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Nursery Progress and a Guest Post…

I have made a tad of progress (from here) on “Baby H’s” nursery and thought I would share.  Several weeks ago, Michele from My Notting Hill mentioned a barn sale going on in Vienna, VA.  Since I live literally less than 2 miles from this sale, I decided to check it out.  And, look what I found…..

Sorry for the poor photography.  My camera battery died after I took one picture and I do not have the energy to go back upstairs and play photographer at the moment!  In any case, I plan to use this chest as a combo changing table/dresser.  The black finish will go perfectly with my yellow and grey color scheme.  (By the way, if you live in the DC area be sure to check out the Fabulous Finds website for their next sale.  They had lots of great stuff at this particular sale.)

I have also settled on a crib and am just waiting on finish samples so I can order.  I plan to do a pewter looking finish on this Corsican iron crib…and am pretty anxious to place my order so hopefully my samples will be here tomorrow!  (Ignore the bedding in the photo below…)

Here are my fabric / rug / paint selections to date.

I am using a Schumacher houndstooth in “greige” for the upholstered swivel glider and ottoman.  The yellow/grey Julia Rothman for Hygge & West wallpaper will be on the ceiling.  I am hoping to use Stark’s “Logo” carpet made into an area rug.  Finally, I am trying to decide how to incorporate these fabulous Vanessa Arbuthnott yellow and grey prints into the room.  I love them all and am having a hard time determining which ones to use.  I am thinking of trying to find  a grey linen to do the interior of the bumper with one of these on the reverse (or perhaps all linen with a band of one of these fabrics).  The room has shutters but I still plan to do window treatments….so they will coordinate.  I’ll keep you posted once I’ve made my final selections.

And finally, I am working with the manufacturer of my dining room chandelier to try to work up a birdcage chandelier (inspiration here)  that will work in our space.  We will see if we can come up with a design that isn’t a budget buster….as I know the shelf life on a nursery chandelier for a boy isn’t terribly long!

With the angst over the impending move so far away from family, knowing that my little one will have a place to call home gives me some comfort!

And, on a somewhat related note, I will be guest posting later today for Averill over at Odi et Amo dishing out advice for new moms (as Averill is expecting).  Preparing for the post made me realize how totally unprepared I am for my new man….who is due on the 26th (induction scheduled for the 27th).  Yikes!

New Fabric Find: Vanessa Arbuthnott

There are so many fabric lines available today (both retail and trade only) it is almost impossible to keep up.  I stumbled upon this amazing line thanks to a customer who needed pricing on a particular pattern.  After obtaining this information, I took the time to look at the collection for myself and instantly fell in love.

While these patterns are not trendy or cutting edge (the designer credits “Cotswold countryside” as her inspiration), I love the sweet and homey vibe and the relaxing color palate.  I am a sucker for birds and am loving the yellow and charcoal tones used below.  I could see this in a gender neutral nursery, a relaxing sun room, or a cozy guest retreat.

Meadow Collection

You may recall that I have a bird inspired wallpaper planned for the ceiling in my son’s nursery once we move.  So, it should not surprise you that I am particularly drawn to this collection with a similar feel.  In fact, I’ve purchased some light blue gingham fabric for the room (planning to use it as one of the crib bumper sides or perhaps for accent pillows)….and am wondering if these might coordinate.  Perhaps I could paper back this fabric and use on the ceiling as well as on the reverse of the bumper?  The possibilities are endless!  A full range of coordinating ginghams are featured in this line as well.

Sky Collection

And I love the colors in this print from the “Meadow” Collection….

All images from Vanessa Arbuthnott

Click here to see the full range of Vanessa Abruthnott’s fabrics and wall-coverings and to read about how Ms. Abruthnott found herself in the textile business.  In the meantime, if you have any questions on the line, need samples or pricing, please do not hesitate to contact me.