BL Baby: Initial nursery inspiration

grey nursery

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So in case you didn’t know, I’m an interior designer by trade.  I’ve been doing it for 9 years, and when I tell you its infinitely easier to design for someone else than yourself, believe it!  I’ve been going back and forth on nursery designs for weeks, so thought I would share a couple of directions with you that will lead up to what we actually do in there.  We know we’ve having a boy, so I’ve liked the idea of having a graphic neutral room, but still have it have a pop of something.  Black and white is an obvious choice, but I don’t necessarily want to have the room be totally dark (though I might feel differently when this kid decides he doesn’t want to sleep!)  Going slightly lighter to a charcoal grey will probably be the way to go.

black and white nursery

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Before even BEING pregnant, I saw the Land of Nod Carousel crib in green (see below) and thought for SURE I would want to use this for my eventual baby…green is my absolute favorite color and theirs really is the perfect shade of kelly.  But Chad’s been giving me some pushback on it, so its been making me rethink it, and eventually I had trouble working it into anything I wanted to do.  I’m devastated, but will press on!  There will be green somewhere in this room, I swear it!

green nursery

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So thats where we’re at right now…in the coming weeks I’ll show you guys how I thought some of these designs would come together in renderings!

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Pairs | 26

circular rainbow

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Eva Fehren

eva fehren jewelry

Oh Eva Fehren, how your jewelry bewitches me!  Its the perfect mix of class and edge…and check out her Instagram for great stacking ideas.

eva fehren jewelry

[images from Eva Fehren]

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Hitting the 3rd trimester!

belly

I haven’t really been talking about my pregnancy much here, other than the weekly photos I’ve been sharing on Instagram (#bklynbump), but its definitely been quite a trip.  The first trimester pretty much just sucked wit nausea hitting me primarily in the afternoons and evenings.  The second trimester went too quickly but was finally where I felt a little more like myself, except for my giant swollen potato feet & acid reflux, and now I just hit the third trimester so its all systems go until November when this kid is scheduled to come out.

I’ve been trying to limit how much I’ve been reading or finding out as we go since I’ve had such bad anxiety in the past, though I’ve been surprisingly calm thus far.  Just trying to not overthink things I think….ignorance might really be bliss for me!  Anyone else like that?  Just letting things happen as they will and not over-read everything?

Over the next few weeks I’ll post some more baby stuff from inspiration for the nursery, to my baby shower and what I ACTUALLY did with the nursery (definitely wasn’t what I thought it was going to be), so I hope you won’t mind me sharing…I promise it won’t be all babyville around here!

[images above from my Instagram…weeks 20, 22, 23, and 24, where I finally lost sight of my toes!]

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Pairs | 25

mustard yellow furniture

1 | 2

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Okru

okru clay creations

Loving these clay creations from Okru!

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[images from Okru]

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On learning

taking classes

I remember while in school I always found it a pain to be in a class, except when it came to any classes dealing with art or making things with my hands.  I’ve been out of college for over (cough, cough) 10 years at this point and have been feeling that itch to learn new crafts, so I’ve made it a point to take classes of skills I’d love to learn or relearn by the top ladies in their fields. These are a few I’ve taken that I highly recommend!

Flower arranging with Chelsea Fuss of Frolic!

Chelsea’s flower arranging class was my first foray in post-collegiate learning a few years back, and it was incredibly eye opening.  Chad and I made a vacation out of it since the class was in Portland and we had wanted to visit anyway, so it just goes to show that you shouldn’t let location stop you from taking a class with the teacher you want!  It’s even easier now to take a class with her now that she’s doing them through Nicole’s Classes…I highly recommend it!

Calligraphy with May-belle

I was invited to Maybelle’s class when it was in Brooklyn a while back and loved it!  You walk away not only with the new knowledge of of calligraphy, but all the tools you’ll need to keep it up once you’re home.  The class is small so you get personal attention, and its really helped me branch out with other techniques.  She’s teaching all over the world it seems lately, so there’s no excuse to find the closest class to you and take it!

Weaving with Maryanne Moodie

This was the latest class I took and I absolutely loved it!  I had done weaving on large looms in college (I liked it so much I became a textile arts minor!) but had forgotten all my skills, so this class was a great refresher for me.  Now that she’s back from maternity leave after having her latest babe, she’s starting to schedule classes again, so sign up!

Pompoms with Dana Haim

I’ve made pompoms before with plastic pompom makers, but could never figure out how to do cool patterns and shapes.  In reality, there’s an organic way of going about it, and with little more than some cardboard molds and getting to learn from the pompom queen herself, I walked away with some stellar poms and a passion to make more!  Follow her on Instagram to find out about upcoming classes.

[images from respective teachers]

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Pairs | 24

peachy poppies

1 | 2

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Painted envelopes

Lucy Halcomb painted envelope

Lucy Halcombs envelopes remind me of a time when I used to draw on envelopes and send them to friends at sleepaway camp…hers are WAY better tho!  Find more of them on her Instagram.

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[images from @lucy_mail]

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Pairs | 23

gold black white

1 | 2

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