Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nursery Reveal (And A Letter To Baby Girl)

"Home" - Phillip Phillips

 Dear Baby Girl,
The day has come.  Your nursery is complete.
It's been in the works for months now.  Scratch that...
It's been in the works for years, in my mind and in my heart.  Oh, how many times I walked into that room since the end of 2009 and wanted so badly to see a crib, a rocking chair, a changing table and a closet full of tiny baby clothes. 
We prayed.  We fought hard.  We pushed on through the years. 
And then your daddy and I got amazing and life-changing news
And the day finally came where we could turn that empty room at the end of the hallway into something great and beautiful.

It used to break your mama's heart to walk into that room.
And now, it makes my heart explode with pure love and contentedness.
It's all so real. 
It feels like a celebration every single time I walk into your nursery. 
Baby girl, your daddy and I - we put every bit of our love into this room.  It's filled with wonder and color - so.much.color.  It's filled with so many pieces - sentimental pieces, that were given to us by loved ones - people who love you and are counting down the days until your arrival. 

I hope it brings you as much happiness as it brings your daddy and I.
  I hope you find it magical - a place where you can always find joy and peace - a place where you can rest your head at night and feel safe and secure. 

And most of all, a place you can call home.

We began prepping and painting as soon as the new year began.
Muffin stood by us watching our every move with her big, golden eyes.

She snuggled on your rocking chair and watched as the plain, white walls soon became

a bright and lively shade of blue - "Gem Turquiose"

  Daddy worked so hard.  Meticulous, with every brush stroke.

 He and your Poppa installed a ceiling fan the weekend after.  It took hours.  Your daddy was determined. 

So was your Poppa.

And after hours and hours (and lots of dust), their hard work paid off and
they were smiling at a job well done.

Your daddy spent many nights hammering and putting things together.
I didn't even have to beg too much.
He wanted to.  He was excited to.

He even let me give it a whirl.

Your crib...Oh, I cried when I came home one night to find your daddy had set it up.
He was exhausted but knew it'd make mommy smile.
Dee Dee bought it for you.  She talks about you every day.  I know she's probably just as excited as I am to see your sweet face resting in your new home.

I sat in your room that night for over an hour just taking it all in.

And after weeks passed and lots of time and thought poured into that sweet room, the once bare and boring space became what is now our favorite room in the house. 

Muffin's ready for the tour...

Baby girl...
Your nursery.
This little room is bursting with big love.

We love you.

*Pony from Aunt Karen

*Shelf - your daddy's late father's from when he was a little boy

*Vase from reader and friend, Nicole  *Silk flowers from Aunt Kim  *Mama and child from Dee Dee

*Vase from Katie  *Frame with your first ultrasound photo - Michaels dollar bins 
*Kitty bank from our trip to MD
*Stuffy from Aunt Kim

*Chickie from Michaels  *Mailbox from Target dollar bins  *Vase your daddy painted for you
*Frame of your 3rd ultrasound  *Frame and doilies from Michaels dollar bins

*Frame and "Crazy Faith" card (handmade) from Aunt Jessica. 
 My very first blog post is titled Crazy Faith.

*Wooden heart was in my room as a little girl.  Painted that and hanger.
  *Adorable Muffin sweater from (and made by) Aunt Jessica

*Vintage hanging hamper - Etsy

*Hanging homemade bookshelf (and books) from our friend, Theresa.  Your name is on it.  Will be revealing that after your arrival. :)

Your closet is a wonderland of fun.  Your daddy's late father's 6-drawer dresser rests inside and holds many of your belongings.
All of your clothes (and Addison's and Chloe's "old" and very precious pieces, thanks to Aunt Kelly) rest inside.  I can't wait to see you in them.

 *Paper butterflies - Etsy

 *Hello Kitty from Aunt Karen  *Calendar and wreath from Lora  *Pillow - Pier One  *Sweet doll from Aunt Julia  *Elephant from Theresa  *Paisley Tigger from Jenn  *Heart Bucket - Target dollar bins

Your Aunt Jessica gave this to me at your shower.  A gorgeous photo album.  She made it herself.
Your initials are under the black felt. 

 Sentimental shelf...

 *Shelf - Amazon

*Vintage stitched artwork - Etsy

Your Aunt Jessica also gave this to us at your shower.  She hand-painted this incredible and absolutely perfect piece just for you.  I cried when I opened it.
Your mama loves this song.  

*Baby bouquet from (and made by) Aunt Jessica  *Album made by me  *Sleepy Kittens book from daddy  *Lamp - Home Goods - I've had this for years and now finally had somewhere perfect to put it.

*Scarf - my nani's from Hungary

25 days until your due date!

*Big Bird, keepsake box and radio from Aunt Karen  *Pinwheels - Target dollar bins

*Books and Canister from Aunt Jessica  *Mask - Pier One
*Scarves - your mama's  *Candles - Target

*Raggedy Ann doll, quilt, frame and ballerina bear- mine from when I was a little girl
*Elephant and dolly from Dee Dee
*Keys - Target dollar bins

 Your crib...

*Red Pillows - have had for years.  Found in closet and gave them a new home - Pier One
*Heart pillow - Target dollar bins
*Musical seahorse - your very first toy - from Dee Dee

Your bedding makes me swoon.  Your Aunt Jessica introduced me to an amazing fabric line full of so much color and character.  When I told her my vision for your room was a little bit gypsy/a little bit hippie/a little bit Boogie Nights,
she went and found hundreds and hundreds of fabric samples for me to drool over.  She's awesome like that.  I could have exploded, it was so perfect.
Your daddy and I sat one day and carefully selected your bedding fabric and had it made.

Your Aunt Karen bought you your bedding and it means so much.  This crib incorporates the love of three very special ladies - Dee Dee, Aunt Karen and Aunt Jessica.

*Fabric - Jennifer Paganelli - Crazy Love line
*Handmade from Etsy

*Love Minion from Aunt Jessica - she had it made and I am in love with it. 
We call each other minions all the time. <3

That red fabric on the wall is only there to cover your name - Aunt Jessica handmade your beautiful name to rest above your crib.  She used wooden letters and bedazzled them to perfection.  I can't wait to reveal them after you're born.

*Wreath made by me

 *Artwork - this was a gift bag from Aunt Jessica.  I needed to put it to good use.  It was just too awesome not to.  I cut it and mounted it in a $10 frame that daddy spray painted yellow.

A sneak peak of the letters...

The main design on all of them...

And the incredible details Aunt Jessica added. 

Just a few...

*Heart rug found at Target around Valentine's Day

This was the first piece your daddy and I hung in your room.  It's one of our favorites.
We found it in a special shop in New Hope right after Christmas.  We saw it and knew it was meant for your room.

*Curtains - Jennifer Paganelli/made on Etsy
*Tassels - 98 cents from Pier One

story in link above

*Mini Rug - Christmas Tree Shops - $5

The artwork that's hiding under the blanket will be revealed after your arrival.
It is amazing.  And bright and neon and makes everyone smile. (except for the lady at Michaels...but we'll save that story for the reveal).

*Muffin - priceless

*Chervron blanket - Target

Dreamcatcher - MADE by your Aunt Jessica.  Baby girl, you just wait...Aunt Jessica is gonna teach you lots of crafty and fun things.  She's an artist.

*Nightstand - your daddy's late father's
*Hello Kitty humidifier from Uncle Nicholas
*Blocks from Lesia

*Vintage Lamp - Etsy  *Scarf - mine  *I painted the dish for you
*Journal from Aunt Jessica

*Changing table - mine from when I was a baby - Your daddy painted and freshened it up.  Dee Dee broke it (and her muscles) out in November for us.
*Changing pad cover - Etsy

*Knobs - World Market

 *Kept some of the original ones and painted them.  I love the noise they still make every time I tug on them.

*Diaper basket I made with leftover fabric from bedding
*I made felt bin from Target dollar bin tin

The Gallery Wall...

*Artwork from a sweet shop during my trip to Utah

*Mirror from same shop as clock in New Hope

*Artwork - Etsy

*Artwork by Aunt Julia - that's you in my tummy

*Dress - Harajuku Mini line from Target - I bought this before I was pregnant with you.  And prayed someday I'd have a little girl that could wear it
 *Wooden hearts - from my room as a child

Amazing hand-painted artwork from your Aunt Kelly...
Your initials are behind the felt heart. 
She wrote you the most beautiful message on the back of the painting. 
She can't wait to meet you.

 *Chalkboard - Dollar store frame painted

*Stitched artwork - Etsy

*Vintage trashcan - Etsy

*Rug - Target
*Twinkie - like Muffin, priceless

Yes, baby girl, your nursery awaits you...

We all await you...

Your room - so luminous and filled with every color of the rainbow.
I often look around and think to myself, with its full and glowing presence, that there's not an inch left for anything more.
And then I realize there is.


Out of all the color and love beaming throughout this room,
you, my love, will shine the brightest.

I love you,


I'll see ya next week everyone.
Have a beautiful weekend.
Thank you for all of your sweet words on the rocking chair post. <3

Bright Lovin',


Stephanie N. said...

So sweet! Oh my gosh, Maria!!!!! I love everything. The bright colors and all of the little touches -- so special. I'm in love with the bedding. In LOVE. Your little girl is going to love it! I'm so excited for you!!!

Mrs. E said...

I know I already told you this, but wow...SO GORGEOUS! Actually, I'm pretty sure I said "gorgsousz," but potatos, potahtos ;) Do you think I could hire you? And Steve? And Jessica??!! But seriously, does Jessica have a shop? Does she take orders? That woman is TALENTED! Love you all...and thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and messages :) XOXOXO

Angela said...

This is so YOU and everything that is lovely and whimsical and colorful and breathtaking about you! All the unique, meaniful details and incredibly special. gahhhh I can't say enough how much I love it!!!! You need to submit these pics to a magazine...its like nothing I've ever seen before! Maria, your baby girl is so lucky to have you and Steve and all the amazing loved ones who are waiting for her debut <3 thank you for sharing all these photos...totally worth the long wait for the reveal, lol. made my day!

Kelly @ Stay at Home Trader said...

I seriously bawled through this whole post. These photos don't even do justice! The pics are beautiful, but in person it's like walking into a beautiful fairytale. What an absolutely creative and loving space. I love you so much, and keep thinking about when we will all get to meet your baby!



Kara and Mary said...

I have been waiting with great anticipation for this post. It is amazing!!! I seriously need to hire you to come decorate my house. I cannot even come up with such designs in my head. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

lovejoy_31 said...

LOVE!!!! It is perfect. It is YOU. Can you redecorate my room???

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Rebecca said...

LOVE it!!!!! Everything is so pretty and meaningful. What a lucky little lady!!!

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

SO ADORABLE!!! She is going to love it! So much love in one room! I can't wait to see her in it!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Wow! What a beautiful nursery Maria! You are certainly going to enjoy being in there with your daughter! Love it! Love it! Love it. Congratulations to you, Steve, your relatives and friends on an excellent job. Your daughter is one lucky girl. Take good care Maria and I wish you, Steve and Beano a wonderful weekend. Even more wonderful days are ahead for you all. Lots of Love, Friendship and Best wishes!

Olivia {i am still learning} said...

Oh my word... I don't even know where to start! It's perfect :)

There are also a few things that are in my boys's room, ha! Including the seahorse from DeeDee that's currently next to a sleeping Jude ;)

So so happy for you Maria!! And that very first post... which I've never read, had me in crocodile tears.

Ps. You're a big meanie keeping the name a secret ;)

Whitney Cypert said...

When I saw that this post was labeled "Nursery Reveal" I got so so excited! I have been waiting on this post! And, of course, the nursery is everything I thought that it would be and more. As I looked at the pictures, I was amazed at how much hard work and thought went into this sweet room. There are so many unique, and meaningful pieces that, put together, are a completed puzzle and baby girl is going to love it! She already has so many people who love her so much. I can't believe how many pieces in her room are gifts from those people, and most of them are handmade! Ahh what a lucky baby girl! I love the color in her room, it's fun and happy like it should be! Like a big celebration. I can't wait to see her name, I'll admit that's driving me a bit crazy, and the artwork that has her name in it. Not too much longer : ). Maria, the room is perfect! You and Steve did a great job showing your love through this room. XO,
Ps. Your kitties already love baby girl too and love spending time in her room! She is definitely going to be a cat lover! : )

Heather Nelsen said...

Wow- where to begin?! Baby Girl's room is filled with so much love already. Every piece has so much meaning... I love that you used so many pieces from family or from your own room growing up. The part about Steve having the crib set up as a surprise for you got me all choked up. And I love the chalk board that's counting down the days! You're down to DAYS! God is good. :) Have a great weekend, Maria!


Alex[andra] said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Baby Girl clearly has the best Mommy and Daddy *ever*!! The nursery is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. I felt like I was right there in the nursery, being surrounded by love. Thank you again!! :)

Kelsey Harrington said...

So fun! And one of a kind, for sure. She's gonna love it! So happy to finally see it. :) Hope you're doing well! xoxo

Brittany said...

Oh my gosh Maria...sitting here in tears (as usual after reading your posts!)...I'm completely blown away. You guys did the most AMAZING job ever on Baby Girl's nursery! It would take me two hours to sit here and comment on every special aspect that I love....SO much hard work and pure love went into the making of her room and it is obvious in all the sweet, one-of-a-kind details. I think the gallery wall is my favorite part...looks like something from a magazine! And the wooden hearts that were your moms...SO special. The wall color is absolutely feels like one big whimsical fairyland tea party :). She is going to feel so at home and so loved in her room....I'm just dying to see her in it! And I'm like Whitney...anxious to hear her name :). I know it will be beautiful! Just like her and just like her momma. Seriously, you and Steve did such an awesome job on this....I love how happy and cheery it is. Just like you. Just like Baby Girl will be.

I'm so thankful you shared this with all of us...thank you for posting about the details and letting us in on the stories behind each piece. You guys did such an incredible job! I hope you're resting in these last few weeks and not nesting too too much ;) Sending lots of love your way this weekend....hope you enjoy some yummy treats!!

Brittany said...

Okay had to comment one more time (after looking at the pictures for the 5th time)...I am OBSESSED with that trash can! I want one too! Which Etsy shop is it from? Also, the bedding is seriously the most fun, festive crib bedding I've ever seen. I LOVE it! Totally perfect for the ties everything together. Okay, done obsessing....maybe :)...just can't stop looking at the pictures because everything is so beautiful!

Rian Eidson said...

I have no words. I am amazed at the absolute beauty of her room. Down to the smallest of details, everything is perfect.

"Shine bright like a diamond" I love it. One of my favorite songs, and now I will always think of you and baby beano every time I hear it.

Have a great weekend, Maria!


Karen said...

Such amazing colors in her room. I love it!!

Jen said...

Wow! It's totally amazing - never will a little girl have as many stories to tell about her special room than your lucky daughter. March is here, and soon she will be too!

E and R said...

So much love in that room! I am sure that baby girl will just love it! Glad you got it all finished and can now sit and relax (well...some anyway) while you wait on baby girl. Hope you are feeling well and have a restful weekend!

Jessica @ TheCrazyChaoticHouse said...

Omg! I love it! You did such a wonderful job, looks awesome! It seems to fit you perfectly,i feel like i know you and this nursery is so your style:) i cant believe onky 25 days left....maybe sooner!!! Enjoy your weekend mama!!!!

Nicole said...

Her room is sooo beautiful Maria, every single detail shows the amount of love that surrounds her!!

Eli@coachdaddy said...

that kid's going to have one awesomely outfitted room, but what really struck me is the love she will know when she gets here.

Awesome job. Lucky kid!

Janet said...

Simply perfection Maria! xoxo

M said...

It looks beautiful and SO full of life...perfect for baby girl! It's finally her birth month...can you believe it! I can't wait for the next few weeks to fly by! So excited for you guys :)

Heather said...

Ahhh!!! It turned out so great! LOVE all the colors and sentimental touches. Perfection.

Kari said...!!!! Girlfriend it's perfect!!!!!! Precious baby girl is going to LOVE it and feel right at home!!!

Happy baby month to you, darlin!! Can't wait to "meet" your precious little shamrock baby!! :)

P.S. How did we get here already?! I swear it was just yesterday that we were telling each other we were pregnant! :) So glad we get to experience all of this together!


JP said...

Oh my goodness! You and Steve and Jessica and all the other family and friends did an amazing job. It's so colorful and brilliant. Her bedding is most assuredly swoon worthy. Love love love! I guess that's the whole point, right?!

Kiara Buechler said...

I LOVE the wall color! The decor is amazing, and I can't wait to find out her name!!!

Martha said...

Hi Maria!
I just came over from the Fun Friday Blog Hop. Your nursery reveal is gorgeous. I love how bright and cheerful it is!
new follower

Ashley said...

This is absolutely so perfect. Every little detail and item was picked with so much love and it has so many personal touches. I loved loved loved seeing you highlight each of the items! And, may I just say that Jessica blows me away with her creative talent. :) I am still in awe of the rocking chair redo you two did.
Baby girl is going to know how loved she is and when she looks back at all of this one day she will see it and feel it like we all see and feel it. Your joy and love radiates through every single post!

Have a great weekend!!

Jess @ said...

I absolutely love that room with all it's color, love and fun!

Tallia said...

Ilove the heart on the door! I wouldn't mind having one on mine!

Maria said...

I love the room! So unique! Can't wait to hear little lady's name!!!

mail4rosey said...

You can tell you all put so much love and effort into the room and it just came out perfect!

Tracy said...

How exciting to have it finished! You did a wonderful job!

I'll Love You Forever said...

My, oh my! I have fallen in love. Baby girl has such wonderful people who love and adore her. These pictures seem so you, I wish I could see it in person! I love the minion. I also love the wooden mouse, heck I love it all!! Can't wait to see pics of sweet little angel in this room! xoxo!

Faith said...

Wow, wow, wow!

Y'all did an incredible job! The details, colors are amazing! I can't get over the hardwork put into this nursery. Absolutely love it!

Crystal Green said...

There are so many things I love about your nursery. Your baby is going to love looking at all the details you put into it. One day when she's grown she will value it even more! Especially when she has her own children.

I love the little Minion!!

Rachel said...

How beautiful and special! Love all the colors. Oh man this is your month!!

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LOVE MELISSA:) said...

OH MY G-D!!! I love the nursery! How crazy beautiful!! Such a good job! At this time next month, you will have a newborn! GAH- I am beyond excited for you and will be stalking you to hear the official news!!

waitingforarainbow said...

BREATHTAKING! I am so in love with the nursery, and I know she will be too. It is SO COLORFUL, so bright, so beautiful. A dream come true for a little girl. Every little detail is just so perfect. And to think, she will be here to enjoy it all in no time!
You really can tell how much love you and everyone else put into that nursery. :')

Jessica @ View from River Mountain said...

Gorgeous. I love the bright colors. New GFC follower.

Moosey Mommy said...

I am totally in love with your precious nursery!! There are no words to say how cute, sentimental, and perfect it is! I cannot WAIT for your little girl to arrive!!!!! Praying for you!

Hanna said...

Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!!! Is all I can say!!! I am so overwhed at how gorgeous this is!!! Honestly. You did am amazing job. I am so happy for you Maria!

Thank you for all your kind comments on welcoming baby tosh:) your up
Next mama! I can't wait to meet your new baby girl! Your going to love being a mom. Best. Thing. Ever.
I'm thinking of you and sending prayers for an easy safe delivery!!

Xoxoox Hanna

Jenny said...

Holy cow, that girl has a TON of stuff already, haha! I absolutely love it - it is so fun and colorful! I can't wait for your announcement of her arrival :)

Courtney B said...

Oh my goodness!! Her nursery is PERFECT! Such a bright, HAPPY room... so perfect for your precious little one! I'm getting SO excited for her to be here :)

Tami said...

Stunning! Wow Maria! You outdid yourself!! I love it!

Miki said...

Baby girl's room is so awesome! It's so colorful and happy, but above all, it has the word LOVE written all over; yep! In capital letters:P.

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