It seems like not too long ago Afroz and I were living in the city, preparing to move to the suburbs after he got a new job. It was a fresh new start for Afroz and a continuation of my work with INKMADE from my new home studio. We found a decently priced apartment in a wonderful neighborhood close to Afroz's job and were excited, but sad to leave our old apartment near downtown Chicago. Just before we started packing our boxes to move out, I found out I was pregnant. We were ecstatic and our mindset now shifted from thinking of just moving to a new place to thinking about the home our baby girl was going to live and play in for the first time.
It just so happened that our new apartment had a huge master bedroom. We realized it was perfect for the baby, since there was enough space for a crib and changing table. I knew I wanted to keep her in the room with us. It would be easier to keep an eye on her and feed her at night. I didn't really think of a specific theme for her nursery nook. I just imagined something simple that blended into our existing master bedroom furniture, but also had a playful touch of color.
After measuring the area next to our bed, we realized we had exactly enough room for a crib, changing table, and a Diaper Genie to sit right next to each other. All of the furniture came from IKEA. It's simple, affordable, and we love it!
I keep most of Amira's everyday clothes, blankets, bibs, washcloths, toys, etc. right under the changing table. All of her dresses and nicer outfits are hanging in a closet. I also have her diapers, wipes, lotion, baby oil, and creams on and under the table, easy to reach whenever we need it. We also put up two shelves above the table to hold some boxes of some of her shoes, socks, headbands, and books. I also put up a guestbook map that my friends and family signed during my baby shower. It's nice to read their thoughtful words as I'm grabbing a book to read to Amira.
One of my favorite things in Amira's nursery nook is her mobile. One of my friends gifted it from my registry and I'm so glad I added it on there! She absolutely loves looking at the little hot air balloons move and listens attentively when the song plays.
I put some more baby shower goodies on the shelf, as well as some props from a maternity photo shoot we had a while back. I honestly didn't plan exactly what I was going to put on the shelves, but it all came together pretty well. The storage space is useful and there's also room for a few cute props for decor.
Afroz and I are big on making the most of small spaces. We love living in an apartment that has just enough space to be comfortable and not crowded. I'm sure in the future we'll eventually move to a bigger space as our family grows inshaAllah, but for now, we enjoy our cozy apartment and love Amira's little nook in our master bedroom.
Crib: IKEA SUNDVIK
Crib Bedding: Babies R Us
Changing Table: IKEA GULLIVER
Changing Table Baskets: IKEA BULLIG
Shelves: IKEA LACK Wall Shelf
Shelf Storage Bins: IKEA KUGGIS
Frames: IKEA RIBBA
Art Prints: Rifle Paper Co.