Names and Nurseries

5 Oct

Hey, gang!  Happy Fall!  To all our Lowcountry peeps, how ’bout this awesome weather we’ve been having?!  We haven’t had our AC on at all in nearly a week- doors open (not windows, though, because old houses = painted shut wavy windows 🙂 ), pups laying on the porch, working from the hammock…Ahhh…If only we got more than just a few weeks of this each year!  Speaking of great weather, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day for our Baby-Que this past weekend!  And have no fear, that post is in the works so you can all see all the fun, but in the meantime, we wanted to share with you two big ‘accomplishments’ since we last talked…Our daughter now has a name and an (almost-finished, just working on the details now) nursery!  Bazinga!

So once we found out last month that we were indeed having a little girl instead of a little boy, we referred back to THE LIST that we’ve been keeping for years…You know, the one where you put all the names you like/might consider/sound neat sometime down the road…And our girl column had always had at least double the names that our boy column had had…Not intentionally- we had just always had more luck on that side of things, I suppose…Only, as we went through them (via phone because, mind you, John was in Hawaii until a week ago!), we found ourselves doing alot more crossing off than circling!  Nothing ‘fit!’  Now that’s not to say that we didn’t have some idea of the direction we wanted to go- no, it was just that none seemed perfect enough for OUR daughter. 🙂

Both of us have always been drawn to certain ‘types’ of names.  (Thank the Lord because we’ve heard horror stories of couples being on completely opposite sides of the spectrum!)  Of course, that’s not to say we didn’t have plenty of differing opinions throughout the process, but overall, we stayed on the same page.  We love vintage names…Names that your grandmother and her friends may have. We love single-syllable names.  We love unique names…Names that won’t be on a classroom roster three times when roll is called.  And we really love ‘strong’ names, especially for girls.    Names that will carry her through whatever life she chooses- something that would be suitable for the Oval Office door :).  And once we started really combining all of the above, we knew we wanted the perfect mix of old and new, traditional and eclectic, serious and fun…

Our daughter’s name is Neve Louise Thomas. 🙂

Just a little background in case you’re curious…Neve, pronounced ‘Nev,’ means ‘radiance and brilliance,’ as well as ‘snow’ in Italian, our favorite country to visit on Earth.  It was never on our LIST and just kinda popped up out of nowhere one Sunday afternoon when John and I were mulling it all over.  Just like the boy name we’d originally chosen (which also wasn’t on THE LIST), we took it as a sign that we both loved it immediately and that it ‘fit.’  A cute side story: John later told me that one ‘tool’ he’d used during the naming process was picturing himself on our driveway and calling to our daughter standing back in the doorway to ‘come on.’  If he could’t picture himself saying ‘Come on, Sarah,’ (which was never on any list for us, just btw!), then he eliminated it immediately.  As soon as we mentioned Neve, he could picture his ‘scenario’ perfectly. 🙂  Louise was my great-grandmother and is also my mother’s middle name, so not only did it satisfy our need for vintage, but it holds an extra special place in my heart.

So…Onto the nursery!  We knew from the very beginning- long before we found out the gender- that we wanted a tranquil, peaceful, subtle nursery…On the whole neither of us are fans of blue or pink, pastels, baby chickens, cartoon safari animals…You know, the things you see in many, many nurseries.  HOWEVER, that’s certainly not to say that we haven’t seen plenty of GORGEOUS nurseries done in all of the above!  Believe me, when we started the research process getting our ideas and inspirations together, we definitely saw plenty that were fit for royalty!  But for US, it was important to stay true to our own eclectic- somewhat offbeat- style. And I think we did :).  We’ve dubbed Neve’s nursery as a ‘funky woodland wonderland,’ complete with birch trees, woodland creatures, birds and a variety of textures.  It’s done in all natural colors- khaki, white and black- with ‘pops’ of deep orange.  (Yes, we originally chose orange when we thought we were having a boy and may have gone with another ‘pop’ had we known she was girl, but ultimately, we loved the orange and just knew that she would, too.  Afterall, for those of you who really, really know me…Y’all know there’s not a chance in Hades that I’ll have a girly girl!  Ha!)

The birch trees, with their birds, line the entire wall behind the crib. The canvas over the crib- of a birch tree lined avenue disappearing in the distance- was actually the first thing we bought for the nursery, the weekend we found out we were pregnant. You may not be able to see it, but there's a small orange owl (that we added) sitting in one of the trees on the left side of the canvas. This is Betsy- she's represented all throughout the nursery.

We must've tried 100 gliders before opting to go with this custom piece. It's gorgeous...and one of the comfiest chairs in the house!

John and I paint switch plates for our home all over the world, signing the backs with the date and the location. We painted this one- to look like river rocks- the weekend we found it 'he' was a 'boy,' so the back says 'For Kelley...'

'Feminizing' the nursery 🙂 A basic lamp instantly becomes just a bit more glam by simply adding a glittery name and some statement flowers 🙂

The curtains are 'threaded' onto birch limbs. And yep, that's an owl perched on the end 🙂

The birch bark and the hawk feathers are courtesy of my Aunt Linda in upstate New York. My dad and I actually built the ladder shelves in 2002 when I was finishing up grad school and living in a small room with very little storage space. We refinished them together this summer for Neve.

River rocks from all over North America, courtesy of my Aunt Julia who has collected them since she was a child. My dad actually remembers being with her as children at their Aunt and Uncle's lake house in New York and finding the rock second from the left, ca. 1963.

Who says the perfect little boy tricycle can't suit a little girl perfectly? This is the trike that my Dad refinished this summer- converting it from red (how I remember it as a child) to blue. Well, now it's been 'spiced' up again for Neve. You can now see the pink flames and her name on the back of the seat. We've added pink tassels to the handlebars and painted the original bell pink, too 🙂

So what do you think?  We’re still working on the details and adding the finishing touches (ie. John’s 32″ flat screen that already has a mount over the changing table 😉 ), but we’re so pleased with how the nursery has turned out.  And most importantly, we just know that it’ll be perfect for Neve!  And like I said earlier, we’re working on getting all of Saturday’s Baby-Que pictures uploaded and can’t wait to share them with you within the next week!  Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a perfect, memorable day for John and me.  We love you guys!

A tiny bit old, but this was at almost 22 weeks 🙂

5 Responses to “Names and Nurseries”

  1. Kathi October 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM #

    I absolutely love the nursery! so peaceful.

    Glad you shared the photos with us.

    And you look stunning! Seriously you glow with love and happiness!

    • Erin T. October 13, 2011 at 12:52 AM #

      Thanks, Kathi! We had such a perfect day with so many of our favorite people. And thanks for the compliment- Neve and I are both growing by the day, but doing our best to settle in, at least temporarily!

  2. wendy October 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM #

    love you!!
    Wendy and Miranda

    • Erin T. October 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM #

      Thank you!! Hate you guys missed the party- loads of fun! Would love to see you soon- hopefully over the holidays. Love you!

      Erin K. Thomas, President Lowcountry Pet Sitters 843.327.7487

  3. Debbie Barbaree October 5, 2011 at 4:47 PM #

    I LOVE it…a most unique and special nursery (just like you)!

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