It took me quite unexpectedly, but in the beginning stages of my pregnancy my design taste took a u-turn. It changed completely and I was very close to tearing everything out of our apartment, buying really colourful accessories and painting all the walls blue. I’m glad for my crippling morning sickness though as it stopped me from doing anything and luckily as the weeks passed I grew out of my temporary fad and started to love our apartment again [no offence to anyone who has a colourful home – I love colourful homes and applaud people who embrace colour! I just know after years of trying, I can’t live with much colour].
One thing that did stick as my nesting fever continued was an overwhelming need to add greenery to our home. Kind of like literally nesting; in the true sense of the word.
I’ve added little touches of leafy greens here and there through accessories so I don’t scare myself off it too quickly. I ordered this Leaves + dots pillow from K is for Black by Anna Dorfman the other week and I love the pattern on it so much. It’s perfect and has spent time in almost every room since it arrived.
That rosemary plant has since died. On the other hand our fiddle leaf fig [which are known for being picky plants] has grown by 8 leaves since I brought it home in January. It’s gotten so big that I’ll be moving it into the spare bedroom / nursery soon enough! It seems the more difficult the plant, the easier is it for me to keep alive. I’ve given up trying to figure out that anomaly.
Honest opinion – velvet furniture and babies; do they even? We wandered around the #House2016Dublin event at the RDS yesterday and O’Hagan Design’s stall was a thousand yeses with that deep forest green velvet. I’ve been dreaming of reupholstering a second hand armchair in dark green velvet for the nursery, but, reality. I know deep down it’s not a good idea. BUT I STILL WANT IT. Honest thoughts please. And be as graphic as you want 👶💩
The nursery is DEFINITELY having green happen to it. At the moment I want to paint the whole thing a really dark forest green, but I don’t think I’m brave enough to do it. I’m still getting my head around a design so the spare bedroom hasn’t been touched yet. I’ll be starting work on it in the next couple of weeks now that work it quieting down so I’ll have some energy to tackle it.
As of tomorrow, bebe will be here in t-minus 14 weeks [I’M IN MY THIRD TRIMESTER WTF!] so I’m hoping to decide on a design within the next week and start soon after. I would have considered myself a fairly nesty person before I got pregnant, but my urge to clean and reorganise every aspect of everything ever is becoming almost uncontrollable. I’m also kind of not complaining.
That leaves and dots cushion looks great with the rest of your decor – I never would have guessed it would for some reason (maybe because I'm no designer!) Love how the rosebud colour picks out the colour of the berry cushions.
I am so excited to hear and see more about the nursery design!! And 14 weeks – how the hell did that happen???!!
I know! We're half freaking out, half incredibly excited! We have to adult in less than 3 months now. I can't wait to share design ideas for the nursery (and actually decide on a design! Sometimes the limbo period is really tough. I just have to commit).
Oh I love the cushion and all your planty goodness!! Yes please for the dark green in the nursery whatever form it takes. Love the idea and because it's unusual for a child's bedroom, it would be SO GOOD. (I don't think however a velvet upholstered chair is your best bet for a nursery however 😉 I have to cover my sofa with a throw pretty much all the time now with the dog (never had to with the cats!) and I have a feeling that babies aren't much less messy than dogs are – ha! xxx
Hahaha, oh I know you're so right Kimberly! I'm finally starting to come to terms with not having a velvet chair. I suppose I could reupholster it in velvet in years to come, but for now it's going to get something (relatively more) sensible. I think I needed to allow myself a couple of weeks of nooooo but I want a velvet chair and I'm not listening to anyone ever so stop making sense and telling me it's impractical!!!
I think I'm taking a more mature approach to it now 😉 xx
AHHHH, I love this post. Laughing my ass off at almost painting your apartment blue. Heeee! So awesome. I was so bad with the nesting thing. It all came together the week AFTER babe came home. Ya, I suck. But, we co-slept for the first little bit, so we literally only went in her room to use the change table. Ya, that is my excuse, and I am sticking to it.
Totally loving the green.
I think it is such a lovely colour.
I suspect the morning sickness has finally let up?
Oh Pat. I thought I was a nesty person by nature before. But now. It's all I can think about! I just think about cleaning out cupboards and reorganising every inch of the apartment! To the point that I find going to work completely pointless when I could be at home vacuuming under our bed and other such places no one will ever look.
p.s. I was pretty lucky as my morning sickness let up in the beginning of my second trimester. TG! Feeling sick is the one thing I have zero coping mechanisms for or rational thinking. I go into a blind panic.