Posted on | August 16, 2012 | 51 Comments
I’ve been searching for an antique dresser for the nursery. I was exploring a hundred different dresser styles but wasn’t really sure what I wanted. Did I want something country cottage style or more grown-up Swedish look? I spotted this dresser at Grace Sales in Marblehead and fell in love. It’s Jenny Lind style with a detachable mirror. The drawers all slide and it’s in really good condition. Better yet? I picked it up for $210!
I could paint the dresser or leave as is? So now that I have the dresser I need to pick a crib. There are a million cribs on the market but most of them feel a bit more modern. The more traditional styles tend to have cutesy curves and feel too feminine for me. I want something that’s a mix of both that I can mix with antique pieces like my dresser.
At first, I really fell for the Sparrow Crib by Oeuf ($730) and the Mid-Century Crib from Dwell Studio ($980). Both have simple lines and I love the round spindles that give the cribs a shaker feel. What I don’t like are the solid panels on the ends. I want a crib that has spindles all around and gives me clear visibility of baby from all angles of the room.
I like the idea of having spindles all around but I would prefer the spindles to be round. I found a few traditional styles and one very modern round version from Stokke. I have a number of friends who swear by the Stokke Sleepi System that includes a bassinet option that coverts to a crib and then a toddler bed. And within any piece of furniture it can be swayed in a different style direction with a mix of more traditional pieces in the space. Below my four picks.
1. Millbrook Iron Crib from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, $849. Very traditional and doesn’t convert to a toddler bed.
2. Stokke Sleep System, $999. Modern but could be a cool mix with more antique pieces. And I like that conversion option and that can easily roll around from room-to-room. But the round sheets kinda drive me crazy.
3. Jenny Lind Cribby Da Vinci, $199. Very traditional and budget-friendly but I worry about the sturdiness of the construction based on online reviews.
4. Liberty Crib from Franklin and Ben, available through Giggle $349. Similar to the Jenny Lind crib but looks a bit heavier and has extra scalloped edges.
Oh whoops and one more! I forgot to add…I spotted this crib on Unison’s website. They sell super adorable stripe crib sheets and skirts! I’m pretty sure the crib pictured is the Anderson Crib from The Land Of Nod ($749)?
So which one would you choose? For nursery inspiration check out my “Baby Stuff” Pinterest board.
Brainstorming Nursery: Watery Pinks, Blues and Greens
Posted on | July 10, 2012 | 20 Comments
You might be perplexed by these images and say to yourself, I thought she was planning a nursery? I realize none of these rooms are very kid-like but from each photo is a tiny bit of inspiration that will become the perfect space for my baby girl.
I could go a million directions with a nursery from rainbow modernist to more baby-themed motifs. But for some reason these are the images I keep coming back to that feel “right”. Watery pinks, blues and greens are colors you’ll see appear over and over in the house once it’s complete. Sometimes they’ll have a more traditional/formal nod and other times infusions of modern and scandinavian style cues. Below notes on what’s catching my eye. In the coming weeks (I’m 25 weeks!) how it will all come together.
Psst I’m pinning my favorite baby/kid ideas at pinterest.com/katyelliott/baby-stuff/
A collage created by Jane at Ill Seen, Ill Said a collection of image from Ochre and Stevan Alan spring 2011. Love the mix of color and texture
A rug in the apartment I rented in Provence this past spring. Sharon of The Marston House told me she would bring it back for me next Spring! Love the muted shades!
A peek of Nicolette Camille’s apartment as seen on Design*Sponge. Great wall color, mirror and hint of pink tapestry.
Another shot from Nicolette’s apartment. Beautiful snapshots she took of clouds. Love this idea for a children’s room.
The owners of Ochre’s Shelter Island home as featured in House Beautiful. Love the colors, mix of texture, rock water color painting and sky colored paneled paintings. I would like to find an old dresser to use as a changing table. Something about the color in the above cabinet really grabbed my eye.
Love this room from the book Rooms To Inspire By The Sea via Mrs. Blandings. I thought about building a bench so we can all have family reading time together. Love all the different stripes mixed together.
A former blacksmith shop featured in the current issue of Country Living. Love the sage green painted floors. I need to put down new flooring in the nursery and like this idea against crispy walls and antique pieces.