Happy mid week folks! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Our weekend was both restful and productive, which was amazing and welcomed because our house has fallen into shambles over the last week and I was nearing insanity. Early last week our dryer just decided to stop working without any warning and we’ve also dove into a few new projects to get the house ready for our newest little member.
Rough week or not, I was not letting go of our plans to pack up the car and make a day trip to the nearest IKEA. Like most woman in the world, I love Ikea! I slowly walk through the showroom, ‘ooh’-ing and ‘ahh’-ing at the cleverness and usefulness of all the setups and thinking to myself “I totally need that (fill in the blank) because it will absolutely fine tune my processes in the most stylish of ways!” Though I loved nearly everything I saw, I was a bit more reserved this trip and we focused on our current big project: “Operation Turn Our Useless Nursery Into a Montessori Inspired Nursing Nook/Toddler Room”.
With Asher we put together a traditional nursery with all the bells and whistles only to discover that we were more comfortable having Asher in our room with us. With this being the case our beautiful nursery has sat mostly unused except for diaper changes and storage of clothes and extra toys.
Here is a glimpse of our lovely nursery in its before state.
|Though he only slept in it a few times the crib turned out to be a perfect diaper drying rack.|
|My favorite details of the room! That map was hand made by the hubs before Asher was born.|
Though the room didn’t get the use we had expected it has been one of my favorite rooms in the house. I love how the colors turned out, the antique dresser turned changing table, the Ikea-hack book shelves, and the DIY details my husband and I made, and really how it all came together. Sadly though, it just wasn’t used in the way we anticipated.
As we say goodbye to the mostly useless nursery here are a few goals for the new room:
1. A floor bed for Asher. We love this Montessori idea and I think he will do great having an easily accessible sleeping area.
2. Open faced shelving for toys. We use this method for toys in our living room and Asher really does well with it. It prevents toys from piling up and only the top things getting played with. It also helps to prevent Asher from getting overwhelmed with too many options and in turn not playing with anything.
3. Keep the book shelves. These are amazing and Asher loves being able to see to choose what book he wants to read.
4. Add a tent/teepee that will provide Asher with a fun and private space to play and/or escape his tiny sister when she becomes mobile. My mom always made sure we had a space that was all our own and I want Asher to feel like he can have some place to go if he feels overwhelmed or if he wants to escape baby sister. And plus they just look awesome!
5. Maximize the changing table/dresser and chair. These things will stay and/or be upgraded in order to be used for baby sister but I want everything about them to be useful. The room is too small and too important to waste space!
So we have embarked on the room transformation and so far it is coming along pretty well. I look forward to sharing the after shots with you soon!