Adelyn's Pink and Gray Cottage Chic Nursery

12.31.2013

When I first started planning Adelyn's nursery, I really didn't know what direction I would take. I found some fabric early on that I thought would be the starting point for the room. Then I came across the beautiful dresser and my whole vision changed. I immediately knew I wanted a romantic, girly nursery with more of a cottage feel. The fabric I had previously chosen just wouldn't work for that so I was back to the drawing board. I started pinning inspiration nurseries and I noticed that I was almost always drawn to gray, pink, and white nurseries. Then I found the pink and gray fabric from Carousel Designs and my vision really started to take shape. I don't know if it's really cottage chic but that's what I'm calling it! :)

There were times I just wasn't sure if we would finish it in time for Adelyn's arrival- especially because I was determined to DIY pretty much everything. I think I've spent pretty much every nap time for the last 8 weeks sewing or making something! It has been a true labor of love and despite it's tiny size (less than 10x10)  I am absolutely in love with the results. It's so neat to see your vision finally come to life and I am so, so excited that it's finished and that I can finally share it. Now we just need that precious baby girl to make her appearance and it will truly be complete!

Despite my best efforts I don't think the colors of the paint or fabric came through exactly as they are, but I think you can get the idea. The paint really is more gray but it does look kind of beige here. You'll also see that there are many shades of pink! Pink is harder to match than you would think! :) Ok- enough rambling- here she is in all her glory: 
























And since the room is so tiny and hard to photograph, here are two panoramic shots and a video to give you a better idea of the layout.




Sources:
Paint: Mindful Gray from Sherwin Williams
Dresser: local shop
Crib: hand me down from Emerson
Chair: Jenny Lund Extorp from Ikea
Pouf: DIY using this tutorial
Pillows: DIY
Fabric: (valances, pillows, pouf):  Carousel Designs Silver French Damask, Carousel Designs Pink French Script
Closet Curtains: Target (they cannot be found online but they are the Shabby Chic brand)
Crib Skirt: DIY using same curtains from Target
Crib Sheet: DIY using this tutorial (fabric from local quilt shop)
Window Pane: Target (it was meant to be a picture frame but I removed the second pane of glass and Jesse spray painted it white. I saw it on clearance not long after I bought it and cannot find it online.)
Fabric Wreath: DIY using this tutorial. Instead of using ribbon I used strips of fabric and lace. I tore them instead of cutting them so that it would have more of a shabby chic look.
Fabric Chandelier: DIY. I couldn't find a tutorial for this so I kind of made it up as I went. 
Mirrors: Ebay, thrift stores, Home Goods, etc. Some of them are just picture frames with craft mirrors or mirrored scrapbook paper in them. They were all different colors to start with but a few coats of spray paint took care of that!
Lamp: Target with recovered lamp shade (I just hot glued a few strips of pink ruffles around it!)
Rug: Target
Side Table: Ross
Valances: DIY
Window Seat Pad: DIY using craft foam from Joann's and covered with Carousel Designs fabric
White Hanging Shelf: Home Goods (the hooks were replaced with crystal knobs also purchased from Home Goods)
Chalk Art: Frame from Michaels, art was DIY using black foam board and hot glued to frame

And that's it! I apologize for so many pictures- I just wanted to make sure I captured all of the little details of Adelyn's sweet little room! I hope you love it as much as I do!


Big Moments in 2013

12.30.2013

I've been working on backing up our photos (again! I'm so paranoid about losing them) and I've loved looking back over the last year. 2013 has been a big year for us. We've had a lot of change and some very unexpected events. So, here are some of our big moments of 2013, in pictures:


January:

Jesse was promoted and Emerson and I were able to be there to celebrate with him!



February:

We finally left Abu Dhabi and made the long trip back to the United States. We spent a few weeks with our families before making the drive out to our new home in California.


March:

We moved into our new place and finally started receiving some of our shipments that were scattered from one end of the earth to the other.

April:
This was the month for exploring and taking in a lot of what our new city has to offer.  Emerson started dance and gymnastics and we visited the zoo several times.


May:

 We got the best news ever and we celebrated our first baby turning two!


June:

June was all about pre-deployment prep. We took a trip to Texas and spent lots of time as a family before Jesse's scheduled departure.


July:

The best part of July was sharing our big news with the world.

And then we had to say our good-byes as Jesse headed off for deployment.
A few weeks later we learned that we were adding another precious baby girl to our family.


And then, just two days after that I got the shock of a lifetime when I received the call that Jesse had been injured in Afghanistan.



August:

What can I say about August. It was by far the hardest month of the entire year. From waiting for Jesse's arrival home, to watching him go through surgery and recovery. 



September:

 I took Emerson to her first Disney on Ice performance. It was a hit!
We also found our church home when a brand new church launched in September. We attended a church potluck along with several preview services and were instantly hooked.


October:

 October was filled with tons of fun Halloween festivities and a wonderful road trip to Texas.



November:

In November Jesse had surgery number two. Luckily this one wasn't nearly as brutal as the first time around. This was the true beginning of his recovery!
We celebrated Thanksgiving with our neighbors and ate a yummy dinner at a nearby resort.


December:

December was spent prepping for baby Adelyn and squeezing in as much Christmas fun as possible!

2013 was a trying year, without a doubt! But we had so many amazing moments and we have been blessed so very much. Although I would never choose for Jesse to be injured or to watch him go through the pain of surgery and recovery, I am so thankful that it brought him home to us. We have been able to spend so much time together as a family and he was able to be here for so many big moments in Emerson's life and the entire pregnancy. Best of all, he will be here for the birth of his second daughter. We may not always understand it, but I know for sure that God has a plan for our family and part of that plan was to bring Jesse home. Now we are ready to say farewell to 2013 and hello to 2014! Here's to a happy and healthy New Year!!

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