We are THOSE parents. The ones who, if we were in the 70’s, would name their child Love or Peace or something just as ridiculous. We are, fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) not in the 70’s but our son has a hippy dippy middle name just the same. It’s Orion. There are a million and one perfect, meaningful, bring a tear to your eye reasons why we gave him the second name of Orion. Most people out there get shivers hearing the story and agree that it’s absolutely perfect but I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes right now and adding it to the list of North Wests, Apples and Blues of the world. Regardless, a child with such a name needs a nursery decor to match it… and that’s exactly what we did.
I didn’t have the luxury of setting up the nursery well before my due date. I didn’t get to spend a sunny Sunday hour in there reading or dreaming of my gorgeous baby lying in the crib just out of reach. I didn’t get to arrange and rearrange, organise and reorganise. Our house was being built, you see, with a move-in date that nearly matched my due date.
I may not have had time to nest but dear God, I had time to Pin and purchase online, and boy did I ever. I must have changed my theme a dozen times before I said there will be no theme, just a relaxing atmosphere. The problem was I had bought items to go with almost every decor I was planning that week. This was my first lesson in having a baby: Got a plan? Great! Now toss it out the window.
Everything was in boxes when we got the keys what would be 4 weeks before Caleb came along, so the nursery ended up being a mash-up of things. Regardless of what popular boys nursery pin was splashed across my screen each day, though, the floor-to-ceiling chalkboard with custom constellations was my anchor.
I didn’t quite have it completed by the time Caleb was born, but from what I hear, most women aren’t completely finished their rooms when their bundles arrive. I didn’t even spend any time in the room for months after Caleb was born anyway. It HAS given me the chance, however, to dot the room with creations of my own including the “Where The Wild Things Are” wood plaque, the crib skirt (shown below) and above all, the mural (No, even that wasn’t finished!).
No matter it’s lack of flow, I LOVE how it turned out anyway and it still remains my favourite room in the house! The hardest part will be picking a new epic theme the next time around!