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Nursery Preview

 Today I am sharing a sneak peek at Julia’s nursery.  It’s about 80% finished and LBH, it may stay in that range for a few more weeks or months.  🙂  And nothing is ever 100% done around here anyway — that’s part of the fun!

My favorite elements of J’s nursery so far are the subtly striped walls (my husband did a great job!), the wooden monogram above her crib and the playful roman shades….

So, it’s coming together.  The last bits and pieces are:

  • Bribing my husband to Paint the dresser and an end table a high gloss white.
  • Select lamps for either side of the love seat.
  • Choose a few more pillows for the glider and love seat.
  • Decide what to do for wall art above the glider.  I am thinking about fun DIY abstract canvas or a medium-sized gallery wall with framed family pictures and mementos from her birth.

I will include a complete source list when I do the big reveal, but here is a quick one for you in the meantime:

Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Daiquiri Ice
Monogram letters: custom order from KY Grace Designs
Jenny Lind Crib: Land of Nod (ordered in 2007)
Crib Sheet and Skirt: Serena & Lily
Crib Bumper: Pottery Barn Kids (ordered in 2007).  This will come out before the baby sleeps in the crib due to recommendation that bumpers be removed from cribs (reason why I didn’t order the bumper that matches the crib skirt from Serena & Lily)
Roman Shades:  custom order from Windows By Melissa
Pink Flower Pillow: Serena and Lily
Green and Pink Flower Pillow: Caitlin Wilson Textiles
Dream Big Print: The Love Shop
Owl Wastebasket: Target

Stay tuned!  I hope to be back before the week is through with an update on the 2-years-but-who’s-counting bathroom renovation….

 

 

Nursery Inspiration

So, we found out that we are having A GIRL

Even before we found out the gender of the baby, I have been envisioning a mint green nursery.  Now, I am thinking mint green and white horizontal stripes with hot pink accents.  Here is my inspiration image:

mint green stripes on this baby nursery wall give a modern and clean look

Substitute hot pink for the red, and promptly remove the wall decal!

Here are some other inspiration images of nurseries, stripes and the color palette — I can’t wait to get my husband painting that room!

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What do you think?  I am still not sold on the stripes and considering wainscoting on the lower half of the wall with mint green up above.  Hmmm.  Lots to do.  Stay tuned! 

{Photo credits: 1. Baby Lifestyles, 2. DecorPad, 3. Color Zen Blog, 4.  Survivin’ on Sweet Tea and Love, 5. DecorPad, 6. Sketch42, 7. Pinterest, 8. Pinterest, 9. theLennoxx}

Are you there world? It’s me Spark!

Hi Y’all,

I have been unplugged for two weeks.  I took a week of vacation and then another week of blog-cation.  It felt really nice to rest and rejuvenate….

Cleanse my cluttered mind….

Reflect on where I am and where I want to be….

Gain some perspective and inspiration….

Indulge in some whimsy with the littles in my world….

And focus on what’s ahead of me and around my next corner.

And now I’m back and fully re-charged. 

I am ready to celebrate the end of summer, and welcome cooler temps, back to school, pumpkin picking, turtlenecks, hearty soups and my Frye boots. 

Oh, and I love and value my loyal readers more than ever!  Thanks for indulging my much-needed sojourn.

{All images designed by the fabulous Sarah Richardson, courtesy of Decor*Pad}

 

Project Big Girl Room: Update and Sneak Peeks

I have had my nose to the grindstone trying to finish Project Big Girl Room!  I have a few accessories to fill-in, and projects to complete, but here is a little peek at how my 3 year old’s nursery-turned-big-girl-room is shaping up:

{View of the new big girl bed!}

{Window Panels with a Glittery Butterfly Garland.}

{Top of Bookshelf with Print from The Love Shop.}

So, next I am going to work on the wall art — I am thinking about framing pages out of children’s books about Paris to match the “Paris toile” bedding.  Maybe Madeline or something along those lines.  I am also working on some fun throw pillows and monogrammed lamp shades.  Oh, and I am still hoping to complete a closet-turned-secret-room too.

What do you think??  Stay tuned for the big reveal!

In Case You Missed It….

Here are all the destinations around the blogosphere that I can’t stop thinking about….

For all of the design bloggers out there, you must check out this fun conversation with Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home on The Skirted Roundtable — I am a huge fan of her design and vision and am so appreciative of her honesty and candor on her blog. 

{Lauren’s Foyer — one of my favorite front halls ever!  I love that orange door.}

My very talented girlfriend, Amanda, at Namesake Design, revealed her baby girl’s beautiful nursery.  There was a lot of DIY and love that went into this amazing space. 

{A shot of the nursery with homemade “B”, mobile and curtains.}

I loved this “before and after” post by Marianne over at Haven and Home.  The “after” post makes me want to hang paper lanterns down every hallway in my house!

{The “after”picture via Architectural Digest}

I can’t stop thinking about the ikat fabric that Alyson used on these chairs — I love this before and after!

{Alyson’s Awesome Chair Makeover}

I am always looking to turn “to the trade” into “cheap and easy“, so I have been obsessing on how to put this great post into action.  I loved this post from Erin at Elements of Style.  As she would say, “amazeballs!”

{Erin Making Retail Look Custom!}

Green Street is one of my favorite new blogs and I can’t get this great corner of Fran’s son’s “big boy room” out of my head.

{Adorable Nook in Fran’s Son’s Bedroom}

I had been thinking about something like this awesome DIY project that Emily recently completed as part of her guest bathroom makeover.  She has inspired me, I think I am going to give it a go in our master bedroom.  🙂

{Emily’s Chic and Cheap DIY Roller Shade}

Aren’t these bloggers talented???!!!

Spring Inspiration: A Swedish Home

Ikea, Hanna Andersson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  As of we needed another reason to love Sweden….

Well, I found one.  Check out this amazing summer home.   The home is owned by Jill Sorensen, the blogstress behind Live Like You.  This gal has it all.  No really.  She founded Marmalade Interiors (an international design firm), she started a DC-based charity that helps victims of domestic violence, she is a mother, screen writer, producer, actress, and — wait for it — a fashion model! 

Each summer, she flees the heat and humidity of Virginia to spend time at this UH-MAZE-ING lake house in Torp, Sweden.   

I love the white walls and white painted floors in the entry hall with a pop of turquoise in the chandelier and warmth on the floor from the dhurrie rug. 

The console and mirror above are amazing.  Notice the wide striped paint — the aquamarine and white contrast looks great.  The picture above the chair is of her mother in a row boat. 

She even has a chic toy cabinet!  I love the shelf liners.

I would stay in this guest cottage anytime!  I love the white with the varying shades of blue, and that sparkly and dainty light fixture.  The turquoise console is fab.

And the view, HELLO!

Her son’s room looks like it’s right out of Domino Magazine — I like the use of the white and natural wood, the light blue walls and the white drapes.  Not too kitsch or matchy.  Lovely!

I will conclude with her design credo: 

1. Good design should be available to anyone to improve the quality of their lives.

2. Great style doesn’t mean big budget.

3. Your home should make you happy.

For more pictures, check out her post on the house.  Also be sure to check out her gorgeous portfolio

{Images Courtesy of Live Like You and Marmalade Interiors}

White and Red and Blue All Over

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Lately, I have been loving cool blue paired with a little bit of intense red and soothing white. 

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See what I mean?  Isn’t the combination fabulous?

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I love the vintage feel of the room above, and the contrast of the stacked pillows.

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The combination of the red panels with the gorgeous oversized blue silk sofa is unexpectedly kind of amazing.

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The color pairing looks great in a nursery or playroom, especially if you don’t know the gender of the baby. {How cute is that little mushroom stool??}

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This is a girl’s bedroom.  I love the feminity without the use of the traditional pastelly pink, purple and yellow. 

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Another lovely pairing of intense red panels with soft, soothing blue furniture and white accents.  Divine.

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And here, I love the pop of color that the red in the quilt provides without “permanently” committing to the red and blue palette. 

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This is a really fun reading nook or guest room, don’t you think?  I love the Missoni-looking pillows too! 

What do you think of this colorful odd couple?   

[Images Courtesy of: 1. Decor Pad, 2. Porter Design Company, 3. Country Living, 4. Apartment Therapy, 5. Country Living, 6. Bedzine, 7. The Lennoxx, 8. Sixth Street Design School, 9. Design Diary]

An Inpsired Home

Bravo to Southern Living for their fabulously designed 2009 Idea House!  Set in the mountains in Dahlonega, Georgia, this home is right up my alley in so many ways.  I have shared some of my favorite rooms:

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Welcome!  This gorgeous front hall is a mere preview of this stylish home.  I love the modern wallpaper and the shape of the mirror.  The console table is the perfect size for the space.  I like the symmetry that the Italianate lamps provide.  Lovely!

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A near perfect dining room, in my opinion.  Of course, I love the white walls, and the neutral seagrass rug.   White walls and a neutral rug provide the perfect setting for beautiful design.  The use of the pretty red and white chinoiserie fabric on the seat cushions and the panels is provides just the right amount of  color and pop!  I am surprised at how much I like the wood stained Chippendale chairs with the white table.  I usually would not mix the wood stained chairs with the white table, but it works and looks great!  And I love the blue China place settings.  The wall of windows and view of the mountains doesn’t hurt either.

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Along the same lines, I love the use of a neutral background in this bedroom to focus the eye on the gorgeous fabric.  The very light sea foam blue walls, neutral rug and the mostly white matelasse cover on the bed draw your attention to the beautifully upholstered headboard and matching sham.  The use of the patterned fabric is just right – it does not overwhelm the room.  The accessories are lovely — delicate chandelier, rich benches at the foot of the bed, tailored and understated window treatments and soft blue gourd lamps on either side of the bed. 

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I adore this little writing desk to the right of the bed.  The delicate proportion is perfect for placement in front of the windows because it does not detract from the view, but provides a functional space that could serve as a desk or a vanity table.  I applaud the minimal amount of furniture in this bedroom – it’s not too crowded, not too spartan and every piece has a function.  Divine!

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{Swoon!!!}  Let me count the ways that I love this bathroom….  First of all, I am coveting these tall, beautifully crafted vanities with lots of storage space.  And I love the contrast between the sage blue grass cloth walls, thick white trim and dark wood floors.  The large windows and mirrors fill the space with lots of natural light.  Sign me up!

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Don’t you love these banisters with the custom “cut out” spindles?  I especially like the contrast between the dark railings and floors, with the white walls and spindles. 

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Be my guest!  What a lovely second bedroom.  The light green damask wallpaper provides a scrumptious backdrop for the crisp and clean white headboard, bed linens and lamp shades.  Nothing better than crawling into sumptuous white sheets at the end of the day!  I wish that I could see more of that chandelier because it looks fab too!

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This children’s room is the perfect mix of bedroom and playroom.  The daybed can be used for seating by day and sleeping by night.  The stripes on the walls are furring strips, which provide both texture and stripes to the walls.  I love the whimsical canopy and (of course) the mod lucite table.  Not sure how long that white, scalloped bed cover would last in our house, but it’s lovely!  

Kudos to Southern Living and their design team on a job very well done!

[All images courtesy of Southern Living]

Bullseye!

A recent trip to Target introduced me to all of the new Dwell Studio for Target items they are offering this season.  What gorgeous stuff at great prices!

I bought two of these Lattice Decorative Pillows ($24.99 each) for our family room.  The reverse side has a powder blue background with brown lattice and white stiching. 

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I also bought two of these Blue Bird Decorative Pillows ($24.99) to complement the look.  They look great on our brown couches.  

targetbirdpillowIf my Target had these mod brown pillows ($19.99) in stock, I probably would have thrown a couple in the cart too.

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I also love this Peony Decorative Pillow ($24.99):

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And I am digging this woodsy Foliage Pillow (great for fall!) ($19.99).

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The Dwell kitchen sets are so lovely and affordable ($19.99).  They would make great hostess gifts.  The sets include two potholders and three tea towels, and come in black and rust.

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Check out this gorgeous green Garden Pattern Rug ($139.99 for 5×8).  This would look fabulous in an entry hall.

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In a similar vein, this Foliage Comforter Set is fun – it reminds me of Marimekko, but only $89.99 for shams and a queen sized comforter! 

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I love this unique black bedskirt with the grosgrain ribbon detailing ($38.48).  Instant modern drama to any room!

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Drooling over this adorable Bird in a Tree Duvet Set ($49.99 for twin with a sham, $59.99 for F/Q with two shams) for little girls.

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This Upholstered Storage Bench ($199.99) would look great with a tray on top as an impromptu end table, at the foot of a bed or in a play room. 

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And this Bath Rug ($24.99) is fab too.

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Check out this great Silver Lake Desk – perfect for small spaces – like tucked away in a hallway or a nook in the kitchen ($129.99).

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I hope you are grabbing your car keys and on the way out the door to Target!  Oh, and while you are there, pick up a pair (or two) of the most adorable and comfy PJ pants you can find ($16.99 by Nick & Nora).  I promise you won’t regret it! 

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A Toy Story

Hi there!  Sorry for the unexpected hiatus.  What beach rental these days does not have wifi?!  I got spotty reception while squatting on some other wireless network, but not enough to compose a coherent blog post.  Missed y’all!

Anyway, while on mini-vacay, I was pondering the storage of my recently-turned-two daughter’s new toy acquisitions.  You know, the beloved (but worse than kitschy) talking Elmo, garishly colored ride-on toys and neon stuffed animals?

Wouldn’t it be great if fun toys could double as aesthetically pleasing decor?

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Don’t you love this Giggle U Roll by giggle?  I don’t think that I would mind this stylish ride-on toy hanging around underfoot.  It almost looks like a modern side table, doesn’t it?

And I love this pared-down Tori Rocking Horse by Design Within Reach.  I know how great it looks in the living room because my sister gave it to my daughter for her birthday.  [Note to self: great gift for 18 month to 24 month olds!]

torirockinghorseI also really like the Rody, a hippity-hoppity ride-on toy, that I was introduced to at my fave kid-friendly coffee shop, Cartwheels and Coffee.  They come in all all sorts of fun colors, but I am partial to orange, of course.

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How cool would this retro, sleek Saab roadster from Unica Home look parallel parked in the family room (even after the wee ones outgrow it!)?

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Y’all know my partiality to swings, porch and otherwise.  I love indoor swings and think they add a touch of “not-taking-myself-too-seriously” and whimsy to any space.

teakswingI would love to suspend this Teak Swing from Design Within Reach in my daughter’s play room or bedroom.  It would require some space (and perhaps increased homeowners insurance!), but would look so fresh and unique.

I have been admiring this Red Flowers Indoor/Outdoor Swing for a while. I found this in Acacia Catalog.  I would love to hang this in the corner of the playroom as a reading and relaxing nook.

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I am coveting this fabulous, mod and comfy Bubble Chair!  It would look great just about anywhere – family room, living room, bedroom, sunroom, you name it!  I love the clear acrylic for letting the light in, and the cozy, “curled up with a Dr. Seuss book” shape.  Any kid would LOVE this hanging nest.

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I have mentioned these before, but I am still enjoying these indoor/outdoor swings from Penobscot Bay Porch Swings.  This is the Bar Harbor Swing and would be perfect for an indoor swing for kids.  I would love to add fun, colorful, complementary accent pillows, my daughter and a cup of hot chocolate!  It would look great hung in front of a windowed wall in a bedroom or playroom.

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A glimmer of hope exists that fun and whimsical kids’ toys can “play nice” with a chic, modern, and fresh home!