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Baby Hofmeyer’s Gender-Neutral Nursery Reveal

January 2, 2015

Nursery 10

Happy New Year, friends! I’m kicking off 2015 with a tour of my new favorite room in our house, Baby Hofmeyer’s nursery! It’s been so fun to put together this nursery piece by piece, and seeing it finally come together just 8 weeks shy of baby’s arrival makes the whole thing even more real. I’m finding it hard to believe that we’re really going to be a family of 3 pretty soon.

I’ve never been great at taking photos of rooms in our house. It’s a skill I have yet to really acquire, but I’m working on it. So please forgive the fact that some of these photos are less than stellar. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

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We decided on the paint color as the first order of business when deciding on decor. The paint color is Sherman Williams Worldly Gray. I love how the color changes throughout the day; sometimes it looks like it has a lot of brown tones and other times it looks totally gray. The color comes off warm and happy, which is hard to come by in gray paint colors. 

Pictured in the first photo is the floating ledge that a family friend made for us years ago. It was black until a few months ago when we painted it white to match the nursery decor. The fabric pennant banner is from our wedding and made from my grandmother’s childhood dresses. We decided on a mix of blue and pink/purple fabric patterns to work with a boy or girl. On top of the ledge is a print that I made myself in InDesign (you can buy something similar from Naptime Diaries Shop) along with a giraffe I found at Homegoods and a little old-fashioned clock from Pottery Barn.

Nursery 3The bookshelf pictured above is the Midcentury Modern Horizontal Bookcase from Target.  We loved that the bookshelf fit with the time period our house was built and had adjustable shelves. Since they didn’t have this bookcase in white we decided to buy it and paint it white to match the room’s decor. The books are a mix of old a new, including some books I loved as a little kid. The globe is a vintage Rand McNally globe my mom found for $3 at a thrift store. Joe really wanted a map of some sort in the room so this how we incorporated one.

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The crib was a gift from my parents. It’s the Babyletto Hudson Crib in grey that also converts to a toddler bed when our little one gets bigger. I debated going with white, but since we already had a lot of white in the room I wanted to ground the room a little with a piece of furniture that was a different, darker color.

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My mom found this adorable little chair (pictured above) at a second hand store and painted it grey and gold to match the room’s decor. And the little teddy bear on the chair? It was mine as a little girl. Pippa insists on pulling the teddy bear off the chair a few times a day and dragging it around the house.

I think my favorite element of the room is the dresser below! My mom found it for $35 at a second hand store and I think it might be the deal of the year. We ended up re-finishing it and painting it white. It’s a midcentury modern style dresser that we’ll eventually put our changing pad on top of, and the lamp is from Homegoods as well. Before baby arrives we plan on filling the organizer to the right with diapers, wipes, diaper cream, pacifiers, etc. And we found it, as you might guess, at Homegoods!

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I think that’s it! We still have a few odds and ends to purchase before baby arrives, but I’m totally thrilled with how the room turned out. We were going for something that was gender-neutral and would work for a boy or girl (since we decorated before finding out if we were having a boy or girl) and I think the room fits the bill!


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DIY Idea: Baby’s Nursery Letter

November 18, 2014

Nursey Print BW

A few months ago my mom sent me a handful of inspiration photos for our little one’s nursery. I immediately fell in love with the idea of writing our baby a letter and placing it above the crib in our nursery. The original inspiration photo I saw featured a canvas that was handwritten/painted by the parents, but since I wasn’t super confident in my handwriting skills I decided to make the canvas digitally and have it printed on a canvas.

After posting the photo on Instagram, I got a lot of questions about how/where I made it the canvas, so I thought I would share in case you’re interested in doing something similar for a nursery or another room in your house.

1. I downloaded a few different free fonts to play around with and see which font you like best. I use Dancing Script, Black Jack and Satisfy on a fairly regular basis, but there are so many great options to choose from!

2. Decide what size you want your canvas to be before you begin. I went with a print that was 24×36 inches because it was going to be on a large wall and the centerpiece above the crib. If you’re undecided, use masking tape to mock up the outline of the print on your wall to give you a better idea if you like the size.

3. Create a new project in InDesign (PS: If you don’t have InDesign you can get a free trial online) that is the size of your desired canvas. This will make sure that your canvas is large enough and has a high enough resolution. Once you’ve created a new project, simply create a text box and write out your letter with the text you downloaded. I ended up trying a few different fonts before I found the right one. Also, give yourself a little room in the margins of the print so none of your text gets cut off.

4. Upload your print to a canvas-printing site. I got a gallery-wrap from CG Pro Prints. They do a great job and their prices are super reasonable.

That’s it! It’s super simple and I loved the results. I knew that if I wrote the note by hand I wouldn’t be able to get it to look the way I wanted and it would drive me crazy. So although it’s not quite as personal to have it printed, it’s nice to have a professional, polished print in the end.


PS: The first line of the print says our baby’s name, so we’ve covered it up for now to keep the gender secret for now!