Sunday, May 9, 2010

Making a house a home

And let it begin...

Home Ownership.  So, we get our house keys tomorrow night from our lawyers and the ball will officially be rolling.  I honestly never thought this day would come. Today is the last night Peter and I have never owned a home.

So it occurred to me that I haven’t really told you much about my plans for the baby’s room besides little details here and there.  As soon as I get in the door of our house, it’s my first priority.  Which is probably silly given the baby will sleep in a bassinet like everyone tells me for a while, but I want it done.  And as Peter will tell you, when I want something done, there is not much sense reasoning with me.

So way back when I was in Los Angeles in the VERY early spring I was inspired by the sun that I missed so desperately and a pottery barn nursery bedding sale. If I had a home at that very moment, the baby’s room would be yellow, and his bedding would have the cutest and softest farm animals to keep him company while he sleeps.  But... As always the case with me, if you give me too much time to think about something instead of just DOING it, I will change my mind. So I am no longer painting the baby’s room yellow and I sold all the Pottery Barn bedding I bought in LA on craigslist.

And now I am inspired by blue.  Truly, blue has always been my favourite colour. I gravitate to it. Navy blues, aqua blues, turquoises, gorgeous royal blues, Maple Leaf Blue :) ... And a blue sky makes me just as happy as a sunny sky does.  And they go well together.  So the baby’s room is going to be a wonderful mixture of blue tones.

The baby’s bedding quilt that I have replaced since selling the original (which I will be honest, when I found this it made me want to change EVERYTHING. It reminded me of a quilt Helen would have made. It made me happy to think of her having a part of the baby's room).  So the quilt, together with some fabric I bought for some throw pillows, and some fabric I am using for a roman blind (not pictured)  are my colour inspirations. You might recognize the polka dot fabric from my sewing classes. I used the same fabric for a zippered pouch (and bought far too much of it). 

Coincidentally, Sarah Richardson unbeknownst to me totally stole my idea and also used the SAME fabric in a nursery she decorated (two years ago). :)  So, she has given me my inspiration for the walls.  The walls will be a delicious cream colour, complimented by a 3 ft blue border around the ceiling, separated by a white piece base boarding or plate rail.   And of course you have seen the high boy we’re refinishing and I have other details up my sleeve for decoration... But that will have to wait for the reveal.

I can’t wait to get started.

Oh... and what I HAVE STARTED is a shower curtain for our bathroom.  I had NO IDEA that matching patterns when you're sewing two pieces of fabric together would be this difficult. But... I am happy to say the hard part is done. I just have to hem it now with a band of material I bought for the bottom and put some grommets in for the curtain rings.  Isn't it cute?!  I can't wait to see it wrapped around our claw foot tub. Coincidentally, I also can't wait to get IN our claw foot bathtub. A year living with only a shower is long enough.

Until tomorrow. OX


  1. Please help!!!!
    I LOVE the polka dot fabric pictured above! I am inspired to use this in our nursery (expecting our first!) Could you tell me what the name of the fabric is/where you purchased it?

  2. Hi there,

    I am so sorry I never responded. We got ours at in Toronto!