I know we’ve been on a bit of a nursery/baby kick lately, but when they’re this cute can you really blame us? These sweet photoshoots never fail to tug hard at those heart strings of mine. And when you go and throw a french bulldog in the mix all bets are officially off! Captured by Lane Dittoe (oh how I love all things Lane), there’s more from this shoot right here in the gallery.
From the Mother… When my husband and I found out we were expecting a baby last September, I was obviously very excited to have a child, but admittedly, I was equally as excited to decorate our nursery… especially because we were expecting a girl! As an artist I have always loved design; telling a story through texture, color and pattern. Three years ago I was thrilled to launch my business Paper Plane Paperie, an invitation studio based in Newport Beach, California. When it came to designing our nursery, I really tapped into my lifelong love for the color pink, and mixing it up with my love for the beach.
Before moving south my husband and I first lived in Downtown Los Angeles, there we adopted our lovely frenchbull dog Stevie, named after my favorite singer; Stevie Nicks. It was really important to keep our memories from LA with us, so the city was a strong inspiration off the bat. After we purchased the bookshelf from Serena and Lily, I started looking for little relics of our life, I quickly found a paper mache artist on Etsy, who made a figurine of Stevie for me. The “Be Cool Baby” artwork by Jimmy Marble was something I had been eyeing since I spotted it at Reform School, a boutique in Silverlake. Thankfully my best friend Mary quickly gifted it to us when we started decorating Charlotte’s room and it was a perfect fit! The “Los Angeles” print hanging above the dresser is by Rifle Paper company, one of my favorite stationery lines. The designer Anna Rifle Bond created the special edition print for an event she did at Urbanic Paper Boutique on Abbot Kinney in Venice.
My own childhood memories also served as a huge source of inspiration to the room as well. Memories came to back to life as I remembered a plastic goose lamp that my cousins had and as little girls we loved to dress up the goose with ribbons to coordinate each season. The lamp was called “Gladys the Goose” and they were designed by Don Featherstone of Union Products in the 70’s and 80’s. I absolutely HAD to find one, but knowing they were out of production made it a good challenge. I was so happy when my Aunt discovered one in great condition online and sent it as a baby gift. I have to say, it is the lamp made me the most excited about the nursey, not only because of my own childhood memories with my cousins, but because it just isn’t something you see everyday.
Since the birth of our sweet Charlotte Mae on May 1, 2013, we have continued receiving meaningful toys, artwork and gifts that add to the room’s whimsical feel. My sister is an artist and has since painted two beautiful paintings which I will have to find wall space for! We are so lucky to have our friends and family give gifts with such meaningful connections to Charlotte, those contributions continue to inspire to me to make her room a place of love and comfort. Charlotte’s nursery has served as a wonderful way for my husband and I to tell the story of our life and I can not wait to add on to our story throughout her childhood.
Photography: Lane Dittoe Fine Art Wedding Photography