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The BIG Plans for Faye’s Nursery

I made the large letter art for Faye’s nursery (easiest, cheap tutorial right here) shortly before she was born and it’s been such a defining part of her room. But this weekend, we took it down to make room for something new… EEeee! We’re spilling a few more details including how long it took us this time, how I told Chris, and even talking baby names in this week’s podcast.   Ps. After a lot of questions, my jeans are these (I have them in 2 washes and I want more!) and my top is from here. 

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Nursery Mood Board: If Faye were a Boy

I recently found a private pinboard I completely forgot about. It was the start of a nursery for a little baby BOY! I started it before we found out Faye was a little girl and I was so certain we were going to have a boy. Ha! So much for intuition. We couldn’t be happier with how Faye’s room turned out, but if she were a he, it might have looked more like this. 1. Loch Awe print 2. Globe Mobile 3. Flush Mount 4. Crib 5. Striped Crib Sheet 6. Throw Pillow 7. Area Rug 8. Dresser 9. Ink Blue Graham Glider 10. Insignia Pillow 11. Striped Kilim Pillow It’s similar to the vibe of Faye’s nursery–calming, sophsticated, with a touch of charm–but more masculine. Things like the shelf of baskets and books, and even her current curtains would work well in this space, too. We even have the same glider…

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Some Great! (and a couple not-so-great) Children’s Books

When we showed Faye’s room last week, a few of you (it may have been on Instagram) asked about what books we’re loving these days especially when you saw the book ledges in her room. We have children’s books spread out in three or four different places in the house–in the nursery, there’s a stack in the reading room, downstairs with the games and a couple in Greta’s room–but since Faye came along, we’ve been doing most of our reading in here. I rotate books a lot because Greta seems to constantly pick the same ones for me to read to her and variety is the spice of life, as it were. In fact, I have hid two particular books because not only can I not stand to read them one more time, I also plain don’t like these books: Run, run run from these books! Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel…

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Easy “Chalkboard” Basket Labels

A couple of you asked about the chalkboard labels on the extra storage baskets when we showed you Faye’s nursery last week. I added the labels to help me identify what’s in them (naturally) but also to bring a cohesiveness to the mismatched baskets. Also, the truth is, they aren’t chalkboards at all and they were cheap, fast and easy to make. All you need is some black card stock cut into whatever label shape you want. I had these that were pre-cut into rounded rectangles so I just went with that. A white paint pen. And some mini brads. (I found all of these from our local craft store.) Write your labels–I like doing this as fast as possible so it looks natural and not overly stylized. Poke a little brad through the card stock (you may need to pre-poke with a pin or needle) and stick it right into…

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Faye’s Nursery Reveal!

We finally finished the nursery and are excited to share a lot of photos with you today! It’s hard to believe we started working on the this room back in December and here we are five months later with a one month old. This room is a great mix of DIY projects (like the huge letter art, the fluffy ottoman, and amping up an Ikea Tarva dresser), a couple splurge pieces, and some repurposed pieces, too (our photo ledges from our last house are now used for lots of children’s books and we even painted Greta’s old crib)! When I put together the mood board for this room, I really wanted the finished space to be charming and sophisticated and I think it is just that. It’s a place I enjoy being in, but charming enough for our little girl, too. We’ve posted about the whole process along the way,…

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A Nursery Update and The Graham Glider Review

The nursery is still progressing at snail speed, but even at that rate we should finish it up this weekend and hope to have lots of pictures for you by the beginning of next week. I am sticking to my goal of hanging one thing a day (lofty, I know!) and this week I’ve hung a couple prints, some infamous blogger book ledges and the sweetest mobile. This mobile was in the original mood board and it didn’t disappoint when it arrived several weeks ago. So, so charming. I’m so glad we finally got it up, even if little Faye can’t see that far yet. Another thing that arrived several weeks ago is the glider we decided on. Way back in February, I posted about a bunch of different gliders and rockers at every price point, and the one we ended up purchasing–the Graham glider from West Elm–actually wasn’t even…

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Here Comes The Sun

In case you missed our last post, or the dozens of recent instagrams of #sweetbabyfaye, I’ve been in newborn la-la-land for the past 2 weeks. All the days run together now and dust has been collecting on my laptop. I’ve opened it twice in the past two weeks. The first time I had all intentions of blogging, but I got overwhelmed by email–still catching up there, sit tight!–and then yesterday, after 5 sporadic hours of sleep throughout the night–I actually felt rested enough to give it another go. It’s pretty amazing how my body has adapted to an average of 3 hours of sleep a night while we work on getting Faye’s schedule switched around. I don’t have a lot of energy, but I can function enough to take care of Greta and Faye and, really, not much else feels important these days. Greta made me a mother, but for…

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Installing Baseboards in the Nursery

Are we behind on the nursery? Ha! With Greta, we had her nursery ready with 2 months to spare. We’re down to a week over here and we still haven’t put the crib back together since moving our furniture back up last week. We’re buckling down this week to get it done hopefully before she arrives. First on our to-do list, before we could get to more fun things, was installing baseboards. When we tore out all of the floors, the teeny 2 3/4″-3″ (varying from room to room) baseboards throughout the first floor went with them. Although we plan on tackling this project a little at a time on the main floor, we knew we wanted to install them in the nursery before our kitten gets here. In our opinion, our standard height 8′ ceilings wouldn’t accommodate really tall baseboards that we’re generally drawn to, so we went to Home Depot looking…

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A Flowery Light for the Nursery

We took a one day break from the floors to recoup, raise morale, and catch our breath. Even though the knee-pads had a rest, the light for baby Lemon (Greta’s name for her little sister) arrived and we were anxious to get it up and get this tinged glass boob light outta there. You may remember from the mood board I put together a couple months ago, I had my eye on this flower drum shade from Shades of Light. It comes in two colors–white and off-white. And while I was keen on the pure white, the off-white came with antique brass trim and the white came with satin nickel. We have a few gold touches sprinkled throughout the room like her giant letter art, and the recently revamped ottoman–so that’s definitely the direction we wanted to go over satin nickel. But, BUT, a small little finial’s color is easier…

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A Glider and a Revamped Ottoman

Last week our glider for the nursery arrived! I shared several I was deciding between here and ended up going with one I didn’t list–the Graham glider from West Elm. I almost went with the Sweep Swivel chair that I depicted, but after learning it just swiveled and didn’t glide, I decided on the Graham in Dove Gray. Sadly, we can’t unwrap it just yet because of our flooring project, but the chair is a good size and nice, warm and soft gray that can transition to any other room down the line. I pulled the trigger during President’s day, so I got a screaming deal on it–which is always a perk. I opted out of the matching ottoman for a couple reasons. First, matchy matchy. But also, I don’t particularly like gliding ottomans. I prefer something to ground myself–something stationary I can push off of. Aaanndd, I already found…

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