Bright and Cheerful

This room was originally a guest room that needed to now function as a "big boy" room, so I combined elements that were already in place (bed, sheets, swing arm lamps, shades and curtains) and brought along some of the main elements that were in the nursery (artwork, oversized pillows) and just amped up the volume a bit to match the little boy's big personality ;) It's bright, cheerful, and has all of the little's favorites on display.

Overall the room is a mix of high and low...Ikea curtains, shades from Lowes, Ikea dressers and desk, mixed with custom pillows, vintage art custom framed, etc. 

All of the artwork came over from the nursery. It's a mix of Etsy art in Target frames, vintage prints custom framed, and there is a print from West Elm in there too. It's a great focal point and also helps balance the heavy dressers and bed on the opposite side of the room.

The dresser is Ikea and stores all sorts of random toys, games, paper, stickers and coloring books. There's room to grow too as the he grows and his needs for this change. The chair pulls in the orange red of the euro pillows and helps keep it bright and fun with an old school feel. 

Books are a GREAT way to inject color, pattern, and interest in a room...any room. They are an accessory and I remind my clients whether the room needs more or less color, we can help achieve the end result with books and additional accessories . In this room, they are sort of a focal point, but were really important for the little book lover so he can see his favorites and choose one before bed. 

Ikea dressers are jazzed up with some playful hardware and store clothes and toys toys toys. You cannot have enough toy storage and we used every inch of this room to hold as much as we could. 

Pattern play also helps achieve a bright and cheerful look in this room, but it's grounded with solids, textures and basic elements that the child can grow with.

Nursery Design

I love designing nurseries and kid spaces. Color and fun fabrics are more often said "yes" to, and who doesn't like buying stuffed animals as accessories? I don't like to go the "theme" route and generally just go with a typical design scheme that entails a color palette, a look and feel in mind, and intent to incorporate some playfulness and whimsy.

This nursery design below was for my baby boy, Gunnar, who is now 11 months old! He inherited pretty much everything from his big brother's nursery, like the crib, chair and ottoman, shades, and dresser- even the shelves on the wall stayed- so it was a task to make the room feel like a new design. I wanted this room to feel fresh and light, but still with some contrast so it didn't feel too "sweet". I have fun envisioning who the little person will be and what the personality will be like. So far, this room perfectly suits Gunnar.


Before and After

I thought I would share with you a before and after of a project I completed recently via The Nest Egg. We are still waiting on some finishing details (floor lamps and artwork), so I didn't snap pictures of the whole room. And only iphone photos here- just couldn't wait for better ones!

My client wanted to start brand new in her family room, only keeping a long TV console they had. Her inspiration pictures showed neutral rooms with layers of black, white and in between with a high contrast of textures. These spaces were all fresh and light, but cozy and plush at the same time. They wanted the room to be inviting, conducive to conversation, but also a place where they could kick up their feet and watch TV. Here's the concept board...

This design is full of neutrals, textures, contrasts of velvet and seagrass, a mix of metals, shine vs matte, rough versus smooth, and limited patterns. Her console has a reddish tone, which was difficult to incorporate at first, but I layered in some caramel and copper colors in smaller pieces like pillows and ottomans to tie it in.

Here's a before picture...

They decided to streamline the fireplace and change their very traditional mantle to a stone face with a linear insert. We framed the fireplace with two-toned drapery panels, bringing down the height of the two-story room to make a cozier, less dramatic space. I looooove these draperies because they let the fireplace be the focal point, but add a little something-something too! :)

And the dramatic after!!