When we moved into our new house this summer, we moved Tommy into his new room knowing he would be sharing it with his new baby brother or sister. We weren’t sure how to best set it up so half of the room was totally empty for the first few months we lived here.
The room is a neat layout. I knew there was plenty of space for 2 but I wasn’t sure how to configure it. I also wasn’t sure the best way to decorate. I knew I wanted Tommy’s side to be “boy” and also a place he could play. I wanted the new baby’s side to be a neutral and more of a nursery feel. That’s where The Land of Nod came in.
I’ve used their free design service several times now and I am always in awe of what they come up with. It’s amazing how much they can do without ever visiting our house. They helped me plan the girls’ shared space in our old house and in this house. Both times, the way they told me to lay out the furniture really created the perfect space for two kids in one room. I couldn’t wait to see what they’d come up with this time.
We were paired up with Kim at The Land of Nod. We sent photos of the space and of existing items we wanted to reuse. She got to work creating a layout and an awesome Pinterest board with design and color ideas. I loved all of it. The ideas were cute, colorful and very practical for the space. They also checked off all my must haves:
– Play area for Tommy
– “Boy” side of the room for Tommy
– Neutral, very “baby” side of the room for new baby
– Bright, happy space
Everything arrived right after Christmas and we got to work quickly putting the space together before our new little one arrived. Kim created awesome layouts that I could print out and have with me in the room when we set everything up. This was really helpful.
Maggie and Alex wanted to help out too and they did a great job getting Tommy super excited about all of his new “boy” bedding and room decor. They all loved his cool rocket ship sheets and that he got a “big boy” dresser.
I would have never put together the combination of bedding that Kim came up with, but somehow she created exactly what I had imagined for the space. They coordinated without matching exactly. Tommy’s was very “boy” and for Miles a very neutral “baby” look. It looks great!
Maggie and Alex have a Good Read Book Caddy in their room and it’s one of my favorite purchases ever. It’s sturdy, cute and holds so many books. They have an aqua book caddy and for the new nursery I got a grey one.
Here are a few of my favorite things in our new nursery for two:
Book Shelves: We decided to keep the walls white so I wanted some great pops of color on the walls. The Land of Nod Color Bar Ledges were perfect for this. They are really bright and still practical. They hold our favorite books and a cute, colorful canvas from Uh Oh Pasghettio.
Toy Storage: Toy storage and places for Tommy to play in the nursery were really important. This awesome Plush Speedster matched the decor and is a blast to play on. Tommy spends hours climbing on it and taking off the wheels to “fix it”. For storage, Kim recommended the navy Stack Up Metal Bins. They match perfectly with the decor and hold a ton of toys. They are also at the perfect height for Tommy to stand at and play.
Pennant Garland: When Kim “pinned” this adorable Patterned Pennants Fabric Garland to the nursery’s Pinterest board, I just thought it was meant to hang flat against the wall. She told me (and sent me photo examples) that she meant for it to go from a corner to the wall so it came off the wall and gave the baby something to look at. It acts like a crib mobile. I loved how it looked right away! Now that we have a sweet little baby in the crib, I see why Kim recommended hanging it this way – Miles stares up at it constantly!
Art Wall: Kim recommended creating a fun art wall above the changing table. She pinned some great ideas to make the wall have prints hung with washi tape and other items that “popped” out. She found this adorable banner on Etsy. The shop is called Heartfully Made and this banner is just so sweet! When we created the girls shared space, Uh Oh Pasghettio customized some of their prints to make them work for “two”. So when I told them I was now creating a nursery for two, they sent along some neat ideas. I chose the “they believed they could so they did” print. Uh Oh Pasghettio has become my go-to for prints and gifts. They have so many options and the quality and prices are great. The art wall has become not only a great focal point in the room, but also gives the boys something to look at while I change them.
The room came together better than I ever imagined. I am so grateful that Kim and The Land of Nod really listened to what I was looking for and spent so much time helping me. The space is a happy place I can enjoy with Tommy and Miles. I spend a lot of time in there right now: nursing the baby, changing diapers X 2, etc. It’s nice that in addition to it being a bright, happy space in our house, it’s also very practical. I can comfortably nurse Miles in our glider while watching Tommy play with all of his fun toys.
If you’re trying to design a space for kids in your home I highly recommend reaching out to the free design service from The Land of Nod. We’ve used their service several times now and I am always so happy with what they come up with and shocked at how well they can set up a space for kids.
Now that little Miles has arrived, and we know “it’s a boy” the room will eventually transform from a nursery for two into an awesome space for brothers. We plan to make one side their room and get bunk beds and make the other side a playroom. Stay tuned for a few years for that room reveal!