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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Free Bassinet Makeover, A Couple More Nursery Projects and The Winner of the Tutu Giveaway!

Sorry, I am sure you all are getting a little sick of nursery posts but of course that is what is on my mind right now and what I am focusing on so we can be completely ready for our little girl when she arrives. Except for one small thing the nursery is now completely ready to go!  This weekend one of my main projects was to get the bassinet ready. I didn't feel well all weekend so it took a bit longer than I had planned on but I did get it finished.

When I was pregnant with Lillie I had been drooling over the bassinets I saw at Pottery Barn Kids and Restoration Hardware Baby and Child. They were WAY out of our budget, though so I started trying to find something similar but couldn't find anything I liked nearly as much. I finally settled on a Baby Moses Basket that I found for $39 that looked great online but then it came and I was so disappointed in it that I returned it. I kept hunting on Ebay and Craigslist hoping something would turn up and lo and behold just two weeks or so before Lillie arrived one of the Pottery Barn ones came up on Craigslist. I was so excited! It came with white and pink gingham bedding which worked great in Lillie's nursery which was all pinks, whites and creams. This time around though I really didn't want to use the pink bedding but I also didn't want to spend any money so I went out to my lovely scrap fabric box in the garage and found a few things. (My stash is starting to get pretty low out there.) 

First I recovered the bumper with the same fabric I had used to make the second slipcover for the ottoman a little white back. Then I made a big huge ruffle with that same fabric to cover up the pink and white gingham stripe on the skirt. 

 Yes, the bassinet is in our dining room. I know it is a really strange spot for a bassinet but our house is quite small and it was really the only place downstairs that it would fit and for the most part we will probably be using it during the day. It also has a spot up in the nursery but for now it's home is in the dining room.

I used the last bit of the damask sheet set I bought for $6.99 and used throughout the nursery (I certainly got my money's worth on that sheet set!) to use as a sheet for the bassinet and added a ruffle to a white pillow I already had. Then with my Silhouette Machine I cut out two bunnies. I had two white pillows from our old guest bedroom that I removed the rosettes from and ironed on the bunnies and then added a little cotton ball tail. I put one of those pillows in the bassinet and the other one is up in the crib.

 


 And here is where it will go if we end up actually using it in the nursery instead of downstairs. Even though I know a lot of people think sticking with all neutrals can make things look boring I LOVE using neutrals because it makes it so easy to move things from room to room. Whenever I get in a decorating mood I am always stealing things from one room and switching them out with something in another room.



 One of the things I love most about this bassinet is that the top comes right off and you can use it as a Baby Moses Basket and it can pretty much go wherever!


Once we started going through Lillie's old baby clothes and getting spit up cloths and diapers and all that fun stuff ready we realized we were seriously lacking in storage in this room so we moved the bookshelf that was in the hall into the nursery and used three little ivory baskets from Lillie's closet that we weren't using anymore and bought two new larger baskets. Once we got the bookshelf over there, though, the three silhouettes looked funny above it so we switched out the oval frame that was over the crib and put it here and moved the three silhouettes above the crib.




Here are the three frames we had to swap with the oval one.  I don't really love them here but there isn't anywhere else for them to go so I will get over it. =) I also cut some bird silhouettes out of the damask fabric and hung them over in the lone bare corner.  I am not sure I like them floating off by themselves. I think I am going to add a branch like in Lillie's room. What do you think? I can't decide if it would be too repetitive having branches be in both their rooms, but the birds just look so lost without it. I originally had planned on making a mobile with the fabric birds and some branches but I had a nightmare one night about it falling on our poor baby and now can't get that out of my head so if I do use a branch definitely will keep it over in that corner. If I do I will do a tutorial on how to make it and hang it because we got a lot of questions about that in Lillie' s room.


And if you haven't already seen it here are a couple of shots of the other side of the room.



If you want to see all of the photos form the original nursery post just click here.

On another note, although we are sold out of the Audrey Hepburn and Je T'aime Totes we do finally have a few more of the Jane Austen and Fairyland ones now available, and they are just $10.99 each.
Head on over to our shop if you are interested in one.




And now for the winner of our Tutu Giveaway!


 Congratulations to Catelyn W. Penick
Please contact us at dearlillie@hotmail.com within the next 48 hours with your address and whether or not you would like the Petal Pink or Calla Tutu and the size you would like it in so we can ship it on out to you!
(If we don't hear from you by Thursday morning we will draw a new winner.)


I hope you all are having a wonderful week! I have a tutorial I just finished up for my next post which I hope will be either Thursday or Friday.


 PS - And thank you to Krista for letting us know our Grab Button wasn't working. 
It should be all fixed now!

39 comments:

  1. Oh, Jennifer...girl, you just amaze me. Your style is just out of this world...I adore reading your blog and I wish you the best with the new baby!

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  2. Jennifer, the bassinet is beautiful of course as anything you do is. I could look at that nursery all day just to take in all the details. We are not tired of looking at it.

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  3. Can you combine darling with elegance any better? I think not! I love the bunny pillow with cotton tail too, so sweet.

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  4. i adore you and everything you do! the nursery is perfect! i wouldn't give the fact the lillie has a branch in her room a second thought. it would be perfect in the nursery!

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  5. Congratulations to the lucky winner! Jen, the bassinet is beautiful and would be in any room. The nursery is perfect and I love the silhouette in an unexpected neutral.

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  6. Oh my goodness, I am so in love with that bassinet! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  7. I LOVE EVERYTHING! you do such an amazing job and if you are ever out in az, i seriously want to hire you to help me with my house! that and let our little ones play together too!

    can't wait for your tutorial! i finally put my silhouette to good use the other day, problem is i am so busy with other things that i can't find the time to get back to the project i was working on!!!

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  8. Every little detail is beautiful and perfect. I just want to sit and stare. Is that a problem?

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  9. It is amazing that your bassinet looks so gorgeous and it's all made with fabric scraps! I think the changes you've made to the nursery look great! I could never tire of seeing photos of your gorgeous nursery!!

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  10. Hey Jennifer, you have probably mentioned this before. I was wondering what kinda camera you shoot with and photo editing software you use? Your pictures are so beautiful every post. Thanks, have a wonderful week!

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  11. What a lucky little one It's just gorgeous!!!!

    Pattie

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  12. I just wanted to let you know that my sweatshirt arrived in the mail. Thank you so much. Also, I posted about it and provided a link to your blog. Have a great day.

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  13. It looks so great! I also made some damask birds for my baby girl's nursery, and here's how I hung them... http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t7AzqrLgbKQ/TWLX2RjOQmI/AAAAAAAAAQI/jW1IMwKpcvI/s1600/DSC_0078.JPG

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  14. It's my lucky day! Thank you, Jennifer. The tutu is divine ;)
    Love today's post.. who says you can't have a bassinet in a dining room? especially one that beautiful! You really outdid Pottery Barn.

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  15. What a gorgeous nursery and congrats to the winner of the tutu giveaway!!!

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  16. Those bunny pillows stoled my heart, how adorable!

    Rondell

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  17. there is NOTHING boring about the neutrals in your home or in the nursery. i didn't think that room could be any more gorgeous and i was wrong! awesome awesome job on the bassinet (as expected)... everything looks absolutely beautiful.

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  18. Oh, my - I love it all. Seriously. I love the idea of the branch - not too repetitive.

    Kacey

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  19. I love everything!!!! I totally heart the bassinet! I wish I did that with my two little girls! Awesome...and the branches would be very lovely...and fitting! Not too repetitive at all!

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  20. Most lovely nursery I have seen in a while. Love all of your touches. Neutrals are very soothing...and yes, like you said easily moved througout the house. Win, win, every way around.

    adding the branch would be a good idea...or maybe even some clouds???

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  21. Simply stunning! I just keep going back and looking at it! Your home should be in a magazine!

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  22. i love that bassinet especially since its portable!, Where did you get it from?

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  23. wow this is all stunning! your pictures are amazing and your home is incredible! i love everything about your blog/post! hope you have a fabulous tuesday dear! xo i can't wait to read more!

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  24. Is it okay for me to say, "YOU ARE AMAZING!!"? Because you ARE! :) I love your posts - your blog - everything. Great work! I agree - I love Pottery Barn, but usually they are WAY out of our budget. Ha. I do splurge every now and then though. ;)

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  25. I love your home and your nursery. The bassinet is gorgeous. I was sad when my girls outgrew their frou frou bassinets. I love that yours is portable.

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  26. Jenni, the nursery looks beautiful! I am so excited for you!! The bassinet looks wonderful with the ruffled skirt and I am crazy about your crib. Gorgeous!! Cannot wait to "meet" your sweet baby to be in pictures. It would be so nice to actually get to meet in person one day too. Big hugs to you!! xoxo

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  27. Such a sweet bassinet...love the ruffle! Hope you're feeling better soon! ~Deb~

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  28. Everything looks so nice. It's exciting to see the bassinet out. I really miss those days. We always kept ours downstairs during the day. Much easier!

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  29. What a gorgeous nursery. You have put so much time and thought into making it a beautiful room =)
    Hope you're feeling better...

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  30. Beautiful nusery. The birds are super cute, did you think of maybe adding some more and lower in corrdinating fabric so it will look fuller. Love your house!

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  31. Thanks everyone!

    I think I am going to add the branch this weekend!

    Krystal - I have a Nikon D3000 and LOVE it and I use Photoshop CS5 for all of my photo editing.

    Maybelline - you can find that info right in the post.

    Mande - I know, it would be so nice to meet in real life someday!

    Erin - Haha - we think alike! That was my original plan but I ran out of the fabric sheets you have to use in the silhouette machine so that it will cut fabric so that is why I don't have as many birds up there right now. I totally agree it would look much better if there were more and it was fuller!

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  32. Your home is beautiful! Love the taupe/white combo. You may already know this, but after having a baby 10 years after my first, in 2009, I was told that you should wash your baby clothes in cold water and the stains will come out. I have found that to be true and don't get all the formula stains that I had with my first daughter. The exception to this is puke, at least for me. ;O) Thought it might be helpful with your new one, if you haven't heard. Love your moss letters.

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  33. Love the nursery stuff!!! It is sooo pretty! Great stuff!

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  34. I love the bassinett!! I am in love with your home, and your blog, love everything on your site! My little girl is turing one, and I can not get her enough tutu's nothing is cutter, I will you live in Houston, Texas, so I could get that soft blue one from you!! due to this bad economy, I am no longer able to do any online shopping, so I buy them where I can get them locally but your looks better! I wish you could sen up a address where a person can send you a money order and their return address to get your skirts mailed to them!! God bless and thank yoy for inspiring my life, I wish you all the best with your new baby!!

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  35. I am in LOVE with your home and this nursery! It ALMOST makes me want to have a baby :)

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  36. This is an excellent idea! I am so sick and tired of frikkin' Mickey Mouse and Disney characters in general. And all the other COMMERCIALIZED nurseries. Good for you, doing neutral tones, no patterns just good taste. Thank you for encouraging parents to do this. This is kind of like how we did it when I was a kid, many, many years ago. Thank you! My name is Loo.

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  38. Beautiful! Love what you did with the bassinet bedding. I, too, am constantly scouring craigslist for a wicker bassinet. <3

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