A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Project Nursery: Inspiration Board

Project Nursery is well underway – we have four weeks (if babe decides to come on his/her due date) to button up this space and I’m all too anxious to get it finished.

The gender-neutral color palette is tan, brown and red with splashes of aqua, yellow and other bright, cheery colors. We decided to work with darker furniture since we were planning on incorporating an already owned dresser (Craigslist find) and Expedit bookshelf (Ikea). Here’s a rough idea of what I envision:

Red, Blue, Baby Blue, Green, Pastel, Orange, Terracotta, Burnt Orange, Burgundy, Rust Nursery Inspiration, Expedit, Brown Crib, Jenny Lind Changing Table, fabric decals, wallpaper decals, animals, giraffe, elephant, glider, inspiration board, stripes, yellow lamp, tan, vintage ABC poster, rocking horse, red

Nursery breakdown:

1. We were gifted this very comfy Stork Glider and in order to save that nearly-white fabric (as well as add pattern to the space) I’m hoping to create slip covers in an aqua print. That way I can pull the covers off for a quick wash should spit up or other fun liquids find their way onto the cushions.

2. A fun, bright lamp like this one from Cape Cod Brass would be a great addition.

3. I’m loving these soft pastel prints by Thibaut, Dandi and Serena & Lily – they would look lovely as curtains, bedding, fabric book pouches or as a valence in the room.

4. Back in May I made over an everyday Expedit bookshelf from Ikea by adding fabric to the backdrop, it has now found a new home in the nursery!

Nursery Inspiration, Fabric Bookcase Backdrop, Lining, DIY, handmade

5. Vintage accessories in the form of rocking horses, wood blocks and prints are timeless and full of character – I’d love to weave them into this space.

6. With so many recalls and warnings out there we chose our crib through careful consideration and after much research. This Babyletto is a 3-in-1 (grows with baby), is environmentally sound (sustainably harvested wood) and passes all safety standards (non-toxic finish, lead & phthate safe, JPMA certified and tip proof) plus it’s extra wallet-friendly (considering all of it’s features)!

7. While most of the furniture has a contemporary/clean lines look, I’d like to add this Jenny Lind changing table to mix things up. Maybe with a coat of paint?

8. The biggest dilemma of designing this room? The rug, actually. I really struggled with what pattern of rug to shop for – with our new striped wall a striped rug felt a bit over the top, and without knowing baby’s sex, patterned rugs screamed too feminine or too masculine. When I found this burnt orange/red rug on eBay by Pottery Barn, I fell in love. It was a solid, bright pop of color made of soft wool that was comfy enough to crawl around on and sturdy enough to last years. Then I was outbid of my budgeting range (and the rug is discontinued by PB) so I’m back to square one. Do let me know if you see something similar! We might have to find a more neutral option soon…

9. Animal decals on the walls would really liven up the space, Inke from the Netherlands has the neatest selection of vintage wallpaper options but I think this would be a fun DIY project too! (Thanks to Kelsey, a reader who emailed with the source!)

Animal Wall Decals, Wallpaper, Fabric

10. I love the idea of fabric storage bins to organize toys, blankets and even laundry. These animal-themed bins by 3 Sprouts over at Layla Grayce are adorable! If I can find a neat way to build my own out of canvas bags I just might take this on as a DIY project too…

And there’s the space! Let the shopping/assembling/crafting begin. Here’s a quick link to the other Project Nursery posts: Inspiring Rooms, Striping an Accent Wall and the Before Pictures.

PS Don’t forget to enter the Tiny Prints (for adorable Holiday cards and other invites/announcements) giveaway! Ends tonight!

Psst… Have You Heard of Craigseasy?

We’re huge fans of Craigslist over here – I mean HUGE fans. Over the years we’ve purchased a great PB bed & dresser, our super sturdy living room bookcases, my favorite dining room ladder bookshelves, all of our kitchen appliances (range, dishwasher, fridge – even the sink), several area rugs and dozens of tools. We even found Kevin’s truck and our MacGregor sailboat from the favorite site.

But what’s the one thing that has always driven me completely bonkers with this super nifty, garage-sale-on-steroids tool? The fact that the developers haven’t added a super nifty sort feature by image to help with delving through piles and piles of listings. When Craigslook came about a while back I had found my answer – but then they were shut down.

Craigseasy, craigslook, craigslist tool

Enter Craigseasy! This new tool allows you to scroll through the images of listings quickly without having to open each post, so you can hunt down that vintage settee or over-sized mirror in a couple of minutes rather than the countless hours it used to take to open the hundreds of different links individually.

Big thank you to Three Men & a Lady for letting me in on this little secret! Next up on the Craigseasy search is a changing table to makeover for the nursery and a big comfy chair to reupholster for our bedroom…

*Tiny Prints* Holiday Card Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Earlier this week I shared a few of my favorite Tiny Prints designs for our 2010 Christmas cards, and Tiny Prints has followed up with an offer to host a $50 giveaway for one of PDB’s readers!

Here’s the final design that we chose. I love the circular shape of the cards, the modern print and the great colors:

Tiny Prints, Maternity Christmas Cards

But they have a ton of terrific designs to choose from – and if you already have your Christmas cards in order, use your credit for birthday, wedding or shower invites (or even baby announcements! We’ll be in need of those soon…).

Tiny Prints Giveaway, Christmas Cards, Holiday Cards

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Tiny Prints is offering a $50 credit towards any cards/products on the site!

To Enter: Please visit Tiny Prints and leave a comment here sharing your favorite design or card. For extra fun, share whether you traditionally send holiday cards (before or after the holidays) and how you choose the photos!
For Additional Entries: Become a fan of PDB or Tiny Prints on Facebook! Be sure to leave a separate comment here for each letting us know you are already a fan or currently added either page.

Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 1 at midnight PST, winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day. Good luck!

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