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Change is afoot | Nursery Inspiration

April 18, 2017

As the spring weather attempts to break through our current northwest reality of rain and more rain, it is GO TIME here in the Maddox house. As we prepare our home for a little Maddox in the end of June, Nick and I have been pushing to finish up our home projects, most notably the bathroom and the kitchen. This hasn’t left much us much time to “nest” in the way of doing baby things, which is all well and good because I’ve been too tired most evenings to move off the couch! Hence, my Nursery Board on Pinterest has seen lots of action but baby girls room is still rocking a very guest-room vibe.

And yes! We are having a girl, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Lucky for us we knocked out the spare (soon to be baby’s) room first. So all we have to do is move in the crib, a rocking chair and changing table. You can see the finished room below and read about the reno here. Below I’ve compiled some of my inspiration for baby girls nursery. I’m planning on keeping things simple and bright and not changing the color we’ve already painted the wall.

Current Guest Room


Emerson Grey Designs

I love all the happy colors in this nursery! It’s bright but not over-stimulating.


I plan on layering rugs and using lots of baskets in baby girls room. There isn’t a closet currently, so using baskets is a great option that doesn’t hamper the walls with excessive shelves.

Emily Henderson Design

Pretty much every Emily Henderson touches turns to gold. She’s a master of mixing traditional with modern and this nursery is no exception. Isn’t this mural amazing? It’s won’t break the bank and it’s found here! Another great place to find mural’s is Anewall.

Interior Crowd

Below you’ll find some sweet items I’ve found over the last couple months. I have yet to land on a theme for our little ones room, and to be truthful I probably won’t. I’m too indecisive and my fear of being stuck in a design box prevents me from ever identifying too strongly with one specific avenue. I’m excited to have this room be bright, soothing and most of all accessible. Making sure that her room is one she can explore freely is the most important thing to Nick and I.

Simple Shapes Growth Chart | Table Lamp | Striped Laundry Hamper | Tasseled Pillow | Basket with Handles | Pouf | DIY Kids Book Bin | Bunny Tie Back | Wall Planters | Rhino Bust | Floral Sheet | Mammoth Pull-Toy


October 3, 2016

Since we’ve painted the house I’ve been really excited to purchase some kind of warehouse and/or barn light to update the back stoop. Our home has a farmhouse feel to it with the white paint and our shop has some seriously cool warehouse lights from the 60’s I’d  love to still use. Frankly I have no idea how old they are but they’ve got these little bug catchers under the lights which are pretty full (GROSS!) so they’ve clearly been there a while -but I digress. We need a light for this back porch so I went on the hunt for some warehouse lights that were both reasonably-priced and functional for an outdoor setting. But first, a look at the situation at hand and a few things to know before purchasing outdoor lighting.

Our Situation

outdoor-light-_1 lighting-shop_1 lighting-shop_2



Things to know about outdoor lighting…

Most of the ceiling lights, wall lights, outdoor lighting and ceiling fans sold in the United States have been tested and rated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent product safety certification organization. Conversely, some products have been tested by Intertek and carry an ETL Listed mark. Whether its UL or ETL depends on the product and either rating can help you choose the most appropriate fixture for your needs. Not every light can go outside, be sure that it has a UL Wet Rating unless you plan on putting your light under a covered porch or area where moisture is present but it gets no direct rain -in this case you can use a light that is UL Damp-Rated. I’ve broken down the differences below.

UL Dry Rating: A fixture with a UL Dry Rating may be used in any area, usually indoors, which is not directly exposed to excessive moisture and water.  Any fixture with a UL label that is not explicitly rated for wet or damp applications should be considered a UL dry location fixture.

UL Damp Rating:  A fixture with a UL Damp Rating may be used in sheltered outdoor areas that are protected from direct contact with rain, snow, or excessive moisture (such as ocean spray).

UL Wet Rating:  A fixture with a UL Wet Rating is suitable for outdoor locations that receive direct contact with rain, snow or excessive moisture (such as fog or ocean spray).



What are your favorites? I’m leaning towards the Carson Goose-neck with the 20″ shallow dome, but I would put a smaller light bulb in it. Or should we go red? I plan on refinishing the lights that are over the garage and possibly repurposing the one that is over the garage-doors so that I can have two lights there -one over each garage door which will match the one we decide to place over the back stoop. Part of the problem is that the big green monster that is our shop isn’t white yet and probably won’t be until next summer at the earliest… And green siding + red shade = Christmas.  I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Do any of you have warehouse lights in or around your home? Better yet, have any of you refurbished lighting?

Links to product: 17″ Gooseneck Sconce | Carson 12″ Wall Sconce | Lora Outdoor Barn Light | Urban Barn Galvanized Light | Multi mount Warehouse Light | 13″ NP Barn light | 14″ Porcelain Warehouse light | CANARM Outdoor Aluminum Barn Light

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