A Room of One’s Own

We thought it would be nice for our kid to have a room of her own.  So after months of hemming and hawing (what does that really mean, anyway), we finally got to work.  It all started with a concert poster and a shag rug, but we’ll get back to that in a minute.

I obsessed over every detail, beginning with cribs.  I wanted to go as toxin-free as possible.  So I stalked several other blogs and did some research…quickly falling in love with a $900 crib.  Why does this always happen?!  In a blind taste test, I will ALWAYS fall for the most expensive one.  Luckily, I talked myself out of that one.  Then, I became obsessed with baby bedding.  Turns out, I didn’t really like anything on the market.  I scoured website after website searching for the perfect pattern – cool, contemporary, with a hint of sweetness or whimsy.  Nothing.  Then I got all wacky and decided I would just have the bedding made out of some perfect, yet-to-be-found fabric.  I was running around in circles.  Then I remembered the poster.

The inspiration.

Dan and I love the band Phish.  Last summer, we bought a signed poster when Phish played at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin.  Phish is very special to us.  Our first dance at our wedding was to Phish’s “Waste” and not long after that summer concert, we found out we were pregnant.  I instantly knew the poster would be perfect for the baby’s room.  It has a milk bottle on it, for crying out loud!  And just like that, it became the anchor of the room.  I drew inspiration from the bright colors and the pale aqua background and pops of dark brown. 

So with that, I ripped off the band-aid and made some decisions.  First, I bought a crib online.  Then, on a successful trip to Homegoods with my mom, I found a white shag rug that I thought was the perfect touch for the room.  We also scored some fabulous pieces – a turquoise table, a white and green pineapple lamp, and some fun wall art.  Next, I picked a wall color.  I wanted to go as non-toxic as possible, so I found the perfect VOC-free paint from Mythic called Another Day.

Love these pieces!

Then I found the most comfortable glider chair in the world.  We had to special order it from Buy Buy Baby, but I’m so glad we did.  I could sleep in this baby for days on end.  I’m very particular in my design taste, which means I often make things far more complicated than they need to be.  In this case, I wanted to incorporate some pattern and add some pops of color near the brown chair, so I bought fabric on Fabric.com and had pillows and an ottomon cover made.  I love the results!  Both pillows are two-sided so I can mix up the pattern and color combinations whenever I like, which turns out to be often.

The chair of all chairs and one pillow combination.

Then, we hung some wall art and assembled the changing table and boom, the nursery was done.


We stole the map from another room!

And the part I loved most was washing and folding every little outfit, receiving blanket, and burp cloth and loading up the changing table with everything a baby girl needs.    We love it!

A room of her own.
Okay baby girl, we’re ready for you!  But since you have 27 days left to keep cooking, just stay right where you are.  We’ll meet you soon enough.

April Showers

Hi there.  Remember me?  Since it’s been approximately 7 years since my last post, I figured it was high time to get back up on the pony and write a post or two.  I know, you’re stoked, right?  I think I just heard a collective ‘Thank God!’ from all of 4 of you readers.

So, a lot has been happening in Cheeseland.  As we approach D Day (due day) in 27 days, I have taken to nesting like nothing before.  In fact, I’ve coined this new wave of organization, cleaning and preparation SUPER NESTING, and I love it!  I’ve nested the crap out of this house, and there’s still more to do!   Birds got nothing on me.

We didn’t do it alone.  Preparing for a baby, or wedding, or any other life-changing event, truly does take a village.  A very special ritual has helped us to build this beautiful nest for our little girl, and that is the baby shower.  I have been blessed with some very loving and thoughtful friends, and was the lucky recipient of two beautiful baby showers.   My darling friends (and bridesmaids) Lenzo, Benny, and Kelly hosted a delightful shower in Chicago.  It was so wonderful to see all my old pals from Chicago.  The hosts served a beautiful brunch with mimosas and no-jitos (loved these!) and my favorite cookies (Oatmeal Scotchies) as a nod to my bestie Amy in Kansas.  The best part is that the grandmas-to-be were both there.  My mom and mother-in-law were so happy.  Dan was there for the gift opening and we were just blown away by the generosity of everyone.   

Lenzo and Kelly, two of the three lovely hostesses. Benny was...hostessing somewhere.


Part of my fabulous family!

The next weekend my sweet friends in Madison, Kelly and Shari, hosted another knock-out shower in Cheeseland.  Kelly and Shari are a creative bunch, and it started with a deluxe invitation designed by the gals.  DARLING!!!  My wonderful Madison friends were there, as well as my mom and little brother, Kevin.  The nibbles were delectable, the mimosas and spimosas (virgin mimosas with Sprite) were flowing, and it was a joy to be with my new Wisconsin-based family.  I felt very fortunate.  Our cup runneth over…with onesies.

The Madison crowd minus my amazing coworker friends.

The adorable treat bags designed by hostess and designer extraordinaire, Kelly!


Super adorable onesies

After all of the generosity, nesting, and village people, we finally finished the nursery.  It is my favorite room in the house.  I find myself just standing in there, looking around, picturing our little girl sleeping (or freaking out) in her crib.  I can’t believe it’s almost here.  Stay tuned for nursery pics.  They’re coming next.