Our Modern Nursery Reveal!

TA DA! Our passenger officially has a place to sleep when she joins us on the outside. IT'S SO CUTE!

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I have literally never been more excited to finish a space. There could be some bias involved because it's for our precious tater tot, but I think I'm so thrilled with the outcome because I didn't get hung up on finding the perfect items. (Slow decorating, anyone?) Once we had the main furniture nailed down, our approach was very loosey-goosey and we let the room come together as fun things crossed our path. Because I design for a living, I sometimes forget to take a step back and just enjoy the process when it's our own house. This was a nice tap of the reset button.

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YAY! And yep, there's a twin bed in here. This will be our first baby and we definitely don't NEED a bed yet, but I thought it would be handy for story time snuggles. And, full disclosure, our house is so small and lacking in basement that we have nowhere else to store it, so it stayed.

The dresser will have her changing pad on it, too, but I really want to show you the mosaic heart our friend made for us:

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There's no theme in here, which was intentional. I'm not a matchy-matchy kind of person and neither is my husband, so when I shopped for the space my only thought was to incorporate items that were fun enough for a kid but classic enough to grow with her. 

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Aside from the crib itself, the only overtly "nursery" thing in here is the mommy-and-me elephant artwork. Everything else will transition nicely into childhood. Because we kept her bedding and furniture so simple, it will be easy to adapt the room as she develops her own taste. (Hopefully it will involve keeping the Roald Dahl quote. LOVE.)

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My in-laws made the cornice above the window and I used the same fabric for some Euro shams. The walls are Big Chill from Sherwin-Williams (same as the bathroom!) and my technology guru husband picked the Echo Dot so we can play music and white noise for her from anywhere in the house.

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A peek into the crib below will show you the one main "girl product" I decided to include. I'm not AGAINST pink, but I also know that not every little girl is into it (I never was) and I don't want our tiny human to feel like pink is the only "acceptable" color for her. On a larger scale, I want her to know that people contain multitudes and she doesn't need to shoehorn herself into someone else's definition of feminine, but that's another conversation for another day. Ha.

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The flowers and stripes are adorable together! Too bad we can't leave the pillow in there; it's not safe to have anything in the crib with your tater tot, so it will have to move. It will probably end up in a pillow pile on the bed during story time.

One last look at the whole thing. Aaaaah!

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Sources: Bed | Crib | Chair | Dresser | Mirror | Nightstand | Bedding | Crib Sheet | Lamp | Gray Pillow (similar) | Yellow Pillow (similar) | Floral Pillow (similar) | Hamper | Unicorn | Book Ledge | Roald Dahl Art | Elephant Art (similar)

I'm just so happy. I can't wait for the stork to bring her to we can hang out in here. (Sidebar--how great would it be if babies were ACTUALLY dropped off by a friendly bird? No labor for meeee!) Have you designed a nursery or kid's room? What did you do in yours? Should I go work from that rocking chair instead of my desk? (Yes.)

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Printable Artwork Under $10

If you get the newsletter of follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen me waxing lyrical about printable artwork. This concept has been around for a while, and I've recommended it to plenty of clients with smaller accessory budgets, but until recently we had never rocked any at Casa Ronchetti. I don't even know why we hadn't! A years-long brain fart?

For the unfamiliar, here's how it works: you purchase a digital file--say, on Etsy--and either print the image at home or send it to your favorite photo place. We do most of ours through Amazon Prime, but the engineer prints from Staples have been good for a couple of oversized things.

To peep a real life example, let's' take a gander at our bathroom:

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We purchased the set of files on Etsy for $10, got them printed at 12x18 for another $10 total, and snagged a pair of Ribba frames from IKEA for $20. That's a grand total of $40 for two generously sized pieces of art (the frames hold up to 16x20, for reference) and because we bought everything separately, I could customize my brains out and get exactly what I wanted.

Because I love you and I want you to be happy, I rounded up some more $10-and-under files from Etsy. And maybe I went a little overboard? Oh well:

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Abstract: one | two | three  Photography: one | two | three  Watercolor: one | two | three  Kids: one | two | three | four  Botanical: one | two | three  Text: one | two | three

I just hung up another printable beauty in my office (literally, yesterday) and will share that with you soon. We'll probably hang yet ANOTHER piece above our bed, because once you pop you can't stop. And, let's be honest, I do love a low price tag. Do you have any art like this at your house? What's your favorite place to find it? Where do you score affordable frames? 

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Weekly Bargain Hunt! Vol. 4

HAPPY MARCH! We've had a few nice days, briefly interrupted by some rain yesterday morning, and I'm feeling a major springtime vibe in Chicago. We're through the worst of it. People are coming out of their houses again. I hear birds!

Spring puts me in the mood to do projects around the house, but being 8 months pregnant requires me to take a chill pill instead. We bit the bullet and hired a painter to tackle the handful of rooms we haven't gotten to yet, and he's finishing up today. Pictures are coming, and I'll also share the nursery in the next couple of weeks. But today I have some deals!

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Chair  |  Area Rug  |  Lamp  |  Printable Art  |  Pillow 1  | Pillow 2  |  Jewelry Box

There are two things I'd like to specifically call out this week. First, that area rug has been one of the items I most frequently recommend to clients. It's neutral but interesting, made of natural fibers, it's HANDMADE, and comes in 9'x12'. I'm paranoid that West Elm is about to discontinue it, because they slapped it with a pretty steep discount for a rug, but maybe they'll spare me some agony and keep it for another year. Either way, now's a good time to snap one up. The other thing I want to mention is the printable cow artwork! If you subscribe to the newsletter, you may have seen my quick nod to printing your own art. We just did that for the bathroom and are going to do it again for the bare wall above my desk. Guys, it's SO AFFORDABLE. You can use your own printer if it does photo-quality images, or you can order prints from your favorite store.

What are you up to this weekend? Any projects on deck? Printing any artwork?!

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