Bright and cheery: Elliott’s Nursery

You may recall this post where I revealed my mood board for Kidney Bean’s nursery.  Well, Kidney Bean turned into my daughter Elliott Marlene, who is a month old today, but this mood board was not destined to morph into her nursery.   Somewhere along the way I scrapped the muted whites, dusty plums, and aquas and went in a totally different direction.  I decided, since I only got to do this once, that I wanted something brighter, cheerier…funkier!  I kept just one thing from my first iteration: the swan end table, and dumped the rest.

I started with crib bedding.  Unfortunately, with the move to our new home and the fact that my craft room is a hot mess, I didn’t have time to make the bedding myself.  Thanks to Etsy and the folks at Modified Tot, I was able to select fabrics to create a custom one-of-a-kind crib set in a palette of lime green, plum, and teal.  I bought a blanket, crib bumper, crib skirt, pouf, and even window valences in this awesome ikat fabric (I may have gone overboard).

The green zebra rug from Zinc Door came next.  The chair I recycled from Griffin’s old nursery (he didn’t need it anymore now that his nursery is packed toddler playroom), and added finishing touches such as jade milk glass drawer pulls on the changing table, shelves featuring silver heirloom baby dishes (a gift from Aunt Jane) and handmade creations (I made the aqua pinafore dress hanging from the shelf, see my dress how-to post here), and birth announcement artwork, also purchased on Etsy from graphic designer A Lovely Detail.

I still lust after this bird’s nest chandelier from my mood board, but have had to let it go because it’s now sold out, boo! elliotts-nursery-3-of-7

Mom and Me The last detail we added was the dandelion wall decal, also purchased from Etsy.  This brought the personal touch to Elliott’s room.  The dandelion represents all of my wishes for her happy and healthy future, but more importantly, it reminds me of my mother Marlene, after whom I named my daughter.  This was the last picture we took together as my mother died soon after this was taken.  Elliott will never meet her grandmother, but the dandelion is a reminder that my beloved mother will always be a part of my beautiful daughter (and I think Elliott has my mother’s eyes).

Elliott had been staying in her bassinet next to my bed for her first month, but we moved her into her nursery last night.  She slept for 5 hours straight.  I think she likes it.

Elliott in her crib Elliott in her crib



Inspiration: Kidney Bean’s Nursery

I know, I know.  I’ve been away far too long.  We were away for our last “baby moon” on a trip to the Big Island (more on that to come).

Since we’ve been home my life has been consumed by escrow and closing documents and moving rigmarole.  Yup, you heard it right, we’re moving at the end of the month.  Our new home will be perfect for our growing family and has a big front and back yard for Griffin and Kidney Bean to play on a nice quiet street.  Very excited, I beam!

Best of all, a new home means there’s lots and lots of interior design to do, and maybe even a little remodel here and there (new kitchen!!!).  Yippee!

I’m kicking off the interior design extravaganza with some inspiration for my daughter’s nursery.  This is my first attempt at Kidney Bean’s mood board and I have just under three months to put it all together.  I’m still playing with fabrics and wood and paint colors, but this is the direction I think I want to go.

Baby Girl Nursery

Our current house is very contemporary/modern.  Griffin’s nursery sort of kept with the contemporary theme of the house and was inspired by the cool abstract installation my husband created.

Our new home is a 1920’s English Revival style so I have more freedom to bring in classic and feminine pieces and they won’t look out of place.  I’m loosely bringing in a bird theme (I just love the swan side table and the chandelier reminiscent of a bird’s nest).  This afternoon I took a trip to F&S Fabrics to clip some fabric swatches as I plan to sew the bedding and maybe the drapes myself.  The rug is a find from zincdoor and I’m going to ask my artistic cousin to paint some birch trees similar to the decal on the walls.  We have lovely birch trees in our new front yard so they’ll be something familiar from the outside.

What do you think?  Girly enough for you?

Nursery Complete: Griffin’s Lair

Smiles are new to Griffin.  At seven weeks old he’s just starting to get the hang of them.  He smiles most often, oddly enough, when I’m changing him on his changing table.  Either he really likes getting a clean diaper on his bum or he likes that I’m leaning over close to his face making ridiculous sounds just to get a rise out of him.  For whatever the reason, Griffin seems to enjoy being in his new room.

griffins-room-3-of-5 We completed the room just in time for his arrival.  In keeping with the contemporary style of our home, we furnished the nursery with white and walnut modern furniture and a comfy leather glider/recliner, all from Giggle.  The end table is the “mag table” from Design within Reach (very Eames-esque), and the rug is an ultra plushy faux fur flokati rug that looks and feels as soft as a teddy bear.  Walls are minty green.  The bedding is the organic Jingo the Monkey collection from Coyuchi.  I chose it because of the simply sweet embroidered jungle animals and especially the giraffe details.  (The giraffe has been my favorite animal ever since I hand fed one at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.  I’ll never forget the way the creature looked at me and blinked his gigantic eyes as he ever so gently took the food from my hand.  My mother also loved giraffes, and I was inspired to go with the giraffe theme by the carved wooden African giraffe that she had on our fireplace mantle growing up.  See the figurine on the mag table). [Read more…]

Nursery in progress: just a hint

I had hoped to unveil RB’s nursery in grand fashion, and was inspired by my friend Anica’s ultra hip nursery post over at lickitylist (seriously, can one nursery be more cute and creative? love Love LOVE it!).  But the truth is I’m impatient.  While the nursery is still a work in progress, I want to share some of what I’ve been working on NOW because it’s all too exciting.   Yes I know, I have six weeks to go until RB will be spitting up and pooping all over his shiny new nursery.   Good thing we have a bit of time left on my belly clock, because we still have a few things on order and Big N is working on a very special art piece to decorate the wall above RB’s crib.  The complete unveiling will follow soon.  Here’s a hint of what’s in store: