Friday, August 28, 2009

Reader Letter - Nursery


Dear Layla-

Your Reading Room with its horizontal stripes inspired me!
My husband and I currently on the waiting list to adopt a baby.
It has been a long journey and much like most of life, where we started is not where we ended up. After the realization that I could not do a traditional blue or pink room because uncertainty of the of domestic adoption, I set out to create a neutral room.
When I saw the stripes in your Reading Room, I thought "this is it"!
I've attached a few pictures of the finished product. It was hard to give the dream up of blue and pink, but we absolutely love this room. We did the moulding and painting ourselves, and feel like it's such a soothing room. We know that one day God will bless us with a sweet baby to bring home to this perfect room!
Thanks for sharing your gift, your creativity, your inspiration, and your heart!

Emily Echols


(Click on the photos to enlarge them)




84 comments:

Cathy said...

Absolutely ADORABLE!!!

jenna said...

GORGEOUS! I am in love. i so hope that you are able to adopt one day! i'll keep you in my prayers!

layla, tell us....where did she get those curtains? love!

Maman Tattoo said...

I wish them the best of luck!

This is truly a great room. I love the feeling of it. That giant diaper pin is aforable!

Rebecca said...

Ohhh, I love this nursery! If Emily who's nursery this is reads this comment, you'll have to visit my blog too. Our daughter is adopted and we too did her first nursery where it would work for a boy or girl (except we used aqua blue) Best wishes to you! I know how you feel...the waiting is the hardest part but soo worth it in the end. Thanks Layla for sharing! :)

Annelies Dease said...

I know God will bless this couple....and what a joy it will be when HIS will is fulfilled. I pray for that day to come soonest. The room is darling....and what a lucky child to be surrounded by such love. XXX Annie

Melissa Stover said...

i love that. what a great nursery.

Nancy said...

what a sweet, sweet room!! love the words on the wall, love love love the old diaper pin. I'd love to be a prayer warrior for them :) tell them Prattville is sending praying!

Angry Julie Monday said...

Great nursery. I hope everything works out for the adoption. That crib looks perfect!

Paula said...

Gorgeous! I love the quote on the wall, so heartfelt and special. This is a beautiful, peaceful space to bring home a baby.

TanyaLea said...

Great Job!! I love the GINORMOUS diaper pin on the wall...where did she find that thing?! And the rocker/ottoman are great!! Their baby will certainly be blessed! <><

Hugs,
Tanya

Aura said...

Okay I'm officially freaked out that this person has the exact same taste as me. We don't even have kids yet but my one day dream for a nursery was tan and cream stripes, wood paneling on bottom, and black furniture.

Michelle said...

Beautiful nursery! Praying the wait is soon over and your baby will be in your arms (and family) very soon.

Michelle<~~~adoptive mom of four

Team Houston said...

I love the room.

I am a Mommy by Adoption of two adorable, blessed Girls and your babies room brings tears to my eyes.....the words you have choosen....the child you have choosen will be here soon.

Love your blog! ~Michele

Missy said...

beautiful! i want to move into that room :) hope this couple gets their baby soon. i'm adoptive mommy and know how difficult the wait can be.

Pam said...

The nursery is so beautiful. The baby that is to call it home will be so blessed. I pray that a child comes quickly for Emily and her husband. I, also, love the giant diaper pin. I only wish that we could see a close up of the words on the wall behind the crib.

tale of many cities said...

i don't think that nursery needs pink or blue.. it's PERFECT the way it is!! i saw an episode w/ sarah brown's show about 2 yrs ago, where she did a neutral nursery, and was so bummed that i never thought of that! [had the typical baby colors in all of mine] anyway, thanks for sharing this lovely room!! OH- and if there's one thing, besides the bundle of joy, that could put the finishing touch.. Kim, over at Small Words, makes beautiful baby name artwork! check her out @ http://www.shopsmallwords.com/

many blessings to the mom & dad to be!!

My name is PJ. said...

Oh my gosh, it's soooooooooo beautiful! And, with that color scheme you can tweak it to accomodate life from birth 'til college! Every detail is perfect. Are you an interior designer?

Tiffany said...

Wow! One of the most incredible nurseries I have seen! I would not be sad to give up pink or blue with that gorgeous nursery! I LOVE it! Great ideas. I need to have another baby! : )

Daryl at Vermont Cottage said...

That room is gorgeous. Does it say "You're a DREAM come true"? Love it.

Julie said...

What a peaceful,sweet room, love that giant safty pin. Best of luck Emily.
Julie in Holland...

Dee said...

this room is spectacular beautiful job..

Leslie said...

Love the nursery!!!!

Emily if you read the comments I am the mother of two sweet little Asian beauties adopted from China. Hang in there because it so worth the wait. God is going to send the baby that belongs in your family!

june@craftyniche said...

What a beautiful nursery! I hope they are able to adopt a child soon.

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

I love soothing neutral nurseries best. Not too themed out. this one looks perfect. :)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Two of my favorite things - pretty rooms and adoption! I tend to feel like "gender neutral" rooms rarely actually look neutral, but this one is perfect! One of the best I've seen. Fantastic job! LOVE that diaper pin and the custom molding!

Aja said...

This is BEAUTIFUL!

Katie said...

Best wishes and God's blessings on that family....oh yes, and what an ADORABLE nursery!!!!

Reese said...

That has got to be one of the sweetest nursery I have ever seen!

Katie said...

PS...where could we find out more about your nursery? Like, where is your crib from? glider from? and the many CUTE things you have in there? I am expecting in January...

Sarah said...

Wow! This is beautiful. It is extremely soothing. I am thinking about changing our nursery to this! We are also in the middle of the domestic adoption process. Best of luck.

Anonymous said...

So perfect!

Carol said...

What a beautiful nursery! I love the chair & the gorgeous black crib. The script on the wall is just wonderful!

Joy Beadworks said...

The nursery is so calming...I'm sure the baby will adore it!

3 Peanuts said...

Oh that is so incredibly BEAUTIFUL!!! As a Mom who has adopted, I know the wait is hard but I hope that gorgeous nursery is filled VERY soon!!!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

What a beautiful room! Best wishes - I hope the stork delivers the baby SOON!

Carmen said...

Beautiful! It's perfect.

misty w. said...

Oh Emily, if you are reading this....it's SOOOO beautiful. I'm praying your blessing from God is sent soon. What a blessed baby he or she will be! SO loved!

Jbear said...

I love the nursery, it is just beautiful! Emily, your child will be worth the wait, trust me. Our two children joined our family through adoption. You and your child will be very lucky to find each other.
Jill

Let it Shine said...

What a sweet nursery. I hope they get a baby soon.
LOVE the giant safety pin!

Anonymous said...

I'm a "googler". :)

diaper pin may have come from:
world market.com

Vinyl lettering can be ordered from:
http://heather.uppercaseliving.net

Hope that helps!
I think I'll order some right now! :)

Diana@DevineDesigns said...

What a perfect choice!

Anonymous said...

WOW! your nursery is absolutely beautiful. what a blessing to the new boy or girl i'm sure you will soon bring home. you can already feel the love for your child present in that room. best of luck and prayers from us during the rocky road of adoption... it will all be worth it in the end!

Anonymous said...

Got ahead of myself in previous post. Here is the wooden safety pin

http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/carved-wood-diaper-pin

But I can't find it on the world market site. Darn, I want! :)

Fabulous bedroom. What a lucky child to get to live in a house so full of love. Blessings!

Emily Echols said...

First of all, thank you so much for the sweet comments and overwhelming support, prayers, and encouragement. So many of you have asked for more details about the baby room, so I am going to post the details and a few more picture on our blog later today.
jeremylovesemilyechols.blogspot.com

My friend Courtney introduced me to the Lettered Cottage blog and I just love it! Thanks Layla for sharing this on your blog.
Emily Echols

shannon said...

What a beautiful room. I cant wait to hear more about the adoption process, and when you guys will be bringing home a little one.

Anonymous said...

I'm Emily's mom...Gramme in waiting...for the adopted baby. Of course, we too, LOVE the soothing room. Your comments have brought so much encouragement to our hearts. It is truly exciting to see so many comments from families who have "made it" through the adoption process with all of its uncertainties. We are all looking forward to our sweet baby who will soon be in our arms and sleep in its sweet new room!! Thank you so much for the encouragement.

Sue...Gramme in waiting

Greet said...

A very nice room !
It would give you reason to take another baby! Isn't it?

Have a nice weekend,
Greet

SarahAnne said...

Spo beautiful! Many prayers that this reader will be blessed with a beautiful baby soon.

Ruby Moon Designs said...

Precious room, waiting for a precious baby. Children are indeed a blessing!

Heather said...

praying for you too!

Aimee said...

What a beautiful nursery! =)

Suzy said...

Wow, what a pretty room. I love the diaper pin.

Jennifer said...

Simply stunning! Gorgeous. I love it! And here's praying those folks get their dream sooner rather than later!

Elise said...

Hi, just had to stop by to leave you a comment and say what a wonderful blog you have here. So much to read about - fabulously creative & interesting posts and what's more you have fantastic pictures too. Thank you for sharing them all and best wishes - enjoy the rest of the weekend....

live a colorful life said...

This has GOT to be one of the best nurseries I have ever seen. Prayers to you as you wait, and thanks Layla for sharing.

chunnym said...

That room is amazing! I got tears in my eyes knowing exactly how they feel waiting.... Best wishes!

Jenn C. said...

so cute and a nice "neutral" without lots of green and yellow. I love how they put up a picture of themselves on the wall! So the baby can look and see Mommy and Daddy. God bless as they seek to adopt!

Jenn said...

Wow, what a beautiful room!

Danelle- said...

Emily,

My husband and I found out about 3 weeks ago that we were selected to adopt a baby boy. He is to be born in October, and we will take him home from the hospital. Right now we are hurrying to get everything done, and I am very inspired by your nursery. Love it!

Sincerely,
Danelle

Candace said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful room!

Ahhh, I have a large bamboo safety pin like that also. That brings my current inventory of things also seen on this site to 3 - the caned wing chairs (we have 2), the Pottery Barn Kristine pillow covers (got at the outlet for $1.99 each, thankyouverymuch), and now the safety pin! Ha! I never knew I was so "trendy" until I started looking around your site! Except you guys work them into a room much better than we do!

Thanks for all you share!

The Mermaid Cottage said...

Emily, what a great nursery and as your son or daughter grows it will easily be adaptable from toddler to teen. I'm praying that the adoption process speeds up and your happy handful will be in your lives before you know it!

Layla, keep on bringing these fresh, REAL LIFE, designs!

Sheila from west Michigan

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

What an adorable nursery! The walls look great!

Jane

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Goosebumps!!!

Kiki said...

What a beautiful room! I love the neutrals...that chair is fabulous! I am sure one lucky baby will enjoy this room immensely.

Rosie said...

What a beautiful nursery. I hope they are blessed with their dream soon.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Thanks for sharing, Layla.
Emily and family: Praying that a child comes to you soon. A baby deserves the love this family obviously has to offer. All the best.

Rona's Home Page said...

Any little one would love to be sleeping in this room.

Lori said...

OMG ~ I love it! The room is soothing and I adore the giant diaper pin on the wall! I hope Emily & her husband are chosen soon to be parents ~ with that much detail, love and attention going into decorating the room you just know that they will be wonderful parents.

The DIY Show Off said...

What a sweet room! It's gorgeous! I love every darling detail. Great job, Emily! Thanks for sharing Layla!

Roeshel

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a beautiful nursery!!! I know God will provide a beautiful baby for this lovely couple. Love & blessings from NC!

{ L } said...

I SO want to do this. It is stunning.

Shannon said...

that's really cool! So great to be able to inspire someone like that and that room turned out amazing!

Sunny said...

This is a BEAUTIFUL nursery! I love that she used neutrals rather than the gender typical yellow or mint green. We are in the process of surrogacy and so I know the wait seems long as we have been there for 9yrs. I wish them all the best!

janet said...

That is seriously the most adorable babies room I have EVER seen! :) Great job!!

Tracey said...

What a wonderfully special baby's room!!!

:) T

Grits414 said...

LOVE it!!!! Love that large clothes pin and the blinds really make the room!!!

Rebekah said...

Isn't that just beautiful!

Kathy said...

What an absolutely adorable room! Everything about it is perfect. We will keep Emily and her family in our prayers for that special baby to come into their lives soon.

christy said...

Beautiful room Emily! Sreiously looks like something from a magazine. Sinple & elegant.

Best wishes & I hope your dreams come true soon!

Carla said...

This is so beautiful!! and it would be nothing to add some light pink or light blue accessories to it when they do receive there baby, and look fabulous!! It is so soothing, just what you need at 2:00 a.m and 3:00 a.m :)

domesticated_desk said...

What a great room, so pretty! it is great to see people design out of the box of pink and blue for a baby room. bravo! Dd

Emily Echols said...

Layla has the best readers ever! Thanks for all your sweet words about our baby room and for all the prayers for us as we wait for our baby!

More details about the baby room on my blog: jeremylovesemilyechols.blogspot.com

Julie said...

I just saw one of those oversized diaper pins at Marshalls the other day and thought it would be so cute in a nursery. Delightful!

Amber said...

So sweet! I adore that giant diaper pin she hung on the wall! The stripes look wonderful and they did a fantastic job on the molding!