We are getting close to making an offer on a new piece of land. But I don’t want to talk about that.. what I want to talk about is a decorating theme for Keeley’s nursery/room once we have a new place.
Right now there is no overall theme. Her furniture is white or dark brown, she has white, light green, primary colored construction equipment and neutral colored animal sheets for the crib, and basically the only other color is the 3 little plastic pails under her changing table (that for now hold lotion, nail clippers, etc, but will have to be moved once she is really moving around) and a couple of items on her wall, 2 ‘masks’ of lion and giraffe flavor that are bright yellow and brown (pink noses) and a teddy bear light switch that is yellow with a touch of pink and a yellow matchbox car type bronco that we stuck on the wall. That’s it.
Any ideas of how to use any of that to make a theme with? Jungle beach-ha ha? Any ideas on what to do with the buckets or how to use the bottom shelf once she starts tipping that stuff over in her room? The middle shelf of the changing table has 2 off white canvas baskets that hold diapers, towels, drool wipers and changing pads. They will NOT fit on the bottom shelf, so I can’t just change them around, and Keeley is about ready to pull up as well, so pretty much no where is safe for the near future.
Should I hang the buckets on the walls? We will need to get a new dresser or other item to change her on in the near future because she is outgrowing what she has quickly, we will perhaps put the 2 items side by side and still use that as the changing area? Or am I missing a crucial element in this stage that I’m not aware of yet? Any thoughts?
Ideas on wall color, a way to tie things together, or just perhaps hide the buckets if they look weird, put them in a closet to hold things (they were less than $1 apiece so it’s no harm done to hide them away)… also am trying to figure out creative ways to store things, like baskets/totes under the crib, etc. Would like most of this stuff to be ‘moveable’ both physically and into her pre-teen years, so nothing too babyish.
If our plans go as planned, she would occupy a nursery near us until she either no long needs us at night, or she is usurped by another child. If there is no other child, that room becomes the ‘office’. Cape cod style house, therefore the upstairs would be unfinished until afforded or necessary and then Keeley would move up and have a playroom as well until such a time as we see fit to take it over or baby #2 would move in, either with her, or to the 2nd room upstairs.
Takers on ideas? All comers, feel free to post this anywhere you can think of to get some ideas for me. Basically we have very few items already, we like bright, primary colors, not into anything ‘too girly’ (in case any subsequent baby would have opposite needs), and would like to incorporate what she already has into a theme of some sort. It can be a loose, theme if you have a general idea as to how to pull it together. The only ‘characters’ she has is one pooh and one tigger doll. While we cannot stop others from coming in, we are not wanting too much commercialization or theme building around them, either. Example, no dora the explorer room…etc. I did buy a Wallies white board to put in her room, and we may get some chalk boards or more white boards in the future. They are pretty cool you can take them down, move them around, take them with you, I would imagine as well. Basically you just stick them up and they don’t have to have a hanger. We will see how it works out and decide from there if a playroom could be created with ‘art’ stations on the walls, etc.
The first room she would stay in would be 10×12 or 12×12 at biggest.