Our Family Unit



When we found out #2 was on the way, Kyle and I had the logistics talk.  We ended up deciding that whether the new baby was a boy or a girl, the kids would share a room.  Both of us had shared rooms at one time or another growing up and lived to tell about it, and to be honest, we didn’t want to give up our guest room / office.  After we found out Fritz was going to be a girl, I started brainstorming decorating ideas.

Kade’s first nursery had a farm theme, which we loved since Kyle and I both grew up on farms and it was very “boyish”.  I don’t have a lot of great pictures of the nursery after we moved to NorCal, but here are a few from when it was set up in our LA condo.

This time, since it was going to be for a boy and a girl, I thought a nursery rhyme theme would be cute, sort of a “Jack & Jill Nursery”.  Plus I already had a few family pieces that I wanted to incorporated.  My grandmother had made a baby quilt for me and it was nursery rhyme themed.

And Kyle’s grandmother had given us a couple of wall cut-outs from the 1950′s that used to hang in her children’s room.

Here is the result.  The nursery rhyme illustrations are from my parent’s antique shop and I painted 3 frames that I picked up at the flea market.  The bunting is made from the scraps my mom sent out.  I had made basket liners and a lamp shade for Kade’s farm nursery, but I modified them to both to fit into this new theme.  And the nursery rhyme nesting blocks I picked up on Etsy.

I was glad that the grandparent picture frames still worked in my color scheme, and the farm overalls were a great compliment to the vintage pink dress I’d picked up at the flea market.

My parents gave Fritz her very first doll and below her are the fitted sheets that I made, along with a few pics of the new white eyelet crib bedding.


  • Comment by Kyle — September 23, 2010 @ 7:46 PM

    These photos look amazing. I wish my wife was as crafty as you are. I’m going to show this site to her when I get home and see what she thinks!

  • Comment by Allison — September 23, 2010 @ 9:28 PM

    Oh my goodness…SOOOOOOO darn cute! Great job, Peschels!

  • Comment by Megan — September 28, 2010 @ 6:58 PM

    holy crap sis – you’re friggin ridiculous – new plan – when I get married and have kids – you’re coming to decorate – done

  • Comment by kimberly — October 26, 2010 @ 12:20 PM

    I just came across your blog and have found lots of goodness. I LOVE this room. We’re expecting #3 and are in the planning phase of putting my 2 older kids together–a girl and boy. This room is a great inspiration! Where did you get the white drawer/storage (that you’re using for the changing table?) Thanks!!

  • Comment by Nichole Wilder — October 26, 2010 @ 1:06 PM

    Thank you for sharing…I have 2 children, one girl, 4 and one boy, 2 and another on the way…I have been trying to decide what to do. Neither of the kids are great sleepers and the thought of sharing rooms makes me cringe with an infant!! If it’s a boy, sharing with brother means no sleep for anyone and sharing with sissy means a pink birdy room? If it’s a girl, I think she would share well with sissy, but then sissy has SO many girly things crowding her room – dress ups, doll house, books, purses, crafts etc!! Boys seem to have much simpler wants/desires…SO, all that to say – you have inspired me to just let go…know that it will work out – and I would love your crafty advice in my situation!!
    Many Blessings to your new addition!!

  • Comment by Lucretia — October 26, 2010 @ 3:25 PM

    Hi Kimberly,

    So glad you came across the blog and got inspired! The drawer unit we use for the changing table is actually made up of two ELFA storage units. We got them from The Container Store and I am amazed at how much we can pack in there. They have lots of different drawer sizes which makes it great for arranging it to fit your personal needs and if I remember correctly, there are three different types of drawers. I got my husband to cut a piece of MDF to fit the top, but I know The Container Store sells those as well. Good luck with planning the combo room – I’d love to see pics when it’s all together.


  • Comment by Lucretia — October 26, 2010 @ 3:33 PM

    Hi Nichole,

    I know it will work out! I have the same fears about sleep deprived children when our babe arrives, but I guess it’s just all part of the adventure of parenthood. I really tried to find inspiration in things I had on hand and/or knew I could make myself. For one thing, we were on a budget. But for another, you never know what will end up working out the best so I didn’t want to invest too crazily in making some whim of Kade’s become a reality. It seems his interests change on a weekly basis sometimes! So better to make it somewhat neutral and overarching. Using a little bit of a lot of different colors also made things “go together” well. That way, his green coat that hangs on the wall doesn’t look out of place in an “all blue and brown” room. Let me know what you decide on, I’d love to hear how it goes.


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  • Comment by Rachel — May 28, 2011 @ 8:23 AM

    Absolutely love this room!

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