Chez Newb: Two Projects I’ve Been Working on This Summer

You may have noticed this summer I’ve been posting a lot about what Nick and I have been doing at the house, rather than posting about design trends or shopping spots. You may have also noticed that Sue and I have pared down the number of posts we’ve been writing each week. Well, a lot of that can be chalked up to…NESTING!¬†

I’m so proud to write that Nick, Jimmy and I welcomed the arrival of baby Nate this week. We are overjoyed to have another baby boy in the house. He’s a big boy weighing in at 9 pounds, 5 ounces at birth. And we’re loving every inch of him. I’m also pretty happy to ditch the ventilator mask that I’ve been wearing for every paint and stain job over the past 9 months. ;-)


So I’ll keep this post short and sweet and just share some pics of the “baby nook” we put together in our room in preparation for Nate. (Please note that these were taken before Nate joined us. We’ve since removed the pillows and toys from the crib. I don’t want anyone to think I’m putting him in harm’s way :-)) Is it Pinterest-worthy? Probably not. But is it the coziest, most happy place in our house — absolutely! Style is in the eye of the beholder and we are beholding some of the best moments in life these days.

I started the whole room makeover by getting rid of the yellow paint and freshing it up with PARA Paint’s PF-40 Spring Saige. It’s not quite green, not quite blue and not quite grey. In different lights it’s all three. I love the soft soothing atmosphere that is great for keeping the room calm for sleep.

We were able to re-use many of the items from Jimmy’s room, like the dresser, crib and bedding. I made the Weimaraner mobile before Jimmy was born (in tribute to our dog, Jack) but added some blue fluffiness to it this time around. We hung some barnboard shelves that were removed from Nick’s family cottage two years ago. We dried them, sanded them and added them for storage and decoration. I painted some animal artwork and frames to tie into the bedding as well. (PARA Paints colours used are Alexandrite PF-61 (the aqua), Canary Diamond PF-48 (yellow) and P2085-02 Annapolis Valley Tint 3 (green). They are super simple, but are a great project for extra paint that you might have. (Just make sure to scuff the pre-painted frames with sandpaper to get the paint to adhere…Ikea frames might be low-cost but they sure are high-gloss!)

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We haven’t yet finished up decorating the other side of the room, so here’s just a corner peek. I’m trying to finish up the big wall over the headboard, but keep having to start over. I’m not sure what I’ll do there. Maybe I shouldn’t have been so hasty to take down the ¬†gallery wall? (More on that in an upcoming post!)newberry sykes ottawa decor master bedroom chair copyI’ve pre-written a few more posts over the next couple of weeks, while I enjoy some quality family time with my three boys (four if you count the dog!?!?) So don’t think that gallery walls and kitchens are more important than my family; I just managed to be organized for once!




14 Comments on Chez Newb: Two Projects I’ve Been Working on This Summer

  1. Anne
    September 22, 2014 at 10:25 am (3 years ago)

    Not that I’m biased or anything but this MY FAVOURITE POST EVER for very obvious reasons. Love Nate’s Nook and the cheerful punches of that gorgeous blue. Oh and I bow to your organizational skills and of course fab decor ideas. :)

    • Meredith Newberry
      September 23, 2014 at 10:28 am (3 years ago)

      Awww thanks Anne! But don’t bow down to me….you’ve got enough inspiration FOR me that we should just hug ;) Thanks for your sweet words. Can’t wait for you to meet this little guy!

  2. Susan
    September 22, 2014 at 10:34 am (3 years ago)

    What a sweet post, one of my favorites too. Can’t get enough of that little face :))

  3. Sara
    September 22, 2014 at 10:43 am (3 years ago)

    Beautiful: I love the wall colour. And–chalk this up to your fabulous preparedness–you only need to change out one letter in the adorable “N-A-M-E” block display! Love you guys; you make some seriously cute babies.

    • Meredith Newberry
      September 23, 2014 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

      You got it Sara! We had Nate spelled out, but weren’t ready to spill the name before everyone met him so we turned over the T to the M side. Total luck not organization – but I love your optimism ;)

  4. gemma@thesweetestdigs
    September 22, 2014 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

    Wow!!! Congratulations!! He is darling, and the room looks so sweet too.

    • Meredith Newberry
      September 23, 2014 at 10:25 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Gemma!! He is a total peach and we loved putting together his special spot. :) Hope you’re having a great day.

  5. Maheen
    September 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm (3 years ago)

    nate is just too delish, his corner looks great too!

  6. Lara
    September 23, 2014 at 2:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, Meredith…the close up of Nathan is ADORABLE!!! And I LOVE the weimaraner mobile! Did you sew the pups yourself? The poms at the top are the icing on the cake! If I had another babe, I would want one just like it (maybe with Berners instead ;)). So cute.

    • Meredith
      September 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Lara! I did sew the weims myself…no kids then so I had some time to do it ;) Maybe you should just make some puppies for the girls. Felting fun :)

  7. Sheila S.
    September 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Congratulations on your new bundle of joy, he is absolute perfection!

    • Meredith Newberry
      September 30, 2014 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Sheila!! I wholeheartedly agree ;) xo


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