Thursday, August 28, 2014

28 UHeart Organizing: A Small Space Nursery DIY

I am so smitten that my contributors bring so much diversity to this blog.  Some can sew and some live in apartments, while others live in completely different countries.  And now, a couple of them are pregnant and one even just had a new baby {congratulations Chelsea!!}.  I love that they bring a whole different element to iHeart, and feel so blessed that they all continue to partner up with me each week.

Yes, we currently have a few iHeart pregnancies in the mix!  Another very warm and exciting congratulations to Serena of Pretty Fluffy blog.  She is already the proud mama of a very loving pup, and now a sweet little babe will be joining her family as well.  Serena is a friendship built through long distance, yet it feels like I have known her for ages.  My heart burst when I heard the news, and I am so honored to have her stopping by to share some of her nursery with us today!



As a home décor-aholic, as soon as I found out I was expecting I started pinning away all sorts of inspiration for our baby girl’s nursery.  There is so much out there, that it’s easy to get carried away.


(Un)lucky for me, my over the top ideas were soon reigned in by my two realities – a small budget and a small space.

Not to be defeated I created an inspiration board of what I wanted to achieve with the space – and then worked back from there.

INSPIRATION BOARD CREDITS (Clockwise from Top Left): Pottery Barn Kids, On To Baby, On To Baby, Love Mae, Etsy.

Based on this board, my original dream nursery had a gorgeous West Elm dresser front and center.  But with a $1000 price tag it was out of my reach.

But what WAS within my reach were these MALM chest of drawers from IKEA. As luck would have it, we already had a chest of these three drawers in our office.  I’d bought it for stationary storage but to be honest the drawers were proving too deep to keep all my bits and bobs together and they weren’t getting used.

As I wanted 6 drawers, it was easy to buy one more set of 3 drawers and then move them both into the nursery.   I laid a table topper across the top and voila – a sleek, chic storage solution.

But with me wanting to keep my pretty nursery theme from my inspiration board, they needed a bit of dressing up.

To avoid drowning in a sea of pink, I selected a range of gift wrap from the beautiful gift & homeware store Love Mae.

Cutting the pieces to size, I used a different gift wrap design for each drawer level – that not only protect the contents of the drawers but make me oh-so-happy when I open each one!  I mean, one of the designs is of flamingos kissing – who doesn’t love that?


The next task was making the insides of the drawers as organized as possible. I quickly learnt that tiny baby stuff in big drawers equals one BIG mess without the right dividers.

Not wanting to cover all my gorgeous drawer lining I opted against using IKEA’s easy fit storage bins and instead went with rustic white baskets.

Drawer one consisted on all of the baby’s towels, wraps and bath time needs.  The added bonus is the basket is completely removable and portable so it’s super easy to grab on the go at bath time.


Drawer two & three are filled with baby’s outfits for the first few months (lots of pink in these drawers!) all organized by size – so it’s easy to grab and go when I’m in a zombie like state of sleep deprivation!  Again the storage baskets came in handy for storage the teeniest tiny items like socks, shoes and hats.


Drawers four, five & six are all used for extra diapers and linen with space left over for all of those things I’ve forgotten!  The magic is with so much space, as our baby grows we’ll be able to reconfigure the drawers as necessary.


Lastly, the drawers-come-dresser also had to double as our change table.  (Did I mention we are low on space?)  Lucky for us, with their long width they are actually the perfect size for a changing mat.

Using matching baskets I then added all the must-have items for changing - diapers, wipes and lotions.  I used recycled jars for storing cotton wool balls – making sure every single item was within reach using one arm only.


Finishing off the space with a cute elephant print, I couldn’t believe it.  I’d made this space for less than half of what my dream dresser would have cost.


What did I learn during this whole process?
  • There is ALWAYS an alternative budget option for that dream piece. It just may take a bit more time and effort to find it.
  • The details make all the difference – I still smile every time I open those drawers and see the DIY liners.
  • Going with pre-fitted storage (like IKEA boxes etc) can be easy, but to add more personality to your space, experiment with other shapes, ranges and recycled/repurposed pieces.
  • Kissing flamingos are the bomb.

And do you know what?  I think I like this new space more than my original dream nursery!  I hope our future daughter enjoys it just as much.

For more images and list of products and furnishings visit the full Nursery Tour here.

If you have any tips for a newborn nursery, I’d love to hear them in the comments!


"I am Serena Faber Nelson, a television producer, writer and fluffy dog owner. Obsessed with home décor, fashion, lifestyle and dogs – I set about creating Pretty Fluffy as a go-to guide for the modern pet owner. Featuring a range of stylish products, celebrity pooches, DIY projects and handy hints, Pretty Fluffy is a daily stop for smiles and inspiration, giving readers the tools they need to enjoy full and happy lives with their furry friends. My greatest loves include fresh peonies, Dirty Dancing (Nobody puts Baby in a corner), Banoffe Pie, spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, and hugging random dogs at the park. I currently live in Sydney, Australia with my husband, Andy, and my 11 year old Border Collie, Soda. As a long time fan, I am super excited to be joining the IHeart Organizing Team!"

28 comments:

  1. I recently got married over the summer and have since had the desire to have a baby. People have been telling me that I should wait and spend a few years alone with my husband (agreeable) but seeing this makes it so much more difficult to wait!

    So beautiful!

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  2. looks great!! So precious....

    ~Be Sweet
    Christina at
    SWEET HAUTE

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  3. You seem WAY more prepared and well-thought-out than I was as a first time mama! Love your sweet nursery, it will be even better when you have that sweet girl in there with you. :)

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  4. Oh my goodness, I am in love with this. I use little baskets and dividers inside the chest of drawers as well, but never thought of drawer liners! Love it, really beautiful!

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  5. Beautiful design, love the colors and your creativity! You have one lucky baby on the way! Good luck and many blessings to you and your family.

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  6. I absolutely LOVE it! I think I might've been the only one with this problem but whenever I would use my friend's changing table-she had the same setup with a changing pad on top of a dresser-the thing ALWAYS slid off the top when I picked up my baby and I had to manage the baby and picking the pad up off the floor every time. Maybe a piece of velcro or non slip mat underneath or something? You are incredibly prepared and I'm very excited for you!!

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  7. Love the nursery! Great use of the dresser. Will remember these. What did you use for the table topper?

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    1. Hi! We love it too :) The table topper is actually from IKEA, part of the MALM range. When we added the two dressers together, it was a perfect fit. You can check it out here: http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/60202383/

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  8. We're getting together our nursery for our little guy due in less than 7 (!) weeks, and I'm just about to start organizing his clothing in his dresser. Thanks for the very timely inspiration! :)

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    1. A pleasure - good luck for the coming weeks xx

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  9. This is a very beautiful space. I adore the soft colors and great mixture of textures!

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  10. Oh my goodness, this is such an adorable nursery! Love all the sweet details.

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  11. The room is so calm and lovely. I'd love to know what the wall color is.

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    1. Thanks so much!
      The wall colour is Antique White USA by DULUX. You can see more here: http://www.dulux.com.au/colour/colour-gallery/hues-gallery/neutrals

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  12. This is a BEAUTIFUL room. So sweet and feminine!

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  13. I am finishing up our sons nursery. Where did you get the white baskets and that gorgeous glider?

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    1. Hi Kate - the white baskets are from Freedom Furniture (http://www.freedom.com.au/ProductSearch.aspx?SearchText=nito) and the glider was from West Elm (http://www.westelm.com.au/graham-glider-g667) - I was SO excited when West Elm opened in Sydney, Australia. I love their ranges! x

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  14. Wonderful and all well organised! It will be of inspiration!

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  15. Adorable room. But am I the only one who thinks that glass jars close to a squirmy baby is a bad idea?

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  16. Gorg!! What is the wall color!?

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    1. Hi Jan! The wall colour is Antique White USA by DULUX. You can see more here: http://www.dulux.com.au/colour/colour-gallery/hues-gallery/neutrals
      x

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  17. This nursery is just too cute! OMG!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee

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  18. Well you have a danish reader as well. Thanks for a great blogg, and I´m sorry for my poor english.

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  19. Wonderful nursery. One thing you might want to think about is some type of adjustable strap on the changing pad. Babies quickly become squigglers. The last thing you want is your little gal to tumble to the floor. It only takes a fraction of a second to happen.

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    1. Thankyou! The changing pad actually has a strap - it was just tucked away for the photos :)
      Really appreciate the tip though xx

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  20. how did you adhere the wrapping paper to the inside of the drawer? Gluestick? Elmers glue?

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    1. Hi Leah, I just used double sided tape - worked a treat! x

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