With a baby on the way, and the second bedroom going from office/guest room to office/nursery, we needed to figure out a new place for guests to go in the future. Over the last few months I’ve been doing a ton of research on sleeper sofas, trying to find one that was stylish, but still comfortable (which is not the easiest thing in the world!) Did you even know there were now sleeper sofas with inflatable mattresses inside? I didn’t!
Either way, I figured since we desperately needed a new sofa, we might as well replace the rug we had for the last 5 years since for some reason it never stopped shedding (normally they should stop between 3-6 months after purchasing), and a more functional coffee table. While I loved the coffee table we already had from MASH Studios with the hidden storage inside, I was ready for a change. So I teamed up with West Elm to redo this space in preparation for Baby B’s arrival.
This coffee table has been a lifesaver in my last few months of pregnancy because the top pops up to be a great desk for me since I lost any potential desk space I used to have in our office – now nursery. I can also store a ton of stuff inside and keep it all hidden and away from little prying hands.
I had been eyeing the Bliss sofa for a while, but was extra happy to know it came in a sleeper as well…you’d never know by looking at it! The QuickShip fabric it already came in was the perfect shade of grey so it was an easy decision. And the dotted carpet I fell in love with immediately, even though I had no idea what it looked like in person, but luckily it was exactly what I wanted. It adds a nice graphic punch and really lightens up the floor…best of all, it hardly sheds! Yay for not having to vacuum the floors every 2 seconds! I was actually having a slight struggle over what pillows to pair with it, I remembered Cotton & Flax‘s designs and they were the ideal pattern pair. It all pulled together quite nicely!
Sleeper sofa: Bliss sleeper sofa, linen weave in pebble
Coffee table: Industrial storage coffee table in mango wood
Rug: Grid dot wool rug, 8×10
Leather chair: my parents house!
Bookcase: prototype from Chad’s office
Floor lamp: Stilt floor lamp in walnut
Pillows: Cotton & Flax
[top image by me, all others by Brklyn View Photography]
I’ve been looking up a lot of art lately for the baby’s room, and was reminded of Rachel Castle‘s prints & embroideries, which are so full of color and whimsy, they’d be perfect in any room!
[images from Castle & Things]
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So in case you didn’t know, I’m an interior designer by trade. I’ve been doing it for 9 years, and when I tell you its infinitely easier to design for someone else than yourself, believe it! I’ve been going back and forth on nursery designs for weeks, so thought I would share a couple of directions with you that will lead up to what we actually do in there. We know we’ve having a boy, so I’ve liked the idea of having a graphic neutral room, but still have it have a pop of something. Black and white is an obvious choice, but I don’t necessarily want to have the room be totally dark (though I might feel differently when this kid decides he doesn’t want to sleep!) Going slightly lighter to a charcoal grey will probably be the way to go.
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Before even BEING pregnant, I saw the Land of Nod Carousel crib in green (see below) and thought for SURE I would want to use this for my eventual baby…green is my absolute favorite color and theirs really is the perfect shade of kelly. But Chad’s been giving me some pushback on it, so its been making me rethink it, and eventually I had trouble working it into anything I wanted to do. I’m devastated, but will press on! There will be green somewhere in this room, I swear it!
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So thats where we’re at right now…in the coming weeks I’ll show you guys how I thought some of these designs would come together in renderings!
Oh Eva Fehren, how your jewelry bewitches me! Its the perfect mix of class and edge…and check out her Instagram for great stacking ideas.
[images from Eva Fehren]
I haven’t really been talking about my pregnancy much here, other than the weekly photos I’ve been sharing on Instagram (#bklynbump), but its definitely been quite a trip. The first trimester pretty much just sucked wit nausea hitting me primarily in the afternoons and evenings. The second trimester went too quickly but was finally where I felt a little more like myself, except for my giant swollen potato feet & acid reflux, and now I just hit the third trimester so its all systems go until November when this kid is scheduled to come out.
I’ve been trying to limit how much I’ve been reading or finding out as we go since I’ve had such bad anxiety in the past, though I’ve been surprisingly calm thus far. Just trying to not overthink things I think….ignorance might really be bliss for me! Anyone else like that? Just letting things happen as they will and not over-read everything?
Over the next few weeks I’ll post some more baby stuff from inspiration for the nursery, to my baby shower and what I ACTUALLY did with the nursery (definitely wasn’t what I thought it was going to be), so I hope you won’t mind me sharing…I promise it won’t be all babyville around here!
[images above from my Instagram…weeks 20, 22, 23, and 24, where I finally lost sight of my toes!]