Friday, November 23, 2012

{Decorating} Baby Girl Nursery

On November 13, 2012 my husband and I welcomed our second child, Drew Rebecca. A little girl. A daughter of my very own. A healthy and beautiful baby. We are soooo BLESSED!

Her nursery is complete for the most part, and I thought I'd share. We moved Drew into my son's old nursery and basically kept it almost exactly as it was. I chose a soft blue and white for Dean's nursery almost three years ago now, and I figured if I had a girl, I would add in some light and dark pinks and if I had a boy, I would freshen it up by adding in some celery green. I know I will be doing a "big girl" room in a few years and changing it all again, so it just made sense to make minimal changes at this point.

Here are the details...

Let's start with bedding. I kept my son's simple pique white and pale blue bedding from Pottery Barn Kids and changed out the sheet for something with a little pink {also from PBK}. I found the dark pink chevron lumbar pillow at HomeGoods and snatched it up.

Drew just had her newborn pictures taken last weekend by Karen Carpenter Photography, so once I place my order, I will swap out the newborn pics of her brother that are currently there ;-} I hung a super simple mini crystal chandelier over the shelf, and I just love it. I've had this chandelier for a long time and used it in my office/craft room, and even in the bedroom of my first apartment. I knew it would be sweet in a nursery one day if I had a little girl.

I hung a fabric bunting I made from the old windows that serve as a backdrop for the picture frames. And I found a pink fan at HomeGoods that I added to the shelf.

The leaning ladder shelf holds my sprinkle invitation, an owl and the initial "D" which I spray painted pink, and some personalized nursery art. I have to finish up Drew's stats and once complete, it will fill the empty frame.

I also bought Drew's big brother a new navy airplane piggy bank for Christmas, so she could keep the pale blue piggy in her room ;-}

I purchased a new pale pink changing table cover from Target and recovered the four canvases above the changing table/dresser with the same inexpensive fabric I used to make the bunting.

My favorite part of the entire nursery is the butterfly and crystal mobile hanging just beyond the crib. I ordered this from PBK, and it's STUNNING in person. I wanted it to hang over the crib; however, it's quite large and hangs down pretty low. Baby girl would have this ripped to pieces as soon as she could stand if it was over the crib and within her reach ;-}

The entire mobile is made of white and pink butterflies with little crystals -- so girly and pretty! The picture does not do it justice at all. My niece, Maura Kate, will also have one of these hanging in her soon-to-be bedroom. Did I mention my sister and her family moved home from Virginia in August and just bought a house less than five minutes from me?! We are practically neighbors!

That's a wrap! I addeded some pretty pink details into my girl's new room for less than $200, and I am actually loving the pale blue with pinks incorporated. Now I better get saving for a big girl room ;-}

Friday, November 16, 2012

{Home} A Few Updates on the Home Front...

Hello there! It's been quite a while since I've updated my blog, so I thought it might be fun to give ya'll a little peak at some of the projects/home updates we've accomplished in the last few months.

Let's start with the framed chalkboard that now sits on my dining room buffet {not so much a project but more of a purchase ;-}. I spotted this framed chalkboard in PB and had been admiring it for a long time, BUT it was $100 :-( That's a lot more than I wanted to spend, so I started keeping my eyes peeled every time I went to TJ Maxx and/or Home Goods. Thankfully, last week I found one for...$25. SCORE!

Next up...curtains. I contemplated buying all new curtains for my family and dining rooms; however, I wasn't really finding anything that I loved all that much. So, I decided to simply move the curtain rods up above the trim {a major design fopa I made upon installing the rods was they were much too low} and adding curtain rings to give them a little more length and change their overall look just a tad.

Moving the rods up above the trim made a huge difference in our family room especially! I also updated the pillows on the bench by nixing the turquoise and incorporating gray.

Next: simple upstairs gallery wall. I recently added a big, thick stripe on the wall with some of my favorite IKEA frames. I can't wait to fill these with pics of my son and new baby GIRL after Karen Carpenter Photography takes their pictures this weekend!

This summer my hubby added two small frames in our kitchen to display some of our son's artwork. I would love to have more space for a larger "kiddie art gallery" but not in this house ;-}

Lastly, I finished my son's little book nook in his big boy bedroom by adding the word READ to a small space on the wall. Complete! Now it's time to work on my daughter's nursery!

**My baby girl, Drew Rebecca, was born on November 13th. She is PRECIOUS, and we are feeling so blessed! Pics and nursery details soon!