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Project Nursery

Being that my daughter is roughly seven and a half months old, these pictures of her nursery seem a tad overdue. To be honest, like so many home improvement projects, her room will be a constant work in progress. As she continues to grow I will continue to modify and tweak it to meet her changing needs. Until then however, here are some of my favorite items that presently adorn Ivey’s nursery.


Years ago, during one of my many and frequent shopaholic D.I.N.K. binges, I met Bishop Lennon and purchased a small painting from her at Lavish. That same day, I promised myself that if I ever was lucky enough to have a baby I would somehow convince Bishop to create a painting for the nursery. Obviously, I succeed and I can’t express how thrilled I am with the painting Bishop created for my daughter. It is everything I could have hoped for and more.


I am not quite sure how old this pink Lucite Florida handbag is but I received it when I was only four years old. Originally it belonged to my Great Aunt Nita and it was gifted to me when she passed. Her passing was my first experience with death and somehow having this handbag accessible through my childhood kept her memory close. I look forward to Ivey playing with it, like I once did, even if it is considered a collector’s item by today’s standards.

Here is a list of all the products I re-purposed for this nursery:

  • Silver piggy bank that was given to me when I worked at Bank of America
  • Teddy Bear that was purchased from the UC Berkeley bookstore in the early 90’s
  • Beautiful pink Lucite Florida handbag that I have had since I was four years old

Here is a list of all the products I purchased for this nursery:

What are your favorite items in your child’s nursery? Where did you find them and what do they mean to you?

Improve Your View, Give Yourself Something Beautiful to Look at

If you are an urban dweller chances are your homeowner’s association or landlord isn’t keen on you adding bay windows to improve your view. Here is a simple tip on how to turn any ordinary window into a greenhouse window.

Here is what you will need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Screwdriver
  • L brackets (four brackets for each shelf)
  • 1/4 inch thick glass cut to fix your window (one for each shelf)
  • Small potted plants and/or collectibles

Prep: Measure your window to determine the size of your shelves and how many shelves you would like in your window. Consult your local glass company for the pieces of glass (I use Theisen Glass).

Installation: Secure your L brackets in place with a screwdriver and place your pieces of glass on top. Once the shelves are in place add your potted plants and/or collectibles.