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Thinking about Nursery / Toddler Room Decor

We haven’t officially moved yet but all of the work we contracted has been completed. I will post pictures at some point, I promise.

All the furniture (the existing furniture of my mom’s) has not been moved into place and without our stuff there, it is hard to figure out where things will land somewhat permanently. We’ve only really set the furniture in 1 room – the dining room.

But now it is time to think about the new baby’s room and what we’re going to do with Annmarie’s new room. We don’t have a ton of money to spend so the idea of completely overhauling Annmarie’s current stuff is out of the question. We also don’t have a ton of free time to peruse thrift stores and makeover existing furniture (as I so longingly see on home improvement type blogs). We also want to make the transition from our current home into the new home as smooth as possible. We felt keeping her familiar things would help with the transition.

Just as a refresher, this is Annmarie’s room:


These pictures were taken pre-birth of Annmarie so the room is a lot messier. We hung some additional pictures but the overall look of the room is the same.

We’re keeping Annmarie in a crib for now. She doesn’t try climbing out of it and she isn’t showing any other signs of wanting/needing a “big girl bed”. I also want to keep all of the artwork. However, there are some shelves that run along the perimeter of the room so the idea of recreating a “gallery” wall seems like it won’t work.
Childhood Bedroom - before
(the room looks different now – new paint color and hardwood floors but you can see the style of shelf that runs along the room).

I thought we’d just move her artwork to be displayed on the shelves. The idea of putting stuffed animals or toys seems silly since they’d be so far out of reach for her.

We have a large bird/tree decal on her wall now and would like to install a similar type of decal. I’m not sure if I want to use the same one though.

I really like this one (but I don’t like the price especially since I can find the same bird/tree decal we use now for only $32):

And since the whole room is hardwood floors, we need to find an area rug. I saw this one on Rugs USA but the largest size is only 5’5″ x 7’9″:

We also need new blinds, curtain rods, etc. These things are adding up quickly.

As for the new baby’s room. We want to go gray and yellow. The walls have been painted a very light shade of gray. There is only 1 small window and it is located in the back of the house where there is a big tree. Basically this room feels very dark.

We want to get a white crib (I’m a big fan of white furniture in a nursery). I want to reuse my old dresser (partly because my mom is having difficulty letting it go) but want to paint it white. However, I’ve been reading through tutorials on painting furniture and it just seems like a pain in the ass.

I’d LOVE to get a yellow chevron rug but have only found non-soft versions online (or they are outrageously expensive). I also love this rug from Rugs USA:

Unfortunately, it is backordered until mid November and the site won’t even let me put in an order for it.

I’ve been eyeballing this yellow rug but don’t LOVE it.

But again, we’re trying not to break the bank here. We still need to buy an area rug for our new room and at some point, we need to update the kitchen.

I’m not sure if we’re going with a “theme” for the new baby’s room. I’ve seen elephants pop up when looking at gray and yellow rooms. But I don’t know. Around this time last year, I had a pretty clear vision of how I wanted Annmarie’s nursery to look. With new baby, I just have a vague idea and am also consumed with keeping costs down. Any suggestions? I’m looking for some cost-effective inspiration!



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First-Time Mom Friday (a day late)

I’ve realized that I’ve gone a bit overboard with the “Annmarie” personalization around the house.  I think this has a large part to do with me being a first time mom.  I couldn’t decide between birth announcements so I have THREE different ones:

And then there are the sweet gifts we’ve received from people (and I *LOVE* them all!):

Received from our boss’s boss’s boss’s boss’s… the head of the department!

Made by my very talented craftacular friend, Kristin.

A gift from my very sweet cousin-in-law, Christen.  She ordered the blanket and burp cloth from Petunias.

Even Jeremy has bought me Annmarie / mom – related stuff (this was his, well Annmarie’s, mother’s day make-up present:

It is a letter “A” (the owl was from a Christmas gift and the chain recently broke so I just moved it to this necklace) and there is a ring with Annmarie’s birthdate on it.  The other phrases were just funny (but VERY true!) things.  He ordered this stuff from Mano y Metal.

And then I even went and made a SHADOW box (I never thought I’d utter those words) of Annmarie’s hospital stuff like her little hat, hospital bracelets, little sign that hung in her crib…

A part of me wonders if having all of these personalized items is a first-time mom thing.  Will I go out and buy all this name stuff if we have a second baby?  Will I still be undecided about a birth announcement?  Will I dare make another shadow box?

This leads me to the tons of pictures and videos.  Does that stop after you have another (or at least does the frequency die down a bit?).  I kind of hope not because I’d hate to miss these moments with any subsequent babies…

(Annmarie has recently started squealing A TON.  It is as if she’s just found her voice.  I love it.



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Blank canvas (How I Feel Completely Overwhelmed When it Comes to Decorating the Nursery)

As I mentioned the other day, we had some professional painters come to our house to paint our bedroom, the bathroom and the future nursery.  We’ve hired these guys before and they did a phenomenal job with our hallway so it was a no-brainer to hire them again for the rooms.  As I have gotten older, I’ve learned that there are a few things that I’ll willing to pay money for and painting is one of them.  I loathe painting.

I spent the first half of the day hiding in my basement like a weenie because I didn’t want to seem like I was bothering the painters… the painters that I was paying.  The really awful part was the fact that I spent a good chunk of the day completely dehydrated because I didn’t want to have to pee.  We only have 1 bathroom and I didn’t want to go upstairs.  It wasn’t a good day.

I’ll post before and after pictures of the paint but just know that these guys did a kick-ass job.  Not only did they caulk, spackle and sand the walls (on top of what Jeremy had already done), they banged out the job in 8 hours and it would have easily taken me & Jeremy a month to complete. 

We’re having our carpets cleaned this weekend and then we’re officially in reorganizing/redecorating our room and decorating the nursery mode.

The nursery is blue with white trim.  I love white trim.  I don’t understand off-white trim.  White trim just looks so clean and crisp.  Because I love how light and airy the room now feels, we also wanted to go with white furniture.  We have SO MUCH dark wood furniture in our house that we really need to lighten things up in the rooms.

I think we’re going with this crib:

It has a matching dresser/changing table but we’re not going to get it… mostly because it has more dark wood features and it costs more than the damn crib.  Seriously – just slap the word “baby” in front of furniture and it automatically increases the price by a few hundred dollars.  I don’t understand it.  Babies are small and don’t need furniture!

I’ve recently become obsessed with Owls.  I know that it is becoming a trendy nursery theme but I don’t care.  They are so cute and it all stemmed from this bedding:

Anyways – I’ve been scouring Etsy for some great nursery art and am completely overwhelmed by the fantastic selections.  I wish you could set up a registry on Etsy!

I stumbled across this Etsy shop and pretty much want to buy every print.

Like this one

And this one

But then I’m also in love with this print:

It manages to tie my love of French with a cute baby theme.  I realize these aren’t owls and that’s probably a good thing.

I also love this:

And being the dachshund lover that I am, I couldn’t resist this:

I am seriously overwhelmed.  I want to cover every square inch of the walls with cute prints!  We still haven’t even 100% determined the furniture or the layout. 

Anyways – I figured blogging out my new obsession might help to get it out of my system.  Are there any fantastic prints you want to share?


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