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Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.

My Life :: Baby Eleanor's Little Nest

Preparing for a baby is quite a task.  There are so many things I never knew we would need and things I never knew I would need to know.  To call it overwhelming would be an obvious understatement ... and we don't even have the baby yet!  But honestly I have loved every minute of the preparation ... especially designing, crafting, and putting together the nursery.  And it's finally finished!!!  I'm so excited to share the pictures I could just squeal!  (But I don't want to startle the bebe in my belly.)  

So, welcome to Baby Eleanor's Little Nest ...

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

This wacky, warpy, fish-eye lens I used for the above image makes the room look way bigger than it really is ... but I just wanted you to get an idea of the whole room. 

Now, we'll work our way around each wall and I'll high-light some of my favorite details ...

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

The changing table was actually a piece of furniture that I've had forever ... I got it from t.j. maxx.  Those botanical prints were a surprise from my mom.  Nick and I both LOVED them and kind of themed the whole room around them. 

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography
The green and white striped blanket was crocheted by my Mamaw just for Eleanor.  I picked out the yarn and mailed it to her and voila!  It's so thick and soft.  I love it so much!

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

The bird's nest mobile was inspired on a whim when I saw a bag of moss and a bird at Michael's one day.  I spent a stupid amount of money on all these individual nesty items and then spent a stupid amount of time trying to put it all together and it just wasn't matching the idea I had in my head.  When my mom came to visit last weekend I handed the whole mess over to her.  She took it completely apart and turned it into this beautiful little nesty mobile that I love!

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

The crib is from Babies R Us.  The jute rug is from Target.  The sweet pup is straight from Heaven.

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

The center-piece of the room is the quilt that my mom made.  On a whim again, I had an idea for a quilt with a mountain scene and a sunshine.   I explained the idea to my mom and bought some fabric.  And she made it ... with her two hands, a sewing machine, and some advice from ladies at a quilt shop.  I LOVE it and I know Eleanor will treasure it forever.

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

The branch curtain rods ... were made by moi !  Our neighbor gave us some branches from a red bud tree.  I painted them white and tied some twine into my pretty little curtains. 

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

The window/shutter wall hanging is unfinished.  I plan to put baby photos in the panes once I have a baby to take pictures of.   The shelves on the left of the fire place were not originally there.  Nick had those built and he stained them to pefectly match the fire place and trim in the room.  Eventually we might add another set on the right side. 

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

The details below include a bowl (made by me) that was used as a serving bowl at our wedding (perfect for Eleanor's hair bows.  Here's hoping she has a head full of red curly hair!)  The bowl is sitting on her baby-book (also made by me).   The shoes were worn by baby Nicky (aka Daddy) many, many years ago.  A bunny weather vane from my mom.  And a stack of soft blankets.  The one of the top was mine when I was a bebe and was made by my Granny.

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

Another favorite surprise item ... again made by mom.  This little quilty tree wall hanging is ties in the fabric from the big quilt in the leaves and yellow birds.  But the little pink birds are made from fabric that was used as table runners at our wedding.  I LOVE little sentimental details like that. 

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

I wanted to keep a guest bed in Eleanor's room ... mostly because we have room for it.  But also because this antique bed of Nick's is just too pretty to put away.  The door on the left is Eleanor's closet.  The door on the right goes out of the room.

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

A peek into her closet ...

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

Her name hanging thing was also made by me ... and my mom helped a lot.  The branch is the same as the curtain rods.  The rest of the supplies came from Michaels.  I glued mossy stuff onto wooden letters and then just attached all the other little stuff.  It seems easier than it actually was ... after several hot glue injuries and trouble getting the letters to hang straight ... we finally finished it.  And I love it so much!

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography

One more picture ... Bailey boy, Eleanor's best protector.  He knows something is up and he can't wait to meet baby girl!

Baby Eleanor's Little Nest, Julie Roberts Photography
 

What do you think? Leave me some feedback!

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Nov 26, 2015Jan
Absolutely charming! Your little girl is so lucky to be brought into such a wonderful environment.
Jul 19, 2012Tracy
That is a beautiful room. I LOVE IT! I would also like to know the colour you put on the walls. It's so calming. I love green.
Jul 18, 2012Kate
I would love to know what color green you used and what brand. It would be perfect for my own house where unfortunately the southern exposure light turns my own green into yellow.
Jul 17, 2012Courtney Murphy
This by far is the coolest nursery I have every seen, your daughter will sooooo appreciate her wonderful creative parents and grandmother for all the Love that absolutely oozes from this room...on a side note if you have not already submitted this to an awesome decorating site you should, ppl. would pay ridiculous amounts of money for this type of originality:)
Jul 12, 2012Lorie Plank
Thanks so much for sharing the pictures of Baby Eleanor's room - it is amazing! I love all the special things in her room and I'm sure she will too!
Jul 7, 2012Ragena Smith
Elegant! Beautifully sentimental! Baby Eleanor will be a blessing to you, but God has also blessed her with an awesome mommie.
Jul 6, 2012Karen Thompson (Greta's cuz)
This room is so full of LOVE! You have done a marvelous job! Baby Eleanor is so lucky!
Jul 6, 2012Elizabeth Cook
What a charming, organic, soothing nursery! I especially love the bird's nest mobile and the prints from your mother. This is such heartfelt room. I love it!
Jul 6, 2012Amber Fox
Oh my goodness Julie! This nursery is so BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love the attention to detail, the thoughtful ideas and how so much is handmade with love. Really great job! Seriously, beautiful. I think you should submit this to Apartment Therapy and Chic Nursery!
Jul 6, 2012April Rowley
You amaze me at every turn! Such a lovely and heartfelt room with so much attention to detail. Beautiful work! So special and sweet!
Jul 6, 2012Chris Reppert
Absolutely beautiful baby room, you guys need to go into the decorating biz.
Jul 6, 2012Julia Shultz
Beautiful, Julie!!
 

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