August Elliott's Earthy Abode

August Elliott's Earthy Abode

Lauren Hufnagl
Jan 16, 2014

Name: August Elliott
Location: Lexington, KY

What a perfect gift to learn on Mother's Day that we'd be expecting another baby! This past eight months have flown by. The past several months we have been juggling furniture from room to room, painting, organizing and so much more all to prepare for little August Elliott.

My husband Nick did most of the hard labor (haha), and I've been bossing and crafting (two things that have always come naturally for me). Now I'm so excited to share the photos of our finished nursery. It's definitely been a labor of love!

I wanted the room to feel earthy and kind of tribal. I love animals, but I didn't want to go too far in any specific direction, so you'll see an assortment of Native American influence and some African as well. I wanted a color scheme that was calming but not too "babyish", and I'm really happy with the pale turquoise that we ended up with. The colorful rug is actually from Target, and I feel like that piece in particular really pulled all of the design elements together.

All of the ivory furniture (dresser/changing table, chest of drawers, and side table) was originally a hand-me-down bedroom suite that we've previously used in our bedroom. It was green, but after a fresh coat of neutral paint and some cute new knobs what was once a little hand-me-down now has a new life perfect for a kid's room!

There are so many special handmade items in August's room. The crocheted blanket was made by my grandmother, AKA Mamaw Ginger. The four framed animal prints were actually made by me. This was an exciting project for me that took quite a bit of time. They are actually lino-block prints, which means I carved the designs from linoleum blocks and printed them onto the paper like giant stamps. I love the results, and now that I have the blocks I can make as many prints from them as I want.

The quilt draped on the crib was made by my mom. I got an idea that I wanted my mom to make a quilt when my daughter was born even though she had never made a quilt before. She whipped it out and it was amazing, so I knew I wanted her to make one for August too. I had a hard time choosing the right colors and patterns, but it was through that process that I decided to incorporate the gold and brown tones in the room. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how the quilt turned out. The solid brown border and center blocks are actually a soft leather.

August's baby book was hand bound by me. Book making is one of my favorite mediums, so I really enjoyed this project. The "A" as well as the turquoise pattern were both lino-block prints.

The name art was a project I made out of found objects ... (the wooden panels were actually assembled by my husband, sticks were found in our yard, and everything else - feathers, beads, shells, leather cord was found at Hobby Lobby). This particular project was the biggest pain for me. I procrastinated on this one mostly because I haven't had the energy to go outside and gather sticks in the cold. Once I finally got my sticks you have no idea what a pain it was to assemble and tie them together to make legible letters. After that part was done I just hot glued the rest and I have to say that this is one of my favorite things in the room. Isn't that the way it goes with the things that take the most work?

We are getting close to meeting our sweet little boy and I'm so relieved to say that I feel ready!

Thanks, Julie! Readers you can see more of Julie by visiting her website, Julie Roberts Photography.


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