For various reasons, it sometimes works out that the baby nursery and the guest room have to share the same space. Though this isn’t always ideal, it can actually work quite well if you have a relative coming to help look after the baby upon birth. Today’s post focuses on how to make the nursery guest room combo functional and appealing for both purposes.
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Why A Nursery Guest Room Combo:
Every mom has experienced the urge to nest and make sure everything is perfect for baby’s arrival. I remember with my first child being obsessed with having the crib assembled and a baby hair brush purchased prior to his birth . . . even though my baby didn’t sleep in his own room or have enough hair to brush for the first four months. With the second child, I was much more relaxed. I knew everything would fall into place in due time. I was fine with some things had to be done after baby’s arrival. With the third child, I’m nesting again. Things are different this time, though, since baby #3 is internationally born and joining our family through adoption.
I eventually want to have our youngest two, girls who are four months apart in age, sleep in the same room. For now, with all the changes our new little girl will be adjusting to, we know that it will be best for her to start out in her own room. After making this decision, I knew I needed to work out sleeping arrangements in advance of our newest family member joining our family this fall. For the first time, our four bedroom house is feeling a bit cramped when I consider our rapidly approaching growth into a family of five. I decided to repurpose and create a shared space for guest room and baby nursery. It will work well since my mother is coming to help with the babies for a bit.
Decorating For Nursery And Guest Room Combined
What type of décor should I chose for such a room? Everything started to fall in place when I found a fun elephant wall decal square. When I found this adorable decal, I decided to pull yellow, pale pink, and hot pink from the print and build the room around elephants. I wanted cute, but not too juvenile. Also, not so highly themed that everything look like I purchased a nursery in a bag. I kept the existing down duvet and pillow inserts on the guest room queen-sized bed. The room was immediately brightened and cheerful when I replaced the duvet cover and shams with a clearance-priced duvet and matching shams featuring a modern elephant print set against a bright pink background.
At a local outlet store, I found nursery sheets and crib skirt with colors coordinating the room’s décor. I shopped online and purchased white panel blackout lined drapes outlined in pink ribbon trim. Although a bit pricey, I knew these drapes would match girly décor and provide necessary darkening while my baby slept. In addition to the elephant decal, I adorned the walls with some modern looking ring and polka dot wall decals as well as some adorable magnetic boards.
I quickly learned with my first child that little time is actually spent together in the nursery apart from rocking baby, feeding and putting baby to bed, and an occasional playtime. Most of my children’s waking hours are spent playing in shared living spaces such as the family room or playroom. Having that experience, I am unconcerned that our 3rd child’s room will be a bit cramped hosting a crib, queen- sized bed, and dresser.
When we do have overnight guests, they will have a comfortable bed in a lovely guest room. In that case, we will simply keep baby in our room for the night. When the girls are ready to share a room, the nursery guest room will be easy to transition into a big girls room. Plus, we won’t have to be hauling a mattress and bed frame from the attic for reassembly in the room.
No solution is perfect, but I am happy with the nursery and guest room combination. Every time I glance into her room-to-be, I can’t help but think about our baby’s sweet smile and gentle spirit. We can’t wait to bring baby home and provide her with the love and care every child deserves.
Do you have any decorating ideas for when a room serves as both a nursery and guest room that you want to share? We’d love to read about them in the comments.