Archive for July, 2016

Nursery Reveal

As I mentioned on Monday, I’ve got nursery photos for you for one of the most fun clients I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

It all began with an e-mail from my friend, Katie, who I also went to college with.  Katie and I were sorority sisters and among other things, we share a love for fashion.  We went to a small liberal arts college in a rural Washington town; out of sea of hiking performance gear, Katie and I were little misfits in head to toe J. Crew ensembles.  Katie and her twin sister, Regan, share a passion for fashion and have the most tempting fashion blog that I know of: Cardigans and Couture.  It’s a must read.

Anyway, back to the e-mail.  Katie asked if I would help with her nursery.  She wanted, gingham, floral and a map dress.  I couldn’t respond “Yes, please” fast enough.

Katie also partnered with The Container Store who worked their organizational magic for all the itty bitty girl clothes.


Without further ado – the reveal…


Here you see where the gingham and map dress come to play.  Katie wanted a navy and white gingham and I was completely on board.  I love that we paired it with a green paper dress.  Katie chose this particular dress because she has a love for good penmanship.

To the left of the crib, is this gorgeous bone inlay dresser with a matching diaper changing pad from Restoration Hardware.  I don’t have a good shot of it closed but here you can see it with all of it’s amazing organizational pieces.


And now for the floral mix into the room.  Love, love, love how these drapes came out…


We went for custom drapes and chose a waverly fabric – “Candid Moment Gardenia.”  I love the bold colors but also the sophisticated feel to the fabric so it can grow with the sweet little baby.  I pulled the pink from a flower in the fabric in the glider from Ballard Designs.


I wanted to add a touch of masculinity to counter balance the drapes and glider so I went with the Les Touches pillow in brown, which also picked up the brown in the branches of the drape fabric.  There is also hints of yellow in the fabric and so the geometric rug by Dash and Albert has a yellow undertone that tied in with that.

Next to the glider is the cutest side table in the world.  And it’s Target, people.  Everyone pretty much needs it in their lives.  The little blue table lamp is also from Target and a fun tie in to a blue hummingbird in the fabric.


Also these container store bins could not be more perfect with the drapes!


And perhaps most important of all, pink hunter boots for the future fashionista…


This was such a pleasure to work on!  Katie’s baby arrives next week.  Eeeek!!

Head on over to Katie’s blog where she has links to all the pieces in the room.

July 14, 2016 at 5:02 AM 3 comments

Life Updates

When things are quiet around this blog, it usually means that life is too loud elsewhere.  There has been a lot of commotion, transitioning and coping.  All is good and I certainly see my blessings.  But, being in my third trimester with two very little ones to take care of, has been exhausting.  Also, our country’s current tragic events have been draining as I grapple with how I can contribute to creating a more just, loving and safe society.


From the past two pregnancies, I knew that I would be exhausted at the end of pregnancy so I upped my hours with my sitter in preparation.  Unfortunately, after two weeks of more help around the house, the girls got sick and so I didn’t have my sitter come that week.  The following week our sitter had hernia surgery and she has been out for the past three weeks recuperating.  We’re thankful the surgery went well and we are looking forward to her return in a week.


But it’s been a lot of kid time and little to no design or blogging time.


Good thing they’re cute.  Last week, I ordered in the big guns – “daddy”.  Graham took the week off and I absolutely loved having non princess conversations and the extra help.


We even snuck off to Napa for a family vacation that avoided any sort of airplane or major travel time but still felt like a world away.  We rented a home through Air B n B and I’m now completely convinced this is the way to travel with kids.  You get your own kitchen, multiple bedrooms and a backyard.


On the design front, one of my favorite nurseries that I’ve ever designed has been photographed and I’ll be able to feature on the blog later this week. Here is a sneak peek.


I have been working with the ultra stylish Katie of the chic blog Cardigans and Couture.  She is due in about a week with her baby girl so it’s a very exciting time for her.  Today, Katie posted the four different nursery room options that I originally sent to her before she chose the direction that we went in. I’d love for you to pop over to her blog to see it.  And stay tuned for the big reveal of her nursery later this week!

July 12, 2016 at 5:17 AM 3 comments


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