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The Lettered Cottage Giveaway

Posted: May 6th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 2 Comments »

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Thanks to my friend Emily, The Lettered Cottagewas the first blog I ever followed.

Layla is a visonary, she’s creative, and she values beauty on a budget. My kind of gal. My ultimate dream would be to go shopping with her, or even better, live next to her. Currently she in the midst of renovating her own charming cottage and helping her neighbor renovate her home too. How much fun is that?

Today, Layla is hosting a giveaway in honor of the one year anniversary of her blog. She is giving away a burlap table runner that Grace, from Coastline has made. Grace also has other amazing burlap items that you have to see, including tote bags, pillows and my favorite…chalk tags - so cute! You can see all her items at her etsy store and you can be a winner too. 

♥ Katie


A Neutral Nursery

Posted: May 3rd, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions | 12 Comments »

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For both pregnancies we didn’t find out the sex of our babies and most people thought we were out of our MINDS! Although we couldn’t imagine doing it any other way, being the planner I am and not being able to decorate for either a boy or a girl, became the biggest challenge for me. So I did what I any compulsive decorator would do and obsessed with trying to create a cute, neutral room that any baby would love and a toddler could grow into in the years to come. And I loved every minute of it! 

But brace yourself. Blue carpet, low chair rail, puffy curtains, and two different patterns of wallpapers, was how we started. The best part of this makeover is that we had most of the things already in our house for this room except for the bedding and some accessories that I found at local yard sales.

So let the tour begin…

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We began by installing new carpet and a comfy chair that we stole from our living room because we all know how important a comfy chair can be in a nursery right?! This one converted into a make shift bed on many nights. You also can see the two brown paint tones that we used in the room. And to add to the height of the chair rail we added a thin rope molding above the original one.  We also just painted over the wallpaper below the chair rail since it already had some texture to it.

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The crib was moved from his brother’s room and I just mixed and matched a plain white crib sheet and a brown polka dot bumper from Babies R Us. I also found the perfect brown and white gingham gathered crib skirt from Carousel Designs.  I placed a ladder from a yard sale with a quilt on the wall and above it a Pottery Barn Christmas print I bought for $1.99 and a yard sale frame

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Above the crib you can see one of my favorite pieces in the room. I found it at at a summer Pottery Barn Kids sidewalk sale years ago and although I didn’t know where it was going, it was one of those — buy now, find a spot later – purchases. Now the family tree watches him as he sleeps. 

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We opted for a dresser we had in another room to use as the changing table and accessorized it with cream bowls, frames and urns from around the house and various yard sale finds. I also used extra baskets I had for storage for toys, books and diapers. 

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Since there was only one rod in the closet I bought an extra shower curtain rod at Target in order to make more room for hanging space.

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Two of my other favorite pieces were gifts from one of my best friends, Tami. She gave me this one before I was even pregnant. I instantly knew where I would put it when the time was right. And the angel watches over

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And this one she gave right before he was born. After adding a little ribbon to the hook, it fit perfectly above the light switch…

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Now every time I leave the room it is my last glance. I’m in love…and not only with these two!

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(Jon Stutler Photography)

I’m sharing the l♥ve today and adding this to Susan’s Met Monday!

♥ Katie