Soothe Sailing Nursery Plan

No, that’s not a typo in the headline and yes, I’ve not only given the nursery a theme but also it’s own name. My main goal in designing this room is to make it uber soothing… and what color comes to mind when you think of soothing… why, BLUE of course. And when you think of the color blue, you typically think about the ocean, right? Well, I do and I’m instantly relaxed. Ok, Ok.. I know a super relaxing room does not make a relaxing baby, but a sister can dream right?

So before picking out any furniture for a room, it’s critical to know how much space you’re working with.  My very first step in this project was to measure the room and map out the furniture size and location using an online room planner.  There are a ton of room planners online, but I chose Pottery Barn’s because they have a ton of baby furniture pre-loaded that are very close to the size specs of the furniture we’re planning to buy. It was also super easy to use, so as soon as I determined that I didn’t want the glider beside the changing table/dresser, because it would also have a stinky diaper genie beside it… I just simply drug that sucker across the room with a click of a button. Easy flippin’ peasy.


Although I totally trust the room planner, I decided to do a little physical room planning and tape out the furniture dimensions on the floor. I always like to do this before putting new furniture in a room because the worst is buying furniture online and then it not fitting in the room… honestly, I think if this happened to me right now, I’d probably lay on the floor and kick, scream & cry… and only partially because I’m a crazy pregnant lady. (Jer: this doesn’t give you permission to call me this. I can. You can’t.) :)


So how is this color for soothing? Makes me want to fall asleep looking at it… Ok, everything these days makes me want to fall asleep. I went back and forth a zillion times before I landed on this color (Silver Dusk by Valspar). It’s actually a little greyer in person and matches perfectly with the Row Your Boat bedding set we just got from PB kids.

Is that baby elephant soothe sailing or what?


We’re installing the board and batten today and I can’t flippin’ wait! Check back next week for the full tutorial.



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Crushing on Board & Batten

You know that yucky feeling you get when you see the pair of shoes that you just bought on sale for 30% off? Well I get that same feeling after I complete a project and then find a better idea on Pinterest the next day. So before even starting step 1 of a project, I spend about a week collecting inspiration from Pinterest and my fellow bloggers.

Recently, I’ve been seriously crushing on some Board & Batten. I think it brings such a fresh and clean look to a room and is such a great way to add some character and definition to the space. Unlike wainscoting, Board & Batten doesn’t feel super formal to me, making it perfect for a little boy’s nursery.

Here are some of my favorite nursery’s with Board & Batten. Since I’ve been freakin’ jonesing to paint the nursery, Jer and I are starting this project on Sunday! Come back next week and check out our progress.






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Pottery Barn Look for Less

Don’t get me wrong, I freakin’ heart the Pottery Barn. I get their catalog every month and have gotten so much inspiration from them over the years. And when it comes to duvet covers, they are my one stop shop because it’s honestly the best quality fabric I can find. But for stuff like baby furniture, there are just too many options to break the bank for the look.

So after we found out Baby D was a sweet little boy this week, I headed straight to Pottery Barn Kids to pick up some inspiration and of course to start filling my “oh BABY!” Pinterest Board. I will likely get all of Baby D’s bedding from PB kids because I’m in love with the “Row Your Boat” nursery theme but after a little research, the furniture was quickly taken off the PB List.

Here’s why: Can you tell which crib is Pottery Barn? Ummm… exactly.


Pottery Barn Larkin Fixed Gate 4-in-1 Crib = $699 + $100 Shipping Surcharge


DaVinci 2 Piece Nursery Set – Jayden 4 in 1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail AND Piedmont Changer = $487.96 + Free Shipping (

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Granted Pottery Barn’s version may have a finer quality wood, but they are both made of “solid wood”, which means sturdy and safe! So for me the decision is easy, peasy, lemon squeezy and even leaves a little room for a couple PB splurges I’ve got my eye on:

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Pinterest Frame Gallery

So I have to admit that I’m a Pinterest junkie. At least once a day I check out the “Home Decor” and of course the “DIY & Crafts” pins and occasionally wherever the cute baby animals pics live (am I a loser for starting an “Awww” board? ummm that would be a yes!) But as inspired as I am by the insanely unique and talented DIYers out there, I rarely pin stuff… I’m just much more of a re-pinner (is this a word yet?) So when I saw Sherry and Katie’s Pinterest Challenge post over at Young House Love and Bower Power this week, I immediately felt inspired (and challenged!) to start pinning the crap out of some stuff – including projects from yours truly. But since the Bonus Room Renovation sucked up my weekend (ask me how much I hate hanging insulation… I’m still itchy!) and the fact that I have to work on workdays, I was only able to squeeze in one project… but it happens to be something that I learned from Pinterest!

So for years, I’ve wanted to make a frame gallery. I know it’s one of those things that grows with time, but I just had no idea where or how to start it. That is my friends, until I saw this little pin on Pinterest with the caption “A tried and true method”. Perhaps this is something lots of peeps know, but not this gal. So when I saw the paper cutouts arranged on the wall with painters tape, a total light bulb went off. I had a similar reaction the first time someone told me the lyrics/title to one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs was actually “Beast of Burden”… for years I’ve been singing “I wanna be your big suburban…” Makes muuuuuuch more sense, right? :)
Another reason I put off hanging a frame gallery was due to the fact that I couldn’t find the “right” frames. So when I saw this 10 piece frame set at Target for $24 bucks, I was sold. I do wish it came with 11×14 frames, but the Dining Room didn’t mind loaning us theirs, especially since it has been rockin’ a hot new coat of grey paint.

So without further ado, here’s how I did it…

I started by arranging the frames on the floor. I must of made 30 different possible designs but landed on this one as I really like the balance of the two 11X14’s.

I then traced the frames on paper. I bought a roll of shipping paper from target for $3, which I totally plan to wrap Christmas presents with too. Just image the fun, funky bow colors you could add to it!!!
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Since the wall perpendicular to my frame galley also has wall art, I measured its distance from the ceiling to get a good measurement for the height. I know you’re suppose to hang pictures eye level, but since JD and I are giants, this is our eye level.

After hanging all of the cutouts up for the blueprint, I was ready to hammer in some nails! Once the nails were in, I then just removed the paper and hung the frames.
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Looks itty bitty here, but it’s actually a pretty nice size! I think it adds a modern feel to our super traditional living room. We <3 reclining sofas though, and not because they look good, but because they are soooooo comfy…so traditional it is :)
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