I had so much fun planning and creating Mila’s nursery (although not so much fun cleaning out all the
crap stuff that previously inhabited the room). Picking a theme was easy: travel. Both my husband and I love to travel, and it’s a passion we hope Mila will one day share. For color, I wanted something clean and simple; I ultimately settled on grays, white, and just a bit of pink.
Like many Chicago apartments, our space is small, so I went with a classic and space saving crib from Natart (coincidentally called the Barcelona). Above it, my sweet and accommodating husband, with only a few choice words during the process, applied the large map decal. The Japanese crane origami mobile is from one of my favorite Chicago baby boutiques, Twinkle Twinkle Little One. The fan is a keepsake from a trip to Japan, and the flute (at the base of the fan) was a gift from a friend who lives in India.
We’re certainly not the first to use the Ikea Hemnes dresser as a changing table, but I’m particularly proud of our little Ikea hack. I’ve had the dresser, which was originally a light wood color, for 10 years. When it came time to put together the nursery, we (and by we, I mean my husband) painted it white, swapped out the knobs for the circle pulls, and threw a changing table on top of it.
The top picture over the dresser was used at Mila’s baby shower. It was such a special day, and I wanted to make sure to include a keepsake of it in her nursery. The owl was custom made for the nursery by Horrible Adorables, who I met at this summer’s Renegade Craft Festival. The three remaining prints over the dresser all fit with the travel theme, including the one on the left that says, “Not all who wander are lost.” These are from MKKM Designs. And the photograph above the glider of the Eiffel tower with pink springtime blooms is from one of my favorite photographers, Rebecca Plotnick.
It’s still a work in progress. I need to put up pictures of Mila’s two great grandmothers, who we named her after. I may also add a white rug. In the meantime, though, we’re enjoying the space. Especially when Mila decides to sleep in her crib for long, uninterrupted periods of time!
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