Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A New Addition to the Nursery

When I first found out we had a little girl on the way at my 5 month ultrasound, I couldn't wait to design our daughter's nursery. I was busy pinning images, ordering sample fabrics, looking at paint color options and deciding which vintage furniture pieces from my office (the same space) I wanted to incorporate into her room. Then I got really busy with work, pre-natal appointments and life in general and procrastinated a bit to move all the furniture out of my office (because my office also doubled as our guest bedroom where I was getting more restful sleep at the time). Needless to say, her room didn't get painted until I was 36 weeks pregnant. Sadly, the trend of putting things off continued. I had a few items set up in her room but knowing she'd be sleeping in a bassinet beside me in our bedroom, I wasn't in any hurry to have everything in its place and thought I would have time after she was born. Any new mother can tell you that is not likely to happen! I always dreamed of having the nursery finished perfectly before she was born but it just never worked out that way. I know, I know the one who decorates everyone else's homes for a living couldn't get her own finished. ;)

Fast forward several months and slowly but surely her bedroom is finally starting to come together. It began with setting her beautiful crib up when she was nearly 4 months old when she became too tall for her bassinet, I knew we would be transitioning her into her own room after another few weeks in our bed which did not provide a good night's sleep for me. I started figuring out what kind of photo frames I wanted to use in her room and shelves, etc. Now that she's nearing her first birthday (seriously where does time go?) , I'm working to get it finished. Right now we're still shy of some wall art that I still need to hang, drapery and rods, a side table that needs to be painted with chalk paint along with an area rug from Pottery Barn that is a bit out of our budget right now so I may nix the rug altogether since her room has hardwood floors anyway or use a small rug in front of her crib only. We have an older home with brown doors that we have not updated yet so I may either paint the sliding closet doors white or may cover them with a pretty wallpaper.

I've been excited to display one of the beautiful photos from her newborn photo session in her room ever since we received the proofs. I wanted it to be one of the first things I saw when I entered her room so I found the perfect spot opposite the door just above her vintage painted dresser (please excuse the chipping paint, I have to do a few touch ups where the drawers stuck). I loved so many photos that the photographer took but there is something so sweet and natural about a baby in the buff and I love the simplicity of it. The colors in this photo also match the gray walls in her room perfectly. The color scheme is pink, gray, white and accents of mint and navy. The room is actually quite light, bright and airy most days however these photos were taken on a mostly cloud covered day, I opened up her blinds to let in as much light as possible.

I had been deciding if I wanted a framed photo or a canvas for a while. I have never ordered a custom canvas before but have liked the look of them on family gallery walls and baby nurseries in particular. I ordered a 16 x 20" canvas from Easy Canvas Prints and received my package in the mail not too long after that. I was impressed with the way they packaged it and protected it in transit wrapped sturdy in cardboard with a sealed clear plastic sleeve over my canvas. Not ever having ordered a canvas before I wasn't sure how clear it would look up close or from afar compared to a traditional print but I'm pleasantly surprised! I also like that they provide various options for the side finishes of the canvas. I chose to keep the same image wrapped around the edges instead of a solid color, to me that seemed like the most natural look and I'm so glad I did-it turned out gorgeous.

As I look through all of Lily's photos from birth to the most recent as I plan to use them in her upcoming party decor for her birthday, I can't help but reminisce about the moments when she was just a wee little one so dependent on her mama. Now she's doing so much on her own. I know I'll be creating more canvas prints in the future as she grows. It was such an easy experience and it took me just a few minutes to upload, select the features I wanted and add it to my shopping cart, I now understand why the company is called EASY canvas prints.

Easy Canvas Prints is currently offering 25% off any size canvas along with free standard shipping! It's a great time to get your favorite photos off your computer and up onto your walls. I'm actually getting ready to have a couple canvases made with special summer images of Lily for our parents.

A big thank you to Easy Canvas Prints for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thanks for Reading!



  1. Her dresser area looks so cute and the frame is the perfect little addition! Love it!

    Hope you'll enter my L'Occitane giveaway: http://withlovefromkat.com/fall-beauty-must-haves-with-loccitane-divine-body-oil-cream-collection/

    xo Kat

    1. Thanks so much Kat! :) I'll be sure to pop by your blog!


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