Elephants and ABCs: A Baby Shower Theme

An elephants and ABCs theme! I stumbled upon this modern party that I think is perfect to inspire some playful ideas for a baby shower or a kiddie birthday, and I knew I had to share it with you — especially considering how much I love ellies!

From the elegant elephant silhouette invites to the custom elephant cookies, not a detail was missed when it came to putting together this orange and gray baby shower. Check it out!

Visit Hostess with the Mostess for more details about this delightfully colorful, elephant and the alphabet baby shower from Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio!

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Gray & White | Design Inspiration

Gray and white — a powerful color combination. It can be crisp and contemporary or soft and delicate. This stylish duo can be used in any room in your home and never goes out of style.

Make white and gray your neutral color palate or bring them in with accessories to brighten up a dark room. Rugs, storage bins, bedding and paint are just a few ways to incorporate gray and white into your nursery decor.

What do you think of the color combo? Love it or Leave it?

gray & white girl’s nursery | wall stripes | zig zag chevron pattern storage bin | chinoiserie gray & white nursery | gray & white painted ikea dresser | gray & white lattice rug | gray,white & yellow nursery

Modern, Cozy and Bright Nursery | Featured Real Room

Modern, cozy and bright. Three words that perfectly describe this real yellow and gray nursery from Nadia, of House Thirty-Six, a Peruvian architect, interior design enthusiast and new mom.

Child’s Name: Giacomo
Child’s Age:
5 weeks old
Location:
Tarrytown, New York
What was your inspiration for the room?

Even before becoming pregnant, I knew that when the time came I’d like a modern, fresh, sophisticated, not too baby-ish but cozy nursery. Neutral but with a touch of bold colors, patterns and cute accessories. The starting point was the white furniture we already had from my stepson: a crib, changing table, rocker and shelves. I spent a lot of time looking for inspiration around the web and soon I had some design ideas. I wanted modern striped walls, maybe some chalkboard paint, a cozy rug and colorful patterns. Some of these things changed along the way (instead of stripes, we did chevron) but we kept the essence of the design. Deciding on a color scheme was the hardest part. We had three color schemes in mind. We liked them all so I created mood boards and asked people for their opinions to help us decide. The winner mood board was the grey and yellow combination, with a giraffe theme. And I started to work around it.

Describe your decorating style.
It’s hard to describe my style since I think it is always evolving. I used to love very modern and contemporary. I was a fan of minimalism. However during the past years I’ve learn to appreciate the beauty and timelessness of classic. If I have to define my style I’d say is eclectic. I still like modern and clean but I also appreciate a classic piece of furniture, or a shabby chic accessory and I’m not afraid of mixing them all. At the end the result is very personal and original.

Favorite Items.
I love my baby’s room. It just makes me so happy every time I go in there. My husband’s baby blanket is one of my favorite things in the room, as well as all the handmade gifts my mom and aunt made for my baby. I also love the daybed since I can relax and hang out with my little one without leaving his room. Another thing I love is the little gallery wall I placed around the changing table area and the reading corner.

Any words of advice for expectant moms planning their nursery?
I’d day think outside the box, look for inspiration everywhere, the same as for resources, not just baby related stores or websites. Sometimes you can find new ways of using some everyday things. And work just with things (furniture, accessories, details) that you really, really love. Try to incorporate family heirlooms or handmade details if possible. That makes a space extra especial.

We didn’t have a strict budget for our nursery but we spent very little, since we already had all the baby furniture and re-used some other pieces that we had around the house. The only new thing we bought was the closet storage system and a few accessories. Most of the details and accessories were handmade, DIY projects and/or budget-friendly finds.

Finally be open minded and flexible about your ideas. We started with some specifics but along the way we changed, modified or adjusted them. And we are so happy with the final result!

Room Resources.

Paint: Natural Grey (UL260-11) and Yellow Corn (330B-5) by Behr, matte finish
Furniture: Sleigh Fixed Crib, Berkely Changing Table, Dream Rocker and Collectors Shelves by PBK
Hanging pendants: Solvinden -  Ikea $9.99 each
Night table: hands-me-down
Rug: Living Necessities Grey Rug – Overstock $39.99
Sheepskin rug: Rens – Ikea $24.99
Curtains: Matilda – Ikea $29.99
Window Valance: DIY
Crib Skirt: DIY
Fabric for Window Valance and Crib Skirt: Premier Stretch Fabric in Yellow Corn (3 yards)
Giant giraffe: Melissa & Doug, $79.99
Mirror: Homegoods $39.99
Lamp: Marshalls $24.99
Wrought-iron tricyle: thrift store find
Pillows: DIY
Fabric for pillows: Etsy, Ikea, JoAnn & Fabric.com {$8.99 /yard approx.}
Changing Pad cover: DIY
“Love lives Cozy Here” artwork: Grace Hester Designs {etsy}, $25.00
“Love” artwork: MadebyGirl, $10.00
“G is for Giraffe” artwork: DIY {printing by Vistaprint, $8.99}
Small artwork in gallery wall: DIY and free downloads from here and here.
Cloth doll: Handmade by Mom
Cloth giraffe: DIY
Mobile: DIY, giraffe and elephant coat hangers to make mobile – JoAnn $20.00
Over sized letter “G”: DIY, Wood letter – JoAnn $5.99; Rub ‘n Buff in Silver – Michaels $5.99
Crib blanket: RH Baby & Child {no longer available}
Closet Storage System: Antonious – Ikea $ 230.00 approx.

For more details and pictures, visit Nadia’s blog House Thirty-Six.

Van’s Nursery {Vintage Inspired Decorating Ideas}

Totty, of Boots & Totty, emailed me pictures of her son Van’s nursery and I was instantly blown away by the design. And when I realized that almost everything in the room had been repurposed, I was even more impressed!

The most expensive item in the room is the glider, which normally retails for $999, but Totty scored a super sweet deal and got it for $150!!! The dresser and nightstand got a fresh coat of paint. The chandelier was a $20 thrift store find {which also got a fresh coat of paint} and the photo collage wall was made with inexpensive frames from Target and Ikea.

Child’s Name: Van (aka David vanBlaricom III)
Child’s Age: 7 months
Location: Richmond VA

Describe your decorating style.

My husband and I have design backgrounds, so we are both very opinionated on what we want.  We do agree on clean lines, color, and mixing old with new!

What was your inspiration for the room?

We knew were having a little boy but I didn’t want his room to scream that. We also had to somewhat coordinate the room with our master bedroom as they are connected. The painted stripes were a must and then once I found the papier-mâché Zebra head I knew French-Vintage was the style I was going for {the zebra head is made from the pages of a french book}. To me, French-Vintage style meant soft colors like whites, yellows, and turquoises and fabrics with textures like matelasse and linen. We then added unique touches like the chandelier, the vintage faceplate/lamp/clothes tree, and the 3 Tier basket to pull it all together.

Favorite Items: The Zebra Head, the Bulletin Board and the 3 Tier Epergne Basket.

Advice: Let things evolve.  Not everything has to be matchy-matchy.  Keep a book of ideas- pages from a magazine, photos, fabrics- for inspiration.

Room Resources.

Glider: Restoration Hardware, Color Aqua with White Piping {no longer available}
Footstool: Custom made from a kitchen cabinet
Paint Colors: Walls – Sherwin Williams, Bare Branches; Stripes – Behr, Windwood Spring and Olympic, Silver Feather; Chandelier – Behr, Jamaica Bay; Dresser – Behr, Texas Leather; Nightstand/Bulletin Board/Barn Door - Glidden, Buttered Sweet Corn
Crib: Jenny Lind Crib from CSN
Zebra Head: Anthropologie
Bulletin Board: (Custom painted and cork board was added)- Ikea, Ung Drill  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00091967
Epergne 3 Tier Basket: Sundance
Floating Shelf: Ikea Lack
Whale Print: Sarah Jane Studios on Etsy
Barn Door Hardware: Grainger
Chandelier: Goodwill Thrift Store
Crib Bedding: Custom Made by my Mom
Bumper Pad trim: Amy Butler’s Full Moon Polka Dot in Cherry fabric
Crib Skirt: Heather Bailey Daisy Chain Fabric in Red

* Visit Boots & Totty for the more details on her DIY projects: http://www.bootsandtotty.com/category/nursery/

South Florida Chic | Real Nursery Tours to Inspire

I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath.

Ok. I think that’s enough.

Now on to the details!

This real nursery comes to us from Stephanie Hanna, Owner of Brag About Baby, Inc. (a chic online boutique offering stylish baby/toddler clothing and accessories). It’s whimsical. It’s chic. And it’s GORGEOUS! Read on to find out how this new mom created a space where her daughter’s imagination will soar for years to come.

Child’s Name: McKenzie Raine Hanna

Child’s Age: 6 weeks old

Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

What was your inspiration for the room?
I wanted to design a whimsical room that my daughter could grow into.  A magical place where she could get lost in her imagination.

Describe your decorating style.
Contemporary Chic

Tell us about the design process.
The room all started with the painting above her crib. I saw a similar painting somewhere but it was very expensive and the colors weren’t right. I’m lucky to have a very talented best friend that painted it for me. We bought the canvas at Michaels and I gave her all the paint swatches I wanted to use in the room so she could match them.

Instead of the traditional mobile I wanted to do something a little unexpected. I purchased the butterflies online, and my husband and I suspended them for the wall and ceiling to make it look as if they are flying. I think our daughter will love this when she’s a little older.

The next step for me was deciding on the wall color. I chose gray because I wanted all of the bright colors to pop. It is actually very soothing. My husband and I put up the crown molding and also the molding around the rectangles. The three fuchsia rectangles make a big impact in the room and was again very inexpensive. We used a high gloss paint to apply the swirlies inside the rectangles. The swirlies complement the painting on the opposite wall. The monogram letter ‘M’ was purchased on Etsy and I painted it to match and added the butterfly to tie it all in.

We chose sleek modern white furniture to brighten up the room. The lighting is a scene stealer. What little girl doesn’t love bling? The bling floor lamp and the bling table lamp were bought for me as a shower gift from my besties, also the crystal wall sconces. The light bounces all over the room making it feel magical.

The tissue poms hanging above the glider are a dramatic pop of color that adds so much. We strung them with crystals to tie in the bling.

The bedding was the most challenging part of the room. I didn’t want to do anything too crazy and take away from the painting so I chose a solid fuchsia color with the polka dot pattern.

The birds and owls scattered through out the room are one of my favorites. I found them on Etsy. They are very well made and I feel they add a touch of whimsy to the room.

The frames and the toy box were also painted by my best friend. The frames we got from Michaels on sale and the toy box was another shower gift.

I feel that one of the greatest parts of being a kid is being able to imagine anything. I designed this room for my daughter to have a place she can go to feel like she is in a whimsical world where anything is possible, she can be anything in life and do whatever brings her joy. I want to instill this in her at a very young age so she can grow up being confident and secure in herself and the path she chooses :)

Any words of advice?
Don’t feel you have to follow any rules when decorating your nursery, it doesn’t have to be baby pink or blue, use your imagination!

Room sources.

Owls and bird | Bellamina
Furniture | AP Industries
Bedding | The Land of Nod
Butterflies | The Butterfly Grove
Lighting | Chiasso
Tissue poms | DIY Project
Wooden M | Wooden Letters

image source: Photography By Ashlynn

Coco Chanel Inspired Baby Shower {Party Decorating Ideas}

Whether you’re planning a baby shower, birthday party or a nursery, this glamorous Coco Chanel Inspired Baby Shower I found on the Hostess {With The Mostess} Blog is sure to inspire.

I’m head over heels for the soft pink and muted gray color palette… très chic and sophisticated.

And the details! So many pretty little details!

images: Hostess {with the mostess}

photography: Alice Hu Photography

event planning: Blair Britt Weddings and Events

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A Yellow and Gray Nest {Reader Nursery Submission}

Julianne Craig is a new mom and the incredibly talented event planner and owner of A Modern Proposal. When I saw the progress on her nursery design project, I jumped at the chance to share the end result with you. And I was incredibly honored when she accepted my request to showcase her nursery here.

And like many nurseries we’ve featured recently, fabric plays a major role in this room as well.

With a yellow and gray color palette, this room is modern, delicate, organized and incredibly affordable!

Nursery details.-

Crib: Ikea – Gulliver
Change table: Ikea – Expedite cube (with drawers)
Curtains: Jysk
Chair: Classifieds (Kijiji)
Side table: Ikea (bought it off Kijiji)
Artwork: Etsy - A-Z poster + Parrot; Numbers; You Are my Sunshine; Rest were DIY
Wall Vinyl: Etsy – Designed Designer
Bedding: Etsy- Cottage Belles (Not Shown Yet)
Side Table: Ikea
Lamp: Home Outfitters
White throw: Ikea

images courtesy of www.shandrophoto.com

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