Meet our first guest blogger, Meg Strasburg from STAGE+STYLE+STRAS! This talented, hard-working mama has a passion for interiors and loves to blend bright, clean and curated elements to achieve a fresh yet timeless look!
I follow along with Meg’s entrepreneurial journey and find myself in awe of her overall approach to interior design. She not only strives to create beautiful spaces, but she designs with the intention to celebrate the unique love felt within each home.
I’ve asked Meg to share some advice on how we can practice her thoughtful design process in our own baby’s nurseries. Here are her words…
One of the most exciting parts of preparing for your little one to arrive is getting the nursery ready! Hopping on Pinterest and scrolling through Instagram to bookmark your favorite nursery styles can be great starting points, but once all the registry presents and baby gear begin to roll in, things can get a little overwhelming. Based on my experience from designing a number of these kid-friendly spaces, there are a couple of tried and true tips I like to stick too in order to craft a room decorated with meaning and purpose and one that you will downright love as much as your newest little addition…
Mixing Old & New
I like to try to incorporate at least one antique or unique piece in every design to bring character to the room, especially in a nursery! Whether it is a family heirloom like a silver cup from your own childhood or a great vintage rug you sourced on Etsy, these items bring depth to the space. Don’t be afraid to shop your own house and utilize a piece of sentimental décor that meant a lot to you even before babies were on the brain!
Babies require a lot of stuff, and it is possible to achieve organization of all this gear in an aesthetically pleasing way. I like to utilize a variety of different container types usually purchased in sets of two-four (because you will inevitably need more than one). Canvas and wooden bins or natural fiber baskets bring warmth to a space and are great for corralling toys or books you want accessible to little hands. Boxes can be an opportunity for a pop of color, pattern, or an equally neutral look, and work well placed on shelves to hold extra accessories or memorabilia your child will accumulate.
Think Beyond the Newborn Age
This may come as a shock, but not everything in your nursery has to be babyish. It’s important to choose décor that will last beyond those initial years. I am a huge proponent of investing in art, and nurseries are a great place to start! An abstract painting above a crib, ink drawing next to a chair, inspirational quote on a shelf, or framed photograph above the dresser are all great ways to incorporate artwork. And don’t forget about the architectural/design elements you can implement in your space such as adding millwork (think board and batten, shiplap, wainscoting, etc.), wallpaper, or a statement light fixture.
Capitalize on the Cute Stuff
All of those sweet little items you labored over adding to your registry list or received at a shower can make for some of the best décor pieces. Show off the cute stuff such as placing hair bows or bow ties in acrylic jars, mount hooks on the wall to display your favorite tiny outfits, and place those little stuffed animals front and center on shelves or a rocking chair. Even your favored children’s books make for ideal wall décor by situating them on ledges to also be easily pulled for story time.
Overall, when utilizing these tips, my best piece of advice is to source items from a variety of places beyond the typical baby retailers in order to achieve a more layered and intentionally designed look. Head below to find some of my go-to nursery design resources. Don’t forget to have fun with it and get ready to enjoy those newborn snuggles!
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Nursery Design Resources:
– McGee & Co.
– Artfully Walls
– Rifle Paper & Co.
– Joss and Main
– The Container Store
– Crate and Kids
– Pottery Barn Kids
– RH Baby & Child
– Etsy Spark Modern
– Caitlin Wilson
– Pepper B
– Stagg Design
– Etsy The Rug Club
– Lulu & Georgia