Writing this post today is one of those happy, emotional and surreal experiences that just make me love life. Friends, meet my sweet little niece, Marley Gray! Born on September 18th at 5:21pm, Emerson’s baby cousin and new BFF clocked in at 7lbs 9oz of seriously beautiful baby. For those of you keeping track, yes! Em and Marley share a middle name, which was derived from our maternal grandparents’ names (Gary + Kay) and I hope it always makes them feel close and special, like it’s them against the world. Today I am so excited to share a bunch of photos of Ash, Justin and Marley, along with all the details on her adorable little nursery, which Ash and I worked on together from 1400 miles apart. (Big ups to secret Pinterest boards!) From the beginning Ash was really drawn to mostly neutral nursery spaces with loads of texture and sweet little details. She definitely did not want anything that was pink or screamed girl, but she did want it to feel playful and fun which is where the touch of tropical comes into play. Scroll through for the insanely beautiful photos from Jessica Bornder Photography, and you’ll find all the shopping links below. Welcome to the world, Marley! You are so so very loved.
Marley’s nursery is full of sweet, personal touches like a little Simba painting that her daddy painted a few weeks before she was born. Ash and I fell in love with the idea of hanging big palm prints somewhere and Ash had the idea of asking their good friend Ashley Schmidt to create them custom for the space. (Ashley’s husband, Joe, is one of Justin’s lifelong best friends, so it’s such a special connection.) One afternoon Justin, Ash and a handful of their best friends installed the shiplap feature wall behind the crib and put the crib together as a group. The wooden blocks were painted by friends and family at Ash’s baby shower. The rest is a result of months of she and I tracking down the right pieces, exchanging links back and forth and pulling it all together just in time for Marley to make her debut. You guys know by now that my sister and I are immensely close and I also love her husband beyond measure. Aside from being disgustingly good looking themselves, it turns out they make really really beautiful babies. I could not be happier to have them officially initiated into the parenthood club with us and can’t wait to watch this little girl grow up into all she’s meant to be!
[Photos by Jessica Bordner Photography.]
Shopping Guide –
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Crib + dresser from Pottery Barn | Marley’s head wraps from Baby Bling | Lemon swaddle from Little Unicorn | Crib skirt from Pottery Barn | Crib sheet from Pottery Barn | Rug from RugsUSA | Lamp from Target | Curtains from IKEA | Palm art prints custom by Ashley Schmidt | Giant giraffe from Pottery Barn | Rocker from Hayneedle | Changing pad cover from TJMaxx | Triangle throw blanket from Pottery Barn | Assorted throw pillows from Target | Tropical garland from Katrina Makes | Shelving unit from Target | White elephant figurine from Target