I know we were all inspired by the Kim Family Auction which was held over a month ago- organized by Lisa Congdon, Geri Congdon, and Stephanie (Congdon) Barnes- and raising over $16,000 to benefit the family of James Kim, but I was also inspired by the artistry of many of the contributors. I particularly loved the doll donated by Laura Normandin, owner of Wren Handmade, who I have admired for quite a while.
There is so much inspiration to be found on blogs and websites...I am amazed every day at the talented people I find around the world...but it is rare when someone's aesthetic appeals to me so completely. I usually admire the things that others make, and take my favorite parts, altering them to fit my life. But I find the work of Laura Normandin *just perfect*-- from the folk-art quality of her dolls to the tiny outfits she crafts-- I wouldn't change a thing.
I was so inspired by the doll that Laura donated to the auction that I decided to redecorate my nursery. Luckily, the paint doesn't need to be changed, and the only thing that I had really done in there was to make some simple blinds a year and a half ago. I ordered the Liberty prints that Laura used in her doll's clothes, and now I just need to make some new curtains-- I am thinking simple white curtains with some sort of redwork at the bottom. I think the red against the pale blue walls is sweet but unusual for a little girl's room. I will use the Liberty prints as accents around the room. I am thinking of making some little doll's clothes to hang from tiny hangers a la Alicia, or maybe even putting in a little clothesline like Martha did. I want the room to have the spartan look of a typical nursery from Martha Stewart Baby. (oh how I miss that magazine)
This is the way I usually decorate a room, with one little snippet of inspiration, maybe a fabric or rug, and go from there. Elliot's nursery (at our former house) was a similar soft blue with white dotted swiss curtains and blue gingham bedding. It was inspired by a vintage table cloth that I have dragged with me since my college years with little farmers on it. That bedding will match the Liberty prints- which I had completely forgotten about at first. To be honest, I don't plan on pulling out the crib just yet. I found that the only way I got any sleep with Elliot was to lay with him, so I am going to put a queen mattress on the floor for the baby and me, which later will replace our guest room mattress. I am trying to think of ways to make this bed look put together, and not like some mattress thrown in the corner on the floor, so if you have any great suggestions let me know.
So, I've got five weeks to get this done. I am also hoping to commission a doll from Laura, or even make one myself using her patterns (sorry- link has been broken) which are available on the the MSL website. Yeah, I pretty much did backflips when I found those. That way, if I buy the doll from Laura, I can continue making little outfits on my own. Check back for progress...
Update: One of the MSL links is broken, the other has been updated.