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Playing Winter

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When you’re pregnant, you have all of these big ideas about how you want to dress your little love. Before #littlebabymae was born, I had an entire style board of fashions and baby-style was on the tippy-top of the list of things I planned this blog to focus on. Every morning I waited in anticipation for the clock to strike nine when Zulily would post their new sales for the day. I favorited who-knows-how-many etsy shops and resented living in the US when all of the cutest baby stuff is European.

My how things have changed.

When Mae arrived, we battled reflux and colic so hard that she lived in a bib (or multiple bibs) for the first six months of her life. We rarely left the house because she was so fussy and refused to sleep anywhere but her crib (and even that was a miracle).

So needless to say, all of that baby-style hung in the closet unworn or neatly folded in her dresser with the tags still on. Then once we found a formula she could tolerate the reflux subsided and we were finally able to put some of her baby-style to use. Some of it no longer fit, some of it had too many buttons for her to sit still long enough to be dressed in and some of it was just seasonally off.

But we do have some fun stuff that she is fitting now and looking extra cute in! The above ensemble was tried on in preparation for an upcoming trip north to see if it would still work. The hat and booties are newborn sized and the outfit is 0-3 months. Now at 8 months, the buttons were definitely tight but once I got her in it, I fell over from the cuteness and could not help but to snap a few photos.

After posting one on insta, I had a few questions come in on where we found everything. So for those mamas, here are the best version of sources I could find:

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Outfit – It’s a boy coverall (go fig) I found it at Target but it’s no longer online, here’s something similar.
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I realize those links aren’t a ton of help since all of this was acquired nearly a year ago but the cutie photos still warranted a post anyway right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Baby Mae’s Mid-Century Modern Organic Neutral Nursery

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Mae’s Mid-Century Modern Organic Neutral Nursery seems like quite a mouthful but I really couldn’t think of a better way to describe it. I almost threw the word “vintage” in there because of the found and heirloom pieces but I have to admit, I am kind-of sick of that word.

As you can see, it is a pretty eclectic blend of things I fell in love with. I mentioned back in this post that I really wanted Mae’s room to have a calming atmosphere. I know babies like bright colors but she has plenty of time for that when she gets a little older.

Her nursery did not turn out exactly how I’d originally envisioned it but I absolutely love that it ended up being a mix of things we loved as well as thoughtful gifts from friends and family.

I’ve always had a soft spot for travel-inspired nautical decor but I didn’t want her room to feel “themed” so I made sure to balance the blues and grays with some soft pinks and girly details. Luckily, most of the gifts Mae received were on the girlier side so it made that part easy!

I don’t think any of it would have come together as well without the help of my super-stylish friend Halle of Flower & Fringe. She took my pile of stuff and pieced it all together so gracefully. I’d highly recommend getting in touch with her for any design or event decor needs you might have.

Confession: I am a little particular when it comes to style or decor but some of my very favorite elements of her nursery were actually found, crafted or handed down from family members.

The dresser was one of the first items I found (via craigslist) so it sort-of set the tone for the rest of the room. I knew it would be the perfect compliment for the Babyletto Hudson Crib I had been eyeballing. That fancy-dancy changing table you see on top was a gift I managed to sweet-talk my dad into building for Mae. We use it constantly and it saved me a lot of space on top of her dresser. Besides the globe (which was a yard sale score), everything you see on the dresser was given to Mae. Including the precious heirloom locket from her great great grandmother who was one of the five Mae’s in our family that she was named after. The birthday card was from Daddy and I cried so hard when he brought it home it took me five days to even read it. The prints hanging above are snaps from our trip to Italy while I was pregnant with Mae.

The letters and mirror are Anthropologie. I’m probably not capable of decorating a whole room without something originating there. The dried crown is a Flower & Fringe piece worn at my baby shower.

Mae loves looking up from her crib at her little bird friends hanging from their perfect F&F perch. The mobile was a handmade gift from Drea who has quite a knack for all things adorable.

The cozy rocker was actually the same one that was in Dave’s room when he was a baby and his parents have since had it recovered a few times. The thought of Dave rocking his daughter in the same chair he was rocked in just makes me melt. The books were gifts from friends and the wooden blocks were a fun activity from my shower.

The boat and bookshelf were both collected years ago from stores going out of business (#jackpot), I realize this corner looks a little boyish so I added a pink glittery star that I found at Star Provisions in Atlanta last Spring just before I found out I was pregnant.

The sleep quote was painted for Mae by one of my best friends and the oyster print is just a Rifle greeting card I loved and framed.

Anyway, in case you want any of these goodies for a little baby in your life, here’s where you can find them:

(In order of appearance)

Crib / Cable Knit Blanket / Crib Skirt / Branch / Mobile / Wool Rug
Iron Letters / Mirror / Floral Crown
Mermaid / Fish / Cat / Gray Blanket
The World is Your Oyster card
Dresser / Farm Animal Toy Stack / Isla Mae Calligraphy Print / Toy Whale / Travel Prints / Matted PB Frames
I Had a Favorite Dress Book

PS: I feel like I have to disclose that this sweet little set-up is just about all packed up and ready for the move this week to our new home. Looking forward to setting it all up again!

halle - Can’t wait to do it again!March 23, 2014 – 1:59 pm

Danielle - I came to your blog to ask you about Mae’s crib but then I read your post about how difficult your first few weeks were. I too thought those first newborn days were all bliss and that nursing would be heavenly. Luke had none of the issues you experienced except excessive spitting up. Turns out he is what the call a happy spitter and is gigantic despite it.. Breastfeeding for the first three or four weeks was like torture but has finally become enjoyable. I am still covered in spit up everyday, my badges of honor.

Now about that amazing crib. We are doing a vintage Coco Beach theme in his nursery…rockets and surfboards. It would fit perfectly. We have waited to do the nursery since we are building a house and it will be finished in May. So here is my question, do the sides go down? the website does not seem to say.March 24, 2014 – 11:08 am

sarah - the perfect nursery!March 31, 2014 – 4:46 pm

Lauren - So sweet! This is my dream nursery 🙂 Love the neutral calming colors and minimalist style, while still feeling homey and cosy. Mae’s a lucky girl! Love the RH whale pull toy too 😉March 31, 2014 – 5:48 pm

Daniel Henderson - There’s always “someone” who spots something you haven’t mentioned… 🙂 I love the globe, where is it from?September 12, 2014 – 5:55 pm

LittleBabyC’s Shower

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This day was undoubtedly one of the best I’ve ever had.

I am still in awe of the kindness and generosity that was shown to me and #littlebabyc by some of my closest girlfriends.

Everything was truly perfect.

I should have expected nothing less from the collaboration of my darling hostesses Sarah Tucker, Halle Frey & Mary Beasley (see last pic). Mary’s famous hospitality combined with Halle’s impeccable taste for florals and design perfectly accented each of Sarah’s brilliantly thoughtful touches.

How did I get so lucky?

Every detail was so beautifully planned out, I could hardly believe my eyes.

We were greeted at the door by hand-made floral wristlets and hair clips, escorted to the sparkling fruit juice and prosecco bar where custom gold-foil napkins and wooden drink stirrers accented the yummy concoction table. Outside, there was a perfume bar that Sarah dreamed up with several of my favorite fragrances. One of my favorite elements was a table stocked with pens and wooden blocks for guests to write a note, prayer or scripture for my sweet baby girl to read someday. Then, in the backyard, one long table was set for everyone to enjoy Mary’s fabulous cooking among more of Halle’s incredible arrangements. It was every girl’s dream.

The very best part was that I got to spend a few hours celebrating #littlebabyc with some of the people I love the most. Friends and family traveled from all over to be there and it was all nearly more than I could bear. I felt like the luckiest momma-to-be there ever was.

I just wish it could have lasted forever.

But thanks to some talented friends, I have these priceless photographs that I will treasure and someday share with my daughter as I tell her all about it.

Special thanks to:
Event Design & Coordination – Sarah Tucker Events
Florals – Halle Frey
Host & Chef – Mary Beasley
Hair – Kelsey Kocavik
Shower photos – Kat Braman
Make-up & Maternity Photos – Shannon Griffin
Paper goods – Heather Davis // Paper Please
Photobooth – Sideshow Booth

To see more photos from the shower, check out hashtag #littlebabyc on instagram.

 

 

Diana Lupu - it truly was the perfect day! The pics came out amazing and baby C totally stole the show. LOVE you both so very much!!!! xoxJanuary 8, 2014 – 4:05 am

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Growing up, Black Friday Shopping was a strong family tradition on my mom’s side. We were naturally early-risers so venturing out before the sun to score some bargains was always a lot of fun. As time went on, I moved away and got married. My Thanksgivings started taking place all over the map with various family members that don’t share my enthusiasm for waking up early and dealing with the crazy crowds. So for the past few years my black friday shopping has all happened online. I have lucked out on some amazing deals while luxuriously spending the morning after Thanksgiving in my pj’s with a cup of coffee and my laptop. However, this year, things were a little different. We spent the holiday with my mom’s family so it would have been the perfect opportunity to get some old-school pound-the-pavement black-friday shopping done but at 33 weeks pregnant, heck no. Sounds like a job for my coffee, pj’s and laptop right? Wrong. I had no wi-fi!! Apparently, there are still some households that operate in this way and I was in one of them. Thus my black friday bargains were limited to the few items #littlebabyc HAD to have (and that I could buy from my phone)

These were a bit of a splurge but my momma-friends swear by them and they were (and still are through today) 25% off, use the code BESTYEAREVER. How do you pass that up?

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Baby Gap was offering 50% percent off so I ordered a few items that I have had my eye on. (Yes, there are bows on those little striped sleeves). You can still get 40% off today with the code CYBER

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PS: today is Cyber Monday, many retailers are offering great deals online! I have my eye on this Rifle Paper Co. Print for the nursery and Anna is offering 30% everything in her shop today with the code CYBER2013

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Soft, Serene Nursery Inspiration

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It may seem hard to believe that among the sea of available baby products, I have found very little that isn’t visually offensive (or astronomically expensive).

I get it, babies like bright colors, contrasting patterns, and strange looking toys. However, that does not mean her room has to look like I put babies r’ us in my vitamix.  I want #littlebabyc to have a soft, serene space where she can drift off to sleep each day and night.

We still have a little ways to go on achieving the feel I am hoping for her nursery, but it’s already become my favorite room and I can’t wait to give my sweet little darling the tour when she arrives.

 

Alex - Definitely the same way I felt when designing Theo’s nursery! I like to hide all of the “offensive” toys in cute baskets at the end of the day. I can’t wait to see Little Baby C’s nursery tour on your blog 🙂November 25, 2013 – 1:46 pm

Little Baby Mae’s Mid-Century Modern Organic Neutral Nursery » Little Baby Sea - […] you can see, it is a pretty eclectic blend of things I fell in love with. I mentioned back in this post that I really wanted Mae’s room to have a calming atmosphere. I know babies like bright […]March 23, 2014 – 1:10 pm