Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nursery Tour: Hayes eclectic nursery

Today’s nursery is just bursting with detail!  Using a gorgeous colour combination of pink, aqua, white and yellow, Rachel from Southern Exposure created an eclectic yet simple nursery for her daughter Hayes.

Isn’t the bird cage above the cot amazing?!

For all the details, head over to Rachel's blog.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Nursery Tour: Baby D’s Coastal Chic Nursery

Boy do I have a nursery for you today!  I couldn’t help but be drawn to this amazing room when I saw it over at Project Nursery…..plus it’s one of the few fellow Australian nurseries I’ve been able to show you and Kelle (Baby D’s mum) was happy to answer some of my questions!

Kelle is an avid blog reader and came across an image of the front of a store which featured pops of turquoise and yellow and she knew straight away that that was the colour scheme she wanted to go for.  From the stripes on the wall to the delicate butterfly mobile and decals on the wall, this room oozes casual glamour!BABY D'S NURSERY

What inspired you for its design?

I wanted to create a space that we would enjoy spending time in as a family. I wanted a modern, calming space with pops of colour. BABY D'S NURSERY

How did you decide on the theme?

The theme evolved over time, and when we decided on the stripes I think that’s when it all came together. I was inspired by Sonja Bouw’s nursery  I love that she created a space that was modern and ‘fun’. 

What was your nursery decorating timeline?

We were undergoing a major renovation at the same time {as many pregnant women do!} so for a while the ‘nursery’ had many lives - a kitchen and storage room among them. So I used this time to scour the net (lots of the items came from etsy.com) and local homewares stores and picked up pieces along the way that I truly loved. BABY D'S NURSERY

Where did you purchase some of the furniture and decor?

The Moroccan pouffe is from Ada & Darcy, the replica Marcel wanders stool is from Sokol, Boori Country Sleigh Cot from Baby Shop Direct, Mini Louis ghost chair is from Click On Furniture, White Wash hamper is from Target, the ‘once upon a time’ bookends and butterfly mobile are from Adairs, the rabbit ornament is from Typo, a Jo Malone candle, the frames and shelves are from Ikea, Sock Monkey is from Etsy – Super Sock Monkeys, I love you more print is from Etsy – Gus & Lulu, You are my sunshine print is from Etsy - Jess Gonacah, yellow baby blanket is from Etsy -  Baby Buttercup, Butterfly decals from Etsy – Surface Inspired, blue zebra pillows are from Etsy – Mi Casa Bella and Butterfly print is from Etsy – Ish & Chi.

The wall colours are gorgeous.  What are they?

Dulux - Chocolate Shake and China Doll quarter

How many DIY elements were involved in this nursery?

My husband and I created the driftwood hanging wardrobe using a piece of fishing wire and some bolts attached to the shelves. BABY D'S NURSERY

What’s your overall favorite detail of the nursery?

To be honest, each piece was selected very carefully so I love absolutely everything in the room – but…. If I had to choose it would be the driftwood hanging wardrobe and the “I Love You More Print” – as soon as I saw this print it brought a tear to my eye as the feeling you have toward your baby before he/she is even born is indescribable!

What was the biggest challenge of creating your nursery?

Having the rest of the house renovated at the same time which held up the process – I was dying to get in there and start putting the room together! BABY D'S NURSERY

What’s your advice to other parents out there attempting to decorate their own nurseries?

Choose items that you absolutely love rather than just trying to fill the space – and then show them off with some open shelves. Also think outside the box and look everywhere for those special pieces – not just baby/nursery shops. Oh, and blogs and etsy.com are your best friend for inspiration!

Thankyou so much Kelle for sharing your gorgeous nursery!

 

PS – Kelle is due October 16th…..great day for a ‘birth day’ if you ask me!  Yep, my birthday! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nursery Tour: Baby boys vintage nursery

Rachel from Gilly Grey put this nursery together for her 2nd son.  What a sweet and serene room!

The colour scheme is just lovely and neutral and I love the maps on the wall!

For resources, head over to Gilly Grey.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Feature Colour: Coral

Coral has been on my radar for nearly 3 years now……Hugh’s nursery, if he was a girl of course, was going to feature coral.  You may have noticed that this gorgeous colour is starting to pop up more and more. 

It is a perfect colour to team with a grey backdrop or pair a beautiful soft yellow or keep it lovely and fresh with white.

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via meohmy

Boy and Girl Shared Room, A toddler boy who loves golf and a new baby girl who needs some glam crammed into one room. Lots of storage for toys and a big wall for books and artwork., Nurseries Design

via rate my space

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via made by girl via Cape27

lay baby lay via 6thstreetdesign1

via Lay Baby Lay

(oh I know this isn’t a nursery, but it would look beautiful above a cot!) ptbshower17via Craig & Whitney Blog via pintrest 

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What do you think?  I just love this colour!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I need these

I’ve found the perfect spot for this table and a few of these chairs for the boys…..now to persuade hubby they must make it into our nest!via here & here

Monday, September 19, 2011

My musings on motherhood…..the 2nd time around

{insert sarcastic tone here}  Since I am such an expert on having 2 babies now, I thought I would share with you my insights and must haves……and because every blog post needs a pic, here’s some of my beautiful boys!Hugh & Charles
-Your eldest will NOT be happy with you when they realise baby is coming home with you from the hospital! Before Charlie arrived, I tried to do all the things that is recommended. I gave Hugh one of my old cabbage patch dolls, we gave him (Cabbage Patch name is Lesley Gus for the record) bottles, changed his nappy, put him to sleep in the hammock etc. When Hugh came up for his first visit, I made sure I wasn’t holding Charlie but Hugh didn’t care. Hugh was not happy with me in general! Mostly ignored me and knew something was quite different!

- I know when I was having #2, I kept saying “I’ll have jobs for people to do” after getting home from the hospital. But I didn’t. Have friends that are having a baby? Never offer your services. JUST DO IT! I really don’t think there is any point of saying “just let me know what I can do” and as I mentioned, I was sure I would be ok with accepting others help this time around, but I wasn’t. If someone just did something for me, that was another story, more than happy to take it. I did push myself a little to much after having Charlie (especially after having a c-section) and paid for it a few days after that. I know for next time! You would think I might have picked that up after having Hugh!

-Introduce a bottle early! Ok, this is a very personal preference and I know from experience with Hugh, you may not have any other option but to bottle feed. I just didn’t have enough supply when I had Hugh, he was a big baby (9pd 15) and I couldn’t keep up, actually I struggled to have enough milk for a little baby! So he was introduced to the bottle and formula when we were still in hospital. I breastfeed as much as I could, but he did need formula top ups. Plus being able to go to bed early and have hubby do the dream feed was a blessing!
Now, the little troublemaker that it Charlie, flat out refuses to take a bottle! I know it’s been said before, but boy oh boy….each baby is different! I’ve tried many different bottles, teats and sippy cups and he’s not having it. My aim with Charlie was to feed until about 8 months (I got to 6 months for Hugh) but looks like it will be until at least 12 months. With wedding and racing season upon us, we have a few events to go to and Charlie not taking a bottle is not making it easy to try and work out logistics! On that note, I went to see a client today and I knew I was making the appointment at a bad time (in terms of Charlies feeds), needless to say hubby tried yet another teat and Charles would not have it.  Unfortunatly, my clients took a little bit longer than usual which made it even worse!  I’m also trying to get back into dancing and the gym, but the I have to work around the limited class timetables and Charlies feeds. Next baby will be introduced to a bottle quite early (as well as breastfed).
 
 
-  I generally don’t leave the house before 3.30pm…..and that annoys me because then I get the after school crowd!  By the time I get Charlie breastfed, then dressed, then the boys breakfast, Charlie is ready for his 1st sleep (notice I didn’t include my shower or getting ready?  That normally happens once Charlie is back in bed).  If Charlie only has a little nap, which is quite a common occurrence – the boy isn’t a big daytime sleeper – I might nick us into the supermarket.  But in all honestly, it’s hard!  By the time you get shoes, hats, jackets etc. on to get out the door and into the car, it’s 10.30am, the house still looks like a bomb has hit it and then I need to be home again to feed Charlie at 11am!  Then it’s lunch time for the boys and then a sleep for both.  Phew!

-In saying the above, I make sure I’m out of the house for our weekly (sometimes twice weekly) mums group catch up at 9.30am!  Don’t care what state I’ve left the kitchen in those days.  Hugh loves playing with his friends, especially his bestie Big O and this mummy loves her sanity time with the other mummies!  The girls in my mothers group are all amazing and we share a common love of Coca-Cola and chocolate!

-There is no such thing as going for a nice lunch/coffee/long shop if it’s just you and 2 kids.  Our outings, when it’s just me,  revolve around Charlie’s feeds.  Town Planners / Shopping Centre designers have no reality where I live…..if Charlie needs a feed whilst we are out, there is no where I can sit and know that Hugh will be safe.  I can’t be sitting down feeding with Hugh looking to have a run around!  I also struggle to get my pram into mothers rooms….um how about you make doors wider people?)

-  Dinner time & bath time stress me out.  It’s chaotic (and I know, I only have 2 but good lord!), messy and lots of tears.  Hugh often refuses whatever it is I’ve cooked and he sits at our kitchen bench crying because he doesn’t want to eat any more and wants to hop down, Charlie’s starting to get tired again and gets grumpy.  Bath time, if my hubby isn’t home by then (which does happen quite a bit) means double the time to get it done as they need to bath separately, because I'm not going to leave Hugh in the bath while I go and get Charlie dressed (am I missing something so incredibly simple here?  Do you have 2 kids you need to bath by yourself?  Any tips?)  We do bath Hugh and Charlie together if someone is around to help me…..Charlie get’s out of the bath first and get’s dressed while Hugh is finishing his bath up and by that time Charlie is more than ready for another feed.    Needless to say, I’m not a fan of 4.30 (when I start getting tea ready)-7pm!

-  Giving up Hugh’s dummy was no where near as bad as I thought it might be!  Along as being a huge fan of the bottle, Hugh was a massive fan of his dum (for sleeps only).  I initially thought about getting rid of it before Charlie arrived, but decided against that.  So at just over 2 years old, I cut the tip of his dum off.  We’d been talking about throwing the dum out because it was yucky and we’ll get the garbage truck to take it with the nappies.  Then a couple of weeks after that, after his day sleep, I reminded him that the garbage truck will take it, we went outside, he threw it in the bin and that was it.  If he did ask for it, he would say '”dum, truck, gone”. 

-Make friends with an Osteo/Chiro/Physio and go regularly.  Picking up 25-30kgs of boys (sometimes at the same time) hurts.  Of course, this depends on the age difference in your kids and their weight.  But Hugh is at an age that he is only now gaining independence in climbing into his car seat for example, but he still needs to be picked up and put into his cot or picked up and put on the change table.  All this lifting of heavy boys got to me.  I kept complaining about my sore back, hoping hubby might pick up on the fact and offer a back rub…..he didn’t.  One day it was so sore, I asked him when he might be able to stay home for a bit so I could make an appointment with the Osteo.  When he told me, perhaps Friday (it was Monday when I was asking) I started crying.  How could I possibly go 4 more days of this?  I could barely pick the boys up and as I still had to often (as my above examples) and when I did it hurt!  Needless to say, tears did the trick, not that there was a trick, I genuinely couldn’t work out how I could get through the week in pain, and I rang up my sport therapy guy (that makes it sound like I’m sporty, but I’m really not.  I’d seen this guy before when I woke up years ago and couldn’t move my neck).  I wanted to kiss him…..he could see me that afternoon!  A bit of acupuncture and rubbing (he left me bruised) and I was fixed!  My L5 was pinching a nerve which kept causing my gluts to contract and spasm.

There is BIG love between the 2 boys, especially now as Charlie is starting to babble and they seem to provoke each other when its meal time (and by provoke I mean laugh at each other).  It’s very cute!

Sooooo after all that, am I going to have another baby you ask?  Why yes, yes I am (we hope so anyway, but the age gap will be bigger!  My body needs a bit more time to recover after having  9pd 15oz and 10pd 10oz boys and both being c-sections)……there are lots of moments where it’s just overwhelming, especially now as Hugh has started the ‘terrible 2’s’, but there are many more moments where I realise how lucky I am to have 2 beautiful, healthy and happy boys!
I’d love to know from you, what advice would you give to your pre-baby self?

PS.  Because this post went for much longer than I intended, I’ll show you later in the week my must have items!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mala’s Nursery

Did you happen to notice this cute little lion print on Mala’s nursery design board?  

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Well I was the lucky winner recently of not 1, but 2 prints from Elissa Hudson Illustration!  It was perfect timing really…..I was putting together Mala’s nursery and noticed this print tied in perfectly with our colours and theme.

I’m sure you’ve seen her ‘I believe in pink’ print around, it’s been incredibly popular!

I Believe in Pink wall art Print

Are you wondering what else I picked?  Well I chose this one for Charlie’s nursery (I know it’s been 7 months and I still haven’t showed you his nursery…..I’ve been gathering prints for his gallery wall and it’s nearly complete!)

Sweet Dreams Print

 

And this is the bunting I made for Mala’s nursery.  It’s going to hang above the cot.IMG_0961

I can’t wait to show you photos of the nursery…..Mala’s mum went on a shopping spree on Friday and many of the items are on the way to her now!

Friday, September 9, 2011

{Design Board} Hakuna Matata Mala

I’m going to be an Aunty very, very soon (Mala is the bubs nickname) and seeing that Mala would need a stylish nursery, they asked I insisted on putting together a design for them!
When they told me what style of room they liked, I have to say I was hesitant (I haven’t told them that…..yep Mr & Mrs C, I was worried) when they told me they liked a little bit of an animal/safari themed room.  I’m sure you have all seen the really garish safari nurseries complete with leopard print chairs and huge giraffe peering over the cot…..they make me gag! 
So my challenge was to make a gender neutral (I’m tipping it’s going to be a boy, but my hubby thinks it will be a girl…..I guess one of us will be right!), stylish and subtle animal nursery.  And I have to say I think I achieved it!  It is my favorite design to date!
I have spoken before of my love for blue here, regardless of boy or girl, so for the colour scheme we incorporated blue, yellow & grey.  However, if baby is a girl, I did also give Mr & Mrs C options to add in a dash of pink.
Malas nursery
Below is the inspiration board.
Inspiration board
I’ve been making the bunting for them to hang over the cot and am popping it in the post today to send up to them!  Photos of it to come.
So, you tell me……what do you think?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nursery Tour: Ellie’s Pink & Grey Dream

Leigh from Baby Love Bliss designed this beautiful nursery for her daughter, Ellie.  I just love the wall colour and the pops of pink featured throughout!baby love bliss blogbaby love bliss blog1baby love bliss blog2baby love bliss blog3

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For more details, head over to Leigh’s blog!

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