Accio dream nursery!
With both my pregnancies, I felt significant movement (and with Brooks, his first kick) while watching the Harry Potter movies. I decided to call that a sign and design Vance's entire nursery with a Harry Potter/dreamland vibe in mind.
I knew I wouldn't be able to use many of the items that we already had since Brooks was still a baby himself using his crib, changing table, etc. So lucky me got to start from scratch!
The real inspiration piece was this dresser from Birch Lane. The gold/brass accent and dreamy navy were the perfect touch of magical without being over the top. And the price tag was reasonable considering that I knew this would be my statement piece.
Our first nursery had a Babyletto crib that we loved, so I knew that I would start the crib search there. I also knew that I didn't want the exact same crib that we had, opting for something more masculine. Babyletto's Hudson in Espresso (no longer available in this color) checked all the boxes. I also love that this crib will grow into a toddler bed.
With the crib and dresser done, I moved on to the rocker. I anticipated that I would be spending ample time in this chair since I planned to nurse as much as I could. I wanted something firm but cushy in a neutral color. I wasn't about to make a $300+ decision online for this one, so I hightailed it to Buy Buy Baby and was pleasantly surprised to find this rocker. It glides so smoothly and swivels. I've been able to wipe spit up off of it easily and without a big stain. Two thumbs up!
With all the big ticket items done, I started the Etsy and Ikea portion of the program. I found both the wood sign, Dumbledore prints, and mobile from sellers all over the world, which is actually really cool. The diaper cart (Raskog) is an IKEA staple that I think should be required for all new parents. We wheeled that all over the house when the boys were newborns. And now Brooks's old diaper cart is a side table in our guest room. Ba-da bing!
When I am in a bind for time to design, I use Powerpoint to quickly put pieces together. Once I felt like there was a cohesion between the elements, I used Babylist as my registry so that I could easily link all the Amazon, Buy Buy Baby, Etsy, and Ikea items in one place.