Category: Decor

January 4, 2013

DIY Lace Flag Garland

DIY lace garland by vivat veritas 570Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Since I had some time off from work, I worked on some craft projects during the holiday. One of them was this lace garland. It’s easy to make, and is a great addition to a nursery. I made one with cotton lace, a left over fabric of making this casual wedding dress. I decoarated my daughter’s ceiling with it.

what you need to make lace garlands by vivat veritas 570step one of making lace garland by vivat veritas 570step two of making lace garland by vivat veritas 570Depending on the length of the garland, cut as many triangle pieces as you want. I cut 12 to make a little over a meter of the garland.

needle foot by vivat veritas 570

Now you attach the triangles pieces to the string. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can handsew each triangle. If you are using a sewing machine, use the piping foot.

sewing the lace triangle by vivat veritas 570step three of making lace garland by vivat veritas 570DIY lace garland by vivat veritas 2 570Chie  {find me elsewhere: blogshopfacebooketsytwitterpinterest}


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December 21, 2012

Handmade Polk-a-dot Curtain

DIY polkadot curtain by vivat veritas 570

Decorating my daughter’s nursery has been a challenge since we live in a small Japanese rental town house. Her room is a Japanese room with tatami mat floor and low ceiling. On top of that, the ceiling is in wood pattern paper, so when I taped something on the ceiling and pealed it off later, the wood pattern came off!

Anyway to brighten up her small room, I made a curtain in pink polk-a-dot pattern fabric the other day. I bought 5 meters of the fabric in Nippori, the wholesale fabric district in Tokyo. It was 100 yen (about 1.20 USD) a meter.

I just hemmed the both top and bottom of the fabric, and added the tie strings on top to tie the curtain on the curtain rail. With the left over fabric, I made the curtain straps.

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P.S. Having a giveaway on my blog! Check out here.

Chie  {find me elsewhere: blogshopfacebooketsytwitterpinterest}


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December 11, 2012

Alphabet Wall

My girlfriend and her hubby hosted a Hanukkah party over the weekend and I got the tour of her new home! She made an alphabet wall in her son’s room. Her goal was to spend no more than $1 on each letter. The only letters that she spent more on were the “S” & the “Z” which are the initials of her son. (She plans to use these later once he outgrows his alphabet wall!)

More alphabet wall inspiration via Pinterest

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December 7, 2012

Modern Lights For Your Nursery

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Did you use a modern, or unusual light fixture in the nursery? I LOVE modern pendant lights, and these are just a few of my favorite choices for your little guy/girl.

I really wanted to use a modern chandelier in Harper’s new room, but we have recessed lighting in her room & throughout our house. UGGH, it is kind of unnecessary to have a light fixture when there is already lots of light in her room. I swear in my next house we will have NO recessed lighting! & LOTs of unique fixtures…

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November 28, 2012

Paint the nursery red! From Here Comes Baby

Red Nursery Idea from Colora Belgium

With Christmas coming closer we found this red nursery inspirational photo from a Belgium paint company called Colora. I love the creature on the wall although I am not sure if it is a aardvark or reindeer, who knows! The painted white dots break up the bright red colour and match with the bright white nursery furniture. The idea to hang the sleep sack on the wall when not in use is a nice touch as well as a few red accessories and toys to tie it together.

Red nursery – love it or hate it? Let us know what your thoughts…

Want to see more European style then why not pop on over to our blog: Here Comes Baby

Kirsty xxx

Categories: Christmas, Decor, Rooms, Wall Art
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November 16, 2012

Christmas Wishlist:: Little Girl’s Edition

1. SALE hello acrylic sign, $10

2. Custom Initial with a Floral Wreath- hand embroidered 3 inch hoop, $30

3Butterfly Garland Spring/Summer Palate Yellow Thread, $7.50

4. Wall Decals Horses (Reusable and removable fabric stickers, not vinyl) – Pretty Horses, $105

5. Dollhouse pdf pattern/tutorial, $18.50

Clip art courtesy of A Lovely Lark, free download here.

Hello! It’s Chie from Vivat Veritas again. Since we don’t have Thanksgiving holiday in Japan, as soon as the Halloween is over, the stores are all about selling Christmas items. Many Christmas decorations and light-ups are all over Tokyo now.

For Christmas, I’ve started to compile a list of items I want for my 18 month old daughter, Kiko’s room. Her room is a Japanese style room with tatami floor, and I personally find it very hard to decorate. It also has very low ceiling and the ceiling is made out of fake wood, and it’s very ugly…sign. Since we are renting, we can’t do a drastic makeover, so I found small decoration that’s friendly to renters, like removable decals, light weight paper bunting (don’t need to make a hole in a wall) etc.

Chie  {find me elsewhere: blogshopfacebooketsytwitter}


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November 15, 2012

Baby No. 2 Nursery Ideas

Hi all! Lauren here again from A Lovely Lark! We’re currently pregnant with baby number two, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions about if we are a) finding out the gender of baby number two and b) if we will be changing the nursery decor. Yes, we are definitely finding out if this little bean is a guy or gal (December 6th is our ultrasound date!) I think we may have the ultrasound technician write down the gender on a card like we did the last time with Violet and open it at a later date. There’s just something about that moment that I want to be personal, and I don’t want to share it with a stranger. We may even have a very small gender reveal party with family afterward. Since we won’t be having a shower this time around I thought it could be a fun way to celebrate together :)

As far as the nursery I would like to change the decor a bit but keep the main pieces (crib, dresser, etc.). The only piece of furniture I’d be thrilled to change out is the glider, but I doubt that will happen because we are pinching our pennies so that I can stay home for a while with the baby and Violet. If the babe is a girl I’m really loving the items above. (If you’d like sources, you can check them out here) I thought it was kind of funny that after putting the idea board together I realized the color scheme is very similar to the current nursery. Of course we won’t be able to afford many of the above items but in a dream world this is a favorite look of mine. I’m still thinking on the boy thing – that’s so different for me I don’t have a vision in my mind of what it might look like yet. Stay tuned! xo, Lauren

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the holiday giveaway – win an Ergobaby carrier and over $700 in other loot for your little ones! And more holiday gift guides are up – you can check them out here.

November 13, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide Sneak Peek + a Big Giveaway!

Hi there! I’m Lauren from A Lovely Lark and I’m guest posting for Shari while she’s on her road trip. I thought it would be fun to share one of my gift guides here on Spearmint Baby with all of you today. I’ll be posting one or two gift guides each day up until Thanksgiving over on my blog, A Lovely Lark. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek of one that I’ll be posting later today for the babes:

 1. Teething Rings (win this by entering here!)
3. Personalized Embroidery Hoop (win this by entering here!)
4. Chickadee Booties (discount code here!)
5. Wooly the Sheep (discount code here!)
8. Ergobaby Organic Carrier (win an organic Ergobaby carrier by entering here!)
I’m also running a holiday giveaway with over $750 in prizes that will go to one lucky reader! There are goodies from Ergobaby (an Organic Bundle of Joy Carrier and Infant Insert!), Uncommon Goods, Colette Bream, Pretty Little Things by Lori Marie, Magpie Lovely, Bungalow Kids, and many more as well as a ton of discount codes on vendors like blabla kids, Twig Creative, Magpie Lovely, and Ergobaby! All you have to do to win is visit your favorite vendors and leave a comment over on the post on A Lovely Lark. Good luck!
October 5, 2012


This printable has always been my favorite for baby/kids rooms.  The illustrations and colors has a vintage appeal.  I’m planning to print these out on card-stock  paper and make customized clips to go with it as a gift for an expecting friend.

To download and print, go here.  Enjoy! -ijinku

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September 24, 2012

Inspired by Painting

Painting by Me, All Lovely Stuff Animal Hook, heart cotton bag, Pink Bertoia Baby Wire Chair, Bamboo Throw in Aqua, grey linen + neon YELLOW pillow coverHEMNES 8-Drawer Dresser, Punch Basics Diaper Changing Cover, Mint Fitted Crib Sheet, Between a Rock Lamp Base (Silver), Aqua-Lee Blabla Doll, Sparrow Crib in Birch, Mint Green Bubble Glass Knobs

Good morning! It finally feels like fall here in southern NJ & it is so refreshing.

Last night I put together this nursery mood board inspired by the pastels in one of my new paintings. This is definitely a modern girl’s room, but there is no shortage of color. I think one of my favorite finds for the room is the solid mint crib sheet. I just love the look of a solid colored crib sheet in a modern crib. (no bumper or crib skirt needed.) Just a pretty blanky hand made by Grandma!

P.S. Most of the items in this room are pretty budget friendly. The only really expensive piece is the crib. The GULLIVER Crib in Birch would be my budget friendly alternative.

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September 22, 2012


I’m helping my friend decorate her nursery and was searching for inspiration to get an idea of her style.  Along the way, I found these gorgeous nurseries. The striped ceiling makes the room pop and the black walls balance it off.  Which of these styles would you try? I think I’ll have to make a branch hanger for my self.  Hope your weekend is off to a great start!  ☺ – ijinku

source: 1, 2, 3, 4

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September 17, 2012

What’s New at Serena & Lily

Good morning! Hope you all had a nice weekend. This morning I want to share some of the new things at Serena & Lily for FALL. Have you ever shopped there? They have beautiful things for your nursery, child’s room…& even your own bedroom/home.

My favorite accessory at Serena & Lily has always been their beautiful selection of bedding. My picks would be the Sprout Penny Dot Crib Sheet for the nursery & the Border Frame Duvet & Shams for the Master bedroom. The Border Duvet would also be super cute in a little girl’s room. It has such a luxurious look!

Two of my other faves in the fall collection include the Pewter River Rock Rug & the Navy Laurel Lamp. I love the idea of using nursery accessories that can grow with your child. Both of these items could easily transition to a big girl/big boy room. The lamp is also the perfect scale for a child’s night stand.

Now that Harper’s room is almost finished, I’ve been accessorizing A LOT! Serena & Lily was kind enough to send over my FAVORITE accessory for her dresser…the Menagerie Bookends. Stay tuned to see her new giraffes holding some of our FAVORITE bedtime stories!

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September 13, 2012

Julien Fernandez Photography – Children’s Bedrooms

I wanted to share some photography by Julien Fernandez this morning. These photos may inspire those of you decorating a baby nursery or those designing a new look for your child’s room.

Some of my favorite ideas in this group of photos include:

*Washi tape stripes on the wall.
*A grouping of COLORFUL, or polkadot paper lanterns.
*A soft color on an accent wall, or even a color block shape on the wall. I LOVE that mint rectangle on the white wall.
*Painted furniture. The pink color on the desk and chair is just beautiful. Have you ever tried painting your furniture?

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September 5, 2012

Here Comes Baby: Top 10 Nursery Decor Styling Tips

Are you searching for inspiration for your nursery decor? Melissa Fiendell shares with us her top ten nursery decor styling tips from her book ‘No Mom Jeans':

  • Nursery Decor Styling Tip 1 – Don’t be afraid to shop for nursery decor outside of the baby stores

There is no reason you can’t find wonderful pieces for your nursery at your favourite shops. Beyond a crib and sheets, most everything else can be found at traditional furniture stores – curtains, dressers, wallpaper, shelving, rugs, recliner, even a throw blanket for over the crib. As a bonus, you may actually use the pieces again once you baby outgrows the nursery if they aren’t totally “baby”. You can still make the nursery age appropriate with adorable infant accessories like a baby photo montage, mobile, throw pillows, sheets, or alphabet art.

  • Nursery Decor Styling Tip 2 – Think outside the baby store box

While it is tempting and easy to simply order a matching set of baby furniture and linens from your favourite national baby retailer, super savvy mummies know that this is only one of your many options. Baby décor does not have to come from a baby store! Scour your favourite shops to look for pieces that you love and that fit with your nursery décor and colour scheme.Your dresser might be Crate & Barrel, your shelving IKEA, and your rug West Elm. Mixing and matching complementary items is a great way to up your nursery’s style and acquire some new pieces that might get a second life outside the nursery as baby grows up.

  • Nursery Decor Styling Tip 3 – Stick to a neutral colour pallet for the walls & furniture

Then accent with colourful accessories. This will help the nursery decor blend with the rest of your home and make transitioning the nursery to a future space (big kid room, nursery for a future boy/girl etc.) easier.


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September 5, 2012

Nursery Color Palettes Inspired By Art Work

I am a huge sucker for Etsy. Obsessed, addicted and all of the above. I just like to browse the oh-so-pretty site. It’s beyond inspiring. And well, last week I realize how inspiring it really can be when I was browsing art work for my nursery in progress. So many of the beautiful prints can really help you create the perfect focal point and color palette for your nursery. Don’t believe me? Check out a few of my favorite pieces of art I found for the gallery wall or just to hang over the bed and see just how the colors come alive. Just add art. 

{etsy find:: sweet dreams print :: mateo +tobias}

{etsy find:: custom nursery print :: zeppi prints}


September 4, 2012

IKEA Yesterday

Labor day weekend was super dreary here, but we made good use of the rainy days. LOTS of work around the house, a few DIY projects, and a trip to IKEA yesterday. We were mostly shopping for office supplies. My husband & I are both redoing our offices. (A peek at my new office HERE.)

We spent an hour shopping with Rex while Harper went to the IKEA playroom. Have you ever dropped your kids at the playroom? Harper LOVES it! It is FREE for potty trained kids & you get an hour to shop, have a snack, or you could probably even bring a magazine and relax in the restaurant if you are having just one of those days!! shhh, don’t tell!

While we shopped I took some pics as visual bookmarks of things I like. When I finish Harper’s bedroom, I hope to redo Rex’s room. He is ready to move to a big boy bed (even though I am NOT!) We have a full sized mattress in the basement & I am hoping to buy a simple bed frame that does not need a box spring.

The photo above is my FAVORITE new bedding at IKEA. It is linen with colorful polka dots. $49.99 for the twin duvet & pillowcase. Isn’t it adorable? It also comes in FULL/QUEEN for $59.99. I just love the natural color, but if that is not your style it also comes in crisp white. IKEA PS 2012 polka dot duvet

Mix n’ match red bedding (more…)

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September 3, 2012

DIY Peg Rack Hook

Our old, rotting, broken deck gate… We never got around to throwing it out! (& I knew there was a reason why.) After putting together this Pinterest board last week, I was ready to do something crafty. So, I got started on a DIY peg rack for Harper’s room. The inspiration for the project was the peg rack hook on the left. (found via

Total cost of project = $14.08. Most of the supplies were already in my basement.

Wood Plank from Home Depot (or recycled wood from an old project or deck!)
Paint or spray paint
Paint brush
Painters Tape/Duck Tape
Measuring Tape

Keep reading to see the entire DIY project… (more…)

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August 31, 2012

10 Hook Ideas for Children’s Rooms

1. All Lovely Stuff Wooden Animal Hook. Oh, how I love this wall hook! $40

2. Shiny Peg Hooks via RK Design. Get a similar look by painting these Oak Screw-on Shaker Pegs An 8 pack is only $11.19!

3. This painted peg rack is one of my FAVES…it looks like it is DIY’d with a 2 X 4 and some painted/wooden knobs.


August 24, 2012

DIY Flag Ornament for Nursery

Today I want to show you a super easy DIY – flag ornament for nurseries. It’s easy, quick and instantly brightens up the room. It is also a great idea for using up your fabric scraps as well!

Materials needed:
– Cord
– 2-5 different fabrics of your choice
– Thread
– Quilt batting

1. Cut the cord in the length of your choice. Cut fabrics in a triangle shape. Mine is 4″ each side, and I cut out 10 of them since I wanted to hang 5 flags. Place two triangles of the same fabric with right side facing together, and sew one side of the triangle. Turn inside out and iron. Then sandwich the cord with the triangle pieces you just made. Sew the edge to secure the triangles on the cord. I used pipping foot to make it easier to sew this.

2. Cut the quilt batting in triangles that are slightly smaller than your fabric triangles. I stuffed this quilt batting between two fabrics to make the flags look puffier, but you can skip this process if you want a cleaner look.

3. Insert the quilt batting triangle piece between the fabric triangles. Then zigzag stitch around the two sides of the triangles.

Chie  {find me elsewhere: blog, shop, facebook, etsytwitter}

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August 24, 2012

Birthday Parade Printables

I saw these printables on hwtm and had to share! How fun would it be to have these cut out animals for children’s birthday parties.  After you’re done using it as birthday decorations, turn it into kids bedroom decor-so many uses for this fun animal circus theme.  Go here for more printables from this party.

To download:

Animal Cutouts (6 cut-outs total): click here to download
Happy Birthday Water Bottle Labels: click here to download
Miniature Birthday Number Flags. Select your age:  1 /  2 /  3 /  4 /  5

Have a great weekend all! ~Ijin    Find me elsewhere: site, blog

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August 22, 2012

Here Comes Baby – Bunny Rabbit Nursery Inspiration

Bunny Rabbit Nursery Style Board Sources:
(1) Belle Hugs Boo (Pink) Print: Belle & Boo (2) Maileg Flower Sisters Bell Bunny (Small): Sisters Guild (3) The Zoo Rabbit Money Box: The Modern Baby
(4) The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams: Amazon(5) Rabbit Lamp: White Rabbit England (6) Bunny Berry Bowl in Eggshell White: A. Speer Ceramic Studio (7) Zelda Nursing Chair in Grey Velvet: Graham & Green (8) Boo Cushion: Belle & Boo (9) Purple Cot: Amazon UK

A rabbit nursery theme is utterly heart warming with little fluffy bunny rabbits with their sweet cotton floss tails hopping all over the place! That’s what inspired me today to create this bunny rabbit nursery style board. This nursery has a warm and feminine feel perfect for a baby girl.

Belle & Boo inspired me with Belle, a bob haired little girl and her adorable bunny rabbit friend Boo. Mandy Sutcliffe creares a charming world of innocence, warmth and adventure and I feel this is also reflected in my rabbit nursery style board. The nursing chair from Graham & Green has me immediately thinking of bygone times and it looks so comfy. The characterful ceramic bunny bowl is lovingly handmade by Adrienne in her home studio and I can imagine Maileg’s bell bunny being dragged around the house by her endearingly large ears!

Of course a bunny rabbit nursery wouldn’t be complete without a well read copy of ‘The Velvetine Rabbit’ by Margery Williams. It is a story about a stuffed toy rabbit (with real thread whiskers) who comes to life in this timeless and sentimental tale of the transformational power of love.

Do you have a nursery theme you would like Here Comes Baby to create into a style board ? Add you idea to the comments below.

Click here to visit Here Comes Baby Blog UK. A dedicated resource for mum & baby inspiration & style.

Kirsty xxx

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August 21, 2012

Currently Obsessing Over Exposed Closets

Ah, a pretty closet. Pretty clothes. What more could a girl ask for? Lately, thanks to Pinterest and my last cupcakeMAG project I’m obsessing over one thing: exposed closets. Forget the nursery or my Littles room! I kinda wanna show off my goods to, ya know?

I’ve spotted some really amazing exposed closets out there and really, they aren’t hard to re-create at all! Not only are they great for a wall that you just don’t know what to do with but you can make an exposed closet even if you have a closet. Why?  because than you can turn the “real” closet into a beautiful reading nook! I know, the possibilities are endless. And really, it’s a pretty budget friendly weekend project too! I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite to give you some inspiration. Gotta get those creative juices flowing! 

1. cupcakeMAG orange + pink room


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August 14, 2012

Grey + Yellow Nursery Inspiration

Well hello darlings! I am so super-thrilled to be joining the Spearmint blogs fam. When the lovely founder, Shari gave me the good news I was thrilled to find out I would be contributing to Spearmint Baby and Spearmint Decor. Can I get a yahhh-ooooo?! Needless to say, I am super-excited. 

With 4 Littles, all girls, I am currently 29 weeks preggers with my first boy {and last child!} due in October and have lots of knowledge in baby land. Not to mention I am the Founder + Editor of cupcakeMAG + cupcakeMAG Littles. And you can also find me on Babble + The Party Dress too. Oh, and you may remember from Spearmint Baby too! It was just a few weeks ago I showed off my bump here. 

Well enough about me! Let’s get on with my first post.

With just a few weeks to go, thanks to a complicated pregnancy, I am just NOW starting my nursery. I know, ahhh! But, don’t fret. I’ve been working on this baby in my head for months. I am going for a little vintage, a little eclectic. If that makes any sense. Main hues of choice? Grey and Yellow. And for now, here’s a little peek!


LOVE Pillow | Faux Antlers Stokke Sleepi Crib in Grey | Anywhere Map Print  | Blabla Kids Sheep Mobile | Insignia Rug | Blabla Doll | Owl Figurine 

What color combo did you go with for your nursery?

– lots of love, casi
{find me elsewhere: cupcakeMAG, cupcakeMAG Littles, Facebook, Twitter, Babble, and oh, Pinterest too!}

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August 13, 2012

Japanese Balloons

Japanese paper balloons are cuter than ever. The come in all kinds of colorful characters & shapes. (I especially love the strawberries!)

Balloons are made of thin, crispy, lightly waxed paper. They come flat and if you are careful they can be deflated and reused. Has anyone used these at a birthday party? Wouldn’t they be a fun/festive detail?


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August 2, 2012

Guest blogger introduction and nursery in progress

Hi, my name is Kate and I’m so excited to start guest blogging for Spearmint Baby on Thursdays!  I work a full time corporate job and have a passion for floral design with a business and blog on the side – but since learning that I was pregnant with our first child, I’ve had baby things on the brain in a pretty all-consuming way (ok, that’s putting it politely and mildly ; ) I’m so excited to have a new outlet to share it, because I think even my mom is going to burn out on discussing the minutia of nursery décor with me pretty soon here (speaking of which, we need to know: is there a name for that color exactly halfway between coral and watermelon?!)

Since I’m introducing myself, I should also introduce my bump – here it was a week ago at 25 weeks- it’s growing pretty aggressively now!

25 weeks pregnant bump photo

I’ll aim for about half of my posts to be about pregnancy and baby style (nursery décor, maternity/baby photo ideas, cute maternity/baby clothes and accessories, birth announcements and shower invites), and the other half to be of more substance (wellness, fitness, preparation for labor and motherhood, etc.)

Today I wanted to kick off by posting about our budget friendly nursery décor project – it’s about halfway there now, with most things chosen and ordered, but not all installed. I always love chronicling a project from inspiration to fruition!  Here’s the board with all of the various components of our nursery, and there is an explanation of our choices after the jump:

Coral and blue nursery inspiration moroccan shabby chic

coral blue moroccan shabby chic nursery decor inspiration design


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August 1, 2012

Here Comes Baby: Dotty Elephant Nursery Inspiration

Dotty elephant nursery style board

Dotty Elephant Nursery Style Board Sources:
(1)Elephant Mobile: Bebemoda (2)Elephant Print: Redbubble (3)Elephant Toy: Miga de Pan (4)Elephant Stool: Dennis & McGregor
(5)Cot Quilt & Playmat: Baby Concierge (6)Armchair: John Lewis

Hi Spearmint readers, my name is Kirsty from Here Comes Baby. Shari has kindly let me become a contributor to Spearmint Baby and I am excited to share mum and baby inspiration & style from the UK.

I made this nursery inspiration style board after finding the adorable elephant toy handmade by the talented Miga de Pan. I want one! Once I started searching there was so much elephant theme nursery inspiration that I am sure I will be making another elephant related style board in the future!

Click here to visit Here Comes Baby – A dedicated resource for mum & baby inspiration & style from the UK

Kirsty xxx

Categories: Bedrooms, Decor, Rooms
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July 27, 2012

Hot Air Balloon Ideas + Printable

{balloon chandelier, centerpiece, dessert table, DIY mobile}

Hello all! Ijin of ijinku here – first time contributing to Spearmint Baby and couldn’t be more excited-Thanks Shari! Now onto the post,  it all started with the movie, “Up”, back in 09 and over the years, hot air balloon theme has become quite popular among weddings and events, and it’s perfect for baby events.  The chandelier channeling balloon decor on top was from photographer, Jessica Claire’s workshop. A group of talented folks came up with this theme for a wedding shoot, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to add this for baby showers, birthday parties, or even gender announcements?! The centerpiece is from a wedding too, but easily a hit for a children’s party.  The dessert table was made by an event company for a shoot and I first discovered it on the Amy Atlas blog-I like the organic/vintage feel to it. You must check out this DIY paper mobile, such a cute mobile to hang over your baby’s crib-so simple, anyone can do it.   All this balloon talk inspired me to make a few whimsical printables. ☺  See below.

As you can see, I made two options-one for birth announcement and one for birthday.  You can print them out and write by hand-simple! Links below.

To download them (5×7) in pdf format, just click here and here. More free printables are available on my blog. We also provide blog design services. What do you think readers? Let me know if you like these and I shall make more.  Enjoy and have a great weekend! ♥ ~ijin

July 9, 2012

Petit Collage

Some darling decor inspiration this Monday morning by Petit Collage at Fawn & Forest. I love those confetti fabric wall decals!

In the 2nd room it looks like they used Washi tape to make the house outline. So clever!

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July 9, 2012

Mini Piccolini’s DIY Changing Station Bins

I’m a messy crafter but I have to share this project because it’s the easiest DIY you’ll ever do. For just few dollars, these fabric-covered storage bins are such an easy upgrade for your changing station. I keep diapers in one, Bummas in another, and a few creams etc in a third.

We have a ton of IKEA Skubb storage boxes. They come flat, zipper into boxes in several sizes, and are perfect for storing baby changing essentials. I’m also going to be using them to organize Baby #2‘s clothes in the dresser we bought. Baby clothes are so teeny and things get cluttered quickly, so using these boxes makes everything a little more organized. In a drawer or cupboard, they are fine as they are, but we have three of them at our bathroom changing station that I wanted to pretty up. So I covered them in fabric.

This is a super easy project – it’s just like wrapping a present. I used a cute fabric that I bought while living in India, and a glue gun. I’m sure you could use fabric glue but I like how quickly glue gun glue dries, making it easy to stretch the fabric to cover the box without wrinkles. Click here for full instructions.

You can also use these storage bins to hold baby toys. However, when things get out of control consider storing baby things in self storage. It is a good idea especially if one is planning another baby!

July 2, 2012

Mini Piccolini: Dreamy Twin Nursery

Randal is one of the moms from my wonderful moms group in Atlanta. A few months ago she shared her and Charlotte and North’s favourite things on Mini Piccolini and today I am so happy that Randal has agreed to share Charlotte & North’s lovely nursery.

Here, in Randal’s own words, are some of the fabulous details of her twins’ fabulous nursery:

Since we have boy and girl twins, we wanted a very neutral theme to our nursery – mostly white and grey with some pink and blue accents. We love the wall color because it is very calming, and I think gives the room a restful feeling.  

The room gets lots of light from the windows, so we have black out shades that we can pull down for nap time. I like the sheer linen curtains during the day because they let light in but still give us some privacy.

For more pictures and all the details of Charlotte & Norths’ lovely nursery, click here.

I have nurseries on my mind right now as I am scrambling to put together a soothing but playful space for Baby #2 – follow developments here.

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June 29, 2012

La Tente

LA TENTE tents are made by Caroline Gomez. I love the simplicity of them– the cute window, colorful ribbons, and ease of storage. & Isn’t it cute with the fur rug inside?

P.S. Did you know you can BUY OLEBY Faux Sheepskins like this at IKEA for only $4.99 each? (They are not on IKEA’s website.)

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June 6, 2012

Accent Pillows

What kind of accent pillows do you have in your toddler’s room? I’ve purchased 6 new ones for Harper’s big girl room. I’m kind of OBSESSED! She has a window seat & they look adorable all lined up.

Pillows from Joss & Main.

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May 22, 2012

Inspired by Wallpaper

Josephine Grey Wallpaper/cloud bookshelf/chartreuse polka dot pillow/mobile/giraffe pillows/elephant pillow/LOVE print/Elephant Crib Sheeting

Because I am so “inspired by wallpaper” I’ve decided to make this a series of posts. This week I was thinking of a really soft gender neutral room with cool blues and greys. I think ANY white crib would look great in this nursery. Possibly a Jenny Lind or IKEA crib for budget-friendlyness sake?

Be sure to check out the adorable crib sheet. If you zoom in you’ll notice the subtle elephant print.

& I’ve included 3 of my favorite books that would look cute on the cloud wall shelf:

And Tango Makes Three

The Skin You Live In

Little Pea

May 21, 2012

Pink Bedroom

This month on I’ve put together a toddler girl room with lots of PINK accents! In fact, a lot of these accessories inspired Harper’s new room. I am currently redecorating and hope to finish it soon. To learn about all of the details you see here visit

What colors did you use in your little girl’s room?

P.S. This was the green/orange inspired BOY BEDROOM I posted last month:

P.P.S if you’d like to share your girl/guy’s room on, send 4-10 GOOD photos to SUBJECT: Girl Bedroom/Boy Bedroom Feel free to include description and inspiration for the room. & I’d be happy to include a link to your blog/etsy store/etc!

Categories: Accessories, Bedrooms, Decor
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May 15, 2012

Inspired by Wallpaper

crochet apples/wallpaper/hug the dog print/black & white stripe pillow/whale tissue holder/Black Basset crib (used to be sold at Target)

There is a BIG sale at Anthropologie & this amazing wallpaper is on sale. I always thought it would be darling on an accent wall in the nursery…possibly behind the crib? Anyone else planning on putting wallpaper in the nursery?

some more inspiration: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

April 27, 2012

Nursery Designer

Jennifer Delonge is an interior designer/product designer. She designed this nursery with one of my favorite pieces, the Henry Daybed.

I also love her Custom Silhouettes.

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April 20, 2012

Perchance the Cat

Our newest addition arrived yesterday, & I am not sure who is more excited!…me or Harper? We are redoing her room and have lots of new things coming. Eventually Perchance will sit on the window ledge or maybe even a pink leather pouf? For now she is sitting on our PUT THE LOVE IN THE COCONUT BEACH TOWEL.

April 17, 2012

What is behind your crib?

Good Morning! I’m sitting in Starbucks this morning browsing old issues of Lonny Mag & saw this cool idea! What do you think about an oversized mirror behind the crib?  Would you try it?  Or way too dangerous?

I saw some HUGE mirrors at Homegoods the other day. One of them actually reminds me of this mirror. It was $179 but had a gold-ish frame. You could easily spray paint the frame to get this exact look.

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March 13, 2012

Modern Wall Letters

Edies Lab sells all kinds of wood letters in cool modern fonts. These OVERSIZED ones are my favorite. Maybe the perfect statement for your modern or vintage nursery?

P.S. you can custom order them in your preferred color!

Categories: Decor, Wall Art
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February 28, 2012

Nursery Details

My daughter would LOVE the purple elephant book ends!

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February 24, 2012

Nursery Art

Adriane Duckworth has created this fabulous collection of animals for the nursery. How cute would it be to have the entire collection framed on baby’s wall?

Or, if you could choose only one, which one would it be? I’d pick the bunny or the whale. (there are more animals on her website)…

BTW, she also paints super gorgeous abstract pieces. I’d love to hang one in a large gold frame in my living room. My favorites are this one & this one.

NOTE: just found out that she also has an Etsy Store, YAY!

Categories: Decor, Paintings, Wall Art
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February 16, 2012

Glittery Animals

YES, YES, YES! What a perfect touch to your baby’s nursery. Place a sweet glittery animal on the wall shelf or at the end of his bookcase. So so cute! But be sure to place out of reach once baby starts moving around on his/her own.

to purchase visit Wish Daisy

P.S. I really want the pink penguins for my own office!

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December 16, 2011

Idea Board: Big Girl Room

So Violet’s play room is slowly transforming to become her big girl room. No – I’m not pregnant, but we do want to have another baby eventually and I don’t want her to be making too many transitions at once. I’m hoping that as soon as she is ready to be out of her crib the room will be ready for her. (We’ll see how that goes when the time comes – could be a disaster, but in my mind it sounds like a good plan!)

I’ve slowly been making purchases for her room and my ideas have evolved a bit since we first started the project. Here’s the current plan:

So far I’ve purchased everything except for the curtains (which I may buy white curtains and DIY) and heart print (which unfortunately is no longer available, but I can always DIY it.) I am also creating my own larger version of a black botanical chart using an old map (wish me luck on that one!) and obviously have a slightly different dollhouse. I’m still looking for a mirror and the perfect vintage dresser on Craigslist. I’m thinking a coral color paint but it could end up natural wood as well – we’ll see!

If you remember my original plan you can see that this one involves a lot more black – I’m so in love with black lately! I feel like it just adds a touch of sophistication to an otherwise very girly space. Here are the sources:

Clockwise from top left: ribbon-edge drapes, terrarium prints, doily pillow, love pillow, rug, round flower pillow, botanical chart, bedding, bear doll, dollhouse, bear hook, squirrel lamp, heart print


So excited to pull it all together!

Categories: Decor, Etsy, Wall Art
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November 19, 2011

Mini Toadstools

These are darling Christmas ornaments, but wouldn’t they also be cute to make into a nursery mobile? Via Fairyfold

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November 17, 2011

Nursery Idea Board: Follow the Arrow

clockwise from top left: leather triangle mobile, DIY cloud roller shade, chevron crib sheets, industrial arrows, bear print, crib, pouf, lamp, rug, chair, dresser

Wouldn’t this be such a fun room for a little guy? The to-die-for leather mobile was the inspiration for the board. If I had a little boy, triangles + arrows would be on my list for sure!

P.S. I’d really appreciate a comment (aka vote) on my ideabook for – thank so much!!!

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November 16, 2011

Wall Hooks

Do you have a wall or door hook in the nursery? I love these sweet, small hooks by Monkey & Squirrel

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November 9, 2011

Nursery Idea Board No. 3: Black Apple

clockwise from top left: striped rug, mobile, damask curtains, flowers collage, solid curtains, rocking chair, bandit dolls, cloud cushion, crib sheets, flowers poster, lamp


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