Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Surprise! A Virtual Baby Shower for Lauren of Pure Style Home

There's a special arrival coming around Christmas time to Lauren of Pure Style Home -a new baby! So a bunch of us got together to host a virtual baby shower for this very talented and generous blogger. Here are the collected "virtual gifts" - things we think Lauren & her new baby would enjoy. From a vintage treasure to the latest and greatest, there's all kinds of baby inspiration in these bloggers' virtual picks.

from Eddie of Eddie Ross - a royal Danish baby spoon
xoxoxo E
Janell of Isabella & Max - From Land of Nod, "Bucket Full o' Burpies"...I love that the bucket looks like a paint can, and the prints are adorable. Perfect for a designer mom!

Brooke of Velvet & Linen - I know that she is doing an Owl themed nursery.
I thought she would like my friend Annette Tatum's bedding.
I would "buy" her a set of each of these:
Forest in Orchid, if it's a girl
or in Whisper if it's a boy

This Sprout Bedding in Maize is another great one that works for either a boy or a girl!

Vanessa of Marley and Lockyer -Being Australian I have made my gifts totally made in Australia.

The first is the awesome award winning Cocooi Babywrap. It has been proven by medical studies that babies that sleep in or on merino wool settle easier, sleep longer and cry much less...a good thing!

The second gift is from a great Tasmanian business (where I am from) called, Little Jenny Wren Dolls. These sweeties are one of a kind dolls that are keepsakes as well as a much loved plaything. They are made using natural fibres like - mohair, angora, alpaca, wool and cotton...very good for little ones - no nasties.
And finally something for Lauren. I find people often forget about the mother that has just done all the work, so for you my sweetie a gorgeous Tasmania Myrtle wood pendant from a favourite Tasmanian Designer, Sophie Hill from That Vintage...I like the one with the Deer head or the vine pattern (I have that one and it goes with anything!!). I wish you all the luck in the world, for you and your little cherub!
I hope you enjoy your Australian 'gifts' Lauren. Love Ness XXX

Jennifer of The Newlywed Diaries - I know just the thing for Lauren, the gorgeous market sling by Serena & Lily. In green, of course!

Marianne of Haven & Home
I am so excited for Lauren! I would send her a piece from the Knoll Kid line, I know she has always liked the Saarinen table so I would get her the mini version....

However, since realistically that is out of my price range I would send her something simple but beautiful, like this lion since I know we have a shared thing for the King of the Jungle...

Paloma of La Dolce Vita
I couldn't be more excited about the fact that Lauren's family is growing and she will soon be welcoming another sweet baby into her home. She has always been so gracious and is one of the kindest bloggers I have had the pleasure of knowing. Everyone knows that Lauren has great style with a bit of a European flair, so I thought one of these sweet alphabet prints from Bibity would be ideal for the new baby. Not only do they speak to Lauren's design sensibility, but I personally love them because of my background in foreign languages. If it's a girl, Lauren can hang the pretty French Alphabet poster in the baby's nursery and if it's a boy, she can go for the more masculine-looking Italian Alphabet print. Either way, I am sure both the baby and the nursery will be beautiful! Congratulations, Lauren!

from Ally of From the Right Bank to the Left Coast - the Owls Sky Boudoir Pillow from Dwell Studio Maria - Colour Me Happy
I chose this blanket for lovely friend Lauren because I have always wanted one of these somewhere in my living room! A blanket like this would last forever, somewhere in her baby's room!

from Camilla of High Heeled Foot in the Door - Lauren was one of my first blog friends! Our blog comments led to emails, which then led to a meet and greet when she was in the area and then came numerous phone calls because we are far away from each other! When Lauren told me the news of her latest bundle of joy I was so excited! I've had babies one the brain this last year so it was exciting to know I had a friend I could live vicarously through. I of course jumped at the chance to join in and help Michele with this lovely virtual baby shower.

There is a great tutorial for how to make them here:

Now once we know whether it is a boy or girl and what he or she is named I would be more than happy to take a stab at this DIY project and send some little whoo's to VA.
It's been driving me crazy not knowing whether it's a boy or girl. Damn lauren for wanting a surprise :) , but either way I know this little baby is not only going to be extremely loved, but have a very stylish room.

Lauren has mentioned that owls are on her brain for this latest nursery and I think these sweet little guys would look great on a shelf.

Holly of Things that Inspire
One of my favorite recent posts from Lauren was about what makes a home comfortable. In a house with young children, I think part of what makes a home comfortable is the sound of happy children, and in particular the sound of happy children singing!

This is a gift of comfort, happiness, and song to Lauren and her family. I purchased these when I had my first child, as I could not remember any of the words to the classic songs from my childhood. All three of my children have grown up listening to these tunes, and they hold a very special place in my heart! I hope Lauren, her husband, and her children have a lifetime of wonderful music in their lives

Nelya of Head over Heels
As a mama of three myself, practicality reigns. And so, the realist in me would give sweet Lauren cases of these. But that's no fun now, is it?!?

So, all practicality aside, and since virtual money is no object, I would search high and low for this gorgeous vintage inspired Sebra Danish crib to gift to purestyle baby
Afterall, who wouldn't have sweet dreams nestled into this beauty. And to round it out, this poster and ledge from ISAK.
That way sweet baby purestyle can begin to hone his/her styling skills from the get go.

Congratulations Lauren, that baby is one
lucky duck being born into such a wonderful family!

from Laura of Laura Casey Interiors
Since everyone else has probably taken care of most of her baby and house needs I am going to give Lauren two virtual gifts that every new mom needs.

First three extra hours of sleep a night and then a photographic memory to capture all of the moments that seem to fly by.
and in case my virtual hours don't come through and she doesn't have a miracle blanket it is the best swaddling and sleeping tool around.
Yes it looks like a bit of a straight jacket but it is a miracle that will bring those three much needed hours Best wishes Lauren!

And from me, a cute little gift card from Deejann on etsy.

and this little Owl top from etsy seller Little Wren. So sweet.

Congratulations to Lauren and her family - we wish you the very best!


Things That Inspire said...

What wonderful gifts!

I love the owl theme; I went to Rice University, whose mascot is the owl (very appropriate for Rice, which is not known for its prowess in sports (although the baseball team is amazing!)). Any time I see an owl I feel happy, so this post made me feel very happy!

Best wishes to Lauren for a happy and healthy last trimester.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

What a great list! Thanks for including me!

Lauren said...

Oh my goodness!!! You guys are so sweet!! I've never met a more thoughtful, generous, creative group of ppl.

What a fun surprise to wake up to this morning & I just can't thank you enough!! (Christian & I enjoyed the shower in bed & he loved all the owls for "New Baby.") You all know just what I'd want & I love EVERYTHING!!!

It's all just so special & personal & I have already started to follow the links for purchase.. hee hee hee shhhhhh ;) ;)

Wish I could see you all in person & know we will one day! I'll keep you posted on any baby news & thank you SO SO much again!! You guys are the best!!!!! :)

I'll be back throughout the day to browse some more- this was such a great idea!!

Velvet and Linen said...

This was so much fun!
Thank you Michele for inviting me to the party :)
Best wished Lauren. Enjoy this wonderful time in you life.


Haven and Home said...

Oh what great ideas! I am saving these for gift ideas. Thank you for getting this together, what a great idea! Congrats Lauren, we love you!

Maria Killam said...

What a lovely post. I love all these creative gifts!
Thanks for including me!

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

How fun, glad I got to participate...hadn't looked for Baby Gifts for awhile. It was fun to see all the new products out there. Happy Baby Shower Lauren!

nelya said...

Thank you Michele for including me in this wonderful celebration! I really do wish I could send you, Lauren, every single one of these wonderful items. I can't wait to be officially introduced to your sweet new little one.


Jennifer said...

so much fun! thanks for including me, Michelle.

Lauren -- can't wait to meet the little one!

Unknown said...

Everyone picked such wonderful gifts! Michele, thank you for putting this together and for including me.

Best wishes, Lauren! xoxo

French Kissed said...

What a perfectly wonderful idea! Congratulations and best wishes to Lauren for an easy delivery and a healthy happy little bundle. I just did a post on Yves Delorme's new Concept store just unveiled in Santa Barbara. If you get a chance, stop by and take a look. ~jermaine~

deliciously organized said...

How creative! I love everything that everyone picked out! Love her blog! She is so talented!

test blog said...

Ahhh, I'm such a looser- why oh why do I have to be late on everything- I'm so sad I didnt get to include my present- I'll have to email it to you :)

Anonymous said...

This was so much fun!! Thank you so much for putting the shower together! xox

bluehydrangea said...

What a great post!!! and great gift ideas..almost makes me want to have another baby....Happy Baby shower Lauren!!


Lucky girl! Wonderful gifts from the sentimental to the practical--great post. Cheers!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Oh how sweet ! Such cute baby goodies. I'd give her baby sitting services...... I just love babies ! (my baby is 12) ;(

Windlost said...

Oh, I must have missed the invitation to the party for my dear friend Lauren! haha. What an array of lovely things. I have been looking at owls on many lovely gift ideas here.
Congrats from me Lauren! You and Dave and Christian deserve the very best! Hope your holiday is perfect and baby arrives on schedule!

xo Terri

Unknown said...

What a great idea! Lauren is such a sweetheart and she has such great enthusiasm for everything she does. I'm sure she loved all of your kind thoughts and best wishes. I enjoyed it too.

Unknown said...

Such fabulous gifts....I would love to give her the gift of a little time...

And a little rocking horse from Unica home!


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Congrats, Lauren! Just spotted the virtual baby shower, but wish you the very best with you new bundle of joy. I've so enjoyed reading your blog this year & seeing your home evolve.

Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors said...

This vitural baby shower, is so kind of you all!! Plus, a fab idea. I want to thank Brooke, from Velvet & Linens
for posting it this evening. Much Happiness to Lauren & all you great blogger ppl.

Ness Lockyer said...

Thanks Michelle for 'inviting' me along! Hope you enjoyed your gifts Lauren and loads and loads of luck and best wishes to your family.
Ness xx

Fargerike Dagny said...

What a fabulous idea!! Congrats Lauren, and you've gotten some AMAZING virtual gifts! :)

City Living Girl said...

This virtual baby shower is one of the sweetest and kindest blog posts I have seen! Best wishes to Lauren.

alison giese Interiors said...

All such beautiful and thoughtful gifts! Think I might have to "virtual-give" her something myself!

Anonymous said...

That was so much fun! Thank you, Michele, for putting together such a lovely shower. Lots of love to Lauren and the family! xoxo, Ally, From the Right Bank

Jenny said...

What a lovely idea and so many gorgeous gifts. Thanks so much for including my little dolls in with all these other lovelies.
Best wishes to Lauren and her new baby.

nannykim said...

So cute and so thoughtful!! Such neat gifts!

nannykim from

simply seleta said...

What a wonderful shower!!!! Sorry I'm a little late attending, but what a fun and heartwarming read this was!


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