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Nursery Design 101

I have been wanting to write this post for quite some time. I will say first I learned most of my knowledge of decorating from my sister, my friends Linda and Carlyn, and the Domino Book of Style.  I am definitely not trained in design and therefore no expert, but here are my tips. Feel free to comment and add your own.

1.  Start collecting photos and ideas of design elements that are meaningful to you, that you love and are inspired by.  I use an actual binder but pinterest is another great way to do this.  It’s so fun to research the web, blogs, magazines and other friends brains to get ideas!

2. If possible, find some kind of focal or design point (or points) that you want to work around. This can be a particular color palette, textile, painting or piece of furniture (etc.). For me, when we started working on Gray’s nursery, it was a particular picture my sister-in-law painted and a fabric I fell in love with. It’s okay to plan your nursery in a style/palette that is similar to the rest of your house.  You don’t have to have the typical “themed” nursery.  Think about your particular style…are your more traditional, modern, cozy, bohemian, elegant, eclectic, etc?  Do you want to include these elements in your nursery? I love the idea of having a piece of art that you just love become your main focus of the design scheme.

Kim Schuessler painting available at pryorfineart.com

(Like if we ever have a girl, I already know I will want an adorable Kim Schuessler painting for her room!)

3. Make a plan-a floor plan and a furniture plan.  There are only a few necessities for a nursery, namely a crib and some form of changing table. And then there are the niceties, like a plush glider, dresser, rug, etc.  You need to know what you need and have room for in the space.

4. Set a budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a crazy expensive piece of furniture or a Madeline Weinrib textile if they are out of your budget.  For our nursery, we were on a pretty tight budget.  BUT you can be creative. For instance, I always wanted the Stokke crib. I loved that it was oval and different from anything I had ever seen.  So, I found one that had been used once and was discounted.  Also, when walking in to my (most) favorite baby boutique, I noticed they had a staged a nursery with matelasse curtains.  They looked something like this:

Picture from lilsugar.com

Then, I remembered my mom had some from our old guest room. They were in great shape and worked perfectly!  I honestly took a million shortcuts to save money, most of the furniture was from IKEA (great place for kids furniture) and I really think the room turned out great!

5. Think about  your color palette. (It doesn’t have to be pink, blue or yellow). Is there a specific color range you want or need to used based on any design elements you have picked out?  Or is there some flexibility?  It may be a good idea to start collecting paint samples and samples of textiles, fabric swatches etc. Include these in your design binder. Also, think about textures.  (Especially in the case of a rug, you don’t want something hard like seagrass).

6.  Narrow down your options. Make a list of the pieces you want keep based on your floor plan and budget.  See how all your choices come together. Think about important elements you might be missing.  Remember, things like lighting and storage are important in a nursery. (Babies seriously require A LOT of storage.  Baskets might be your new best friend!)

From DecorPad.com via AbsolutelyBeautifulthings.blogspot.com

7. Get to work!   You may even need to give yourself a time line.  I totally had nesting fever from 20 weeks on, but its a good idea to have things ready by week 32 or so. Remember, if you have to order something, it can take upwards of 6 weeks!  (like in the case of our glider!)

Happy Designing!

**Be sure to double-check safety guidelines as you plan your nursery. For instance, better not to put your crib in front of a window.  Also, did you know doctors are now recommending you NOT use a crib bumper?

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Happy Christmas!

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May your holiday be merry and bright!

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December 24, 2011 · 7:14 pm

Holiday Traditions {Guest Post}

Hello Style Stork readers!  I’m Jessica, and I write over at Learning Love’s Life about my family, our adventures, and lessons learned along the way.   This will be our first Christmas as a little family of three, and I can’t wait to begin some special and fun family traditions as Dylan grows.  Thanks to my favorite addiction, Pinterest, the possibilities for all ages are never-ending.

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Making Christmas cookies: thinking of a new holiday theme every year, the more imaginative the better, gives all of us an opportunity to show off our creative skills with a great, sugary reward at the end

Christmas countdowns: I can’t think of anything else that will help increase the kiddo’s anticipation than by creating an advent calendar full of daily surprises

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Having their own tree: this activity provides hours of entertainment for kids to decorate and redecorate their felt Christmas tree to their little hearts’ content

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A book a day: wrapping 25 books to put under the tree and starting December 1st, having the kids pick which one to open and read together that day.  Included in this list would have to be some of my favorite childhood classics like ‘A Night Before Christmas’ to share with them

Stocking picture: this is just adorable… and a clever way to measure growth through the years

Ribbon door barrier: on Christmas morning when the kids get ready to stampede toward their presents under the tree, they’ll have to break through Santa’s enclosure (just crepe paper!)  first

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Either way, I have a feeling that the holidays are going to be that much more fulfilling now that we get to plan activities with a little one in mind to carry for years to come.  Thanks for having me Style Stork.  Have a merry Christmas everyone!

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And the winner is….


My dear friend Shannon Doughtie and her daughter Ella!

 

Thank you to each of you who participated in our first give-away and thanks to my hubs for drawing the winning ticket!  Be sure to check out New Creations for some super cute children’s products!

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Happy (late) Thanksgiving! Hope yours was full of joy with family and friends, ours sure was!  Of course, I am most Thankful for these guys:

  (Picture by Michelle Marie Photography)

The only thing is, I kind of find myself wanting a vacation from our vacation!  Cannot believe there is just one more day left of our break!  Why does time fly so fast?

Anyhow, I think I have mentioned before how much I love LOVE the blog A Cup of Jo by Joanna Goddard. I mean, she is just so cool and inspiring!  Especially when she talks about motherhood and her son. It is a must read if you are soon to have a baby, or if you live in NYC ,or if you are female and under the age of 80!  I especially adore the design of her little man’s nursery, and because she is so nice, she said I could share it with all of you!  This is just a teaser, so check out the full post here.

Seriously, how cute is this?  The sailboat mobile had me at first glance! Plus, I think the crib is from Wal-Mart.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend! Stay tuned for winner of first give-away.

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November 26, 2011 · 7:33 pm

Stocking Round-Up

A few weeks ago while my husband and I were on our way to dinner, I tried to turn on some Christmas music. He was quick to remind me that it wasn’t even Halloween yet and therefor completely inappropriate to listen to Christmas music.  Well, good thing Halloween is over because the holidays are on my mind!  It is, after all, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”  My first mission is to find the perfect stocking for our sweet baby’s first Christmas!  Here are my favorites so far:

Wool Stockings from Garnet Hill

 

Stocking from West Elm

 


Connect the Dots from Land of Nod

 
 
 
 
 

Lovely Stripes from Horchow

 
 

Fuzzy White from Anthro

We chose these!  Fun and colorful from Rikrak on Etsy

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Pinterest Love

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On the cheap!

Well, I hope you got some fabulous finds at Target last week when Missoni hit the stores! Sadly, I did not. With the website crashing I was unable to shop online and couldn’t make it to the store.  I will say, it did not seem like there were too many items for a baby boy so I may not have missed out much.

Today, I did something I never thought I would. I went to one of those massive children’s consignment sales.  There are several reasons why this is not traditionally up my alley…
1. The clothing while discounted, is usually (but not always) used. (I am now over it and totally fine with used clothes)!
2. You typically end up standing in line for over an hour if it is the first day of the sale (which it was).

Thankfully my friend Julie got there early and held me a place in line (kind of wrong I now).  AND I got our sweet baby boy 5 incredibly adorable smocked outfits for less than $50. I also got a new umbrella stroller for $8.  With all that money saved, I can go and buy something for myself!  To find a consignment sale near you, check out Kids Closet

Also, thanks to my friend Jessica for telling me about a website called recrib (Genius, really. Wish I would have started it)! Here you can find, buy, and sell used baby gear. When we have baby number 2, I may try selling my single mountain buggy so I can get the double!  (Unless, of course my sister wants it).

And finally, I am not totally sure if making your own baby food is cheaper than buying the jars, but I am pretty sure it saves money and it might be healthier (and fun!).  This week we tried peas for the first time…

Clearly, not a favorite!

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