Archive | March, 2013

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

19 Mar
Pottery Barn via eBa/Outlet

Pottery Barn via eBa/Outlet

Where did we start with our nursery planning? Long before we found out we were having a girl I started to focus on gender neutral themes, one shared love we have is Hot Air Balloons. I had been on several rides before  I met my husband, and he had always wanted to go, so as a gift to him on our wedding day I booked a hot air balloon ride the first morning of our honeymoon. It was a beautiful way to start our life together and on a whim I googled hot air ballon nursery themes. There were some amazing options, like the one at Posh Tots, but the price was RIDICULOUS! It was great for inspiration though.

I found these Pottery Barn crib sheets on eBay still in the wrapping for about $10 and since they were neutral I thought we could make it work. We found some more sheets and the crib skirt at the Pottery Barn Outlet in Lancaster.  We had our foundations. While searching for hot air balloons we also found the same balloon models they had on Posh Tots for MUCH cheaper on Because we’re PRIME members the shipping was free and it was all worth it. We started with one balloon and ordered the rest as the months went on and the color scheme developed and we found out what we were having. Yellow was a safe start to the collection.

After a lot of thought, Pinterest stalking and finding out that we were having a girl, I decided on Martha Stewart’s Sunken Pool as our paint color. When i went to pick it up it turns out that they don’t make her paint anymore so I had it color matched in Low VOC paint .

Sunken Pool

Sunken Pool

I decided we also needed pink curtains which I found at Bed Bath and Beyond after tons of searching. Nicole Miller designed them and my 20% off coupon brought them home with me! Now I had hot air balloons, neutral bedding, pink curtains and  blue walls, as I described the plan to my coworker she said it sounded exactly like a print of a painting she had in her home. She showed me and it was like it was meant to be! We ordered that from the first time.

The first time? Yep. I had the bright idea I was going to modge podge it to canvas. After a lot of searching I found a canvas at Hobby Lobby that was exactly the right size. Then I mangled it when i tried to modge podge the poster to it.

I read the tutorials, I planned, I took my time, and I made a wrinkly mess of it. It was beyond repair and I was devastated. I wasted a lot of money here. Really devastated. I broke the canvas in a fit and threw it in the trash. Trying to save money the second time I ordered the poster I got it from I didn’t realize this version had a yellow mat. We didn’t like that so with a big coupon and holiday special we took it to Michaels to get it framed correctly this time. We got a light frame and plexi-glass because we were planning to hang it above the crib.  Don’t get worried, we also used hearty hangers that are for earthquakes that mean this sucker is staying on the wall no matter what.

I had a long and torrid love affair with this rug from Posh Tots but couldn’t find it anywhere else or get any coupons to bring it to a reasonable price range so in the end we didn’t go with it. I think what we ended up with was better in the end, but for now, you too can love this rug.

So that’s a basic idea of the foundations of our nursery. Stay tuned for more soon!