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lincoln’s nursery corner

When thinking about the nursery corner, I wanted it to fit our bedroom style, but still have a personality of its own so it would translate seamlessly into a separate room once we got a bigger space. (My initial inspiration was posted here and here.) To achieve that, I stayed within a similar color palette and brought in pops of brass to tie the whole room together. I love how it turned out and think its perfect for Linky.

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shelves // clock // nightlight // name blocks // vintage mini bowling pin + car // brass duck bookends // vintage hardy boys books //
penguin – handmade by our friend Katherine (I may have squealed when I opened it at our baby shower)

crib // mobile // pendleton throw // eames rocker // pillow

bug print // airplane print // cassette tape print // wedding photos // handwritten poem by my brother

frames – ikea ribba / restoration hardware / craig frames

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the bedroom tour

You may remember our preliminary plans and inspiration post… Well today I got around to snapping a few photos of the completed room! I finally love being in this room and it feels tranquil, airy, and minimalist, just like we wanted.

Up next, how we incorporated Lincoln’s “nursery” into our bedroom…

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Artwork // Lee Ufan print / Andreea Aron Hoover Photography – Boston print / handwritten Chinese proverb by me / Vivienne StraussIris H., incognito print

Frames // Pottery Barn + Craig Frames

Bedding // Company Store

Sofette + Lamp + Fur Throw // Restoration Hardware

Candleholders + Candles // Gallivanting Girls + Gracious Home in NYC

Little Alligator // Jellycat

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nursery gallery walls

I’m obsessed with gallery walls and bookshelves. Obsessed. If I could have either one on every wall of my house, that would be ideal. Nevermind the fact that it might look funny. So in mentally designing the baby’s room in our future two bedroom, you can imagine I’m even more obsessed with these two things in mini. Since our nursery corner by definition won’t allow for walls of kid’s books, I’m settling for a little gallery on the wall space between our closets. And I’m loving these images for inspiration.

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bedroom inspiration

Our bedroom is coming along rather nicely and I think it’ll just be a few more weeks until I can say it’s done. woo hoo! Andrew’s coming back in a week [my heart can finally stop aching], but might only be able to stay for a month before he has to go back, so I booked our maternity shoot for next month. It will be in our home, so I’m trying to have everything complete by then. In the meantime, here are some images from my Pinterest that have served as inspiration. Lots of crisp whites, pops of brass, blacks, and grays…

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nursery take two?

So I think I may have changed my mind about the nursery corner. The all white look is really growing on me and I noticed today that every other piece of furniture in our bedroom is either dark brown or dark gray. This is the new option. Any votes for old or new?

crib // mobile // elephant // throw // fox bin // print

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custom framing | craig frames on amazon

One of the reasons it’s taken so long to get art up on my walls is because I needed special frame sizes. I checked out custom framing places in the neighborhood, at Eastern Market, I looked at Michaels too. Even with Living Social and Groupon deals that appeared once in a while, the triple digits still remained. Not to mention the complicated explanations about glass types and dollars per inch. I just need to frame a $20 print from Etsy, people; I’m not framing an original Picasso.

I’d almost given up when I stumbled upon Craig Frames on Amazon. It’s the custom framing haven for custom-framing-ophobes. You pick a frame style, and every inch x inch combination imaginable is listed – 12×13, 8×15, 9×9, etc. Glass and backing is included too. No more triple digit costs, no more complicated calculations.

via Lonny Mag

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[the sleep list: dc] the jefferson

In Andrew’s limited spare time on deployment, he’s organizing an entire week’s worth of meetings, receptions, and dinners for a large group of foreign dignitaries visiting DC next month. A man of many talents I married. My assignment? Scout out the best accommodations in the District. So I set out on foot and toured a few of the big names.

Conclusion? If you’re looking for THE place to stay when you’re in DC, The Jefferson is hands down the most fabulous. Really, it’s unparalleled. And if you need more evidence, it’s part of the Relais & Ch√Ęteaux collection, a carefully selected group of the most luxurious 480 hotels and restaurants in the world.

Originally built in 1923 as a residential building by Beaux Arts designer Jules Henri de Sibour, it was converted to a hotel in 1955. Then in 2007, ForrestPerkins Architects began a full scale renovation project that lasted over 2 years.

No detail was spared. Every square inch of the place in both design and culture pays tribute to Jefferson’s legacy, travels, and wide range of interests. Custom fabrics, a private art collection and framed original documents, a private wine cellar, and countless other thoughtful, unexpected details are effortlessly woven throughout this beautiful building that makes you feel like a personal guest in an exquisite Parisian residence.

I couldn’t get over how well done everything was. Any time I enter a place with associated hype, as much as I fight it, I go into snob-mode. Well, this isn’t that great or I totally would’ve done this differently. I had nothing. I just nodded with big eyes and wowed at everything as the concierge gave me the tour.

Paying tribute to Jefferson as a gourmand, Plume is one of the finest dining establishments in the city. Quill, the cocktail bar, is also supposed to be exceptional and I’ve read there’s a MasterMind cocktail option where the mixologist notes all your preferences and crafts a unique cocktail for you.

Nooks and crannies can be found at every turn. Because of my love for libraries, this book room in particular stole my heart. There are also small, intimate rooms called Jefferson Cabinet Rooms that seat two to four people for private conversations.

And the rooms… are glorious. These photos are of suites, but even the standard rooms are pretty swanky.

So that’s all for the blog tour. Andrew and I are already planning our staycation here…

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gallery wall | making progress…

After all the artwork arrived a few months ago, I kind of put this project on hold. Mostly because the frame selection process seemed rather daunting. But I put my mind to it today. Half of the frames are ordered and just one trip to Ikea (for some Ribba frames) stands in the way of getting these up on the wall. Hopefully this weekend…

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the nursery. kind of.

1. Andrew spends almost all his spare time nose-deep reading (and talking) about history and politics, so when I found this illustrated, letter-pressed president print, I didn’t even think twice. What both of us love, all in one package.

2. We wanted to keep our sanity and have a crib that was transportable. We just have to fold and roll whenever we want the room to ourselves.

3. Love this bookshelf. Find it here or here.

4. I’m obsessed with Jelly Cat stuffed animals. This gator is one of my favorites.

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project bedroom

After 2+ years of living in this apartment and with a baby on the way, we’re finally paying our long neglected bedroom some much needed attention. Other than these 3 Ikea Malm dressers and a bed frame, we haven’t bought a thing. But this weekend, with the arrival of the little slate-colored couch we ordered a few months ago, I thought I’d snap some photos to document the start of the project and preliminary plans.

Since we’ll be in a one bedroom for a while, the “nursery corner” will also be somewhat incorporated into the general color palette and theme, but still have its own baby flair.

For the room overall, we’re going for a mix of modern and traditional. I’m thinking tones of grays and creams, lots of white (crisp white sheets for sure), and pops of gold/brass.


Not sure yet about the final furniture arrangement; we’ll probably have to move things around to really see what it’ll look like. But for now, I’m thinking the couch would look best in the middle of the room, on a rug-defined space.

And I’m on the hunt for art to fill all these little art frames on the walls. Do you guys have any suggestions?

See my Pinterest inspiration board here.

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