I’m really happy with the way Baby T’s nursery has turned out, and I’m so excited to share it with you today! It took me awhile to get it here, and of course my mom gave input and help as well, but I finally feel like it’s finished enough to share. Not 100% finished, but close.
I decided to deviate from my normal white walls only rule, and paint the walls a pale shade of gray with just a tiny hint of blue in it. It’s Behr “Reflecting Pool,” and it give just enough contrast to make the white trim and furniture pop. I don’t usually go by a color pallete; typically I like white walls and pops of color. But one definitely emerged in this room: aqua and red and gray. Regardless, I stayed true to form with lots of handmade details and mostly re-purposed items.
The rocker will eventually be replaced by one that works better with the decor of the room, but for now we have this golden-yellow one. Pretend it’s gray. The book shelves are picture ledges from Ikea. The rug is also Ikea – we’ve all seen it around. And the chevron pouf is handmade by Aletafae. The curtains you may remember from B’s San Francisco nursery, along with the matching crib skirt. My mom made both, which I still love and really like in this new space. My mom was kind enough to replace the old blue rick rack on the curtains with a bright red. She also painted the round side table as well as spray-painted the curtain rod, previously black, red; since I was preggo at the time. I could not have gotten this room done without her — she’s a pretty bangup crafter and decorator.
This built-in cabinet is a great feature in the room. I don’t have the shelves styled properly yet, though; I’m still looking around for the right stuff.
The crib is the Ikea Gulliver crib, the second that we own; B has one just like it in her room. I’m not one to spend a bucket of money on a crib. This one has clean lines, is sturdy and affordable, and can be converted to a toddler bed. The large Mary Cassat poster was in my room when I was growing up; my mom had it lying around and I gave it a new frame and a new home. I think it’s especially sweet now that I have two little girls.
The “Texas Love” print is from Austin-based Etsy shop, Owl U Need Is Love. I embroidered the “Practically Perfect” hoop myself after I was inspired by this one — I just free-handed the letters and umbrella. I always love a nod to Mary Poppins. And I love BlaBla dolls.
This dresser is a hand-me-down that Jordan and I have had since we were first married (10 years this year!). It has been many colors and served many purposes in our home: buffet/sideboard, console, office supply storage, clothes dresser, and now baby changing station. Strangely enough, I had already painted it this bright aqua color several years back, and had been meaning to repaint it a different color for a while. But the aqua ended up working well for T’s nursery.
Hopefully you’ll remember the mobile I made from wool felt balls. We hung a simple Ikea shelf to hold an old lamp I had hanging around (also from Ikea) and some baby supplies. The Raggedy Ann plate is one I found at a thrift store some years ago for about ten cents. And Aurelia picked up the sweet sheep collage by Cate and Levi Collection in a boutique on a trip to Portland; it’s made from recycled and re-purposed wool sweaters. I framed one of our baby party invitations, which you may also remember.
I’m so happy with our sweet nursery. T doesn’t actually sleep there yet except for naps, but as she transitions to sleeping in her own room I think we’ll love the room even more. So far it lives well and has a cozy, fresh feel.
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to take a reupholstering workshop at Spruce in Austin. The owner of Spruce, Amanda Brown, writes for the popular blog, Design Sponge about once a month. So cool! Check out her latest post on upholstery basics here.
Anyway, the opportunity to take this workshop arose last minute, but luckily I had the perfect chair to bring for my first experience with reupholstering. Back in March, we were cleaning out an old shed on my in-laws’ then newly purchased property, and we found this gem:
We knew this piece had a ton of potential, so we saved it. It worked out perfectly because it’s a really simple chair to reupholster. I painted it first, chose a fabric I loved, and brought it with me to the workshop.
Here’s the finished product. I LOVE it, and it goes perfectly in my guestroom where the accent color is turquoise!
What do you think? I am so frilled that this cute lil’ chair gets to have a fresh start instead of rotting away in an old shed!
Happy Friday! Time for some fun links:
I want to go see this exhibit (they’re made of paper!):
My friend here in SF, poet Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, has a new book of poems out entitled Palm to Pine; go buy!
Wanna know how to make ice cream with only one ingredient and no ice cream maker?
More tips on managing your wardrobe.
Mine too. But, I will scoff at you if I find out you haven’t read the book. A lady sitting next to me in the movie said, “Oh no is he going to be dead?”. ohmylord. scoffityscoffscoff. You honestly didn’t read the book before you came here today? come on.
I’m loving these colorful dining chairs with the white table – inspired! (via here).
What do you think? Can you rock these hot pants?
How intimate, How resourceful, How Tiny!
So I was getting sortof sick of seeing this poster in interior photos all over the place (for instance). Until I read the history of it, which does make it more interesting. But I still think it’s getting a bit overdone, no? Maybe it’s sortof like my Christo and Jean-Claude poster that I had before it was cool to have a Christo and Jean-Claude poster. But now it is, so it isn’t anymore. Or maybe it still is.
I really love Liz’s roundup of crafty/DIY projects for spring; I want to make them all.
I always like to have a fun desktop wallpaper that I change frequently. Check these out. I currently have Gnome.
I wish I wish I wish I would have known about these baby journals when I was shopping for a baby book. Until now, I thought all baby books were lame, including the one I have (ugh so cheesy). In the end I most just write things down in a little moleskine notebook anyway (such as: guess who rolled over yesterday while I was making tea in the kitchen. I missed it. Boo.).
West Elm’s new kitchen line has been getting rave reviews in the blogosphere; I’m doing some raving myself. Just look at these porcelain salt and pepper shakers:
Have a happy weekend! Got any FRILLING Friday plans?
Bay living must be getting to me because I’m finding myself being drawn to these maritime/sea life motifs. I came across this Thomas Paul melamine platter in a store called The Nest on Fillmore Street in San Francisco, and had to come straight home to look at more of the collection. I am in love with the maritime-inspired Scrimshaw design. Love this lovable Moby Dick.
Our house rule is: No Plaid Boxer Shorts. Boring. I’m the only one who sees his boxer shorts, and I wanna love ‘em. These will be FRILLING.
And, most wished-for of all, the Octopus Shawl by Thomas Paul. Mr. Octopus, I think I have a crush on you.
My head is swimming with sea motifs! Hmmm, now I’m thinking of embroidering some pillowcases with sea motifs…
Do you have any favorite maritime motif pieces in your home or wardrobe? What motifs are you into now?