We are excited to share ‘a closer look’ at some of the details of our nursery makeover – the details that help truly pull the room together and make it what it is. As mentioned in our previous reveal post, we were excited to work with some brands we already had a high level of comfort with (i.e. buybuy BABY and Minted), but also learn about new brands in which we quickly fell in love! By using a variety of brands at different price points, YouthfulNest’s lead designer Lisa Janvrin put together a beautiful white, neutral nursery that is anything but cookie cutter! (We’ve had several questions about specific products, which are all linked at the end.)
The view I have every morning when I walk in the room. The natural light, coupled with the varying shades of whites and creams, makes me so happy! I wasn’t originally sure about mixing my off-white furniture (which I already had) with the bright whites of the bookshelf and other elements, but was quickly pleased when it started to come together!
I did help narrow down the beautiful baby lamb art via Minted, but when it arrived, I was scared. It looked SO big and thought it might be too much. I was so happy that YouthfulNest pushed me out of my comfort zone because without this piece, the room would not be what it is!
The previous homeowners had the ceiling painted in clouds. We decided to keep it and it’s dreamy. We scored this awesome light from Target for less than $150! Can you get enough of the Kroma Carpets pelt? It adds such a softness to the room.
I’m pretty obsessed with this storage basket from Target Pillowfort, which looks much more expensive than the $25 I paid. The Saranoni blankets throughout the room add so much softness (and can’t wait to use them with baby boy).
One of YouthfulNest’s big goals is to create a functional nursery – hence the easy reading light and clock. I pushed back on the clock as I thought it looked too ‘girly’ online, but it’s been one of the most complimented elements from visitors (and my husband). I stand corrected!
The DaVinci glider is so beautiful, inviting, and comfortable… and such a great value! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the color and how it complements the room.
Admittedly, I wasn’t 100% sold on this LOOM throw pillow when YouthfulNest suggested it, but it is absolutely perfect in pulling all the colors of the room together, while also complementing the quasi animal theme. The Mary Meyer lamb stuffed animal is absolutely darling.. a brand we just fell in love with!
It’s still amazing to see the (repainted) furniture that Nick (my husband) and I had in our first place as such a big part of the nursery. I love it!
Another amazing plush toy by Mary Meyer! The elephant is adorable but also functional – it’s made by SkipHop and serves as a soother, as well as a nightlight (perfect for late night diaper changes)
I just love the Bear print (by Minted) – it’s the perfect piece above the chest of drawers!
Lisa (our lead designer) found these vintage swan book ends on Etsy for under $40 shipped! I love them too much – simple yet striking.
While this adorable SkipHop activity gym isn’t part of the finished nursery per se (rather a toy for baby to play on), it is such a nice pop of color in an all neutrals nursery.
Thanks for following along in our nursery transformation – we hope you enjoyed the before and after pictures. Make sure to check out YouthfulNest and follow on Facebook for many more awesome reveals!
Creating a Dream Nursery with YouthfulNest (The BIG Reveal!)
So we did it, guys… we created my dream nursery! Little did I know that when I created my Pinterest board to share with YouthfulNest during the design process, that I would actually love the room we created so much MORE than any of the images we used for inspiration. If you haven’t taken the time to read a bit about working with a virtual interior design company, we certainly encourage you to start with this post!
As we near two weeks until baby boy is born, I can’t help but spend lots of time in his room. It’s calming, serene, soft on the eyes, and most simply put: amazing. I can’t even believe the transformation of this space in just a couple months.. and it really came to life over the past few weeks.
In hindsight, the process with YouthfulNest was so simple and the results were incredible. (Well, I’ll let you be the judge as we share official ‘afters’ below!) I loved the opportunity to work with such a talented lead designer, Lisa Janvrin. One of my favorite aspects of this completed nursery are that it’s such a great combination of pieces we already had (i.e. the ivory dresser and chest, which we got painted a few years ago), as well as high and low budget pieces that add a certain ‘eclectic-ness’ to the room. I was able to work with trusted brand favorites such as buybuy BABY and Minted and also be introduced to some brands I hadn’t had experience with such as LOOM Decor and Kroma Carpets. I would have never been able to achieve a look like this without a little help… it would have been too “cookie cutter” and still wouldn’t have been the look I wanted to achieve.
Additionally, I don’t think this nursery would have been done for months and months (as a part-time working/stay-at-home mom of a busy three year old, it simply would have gotten pushed to the bottom of the list, and poor little man would have an eye-sore of a pink nursery). It’s been so fun going through the process and also getting introduced to some fantastic brands who have made this room quite possibly my favorite room in my home! I also know that this nursery was created not only for beautiful pictures, but also for function… I feel that it’s set up perfectly for me as I soon become a mom of two!
A big thank you to YouthfulNest and the companies we’ve worked with over the past few months to create this dreamy nursery for our little guy! We can’t wait to share pictures of him in it! Also stay tuned for some more pictures of our new nursery in a separate post (along with some favorite product highlights) for those looking to create a dream nursery of their own… along with a special offer from our friends at YouthfulNest!
Behind the Scenes with YouthfulNest + Nursery Redesign Sneak Peek
If you’ve been following along on our Instagram, you know that a MAJOR nursery redesign is underway! We couldn’t be more excited to be working with YouthfulNest on this project and are here today to give you some ‘behind the scenes’ on the experience thus far (before the BIG reveal)… and of course some ‘before’ uglies! I’m almost embarrassed to show the ‘befores’, but of course, you can’t have a full appreciation of the transformation without knowing the initial room situation. So, let’s start with one of the pictures I sent YouthfulNest for inspiration on my Pinterest board (more about that later)
And now that you can see where my mind was going, I will reveal the embarrassing ‘befores’!
So, you can see that the room (above and below) is suffering from a MAJOR identity crisis. Adorable pink stripes and a hand-painted cloud ceiling – perfect for a kid… but then a more adult bed and decor situation. So what gives? We moved into our house about four years ago and the owners had two little girls. Both rooms were beautifully painted (A’s room is similar in purple) and as we are growing our family, we had no idea what the gender of our kids would be. So, we decided to keep the rooms as-is until we knew what we were working with (in the meantime, we used this room as a guest room / playroom)! When we found out in January that our newest addition to arrive in June is a BOY, my hubs couldn’t wait to paint over the pink. But where to start?
Enter YouthfulNest. I have used virtual interior design with great success a few times, so I was very excited to learn about a service completely geared towards children’s rooms. I was super impressed with the rooms and design boards on the website and eagerly signed up to collab with the YN team to transform this space. The process started with an easy questionnaire, phone call with a lead designer, and a Pinterest board I created with things I liked. I could hardly believe it when I received the below ‘design board’…. YouthfulNest completely nailed my taste.
I can wholeheartedly say that I have never had a design experience that has had this level of quality or expertise. Of course I pushed back on some things (because that’s me), but ultimately put the trust in the design team (as I had seen their work) and have been blown away as items have started to arrive. I think it was incredibly important to get pushed a bit out of my comfort zone or this nursery would be looking very cookie-cutter. For example, Lisa (lead designer & CEO) thought a big piece of art (30×40) would be best over the crib. I was nervous it was going to be TOO big… but as the room comes together, I am realizing it’s perfect.
In addition to the design board, I also received a shopping list of items. Two favorites for amazing products at reasonable prices included buybuy BABY (some amazing quality options at reasonable prices… and can’t beat those 20% off coupons!) and Minted (I can’t get enough of their nursery art!!!) Lisa worked with me to stay within my budget and also ‘shopped’ places (i.e. Pottery Barn Kids) which I had gift cards. I loved that she gave me so many items to really fill the space (i.e. objets for the night stand and changing table) vs. leaving me to figure those out on my own. I couldn’t believe that the curtains she recommended were $10 total from IKEA and even asked ‘are you sure?’ but I went with them, and they look amazing!! Additionally, I welcomed some ‘splurge’ items that I know I will have for a long time (i.e a gorgeous pillow from LOOM Decor and an incredible rug from Kroma – pieces that really pulled the room together and gave it an extra ‘richness’). I was amazed (and thrilled) with the mix of high-low priced pieces and how well they look together.
The YouthfulNest team also prepared a Floor Plan for my space, which was focused around functionality of the room for an infant and child (based on how I shared I would use the nursery). It’s made the vision much more of a reality as I start to set up the items in the places that the team suggested. Additionally, I received a Room Installation Guide. It’s a combo of the continuous designer notes I received via e-mail plus guidance on how and where to hang things like my curtains and nursery art… also the styling of small decor items throughout the room. It really gave me everything I needed to help you bring the room together myself (which is really the area I feel like I need the most help!!)
Additionally, the Color Consultation was a total lifesaver (as I was a bit lost with the pink walls and my off-white furniture). The team went as far as to buy the paint color of the furniture and samples of Colorhouse paint before recommending a wall and trim color. I am beyond obsessed with the paint we went with (Bisque .02) – so much so that I told my hubs that I want to paint our entire future new house’s interiors with it. It’s so soft on the eyes and really pulls everything together. It’s certainly money well spent!
You can see all of YouthfulNest’s services here and see what makes the most sense for your space. The essential package starts at just $299 and you can add on additional services if you decide you need them. We went with the premium package, which is $549 and it is certainly worth every penny (we have saved SO much time, money, and headache doing it ‘right’ from the start).
Feel free to leave any questions below on our experience, and follow along with us on Instagram before we publish the big reveal!!!
As I near the 5 week countdown for baby #2 , I thought I’d share my new baby checklist of new baby items. Luckily, we have some great products for Alexa ready to be reused. You can read our popular ultimate registry guide here! However, there are some fabulous new products on the market as we figure out our new baby checklist for baby #2!
It probably won’t come as a shock that we are big fans of anything that will help improve sleep for baby and ease during our days. Additionally, we love products that transition with the baby. Without further ado, here’s our new baby checklist for baby #2. Mamas with more than one kid, we’d love to hear your suggestions as well!
Top 10 New Baby Checklist for Baby #2
DockATot: This product is hot! Moms swear that it is helping their babies have better night sleep sooner. This can be attested to the safe and soothing environment it creates and can be used for lounging, play, or sleep. It’s also easy to transport and can help in transitioning a baby to a bigger crib or bed. We are so excited to try this one out!
UPPAbaby VISTA: When we realized this popular stroller converts to so many options for 2-3 kids, we kicked ourselves for not registering it for it the first time around. Our friends that have the UPPAbaby VISTA love it and we’ve found that mamas of two love it even more. We are big fans of the versatility of it and can’t wait to take this one for a test ride. Check out our review here! We plan on starting with the bassinet and toddler seat, and graduating to the kickboard that hooks on the back. This should be on every new baby checklist!
SkipHop 3 Stage Activity Center: How many toys do you have that your kid was able to play with from ages 4 months to toddler? Not many for us! We were really excited to see this new 3 Stage Activity Center by SkipHop. There are tree stages of use: Sit, swivel, bounce & play, cruise & interact, and play table. We are all about consolidating about three (very large) products to have this one easy option… and more bang for our buck!
HALO Bassinet: This co-sleeper bassinet came out shortly after we moved Alexa to her crib. We loved having her in our room for easy night feedings and also a safe place to put her. This bassinet caught my attention because of its ability to do a 360 degree swivel. We loved our previous co-sleeper, but it was difficult to get in and out of bed in the first few weeks of recovery.
Nesting Days Baby Carrier: Our first was not a fan of the baby carrier, but we didn’t really push it. This baby is going to need to like it… as mama will now be chasing a toddler and need both hands! We can’t wait to try out a variety of recommended baby carriers (from the BabyBjorn Carrier One to the Solly Baby Wrap) and see which work the best for us. We were excited to read about the Nesting Days Tank as an immediate and easy baby carrier for a newborn. This one will be packed in our hospital bag as a top item on our new baby checklist.
BOB Double Stroller: You are probably thinking… “really, another stroller?!” If you’ve been following for a little while, you might realize I’m a bit stroller-obsessed. I walk everywhere I can and love taking long walks into our town and to the park. I can’t express my love enough for our BOB Single stroller, and plan on using the double stroller as our stroller we keep at home. It’s not as bulky as one might think and it has the flexibility of having an infant car seat facing you while a toddler can face out.
BabyBjorn Bouncer Bliss: This was one of those products that we didn’t register for our first, and wish we had in hindsight. Besides not being an eye-sore, babies seem to really love it. We know that we will need a few more seats around the house for easy sitting for baby . This one is lightweight, has breathable fabric, and a real baby-pleaser. We also plan on bringing it to our office in the early days.
Medela FreeStyle: For our first, I got the Medela Advanced for free through our insurance. It did the job but it was annoying to have to be near an outlet every time I pumped. I plan on pumping more with baby #2, as I’m going to need my husband to get involved with putting baby to sleep. I can’t imagine being hooked up to an outlet with a toddler who is constantly moving. You can often pay a little extra to your insurance for an upgrade to the FreeStyle, which is something we are doing!
Lulujo blanket: These blankets are just too cute. I hope to document (at least half) as much as we did with Alexa, but realize that it is a bit tougher with your 2nd. When looking back at month pictures from 1-4 months, we realized Alexa would be more comfy laying on a blanket. We love that this set comes with an adorable blanket as well as the number cards. This is such a cute baby gift as well!
Covered goods nursing cover: I’m a bit modest and totally swore by my nursing cover with Alexa. While a standard nursing cover did the job, we love the versatility of this multi-use cover. Not only does it cover from every angle, it can also be used as a car seat or shopping cart cover. The prints are adorable and the fabrics are super soft. This is a must on your new baby checklist and a wonderful baby gift as well.
So, there’s our top ten new baby checklist! We’d love to hear some of your favorite baby products (as always), which can make life a bit easier (and sleep a bit better) for us mamas!
You asked for it, and we are bringing it to you! Little List’s latest list for Easter gifts for your kids’ baskets. We know you will already fill your little’s basket with some of his or her favorite candy/food goodies, so we wanted to give you some great non-food ideas to add to the basket. We ordered the giant PBK basket by mistake, but it ends up being great to fill with some bigger sized toys (vs. filling with all candy!) Don’t forget to check out last year’s popular Easter list for even more ideas!
Kinetic Sand: We got Kinetic Sand for birthday gifts and have not stopped playing with it. It is addicting for all ages! So much fun to play with – no smell, easy to clean up, and doesn’t dry up! Our littles have not gotten tired of playing with it every day since we opened it. This will certainly be on our Easter gift list, and future gift lists as well.
Jellycat Stuffed Animals: An Easter Basket looks even more adorable with a stuffed animal. If you’ve been following us awhile, you know that Jellycat stuffed animals are at the top of our list. We recently got the unicorn and it’s one of our faves… and there are so many options to choose from, for girls and boys of all ages.
Melissa & Doug Activity Books: Where would we be without M&D activity books and the mess-free markers. They are great in the car, in restaurants, and just for a fun activity at home. This is a great Easter Basket gift stuffer as our kids get so excited to get them and they are an awesome price point – most around $5! We also love Faber Castell’s selection of crafts for kids.
Mash’ems: These are a popular toy right now, for a large range of kids ages. Our 3 year olds love them – for the ‘surprise’ aspect, as well as the ‘squishy figurine’ aspect. At around $3 each, with several themes (from Finding Dory to Little Pony) they are a great Easter gift that will light up our kiddos; faces!
Ubbi bath toys: There’s no better time than spring to refresh bath toys, and we are loving the new ones by Ubbi, as not only are they fun, but they also come snap apart/together and don’t get moldy inside (and they are dishwasher safe)! The bright colors make a perfect addition for an Easter Basket gift. Pair it up with some cozy bath towels or a robe from Just Born, and you have a great bath theme!
Finn + Emma pajamas: We love getting our little ones ready for the next season with some new wardrobe options (things we may have gotten anyways ;-)). We love Finn + Emma pajamas as they are made with organic cotton and are SO soft and cozy. The new spring designs are the perfect colors for an Easter basket.
Snapper Rock sunsuit: In our houses, a swimsuit is guaranteed to get our kids excited… they just love the beach and pool! We love Snapper Rock’s options – they are not only adorable, but also UV50+ SPF. There are some awesome options for boys and girls of all ages. We also love Hanna Andersson’s selection!
Real Shades sunnies: Sunglasses are a great Easter gift. We are big fans of Real Shades, which block out 100% of the sun’s harmful rays. This brand has all the ‘hot styles’ (for ages 0-12) with prices starting at just $12!
KEEN Kids water resistant Moxie sandals: To go with the ‘beach/pool theme’, we love KEEN Kids’ selection of water resistant shoes for little adventurers. These Moxie Sandals have been one of the most durable options. We also love the options by Tsukihoshi!
SkipHop backpack or lunch box: We couldn’t resist putting this adorable bunny backpack on our list. While it’s a bit early for ‘back to school’ theme, if your little one is in need of a new bag, we think an adorable zoo animal back pack or lunch bag is a fun and cute addition!
Pura insulated water bottle: Do your kids get as excited about new cups as ours do? We love this water bottle – it’s stainless steel, doesn’t leak, and comes in awesome colors. It’s also insulated, which is perfect for upcoming warmer days (camp too!)
Lush bath bomb(or other bath products): How cute is this chick bath bomb? Lush makes such fun and great smelling products. Bath products are a favorite one of our Easter gifts – whether it be Crayola color tablets or bath crayons or Mr. Bubbles foam soap.
I See Me! Personalized book: There are some great new Easter gifts options at I See Me! We love the packages that include activity books, place mats, and more. Books are a favorite gift for our Easter Baskets. If they are Easter-related, we pack them up with our Easter decorations to bring out each year during the season.
Corolle Babibunny night light: This newly launched Corolle dolly night light is too cute – we couldn’t resist the bunny ears! An adorable add for your little that loves dolls and also might appreciate the night light feature (ours would!)
What Easter gifts are you going to stuff your little ones’ baskets with? We’d love to hear in the comments below!
As second time mamas-to-be, our pregnancies are flying a bit faster than our first. We’ve pulled together a collective list of some of our best gifts for pregnant women to keep things as enjoyable as possible!
Gifts for Pregnant Women Little List
BeMaternity Tank: Basics are KEY, and this tank was one of our absolute favorites. It’s flattering and works perfectly alone or under a cardigan or shirt. I like to stick to solids for the most part that can be dressed up or dressed down. This is one of those staples for me! It’s a great gift for the pregnant women in your life.
Smoothies: That looks pretty delish, huh? I love smoothies when I’m pregnant (and when I’m not), and have found them to be a wonderful addition to our pregnancy diets . I recently discovered Vega One to add to our shakes, which packs in the veggies, fruits, protein, and vitamins. There are many great shakes on the market to research and ask your doctor about! Take your friend out for a smoothie or make a special gift basket with some nonperishable ingredients!
Aden + Anais Pregnancy (+ Nursing) Pillow: This one is the BEST pillows out there. It’s the perfect size, super soft and cozy, and doubles as a nursing pillow once baby arrives. I also got My Pillow as a Christmas gift and have been loving it in combination! Sleep didn’t feel this good with the last pregnancy.
Mama-to-be tea: I’ve continued to drink a cup of coffee a day throughout pregnancy, but sometimes you need a nice comforting beverage like a cup of tea. I especially like Earth Mama’s selection, which offers organic tea for everything you could imagine (from morning sickness to stress to heartburn). A great and thoughtful gift for pregnant women that won’t break the bank. Make sure to consult your doctor before adding a new type of herbal tea to your diet.
Probiotics: In my first pregnancy, I incorporated our pre-natal vitamin with a separate fish oil pill. Since becoming pregnant a second time, I read a lot about the benefits of probiotics (from healthy gut function to immunity), and have added this pill to the mix. It definitely helped! Please make sure to consult your doctor about your vitamin regimen and do not take this as medical advice.
Bzees shoes: Comfortable shoes are a MUST! I admittedly still wear heels, but try to slip into comfortable shoes (EMU slippers in the morning and Bzees shoes or sneaks throughout the day). This brand offers some of the most comfortable shoes, which is so important to avoid foot and backaches!
Glow Organics Peppermint Scrub: When you’re pregnant, you are most likely going to have scents you LOVE and absolutely can’t stand . My brother and his fiance got me Bump Boxes for Christmas (great gift!!), and it came with this peppermint scrub. It’s amazing. It smells so good and is wonderful for a refreshed feeling in the shower. I use it on my hands and feet, but also on my arms and legs. Another great and reasonably priced gift for expecting mothers!
Trader Joe’s Lavender Scrub: I don’t know what it is with pregnancies and scrubs, but this has been a favorite through both. It’s so relaxing in the shower and I rub it on my baby bump. I feel that the lavender keeps me (and baby) relaxed, and the oil left behind is good for hydrating skin that could be prone to stretch marks. I get my favorite kind at TJs, but if you don’t have one locally, there are some great options on Amazon too. This is a fabulous gift for pregnant women!
BellyBandit BDA Bra: This has been one of my very best finds for a bra that offers support and comfort. It’s also a nursing bra (and can be used when you are not pregnant as well) – can’t beat the versatility!
Leggings, leggings, leggings: We are loving newly found PreggoLeggings for comfort and style this pregnancy! We cannot stress our need for comfy leggings that we can dress up or dress down. We made the mistake of trying to squeeze into our pre-pregnancy leggings too far into our pregnancies, and were so uncomfortable. Help a mom to be out and get her a sweet pair!
What could you not do without for your pregnancy? Any other ideas for gifts for pregnant women? We’d love to hear in the comments below!