Archive for May, 2012

May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Makeover

by Gillian

Starting around memorial day weekend each year my family and I spend almost every weekend at my parent’s farm in upstate New York.  It’s a far cry from my modern city life but I really enjoy the old farm-house and antique furniture. This past weekend I decided to spruce up a sad old dresser in my daughters’ bedroom and make it a fresh, country dresser that I now adore. The dresser before was an ugly color wood, with even uglier knobs. It lacked any kind of personality at all. I wanted to paint it white and came across magic in a can called Krylon fusion.  There is no sanding or priming needed! I sprayed a total of 4 coats so I wouldn’t be able to see the wood grain through the paint, waited approximately 5 minutes in between each spray (that’s how fast this stuff dries), and then let it completely dry for about 2 more hours.

The final touch was adding these adorable antique floral knobs that we had saved from an chest or drawers.

For less than $12 and in only about 2 hours, I now have a charming dresser which is the center piece of the new closet design I’m working on.  Stay tuned to see how the rest of the project turns out….

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May 29, 2012

Etsy Art

by Gillian

Etsy is an incredible resource for children’s wall art. There is a ton of very affordable & adorable art that is sure to brighten up any room. Here are a few of my favorites:

ABCs and 123s

You are My Sunshine

Personalized print by Frillychilidesign.

A Day At Sea Set of Four 5×7 Nautical Prints

The Letter F ABC

Personalized Canvas Growth Chart

Child Silhouette Custom Portrait on White Print

3D Wall Butterflies 50 Colorful Butterflies 

May 17, 2012

Rug Obsession

by Gillian

I am just loving all of Land of Nod’s rugs for kid’s rooms. They are so incredible looking and would make a great addition to any room.

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May 10, 2012

The High Low Project

by Gillian

There are so many amazing children’s furniture pieces and accessories but many of them come with a steep price tag. My goal was to create a dream nursery and then recreate it on a budget. The total cost for the high budget came to $6,080. The total cost for the low budget is $2,458. That’s a $3,622 savings! How do you think they compare?

Moderne Crib by Netto Collection $1595

Nurseryworks — Loom Crib $599

Moderne Dresser by Netto Collection $1595

Moda Dressers – Room & Board $799

Eames® Molded Plastic Rocker $549

Amazon.com: Molded Plastic Rocking Chair in White $149

Blush Border Rug | Serena & Lily $775


Dhurrie Border Rug | Pottery Barn Kids $549

Brocade Peony 3-Piece Crib Bedding Set by Annette Tatum $380 (3 piece set)


Baby Crib Pink Floral & Lattice Print Bedding land of Nod $129 (3 piece set)

Pink Letter Pillow | Serena & Lily $58

Savannah Decorative Sham | Pottery Barn Kids $29

Large Cursive Wooden Hanging Letters – Cottage White by New Arrivals Inc., Wall Letters $38

White Capital Letters | Pottery Barn Kids.$10

Cottage Dollhouse Bookcase by Bradshaw Kirchofer $780

Dollhouse Bookshelf by KidKraft $159


Little One’s Table and Chairs in Fuchsia by P’kolino, $160

LÄTT Children’s table and 2 chairs – IKEA $20

P’kolino Multi-Use Art Easel $150

  MÅLA Easel – IKEA $15

May 3, 2012

Grey for Babies?

by Gillian

In 2008, when I was pregnant with my eldest daughter Grace, I was planning her nursery and trying to find some adorable bedding and accessories. To my dismay everything for girls was PINK. I am not really a pink person and I just couldn’t imagine a pink room for her. I wish I had seen some of these incredibly chic grey palettes that have been popping up all over. I LOVE how sophisticated and modern they look, and they all seem to have a sense of calmness. Would you paint your nursery grey?