Nursery Finished!

So here are the nursery pics I have been promising. It’s done (or so I hope)! Our big focus was modern (but affordable) furnishings, bright colors (but not primaryish) and cute accents!

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Rocker Update

Sadly I do not mean rocker as in David Bowie. I’m talking about my ongoing obsession with finding a reasonably priced nursery rocker. A few months back I had posted about my search for a modern affordable glider or rocker here. While I pined over the Monte Joya rocker, alas, it was not in the budget. I eventually settled on an Eames rocker knock off.

Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker

Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker

Now, I must say, I LOVE that little chair. It’s super cute, the size is great for our little nursery and it has style. Is it the most practical rocker for a nursery? Probably not. The more mama blogs I read, and the more people I talk to, it seems like having a super comfortable place to chillax during a nighttime feeding is reallllly important. So, with limited budget in hand, I began my search again. This time I went to the boards. I belong to NPN, a Chicago-based parents site, and began posting and searching the boards there for a used modern rocker. I lucked out and found a Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker! It’s even in the color we want (see pic) and it’s brand new. For 1/2 off the original price it’s a steal! Score! We are supposed to pic it up this weekend. So unless the lady flakes, or we show up and it turns out they are recruiting for a sex ring, hopefully this rocker will be in my home by the end of the weekend! Yay!

Spring, and, if it were a girl…

Well, it’s almost spring. It was 60 yesterday here in Chicago and today is supposed to get to 65! While there is no official sign of spring yet – no color ANYWHERE – it was still awesome to wear a dress with no tights and flats today to work! Heaven for a pregnant lady. I came home yesterday and did some major nursery organizing and mounted a shelf I have had sitting around since our trip to IKEA. I opened the windows and back porch door and let some much needed fresh air into the house. I had such a burst of energy! I attribute it to the warmer weather, the 1 hour of extra daylight after I get off work and the impending baby boy about to come into our lives. Yesterday was the first time I had actually felt good for a while – i.e. I didn’t just come home and lay on the couch until bed time.

I also started working on a little board over at Pinterest yesterday called “If it were a girl…”. It’s still in progress, but I wanted to challenge myself to figure out a little girl’s nursery that wasn’t over the top girly, but still feminine. In other words, a place that didn’t look like an American Doll vomited everywhere.

Here are a couple pieces (I’ll post the whole board once it’s done!):

Pinterest

I had been hearing a lot of buzz over the past month or so in the blogosphere about “Pinterest”. It’s basically a way to pin or tag images you see on the internet onto a board. I signed up for an invitation about a week ago and yesterday received my login and password. I set up my first “board” as a way to show all the items that make up our nursery. Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/ambersiscoe/our-nursery/

Custom LA Blik Magnets! How Cool is That!?

I love Blik. I mean LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I have posted previously about using Bliks in our nursery (Wee Gallery) and it seems like everyday they come up with something new and cool I want to use somewhere in our house! So when I got the Blik email today and saw these awesome LA themed magnets (a first for the company) I knew I wanted some for little Baby V to be. Maybe Chicago-themed? How cool would that be!

Custom Blik Magnents

Custom LA Blik Magnents

Custom Blik Magnents

Custom Blik LA Magnents

Since they are custom made (boo) you can’t buy them from Blik. But maybe they will start selling kiddo sized magnets soon! One can only hope…

Check out more pics here

Drool for the Day: Kid O

Oh New Yorkers. You are all soooo cool aren’t you!? From Kidding Around to Skip*Hop your products are just bursting with modern lines, innovative play and educational-ness (not a real word). I was browsing a store in Oak Park yesterday and found this awesome play set by Kid O:

Deep Into the Forest

Deep Into the Forest

Well, I just had to find out what other cool products they carried! I fell in love with their Floating Ducks and Sibi Max Car. So cute and simple!

Floating Ducks

Floating Ducks

sibi max car

Sibi Max Car

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like they have any newborn products just yet. But I will be keeping my eye out!

Check out Kid O here.

Awesome Giveaway!

Check out Chic & Cheap Nursery! They are giving away some awesome, super modern, super cool items in their biggest giveaway – EVER! Click here to win yourself & baby some swag!

Chic & Cheap Nursery Logo

Drool for the Day – Gretel

I was looking to do a post on kids indoor play tents, but instead came across this amazingly beautiful site filled to the brim with all sorts of little knick-knacks I could just see in my home/nursery/life. Here are a few of my favs:

Walnut Owl with Green Top

Walnut Owl with Green Top

Animal Coatrack

Animal Coatrack

Large Bau Pendant Light

Large Bau Pendant Light

Puppy Antique Toy Pillow

Puppy Antique Toy Pillow

I can see all these awesome items in my nursery! To check out more cool items click here to view Gretel!

Drool for the Day: DwellStudio Mobiles

For all you DwellStudio lovers they just released mobiles that coordinate with their kids bedding sets – which are super cute! My personal favorite is the Sparrow one! BIRDS.

DwellStudio Mobiles

DwellStudio Mobiles

Check them all out here!

The Quest to Find a Modern Rocker…

The Monte Joya Rocker

… has ended. What my mind envisioned, and what my wallet demanded were two different things. And now, after 2 months of scouring the internet for a rocker (or glider) that didn’t look like it belonged in the den of my parent’s 1970′s style basement, I have chosen. Was it the best choice? Well, probably not.

I have mentioned before that I love looking through all the user submitted nurserys on Ohdeedoh and a lot of them featured the classic Eames rocker. Well, let me tell you, I have always dreamed about owning my own Eames rocker. Then I decided to start reading reviews of rockers and suggestions from moms who have been there done that. The biggest downside, it seemed, was that the rocker back was too short – no place to rest your weary head during long nights of nursing or rocking your baby to sleep. So, I started checking out other options and that is when the Monte Joya rocker and I met. And it was love at first site. The clean lines! The walnut wood base! The cute lumbar support pillow! Everything about screamed to be put down smack dab into my little nursery haven I was creating… except for the price tag.

My Knock-Off Eames Rocker

My Knock-Off Eames Rocker

At a cool $900 (before shipping or adding other options) it was way out of my price range. Especially if my baby wanted diapers, food, ect. So, back to the Eames rocker. Well, it clocks in well under the Joya at around $500 (new at Herman Miller or R&B). I could probably find a used one on Craigs List for around $400 (if I was lucky). So on to Overstock.com and my new best friend, the Vinnie Cradle Chair. According to most of the review on the site this is a pretty damn good knock-off – and at $135 bucks, a good budget fit as well. Plus, I figured if it didn’t work out in the nursery it would look good elsewhere in the house. Score!