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Thursday
Dec222016

a little christmas cheer in lydia's room

We are in full-on Christmas mode over here, baking cookies, listening to holiday tunes, burning our Christmas lights 24/7 and counting the days until Santa's arrival!  The most wonderful time of the year is even more magical when you're experiencing it through the eyes of your almost three year old and I'm loving every single minute as much as she is! We've had the house decorated since, literally, five minutes after Thanksgiving dinner, and this year we added some Christmas cheer to Lydia's room, as well.   Last week, she asked me for a Christmas tree for her room and, after gallivanting all over town and coming up empty-handed, I stuck some fresh cut branches in a glass vase and wrapped some twinkle lights around them.  Improvisation at its best!  I added some more twinkle lights to her gallery wall, and a stack of our favorite Christmas books and a miniature nutcracker to her chest.  My aunt sent her a sweet surprise over the weekend - a porcelain Christmas tree with the most beautiful lights and it's our new favorite heirloom as she won't go to sleep without it! Her room is so cozy to begin with but now even I have a hard time turning the lights out after reading our books at bedtime!  Since the weather's been too crappy to take pics of the Christmas decorations throughout the rest of the house (and to be honest, it's not much different from last year), I snapped a few shots of her room this morning:

Hope you're all enjoying these last few magical days before Santa comes!

Monday
Jul252016

transitioning from a crib to a big girl bed

When I was pregnant with Lydia, long before I even knew I was actually having a little girl, all I could think about was a nursery centered around a gold Jenny Lind-style crib.  The day we had our ultrasound which, indeed, confirmed our little bundle was a baby girl, I ordered this crib and immediately had it painted Champagne Toast by Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics.  It was - and still is - my favorite part of Lydia's nursery. 

Well, here we are two and a half years later (I still can't wrap my head around how fast the time went) and she's not only starting to run out of room in her crib, but we are also getting closer to needing it for baby bear's nursery. The thing is, even though she is 2.5 she isn't exactly ready for a big girl bed. My child has always been super curious about everything and wants to be around us 24/7 so, even though we go through our whole routine every night before bed, it still takes her at least 30 minutes most nights (and sometimes more) to settle herself once we leave the room (and that entails playing with her lovies in her crib, talking to herself and looking straight at the monitor and yelling for momma to come get her). 

I know the only way she could sleep in her big girl bed would be if I were to lay in there with her until she falls asleep, otherwise, she would be all over the room, pulling books and toys out and having herself a grand old time, but I feel like doing that would defeat all my efforts over the years to get her sleeping through the night and not having to run in there every time she kicks the covers off or semi wakes up for a minute before drifting back off to sleep.  I know she is about to undergo some serious adjustments once the baby gets here and I feel like sticking to routine as much as possible would help her tremendously, but I also know I need to start transitioning her slowly, as well. 

Luckily, she LOVES her big girl bed that Daddy made for her room before she was born!  (You can find the plans we used to make it here; it's aptly named the "Lydia" bed)  We read books there and lay together after reading stories and saying our prayers at night, talking about all the fun things we did that day, but she very rarely ever asks to stay and sleep in it....

With baby boy making his debut in the next six weeks or so, it just doesn't make sense to buy another crib, so I figure I will start out by getting her to take naps in her daybed.  Any suggestions of how to make that transition easily?  And, more importantly, how to get her to stay in it? Or, am I crazy and I should just leave her sleep in her crib for as long as she wants?

Hope you're all off to a great start this week!

Wednesday
Jul202016

book storage solutions for the kiddos

Surface space is something we've always been short on in Lydia's nursery and with her ever-growing collection of books, I've been trying to find a way to store them all where they're easily accessible and not ripping the covers.  Lately, we've been using baskets to corral them because we don't have room for a bookshelf until we move some of her furniture to bear cub's nursery.  I'm chomping at the bit to get her proper storage for her books and all the pretty, girly things to display that I've been hoarding since I was pregnant with her, so until we can get a bookshelf in here, I've been on the hunt for great ways to store children's books.  Here are a few I'm loving; most of these are great space savers for those of us that don't have space for extra furniture or a playroom!

GALLERY LEDGE I love the simple, clean look of ledges and how positioning the books facing out adds a pop of color to a room and especially how it makes it much easier to choose books to read! Target, Ikea, even Walmart all offer inexpensive picture ledges that can double for children's books:

Monika Hibbs

Amber Interiors

Lonny

PLASTIC GREETING CARD CASES These blend right into the wall and let the books really take center stage.  Plus, they're super inexpensive (you can find them for next to nothing at the Container Store and Staples!)

Ibie Falcusan via Design Sponge

READING NOOK If only we had room in our house for a little book nook - I'd cozy it up with curtains, a daybed and the fluffiest pillows I could find and Lydia and I would hole up all day long!  Even if you don't have space for a built-in, you can carve out a little corner of the nursery or living room - hang some art, throw down a cozy rug and add a basket for books!

Ann Wolf via House Beautiful

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BOOKSHELVES  We may not have room for book cases right now, but they definitely are my favorite option for kid spaces - I love to mix books with keepsakes, framed family photos and even small toys.  It's a great way to add interest, color and personality while at the same time keeping everything contained in one space and not scattered all over the room:

Amy Meier Design

designstiles via SMP

Erin Gates

FUN AND UNIQUE OBJECTS.  The sky's the limit when you don't have room for any additional furniture or book nooks - baskets, a wagon, a vintage baby bassinet, a wooden boat are not only adorable, but super handy for grabbing a treasured book and curling up with your little:

The Little Umbrella

 

Thursday
Jun232016

inspiration for bear cub's nursery

Well, hello 29 weeks!  This pregnancy is flying by with lightening speed and I'm trying my best not to panic as there is still an entire guest room set in what is to be Bear Cub's nursery (we are in the process of finishing a guest suite upstairs and it's taking FOREVER).  We are installing crown molding this week and getting the ceiling painted just so that I don't completely freak out at the amount of stuff we have yet to do before the little guy gets here, while I still vacillate on exactly what we're going to do in there.  There is no shortage of modern and more contemporary nurseries filling my Instagram and Pinterest feeds but I really want something a little more traditional, along the same lines as what I did for Lydia's, with some subtle nautical touches and a soothing color palette.  I'm all over the place when it comes to inspiration, but here are a few spaces that make my pulse leap:

I love the idea of vinyl grass cloth (with a painted, pale blue ceiling) and every single detail in this little boy's room sings to me...from the grass cloth walls and bright white trim to the fabulous striped curtain panels and rug and the ship chandelier! 

Another great example by the great Steven Gambrel, this time with blue painted trim.  Again, love the striped rug and the underlying nautical vibe:

On the complete other end of the spectrum, I do love the all-white nursery with lots of texture and again, a striped rug, to bring interest and keep it from looking too sterile.  This kid's space in Victoria Hagan's Nantucket hideaway is so light and airy it takes my breath away:

I love the pale gray and soft blues, not to mention all the adorable nautical details, in this nursery Caitlin did for her littles over at Picket Fence Projects:

Another gorgeous little man's room by Steven Gambrel that is so stunning in its simplicity.  I love the aqua chairs and bed and the washed out colors of the nautical charts paired with bold navy stripes on the windows:

I adore this sea captain-inspired gallery wall:

I'm finding a ton of inspiration in grown up spaces, too - like the tone-on-tone gray/blue paint in Scott Currie's Hampton's living room.  The only thing tripping me up is that I'm so obsessed with Lydia's painted ceiling that I'm pretty sure I want it in little man's room, too.  But how amazing - and unique - is this?

The nursery graphic designer Ashley Putman did for her youngest son has always been a favorite and, in fact, the reason I've pined for pale blue curtain panels for the last few years, haha!  It's so light and airy and the glossy black closet doors anchor the space perfectly:

The space Monika Hibbs created for her little boy, Liam, is another favorite, as much for the light, bright airiess as all the texture and the navy and aqua accents.  The Serena and Lily wallpaper is so fun and fresh, too:

And last, but not least...even though this office by Steven Gambrel is not a kid's space, I love the bold Kelly green trim paired with the textured bamboo Roman blinds, gauzy linen curtain panels and fun striped chairs:

 Which is your favorite??? 

Monday
Aug172015

4 baby/toddler purchases I'm so glad we made

If you have children, I don't have to tell you that babies nowadays require SO. MUCH. STUFF.  I chronicled the items that were my saving grace the first three months of motherhood in a post here and there have been many, many purchases since that I've loved, but the things that have made the biggest impact ended up not being items I registered for.  Here are a few items I couldn't have lived without and that still make life easier, not to mention prettier, which, let's be honest, is an added benefit to anyone with littles who have taken over every inch of space in their house!

1.  Daybed.  While technically not a purchase (Daddy made it for her), I never could have made it through the first year of motherhood without it.  Sleep did not come easy the first twelve months for me and baby girl; I've blogged before about transitioning her from our room to her crib and then how she woke up every 1 1/2 - 2 hours from the time she was 6 months old until she hit 9 months.  Having a bed in her nursery was my saving grace because I could get her used to her crib while being right there with her and then again when she woke up 500 times a night.  Although it's been a long time since I've slept in there with her, the daybed is still perfect for reading books and talking and playing with our stuffed animals when we're winding down at night.  And it will be perfect for when she outgrows her crib! (See plans for our bed here).

2.  Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair.  It took me FOREVER to make a decision on a high chair; I wanted something that would blend in with my decor, that would also be easy to clean and that I could stow away easily if need be.  I finally decided on the Stokke Tripp Trapp and am so glad I did!  It's got a low profile so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb and is super easy to clean.  You can buy a tray attachment, but I really like being able to pull Lydia right up to the table with us when we are eating.  I highly, highly recommend!

3.  Custom crib bedding.   After searching high and low for the perfect crib bumper and skirt, I knew custom was going to be the way to go.  It turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the nursery; because I had it made, the bumper was way more fuller and plush than any I would have been able to buy and I had my seamstress do the skirt in three separate pieces (didn't need a fourth since the crib would be up against the wall) and then add ties to each piece so that I could adjust the skirt as I moved the mattress down.  All in all, it ended up costing no more to have it made than to buy an already made one, but the effect in the room could not have been matched, otherwise!

4.  Teepee.  Another gift, my dad definitely got his money's worth the first week we had this one from Land of Nod!  Its size is perfect for moving around easily - we've set it up in her nursery, the living room and even outside by the pool - and the bold black and white stripes fit right in in my neutral decor!  What's more is that Lydia is as excited to play and read in it now as she was when we got it for Christmas.

What are some baby or toddler purchases you couldn't have done without?