*New Mama Giveaway* Winner

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Congrats to Natalie A. on winning the New Mama Giveaway! And a big thank you to everyone who entered!

“We just had our third baby! So, I have lots of opinions on great things to have! For babies: a good sleep sack (or like three of them!). For teethers that eat solids: a mesh bag that you can put frozen fruit in. For babies learning to walk: those leg warmers to protect their precious baby skin. And for the older kids: one of those nightlights that they can take to bed with them safely. Thanks for the fab giveaway!” – Natalie

Thanks for your great tips! I love the idea of a nightlight that can be carried and I definitely agree on the sleep sack, mesh bags and leg warmers!

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Friday Guest Blog Interview: Copy Cat Chic

I’m letting you all in on one of the best kept design secrets on the web today… a blog completely dedicated to finding style for less, and showcasing daily designer finds and their near comparison at a great discount!

Reichel of Copy Cat Chic is one of my favorite daily reads (I recommend subscribing ;)) and I always look forward to the latest steals. I’ve searched the archives more than once to seek out a rug or chair for a room, and it’s a happy day when that House Beautiful desk you spotted can be found for a 1/3 of the price!

A few examples of daily posts: expensive version on the left, equally stylish but much more wallet-friendly option on the right.

In addition, she’s a new mommy to adorable Arden who’s just a few months behind Liv (love the weekly photos she posts of her little one in her latest outfits) and Reichel creates beautiful style boards for complete rooms that are full of inspiration (an example after the jump).

I was delighted Reichel wanted to share a few of her own design secrets and tips today, and I think you’ll like the well-thought out interview answers that follow.

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Project Nursery: Finished!

They say rooms evolve and that they take patience… but I didn’t believe it ;). When I was seven months pregnant we began Project Nursery and I expected to finish just shortly after Liv’s arrival (we didn’t know if she was a girl or boy so I figured we’d save the more gender-specific accenting until after). Seven months later and I’m on board with the theory – Liv will be five months old tomorrow! Wow how time flies.

But yippee! It’s done! So so happy with how the nursery has turned out and how it has evolved with time.

Here’s a wide angle look at the room as you enter from the doorway. Jennifer from Papaya Sky snapped these pictures for me, and as usual they’re amazing .

Modern, Contemporary, DIY, Makeover Nursery, Do It Yourself

A quick refresher on the before-we-moved-in (the owners took the furniture with them and pulled up the carpet before they left):

Here are a few different angles of the room, I love the beautiful painted tree and animals by Kevin’s Aunt and Mom. Other favorite projects include the nursery glider updated with a modern print and the made over changing table:

The new pendant light is one of my favorite additions!

I used fabric from Thibaut to decorate nearly the entire room. Projects that I couldn’t do on my own family with much craftier skills helped with, such as these adorable bumpers. I created a super simple DIY crib skirt out of the same fabric.

A few more detailed close ups:

Liv’s handmade felt mobile that I spent many a car trip on:

On the opposite wall, the bookcase with its new fabric backing, handmade basket liners and framed clothing art:

Our dog, Bodie enjoys the room almost as much as Liv – I’ll find him napping on the carpet or sitting besides the crib while she’s sleeping.

I think Liv really loves it too :).

And to think the room all started with this inspiration board last November!

Plenty has changed over the course of seven months but I think the general theme and feel is roughly the same.

So much time, hard work and love has gone into this room – it’s so special to both of us!

Modern, Contemporary, DIY, Makeover Nursery, Do It Yourself

Here’s a breakdown of every project from the nursery:

No Sew Fabric Pennant
aby clothing art
Handmade butterfly mobile
DIY crib skirt

Basket liners part 1
part 2
The glider makeover
Recovering an ottoman
Sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, part 3

Curtain fabric selection
Nursery fabric board
Rocking horse find
New pendant light
New sconce lighting

Vintage wall art addition

Changing table makeover

Nursery wall striping tutorial

Painted animal project

The initial
inspiration board breakdown
before pictures


Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite baby products for the New Mama giveaway! I learned about everything from new books, iphone apps, high chairs, the Sophie giraffe and baby food websites – and couldn’t agree more with moms who love the Moby, Babywise book, swings, bouncers, Baby Gap socks, muslin blankets and the miracle blanket!

Don’t forget to enter for over $350 worth of Mom goodies (makes for great shower gifts, too!).

On to the guest bathroom and new office next!

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