Monday, February 1, 2010

Baby Girl's Room

Are any other Blogger bloggers having issues with the new post editor? I just switched back to the old after spending over an hour trying to get my photos where I wanted them to go in this post. But I digress. I wanted to share photos of Chelsea's nursery. We were on a tight budget and overall I'm very happy with the way it came out. Simple, clean, and neat. Hopefully this room will not get cluttered up, however, with all the toys and miscellaneous kid items beginning to accumulate, I'm doubting that will be possible (She is almost 11 months old! So fast.). I'm going to begin looking for some affordable organizational options for toys, etc. When we first moved into the house, we painted this room a sage green. I wanted it to be light and airy as a nursery and we went for this creamy white. I can't remember the name but it is Sherwin Williams Harmony no VOC line. Hubby did not think the paint covered very well. Not sure if it is because it is no VOC or just this particular brand.
The photo above is a view as you walk in the doorway. We purchased the curtains from IKEA. At $9.99 a pair, the price couldn't be beat. They are the self hemming kind and come with their own no sew seam tape. Just trim to the length you need and iron on the tape. Easy! Thanks to my sister for helping me with the measuring and hanging. The tissues poufs are from Martha's Michael's line.
The bedrooms all get pretty hot in the summer so we have to use the dreaded ceiling fans to help circulate the a/c. But with this decal, I still was able to put a lovely chandelier in Chelsea's room. It was a bit of a chore as it didn't want to stick to the no VOC paint we used. Hubby persevered and almost a year later it is still nicely stuck on the wall. The decal came from here.
We picked a convertible crib that can be transformed to a toddler bed and then a double bed. Cost effective but I do wonder if I will regret that we can't buy one of the cute twin/double beds I've since seen in catalogs. The bed skirt is a queen flat sheet from Garnet Hill. Didn't even require sewing! I just folded it.

The fabulous minky soft bedding was custom ordered through Mari Robeson. Mari was my very first blogging friend and my inspiration behind starting a blog and getting back to the creativity I let lie dormant for so long.
The crib bumper is from Pottery Barn Kids. It is a soft pink on the outside and creamy white on the inside and made of a nice faux fur type of material. I saw it and loved it but held off. When I was ready to purchase it, it no longer was being sold! I took a chance and went to the local store and lo and behold - one left! Half off and I had a gift card. It all worked out very well in the end.
The teddy bear is from the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and was a gift from my mother and sister. The crib aquarium was a gift from my MIL and has come in quite handy when Chelsea needs to put herself to sleep or keep herself amused.

She has started to get quite the collection of books. I keep them in this Simply Shabby Chic fabric bin right next to the rocking chair. Goodnight Moon is our nightly read. Please excuse the radiator in the background. It is going through some repairs.
This is the changing area. I may have to take down at least one side of the curtains as Chelsea loves to grab at them and play peekaboo while she is being changed. It is cute but as she gets bigger and stronger we don't want any curtains being pulled down!

There are many bloggers represented in this room. Jenny and Aaron's cupcake tower was perfect for this space.

Two of my most favorite things in this room. The diaper caddy is a great system with a sectioned fabric insert for diapers, wipes, creams, medicines, etc. Keeps the top of the bureau nice and neat. The clock helps me keep track of time as I rock (and rock, and rock). Rocking Chelsea at night is one of my favorite activities. The ipod on the left is mine. We started using it as soon as Chelsea came home. Playing some soft music and vacuum, hairdryer sounds helped lull her to sleep at night. Now we use it more to play music and dance around. I'm sure the ipod is the first of many of my things she will confiscate over time.

The mirrors came from IKEA and are sold as a set (pink velvet ribbon included!). The prize ribbon is from Andrea's store. I bought it to use in Chelsea's room but Hubby is the one who thought to hang it from the mirror!

More fun artwork from Jenny.

I purchased these lollipops from Analise and glued them to some cheap plastic shade pulls.
This is the most recent addition to Chelsea's room. A fabulous fabric bag from Sis Boom. I have the privilege of living in the same state as the fabulous Jennifer and attended her winter show with my mom, who decided to pick this little cutie up for her grand daugther. The how to on this project will be featured in Jennifer's upcoming book. Keep your eyes on her blog!
I knew I wanted this type of rug but everywhere I looked it was rather expensive. I found this one on clearance at JCPenney. I think we may move to some sort of larger rug as Chelsea grows so she has a soft area for playing in her room but for now this works.
The shelf is another Simply Shabby Chic item. I do not believe Target carries it anymore. It was meant to be a bathroom shelf unit but I thought it was perfect for displaying this homemade quilt. The quilt was made by a friend of my in-laws.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of Chelsea's room!


Sandy said...

Here room is so pretty!!! Have a fabulous week!

Karin said...

So adorable Karla. How fun to decorate a girl's room.

Kristin said...

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Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sugar Bear,

What a great post!

Love ya,

Lori said...

Karla, your baby girl has the sweetest room...i love how girly it is without being in your face about it...not TOO frilly i mean...just sweet and pretty...adorable...goodbye moon was one of my most favorite books to read to my boys when they were small...that is such a good one...and of course the velveteen rabbit, my boys both knew when the tears would start when i was reading them that one...

Dolores said...

No doubt this is a little girl's room. The pinks and delicate touches are so pretty.
You've done a great job!

Grace said...

Oh I need a room like this for me! It is perfect thank you for sharing. Grace

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Oh my goodness, Karla - this is the SWEETEST little girl's room! I love all the handmade touches you've added! It makes me want to have another baby - HA! Well, perhaps I should just stick to redecorating my 9 year old daughter's room instead! ;)

natalea said...

the room is so sweet Karla!

Bejeweled said...

What an adorable room!! And you gave such a fabulous tour .. wow. I especially love your diaper caddy...such a wonderful idea.

We used that same Sherwin Williams no VOC paint .. it went on like a dream, but we had to use the matching primer first (too many marker "masterpieces" on the walls lol)..maybe that makes a difference?

Glad to meet a fellow bento box fan! I can't wait to go shopping for supplies. And that website you mentioned .. wow! They have so many cool and amazing things. Thank you so much for sharing!!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Beautiful! I love all the pretty little touches in unexpected places.

Cute cupcake theme too. Is that a nickname too?

Monica said...

you guys did a great job !
I love it :)
I got Prestons Decal above his bed at the same etsy shop ,they are great!
His says Preston on top and Guess How Much I love you? underneath of our favorite books I always read it to him when I was preggo now we have one for reading and one on a shelf.

Monica said...

oh and I can not believe our babies have birthdays so soon!
I have been busy planning his its the 20th this month and we are having a cupcake and bananna split party here with about 9 little babies should be fun :)

Natasha Burns said...

Chelsea's room is so beautiful Karla! I can't believe she is almost a year old already. Where did time go? It was like yesterday....

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

It's so pretty. I want a room like that.

Scrappy Jessi said...

Hey there sweets,
wow what a gorgeous room. i love all the mirrors, and all of jenny and aarons art. so darling
hope all is well

Jeanie said...

I so love this bright, pink, pretty room! I'd want to spend all my time with her in that chair! Love the curtains -- I need those for my house! And the chandelier is beautiful! How fun -- I see so much love and warmth in this design. It's very you, and Chelsea, too!

twinkleshabbystar said...

YAY!!! I loooved seeing Chelsea's nursery! You've done a beautiful job decorating it. You are so much like me...something from everywhere! Adore all the sweet personal touches and especially the treasures from your creative friends. ;) XO,Jenn

Andrea said...

The room is adorable!

Kerryanne English said...

Chelsea's room is just divine Karla and I can't believe she is almost 1. Looking forward to some 1 year old photos.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Merci-Notes said...

I can not believe it! I was just thinking in the car yesterday!
*I have not seen Chelsea's room, i must have missed it!!! Oh NO!!!
*I think Chelsea is about to turn ONE YEAR OLD!
I lOVE her room Karla! You both have done such a beautiful and loving job!!! And I love the "deals" that were just waiting for you ! :)


Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Hi Karla,
I love love Chelsea's nursery. To be honest with you, I was at your blog a while back looking for nursery pictures since guess what?? I am expecting a girl in 3 months and I am about to start working on her nursery and needed some ideas. So this post couldnt have been more in time. The room I have looks much smaller but more then enough. I love the chandelier idea. I have a few things prepaired for her room and some pictures on my last post, plus a giveaway. So do come on by.


The Rose Room said...

Her room is just gorgeous Karla! Oh and your blog banner is very pretty! Rachaelxo

Anita@the Pink Funny Farm said...

Just beautiful!!! I just knew that you would be able to do it!

Jenn said...

You did such a lovely job. How unique, love the chandelier!!
I love all the sweet unique touches you did for her room. =) Fit for a princess!!!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Chelsea's room is just DARLiNg!! It must be so fun to be able to buy little girl things. I love the little tissue puffs in the windows. So cute!

xoxo Heather

Gina said...

That is the most gorgeous baby girls room I've ever seen!!!!!

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