Saturday, August 28, 2010

Whitney's Nursery Basics

I swear, this post has taken ages to put together, but the past week and a half I've battled a cold and we are in the process of securing a house which we saw on Sunday and made an offer on on Monday. By the end of this week, we may have a new place to move to at the end of the month. Anyways, I digress.

I am terribly fond of white interiors and white decor. And although it may not be the most sensible colour choice for baby furniture/dexor, there is something so calming to me about it that it almost makes perfect sense.

As mentioned previously, I wanted to share more about the things in Whitney's nursery. From the image above (click to enlarge), you can see that we are true Ikea connoisseurs. With the exception of the rocking chair and a few other things not pictured, Ikea was our go-to store for an affordable nursery.

Here's a breakdown of the basics:

Crib: HENSVIK, Ikea
MALM, Ikea
Chairs: LEKSVIK children's chair, Ikea; SLEEPYTIME ROCKER in ecru, Nurseryworks
Accessories: EKBY HENSVIK shelf, RIBBA frames,
FĂ–RSIKTIG children's stool, Ikea

I have to rave about the rocking chair and the service from this awesome online store. Even though it was a bit of a splurge, it was money well spent - plus, I felt it was a well deserved anniversary/birthday gift from Matt. I only wish I'd asked for it sooner.

After 6 months of nursing Whitney on either our bed, the couch or this now discontinued Ikea rocker (which I bought and eventually sold through craigslist), my back was ready for a proper rocking chair. And since we were moving Whitney into her own room, it was all the more reason to invest in this piece of furniture.

Not owning a car though has its drawbacks and with not a lot of time to spare to go to stores to actually try this rocking chair out, I had to rely on online reviews as well as the word of the Babybot salesperson - who was super helpful with her firsthand experience of using/owning the chair - I was dealing with. While I found some rave online reviews, this one in particular, there were also a lot of less than stellar ones. So I was a bit nervous that I would agree with the latter camp upon receiving and trying out the chair. But nearly 2 months later, I am loving this chair more and more each day, with every use. And trust me, I am in that chair about 7 or 8 times a day, if not more, for up to 3 hours a day!

Yes, Whitney is an eating machine.

Although it looks very similar to the Ikea Lillberg rocker, it is a hundred times more comfortable for both Whitney and me because of the padded arms and the rocking motion is much better too. Paired with the little footstool, it is a dream to sit on. At first, I didn't care for the little pillow that came with it, but it actually seems to have conformed to my body or vice versa.

Anyways, I say if you are going to splurge on anything for a nursery, go out (or go online) and buy a great (looking) nursing chair. I love that the
Sleepytime Rocker will look as good in our living room as in Whitney's room.

And I can't wait to really dive into doing up her new room, among others, in our new (old) house in the coming months. Fingers crossed everything works out with the home inspection, etc. I will share more when it is all settled!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Print in the Shop!

a new print is in the shop!

Other colours are available, but this has to be one of my faves. A nice soothing robin's egg/eggshell blue.

I'm planning on making a silkscreen for this too. So look for tees and totes with this design in the coming weeks. Yay!

Etsy has also changed our shop view to a wider format. Not sure if I like it as much or any better.

But here's to new things at any rate.

Working on more new stuff for the shop - prints, freebies, etc. - so will share with you as I finish them.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Seven Months Old

I swear, this blog and my life is all about Whitney these days!
She is 7 months old today...

and is certainly a far cry from the skinny babe we brought home with us back in January.

Finally, some after photos of her room, though not at all "styled", unless you count baby styling, and maybe the last photo.

Since we are hunting for new digs, I figure we can wait to really do up Whitney's room. Plus, it's just a challenge to do much with her on the go now. No wonder most people get the nursery ready before the baby arrives!

We moved the couch into her room simply because there was nowhere else to put it, but quite fittingly, the fabric is called "Whitney", so what better place for it to go? A friend jokingly said we can tell her that we named her after the couch when she's older.

I will share more about the things in the nursery soon. Whitney is waking from her morning nap, so I must go.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sneak Peek

Our shared bedroom went through a few different configurations in the last couple of months. This was the most recent before we moved Whitney into her own room, which was basically our former shared space.

Whitney's side

Our side

Not the greatest photos, as we don't get a lot of natural light on the lower level of our loft, but then "before" shots are usually not as nice as the "after" ones.

I haven't managed to put the finishing touches in Whitney's room - artwork still needs to be hung, hooks moved and some decor is on its way in the mail - or our room either, so the after pictures are still coming.

But here's a peek at part of Whitney's room and what's keeping me busy these days.

Our little girl has started to crawl! We are proud parents, but it means we have to babyproof our place pronto.

Back with some more pictures hopefully by the weekend.