Tricks to Transform Your Spare Room into a Relaxing Retreat for Baby for Under $300

June 24th, 2013

Join me as we warmly welcome our brilliantly talented Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer to Somerset Place. Today she shares intimate secrets on how to transform your spare room into the perfect hideaway for your new bundle of joy.

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In February, my husband Ross and I (after the longest pregnancy ever) welcomed baby Brin. His big sister Izzy is thrilled to finally be a big sister, and Baby Brin was well worth the wait, perfect in every way.

When we found out we were expecting our second child, a flood of overwhelming excitement and emotions poured over us, and of course the crafter in me immediately began pondering ways to decorate our spare room. It’s safe to say that Pinterest and I quickly became close friends as I began gathering tons of inspiration to add to my collection of ideas. And as soon as we found out that we would be having a little boy, I zealously began the process of collecting nursery décor.

 

Nursery

Before we were expecting baby Brin, I had already painted the nursery a deep aqua blue. I wanted our spare room to be a colorful space, and I knew that it would work as a nursery color for either a boy or girl, so I figured when we eventually had another child, the walls would be ready and I could just accent accordingly depending on the baby’s gender.

 

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It was important to me that I decorated on a budget with sustainable and crafty, but unique style. With the exception of just a few things – white IKEA bookshelves, a chevron rug, grey foot pouf skirt hanger and crib sheets (ok a little more than a few) –  a lot of the décor I used was either secondhand or handmade.

 

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We held onto my daughter’s crisp white crib (for 7 years!) hoping that one day we would be able to use it again. My mother had bought it for Izzy so it was important to use it for our next child. The bare space below the crib served as the perfect spot for a pair of old fashioned luggage cases to make themselves cozy at home. The faded green and yellow hues add a pop of color and vintage flair.

 

Dresser

Instead of using a bulky changing table like we did before with Izzy, we wanted to utilize more of the room’s space, so we opted for a sleek dresser with plenty of room for storage. I found this one that was just the right height to double as a changing station at the Salvation Army for only $40. It isn’t perfect; it has some scratches and will need new handles before long, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I just love the way it looks!

 

Vintage Thrift Chair

I had always thought that the deep aqua walls would look perfect with a mustard yellow accent color, so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this comfortable rocking chair at a local thrift store. I adore its quirky style. It was a rare golden find – quite literally!

 

Fabric Banner

To add some whimsy and bring out the accent colors in the room, I handcrafted a triangle patterned fabric banner to hang over baby Brin’s changing station. When the sun illuminates the golden swatches, it adds an angelic brightness to the room.

 

Nursery Final

Other handmade touches include: the bird mobile, handmade changing pad cover, the frames behind the crib (which I painted and added fabric to the inside) and a few other painted trinkets. I also restored some white baskets that I saved from my daughter’s nursery and rit-dyed the liners grey to match the other accent pieces.

Now let’s add up the cost of all the main pieces:

  • Crib: Hand-me-down (from our first child)
  • White baskets with liners: Hand-me-down (from our first child)
  • Changing Pad: Free hand-me-down
  • Crib mattress: Free hand-me-down
  • Dresser – Salvation Army $40.
  • Rocking Chair – Salvation Army $50
  • Telephone Table – Goodwill $10
  • Printers Tray – Flea Market $15
  • Hat Rack – Salvation Army $2
  • Wire Garden Baskets – Salvation Army $1
  • Lamp – Garage Sale $2
  • Mini Doll High Chair – Goodwill $5
  • Vintage Baby Scale – St Vincent De Paul $8
  • Trash Can – Flea market $12
  • Chevron Rug – $40
  • Foot Pouf $79 (Major Splurge!)
  • Crib Sheet – $9

Drum roll, please! The grand total came to $273.00. (Which doesn’t include items like paint or fabric for the handmade pieces.)

 

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The fact that baby Brin has yet to sleep in his specially-designed nursery and instead snuggles in Mom and Dad’s room? Priceless.

For more creative how-to projects, peruse these fresh, new ideas just added to The Studio.

*Note – If you’re looking to add a vintage feel in your spare space, but you’re having a hard time pinning down the perfect upholstery color, consider painting your furniture! Check out how to add personality and flair to an old chair with this unique how-to video by upcycle expert Debi Beard.

 

Photography By: Vanessa Spencer



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Join me as we warmly welcome our brilliantly talented Shoppe Manager Vanessa Spencer to Somerset Place. Today she shares intimate secrets on how to transform your spare room into the perfect hideaway for your new bundle of joy. In February, my husband Ross and I (after the longest pregnancy ever) welcomed baby Brin. His big […]

Free Ephemera Downloads: Vintage Charm

June 20th, 2013

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It’s that time again for your downloadable dose of enchanting ephemera! This month we’ve hand-picked a pair of dainty ladies captured in a moments of innocent beauty. With floral accents painted in cream and gray, these images are sure to add a touch of vintage glamour to your paper crafting, card making, or other artful creations.

Click here to view these images at full size and to download yours today.

 

Looking for more freebies? Sign up now for Stampington’s exclusive newsletters, where you will find even more enticing ephemera downloads for free!

 

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To incorporate more vintage ephemera and digitally altered pieces into your artwork, visit e-Crafting.com!

 



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It’s that time again for your downloadable dose of enchanting ephemera! This month we’ve hand-picked a pair of dainty ladies captured in a moments of innocent beauty. With floral accents painted in cream and gray, these images are sure to add a touch of vintage glamour to your paper crafting, card making, or other artful […]

Free Article Download: Find Your Purpose in Business the Soulful Way

June 17th, 2013

 

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Whether you’re well on your way to business bliss or you’re considering starting your own jewelry, artwork, or fashion line, we’ve got news for you. In this free article download, Kelly Rae Roberts partners with her creative colleague Beth Kempton (formerly Nicholls) to share in-depth ways of turning stale monotony into genuine joy. Empower your creative abilities with specific how-to tips, ideas on making significant profits, and defining the “what vs. why” of business.

“We believe that if you nurture the soul of your business, no matter what you are selling, it too can be extraordinary.” -Kelly Rae Roberts & Beth Kempton

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“The Soulful Way” by Kelly Rae Roberts and Beth Kempton originally appeared in Where Women Create Business Winter 2013.

*Click here to download “The Soulful Way.”

 

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For even more sublime ideas from featured columnist Kelly Rae Roberts, check out the brand-new 2nd edition of Where Women Create Business, available July 1st!

 

 

Whether you’re a beginner or expert, do you have any of your own business-savvy tips that you’d like to offer other artists and entrepreneurs? Comment below to share your wealth of ideas!

 

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About Kelly and Beth:

  • Coke slurpees from 7-Eleven are Kelly’s guilty pleasure.
  • You won’t catch Beth driving a car, but does have a powerboat license!
  • Both Kelly and Beth have collaborated to create “Hello Soul Hello Business,” a trailblazing online business-development experience to guide business savvy individuals to success.
 



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  Photo credit: Tracey Clark Whether you’re well on your way to business bliss or you’re considering starting your own jewelry, artwork, or fashion line, we’ve got news for you. In this free article download, Kelly Rae Roberts partners with her creative colleague Beth Kempton (formerly Nicholls) to share in-depth ways of turning stale monotony […]

Behind-the-Scenes: Local Coto de Caza Photo Shoot

June 13th, 2013

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Photography by Johanna Love – Jewelry by Sharona Nissan

We are joined today by a remarkably talented duo: Stampington’s Director of Photography, Johanna Love, and Assistant Photographer, Jessica Wolfe. They’re here to give you a sneak peek at the stunning Coto de Caza photo shoot found in this month’s Belle Armoire Jewelry.

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When Sharona Nissan’s lavish, intricately fashioned jewelry collection was selected to grace the pages of Belle Armoire Jewelry, the first step was to find the perfect photo shoot location to highlight each piece. Nestled in a quiet corner of sunny Southern California, the charming family-owned farm, Coto de Caza, is just moments away from our Stampington headquarters. Beaming with life, the organic elements found on the farm add a primitive feel to the textured backdrops in the photo shoot. From a ripe harvest of green foliage to vintage heirlooms, saddles, and boots, the scenery feels like a natural home to each western-style jewelry piece.

“Johanna and I decided on my family equestrian ranch, Coto de Caza, because the jewelry seemed very western-inspired to us.  We knew that at my farm there would be plenty of rustic background options – from the railroad ties that we used as steps in the backyard to my mother’s vintage saddle,” says Jessica.

 

belle armoire horseTrue to her name, Whisper the 22 year old Arabian mare has always embodied a calm spirit. Her gorgeous freckled coat served as the perfect background to bring out the spotted design print in this beaded bracelet.

 

 

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It seemed like she must have had over a hundred of them at one point because they filled every empty spot in her house,” says Jessica.

 

blogA pair of patterned leather boots facing a bed of fresh wildflowers provides a natural-looking nook for this decadent beaded necklace.

 

 

 

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We spy with our eye, our lovely and talented Assistant Photographer Jessica Wolfe, modeling a neck full of multi-colored gems.

 

 

To uncover even more secrets like why celebrities are raving over Sharona Nissan’s exquisite jewelry pieces, how she began her career from not-so-artistic beginnings, and for more eye-catching images, pick up Belle Armoire Jewelry to read the full article.

Are you aspiring to be or already an expert photographer? We want to know: what are some special spots/props you’d choose to accent jewelry pieces like these? Share your vision in the “comments” section below!



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Photography by Johanna Love – Jewelry by Sharona Nissan We are joined today by a remarkably talented duo: Stampington’s Director of Photography, Johanna Love, and Assistant Photographer, Jessica Wolfe. They’re here to give you a sneak peek at the stunning Coto de Caza photo shoot found in this month’s Belle Armoire Jewelry. *** When Sharona […]

On the Blog: Winners Revealed + Sneak Peek at Upcoming Posts

June 10th, 2013

First thing’s first, we want to announce our lovely Blog Poll winners Belinda Metelko and Shelby Pizzarro and congratulate them on their prize, a $50 gift certificate to use at The Shoppe! If you’d like a chance to win prizes like these, subscribe to Somerset Place to be the first to learn about upcoming contests and giveaways.

We’d also like to thank each and every one of our participants (over 600 of you!) who took the poll and offered your valuable feedback to help us give you what you want.

What’s Coming Up On the Blog:

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  Mingle Madelyn

Madelyn Mulvaney Takes the Stage as a Featured Guest Artist*

Many of you asked to see more guest artist features, so you’ll definitely want to check back in July to go behind the scenes on the blog with the oh-so-lovely Maddie Mulvaney, a brilliant photographer and poetic writer who has also been published in Artful Blogging, Somerset Life and Mingle. Learn how her creativity that was once as playful and free as a kite is now living on the edge of finding its roots in something new. Believe us, you won’t want to miss this inspiring post, a creative window into this artist’s “persisting soul.”

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Pam Carriker’s New Lofty Stamps on the Horizon*

Soar to new heights as mixed-media artist Pam Carriker shares a specially made project for our blog readers using her transformative new cling mount stamp line, full of wonderfully textured backgrounds, beautifully illustrated wings, and captivating scripts (now available for pre-order at 10% off!)

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FREE Ephemera Download*

After browsing our publisher’s personal collection of cherished antique photos and rare vintage finds, we’ve excavated a brilliant treasure trove of ephemera. Whether you’re a paper crafter, digital artist, stamper or scrapbooker, check back to find this month’s special freebie.

 

Comment below to let us know which post you’re most looking forward to!

 



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First thing’s first, we want to announce our lovely Blog Poll winners Belinda Metelko and Shelby Pizzarro and congratulate them on their prize, a $50 gift certificate to use at The Shoppe! If you’d like a chance to win prizes like these, subscribe to Somerset Place to be the first to learn about upcoming contests […]