Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Diaper Bag Dilemma Solved?

I've been trawling the internets for weeks now looking for a diaper bag, and I couldn't find a single one that I liked until today when I discovered the Charlie Bag from So Young Mother.

I've watched the video and read the reviews and it really seems like a great practical, all purpose bag that I can also use as my purse, and that the hubby can also carry without feeling goofy.  It includes a changing pad, stroller straps, messenger strap, it converts to a backpack as needed, has cooler compartments, bottle pockets, laminated easy to clean interior and can even fit a 13" laptop and a yoga mat - I love it!

It's $175, not cheap, but I think it's the one!  The only question is black or slate? Probably black, but luckily I have time to decide!

Plaid Pigeon Planters

I just discovered these planters by Plaid Pigeon on Etsy and I'm obsessed!

Sadly I missed out on the sold out Zach the Triceratops and whatever those lovely long necked fellows above were, but earlier today I did order these three: Penelope the Hippopotamus, Jake the Stegosaurus and Dylan the Tyrannosaurus Rex:

And I just discovered these two new guys were added to their Etsy site tonight!  April the Giraffe and Elmer the Elephant: 

How will I curb my impulse to buy them all?!  I do think they'll look very cute on a high shelf all lined up in the sun!  And at $16-$20 each, I think they are fairly reasonable and super fun nursery decor!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Nursery Furniture & Crib

We're holding off on buying almost everything for the baby till we move into a new home (hopefully by July 1st, fingers crossed!) where we have some more space.  In the meantime I'm compiling my wish list of furnishings so that I will be 100% ready to go!

I'm currently debating between these three crib styles.  First up, the Dwell Studio Century Crib:

Second is the classic Jenny Lind Spindle Crib (although I just found out many have just been recalled for a safety issue):

Lastly the Stokke Sleepi, which starts off small and round then expands (and become oval shaped) as needed:

I'm thinking white, unless we go with the Jenny Lind, in which case I do like the look of it in yellow.  

I also like the look of Land of Nod's Jenny Lind Spindle Bookcase.  It could be a way of getting my spindle fix without going with the actual Jenny Lind Crib.  

It could look pretty painted in blue or another color similar to this Urban Outfitters bookshelf that is cheaper, but apparently not very well constructed:

Which in turn reminds me of this bookstand from Jayson Home & Garden that I spotted a while back, love it, though probably a little too rustic for a nursery!

The crib will probably dictate the look of the changing table, but I'm thinking definitely not matching and potentially vintage?  I'm wondering if I'm missing something by just purchasing a vintage chest of drawers and placing a changing tray on top?

If I were to purchase a changing table or dresser, the Celine dressers from Bel Bambini are gorgeous, though expensive, and quite feminine:

Decisions decisions!  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nursery Inspiration

I'm really excited about creating a fun nursery for our baby.  I'm thinking not too gender specific, lots of bright colors, maybe animal themed, definitely with global influences, and hopefully somewhat unique.  Here are a few of inspirational images I've collected.

Is this the coolest nursery ever?

If it's a girl, I would be very tempted to use this mural by Surface View in our nursery:

I'm really into the idea of having a large elephant or giraffe in the nursery, I have no idea why:

I love the idea of animal wallpaper, like this Animal Farm print from Ferm Living:

These wallpaper silhouette's from Inke are super cute:

How adorable is this Polar Bear rocker from the Netto Collection?

I'm loving these Mibo paper animals:

Cute print on this beanbag from Sitting Bull:

If we buy instead of rent, It would be amazing to have a mural painted in the nursery. This one is by LA artist Jean Horihata:

I'm addicted to stripes so I'm really liking the idea of doing a striped ceiling:

The stripes and the unexpected palette of Jenna Lyon's Nursery are incredible:

Loving the addition of a graphic rug and a mix of vintage and new furniture from Lay Baby Lay:

I might need to buy this book:

We've always wanted to do a room with walls covered in maps, like this room by Kim Coleman, though maybe that would be better for when the bub is a little older?

 Cookie Monster wall decals from Blik:

It's going to be really fun pulling this together, I can't wait for us to move so that I can start!