I am asked often if my house is filled with Junk By Jenny wares. The answer is…sort of. Following a junk pick, I’ll often bring one or two pieces into our home to stage with. Most often, their time with me is short-lived, as I enjoy sharing the vintage pieces with customers instead.
I really like to mix old with new. I really love collections. I also had a deep love of nostalgic and sentimental pieces. Each month, I will allow readers a “Sneak Peek” into my world and comforts of our home. We live in an turn-of-the-century home, built-in 1899. The previous owners made life easier for us, with several updates, while still maintaining the charm of the home.
July’s Sneak Peek
C is for…Claire, at our house. Our little May Day baby is now 4 years old. Quickly, she is catching the vintage bug, like her momma. This month, I am featuring Claire’s room, the tidy part of it. The inspiration to feature Claire’s room came from my friend | colleague | fellow blog pal, Amanda Nygaard. Check out her homemade & handmade space at www.amandanygaard.com. She tagged me via Instagram to join in on the hashtag challenge #thecraftedhomethursday. As the hashtag hosts described, “It’s your chance to share any handcrafted item that brings some ‘happy’ to your space. If it’s been built, sewn, painted, hammered nailed or glued, we want to see it.” I snapped a quick photo of Claire’s room, specifically her focal wall and am pleased to share it was one the top trending posts on the weekly Instagram hashtag challenge.
In 2012, as we prepared for baby #2 (like baby #1), we didn’t want to know the baby’s gender. We decorated the nursery with grays, which is now the popular color. I remember searching high and low for gray nursery pieces. Once baby arrived, we were set to add pink hues or greens & blues. We did an alphabet wall with pressed cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby, each spray painted a glossy, crisp white. Forgive me for the pre-fancy camera photo below.
We had our names set; Claire Marie for a girl and Connor Jeffrey for a boy. We also knew it would be fun to pop the “C” monogram with the accent color, which of course ended up pink. We used the same “Jenny Lind” style crib from big brother Ethan, for four reasons: 1. sibling hand-me-downs are nice on the pocket-book 2. Jenny as part of the name, hello! 3. the vintage feel of the pieces 4. the Swedish roots of Jenny Lind furniture.
People often teased me during Claire’s pregnancy that we knew we were having a girl with the feminine furnishings of the gender-neutral room. When I revisit this photo, I can see why. We truly didn’t know. They often say, however, that a mother’s instinct is usually spot on. A very special piece of Claire’s nursery was the hand-sewn bedding from Grandma Karen.
Here is little Miss Claire when she was 6 months old, with her pink “C.”
Fast-forward to now, Claire’s once quiet and simple nursery is packed with princess dresses, glittery lip gloss, story books, bows, and jewelry. I’ve vintage’ified her room with jumbo old frames and an old side table….both with that same pink. hue as the “C.” I have had the milk glass dotted lamp forever and it works perfectly in the little miss’ room. Claire has new pieces (that look old) including a dress up wardrobe and a vanity with a fancy little stool. My very, very, very favorite vintage piece in Claire’s room is her old wrought iron bed.
The photos featured below were taken by the lovely and oh-so talented photographer Stephanie Warzecha. She has taken photos of our family since we moved to Morris. Visit her website at www.stephaniefoto.com for a sneak peek at her fabulous’ness. You can also see our family featured in one of her Lifestyle Sessions where she captured us in our own element from the comforts of our home by clicking here. I just love, love, love the photos Stephanie captured in Claire’s room of our two kiddos.
© Stephanie Foto
© Stephanie Foto
© Stephanie Foto