Baby Bliss

Something is in the water, and I'm loving it! Nurseries are my absolute favorite. I have yet to have a baby myself, but I feel like I will be extremely prepared when the time comes thanks to my clients. I have found that this space is equally as important for the parents because you will be spending quite a bit of time in here too! Here are a couple of things to consider when planning:

L I G H T I N G 

Since your little one will be taking quite a few naps at different times of the day, it's important that you can adjust how much light is filtering through. I have to say...I prefer a big beautiful window without any plantation shutters blocking your view, but let's face it, not all of us have those big beautiful windows to show off. This was the case in the latest nursery I designed. We opted to keep the plantation shutters and add drapes to create some height and finish off the windows. I was recently informed by my client that she loves the set up! With the shutter/drape combo, my client has complete control over how much light filters through. She loves that she can let a little bit of light in during the day so that her baby can tell the difference between day and night. And being able to block all light out with the shutters and drapes closed is nice at times as well. 

F U N C T I O N   &   C O M F O R T 

What I have found is that most everyone requires a glider, crib, changing table and some sort of storage for books and toys. It's really important that the glider is extra comfy since you will be spending a lot of time in it. Most of my clients prefer a gliding ottoman as well. As far as layout goes it really just depends on the room, but I try to leave as much floor space as possible for room to roll around and play with toys as they grow. 

I was finally able to have my latest nursery photographed from Project Del Norte. I love how fresh and airy this nursery feels. The soft colors make it so calming and peaceful, it's a perfect space for a perfect little girl. 


Project Del Norte

I have been dying to reveal Project Del Norte for a while now. My clients are a young married couple that just moved into their first house together. Most of their furniture was from college or passed down, so it was definitely time to update. There hasn't been a huge rush to complete the project. My client has a very good sense of design and understands that sometimes the prettiest of rooms do not always come together over night. She explained that she would rather take things slow and invest in timeless pieces that she can cherish forever. We are working on several rooms, but the the formal living room finally came together, and I can't wait to share!! It's also being featured on Stark Carpet's semi-annual sale postcard...

Don't miss the sale! It's open to the public October 5th-14th in the Design District off of Slocum Street. 

We started completely from scratch in the formal living room. My clients didn't have any furniture that they wanted to reuse, but they loved the color the previous owners had painted the walls. I belive it's Benjamin Moore "linen white," which happens to be one my favorite whites. It's a really creamy, warm white. I usually don't use it as a trim color because it has too much yellow, but it's really pretty on the walls. Since we were starting with a blank slate, we had a lot of room to play around with the furniture plan. We went back and forth on these two plans quite a bit...

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We found an awesome coffee table, and started taping out the furniture after it arrived to see which layout would flow the best. 

After taping it out, we decided we liked the sofa perpendicular rather than parallel to the fireplace. The space felt very closed off with the sofa facing the fireplace. I also didn't like that the first thing you would see walking through the door would be the back of a sofa. I always recommend taping out your furniture before placing any orders. This will give you a really good idea if the furniture will fit, function well and provide enough room for traffic. 

Next, we started selecting the "fun stuff." My client came across a couple of pillows that she loved at Blue Print, so we used those as a guide for the other selections. 

The sofa and chairs are custom pieces that we had made, and the rug is by Stark. It's their Takori carpet that we had bound. I couldn't be happier with how the space turned out...


I also want to point out the amazing piece of art above the fireplace that Lindsey Meyer commissioned for us. It's such a fun pop that the room needed! I'll let you in on a little's mounted upside down in these photos! I nearly died when my client pointed out that the framer nailed the brackets in on the wrong end, but all is good now and properly mounted right side up. Phew!! I would also like to credit The CEH for sourcing and refinishing the sideboard in time for the photoshoot! It couldn't be more perfect.