It’s not often you see bloggers post evening or nighttime photos of their homes. We’ve been trained to only post beautiful, bright, naturally lit photos always striving to produce images equivalent to what you see in magazines. But, in every home (especially a blogger’s home), is a well designed space that is loved and used and lives through a normal nighttime routine just like any home should – whether it be cooking dinner in the kitchen, watching your favorite show before bed, or just overall decompressing on the sofa with your iPad, etc. I was really happy to hear about this idea Julia and Kim had about highlighting the home in a different way. These pretty ladies got together and thought ‘hey – let’s highlight these cozy spaces that we use routinely every evening, and share these spaces and our routine with our readers!’ I was totally into this idea, and became instantly grateful they asked me to join in on the party.
My son Zano’s bedtime routine is one of those nighttime rituals I relish. I’m a working mom, I commute at least an hour each direction every day, and most of the time don’t get home from work until 7pm. It pains me not to be able to spend more time during the day with Zano, but I’m comforted that he and I have a routine every night, something special between him and I, something I seriously don’t want him to grow out of!
Of course each evening begins with dinner. Zano eats dinner with us, he eats what we eat and it’s usually no thang. No time for two dinners in this house! After dinner is an immediate bath (unless he’s miraculously kept himself clean), then brushing teeth, then a little bit of play time. I’ve learned it’s easiest for Zano to make the transition to bed time if he thinks it’s his idea, so I ask him questions like “do you want to read this book in bed?” or “which stuffed animal do you want to sleep with tonight?” Things don’t go so well if we say directly “OK time for bed!”. Zano loves books, and is at the stage where he wants to read them to me. Even though he can’t read yet, it’s the most adorable thing! We end the evening tucking him in bed with his stuffed animals. I curl on the end of his bed with him holding my hand until he falls asleep. Gah! My heart! I fear the day he no longer wants to hold my hand for bed.
We recently transitioned Zano to a big boy bed about 5 weeks ago. He did it on his own, the day I put sheets on the bed was the same night he proclaimed he was going to sleep in the big bed. I didn’t want to question/jinx his enthusiasm, so we went with it and he’s been sleeping in it ever since! One of the great things about graduating him to a bigger bed is the fact we can sit (or fall asleep) next to him. Cuddle time is important to us mamas!
Making a space special for Zano was important for me, since in just a few months he’ll be sharing his room with his little sister. I wanted Zano to feel comfortable in his space, and have ownership in the things that are his. This is his big bed! His nightstand! His book shelf! The overhead light in our room can be too much during bedtime so I wanted to add a light that helps transfer the mood of the room from PLAY to SLEEP. Lucky for us, Rejuvenation offered to help us create the coziest spot in our home even cozier. Even luckier for Zano, he got the light of my dreams!
I had been lusting hard over the new Cypress lights from Rejuvenation, and felt the Cypress Double Swing Arm plug in sconce was perfect in both style and function for Zano’s side of the room. What I like most about this lamp (besides that luscious brass!) is that the switch actually allows you to have either the top, the bottom, or both lamps on at once. We can swing the lamps at any 180-degree position if we need one of the light sources pointed elsewhere. Also, the plugin option offers so much freedom. We’re not sold that this is the final resting place for Zano’s bed, I definitely wanted the freedom to re-position this fixture should we move his bed to another wall. The plug-in option totally gives us that freedom.
Lucky Zano, right?! I keep telling him he has the coolest mom.
Lucky for you, I’m not the only blogger sharing A Night In! Check out more of the coziest evening spaces from my favorite bloggers ever:
- Julia & Chris Marcum, Chris Loves Julia
- Kim & Scott Vargo, Yellow Brick Home
- Dana Miller, House Tweaking
- Gwen Hefner, The Makerista
- Melissa Coleman, The Faux Martha
- Nicole Balch, Making It Lovely
With a baby on the way and no plans to buy a second crib, we had to start thinking of a big boy bed situation for Zano. At first I considered getting him a toddler bed, but ultimately decided to pursue a twin bed mainly for the fact I didn’t want to have to go through this process again in a couple years when he’d outgrow said toddler bed. I felt if we invested in a bed now he’d essentially be set until he’s a lot older… maybe even until he goes to college! Not only did I have longevity of the bed in mind, I also had to consider having this new bed fit cohesively into this soon-to-be shared space.
My favorite, although sometimes discouraging, part of the design process is ‘the hunt’. Typically before I begin a search, the first thing I do is talk budget with my husband. This kinda helps prevent me from becoming emotionally attached to an item that is WAY outta my price range (we’ve all been there).
Antonio and I agreed a budget of around $300 for a twin bed was a good price point. With that budget in mind, (but also kind of setting that information aside), I started my hunt for the perfect twin bed. These four topped my list for style cohesion and looks, but as you can see not all of them were within budget.
sources, from top L to bottom R: Mid Century Acorn bed (this one goes on sale frequently, but currently it’s full price) // black steel platform bed // gray tufted bed with tapered legs // Nesttun bed from Ikea in white powder coat
It may seem backwards, but I don’t always start out searching for an item only within a said price range. I like to narrow down on the style and look of the item I want, then do a “second hunt” for finding items that are less expensive but very similar in style and form. My friend Reichel is a master at doing this.
Now, I already knew two of my top beds were within budget, but I wanted to see if I could find the other two for less, somewhere else. First, I found a very similar gray tufted bed with tapered legs.
The Mid Century Modern Tufted bed from Overstock
Then, I also found a nearly identical bed to the West Elm Mid Century bed, for much much less!
The Alton bed from Living Spaces
Now, the computer screen shows very different colors, but the I’m pretty much convinced the Alton line at Living Spaces is the exact same line as West Elm’s Mid-Century line. Don’t be fooled by the color “cherry” on their website. As you can see in the photo below, it’s closer to a light walnut! I also noticed Living Spaces even sells those coveted dressers & nightstands you’ve seen from West Elm. I’m considering this as a replacement dresser/changing table (our current campaign dresser is too big for the room #sadface).
My favorite bed from the original plan happened to be the Mid-Century bed from West Elm, so it was a quick decision for us to move forward with the Alton bed from Living Spaces. *Please note, this post is not sponsored AT ALL.
Here’s a peek of the bed in action! Although we’re still playing musical chairs with the furniture to get the best placement…
At a $300 price point it was worth taking the risk to order online without seeing it in person, although Living Spaces is popping up with showrooms so I’ve heard (there’s one an hour from me).
Do you think I nailed it or what?!
It was about this time last year when my husband and I started planning our backyard renovation. Our backyard used to be a dirt wasteland (you can check out all the before photos here) and desperately needed some love.
We completed all of the hardscape and turf, just a day before our deadline. We were throwing a big one-year birthday party/house warming and it was probably the first time our extended family had seen our house. The deadline was self-imposed, but it totally helped with decision making, and just getting things accomplished that we had been talking about for months.
While the hardscape was finished in the nick of time, we ran out of energy (and budget) to finish landscaping the perimeter and adding the fun al fresco stuff like a dining table and chairs. Now that winter’s over, I’m ready to put the finishing touches on our back yard. Here’s what I’m thinking:
I’ve had this project on my mind for months after seeing a similar installation at my local West Elm! I actually tried purchasing the installation, but I think they thought I was just an annoying customer. Anyway, I’m happy it’s complete and that I now have a version in my own home, and it turned out even better than I imagined.
Here are the materials you need:
- 2 x Macrame cotton cord (3mm 50 yds)
- 3 x Household twine
- 30 x 1/4″ brass tubing
- clear braiding bands
- 3/4″ x 36″ wood dowel (walnut or source at your local craft store)
Step 1 – Start prepping an assembly line. First, wrap 30 bunches of twine consisting of at least 30-35 individual strands each by about 16″ in length. Next, cut 30 strands of macrame cord each 3′ in length.
Step 2 – Make the tassels. Take one bunch of twine and trim the edges off with your scissors. Tuck one strand of the macrame cord in the center of the bunch, then wrap an elastic band around the ends. I chose to wrap two bands on each tassel, but one is probably enough. Then, trim the opposite end of the bunch of twine, and flip it up side down.
Step 3 – Thread the brass tubing on each strand of macrame cord then tie around the wooden dowel.
Step 4 – Tape the design you’re going for on the wall, then re-position each strand so that the top of the brass tubing hits the tape.
Step 5 – Turn the entire wall hanging around so you see the backside of the knots. Glue the knots against the dowel, then trim the excess cord and flip the wall hanging back around.
Untangle the tassels and trim the ends as needed.
Like many folk, I have a fiddle leaf fig. Actually, I had two, but one died a slow, sad death during our kitchen reno. This little guy here? I found him at Ikea about 2 years ago, and it pretty much took me that entire time to find THE perfect pot.
I’ve been looking for the perfect modern & simple ‘statement’ pot for my fiddle. I also needed something with height so the plant would still get adequate light from the window it lives under. I was initially drawn to the Case Study cylinder pot after seeing it around a few blogs and Pinterest, but wasn’t ready to pull the trigger. Then, Modernica released the Case Study Hex planter, and I knew immediately I had to have it. I love it’s taller profile, the Brazilian walnut base, and the tapered design.
I actually have a secret to tell you. Modernica, known best for manufacturing Eames Fiberglass chairs and current leader in high-end modern furnishings, is hosting it’s semi-annual sale in just 3 days! If you’ve been admiring their case study selection, planters, or even their iconic fiberglass chairs, now is the time to grab one!
Happy Tuesday folks! 🙂
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…
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!)
It’s done! I filled my West Elm planter over the holiday, woot! Recall my planter dilemma? I’ve had this planter since the beginning of summer, just sitting empty in my house. I loved reading everyone’s votes on what to plant, and I’m happy to report the majority of folks voted for the same thing I wanted (yay!), two tall euphorbia ghost cacti similar to Amber’s. Now, my cacti aren’t nearly has tall as hers, but they will grow! I found these two in Berkeley, at the coolest dry nursery. I’m hoping that little arm (on the left cactus) will sprout come next summer.
I couldn’t decide on what rug to put in this space, as you can see I tested out two very different rugs. I’m loving the kilim!
Which one is your fave?