These rooms and their shelves,
above images via Pinterest
would welcome some wooden animals like our buddy the rhino,
or the hippo crafted from ironwood,
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 alas…I couldn’t fork over the duckets required. The rug in this room is a natural fiber with a custom pinkÂ band around the perimeterÂ polished off with some nailheads. My Mom gave me a round jute rug for the nurseryÂ and I’m wondering if I could get the local carpet place to hook me up with this? Def worth asking.
Clearly I’ve settled on aÂ 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 storageÂ under the windows
withÂ anÂ upholstered cushion and pillow menagerie a la Nathan Turner
Â 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 wouldÂ make sure thatÂ the opening wasÂ wide enough to accomodate a bed in the future.
Â a simple, tailored crib skirt like thisÂ would be pretty alright.
AÂ few other sure things,
image via estate eclectic
Betsy is either shipping a bentwood stool to me orÂ carrying that thing on to a plane,Â either way its coming and will sit next to the Nurseryworks Sleepytime rocker from DC’s room.Â
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