Monday, February 22, 2010

:: cleanifying ::

tara gentile (also of scoutiegirl fame) featured my up up redesign on her personal blog today among several other minimalist blog designs. i was pleased as punch. i was telling her that i wish i could revamp my home as easily as i revamped the blog: change a few hexadecimals here, hit delete a few times over here, slide this gadget over above this other one.

i love a home that looks lived in and i believe in having the things we use everyday close at hand, but man would i love to just click a few keys and be able to downsize and declutter and cleanify everything around me. much as i hate to clean and organize and all, i crave a peaceful and orderly environment. not stark, just a little bit sparser.

the only place in this house i've really been able to achieve that is in emily's room. i've been meaning to post (okay, also meaning to take) these photos for a long time. well, today's finally the day.
behold: the nursery.

{ we kept the walls as they were when we moved in: a sort of very pale soy latte sort of color. i also chose to reuse some of the blue things we had from evan's nursery. blue happens to be my favorite color even though i'm a
girl and i just like that it keeps emily's mostly-pink room from seeming overly pink. }

{ most everything about the room was inspired by the quilt here behind evan's head which was intended as a wall hanging but which has taken up residence here on the chair instead, which is just fine by me. i just fell in love with the fabric (red letter day by lizzie house) and how it was childish and fun and pink and orange and brown without being all girly. the leftover fabric also features prominently in the embroidery-hoop wall art throughout the room. i also used coordinating solids for the mobile. }

{ can't resist including this great shot of evan. he "helped" me take all these pictures. }

{ i removed the animals and reused the parts from evan's mobile (a jungle-themed mobile from babies r us) to make this one for emily (you can find a link to the fabric pom pom tutorial here). she loves it so much. smiles whenever we place her beneath it on the changing table. because i was able to reuse and repurpose some stuff, the only new things i had to buy for emily's room were sheets for the crib (plus the fabric and the embroidery hoops already mentioned). }

{ more fabric art. such an easy and pretty way to decorate nursery walls. }

{ hand-embroidered by yours truly. a lowercase e for my little emily. (i've taken to referring to evan as uppercase and em as lowercase. i know, i know.) my spiffy new camera shows off the remains of the chalk lines i drew before embroidering. thankfully you really can't see them in real life. }

because we decided not to reuse evan's safari-themed nursery decor and because the room was empty when we started, and perhaps especially because i didn't want to spend more than about $100 on new things for the room, i had a completely blank canvas and the opportunity to put in just enough and no more. her nursery is pretty tiny, and she doesn't have toys strewn about yet, so hers is the room in the house now that is the most peaceful, most orderly, and most pulled together.

i'd love it if i could do the same for my own bedroom. just wipe it clean and start fresh. the first thing i'd banish would be laundry, both clean and dirty.

it's a pipe dream, i know. it would result in laundry strewn about
other parts of the house, which would be no better. but still. a girl can dream, right?


p.s. who knows why there aren't any books in emily's gramps-made book rack. god knows there are books
everywhere else in the house. there's a stack of kids' books nine inches high by my feet as i type!


Shannon February 22, 2010 at 5:43 PM  

I love the little pops of color in the nursury. Very clean and fresh. The blog redesign is great, too, and it's inspiring me to clean up some of the clutter on my blog. :)

tara - scoutie girl February 22, 2010 at 8:21 PM  

ack! there's so much i want to say about this post but i'll keep it to two:

1.) i want to decorate my house like a website. love "change a few hexadecimals here, hit delete a few times over here, slide this gadget over above this other one" - omg, that will be my new interior design philosophy.

2.) lola's nursery is also my favorite room of my house. probably because it was planned, edited, thought through. the rest of my house is no where near that stage... still much to near its ikea/dorm room/bachelor pad roots. someday....

thanks for the link love, too!

Lindsay @ Likely Design February 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

I love it - so simple but it makes such an impact!!

Anonymous February 23, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

Just as a heads up, this person has ripped off one of your designs and seems smug to show it off on her blog. It's not cool and I thought you should know.

Anonymous February 23, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

She's so rude! Check this out

jlk February 24, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

It's so beautiful! I want a room just like it...but with a bed instead of a crib...and actually I probably don't need the changing table either...but I love the fabric and quilt and simple, clean lines.

Lucky girl, that lowercase e.

paperseed February 25, 2010 at 2:05 AM  

Can you please tell me the name of that red tree fabric or who makes it? I LOVE it!

Vanessa February 25, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

Such a beautiful room!

Cali March 8, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

my theory is that as long as i have one place in the house that feels settled and where i can feel settled, that's great. one place where when i look around i can breathe rather than want to get up and straighten things. i love this nursery! it looks fab.