A nursery for Silas

I found a brief moment when Silas was napping to snap some pics of his nursery. I LOVE how it turned out. Since he’s only 7 weeks he’s still sleeping in a cosleeper in  our room, but he’s taken a few naps in here. It’s such a big change from where this room started!



This room is really small, just 8 by 11 feet. I wanted to keep it feeling light and fun with lots of artwork and a modern feel.




I added some diy plumbing pipe curtain fixtures over the window and closet to give the room a little symmetry. The curtains are just old ones from Target. Because the fixtures are screwed right into studs Silas and his older sister can tug on them all they want – they are very secure. An Ikea Raskog cart holds all our diapering supplies, freeing up space in the dresser. We do 60/40 split with cloth/disposable diapers, mostly sposie’s at night.



The crib is the Ikea Gulliver that we used with Lucy. I love how simple it is, and you can’t beat the price. The little stool in front of the window is a Target find. Lucy likes to perch there while I’m changing Silas (approximately 1,000 times per day- kid’s a puker) The mobile is from this Etsy shop. I love how it adds just a little bit of whimsy to the room.


The Monte Luca glider was a deeply discounted floor sample score at a local baby boutique. I promised myself an upholstered glider the second time around and I’m so glad – it’s so much more comfortable than the rocking chair we used in Lucy’s nursery. The little dipped stool/side table is from Serena&Lily. The lamp is from Ikea. The “goodnight” dinosaur print is from Urban Outfitter. and so is the fox pillow (which I think is no longer available.)


This tree bookshelf is my favorite feature in the room. It’s by Babyletto and is the perfect size. It’s not at all practical for regular books (too shallow) , but it’s perfect for displaying small toys and baby books. It’s right next to the door so it’s narrow depth is perfect. It also holds the neatest little humidifier night light from Muji.


The mid century dresser is one of the first grown up pieces of furniture Pk and I ever bought. It’s petite size is perfect for a kids room and I love the original brass hardware. We have two Ubi diaper pails, one for cloth and one for disposables. So far I’m impressed –  no stink and you can use any bag or liner you like. The “twenty northern friends” print is from Banquet on Etsy and the Tree of Life print I blogged about ages ago, here. Framing was a big expense in this room, but I love all the artwork in here. It really brings the space to life and I hope Silas grows to love what we picked out for his room.


The rug is also from Ikea. It’s 100% wool and does a great job hiding animal hair. I added an extra squishy rug pad underneath so it’s foot and baby friendly too. The baby gym is also Ikea. Shocking, I know – I had to offset all my splurges (glider, framing, artwork) with some more affordable pieces, thus, Ikea. Affordable solid wood kids toys aren’t that easy to come by and this one is easy on the eyes.


Last but not least, the star of the show! Silas is 7 weeks old today and weighs in at an impressive 15 and a half pounds. Two weeks ago he developed a scary high fever and we had to spend 2 nights in the hospital, but thankfully everything is fine now (thank god for antibiotics- he had a UTI.) Of course it happened the night of Pk’s first international work trip since Silas’ birth, but thankfully the grandparents were available to stay with Lucy while I took care of our little man.  It was stressful and it’s taken me a little while to get back on my game since we got home. Silas is a very different baby than Lucy was, but we’re getting the hang of things. Lucy has done a great job, but is showing a little bit of regression behavior now that he is a little older and some of the excitement of his arrival has faded away for her.  Adjusting to two kids is way more difficult than adjusting to one – everyone warned me, but until I was in the thick of it, I didn’t fully understand. There is literally no personal time left and almost no time for blogging. Hopefully we’ll get into some kind of routine soon and I’ll have some time to catch up on house projects (the garage/art studio is finally getting done!) Pk is taking me on a date tonight, just us, and I can’t wait. Hope you all are well and enjoying spring!



Black and Grey Nursery Decor

modern grey/black nursery decor
I’ve decided to keep things pretty neutral in our little guy’s nursery, including decor. Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about to spruce up the white walls.
1. I just ordered a custom nursing pillow cover from ModFox on Etsy. I love the fabric and it will look great in any room of our house. There are great fabric selections to peruse in her shop of you are looking for something a little more modern.
2. This large scale print from Banquet Atelier on Etsy. The size is great and very affordable. I love the woodsy theme of this one called “Twenty Northern Friends”, but there are also some lovely ocean themed prints for your little sailors. This print includes facts about all the animals at the bottom.
3. Thelittlechickadee Etsy shop has amazing silhouette prints, including this one called “The Stars Will Watch Over You”
4. These house shelves are on sale at Restoration Hardware Baby and Child. I know it would be pretty straightforward to DIY these, but the truth is, I’m lazy. I haven’t pulled the trigger on these yet, but I’m thinking about it.
5. Another print from Urban Outfitter! There is one in Lucy’s room too. This one was too charming to pass up and I love moon art.
6. More animal friends from Joanne Liu on Society 6. Looking at that site makes me want to change out all the art in my living room gallery wall. So much amazing stuff! Such reasonable prices!
7. This brass mobile from Comometalworks on Etsy would bring in a nice bit of warmth.
The second visit of our new friend the Polar Vortex meant that work upstairs had to pause, but our contractor was back today to get things moving. I’m so impatient to start decorating!
Hoping you all are well (and warm!)

he’s back!

IMG_6534My favorite carpenter/make my house better guy is finally back to work after a six month hiatus. First thing on his list? Painting the new nursery. We are so lucky to have a 3rd bedroom in this little house. It’s a small room, maybe 8×11?, but surely big enough to hold everything our little dude could need.

Here are a few more before pics – IMG_6532 IMG_6535The room was barely big enough for a queen bed and the dresser you see above, but it also held all of our coats and tons of other junk we managed to cram in there (linens, our iron, shoes, etc.) Pete and I thoroughly edited our coat collection, tossed the 10+ year old mattress, and gave the extra bedding to friends and family. We now officially don’t have a space for guests, but I’m seeing an air mattress purchase in our future. The beige paint (what was I thinking?) has been covered by a lovely coat of fresh white, which of course gave me the notion that the upstairs hallway and stairway could use a fresh coat, which then reminded me that ugly hollow core doors need replacing with the solid wood ones we scavenged and then left in our basement, and oh, this is the perfect time to build a linen closet! Epic nesting.

So. Sean is doing all of those things. The only possible place to add a closet was over the stairs, in the little strange hallway to our bathroom.

IMG_6542Here’s the view looking back at the stairs. Hallway to the bath is on the left.

IMG_6547 IMG_6548Here it is framed out. It’s really more of a linen cabinet since we needed to maintain a really comfortable head clearance for going up and down the stairs.

IMG_6550Here’s the view from inside the bath hallway ( you can see what it used to look like here) Sean will build doors and shelves once all the drywall is taken care of.

Here’s a view from today with drywall and a couple of coats of mud.

IMG_6561 I think having even a small linen cabinet will make a huge difference in our storage upstairs. We’ve always kept extra linens in our room, generally piled on chairs. I love the idea of having a place for a couple of extra pillows, an air mattress, and all the extra tp I can buy. I worried a little bit that adding a bulkhead would make the stairs feel cramped, but the truth is I don’t even notice it. I’m on the hunt for a new fixture to replace that 90’s pool table/bennigan’s style one finally. Sean will also upgrade the bannister on the stairs since the old one was quite flimsy and didn’t actually go all the way to the top.

Right now he’s using the nursery to stage all his tools while he gets all this upstairs work done – so I won’t really be able to get started putting the room together for at least another week. In the mean while I’ve been hunting for the second layer of decor for that room – I’m planning on picking up a rug and a floor lamp from Ikea this weekend and I’ve been finding tons of great artwork online. You can see my ideas on my pinterest board here.



30 Weeks!

Hope you all are well.


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