Arin & Her Nursery
Sweet and feminine are perfect words to describe the nursery Arin Agase designed for her new baby girl, Harlow. When deciding on a theme and décor for the nursery, first-time mama, Arin, was inspired by her own childhood and all of the pink and floral outfits her mom handmade for her and her sisters, as well as from her love of flowers (she actually had a floral statement wall at her wedding and a garden-themed baby shower). She chose pieces that would not only grow with her daughter, but that will also last, and the result is a gorgeous nursery that we’ve fallen in love with. From the floral statement wall to the super-comfortable and chic rocker, there’s literally pretty things all around. So step inside this sweet space and get ready to swoon.
Congrats on your sweet baby girl! How has mom life been so far?
Thank you! Oh, she’s just heavenly. Motherhood has completely changed my outlook on life for the better. Let’s just say, I have a new appreciation for my mom. I’m learning to embrace the beautiful chaos. She’s pure, chunky, delightful perfection and I’m eternally grateful for her love.
Your nursery is so sweet and feminine. Where did your design inspiration stem from? Did you always have an idea of what your ideal nursery would look like?
I’ve always had a thing for florals. My wedding had a floral statement wall, and my baby shower was garden themed. As soon as I found out I was expecting a girl, I immediately dreamed up this whimsical, girly space. A lot of my inspiration stemmed from my childhood. I have three beautiful sisters, and an insanely talented (girl boss) mama. She sewed all of our clothes growing up, and there was certainly no shortage of pink and florals to go around! Not to mention, a lot of DIYs and themed at-home birthday parties.
What part of the nursery has become the most useful so far with your newborn?
The normal answer here would be the glider/reading nook, but Harlow is just crazy over the changing table station (did you see that one coming?). My husband and I call it ‘changing table chats’ because she absolutely loves it. She literally smiles, giggles, chats—it’s one of the most precious sights. I actually look forward to changing her! Any other mamas relate?
Tell us about the feature wall! What was the process behind the floral wall?
The feature wall is my baby! It’s a peel/stick, so it’s not super difficult to assemble. Although, I would be lying if I told you no tears were involved. Luckily, my husband helped this hormonal mama out, and it turned out perfectly! It was very difficult to narrow down a wallpaper because there’s so much to choose from! I liked this specific one for the subtle colors, and watercolor design. It also came from Poland, and I’m all about supporting small business.
How do you see this room evolving as your daughter grows?
I purposefully chose pieces that would grow with her, and most importantly, would last. Room&Board has always been a favorite of ours for the modern design and quality. It’s definitely worth the investment! Almost all of the pieces in this room can be used for years down the road, including the artwork. I envision tea parties and dress-up. A place where she’ll feel comfortable, creative and happy. A place she’ll always remember, and call home (even after college!).
What was your favorite part about designing the nursery?
My favorite part was bonding with my husband. We did everything ourselves, and we’re extremely proud of our accomplishments (especially because we’re the opposite of Joanna and Chip!). I mean, my husband literally caulked our back door shut the other day (to cover a draft), so the fact that we pulled this off is a huge success! It was such a magical thing to envision our baby girl in the space, and the fact that she’s finally here—it’s indescribable. We definitely took nesting to another level, and I’ll always cherish that time with him before her arrival.
Do you have any advice for first-time moms getting ready to decorate their first nursery?
Pick a theme! It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the endless decorating options out there (and Pinterest, of course), but don’t be intimidated! I’d recommend picking a statement piece and working around it. For me, it was the floral statement wall. Because the wallpaper did most of the talking, I made sure to pick simple, modern pieces throughout the rest of the room. Everything else came together naturally, and most importantly, easily.
Where do you prefer to shop for your baby and for nursery décor? Online or in person?
Online, hands down! I find that websites tend to have the best prices as opposed to in-store. I was also tired from pregnancy. Leaving the house was such a chore!
What’s the one thing you think every mom shook splurge on for her nursery?
Definitely invest in a rocker/glider. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in this chair (at least for the first few years), so make sure it’s comfortable and practical. It’ll make those 3 a.m. feedings a little more tolerable.
Changing Table Caddy