Saturday, June 30, 2012

I'm also finally getting a chance to share some photos from our coed baby shower, 10 months later!

We hung orange, pink and purple (the same colors as the bougainvillea that appears throughout the yard) paper poms from Etsy seller Pomtastic in the trees.

Gifts laid out on the antique ox cart:

Some friends set up a onesie decorating station, so sweet!

There was also a guestbook and art station, here's a thoughtful handmade card for Wolfe from some of our friends:

Guests relaxing in the shade, it was a super hot day:

Ping pong in the afternoon:

My favorite coconut cupcakes - chocolate and vanilla - from Joan's on Third with cupcake toppers from Ready Go.

White sangria, watermelon cooler and cucumber water:

The dirty diaper game:

And of course, a baby shower wouldn't be complete without the opening of at least a few gifts, including this dinosaur rattle hand made for Wolfe by his Auntie that continues to be one of his favorite toys!

I finally have a moment to do a long overdue nursery update.  Wolfe is now 9 months old - unbelievable!  The nursery wasn't quite finished until some time after he arrived - he arrived a little sooner than I thought he would - and I've made some tweaks along the way, but I'm happy with how it turned out.  Some days I think it's a little over decorated, but I wanted it to be a fun vibrant space, and I think I achieved that?

I learnt a few things along the way of course.  Such as babies are messy!  I'm glad we splurged on white leather for the Monte Alto rocker, it's so easy to wipe down.  The lovely chevron cotton dhurrie we started out with lasted about 3 months before I realized it was just not a practical choice.  We replaced it with a striped recycled rubber rug from Magdelena New York that is virtually indestructible.  You can literally take it outside and hose it down.  Also, you'll need much more counter space and storage than you might imagine.  Babies inevitably lead to a lot of "stuff".  Lastly that although you might spend months carefully selecting each and every item for his room, not only will he not even notice, chances are he won't spend any time in there at all for the first 5 months!  Still it was a fun project!

I deliberated for ages about which crib to get but I'm really happy with the one we chose, the Ray crib by Muu.

This mobile was custom made for Wolfe by leptitpapillon on Etsy.  The print is part of the Subliminal Baby series by Sycamore Street Press also on Etsy.

His animal and dinosaur planters from various Etsy stores are one of my favorite things in the room, though some of the plants died and had to be replaced.

This porcelain lamp (and another in the shape of a puffer fish) made the trip from Australia with my parents safely, and they cast the most beautiful glow at night.  They are super fragile though so when he's more mobile, they might have to find a new home!

More art from Esty, this time Brooklyn Bunny by Aaron Meshon.

I love these frog knobs from Anthropologie.

Gorgeous baby animal prints by Sharon Montrose, choosing just two was hard!

This vintage lamp is from one of my favorite stores, Casa Victoria, and I had a bright yellow shade (lined in gold!) custom made for it. 

Turns out his room will never actually be "finished".  The baby proofer just told me that cane and babies don't mix because they can potentially break pieces off and choke on them, so I'm on the hunt for a new hamper!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Another Nursery Update

Not long to go now before the bub will be joining us, and the nursery is going well, though it is nowhere near complete!  Here's an update on what I've been up to the past few weeks in addition to organizing and hosting our coed baby shower - more to follow on that!

The latest addition is this vintage owl lamp I found the other day.

He didn't come with a shade, and I was worried that with his black eyes he could lean a little towards creepy, so I figured a bright yellow shade (lined in gold, my favorite trick!) could cheer him up, and I think it worked?!

The custom cloud mobile from The Butter Flying (leptitpapillon) arrived and it looks so great over the crib!  

I'm also working on a mobile for over the changing table.  I ordered 5 pink flamingos and 1 toucan from RuthBleakley and I'm just trying to figure out how to turn them into a mobile.  I like the idea of the toucan being like a black sheep amongst the flamingos, if that makes sense?!

I bought this fun pillow from mothcushion that I think will be a great pop of color on the white leather rocker, and a nice touch of my native Australia!

I randomly (spontaneously) bought this vintage cradle the other day, thinking if it was sturdy, it could be perfectly safe for supervised nap time whilst he's too young for the bar width to be an issue (need to measure it to see if it meets current standards), but now I'm not sure what I was thinking?  

I have a refinisher working on it to make sure it's properly glued together, and painting it white with zero VOC paint (I was worried the original finish could contain lead) and it comes tomorrow - we'll see if I actually feel comfortable having him use it or not, but Naturepedic might actually have a mattress that fits it so that's something?  

I got a massive discount and it was still there a year after I first spotted it (when I wasn't even pregnant!) so I figured it was fate, and worse comes to worse could just be toy storage?  I do love the turned wood detail!!

I bought this pair of super cute cute vintage brass duck hooks from High Street Market that I figured would be great for hooded bath towels or back packs.

Lastly, something I haven't purchased yet but I'm seriously considering are these "timber" stools from Fleetwood Fixtures.  They actually have one in bubblegum pink in stock (usually a custom order), super tempting, but they're not cheap!  One would be great as a little side table for beside the white rocker... will have to see what the hubby says!

I think that's it!  I'm still working on the gallery wall, I need one more piece to round it out, and I still need to order the felt bunting flags... oh and basics like a crib mattress and sheets, but we're getting there!