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

Project Nursery: Changing it Up

We’ve been on the search for a changing table for some time. Since the rest of the furniture in the nursery is a bit more traditional and boxy in style, I thought it would be fun to find a piece with softer lines, such as this Jenny Lind changing table:

Jenny Lind Changing Table, Red, Modern Contemporary Nursery Furniture, DIY, Painting, Decor Inspiration Design Decoration

I searched and searched… and being the great price it already is on Amazon was near tempted to purchase, when it popped up on Craigslist one day for just $25!

And so home with us it came and very soon after received a coat of rust red paint. There aren’t many spray paint color options out there so this little combo is actually Valspar’s primer (which conveniently is a rust color) covered by Valspar’s clear satin to provide that shine and function as the top coat of the primer.

Jenny Lind Changing Table, Red, Modern Contemporary Nursery Furniture, DIY, Painting, Decor Inspiration Design Decoration

After testing in a few places we felt pretty confident that skipping the sanding process would not interfere with how the paint would adhere to the surface. I’d recommend a light buffing with rough sand paper to be sure the wood is paint-ready though. The changing table stayed painted and ready outside for a full weekend so the fumes had a chance to dissipate long before it was brought inside.

The original inspiration board for the room included browns and reds, but with the addition of the awesome animals on the walls (see more on that project here), the bright brick red we had originally envisioned transformed to a rusty, less saturated version of primary red to match.

Jenny Lind Changing Table, Red, Modern Contemporary Nursery Furniture, DIY, Painting, Decor Inspiration Design Decoration

Now the table works into the palette and looks great with Mr. Owl! (That awkward sconce/light is about to undergo it’s own diy project… it won’t be staying like that).

Next up was finding baskets to sort all of the changing table goodies. Anyone who has hunted down the right sized baskets for a space can attest that it’s pretty tricky! I checked out all of the usual hot spots: Target, Ikea, Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshalls, Kohls… you name it. Finally I took my measurements to the net and found this set on Amazon. I think it might be fun to make new patterned liners one day but for now the baskets do their job quite well:

Jenny Lind Changing Table, Red, Modern Contemporary Nursery Furniture, DIY, Painting, Decor Inspiration Design Decoration

The room has received several more updates such as the new base board that Kevin installed and a white rug that helps to balance and soften the space. We’re almost there!

Today’s my official due date but babe is still very content and happily curled up in his/her space so we have even more time to build up the nursery in anticipation of the big arrival. We plan on keeping little one in a co-sleeper for the first couple of months in our bedroom anyhow, so even if he/she arrives tomorrow we are more than ready to go.

New Year’s Eve Party Inspiration

There are so many inspiring ideas out there for New Year’s Eve! If you’re planning on throwing a dinner or late-night bash, here’s a round up of a few of my favorites. They may not all be designed for New Years (some of the tablescapes are from weddings and photoshoots) but the colors and diy ideas are beautiful.

New Year's Eve Dessert Bar Entertaining, Inspiration, Decor, Decoration,Teal, Black White Turquoise Cookies Dessert Buffet

Sandra from The White Library recently sent over the above Winter Wonderful New Year’s Eve dessert bar. The entire table is so fun but my favorite is the paper lined party trays – what a great idea!

New Year's Eve Modern Contemporary Dinner Party Inspiration Decor Decoration, Glitter, Shiny, pink, green gold

The above Style Me Pretty photoshoot is the perfect combination of a little dash of Christmas filled in with a whole lot of glittery New Years. A dinner party focused on soothing colors such as green, pink and gold would be oh-so-lovely.

This Glitter and Snow themed celebration was sent over by Bird from Bird’s Party. I adore the little details that make this black & white party so special – from the mini glitter disco balls to the cute labels it’s a classic way to ring in the New Year.

New Year's Eve Modern Contemporary Dinner Party Inspiration Decor Decoration, Glitter, Shiny, Black White Silver

This Kate Spade-inspired shoot could easily be modified to create a beautiful New Year’s Eve party. How great are the colors?

New Year's Eve New Years Modern Contemporary Dinner Party Inspiration Decor Decoration, Glitter, Shiny, purple, White, pink silver

I think if I had to pick a theme for a dinner party at our house I would lean towards a rich peacock blue with vintage silver accents setting like this inspirational photoshoot (found here at SMP).

New Year's Eve Modern Contemporary Dinner Party Inspiration Decor Decoration, Glitter, Shiny, peacock blue, silver, teal, turquoise

Finally, The Couture Cakery designed a damask-themed dessert table and party (shared recenty at HWTM) that pulls in big white feathers and bold prints perfect for the holiday!

New Year's Eve Modern Contemporary Dinner Party Inspiration Decor Decoration, Glitter, Shiny, purple, White, pink silver

There you have it, five themes to inspire for the final days of 2010! I’m always so surprised at how quickly the week between Christmas and New Years flies by…

Sequins, Sequins and… More Sparkly Things

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was very low key – we enjoyed a delicious Christmas Eve meal with family, went to Mass to celebrate the Reason for the Season and checked out Christmas lights around town. On Christmas day we slept in, enjoyed a delicious brunch by Kevin and opened presents with family – an afternoon walk and a trip to the movies (maybe our last for a while?) capped off the perfect day!

This weekend has already been pretty productive when it comes to home updates – we had electricians over all day yesterday installing lights and outlets in the new guestroom/office while Kevin cleared up the ceilings (being an old kitchen, there were plenty of gas lines and the like).

Meanwhile… my mind has already begun to wander to our next big holiday. And when I think of New Year’s Eve, all that glitters is what comes to mind!

New Year's Eve Outfit Inspiration, Wardrobe, Style Board, Ideas, Inspire, Sequin, Party, Celebration

While I may not get to partake in the skinny jeans and sheer dress look this coming weekend, I’ve been inspired by a couple of New Year’s Eve wardrobe ideas (here’s a link to the entire list of style boards). I can’t think of a better reason to embrace sequins, sparkles and glitter!

Two looks that I’m especially drawn to:

A Casual Dinner Out: I’m loving the above white sequin top for so many reasons, especially that casual/comfy shape that looks so great when paired with skinny jeans. These Report flats are spot-on in price and would add that little something to outfits throughout the year.

New Year's Eve Outfit Inspiration, Wardrobe, Style Board, Ideas, Inspire, Sequin, Party, Celebration

Downtown with Friends: These semi-low booties would be the perfect pair for walking the streets of downtown with friends for the final countdown. Whether it’s bar hopping or setting up shop at one favorite locale, I love this shear little dress and glittery clutch.

To track down any of these finds and see pricing info, check out the slideshow here.

This weekend you’ll likely find me uber pregnant and curled up on the couch with hubby and Martinellis enjoying the last few days of Christmas decor around the house, but here’s to dreaming of a sparkly, glittery night welcoming in the new year!

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