Introducing West Elm Baby + Kids!

Busy mom shopping West Elm’s new collection— until Henry hijacked my laptop!

The day after Mother’s Day seems like an appropriate time to share the news that West Elm has introduced a baby and kids line in collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids!  I love the modern take they have on kids decor, which includes cribs, changers, art, wallpaper (removable!) and bedding– among other things.  And the prices are great (a gorgeous crib for $399 can’t be beat!).  I’m finishing up my second book which focuses on designing a home for the whole family that everyone can enjoy, be proud of and live in comfortably.  Kids furniture with great style is a huge part of creating a home that looks gorgeous but also functions well for a busy family.  These pieces are a great example of how to accomplish both of those goals!

I pulled some items for a darling girls nursery– blush and grey but with fun modern touches.  The removable wallpaper would go on the crib wall and acts as art without nervously hanging a framed piece above the crib.

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Fabulous Kids Room Finds From Etsy

We’ve been doing a lot of kids rooms and nurseries lately (most of them e-design, actually- it works so well for this type of room) and I have found myself sourcing more and more from Etsy for unique and custom offerings.  I absolutely LOVE finding completely off the radar items for any space in the home, including nurseries and kid spaces.  From antiques to custom bedding, you can really source some incredible stuff with a little legwork.  Or I can share some favorites and make it a little easier for you… :)

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A Gender Neutral Nursery For Beyonce (and one for us Mortals)

A couple weeks ago Real Simple asked me how I thought Beyonce would decorate the nursery for her soon-to-be twins. It was fun to think about and since then I’ve wanted to flush out the idea I mentioned in the article. So I took the time to imagine a super high end, amazing nursery in gender neutral tones (since we don’t know they genders yet). Blues and greys and a soothing palette. Dreamy but modern. I wish I could make this actually come to life for Purple Rain and Pink Floyd (as we’ve dubbed the twins in our office.)
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And then once I finished that board, I felt the need to see if I could create a similar look on a normal “non-Beyonce” budget. And I was able to! And I love this one just as much!  It may be short on Hermes and original Ellsworth Kelley art, but it’s still awesome in it’s own right! And I’m loving the palette of mint and grey/beige for a suprise gender nursery.

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Oh boy, all this nursery talk is making want another baby.

The Goodnight Moon Room Re-imagined for Real Life.

I’ve taken to reading Henry Goodnight Moon every night before bed.  Most of the time he just gets mad that I won’t let him eat the book/ drench it in his drool, but he also loves to touch and stare at the pictures.  Probably because the famous room in Goodnight Moon is a colorful, violent assault on the eyeballs. A delight for littles, but for adults it leaves one reeling.

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As a designer, every time I look at these pictures I wonder what the illustrator was thinking (beyond making a picture bright enough for tiny developing minds to be intrigued by).  My thoughts go from “oohh, look at the tiger rug by the bed, how Miles Redd!” to “Why is there a roaring fire in this child’s room??” and “How have they not called an exterminator yet?”  Turns out, there is a HILARIOUS post about this  already from the blog The Ugly Volvo. So I won’t try to compete.

But I got to thinking, with so many parents reading this classic to their children, wouldn’t it be great to design a room around the book?  But one with a color palette that doesn’t make you go into violent seizures?  So I took on the challenge- creating a Goodnight Moon influenced room for REAL children!

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PBKids Perfection!

Pottery Barn Kids has been KILLING IT lately- and the most recent catalog I got was no exception. It makes me so excited to do a big boy room for Henry some day (or a little girls room- although right now while deep in the 4 month sleep regression stage I wonder why ANYONE has a second kid). I digress- this stuff is so good, and a lot of it could easily be used in room for people of any age!

Especially lovely is the Monique Lhuillier Collection– like this incredible canopy bed. It’s such girly perfection!!!
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DYING over this elephant dresser!!!

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