Showing posts with label Nursery Decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nursery Decor. Show all posts

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Transitioning from Nursery to Toddler Room

Three years have passed since I first started this blog and my very first post and main reason to start the blog, was about our son's Nursery Project and how we created a beautiful nautical retreat to welcome our first baby.

Transitioning the space from nursery to toddler room was easy to do. The hard part was to acknowledge the fact that my baby was growing up and I had to let go of some pieces that made the room still look like a nursery. 

The first thing we had to move out of the room was the rocking chair. We replaced the empty space with a much needed 9-Cube Organizer. These organizers - also called cubeicals - are inexpensive, very easy to assemble and to me, the best storage system for kids' rooms.

We added some fabric drawers to hide away the hot-wheels clutter {really how many race cars and race tracks do they need ???} and kept some open shelves for displaying bigger toys, puzzles, etc.

I am trying to figure out what to place on top of the organizer to make it look prettier but I still don't want to put anything that might tip over his head while he plays near the area.

I actually had an arrangement of stuffed animals on top of it but for now, they call the dresser-changing table home.

Our goal is to remove the small rails that used to contain the changing pad in place but once we do that, the surface has to be redone. That means we have to sand and spray paint the dresser all over again and we definitely don't want to do that inside the room, so... good luck finding the right time to get that project done!

Oh well, nothing is perfect. 

Yes, there is a Hello Kitty in there. It's actually mine. She said she felt lonely in the master bedroom sitting by herself so I brought her here. ;)

When our son was 20 months we removed the rail off the crib and converted it into toddler bed. We took this step earlier than most parents do, particularly because our son was - and still is - very tall for his age. I think that the majority of the parents transfer their kids to a toddler bed after they turn two, but in our case the crib didn't work anymore. 

Back in 2010 when we created his Nautical Nursery, we purchased the Charleston Classic 4 in 1 Convertible Crib from Graco. We loved the bead board design on the headboard that matched his nursery wainscoting. The fact that we could use the headboard and front rail for a full size bed was a plus. 

Fast forward three years and this is the final result:

The initial thought was to purchase a conversion rail kit but for now, we prefer the convenient height of a full size box spring and mattress. The box spring is sitting directly on the floor so the bed is not even 2 feet off the floor. We don't have to worry about him falling off the bed and getting hurt, the room has carpet. 

I purchased the white coverlet as well as the nautical pillows at my local Home Goods store. We put the bed together right around summer, so the seasonal and nautical items were trending at the store at that time. You can find a similar coverlet and  nautical throw pillows here.

I love the clean look of the white coverlet and the contrast with the navy blue bed skirt. Both are easy to wash and dry at home. The bed skirt I found at Walmart for cheap!.

The bunting banner hanging on top of the window, I made and you can purchase it here. Mention this post and I will send you a unique coupon code for 10% off.

The boat bookcase is perhaps the only piece that did not change purpose. There are a lot more books now, than before and I placed a small basket in the bottom shelf where I store loose ends I find scattered on the floor every.single.night.

I switched things around the crown molding shelf, and I moved all the books I mentioned in my post My Favorite Books for the Nursery to the shelf in order to keep them in good shape until our son is old enough to treat them gently.

Two items I keep close to my heart and  I haven't moved from this shelf in three years: One is the wood sailboat my dad carved by hand out of a tree branch he found in his backyard, the boat proudly waves an Italian flag. The second item is our son's first portrait at 2 days old. 

Those two things make me giddy and smile every time I see them.

The little boat keeps my dad's memories alive, bright and clear in this room, and to say that is an understatement, but I will leave it there before I get teary eye. 

Logan's first portrait on the other hand, reminds me of the best day of my life when I held him for the first time and felt the biggest, deepest love of all. So, I guess even with transitioning this room from nursery to toddler room, I still can't let go of my baby boy!

If you have pictures or a blog post about how you transitioned the nursery into a big kid room, leave me a comment with a link, I would love to see the transformation!.

Once again, thank you so much for stopping by! 

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Custom Birth Announcements - Printable Files

I have been wanting to share with you these custom printable birth announcements I am starting to design for my nursery decor Etsy shop. I wish my listings could grow faster but it's insane the amount of orders of birthday parties I have to fulfill each month.

For my first attempt, I created a nautical birth announcement... of course.

Each custom birth announcement print measures 8" x 10"  formatted to be printed on a 8.5" x 11" paper. After the purchase is made, the customer will receive a rough draft of the file for approval and then it will be re-sent in a 300 dpi PDF form.

Here is another example I made for my girlfriend's little girl...

These birth announcement prints make a perfect gift for the new parents. What a wonderful way to treasure baby's very first vital stats. 

If you're interested in purchasing one of these custom birth announcements, please email me to onecutenursery {at} or send me a conversation via Etsy. I will design your printable file with the colors and theme of your choice. As always, the sky is the limit! 

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Owl Themed Crib Bedding Set - Exclusive Custom Design!

I grew up making homework in the same room where my mom used to sew all kinds of stuff. Cute stuff.
I watched her sew from evening gowns to bedding to custom Barbie doll clothes. Yes, my Barbies had a big closet! They even had beach towels that matched their bathing suits!

I truly believe that I got the "need" to save all those leftover pieces of scrap paper from her. She would save every tiny piece of fabric around because she knew that one day, it would serve a purpose again...Like for making my barbies bathing suits. :)

Long story short, shortly after my father passed away last year, I thought that all this talent and knowledge my mom has for sewing, needed to be passed on to me somehow. After all, I am the crafty one in the family. I could - literally - spend hours trying to figure out how to craft something until I get it right. And today I know more about sewing than I did 6 months ago.

So, we sat down and decided to take One Cute Nursery {OCN} to the next level and jumped into the adventure of designing and sewing custom crib bedding.

Here is what I call OCN's "first baby". ****Update: this item sold on 02-07-13****

Owl Themed Crib Bedding Set
OCN has been a mix of all things baby, not only handcrafted decor, but we went from blogging about nautical nurseries, to gender neutral nurseries, to kids' parties decorations ideas. The party decor "niche" started growing so rapidly, I had the need to open an Etsy shop strictly for that, and I have named it Posh Paper Parties, the main reason I did this was because I knew that {as a shop} I wanted to separate the two markets.

We {mom and I} are looking forward to see what happens next! So, I wanted to share with all of you these beautiful pictures of this custom made crib bedding set. I have personally picked the fabric and put together a contrasting design.

Owl Themed Crib Bedding Set
The owls panel was the starting point. I fell in love with it!. Love the patchwork and the color palette. We decided to stick to the pale yellow {or cream if you'd like} and green.

The minky fabric is a must in a nursery. Is soft and cozy, so we used it on the crib bumper and on the reverse side of the owl blanket. We found the perfect fabric to make a matching fitted sheet for the mattress and you can see how seamless it all looks. Peaceful! I LOVE IT!

The accent pillow is also included in the set!

Owl Themed Crib Bedding Set
The bumper is one solid piece {6 batting pieces inside}, made out of non flammable, hypoallergenic, polyester fiberfill batting. We added a generous amount of fabric ties in order for the end user to be able to make bows {or knots} depending on their taste.

Love the ruffled skirt, but we are also looking forward to make a solid flat skirt in the future for a more modern look. I will come back to this post with an update whenever we make a new set!

Owl Themed Crib Bedding Set
This 4 pieces Owl themed crib bedding set is available for saleat our Etsy shop and it is ready to ship!

 ****Update: this item sold on 02-07-13**** 

 It is the only one of its kind and we won't be making the same design again. So, if you are looking for exclusivity, this is it!

We heart custom orders, email us to {onecutenursery at gmail dot com} with any questions or requests.

Thank you so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My Favorite Books for the Nursery !

The boat bookcase in my baby's nursery is the room's 'Piece of Resistance' and I am thankful my husband has the talent {and the tools} to handcraft such beautiful things! But, what's the use of a having a bookcase cluttered with stuffed animals? {no, no more stuffed animals please!}. Books are better!. I bought books for my baby when I was pregnant {gotta start'em early}. 

So, friends and family always ask: What's in the bookcase? Do you read to baby? Oh, yes! and he seems to enjoy each and every book since he was very little.

Here are my favorite picks and why I like them so much:

    Desiderata for Cat Lovers: A Guide to Life & Happiness
Desiderata for Cat Lovers: A guide to Life & Happiness: this one is my number one favorite. Maybe it's not a book for babies, but to me it's absolutely worth having it in the nursery. I would call this book "the best of both worlds". I am a cat lover and I live up to the Desiderata, no need to say  more. So, to have found a book that depicts every line of the Desiderata with a cute kitten portrait is like finding a treasure. A treasure I want to share with my little boy. For those who had never read the Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, click here. I promise you'll love every.single. line. And if you're wondering...yes! there is a Desiderata for Dog Lovers!

    Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go To Sleep: it has a lovely vintage look, it's light and thin. The pictures are amazingly beautiful. When you turn the pages it's almost like if you were touching a beautiful painting. It depicts a little boy ready to go to bed. He says night-night to mommy, daddy, teddy bear, the moon and the stars while sailing away on a red boat flying over town visiting grandma's and grandpa's house. Very cute!

Baby Prayers

Baby Prayers: This is the prayer you'll read right before the Contents page: "Thank you God, for all your precious little ones. Thank you for wide eyes, eager smiles and trusting faces. Thank you for the miracle gift they are to us. Help us to teach them more about You and your love for them. Amen. "  After reading these lines it's hard not to buy the book.  And this is  another prayer for Mommy's Busy Days: " Dear God, 
Help me to enjoy taking care of this little child today.
Please give me all the energy and patience I need. 
Amen. "

365 Stories and Rhymes for Boys: A Story a Day

365 Stories and Rhymes for Boys: A story a Day: it is lovely! In this book you'll find all those nursery rhymes you thought you knew...and then some. 'Humpty, Dumpty', 'Pop Goes the Weasel', 'Row, Row, Row your Boat', 'It's raining, it's pouring'... Each and every page is illustrated and it comes in a beautiful soft padded cover. Also available: 365 Stories and Rhymes for Girls: A story a Day.

And there's more. I'll promise I'll share them with you next week. For now, take a peek a these books for your little one, I'm sure all the family will enjoy them. What's your kid's favorite read? I would love to hear from you. 

Thanks! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Real Nursery designed by a Real Mama { a little chat }

After all the excitement and happiness that your heart holds the day you find out you're expecting a baby, after all those mixed feelings - happy, scared, anxious, worried - sink in, you get a second wind and sigh in relief and say:      ' I can definitely do this! 'Later on, comes the fun part...Designing for Baby! 

Nothing says I LOVE YOU and I WANT YOU IN MY LIFE more than preparing a nest for your little baby and I truly believe that those nests {a.k.a nurseries} are even more especial when they are designed, built, laid-out and decorated by mommy { and sometimes by daddy too! }. And today I am showing you just that. 

Colleen is a young mama from Minnesota who decided to keep the gender of her baby a surprise. She designed a beautiful neutral nursery with lots of vintage details that I am sure you will all love. 
Here is what she has to say about how she created such a especial room for her 'surprise gender' baby. 
One Cute Nursery: Tell us about your baby...                  
Colleen A: My baby boy is named Brennan Bradley and he's almost 15 months old.
OCN: and your main occupation?
CA: I am a stay at home Mom.
OCN:  Which piece, color or story -if any- inspired the nursery theme?
CA: We have this little wall decoration, with a mirror in the center and colored dots surrounding it. It was originally in our bedroom, until it dawned on me that it would be the perfect inspiration for our nursery.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cool and Retro Neutral Gender Nursery

I really admire all those expectant mommies out there that have chosen not to know their baby's gender. I could not possibly 'survive' 9 months without knowing. Sometimes I think: " hmm, maybe I'll do that if I have another baby..." and then I think "Oh no! if I have a baby girl I want to design a beautiful Shabby Chic/Cottage Style Nursery" Yes, I really admire those ladies that compromise many things just to be surprised on the day of the delivery. In that case, I thought I'd sketch a "white/retro/splash of color" design for a Neutral Gender Nursery. 

Here is my inspiration room.

Retro room for boy or girl.

First of all, I love the white. What color can be more 'gender neutral' than white right? It is so calming and refreshing!. The turquoise adds a girly/boyish touch and the gold detailed and mirrored armoire puts the "retro" in it. Using the white as a canvas {that would be your paint color}, put all the splash of colors you'd like. I picked green, orange, yellow and turquoise. As always, I show you my fabulous online finds! 

Here we go.


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Thanks to for the inspiration picture!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nautical Nursery {once again}

I can't help but wonder.."where did time go?"...A year ago I was painting, designing and buying all the nautical decor for my baby's nursery...and look at "us" now...I am chasing a fast speed crawler all over the house and gone are the days of the "cute", "everything in place" nursery....Every night before I put baby to sleep the room looks like a hurricane just passed through. 

I enjoyed so much shopping for nursery decor and creating things that once again, the nautical nursery bug bit me  and I went and did some homework for you! (not for me, not for now)...When they interviewed me for the article featuring Logan's nursery, they asked me my special tip for mommies to be that are decorating their babies nurseries themselves. I had to say that the most important thing to do when it comes to decorating a nursery is to mix and match within the same hues and theme. If you try to match each and every piece in the room, you'll go crazy and probably spend a fortune! So, today I picked some things here and there and I recreated  a Nautical Nursery that I'm sure  you'll absolutely love. 

Go ahead and take a peek!

{ this is the same crib I have! a steal }

 { I used Valspar - Clear Blue Sky, same thing right? }

And... take it from there! Maybe you prefer a cheaper glider {I would too!} but a pricey top of the line crib  but the idea is here and I am sure you'll have fun too putting together a beautiful nautical nursery for your little prince. If you do, send me some pictures I would love to see what you do and I'll feature it on my blog!

Come back soon to find more great ideas! 
Thanks for looking, have a great day!

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