nursery envy

DSC_3826I know from experience from building a home that when it comes to planning a room, one can spend countless hours online pinning and saving pictures for inspiration. I tried to not let it get the best of me in regards to a nursery. In fact, a lot of the nurseries that I did come across slowly began to appear the same. There always seemed to be a beautiful crib, a statement wall, pale paint, bright accents, a large dresser or changeable, a nursing chair, a small and organized play area, and an oversized picture hanging above the crib. Granted, these are things that are needed within a nursery. Searching for rooms that stood out took a bit of time, but I think that I have finally compiled a good collection of children’s rooms that I envy, in addition to having something that sets them apart from the rest.

Here are my favourite nurseries thus far:

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our new crib : a jenny lind

Red Jenny LindWhen we took our trip to Edmonton, AB, our goals were to buy our baby-to-be a travelling set (stroller and car seat) and a nursery set (a crib, dresser, and rocking chair). We had wanted to get the majority of our shopping done in that city as opposed to ours since the province has only one sales tax, whereas our province has both. Additionally, they have an IKEA store. Enough said!

I had always hoped that when we did  decide to have children, we would be able to buy everything from IKEA. Years ago we would spend our Sunday afternoons in the store dreaming about the furniture that we wanted for our future lives. This included their cribs and dressers. When I found out that I was pregnant I was already beginning to plan what its nursery would look like. Creating that finished product would inevitably involve a trip back to Edmonton’s IKEA to purchase the items that had been on my wish list for five years. So off we went. Soon after walking around the Swedish store, we realized that our dreams would have to remain just that. They were no longer keeping the cribs and dressers in stock. Fighting back tears (me, not Geoffrey), we left. Because we were leaving the province that day, we knew that we had to find an alternative store, and choose different nursery furniture all within a few hours. We decided to return to West Coast Kids. I cried the entire way.

Once at West Coast Kids, it had only taken a few minutes before we picked out a different crib. Out of the dozens that were there, only one had jumped out at me from the day before. It was turquoise and vintage-inspired, and was reminiscent of our green, antique bed which, coincidently, would also be in the same room as our future crib. They even both have wheels! We were sold.

Scandinavian crib styleWhile it is not an IKEA crib, the Jenny Lind has grown on me. Now, I prefer it to our original choice. It still has a Scandinavian feel, but is much more unique looking and better fitting with our own taste. Here are the specs on the crib:

A beloved nursery favorite, DaVinci’s Jenny Lind Crib features intricate detailing and signature spindle posts. Loved for its timeless elegance, Jenny Lind graces your nursery with a unique charm and innocence. Jenny Lind Crib meets or surpasses the latest safety standards, and every crib undergoes individual inspection.

  • Classic rich finishes to complement your nursery
  • Four adjustable mattress levels to set a safe height you can reach comfortably
  • Extend use of your crib with toddler bed and daybed conversions
  • Breathe easy with non-toxic finishes that exceed safety standards
  • Metal and spring mattress support gives optimum support
  • Extra strong slats for extra security
  • Support sustainability — made from New Zealand pine wood from sustainable, expanding forests

Apartment Therapy also has a slideshow of these cribs in real rooms.

IMG_0580All in all, and tears aside, this was only another lesson on how life never truly goes as planned, but somehow works out in the end. Our job is to just to roll with it. Kind of like the crib, and how I anticipate parenting will be.

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a beautiful mess : video home tour

IMG_1531Hello, friends! Remember on Friday when I said that I had a massive blogging surprise for you all? Well our home is going to be featured on A Beautiful Mess

Honestly guys, this website is the reason why I first began blogging. Before hearing about it nearly three years ago, I was obsessed with the page Apartment Therapy. I loved that they would publish posts a few times a day, and loved being exposed to different homes from across the world. Yet, I longed for more. I wanted more DIYs and people that I could look up to. My wishes came to fruition when one day AT posted a craft tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I clicked on the link, not knowing what to expect. My life was literally changed after that. I instantly fell in love with the pretty and whimsical nature of ABM, and adored Elsie and Emma. A few months later, I created my first blog, which was wholly inspired by all things beautiful and messy.

I am so incredibly lucky to be on their website for their own ‘At Home With’ series. In honour of this achievement, I’ve created my first video tour of our new and reclaimed home. If you would like past posts on all of the details and DIYs that went into The Little Barn, please click here.

This is one goal in regards to blogging that I can now cross off my bucket list. I hope that my own readers are just as excited as I am. For those of you who are here from A Beautiful Mess, welcome! Please say hello, and stay awhile.

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tree branch diy(s).

IMG_1.jpganyone by now can probably tell that the decor in little green leans more towards the natural and whimsical. bringing nature into your home is not only light on your wallet, but is big on your imagination. hello, creativity!

IMG_2.jpg IMG_3.jpglet’s start with a look at our hat rack. first inspired by  apartment therapy, i knew that as soon as i saw the idea to use tree branches in the place of hooks, hangers, and traditional coat racks, i was “hooked.” we spray painted ours white so that it would contrast nicely against our black wall.

IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgthese tree coasters were another great idea of ours. this time, i was inspired by emma’s diy of tree side tables, of all things. when i saw the first picture of a coffee cup resting on a tree stump, i immediately thought of coasters. it was a natural transition in my mind. so we made them, and i have loved them ever since.

IMG_7.jpg IMG_9.jpglast, but not least, is our last coat rack. this one can be found in little green’s little back porch. i still think that these racks look more like modern art than something useful. form follows function? more like function and form are completely on par. :-)))

i hope that everyone has had a nice long weekend. let’s all take time some out today to spend it reflecting, and perhaps, crafting.

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My goal was to breastfeed Remy until she was 18 months old. After that I had no plans. As she is nearing month 19 earthside, I've discovered that she has no intention of stopping. 
On the rare occasions when she's sick, I'm reminded of why we have kept it up for this long, and why we keep on going. I'm almost certain that she would've become dehydrated yesterday if it wasn't for me nursing her. So although fed is best, the breast is truly a gift.
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