May
02
2014
Pop of Color Details for a Desert Modern Nursery Toddler Room

This month we were challenged by Wayfair to add a pop of color to our homes, and I am just beginning to gather some of the pieces that will ultimately go into the Bird's new space. What you see here is very rough, and very much the early stages and that is precisely what I am wanting to show you. I love a good reveal, but I think it's important to step back and show you the process along the way occasionally as well.

Pop of Color Accessories from Wayfair

Precipice Lake Framed Print // Gideon Lamp by Arteriors Home // Birch Vases // Herringbone Throw // Kilim Pillow // Tie Dye Pillow

These are some of the other items I really (really) wanted to snatch up, and I still just might, but I have set some new rules for myself, one of which involves staying focused on whatever I'm working on until it's completed, before moving on to the next thing... at least as much as possible in this line of biz (totally not possible at all). Since these gorgeous things wouldn't be for Penn's Nursery space, they didn't quite make the cut this time around, and yes mama is still wishing they had, so I just might be doing a little consolation shopping as we speak? Maybe... Eek. I'm obviously terrible at following my own rules. Gah

So, if you are inspired to add a pop of color to your space right now, or care to do a bit of consolation shopping, hop right on down to the rafflecopter entry form and give it a click as soon as you leave a quick comment on this here blog post. All you need to do to enter is post a link to an item on wayfair.com and show me something fabulous you would love to get that would add a pop of color to your space (or a shot of neutral, ha)... 

And, just in case you were really wanting to see another cute slash funny pic of the Bird in his 'sit', which I will spill all about shortly, here you go... you are welcome. He is a funny little duck. Technically he hasn't quite figured out how to avoid falling through this chair, but he is sure willing to give it a go anyhow. Good thing it's a mere inches from the ground. 

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Disclosure // This post and giveaway are sponsored by Wayfair, but all opinions, ramblings, and adorable pictures of my bird slash meatball baby are 100% my own! 

Feb
05
2013
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Some of you probably remember my plan of attack for the bird's nursery.. you can read more about that here. I thought I would update you on what's been done so far, yahoo!

Luckily customer service was wonderful and they sent a replacement right out and this one was intact. BUT... in true pregnant mama fashion I decided I hated the colors. They weren't quite like they are shown on the package or on the site. They were decidedly more muted and a bit blah to be quite honest.

Since this bad boy was paper... you know I couldn't let it rest as is and I took to it with some craft paint and crayon. I added a turquoise blue, sea green, and pink in paint and went over the browns and beiges. Then I used a white colored pencil and lightly went over the orange color which made it decidedly more neon orange in person, which is awesome!

You can see how this little corner of the room is shaping up. I still have a ton to do and of course as soon as I finish I will very likely change everything up and begin again since I have the worst case of Design ADD known to man... In the meantime it will be fun to share some of the easy peasy projects with you guys and see how baby bird likes his new digs. He will be ready to move in within the month I think, and it will likely take me till next year to get around to sharing the deets, ha... exciting times my lovelies!

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Sep
05
2012
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This project has been 'in progress' for literally months. It's ridiculous really, given how simple these DIY curtains actually are, but you see, shortly after starting this project I found out I was expecting baby #2, and promptly began having morning sickness... awesome. Now that things are beginning to settle a bit I have been attempting to finish all of the fabulous things I started way back when! We are only 3/4 way through the year now, no big deal... and better late than never I suppose! So, let's get started with the 'how to' on this bad boy before I lose steam again, shall we?

I began by cutting my fabric into 8 foot lengths, and then folded it in half (at the 4 foot mark) to delineate where my lines should meet (in the middle, duh). I taped off the pattern I wanted to create using Scotch Blue Painters Tape. I was sure to make the points precise on the inside of the pattern (in between the tape lines) using scissors so that it looked proper.

The small bottle of DecoArt Fabric Medium calls for a 2:1 ratio, so that means I needed 4 oz of black paint for the 2 oz bottle of Fabric Medium I was using. I mixed them well in a sealable Tupperware container so that I could cover and reuse between curtain panels. I used a 1" artist's brush to pounce the fabric medium paint mixture into my taped off pattern, careful not to let it seep under the edges of the tape.

I let the paint dry for half a day or so before pulling the tape off. In this particular instance I was careful when removing my tape template so that I could simply turn it and reapply to my fabric for the bottom half of the panel

I aligned the bottom point so that my painted pattern would meet well in the center, and began the process again. Rinse and repeat if you will...

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Once it air dries completely, you will want to follow the instructions on the Fabric Medium bottle and iron and then wash to complete. Once I did all of that I simply cut down the center (vertically) to create to opposing panels and hung them up! Whether this baby is a boy or a girl they will have some fabulous graphic curtain panels to enjoy for months to come! Now that we are at the end of this how-to, enjoy this cute video with a bit more detail and fun where it comes to safety and prep! 

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Jun
11
2012
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Well it's confirmed... We are having a boy! Between the animals and the people who reside under this roof, I am now outnumbered 5 to 1 on the male scale. That's right, I'm the only female here, on a daily basis... eek! I guess I never have to worry much about who gets to pick the decor, and you know, for a gal like me that is rather important. Small victories people, small victories...

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May
30
2012
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It's been a while since I have given you an update on life from the baby train, so I thought I would share with you some of the recent purchases I have made for the nursery! At my last doctor's appointment (4 months / 16 weeks) the doctor was willing to wager this karate kid was a boy. He gave it an 85% chance, but since prawn baby the sequel was extremely squirmy that day, and standing on his or her head, it was awfully difficult to see much of anything other than a 'super hero like', faster than a speeding bullet blur.

I found a crib in a nice bright white, that was extremely budget friendly, from IKEA. I didn't want to go crazy on this item since in the grand scheme of things I know I will very likely build the baby a toddler bed so purchasing a convertible lifetime crib like we did with my Monster Mash seemed pointless. Besides my attention span on home decor is about as short as can be, so whatever I think I love now, I will detest in less than 2 years... for sure.

I chose the expedit shelves for placing baby's clothes and blankets. I will use it like an open shelved dresser of sorts. I wanted simple and clean and everything where I can see it. This certainly fits the bill.

The mobile... need I say more. I saw this fabulous little thing in the sneak peak of Joy Cho's nursery on Design Sponge and absolutely knew it was just the thing for baby.

I will be back tomorrow with an actual sneak peak of how the nursery is coming along and a project or two I even managed to tackle in there! 

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