Like my blonde hair, when it comes to decorating, I wouldn’t say I’m a natural. I struggle with making decisions and am pretty much terrified of making color choices. No matter how many times I read that “paint can be changed” or “bold accessories can be moved,” I’m still paralyzed by the choice. I think it’s mostly the fear of making a decision that I won’t like. Yes, paint can be changed….but it’s not necessarily EASY. Not all of us have endless amounts of time on our hands to repaint our mistakes.
Anyways…so I’m afraid of color. You get the point.
But you’ll probably understand now why I’m so flabbergasted about having colors already picked out for the nursery. At first, it was the same ‘ol, same ‘ol shakin’ in my boots routine. I knew I wanted grey and white as a base (nice neutral color choices right??). But how boring is that for a little bambino (and me)? I knew I needed to interject some color in there somewhere to bring some life into the room.
Imagine my surprise when I had that “aha” moment in the kitchen towel aisle of Target. Yes. Target. Yes. The kitchen towels. Won’t the little one be so impressed that his/her room was modeled after the color scheme of some cheap towels. Ha. My thoughts on the matter? I don’t care where the hell my inspiration comes from, as long as it comes! Enough talking…how about I introduce you to the towels of the hour:
I’m not really a yellow-person, so I never really considered it an option until I saw it mingling so wonderfully with grey. It’s so clean, fresh and cheery. Just how I want a nursery to be! And the best part is that it’s still gender-neutral. Even though we’re finding out what sex the baby is, I wanted to have a neutral nursery. Hopefully we’ll have more kids eventually and I’d hate to have to buy new things because I went crazy with the pink first time around. I still love you pink!
But I knew it needed something else…another little happy pop of color. And then, in another bout of good luck, I came across this note card as I was clearing out my room (in preparation for the nursery).
I love the message of this card and thought to myself “this would be so cute hanging in a frame on the wall of a nursery.” And then I thought to myself “hey wait a minute! this color would be so cute with grey and yellow! Inspiration towel, inspiration towel, wherever you may be…get your ass over here and let me see!” Please Kelly…somebody…tell me you picked up on the Labrynth reference here…
And what do you know? Instant love.
There’s only one minor problem I can foresee. And that’s telling people that I’m doing my nursery in yellow and blue and people think of this:
Clearly this is NOT my vision.
And don’t even say it Pops. My nursery is not, I repeat NOT “Bobcat colors.”
So instead of saying yellow and blue, I’m saying saffron and peacock-blue. Just because it sounds super fancy. And that’s how I roll. And I don’t care about the eye-rolling that will probably occur after I mutter those words because I can assure you that even the eye-roller herself won’t be picturing the wrong colors.
Anyhoo….needless to say I am super excited to have this decision made! In fact, I’ve already started collecting a few things that seem to fit my vision. Take for example this fabric I ran across at Selvedge this past weekend.
It’s a little on the feminine side, so if we end up having a boy I’ll definitely keep the usage to a minimum. Some ideas floating around my head are pillow, blanket, burp cloths, nursing cover, crib skirt or just framed as some simple wall art. The possibilities are endless.
In fact, I picked up a few other inspirational pieces of fabric while I was out, and found some already-owned items that I think will work just great.
Yes I realize that none of these items really “make” anything yet. But they’ve got my wheels a-turnin’. I’m thinking all about curtains and pillows and seat cushions and wall art and rugs and bedding. Just trying to get a plan in place so when I do finally make my move there’s some logic behind it. Plus, now that I have some ideas in mind I can keep my eye out for deals or pieces that I love.
So, I think the lesson learned here today is that inspiration comes in all places, sizes and colors. Learn to go with your instinct and forget about the little voice in your head that says, “yeah, but those are towels! At Target!”
Today’s post brought to you by the letter T, the number 20 (because I’m halfway done today!) and of course, the color saffron.