I was planning to do two big tasks this week, 1) launch a new product line in the shop, the Moroccan Collection, and 2) introduce the latest client project I’m working on. Well, I was only able to do one. I launched over 25 new products in the shop, which took a lot of effort! Each photo I take myself, edit myself, publish to the website myself, pack & ship orders myself – it’s a lot! I need an intern! #canIquitmydayjobyet? Anyway, look out early next week for the first introduction to the gut kitchen remodel I’m working on.
Now, how about those rugs! Those floor pillows! Each item in the Moroccan Collection was hand selected (I wish in person… maybe some day!), and imported directly from the souks in Marrakesh, Morocco. These items are as authentic, vintage, and handmade as you can get!
In addition to the Moroccan Collection, I posted a handful of new rugs, added a handful of vintage African mud cloths (perfect for making your own pillows!), AND THESE OTTOMANS! They have wheels, and roll around. They’re pretty amazing.
If you’re curious about that rug, it’s Margot.
Go check out the shop and see the rest of the new items. If you want to be notified when new product/rugs hit the shop, subscribe here!
Remember these chairs? Woof.
It’s really difficult to visualize the potential of a piece of furniture when they look like this.
After over a year of hoarding them, I finally saved up my pennies to get them professionally reupholstered. I’ve upholstered things myself, always thinking, ‘man, I do a pretty good job!’ It wasn’t until I paid for professional upholstery that I now think my work is laughable… about downright embarrassing. I don’t have the patience, the finesse, the nimble fingers, or the tools to do as good of a job as a professional. I mean, just look at them now –
You just did a double-take, didn’t you? Oh boy, do I love them! I’ve wanted a pair of the Schoolhouse Electric Jack chairs for a while, but they’re SO much money. I bought 14 yards of fabric and paid for two chairs professionally upholstered for less money than one of the Jack chairs.
I learned a couple things along the way, seeing as this was my first professional upholstery experience – I must share with you how it went.
First, I scoured the internets for upholstery weight buffalo check fabric. It took a lot of searching, I wanted something as close to the Jack chair as possible. There are a LOT of versions of the buffalo check, but I wanted something that looked authentic, wool-like, and most original, and not a hundred dollars a yard. I found the P Kaufmann Checkmate from Decorative Fabrics Direct, ordered a few samples, then ordered the recommended yardage from my upholsterer.
I emailed photos of the Jack chair to my upholsterer so he would have an electronic copy to reference when he got to my chairs. I also printed out two copies and brought them with me when I took the chairs to the upholstery shop. I know the guy is a professional, and he can probably spot the best way to do things when upholstering an chair, but I made sure to point out some of the elements of the Jack chair that I wanted replicated on my chairs. For starters, I wanted the black check to be positioned on the top of the arms.
The second thing I pointed out were the buttons. I did not like the original buttons, count and placement. I asked that he put six buttons, three on top and three on bottom. The backs of my chairs are higher than the Jack chair, six buttons just suits the chair better. What I didn’t mention is, I would have liked all the buttons to be alternating in color to the checks they sit in. They don’t look bad, but I think the black buttons get lost in the black check.
The last thing I mentioned, was, along with the tops of the arms, I liked the look how the black check helps frame out the front of the chair. The Jack chair has a much darker check, so it’s a little more prominent than my chairs, but you can certainly see how the black helps frame out the top of the cushion and the bottom of the chair. I like it.
I’m naturally a pretty direct person when it comes to how I like things, so I wasn’t afraid to point out some of these elements that I wanted in the finished product. It beats having a discussion later over something you might not have liked, and end up leaving with a negative experience or settling for something that you’re not happy with. I’m the sort to think, If I’m paying this much money for something, I better get what I want! In order to do that, however, you gotta communicate some things, even if the professional already knows it should be that way.
Overall, I am thrilled with how they turned out! Money well spent! As much as it hurt to swipe payment, it honestly was completely worth every penny, and I will absolutely do it again.
If you’re in the area, I went to Discount Upholstery in Concord. Bruce is the man!
This nursery was such a great project. Some of my favorite elements in the room I had in mind from the beginning, yet had trouble sourcing. They suddenly fell into place on the day of install – like that adorable floating shelf! It must have been the pressure of deadlines.
The floating wood shelf was a life-saving find. At first we were looking for something white, but the wood finish on this shelf complements the side table perfectly. I had to do some convincing to keep it, as an all white furniture room would just be too stark and flat. A few pieces of wood add instant warmth. The mobile is a DIY (more on that below), the ballet slippers are the client’s, as she grew up a dancer. The giraffe print is from my favorite nursery art source ever. We wanted to hang the large scale bunnies, but $$$$$. We also used a pair of copper bookends to corral a couple books, and a wanderlust globe Zano let us borrow for the shoot. So bummed these aren’t available anymore! But some creative folk sell similar ones on Etsy.
One of the DIYs I’m most proud of is this wood & mirror mobile. I picked up a few packages of wood pieces of various sizes and shapes, and a couple packages of small round mirrors, at the craft store. Using a hot glue gun, some clear jewelry elastic string, and thin wood dowels (also found at the craft store), I made this adorable mobile. It took a minute (more like 3 hours) to figure out the best way to balance everything out. My recommendation is, start from the bottom. I didn’t realize this trick until I was two hours in. Ha! The things we do for DIY…
Book storage is key in any nursery. I anticipate their storage needs will grow. That’s the thing with having a kid, the need for storage seems to multiply exponentially, but for now these copper wire wall baskets meets the need for storage, and cuteness of course. The copper garland was on clearance at Target a few months ago. I put two strands together, and in hindsight should have bought more. The garland was a lot shorter than I thought.
Another fun DIY is this wall hanging! I didn’t get a full photo with the wall hanging (bad blogger!), we hung it on the wall right beside the door. As I was finishing it, my husband said it looks like a prom dress. Hilarious. And now it’s all I can see. But anyway, I dig it, and am a total fan of weird woven wall hangings. I used a bit of metallic ribbon in the upper fuchsia section, which didn’t quite translate to photos. Anyway, take my word, it’s quite fancy in person.
The curtains are Ikea. Who doesn’t have a pair of Ikea curtains? These are great, they’re grey with a bit of texture, and are blackout thick – perfect for a nursery! I did have to hem them myself. I just plopped my sewing machine on top of that wood table and sewed the curtains while hung. The white pom trim was a game time decision. I thought the curtains needed a little something extra. I had an extra spool of these white poms, and hot glued them on the spot. And finally, the coveted copper curtain rod! It comes in every finish imaginable, and is extremely affordable.
Well there you have it! If I missed anything, leave a comment below
Copper lamp (now available in silver!) // Moroccan pouf (The Vintage Rug Shop, coming soon!) // side table (2-drawer version also available!) // blush planter // curtains // cantaloupe velvet pillow // navy rocker // abstract art
It’s here!!!! The reveal of a nursery project I’ve been working on for the last few months is here! This nursery is for a much deserving baby doctor (OBGYN if we’re getting technical), who’s having her first baby in just a couple weeks. For someone who spends literally 24 hour days at a time helping new moms enter parenthood for the first time (and so much more, as OBGYNs do) I felt compelled to give her a nursery she’d love. Doctors dedicate their lives to helping others, often times it barely leaves them with time and energy to spend on – what might be seen as superfluous – a well decorated nursery. It feels great helping someone who sacrifices so much to help others. I’m no doctor, but man, I doctored the crap out of this room!
OK, enough blabbering, I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking (oh, and in case you missed the before, read this post).
I mentioned last post, it all started out with a rug! The Painted Desert rug from Lulu & Georgia is pretty much the PERFECT rug for a girl’s nursery. Everything else fell into place perfectly, if I do say so myself.
Stick around later this week and I’ll share more on the DIYs and other sources that went into completing this room. There are so many, it’s hard to pick a favorite! That mobile though…
When I was pregnant with Zano, I remember the early days, not knowing if I was having a girl or a boy. I spent half the time fantasizing over having a girl – who she would look like, and of course how I would decorate her nursery. I contemplated a peachy, vintage inspired nursery sprinkled with adorable clothes and cute little girly toys, vintage books and paint by number art on the walls. Totally cute. I was sorta stumped on the boy nursery thing, good thing it’s come a long way since my original plans. Anyway, we had a little meatball (a son) and my dreams of a girly nursery have since been put back on the shelf. That is, until I was asked to help design a girl nursery for a much deserving OBGYN doctor!
The tricky thing designing for others is figuring out the best way to marry design styles. You’re hired to apply your expertise, and hope it doesn’t turn out to be a total hodge podge. Luckily, the Doctor and I are of similar design mind! I’m excited to show you the reveal, yet, in perfect blogger fashion I must post about the before and all the thought that we put into Doc’s baby girl nursery.
When you walk into the room, this is your view. The layout of the room is really simple, not much choice for where to place the crib.
We agreed crib will go against the large blank wall, with the dresser/changing table on the wall to the right of the entry door.
We will also put the closet doors back on the closet.
There are a few elements that had to stay, like the carpet and the wall color. As much as I hold my on preferences on things, I’m never apposed to a clean, blank slate.
The Doc and I created a shared (and secret) Pinterest board, and started sharing rooms that we thought captured the joy, color scheme, decor, and overall feel we wanted to create in the nursery. Below are our 9 favorite inspiring spaces:
“Peachy” is our theme, basically all shades of peach, copper & pink are welcome. This is the design board we put together. The rug, a popular choice for a girls nursery, was a must have, and everything else was chosen around it.
beaded chandy | bunny | pram | antlers | ribbon print | crib bedding | copper lamp | himmeli decor | mirror | swan blanket | rug | abstract print | unicorn teether | side table | rocker | bookends | copper pouf | basket | dresser | wire basket
I like the idea of dubbing a client project with a silly hashtag. Hashtags on social media make it easy to follow a subthread on your own account, especially in Instagram, and works best if you’re posting about a specific project for folks to follow along. It makes sense to choose something unique! In this case, I’ll be hash tagging #babydocspeachynursery (I’m @brittanymakes). I’ll be posting snippets of the room this weekend, and the reveal on Monday. See you then!
2015 was a great year! I had some serious motivation at the beginning of 2015, brand new opportunities on the horizon, new renovations in mind, essentially a dream situation. 2015 will be tough to beat.
At the start of the year, I started collaborating with brands that I absolutely love:
Also at the beginning of the year, I became one of the first Style Influencers at Domino.com, an opportunity that propelled my confidence in design.
2015 was also the year of the remodel! We installed new porcelain wood-look tile flooring, one of the best decisions we’ve made for our home.
We also renovated our main bathroom. I’ve still only showered in it once! #truestory
And we completely remodeled our backyard, which sadly we’re not quite finished with. Hopefully a full reveal will happen before this summer! ha!
2015 was also a year of growth, challenge, and risk. I took a risk and started a business (!!!), which has been equally rewarding and scary. Half the time I feel I can’t keep up. I’m still figuring out how to balance my biz and my day job, as well as my family and blog.
I’m not sure what 2016 will bring, hopefully good things because so far all I’ve got is an iPhone in the toilet!
Merry Christmas! I hope you had a fantastic day, full of love and laughter. We had such a blast introducing Santa for reals this year. My MIL decorates to the nines with Santas of all shapes and sizes. Left and right I hear Zano say “ho ho” every time he spots a Santa figurine. It’s beyond adorable.
There are a few things I notice most around the holidays. Being a working mom, there are things I just can’t get to in a timely manner. I find myself shopping last minute, even though I started early. Wrapping gifts two days before Christmas well past my bedtime, and ordering holiday cards a week before Christmas. I think some families have it down – you take your holiday card photo on or before Thanksgiving, so once turkey day passes, you’re on it! Ordering cards for delivery weeks before Christmas and New Years. Instead of getting to mid December and thinking ‘dang, it’s too late’, I have to tell you my secret – Minted.
For the last couple years I’ve ordered our holiday card from Minted. Let me clarify, I rush-order our holiday card. Minted has so many options to customize your holiday card, and since I typically cut it close on time, I choose a style that suits post-Christmas delivery (as in, can also be received as a New Years or general Holiday card and not feel like it was a late delivered Christmas card. Trickery!)
My favorite selection Minted offers is the foil pressed cards. Think gold/copper/silver foil meets letterpress. The foil is shiny and so fancy looking, and the slight indentation from being pressed takes the design to the next level. I also love their new completely customizable cards where you upload your own image – check out the card Gwen’s kids created!
I ordered our cards Tuesday afternoon, and they arrived Friday. Talk about quick!
It was like pulling teeth, but I sort of got a family photo taken on Christmas day! There’s something about 19 month olds that makes sitting still, let alone looking at the camera, nearly impossible.
On a brighter note – I chopped my hair off! It was somewhat a dramatic/traumatic experience, but after a couple days its finally growing on me. Let me just say, it took two hairstylists and a lot of tears to get to this.
Merry Christmas!!! I’ll see you in the new year!
My dining table is usually covered in blog and shop materials – fabric, pillows, rugs, packaging tape, receipts. It’s rarely clean enough to eat from (and we always eat at our island anyway). It’s not until the holidays roll around when I get the sudden urge to dress it up (see last year’s table here). Something about a set table reminds me most of Christmas time.
I fell pretty hard for all the copper decor this season. I usually lean towards brass as my metallic of choice, but this year I’m all about incorporating different tones of copper to bridge the warmth of my walnut dining table to go alongside my go-to golds.
I bought a few of these paper hanging stars for a baby shower I’m hosting this weekend, but then decided they looked perfect atop my IKEA bar cabinet. I guess I’ll have to go get a few more for the shower 😉
The bottle brush trees alone were looking a little bare and lonely, so I clipped some branches from our Christmas tree – we got a flocked one this year! I had a few tubes of mini ornaments in copper and gold tones, left over from the Christmas challenge I did two years ago, that I sprinkled throughout the clippings and trees.
For the place mats, I spray painted some cheap mats from Ikea with Design Master 24 carat gold spray paint (it’s the perfect rose-gold!)
The geometric plates I found at Marshall’s almost 3 years ago. They’re DVF and I can’t find them online, although I’ve seen some olive colored ones on ebay… The black plates are from Ikea, they’re perfect, and cheap!
In case you’re interested, I put together a “get the look”! I love seeing these at the end of people’s blog posts.
OH, ps, if you’re wondering where my rug went, I sold it on the shop! I’m on the hunt for another…
Anything else not listed is either vintage or discontinued (like those DVF plates, sadface!)
Whether he’s a sports goer, a camper, a grill master, or an umbrella carrier – these gifts are sure to make your man one happy clam.