An Office turned Nursery: BEFORE Pictures

Let’s Review: It’s been awhile since we chatted about our upcoming Nursery project. For those of you who may have missed that day, let’s review. NO, neither of us are pregnant but YES, we are in the beginning stages of designing our very first nursery. My older sister is expecting her first baby in July and she has asked the DIY Playbook to help get this space baby ready.

We are so excited to tackle the nursery and quite honestly, are a bit nervous since we are pretty darn clueless on all things baby. But that’s definitely not stopping us; we can’t wait to learn along the way and hopefully create a space that Katie loves.

Now, let’s get into the design details and the overall to-do list for this former office that is a soon-to-be baby’s room.
The dark floors in this office space pair well with the light gray wall color. This office space is simple and neutral. Before baby, this space was a bit of a catch-all (we all have one of those rooms, right?). After Katie enlisted our help, the first thing we did was go visit the space (snapped a few pics) and sat down with her to chat about how her and her hubby envisioned the nursery. It was important for us to create a space that SHE and her hubby loved, not just a space that we dictated.
The built-ins in this office space are dark wood and compliment the room. Here’s what she told us:

Katie’s Wishlist

  • Gender Neutral (they aren’t finding out the gender in advance, so the nursery needs to be ready for baby boy OR baby girl)
  • Colors flow with the rest of the house. She wants the space to be appropriate for a baby, but she doesn’t want it to scream “nursery” since this space is right off of their family room/kitchen.
  • Neutral Walls
  • Rustic
  • “Theme”: Outdoorsy-ish <— KT & her hubby love the outdoors, they are both very active, and love camping/traveling/exploring. I’m hesitant to give this space a specific theme, but the general outdoorsy word helps me identify what “vibes” she’s hoping to get in this space.
  • She liked this crib and wanted the design to work around it
  • Wood wall

This home office has a lot of natural light. It helped to get Katie’s insight before we started planning. Once she gave us that wishlist, we encouraged her to start a Pinterest board where she pinned ideas she really liked and we followed along to get a better idea of what she was visualizing. (<— It really helped, so much so that we added it as one of the first 5 steps in decorating a nursery post)
Several honorary metals are displayed on the walls of this home office. After we started getting a better sense of her style in this space, Casey and I met to chat about ideas, some design challenges, and our general plan. Here’s what we came up with:

Design Challenges/Hesitations:

  • Size: The room is approximately 10 ft by 10 ft. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we did think this may be a design challenge when it comes to a rug size and fitting everything we wanted (furniture and secret storage).
  • Wood Wall: We LOVE a good wood wall, but we were hesitant to bring in a dark, rustic wood wall into a space that is smaller. We were scared that the dark wood wall that they wanted could make this space feel smaller/darker than it is. We were also nervous that a dark wood wall may be a little too masculine, which is perfect if they have a boy… but what if they have a girl? Would she hate Aunt Bridget forever for making her first room into a Man Cave? AND, we were also nervous that a wood wall is a tad more permanent and may be tough for them to take down in the case of a baby room re-design in a few years.
  • Furniture Layout: Two windows, which is awesome for light, but may make the furniture layout a bit of a challenge.
  • Casing under the windows: This is a characteristic that is all throughout their house and one that needs to stay because it’s so consistent. They aren’t bad, they are just new to us, so it’s something we needed to discuss when making our plan.

And speaking of the plan, here’s a very rough draft mood board of what design ideas we presented to Katie (for her approval of course).

This inspiration board for a baby nursery is adorable with cute artwork and shelves.This mood board is definitely subject to change, we just wanted to throw something together so that Katie could confirm that our thought process was the same as what she was envisioning. We like that this mood board space is gender neutral, has hints of the rustic element Katie noted, and has similar colors (in different shades) from the rest of her house.

We didn’t include this in our mood board, but Casey and I are thinking that we may want to incorporate rustic/wood temporary wallpaper into the nursery! The wallpaper would give Katie the wood wall element she wanted, without being married to it for the baby’s whole childhood. Just a thought… we obviously have a lot more work ahead of us!

The storage in this this home office would be great for a nursery. Hopefully next time you see this space it will look less like an office and more like a nursery in the making! In the meantime, we would LOVE all the design/motherly advice you have for us in terms of DIY-ing a nursery. Anything specific we should keep in mind when moving forward? We are TAKING some serious NOTES and really need all the help we can get…  #suchrookies (don’t tell Katie)
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