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Nursery Progress June 10, 2010

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I thought I’d show you a bit of our nursery progress.

We recently got the rug

Nursery Rug

Nursery Rug

And Eric put up the fan (courtesy of Lowe’s):

Leaf Fan

Leaf Fan

We love how it mirrors the shapes in the tree decal that we put up …

Tree-Cal

Tree-Cal Decal

Yeah, this tree decal from Etsy was a pain in the butt to put on the wall, but it was well worth it. Doesn’t it look beautiful?

And the chair in the corner … a free hand-me-down from my supervisor!

We’ve also got the Maya Wrap and Baby Bjorn sitting on the chair (courtesy of Ebay). For a better look at the Maya Wrap …

Maya Wrap

Maya Wrap

That’s my first baby. She really seemed to like the wrap and liked being all warm and snuggly in it.

That’s it for now! We’re expecting the crib soon … here’s hoping Buy Buy Baby doesn’t lose it in the mail!

 

My Dream Nursery May 18, 2010

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Now that I’ve finished painting, I’m all about the decorating. You’ve already seen the swanky crib we got, but what about the other stuff? I’m amassing a list of all the things I would love to have … and you know, I’ll work on being flexible. But we all have our ideals, don’t we?

Crib Bedding

Crib Bedding from Rocky Top Designs

Let’s start with crib bedding. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m not a big fan of the pre-packaged stuff from Pottery Barn or Babies R Us. I got the idea from Offbeat Mama to look on Etsy. There are a ton of people out there with better sewing skills than I, and those folk sew up some awesome bedding. I may try my hand at it (I have the pattern in my Little Stitches for Little Ones book). But let’s be honest … that might not happen in three months. That crap looks complicated.

I found this gorgeous set on Etsy. It’s from Rocky Top Designs, and it is pretty awesome. I love the cute little guitars, and that design pairs well with the yellow polka dots. Matches my color scheme, and in the picture it’s even paired with a green-painted wall! Yes, it’s expensive compared to the pre-packaged stuff. But, it might be a must have …

Adorable Owl Mobile

Adorable Owl Mobile

This is definitely a pretty adorable owl mobile. It’s handmade from Pink Perch’s Etsy shop. I might have an affinity for Etsy. Yes, I just might. So it’s super cute, goes great with my planned nature theme (I guess the guitars don’t, but there’s a lot of other fabrics to choose from), and it’s handmade and eco-friendly. The bummer, again, is the price. At $88, it’s a little steep. Is it worth it? I know I’m going to have to make some decisions here … but check out those cute little faces! And it goes great with an item I just purchased¬† …

Tree Decal

Tree Decal

This tree decal is again, from Etsy.¬† It’s from Decor Designs and you can get it in whatever color you like! I got mine in brown (as it is in the picture) with dark green leaves. Should look beautiful!

Like any woman of a certain age (any age?), I want a few things from Anthropologie. Yes, I know. I’m racking up the expensive price tag already. But how amazing is this rug?

Dream Menagerie Rug

Dream Menagerie Rug

I already know I’m probably going to have to settle for something else. This bad boy would set me back $300, which is the upper price limit for a nursery rug that will get spit up and paw prints all over it. I am in love with it though. Look at all the little animals! I would love to have this for Sam, and for me … It’s so dreamy, so pretty, and would work for years to come. Unfortch, it’s not available for purchase in the 5-foot round version until August. And geez, I’d really like to have everything squared away before then. If you see anything that is equivalent, please let me know! I’m looking for something equally lovely and bright, preferably with an animal motif. I also like the roundness of it. Seems to me like it would look very nice in the middle of a square room. Something round … to bring it all together. Sigh.

And of course, I found curtains on Anthro that would complement it perfectly, or at least I think so … in my limited design experience. Check it out:

Lilting Leaves Curtains

Liliting Leaves Curtains

There’s something so whimsical about a lot of Anthropologie’s home decor items, making them perfect for a child’s room. Now, I’m like, REALLY not going to spend $268 a panel on these, but I might try to find a similar fabric and make them myself. After all, a curtain is just a rod pocket and a hem right? Maybe? Huh? I know my curtains won’t look as good as these guys do, but they might be fairly nice. And I know they’ll be a little less expensive. I bet there’s even free curtain patterns online …

Anyway, these are the Lilting Leaves Curtains if you are interested. Love them. Too expensive! But it’s my dream, so maybe if I win the lottery …

But, Camilla, what about furniture? Don’t you need a dresser or something?

I guess. But I’d rather have curtains!

I’m actually not too big on the dresser thing … I saw them at Buy Buy Baby, and they look like … dressers. Just any old dresser. So, I figure I’ll get a way cheaper one somewhere else – used or on Amazon or Overstock, and I’ll turn that into a changing table and dresser for the little one. He won’t even know it’s there! He’ll be too busy looking at the mobile!

I did pick these guys out for furniture …

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Nursery Progress, or How to DIY at 22 Weeks Pregnant May 17, 2010

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Painting the Nursery

Painting the Nursery

This weekend, the nursery got painted: trim, closet, and all four walls. The ceiling is in need of a touch up still, and there’s still plenty more to do otherwise, but I feel good about the painting. It’s a solid start. Having accomplished this by-no-means small task, I would love to share some of my tips with you.

1. Get help! And that means more help than just your significant other, life partner, husband, wife, mom, or dad. You need more than two people to make it go quickly. I asked a bunch of people, and ended up with three non-pregnant ladies who would help me. (Thank you non-pregnant lady friends! Four was the perfect number, and I’m so glad you got to share this experience with me!)

2. I learned the hard way that paint with VOC content really makes my head hurt. That said, all regular paint nowadays is pretty low-VOC, and extremely unlikely to be harmful to you or your little one. But even low-VOC stuff is fume-y. Ladies (and gents), go get the NO-VOC stuff. Worry not if they don’t have your color. I picked out Glidden Fresh Guacamole (how I love the Glidden colors at Home Depot!), and I got it mixed at a local Benjamin Moore store in the Benjamin Moore Natura line. Be aware, it takes a minute to get paint mixed, so you’ll be hanging about in the store for a few minutes. NO-VOC is not the same as low-VOC, so be sure to ask. It really makes a difference in the amount of fumes in the room.

Sam's Closet

Sam's Closet

3. Paint your closet while you’re at it! Paint it a super fun color! Eric and I chose Chelsea, a lovely bright yellow, by C2 (available at Benjamin Moore stores). I got it mixed in C2’s low-VOC line, Lovo. The Lovo stuff has a little more fume than the Natura, but it’s negligible. Don’t worry about it. (Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, but I am the healthy, grown child of a mother who painted every room in her house while she was pregnant and while I was an infant. In fact, this is what Baby Center has to say about painting whilst in a family way. Check it.) Anyway, I am LOVING¬† this yellow now that it’s done. It makes me feel just FABULOUS to open up the closet and see the yellow-ness. It works with the green beautifully, and makes me feel bright and cheerful. (That adorable little stuffed cow in the door was purchased at Eastern Market in DC, and is handmade. LOVE IT!)

4. If you are not an experienced room painter, cover everything in plastic sheeting, and tape up your baseboards and ceilings with painter’s tape. Keep clean wet rags (rags, not nice towels) all about the room. If you drip paint on your molding, or your beautiful hardwood floors, you can wipe it up right away and it’s like it never happened.

5. The handiest, dandiest tool you can get is a Shur Line Edger. It works wonders on your edges and ceilings, and it’s much faster than cutting in with a paintbrush. It will make you feel handy-dandy even if you’ve never painted a room before. It also works well for corners and touching up. No imitations accepted – get the Shur Line brand. They can be purchased online, or at the Home Depot. This five bucks will make a difference in your life.

Light Switch

Remove your plates!

6. Remove (or have a handy person remove) your light switch plates and outlet covers. Don’t paint over these suckers or you’ll have the grossness of dried paint all over them. We have leftover dried paint from 1960, or whenever this house was painted in alarming colors (namely pink and lime green). Of course, replace them when your little guy or gal moves into the nursery. But in the mean time, don’t sweat it, and just paint around them the best you can. And like my husband reminds me, don’t touch exposed wires or screws. Thanks Eric!

7. Have snacks and Franzia for your guests.

8. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention …. pick a color that works not just for a bambino, but for a guest room, or a craft room, or a teenager’s room. I’m really glad that I went with this green. It is bright and lovely, gender neutral (works for the next kid), but it also works for my sewing room as it is right now. I am kinda anti baby blue and baby pink. After all, don’t we gender stereotype enough? And the kid isn’t going to care what color its room is … so paint it something that you like, that speaks to you, that makes you smile … and that you won’t have to repaint for a long, long time.

9. Create your own theme! I think it’s more fun to search around for cool stuff than to go with a packaged theme from Babies R Spend Money or Pottery Barn Spend More Money on Your Kids. Check out Etsy, Amazon, boutique sites, Overstock … wherever. Make it yours. Paint a mural. Buy a handmade mobile. Get some vintage prints. Frame pictures of your family. Sew your own decorations. Get some cool fabric and make some easy curtains!

10. And on that note, do it during your fourth or fifth month. You are still reasonably agile, not humongously large, and have a reasonable level of energy. (Oh, and, start ordering your decorations during these months as well. You don’t want a baby and no nursery!) Plus, it makes you feel … accomplished.

And voila! You’ve gotten yourself started. Let it come together one piece at a time. I know I am … I’ll be updating as I add more stuff to the nursery, but for now, I’ll leave you with these before and after photos…

Before we moved in ...

Before we moved in ...

View from the closet

After (View from the closet) ...