Hi! I’m Erin. I’m a small-town girl with a sweet eight-month-old baby girl and a husband who spoils me by letting me be a stay-at-home mama. I’m an English teacher by trade and a blogger, aspiring photographer and eater of way too much ice cream by…whatever the opposite of “trade” is. Baby girl and I typically spend our days reenacting scenes from Enchanted and frolicking in grassy knolls like this:
Okay, so there might sometimes be avocado down my shirt, and she might sometimes be eating cat fur, and we (or at least those among us that have hair) might not brush our hair. And we might not actually ever pretend to be from Enchanted, mainly because we can’t agree on who has to be Prince Edward.
Sometimes I have to brush my hair, though, like on those totally run-of-the-mill days when Better Homes & Gardens sends a camera crew and stylist to my house to take pictures of my daughter’s nursery.
Kristine the wonderfully down-to-earth stylist also made me wear lipstick. I don’t even own lipstick. Magazine people these days, you know? Expecting you to, like, look like you aren’t the bride of Frankenstein and stuff. The nerve. ;)
I know you’re dying to hear more about my cosmetic unfitness for being in this publication, but let me distract you from my weirdness by instead telling you what inspired the raindrops that landed us an email from Kit Selzer at BHG. The short answer: my aging stash of Oracal adhesive vinyl was threatening an uprising of Katniss caliber if it had to sit and stare at my equally abandoned collection of scrapbook paper for ONE MORE SECOND. So after fiddling around a bit in Photoshop to see which colors I wanted to use and get an arrangement I liked, I enlisted my Cricut to cut out the raindrops…and the rest, as someone in history once said, was history: my daughter had 187 raindrops falling on her sweet little head later that day.
You wouldn’t think of raindrops as being cheery, but these are absolutely the exception. I see them and feel all warm and fuzzy. (Or maybe that feeling is just yesterday’s avocado creeping across my navel?)
Either way, I love how those colorful raindrops brighten up her wall and just make the whole space not take itself too seriously. Perfect for a little girl who makes faces like this.
A face that could only be loved by a mother who doesn’t brush her hair, am I right? :)
To read more about the nursery, the day of the photo shoot, and the antics of our everyday life (like the time a herd of gazelle ambushed our wall-to-wall carpet), I’d love for you to come visit us at my blog, His & Hers. You don’t even have to brush your hair or wear lipstick! Promise.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a resurgence of using a classic primary palette to create a playful and fun child’s space. (Check this one out, for example!) This color scheme makes for a great neutral space, and also has a bit of a nolstagic feel with the throwback colors. Leave your walls white and bright to keep it from feeling overly juvenile, and you’ll have a happy room you’ll love spending time in. Adding in a small collection of vintage toy cars and trucks would make for a really fun detail, as well.
Sources, from top left: (1) Car Park Print; (2) Blue String Pendant; (3) Bus Tin Sign; (4) Balloons Print; (5) Cookie Loves Milk Print; (6) Lighting Strike Print; (7) Knit Cherry Pillows; (8) Birch Sparrow Crib; (9) Vintage Toy Truck; (10) Gold Banana Lamp; (11) Vintage Sunny Yellow Dresser; (12) Aqua Tassel Curtains; (13) Yellow Anchor Crib Sheet; (14) Littletown Print; (15) Red Plus Rug; (16) Finn Rocker
Enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Have you notices pineapples popping up everywhere? They seem to be a favorite this season, and with summer making its warm appearance, they are the perfect accent, and also pair perfectly with rattan. Pineapples are a symbol for hospitality and are a natural fit in home decor. Below are some ideas for incorporating this happy fruit into a baby nursery.
Sources, from top left: (1) Macrame Pendant; (2) Fruit Prints; (3) Vintage Pineapple Sconce; (4) Vintage Hawaiian Print; (5) Pineapple Print; (6) Polaroid Beach Photo; (7) Vintage Pineapple Canister; (8) Twinfin Throw Pillows; (9) White Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) Basketweave Dresser; (12) Hanging Rattan Chair; (13) La Pina Print; (14) Fog Cotton Dhurrie; (15) White Pouf; (16) Gold Tray; (17) Tassel Curtain Panel; (18) Lime Dot Crib Sheet; (19) Parrot Pillow
How do you feel about the rattan/wicker/macrame trend? It’s a really fun way to add a bit of lightness and texture to a room – almost like bringing the outside in (loving it as a nightstand in my bedroom!). Rattan is also a great accent in the nursery; it’s casual and feels friendly and when paired with a fluffy pillow or throw it becomes the perfect cozy retreat. Here are a few favorite rattan accents that would make great additions to a nursery or child’s room (love that pendant light!! and a rattan campaign chest? so fun!):
Sources, from top: (1) Macrame Pendant Light; (2) Woven Wall Mirror; (3) Rattan Shelf Bracket; (4) Hanging Rattan Chair; (5) Aria Rattan Headboard; (6) Hennie Chair; (7) Vintage Bar Cart; (8) Vintage Basket-weave Dresser; (9) Black Elsa Stool; (10) Vintage Rattan Ottoman; (11) South Seas Side Cart; (12) Vintage Faux Bamboo Chest; (13) Vintage Rolling Cart
It seems going bright and white is a common trend these days, but I’ve been seeing a few dark rooms here and there that I find very inspiring. I’m trying to talk my husband into painting our living room black. I think it would be pretty amazing, but he’s not buying it quite yet, so we’ll see! Jordan and Lesley‘s recent bedroom redos are both great examples of darker walls that make for cozy rooms that are anything but drab. Everything pops off the dark background and it certainly makes for a calming, comforting place to sleep (always a plus with tiny ones!). Use a light colored rug, light artwork, and metallic finishes to keep it interesting. Here is a little inspiration:
Sources, from top left: (1) Globe Pendant Light; (2) Triangle Shelf; (3) Mountain Ridge Print; (4) Eagle Sconces; (5) Keep the Wild in You; (6) Courage Print; (7) Retro Glacier; (8) Orange Kilim Pillows; (9) Birch Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) California Blue Dresser; (12) Bergama Butterfly Chair; (13) Plus Side Table; (14) Kasbah Rug; (15) Paisley Sheet; (16) Linen Fringe Curtain Panels; (17) Charming Storage Basket; (18) Bug Pillow
One of the most important parts of the nursery is the rocker or glider where you plan to feed and rock the baby. Vivi is three and a half years old, and the glider we purchased when she was born is still an essential part of her room! We read to her in it, hold her in it when she is sick or has a bad dream, and I often sit there to do reading or other tasks while she plays.
I have found that having a little side table makes it feel even cozier, so you have a place to set a book or a cup of tea or water (especially during night feedings when you have other nursing items or bottles or what not that need to be within arm’s reach). Below are a few of my favorite side tables out there, and these are so lovely that they will easily find another place in your home once they have outlived their purpose in the nursery. Which is your favorite? (sources below image).
Sources, from top left: (1) Libby Side table; (2) Vintage Glass top table; (3) Black Tray table; (4) Pink Wire Table; (5) Zuvan Side Table; (6) Neon Pink Nightstand; (7) Pentagon Dipped Table; (8) Streamline Metal Table; (9) Wire Burst Stool; (10) Elsa Stool; (11) Faceted Woodblock Table; (12) Rope Handle Table
Enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay