I am putting the finishing touches on little baby’s nursery. I am so excited about how it is all turning out! Usually when I set out to make something or decorate, I have something in mind and it never seems to work out the way I picture. Then I end up disliking it. That hasn’t happened yet in babies room. I am in love with it! Maybe it is because I am learning to be less hard on myself, or maybe because I just read the book The Nesting Place and am beginning to realize that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Either way I am starting to see my home through a different set of eyes. I am beginning to see less of the stuff, and more of the little things that go into it to make it a home. I am learning to let go of things that I think need to be done, “because it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”- from the Nesting Place book.
When I first found out we were having a girl I was determined to paint her room grey. The problem was that I had just painted this room not even two years ago. It felt too fresh to bother with painting it again. That and I had just come down off of a painting spree. The kitchen and living room- 2 year old blue kitchen walls and green bedroom walls turned grey, my new craft room got a new coat of pain, the kitchen table got painted, bedroom and kitchen trim turned white, babies crib, glider, and dresser got painted. At the rate I was going I am surprised I didn’t accidentally paint Loren! As you can see I wasn’t overly excited about painting her room. But I really wanted grey! I wanted her nursery to be coral, turquoise, and grey. After much thinking about it, and wise council from my mom (who wanted me to keep it brown) I decided to give in and leave it. Instead of the turquoise, I decided on coral and gold. I felt like that went much better with brown. That was battle number one I gave up, realizing it didn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
Battle number two was the hideous overly annoying blinds that came with the house. I was determined that they were going to go bye bye. You see every time I open the windows one or two of the blinds are bound of fall off due to even the slightest breeze. Oh and that annoying clanking is not really fun to listen too. I was imagining long flowly ruffly curtains in place of those babies. But the more I thought about it and the more I read on curtains in nurseries, I decided to just leave them. I didn’t really want to make blackout curtains and they say baby sleeps best in the darkest conditions. Well these blinds leave the room dark. So I weighed the possibility of baby not sleeping well due to light coming through the curtains, and clanking not so fun blinds. I decided I like my sleep and if there is a chance baby will sleep better, I will take it over cute curtains! Plus that leaves less work for me!!
I think the downfall with me is I want everything so cute since I share it on my blog. I look on pinterest and see the perfect nurseries and I think, I want one like that. But in reality that’s not life. I would rather have a less than perfect nursery and be happy, than stress over every detail being perfect and miss out on what really is beautiful. Whatever is in your heart is what matters. I love making things and sewing, it’s my hobby, its my therapy. As a result there is a little piece of my heart in her room. When you read this please don’t think that making things for your baby is the only way to leave a piece of heart in their room. That is not at all what I am saying. I am trying to say we all have talents, we all have special gifts. Whatever that is use it. Don’t look around at everyone else on Facebook, Pinterest, Blogs and feel discouraged. Find the beauty that you have. Just because I love to sew doesn’t mean I have it all together. No there is nearly always dirty dishes in the sink and more power to the moms who can cloth diaper. We all have our strengths and joys. Focus on that and use them. Don’t dwell on the fact that you can’t do it all. None of us can. Be comforted with the fact that like Myquilyn over at The Nesting Place says “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
So here are her nursery pictures! I am sorry for iPhone picture quality. My lens on my nice camera couldn’t get the whole nursery view, just tiny chunks at a time.