Toss these on your glider, your pair of twin beds or in your bunk room today.
In Laney’s mind, she is most assuredly a “big girl”. But before she came to know everything at 2.5 years old, she once had a nursery. This is what it looked like…well wait before we look, I want to remind you that there were previous posts outlining some of the design process they are here, here and here in case you want to review.
This is Laney’s nursery at our old house (Connecticut House),
The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Pink Damask and it was…and I hesitantly admit this because I get teased a lot around here about my affinity for the color white but the color in this room was too subtle, too light. So there you go Dan, have at it. The Feist print and bentwood stool were both baby gifts from Betsy and we are using those again in Laney’s big girl room. The rocker is Nurseryworks, which Target now carries.
The shelves are the trusty Ekby and bracket from IKEA. The owl print is by Hadley Hutton. The blocks are part of the Uncle Goose Alexander Girard set, porcelain lanterns are from West Elm, the bunny is Jellycat and its from my Mama and the rolling duck toy was DC’s and it was from Etsy. The Orla Kiely board books are both beautiful and functional.
The shades were custom, the sparrow mobile was my oldest daughter DC’s and it’s a Flensted mobile, the giraffe is a Sharon Montrose print, all of the bedding was made by my Grandma which I love and will always treasure especially the quilt and I know Laney will too. The pink chevron bumpers are made from Rubie Green’s East Village and a white linen/cotton blend. The piping and ties were made from a pink sheet set that I bought at Home Goods. The crib was DC’s and it was part of the Baby Mod collection at Walmart, similar here.
The bookcase/window seat is a Ikea Expedit (similar) bookcase with casters added to the bottom. The pillows were handmade by my Grandma with a gauzy linen stripe in the front and a pale pink block print from Purl Soho in the back. The vase I’ve had for a while, the ceramic elephant is vintage. The set of white alphabet books were a gift from our friends Kristine & Fred and we now have to read those things EVERY NIGHT, thanks guys! The round jute rug is from West Elm and has held up well in case you’re wondering. It was a hand me down from my Mom and it’s about 3+ years old, here’s a similar rug.
Its been almost four months since we discovered that the site had been hacked and I wrote a real post. When Betsy told me that we would have to basically dismantle the blog I was almost nine months pregnant and feeling pretty overwhelmed and emotional. I mourned the loss of Teot for a couple of days and started to adjust to the idea that it might not ever be rebuilt. A week or so after Betsy took the blog down we got a chance to discuss it on the telephone and as Betsy usually does she eased my mind and with the help of some of her friends in CA she cleaned Teot up and got her up and running again…and here I am.
Since November a couple of things happened, the biggest being I had a baby! This is our second child and our second little girl…we’ll call her Laney.
Laney came fast and furious in the middle of the night on November 30th. Its a pretty cool birth story but I don’t want to go all Mommy on you so I’ll just be brief and say that her birth took one hour and 15 minutes from registration to birth. The labor and delivery nurses that didn’t even have time to introduce themselves to me said I should be the poster mom for giving birth.
Here is Laney today at two months old…
So we’ve been adjusting to having two children, doing the newborn sleepless thing, juggling our jobs and thinking about home improvement. Seems like one sentence doesn’t do this challenging time justice but some of you out there know what I’m talking about.
What’s been going on while Teot has been out of commission? Well…
I finished a bathroom remodel in December at the May project. The finished product will require its own dedicated post. But the before images are here and my pinboard for the project is here. Here’s a tiny peek,
We’ve also been making some headway on a couple of projects around our house,
The nursery is a pretty big deal, my plan for the room is here. I’m almost there and I did end up buying the Rubie Green East Village fabric for the bumper and bench cushion. Here is evidence of progress,
Dan got the gallery wall going in the upstairs hallway–almost complete. You can see the remnants of the brown paper templates I used to arrange the gallery. I cut out the shapes of all of the frames I have now and then labeled the brown paper and then taped them up to arrange them. The silver plate covers an electrical box for a sconce that the previous owner of the house took with her.
And my Dad and Dan installed a new toilet in the upstairs bathroom in about two hours. I’m pretty proud of them. The toilet that was there was original to the house which means that it was 80 years old and running every time we used it and using six gallons of water every time it was flushed. Now we have a brand spankin’ new potty, a Kohler Memoirs in classic white. Great style and only uses 1.5 gallons in each flush, yes!
And I’m not done yet…we ordered these sconces for the living room, install begins Wednesday. Let there be light!
It feels good to be back.
To date in the nursery we,
I went through loads of paint chips before narrowing them down and then getting samples from Lowe’s of BM’s Whitewater Bay, SW’s Marshmallow and BM’s Pink Damask. Those three sat on the wall for a few weeks until finally I chose Pink Damask for the wall and Marshmallow for the trim and ceiling.
The painting was complete. I got home from work and went straight to the nursery and it just didn’t look right. The trim appeared to have a pink cast to it. I called the painter and said I thought the trim and wall colors had been confused but he was adamant that he gave his crew the right instructions. The painter and SW claim that Lowe’s actually color matched the color below Pink Damask and the trim was correct. So to create more of a contrast I had the trim painted SW Extra White, the wall was repainted Pink Damask (Lowe’s darker version) and the ceiling remained Marshmallow.
Still with me? OK.
Here’s a primitive blueprint of the nursery so you can get a better idea of where windows and doors are,
So we’re working with a room that is roughly 9 x 10, which is quite small according to the standards of most but I think offers enough space for what a baby needs especially when the child has additional play space in the house.
This 9×10 space comfortably accommodates a small 3-drawer dresser,
a rocker like this,
a bookcase turned bench like this,
an accent table that has yet to be located and all the shelving and art you would want.
And…I’m still gathering fabric samples for crib bedding like these,
Here are the samples I have collected shown together,
I was considering the Taj paisley on the far left of the frame for the backing of the quilt my grandmother is making but its not working plus the fabric itself is really thin. So Taj has been eliminated.
The zig zag samples are for the bumper and although I like the two lighter pink zig zags they are little too large in scale for the bumper or the trim on the bench cushion. Because of their scale I decided to request a sample of Rubie Green’s East Village in light pink and I’m likely to go with that.
So whats left in fabric–I need to choose a solid white linen or linen blend for the bench cushion, the interior side of the bumper and window treatments. I also need to decide whether or not I’d like to do contrasting ties and trim on the bumper in brown or pick up the pink of the chevron. Does anyone have a source for their favorite affordable solid linen?
In addition to fabric, I found some cool casters to attach to my IKEA bookcase for the bench transformation,
Here’s another example of the look I’m trying to achieve with the bench,
Lulu Powers, Lonny
And I found this little guy at a thrift store,
I’m still on the fence about buying off the shelf roller shades or having them custom made with a brown greek key or simple band much like these,
I’ve never gone custom with fabric shades before but I really want to. I’ve read some positive accounts in blogland. I considered the DIY route and I have seen Isabella & Max Rooms tutorial and I def respect that but I’m not that crafty, I’ve got a million other JOBS and I’m almost 32 weeks pregnant, shall I go on–no I’ll spare you. So if you want to share your custom shade experience with me I’m all ears, please email me. I know there are designers reading this, do tell.
Meet the new piece of furnitureÂ thats likely toÂ appearÂ in a nursery near you
There is a decent number of mamas and designers looking forÂ a solid alternative to theÂ Sleepytime rocker, upholsteredÂ glider or IKEA rocker in the nursery. This could be the one. If I didn’t already have a rocker, I’dÂ want to test drive this one.
While we’re talking about West Elm, lets talk about some other cool new stuff,
I have the striped edge sheets and love them!
I’ve been looking for an affordable throw for DC’s room, but I needed just the right color to match her shams.
Nice basic,Â tailored bedskirt
If your fridge didn’t come with egg storageÂ
Sorry about my absence this week, I’ve been trying to get around to photographing the cottage kitchen and doing a lot of other things.
These are the images that are influencing the nursery design,
Gah Barry you killed me with this. That Paule Marrot print was on sale at the Well Appointed House recently and it would’ve been the perfect capstone for Baby Girl’s room but I couldn’t fork over the duckets required. The rug in this room is a natural fiber with a custom pink band around the perimeter polished off with some nailheads. My Mom gave me a round jute rug for the nursery and I’m wondering if I could get the local carpet place to hook me up with this? Definitely worth asking.
Clearly I’ve settled on a pink and gold/tan/beige scheme. I was up in the air in a previous post.
I’d like to put an inexpensive bench with casters that will also serve as storage under the windows
with an upholstered cushion and pillow menagerie a la Nathan Turner
I’m also thinking about framing the crib in bookshelves for additional storage, IKEA would most likely be the source for the shelving. The closet is short and tiny in this room so we need some more places to stash some stuff away in baskets. The crib is 54″ wide and a full size bed is roughly 58″ so I would make sure that the opening was wide enough to accommodate a bed in the future.
a simple, tailored crib skirt like this would be pretty alright.
A few other sure things,
image via estate eclectic
Betsy is either shipping a bentwood stool to me or carrying that thing on to a plane, either way its coming and will sit next to the Nurseryworks Sleepytime rocker from DC’s room.
Global Weave, Purl Soho
So I was all convinced that it was a boy and then we went to the ultrasound and two things were confirmed:
For the past couple of weeks since the ultrasound I’ve let the girl nursery design ideas circulate in my brain. Here are some of the things that have been floating around up there,
pale pink & gold tones, creamy walls, block print paisley,
or pale pink & orange,
Tom Scheerer via House Beautiful
abstract pink art,
Amanda Nisbet’s apartment, New York Social Diary
what to do with books and baskets and save floor space,
Grace Happens blog
a zig zag printed crib skirt,
Rubie Green, East Village
with the repeat on a bench cushion,
Sarah Richardson via Sense and Simplicity
large scale art or tonal salon style,
I’ve been working on piecingÂ a nursery together and because I’m still convinced that its a boy (two more weeks until we know!)Â I’ve been focusing on creating aÂ space meant for a boy. Not to worry–I’m not totally putting my eggs in one basket, I do have a starting element for a girl’s nursery that I could build on.
One element I was thinking of including is a quilt or blanket folded and placed over the side of the crib. Let me stop here and say thatÂ I did this in DC’s room and I placed it at the foot of the crib so there was no risk of it falling off in to the crib and on to herÂ face.Â
While we’reÂ on the topic of baby quilts, during some of my daily reading I discovered designer Amy Meier (thanks to Amber Interiors) whoÂ is letting a quilt drive the concept in her daughter’s nursery. Check out Amy’s portfolio here.
SoÂ back to the search–Â
I looked through some of my favorite baby sites and thenÂ of courseÂ IÂ started cruising Etsy. I found an abundance of sweet blankets, I especially love the gauze cotton blankets like the Patapri Mountain blanket below. Here are some of favorites,
A little hint on the nursery front.
Because I’m convinced that I’m having a boy I started searching airplane art on Etsy with this exact image in mind,
And I hit the jackpot at Honey + Fitz. I had been to Dina’s etsy shop before andÂ liked what I saw and also thought it was pretty cool that she is in Raleigh, NC!Â I also startedÂ followingÂ her on theÂ Honey + Fitz blog, you might rememberÂ I mentioned her fantastic dining chairs last week on the weekend post.
Dina has got what I need,
I just have to waitÂ five weeks and then we’ll know if my instinct is right. The airplace prints are a strong front runner in theÂ nursery art for boys category.Â I hope Honey + Fitz still has them in stock! Here’s the bonus, the Honey + Fitz shop is offering a 15% discount to all TEOT readers just use the “ESTATE15” code, its good until June 30th.
Last time I createdÂ a nursery it wasÂ for my friend Amanda.Â That nursery was centered around a photograph of a young giraffe.
This time my wheels started to spin when I saw this pair.
The Summer Girl and Summer Boy Screen prints from Cosas Minimas
So I thought I’d design a nursery around these prints and here’s what I came up with,
What do you think?
I’ve always really admired the pairing of this wallpaper and wall color in this little girl’s room. If I were to move to a new house lets say oh….in the next month or two I would seriously considering doing this in DC’s room. Its the Coronata Star wallpaper available at Osbourne & Little.
The wallpapered ceiling in the Rhoney nursery turned out really great too. Of course this would also be great for a baby’s room, boy or girl!
You might like to know that Overstock has got some handsome modern nursery furniture right now.
This affordable beauty has a non-toxic finish, converts to a toddler bed and is made of sustainable pine. Did you notice is was pretty good looking too? The customer reviews are good so far. At $379 , the modern espresso crib is an affordable option.
Maybe you also want the dresser/changing table companion? ThisÂ piece is $439 at Overstock.
I’m wonderingÂ if the Tullsta armchair from IKEA could beÂ converted in to a rocking chair for a nursery?
image via Canadian Family magazine
Do you think a carpenter/reupholsterer/wood worker could put rockers on the chair?
$149 for the chair, $50 for the slipcover,Â $____ for the transformation? I love those Serena & Lily gliders as much as the next gal but this is a much more affordable option.