So yesterday was a big day at our house! The last piece of furniture made its way into the nursery: the crib! After a backorder scare that had me thinking I was going to have to choose a different crib, it came!
Hubs' parents gifted baby girl her crib and we are so thankful! Babies are quite the undertaking in more ways than one, but definitely in the pocketbook department. Your formerly fat and happy Kate Spade wallet will soon turn thin and shriveled after just a couple purchases. I set out to find the crib that I have imagined for our baby in my mind. I was hoping to find a vintage-look crib in white with dainty spindles. While I really like mid-century modern furniture and clean lines on most pieces, I wanted something traditional in a crib. I found several options made by Jenny-Lind that had everything I wanted, but I wasn't a fan of the construction materials. I really wanted real wood construction because I plan to use this crib as our family's forever-crib. So I looked in all the usual places and found some good options at Pottery Barn Kids and our local Baby Furniture Plus but cribs with solid wood frames ran around $700. Too much for me. I kept looking and came upon this pretty thing at Serena and Lily. It has a 100% poplar frame and metal slats for the mattress and it was less than $500! Thank you Franklin and Ben! We got lucky and ordered it during the summer promotion and got it for $100 off. I mentioned a backorder scare, but luckily we dodged a bullet there and it came on time! I could kiss the lady at Serena and Lily!!! Sidenote: Serena and Lily also has this awesome modern style crib with clean lines that totally resembles the crib Kourtney Kardashian put in Penelope Disick's super chic nursery.
So as they say, the devil is in the details. I set out to make a coordinating basket liner for the nursery this week. I wanted to pull the lattice print fabric in over on the dresser/changing table. Since the plan is to keep some diapers and wipes on the dresser for easy access, I thought buying a basket and then making my own liner with some left over fabric would be the perfect solution. I headed over to Homegoods, generally a great place to get inexpensive baskets, in search of a light colored basket. I found this one for just $10.
You may or may not have caught on yet, but I'm mildly obsessed with whites, creams and neutrals so I naturally chose this basket over others with a more natural tone. I was amped that this one came with a liner and for a hot minute considered calling it a day and using it instead of making my own. Then, I thought better of it and realized that I could use this liner as an outline for my own. Off came the liner and out came the sewing machine.
I should warn you before you read further: I have had two sewing lessons in my life, one from my Aunt Karen and one from my fab friend Sara. Both lessons were on envelope-back pillows. Any other sewing performed on this site is self-taught. If you are a seamstress I will make you cringe.
Next, I measured the ends, sides, and bottom of the inside-out basket liner. Modification for a basket with no liner is to measure the sides of the basket and the basket's base to get your dimensions. Remember to add extra inches to the height of the side panels to account for a fold over the sides of the basket. Also, add a 1/2 inch to the width of each side panel for the 1/4" corner seams. For example, if your basket sides are 10 inches long, cut the fabric 10 1/2 inches long and make 1/4" seams along the corners. I planned to make a hem along the top of the folded over side panels, like the one seen in the photo, so I added 1/2 inch to the height of the side pieces. The bottom should be as precise as possible for a good fit down in the bottom of the basket.
One of my very favorite elements in a room are the window coverings. They add a layer of texture and give a room its own special vibe. Many times I like the elegance of floor to ceiling drapes, but some rooms call for something a little lighter. As I was planning the nursery, I decided on a straight topper to draw the eye up.
I'm famous for going to my favorite fabric store, Mary Jo's, in Gastonia, NC, with the intention of buying fabric for one room or project and coming home with random other fabrics that I couldn't leave behind, which is how I came to own these fabrics (last year HA!).
When we found out we were having a little girl and I needed to start planning a nursery I knew these fabrics would be my jumping off point. I planned to use both fabrics on my toppers and incorporate a whimsical pom-pom trim along the bottom. I measured the windows and planned for the toppers to fit tightly around the trim.
I laid the fabric out, starting each topper from the left and centering the pink bird on each topper. Each topper is lined with blackout lining because I wanted a uniform look when light streams through the blinds. I then measured out 4 inches of the pink lattice fabric for the bottom hem and chose a magenta pom pom trim. I planned to hang them from 1 x 4 pieces of wood. When planning, make sure you account for the 4 inches of wrap on each side of the board and the top so add four inches to the length of your topper and 8 inches to the width. Now, for the moment of truth: I can sew with a sewing machine but my seams...not the straightest. And I have fabric-cutting anxiety. Since I wanted these toppers (I needed three!) to look pretty I paid a family friend to execute my plan and sew them up for me. DIY rule #482: Stick to what you're good at or your project will look oh so DIY. (I made a no-sew version of this topper for the guest bath in our first house using iron-on hem tape. Since the topper is essentially just a rectangle of fabric stapled to a board, it was super easy.) A week later, I picked up the toppers and it was time to hang them up.
I bought three 1 x 4 pieces of wood, cut to the width of the window (by the man at Home Depot who can safely operate a saw), corner braces for hanging, and staples for my staple gun. By the way, Home Depot has a person in the lumber department who will cut your wood pieces to size for you for FREE!
The best sales are the ones that don't involve end-of-season items or pieces that are on their way out of style. That's why I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Every year they offer up great brands at reduced prices...CHA-CHING! Here are some of my faves this year.
1. This pretty, cobalt blue Marc by Marc Jacobs hobo is the perfect colorful accessory to take you from end-of-summer all the way through spring.
2. These applique monogram pillows add just the right amount of hobo chic to what might be an otherwise serious room. The bright patterns that lean towards 70's-cool will liven up and personalize any space.
3. Kendra Scott. Enough said. Her brightly colored gems make me swoon. They add a pop to outfits without being domineering the way some costume jewelry can seem. Also, if you're a little leery of the neon yellow hue offered up at the sale, think of these earrings as a beacon to draw the eye up towards your face (which you may want some time this fall when you're wearing an old pair of leggings with an oversized tunic and you have THAT awkward run-in with THAT person).
4. These charming Kate Spade appetizer plates are so adorable and make a great gift. They would totally chic up your brunch table or hang them on the wall in your kitchen and admire the clever sayings Ms. Spade is known for providing.
5. This little gold tray (also available in a pewter tone) is a great accessory for a guest bath or powder room. Place your yummy smelling lotions and handsoaps on this baby and you've got a shiny eye catcher that will class up your space.
A while back I scored a vintage dresser on Craigslist after searching high and low for a Henry Link Bali Hai dresser that wasn't refinished and didn't cost an arm and a leg. My budget was in the under $100 range with the thought being that I would spend some time and elbow grease restoring it to its former glory. Since it seems I might not be the only GIANT fan of this midcentury line, the search was futile for a while with prices ranging from $300-$600 (!?!?!!??) for refinished pieces. Until one day I had the idea to search just the keyword 'dresser' in hopes that someone in the surrounding area would be trying to get rid of a bamboo-look dresser not knowing the name of the line. And there she was, listed at a whopping $40! The angels were singing as I raced to message the seller. Since you should never Craigslist alone, my sweet friend, Mollie Mo, headed out with me the next day to pick this baby up. At first glance she looked ready to do some time in a woodsy setting, amongst random tchotchkes, but I had a vision.
Since we were moving just after I purchased the dresser, her makeover was put on hold for a while. The anticipation almost killed me. The plan was shiny white, keep the hardware, and line the drawers. To start, I picked up some Zinsser No-Sand water-based primer and a can of gloss white latex paint.