Monday, November 10, 2014

fresh new Nursery

Ok, I have pregnancy pictures!  But, before I share those, I'm going to soften you up with some nursery shots...

fresh new Nursery

First, the before.  After emptying Aria's room (she and Liam are sharing a room now, until the new baby is older), this is what we had.  Pink walls, original carpet, dark wood built-in shelf.  Not bad, but it gets better...

fresh new Nursery

fresh new Nursery

fresh new Nursery

Ta da!  This is the new space!  My favorite thing, by far, are the new bamboo floors.  I'm a huge, HUGE fan of wood floors.  I love how they clean and how they look.  Getting wood floors into a bedroom has been on my wish list for awhile, but Brandon has been stubborn.   Babies are a great trump card.  Woohoo!

So I tried to go with a mostly blank canvas:  simple cream walls, natural wood crib, white dresser, rattan rocker.  The crib, dresser and rug are all great deals from Ikea.  I'll be adding color with fabric, fabric, fabric.  I'm making my own crib sheets, curtains, a pillow for the rocker, changing table covers, a closet curtain - basically anything I can think of to make, I'm making so that I can bring happy handpicked fabrics into this space.

nursery fabrics from Windham by Carolyn Gavin

My "theme" or general color concept is coming from this alphabet print by Carolyn Gavin for Windham Fabrics.  The first crib sheet I made is from the same collection, Petite Fleur.  I used this alphabet print in my Folksy Fall mosaic contest, which also serves as an inspiration board for this room.

And friends, I am having a ridiculously good time!  This is my third child, but I've never had the opportunity or skills to craft a space like this.  Hooray for Eleni.  She's already been so much fun.

from Ella!

My friend Ella sent this pretty quilt, our first handmade gift.  She used a liberated piecing pattern from Angled class and gorgeous Far Far Away fabrics, finished with hand quilting.  It's bright and girly front and back, just the way we like it.

Thanks, Ella!  We love it.

Looks beautiful in the space. Thanks, Ella!

So... pictures.

 5 months pregnant

This is me.  I'm pregnant.  Is it OK to hide behind a quilt?

so... definitely pregnant

Probably not.  So this is me, the full exposure version.  I'm 5 months pregnant and feeling great.  It still feels like I have plenty of time to prepare, in some ways, and almost no time in others!

51 comments:

  1. You look adorable and so does the room! So exciting! I love that Carolyn Gavin fabric - I just used some for a baby quilt. I don't have the alphabet panel, so I need to go shopping online, it is so good!

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  2. You look gorgeous!!! Those walls are perfect to be full with those alphabet letters you are stitching.

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  3. Yay! Double and Triple Yay!! For the wonderful room and delightful fabrics and quilt, for gorgeous you looking all happy and proud preggers, and most of all Eleni, a billion yays for Eleni. She is entering a beautiful world and will therefore know how to spread that beauty wherever it's needed.
    Beth
    Magistra13 at yahoo dot com

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  4. You look wonderful, Rachel! And the nice gift to your little baby is really so cute :) Have a nice time :) Jolana

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  5. You are just too cute Rachel, enjoy it! I love seeing all these sneak peaks and I just adore all your pregnancy posts!

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  6. The room is gorgeous! The homemade quilt is the perfect colorful accent. I love wood floors too but my husband is stuck on carpet upstairs in our house. Maybe I will have to play the baby card with him because we are having baby girl #4 around May 7. You look gorgeous pregnant! Wish I was as lucky:)

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  7. I love how that rug looks like lush green grass! Great choice!

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  8. You look fabulous Rachel and so does the new Nursery!

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  9. Rachel, you look absolutely beautiful. And I love the simplicity of your nursery. The quilt you were given really pops next to all those natural colors!

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  10. You look wonderful! Isn't it amazing how everything is falling into place? Yay!

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  11. You look great and so does the baby's room- love the floors!!

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  12. You look amazing!!! Love what you've done with the room and can't wait to see the stitched alphabet wall :)

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  13. everything looks beautiful - especially you. =)
    so thrilled for you.

    (ps - my liberated blocks are on their way and should arrive before the deadline even with the holiday. can't wait to see the collaborative quilts!)

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    1. Thanks, Hydee. I'll look out for them! I actually didn't receive many charity blocks from Angled, so I may do something that combines all the blocks. Could be interesting!

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  14. You look amazing! You're having sooooo much fun! I give the room an A++ for every reason under the sun. Enjoy the rest of your journey!

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  15. How incredibly sweet! It makes me smile so, just hearing and seeing how happy you are...enjoy!!!!!

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  16. Love it-it looks like a happy space and you look like a happy gal! Enjoy every moment.

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  17. You look beautiful! The room is amazing too!

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  18. Rosemary B here:
    I love the colors. I love white, I love wood floors, I love the fabrics, and You look very happy and healthy. Life is full of growth and change, we really love it. 4 months to go, and still facing the "elephantine" stage :-D. Preparing for a new baby is always so fun.

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  19. You look wonderful, Rachel. I'm so happy you're getting this new experience. What a blessing. AND...THE SPACE LOOKS AWESOME! Xxo

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  20. Thanks for all the pictures! Both you and the nursery look amazing!!

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  21. You look so extremely happy!!! The new room is looking amazing, too. Love all the changes you've made and are planning.

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  22. Sweet nursery and you are looking fab!

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  23. Looking beautiful and glowing, Rachel! I adore your nursery and know your sweet new baby will too.

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  24. Hurray! What a great change! And you look lovely! xx

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  25. You're gorgeous! Glowing! As you should be. So glad to hear that everything is going along well and that you're having such a fun time with the nursery.

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  26. There's no need to hide behind a quilt. Then again, you have such an adorable baby bump that you run the awkward risk of total strangers wanting to rub your belly. If there's any threat of that, ready the quilt defense.

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  27. Love the green carpet, and you look amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Ella! After a bit of a hard weekend (friends.. hurt feelings) these sweet comments have been a balm. I was unsure when I bought that carpet, since it really does look like its trying to be grass. But now I love it. Feels natural somehow!

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  28. Loving the bamboo flooring. It's on my list to do for our renovation - carpet is just so horrible when it comes to toddler life. I adore that alphabet print (thanks for sharing the details for it) every time I see it I think I should get some. I'm not pregnant and I hide behind a quilt every chance I get - starting to think I should make myself a quilted bag to stick on my head ;) :) You look fabulous!!!

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  29. your new nursery is already looking gorgeous, so looking forward to seeing all the beautiful bright makes you will be adding. You look absolutely amazing, it's so wonderful you're enjoying your baby already :)

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  30. Wow. What a beautiful nursery you're creating for your little girl! You're just glowing, Rachel. So excited for you and glad you're feeling so good and enjoying preparing for Eleni's arrival.

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  31. You are so wonderful Rachel and the nursery very cute!
    Myrto

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  32. I love the room and you look extremely happy.

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  33. Everything looks so wonderful! The floors are beautiful, and your approach to a blank slate for handmade additions is so smart.

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    1. Thanks, Daisy. I've never been smart enough to do a blank slate before, but Pinterest has helped with that. I love how all those white + color rooms look!

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  34. You look so happy. Everything looks wonderful, you and the room!! Congratulations.

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  35. You look great! And that nursery looks fabulous - so serene, yet cheerful. What a great space for Eleni :)

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  36. Aww! I was hoping you'd share some pics of your bump. You look so very cute, as does the nursery. Lucky babe indeed.

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  37. You look beautiful! And the nursery is lovely. I really like the new paint color. It looks so fresh and airy.

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  38. Both you and your nursery look amazing! I love the freshness of the room and look forward to seeing the fabric touches that you add.

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  39. It's amazing how a fresh coat of paint can change the look of a room, and it looks great; also your crib sheet is looking good :)

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  40. Congratulations! I love what you have done with your nursery. :)
    -Brittany

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  41. You look fantastic, so glad it happened for you!!!!

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  42. Beautiful. So happy things are going well, nursery is lovely :)

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  43. i could not scroll to the bottom of this post fast enough! you are glowing! such a special time! <3<3

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    1. Ha! Thanks, Rachel. I have had my moments of over-the-top pregnant glee. That's for sure! This baby is just so wanted and this time to prepare and anticipate is SO appreciated. =)

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