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.


Ear Piercing update

I thought I would wait a couple weeks following Lily’s ear piercing to give updates.  Everything is perfect!

Our experience at Skin Dimensions could not have been better. We arrived for our scheduled appointment at 2:30 pm. Upon walking into the shop we were immediately greeted by the staff and made to feel very comfortable.  Two young girls and their mother were just wrapping up following their ear piercing.  The girls couldn’t have been happier and were all smiles with their new earrings.

We were introduced to our artist Claire Mondor, who is an incredible bundle of energy and so professional. Claire took us to her room which is a children’s delight, full of pink and Disney characters everywhere.  Claire took the time to talk me through the process, and she is obviously very experienced with infants and children.  She was so engaging with Lily.

Lily right after she got her ears pierced

First she disinfected Lily’s ear lobes and marked where each ear will be pierced.  She confirmed with me that I was happy with the placement.  Claire then asked me to hold Lily’s head.  The purpose of this is not because it is so painful she needed to be restrained, but because a child’s natural instinct is to move their head to see what is going on.  Claire let me know as soon as the first one was done, turn Lily in the other direction and we’ll do the second right away and then I was to immediately exit the room.  I thought the exit part was unusual, but now it makes sense.  As soon as we left the room, Lily was fine.  Her focus was changed and all was good in the world.  Claire made a point of showing me the disposal of the single use needle, further demonstrating the professionalism and care. It took me longer to take of Lily’s snow suit than it did to get her ears pierced.

It was such a great experience, and I am sooooo happy we chose to do it.  We have had zero issues, Lily’s ears even never got red or puffy. Frankly she probably doesn’t even no.  It didn’t disrupt her sleep or the fact that she likes to lay on her side.

I highly recommend seeing a professional like Claire.  It was the right decision for us.