April 26, 2012

Now all we need is a baby :)

Sorry for the crickets lately. These last couple of weeks before baby were not as planned so to speak. I know God puts challenges in your life for a reason, but I am ready for one less challenge and one less surprise. I am a control freak to the extreme, and this past week has tested me like no other.


Anyway, on to the good stuff. So many of you have been asking about Banks’ nursery. I will readily admit that I am not totally in love with it. I think its because all the furniture was Cici’s and after looking at it for 3 years, I am bit “over” it. So essentially, we painted the walls blue, added some new accessories and you can see some of the finished product below. All pictures were taken by Carrie Smith Photography, except for the last iPhone shot 🙂


The one piece of furniture in his room that I will always love is the Serena and Lily slipcovered Hayes glider. I nursed Cici for 15 months so I definitely got my use out of this purchase. It was one of the more expensive pieces in both their rooms, but I love how the cover is washable and the chair is just about the most comfortable chair I have ever sat in. It was definitely worth the money. I couldn’t bear to spend the additional for the gliding ottoman for several reasons. Mainly, because you cant use them again in other rooms. I found a $39.99 cube ottoman at Homegoods and had Sew Jesse make me a slipcover to match the white upholstery. I was lucky enough to find a very similar white fabric at Fabric Yard in Carrollton. The houndstooth pillow is about 7 years old and from the Storehouse “Going Out of Business Sale” in Atlanta. The silhouette pillow is from Homegoods. Mirror was a Craigslist find, but is Horchow. The “Keep Calm and Cowboy Up” print is from Etsy and the Confederate soldier silhouette is from The Unicorn Shop in Montgomery, Alabama. Lamp and tray are Homegoods, and they are resting on a custom Greek key X bench from Again and Again here in the Big D.

Below is a shot of the wall where Mr. Banks bed is nestled. Before yall go and get fired up about how he will take that cool ass “b” off the wall when he can sit up, I just put it there for staging the pic 🙂 It usually will be on top of his armoire. Ben found the vintage letter when we were in Austin a few months ago. I think it is so cool and masculine! Next to his crib is my favorite wall lamp eva. It is the White Stingray Sconce from Horchow. I found one with a small crack in at at Horchow Finale about 3 months ago and knew I had to use it in his room. The houndstooth pillow is the same one above and the monogrammed pillow is a case from Pottery Barn outlet and I had my sweet friend Meredith Grabham monogram it.  I wish I knew the name of my crib or the name of the store I bought it at. I do remember it was in Canton, Georgia and I ordered it, but thats all I got. I actually think the manufacturer went out of business.

It always bugged me that I did not have a place for others to sit in Caroline’s old nursery, so I made sure to include a comfy chair for a second adult in Banks’ room. Some of you know that I saw this chair at Homegoods, passed it up, and then begged and pleaded for y’all to help me find it again. I was so fortunate that one of you had seen it at a different Homegoods store, so I headed over a picked it up. The art work behind the chair is something that Caroline and I made. It is actually a 5 ft by 5.5.ft bulletin board. We covered the inside with vintage Simon and Garfunkel sheet music using Mod Podge and then stenciled my favorite song lyric on it in black. I wish I had room for the whole verse of “The 59th Street Bridge Song”, but alas I didn’t. The whole verse is ” Got no deeds to do, no promises to keep, Im dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep, let the morning time drop all its petals on me, Life I love you, all is groovy”. If you graduated with me from Saint James, you may remember that this was the closing of my baccalaureate address. I just love this song. Garden stool is from Homegoods and the rocking horse is vintage from The White Elephant. The rug is from Ballards Backroom in Atlanta. May be a bit too feminine, but I have not found a replacement yet 🙂

Love the vingnette below. The changing table is also from Ballards Backroom in Atlanta. I don’t miss much about the ATL, but I do miss the Backroom and obviously Lewis and Sheron. If you live near Atlanta, you must go to Ballards Backroom. The Holcomb Bridge location (exit 7B off Ga400 if I remember correctly), is the one to go to. Its majority scratch and dent and usually there are no scratches or dents and the pieces are deeply discounted. They also have an amazing linen section at this location. I did exchange the knobs for some white glass beauties from Anthropologie. Cute rabbit lamp is one that my parents were getting rid of from their beach place. I love the window dressing in this room. The panels are actually twin matelasse bed coverlets that I had trim sewn on to. They make excellent curtains for a nursery because of how thick and opaque they are. The relaxed roman was made by Sew Jesse here in Dallas. If you need anything custom sewn for you, I highly recommend her. You can see some of her amazing work on her website.

Well that is about it. Hopefully the next time I post, I will have a new baby! Keep us in your prayers and everyone have a great rest of your week and enjoy the weekend!

Happy Shopping!





  1. Old friend, you made me tear up with that wall art– I’m a sucker for a good printed song lyric. Sending you lots of prayers and good thoughts– time to give it all over to God and know that things will be OK in the end. Hope it stays not too hot for your last few days, and that everything goes smoothly with your delivery:-)

  2. Thank you for the wonderful compliments on the ottoman and roman shade! I absolutely loved helping you decorate Banks’ nursery and I look forward to seeing it complete with him in it! Praying for peace, comfort, and endurance as you wait for the arrival of your sweet baby boy.

  3. I just found your blog through a friend in Houston….I have enjoyed today’s post…and some of the previous ones I read. I love that Simon and garfunkel art project! Interesting!

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