Category Archives: nursery

apartment therapy room for color 2012 contest

I interrupt my Halloween decor {on a budget} series to ask for your help. Yesterday we entered Apartment Therapy Room for Color 2012 contest and have rapidly escalated to the top 10 rooms in the “Light” division {the leading rooms have been in the contest for weeks!}.

Please help us with your vote to get to the second round. This initial round ends October 29th, at noon. You can only vote once so if you could spread the word around I’d truly appreciate it.

Please vote for us. Go here to vote. Thanks so much!

I’ll be back with more Halloween decor ideas.

free printable – closet divider template. round 2

I’ve meant to create a new set of these closet dividers now that G is one year old and his closet is rapidly filling with 2T, 3T, 4T and even 5T clothes. {Yes, I’m that obsessed with buying clothes for my boy}. I also have tons of L’s hand-me-downs that I want to save for G. But those need a different storage system. For now I keep them in bins under the bed in G’s room.

Anyway, a recent comment asking for these divider templates with a different size grouping gave me the perfect excuse to finally get to make them.

These new set is grouped: 6-12m, 12-18m, 18-24m, 24m, 3T and 4T. I know each clothing brand has different sizing, so hopefully these new set will be useful for some of you. Again, I hope it’s not too late.

You can download them here and here. Enjoy!

Linking up with A Bowl Full of Lemons. Check it out!

free printable – closet divider template. finally!

After sharing some of the DIY details in baby G’s nursery, I got some comments and emails asking if I could share the closet dividers template. At that time I couldn’t find the template file for the life of me. I swear! I thought I had lost it. But a couple of months ago I did some cleaning of my computer files and guess what, I found it! It was saved under a random name, nothing to do with closet, divider, or even nursery. I don’t know how that happened.

The good thing is that now I’m able to share it. I apologize to some of the ladies that asked for this so long ago. I know it’s almost a year after, but I hope you can still find it useful.

All you’ll need is wrapping or scrapbooking paper, cut to 8.5×11 size. The template fits these dividers from the Container Store.

You can download them here (template 1) and here (template 2). Enjoy!

Update: Some people have requested the closet divider template with black wording instead of grey so here it is. Download it here Closet Dividers Template.

baby G’s nursery in I heart organizing!

The lovely Jen from I Heart Organizing is featuring baby G’s nursery and closet in her blog today! Head over there to check it out!

If you come from there, these are some nursery-related posts that may interested you:

the nursery – inspiration

the nursery – color scheme

the nursery – mood boards

the nursery – floor plan

the nursery – DIY details 1

the nursery – DIY details 2

the nursery – DIY details 3

the nursery – chevron wall

the nursery – big reveal

the nursery – the breakdown

Thanks Jen for the feature!

baby G’s nursery in babble

I love Babble. It’s full of great articles and information about all things baby, kids and parenting of course. So I was thrilled to find out they included baby G’s nursery in their “Top 15 ways to Add Chevron to your nursery” post  some months ago.

A couple of days ago it was mentioned again, this time in their “12 Gender-Neutral Baby Nursery Ideas” post. Head over to Babble and check it out! Happy Friday!!!

chevron wall formula

Someone kindly asked me if I have some instructions or a formula to do a chevron wall. I wish I had!. 

I work with Autocad, a software that allows to draft with exact measurements. So it was a natural and easy thing for me to draft my wall and figure out the chevron design in Autocad. That way I’d have a previous idea on how the wall was going to look. I layout my wall with real dimensions and play with the zig zag pattern to see which size will look and fit better.

I’m not very good at giving directions and I’m not sure how many of you have access to some type of drafting software but I’ll show you the process I followed step by step. Hopefully you could recreate it directly on your wall.

 1. I divided the width (in my case 14′-8″) of the wall in six equal (eq.1) parts.

2. I divided the height (in my case 8′-0″) of the wall in five equal (eq.2) parts. So I ended up with a grid.

3. I took the first square of the grid to figure out the size of my zig zag pattern. I decided on a dimension (X),which I measured from the midpoint of the square (in my case I used approx. 7 1/2″).  I took that same dimension and measured it from the bottom left corner of the square up. I had four points now (1,2,3 & 4). Next step was to join point 1 to point 2 and point 3 to point 4. I then mirrored those two parallel lines and created my module.

4. Next I copied that module into the next square of the grid until I had a whole row. 

5. Next I copied the row down and so on until I had all the wall covered.

Now, how did I translate this into the real wall? I printed my module in full-scale and transferred it to a piece of cardboard to create a template. That way I wouldn’t have to measure the “X” dimension for each chevron.

I was supposed to measure all the columns and rows on the real wall to create the grid so I can trace my template more accurately. But the truth is that I got lazy and just played it by ear. I placed the template on the left top corner and traced it. From there I placed the template next to the previous tracing and so on. At some point the chevron got a little crooked so I had to start using the tape measure. It was not very difficult and took me a little more than an hour. I think the taping part was more time-consuming. After that, the mister had the fun part: painting!

via house 36

If you don’t have any drafting software or find this method not very helpful (sorry! I tried my best) I found two other tutorials. You can try this or this. Or just use them as a guide and create your own method. At the end, the result will be the same: a fun and bold statement wall. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

the nursery – the breakdown

After revealing our nursery and a couple of features in some of my favorite blogs, Ohdeedoh and MadebyGirl, I got some emails and comments asking questions about the nursery. I’d really love to reply to each of them, but as you can imagine, baby G is keeping me busy. I was planning on posting this breakdown before baby G was born but never finished it. Well, now I finally did. I hope this answer some of your questions. And by the way, thanks so much for all the nice comments guys!

If you’ve followed the nursery saga, you may recall I wanted to create a modern, cozy, colorful, not too baby-ish space. And since we couldn’t decide on a color scheme and theme, we asked for your help. The winner mood board was this:

mood board 1

 I didn’t get all the items and accessories from the board, since some things looked good online but in person where not that great (like the rug, that turned out to be too rough). Also I found other things along the way that fit the space and our budget better.

This is a before photo when the room was the old guest bedroom. As you can see we re-used some pieces of furniture from this room, like the wicker white table (without the glass top), some of the frames above the bed and of course the changing table, that we were using as a dresser.

This is an in-between picture. I thought it’d be good to keep it real and show you how the room looked for months. It drove me crazy!

And finally the after shot.

Here I talked about the floor layout so you can have a better idea of where things are.

We didn’t have to buy any piece of furniture. We had L’s crib, changing table and rocker, all from Pottery Barn Kids. We actually got a brand new crib as a replacement for L’s crib. We were missing some hardware and when we called to ask for it, PBK said they would send us a replacement instead. A whole new crib! For free! That was baby G’s first gift!

We had the full bed from my old apartment. I wanted it to look more like a day bed, so I added lots of pillows. The frames above the bed were the ones in the old guest bedroom. Since they were a gold color I applied some Rub ‘n Buff in silver to coordinate with our color scheme.

The night table was a hands-me-down. I found the cute elephant lamp in Marshalls. The little giraffe plate is from Pier 1 Imports (on sale for $1) and the cubes I borrowed from L’s room. I love the wrought-iron tricycle that we found in my mother-in-law’s basement. It was a thrift store find.

The cute knitted blanket on the rocker belonged to the mister! As you can notice there are lots of giraffes toys. Once my mom and mother-in-law knew about our giraffe theme, they started buying everything giraffe.

By the rocker I decided to create a little reading corner so I added two shelves we already had. The top shelf has Spanish books that were presents from my Peruvian friends and a framed photo that everyone signed at my shower in Lima. The bottom shelf has some English books, some artwork I download for free and a ceramic giraffe.

I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect rug. I wanted something with pattern and texture. Unfortunately not all things are as good as they seem on a computer screen. I’m glad I went to see some of these rugs in person  before buying them. The main problem with all of them: there were too rough. I finally found a simple grey rug in Overstock. It appear to have a little texture and the reviews were good. For $40 bucks I thought I couldn’t go wrong. If I didn’t like it I could place it somewhere else. With the sheepskin rug I got from Ikea, was the perfect combination.

The mirror by the changing table was also a last-minute change. I had a circle mirror, from Ikea too, that I wanted to use, but I couldn’t find the hardware to hang it. On a trip to Homegoods my mom found the rectangular mirror and was instant love. 

I think the most expensive thing in the room is the closet storage system. The mister had to cut some of the shelves to adjust them to our space but it all worked out. I initially wanted the Elfa system from the Container Store, but after seeing their almost $800 estimate I did a little more research and found the Antonious system from Ikea. Very, very similar system and less than a third of the Elfa price. You can’t beat that.

Here, here and here I talked about all the DIY details in the room.

I don’t have an exact breakdown but I know we spent no more than $500 (including the closet system). We didn’t have to buy any furniture, and most of the accessories were gifts and/or budget-friendly finds. I guess this just proves that you don’t need to break the bank to put together an enjoyable space that can grow with your child. A little creativity and lots of patience can work wonders! And because we saved didn’t spend a lot on the room, I got to splurge on my amazing diaper bag! I love, love that bag!

Now for a list of resources:

Paint: Natural Grey (UL260-11) and Yellow Corn (330B-5) by Behr, matte finish
Furniture: Sleigh Fixed Crib, Berkely Changing Table, Dream Rocker and Collectors Shelves by Pottery Barn Kids (already owned)
Hanging pendants: Solvinden –  Ikea $9.99 each
Night table: hands-me-down
Rug: Living Necessities Grey Rug – Overstock $39.99
Sheepskin rug: Rens – Ikea $24.99
Curtains: Matilda – Ikea @29.99
Window Valance: DIY
Crib Skirt: DIY
Fabric for Window Valance and Crib Skirt: Premier Strech Fabric in Yellow Corn(3 yards)  – Etsy $35.00
Giant giraffe: Melissa & Doug – Nu Toy Store $79.99
Mirror: Homegoods $39.99
Lamp: Marshalls $24.99
Wrought-iron tricyle: thrift store find
Pillows: DIY
Fabric for pillows: Etsy, Ikea, JoAnn & Fabric.com – $8.99 /yard approx.
Changing Pad cover: DIY
“Love lives Cozy Here” artwork: Grace Hester Designs – Etsy $25.00
“Love” artwork: MadebyGirl $10.00
“G is for Giraffe” artwork: DIY (printing by Vistaprint $8.99)
Small artwork in gallery wall: DIY and free downloads from here, here and here
Cloth doll: Handmade by Mom
Cloth giraffe: DIY
Mobile: DIY, Giraffe and Elephant Coat hangers to make mobile – JoAnn $20.00
Oversized letter “G”: DIY, Wood letter – JoAnn $5.99, Rub ‘n Buff in Silver – Michaels $5.99
Crib blanket: RH Baby & Child (no longer available)
Closet Storage System: Antonious – Ikea $ 230.00 aprox.
Diaper Bag: Pretty Nylon Eliza Baby Bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs – Bloomingdales $278.00

baby G’s nursery in ohdeedoh!

They called it pregnancy brain for something, right? I thought I posted about this feature weeks ago but I guess I didn’t. By now, most of you know about it (most of you knew about this little blog because of it), but since I have many friends and family in Lima that also read the blog I still wanted to share. A month ago Baby G’s nursery was featured in one of my favorite blogs: Ohdeedoh

Ohdeedoh was one of the first kids decor blogs I discovered and the one I always go back to when looking for inspiration. Sometime ago, L’s room was featured in it, too.

via ohdeedoh

This time it took me by surprise, since I didn’t send baby G’s room pictures or anything. They just found my blog and pics on the web and I guess they liked it so much to post about it. It’s really flattering and it feels good to know your ideas, creativity and hard work is appreciated by others. And what’s even more rewarding? Inspiring others to create beautiful spaces, too. I hope I do.

baby G’s nursery featured in MadeByGirl!

I’m sorry for the lack of posts this week but as you can imagine taking care of a newborn can be exhausting. I think I haven’t slept for more than three hours straight since I went into labor. Almost three weeks ago! But it’s all worth it when I get to see my little boy’s face. He is such a good boy!

And talking about him, I was thrilled to find out baby G’s nursery was featured by Jen Ramos of MadeByGirl. I doubt you don’t know about her, but if that’s the case, she is one of the most popular bloggers out there. She is also a graphic designer and owns MadeByGirl where she offers beautiful prints that have become an icon among the design world. I have many of her prints scattered all around my house. She recently started Cocoa & Hearts where she sells original artwork. I’m really considering buying one of her small paintings. What can I say I’m a fan of her work.

via madebygirl

Stop by her blog and see baby G’s nursery post here.