the three ledges from Pottery Barn is a great idea. It is always nice to have a spot to put the special items. Instead of crates why not big wicker baskets? A little softer for a moving Little Ninja! Whatever you do it will be awesome!

  8. ooh it is going to be adorable, sarah!!! seriously- love the little crates and accessories!!! can't wait to see this room come to fruition!

  9. Eeek! This is so exciting!! Do you have the rest of the layout of the room planned? And you can fit in all your major furniture and this wall is only for extras? Love the idea of the 3 ledge shelves! Just make sure your area rug is soft/easily wipe able, you will be doing a lot of sitting, lying and playing here (and he'll probably pee and throw up on it)!!! I love to hang out with Maura on the area rug in her nursery, it makes such a cozy place to be together:)

  10. Oh how fun to plan the nursery!! I'm sure there is plenty of inspiration on Pinterest. Love your ideas so far. :)

  11. Hi there, I'm new to your blog and I just had to say congratulations! And THEN I kept reading and saw that you were also adopting! We're a family of bio and adopted children as well- it's the best!!!

    Anyhoo, I love your ideas for the nursery! =)

  12. OH MY!! Congratulations to you!!! A sweet baby on the way?? I'm so sorry I missed that post. Girl, you look gorgeous pregnant :) Hope you are feeling well, cause you sure are glowing :)
    The nursery ideas are fab! Can't wait to see what you do...

  13. Cute shelf idea for kids books seen here...


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