Zoey's Nursery

I'll just go ahead and say it- I love styling nurseries!  
It doesn't get more fun than adding a bit of whimsy to a child's room. Especially when your client is open to any and all suggestions and allows you to pretty much have free reign on the design plans. The result is always awesome. Promise.
I am thrilled to finally share a very special project: Baby Zoey's Nursery

Our Momma had one request. "I want a space that feels light, open and airy."  She also had her heart set on adding some floral accents. Armed with a floral watercolour accent pillow and print found on Society6, BOOM! we had our jumping off point. 

The space we had to work with was a guest bedroom with one North facing window that lets in light-medium midday light.  The walls were a solid medium grey- too dark for a
light and airy space. 

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Initially, mom wanted a lighter grey which would lighten and neutralize the room. We had almost settled on and purchased paint when I suggested taking a sharp departure from the grey and choosing something even lighter.  Enter, the lightest, softest, most elegant pink you've ever set eyes on.  Even the name suggests soft butterfly kisses to the cheek. Gentle Butterfly 2173-70 Benjamin Moore.  Because, obviously, BM.  

Gentle Butterfly 2173-70 Benjamin Moore 

Gentle Butterfly 2173-70 Benjamin Moore 

The best part about this paint colour is that it is soft enough to appear as almost a neutral and not an in-your-face pink. With the right accessories, it could easily grow with Baby Zoey as she develops her own personality and tastes. 

Ikea Ekby Bjarnum Shelves / Etsy Bunny prints / @MillieBearBlooms giant tasseled knit blanket / @Society6 watercolour pillow

Ikea Ekby Bjarnum Shelves / Etsy Bunny prints / @MillieBearBlooms giant tasseled knit blanket / @Society6 watercolour pillow

A gorgeous gift. This @MillieBearBlooms original "Zoey" blanket was made especially for baby girl's arrival. Now it adds a beautiful layer of pink to soften the grey rocker.

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Gold details + cotton tails ...and dinosaurs?  A little gold T-Rex, while uncommon for a baby girl's room, it is a nod to this Momma's love for dinos and something she has already passed down to her daughter.  Fun Fact: before she was born, the very first time Mom felt Zoey kick was when she + Dad were watching Jurassic Park!

Ikea Ribba Frame / @Society6 watercolour print / Handmade Mobile 

Ikea Ribba Frame / @Society6 watercolour print / Handmade Mobile 

Made with love, this mobile was made using an embroidery hoop + foam craft spheres + fabric pieces. It hangs down on invisible thread from a hook on the ceiling, so as not to obstruct the view or flow through the room.

Ikea Frame / Handpainted Watercolour Artwork / Target Project62 Lamp / Vintage Brass Rocking Horse / Ikea Hemnes Dresser (pulls sprayed Gold)

Ikea Frame / Handpainted Watercolour Artwork / Target Project62 Lamp / Vintage Brass Rocking Horse / Ikea Hemnes Dresser (pulls sprayed Gold)

Throughout the room we used layers of pink in different shades and hues. They compliment each other and add depth, texture and visual interest.  White, gold and a bit of grey add contrast and play to a more mature and elegant feel in the space.

Target Project62 Lamp / Vintage Brass Rocking Horse 

Target Project62 Lamp / Vintage Brass Rocking Horse 

One more closeup for this guy, because isn't he handsome? 

I will leave you here with a bit of colour theory. Did you know that pink used to be masculine? It was not always considered "girly". In the 18th century, it was often assigned to men and boys, being that it is a pale hue of the primary colour red, which symbolizes action, courage and fiery energy. Girls were more often dressed in pale blues as it was seen as the more dainty hue.  Let's hope that this little girl grows up with a fiery energy, staying inspired and courageous to do all that she wants in life! 

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She's a beaut, Clark! 

We finally birthed our highly anticipated cedar farmhouse dining table and it's better than we could have imagined. Or, maybe we're just ecstatic to finally have an outdoor surface to eat on. Potayto, potahto.

Our previous home had an attached deck that was old and rotted and we eventually tore it down completely, so we had no use for patio furniture and never bought any.  Our current home however, has a massive two-tiered deck that has been looking very sad and bare, especially since we've been having such amazing summer weather lately. 

In between work, social events, weekly sports obligations, yard work/gardening and the usual chores, we finally had a free afternoon/evening to grind out this beautiful tableau and we're super happy with how it turned out.  Did I say that already?

If you're wondering why we chose to do all the work rather than just buy a pre-fab table, the reason is this; Unless you're prepared to spend an arm and a leg at a store like Restoration Hardware, the quality isn't always on par with the price.  Or, it is, and you have the furniture for a couple of seasons and then it's ready for the trash. Not to mention, it is difficult to find exactly what you like.  Why not make it yourself? And for a fraction of the cost. It takes no more than a few hours and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you built it to last.

If I told you that the cost of the cedar lumber and deck screws to make this table was $200, would you believe me?   (It's a simple question Doctor, would you eat the moon if it were made of ribs?)

The classic farmhouse table is a standard that will never go out of style. Cedar wood is long-lasting and durable because it is absorbent and naturally resistant to decay and termites. This is why people build decks, fences, garden beds and trellises out of it. Added bonus- it smells amazing. You don't have to chemically treat it or seal it either.  The jury is still out on whether or not I am going to stain it though... I may also seal the top surface just because we'll be eating and drinking on it.  The quiet voice in my head is whispering that a couple rounds of flip cup might be played on this table top in the future, so it might require a good shellac. But, if left untreated, cedar turns a lovely shade of weathered grey, which I think would be beautiful.  

If you would like to build a cedar table for yourself, you can find plans for one similar to ours at:
http://www.remodelaholic.com/build-farmhouse-dining-table/

Ps, chairs are a vintage style metal dining chair from Structube. They are meant for indoor use but if left outside uncovered will weather and wear to a beautiful rust patina.
They are on sale right now for $59 from $99. 
Table runner is a canvas painter's drop cloth from Home Depot for $16. 
Glassware, vintage gold flatware and china are my own.

Doing my best "Giada" 💁🏼

Doing my best "Giada" 💁🏼