Julia's Mod Bedroom

6.29.2010
Recently, Julia wrote me about her bedroom:

Hi Lauren!

Our master bedroom is the last room in the house to be decorated. We have wood floors in a nice redish/orange shade, they are original to the house and I believe are red oak. We also have ALOT of wood trim around all the windows, doors and closets I was talking about. We have a bed and a dresser 

We are looking for something calming and simple. I would like to walk in our bedroom and think SANCTUARY instead of BLAH! We need some great window treatments since the windows are a big part of the room. I love color and my husband loves neutrals, so we can go with anything really. Some new bedding would also be fine, we love duvets since we have pets. I just don't even know where to start, which is why I need your help!

Our style is modern retro. We live in a 1950s ranch and while I love mid-century modern decor I don't want our whole house in it. Each room of our house has a different feel and I like that. We really like clean lines with some fun retro accents thrown in.


Thanks, I'm excited!

Julia


Clean lines and neutral colors with colorful, mod accents? Sounds fantastic! Here's what I came up with:









Sources:


Print -  Etsy
Paint - Behr Night Shade
Duvet - West Elm
Pendant - West Elm
Table lamps - West Elm
Mirrors  - IKEA
Drapes - West Elm
Vase - inmod

A Few of My Favorite Things

6.24.2010
Baby things that is. Here are a few of the baby items that I've found indispensable so far...

I've already mentioned Opa's handmade baby changing station - it's so convenient and Violet loves it! She's even fallen asleep in it during diaper changes a few times. (And daddies who change diapers of course, too)



Our Moby wrap. We've only used it a few times so far, but it's definitely a great way to get more done while still being close to my baby girl. It was a bit daunting when I first pulled it out, because it is HUGE, but it's actually really easy to wrap, and what I didn't realize is that you wrap it the same way for all of the holds - you just put the baby in differently.



Graco Pack n Play with bassinet, diaper changing station, and infant napper. We haven't used the bassinet feature yet, as Violet is small enough to exclusively use the infant napper. She absolutely loves it. It's soft, comfy, and cozy, and it has a lot of features including vibration, white noise, classical music, and a light.


I honestly didn't think I'd need a pack n play, but after she arrived we really needed a place downstairs for her to nap. At first I was holding her all of the time (which I loved), but I couldn't get anything done, I had no time to shower, etc. And I just didn't feel comfortable putting her all of the way upstairs in her bassinet, even with a baby monitor. So this has been a Godsend.

The only negative is that the changing station is only attached to the Pack n Play on one side, so it's a little tilted. This means that Violet rolls to one side a bit when she's laying in it. It's easily solved though by rolling up a receiving blanket and propping her up on one side.



Our Chicco Keyfit car seat is great. Super easy to put baby in, snap in and out of the car or stroller, and most importantly, Violet thinks it's super comfy and falls asleep in it while we're cruising. Here she is on her first trip to the pediatrician (giving me the side-eye):


And a minute later...fast asleep:



Our IKEA Leka play gym. The toys that came with it didn't really do it for Violet, but I loved it's compact size, look, and the fact that it isn't plastic. The toy situation was easily remedied by removing the boring IKEA toys and adding some of the dangly clip-on toys that you can buy just about anywhere. This monkey is her favorite:


We also strapped a car seat mirror onto the side and she LOVES to look at herself wiggling around.



Our Boppy. Makes breastfeeding so much easier, and is also great for propping up tired arms while we're just holding her too.



Sleep gowns. I honestly didn't think that I would like these, but they make great p.j.'s because they disturb baby less during nighttime diaper changes - no snaps, zippers, etc. I like to keep her as sleepy as possible at night!


And of course I already mentioned the Arm's Reach Co-sleeper and Diaper Genie in a previous post. I'll report on more baby gear as I think about it! Hope this helps a few of you mommies and daddies-to-be out there!

What are your favorite baby items?

A Guest Idea Board - Melanie's Nursery

6.22.2010
Recently, Melanie wrote to me about the nursery idea board she created, which was inspired by Violet's nursery:

Hey Lauren!


I wanted to let you know that I absolutely adore your baby room, and I wanted to use yours as a bouncing off point for my baby room! I currently have blue walls in the room, but really didn't want to paint (save money where we can). So I was struggling with ideas....your room just brought it into perspective for me. I first found a fabric that I loved for curtains and went from there!


You are great at what you do and I am so happy that your work influenced what I consider to be a great baby room for my baby girl! I just wanted to let you know that I used your room as inspiration! Thank you! :-D


Melanie



Melanie - your idea board is absolutely gorgeous! Glad that we could inspire you. I can't wait to see the finished product. Check out more of Melanie's ideas at her blog - Once a Miss Now a Queen.

Sources:

Crib - Toys R Us
Curtain Fabric - IKEA
Chair - Target
Shelving - IKEA
Pillows - Home Decorator's
Pillow 2 - Etsy
Wall Art: Etsy
Owl - Etsy

Violet's Baptism

6.18.2010
We baptized our baby girl on Sunday. My sister is her Godmother and I wanted to do it while she was visiting from Australia. Violet was an absolute angel. She slept the whole time, and barely stirred when the water trickled over her sweet little head. Here are a few photos from the day:


Her beautiful baptismal dress was given to us by Violet's Grandmom and has been worn by six other sweet babies since 1968. I love the 'V' design on the bottom - pure coincidence, but perfect for our Violet.




It was so much fun to add Violet's name to the list of girl's who have worn this gown. Unfortunately, Aunt Nikki is now back in the Land Down Under and we will miss her, but we'll Skype her a lot!


Congratulations on your big day, sweetheart! Love, Mommy
 

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