Toddler Bed Thoughts

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lou has officially outgrown the crib. She climbed out a couple weeks ago, and she was very proud of it. We woke up to her standing beside our bed at 3am saying, "I climb crib!" You did, sweetie. You did.

I thought we had until Christmas, at the earliest, so I'm a little caught off guard! I originally planned to do a twin bed, and I've been collecting twin headboards over the last two years. Yes, I have three (technically four) headboards - one cane, a pair of bamboo, and one rattan. But, I have since realized that our small bedrooms mean that a twin bed would take out any play space she might have her in room. A toddler bed it is.

I love the look of the traditional Jenny Lind Toddler Bed from Land of Nod, but it's $400 and won't be available until November! Yikes.

And, of course Restoration Hardware has a stunning toddler bed, the Tate, but it's also $400. That's more than I'd like to spend for a temporary solution. But, it sure is pretty, isn't it?

I like the idea of a daybed so it can become a little sofa in her next (hopefully bigger) bedroom, or maybe a playroom down the road.

And then there's the DIY option from Ana White. Isn't it a dead ringer for the Tate bed from Restoration Hardware? Amazing! I'm so impressed by what people build through Ana White. 

I have handy aspirations, but let's just say my carpentry skills are limited, at best. Plus, I don't have the tools I need, which means more cost. 

So, it looks like I'm going the custom route. I have a great carpenter and I'm working on the design. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, does anyone thoughts or affordable ideas? (not Ikea because we don't live close to one, though they do have good options)

All photos on my pinterest page.

Rejuvenation Wall Light Sale

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Here's a PSA folks - Rejuvenation is having a sale on their gorgeous wall lights. I love their classic selection of lights, and I love that you can get them in many different finishes, and often your choice of light shades.

I've been thinking about a new wall light for my kitchen, replacing the sconces in our hall bath, and adding sconces to Lou's big girl room (sniff). I also want to replace our outdoor lights. I need to take advantage of this sale, right?

It's for a limited time. Stress!

New Store

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sorry for the silence, I've been busy setting up a new store for Perry Wade. Did you know we have a store? I hope so!

I moved it from a Big Cartel site to Etsy, mostly for the built-in audience. I'd love to hear any thoughts you have about Big Cartel vs. Etsy. Emily and I love to hunt for vintage items, but we only buy high-quality pieces that we would put in our own home. Etsy has a lot of, well, interesting things on it, but it also has some great finds.

You can find it all of this at our store on Etsy. I add things, including art, lamp finials, furniture, and home accessories, almost daily so keep checking in on it!

Fabric Stash: Alan Campbell for Quadrille's Potalla

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Exciting news from Perry Wade: every now and then, I have leftover fabric for one reason or another. I am a bit of a fabric fanatic so I sometimes hoard the pieces I get, but in the interest of sanity and saving space, I am going to offer you all an opportunity to buy designer fabrics for a fraction of the retail price. I'll call it Fabric Stash. I don't know how often it will happen, but keep your eye out!

First Fabric Stash is Quadrille's Potalla in the Salmon colorway. Remember when I featured it on Fabric Friday? Well, now you can have it!

This fabric would make an amazing settee, daybed, drapes, pillows, kitchen stools, X-benches, or a headboard. I have 7 yards at $65 a yard. Visit our store to buy.

Kitchen of the Week

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Refreshing to see a kitchen that isn't white. I love the green cabinets with the black counters and the black apron sinks. And the detailed glass cabinets? Gorgeous.

Finds: Ikea's Alex

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I joined pinterest a while ago - maybe three years ago? - when it was still in Beta mode. I was invited to join for my old blog, but I primarily used it to organize ideas for the house renovation we were undergoing at the time. This means I have a lot of old pictures, and followers who enjoy renovating. It's always interesting to me to see what people are re-pinning from my collection, and it's especially fun to see an old picture resurface.

This week, a bunch of people randomly re-pinned a picture I collected a couple years ago of the Ikea Alex. It was a timely reminder because organization is on my mind. We are moving my daughter into her big girl room, currently our office/guest room/collection room, and I need to figure out what to do with all the stuff.

The Alex seems like a good way to organize papers, artwork, and other documents, and a lot of people have done so in a stylish way. I might need to go to Ikea sometime soon...


Monday, September 9, 2013

Are you guys on I love it. It's quickly consuming more time than Pinterest. Don't get me wrong, I still love Pinterest, but Keep is a good way to separate inspiration photos from shopping finds. My inspiration photos and recipes stay on Pinterest, but my shopping wants are on Keep. More ways to stay organized? Sign me up!

It's a lot like Pinterest in that you have boards to keep your themed items. I have several boards - accessories, attire, children's clothing, chairs, toys, etc. If you are renovating, I can see this as a good way to keep track of tile or doors or any other purchases you need to make.

Here are some of the things I've "Kept" lately.

Follow me if you are on Keep or decide to join!

All pictures are on my Keep.

Kitchen of the Week

Thursday, September 5, 2013

This kitchen is gorgeous. It's a small kitchen that packs a lot of charm. Of course, I love the butcher block, open shelves, and bridge faucet that you see in so many kitchens, but the artwork and vintage pieces make it special. The propped up art and cutting boards make it feel casual and approachable. I also like the mix of materials - basket, pewter, glass, and pottery. Just gorgeous.

Photo from my pinterest page, via Cote de Texas.

Finds: The Loaded Trunk

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Loaded Trunk is one of my favorite sources for unique items. Roni, the owner of The Loaded Trunk, works with a tremendous network of global artists and craftsman to locate her great items. The artisans either make the item specifically for The Loaded Trunk, or she buys it form a local market.

She sells many of the textiles that are so popular right now - suzanis, kilims, tenangos - but she also stocks unique items that you might not find elsewhere.


Cool collection, huh? This doesn't even skim the surface! It's a great resource for finding unique treasures for your home.