This Must Be The Place

nursery-2At long, long last I get to share with you, dear readers, our baby’s little habitat. I mentioned in my post about the original mood board that I started dreaming and scheming about the nursery since day 1, literally (well, not literally, but since the day I got the positive test). There were just so many little details I wanted to get right before I let myself loose with the camera. And while the baby will not care about any of this, sure, it was important that this was also a space where mom and dad felt cozy and relaxed too, since we’ll be spending a ton of time in here. And, let me tell you, it’s cozy as hell in here.

I scoured blogs and instagram and pinterest to find the right sort of inspiration for this room. I wanted something cozy, modern, bright, warm, woodsy and a bit whimsical. When you first start out trying to design a space, it’s overwhelming. How do people find all these different things? It takes a while. You’d be surprised how many resources there are for more design-oriented parents, but it takes digging, and yes, it is a little pricier. But, all in the name of beauty and taste. Most of these furniture pieces can be repurposed throughout the years, and in other rooms in the house, except for possibly the crib, which is pretty much just for babies. nursery-1nursery-15nursery-14nursery-8nursery-9

Crib: IKEA, Sheet: Kid Wild, Teddy Bear: Amazon, Bunting: Ferm Living,
Tree Banner: Etsy, Bear Mobile: Hand-Me-Down, Knit Blanket: H&M,
Wrap: SollyBaby

You can see the “bear” theme is evident throughout. I figure, bears are cute, bears are woodsy, the cat is a bear… It just makes sense. nursery-3nursery-5nursery-12nursery-6More bears! Finding a suitable rocker/glider was tough. It’s quite hard to find one that is modern and stylish while also still functional. I really wanted the Sleepytime Rocker from Nursery Works for a long time but everything we heard about it pointed to it being way too short, and Alan and I both would like to be able to lean back and relax when rocking the baby. So, that was out. It took a couple trips to the local baby store and trying a bunch out before we finally settled on one. We had to special order it to get the right fabric and leg combination, and I didn’t think a rocking ottoman was necessary (it’s not necessary, but it’s suuuuuuper good), but all my fears dissipated once that thing was delivered. Sometimes I just go sit in it, and magically all my hip and back pain disappear!

Chair and Ottoman: Dutailier, Blanket: Land of Nod, Alphabet Print: Rifle Paper Co.,
Nursing Pillow: Land of Nod, Floor Lamp: IKEA, Side Table: IKEA, Bear Teether: Amazon,
House Bookstand: Umbra, Sheepskin: IKEA, Rug: Rugs USA

nursery-10The curtains were the very last thing to go up. We already installed a blackout shade back when this was the guest room, so this is more decorative than functional, but I found these finials on Urban Outfitters and got them before we had a rod or curtains. When we went to Target to find a rod we could fit them to, I saw this much simpler arrow curtain rod (that reminded me a lot of Skyrim weirdly). Arrow imagery just seemed fitting, as they fall into a special venn diagram of my interests including medieval weaponry and outdoor/rustic symbols. And for whatever reason arrows are extremely popular for baby textile design. PLUS, I have a tiny arrow tattoo on my right wrist. White girl stuff.

Curtains, Rod & Rings: Target

nursery-7The changing table/dresser was such a thing. In my mood board I had originally picked out the Lolly dresser from Babyletto. But because I created a monster in Alan, he felt that the legs didn’t really go with any of the other furniture pieces, so he suggested the Hudson, which had angular legs like our chair would (he even asked me to mock up a chair and make a new mood board, bless him!). Once I saw it for myself, I was like, OK, this dresser can work. When we got it though, the tone of the wood was way different than on the website. In person it was more washed and pinkish whereas online it’s clearly a warm, natural wood. We were determined that this was the dresser we wanted though, and Babyletto kindly sent us another dresser, after being unable to determine why there should be a difference, and also unable to tell for themselves if the wood looks different in person (it absolutely does). You might not be able to tell in this photo, because of the way I processed it, but it’s certainly a lighter wood tone than the rest of the wood tones in the room. This whole paragraph makes me sound crazy. But anyway, the new one they sent was also wrong, so we got refunded and go to keep the dresser. I am not complaining anymore.

Dresser: Babyletto, Changing Pad: Keekaroo, Wipes Container: Luminaire

nursery-25This side of the room has a lot more of that whimsy that I mentioned before. I have to keep pointing this out to people, but I’m not an ogre who hates color. I was given a lot of grief (most of it good natured) about my preference for gender neutral, and particularly the color gray. I certainly love it for myself, but I also understand that a child should have a bit of playfulness and color in their surroundings. What I hate about kid stuff specifically is ultra heteronormative clothing that enforce gender stereotypes; things that say stuff like “mommy’s princess” or “daddy’s tough guy”. Puke. I personally find it weird when infants get dressed like tiny ballerinas. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, THAT’S MY PROBLEM ALRIGHT. Gender neutral is not only a “fashion” thing for me, but it’s just practical. If my next baby is of a different sex than this first one, I’ll be -bam- right there with all the clothing and decor necessary. No blue, no pink, no thank yeh.nursery-19nursery-20It was also important for us to cultivate a little collection of wooden toys (in bright colors, even!) and simple books that emphasize design and early development (I was pleasantly surprised to find so many wonderful little books that met these standards). I plan to sit down with Simplicity Parenting when I get the chance, but until then I’ve tried to implement a few of those philosophies preemptively, by keeping the amount of stimuli to a minimum. And sure, for the first 5 months or so, baby won’t be doing much, but I figure start it out early. I really love things, but I hate stuff. nursery-23nursery-22NURSERY-18.jpg

Bookcase: Oeuf, Hobbit Print: Bodleian Library, Dowel Frame: Urban Outfitters, Abacus: IKEA, Skwish Rattle: Amazon, Bunny: Jellycat, Fox Rattle: Etsy, Moccasins: Old Navy,
Campsite Night Light: Land of Nod, Molecule Set: Ferm Living (no longer available),
Polar Bear: NWF, Woodlands Art Cards: Wee Gallery (via Amazon), Stacking Tree: Amazon,
Wooden Forest Scene: Etsy, Rainbow Stacker: Amazon, Sheepskin Booties: Minnetonka Moccasins,
Books: Amazon, B&N, Etc…

nursery-27nursery-16nursery-17I’m not sure how the coat rack will work once the kid is big enough to put away clothes. It’s kinda lower down (relative to Alan and me), but still pretty high up for a kid. I have no answers. For now it’s just a precious little detail where I can hang this little bear suit and bear sweater and bear hat. Bears!!

Hang-It-All: Eames (via Craigslist), Rope Basket: Land of Nod, Moose: IKEA,
Quilted Play Mat: NatureBaby, Tree Blanket: Fine Little Day, Art Print: EightHourDay


Diaper Bag: OneDuo, Bouncer: Baby Bjorn

nursery-29I’m very excited to start using this room for its intended purposes. Reading books, nursing, changing diapers… This room doesn’t mean much without a baby inside to use it. Any day now, baby… Aaaany day.

Five Years



Today marks 5 years since we closed on our house. I can’t believe I’ve lived in this house since I was 23! The weekend we moved in we were able to unpack some whole rooms and others never got totally unpacked (the guest room, for example, became a dumping ground for every unwanted thing and weird decoration until it eventually was designated as the nursery this year). The photo above and a few others of lesser quality are ones I took during our appraisal. While we haven’t changed much structurally, we’ve put a lot of love into this house over the last 5 years and really made it our own.


Kitchen/Kitchen nook c. 2011


c. 2016


Living room, c. 2011


c. 2016


Dining/Living, c. 2011


c. 2016


Dining Room, c. 2011


c. 2016


Main bathroom, c. 2011


c. 2016


Master Bedroom, c. 2011


c. 2016


Sad basement, c. 2011


c. 2016


Back yard, c. 2011


c. 2016

In The Bedroom

While going through my laptop recently I opened a forgotten folder titled “bedroom makeover” that I’d created back in the winter. Our bedroom (not pictured) was the first room in our house that we attempted to gussy up, and it didn’t work out super well. There is molding around the center of the wall, and we decided as a team that the walls should be two-toned. Alan originally suggested white on top and dark blue on bottom. I wish we’d gone that route. Instead our room is two shades of stormy blue, which sounds nice, but it’s very dark and dour much of the time. It’s also a small room with a large bed, and four tiny Ikea dressers. Ugh. It depresses me. So I made some moodboards – still following the blue theme, because not every room can be black and white, but brighter! And fancier! I did a few variations, all with a few of the same objects — kind of like the “Making it Yours” feature on Making It Lovely. Moodboards are such fun: BEDROOM1

It’s got some brass fixtures which isn’t really my thing, but I like the look. Plus, it would be a good opportunity to match up the master bathroom as well. Lamp, Ocean Print, Leaf Poster, Pillow, Curtains, Drawer, Knobs, Deer Hook, Bed, Duvet CoverHumidifier, Rug.

It’s bright, nature-y and a touch whimsical. Also, I have not found a better place for cooler hooks and knobs. BEDROOM_3

A slightly different version: Just a different lamp and hook, and with the addition of this charming candleBEDROOM_2And then, boom! Blue dresser, which I think would be really lovely and dramatic. Blue is the most calming color, and it makes sense that you’d want your bedroom to be outfitted in it. Grays, neutrals and blues for a grown up bedroom.

House Tour: The Basement

BASEMENT-1“Basement” seems is a cold and unfeeling word, which doesn’t describe this part of this house, in which we spend roughly 70% of our waking hours. It’s like a little chalet, or a lounge, or a den. It’s very much original to the house, with the brick fireplace, built-in bar and wood paneling everywhere (we believe there was a shuffleboard court once [it’s a real thing], but it got carpeted over). This room has also made the most dramatic change (in a house where there has been little, if any, structural change). I wish I would’ve taken progress photos over the years, but luckily I have some (appropriately shitty) photos I took when we had our appraisal done… Over 4 years ago. (Our house birthday was September 9. Woo!). Read more ›

The Bathroom

BATHROOM-2Whoa, welcome to a new room of the house! And it’s so glamorous too. The main bathroom. I say “main” because we also have a ‘master bathroom’ in our bedroom, and one in the basement as well (which is gross, but it has a shower, credit to it), full disclosure… Anyway. I’ve never had a *huge* problem with the bathroom. We basically decided that doing a full scale remodel (meaning, new tiling, new fixtures, new sink, everything) was unlikely. This room feels very outdated though. It’s covered in beige-y tiles and light tan paint. Who ever thought that was a good idea?BATHROOM-4BATHROOM-5The most cool thing in there right now is this little modern tree branch hook I got from the container store a while ago (looks like they don’t have it anymore). I will allow it to stay.bathroom-1l I’m thinking of going this direction, which is sort of an extreme departure from the rest of the house! This is more whimsical and rustic than the scandinavian-modern-minimalist thing I tend to go for otherwise (although as I was breezing through the living room today, it’s sort of a combination of both). But… I found that Mountain Shelf on the Urban Outfitters website recently and I immediately knew I had to have it. So I brainstormed with Alan about where it could go. We suggested a myriad of places, and he mentioned the bathroom. Hm. Sure! So it’s really the shelf that has inspired this whole post. But also, let’s be real. I’m itching to get some home projects done. And as I’m not very handy, making cosmetic changes will go a long way to improve the feel and energy of the house. No need to do that much.

Rug: Target, Shelf: Urban Outfitters, Shower Curtain: Restoration Hardware, Brushed Nickel shower rod and hook: Target, Woodgrain towels: West Elm, Smoke & Musk scented candle: Earl of East London, “Falling Snow” paint color: Behr, Sleeping Fox Print: Society 6, and Sleeping Fox drawer pull! Anthropologie.

Looks like I got my work cut out for me this weekend. Have a good one!

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