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….

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.










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 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?