A Quick Paint Fix

A little cottage dining room recently required some quick updating.. Getting rid of the dated paint colors was first and foremost on the list and what resulted is just further confirmation that paint will go a long way.

Tan walls be gone,

Quick Paint Update

We used Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue to brighten up the dining room. We also replaced the existing light fixture with an easy Allen + Roth drum pendant from Lowe’s. How fresh is that?!

We also sent pouty Laney to the pool, so we don’t have to hear “Mom I don’t want to go see any more houses”

Blush & Bashful

My finger, on the pulse of y’alls reaction to the Pantone Marsala announcement, well – it tells me that you aren’t so excited.  But what if we just pretend that what Pantone really meant to say was: Pink. The folks over at Dering Hall suggested it and I’m inclined to agree, so now it’s got me digging and thinking.

I feel that it is at it’s best when its the blushy kind, not that alarming electric hot kind, but rather a dirty baby soft and warm shade is where it’s at. Y’all feel me? Jump in and then let me know what you think about all of this?

Dusty Rose Blush Pink Walls

This is how blush is presentedat the Riad Charai in Marrakech. It’s inspiring.

 

Jungalow Pink Justina Blakeny

Justina revealed her new jungalow headquarters. I’m always excited when a blogger levels up and Justina didn’t disappoint with her big pink armoire.

Eleanors Nursery

This ceramic elephant is a sweet little detail that inspired Sarah in Laney’s nursery. Sarah jumped into the pink for that room, a perfect choice for a baby girl naturally, and the results were more sweet than saccharine!

 

Burlingame Sofa by Madeline Stuart

What a knowing color to luxuriate on when offered up as a velvet sofa. These traditional lines and finishes could offer just the right air of bohemian sophistication in my imagined setting. I just love the muddy tint, like a pink that has lost a bit of its innocence.

 

Dimore Studio

This room by Dimore Studio just smacks of another element in interior design photography that I’m all about, which is the mood and airiness of these rich saturated walls. Here, the breathy charcoal swallows up a dusty rose duvet with shadowy mystery.

Dusty Rose Hair

I like to think that I march to the beat of my own drum where it comes to fashion. Yet, I’ve been rocking the ubiquitous dusty rose pink locks thing since I first met Heffe, four years ago. I’ve recently cut it all out. He asked me to go back the other day, and I had to tell him that I’m not sure I can, b/c I keep reading about how this look is OUT! And you know what I hear is on it’s way in? Metallic hair. Perfect, I’ve alway battled with the brass.

Laney’s Nursery

In Laney’s mind, she is most assuredly a “big girl”. But before she came to know everything at 2.5 years old, she once had a nursery. This is what it looked like…well wait before we look, I want to remind you that there were previous posts outlining some of the design process they are here, here and here in case you want to review.

This is Laney’s nursery at our old house (Connecticut House),

The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Pink Damask and it was…and I hesitantly admit this because I get teased a lot around here about my affinity for the color white but the color in this room was too subtle, too light. So there you go Dan, have at it. The Feist print and bentwood stool were both baby gifts from Betsy and we are using those again in Laney’s big girl room. The rocker is Nurseryworks, which Target now carries.

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The shelves are the trusty Ekby and bracket from IKEA. The owl print is by Hadley Hutton. The blocks are part of the Uncle Goose Alexander Girard set, porcelain lanterns are from West Elm, the bunny is Jellycat and its from my Mama and the rolling duck toy was DC’s and it was from Etsy. The Orla Kiely board books are both beautiful and functional.

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The shades were custom, the sparrow mobile was my oldest daughter DC’s and it’s a Flensted mobile, the giraffe is a Sharon Montrose print, all of the bedding was made by my Grandma which I love and will always treasure especially the quilt and I know Laney will too. The pink chevron bumpers are made from Rubie Green’s East Village and a white linen/cotton blend. The piping and ties were made from a pink sheet set that I bought at Home Goods. The crib was DC’s and it was part of the Baby Mod collection at Walmart, similar here.

Laney nursery4

The bookcase/window seat is a Ikea Expedit (similar) bookcase with casters added to the bottom. The pillows were handmade by my Grandma with a gauzy linen stripe in the front and a pale pink block print from Purl Soho in the back. The vase I’ve had for a while, the ceramic elephant is vintage. The set of white alphabet books were a gift from our friends Kristine & Fred and we now have to read those things EVERY NIGHT, thanks guys! The round jute rug is from West Elm and has held up well in case you’re wondering. It was a hand me down from my Mom and it’s about 3+ years old, here’s a similar rug.

Laney nursery2

 

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Laney nursery

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By Sconce Light

In my search for a small sconce for a tight space to put over Laney’s bed in her big girl room, I kept seeing these modern sconces sometimes paired with a slightly traditional look in the rest of the room. The introduction of the modern sconce in these rooms is one little piece of the puzzle that makes the room a little more eclectic, it gets at that magical mix that everyone is after…including me.

Looks like the same mid-century inspired fixture in these rooms,

sconce wallpaper

sconce pink2

sconce pinkHere’s what I call the eyeball fixture,

sconce gold

The lucite/acrylic bedside cart is a repeat performer as a bedside table.

sconce CostelloSara Ruffin Costello

I’m pretty sure Amber used this sconce in this little guy’s room that she designed,

sconce amber interiors

Laney’s Big Girl Room Before

This is Laney’s future big girl room right after the crew started removing the old trim, 5 gazillion phone jacks and repairing the walls. Sorry ’bout the blur.

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This is the room after a few days of re-coating the walls with and some new trim. We also added a light.

laney room progress

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This is one seriously tiny and dark closet with no door. I expanded to two hanging bars that are each about 24″ long, it’s a good thing she’s a toddler. We also added those two little shelves in the back for baskets and maybe some shoes.

laney room closet

laney room progress2

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This is the girl that room will belong to,

Laney small

She told me maybe the blanket on her big girl bed “could be pink, then purple then black”. I said we’ll think about it. Then she said not “light blue or dark blue, that wouldn’t be good”. She is not quite 2 1/2 and she’s got some opinions.

Babies and Birthdays

My sweet little Laney turned one over the weekend. We started the day off right,

Getting setup for the party, a year in review. Doubling as decoration and party favor, we let the guests take home any pictures they wanted.

Not too long ago we started with this,

and like most parents we feel like time has flown by and now we have a wonderful one year old with a great sense of humor that is oh so close to walking…any day now.

have you seen this cake on Pinterest? A local bakery, The Bakehouse recreated the cake for us.

Life is so much sweeter because of you.

Baby Girl’s Nursery Update

To date in the nursery we,

  • removed the white carpet when we moved in, pulled out hundreds of carpet staples out (barrel of laughs)
  • removed all of the furniture, some was sold on Craigslist
  • removed the chandelier
  • sanded the window trim and trim around built in dresser with orbital sander
  • painted
  • assembled crib

I went through loads of paint chips before narrowing them down and then getting samples from Lowe’s of BM’s Whitewater Bay, SW’s Marshmallow and BM’s Pink Damask. Those three sat on the wall for a few weeks until finally I chose Pink Damask for the wall and Marshmallow for the trim and ceiling.

 

The painting was complete. I got home from work and went straight to the nursery and it just didn’t look right. The trim appeared to have a pink cast to it. I called the painter and said I thought the trim and wall colors had been confused but he was adamant that he gave his crew the right instructions. The painter and SW claim that Lowe’s actually color matched the color below Pink Damask and the trim was correct. So to create more of a contrast I had the trim painted SW Extra White, the wall was repainted Pink Damask (Lowe’s darker version) and the ceiling remained Marshmallow.

Still with me? OK.

Here’s a primitive blueprint of the nursery so you can get a better idea of where windows and doors are,

nursery plan

So we’re working with a room that is roughly 9 x 10, which is quite small according to the standards of most but I think offers enough space for what a baby needs especially when the child has additional play space in the house.

This 9×10 space comfortably accommodates a small 3-drawer dresser,

chase dresser world market

a rocker like this,

Sleepytime rocker nurseryworks

this crib,

baby mod crib

a bookcase turned bench like this,

expedit single

an accent table that has yet to be located and all the shelving and art you would want.

And…I’m still gathering fabric samples for crib bedding like these,

taj paisley pink Rikshaw Design

Taj Paisley

pink chevron newmom

pink chevron brownpaperpackages

pink ikat chevron prettyshinysparkly
Spoonflower

Here are the samples I have collected shown together,

nursery fabric samples

I was considering the Taj paisley on the far left of the frame for the backing of the quilt my grandmother is making but its not working plus the fabric itself is really thin. So Taj has been eliminated.

The zig zag samples are for the bumper and although I like the two lighter pink zig zags they are little too large in scale for the bumper or the trim on the bench cushion. Because of their scale I decided to request a sample of Rubie Green’s East Village in light pink and I’m likely to go with that.

Rubie Green east village pink

The striped fabric and the Globalweave block print are for throw pillows that will sit on the bench and the solid pink is what my grandmother used in the quilt.

So whats left in fabric–I need to choose a solid white linen or linen blend for the bench cushion, the interior side of the bumper and window treatments. I also need to decide whether or not I’d like to do contrasting ties and trim on the bumper in brown or pick up the pink of the chevron. Does anyone have a source for their favorite affordable solid linen?

In addition to fabric, I found some cool casters to attach to my IKEA bookcase for the bench transformation,

brass casters Van Dykes

Van Dyke’s

Here’s another example of the look I’m trying to achieve with the bench,

lulu powers lonny bench

Lulu Powers, Lonny

And I found this little guy at a thrift store,

vintage pink elephant

I’m still on the fence about buying off the shelf roller shades or having them custom made with a brown greek key or simple band much like these,

trimmed roman shades

Amanda Nisbet girl's room

I’ve never gone custom with fabric shades before but I really want to. I’ve read some positive accounts in blogland. I considered the DIY route and I have seen Isabella & Max Rooms tutorial and I def respect that but I’m not that crafty, I’ve got a million other JOBS and I’m almost 32 weeks pregnant, shall I go on–no I’ll spare you. So if you want to share your custom shade experience with me I’m all ears, please email me. I know there are designers reading this, do tell.

Baby Girl’s Nursery

So I was all convinced that it was a boy and then we went to the ultrasound and two things were confirmed:

  • I’ve got no unborn baby gender intuition
  • It’s a girl

For the past couple of weeks since the ultrasound I’ve let the girl nursery design ideas circulate in my brain. Here are some of the things that have been floating around up there,

pale pink & gold tones, creamy walls, block print paisley,

Smith Hanes pink beige bedroom

Smith Hanes via House Beautiful

vintage uzbek pillow cocoon tribalchase

vintage suzani pillow

paint samples

narrowing choices

or pale pink & orange,

Tom Scheerer living room House Beautiful

Tom Scheerer via House Beautiful

windsor smith pink & orange

Windsor Smith

abstract pink art,

Amanda Nisbet bedroom NYSD pink abstract

Amanda Nisbet’s apartment, New York Social Diary

Melissa Rufty pink Amanda Talley painting

Melissa Rufty, Amanda Talley painting

Amanda Nisbet girl's room

Amanda Nisbet

what to do with books and baskets and save floor space,

boys room via grace happens

Grace Happens blog

tom scheerer wall cubes books

Tom Scheerer

a zig zag printed crib skirt,

Rubie Green east village pink

Rubie Green, East Village

with the repeat on a bench cushion,

chevron cushion edge bench

Sarah Richardson via Sense and Simplicity

large scale art or tonal salon style,

Baby Giraffe No 5 Sharon Montrose

Sharon Montrose

nathan turner Domino nursery

Nathan Turner

southern living pink art wall

Southern Living