Decorate With Flair and Functionality – Q Tips Giveaway

Wendy Bellissimo

Way back in December I had breakfast with Wendy Bellissimo. Well kind of.  Thanks to the generous folks at Q-Tips I ate some super yummy food at a gorgeously decorated restaurant with her and got the skinny on her suggestions for decorating your baby’s nursery…as well as a sneak peek at the pretty darned cute new Q-Tips packaging.  But more on that later.

I am actually pretty proud of how we decorated Bean’s room.  I really couldn’t do anything crazy girly. That’s just not my style. And when we had to make choices about paint colors we didn’t know if we’d have a boy or a girl.  The walls are a gorgeous sagey green (Benjamin Moore’s Silken Pine) and the trim is white.  We found a yellow braid rug at Home Goods that was insanely reduced because of a black mark on one side (yeah, we turned it over).  My Mom made curtains.  And we painted old pieces of family furniture in a lilac and light yellow color so that they all matched.  I splurged on a crib (the Stokke Sleepi Crib) because it’s so small and streamlined and perfect for apartment living.  And we didn’t really spend a thing on any of the other furniture.  Oh yeah, our friends Larry and Lisa gave us their glider.  It was a light blue check but I threw purple blankets over it and it was dandy.   We hung up two of those floating shelves and filled them with a mixture of antique and new things–including a vintage Boston Red Sox pennant (thank you New England branch of the family). As it turned out, according to Wendy Bellissimo we did some of it right. So here are her tips for readying your room for baby:

  • Look to create a calming yet inspiring environment.
  • Drop that paintbrush! Resist the urge to paint first.  Begin by clearing out the entire room and creating a blank palette.
  • Become your own designer! Browse magazines, the internet and books and create your very own inspiration book or board, filled with ideas that speak to you.
  • Go back in your room and consider the arrangement of your main pieces (most likely your crib, changing table, and rocker). Then incorporate your fabrics.  And only then choose your paint color.
  • Then go crazy and stock that nursery!
  • Choose whites or pale greens if you don’t know the baby’s gender…then accent accordingly when the time comes.
  • Think long term when you select your furniture.  Are these pieces that can grow with your child?  Or choose gender neutral pieces so you can pass them along to a sibling to come.
  • If possible, replace all your light switches with dimmer switches so bedtime can be calm and soothing (I LOVE this idea…totally wish we had been able to do it).
  • And finally…incorporate things that were yours or your mother’s when you were children to give the room a really special touch.  I am so glad we did this.  Plus, hasn’t your Mom been bugging you to finally clear out your room so she can put in a home gym? Now’s the time, gals.

And may I say, the food was excellent.

Q-Tips Baby PacksWhen you’re stocking the changing table, be sure to check out the adorable new Q-Tips packaging.  These whimsical decorative boxes will blend in with lots of nursery styles.  They are small and sleek enough that you can easily keep them out where you can access them quickly, without needing to deal with those cumbersome boxes grown-up Q-Tips come in or finding another little basket to put them in.  Super idea, as far as I’m concerned!

Want to try them?  Thanks to Q-Tips, one lucky Babies Gotta Have It reader will win two boxes of Q-Tips Baby Packs. They will be a wonderful addition to your wee one’s nursery, or a great little item to tuck into a Baby Shower gift!  Want to enter?  Read on!

To Enter the Q-Tips Baby Packs Giveaway

  • MANDATORY ENTRY #1: Leave a comment on this post.  Share a nursery decorating tip if you’d like. Or just say hi!  Entering is that easy!

***Want extra chances to win? After you have made your first entry as described above, do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did!  Maximum of seven entries per person.

  • Follow me on Twitter (click the birdy button on the left to do so easily) and Tweet this giveaway (I’ve even made it easy for you, just cut and paste):  I just entered to win Q-Tips New Baby Packs @BabiesGottaHavT Enter today!
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  • Email your friends about the giveaway and link to the giveaway post! cc me in the message (–I promise I will not spam you or your friends. Cross my heart

Your email address will remain private and not be shared with anyone. Giveaway only open to those with U.S.  addresses. Must be 18 or older to win. Giveaway begins on Friday January 22nd and ends on Friday February 5th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. On Monday February 8th, will select the winner,  and I’ll email you immediately. After my daughter called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my daughter, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!

Disclosure: Q-Tips offered the above pictured baby packs for the winner of this giveaway.  They provided the delicious breakfast I attended and a small gift bag upon leaving.  I was not compensated monetarily for writing this post. All views and opinions with regard to the product or company itself are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by the company prior to posting.

Update: We have a winner! says “ 18″  Congratulations Sandra!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!  Be sure to check out my current giveaways!


20 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Kimberly said,

    January 22, 2010 @ 5:56 am

    These are great ideas and tips. Simple to implement, too.
    Thanks for entering me.

  2. 2

    Kimberly said,

    January 22, 2010 @ 5:57 am

    I subscribe.

  3. 3

    Mary L said,

    January 23, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

    I like to decorate with vintage pictures, etc. It’s fun to check your mom’s things and see if there was anything used in your nursery that you cold also use.

  4. 4

    Wehaf said,

    January 24, 2010 @ 1:48 am

    I don’t have any decorating tips, but I can offer a joke. What do you call a lazy baby kangaroo? A pouch potato!

  5. 5

    angie said,

    January 24, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    paint goes a long way and I love those stenciils made of foam

  6. 6

    natalia said,

    January 24, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    I like to decorate and keep it simple it!

  7. 7

    Anna said,

    January 25, 2010 @ 1:13 am

    My Best nursery decorating tip, always think cheap and always think practical because if anythings going to end up broken or stained that little bundle of joy is going to be the root of it, and you don’t want to waste time stressing over it!

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    Katie said,

    January 25, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    Just found your blog — looks great and I’d love to win!

  9. 9

    kari said,

    January 26, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    These are cute. I like practical things made to look nice.

  10. 10

    Liz said,

    January 27, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    This would be great. I love these tips. I have a son & a daughter in the same room, so convincing people to go easy on the pink & blue was hard!

  11. 11

    Liz said,

    January 27, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    I’m a new subscriber!

  12. 12

    Laura said,

    January 27, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    I’d love to win. Thanks for the giveaway! These are so cute!

  13. 13

    Laura said,

    January 27, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted:

  14. 14

    Laura said,

    January 27, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    I subscribe.

  15. 15

    Laura said,

    January 27, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    I am a Facebook fan (Laura Hulke Wales).

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    Leigh said,

    January 28, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    Our daughter’s name is that of one of the Greek Muses, so we decorated her room with a drawing of that Muse. She used to think the Muse and her were the same person!

    Thanks for the giveaway and GLTA!

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    Kelly Tirman said,

    January 29, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    I totally love the idea of incorporating my old baby items into the room. My daughter is now the proud owner of my old teddy bear – it looks adorable in her nursery.

  18. 18

    sandra said,

    January 31, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    q-tips are a must even for adults!

  19. 19

    Julie said,

    January 31, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    We called our little guy BabyBean before we knew he was a boy…cute to hear of others calling their baby-to-be Bean too!!

    We didn’t paint the nursery cause we were moving into a new house and it was a pale tan which worked with our color scheme anyway. Even though the rest of our house is dark furniture, we went white on the nursery furniture. Little man’s bed is convertible to a toddler bed, then into a sort-of daybed/junior couch type thing (though by that point it will probably be passing down to a future little bro or sis). We got a great deal on a white glider with a light sage fabric. The pad on the changing table has a light blue cover. The white baskets are lined with a blue and white stripe. With a pretty striped (blue, green, white, and tan) nursery fabric and blue ribbons I made a bulletin board…and I will be making a cribskirt, curtains, and a small pillow for the glider out of it as well. My cousin had given me some 8×10 frames so I found a font I liked and cut out the letters of his name, one per frame on tan paper and alternated blue and green craft paper for the backing…six frames above his bed for his name. That left two frames, so I found in my old childhood trunk some silhouettes of my brother and I and I made resized copies of those on tan paper with blue backing to fit into those frames!! I really think his room is cute and once I get everything done it will be really adorable!!

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    Jeanine said,

    February 22, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

    This is a great item for a baby’s nursery.

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