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baby room inspirationSome new inspiration on BHG Style Spotters today!  Go here for sources, and the inspiration behind this inspiration . . .


Brianne Heape"Ooh la la, those yellow details are makin' me smile! And that "home is" print - love it! :) "

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brigie 7 monthsLittle Brigie is 7 months!  Hard to believe we are getting so close to one year!  She is such a sweetie.  It’s funny how I feel like you can already tell the difference between her and Vivi Charles (see her sister’s 7 month photos here).  She is calm and steady and just a bundle of absolute sweetness.   I’m also excited to offer a giveaway from kissy kissy today.  I love their baby clothes; they are so unbelievably soft and so darling, and both Brigette and Vivi came home in kissy kissy gowns (see Vivi in hers here, and Henry had his on display in his nursery!).  Their pieces are classic and timeless, and the winner gets the outfit of their choice (in the 0 to 24 month size range) from their fall 2013 line!  To enter, like kissy kissy on Facebook, and leave a comment with your favorite print from their fall 2013 line.  You can also view more of their sweetness here.  Winner will be drawn randomly next Monday, September 16th.


Joni Lay"Hi Amber! It's the Empire Rocker by Nurseryworks: http://www.nurseryworks.net/empire-rocker/ "

Amber S"I love this chair. Where did you get it? "

Lauren Barkanic"Kissy Kissy's Antique Roadsters print is just adorable! "

Kathleen Arnold"The Wooly Lamb is sweet! "

Krista f"Cupcake sprinkles had me at hello! LOVE kissy kissy!!! "

Holly Ford"Love the Beep Beep and Jurassic Dino for my little guy :) "


nursery artHappy Friday!  I posted some more options for the prints in the shared room on Society 6.  There is another more “boy” color scheme, and another quote option as well – you’ll have to go to the shop to check it out.  Here is a hint: it’s a favorite of mine, and Willy Wonka also quoted it.  nursery bookcaseToday I am posting some more information about the wall mounted bookcase.  I know there are a lot of options for this out there, but below are the drawings to show how we created this specific one.  The materials total less than $40 (not including paint) and it only takes about 30 minutes to construct (minus painting), so this is a quick and easy way to add some book storage and interest to the walls!  I think we may put one in Vivi’s room because we are nearly up to our ears in books!  Let me know if you have any questions about the instructions below (just adjust dimensions according to your space and book collection):bookcase-diy


lohill"can you send a bigger picture of this shelf ? "

Joni Lay"Hi Denise! Thanks so much! They are vector images created from hand drawn illustrations. I'm happy to customize - …"

Denise"These prints are so precious! Are they hand drawn or are they vector images? Can you customize them? "

Aly"Will you sell the Scouts honor and be brave in boy colors? "


nursery curtainsI’m going to post a couple of DIY posts on the sewing project in this room, but before I do, I’ll preface it with the fact that I am not an accomplished seamstress.  I just know how to get things to stick together and I’m not afraid to experiment, so for those of you with more technique than I, please don’t laugh!  Today I’m posting about the curtains.  They are pretty simple and inexpensive.  I used these double rods and then cut and hemmed the panels from some painter’s dropcloth leftover from my sister’s wedding (similar to this) and added some white pom pom trim to the inside edge. Below are the details on how the valances were made (with this fabric).  These are just like the ones in Vivi’s room, except I added some blackout liner since I used a patterned fabric.  If you don’t use the liner, the fabric won’t look as nice with the sun shining through the back, unless it is white.  I also typically recommend using a blackout  liner for the curtain panels, too, to help the babies sleep longer and better, but I’m going to experiment with not using them in this room because I’m trying to get them to be a bit more flexible about where they sleep.  Hope this helps those of you trying to do something similar!  I’ll also be posting DIY’s on the pillows and bookshelf here soon!nursery curtains


Gwen, The Makerista"How simple and it really makes a nice difference! "

Cami"Thank you so much for posting this! :) "

lesleygraham"LOVE how these turned out! the fabric is so perfect for the room and I feel so lucky to have …"


shared room inspiration

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shared room ideasIt seems that by far the most requests I receive for inspiration are for shared rooms.  Our family has a farmhouse on our family farm where we spend a good bit of time, so I thought it would be a fun project to create a shared space for Vivi and Brigie that will hopefully also serve as inspiration for those of you looking to do something similar.  I know they are both girls, but I don’t think it’s too much of a jump to make this room a bit more neutral or boyish to suit your needs (in fact, all the bedding is boy bedding!).  I have to say this has been my favorite project thus far, and I think Vivi is just as in love with it as I am (a sure sign of a success!).  I’ll list applicable sources after each photo, as well as in the pink margin. (Union Rug; White Jenny Lind Crib; Pink Coat Rack.)shared room ideasThe door to the room came from the house where my great-grandmother grew up.  The fact that it has a window makes it extra fun; I love being able to peek in during naptime!  shared room ideasVivi is crazy about her little toddler bed.  I found it to be a great solution to save some space, and she is enchanted with it.  It’s actually a bed I purchased secondhand, and I enlisted the help of my father (i.e. he did it for me!) to replace the headboard and footboard and then we painted it glossy white.  I also love the bedding; it’s a twin duvet and cover from the Land of Nod.  I cut them both in half exactly and just stitched up the edges (adding a zipper to one of the duvet pieces so it is still removable) which left me with the perfect toddler bed sized duvet and a fluffy blanket to use elsewhere. (Charming Hamper, Jenny Lind Nightstand)shared room ideasThe black dresser and the white changing table are both vintage, and I love how the Jenny Lind crib and adorable nightstand fit in with it so perfectly!  Those arrows are just taped to the wall with washi tape, and the curtains are painter’s dropcloth leftover from my sister’s wedding which I stitched into panels with pom pom trip added to the edges.  (Cloud Pillow; Woodland Animal Art Panel One & Two; The Greater Outdoors Bedding)shared room ideasThat metal tole chandelier was a last minute find from one of my favorite secondhand/antique shops, and I think it adds the perfect little bit of girly charm to an otherwise understated girls’ room.  The yellow and orange tie in perfectly with the bedding!  I created the art panels with the woodland animals just for the room, which Daddy custom framed with heart pine.  I wanted them to have the feel of pages from a vintage children’s books.  (You can purchase prints here and here, and I’m planning to add another text option here soon. Here is the source for that cute little dog picture.)shared room inspirationI adore that gold lamp from the Land of Nod; it adds the perfect bit of polish!  The arrowhead art is one of my favorite details.  All of those arrowheads and that tomahawk were found close to this house, and we attached them with copper wire to painted black pegboard.  (Gold Lamp; Jenny Lind Nightstand)shared room ideasThe crib is the Jenny Lind we used for Vivi, and it’s so sweet and perfect.  I really can’t recommend this crib enough; you can’t beat the price and they really go so well with any look (and the black version is stunning, too!).  (Numbers Pouf; Pink Coat Rack; Charming Floor Bin; Greater Outdoors Bedding; Field Guide Crib Sheet)shared room inspirationI adore that field guide crib sheet, and it’s fun to talk about all the little animals and colors on it.  The cloud pillows add the perfect whimsical touch, and I added little “scout” pillows to their beds.  I’ll post a tutorial here soon.  It’s really pretty simple.  That pouf provides the perfect spot for reading and playing. (Cloud Pillow; Field Guide Crib Sheet; Numbers Pouf)shared room ideasThe changing table is a vintage buffet, with a changing pad tray added, and a matching adorable field guide pad cover.  That photo in the middle is of the sunset over the field where Chip and I were married.  The artwork is all hung a little high, out of reach of kicking little feet and grasping little hands! (Field Guide Changing Pad Cover; Changing Pad Tray)

shared room ideasI’m pretty crazy over this little reading corner.  We hung that vintage boy scout backpack with an arrow, and suspended it from the picture hanging molding (as we did most of the larger pieces of art).  I love that detail.  Daddy constructed that simple little bookcase, and it’s such a perfect solution for book storage without taking up any space.  I’ll be posting a tutorial on that as well; I know there are quite a few out there, but I figured I’d post it in case any of you are interested.shared room ideasSo there you have it!  I hope you are inspired.  Stay posted for those tutorials.  I have to give a very special thanks to my father for helping me pull this together; he makes all my crazy ideas come to life and is so patient with all my requests.  He is a true craftsman, and getting to work on such projects with him is such a joy!  Thanks, Daddy!


Bree"Hi Joni, please can share any info on the drapes. I love them and would like to have something similar …"

Kimm"I love this room so much, it is totally inspiration for my daughter's room. Can you tell me where …"

Haley"This room is amazing! Where can I get the little arrows you taped on the walls? "

Joni Lay"Hi Kathleen! Thanks so much!!:) And so fun to hear from you! "

monika"i LOVE this room!!!!!! its so cute and charming!!! i was wondering where can i get a little animal doll …"

Joni Lay"Hi Monika! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Here is a DIY for the Scout Pillows: …"