Nursery for a Friend

Back in August, we found out friends of ours are expecting their first baby and I was asked to help with the nursery design. There have been multiple revisions over the past few months, and since this morning I accidentally deleted my originally planned post for the day, I thought I'd share the latest vision for their nursery instead.

After much discussion and debate, I think they've reached a decision on the crib for the space which is getting us that much closer to putting the room together in time for their February due date. They liked the idea of a more grown-up nursery with a travel theme, so I've been looking at a lot of globes, world maps, planes/trains/hot air balloon prints and ideas for the walls. I am still infatuated with a Spoonflower airplane fabric that I'd love to turn into blackout curtains, but I haven't gotten the go ahead on those just yet.

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I've collected a few décor items for the nursery over the past few months - a kid's globe print from ikea, a wooden pull car on One Kings Lane, a metal airplane from Hobby Lobby, a hot air balloon poster from Neve Dobson, airplane wall hooks from Urban Outfitters, and a few illustrated nursery prints from Jen Skelley. On a whim, I also bought the globe mobile when it went on sale at One Kings Lane last month. I've never helped decorate another person's space to this extent before, so it's tricky to know what steps to take and how involved they want to be in every decision.

I hope they like the décor pieces I've picked out and are happy with how the room comes together in a few months. I might go check out gliders and rockers in the next few weeks with my friend, so they can have two furniture pieces chosen. On the dresser, I'd love to buy an used piece, fix it up and customize it for the space. I sent my friend the below ideas a few weeks ago:

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Obviously restoring furniture is not for everyone and not necessarily the look they will decide on for the nursery, so I've also shared several ideas (like the one in the design board) of new dressers that can also be used as changing tables. The main challenge will be in balancing the design of the space so it has a nursery feel to it but could also easily transition into an adult space too. They don't want the room to be overly childish, and since I love multi-use spaces, this makes it an especially fun project. I'll keep you updated on further progress in the coming months, and hopefully share some final room photos too.

Sources: Wall color (SW 2860 Sage) from Sherwin Williams. Glider from Baby Earth. Kendall crib and dresser from Pottery Barn Kids. Plane fabric (WWI Grey/Cream) from Spoonflower. Penny tile bedding from Serena and Lily. Lamp from Restoration Hardware. World map from Textured Ink. Mobile from One Kings Lane. Framed prints from Ryan Hutson Photography and Larry Bugen. Side table from World Market. Toy basket from One Kings Lane.