IT’S SNOWING! This shouldn’t be a huge surprise considering it’s January 12th in eastern Pennsylvania, but it was over 60 degrees on Sunday so this is quite a shock to the system. Despite the white fluff swirling outside the windows, snow is the last thing on my mind inside the cozy walls of the nursery I’m finishing up for my new baby (who’s yet to make his/her debut).
If you’ve browsed Embrace My Space at all, you know I have an affinity for the coast which trickles into my decorating. My mantra is to have what you love, and I love turquoise waters and anything to do with the beach. So I have a lot of things that remind me of these loves around my home. While I try to restrain myself so my house doesn’t look too out of place in the cold north, I must admit that I had zero reservations when it came to decorating this nursery.
Pineapples and palm leaves abound in the cheery space, and the only way this room could make me happier is if my baby were snuggling up with me in that cushiony, slipcovered chair and a half.
After my post last week about some of the new nursery details, I had a few people asking me questions about this chair. Much research, thought and scoring a 15% off coupon resulted in my decision to purchase this chair, which is from Crate & Barrel.
You all know I always try to repurpose what I can before buying new, but in this case we didn’t have anything around the house that would work for the nursery. There’s a wingback chair in my toddler’s room, but we still sit there several times a day for stories before nap and bed time so moving that chair to the new nursery was not an option.
I also thought it would be nice to have something oversized that could seat both my husband, my son and me when we are in the nursery with the new baby. That ruled out a traditional nursery rocker or glider, the useful life of which I find to be quite short anyway and really not something I wanted to reach deep into the pockets to purchase. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that a chair and a half would be a great investment piece. What kid wouldn’t want a small sofa in his or her room?
As I looked for versatile, stylish, affordable pieces of furniture, I discovered my options were severely limited. I could either get the look I wanted for a rather steep price or something I didn’t really like that was more affordable.
When I found the Willow Chair and a Half at Crate and Barrel it was love at first sight. Casual style, comfortable, slipcovered for easy cleaning, transitional lines; it was everything I was looking for in a chair. And then I realized something even more amazing about this piece of furniture…the same exact style came as twin sleeper sofa. I was sold!
So I bought it! I never purchase anything at full price, and was extremely disappointed to discover that Crate & Barrel only has an upholstery sale once per year. That sale runs August through September, and it was well into October before I discovered this beauty. I was lucky enough to find a 15% coupon after asking around in the local Facebook parenting group of which I’m a member.
I also found a great couponing tip from one of the moms in the group that’s worth sharing here: You can buy coupons on eBay. Yes. So weird to me, but true. I’m not a big eBay shopper, but apparently you can really buy or sell anything there. Many people sell 15-20% off coupons that they wont use to big retailers like Crate & Barrel for about $5. If you’re making a big furniture purchase, spending $5 on a coupon is a no brainer if it will save you a few hundred dollars on your purchase.
The Willow Twin Sleeper was a few hundred dollars more than the regular chair and a half, but there were a few reasons why I thought it was worth it to spring for the upgrade. First, I think it will be really fun for sleepovers when the kids get older and it will accommodate an additional guest in the event we host a lot of people in the same weekend. Second, and more important right now, it will offer a place for me to sleep when the new baby comes home.
Rather than co-sleep in our room, I’m going to start the baby out in the nursery right away. I’ll be able to sleep next to the baby on this sleeper sofa during those times when the night-wakings are frequent, and then eventually I’ll be able to move out of the baby’s room rather than having to transition the baby from my room to the nursery. I’m hoping this leads to better sleep for all involved, but only time will tell!
I outfitted the bed with Threshold organic cotton sheets in a yellow hexagon pattern and an xhilaration comforter/sham set (clearance for $11.98!), both from Target. The sheets and comforter complement the pineapple lumbar pillow I picked up from CB2 back in December and the adorable custom boppy pillow cover made for me by the lovely Tina of Buddha Babe.
I met Tina this past summer at the Clover Market, which is a craft market held throughout the year at different locations in and around Philly. I was enamored by Tina’s gorgeous baby items (check out her blankies, bibs and other baby wearables at her website) and told her right away I wanted her to make something for me. I found the perfect tropical fabric on Spoonflower, arranged for Tina to sew up a luxurious baby blankie and boppy cover for me, and the rest is history.
A few other notes before I sign off for the day:
First, about the white. Yes, I bought a white chair for my nursery. I also have an enormous white sectional sofa in my living room, and you wouldn’t believe the number of comments I receive about how crazy it is to have a white sofa with kids. But the point these concerned people are missing is that my pieces are slipcovered! You can wash slipcovers. I know from my experience with my white sofa that the white slipcovers come really clean in my own washing machine. I throw in a few scoops of Nellie’s All-Natural Oxygen Brightener with my regular laundry soap and the couch looks brand new. No worries about fading or weird color inconsistency from spot-cleaning. White is white is white. The end.
Second, the Willow Twin Sleeper also comes with the option of an air mattress for $300 more. I didn’t consider it much, but after talking to the sales associate who helped me purchase my piece, she told me that sleeper sofas can be finicky and the air mattress was just one more thing that could potentially “go wrong” with the piece. I opted to stick to the regular twin mattress, which is rather thin. I haven’t purchased a pad for it yet, and, since the baby isn’t home yet, I haven’t been sleeping on it. This piece gets great reviews on the Crate & Barrel website in terms of comfort. I will let you know if my review is in line with the others after I’ve been sleeping here for a few weeks 🙂
While I know from experience that the sleepless nights are the most difficult part of the newborn months and there’s nothing that can truly prepare you for being chronically sleep deprived, having a cozy place to snuggle up when I do get a chance to catch a few Zs is putting my mind at ease in these final days as I await the arrival of our new baby!
What do you think? Would you try a sleeper sofa for your nursery? What tips or tricks did you use to get extra sleep when your baby was keeping you up all night? I’d love to hear from you!