Nursery Complete!

Now that our official adoption has been finalized, Christmas is over and the house is settling down… we have finally finished the nursery!

If you remember from my prior blog post, I used this picture as my inspiration for feel Inspirationand palette.  I like the soft elegance of the colour combinations, and the easy breezy feel.  I tend to get inspired by images that aren’t pictures of rooms.  I like the way certain things make me feel, and use that as a jumping point.








The room Lily was moving into was our guest bedroom, which was still builder greige and was an empty palette to say the least. I knew I wanted to add some texture of dimension to that blank box. I decided that I would do a board and batten wainscoting in a crisp white. I thought it would elevate the space, and provide visual interest. I am so glad I did it.  I was scared at first because I’ve never done anything like that before.  I really like how it turned out!  Now I want to add the feature to several other rooms.. especially the mudroom or the main floor powder room.

So here it is.  The room really feels so much larger.


The room reads as a pink room, but it is only the accessories.



I re-purposed an old painting to create her name sign.
Pink storage boxes for change table from Ikea. Crib by Davinci from West Coast Kids

Lamp from Home Sense
Chalk Painted an old book shelf
Black out curtains from Bouclair

I opted for a Hemnes dresser from Ikea because I liked the glass top and height of the dresser. I replaced the knobs provided with crystal knobs. They cast great light when the sun hits them. Again brings in a touch of elegance.
To add in some more pink, I chalk painted the inside of a vase from sometime I was sent flowers. It turned out to be pretty great.
The floral box on top of the book shelf houses letters from Lily’s birthmom, the silver apple from Home Sense 
Crib is 4 in 1 Autumn by Davinci from West Coast Kids, Lily blanket from Lil’ Monkeys Personalized Gifts
Rabbit from HomeSense

I added a medallion molding before installing this semi flush mount light from Home Depot 

There you have it.  We now have our baby girl’s room complete!  I’m happy with the end results.  I think it is a room that can grow with her.

Next up I’ll be redoing Conor’s room.


To Pierce or Not To Pierce.. That Was My Conundrum

So my plan was to keep it all a secret. Don’t tell a soul.  The secret?  We are having Lily’s ears pierced on Saturday.  Why keep it a secret?  Parent shaming is at an all time high in my opinion.  People will judge every choice you make as a parent.  When Kylie Jenner posted a picture of Stormi with her ears pierced, the internet lit up.  “You have taken away your child’s right to choose”.  “You should have waited until she could consent to body modification”.  Ok, I get it.  I see both sides of the issue. Don’t picket my house with burning torches. It was the same struggle I had when trying to determine if we should circumcise Conor. In the case of circumcision, however, it isn’t easily reversed if he decided he didn’t want it. So we left that choice to him later on.

For us the choice to do it now is the fact that I can control how and where it is done, and I am the one responsible for the post care.  I have little doubt that Lily would not want it later in life, and if she doesn’t she can take them out.IMG_0237

Yes, it isn’t necessary to do.  I am, however, exercising my parental discretion.

In making the decision I researched best options, materials etc. We are having them done at Skin Dimensions, which is a professional piercing shop. On staff, they have a female professional that specializes in baby ear piercing.  Yes there is such a thing.  They use single use sterilized needs and the earrings are implant grade, which eliminates the fear of allergic reaction.  In my research, going to a professional piercing establishment is seen as the best option.  You are dealing with professionals that abide by strict rules of cleanliness and sterilization (make sure you research a reputable piercer).  The needle they use is hollow and it reduces any pain.  This is in stark contrast to say going to the mall and having a 17 year old girl at Claire’s use a piercing gun.  A piercing gun actually piercing using blunt force, which just shoots the blunt earring through the lobe.  Having had my original piercings done this way.. no thank you. Not only is it painful, but the sound of the gun and the high school part time worker likely isn’t the best option.

Yes, I have made this choice for Lily. For us it is the right one, and I can and will make sure she is safe and they are well taken care of.  Of course pics to follow on my Instagram, and a follow up piece on how it went.