Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Livia's Nursery Reveal


It was difficult for me to get rid of the blue walls and the boyish touches this room had for the past six and a half years.  It wasn't that I truly loved the way this nursery looked anymore since my style had changed a bit since our two boys were babies.  This room just held such special memories for me and Jason.  Two sweet little boys spent many nights sleeping in this room, and it was difficult having to change it.  

However, in my opinion, putting together a sweet little room for a babe on the way is one of the most fun things about being pregnant and waiting for your little one to arrive.  Since we were expecting our first little girl, the room needed to be changed.  I found some paper on a whim at my favorite paper store here in town.  When I first saw it, I knew those would be my inspiration colors for our baby girl's room.




Since Jason installed a chair rail in the room before Henry was born, I decided to go with a gray color on the bottom half and white on top to keep it clean and simple.  We have been slowly painting the trim and doors in our home, so the trim, built ins, and doors were painted white in this room as well.  The name of the gray color on the bottom half of the room is Woodlawn Colonial Gray by Valspar.




I did not have a budget for this room when redoing it, but my goal was to spend as little money as possible. This was pretty easy since all of the furniture was used by the boys and would be staying in the room. The green rug was taken from the boys' room as the color of the rug fit with my color scheme.  I did spend a bit of money on the animal flashcards from Anthropologie, a gray crib sheet from Target, and I made the pillow from a remnant fabric and some pom pom fringe I found at Joann Fabrics.  The baskets were all purchased at TJ Maxx and add a natural feel and warmth to the room.  I also needed to purchase a new lampshade for the lamp. Other than that, everything was made by Jason and me or taken from other rooms in our home.







The garland was made by Henry, Oliver, and me.  We took wooden beads of various sizes and painted them in colors that I picked out of the inspiration paper.  The paint is Martha Stewart craft paint and was purchased at Michaels.  The names of the colors are Cloud, Ballet Slipper, Putting Green, Blue Sky, and Geranium.  It was originally intended to become a mobile of sorts above the changing table, but I couldn't make it look the way I wanted to so I decided to drape it over the window in the alcove to add a pop of color there. We are currently working on a mobile to place above the crib in the room which we hope to share with you soon.







The artwork for the room was kept pretty simple.  I used some IKEA frames I had on hand and framed some of the inspiration paper.  I also cut out a little fawn shape using the same paper and framed that as well. Two of the pictures were taken from a calendar that I liked and held special meaning.  The picture of the barn is particularly sentimental because Livia was born in Wisconsin.  I made the mushroom, wreath, and camping pictures by cutting simple shapes out of paper and then framed them. Finally, the framed quote is a German prayer my grandpa taught me that I hold dear.







To add some warmth to the room, natural elements such as wicker baskets, driftwood, and the lamp were used.  They add shades of brown that tie in nicely with the wood floor.  The beaded garland the boys and I made adds some warmth and color as well.  

Finally, the wooden shadowbox shelves were made by Jason.  I painted them white and then painted the backs of each box to make them stand out from the wall.  I filled them with some driftwood we found on a beach when we were waiting for our baby girl to arrive, some Babushka dolls made by her godmother, some clay mushrooms I made and painted, and other little treasures.













The light fixtures in the room are sentimental because they were used by Jason and me when we were little. Again, the wood lamp brings in some warmth and the ceiling light works with the colors used in the room.



Other simple touches make this room special as well.  We can't wait to make many sweet memories in here with our baby girl. 








Welcome home, Livia Eveline! We love you and are so thankful to God that you are here!

Thank you for letting us share our baby girl's room with you!  If you have any questions about anything in the room, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email and I'll be happy to answer them for you!


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Livia at Two Months

At two months old Livia Eveline can:

snuggle at night with her big brothers,




smile and coo,




laugh at her daddy, especially when he tickles her hands with his whiskers,


wear matching clothes and hats with her momma,



and completely melt your heart with her big, baby blue eyes.


We sure do love our little girl!


 

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Whole Christmas Season, All in One Post

Didn't Christmas feel like it went so fast?  I felt like I could barely keep up with anything this year. I suppose that having an infant and a shorter Christmas season will do that.  Despite the rush of the season, our Christmas was simple and wonderful.  I made it easy on myself and hardly put up any decorations.  I didn't fuss too much with Christmas cards either, and we stayed home for the majority of our Christmas break.  Taking things slow and easy was just what we needed. It was perfect.

And, as long as it still looks and feels like Christmas out there, I might as well share some of our Christmas with you.
 
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Christmas card photo shoot.




Our home for Christmas.








Christmas Eve.  Livvy wasn't having it.



Christmas day.







Snow fun.



Warm baths.



Thanks for letting me share!  Are you surviving the deep freeze?  Or is it warm where you are?   Right now our temperatures are at a balmy -15 with wind chills in the -30s .  So pleasant, right?!?  Brr...