I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we found out we were expecting our first baby. I did a lot of research on the web, including Pinterest for ideas on how we could announce the news but I had a difficult time finding something original. Then one day it came to me: since most of our family and friends live across the United States, we decided that the best way we could announce the news was our Christmas card (and it was a hit!). Plus, Christmas is my favorite holiday..
Here’s how the card came out:
My friend Michelle is an amazing photographer (for more of her work, click here) and did a wonderful job with helping us reveal our announcement. It was a lot of fun! In case you wondering, I got these super cute, yet cheesy looking pj’s from Target (they have a lot of family pj’s to choose from!).
Photocredit: Michelle Ridner Photography
Hope you liked our announcement!
Designing a nursery has completely evolved from when I was a kid. Nurseries used to be cartoon themed like Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, or Mickey Mouse. Bedroom decor in the 80’s and 90’s consisted of a piggy bank, a hammock for stuffed animals (aka dust collector), tacky looking wallpaper and a rocking horse. Now, with the influence of Pinterest and home decorating TV shows, nurseries have taken on a more tasteful appearance with styles that flow with the rest of the home. Some may feel disappointed that rooms no longer look like something out of a circus, but believe me, your kids won’t feel robbed of their childhood. And on the bright side, it will probably save you money in the long run since you won’t have to change much in the room as your child gets older.
The two most important decisions to make when designing any room in your home is the style and color scheme.
- Pick a style- Shabby chic, modern, country
- Color scheme-
To make life a lot easier I recommend sticking with 5 colors.
For a free color scheme generator click here. As long as you stick with a certain style and color scheme, the room will look pleasing to the eye.
- Furniture- Will this take up too much space? Is this useful? Now- use may not be important when it comes to other rooms in your home, but it is with a nursery. From my own personal experience you will be doing a lot in your child’s room; changing diapers, feeding the baby, trying to calm the baby down- so use your space wisely.
- Décor- When picking out decor it’s important to keep in mind that it needs to be kid friendly. Once that baby is able to walk, be prepared to have things get tossed around! I found that nursery decor can be extremely overpriced, especially if you are purchasing it from baby stores. There are so many cute DIY decor ideas you can get from Pinterest that will cost half of the price. To save money, I recommend shopping at stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Kohl’s, and TJ Maxx. You may also want to wait for sales and slowly put the room together, after all you will have 9 months!
Don’t forget to check out how I designed my daughter’s room here.