Word Up

An important part of having a new little someone is making a personal space for that new little someone.

When I was pregnant with Eddie, Cort and I spent hours working on the nursery.  We chose a theme (jungle) and color scheme.  I picked out and placed items that would be personal and meaningful to our new son.

I was in love with the nursery.

When we found out we were having another boy, part of me was thrilled that I didn’t have to change the nursery.

But as we moved Eddie to his new Big Boy room, I realized I did want to change it in small ways.  I wanted it to be Charlie’s room now.  Not Eddie’s.

So away went anything with Eddie’s name on it or with his picture in it.

Off the walls came the white letters that I painted, hot glued ribbon too, and had hung on the wall with care.

For some reason, those were the most difficult thing for me to take down and put away.  And suddenly it was very important to me…almost irrationally so…that I get new letters for Charlie.

And as much as I loved the big white letters, Charlie’s had to be different.  Because he is a different person.

That is when I contacted Jennifer of Jaborandi and Grove.

She happens to be one of my lovely blog sponsors and I try to use my blog sponsors at any opportunity I get so I can share them with you.

Jaborandi and Grove is FULL of super cute letters for the wall and she LOVES to do custom orders.

So we started emailing back and forth about what the nursery looks like, what colors we have, what I was thinking for Charlie’s letters, etc.

People?  She is so nice.  I mean really, REALLY nice.

She was quick, she was flexible (we have budget issues, so she helped us figure something out that would work within our Charlie budget), and she created something so awesome.

Check it out:

They turned out even better than I had hoped!

The tans and browns match the room perfectly and the letters are a big change from Eddie’s…which I like.  Charlie is a new individual.  He should have a room that reflects that.

I was incredibly pleased with Jen and her shop, Jaborandi and Grove.

You need letter?  You go to Jennifer.

Tell her Sluiter Nation sent you.


Disclosure:  I bought the letters for Charlie’s room with my own money and as part of a deal to also write a review in exchange for ad space. While Jaborandi and Grove sponsors Sluiter Nation, my opinions have not been bought.  They are my own.


  1. Very nice! Perfect, in fact.

  2. So cute! Love the circles and that each has it’s on design.

  3. Those are so darn cute! I wish there was great stuff like this when my babies were babies! Love the room and love that you’re creating Charlie’s own space because Charlie is his own little person.

    • Carrie,
      Thanks! FYI, I have clients who have used the letters to spice up others rooms as well, like kitchens, bathrooms, etc. If you think you might be interested in making a decor change, let me know!

    • Oh, and I forgot to mention that if you decide you’d like to place an order, include a note about how you heard about me on Katie’s site, and I’ll give you a 15% discount.

  4. Those are just too cute.. I love them.

  5. Very cute and original. She did a great job!

  6. So cute – and yet, so grown-up looking! I like the fact that the letters will grow with your son and are not strictly “nursery”. And I love how you made Charlie’s room his own; you’re right – he will have his own individual personality and this should be celebrated and encouraged. Good for you!

  7. Thank you for this, friend! I was just debating if I should change the nursery for little boy or not, and I believe you are exactly right, new little person and personality calls for change. 🙂 LOVE the letters too, by the way, I have already added their shop to my favs on etsy. I just might have to get some ordered…that is, if we ever decide on a name!!!! 🙂

  8. Both nurseries are so cute. I like both sets of letter and I think it is great that they are different. They get to have similar rooms with a little pizzazz of their own.

  9. Katie, Charlie’s new letters are adorable! I love how you hung that monkey from the E. So cute! xo

  10. I love how you went in a different direction with the letters for Charlie – and the are very cute! 🙂 You have two very lucky little boys.

  11. So cute! I have been looking for letters for Jake and Quinn’s room. I think I am going to have to check her out.

  12. I love Jen AND Jaborandi Grove! I’ve already ordered two different sets from her, and will be getting more, I’m sure. Charlie’s turned out great!

  13. How cute!! We never did the letter thing because we didn’t know what we were having. Yea we are the parents who keep it a surprise 😉

    • Kimberly, we were the same way with our oldest! My husband hates surprises, so I couldn’t believe he went along with me. I didn’t make her a set of letters until she was 2. 🙂 Now that our youngest is 2, I’m going to start working on a set for her. It’s nice waiting until their personalities show through, so the design can capture that.

  14. I love it when parents switch up things for the second, even if the second is the same sex. I love the letters too! Charlie is sure to be very cozy in his new space made just for him.