With all the muchlargerprojects on our plate as of late, it is extremely satisfying to check off a quick, (way) less-than-one-hour job. You saw in our closet plans that we’ll be hanging a mirror above the changing table, and being the vintage mirror hoarders that we are, we had plenty to choose from! For a hot second, I was somewhat tempted to pick up something frameless (I’ve always loved these), but instead, we dug through our own inventory in the attic and landed on a mirror that’s never had a space to call its own in this home. The oval shape will balance all the square corners in the closet, and although it’s cute as-is, it’s always had a slight greenish hue to it:

We’ll be adding this pretty unlacquered brass hardware to the changing table,…

  • Katy DeBardelaben - October 17, 2017 - 7:43 AM

    I’m sure you know this, by that mirror will need to be super extra heavy duty secured to the wall. Wrangling a wiggly baby below a mirror is a dicey situation so just be on the super safe side. Just google security hardware and ou should be set. :)ReplyCancel

  • Eric - October 17, 2017 - 8:52 AM

    So I have a question – is it a paint, or is it a polish?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2017 - 10:06 AM

      It’s… a paste? Sort of looks like toothpaste!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - October 17, 2017 - 10:37 AM

    I’ve never tried this, but I am intrigued. I had no idea there was an ebony version.

    Copy editor in me notices: in 2nd-to-last paragraph, I think you meant “inexpensive”?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2017 - 10:49 AM

      Right! Thanks for catching that. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary - October 17, 2017 - 11:46 AM

    I picked up a light fixture in Des Moines Iowa from West End Salvage. (Have you ever seen their TV show?)
    The metal parts are brushed silver. Will the European Gold paste completely cover the silver? I don’t want to have to take the light fixture apart to spray paint it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 17, 2017 - 12:52 PM

      I’ve seen examples online that show it would work! Just tape off the silver and you may need a few coats.ReplyCancel

    • beth - October 17, 2017 - 7:57 PM

      whether the rub n’buff will work depends on the type of metal. i tried to change up a silver plated frame and it didn’t work at all. the paste just buffed off completely. i think if the finish is too shiny it doesn’t work.

  • Loryn - October 17, 2017 - 12:42 PM

    I used Rub n Buff on the hardware of a thrift store dresser I picked up in college (1995!). I’ve repainted the dresser four times, but I’ve never had to retouch the hardware.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Bedard - October 17, 2017 - 1:40 PM

    I love Rub n’ Buff! I’ve used it for years. This week I used silver leaf to change gold picture frames to silver. They look great, and it’s so much faster, easier and cheaper than having artwork reframed! I think it’s a bit like using liquid wax on a car.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - October 17, 2017 - 5:19 PM

    I have RNB’d several times, but the biggest project was our bathroom sconce in the antique gold. It owns the look, but I don’t know that I’d do it again. I think RNB works beautifully on textured surfaces (your mirror, for instance); not so much when it is applied to something smooth. Too waxy and crafty a look for my taste.ReplyCancel


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  • Anna - October 12, 2017 - 6:24 AM

    I know we had one for my first (who is now 8) but I think we skipped it with the younger two. What held my babies’ attention more was a little mirror in the crib so they could admire their reflections. Bonus is that it’s easy to take with you when you travel.

    Like this:

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Ooh, I love that idea. That mirror is so sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - October 12, 2017 - 6:41 AM

    Our kiddo, now 5 had a colorful hot air ballon mobile. I remember having a fish mobile and my parents have repeatedly told me that ishes (add an F at the front) was my first word.ReplyCancel

  • Aisling - October 12, 2017 - 6:52 AM

    We had a noble over the changing table to distract our baby, very useful for distraction during changes. The biggest problem is that babies like bright garish colors that clash and grown ups tend to prefer quieter color combos.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - October 12, 2017 - 7:12 AM

    I made one out of cardstock paper triangles in different colors and patterns and attached them to the inside hoop of an embroidery hoop. I love how it looks and he did like watching it when he was a little guy when the fan or heat would blow it around. That being said, I don’t think it is necessary! It’s def not going to help with sleep (although it might keep your little one distracted for a few minutes). They look really pretty though!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - October 12, 2017 - 7:14 AM

    Ugh this is something we’re struggling with! I think we’re leaning toward no mobile right now but I’m not 100% sold either way.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - October 12, 2017 - 7:24 AM

    We’ve never had a mobile for our babies. I’m kind of thinking of making one for my 1 year old now. There are so many adorable choices.ReplyCancel

  • StephanieZ - October 12, 2017 - 7:32 AM

    This doesn’t fit withh your theme, but pink cheek studios on etsy makes the most amazing mobiles. I’ve bought one for friends and also gotten the cutest custom made dolls from her as well.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:56 AM

      What a cute shop! Love the personalization options.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - October 12, 2017 - 7:34 AM

    We didn’t with any of our 3 kids. They are only in the crib when they sleep, so I didn’t see any reason to have one and never missed it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Simon - October 12, 2017 - 7:38 AM

    This was one thing I was stumped on too! I liked the idea of a mobile as more of an art piece in the room. With my daughter we ended up going without the mobile, as her room came together I realized I didn’t need one. I had also read some articles about mobiles being distracting to babies when they are trying to fall asleep.

    However, with my sons nursery I ended up making him a mobile for his space themed room. I used glow in the dark 3D planets and it turned out really cute!

    I do think a mobile over a changing table is a much better place – that’s where they need to be distracted! We have a pegboard above our changing table with all of the supplies and we ended up hanging a toy from that!ReplyCancel

    • Janet - October 12, 2017 - 2:02 PM

      Mobile over a change table seems like a good idea I never considered before! How do you make sure it is now in changer’s way though?ReplyCancel

      • 'col - October 15, 2017 - 8:41 AM

        My kid’s dad and I are both short, but we hung ours at the end where baby’s head would be and it was never a problem for us. Mirror near the change table is good too–babies love to look at faces, and it stays funny/interesting to them as they grow.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - October 12, 2017 - 7:49 AM

    My boys were completely enamored with the ceiling fan. Nothing could compare.ReplyCancel

    • Jacki - October 12, 2017 - 8:38 AM

      Ditto with my son. Fan was one of his first and favorite words. He did have a mobile, and it did entertain him. But honestly, I wish I had it over the changing table to distract him rather than over the crib.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:56 AM

      Ha, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - October 12, 2017 - 7:56 AM

    My baby is DELIGHTED by his mobile (this beauty – http://amzn.to/2wPOBrV). He can be soothed by it when he’s crying or enchanted by it when we need a hands free moment.

    We use this little gadget to turn it and play music which, I think, is where the magic is.

    I was so against it initially but my husband convinced me and with the sticker peeled off, it’s honestly not that aesthetically horrible! And the joy that Theo gets from it is so worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - October 12, 2017 - 7:59 AM

    I didn’t get a mobile. It was one of the things I skipped to save money (there’s so much other stuff to buy!) My daughter slept in a bassinet until 3 months and napped in various places. It’s also recommended to take a mobile down when they can pull themselves up to standing (unless you hang it high out of reach, I guess) so for us it would have been “useful” for a few months. I do appreciate them as a cute accessory but I doubt they’re really that useful. My daughter was more enamored with the black and white patterned curtains we had in her room.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 9:00 AM

      Luckily our ceilings are pretty high in that room, so we could hang it up and out of the way, but that’s definitely something to thank about. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - October 12, 2017 - 8:00 AM

    My advise is this: get something thinking about your baby, not about what fits with your decoration… The combination of sights and sounds can really help babies develop their sensory integration skills. Those white or monochromatic mobiles are completely boring.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - October 12, 2017 - 8:26 AM

    Mobiles have come a long way. You’ve linked such beautiful options. I do not think there is a right answer. If you like mobiles, go for it. I do second the mirror idea. Babies do love to look at themselves.

    The little lumps don’t do much of anything for the first few weeks, so there’s no rush. :DReplyCancel

  • Katie - October 12, 2017 - 8:31 AM

    I just straight up want #14 – the moon phase mobile. Like it’s added to a pinterest board right now. And I don’t have any kids/plans for any kids. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:54 AM

      I think it’s acceptable for adults as well. :)ReplyCancel

  • katie - October 12, 2017 - 8:31 AM

    We had one for both kids (the same one) – I don’t think they ever really looked at it, so I don’t know that it was needed. But it did add some color to the space, we used the one below.

    For music we had a sleep sheep that was attached to the side of the crib (outside) – that played some noises as they went to sleep, both kids loved that when they were little.


    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 8:54 AM

      That one keeps popping up in my searches, too! Love the colors.ReplyCancel

    • Brooke - October 12, 2017 - 10:19 AM

      I love that one! I don’t have kids but I’d be tempted just to buy it :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie Richards - October 12, 2017 - 8:32 AM

    We went with a paper cloud and airplane mobile from Etsy and still have it up in our 3 year old’s room. It’s light enough that the air circulation from the HVAC will cause it to move and he still likes to watch it at night before falling asleepReplyCancel

  • Ashley- At Home with Ashley - October 12, 2017 - 9:08 AM

    I made one for my son when he was a few months old. I probably hung it too low because he had grabbed and ripped the little felt elephants down a few times. The tutorial for making it is one of the most popular on my blog. I bet a DIY modern mobile would be amazing! I felt like it completed the room, but I’m not sure if it actually helped his sleep…ReplyCancel

  • Emily - October 12, 2017 - 9:09 AM

    We went with fairly simple mobiles for each of our kids. They matched the ‘theme’ of their rooms.

    If I had to do it again, though, I would get one with lots of bright colors, and lots of contrast, esp black and white. That is what babies see best.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - October 12, 2017 - 9:12 AM

    Neither of my kids had mobiles, but both of them do have something hanging off their ceiling (just not literally on top of their heads. My daughter has a hot-air balloon http://authenticmodels.com/collection2/shop/flight/royal-aero-rainbow/ and my son has an aeroplane http://authenticmodels.com/collection2/shop/flight/flying-circus-jenny-medium/.

    I didn’t set out not to have mobiles, but when I found the balloon (my daughter is 4, so this is 5 years ago!) I just couldn’t leave the balloon out of her room. It worked out for the best because at her 6-week check our nurse told us she looked very visual and would be easiest to put to sleep if we took away everything that might be visually interesting (like a mobile) and play soft music instead. Worked like a charm. Sadly the nurse also said she would never sleep well in a pram for the same reason and would only nap properly at home in her controlled visual environment. This proved very true (our nurse is AMAZING), if a bit inconvenient!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 9:23 AM

      Wow, those are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - October 12, 2017 - 9:24 AM

    No mobile for us. We bought one and never hung it! We used one of those wooden play gyms from IKEA instead and THAT was the best. It took her from newborn to toddler and she played with it differently during different phases. And we could move it from room to room. Also we ended up moving the changing pad from the dresser to the floor once she started flipping over so the play gym was also great for distracting her during changes.

    Also, y’all should paint the floors in your new Michigan place. We bought an old house with painted floors. I never would have done it myself but I’m so glad the previous owners did. They are great! Highly recommended!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - October 12, 2017 - 9:51 AM

    We had one over the changing table rather than the crib. Ours was forest animals, and she LOVED it—a great distraction for diaper changes, and overloaded our brains with cuteness whenever she was “talking” to her animal buddies.ReplyCancel

  • HeatherB - October 12, 2017 - 9:54 AM

    We had mobiles for our son, not our daughter (not intentionally omitted for her…she just didn’t have a bedroom for the first 9 months!). I had one on my son’s crib, which was good. The one that was an unexpected help is the one we put over the changing table. Especially as he got a little older (and more wiggly!), the movement and music were a GOD SEND! The only thing that saved us on many a diaper change. I love the beautiful mobiles they have today, but the music is a nice element to the old-fashioned plush and plastic wind-up mobiles of yore!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - October 12, 2017 - 10:02 AM

    I had mobiles for both of mine, but we put them over their changing tables where they need more distraction. They were often a godsend when they didn’t want to stay still for a diaper change.ReplyCancel

  • SEM - October 12, 2017 - 10:10 AM

    I think they are precious. I am drawn to the simple neutral shapes, but I am not sure what is most comforting or stimulating for littles. Have you considered making one with a weathered stick and some found objects, like shells or feathers? I think over a changing table might be nice too… for when baby gets more fidgety and you’d prefer her hands away from her business.


    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 10:23 AM

      Sadly, a mobile over the changing table might not be possible in our closet solution, but we’ll have a mirror there!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - October 12, 2017 - 10:18 AM

    Our mobile is over our changing pad, as many other commenters have said. It’s been awesome! Our first was an early roller and it was very hard to change her diapers. The mobile bought us enough time to get her changed! I made the one we have and it was gender-neutral and a labor of love so one used it with all the babies. It’s so sweet to have something that has connected all three.ReplyCancel

  • Sasha - October 12, 2017 - 10:37 AM

    We debated this too and ultimately got this paper bunny one for our little girl: https://www.houzz.com/product/95367275-circular-bunnies-mobile-contemporary-baby-mobiles (note: the string is fine and white, not blue as it appears here and the arms are very fine metal wire. The rabbits are white and gray)

    The company (Flensted: http://www.flensted-mobiles.com) has some beautiful, not-overly-cutesy but still recognizable animal mobiles and I liked how this was lightweight, moves well in the breeze/fan, and is geometric. I’m a big fan and our daughter LOVES it. We hung it from the ceiling but on the lower side and it just floats above the crib. My husband and I both knock into it all the time and it’s held up beautifully to the contact, which we often don’t even notice- something which might get annoying with a heavier piece.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 10:43 AM

      Those mobiles are so pretty! Thanks for the link. :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - October 12, 2017 - 11:14 AM

    We have one, but we put it above the changing table! It’s a GREAT distraction during diaper changes as he becomes more mobile. ;) He loves looking at it! Here’s a picture of the one we have!http://www.everythingwasgood.com/2017/06/05/nursery-tour/ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 11:21 AM

      What a beautiful nursery, Emily! Taking notes. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ally - October 12, 2017 - 11:15 AM

    I don’t have kids so I can’t weigh in on IF you should get one. But I can say that the very simple ones really caught my eye – for me! The brass shapes and the agate mobiles would be something I would hang in a corner of my house. I just can’t help but think how classy and nostalgic a piece like this hanging in a window somewhere when your little girl upgrades to a big girl room could be! Think how sad it would be to one day have to get rid of all the little memorable pieces of her baby room eventually – this way you can still hang on to a little piece of baby-her :) I hear it goes faster than you think!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - October 12, 2017 - 11:25 AM

    I have the felt wool bunnies from RH in my daughter’s room and I cried when my husband hung it! It felt like the finishing touch to the room. Definitely not a necessity but such a sweet addition!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 11:34 AM

      The felt bunnies kill me! You’re gonna make me cry!ReplyCancel

  • Lu Ann Freeman - October 12, 2017 - 11:26 AM

    We have a homemade himili one, I personally love that it is dimensional from the baby’s point of view as well as from a standing adults. Doesn’t hurt that’s it’s also pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer G. - October 12, 2017 - 11:48 AM

    My verdict after four kids: show.ReplyCancel

  • Annie - October 12, 2017 - 12:14 PM

    We got this plastic, not pretty, mobile for our baby http://a.co/0A83AAU. Did it match our nursery decor? Nope! Did our baby love it? Yes! The high contrast black and white images are great for visual development. I fought it hard, since I was imagining something more pretty (which, let’s be honest is more for the parents than the baby, right?) But in the end, my husband won.ReplyCancel

  • Susie - October 12, 2017 - 12:23 PM

    We’re completing our little boys nursery for this falls One Room Challenge and already picked #5 for our mobile! I love that it’s part of your roundup because we love YBH’s style!
    Honestly though, they really aren’t a nessesity, our first was never all that interested. And my husband hit his head on it… so we will see how long this next one stays up lol!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 2:09 PM

      Ooh, have you received it yet? Would love to know your thoughts seeing it in person!ReplyCancel

  • Raha Hezar - October 12, 2017 - 12:56 PM

    You don’t “need” one, but there is something sweet and quintessential nursery to a mobile. Neither of my kids really cared about theirs and were enamored by the ceiling fan like others have mentioned, but Im still happy we got one. The nursery as a whole is more for the parent. Making it cute and sweet is for us (the baby would be content in a hideous pack-n-play in some non decorated room) so I say go for it!! Get the mobile you love! Make it the room you love! You deserve it!!ReplyCancel

  • Pat DonBrosky - October 12, 2017 - 1:04 PM

    The Bunnies, THE BUNNIES!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 12, 2017 - 2:09 PM

      Right?! They are the CUTEST!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - October 12, 2017 - 1:11 PM

    Those mobiles are all so cute! We never had one for either of our kids but I love how they look!


  • Kaleigh - October 12, 2017 - 1:31 PM

    A friend of ours knit us a gorgeous little mobile, otherwise we would not likely have had one. In saying that though, our son loves it. I hope that it finds him comfort each night.ReplyCancel

  • Emily S - October 12, 2017 - 1:53 PM

    I agree with others. Babies like bright colors, this is waht they will be able to see first with their poor vision shortly after birth. We had a neutral room, but then I had my crib below the window and had some bright colorful curtains there, and my baby would wake up and not cry, but stare at the bright curtains. She loved them. I understand the desire for a neutral calm photogenic nursery, but don’t rob your baby of the fun that they have of looking around at all things colorful.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - October 12, 2017 - 2:07 PM

    We don’t have a mobile over the crib, but do over the changing pad. We had enough sleep issues in a dark room with white noise that I can’t imagine the distraction of one over the crib.
    If you decide to go with a mobile, look up at it from the bottom – that’s the angle she’ll be looking from. So many people (bloggers, anyway) seem to choose beautiful, sculptural, almost monochromatic mobiles that have zero interest when viewed from below. I made pinwheels from double sided scrapbook paper, choosing high contrast patterns that worked with our colors.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - October 12, 2017 - 2:11 PM

    We didn’t put a mobile up until our son was about 2 months old. We gave him a simple one with knit dogs on it from Pottery Barn for Christmas. He sort of noticed it at first, but became increasingly aware and enamored with it as he got older. Even when he was about 5 months, I could pop him in his crib and crank the music box to entertain him while I did simple tasks, like put away his laundry. I definitely recommend one with music, too.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - October 12, 2017 - 2:58 PM

    I have a mobile for my daughter. I made a hanging pom pom mobile similar to this: http://www.aburstofbeautiful.com/2015/05/diy-pom-pom-mobile.html/ Although I made mine white monochromatic, removed the pom poms between the hoop and the hook, and made the hanging bits different lengths.

    Can’t say my daughter looked at it much. She spent the first 4 months in a bassinet in our room anyways. Mostly it is just pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - October 12, 2017 - 3:06 PM

    We ended up moving the mobile over the changing table–we ended up spending a LOT of time there and the mobile was SO helpful. We would tell little stories and make up songs about the mobile animals. It was high contrast and garish looking which newborns seem to love. I think if you are selecting one for the crib you can go more neutral as I don’t know any newborns who have actually slept in their crib. :) The crib mobile will be for your design pleasure and then hopefully soothing for your 6 month old. Remember to think about what it looks like from below and as much as I like graphics, my baby liked things best she could give names to and saw repeated in books–it is exciting to make connections.ReplyCancel

  • Cair - October 12, 2017 - 4:06 PM

    I didn’t have one for my daughter, and she grew up ok, phi beta kappa even. I do like the idea of something over the changing table though. A few extra seconds of distraction there is worth a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 12, 2017 - 4:20 PM

    I have the felt bunny mobile for my 4 month old and it is adorable! Very well made, so sweet with he perfect amount of whimsy. I hope you guys go for a mobile!ReplyCancel

  • Zandy - October 12, 2017 - 5:23 PM

    Love all these options! One thing to think about is where your monitor will be located/ what type of monitor you use (if you’re getting one). We have the Nest and it pings you every time there is movement or sound in the room. A mobile would trigger it more often than your baby moving her sleep 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Molly - October 12, 2017 - 6:27 PM

    Before I read this, I thought to myself “oh it’s not really necessary. I didn’t have one growing up and I’m not torn up about it. Besides it’s hard to see the mobiles in some of the pictures at the top anyway.” But now I’m thinking “I have to choose only ONE favorite?!?” They’re all so cute and I didn’t know that I could love mobiles this much 😋 For what it’s worth my favorites are 3, 7, 9, 11, and 12. (Sorry I couldn’t narrow it down more) I got especially excited with number 3 because the llamas seem hilariously sassy to me for some reason and the pom poms would compliment the curtains you picked out! Also the shade of pink in it is a sweet touch that could tie the pink from the closet in to make the room flow together. And if you do end up going with the neutral color room option then it would add interest without being too loud of an addition. I’d imagine they are useful for keeping baby preoccupied or distracting her from crying, but I’m sure you’ve done the research. As always thanks for sharing! Believe it or not this blog gives me so much happiness and gets me through tough times (like when I have to pull an all nighter to study before an exam and I fiiiinally get a break and reward myself with a read on your page). On top of that I stumbled upon your home tour video at a time when I was really questioning my passions and your posts guided me away from a path that wouldn’t have been a good fit for me, so thanks for that too!! It’s kind of crazy that you two have made such an impact on my life and we don’t really know each other. Anyway good luck in your mobile decision!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 13, 2017 - 10:10 AM

      Hi Molly! You pretty much narrowed it down to our favorites as well, haha. Just when I think I definitely want the felt bunnies, I think about the pink llamas for the same reason you mentioned. So difficult when so many of them are adorable!

      And thank you very much for the kind words. It means so much to us that we can be a little bright spot for you, but the feedback we receive from our readers makes us smile extra big. It’s a win-win, it seems. :DReplyCancel

  • Melissa - October 12, 2017 - 7:25 PM

    I would call mobiles decorative accessories, not a necessity. We had a battery operated one and my daughter liked it but the real winner with both kids was an obnoxious fish tank that played music. No matter how much we try, it’s rare for kids to like the pretty toys – they like the ugly, noisy toys the best!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth - October 12, 2017 - 8:22 PM

    We did have a mobile! It was made by a local to us company and had blue and orange birds (https://www.dundryhill.com). What I most liked about it, though, is that it was actually interesting to look at lying down underneath. Most mobiles I’ve found don’t seem like they’d actually be that interesting for the baby, which to me defeats the purpose!ReplyCancel

    • 'col - October 15, 2017 - 8:48 AM

      This is super important! If the mobile is for decoration, that’s totally fine, but if you want baby to engage with it there has to be something for her to look at from her perspective.

      Which helps me clarify my ideas, I guess: I lean no mobile over the crib (crib is a sleeping place, she says idealistically, having had a child who barely ever slept there…), but absolutely get one for decor if you love it. Then hang it so the baby can see it when you’re holding her; it will be something fun for the two of you to do when she’s a few months old.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - October 12, 2017 - 8:46 PM

    We got one for Maple from the Moma store. I loved it b/c it was (is) birds, and is pretty enough to be appreciated for years. It’s art, after all. We hung in a corner of the room, not over the crib, because I read the concept that baby should be choosing to look at it, not be stuck seeing it every time she’s lying looking straight up. I liked that idea. It sounds kinda wacky when I type it, though :)

    To be honest, she’s been interested in it like once or twice, in over 2 years…but I LOVE IT! lol.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Putnam - October 12, 2017 - 8:48 PM

    My sister-in-law made half a dozen cute tissue paper puffs that hung at my baby shower and we opted just to hang those above the crib. Both of my boys were entranced watching them sway in the breeze from their ceiling fan. It was an easy way to keep them entertained for a few minutes if I had to leave them in their crib to tend a quick emergency (a quick scrub and outfit change after a ridiculous diaper blow out, an urgent boo-boo for big brother, or a dinner that needs rescued from the oven). I had no plans to hang anything over the crib until I saw the puffs at my shower, so you could always put a pin in it and see if inspiration strikes later!ReplyCancel

  • Marisa - October 12, 2017 - 10:46 PM

    We had a mobile over the changing table (which was just a dresser with a pad on top) for both of our daughters and it was great entertainment for them during diaper changes. They both slept in our bed for the first year but we wouldn’t have wanted extra stimulation where they were sleeping.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - October 13, 2017 - 6:48 AM

    If you want a mobile for room decor, go for it but it won’t likely be “used” much by baby. It is definitely not a necessity. I bought a simple Ikea one and never ended up hanging it. Having some kind of play mat that you can hang toys over their heads will get a lot more use than an over-the-crib mobile. You can get a little collection of little hanging toys that clip to those plastic rings and swap out the toys on the play mat, and you can also use them to hang toys on the car seat handle.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda B - October 13, 2017 - 8:39 AM

    Before my first child was born, I meticulously made a mobile very much like that felt bunnies one, only with paper airplanes made of storybook pages. I don’t think he noticed it until he was about 3, lol. What he did love was the tacky battery-powered music-playing light-up spinning mobile we bought out of desperation to help him go to sleep on his own.

    I still LOVE the paper airplane mobile I made! If you have the mindset that a mobile might really just be an art piece that the parents enjoy, it may take the stress out of picking the “right” one for your baby. :) Good luck! I love your taste, can’t wait to see how it all turns out.ReplyCancel

  • kara - October 13, 2017 - 9:52 AM

    i diy’d a mobile for friends that just featured extreme close-up, laminated photos of the faces of friends and family. the photos were hung with pretty paper clips from a center ring that said “look who loves you!”. it was really sweet and the faces were just the right size for his little brain to engage with.ReplyCancel

  • Kendal G - October 13, 2017 - 11:21 AM

    I’m of the opinion that you need VERY little for a baby/toddler — about 1% of what the baby industry will tell you you need to buy. BUT a mobile is a necessity for early brain stimulation. Look for something (or make something!) that’s high contrast. I used a large embroidery hoop, fishing line and colourful feathers from the craft store. We moved when she was 14 months and I didn’t rehang it, but it’s important for a newborn to have a mobile. Mattress, diapers, soft clothing, mobile. Everything else is unnecessary.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - October 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

    Next to our daughter’s crib we have a mobile, tiny white string lights on a dimmer, and artifact uprising prints of us with her. 2 years later, she loves the lights and the pictures and could care less about the mobile. That said, they’re super cute so just get the one YOU like!ReplyCancel

  • Kaylan - October 14, 2017 - 7:17 PM

    *i* wanted a cute mobile for our son, but we never got/made one because we were living in a construction zone at his birth and lots of small things slipped to the wayside. So few things are true necessities for tiny babies, but if it makes you happy that matters a lot too :) I spent a lot of time in a chair holding my son staring at the walls. It would have been nice to have a couple pretty things to rest my eyes on.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - October 15, 2017 - 7:18 PM


    We got that one. I love it. We never did a changing table- didn’t have room until we bought a house and by then he was 9 months old. I just think of it as art. He got a kick out of it when he was young, now I probably enjoy it more.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - October 15, 2017 - 9:54 PM

    I did a DIY one with felt flower stickers hung from an embroidery hoop over the changing table. Changed it up easily to fish stickers after a year.
    Yes vote for mobile, and I’d suggest over changing table personally :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - October 16, 2017 - 9:22 AM

    We got the Kikkerland photo mobile (https://kikkerland.com/products/mobile-photo-clip) just for fun, but then figured we could use it in the nursery! We hung it over the crib, and I decided to clip in paint chips in rainbow colors for now. They are long + wide, so I folded them into triangle tubes, and our daughter loves it! They look like long rectangles of bright colors when you’re in the room, and when she’s in the crib, the view looking up is triangles. I read somewhere babies like geometric shapes. She loves watching it when we pop her in her crib to do something (like start a load of baby laundry, hah!). It doesn’t bother her at night (insert every baby is different caveat here). Our pediatrician actually recommended something to look at when she’s falling asleep when I asked about how to help her learn to fall asleep on her own (we rocked to sleep until recently, when she turned 5 months and we felt she was ready to make the transition). That said, you do you. The room is just as much for you as it is her. She’ll appreciate what you put in it, and won’t miss what isn’t there, because she’ll be in a wonderful home with parents who love her!ReplyCancel

  • Annelies - October 17, 2017 - 2:01 PM

    I didn’t use a mobile over my daughter’s crib, as we used the crib for sleep only, and I preferred to have as little distraction/stimulation there. We did occasionally use flickering Christmas lights over her play crib in our lounge, which worked a treat! And we had a had a pretty one over the changing table that worked as a distraction for changing diapers (boy, you will need to distract that baby at times to wipe and change!), that worked with the aesthetic of the room. So many good ones to choose from, good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - October 18, 2017 - 5:50 PM

    We’re currently in reno craziness so my 7 month old has never had a mobile hung up (although we have one!). I did string some garland over her make-shift changing table though and she absolutely loves it, especially when I make it swing. Once we finally get her room set up (in the next 2 weeks!) I’ll be putting the mobile over the changing table for sure and not the crib. She’s a wiggler, that one and needs the distraction. <3ReplyCancel


DIY bi-fold door trim | above closet storage | brass knobs | brass cabinet latches A question that popped up more than a few times during our nursery kick-off was, but where’s the changing table? I brought…
  • Eric - October 10, 2017 - 7:17 AM

    That closet is going to be so cute and functional. I *wish* we had a store like that here in Austin where I could find all kinds of vintage furniture.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 8:34 AM

      It’s hard to believe you wouldn’t! Even if it’s not a refinishing shop as well, you could surely find gems at architectural salvages, habitat resales and definitely hit up the online classifieds. The hunt is half the fun! :)ReplyCancel

    • Lori - October 10, 2017 - 11:45 AM

      Check out Room Service Vintage and Rave On Vintage on North Loop (and they both have great Instagram accounts)! There are a ton of great vintage shops in Austin. Here’s a great list, complete with map: http://vintagearoundtownguide.comReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 11:49 AM

        You’re awesome!ReplyCancel

      • Blythe - October 10, 2017 - 1:11 PM

        Yes! Room Service Vintage in particular has great prices. If you see something you like on their Instagram feed, call right away to place a two-hour hold: their stuff tends to sell really quickly.

        I’ve also found awesome pieces for sale in the “Austin Mid-Century Modern Buy / Sell / Trade / Chat” Facebook group.ReplyCancel

        • Lori - October 10, 2017 - 10:42 PM

          Ooooh, thanks for that FB group tip! Joining as we speak. :DReplyCancel

  • thelady - October 10, 2017 - 8:05 AM

    This is SO exciting, and I haven’t had a changing table in 14 years!! :) I think you are wise to go less is more, you will figure out what you need as you go along, and luckily for you guys you are handy and make magic in your home daily! Prepare yourself tho, for the onslaught of “for a baby, here’s what I did, here’s what you should do, you will never need X…you will always need Y..” Us parents have lots of old, unused opinions that we love to drag out after years of hiatus :D :DReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 8:37 AM

      Haha, we’ve been getting that in small doses. I think it helps living in the city, where most people don’t like an onslaught of extra ‘stuff’ in their (smaller, skinnier) homes, and it’s all about what’s lightweight and efficient. The absolute necessities! Even still, we happily welcome the advice and then weigh it against our lifestyle. It’s all helpful in some way or another! :DReplyCancel

  • katie - October 10, 2017 - 8:17 AM

    Great idea for shelves with baskets, I’m always amazed on how many little things you need for babies. We have a mirror above our changing pad and our little one loves to wave at herself after diaper changes. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley- At Home with Ashley - October 10, 2017 - 8:48 AM

    That store has me drooling- I love that you had a one stop shop for a vintage dresser! And I am so excited for the pink closet. I think it’ll be so nice to be able to close the doors and have a clean calm space. We love our changing table so much that we still use it and my son is two and a half! He’s potty training right now and I haven’t even started thinking how to update the space without it.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 9:51 AM

      MegMade is definitely a gem in this city!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - October 10, 2017 - 9:07 AM

    I love the idea of doing a fun color in the closet! I want to do something like this in my son’s room. I just can’t pick a color!

    I kinda think it is fun designing function around an obstacle (like the little nooks). Forces you to be creative! Love this little nursery!ReplyCancel

  • Monica - October 10, 2017 - 9:45 AM

    wow, what a great dresser find! your plans sound beautiful. Do you think you’ll leave the closet doors open most of the time?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 9:52 AM

      At the beginning, most likely! Our hope is that it will still look great open, but we can close it off when we need to close off any chaos.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - October 10, 2017 - 9:51 AM

    We painted the interior of our entry closet with Paris Romance from Benjamin Moore and it is so good! It has just enough purple undertone to make it not feel like Pepto Bismol! I highly recommend it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 10:01 AM

      Ooh, that’s a pretty one.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - October 10, 2017 - 11:03 AM

    Oh this is going to be amazing! Can’t wait to see it!


  • Lori - October 10, 2017 - 11:48 AM

    I didn’t realize just how big that closet was until I saw your tape outline on the floor! I like the idea of being able to hide a changing table in there. Can’t wait to see how everything comes together!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Davis - October 10, 2017 - 1:51 PM

    Our daughter’s room is painted Love Story (Ben Moore). It’s warm, soft and not at all girly. Still love it after 6 years!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - October 10, 2017 - 2:45 PM

    I know I’m way ahead of the game here, but I assume that as your daughter grows up this will still be her room? Are the dimensions the same as the guest room downstairs? Such a fun cozy space!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 10, 2017 - 3:21 PM

      Yup, this will still be her room! So she might want to take the dresser out of the closet to make room for another rod, and I imagine there will be some rearranging to be done down the road. And you’re not ahead of the game by asking, we think about these things, too! Haha.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - October 10, 2017 - 2:51 PM

    ADORE that dresser. It’s so perfect! The pink will be super cute as well. I know you are set to DIY the closet but I have to say I LOVE the Elfa systems. We now have it in every closet and I can say that I have changed the configuration in every one at one point or another!! The kids closets have both changed 2 or 3 times. Some small and some big (my daughter’s mostly!). I’m sure whatever you do will be great though!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - October 10, 2017 - 8:57 PM

    Clan I just say you are my favourite bloggers and I’m obsessed with your blog! Everything you do gives me a longer project list. I don’t even have kids and you make me want a nursery ha! Kidding on that one of course. I wish you had a contest to help a Canadian out with a room makeover!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 11, 2017 - 9:15 AM

      Stephanie, you are so sweet! Great to hear from you. We’d love to have the option to include Canada in room makeovers! There’s always a possibility…ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - October 11, 2017 - 6:33 PM

    OMG that warehouse!!!!! Love the dresser you picked out! Can’t wait to see how the closet turns out.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - October 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM

    You might want to think about making some kind of spray guard around the changing table, even baby girls (and poop!) can travel quite a distance. Nothing says fun like dragging out heavy furniture (or unscrewing anchors) to clean poop off the walls.ReplyCancel


photo tour | vlog As excited as we are about our Tree House, I think it’s safe to say that our friends and family are equally so! Not only do they want to know when they can see it in person (if you’re willing…
  • Tricia - October 5, 2017 - 7:24 AM

    I know what you’re going through- I’ve been trying to find a contractor in St. Joseph for a very long time. There is such a shortage around here. Finally got a quote last week and it was way over what we expected. It’s so frustrating! I’ll let you know if we ever find someone.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 8:37 AM

      Very frustrating! We got a lot of great recommendations that all fell through for different (frustrating) reasons, but I guess a good GC is hard to come by anywhere, really.ReplyCancel

      • Carolyn - October 8, 2017 - 2:59 PM

        I have family in Long Beach renovating a home and they have good luck looking in The Beecher. Still a frustrating process, but it’s a starting point. I think they pick up a weekly copy at the grocery store.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - October 5, 2017 - 7:38 AM

    You can definitely refinish the floors yourself. We refinished ours when we bought our house before moving in. I’m not sure if ever convince my (now) husband to ever do it again, but there’s honestly nothing like getting up close and personal with your floors to fall in love with your house. I’m always puzzled by the number of DIY blogs that hire this out. It’s a relatively straightforward DIY and a huge money saver. We got $5K off the asking for our house since we decided we’d do it ourselves- it cost us less than $500 when all was said and done.

    Selfishly- I’d prefer no vlogs. I like to read blogs when I’m at work on break or in the quiet over breakfast in the morning and video content really turns me off. I’m likely to skip it and move on to another written blog. I want to follow along though, so I hope you can get a good mix!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 8:38 AM

      Thanks for another vote to DIY! If we did hire, it would simply be due to time (it’ll be nearing the holidays and I’ll be very pregnant by then!), but we can’t kick the idea of trying our hand at it. We’ll definitely let you know how it goes! And also good to know about the vlogs – we receive a lot of requests for ‘more!’, so we’d be sure to strike a good balance. Looking forward to others’ thoughts on that as well!ReplyCancel

      • Katie - October 5, 2017 - 9:12 AM

        For future vlogs, maybe you provide a good summary with pictures for those of us that can’t watch? I like the way YHL does this. Another option would be making sure the video captions are correct. I usually can’t watch with sound (reading while baby naps on me) so this would be great! Can’t wait to watch this reno :)ReplyCancel

    • beks - October 8, 2017 - 11:23 AM

      Im on the no vlog bandwagon as well, I too sneak in reading between projects at work and video is too laggy on my computer, and I’d hate to miss anything!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - October 5, 2017 - 8:47 AM

    Looks great! Did you consider space pak for your hvac? Are you keeping the ladder?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 10:56 AM

      We are keeping the ladder! And after going over a ton of HVAC options, we finally feel comfortable with where we landed.ReplyCancel

  • Arli - October 5, 2017 - 9:31 AM

    Love the treehouse! I NEVER watch vlogs on any blog.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - October 5, 2017 - 9:35 AM

    I would love to hear details on solving the electrical issues. I enjoy the Vlogs but enjoy reading more. Your blog is part of my day, thanks for doing it!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - October 5, 2017 - 9:46 AM

    I like the vlogs for posts where it would be hard to show just with pictures – like all the layout posts of the entire space a la introducing the garden apartment and the tree house. Otherwise, it’s frustrating because I read blogs while nursing or getting the kids to bed so there can’t be any sound or video.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 5, 2017 - 9:52 AM

    Another vote against vlogs. I am just not a video person and can’t watch at work.

    LOVE the update on the tree house and can’t wait to see progress!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 9:54 AM

    So interesting, thanks for chiming in, guys! You’ve got me wondering… any vlog lovers out there? I know I personally love watching them on my lunch breaks, as they feel a little more personal. Of course, written blogs and photos will stay the most frequent, but if y’all aren’t into vlogs, I want to make sure I strike a balance of what you’re enjoying vs. what doesn’t work!ReplyCancel

    • Molly - October 5, 2017 - 10:11 AM

      I love vlogs! I use my lunch time to read/watch all my favorite blog updates- and I’d love to see vlogs during your renovation!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 10:15 AM

        Yay, one vote for vlogs! Haha :DReplyCancel

    • Kate - October 5, 2017 - 12:48 PM

      I personally LOVE the vlogs (especially for layout/overall flow/room tour type of things) but also really appreciate the blogs and photos.ReplyCancel

    • Loryn - October 5, 2017 - 4:51 PM

      I really like the video tours, like the one for the tree house and the garden apartment before and finished tours. For most other things I prefer reading/photos, especially as your writing is enjoyable to read.ReplyCancel

    • Stacy G. - October 6, 2017 - 7:59 AM

      Another vote for vlogs. I enjoy them, but I admit that shorter is sweeter. :)ReplyCancel

  • Trish - October 5, 2017 - 10:24 AM

    I also never watch vlogs on any blog. They are so often shot with someone holding a handheld camera and walking and that kind of makes me car sick. I much prefer pictures that I can zoom in on for closer detail.ReplyCancel

  • Janette - October 5, 2017 - 10:37 AM

    Another “no” vote for vlogs for all the reasons above. I don’t want the noise, I prefer reading to watching, and the video footage often makes me feel kind of sick. I always skip them in favor of text and pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - October 5, 2017 - 10:54 AM

    I like vlogs but I also think the ability to reread sections and really pore over a particular part of a blog is nice. Blogs are so organized and well-thought out, which I like when I’m trying to understand design choices. Both have their advantages though, and I’m sure it will depend on the type of content you’re working with in a particular situation! Love the blog (and also vlog haha)!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - October 5, 2017 - 11:27 AM

    Count me among the “never watch.” It’s much faster for me to read the information and look at pictures than it is to slog through a vlog. Every time I try (and to be clear here, I’m not just talking about YBH!) I’m generally going “come on, come on” within the first 2 minutes and going elsewhere.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - October 5, 2017 - 11:30 AM

    You may have already considered this, but your outlets and switches that don’t seem to work could be linked together. Plug in a lamp that is on to any outlet that doesn’t work, and then go flip the light switches that don’t seem to do anything. Your outlet may be controlled by those switches, turning on your lamp. I’ve seen this done often in older homes where installing overhead lighting may not be an option.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 12:10 PM

      Right! I should have mentioned that. We did test outlets with a little portable fan, but we still couldn’t figure it out. We’ll have the electrician tidy all that up when he does the other work.ReplyCancel

  • Tanja - October 5, 2017 - 11:47 AM

    Hi Kim (&Scott), I like vlogs. It’s a nice break during the day. I do work from a home office so I can watch a vlog with no disruption to anyone but my companion Sunshine (our cat).

    I’m so excited about this lakehouse reno and watching what you guys get done. Is it just me or is that list SO AMBITIOUS for this year. There are less than 90 days left in the year with Thanksgiving and Christmas mixed in there. That said if anyone can do it, you can. I know Chris and Julia (www.chrislovesjulia.com) got a ton done when she was pregnant with Polly so you can too!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 12:10 PM

      Thanks, Tanja!

      I don’t know how they did it, but here’s hoping we can accomplish all of that! Yikes.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie - October 5, 2017 - 11:50 AM

    Do I understand correctly that you’re getting rid of the woodstove? Why?? If your planning to be there at all in fall and winter, a woodstove is so lovely and cozy – there’s no heat source like it! And it looks like that’s a relatively new Vermont Castings brand – those are nice stoves. Agree that the faux brick has to go, but if that’s the only objection, there are so many other great hearth and surround options – slate, soap stone, marble, terracotta, etc.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 12:09 PM

      We are, and we’re looking to add a smaller gas stove in the opposite corner of the room. Where the stove is now is the perfect place for a built-in banquette / seating / dining area. Also, the chimney was capped a while ago, so there’s no place for that guy to vent right now. We’ll find a new home for it!ReplyCancel

    • Haley - October 5, 2017 - 1:15 PM

      Second! I love the stove too, by aunt and uncle have a house right of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains in VA and they have a wood stove. There is nothing like being cozied up with the fire crackling in it.ReplyCancel

    • Danielle - October 5, 2017 - 3:49 PM

      I agree with Rosie – wood stoves are amazing. I was not a fan of ours when we moved into our house in Oregon – I refused to use it for months. It was cold and our electric heat wasn’t great. And then I used it – I am a total convert. Nothing beats the heat from a wood stove, it is amazing. I agree the hearth should go (I plan to move mine to a more central location and do a more modern surround to try to balance out the less than stylish monstrosity), but there are some really cool ideas out there for helping a wood stove look a bit more stylish. At least give it a try for a bit before getting rid of it!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 3:52 PM

        We LOVE the stove, it’s all about the placement and no where for it to vent. Otherwise, we would definitely keep it! We’ll find a good home for it.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Raymond - October 5, 2017 - 12:35 PM

    I love the vlogs. Specially if they are not super long :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Hoffmann - October 5, 2017 - 6:20 PM

    I like casual Vlogs for seeing more of “you” and the voices behind the blog. But I also love your blog posts. Sad to see the wood stove go, but get the space factor. Plus, with a toddler running around, that’s something super scary to have to be careful about!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - October 5, 2017 - 9:16 PM

    I’d love to see regular (or, at least, semi-regular) vlogs! They give a level of understanding spaces that you just can’t provide with written posts and photos. Plus, it’s fun to watch your personalities on video – I love watching your Instagram Stories for this reason.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 9:47 PM

      Thanks for chiming in, guys! :D We’ll definitely work on a balance of vlog + blog, but don’t worry, most of the content will remain written with imagery.ReplyCancel

  • JUstynn - October 6, 2017 - 7:49 AM

    For what it’s worth… I like vlogs if they are “active” and relatively short. Meaning not a 20 minute video of one person talking to the camera in the same spot the whole time, or the camera facing the same thing for the majority of the video. But the really do help you figure out layouts of the space, and size of spaces- I always have a hard time with photos getting a feel for size!

    That being said like someone above mentioned I love when there’s pictures and descriptions as well so I can scroll up and down to determine what’s being said in the text.

    I think you have a pretty good balance between images and text, as well as with the videos- they’re interesting, fun and informative. I say just keep it up!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy G. - October 6, 2017 - 8:08 AM

    I always enjoy reading your posts, and I cannot wait to see the Treehouse come together. I already love the living room so so so much. (Three sos/soes worth! Made up words are problematic.)

    We have a similar mystery outlet and switch problem. It is all a big puzzle.ReplyCancel

  • JoniB - October 6, 2017 - 11:33 AM

    I vote for some of both, a vlog is great as long as it’s not too long, but I also love the regular pic/blog postings with your descriptions and thought process. And I am loving your little cabin in the woods. Every time I see a post about it I envision my family there and who would want to be in the loft, who would want the downstairs rooms, etc. So excited to see how you transform it to your own space.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Matheny - October 6, 2017 - 1:36 PM

    Another vote in favor of the vlogs. One of the many reasons I love YBH is getting to see such a supportive and creative couple work on projects. Also, its a nice refresher when things aren’t so over stylized in the blogoshere (although I’ve enjoyed the more produced videos also). Even if I can’t watch at work durign the day, i will always find time to squeeze them in later. Can’t wait to see where you go with the cottage!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 6, 2017 - 1:42 PM

      I really appreciate this comment, Erin! Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • JaneS - October 6, 2017 - 1:58 PM

    YES! Vlogs please. It makes it so much easier to see the layout. I hope you do as someone suggested, write, include lots of pics but do the video also. More work for you, but… Good luck with it all and baby too!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - October 7, 2017 - 2:18 PM

    I don’t really go for vlogs BUT I was unable to sort things out spatially until I saw your Garden Apartment vlog so I guess that it was helpful. It is also quite personal to hear the voices of the people who you have been reading for so many years. Another gift to the reader.

    As for the tree house, go slowly. Don’t rush through it, live with it for a while to see what’s up. Houses can talk pretty quietly sometimes, “I need this, I need that,” might take some time.ReplyCancel

  • Jannike - October 7, 2017 - 2:51 PM

    Our “Shacklet” a shack that wants to be a chalet is an hour north of Montreal and our never-ending reno project. We have electric heat throughout which is standard in Quebec. We did upgrade the insulation and windows. We tossed the ancient wood burning stove to reduce our insurance cost. We plan on putting in a gas stove one day. We have a hot water tank and turn off the breaker when not at the shack. It doesn’t take long to reheat the water even in winter. We also leave the heat on super low all winter to keep the pipes from freezing.

    I know your pain of find a good contractor. We have the same problem at the shack so over the years we’ve diy most everything and found people for certain projects, ie new foundation, septic system, landscaping.

    As always I look forward to seeing progress on the Treehouse both vlogs and regular posts. Show us the garden!ReplyCancel

  • Joan - October 8, 2017 - 9:33 AM

    I love, love, love the vlogs!!! Please post more…. I love watching the videos with you and Scott. And I love when all the pets are in them too!ReplyCancel


This post is in partnership with Modsy. Use promo code YBH20 for 20% off a Modsy design package! When I told my friend Shannon that our little family would be expanding, aside from squeezing me in a hug and making me tear up for the tenth time that day,…
  • Jennie - October 3, 2017 - 6:20 AM

    Love the beautiful rooms!! However, I want to offer a cautionary tale. Our first child spit up all over the nursery room rug multiple times. I would consider saving one these gorgeous rugs for when she is past the spit up stage, and getting carpet tiles or some sort of placeholder. Our nursery room rug, frankly, looked disgusting after about 6 months and we ended up throwing it out when we moved to a new house at one year. Also, make sure that you sit it any rocker or glider before you buy it – you’ll be spending a lot of time there!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:59 AM

      Thanks, Jennie! It’s definitely why we’re choosing a high quality rug, as they’re extremely durable and typically stand up to the test of time – plus, we’ve got our wool rug cleaning game DOWN (thanks to the dogs, ha!). We also plan on using play mats and blankets on the floor a lot.ReplyCancel

      • Kimberlee Majdoch - October 3, 2017 - 11:43 AM

        ohhhh please share how you clean your wool rug! I cannot get the dog hair out of mine to save my life. We have a nice Dyson too, but since we can’t have the brush spinning on the rug it doesn’t seem to pick up the hair.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 11:49 AM

          Well, we definitely use the spinning brush. I know wool rugs say not to, but honestly, we’ve been using the spinning brush for years, and our nice wool rugs are still in excellent shape! For tough stains, we use Oxiclean Pets, otherwise, we use a spray bottle with water and a couple drops of dish soap for almost everything else. Dish soap is a miracle worker! Then we’ll prop the wet rug up using any nearby object (a cup, etc), so that it can dry thoroughly. Once dry, vacuuming helps to agitate the spot so that the fibers fluff back into place. We’ve yet to come across a stain we couldn’t get up!ReplyCancel

  • Mara - October 3, 2017 - 7:03 AM

    I can’t tell you how much I love design #2. So happy for you both!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Those pink curtains, right?! Thank you, Mara!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - October 3, 2017 - 8:46 AM

    Love the neutral soft palette! One question though – are you putting a changing table/station anywhere?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 8:58 AM

      Yup, in the closet! I mentioned it briefly in the end there. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia - October 3, 2017 - 9:03 AM

    My son also spit up on the nursery rug twice. And by spit up I mean full on throw up. Both instances I had to rinse it out with cool water, then use the steam cleaner, then Lysol, then let it sit in the sun for a bit. Luckily the rug is only 6×8 and wool with a cotton backing, so it survived and is still usable. So maybe just make sure it is sturdy enough and natural materials that can take water. I also highly recommend buying a small steam carpet cleaner for various spit up and spill uses.

    Also, regarding the curtains – many sleep consultants and books urge parents to put in blackout shades. I thought this was silly until I tried it and my 8 month old’s napping and night sleeping improved DRAMATICALLY. Sleeping is basically the holy grail of every parent ever, so I recommend you make plans to have some discreet and sleek blackout roller blinds or Roman shades installed underneath your lovely sheer curtains but outside the frames of your windows so they actually can do their job.

    Any nursery has to be beautiful but supremely functional – and I agree that your chair needs to be sat in in advance. At the beginning you could spend 6 hours a day in that chair and I’m not joking. The reason those gliders are ugly as sin is because they have the function you need – a high back where you can rest your head at 3am when your daughter wants to nurse for 45 minutes, a gliding footstool so you can elevate your feet and glide with a minimum of effort, and very cushy seats so that your poor postpartum toosh can roost with at least a modicum of comfort.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:10 AM

      Thanks for all the tips, Julia! We are 100% putting blackout shades in here, and we have sat in a LOT of gliders (we spent an entire day going from store to store just sitting and criticizing every last chair). In our case, we’re also dealing with a huge space constraint, so it’s a bit of a give and take as well. We feel comfortable with where we’ve landed. :)ReplyCancel

  • kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:12 AM

    I love 3, and where is the changing table?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:18 AM

      It’s going in the closet! :) I mentioned it briefly in the closing paragraph.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - October 3, 2017 - 9:14 AM

    Those pom-pom curtains are TOO cute! I adore them. They add a bit of fun to an upscale nursery, and of course, I’m very excited to see the colorful closet plans.ReplyCancel

  • Cathie Streator - October 3, 2017 - 9:31 AM

    Beautiful Kim! My first memory of you is in a bright pink shirt with a bright orange shirt under. I had never before seen those two colors together and somehow they have always reminded me of you since. Maybe a little orange giraffe might show up as a baby gift…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:39 AM

      And pink and orange remain my two favorite colors! Great to hear from you! :DReplyCancel

  • Kate - October 3, 2017 - 9:40 AM

    Congratulations – love room #1! One thought – if you’re going to extend the room into the closet, perhaps think about a narrow dresser and use the top of it as a changing station. Much more functional than a changing table, and possibly able to be moved out into the room afterwards.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:49 AM

      100%! You’re reading our minds. Sharing more on our closet plans next week.ReplyCancel

      • Stephanie Reiner - October 3, 2017 - 3:42 PM

        We did a changing pad on a dresser for our first. Now with #3 I change her on our bed, the couch, the floor, haven’t used the changing pad once! 😆ReplyCancel

        • Kate - October 4, 2017 - 11:46 AM

          Oh totally. We have a three floor rowhouse in Philadelphia, and there was a changing area on every single floor of the house – even if it was a travel changing pad and a small basket of cream/wipes/dipes.

          Also? another tip – hang a bag that you can sling over your shoulder or a basket with handles at the bottom of the stairs so that you can grab/tote stuff up & down while holding the baby. Lifesaver.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - October 3, 2017 - 9:43 AM

    I love the direction this room is taking! So beautiful and yes, those pom-pom curtains are swoon-worthy. I LOVE the sconce, but would make sure it’s adjustable (It may very well be) in that you can point it AWAY from the rocker, if necessary. Your sweet baby girl will be looking up and you don’t want the sconce shining right into her little eyes….just my first thought when I saw these renderings. BEAUTIFUL room and thank you so much for sharing your journey with us.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 9:48 AM

      Definitely something we thought of (I also have the most sensitive eyes EVER), and yup, it swivels!ReplyCancel

  • Brianne Franklin - October 3, 2017 - 10:02 AM

    Cute design! I second the black out shades/curtains. LIFESAVER. also, I think that bookshelf will feel dwarfed in the room–doesn’t it have tall ceilings? It’s only 5′ on the LON website.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:14 AM

      Ceilings are almost 10′ tall, but we have a big piece of art we’re looking to put above it!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - October 3, 2017 - 10:27 AM

    Modsy designed some beautiful nurseries for you. But I noticed that their window treatments didn’t reach the floor. Please don’t follow their lead. Take your panels to the floor. Or else it will look like you cheaped out.

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:31 AM

      Haha, you totally know we’re bringing those curtains all the way to the floor!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Davis - October 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM

    TOTALLy agree with the comments on blackout shades and spitting up. Ivory Velvet for a chair sounds lovely, but not very baby-proof :{ Also, don’t worry about not being able to fit a huge glider. I had a plain old wooden rocking chair and foot stool for nursing my two children. If you can rock and put your feet up, you’ll be fine! I vote for the rug from #2 and the pom-pom drapes!ReplyCancel

    • Alison Davis - October 3, 2017 - 10:34 AM

      But being able to lean your head back against something is KEY!! Really, give it some thought :)ReplyCancel

      • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 10:40 AM

        We hear ya, but taller chairs are just too deep. (We’ve discussed it to death on our end!) It’s okay, I promise, we’re used to smaller scale city living!ReplyCancel

        • Jennie - October 5, 2017 - 9:25 AM

          Have you looked at Dutailier for a glider? Not the wooden ones, but the upholstered ones? Knowing you guys and research, I’m sure you have. But they do make some smaller scale gliders with tall backs, such as the Pico, which is 34′ deep (though a few inches wider than the one linked here). I can vouch for it, because we have it and its been great. It’s a slightly different look than what you have, but they also have some other options.ReplyCancel

          • Claire - October 6, 2017 - 4:22 PM

            I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but being able to sleep in the glider is great if there is any way to make it work. My daughter is 2 1/2, and due her having a bad cold I spent part of several nights last week sleeping upright with her in my lap. We have the Monte Luca glider- it is slim and narrow. She also slept in a mini crib (PB has them) until she was well over 2, if you are pushed for space, it is worth considering! Oh, and I never got a changing table- changing pad on the floor always did the job, she was a wiggly baby!

  • Paige Flamm - October 3, 2017 - 11:06 AM

    I LOVE MODSY! They have the best design rendering of any other company!


  • Ann - October 3, 2017 - 11:41 AM

    I like all the ideas for your baby girl’s nursery, but! I think the mirror about a foot above the floor so baby can crawl up to it and discover herself would work out great for this room.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - October 3, 2017 - 12:28 PM

    I always love the way you put a room together! So beautiful and classic and comfortable. Quick thought, from a mama of six – my littlest is a year and a half old, and the climbing is crazy. SO crazy. Which is what I thought of when I saw that bookshelf. I’m sure you’ve considered that, but because preventing the crazy indoor climbing is our daily, minute-to-minute reality right now (which I always manage to forget about between babies), I thought it was worth mentioning. I’m excited to see how your beautiful nursery turns out!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 12:39 PM

      Thanks, Nicole! Funny, because that’s something that I mentioned to Scott when we were looking at bookshelves. But… the storage is invaluable! When we get to that point, it’s going to be one of those things that we’ll need to focus on. Any tips from other parents to discourage all the climbing?ReplyCancel

      • Laurel - October 3, 2017 - 2:49 PM

        Remember that every kiddo is different, too. My almost-2-year old son loves to run and jump but isn’t that much of a climber. One suggestion might be to limit that amount of time your daughter spends alone in her room, especially around the climbing age. Want to climb? Let’s go do stairs! Or go to the park! You can always close the door to at least put an obstacle between her and the shelves. And, you can also rig up something that will anchor the shelves to the wall so IF she climbs, the shelves won’t tumble on top of her.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 2:53 PM

          Thank you so much, Laurel! And so true, we plan on strapping the bookcase to the wall regardless.ReplyCancel

      • Kelly - October 3, 2017 - 4:06 PM

        I can’t tell from the renderings, but will she be able to reach items on the shelf from the crib when she’s older?ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - October 3, 2017 - 12:52 PM

    Our rocker (the Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker) doesn’t have a super high back, and it’s fine to fall asleep in. I was stubborn about wanting one that I liked aesthetically, and paired with a good ottoman, you can definitely get comfortable in it. Instead of a pouf, though, you might want to consider something with more surface area. Our nursery is pretty small, too, so it serves as extra seating when my husband wants to sit with me, is a convenient spot to set the baby if you just need to lay him down for a minute or change his clothes, and serves as a good surface to fold clothes, etc. We have this one from Target (looks like they are super limited on colors right now), and it’s very very functional in the small space: https://www.target.com/p/rectangle-ottoman-velvet-tufted-cushion-and-gold-metal-x-base-homepop/-/A-50612873#lnk=sametab&preselect=50541114ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 1:04 PM

      Such a good suggestion, and one we considered, for sure. When we really thought about it though, if we all want to hang out together, our home is set up in such a way that there’s a big, cozy couch about 4 feet from the nursery door. :)ReplyCancel

  • doorot - October 3, 2017 - 1:33 PM

    This is going to look beautiful, no matter which option you choose.

    You know, I bought all the fancy things for my first born and ended up nursing him (and his brother and sister) out of the comfort of my own bed :) Much comfier, lots of space.
    Of course the crib was in our room in the beginning, which also made it more convenient.
    That rocker looks perfectly comfy!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine MacLennan - October 3, 2017 - 2:28 PM

    First, these 3-d mock-ups are UNBELIEVABLE. So realistic!! And of course the design is beautiful.
    Second, re: changing table location: I have a weird-sounding suggestion. Would you be able to fit a changing table in the bathroom?!? I saw this set up once in an open house and I can’t get it out of my head! It makes perfect sense; all diaper mess (and particularly the smells) contained, close to faucet for any spills, no rugs to be pooped/peed on accidentally for whatever reason. Also, if you’re cloth diapering and you could set it up to put the table near the toilet, you could just plop the poop right in!! (Sorry if that’s tmi- you don’t have to worry about it until baby starts eating solid food!) Unfortunately my bathroom doesn’t accommodate the width of a changing table otherwise I’d be all over it. I think all home bathrooms should have space for a baby changing table!!ReplyCancel

  • martina - October 3, 2017 - 3:40 PM

    Have you noticed yet that as soon as a baby is in the picture people have OPINIONS! I can’t believe someone didn’t warn you to make sure the mirror is affixed to the wall so it won’t fall during one of those, all too common, Chicago earthquakes! ;)
    I ignored a lot of, very well meant, advice when I had my kids. I didn’t use a diaper genie, despite a friend yelling (!) at me that I was insane not to have one. I preferred to breastfeed on the couch than a rocker, etc. And… we all survived! Listen to your instincts and don’t get caught up in all of the advice. You know how to be a mom in your heart and your gut, trust that! I read a long time ago a quote from someone whom I’ve forgotten. The gist is that every kid who walks in the Olympic opening ceremony was raised in a different way, but they all turned out pretty well anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Phoua - October 3, 2017 - 4:05 PM

    It looks SO good Kim! I love a more neutral look for nurseries just like you! My fav is number 1 but with the rug from #2 and the pom pom curtains from #3.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - October 3, 2017 - 7:17 PM

    Not only am I thrilled you finally get to make this a nursery, I’m also thrilled that you shared Modsy, because they apparently do what I am SO terrible at doing in my head. I can design an awesome inspiration mood board, but it never works quite as well in real life. Probably because I have a terrible sense of space.
    I’m totally going to use this for an upcoming project!

    Second, though I’m basically your polar opposite when it comes to nursery design (hello primary colors galore!) I have a few images I wanted to share with you –
    In case you’re not sold on one exact crib, I got an amazing solid wood crib from Kalon Studios, and they are a really cool small business worth checking out.

    Second, I wanted shelves for stuff and I put them in the closet (Doors removed) with hanging clothes below them. This solved the issue of my baby girl climbing them, and also made the changing table/dresser easier to access or so I felt.

    Finally, I reupholstered my grandma’s rocker and added an ottoman and it was super comfy, even though it didn’t provide head support. It was just right for me to rest my head back against the top of it, so I bet you’ll be fine with the rocker you have in the photos!

    Haven’t shared these on the blog yet, so I threw them into a photo album and the link is below if you want to see how I did the shelves in the closet and the awesome crib.


    • Kim - October 3, 2017 - 7:50 PM

      Jane, that nursery is amazing!! Closet organization for days, I couldn’t love it more! We have plans for the closet that would make a similar set up virtually impossible, but I am taking notes over here. Thank you for all the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - October 4, 2017 - 12:30 AM

    I love the ideas and know you will pull it together nicely. Lots of good tips/opinions…people just like to share what they have learned. There are chronic helpers among us that sadly can’t help ourselves ;) And on that note, my brother had 22 stitches on his forehead from climbing the bookshelf in my room. It obviously scarred me too as it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the cool free-standing shelf.

    Good luck, enjoy, and thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Breanna - October 4, 2017 - 9:11 AM

    Oh my gosh I love your final choice so much it’s going to be gorgeous!! Those Pom Pom curtains are for sure a must! When we had our first, we still lived in a one and one so his nursery was basically a corner of our bedroom. I beat myself up before we came with all of the “recommendations” that I “had to have” but ultimately we just went with what worked for us and we adjusted as we went! You just gotta do what feels best for you guys!

    Also, vinegar water has worked wonders for me for cleaning our little mans spit up off of our new carpet (as long as it’s done right away)

    So SO excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherB - October 4, 2017 - 10:30 AM

    I love it! I think first is my favorite, too.

    One thought to consider is whether the back on your chair is high enough. I had a lower backed rocker that I LOVED…until I was feeding baby while completely exhausted to the point I couldn’t even hold up my head and there was no headrest :/ Just a thought…

    Can’t wait to see how nursery turns out! Such a fun time.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - October 4, 2017 - 11:23 PM

    I love all three designs and I’m excited to see which one you pick. I painted my daughter’s nursery yellow and used hot pink accessories 😂 It took me a year to paint over the yellow and nix the hot pink after I realized I wanted the space to feel calm and relaxing. Now my daughter is 5, and of course she’s requesting a hot pink room! For what it’s worth, I never used a glider and my kids never spit up! Kids are so different that although everyone means well with their input, you won’t really know until your baby girl gets here. My son has yet to climb his bookcase but yesterday he climbed the dinning table and stood on it proudly shaking the chandelier back and fourth. So there’s that! After having my first child I told all expecting mothers that they absolutely had to have a baby swing because it was a lifesaver. My second child cried hysterically every time I put him in that stupid swing! I stopped giving advice to expecting mothers.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 5, 2017 - 8:36 AM

      Haha, I figured that’s why it’s best to do calming now – no doubt she’ll take after me as a little girl and want everything to be BRIGHT PINK! So I’ll take the soothing nursery while I can get it. :)

      I hear ya – I’m a LOT older than my siblings (to the point where I was babysitting them as a high schooler when they were still babies), and my youngest brother would never spit up. EVER. Then one day, as I was getting ready to go out on a date, I picked him up to say goodbye, and he projectile vomited ALL over me! The whole family sat there in stunned silence before bursting out laughing. So, never say never either, ha!ReplyCancel