Nursery Question: To gray or not too gray?

I was ecstatic when an old friend messaged me tonight asking me advice about paint for her nursery;
Not only did I get to revel in her exciting news (she is expecting twins!!!), but I get to obsess over paint, which is one of my most favorite things to do.
She and I have very similar aesthetics it seems, and she wanted to know if I had any ideas for a gray for the nursery. She does not yet know the sex of the babies, but I decided to do a little preliminary brainstorming, just to get the baby ball rolling.

My one piece of advice to her was to make sure to get a pigmented gray. She had originally requested a white-gray, something that would “really pop”, as she definitely wants brightness, which is perfect for a nursery. However, I told her about my issues with my own “white gray”, “White Diamond” which is in both of my upstairs bathrooms. It sometimes just looks dingy, or sterile. It isn’t the warm, bright, lovely color that I was hoping for.

I geared her in the direction of one of my old favorites, Stonington Gray, which is the color of my Dining Room. I LOVE this color. It is bright, it is rich, it is neutral…I think it would be perfect for a nursery.

She said that for a boy she would want pale blues as her accent, and for a girl pale pinks, which are both right up my alley (my daughter’s nursery was ivory, white, grey and baby pink).

She also told me about the floor she was planning to use and the white cribs that she liked.

I came up with a picture of what her nursery could look like (either with two pinks, two blues, or one of each! How exciting!) and I think it is very warm, bright and chic. If I do say so myself.

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I am excited to be starting this journey with this old friend, both in decorating and in mommyhood. I can’t wait to see where we go!

511 meets Ramshackle Glam

It’s no secret around these parts that I have a little blog crush on Jordan of Ramshackle Glam. I’ve been reading the blog since it’s inception and find her to be both beautiful on the inside and out. Years ago, I guest posted for her community section in a Mommy, Ever After post about my daughter’s enchanted garden nursery and we have stayed in touch over the years, developing an online friendship of sorts. I have followed her through her wilder Manhattan days (think middle of the night dance parties to Aerosmith with her musician husband) to her first pregnancy and now suburban motherhood. She is currently pregnant with her second child, a girl, and it was my honor to make a special bedroom addition gift for both the baby girl and the big brother.

This is very timely, I think, as she just shared the complete and amazing makeover of her son’s nursery to “little boy’s room”.

It’s just perfect. And I hope that my small gift can bring their family, a special, vibrant, colorful and kind one, great joy.

Here is the process:

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5And the Product:

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5On the left is for big brother, and a quote from the Eagles song “Ol’ 55”, which they sing together each night. The right is for baby girl, and of course a quote from Aerosmith’s “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” which was kind of a no brainer. I mean come on.

I hope these hang happily in their home, as happiness is what this beautiful, growing family deserves.

…Three days later…

She just received the canvasses and put this photo up on her instagram. I hope she and her family enjoy them for years to come.

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My contribution.

Recently, my husband added a special addition to our son’s nursery.

It represented both our son and his father; our boy being a giant moose-like thing (I say that in the kindest of ways) and his dad being a talented cartoonist.

And so I thought about it and wanted to put my own personal stamp on his wall. While I’m not exactly a fine artist (I get by) there are certain things I love.

Like words. and song lyrics. And Brett Dennen.

So I added a little something to his wall that represents him (the lyrics are from “Wild Child”, a sentiment I wish for our boy) and me, in that I love this man’s words.

photo 3If you know me, you know these words are me to a T.

And our son is a little bit of his dad, and a little bit of his mom, after all. So his room should be too.

 

511 meets 116

I had the privilege this morning of seeing our dear friends’ gorgeous new home. To call this a “before” would be inaccurate, as their house is immaculate and beautiful and spectacular, with an open floor plan and a master suite of dreams. But I get to work on the decorating of it, and for that I am excited and grateful!

photo (52)It was so fun; we went through every room and talked about moving light fixtures and painting furniture…but our first order of business is cooling down (color-wise) a warm TV room.

I just ordered her this pillow from West Elm

img53cNot only do the colors add the coolness we’re going for, and the silk a new texture, but it’s feathers, man.

And most exciting of all, my lovely friend is expecting a baby girl in May, so we have a nursery to decorate!

So much excitement, so much ahead, so much love.