Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Emily's Nursery

Hey Guys!!!  This post is way overdue but there is no better time then NOW to jump back into this blog and start posting.  Between learning the ropes as a new mom, starting a business and working on client projects, 2013 was definitely a jammed packed year.  My greatest joy of course, was welcoming our little Emily Love into the world and months later, I'm happy to finally post pictures and sources from her nursery.  It's crazy how time flies!
May 27, 2013

Designing her nursery was a very exciting project.  While I was confident in selecting colors and fabrics, I needed to learn more about what she would really need and the best products/ places to buy.  I relied mostly on recommendations from other moms, and after completing a few other nursery projects, I've determined the following to be absolute nursery essentials:  

1.  Crib w/ Firm Mattress (most mattresses are purchased separately) 
2.  Crib Bedding (bumper optional)
3.  Changing Table and Dresser 
4.  Glider and Ottoman
5.  Diaper Pail
6.  Clothing Hamper
7.  Nightlight or secondary light sources (ex. small table lamp)
8.  Storage (closet or armoire)
9.  Black Out Lined Drapes or Shades 
10.  Baby Monitor

Like most clients, I too was on a budget, so I pulled the nursery decor together using a mix of local, trade and online resources.  In anticipation of all the "extras" you quickly accumulate as your child grows, I kept the decor simple.  Also, I wanted her nursery to feel sophisticated, so I chose a more traditional style with some contemporary touches.  

If you are looking for nursery furniture, I highly recommend Restoration Hardware Baby and Child.  Their pieces are beautifully crafted and very well made.  They have a great selection of styles and finishes you can mix for any gender.  Their shipping rate is a flat fee, which includes white glove delivery service, and all furniture is assembled on site.  Huge bonus for those lacking a handyman.

 With so many great baby bedding sources available online, I opted for Serena and Lily's crib basics.  The bedding is 100% cotton and from my experience, it washes wonderfully.  I do recommend buying extra fitted sheets for those unexpected surprises - we've had several.  

Knowing I'd be spending a good part of my day changing diapers, I wanted this space to be visually pleasing but also very efficient.  The extra wide Tatum Dresser and topper from RH fits a standard changing pad and has space to keep all the diapering essentials within reach.  The table topper is removable so the piece can be used for many years.  The artwork above the table was done by Emily Bixler.  

I do recommend investing in a good glider or rocker, especially for those late night feedings or storybook time.   The glider I chose, is manufactured by Lee Industries, a furniture trade company that's been making sustainable, Eco-friendly furniture for over 40 years.  Last year the company began offering a small selection of their furnishings through  Serena and Lily, and this same glider is one of those pieces!   Serena and Lily introduced 20 new fabrics in 3 grades, so there are lots of great upholstering options to check out.   I must admit, this glider is the most comfortable chair in my house!    

Bookshelves, like the one above, are a wonderful addition to any nursery.  Emily has received so many precious gifts, picture frames and books, that it's nice to have a place to display them all.  This particular bookshelf is great because the shelving is adjustable and the bottom drawer is perfect for storing extra bedding and blankets.

Shop this Post:
1.  Paint Color
2.  Crib (aged white finish) 
3.  Crib Sheet and Bumper 
4.  Dresser Topper Dresser (washed white finish)
5.  Bassinet and Bassinet Bedding (weathered gray finish)
6.  Gilder 
7.  Bookshelf (washed white finish)
8.  Crib Mobil 
9.  Drapery 

Nursery pictures were taken by Ed Adams.

Sending Love and Design...

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