Moving & Shaking (Rearranging The Nursery)

We’re knee deep in the middle of a bunch o’ projects (in the office, the dining room, and the living room- yeah we’re all over the place), so we thought we’d share the one thing we actually completed in the meantime, which was a little moving (and some obligatory shaking) when it came to Clara’s nursery. Here’s what it looked like mid-chaos (chaos = really bad pics):

Why the furniture shuffle? Well, we arranged it for Clara’s seven month old self (she wasn’t even crawling when we moved in) and now she’s a fifteen month old walking fiend with a lot wider “wingspan” so we had to make some changes to keep her safe slash happy slash sleeping.

The issues:

  • an air vent was located near the foot of the crib, and sometimes when the air kicked on in the morning it would wake Clara up early. Which any parent will tell you is a tragedy.
  • a few slivers of sunshine landed right in the crib due to slipping out the side of the thick curtains & closed blinds (which also occasionally woke her up at the crack of dawn)
  • her taller height/longer reach meant she was getting closer to grabbing the nearby curtains from her crib, which evoked visions of finding her swinging from the rafters in the morning like a happy little monkey
  • the bench under the window wasn’t ever something Clara seemed interested in, but we worried when she got older she might try to climb up on it and get out the window (you know, when she enters the Houdini stage)
  • the ceramic table lamp on the side table was a lot more pull-downable thanks to our tall & active bean (time for something not-breakable and not-reachable)


  • there are just certain types of people who like to rearrange furniture, and we’re it

Here’s what it looked like before the switch:

So here are the changes I made (John was working and I was on Clara duty, so she loved “helping” me push things or clapping while I did all the work):

  • I pushed the crib around the room against every available wall and in every possible configuration and decided that we (Clara and I) liked it best under the high-hanging and securely mounted mobile & floating shelves that used to be over her changing table (bam, no more air vent or stream of sunshine issues – and everything hanging on the wall is a good foot out of Clara’s reach)
  • I was sure to pull the crib further away from the curtains so there’s no way Clara’s long arms can grab them from the new location (in some shots they look close but they’re over 2 feet from the crib, and the crib mattress is in the lowest position)
  • I played around with a bunch of places for the changing table and eventually settled on the wall full of frames (although some of them hung too low so I tweaked the arrangement so they wouldn’t get kicked mid-diaper-change)
  • I moved the chair, ottoman, and side table under the green mirror and added a not-ceramic-or-kid-height floor lamp that’s a lot more bean-safe
  • I moved the bench away from under the window and stuck it on the wall with the closet

And since all those bullets are probably as clear as mud, here’s a little sketch for ya:

Now that the rearranging dust has cleared, it’s deffffffinitely nowhere close to perfect. But it’s a huge improvement in the function department (no more safety or early-wake-up worries). And Clara, who has always awoken at 7:30 (at least for the last 5+ months straight) has slept til 8:00 since the switch (two days in a row!). Which is no small miracle. So if the room looked beyond ugly we’d probably leave the furniture right where it is. Haha. Just kidding. Not really.

Anyway, here’s the new setup:

And here are some details that make my sappy mom heart happy:

Of course there are more than a few things we’d still like to do in there (although we’re set on finishing the other projects around the house that we have in progress, so there’s no rush). But here’s the ol’ list:

  • get/make a less awkward side table for the chair and ottoman (that’s an already-had-it nightstand from our old guest room that we stuck baskets in to create drawers – and later removed since Clara now likes demands easier access)
  • hang something over the green bench in the corner (I already know what’s gonna go there – and let’s just say I’m feeling ducky about it)
  • sew a new pillow cover for the chair (the green pillow under the green mirror is a little “meh” for me – and we have lots of spare fabric from Clara’s photo project
  • expand Clara’s frame wall (height and width wise) with even more photos (John’s baby pic had to come down so it didn’t get kicked from the changing pad, and I’m dying to get it back up there out of Clara’s reach along with some other stuff)
  • DIY a dollhouse
  • make a beanbag for Clara’s closet reading nook
  • paint the area under the window with leftover magnetic paint under wall paint so she can have a fun “secret” magnet wall
  • add crown molding
  • paint the ceiling

There are probably a bunch more things that I’m forgetting. Oh well, one step at a time, right? And since we’re on the subject of the bean, here’s another little video for ya. So proud of our little “reader”:

Did you guys do any list-making or room rearranging this weekend? Did you do it while your hubby got his laptop on and the baby “helped”? Did you find all sorts of nasty dust bunnies that horrified you behind the furniture? Did your dog whine audibly and try to distract you by bringing in a toy to play with because he was so against the activity?

Psst- See how we made the flower mobile here, refinished Clara’s veneer dresser here, painted and upholstered the bench here, painted the green mirror here, made the curtains here, built the book ledges here, found the capiz shell chandelier here, made the art wall here, painted the walls here, and stamped Clara’s closet here.


  1. Jackie Sousa says

    Love the polka dots you did in the closet! And how you made it a reading nook, I wish we had some walks in’s, darn my old house & tiny closets! ha Also, are you using any special curriculum for Clara, I love the video! My daughter will be 1 tomorrow and we do first word & color/shape flash cards, but was wondering if I should integrate something else in :)

    • says

      We just do a lot of reading – she loves books. I think we’d be reading to her 24/7 if she had her way. Well, chasing Burger and reading (she loves that too, haha). We also try to explain as much as possible to her (ex: “we’re walking to the mailbox to get the mail” or “mommy is brushing her hair- do you want me to brush your hair?”) so she hopefully gets a handle on words and what they mean. So far she seems really interested in soaking up as much as she can!


  2. Gina says

    I too am a furniture re-arranging nut. As is my mom. It drives the husband nuts! He would be perfectly happy keeping things in the same place for 10 years.

    I have always loved living vicariously through Clara’s so sweet and girly nursery. I have two boys so I never got to do the girl thing.

  3. Keish says

    Just be on the lookout for her climbing up on that bumper to reach the shelves or to get out, mine all started climbing out about 18 months.

  4. Alex says

    Thanks so much for this post! We just lowered our almost-7-month-old son’s crib mattress yesterday, only to find that it put him at eye level with an electrical outlet! When I tried to figure out another place the crib could go, I realized that there was indeed an outlet right at the same spot on every single wall. So for now, the crib is in the middle of the room until we baby-proof the outlets! Ugh. Thanks for some inspiration to help us figure out a rearrangement that might work for us. :)

  5. Lindsey says

    I’ve been looking for a table fan for my little girl’s (who’s still on the way!) nursery, and I LOVE yours! Where did you buy it??

    • says

      That was from a while back. We hear they might not sell it anymore but it might be on It’s called a Deco Breeze fan in “Sky” I think (that’s the blue color).


  6. Jackie Sousa says

    Also, one more question, I did some no sew curtains this weekend, any tips on placement of the clips and how many should be used?

  7. Julie says

    Can I ask you where you bought that cute, espresso-colored side/end table that used to hold Clara’s lamp and piggy bank on it?

  8. Samantha says

    We L-O-V-E in all the sense of the song the pigeon books! Our current fav is Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!!! I just can’t get enough of that little pigeon and all his expressions!

    PS did I get the song stuck in your head? I’ve been mentally singing it since beginning this post!

  9. says

    We (erm, my boyfriend) cleaned under the coach yesterday, and we found the plug for our tub, which has been missing since I’ve moved in here (four months ago!). I blame the cats. And a few other cat toys.

    This post owes you some thank yous:
    1. Thank you for giving me a break from studying for my exam which is today. (THEN I’M DONE! Until September..)
    2. Thank you for posting a picture of Clara all blurry. It’s adorable. And I can just picture her “helping” you rearrange furniture.
    3. Thank you for posting an up close picture of Clara’s curtains. I was interested to see how many clips you use to hang the curtains as I was having difficulty getting mine to flow/hang right (with the loops, they’re not loops but I’m calling them that!) and was going to look back in the archives at your curtain posts, but now I don’t have to!
    4. Thank you for being you. (can I get an “aww!”?) Don’t get all blushy now you two!

  10. says

    I love when you show real life pictures of the chaos! Makes me breathe a sigh of relief!

    I have been a homeowner now for just over a month, and our house is turned upside down with projects – All I can think to myself is they make this look SO much easier on TV and on all the blogs I read! :) Thanks for keepin’ it real!

  11. says

    I have been feeling extremely daunted by decorating my home lately. There is so much to do and I’m overwhelmed! I recently started a Google doc spreadsheet of a room-by-room list of projects. Just doing that helped so much to get organized!

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