Friday, May 29, 2020

Our Baby Nursery

Today is my due date! We are expecting a baby girl any day now, and so with all the waiting, I thought now would be a good opportunity to document her nursery. I had such a fun time decorating my own baby's nursery - a dream come true! I've said a hundred times that I wish I could focus my business on solely nurseries and powder bathrooms. They're just so whimsical, and a place where people let loose... and fun is expected. I never have a hard time with whimsy in my own home, though, and this room has been no exception. 



This room used to be our bedroom, but we switched the rooms around when it came time to make room for baby. There are two bedrooms on the back of our house (and one upstairs), and this one is ever-so-slightly more "out of the way" than the other one, so we thought maybe it would be a little bit of a quieter space for her. I used a pretty organic approach when designing this nursery, which is how I like to take most design projects when I can. I feel that I always get a better outcome when I don't try to control everything from the beginning. This leaves room for surprises along the way... which I had a few of, you'll read about below!


There was no space to put the crib on the wall that you are facing when you walk in to the room (where I would generally suggest doing something focal, like a crib), so it is on the wall that is behind you when you walk into the room. At first I thought this might feel funny, but now it feels natural. I decided to use this Lulie Wallace "Lulu" paper in the nursery. Since I am not sure how long we will live in this house, I thought an accent wall might be best, instead of papering the whole room. 




The remaining three walls are painted Benjamin Moore's "Malted Milk." 



This was when I painted the sample of it (the top one) on the wall to see what I thought. It's the perfect "'90's" beigey-pink. Not too bubblegum-baby, but still girly. We like pink, but we like an edge ;)




The light fixture we already had, and actually just moved in to the room when we switched bedrooms. Let me tell you - moving a fan is no joke, and Ryan is a saint, haha. We switched the fan that we had previously installed in our bedroom into the "new" bedroom, and then moved this light fixture (from Amazon) over to the baby room. I also bought one of those medallions that covers any holes in the ceiling (and I like the architectural detail that it adds contrasted to the modern fixture!) and painted it trim white, and we mounted it above the fixture. 

I also already had the brass curtain hardware, and bought the drapes from Anthropologie.  The chair is the Babyletto Kiwi Glider (I'd heard so many rave reviews about it from clients and family that it was a no brainer. Plus, I like the sleek design... and it has a USB charging cord!). The lamp was one of those "surprise" finds that I just happened to find walking around World Market one day! It was on clearance for $80 and I immediately scooped it up (as best as a pregnant woman can scoop up a floor lamp) and put it into my cart. It was missing its shade but I got the big shade seen here at Kudzu Antiques here in Atlanta... they have the best lampshades!


The changing table is from All Modern. I really love it, and it was the perfect size for this space! 


The rug was another surprise...a VERY happy accident from the Final Cut Anthropologie outlet in Augusta. I went with my BFF to the beach for a few days right before quarantine started, and we met up in Augusta to drive together there. I'd always heard about Final Cut, but never been, so decided to swing by on my way back. I had actually already ordered a rug that was a shag like this, but just plain off-white. It was on backorder, and scheduled to arrive in a couple of weeks, but when I saw this one, I liked it so much more, and it was only $250 for the 8x10' size. Ryan and I laid it out as soon as I got home, and we both loved it so much. It's so fluffy underfoot, and literally makes the room. I canceled the original rug order... it worked out perfectly! I also got the pillow that is on the chair there, and a few other little trinkets around the room. The lucite side table next to the chair I have had for years. I love that it adds more of a modern element, and doesn't take up visual space. I got the gold pouf from Amazon. 


We made the rainbow yarn wallhanging. I wanted something different for in here ... I love the yarn wall hangings you see everywhere, but I wanted something a little unique, so I decided to DIY this one. 

I bought yarn in some funky, vintage-inspired colors from Hobby Lobby. Looking back, I should have bought the yarn that is really thick... it would have helped the process go quite a bit faster! 


I also didn't need this much... I really only needed less than one spool per color. It's hard to know!

I was searching for something lightweight to wrap the yarn around to make the rainbow, and found these foam pipe covers at Home Depot. After spending over an hour wrapping the first one by hand in yarn, Ryan came home and came up with a McGyver-inspired solution... he got the drill and drilled one end into one end of the pipe cover and then one of us would press the drill while the other carefully "led" the yarn onto the pipe. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but it worked really well and was a lot faster. Though, I will say, this whole thing was a LOT more involved than I thought it would be, and you won't catch me making another one! haha.


It was a challenge to cut these down to make the rainbow shape. It made a mess, and there was some recovery work to be done. I hot-glued them to each other, then ended up getting poster board and cut it to the size, then hot-glued the whole rainbow to the poster board to make the wallhanging. I then put a d-ring on the back and called it a day. The ends of the rainbow spools are not perfect, but hey, it's home made. This baby better love her darn rainbow! ;)


I found these funky shelves at Hobby Lobby one day. They were your basic "distressed" wood finish when I bought them. However, I thought the cut out shape and the spool detail on them was special, and they gave me Serena and Lily vibes. I painted them a flat, pastel tangerine color and I love them! They kind of have that plaster look that is popular right now, and the weird tangerine color is perfect. It's an odd choice for the room, and I love that it feels a little out of place, but complementary. I will say, I initially painted them white, but it didn't feel right. This color is so much better! The wicker mirror I got at a thrift store a while back, and the letter board was another Final Cut find. My silver baby rattle sits on the shelves with the newer pieces (which is surprisingly beat up for a baby toy. What was I doing with that thing, Mom?!) The polaroids are new and old - one is of me, about six months pregnant, and the other is my mom and me when I was a newborn. :)


My friend Claire made a painting for us (sooo sweet and beautiful!) and the cute little black and peach dot card was her card that went along with the painting. I LOVE IT.


On the other side, is the crib and bookshelf. To be honest, the bookshelf is not styled perfectly, but I love it how it is. I use the bottom shelf for storage with these baskets I got at Target, and the rest is blankets, books and sweet little sentimental trinkets. 



A friend gave us the rabbit nightlight that is from Restoration Hardware, and many of the other items are gifts, too.  The giraffe basket is from Pottery Barn kids. I love it! I gave Ryan/the baby the pink ukulele, and the bunny figurine is from Ryan's mom (bunnies are her thing and have become our thing with the baby!). The tiny pink elephant was a gift from my friend that she got me really early on in my pregnancy. I think it was our first official baby gift! The Peter Rabbit cup and saucer were mine when I was a baby. 



The crib is IKEA, and the sheet is Mebie Baby.  I have all of the stuffed animals we have received as gifts in there (though I know we will have to remove them before we use the crib!), and they make me smile.




I got the mirror at Homegoods.  We decided on the Owlet monitor system, and Ryan mounted it and I painted the cord cover the wall color. It still stands out, but nowhere near as badly as it did before I painted it.

I guess that concludes the tour! Now, we wait for baby to make her debut. 















Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas Decor 2018

hey, guys!

Long time no post.

I don't know what came over me, but I felt inspired to post a "tour of homes" for my Christmas holiday decor this year. I haven't posted many photos of my little fixer upper here in Atlanta (I still need to write about all of the renovations that have happened), but this year my decor feels especially cozy, so I figured I might as well. I won't lie - it took me a while to dust off my photo skills (mainly having to download new software for the program that I transfer photos from, find cords, edit, etc) because I never use my nice camera anymore. It's crazy how easy it is to use our iPhones to capture everything now, and even edit them in a split second. Honestly, I prefer it, and I'm not really sure dragging out my Canon really made that much of a difference, but here we go.


This is the view peering in from my dining room. I did real garland (from Lowe's - everyone keeps asking!) around the arch and a mistletoe ball hangs from the top of the arch. I tied a black and white ribbon around the base of the ball.


 The tree! She's colorful. I can't help it. I always think maybe I'll do a more simple, neutral tree, but I never do. I am a color lover.





My mantel. The stockings and stocking holders are from west elm, and I just did a very simple (obviously faux - I got tired of hanging real garland at this point, haha. I generally do real here.)

I LOVE my vintage (mixed with new) houses and bottle trees. I have been collecting vintage Christmas decor for years. I tied the black and white plaid ribbon on the ends here, too. 


I may add gold balls to the garland, we'll see.



These mini vintage reindeer are one of my favorite possessions I've ever owned! You may remember them from my studio windows about 5 years ago? They're so cute.





View from the living room. I am now kicking myself for not clearing off my coat rack a little more for the photo, but oh well. 





View from living room into the dining area. I filled my dough bowl with ornaments (I have SO many vintage glass ornaments) and then did 2 simple modern black taper candles on either end.






bar/record area. Excuse the cords - a necessary evil here!

The kitchen. The only Christmas decor here is the Santa (and ho ho ho board - I'm really bad at keeping that thing up to date, and kind of lazy with it, haha) and the garland over the kitchen sink. I did get out my old red rug and lay it out for the winter since it covers more ground, and I am really loving it!


I added lights onto the garland this year, and bows on either end. It's so cheery!





 View from dining area to the back door (the area to the right is my office). 

Bedroom! I can't remember if I blogged about it, but I painted that design on the headboard wall in the bedroom. I added a little white tree, a "merry christmas" garland onto the window, and some glittery tinsel garland to the antlers of my white elk. This part may be too cheesy - I haven't decided. haha. Knowing myself, I probably will leave it.





he's festive.


 This rose gold metal garland is from Target a few years ago.


This little white tree is SO OLD. I probably have had it about ten years, for real. Holding on for dear life, but still cute as can be.







and hey look, it's me (and my dirty mirror)! haha. Very cool face I am making. This is the hallway, which I also hand painted.



I hope you enjoyed the "tour"... merry christmas everyone!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Atlanta Magazine HOME Spring 2018

Hi everyone!

 I just wanted to pop in and show you guys that one of my projects has been published in  Atlanta Magazine's HOME Spring 2018 edition.


 


My clients, Andy and Mitch, have a beautiful, cool, hip modern-with-traditional-elements kitchen that I am so proud of. We worked really hard to create a unique and special kitchen, and I feel like this captures it perfectly. This kitchen was a new-build, but we did lots of custom and "off the shelf" items mixed together, to get a fresh look that I think is pretty unique to the Atlanta design scene. 




Anyway, it's always so much fun to see your work in print and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Thanks to Lisa Mowry for the great write up! I will blog about this kitchen soon, because I have a lot to say about the design process and I just realized I haven't written about it!



Happy weekend, everyone.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Restful Master Bedroom

Hi! I just wrapped up a master bedroom install yesterday, and even though I don't have professional photos of it, I couldn't wait to share some that I took with my iPhone.  

These clients are so easy and sweet to work with. We have decorated their living room and kitchen, as well as guest room. When they contacted me to do their master bedroom last year, I was so excited. They are very well-travelled, and enjoy pieces with a story that remind them of their travels. That was almost the only directive that they had - restful, adult, stylish and perhaps bring in a few pieces that represent them as a couple. 

Their house was new when they bought it a few years ago, and the walls were Benjamin Moore's "Sea Salt." It's a beautiful color that they weren't opposed to keeping, but of course I wanted to mix it up a bit!

Here's the before shot:


blanket hanging down for dramatic effect. :)

As you can see, there are sconces on the side walls. We'd done Roman shades when they first moved in, with the knowledge that they needed to be neutral and fit with a future decor scheme. You can kind of see above that the bed was existing. I believe it was made by my client's grandfather, so it was a special piece they wanted to keep. As you'll see, we added a new headboard. 


They also had this dresser that was a family piece with meaning (and it's always nice to just reuse what you already have!):




And here are some "after" shots!





As you can see, we kept the bed base, but added new brass hardware and a pretty upholstered headboard. We have new nightstands and lamps, as well as bedding and art. I wanted the bed to be pretty but comfortable-- not stuffy. We did a jute rug with a layered antique oriental rug on top (probably 90% of my clients will tell you I make this suggestion for their rooms, but it is always A) so gorgeous, and B) pretty cost effective as well as stain friendly!)


very simple bedside accessories

I don't like a lot of items on nightstands, and they both had a stack of books that need to be able to hang out somewhere. This is real life!


Opposite the bed is this gorgeous dresser and antique botanical chart that we had framed. I found this piece on Etsy, and we had it framed in a sort of shadow box look. It's HUGE. I love the juxtaposition of the modern frame and white mat mixed with the antique botanical. Somehow I managed to NOT get a pic of this yesterday as the final "after" shot, but it has two beautiful lamps on either side of it now.


See the lamp, below? There are 2. Also, hi, there is me. They needed a dressing mirror, and this pretty white framed one in the corner was perfect. 



In the same way I don't like a lot of clutter on nightstands, I don't like a lot of clutter on dressers. I did a simple bit of greenery, a frame and a candle. A nice bronze mirrored tray holds it all. The rest of the dresser can be left to hold things that dressers hold!













As I mentioned before, the roman shades were custom made (They're a few shades lighter than the wall color) and we added store-bought curtains to them to soften the windows. 



The Indian kantha throw was a wonderful textural element we found and added to the simple hotel style bedding (again - I'm a broken record with the hotel style bedding, I love it).


The woven basket mounted over the bed was a piece I found from Africa. I LOVE IT. It's lightweight and brings so much interest to the room. 



bedside accessories. I love this little salmon dish that picks up the color in the rug







On the right, you can see the dresser we repurposed, completely made over! I really love the new hardware we added and we painted it a shade that is a few shades lighter than the walls. Isn't it nice?


a great family photo was framed with a simple store-bought frame and mat



I added a fern and some cooking books, and there you have it. Kidding! Cook books will eventually be replaced with other books (I gave them a mission to find some cool art books to go there). Also, this is when I go ahead and tell you that ferns are the new succulents -- you heard it here first. ;)



I hope you guys enjoyed seeing this project! It was so fun to work on, and I feel like it truly represents my design aesthetic: approachable; modern-meets-traditional; with some global touches throughout.