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 some reason–it really hit me when Faye came. I am feeling so motherly in the best way.
We were planning on finishing up the nursery the week Faye arrived (she was a week early) and now, we are piecing things together bit by bit. It’s slower, of course, but we’re making some nice progress in there and now that I am spending so much time in the room, I’ve been able to really study every bare wall (boring. boring. boring.) and I’ve tweaked a few things and plans for the better, I think.
I swapped out the oversized letter print above the crib (still hanging in the room–just elsewhere), for this really pretty, large, sunburst mirror. It feels appropriate to talk about the curtains first though, because they came first and inspired the mirror. This is the sunniest room in the house (well-suited for sunbursts, I guess!) and I didn’t want to lose that lightness and brightness, but, a baby does need to sleep in here. Preferably for long hours–ha! The large window had no blinds or curtains to begin with so I was working with a blank slate and I was truly stumped when it came to window treatments. With white walls, I felt like the room needed some sort of color or pattern but I didn’t want to lose the airy, bright, peaceful feeling it was currently sporting. I came across these Nate Berkus for Target window panels and I never ordered anything faster. The room is already adorned with metallic gold accents, so the woven cream curtains with little metallic sunbursts (I am not sure they are intentionally sunbursts, but when they arrived–they looked like little sunbursts to me) felt really perfect. Fortunately, they came in a 95″ length so I could hang them nice and high, too.
Obviously these practically sheer panels weren’t going to do much for blocking light and helping sweet baby Faye sleep, so we paired them with a plain white vinyl roller shade (ordered here) after debating between a bunch of options. In the end, the blackout vinyl won because it would: 1. Block the most light. We even opted for an outside mount so we wouldn’t get any light slits coming through the sides. 2. Keep the window uncovered during the day. The windows in our home are quite beautiful and we love a clear shot of them when possible. 3. Didn’t require any sort of cord or chain which felt the safest. It just springs up with a little tug.
I was worried that even though the vinyl blackout shade made the most sense, even monetarily, it would look cheap. But, to our pleasant surprise, it pretty much blends right in with the window molding when not in use.
And here’s where the post comes full circle. After the window treatments were in place, and I stared and stared and stared at them and the walls, and knew a sunburst mirror over the crib had to happen. I loved the slight patina color, scale (about 3′ in all directions) and shape of this one from Wayfair and it was here 4 days later.
I love the relationship between the mirror and the curtains. It’s subtle and not really theme-y, but intentional–which is a nice place to be.
We still have several things to track down and finish up before we can mark this room as finished and let the newborn enjoy it (that’s a joke–she couldn’t care less). A side table and lamp. A crib skirt. Adding a dimmer switch. Filling a couple more walls with books and art. And whatever else I can think up at 3am.