When we first moved into our 1,000 (ish) square foot 1950s rental cottage here in Iowa, we had no plans for a “someday nursery.” We knew which rooms we wanted as our home office, guest room, and master bedroom, and were overall happy with the arrangement of our home once we settled in. Then came March 2019 when those infamous two pink lines appeared on the pregnancy test. We quickly accepted that we would need to rearrange our home (and lives!) for this new addition. But which room would become the nursery?
We immediately nixed the idea of moving to a larger home. As a military family, we already move every few years, and we didn’t want to move unnecessarily. So, we’d need to make do with our current home and its quirky layout. I’ll share more about the rest of our house in future posts after we move out of it, but for now, we decided to rearrange the two bedrooms on the main floor. The larger of the two rooms was previously my office, while the smaller room was our guest room. We flip-flopped things and made the smaller room my new office, while the larger room combined our guest room and nursery.
Although it wasn’t ideal to have our guest room with the nursery, we did appreciate having a bed in Drew’s room. I slept there for the last month of my pregnancy and the first 6 weeks of Drew’s life. Plus, with this arrangement, we were able to move our treadmill up from the (cold!) unfinished basement to the office, where it got more use in one year than it did in the previous two. (If only we had thought of this when we first moved in!)
Without further ado, here are some photos of before the switch.
Guest room before: