Sunday, August 25, 2013

Collection Connection

Do you have a collection from when you were a child? Do you find yourself accumulating quirky and uncommon objects? There is a collector in all of us no matter if you are 6 or 60, male or female. Displaying collections is an easy way to tell your guests the story of your life. Why not use your possessions as home saves money and brings a special intimate feel into your home. Treasuries can be from your travels (artifacts), a day at the beach with your family (shells, sea glass), family heirlooms (teacups) or just a random bunch of globes.  There are no rules for creating collections, just how you decide to arrange them.  You want your display to be organized and not to look like clutter. Group your items by theme, color, pattern, and materials such as ceramic and glass. It is important for your home to reflect your personal style, and what better way to do this than by displaying what you love. A great way to get ideas is to go to your favorite stores and check out their presentations. Stores like Anthropologie, Madewell, Nordstrom Kids, Urban Outfitters and West Elm have great displays that can give you inspiration. Below are a few of my personal collections and visuals of how I showcase them in my home.  

I display my penguin classic book set collection underneath items such as these hand painted folk owl mugs to give them height and add a pop of color to any room.  

I am a huge collector of housewares.  These are just some of the bowls and cups I have collected over the years.  My husband and I built this shelf in my kitchen to display my special pieces.

This is my floral vase collection from Anthropologie . DIY ALERT!!!!! I made the shelf by removing the doors, mod podging scrapbook paper onto the back of the shelf and painting them white and green. 

I collected castles as a little girl.  I bought this IKEA white LACK wall shelf and display them in my daughters room.  Her face lit up when she saw them for the first time and I cried knowing she loves them as much as I do.

Here are just some of my favorite interior decorating books.  They make for a fun coffee table display. 

Here is my mother's vintage record collection that I was lucky enough to acquire.  I display them underneath my Grandmother's secretary desk and love the history they bring into my living room.  

Collections are great conversation starters.  What grouping of personal items would you like to see in your home everyday? 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Young & Fresh

As most of you know I am a momma of two and I love, love, love designing nurseries.  When designing my son Shay's nursery , I decided to create a space that would grow with him.  Nurseries do not have to be childish and filled with cartoon characters and princesses.  They can be chic and tasteful.  I wanted to make sure not to over-style his room out of pure excitement for his arrival. The theme I chose was surfing, but I wanted to add it in a subtle way without plastering waves and surfboards all over the walls.  I settled on a color scheme of white and gray, with pops of aqua and yellow.  These bright colors work nicely with the theme and the gray and white chevron fabric.  I chose this fabric over a year ago and I had trouble finding it at the time and now they sell it at pottery barn...grrrrrrrrrr.  I don't know if it is a second child thing, but I decided to be thrifty and decorate Shay's room on a budget. I got most of the items for his room on Etsy and decided to stay away from the big name companies.  I will list the sources at the end of my blog and give a brief caption for each picture.  I hope this inspires you to create a children's space that they will love for many years to come.  
Shay's Nursery
I selected the colors for the letter prints above the changing table and framed them in simple white frames.  I purchased the basket, hamper and frames at HomeGoods.  

These are handmade knobs on the dresser that add a unique detail.  I love the little touches!
Handmade wood surfboard mobile. Isn't it great????   

Where to start?  This is Shay's little reading nook.  The stairs were a DIY project I did using a sponge brush, painters tape and bright yellow paint.  I wanted to make Shay feel like he was stepping into his own private happy place.  The chevron valance was made from the extra fabric from his crib skirt.  Cute right?  

Shay's "Nook Banner."  An easy project to personalize any space.  All you need is a glue gun,  fabric and felt.  

I kept the valance long to keep out the light during naps and the "Be Awesome" print is the perfect accent to the aqua color pop and chevron fabric.

This art print was love at first site.  I love how it is classic baby meets cool kid.
The large" Eat Sleep Surf" decal does so much for this room.  First it draws the viewers eyes up and I love how 3 simple words can be so perfect for a baby's lifestyle and the theme of Shay's room.  The blanket is knitted by Grandma.  I painted a yellow stripe on the crib for an unexpected bit of fun.  The aqua crib sheet was actually extremely hard to find and in the age of "no bumpers"  I went for a chevron crib skirt instead.

 Would you create a sophisticated chic space 
that your child can evolve with?
  Feel free to email me any questions or if you would like assistance designing your nursery :)

Chevron Monogram:  Tessyla 
Handmade Grey and Yellow Zig Zag Dresser Drawer KnobsWhimzicality
Surfboard Mobile:  Flying Tree Studios
Be Awesome Print:  Paper Llamas
Ash Gray & White Zig Zag Valances:  Sew Panache
Eat Sleep Surf Decal:  3rdAveShore
Gray & White Chevron Crib Skirt:  Baby Lovin
Fitted Crib Sheet:  Mod Fox
Converse Print:  The Paper Ship 

P.S  I am so making this headboard found at Land of Nod for Shay's future big boy bed. Geez I'm already thinking of future projects.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Step Into Color!!!!

I love making unique statements throughout my home as you know.   After months of watching my stairs get scuffed and look utterly boring I decided they needed a little love.  I was browsing the DENY Designs website the other day and stumbled upon this pillow.  This item is not my d├ęcor style per say, but I love the fading blue colors of the waves and it's relaxed feel.  I know it's just a pillow, but great ideas come from small things.  Living close to the beach my whole life gave me the need to bring the ocean into my home and the stairs were the perfect place to do so.
  If your stairs are not an option, you can always do this on your dresser drawers, a stool or a wall.  This DIY is so CHEAP and EASY!!!!  I went to my local paint store and went through a bunch of paint strips until I decided upon Benjamin Moore dolphin's cove, peacock feathers, rendezvous bay and bermuda turquoise. If you are lucky and have an even amount of stairs you can do 2 steps each and maybe even pick 5 colors.  I have 11 steps so I went in a 2-2-3-4 pattern to help the colors fade without seeming uneven to the eye. I bought a 2 inch angled brush, because it is easier to do the straight lines on the stairs, some painters tape and 4 pints of paint (the smallest size I could get.)  Each pint was $6 and I ended up spending a total of $35.00 for this project.  I put foil on a plate to save money and not buy the paint trays, especially since I would have to purchase 4 of them.  Oh and if you have kids and you want to know how to find the time to do this, the answer is Bubble Guppies and Puffs.

I think they are a perfect compliment to my simple white walls and natural wood steps.  Don't you agree?


In French ombre means a dark to light fade of color and I happen to be drawn to this look.  I chose a few great pieces that can  help you bring this ombre look into your home.   Do you think you would paint or buy an item to bring this color trend into your home? 
Anthropologie Ombre Flutter Throw

Wayfair Nuloom Pink Moderna Pink Ombre Rug

Ombre Colored Paper Globe Lanterns 

Target Threshold Lamp Base Blue Ombre

World Market Cool Ombre Stacking Mugs(***Great Reasonably Priced Website)

 If you have any questions feel free to email me