Nursery diaries #1

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I am finally in full-fledged nursery design {and resultingly, registry-planning} mode.  J is working on the nursery walls & ceiling, which need to be completed pronto so that there is sufficient air-out time before the baby {aka Bean because her first ultrasound pic looks like a bean} arrives.  Sadly, the dark wood paneling and crumbling plaster must be ripped down and new sheet rock put up so that we can have nice pretty, baby-friendly walls.   I need to grab a pic of the plaster for you to see what a disaster it is, but here's a pic of the room from when we purchased the house {gasp!}.

None of the furniture was ours so that's all gone, and I took down the curtains and shades to let in some light.  I want to change the light fixtures and perhaps get rid of the sconces altogether, but the ladder poses the biggest issue since it takes up critical space in the already small room (~11.5' x 10'), but it leads up to the attic, which is partially finished. You may notice in the pic above that the wood portion of the ceiling with the light fixture on it doesn't connect to the wall to the right with the window.  That's because the ceiling vaults upward. Just before the wooden section, the ceiling slants steeply up to the attic, which you can see here.

The break in the railing on the right is where the ladder connects.  The nice thing about said ladder is that it has a relatively slow progression upwards so it's pretty easy to get up and down without falling.  {Not to brag or anything, but I don't even need to hold on...just saying - balance like a cat. ;) }  But it's certainly not baby-friendly, and again - it takes up a lot of space needed for baby furniture. 

Since we don't go up to the attic that regularly, I'm thinking perhaps it's easy enough for now to put the ladder in the attic and purchase a temporary one that can be used quickly to go up and get the other ladder when necessary.  Not ideal since we do have an attic fan up there in the unfinished portion (behind a door that we'd keep closed) that helps cool down the house when it's really hot and humid.  That wouldn't be an issue until next summer when Bean is 8 or 9 months old.  And ultimately, if we stay in this house, we'd like to refresh the attic so that it's pretty and bright and usable; I think a teenager would love it.  But I'm getting ahead of myself...

So we've chosen this room for the nursery because
- it's not currently in use
- it's the smallest, which makes me think "nursery"
- it's at the back of the house so it's furthest from street noise
- when we have another baby {assuming all goes according to plan}, Bean can move into the larger room, which is currently the guest room, as her big girl room.

The other option is that we make our guest room into the nursery and the small room into the guest room.  But our new {free} full-size guest bed won't likely fit into the small room either with the ladder there so we'd have to purchase an alternative bed/pull-out couch for the guests.  {No - I suppose we only have a handful of guests per year when it comes down to it, but I do think we need a guest room option.} 

With this option, Bean would have a bigger room with more street noise since it's on the side of the house going from front to back.  Here's a pic from when we purchased it, and again, all of the furniture/decorations went with the former owners.  I don't have the exact measurements, but it's long and narrow - likely 23' x 12' with a radiator taking up the majority of the front end.

Any thoughts on how to make the ladder a non-issue?  Sigh...

{photo credit: from Coldwell Banker website obtained in connection with purchase of home, please do not use without permission.}


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