Elise's Nursery

Ok... after some late-night internet searching I was able to 'fix' my posting situation.  I've been excited for the nursery reveal, and I'm glad I will get to share it after all.

But first, go take a look at the inspiration room over at Me and Wee.  You'll quickly see that my creative juices were not actually flowing, I just did a decent job copying :-)

I used a few leftover from my baby shower as decorations (you can spot the ABC poster and pinwheels above).  Both framed pieces on the bookshelf are from my good friend Kelly.  You can find the name collage in her Etsy shop.

And of course there is the chair.  The dreaded project that halted this whole project.  I wish I would've focused a little sooner- we've had some good times cuddling since the chair has made it upstairs (not that Elise is a cuddler- she's always on the go...not sure where she gets that from!).  

I love hoe Elise's Clara dress fit perfectly in with the room decor.  Her little friend agrees, but also thinks there should be more hand knits in the room.  We'll see what we can do about that.

My sister got me these prints on Etsy.  Wish I could tell you where from... (Amanda, do you remember?)

And finally one of the reasons I fell in love with our house- the window seats.  Truth be told (and you can probably tell), I still need to cover the cushion properly.   For the picture, we did a little fabric wrap magic.  Who am I kidding, it will probably stay like this for some time. Oh well.

I'm a little torn as to what to do on these walls.  I do have many pictures that are waiting to be framed, but would it be too much to add to the space?  What do you think?

A Tale of Two Nurseries

No, no- we are not expecting twins.  This is merely another story of pre-baby compromise in the Bernardi home.

Maybe I shouldn't call it that.  I don't think I actually had the  'go-ahead' from Joe on these plans, so I suppose it was less a compromise and more 'I'm pregnant so I'm going to do what I want'.

Being that this is our first child, we have a few different room options for a nursery.  The logical room would be the first bedroom you come to as you walk upstairs (our bedroom is on the main floor), and thus we had decided previously that this would be the nursery.

Then, I got inspired. You may remember this stunning room that I blogged about:

It didn't take long before I realized that the wood floor in this room looked very similar to the wood floor we just put in our basement.  And guess what!?!  We just so happened to have a few extra boxes of said wood floor left over- coincidence?  I think not!

Quickly I started making plans to change out the flooring in this room to match the above room:

Joe did not agree with this plan.  Instead, he decided to be logical and point out the fact that the carpet in this room was replaced right before we moved in (only two years ago).  Boo!

Unfortunately for poor Joe, he does not fully understand the determination of a pregnant woman. For me, case was not closed, and I soon had new plans.  

Right across the hall from this room is another room that (with the exception of having one less window) is a mirror image of this first bedroom.  This room has carpet that is original to the house, and in my opinion, needed to be replaced:

Wouldn't you agree?  That's what I thought!

This past weekend I had my first baby shower and my family hosted in our newly finished basement. I thought it would probably be a great idea to have the room somewhat finished so people could see it while they were over.  So, Wednesday was painting day.  Thursday my sister and I ripped up carpet, and on Saturday, my father, brother-in-law, and I put in a new wood floor.  Gosh, I'm lovin' this second trimester!

Updated pictures coming soon!

Yellow Fabric

Some of you may remember that a while ago I enlisted help in finding a yellow fabric.  At the time, I couldn't tell you why I was looking for such a gender- neutral yellow fabric, but by now, you may have a good guess. 

Just over a year ago, my sister moved away and left me with her nursery set.  It is a light maple wood, which probably wouldn't be my first choice in bedroom furniture, so I started scouring the internet for room options that would work with said furniture.

It didn't take long before I spotted this room at Ohdeedoh and fell in love with the color scheme and thus my newly inherited furniture.

The room is from the blog Me and Wee and was done for a baby girl. Since we are not finding out the sex of our little one before the arrival (and there's a whole story there, more later),  and I was already in love with this room, I figured it was the perfect inspiration for our gender-neutral baby room.

Since it's more than difficult to find bright yellow and white crib bedding, I decided it might be easier to just find some fabric to make a crib bumper and possibly skirt to bring the yellow bedding in (the other bedding would just be white, easy-peasy, right?).  Turns out a modern yellow and white fabric is hard to find.  This is what I had in mind (but in yellow and white instead of orange and white, obviously):

See more of this nursery here

Here's what I've purchased so far:

But I'm still not completely settled on it. I think it will get the job done, but I'm not sure it was exactly what I was looking for.  So if you happen to be out and about and notice some fantastically modern yellow and white fabric, let me know :-)

PS...yesterday Steven A posted an interview with me for 'Project Ten'. See more on his blog and stay tuned for the next designers!