Archive for November, 2012

The Crib

Aren’t you all just baby nursery talked out?  Should I turn it down a notch?  I try to but really I can’t resist.  Before you know it my posts will be coming out in baby talk form.

People have asked if we have a crib and why yes we do.  Let’s discuss, shall we.

Working in this field, I know whats out there for everything ever.   Alright, perhaps, I don’t know everything but lets just say I’ve got my feelers out there.

My dream world crib…

I’m a humongous hollywood regency fan and the nursery has got a hollywood regency/chinoiserie tilt.  So this bad boy would fit right in.  Where it isn’t quite justified is the $1,500 price tag.  I do get a designer discount but it aint 50% off people.

A couple of months into the pregnancy I tried to bat my eyelashes at my mom and give her my best dow eyed, “I’m you’re only daughter and pregnant, want to cave and buy me this crib?” look.  Well, she wasn’t born yesterday.  She took one look at the price tag and laughed.   That tactic failed.

Onto the more practical decision.  The crib that is pretty much mandatory for all design bloggers ever.  I think it’s a right of passage…

Yep, you guessed it…the Jenny Lind Crib

Apartment Therapy

Guess how much that bad boy set G Money and I back…a whole whopping $161.99.

I love the crib and I can’t wait to set it up.  I know everyone has it but that’s because it’s pretty and practical.  Now, lets take a look at it in living action shall we…

My all time favorite version ever – gold – ooh la lady.  By the fabulous Urban Grace Interiors

Red and gray – pinch me so dang cute.  Via Apartment Therapy

Loving the black and that chair is scrumptious.

Stop it with those window treatments so cute – Modern Declaration

I’m 99.9% sure that we’re keeping it the white version that we bought it in.  I kind of regret not going black.  But there is a .01% chance it’ll be painted gold.   Ooh – the suspense.

November 12, 2012 at 5:53 AM 1 comment

Words and Wallpaper Art

You’re all very smart and savvy readers whom I love and adore.  So, I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now that I’m dog gone tired.  Yesterday, I reached six and a half months in my pregnancy.  And while I’m not to the third trimester and so I should still be a bundle of energy and all glowy, pre-the dreaded third trimester slump, my energy is waning.  Sometimes that leads to lame to nonexistent blog posts.  So, on the days that I don’t really show up with that A game or I don’t show up at all, I hope you can forgive me.

But, let me reiterate that I love you for reading.  And I will try with all my might to deliver.

On the bright side of pregnancy, I had a Dr’s appointment yesterday where I got to listen to baby girls little heart and it’s the cutest little heart beat in the world.  She is a knock out – so watch out world!  Also, she’s kicking away which just has to be the best feeling ever.

Okay, okay…on with the post…yes, wallpaper.  That’s right…

Here comes more words though first…

Graham has convinced me that we can never have anything above our bed ever because we live in earthquake country and it’ll fall on top of us in a big quake and we’ll die.  Okay, okay so he doesn’t say we’ll die, he always just says that we’ll get hurt.  I just like to be dramatic and to exaggerate.  Due to my excessive need to worry and the seed he’s planted about falling bed art, I’ve stopped putting art above our bed…VERY RELUCTANTLY.  He does make a point with the earthquake country stuff and sweet, sweet itty bitty baby girl.  We are not hanging anything on the wall where the crib resides.


We hang wallpaper on foam core and trim it out with some inexpensive trim.  What what!!  Art that stays put on the walls.  We do live in a rental so this probably a pipe dream but sometimes pipe dreams happen.

Shall we get some dang pictures going now…okay, okay…

Summer Thorton Design

Summer Thorton Design

See what I’m talking about?  Gorgeous, right? For the record, I know I could do sticker decals or paint on stencils.  These ideas are also under consideration.  But, perhaps I like being high maintenance and asking Graham to DIY on his weekends, even though his alarm went off at 4 AM yesterday morning to catch a flight to Utah for the day.  What can I say?  He married a winner.

And with that wordy post, I wish you a very Happy Friday!!

November 9, 2012 at 5:02 AM 4 comments

Going for It

Thank you for the comments, e-mails and pins of my office project.  It means so much to me!!

It takes a big risk to go bold with paint color.  But, I love it when people just go for it.  Did you catch Robin Mizcah McCelland’s apartment in Matchbook?



To me, the coral makes the room.  Matchbook is always such a fun read, isn’t it?!

November 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM Leave a comment

Project Reveal: Office Before and After

You followed along with me at various points of an office that I was working on for an absolutely wonderful family.  And then, I stopped short of showing you the final images.  Why would I be such a tease?  Well, because I can’t take photos for the life of me…AT ALL.  My I-Phone wasn’t doing the final pictures any justice.  I have a fabulous new design associate on my team (more on her awesomeness later) and she has an interest and natural talent in photography.  Score for me!!  With no further ado, I’d love to share the photos that Allie took.

Here is the BEFORE:

We removed the bench that you see in the top photo because it wasn’t comfortable and it wasn’t getting used.  We then took the Ikea bookshelf from under the window and moved it to the wall where the bench was.  My client had the task of going through all toys and books in the room and removing any that were no longer used by their kids.  This cut down on the clutter and I stylized the bookshelf with a mix of their books and some little toys and decorative pieces.  I also put a really sweet art piece above the bookshelf to anchor the space and to finish off the room.

In place of where the bookshelf and toys used to be, we put a custom settee to fit under the window.  We also added on custom roman shades which brought so much visual interest and really finished off the room.  By removing the clutter and changing the layout, we were able to add a lucite coffee table.  Now the two little girls of the house can sit on a couch and watch a movie on the coffee table from their laptops.  If they get chilly, they can always pull a blanket out from the beachcomber basket.

The four drastic changes that really helped to shape the room were the new desk chairs which are really the focal point as soon as you walk in the room; the window treatments and the fun pattern that plays off of the morovian star pendant light; the bigger rug (the cute rug before was just too small and so it chopped up the room and it made it feel smaller) and the biggest change of all was the paint.  Paint can make a huge difference in a house.  The lighter colors made the room feel 10 times brighter then the navy and the striped added a really fun element to the office.

Some close ups…

These chairs are one of my all time favorite vintage finds.  My client is a lucky duck to have them as they are one of a kind gems.  Happy she’s happy!

It’s always fun to have personal elements to a room and that’s why I love this beautiful painting..

My client’s daughter is an amazing artist.   She did this beautiful cat piece and the cute one of the two dogs from Lady and the Tramp on the Ikea bookshelf.  I love how her cat looks hung up on the stripes.

This room was so much fun to work on.  Now, we’re working on finishing up her dining/family room and front entrance….before and afters to come.

November 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM 3 comments

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was one of those perfect weekends!  Where every minute is spent either in a fun or productive manner and you give yourself a chance to breathe.

On Saturday, we went to my ranch for the day to go hunting for porcini’s.

That night we ate fresh porcini risotto, flank steak and porcini pizza outdoors under a sky littered with stars.  We drove home in the dark and woke early in the morning for a long walk through the Presidio.  Then, came some work.

Here was the nursery Sunday morning…

Samples went up…

Decisions were made, such as, I could not have been more wrong with putting a true mint up in the room.  Whoops.  But, a softer green with more gray in it would be just perfect.  We decided on Silver Sage by Benjamin Moore.  Then, Graham got to painting…

All finished and it’s looking great!!

It only took him three hours from start to absolute finish and I cooked and cleaned while he painted so it was a productive day.  It’s hard to capture what the color truly looks like on my phone without any natural light in the room but you get the idea. We finished off the productivity by stopping by Cheap Pete’s and picking out a custom frame for Julia Lynn’s flower print, which will go in the nursery above the changing table…


Julia Lynn flower prints are available on her website: here

Then we headed to the beach to watch the sunset.  Perhaps it was the hormones talking, but I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude that we get to live in such a beautiful city.

After sunset, we returned back to our apartment for a home cooked meal, that gasp…I cooked.

I hope that you had a lovely weekend as well!


November 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM 4 comments

Feeling Minty

Coming off of the sugar high from last night’s Halloween activities, I thought I’d talk about how we are going to slather the nursery in mint….not the candy, the paint.  I love the way that a mint room looks, especially paired with pink.  Here are some inspiration shots….

I’m thinking that we’ll go Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore but I need to get the paint sample up:

All images via pinterest

November 1, 2012 at 9:12 AM 3 comments

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