A Soft Place to Land
If you’ve seen the movie or musical “Waitress” you might wonder why it is our baby’s nursery theme. The plot of the movie follows a waitress who accidentally gets pregnant by her abusive/controlling husband, has an affair with her ObGyn, and bakes pies to deal with life’s problems. Spoiler alert: In the end, she has her baby daughter, finds her identity as a mother and strong independent woman, and she and her daughter bake pies together, like she used to do with her mom.
Shawn and I saw Waitress the Musical at ART in Cambridge in the summer of 2015. The show was adorable and I couldn’t stop singing it throughout my pregnancy. I knew if I had a girl I wanted her room to be all about baking, that mother-daughter bond and following your dreams despite all obstacles. The look of the show inspired our nursery. Instead of going for traditional pink, we chose mint, coral, and yellow to help the room feel bright and fun. We pulled a few favorite quotes from the musical to tie it all together.
The room is chock full of meaningful elements made by our friends and family. My sister-in-law Michelle hand painted the incredible murals. I didn’t have a specific vision in mind – all I knew is that I wanted “A Dream is a Soft Place to Land” over the crib. She made everything come to life. My favorite is Baby Charlotte’s name made to look like it was written in a puff of flour!
My sisters, Deanna & Amanda, gifted the crib and mattress while our mobile was handmade by some of my best friends – Natalie, Katie, Maura, and Kristin. They each crafted an ingredient, and it’s perfect – a lovely little reminder of all her fairy godmothers. My sister Amanda made the “cutie pie” frame.
Our changing table was a repurposed bureau from my mother. At 8 months pregnant I sanded, primed, and painted and added some distressed, white lattice knobs I found on Etsy. My mom also gifted me the gorgeous glider chair, and my mother-in-law knitted the beautiful blanket on top. She matched the colors of the room perfectly!
I could go on and on about our nursery – I’m so happy with how it all came out. Now we await our little cutie pie who’s still nice and cozy and apparently has no desire to come out soon…
Murals – Michelle Callan
Walls – Mint Condition Sherwin Williams
Changing table – Coral Gables Benjamin Moore