Kate shares the story of her daughter's beautiful nursery made with love: When putting this room together for Charlotte Grace, I knew I wanted it to be light and dreamy – a space that would spark both relaxation and imagination. I searched for months for a piece of artwork and once I finally found the gorgeous canvas of birdies, it served as inspiration for the rest of the room.
Many of the things in the room are handmade: the two quilts hanging on the bird cage hooks were made by me and the soft, lovely one on the back of the rocker was made by a friend; the bird cage hooks, mirror and pink picture frame were all hand finished and re-painted; I made the butterfly piece (framed by the window) after seeing a similar look on many blogs; and the hanging birdhouses were lovingly carried by Charlotte's Nannie all the way from Pittsburgh in a suitcase and then hand-painted and hung by the two of us.
Many other of Charlotte's lovelies are special gifts from family & friends: many of her wonderful books (our favorite is "On The Night You Were Born"), Stripes the Bunny, the blabla frog, her many elephants (a favorite collectible!), and – of course – her beloved Sophie giraffe teether.
One of my favorite pieces is the framed print from CurlyGirl Design that reads, "Welcome to the world, Little One. It is even now, that much better because you are here."
All of Charlotte's furniture and wall hangings took SO MUCH manual work to assemble and hang; the dresser/changing table came in hundreds of parts and took an entire day to complete. All of this was done lovingly by her Daddy – who loved Charlotte before he even knew her.
The day our little miss was born was the most wonderful of our lives – what happiness the three of us shared, together and with our families. We brought Charlotte home from the hospital and introduced her to this beautiful room that would be all her own. Then, when our baby was just eighteen days old, my husband… her Daddy… passed away unexpectedly.
Now, it's just the two of us – and while I could not have ever pictured being in this situation, this is where we're at and we are going to get through this. Yes, there will be tears and struggle – but there will also be love and celebration. We're about to put our house up for sale and I consider it a gift that Charlotte has been able to spend a couple months in her beautiful room – that her Daddy and I put so much love into – before we leave our home.
Paint – custom color by Lowes (it took self-mixing and many many tries before I found the perfect shade of light blue)
Birdie canvas – by Winborg Sisters, found on OopsyDaisy.com
Flower Chandelier – Pottery Barn
Sophie Bumper – Pottery Barn
Bedskirt – Handmade, fabric from Joann's
"Welcome to the World" print – CurlyGirl Designs
Wooden birdhouses – Joann's (then painted)
(Images: Kate Byars Photography)
Thank you Kate and Charlotte. Readers, Kate needs to sell her house. If you know anyone looking in the Atlanta area, send them to the website Kate has set up, 535 Stillhouse Lane. If you blog about happenings in the Atlanta area, perhaps you'll consider helping get the word out. You can also find Kate at her personal blog, Big Girl Little Girl.