Category Archives: Nursery

A New Season of Petunias

Petunia Pickle BottomPickle Bottom, that is.  Petunia Pickle Bottom has launched it’s Fall 2010 collection and it’s (as usual) delicious.  I’ve been a fan of theirs since my wee ones were still wee.  The hands-free backpack bags are ingenious, especially when you have other tots in tow.  And I dig the Touring Totes for their non-diaper-bag look.  After 8 years of diaper bags, I was ready for something with a more sophisticated vibe.

Fall’s fabrics are yummy, with a nod to goldenrod, gray and brown.  Many of the patterns have a vintage feel to me, and that I like.  My favorite is the Heirloom.  Delicious!  And these little guys truly render you “hands-free.”

Check out the latest collection, available on PoshTots.

What’s your favorite?

Wall Wow

Throughout our 10-year career, PoshTots has had the good fortune to meet, and work with, super talented people.  The artisans with whom we work are truly artists, and those relationships are the lifeblood of our little children’s furnishings website.

One of our favorites (and she’s our neighbor!) is Sunny Goode, of Sunny’s Goodtime Paints.  Even though she’s the queen of faux finishes, she’s the real deal.  Sigh.  She makes it look…so easy.  And so fabulous!  From her glazes to her stencils to her wall monograms, she’s mastered the art of making faux look trendy and fun, not dated and “trying-too-hard.”

Sunny's Goodtime Paints

Sunny’s Simple “How To Stencil”

  1. Tape the stencil on with blue painter’s tape to keep it in place.
  2. Lightly dip your sponge into the glaze and then tap directly on top of the stencil
  3. For larger stencils, space the stencils about 2″ (5cm) apart. For smaller stencils, a good rule of thumb is to space stencils from fingertip to elbow or about 12″ apart.
  4. Remove the stencil and repeat until you have finished the entire room.

Have you ever used stencils? Share your results! If you’re looking for Sunny’s products, PoshTots has her wall finishes and stencils, both of which we’ve used in photo shoots and highly recommend.

The Nursery Checklist: Changing Table Tutorial

Bonne Nuit French Versatile Dresser in Versailles FinishYou’re expecting (congratulations!) and, like all new parents, you have your checklist of baby/parenting necessities.  And it’s overwhelming, to say the least.  Let’s face it, there are about 743 different types of bottles and playards…well, don’t even get me started!

When I discovered I was expecting, my thoughts immediately turned to the nursery and I began to spend countless hours walking around in that room (a small feat, considering it was roughly the size of a walk-in closet) decorating it and arranging it in my mind.

Ultimately, I furnished it with all the standards, but…

To have it all, as they say, I had to sacrifice.  Storage.  Storage I needed far earlier than I originally anticipated.  I had a dresser and a changing table, but that left me with no room for a bookcase.  Which didn’t seem like a problem when my son was a newborn, but when he started to crawl and play, well, I then realized my mistake.

So what’s a parent of a small child, and small nursery, to do?

Changing Station in Natural BirchIf I knew then what I know now, I would have bought a lower dresser and added a changing tray to the top.  Plenty of companies sell these as accessories to their pieces; however, a changing pad and a basket or two work just as well.  Or something like this.  If I had done this, I would have had space for all of his toys and books in his room.  As it was, I ended up removing changing items from the bottom shelves of the changing table and using them as shelves for those items.  Which, in and of itself, turned out to be a clever storage solution (if I do say so myself).

My point is this.  While a changing “station” is indispensable — it provides a safe, convenient spot to change and bond with baby — you don’t need a changing table, specifically.  Think about your space and find ways to make the items you can’t do without multitask for you.  If you’re blessed to have the space for it all, then go for it — the whole kit and kaboodle.  For those of us who aren’t, now’s the time to show off your creativity.

Moms in the know, we want to hear your ideas, solutions and suggestions regarding changing tables.  Talk to us!