paint . . . fabrics . . . and toys . . . oh my!

i love having a reason to decorate.  spending hours dreaming up color schemes, searching for the perfect fabric, and sewing totally does it for me!

when we first found out that we were expecting again, i didn’t really give much thought to how i would decorate a nursery.  i was sure that lily and the new baby would be sharing a room, since all other free space in our cincinnati house was spoken for.  enter my husband . . . who made my decorating dreams come true!  he decided that it would be better for the new baby to get their own room, and that he was fine moving his office from the upstairs to the basement.  how awesome is that?  as soon as we found out that we were having a little boy, i immediately started to panic . . . just a little.  i had no idea what i would want for a little boy’s room.  all themes that i could come up with  seemed like they had already been done before, and better than i could have done . . . rocket ships . . . vintage cowboys . . . airplanes . . . blah blah blah.  i wanted something different and fresh.  well, after literally spending hours scouring websites for fabric and ideas, i decided that i don’t need a theme.  in fact, not pigeon-holing myself into a theme gave me more freedom to do a variety of things and to change over time.

so i decided to just pick a color scheme and go with that.  but what to choose?  i swear that i now know just about every fabric collection from amy butler to joel dewberry.  as soon as i found a fabric that would be masculine enough, i’d find that it had already been discontinued or was going to be way out of my price range.  grrrrr!  one day, i just decided that i was going to joann fabrics and i wasn’t coming out until i had at least two yards of useable fabric for his room in my hands.  voila!  i found it!  as borat would say, “great success!”  i found the coolest green fabric with white detailing that, paired with dark brown accents,  would be the perfect mod yet masculine look i wanted for the room.

i set off to work!  again, since i am of “limited means” these days, i decided to repurpose as many of lily’s things as i could.  besides, i am a picky person and wouldn’t want anyone else making it for me . . . that is with the exception of my mother-in-law and my bestie.  anyway, i took her old crib bumper and recovered it with the fabric, using brown bias tape for the ties.  it was then time to make the crib skirt.  my sewing skills are limited, at best, so i knew that straight lines, sans box-pleats, would work best for me.  i used the same green fabric for the sides and an old piece of fabric for underneath the mattress.  a few hours later it was done.  easy peasy!

if you’ve read this blog before, you know that my husband has a long list of projects that he will never attempt again . . . one of them being painting furniture.  well, i don’t necessarily agree with that!  i had an old dresser (that he had painted white for lily’s nursery) that i wanted to paint green as an accent piece for the room.  knowing i could never ask him to paint it for me, i enlisted the help of my bestie.  let me tell you, everyone should be so lucky to have a friend who is willing to give an entire day to you, sans kiddos, and let your pregnant butt order them from one project to the next!  all jokes aside, it was such a great day and we accomplished so so much. . . painting, organizing, cleaning the basement, hanging fabric for tom’s office, and on and on and on…. not to mention the laughs and great conversation!  the dresser turned out exactly as i had imagined.


that was basically all that was needed for gus’s room to feel complete.  i did do a few minor sewing projects . . . making a nursing cover for myself, a minky blanket for him, burp cloths, appliquéing onesies, and finally his name spelled out on canvas to hang in his room . . . but these didn’t take that much time at all.

it was then time to tackle the playroom!  given that our upstairs is one giant room, i knew we’d have plenty of space for him as well as an entire playroom for lils.  the way that the room is designed gave me the opportunity to make stations for each activity.  we now have set areas for reading, cooking in the kitchen, dress ups, baby dolls, and miscellaneous activities.  it’s awesome, and more importantly, lily loves it.  it also gave me a reason to  break out the sewing machine one last time to make a valance out of alexander henry’s lemon fabric.  i’ve always loved that fabric.  it seems so happy to me and really works well in the room.

when the room was completed, the last thing to finish was lily’s “big girl” room.  not much changed in there from how i had initially decorated.  the majority of her toys moved upstairs to the playroom.  the biggest addition was her big girl bed.  however, like i said in an earlier post, because of the unusual size i had to have a mattress custom made as well as bedding.  i was completely overwhelmed as to how i would get all of this done before he arrives.  i am so so thankful to betsy and my mother-in-law for taking over this project for me.  betsy made the most beautiful quilt out of fabric that i had purchased.  she even made a matching pillowcase to go with it.  even though lily doesn’t appreciate it now . . . like i do . . . i know that in the future she will see how much love and time went into making something special just for her!  i am also super thankful for the sheet sets my mother-in-law made (not to mention the kick – a diaper bag she let me custom design!) . . . again, something i would never know how to do myself!

anyway, we are in our last few days before we grow from three to four.  i can’t believe just how much has been accomplished in such a short time.  again, i owe a ton of thanks to many people, including my parents who helped watch lily while i busily built my nest!  because of all of the work being completed we are able to take these last moments to do some special things with just lily.  not that she’ll have memories of this time, but so i will have some to keep forever.

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5 responses to “paint . . . fabrics . . . and toys . . . oh my!

  1. I love it! I can’t wait to come down and see the four of you AND the wonderful new rooms!

  2. Betsy

    You are too kind. YOU dreamed this and did it. TOM agreed and supported it. Gus needs it. Lily loves it.
    The photos are perfect. The blog is written perfectly.
    AND – the rooms are READY!

    SO E X C I T E D ! ! ! ! !

    You referenced the last “few” days? WHATEVER! You mean now, the LAST day! ha ha
    Ready or not, HERE HE COMES!

  3. Jen

    LOVE it!!! You are SO talented! Can’t wait to hear the news of Gus’ arrival!

  4. Donna

    i love the decorating! that green dresser looks amazing. the whole place is beautiful. looking forward to hearing the announcement that Gus has arrived. miss you!

  5. The rooms look simply amazing Christy. You truly have an artistic gift. Gus and Lili are so blessed to have a mom like you!

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