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Baby Kuruzar’s Nursery

Hola Campers! Been awhile, huh!?  BTW, this is what we look like now:

Just kidding. We’re still fresh outta Muncie and haven’t matured. At all.

Resurrecting our beloved and oh-so-dormant, knobby-kneed 8-year old blog is my & Karrie’s favorite thing to talk about doing… and then talk about again 6 months later, like it was a load of laundry we forgot to do yesterday, but are totally putting on the to-do list for tomorrow. #whoops. Time FLIES and life takes over, I suppose… I see you all nodding in unison, cuz you get it. But omg, we can barely hold it together now and we don’t even have kids yet. I remember last 4th of July, when Melissa & Paul were in LA for a wedding and we all spent the weekend at Casa CL, it literally took me, Karrie & Chris… and Gus – 3 grown adults and one future president – trading off and taking turns wiping our sweaty brows, just to take care of the Mad Yau for a day. And she was an easy, sweet pea of a baby…

So, it appears we’re all screwed for when we have our own kiddos… some of us sooner than others. Cuz if you follow my co-blogger and lifelong buddy’s insta, you probably know that THIS HUSSY HAS GONE & GOTTEN HERSELF KNOCKED UP.

I mean… this is gonna be REAL fun. I have visions of Karrie puréeing the finest box of Kraft shells & cheese aka the nectar of the gods for her little one, looking like Chewbacca’s twin sister in the mornings, and throwing some *sick* backyard themed parties for the wee Kuruzar. But for now, I’ll let Karrie & Tim focus on preparing to be parents while I focus on what’s really important: decorating the nursery. !!%&*#%

According to the inside of a Duncan Heinz cupcake, we know Karrie’s having a boy. But truth be told, I’d be pushing all colors of the serene rainbow no matter what she was having. This room currently is an overflow closet / storage room of sorts… the only thing we did in there is bamboo blinds, so it’s otherwise a blank canvas. After a little spitballing, we decided we wanted a few things:

  • Drapery Panels in a really pretty fabric (to soften the room a bit, and to hang over the bamboo blinds.. because we love layahs)
  • A dreamy wall color
  • An Antique Rug to bring in and tie together the colors in the room
  • A dresser to double as a changing table

This is what I came up with:

PAINT COLOR: these are just watercolor swatches – but something along the lines of Farrow & Ball’s Lichen or Benjamin Moore’s Antiguan Sky or Behr’s Seafoam green (but cut to be lighter) // PENDANT LIGHT: this is the Pato Otomi from Stray Dog, which is my favorite light in the history of ever for a nursery // DRAPERY PANEL FABRIC: newly discovered Heather Chadduck Grande Fronde in Marine // DRESSER: Madegoods Pierre // SWIVEL CHAIR: Westley Swivel from Gabby – fabric TBD, but probably with a lumbar in that gorgeous Lisa Fine’s Aswan in Monsoon // ANTIQUE RUG: Kate Lester Home (sadly sold after we saw it) // CRIB: Serena & Lily Liberty Crib // SHEEP MOBILE: Etsy

And since that rad rug above is sold – (it was on hold for another customer when we saw it, then we stalked it HARD to wait for the other lady to pass on it, then she bought it and I cried myself to sleep for a week) – we went ahead and grabbed the one below instead. May not hurt to have some warmer hues in there too.  Also added in some Robert Kime fabric as an accent:

Stay tuned for pics once it gets rollin! And also for more posts to come… I have LOTS of advice to give about renovating / building, fun projects to share with you guys, plenty of life thoughts and also inappropriate things to say, and I’m SURE Karrie has some playlists, reading lists and sage advice to spew herself!



Inspiration Board: The Chic Bambino

So listen…  I’m not knocked up.  But all of my friends TOTALLY are!  In all seriousness, I get a lot of texts, emails and calls every week with things like: “How do I decorate my mantle?  It’s hideous and I don’t know where to start.” -and- “We’re moving in together – how do we merge our belongings and make our space look cohesive?” …and evidently, all my girlfriends rocked out to baby makin’ music this summer because now they’re shouting in unison: “OMG – we’re pregnant!  I need help with the nursery!”  And even though I don’t have as much time as I’d like to help everyone, I am beyond delighted and kind of honored every time someone asks, because there is nothing I love more than helping people make their houses into homes… hence the reason I packed up my life and threw Gus in my hooptie earlier this year and drove cross-country to start my pipe dream job.  So – starting today, and as often as I can – I’ll pick one dilemma or project that lands in my inbox, and do up an inspiration board in its honor.

First up is a soon-to-be-mum and dear friend of mine who’s still staying mum about her news.  So kiddo – you know who you are (!) – this one’s for you!  Love you longtime.

1 – Schumacher Suwon Sisal in Champagne Grasscloth Wallcovering – once you see how warm and cozy grasscloth makes a room feel, you’ll have a hard time ever going back to paint.  Rooms covered in grasscloth make you feel like you’re enveloped in a rich, luxurious cocoon.  Not unlike a womb (!) which should make the new kid on the block feel right at home.

2 – Matchstick Pleated Custom Drapery Panels – I love, love LOVE the matchstick pleats.  I’ve seen so much Greek Key tape and so many pom-poms that I’m cross-eyed.  This detail is fresh and sweet and so charming.

3 – Laura Kirar for Arteriors Dove Chandelier – what little nugget or nugeeta wouldn’t want to look up and see glass birdies perched on a shiny gold vine?  I know I would.  Big bonus if they could tweet in the morning.

4- Coleen & Company for Harbinger Scalloped Sconce in VerdigrisColeen Rider can do no wrong in my book when it comes to whimsical light fixtures, and this verdigris finish – which looks like what happens to copper once it patinas and turns green – might be the best thing I’ve ever seen.

5 – Serena & Lily Presidio Glider in Antique Linen – I learned when I was doing Vani’s Nursery that gliders are the new rockers.  Bonus points if you can find an ottoman that glides with it.  And while I know slipcovers are incredibly practical, I generally stay away from them because I think they look messy, but these manage to look relaxed but still sharp and tailored.  Love.

6 – Rugs USA Vendimia Overdyed Rug – I think my Dad turned his nose up when he saw this rug and said, “It looks like you threw a da*n bottle uh bleach on it!”  Which might be perfect, cuz guess what.  I guarantee a few dirty diapers and about 7 gallons of spit-up are comin’ at that thing in the next few years, so someday you might need to toss a bottle of Clorox on it.  And who would be the wiser?

7 – Serena & Lily Hudson Crib – I love the clean and simple shape of this crib.  It also comes in white and grey, but I snagged a two-tone finish because I wanted the stained wood to ground the rest of the light neutrals in the room it a bit without the whole thing being too heavy.

8 – {FABRICS} These two patterns have been on my hit list for a long time:

I might use the charcoal Galbraith & Paul “Fern” as the bumper fabric…

…and the Gaston Y Daniela Inigo Rosa / Gris floating cartoon aliens on a throw pillow for the glider.

8 – {RUG} Serena & Lily Macramé Wool Rug – we *probably* don’t need two rugs for the space (though Estee Stanley pulled it off beautifully in this room via Lonny), but this rug represents the most perfect, nubby texture that I would love to see somewhere in this room – maybe as a throw blanket on the glider.  Something about it feels so homey and nostalgic to me, and the diamond shape also calls back to the fern pattern and helps tie everything together.

9 – Home Decorators Elephant Hamper – cutest thing I’ve ever seen, period.