Think heirloom, or at least a piece that can last through high school. The dresser in my son's nursery is over 50 years old, so yeah sorta heirloom since it has been in my family and used by children for three generations. If you are thinking long term, than you want a piece that is both of quality and classic styling. Something that can sneak into almost any room style without being overstated or ornate. Tips on landing a piece in this category would be to stay away from trends, like industrial metal accents that might get old by the time they become a tween. Look for a piece with clean lines; one made of wood so that it could be repainted/refinished over the years; and consider a piece where you could change the feet or swap out the hardware. There are so many cool knobs and pulls out there from woodland creatures to chic Lucite and gold rods.
1. INTERIOR DESIGNER
While I'm labeling hiring interior designer a "splurge", technically that doesn't mean it is expensive – it's means that you are spending more money than usual on something for yourself. This is the case with hiring a designer such as YouthfulNest and our online services. The big picture of designing your space is how wonderful it makes you and ultimately your baby feel, having help to accomplish that is ultimately well worth our affordable prices. I would argue it isn't a splurge at all, working with a designer most likely saves you time and money, oh and probably some frustration. Our expert guidance leads you to make smart and savvy purchases, rather than floundering around from website to website and wastefully spending on poor choices – where can easily loose additional time and money on shipping and return fees.
You might know what you like, but not how/where to actually get it. Or you might know what pieces to buy, but not how they work in proportion to each other in your space. Or maybe it's that you don't even know where to start. Either way having an interiors expert be there at a minimum to guide you through the process or one that will manage every aspect of a room design is the ultimately splurge and worth every penny.
We are happy to say that with sites like YouthfulNest and a handful of other online design site, access to working with a design expert can cost you less than the the cost of a crib. For just $299 the YouthfulNest Consultation will get you on the right track with a room look, product selections for your budget and one-click-shopping or free personal shopping. (I've recently partnered with Laurel & Wolf so you can now find my design skills for hire via their website as well, Lisa Janvrin)
We recently received these AFTER images from a client that purchased our basic package, the YouthfulNest Consultation. They did a great job of making purchases and implementing their room based off of our Style Board recommendations.
Client Feedback: "My kids absolutely love their new room, thanks to YouthfulNest! I was having a hard time figuring out what I wanted for design/function in my kids' room for a boy (4), girl (2), and baby girl. The YouthfulNest designer put together the perfect design board that gave their room a fun look that will grow with them and was mindful of my budget."
Why? For first time parents you might here from others that you could do with spending much on a glider or get away with out one at all. I did. But I am so so glad I found a way to make room for this piece in my son's nursery. While like a crib, this piece may only see a few years of really hardcore use. But the kind and amount of use it will get is why a quality piece is essential. Comfort of mom or caretaker is the first and foremost important thing. Make sure you get one that has the right features for you. Which I think are pretty standard – 1) Arm rests (help to position yourself for feedings and reading books); a high enough back for relieving strain on your head, neck and shoulders allowing you to resting your eyes in comfort for a few moments or few hours; and a rocking and/or swivel feature that allows for comforting the little one and some additional mobility.
So now that you are considering spending more on your rocker/glider the other consideration is finding a piece that in a few years can be re-purposed in another room in your home. The great news is that there are great options for everyone's style that could transfer from the baby's room to the living room without it looking like a nursery glider. As baby grows and toddler grows, you will use this piece less and less. Eventually you will want to use the space it occupies for something else like a child play area, arts and crafts or their own little people reading nook complete with bean bag style chair.