Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

IKEA Shopping List

Oh, IKEA - how I love you! We need to meet up again soon!

Baby Girl Shower Guest Favor Idea!

I'm loving the shabby chic look of these oh-so adorable and homemade guest favors! Definitely worth saving in my idea bank!

Found on Icing Designs

Originally from Posh Paperie

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

I'm obviously still banking on this baby being a girl! :)

This project just has me itching to wipe the dust off my sewing machine!!

Found on V & Co.

Nursery Eye Candy

Loving the poms, the quilt, the monogram above the crib, the eiffel tower lamp and the happy baby! :)

From the How-To Gal

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pastel Princess

Another gorgeous nursery that has caught my eye!

Found on the Happy Home Blog

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lamp Love

I think I've found the perfect lamp for the nursery!

$19.99 from IKEA - Jonsbo Egby

Friday, April 23, 2010

Mommy Blogs to Read

Changing Table Dilemma

Ok, our nursery so far is equipped with a crib and the large IKEA Expedit bookshelf. And after putting everything together and getting it all into the room - I know realize that there isn't that much space for another piece of furniture and we already have a comfy, cozy chair on it's way!

The plan was to use a dresser from our guest bedroom set for the changing table - but after putting the dresser in at least 5 different spots throughout the room - nothing works. So, now plan B and C or D.

Plan B
Find a great priced changing table or dresser on craigslist or at a garage sale that is either perfect or will get painted (envision a light lavender dresser if its a girl and a light green/sage one if its a boy).

Plan C
Switch out the changing table that I bought at a garage sale a few years ago that I am currently using in my laundry room as a shelf.

Plan D
(My favorite plan so far) Head back to IKEA and purchase either the Hemnes 3-drawer dresser for $179.00 - which I am afraid will have the same issues as the guest bedroom dresser with being too tall for the space we have available in front of the window, or the Malm 6-drawer dresser for $149.00 - which is what I am leaning towards the most at the moment because of it's width and height I think it would work perfect in front of the window without looking awkward or the IKEA Expedit shelf for $69.00 in a size smaller than the one we have now and laying it horizontally in front of the window.

We need to go back to IKEA anyways to pick up our LACK shelves and the banana leave ottoman for the room and possibly a rug.
Here's the Hemnes 3-drawer dresser. 
Width: 43 1/4 "
Depth: 20 1/8 "
Height: 38 1/4 "

 And the Malm dresser.
Width: 63 1/8 "
Depth: 19 "
Height: 30 3/4 "

See it in use - looks like a good height for under the window:

And the Expedit shelf (but it would be horizontal)
Width: 31 1/8 "
Depth: 15 3/8 "
Height: 58 5/8 "

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Picking Paint Colors: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe!

Soothing colors are the best choices for a nursery. If you're drawn to a bright color such as red, try a lighter, less active shade such as deep pink, or use it as an accent by adding red toys, pillows, blankets or artwork. If you still aren't particularly drawn to any one color, use this guide to achieve the emotional effects you're after.

Personally, I am drawn to the lavenders and light yellow colors and the green a little as well. :)

Blue encourages relaxation. It’s often linked with peace, healing and meditation. A light blue bedroom is particularly good for inducing sleep.

 Red is very active and is often associated with passion, power and, in some cultures, good luck. Although it’s too active and overpowering for nursery walls, red can combat lethargy. Red is appropriate in small doses and will boost energy.

 Pink is the color of love—both love of self and love for others.

 Green is most associated with nature and represents serenity and growth. It has the potential to calm and revitalize. If you live in an urban environment, adding green to your nursery can be an excellent way to connect with nature.

 Yellow is associated with the sun. Yellow sheds light on our lives and helps us see things clearly. Bright yellow is energizing, but a pale shade won’t interfere with sleep.

 Purple may be a reassuring color, but it’s also stimulating. Purple is associated with spirituality and royalty. If you’re drawn to purple you might want to use lavender in your nursery. Lavender, like blue, may soothe babies.

 Orange is happy and expansive. Although perhaps too active in a room used for sleep, it makes an excellent accent color.

 White, associated with purity, is clean and works in all rooms. Because it can look sterile, you might want to accent it with warmer colors. Or try off-white, which has some yellow in it to bring in the sunshine energy, or beige, which is still neutral but much warmer.

Information from Natural Home

Color Swatches from The Land of Nod

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fabric Hanging Bookshelves

Being a bit of the fabric geek that I am - the idea of making DIY hanging fabric bookshelves in the nursery is fabulous! Can you just see some of my favorite Heather Bailey swatches up there?? Adds a little pop of color and design to the room as well as being functional.

From Oh Dee Doh Nursery Tour

Hanging Book Display Tutorial from Penny Carnival

On another note: How am I ever going to pick a color scheme?!

My faves so far:
  • yellow and lavender
  • yellow and grey
  • pink and grey
  • pink and brown
  • blue and brown

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weak in the Knees

Something about pink and grey just makes me go weak in the knees! I have this teeny tiny feeling it's going to be a girl! :)

Fabric Height Wall Chart from the Happy Home Blog

Once Upon A Time...

Cute boy's nursery idea (but could easily replace blue highlights with pink and have a girl's room or green and go neutral! We'll find out either way May 10th!!) from

My husband and I are really into books - meaning our child-to-be already has a bookshelf full - we started buying books long before we were expecting - so a book/story themed nursery is a perfect idea!

I also love the idea of the photo collage as a focal point above the crib too!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Vinyl Wall Art for the Nursery

I am not sure how our walls would do with vinyl wall art like this since it textured - but I love these Queen Anne's Lace looking graphics!  Also comes in lavender and grey

$65 from blik

Undersea graphics - $38

Insomnia Sheep - $35

Birdie Banner - $38

Monday, April 12, 2010

Our Nursery - the blank slate stage

My hubby and I have already started on our nursery! It's a little early yet - I'm hardly even showing here at 15 weeks! But we've been putting a lot of thought into what we want and it makes sense to do a little a time over the course of the next 8 months.

So here's our blank slate! We found the perfect crib already and have some cute neutral curtains and with all the old guest bedroom furniture moved out - it is really starting to look like a nursery!

This was our first real nursery purchase - a lovely IKEA bookshelf I got around the time of my birthday in February (coincidence? of course not!).

Ok, wait...maybe THIS was on of our first nursery purchases - a vintage Curious George alphabet poster we found at a local antique shop. :) It is crooked I see now - gotta go upstairs and fix that for the next photo shoot!

We are kinda to the point now, where we need to know the gender of our wee one so we know where to head in the direction of blues or pinks. The room needs a rug, that is for certain with the large space in the middle of the room, we'll need some wall art - maybe the baby's name in wooden letters over the crib, our nursery chair is on it's way already as well - more pics when that comes in and we get things rearranged to fit it in and I'm still on the fence about a changer/dresser. We had dresser in the room but it didn't look right anywhere - and now we found a good spot for it in the office/guestbedroom so we'll either look at finding and refinishing another dresser or going without since we do have a closet to put clothes, etc. Can't decide on that one.

Here's a few things that are still on our list of things to add to the space:

Cute IKEA stool for $29.99- perfect to use up a little of that floor space and ties in that wicker look I love!

Large banana leave baskets for toy storage on the floor.

A toy/dress-up clothes chest  - either white or antique looking trunk.

Large rug for  the middle of the room.

Another lamp for dimmer lighting.

Changer or dresser?

Heather Bailey fabric for our crib sheets and  skirt.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Old Navy Maternity

I didn't even realize that Old Navy carried a maternity line! Too cute and it's really reasonably priced!