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Caitlin's Cozy Nursery


Hello my dear readers! I'm temporarily surfacing from diaper changes and feedings to bring you the much awaited pictures of my daughter Caitlin's nursery...

My main objective was to create a space that would bring a sense of happiness to both Caitlin and myself. I hope to spend many hours together in her room- nursing, reading and playing with her as she grows from infancy through early childhood. I knew right away I had lots of different elements I wanted to include, so instead of choosing a single theme, I used color as my inspiration. I choose a calming sea blue for the walls and fabrics in soft pinks and cheerful yellow to brighten up the simple white furniture.

The majority of the toys and books in the bookcase are vintage items from my own childhood, as is the white wood toy chest in the corner and the small white wood rocking chair. It's wonderful to be able to re-use these items and share them with another generation, and as an added bonus it saved on the cost of decorating! Owls and elephants are my favorite animals and they are featured throughout the room as symbols of wisdom & strength.

I was concerned about hanging a glass framed picture above the crib (unfortunately, we have earthquakes to consider) so I decided on a simple white monogram decal that sticks directly to the wall. I also created a stencil in the same font and used it to paint the lettering on the lid of the toy chest. Even with the monogram, the crib wall felt a little bare, so I used extra scraps of fabric from the window valances and other sewing projects to create a string of bunting. It turned out to be the perfect solution, adding a bit of color and a celebratory feel to the room.

Of course, I also had to include a picture of Miss Caitlin herself. This was on her first day home from the hospital and in 3 short weeks she has already grown and changed quite a bit. Amazing! Motherhood is both an adventure and a challenge, but it's getting easier with each passing day.
I'm going to take the rest of July to settle into our new routine, but I should be back to a semi-regular posting schedule in August. Until then... I hope you're enjoying the guest posts and having a happy summer!

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Paint color: Wind Surfing by Dutch Boy
Crib, Rocker, Bedding, Elephant Lamp: Pottery Barn Kids
Dresser, Bookshelf, Mosaic Mirror: Ikea
Shag Rug: World Market
Changing Table Topper & Book Bin: Land of Nod
Window Valances & Closet Curtain: handmade with fabric from Ikea
Bunting: handmade
This is Happiness print: Love Sugar
Girl & Bird print: Nan Lawson
Girl & Bunny print: Trafalgars Square
Wall Monogram: Decal Farm
Toy Chest & Child's Rocking Chair: vintage & hand painted

A Wedding Story (July 9, 2010 at 12:50 PM)  

Wow!!! Beautiful nursery and Beautiful baby! Congratulations!

staci @ lizard n ladybug (July 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM)  

Congratulations! Her nursery is almost as beautiful as she is :)

CJ {Pink Tea} (July 9, 2010 at 12:55 PM)  

Beautiful... the occupant and the nursery. I love the bunting.

Michelle (July 9, 2010 at 1:01 PM)  

Love the nursery Becca. And that Caitlin is just GORGEOUS!

Alexis (July 9, 2010 at 1:09 PM)  

The nursery is serene.
and Caitlin looks perfect...Congratulations.

The Gimlet Eye (July 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM)  

Of course, you know I adore it!
I hope to include / re-post on Gimlet if that is cool with you!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife (July 9, 2010 at 1:33 PM)  

Such a beautiful room for an even more gorgeous girl!

Christina Dann (July 9, 2010 at 1:36 PM)  

She is gorgeous! Congratulations!

Her room is adorable. I love the bunting, my favorite part :)

Raining Pearls (July 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM)  

That nursery is perfection! Miss Caitlin lools like an angel, congrats :)

Brenda @ Paper & Cake (July 9, 2010 at 2:03 PM)  

That color is the best it looks great in any room especially a nursery :)!

The Bonjour Family! (July 9, 2010 at 2:08 PM)  

i recently found your blog and I just have to say you have a beautiful daughter!! she's precious. and i adore her nursery.

Ana Degenaar (July 9, 2010 at 2:51 PM)  

What an absolutely gorgeous nursery, my heart just skipped a beat. Love it!

What I Did Today (July 9, 2010 at 4:32 PM)  

Wow. You did good. REALLY good. Love the colors together. It's simply charming. And your baby is a total cutie!

The T Family (July 9, 2010 at 5:43 PM)  

beautiful nursery for a gorgeous baby girl...congrats and enjoy your time with her.

Colleen (July 9, 2010 at 7:26 PM)  

Her nursery is so beautiful, but she is even more! She is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing. I've been checking everyday to see if you posted it;) Congrats!

Save the Date for Cupcakes (July 9, 2010 at 8:23 PM)  

AWWWWW!!!! She is gorgeous~ so precious! Her room is so sweet too!
Congrats again, and again;o)

A Blissful Nest (July 9, 2010 at 9:50 PM)  

adorable and super serene. I would not want to leave either! Yes and we have had a few earthquakes lately haven't we?!

Shelley Trbuhovich (July 9, 2010 at 11:04 PM)  

congratulations - caitlin is absolutely gorgeous! her room is a light-filled, serene space. i am loving the wall colour. regards from melbourne, australia - femme de montmartre

Kit Chase (July 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM)  

Welcome Home Caitlin and Becca!

Her nursery is absolutely beautiful; what a calming, whimsical, sweet as candy room.

You have a lovely little lady Becca, congrats!!

linnette from (July 10, 2010 at 6:27 AM)  

What an amazing, soothing space-I adore it! Congratulations-she is absolutely beautiful!

Candy and Cake (July 10, 2010 at 7:18 AM)  

The nursery is lovely! My favorite is the bunting on the wall. Congrats again on the new arrival, she is beautiful!

Sandi (July 10, 2010 at 4:31 PM)  

She is perfect!
The nursery looks great -- it definitely has a calming-feel to it.
Hope you're enjoying your time!

Cornflake (July 11, 2010 at 4:26 AM)  

Congratulations Birthday Girl! I've just returned to your lovely blog and in time it seems to catch up on everything and to see your gorgeous baby girl. She's so beautiful as is her nursery. You must be so happy!

tiffany (July 11, 2010 at 10:33 AM)  

Congrats!!! She is precious & I LOVE the nursery - you have outdone yourself!

sarah (July 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM)  

beautiful! and congratulations! I love the wall color, it looks very calming.

My Dream Ring (July 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM)  

She is precious!!! I love the soft look to her nursery colors, so beautiful!

Siobhan. Vanessa (July 11, 2010 at 8:45 PM)  

Oooh, yummy nursery, YUMMY baby. Congrats on the arrival of Caitlin - she is precious. Savour this special time xo

Jill (July 12, 2010 at 11:18 AM)  

Beautiful! I love it! Love the colors and the set up. Just amazing!!!

Jill (July 12, 2010 at 11:18 AM)  

Beautiful! I love it! Love the colors and the set up. Just amazing!!! (July 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM)  

Beautiful.. what a wonderful nursery.

Congrats on your baby girl!

citrusandorange (July 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM)  

She's lovely! Congratulations and I wish you all the happiness!

Tracey Lau (July 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM)  

Oooh I love it, such a beautiful space...and look at your little princess, she is just divine. x

Tracey Lau (July 15, 2010 at 6:34 PM)  

Oooh I love it, such a beautiful space...and look at your little princess, she is just divine. x

sns717 (March 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM)  

I can't find the color Wind Surfing by Dutch Boy... I wonder if it was discontinued.

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