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Welcome to Alexa’s Nursery

Welcome to Alexa’s Nursery!  We wanted to start to give you a little view into the lives of our little loves and the places where they sleep and play.  Today we introduce Alexa’s room and a highlight on some of its special pieces.

When we moved into this house, about a year before Alexa was born, there were two beautifully painted girls’ rooms – one in lavender stripes and one in pink stripes.  Everyone that saw the rooms before we had babies said this meant that we would have two boys for certain.  When we found out that we were having a girl, I was thrilled to find out that we could keep the lavender (which is my favorite color) and my husband was thrilled that he wouldn’t have to paint.  It set a great canvas for my vision of a warm, welcoming nursery for Alexa.  I wanted to make it girly but not too girly and whimsical but not too babyish… there are consistent elements throughout the room of baby animals (melt!) and Parisian charm (swoon!). We went back and forth with what color furniture and ultimately went with the Dolce Babi Naples Collection in Grey Satin (which can look grey or taupe, depending on the lighting).  I’m a sucker for dentil molding and its classic chic look… and I also thought it could easily look super girly OR boyish (if paired with navy, for example), when considering any babies that might use the furniture in the future.  We’ve been thrilled with the look and quality of these furniture pieces.

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When you walk into Alexa’s nursery, this is what you see.  There are a lot of neutral colors between the rug and furniture, so I tried to lighten things up with accents, including the plush rocker and the curtains.  I almost didn’t get a nightstand, thinking I wouldn’t need it for a nursery.  Let me tell you: this is a must.  It’s an easy place to put books down (or a cup of coffee) and the lamp has been an essential.  My mom had gotten the Mother Goose as a gift for Alexa, and she has been absolutely obsessed since she was much smaller. It says multiple nursery rhymes and is an instant soother.  I also bought a matching thermostat/clock to make sure we were keeping her room at the right temperature.  We love the adorable plush rocker, which was 100% for decor the first 9 months and is now getting a lot of attention.

Curtains: Lush Decor at Overstock // Plush Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids // Pillow and Quilt: Pottery Barn Kids // Lamp (no longer available, but equally cute one here): Pottery Barn Kids // Mother Goose: Cuddle Barn at Amazon // Glider: Best Chairs USA

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I never knew how much time I would be spending on a glider, between nursing and story time and just watching A play, and I am so glad I got a super comfy one that reclines too.  (My husband Nick is obsessed and wants it for the man cave when we don’t have little babies anymore).  It was a bit difficult finding the right glider, and I am so glad we went with this company and this fabric.  The pillow never actually stays on the chair but it looks nice for pictures. 🙂  The bookrack has been amazing and such a space saver – it’s a spot that A is always going to and now climbing on (it’s drilled into the wall!) and pulling every book down from.

Bookrack: Pottery Barn Kids // Diaper Pail: Diaper Dekor // DREAM art: Patty Cakes Art // A is for Alexa art: ofCarola

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When we just set up the nursery, this dresser’s top was so empty.  Since, I’ve used it as a place to display special gifts that family and friends have given Alexa.  I love the two “You Are My Sunshine” prints (so true!) that Yassi helped match with our existing paint and decor.

You Are My Sunshine Prints: Yassi’s Place // Piggy Bank: Tiffany & Co. // Stuffed Animals: Jellycat and Vermont Teddy Bear Company

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The crib was the piece of furniture that really sold us on the Dolce Babi set. N and I both walked into the showroom and were like “WOW!”  We also loved that it was convertible and could grow with Alexa.  If we were going to make an investment in this set, it makes sense that it will last more than a couple years.  I wanted a statement piece above the crib and loved the monogram look.  As tempting as it was to put some cool framed pictures above the crib, from a safety perspective I resisted.  I love that the monogram is chic, classic, and finishes off the room.  It also is removable in the case that A wants to change it one day.  I worked with Mona at KIMONOCARDS (Featured Find coming soon!) for this silk mobile to match the wall paint and furniture and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Alexa loves it and has gone from staring at it intently to trying to pull it down (and we keep moving it up!)

The Baby Einstein soother isn’t the prettiest element to the nursery, but it’s been an absolute must-have.  A is crazy for her little fish tank in her crib and plays with it for a long time when she gets up from a nap.  The Sophie the Giraffe is also on her crib for the same purpose. 🙂  We store many of Alexa’s toys in her closet, but as I like a place for her to grab them herself, we scored this matching bin at our local Homegoods.

Wall Monogram: Old Rescue Barn Company // Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids // White Wicker Hamper: Redmon via Amazon // [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Overfilled] Toy Bin: Homegoods (found in store) // Mobile: KIMONOCARDS

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As Alexa’s closet takes up almost her whole one wall, I wanted to add some art (but not too much) and something personal.  I found the adorable letters for above the doors on Patty Cakes Art on Etsy (who also worked with me for the perfect print and color for the set).  I was very excited to order A’s Birth Stats & name prints from Yassi (who I ordered the Sunshine prints from) once she was born to finish off the art on this wall.  The pillow on the door handle plays lullabies and you can see the top of a Pottery Barn Kids Anytime Chair that a dear friend bought Alexa (that she loves), which matches perfectly.

 A & Birth Stat Art: Yassi’s Place // ALEXA Art: Patty Cakes Art

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For Alexa’s changing table, I opted for a double dresser and put a changing pad (secured on the back of the furniture piece), as I wanted to make sure that it was a timeless piece of furniture.  I almost cut the straps off the changing pad thinking: “who the heck who use these?”  Well, let me tell you, with a squirmy 9 month old, these straps have been a Godsend.  Lia found the Glenna Jean changing pad cover, which matched perfectly with A’s nursery (after the Pottery Barn Kids ones didn’t fit for some reason!)  I was set on three pieces of art above the changing table, and was so happy to find Billy & Scarlet’s whimsical designs, which really complete the whole room in my opinion.  Alexa loved looking at these prints from when she was a newborn (considering they are black & white).  Humidifiers aren’t usually pretty, but I like the sleek look of Crane’s drop shaped cool mister, and it’s worked so well during these cold and dry winter months.

Baby Animals Art: Billy & Scarlet // Nursing Pad Cover: Glenna Jean // Humidifier: Crane

We hope you liked the first peak into Alexa’s sanctuary!  We spend a lot of time here, and it’s a very special place to our family.  We will be posting more around the details (and the ever evolving additions and changes to her room) in our blog and will also be featuring some of the companies that help make it so great, so stay tuned!

With love,

LL

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