design curveball

What do you do when life throws you a design curveball? Usually, when we put Henry down for his nap he chatters away to himself for about 5 to 10 minutes before he falls asleep on his own. The other day however I could tell that he really was not tired. He was singing, talking, bouncing up and down, kicking his legs and doing pretty much everything but falling asleep. I went in and checked on him and told him it was time for his nap and left again. Everything seemed fine until I heard the sound of paper ripping. My mind quickly raced through all the possible things that might make that noise when I thought - oh no, it's his wallpaper tree.

Sure enough, I was right.

Henry had ripped the wallpaper right off the wall in three different places. Calmly, I collected the scraps of wallpaper from his crib and left the room. Luckily, for me and him he fall asleep a few minutes later.

The first thing we did after he woke up was move his crib to the other side of the room far away from the wallpaper tree. As you can see, he has another tree here (this one inhabited by cats eating hot dogs, I kid you not!)

Then, I got to work trying to come up with a solution for fixing his tree. Luckily, most of the scraps I rescued from his crib were intact and could be re-wallpapered back on but there was one patch that was missing. Then I remembered that Inke Heiland made small wallpaper birds. I had used them before in his room and thought they would be the perfect fix.

Each packet comes with two birds and a little bag of adhesive. Putting these up couldn't be any easier. You literally paint on some adhesive and apply it to the wall. It doesn't set up right away so you have a bit of time to get the placement just right. After I re-glued the ripped tree parts, I added one bird to the part that was missing some bark and the other above the hooks on the wall.

I thought the one on the tree looked a bit funny just floating there in space so I went outside and got him a little branch to sit on.

I'm actually pretty happy with the way it turned out. When it happened I thought his tree was ruined for good but I actually think it looks better now. I'm sure this won't be the last design curveball Henry throws my way! Let's hope the others are as fixable.

first word!

The other morning I was sitting in my living room enjoying my morning coffee when Harry became very excited. He was bouncing up and down and jabbing the air with his little finger. "Bir, bir"

"Bir, bir", he kept saying over and over again.

"Yes", I said. (I say yes alot, it's better than no, right?) and went back to my coffee not thinking too much about it.

"Bir, bir". This time with more finger pointing and the sign we use for bird.

Wait a second....is Harry trying to tell me something. Sure enough, I turn around and look out the window and there is a pigeon on the roof of the house across the street.

"YES", I say, "BIRD! BIRD!" "You're right, so smart!"

And that was it, his first word....bird. A pretty good choice in my opinion. I thought it might be snow or maybe ball but bird it was.

So, in celebration I added some wallpaper birds from Inke Heiland to his room. I've had them for awhile but didn't know where to put them. In the end, I decided that they would look really cute sitting on top of something. Considering our lack of closet space, I bought some hook racks from the bathroom department of Ikea and placed them on top. Now, Harry has somewhere to hang his plaid shirts and some birds to call by name!

I installed two Molker hook racks side by side. A steal at $4.99 each!

The birds are a nice compliment to his tree.

inspired nursery ideas

I have a friend who is expecting her first baby in May. She was asking the other day about ideas for her nursery. Below are some inspiring images to get her started. All you need to begin with - a bassinet, some paper garlands and wallpaper. From Cookie.

Again, simple crib and handmade paper mobile. From Cookie.

Speaking of mobiles how easy and wonderful are these hanging books! From Cookie.

Vintage furniture, especially old schoolhouse finds like desks and globes, look great. From Cookie.

Sophisticated vintage finds you might not expect in a nursery. From Cookie.

Speaking of vintage, how whimsical is this 1970's Nordic inspired room. From Cookie.

Hanging art in a salon style is an easy way to make a big impact. From Cookie.

More salon art. From Cookie.

Simple white furniture and high impact wallpaper. From emmas designblogg

The ultimate play area with no plastic toys in sight! From Cookie.

A red, white and blue palette that is anything but predictable. From Cookie.

White floors and floating planes. From Living Etc.

Again, white floors. From Living Etc.

For the little modernist. From Domino.

And while we're at it, here is Harry's nursery. The vintage wallpaper tree from Inke Heiland was the jumping off point for his room. We weren't sure whether or not we were having a boy or a girl so I wanted to keep the room neutral. The crib and change table are from NurseryWorks.