I am still setting up shop since moving to Mexico, so I am not quite ready to share the ins and outs of my current diplo-den. Our last posting was at the embassy in Washington D.C. so I will share a bit about my projects there. Probably my biggest project was my little girl's nursery who was born during our post in Washington. We lived in a wonderful cape cod in the suburbs and I had a blast planning and decorating her room.
I have loved Audrey Hepburn since high school. She is the timeless epitome of style, grace, poise, and good will. All things every mom wants their daughter to grow up to be. I always dreamt of having a little girl, naming her Audrey, and decorating her room with some Audrey inspired style. So when I became pregnant that is what I set out to do. One problem...the house we rented had this fabulous room with the yellow printed wallpaper already up. Not exactly the black and white and Tiffany Blue color you might think of when envisioning Audrey Hepburn in her most popular film. Also, I was trying to avoid pink. So here I was with bold yellow wallpaper, an aversion to too much pink, and visions of Audrey Hepburn.
The first thing I found was this adorable illustrated print of Audrey Hepburn on Pinterest. It was sweet and colorful. I decided that the coral colors in the skirt went well with the wall paper and the inspiration for the room was ignited. I added mint green as an accent color, and grey as a neutral. So there it is. An Audrey inspired room in yellow, coral, mint, and grey. I am not sure if I would call this room traditional or modern, but it was unique.
I had a dark brown Restoration Hardware crib that my son had outgrown. It was not the ideal color for this room and I would have loved a white or grey crib, but let's be honest, I was not going to fork out the cash for a new one, so this would have to work. With such bold wallpaper, I kept the bedding simple. My son's old grey bumper, a white sheet, and a coral skirt with matching bows.
Here I encountered my next hurdle. There were no simple coral crib skirts anywhere to be found. I was walking in Target one day and came across a queen sized linen bedspread in the perfect coral. Luckily my mom is an ace with the sewing machine (a skill not handed down to me). I bought it, packed it up with my son's old crib skirt as a go by, and shipped it to Grandma! The bedspread came back as a crib skirt. Yay!
Again, I knew I needed a pretty simple rug in terms of color, but I still wanted it to be cute and fun. I am absolutely obsessed with this grey ribbon rug from Land of Nod. It is simple in color yet whimsical and girly. The perfect find and a really good price in my opinion compared to other rugs at well-known baby decor stores.
The rocking chair was from my son's room so the only major piece of furniture I needed to buy was a dresser. I chose one from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. It helped me tie together a grey painted desk in the room and the old crib I had, went with the rug, and fit the space, so it was a winner. I bought a few other accents for the shelves and voila! The room was complete. I love it, it makes me happy, and I hope it makes you happy too.
A word of advice to first time moms...buy black out curtains. These ruffle bottom black out curtains work great and can be found at Pottery Barn Kids.
In my next post I will discuss the smaller DIY projects I tackled myself to add accessories to the room and highlight the color scheme.
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Making Home Anywhere
This area is to share how I make a diplomatic posting anywhere feel like home. I write about my decorating ventures at various posts and DIY projects that give our rental homes a more personal feel despite the fact that "home" changes every 2-5 years.