I love decorating nurseries and kid’s rooms. Visions for this type of room are constantly floating around in my brain. As a result, it is a lot of fun for me, and is by far my favorite type of decorating. Most of you know that I am due with my fourth baby soon, and this is our first time having a baby that I will actually be living in my own home that can be painted instead of living in a rental.
At first I was so excited that I couldn’t contain myself. But, you may wonder why I haven’t posted about the nursery yet. Sometimes, “real life” decisions are a bit hard and maybe you can relate. We live in a home with 5 bedrooms, and for several months I have been debating where to put the baby.
I have had to push away thoughts like…should I even decorate for the baby? YIKES….could I handle that? Nope. I would not be ok with that. Like I said above, I LOVE decorating nurseries, and this is my nursery. It is my favorite type of room to decorate, and you only live once, right!?!?
One of our bedrooms is more like an office because it is located directly off my entryway. So, treating it like a bedroom would be a bit weird in my opinion. It has a closet and could be a bedroom if we needed it, but since the office is my main domain because of A.T.T, combining the baby’s room with the office didn’t seem ideal. Plus, we would have to move the Piano, and we don’t have another spot for it.
Upstairs in his brother’s room?
The two kids rooms are located upstairs. Eventually the baby will join his brother upstairs, but putting an infant’s crib up a flight of stairs sounds like torture to me. I can only imagine climbing the stairs in the middle of the night a million times. So, the option of putting him up there will be delayed a few years.
My master bedroom is on the main level. He will be sleeping in my room for a few months as we get adjusted to having a new addition, but after that I want him to have his own space where my other three kids will not wake him up all the time. Plus, I am a firm believer in having a baby learn to sleep in his/her own bed.
This leaves the spare/guest room which is also located on the main level of our home. Some may argue that this room is the easy answer and that it shouldn’t have been hard for me to come to this conclusion. BUT, in my defense, I live in a location that visitors are frequent. St. George is a vacation destination (which I LOVE). And, I have vowed to always provide a welcoming spot for visitors to come to. I also believe that if you have a bed available, visitors will be more likely to come. I want to always have a bed available for visitors to use when needed. It seemed silly, since the baby will be joining his big brother in a few years to tear the guest room apart for such a small time frame.
I have decided that I can have both. I can have a decorated nursery AND a spare/guest room. The nursery will be in the spare room for the next two(ish) years until he is old enough to live upstairs with his brother. Plus, we usually only have visitors on the weekends, and it would be a simple solution to have the baby sleep in a port a crib when visitors are here. We have a plan to make a Murphy bed (stay tuned) to allow the nursery to have enough room to accommodate the crib AND a queen size bed. So, for the majority of the time, the bed will be installed into the wall. When visitors come, we will put the baby in a port a crib in the office and pull out the wall bed.
Has anyone else gone through a similar dilemma?
This weekend was a productive weekend for us, so stay tuned for:
Nursery Decorating Ideas Part 2: The crib transformation.