Part 4- Bence’s Nursery: Soft Goods

Written by Lisa Vardai on May 2, 2016

And… I am back! Sorry for the MIA. Its been hectic with my last travel trip to Houston, TX. It was bitter sweet since I won’t be back till November! However, I am back home and finishing off my nesting for Bence… All while, prepping for Thistle Baby’s fist Market Show!!!! If you are local to Trenton, Michigan. Drop on by and visit us and 200 other vendors! For more information:

Bence’s room is just about complete with just a few minor touches… the SOFT GOODS. This will finish off sweet touches and complete his room for June’s Reveal! Cant wait for all of you to see what the space has become!!!

Soft goods: Pillows+Blankets+Sheets+Drapery 

1.Throw Pillows are perfect to add additional POPs of color, without over powering the space. It also allows you to coordinate contrasting colors to the space. If your one to change things over seasons or just because…. this allows you to play around and use different patterns, textures, colors anytime you want!!!! As a designer, I try to utilize all my clients fabrics to the fullest, but sometimes we have left overs. I plan to use left over fabrics and make my own throw pillows. This will be revealed in June! Somethings just have to stay secret till the end! However, if you don’t have fabric hanging around, Home Goods/Home Sense is a great place to find great pair pillows for discounted rates. They usually range between $25-$40/each.

2. Blankets+Swaddles: I absolutely adore these reversible blankets+Swaddles from ModernBurlap.

I wanted to bring in black&white patterns into Bence’s room for visual stimulation. I read the best way “a parent can stimulate baby’s vision is using black and white stripes or light and dark contrasting colors. So what about those nice soft pastels that used to be so popular in baby toys and nurseries? While these may look pretty to you, they do nothing visually for your baby. Research has proven that black and white contrasts register powerfully on baby’s retina and send the strongest visual signals to baby’s brain. Stronger signals mean more brain growth and faster visual development. Surround a baby with soft pastel colors, and you might as well be blindfolding him. Surround your baby with black and white or light and dark pictures, and watch your baby’s eyes light up.”

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3. Bedding+Sheets- I am keeping his bedding simple, just the bed sheet & jellycat friends! 

After hours of looking through monochromatic crib sheets in large prints- I found one that I absolutely love! A) large print bohowolf sheet from These are customized screen printed for each person! Really can’t wait to get his implemented into his nursery!

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4. Drapery + Sheers+ Black Nickel Hardware: I am a firm believer that drapery completes a space! Depending on how you would like your space to feel. It can bring warmth, softness, boldness, and much much more!

For Bence’s nursery I am going for a soft feel for the drapery. I got lucky and found the perfect size and perfect ready made pocket rod draperies from Home Sense(CA). Got it for a steal price too! $40US!

As for hardware- Sometimes saving scraps from old projects are perfect for your own uses. In this case I had two pieces that were cut from a previous job that fit perfectly for our window, SCORE!

You may ask… how do you use two broken pieces? Some hardware companies will let you purchase a inner splicer. This splicer allows you to connect the two rods, a similar concept to adjustable rods. My usual preference is to have one full rod and not have cut pieces but in this case… I am all about saving where I can, all while keeping my vision intact. I finished off the drapery hardware with black nickel ball finials. simple and classic!

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