On the Prowl: Nursery Bedding

Help, readers! When we ordered our nursery linens back in early February, we never thought that Target’s suppliers would get cut off and that for over a month, we would be drug through a series of backorder (and finally, cancellation) emails about the most important piece – the crib set. We’ve received everything else we ordered except this piece, and Target said that it didn’t think its supplier will ever get the set back in stock! So, lovely readers, help us find the Woolrich Woodlands crib set (or even just the main blanket! I can make other bumpers and sheets work). Here is the picture again from our nursery mood board:

Again, we’re just looking for the blanket that is hanging over the railing and it’s called Woolrich Woodlands. It would make our lives complete if someone could help us find it!

Nursery Painting Part 1

I came home today to find this:

Jason has been hard at work trying to get as far as possible on the nursery progress while on Spring Break, but I never expected to come home to him already priming the room!

Because we have laminate trim (and didn’t want to pay the cost of replacing all the trim), we had to use a special primer to coat the laminate. This is just one quick coat of primer (we’ll put on at least another, if not two more). Then we’ll put a couple coats of French White semi-gloss paint by Glidden.

And want a sneak peek of the wall color? It’s called Warm Caramel by Glidden.

There is a lot more to come this weekend, when we will finish up the painting!

On the Prowl: Bedroom Lighting

New category time! This post didn’t exactly fit into Awesome Find, and it didn’t exactly fit into Inspiration, either, so it was time to get creative. On the Prowl is for things that we are looking for but may not have necessarily purchased or that would show viable (and non-viable) options to fit the bill.

Onto the post. Lately, I’ve been taking a cold, hard look at our lighting. We’ve already purchased a new chandelier for the dining room from IKEA (see the wrought iron chandelier in the sidebar) but haven’t put it up yet. We’d like to find something for the living room as well (we’re digging the Tiffany style pendant in the sidebar, since it matches our table lamp). But what to do about the bedrooms? Our living/dining/kitchen area has tall, pitched ceilings, but the rest of the house has low ceilings. As in, barely the 7.5 foot requirement. How do you replace light fixtures in those rooms so they are stylish but not boob lights? (You know, the lights that are round and come standard in a house, and have a bolt that looks like a nipple. Sorry, it’s true.)

The room we were specifically looking for when we did this search was the nursery. At first we wanted to go with something like this from IKEA:

but the hanging height was 25″ without the cord or mounting piece! No thank you, because that would even come down too far for my head at 5’6″. We loved the natural woven feel and that it could work for both sexes. Sigh. Back to the search.

We looked at several other lighting options that brought in a natural feel, but all of them seemed too big for the space or like the would limit the area of light, so we thought, “Aha! Ceiling fans!” It is true that we will have to keep the baby’s door completely closed every night because of the cats, and a ceiling fan would be a great investment to keep the air circulating and help prevent SIDS.

We narrowed our search down to two brands: Hunter and Hampton Bay. Hunter fans are amazing, albeit a bit pricey for us budget makeoverists, but they don’t move, they don’t squeak, they don’t shake… Awesome. Hampton Bay, while not widely known, is the “off-brand” made by Hunter in the same factories. You can only find it at Home Depot, and it’s much less pricey than Hunter. Every Hampton Bay my family has owned has been just as good as a Hunter, for years and years to come. One Hampton Bay has been hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen for 15 years after part of a DIY renovation and STILL doesn’t shake/squeak.

We finally decided on Hampton Bay’s Hawkins in Tarnished Bronze Finish. Assembled, it is only 14″ high, which leaves about 6’3″ for us to walk under (minus the pulls). That’s pretty comfortable for me and the hubby. And it’s only $70, which as far as ceiling fans go is really inexpensive, considering it will last for years. Here’s a picture of the beauty:

From this experience, we’ve learned that when we buy a house of our own, it must have at least 8′ ceilings, preferably 9′ to accommodate all the crazy fixtures I’ll want to install. What do you think? Have you had any lighting issues lately? Having a hard time finding the perfect fit for your room?

Inspiration: Nursery Design

For those of you who didn’t know about my secret baby blog before we announced the pregnancy, you have no idea what direction we are going in for our nursery!

Everyone who knows me knows that I am an obsessive planner. When something happens, I immediately beginning planning it or making a list, etc. We were watching a movie the other night where a couple won $2 million in the lottery, and I immediately made a detailed list of what I’d do with that money, down to the tens of thousands. So naturally, we had all of our nursery items picked out very shortly after we found out that I was pregnant, and way before we had told anyone.

We decided to go with a more gender-neutral theme that can be personalized for either sex (since it will still be another 8-10 weeks before we’ll find out! gah!), so the “mood board” you see below is the basic design.

The main wall color is Glidden’s Warm Caramel. It may seem a little dark in the picture, but when we taped several paint chips to the wall, that seemed to be the best fit, not only with the linens, but also with the natural light in the room. The trim (which is currently a laminate wood trim) will be painted antique white (the stripe you see). Eventually, all the trim in the house will go to this color, to make the house more uniform and neutral (and easier to sell later). We’ve purchased some of the elements you see in the pictures – the crib, which looks beautiful put together and is very sturdy, the hamper, the diaper stacker, the crib set, and the dust ruffle. We also purchased a mobile that matches, but it isn’t on the mood board.

We still have a long way to go (actually painting, buying and installing the ceiling fan, getting the rest of the decor just right and personalized to Bumpy), but this is a quick peek into what will be a major reveal! What do you think so far of our gender-neutral theme?