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Ava’s big girl room…

DONE! Last night was Ava’s first night in her new room. She was so excited, slept in and woke up with a huge smile! SUCCESS!

I am so proud of all that went into creating this space and so happy with the results.

The walls are adorned with handmade yarn letters, a handmade origami mobile, tree decal from Land of Nod, hooks and small fabric a from Anthropologie, a fabulous $10 sale clock, my favorite black and white prints of Ava and Larry, and a hand drawn canvas using sharpies (inspired by Schumacher wallpaper).

All the furniture was either Craigslist or reused from my former classroom. I am not quite sure I plan on ever refinishing a dresser again but I LOVE the results, from the anthropologie knobs to the fabric lining the drawers.

Both the bedding and curtains are Land of Nod and the largest splurge in the room.  All the other details were extremely economical.  The bookends were each $2 (I especially love the frog prince I found at ROSS of all places), dollar bin orange chalk buckets,  and the wire baskets and jewelry box were flea market finds.  Finally all her Jelly Cat friends to keep her company.  Jelly Cats are my FAVORITE stuffed friends and the most cuddly!

Thanks to daddy as well for the well hung decor and painting expertise!  love truly is in every detail!

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As the decorating continues I have decided that all kids room should have a clock. Choosing one however, has been difficult to say the least. The teacher side of me says that the clock should have numbers. The designing side of me says go more funky she can learn time on a toy clock.

Input? What do you think?

Here are the clocks I am drawn to so far…

Decoylab $84

Uncommon Doily Clock $32

andfurthermore $29.50

And this clock would be PERFECT for Ella’s Nursery.  Too bad I cannot take away one of the 0’s from the $200 price tag!

Marie Ricci wall clock

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Coming Soon…


I have not been myself lately… tired, irritable, distractible, frustrated. Right now I am chalking it up to lack of sleep and hormone shifts.  Regardless of the cause, my way of battling such feelings is too take on projects. This is clearly a double edged sword as I need the projects to gain a sense of accomplishment, completion and sanity but my day leaves very little time to complete such tasks which then results in additional stress and frustration!  The answer…?

In addition to editing client pictures my major project has been designing Ava’s big girl room!!!  I am obsessed!  I started out with one plan that was quickly squashed by the reality of a little B word… budget.  I could have easily went to Land of Nod and decorated happily from floor to ceiling but I guess the B word forced me into making the room much more special and creative.  In fact now that I am passed the half way point I must say I think I am going to LOVE it!  All the furniture is old, refinished or repurposed and all the art work and photos are handmade my me!

I did splurge here and there.  Here being the BEDDING!  The frame itself is an antique iron bed found on craigslist for a great price.  The bedding was handpicked by the little munchkin herself from the Land of Nod catalog.  The combination of the two could not be more perfect and is the inspiration behind all the other details entering the space.  I call it her princess and the pea bed.  So high we need to add rails to both sides, at least for a little while.  And the most important thing, Ava LOVES it!!!  You she see her smile as she climbs up and snuggles.

So consider this your sneak peek into Ava’s new space more coming soon…

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