Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Home Tour Tuesday---Little Lovelies (Children's Rooms)

Happy day-after Valentine's Tuesday to you, friends! Hopefully Cupid and your special someone left your hearts full of love, wrists full of bling, and tummies full of all things decadently chocolate!

It's fun to be back co-hosting Home Tour Tuesday with sweet Daphne, after a few weeks away. With a munchkin of my own, I am particularly excited to stroll through your homes this week and take a peek into your own Little Lovelies' rooms. Considering all the creativity and fabulous, yet diverse, tastes of our readers, I'm sure this week's Home Tour will not disappoint!

I first shared a look inside Sweet Bean's room just weeks after I began this blog, and almost a month before her arrival. Though some things have changed since then, much remains the same, and likely will until we move GG from nursery to big girl room.

Though my tastes have changed, looking back there's not much I'd do differently. Yes, it's true that dust is attracted to the mahogany furniture like a four-year old to a Snickers, and the custom hand-sewn bedding needs to be ironed even after a round in the dryer, but it's what I wanted. And, thanks to the generosity of my parents, I got exactly what I wanted and more---the perfect room for Gillian Grace!

It's funny as I look back on that first posting about GG's nursery, I closed with these words, "Hopefully she will love her new digs as much as we do."

I'd say Gillian Grace loves her room, don't y'all think?




Sweet Bean's Nursery


Bret spent hours painting the stripes on the walls. We chose to do horizontal instead of vertical stripes after receiving some advice from our local paint guy who'd just recently painted stripes in his daughter's bathroom. As everyone knows, Bret is painstakingly meticulous. He measured and remeasured numerous times before, while, and after painting. The stripes are one of my favorite touches in the room!


You wouldn't believe how comfy the rocker recliner is! I spent more nights than I can count here, snuggled up with Sweet Bean in my arms.



I have many favorites in the nursery and Gillian's bedding ranks right up there at the top! We had her bedding custom-made and it's appropriately called PINK PAISLEY. Fingers crossed that she'll have nothing but peaceful sweet dreams in this cozy crib.


Of course we had to have more shelves to display pictures of family, friends, and perhaps the most important stuffed animal of them all---a GATOR!


On the wall we've placed pictures of Bret and me as babies in black and white. Gillian Grace's picture is in color in the center. When she was first born we thought she looked a lot like me as a baby. Now, she's just Gillian Grace, the very best of both of us!


The bench is another one of Bret's projects. The bench itself was something mom gave me and Bret painted white. I then got the idea to stencil flip flops and bathing suits on the bench to tie in our subtle theme---the beach.



My Aunt Helen is truly talented. After searching for pictures for the nursery and discovering that my choices were not only limited but also very pricey, she volunteered to paint canvas pictures for us. All I had to do was show her examples of what I wanted. Not only did she follow through and create absolutely beautiful and whimsical paintings for Gillian Grace, she far exceeded my expectations (which we all know are high). Having paintings done by a family member makes Sweet Bean's room even more special!


Gillian's initials and another favorite---a pink and white gingham chandelier.




I may be creative, but I'm not all that crafty! After seeing bow hangers on Etsy and in shops costing anywhere from $45 to $75, I decided I could make my own. Even after using the wrong kind of paint, my first attempt, though far from perfect, turned out okay. And best of all, we're finally able to keep track of the million plus bows GG owns. 

Now it's your turn! Grab our button and link up, pretty please! We've shown you ours, now show us yours!

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33 comments:

Aly @ Analyze This said...

Her room is great! Love the green stripes!! :) So pretty for such a pretty little girl.

Jen said...

Gorgeous room....the colrs make it easy to use as a big girl room too.
Love the artwork and the bows!
And fabulous pics of Gillian on Valentine's day!!

Jennifer said...

Welcome back to HTT!! We have missed you. I knew that GG would have a super cute room, and she does. But wht I must first tell you is...we are more alike than you think. Christopher has the same furniture!!! He currently is not using the bed as full because he is room is too small. I am actually going to look today to see if they still make the twin bed that matches. He doesn't have the hutch on the dresser and instead of the 5 drawer unit, he has the armoire. I love it, but you are so right, the dust is too much!! I hope you ordered the bed rails because sometimes they become discontinued :) So, back to her room, love the stripes. Love the bedding, love the hand painted pics. That is something she can always treasure :) And the bench with the flip flops and swimsuits is just too much :) She may not need a 'big girl' room :)

Coastalpines said...

The perfect little girls rooom ~ I love everything about it! I am especially lovin' the bedding and gingham shades on the chandeleir. The stripes add nice depth to the room...very well done!

Kristy said...

Her room is gorgeous! I love the stripes on the wall!!!

Lindsay said...

Her nursery is ADORABLE. Perfection! Way to go momma. :)

Kelly @ Blessed Mommy, Blessed Wife said...

Beautiful room for a beautiful little girl! You did a fab job with the bow holder. I keep saying I'm going to make one. And, the bench is too cute!

Ginger said...

It is beautiful! I love all the personal touches.

Joni said...

such a beautiful room. that hair bow hanger you created is adorable. you did a great job!

SassySillySpunky said...

I just knew GG's room would be pretty just like her! I love how you put a run under her crib. I'm also loving all the pretty pink touches!

What a fun Tuesday Home Tour idea!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

awwww i ♥ her room! esp the baby photos of u and hubs w/gg

Ella's Mom said...

I love the green stripes. We also did stripes in our daughter's nursery so I know what a time consuming task it is to get them to come out just right! Her bedding is fabulous!

Sweet Carolina Girl said...

Her room is so adorable! You did such a great job! Happy Tuesday!

Susan said...

Geez...I love that room. I want to go redo my bedroom now. I don't think my husband would like it, maybe my baby girl would like it.

D @ The best things in life said...

Love it! So so cute!1

Annie said...

i love everything about her room!! esp her bedding :) so cute and girly!

Jumping Jack said...

Love GG's sweet room! So girlie and so cute! That bedding is beautiful! I'm a sucker for some paisley! I think we have the same bed. Love it!

Randi said...

Sweet Bean has such a beautiful room. I just LOVE the pink and green combo for little girls. And I love the subtle beach theme in there too.

You did a fantabulous job on her room!

~Randi

The White House said...

Love GiGi's room!!!! It's fit for a princess! =) So glad HTT is back! Love it! Hope you guys had a fabulous V-day!

Karen At Home said...

GG has such a beautiful room Shannon! I love it!

Traci said...

Shannon, you did a great job with her room. I LOVE the bedding!

Kristin said...

Beautiful bedding!

This is my first time participating but I added Ellie's big girl room to the list. :)

daphne ⧼flip flops and pearls⧽ said...

Ohhhhh I just love it! I wouldn't expect anything less for Princess GG!

Love the chandelier girl....mini-me wants one:)

We WILL catch up this week, pinky promise!!

HUGS FRIEND, D!

Stephanie M. Page said...

So So cute! I love looking at your home. So beautiful, and you are so creative.

Cool Gal said...

How absolutely adorable. I love the colors...so girly! The chandelier is the perfect touch as are those darlings paintings. LOVE!

I can't believe your mister painted those stripes. Oh my, they are perfect! Mine would have turned out like a "bumpy" road. You are so lucky to have your own handy man.

Fantastic, I say!

Sara said...

Her room is beautiful!! Love the bench with flip flop stencils.

Ruth said...

It is a great girls room.

On Top Baby Bows said...

Love her nursery! So pretty!

Mama K said...

LOVE her room! The bedding is beautiful!!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I love her room, especially the bedding!

Jennifer said...

That bedding is amazing! So perfectly girly.

Haley said...

Her room is just too cute! I love her light fixture and bedding.

Sarah said...

Her room is precious!! Ava has the same crib! : ) I LOVE your blog!! I'm glad Em pointed you in my direction!!