Jenny Lind Style Dresser

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.

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Stripping Wood Floors? Need Help!

At the top of my renovation list to get done before baby is to have the floors stripped on the second floor of our house. The floors are all original wide plank, painted in an assortment of creams and browns.

I don’t know the best process to remove the paint and when I bring it up with Greg he gets frustrated and complains that the floors will be ruined and loose their character if I have them sanded. I realize it was common to have painted floors back in the day and it’s only recently become fashionable to have them stripped to just wood.

So I reach out to my readers because I’m starting to go crazy. I just want the paint off. Can you help? Have you had your floors stripped or whatever method you want to call the process? What’s the best way to preserve them so they don’t loose their old house appeal? Can you recommend someone who does this type of work?

We did strip the paint off the molding in our den using The Silent Paint Remover which works great! But the remover we have is small and overheats quickly when applied straight down which makes the process very labor intensive. If we could find a crew who does this type of removal that would be ideal since it doesn’t require sanding. I don’t need every little speck of paint off but something where most of it’s gone.

I found this list on Whole Living’s website on water-based and natural sealers as well as waxes and oils. I don’t want super slick floors with heavy poly but something soft and hopefully using a natural product.

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