Gavin’s Nursery: Tiny and Functional
When Mama Say What?! mama Melissa was preparing for the birth of her baby boy, she decided on a college sports theme for his nursery.
Melissa and her husband were dealing with a very small space but made it work wonderfully. See how it came together in this article about how tiny can be super cute and functional.
When you found out you were having a boy, how did you decide what “theme” you wanted to go with for his nursery?
My husband and I are both very much into sports. We both played college sports and they have always been a big part of our lives, so we knew Baby Boy’s room would be sports themed.
The hardest part was picking WHICH sports theme to go with because there are SO many out there. Eventually I narrowed down my favorite three from Babies ‘R Us and I let my hubby pick which one we would go with.
How did you make it all come together? Inspiration boards, all in your head or something else?
After we chose which color scheme we liked, I started finding things to match all over the place.
I got a ton of stuff from Hobby Lobby and mixed the bedding set with older, more vintage looking sports memorabilia.
I never had an inspiration board but I kind of just knew in my head what I wanted it to end up looking like.
We didn’t have a ton of space as the room is TINY so I maximized wall space and just kind of hoped it would all come together— and it did. I knew where I wanted to put the furniture and was just hoping it would all fit.
What were your main colors?
The main colors were tan (like a cardboard box brownish color), deep red, dark blue and dark green.
Where did you find most of the items in the room?
I got the bedding from Babies ‘R Us, everything else I found at either Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I ordered the furniture online. I found pieces I liked at Babies ‘R Us and then basically did a search on Amazon and ordered from there. All the furniture in his room was under $500.
Were you on a budget?
Nope — I pretty much bought what I wanted, but I was frugal. I didn’t go overboard but I made sure to make the room exactly how I wanted it to look.
Any tips for mamas on how to make their dream nursery come to reality?
Take your time coming up with ideas. Designing a nursery takes a lot of research, planning and keeping the vision.
Also, time is on your side… its okay to bend on some of the things you might think you NEED. Babies hardly need anything in the beginning, so if it’s not all exactly perfect before the baby comes, it is okay.
You mentioned that you had space restraints, how did you make the space that you had work?
The nursery space we have for G is TINY, but I love his little room.
Once I knew the furniture would fit okay, I basically just went from there with decorating and making the room as functional as possible.
I used hanging “drawers” in his closet to maximize storage space and had bins and baskets for other items in various places around the room.
I created a little nook where the rocker was with soft lighting for night time feedings and story time once he was older.
Has Gavin’s room evolved at all in the last year?
Nothing really has changed at all except lowering his crib… everything is still pretty much the same since he is still in the crib.
We did have to put black-out curtains in his room because he could not sleep with the light shining in, but other than that it’s still pretty functional as a toddler room.
Eventually we will take the rocker out and replace his changing table/dresser with a big boy dresser and a toy area, but we really haven’t had to do that just yet.