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Nursery Love, Part 2: Guest Blogger Katie Delgado

In honor of the arrival of our son last Monday {see the bottom of the post for a picture} my sister is contributing her baby/nursery favorites. You may remember her lovely contribution to art for kids rooms. When you are done reading, you should head on over to her blog The Red Thread Quartet and get inspired, and then you might as well buy her book too!

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I am watching the aptly named “Tree of Life,” a Terry Malick film devoted poetically to none other than the origins of the universe, in parallel to a loose biography of his own childhood.  The central character is a boy, the first of three.  In one scene, a group of boys tie a frog onto a firework, and after lighting it, another asks “did he go to the moon?” Ah, boys.  In another scene, one of the boys asks his mother “tell me a story about before I remember.”  This is frequently a request from my own kidlink, and one of the sweetest. And now, a boy has joined our very own tribe; a new cousin.  Bundled into his own dna there will no doubt be inexplicable impulses to tie frogs to rocket ships, and other such gaity.  Soon, he will give us stories we can all remember.  But before there was K, there was the idea of him.  And with a new breed of baby (the first one born with a Y chromosone after three double X’s:)  we have been daydreaming about all things blue and orange and grey that are distinctly boy.  The binding for the stories we will tell, about before he remembers.  And while I am far away and lean in the pockets, I can share a day dream registry about the things I would give him *if only*. Call it window shopping for a shower.  For K, before he remembers.

The first stop-toys.  I know K is too little to know, but this is the story of “before” he remembers.  And some of the sweetest toys are the gifts that have been around so long, we don’t know who gifted them, until our mother reminds us:)

wooden forest animals

{When sister had her first baby, she mentioned to me one day that her baby, around a year old, seemed bored.  “Where are her toys?” I asked, and she sheepishly showed me a lovely raffia basket with a pitiful assortment.  Sometimes, its easy to prefer form over function, but these little beauties deliver both! Hand carved in Germany by Michael Engelberger, they’re available at Nova Naturals.}

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The Animal Print Shop

{For some elegant, charming art that would be at home in mom and dad’s room if sharing with baby, any of Sharon Montrose’s prints, from The Animal Print Shop, will do.}

wild rumpus print

{For some more cheery loveliness, check out British based Ruka Ruka.}

elephant boat print

{For some original artwork, pop over to JAustenRyan.  Let me just say, anything that has elephants, giraffes, monkeys and bunting flags has me at hello!}

modern rocker

{And for true form meets function, join me in salivating over Land of Nod’s gorgeous Joya rocker.  My baby outgrew rockers about 8 years ago, but I’d take one of these today if I could!}

Petite collage mobile

{You can never go wrong with Petit Collage, or their beautiful bamboo mobiles!}

see-through crib

{And how is this crib for divine, not to mention genius!  Little’s K’s big sisters could watch every delicious expression as he slept, with no help from mom and dad! Crib from Ubabub.}

And how about some sweet softies to tuck inside…

Stuffies fox & bear

{Rag bear from Zazomini, plush logs from hitree, and debonaire fox from The Walnut Animal Society. }

yarnigans

{This fellow is customizable.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to knit baby a teddy bear, let Yarnigans do it for you!}

sisters guild bunting

{I’m crazy for all things Maileg, but it’s rare any of it would be suitable in a boy’s room.  Except for this charmer! Available at Sisters Guild.}

cm1

{And if you can figure out how to order from Europe, this wall mural from Cosas Minimas is as sweet as they come!}

And last but not least, a few fabulous rooms for inspiration!

modern crib

{The gray diamonds and blue cabinet make a gorgeous backdrop for splashes of red.}

orange eames rocker

{A varation on the same palette from BHG.}

gray & orange nursery

{If you like the idea of a “foresty” theme, this room has some great ideas.}

modern nursery

{Another example of gray diamonds as a lovely foil for bright colors.  Just because it’s a boy’s room, it doesn’t have to be boring!}

modern circus nursery

{And the absolute craftiest room of all, from Joy Kelly, my new hero-who actually MADE her son an elephant lamp (and pretty much everything else)-eek!  Do not try this at home;)

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If we take anything away from this post, boys and girls, let it be that gray is the new blue!  (Gray and orange, gray and red, gray and blue, etc.)

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Here he is:

Nursery Love

We are days away from meeting our little guy, so I have baby stuff on the mind.  As I mentioned before, we are combining our “master bedroom”/nursery for awhile (since we buy such little houses we are doing it out of necessity…more on that here). It’s actually our downstairs family room, but for now we will be using it for a bedroom (in order to preserve our playroom/classroom & guest bedroom upstairs). It is starting to come together and I will post some pictures of the finished project, but in the meantime I thought I would share some products and lovely inspiring spaces while it’s all fresh in my mind (& I don’t have a crying infant distracting me). Let’s start with some of the fabulous things I found on etsy while looking for stuff for our nursery space…

modern nursery decor

 {mochi & bean blanket – we bought a different one from this lovely shop, which I will show you when I post about our space, fox print by wintersmoke, hooded towel by mitani designs, paper birds & alphabet/initial art by Almost Sunday, quilt & blue elephant sheet by iviebaby – if you are willing to splurge this woman makes the most lovely bedding I have seen. So pretty!, elephant garland by Art’s Delight, cloud mobile by gosh & golly, cloud pillow by bunbunbabydesigns, swaddling blanket by lippybrand}

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Here are some of my favorite nursery’s:

simple white nursery{what a soothing space to spend time in. I love the art above the crib by sarah jane studios. I also love that the space is neutral without being boring. For more pictures of the space take a look here. The crafty mama behind this space also has a delightful stationary company called The Penny Paper Co. that is worth checking out}

modern nursery{for more shots of this simple, modern nursery take a look at make me studios}

modern yellow & blue nursery{this nursery makes me want to bust out with John Denver’s, “sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy”…to see all the pictures-and you should-take a look at Me and Wee}

modern gray nursery{originally found on A Lovely Lark. Love the elephant stool and picture. This is my kind of a “theme” room. Subtle to the extent that it is almost non-existent :)}

simple boho nursery{this simple. sweet nursery was originally found on apartment therapy}

teal & chartreuse nursery{this pretty nursery was originally found at me oh my!}

bright eclectic nursery{you should take a look at all the pictures of this bright eclectic nursery at on to baby}

pink and orange modern nursery{love this pink & orange nursery, also found at on to baby}

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Here’s to hoping my next post will include our baby announcement!