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5 Finishing Ideas for your Nursery

By PBK Editors

Written by Ashley Pepitone of Camp Makery for Building Blocks.

Bringing your dream nursery together isn’t as easy as it may sound. Even though I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my peach and gold nursery, there were still a few unexpected things I learned in the process. Here are the top five pieces of advice that truly put the finishing touches on my baby girl’s space.

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1. Choose your paint color last.  Once you have chosen your bedding and some other decor choose a color from there. Have it color matched and go two to three shades lighter if need be. For my nursery, I pulled a turquoise from one of the pillow fabrics and went two shades lighter.

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2. Upgrade your lighting. There is nothing like switching out existing light fixtures to instantly make any room feel custom. I fell in love with the Pagoda Chandelier and it ended up setting my direction for the rest of the room.

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3. Choose meaningful art. I stuck with artwork made by local artists (and I’m lucky enough to call them friends) in addition to special pieces painted by big sister Delaney. For about $20 worth of canvases, acrylic paint and various sized brushes, big sis got a special activity to make her feel part of the process and the nursery gained one-of-a-kind artwork!

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4. Repaint, revamp, repeat. The side table and geometric mirrors were both vintage finds and a coat of paint took them from dated to divine in about three minutes flat! Bottom line: when buying vintage or thrift goods, look for shapes and details that catch your eye — colors can be changed easily.

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5. Buy quality linens for baby. When it comes to the textiles that will touch my baby’s skin regularly (like bedding and towels), quality is so important. My Pottery Barn Kids towels are the softest I’ve ever found and I’ve been loyally buying them since my first was born. Plus, colors stay true through the many, many washes your linens will go through!

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A Perfectly Peachy Nursery

By PBK Editors

Written by Ashley Pepitone of Camp Makery for Building Blocks.

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When I first found out I was pregnant I decided that my nursery would be centered around one creative piece of inspiration. I love the local Atlanta creative community and when I found Ashley Buzzy’s Sweet as a Peach print, I knew it had to be my starting point.

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I took straight to Pinterest and started gathering inspiration for peach and gold nurseries. My goal was to create a nursery that was soothing and serene, but still felt true to my design style. When designing for little girls, I like to walk the line between sweet and eclectic. I found myself gravitating towards nursery photos that also incorporated more saturated colors like brighter corals and turquoise so I decided to mix that into my design.

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To get started, I knew the Harper Dot Nursery Collection in Coral was an obvious choice. Its clean lines and playful dots ground the space nicely and allowed me to go a little bit frillier with some of the other décor pieces. For the windows, I used the Sailcloth drape and added mint and coral pom-pom trim for a fun, girly accent. To finish off the room with that eclectic vibe I like, I included the Pagoda Chandelier, handmade pillows (by my mother), and a Liddabits Design Shop banner hanging on sparkly branches in lieu of a mobile.

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I wanted to include my first daughter, Delaney, in the creation of her baby sister’s room as well. She painted two masterpieces which I framed and added to the gallery wall. It was a special way to get her excited for the new arrival and also add a special touch to the room. Delaney also helped me on the octagonal side table- a thrift store find that we refinished with chalk paint and new hardware. The geometric mirrors were also thrifted and we simply spray-painted the wooden frames gold. To add some extra texture, we added the quick sequin “T”. For that project, I just wrapped some sequin trim around a papier-mâché “T” from the craft store and secured it with hot glue.

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All in all, the room came together perfectly. With a foundation of great Pottery Barn Kids products, some local art and a few DIY projects with Delaney, I’m so happy with how the room turned out. Our new baby girl will be sleeping in style with her “Sweet as a Peach” nursery!

 

Photography: Haley Sheffield | Haley Sheffield Photography

Family Travel: Guide to Bermuda

By PBK Editors

Written by Feather + Flip for Building Blocks.

Bermuda has the soft pink sands and crystal blue lagoons of a tropical island but is an easy-to-get-to destination thanks to quick, nonstop flights. Here are a few of our favorite tips for what to pack and do while you’re visiting Bermuda with kids.

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WHAT TO PACK

A comfy cover up or beach wrap. While you go back and forth from beach to hotel, a cozy cover up or beach wrap is the perfect piece to keep on hand. Our little ones even asked to wear them as pajamas one night!

Underwater exploration gear. Some of Bermuda’s historic shipwrecks are just off the the coast and close enough to the surface that even younger children can snorkel above to explore. A pair of leaky goggles can ruin the big event, so if you have a well-fitted mask of your own, bring it from home.

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A kid-friendly beach tote. Use it as your carry-on for the plane or stash it in the suitcase to bring to the beach—they pack flat, weigh nothing and come in cute designs (our daughter begged for the mermaid with its matching towel, my son drags his shark bag to the park at home as well as on vacation).

A wet/dry bag. We love a last swim in the pool before heading to the airport, but no one enjoys unpacking a suitcase of soggy clothes. Bring a wet/dry bag to keep soaking swimsuits separate on your flight home.

 

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WHAT TO DO

Best of Bermuda

1. Building pink sandcastles on the famous Horseshoe Bay Beach
2. Discovering that grilled wahoo is everyone’s favorite new fish at the Ocean Club
3. Exploring the mangroves and blue grottos in Tom Moore’s Jungle
4. Sunset dinner on the docks at the 350-year-old Waterlot Inn
5. Snorkeling historic shipwrecks that date back to the Civil War

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Favorite Island Mini Guides

St. Barth’s
Stay: Le Guanahani
Eat: Santa Fe
Play: Gouverneur Beach

St. John
Stay: Caneel Bay
Eat: Rhumb Lines
Play: Trunk Bay

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Anguilla
Stay: Malliouhana
Eat: Straw Hat
Play: Scilly Cay

Mustique
Stay: Cotton House
Eat: Basil’s
Play: Macaroni Beach

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Stay: Fairmont Southampton
Eat: Ocean Club
Play: Horseshoe Bay Beach

5 Tips for Decorating with Safari Style

By PBK Editors

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This summer we’re wild about all things safari style! Your little ones will love setting out on adventures each night with a jungle-themed bedroom so here are our top 5 tips to getting this look in your home.

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1. Start with bedding that roars. Our Jungle Safari Sheets and Quilted Bedding make for the perfect colorful addition in any kids room. Have a tiny adventurer? Try our Safari Nursery Bedding.

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2. Add stylish storage solutions with a global touch. Woven baskets are great for storing toys or blankets and our Multicolor Abaca Baskets help to bring a fun pop of color.

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3. Mix prints and patterns in natural materials. Geo Poufs and Handwoven Dhurries are great for adding texture and visual interest to your space, especially when they’re made of natural materials like wool and cotton.

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4. Try layering your textiles. Adding multiple rugs to a space may feel overwhelming, but choosing the right patterns that are unique but still connected (by a color story or texture) help bring that eclectic look together.

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5. Go for texture on the walls. Give your room a whole new feel with unexpected textures on the walls! We love the idea of using tactile wallpaper or a DIY finish to bring additional layers to the space.

For more great decorating ideas, browse our articles here or visit potterybarnkids.com to see our summer collections.

Family Travel: Guide to Miami

By PBK Editors

Written by Feather + Flip for Building Blocks.

Miami’s miles of coastline set a perfect scene for family travel. With high-end hotels, a vibrant art scene and plenty of exciting activities, we’re willing to see past any Miami vices and recommend this city for those interested in bright beaches and colorful art.

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WHAT TO PACK

The vacation uniform. It’s made of soft cotton terry so it’s perfect to throw on after each swim. The hood and long sleeves give a brief reprieve from the hat and sunscreen battles, too.

The perfect towel. A towel can act as a beach rug, play mat, and even a sun shade! Go for the biggest size and most colorful option to use everywhere from the pool and beach to park and airport lounge.

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The carry all. Use beach totes to quickly divide between kiddo stuff and mom stuff: toys, books and baby shades in one, sunscreen, sippy cups and diaper essentials in the other.

The water toys. Bring along toys that are small enough to fit in one bag, but that there are enough of to keep little ones entertained for whole trip. Our tip? Try bath toys for the pool and beach.

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The sun and swim essentials. You won’t want to forget some of the kid essentials like baby sunscreen or swim diapers, especially if you’re heading to the beach. Some of these items may be tough to find so they’re well worth ordering online and sending to your hotel in advance.

The travel-ready carrier. A stroller won’t last five minutes on the beach, so be sure to bring a baby carrier. These are perfect for containing my sand-eating little one, especially when trying to get packed up.

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WHAT TO DO

South Beach Boardwalk

This 4-mile boardwalk along the beach is perfect for long strolls with nice views when trying to get baby to sleep. If you’ve got a good napper, swing into Local House on Ocean Drive for a yummy lunch and people watching, or hop into The Webster to shop Miami’s coolest concept store.

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The famous Wynwood Walls and other colorful street art and galleries that will catch a kid’s attention; grab a morning latte at Panther Coffee, or lunch at Wynwood Kitchen.

Family Dinner, Strollers Welcome

Kids are welcome at some of South Beach’s most hip restaurants. Stop by Cecconi’s in Soho House – they have a kids’ menu – or reserve a table at perennially popular Prime 112, where the mini-sliders keep smaller diners happy. Joe’s Crab Shack is a classic, and there’s takeaway if you’d rather dine on your hotel balcony. And we can’t get eat enough Yardbird mac-and-cheese and fried chicken.

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It’s tough to choose a favorite Miami pool, but there are a few standouts. The new Miami Beach EDITION has space, light and grassy lawns plus two pools so families can splash in one without disturbing sunbathing couples. The Setai’s three-tiered pool (each heated to a different temperature) might be the city’s most photogenic, while the James Royal Palm has a children’s playroom near the pool, perfect for a shady time out when the sun gets too hot. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach has nice shallow entries for smaller swimmers and a kids’ club.

DIY Easter Egg Planters

By PBK Editors

Written by Chelsea Mitchell of Camp Makery for Building Blocks.

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This fun DIY Planter is a great way to fill the Easter basket without using candy! It’s the perfect combination of things that Easter represents, including the new spring season, life and growth. Using a jumbo sized Easter egg as the holder, we made these Easter egg planters that I know your little kiddos will enjoy as much as ours did.

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DIY Easter Egg Planters

Supplies:

Step 1: Fill bottom of Easter egg 3/4 full with potting soil.

Step 2: Choose flower and gently break apart the roots.

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Step 3: Create a space in the center of the soil for the flower.

Step 4: Top off the egg bottom with soil, pat into place, and water.

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