All my friends are having babies. Well, I mean, not all of them obviously. I have plenty of friends well into the ages where the term “medical miracle” might apply if they were near to giving birth.
But something was definitely in the water ten or eleven months ago. All I can say is, lucky them. Because the new Serena & Lily nursery line is about the cutest thing in the entire world.
I’m a little bit jealous. Not of all the middle-of-the-night feedings, necessarily. But definitely of the decorating opportunities. The best thing about having friends with babies (besides that you can snuggle them and smell that sweet baby smell and then give them back and have a glass of wine…) is that you can help them design nurseries that will grow as the baby does! If you or someone you know are decorating a nursery—or if you just love looking at them!—check out a few of our favorite tips for creating a nursery that will last long past the baby stage.
- For girls’ nurseries, don’t overdo it on the pink. Don’t get us wrong. We love pink. We’re obsessed with pink. We could live in an all-pink world. But most little girls go through that phase (I know I did!) where pink becomes passé. To design a nursery that grows with her, don’t overdo it on the pink—you can potentially talk her out of an entire room remodel until the pink-hatred phase passes.
2. Incorporate versatile furniture. An occasional chair is perfect for any age and that shelving unit that holds baskets of onesies and wipes now can hold Barbie shoes and Matchbox cars later.
- Go older with the art. Art is definitely an investment. And when it’s all baby booties and Beatrix Potter characters (guilty) they’re over it in five years or less. Art that grows as they do is a must.
- Think about those long nights. Let’s face it: Sleepless nights are sort of a fact of parenthood. It starts with middle-of-the-night feedings and morphs into fevers and Halloween-candy induced tummy bugs. (I speak from experience on the latter.) Investing in great staples—like a comfy chair, lamp and throw—for you, is the gift that keeps on giving.
- Incorporate neutrals. Baby blues and baby pinks must be the sweetest colors in the world. But if you’re looking to create a nursery that grows with them, they can be a little limiting. Grays and tans with splashes of the color help the nursery stand the test of time.
6. Play with patterns. Bold patterns give a more grown-up vibe to a space that they will love just as much at nine as you do right now.
- Have room for friends. He’s sleeping twenty hours a day now, but before you know it, you’ll have three boosters lining your backseat and he’ll be critiquing your Spotify playlist before you take his friends to the pool. (Six-year-olds have very specific musical tastes.) This darling daybed transitions beautifully from nursery to big boy room–and is ideal for overnight guests.
- Make it convertible. Those cribs are an in-vest-ment. No doubt about it. Purchasing a convertible one certainly softens the blow and makes it so their cribs can last for years—and keep them safe during the transition from crib to bed.
- Incorporate texture. Just as in any other space, a mix of textures and colors adds so much to a nursery. Baskets are not only attractive, they’re also versatile—and there is nothing more fun than a swing chair!
We hope you found a few of these tips helpful if you’re lucky enough to have a nursery to design, or help design! This triplet nursery may be our favorite of all! And the whale motif is one these boys will love for years to come. All these looks—and many more—are available from one of our most favorites, Serena & Lily. Gorgeous looks, great quality and always something just a little bit different make Serena & Lily our go-to home decor spot and a nursery must. What’s your favorite Serena & Lily style?