Baby Z Nursery: Rustic, Modern, and Cozy


Finishing touches have all been made. Everything has been hung. Monitors have been plugged in. New clothes washed. Diapers and wipes, stocked. All we need is a baby for this space! And with this heat wave, I wouldn't mind an early appearance from baby boy Z as long as all is healthy.

This space transformed over the last nine months from a rarely used guest room, full of leftover furniture from our old apartment, to this cozy, boyish, but not too boyish, nursery. Maybe subconsciously I knew we were going to have a boy all along? I never had to change the paint over from it's original color, which I chose when we embarked on operation home renovation over three years ago, keeping Benjamin Moore Del Mar Blue (you can also see a few pics of the space in our Houzz tour). 

From there we started with a crib and kept on adding. My goal was to create a space that was in keeping with the over all homes aesthetic, but on a budget. To that end, we found some rickety old dressers in need fo MUCH love from our farm. Carpet, curtains, hooks, bins, all purchased on sale. Our biggest splurge was likely the rattan black out shades from Smith & Noble. Trust me, these babies are worth every penny. 

We still have a few kinks to iron out.....fixes to the dressers, how to keep the rocker from making so much darn noise, I'd love to replace those sconces at some point, but all in all, I am so excited to welcome baby boy Z into this home. Now, we just need a name......


Shopping guide:

Best in Breed Dog Hooks, West Elm

Neutral Kilim, Calypso St Barth

Cocktail Zoo Prints

Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair

Serena & Lily Leather Metallic Pouf

Aden + Anais Fawn Quilt & Bedding

Serena & Lily Bella Embroidered Window Panel

West Elm Woven Hamper/Toy Bin

Sheepish Bedding, Land of Nod

Fornsetti Plates

Ibride Scotty Lamb Side Table, Calypso St Barth

Black Spindle Crib, Pottery Barn Kids

Serena and Lily Crochet Mobile


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Dressing the Baby Bump: Week 35 + Boston Weekly

Above: Bazaar 28 caftan, Isabel Marant Etoile Gail sandal, Jerome Dreyfuss tote (similar on sale), Rayban aviators, Hannah Blount Herkimer Diamond Stud earring




Who: As in, who am I listening to.

Josh Rouse, The Embers of Time. Sunday morning, kicking back and relaxing kind of tunes. 


What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

Lazy weekend, since I am clearly too large with babe to attempt anything, yay home stretch!! We enjoyed a housewarming at a friend's house. Where we ate. And ate. When the Chinese in-laws visit and offer to cook for your party, always say yes. Oh my goodness, ribs in secret sauce, wonton and pumpkin soup, chive dumplings and scallion pancakes for days. Why hasn't anyone tapped into this market and done a farm fresh, Chinese spot to dine in or take out? 

We have also been deep in the land of potty training with Daphne. She's a little on the young side in my opinion but when your child is telling you they need to change their diaper, it might be time. So far so good, after an intense weekend of sprinting to potty, we have seen some tremendous progress with our monkey. I couldn't be more proud, or care less, about washing out and cleaning up, poop. Cause, well you know, sh*t happens. Far better in a toilet than in a diaper though.


Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about.  

Diner en Blanc returns to Boston September 10th. Spontaneous, yes. Fashionable, yes. Delicious, most definitely. Deadline for registration for the public is this Wednesday, as in tomorrow, by 10:00 AM (Click here for more information and registration). Wearing white to an epicurean feast for the senses? If you're anything like me, remember your Tide pen;)

Lovesac, the fastest growing furniture company in America (who you may remember, I have done some styling work with in the past- full disclosure), is bringing their ever expanding line of sacs and sactionals (highly changeable, design conscious, and comfortable seating and couches) to Boston, just in time for the always bustling September 1, aka "Moving Day". Starting Monday, as in yesterday, Bostonians have a chance to win a free move, in partnership with Gentle Giant, or one of five Lovesac sactionals that will be given away. To enter, share what you are dreading, stressing, or obsessing about around moving your couch on Twitter or Instagram and tag #movingdaylove for a chance to win. Show Lovesac some love too, and follow + tag them to complete the entry. May the moving gods be ever on your side.

Uniqlo Fanueil Hall is slated to open just in time for your fall wardrobe update. The Japanese company is bringing over 12,000 sq. feet of fashion to the market, to be exact. Opening date is October 9. Stay tuned for more news on events around the grand opening and space.

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Nursery Designs for a Cool Dude




So many questions and options with baby #2. Do we keep the existing nursery and change Daphne's room? Is Daphne ready for a big girl bed? Is changing rooms and beds TOO much change with a new baby on the way? In the end, we thought so. And thought hey, if she is happy in the crib, let's keep her in there for a while longer.

So nursery #2 it was, for baby #2. This time we tried to keep things a little simpler, little less expensive, but still fun. I love the old fashioned look of the spindle crib from Pottery Barn (and much safer than a true vintage option), picked up on sale. We kept a lot of things that were already in the room, including the paint color, which happened to be a nice grey/blue.....a little foreshadowing perhaps? Lots of other neutrals kept things easy- beige, cream, yellow, and black all blended together well. It's a manly space but not overly "boy". My number one tip with baby furniture and spaces? Invest in items that will grow with the child, that aren't too babyish and could be used in other rooms in the house.

Have you made the transition from one babe to two? What did you do? Any favorite nursery items I forgot?


1. Best in Breed Dog Hooks, West Elm

2. Neutral Kilim, Calypso St Barth

3. Cocktail Zoo Prints

4. Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair

5. Serena & Lily Leather Metallic Pouf

6. Aden + Anais Fawn Quilt & Bedding

7. Serena & Lily Bella Embroidered Window Panel

8. West Elm Woven Hamper/Toy Bin

9. Anthropologie Framework Lantern

10. Sheepish Bedding, Land of Nod

11. Fornsetti Plates

12. Ibride Scotty Lamb Side Table, Calypso St Barth

13. Black Spindle Crib, Pottery Barn Kids

14. Serena and Lily Crochet Mobile



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