Branch Mobile

via emmas designblog
I saw this photo last year and immediately copied it into my craft ideas folder for future reference.  I'm going to mimic the branch/crane mobile for our nursery.  I know I could just find a branch to use, but I really like the look of the Manzanita branch, so I ordered a 36" long branch yesterday.  It's sandblasted and I'm planning not planning on painting it.  I can't wait to get started on the cranes, but I have been speculation on creating different types of origami instead, like elephants or owls.  We'll see.


Girl's Nusery Room

As promised, I have put together a board for a girls nursery.  I decided that I realy like teal as a wall color regardless of the gender, but I did switch the shade of teal a little bit for a girl's room.  I thought it would make the yellow curtains POP even more.

(wall color: Trad Home, yellow light: Lighting Universe, chandelier: West Elm-already own, crib sheet: Amazon, rug: Dash & Albert, curtains: Premiere Fabrics)
I wish I knew the exact wall color, but my source didn't list it.  I will have to guess and match if it's a girl. 

We already own the chandelier as it used to hang in our old bathroom.  The idea is to install it in the center of the room where a, less than spectacular, fan currently hangs. 

I have a feeling we are going to buy a white crib skirt whether it's a boy or a girl because finding crib sets to match these rooms is hard. 

The yellow light is an obsession of mine as I've been dreaming about using it ofr a while now, but balked at the $170 price tag, until I found it's duplicate for $70.  I want to install it on the wall over the rocking chair/ reading nook.

What do you think?  Do you like the boy or girl nursery better?  I would love some feedback.


Boy's Nursery Room

We won't know for about another month and a half whether we are having a boy or a girl, so I've been stretching my brain and thinking about a nursery for either gender.  It's actually been a lot of fun, because I can focus on the little additions that add to a rooms appeal and less on the big items, like a crib and changing table, that we already own from our previous child's nursery.

Here's what I am thinking about for a little boy:

(wall color: ohdeedoh, light: ET2, curtains: Premier Prints, Hippo Bookends: Serena & Lily, rug: Dash & Albert)
To buy and install the above products will cost a grand total of $275.  I don't think that's too bad.  There are a couple more items that I am planning on doing whether we have a boy or girl, but I'll show those ideas later.  (The hippo bookend might make the transition to a girls room, too, as it is so cute.)

The wall color is called 'La Fonda Villa Fountain’ by Valspar.


Table Success!

Success!  My husband and I managed to make a quick trip to Chicago to pick up our new breakfast room dining set without too much of a hitch.  We did manage to park in the wrong adjacent parking garage and we drove through the loading docks, but we didn't get towed, so we were fine.  Parking garages can be confusing.

Here's our new set all put together and pretty in the no longer bare Breakfast Room.  It was a really easy table to put together and only took about 15 minutes.  The best part, however, was that we were able to get $100 off the set using my trusty coupons!

Now all I need are some kid friendly/easily cleanable place mats for my messy little boy.


Breakfast Room Set

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted and let me tell you why...I'm pregnant, due 11/11/11 (an auspicious date!) and I haven't been feeling my best until recently.  I am into my 2nd trimester now and that has made all the difference as I will not miss that 1st trimester.  So, all of a sudden I seem to have the energy to write and blog again.

Tomorrow my husband and I are making a quick run to Chicago to pick up a dining set for our breakfast room which has looked empty for the last 6 months.

It's a tricky room to place a table in as it's square, but has multiple paths through it from various rooms and has an, inconveniently located, wood grate in the floor.  I've thought about round table that could seat 6 and rectangular tables that aren't too big.  Finally, I ran across a set from World Market.  I love it as it's not too traditional or modern, but a nice blend of industrial and vintage.  We're going to purchase the table and 4 chairs.  In the future we are going to purchase a "matching" bench so that we can seat more than 4 at the table.

Image via World Market
The real sweetener in this deal (and the reason this short trip is so last minute) is that World Market just came out with a $50 off a $200 purchase that is good in store and online.  We are going to split the transaction into two and each of us is going to take advantage of this coupon.  I'll let you know if my devious plan of saving $100 instead of $50 works.  If you are interested, you can print or redeem your own coupon here.
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