Little Miss Charlotte’s Nursery is complete!

So this is a way past due post, I know!  A lot of work, love and time has been spent in the design of the room, but we loved the way that it came out!  Miss C is sleeping next to me as I write this!  I remember sitting in her room before she came and just day dreaming about holding her and rocking her in her room, watching her sleep, and changing all of those diapers!  Now that she is here, it’s such an amazing feeling to have her in this space!  It is such a calming place, very whimsical, and it is very organized and functional.

We wanted to create a space that she could grow into, something that wasn’t too childish but fun and interesting for a little one.  I wanted the room to be girly but not in your face girly, modern but classy.  Before we found out that we were having a little girl, I fell in love with a line of fabric, surprise haha!  I have a total fabric addiction, so I wasn’t too shocked, but I hadn’t bought any of it because I didn’t know what I would make with it.  Another shock, because I usually buy fabric that I love in hopes that I will find something to make with it.  I wrote the line down, in hopes that one day I would find something to use it for.  Well, I googled “Mermaid Nursery” in hopes of finding some inspiration.  Everything that I found was all Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  Blah, too expected and not whimsical like I hoped.  I was going through my crafty journal and found it, my saved fabric list!    Sarah Jane Studios designed Out To Sea for Michael Miller Fabrics, and it was everything that I was looking for!  I usually purchase all of my fabrics at fabric.com, I love their selection and prices, and shipping!  I selected a mix of the Deep Sea Jewel and Morning Coral from the collection, as well as a few other prints from Michael Miller to give it a good mix.

Now, some people may think that choosing a fabric line to design the room may be crazy, but I can tell you that it made it so easy for me!  I had a list of which colors and prints in the line that I loved, and from there I chose the paint color for the walls.  After painting some samples on the wall, we chose Kelly Moore Pool Party KM5046-1 for the main wall colors.  I ended up purchasing a few sample colors, which we used to paint some of the other elements in the room.  

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I love the color on the walls!  It is so relaxing and inviting!  Soothing and calming, I have a hard time not getting sleepy in this room!  Dad painted two coats on the wall, and we love it.  Up there on the wall is a shadow box with a fabric pirate map inside that I previously posted about here.   The curtain panels I made using the coordinating fabric, and it gives the room a good pop of pink.  The  comfy glider was from Babies R Us, and the long coral down pillow is Calvin Klein from Home Goods.

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On the left side of the window, is our lovely second had crib with toddler conversion that I bought from my best friend that was used by her girls.  I decided to make her bedding, of course I couldn’t just buy something!  I know that she won’t be using it for quite some time, but I had a vision, and I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out!  I will be doing another post about the quilt in more detail soon!  It is a standard crib size, and I machine quilted large hexies in several different prints.  I was going to make some sheets as well, but found a darling under the sea print from Pottery Barn Kids that I fell in love with, plus who wants to deal with all of that elastic!  The wind chime was a last minute find also at PBK, it has mother of pearl like disks and a beaded pink starfish, when the breeze comes in it has such a soothing sound!  Above the crib is a wooden mermaid that grandma had found one day while cruising Home Goods.  originally, it was a bright barn red.  I had dad paint it with the left over paint sample that we had, and I couldn’t be more happy with that!  We used Kelly Moore Pretty Please KM5446-1.

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This sign has a lot of meaning to me!  My husband surprised me and made this sign and it was presented to me at my baby shower!  My best bud had been in touch with him, and he designed and made it!  So impressed!  We used an old piece of fence boarding, white washed painted it with the Pretty Please pink paint.  He mixed baking soda and Elmer’s glue to make a paste, and he coated the rope, then used tiny sewing pins to nail it into place on the board.  It dried stiff, and has such a great look in the room!

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On the other side of the room, we have our changing stations.  The closed one on the right was a matching piece to the crib, and originally we were just going to use that one and a dresser.  However once we decided to cloth diaper, I quickly realized that we were going to need another area to store and easily access her diapers.  Plus, if we just had the changing pad on top of the closed dresser, where was I going to put all of the other things like wipes and creams?! So this was a perfect solution for us!  I purchased the one on the left at Walmart, it was right around $80 shipped to the house.  I made the changing pad cover, it took forever!  So I just made that one!  I have others of course, but the contouring of the pad made it a little tricky to sew!  It’s really cute, I used the Narwhal print!  All of the baskets on the first shelf are from Home Goods, and the bottom ones I got on clearance at Target.  The baskets on top have all of our covers and inserts.  The bottom bins hold all of the pre-folds and fitted diapers.  I purchased a cheap pop top garbage can from Walmart for our diaper bin.  We love our wipes warmer and white noise machine!  We can plug an iPod into it, and it has a soft blue night-light which helps for late night diaper changes.

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Now, at first I was worried that I wasn’t going to find decor that fit my vision.  I didn’t want cheesy, typical beach things, and I wanted it to be classy but not typical.    The circular swirl mirror was the first find, setting the inspiration for the whole wall.  And for a steal at $26 at Home Goods, it was a perfect match!  Floating shelves were a stream lined way of having just enough decor without it looking cluttered, plus all of the amazing Home Goods finds that I found I had to put somewhere!  I didn’t want to clutter up the top of the changing table, so for $12 each it was a great solution!  Plus they are up high enough to keep little curious hands away!

 

On the far left shelf, I hand embroidered some colorful anchors.  I just did an image search for anchors & coloring pages, and I found a group of several different types of anchors.  Hung it up in a shadow box for a cute hand-made piece of decor.

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On the last wall, we kinda struggled with what to do, as  I had some more art work and hand embroidered items, like the Narwhal  piece that I made.  We struggled with where to put it all, then finally decided that just because I made it wasn’t worth cluttering up the entire room.  So, we kept it simple.  The wall hanging was another, you guessed it, Home Goods find that I picked up during Easter time.  The hurricane vase with a etched “V” was a gift from Pottery Barn, filled with shells.  The lamp, mermaid and star fish frame were all from Home Goods.  During my shower, guests signed the frame for little Miss C!  They both need photos, now that I have a bunch I need to get on that!

 

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Lastly, here is another embroidered piece that I worked on for this space.  My original idea was to make it into a pillow, but it fit perfectly into one of the shadow boxes that I picked up when they were on sale at Joann’s.

I downloaded the pattern from Sarah Jane’s Blog, there are a few other ideas over on her blog, check it out!  

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This space is one that I have dreamed about making for so many years, and I am in love with the way it turned out!  There is nothing in there that I would change!  It is such a lovely space, it is organized and charming!

 

 

Full of Thanksgiving

Ahh, I love the fall!!!  A lot of people think that Christmas is the only holiday that they can dec up the house for.  Me?  Any holiday where I can make something is a holiday that I can dress up the house!  There are so many beautiful ways to decorate!  Here are some ideas to utilize all of your crafty hard work and make everyone oooh and ahhh when they come over! Here is how I love to make my home into a place where we love coming home to everyday, and one that our family and friends also love coming over to!

First off, a helper is always nice!  This is Otto, he is always on my side.  Loves to pull things out of my bins as I go!

We are blessed to have an amazing home, with a lot of storage!  Since we only have fur children, we have extra storage in some rooms, as of now.  But, as the family grows, how do you manage storage?  I am a full believer in having an organized home, and especially an organized crafty space!!!  I will be posting some of my tricks and tips on how to organize your crafty space soon!

First things first, I looooove all the home decor stores!  And I know that I am not the only one out there! With so many wonderful stores, great deals to be had, and all the awesome seasonal decor out there, how do you choose!  My husband Charlie always ask, whats that for and where are we going to put it!  It’s important to limit your decor habit to what you can store!

If I am at some of my favorite store, I always have 2 rules:

First Rule:  Always make sure that you have a place to store it.  I utilize storage bins.  After Christmas, there’s always sales on the colored bins, and I took advantage of stocking up on those when I can.  I hop on the computer and print out a sign on whats in the bin, that way you can easily find what you are looking for.  Take a page protector and use some packing tape and slap it on your bin.  I do this with all of my holiday decor.  Garlands, wreaths, lights, ornaments and floral picks etc all have their homes.  I use gift wrap tissue to wrap everything that can be to prevent all that glitters in check.  I save the paper tissue that you get when you buy stuff too.  Bubble wrap and the packing that comes when you get all that stuff when you order online is a good tip too.  I keep it in a large bag in the closet for future use.  I always put the next holidays bins on top, that way you don’t need to pull stuff out from the bottom.  Larger weird shaped things get wrapped up in the bags that I purchased them in.  The bags that Pier One gives you are perfect for this!   In this house, we are always about re-using things!

Second Rule:  I am always looking for things that I can re-use for multiple holidays.  This not only saves you money, but saves on storage space.  I love lanterns and apothecary jars.  These can be dressed up in so many different ways!  I try to stick to the basic colors, black, white and browns.  I have some beautiful red ones that I use for Christmas, Valentines and Independence Day.  They look great for everyday decor too!

Here’s a beautiful large lantern that I got from Home Goods for about $30.  I use it all over the house!  On my buffet in the dining room, on the floor (if ya don’t have little monsters or crazy dogs around!)  For this one, I used a box that I saved from and Amazon order and placed it inside, then I used some gold tissue to place on the bottom.  I look for the glass marbles after holidays, they are much cheaper than, and layed them on the bottom.  Using the tissue helps add more height inside so you don’t have to use as much.  The pumpkin is one of the foam ones that can be carved, placed on top of the box.  Then, you put what ever you want inside!  Leafs and floral were then added!  Love it!

The mirror was a steal!  It was in a clearance area at Cost Plus, and was further marked down, so it was 25 bucks!!!  I always have it there, filling the space up.  I have a good stash of vases and jars, that I rotate throughout the house.  Fill the bottom with glass marbles and put some more of the gourds or potpourri in there, topping with some floral.  Same with the apothecary  jars.  I like to use larger framed photos with photo stands.  Flameless candles are always a nice touch, Costco has packs of these and tea lights that I get around the holidays, and the timers on them are perfect!  I love coming home to the warmth that these candles give.

I love having areas in our home that give you a focal point when you walk inside the home.  We have a beautiful table that was handed down by my grandmother, and I will always have a beautiful table runner on it.  Table cloths are nice, but runners are usually less expensive and they are super easy to make!  You can make them longer or have a small one in the center to add that pop of color, without being too outdated or overwhelming for your center piece.

I purchased all of the floral from Michael’s when they were 70% off post holiday season!  Grab a pair of pliers and start cutting them off the bundle.  Lay everything out that you have, you will be surprised of the look when you mix different colors and textures together!  The planter was purchased at Home Goods, and I originally bought it for our wedding.  It was used on our sweetheart table with beautiful fresh flowers.  I saved it and reuse it for holidays!  I put 3 blocks of floral foam inside, and used tissue paper to fill in some gaps.  This helps in using less floral foam and less flowers.  Use the bigger florals first, then add in the smaller taller pieces, taking care that you don’t miss any spots.  I do this in the kitchen, so I have a 360 view so I can see which spots I miss, and I always have hubby take a final look to see if there are bare spots.  Drop a few leafs around, some raffia.  I found the cute vine style LED light string to wrap around and you are done!  Place on top of a runner and there we go!!!  I made this runner for our wedding as well, and its perfect for the fall!!  When I make my runners, I try to do a different pattern or style on the other side.  I have a Halloween runner, and when you flip it over, it has a Thanksgiving style on the other side!!!  This is awesome for storage.  All of the floral for Thanksgiving and Halloween lives together in its bin, saving on storage.

We have two awesome fire places, which means  2 awesome mantels!!!  I always have something all year round on these, keeps everything tied together.  I have garlands with leaves in two different colors and styles that I use.  I used another one of the garland LED lights.  Simple but beautiful!

For the dining room, I placed some garland with flowers on it, some small hay bales, candle holders, and some jars with flameless candles inside wrapped with raffia, tied in a bow. Those were wedding leftovers too!  You can tie ribbons around as well.

The fall time is full of warmth and love.  I hope you all enjoyed how I made our home warm and inviting!!!  Now, for Christmas decor!!!