One of the first projects I took on when we moved to Raleigh this fall was a nursery design for a sweet young couple. They had just moved into their first home–a 1950s white brick beauty–in November and baby girl was set to make her debut in February. We began work after Thanksgiving and were finished just in time to welcome baby Caroline home (ultimately she was gracious enough to wait a week so we could get her cornices installed 😉 )
I’ve shared a few peeks (here and here) along the way, and am happy to share the completed space with you today! My client is the epitome of Southern charm and grace and had collected a few special pieces to incorporate. We decided on a feminine but sophisticated scheme that would could easily transition from baby to toddler to pre-teen.
My jumping off point was a favorite hummingbird wallpaper. My client requested a serene space so I proposed papering the ceiling to provide visual interest, and neutral walls to keep the space from feeling busy. A buffalo plaid check provided the requisite pink and pom pom trim added some whimsy to the custom cornices.
Two of my favorite details in the room are the scalloped fixture we had lacquered in pale pink and trimmed in gold (to coordinate with the bathroom off the nursery) and the sweet mobile above the crib. Isn’t the combination of animals my client selected adorable?
Nurseries are always such a joy to decorate. There’s so much excitement, anticipation, and the opportunity to be more playful than you might in other areas of your home. I hope you enjoyed this one!
photos by Anna Routh
North Carolina readers & friends, I’m so excited to share an event I’m participating in this Saturday, April 30th in support of The Green Chair Project, a Raleigh non-profit providing donated home furnishings to renew the lives of families and individuals transitioning after homelessness, crisis, and disaster. Please watch this video to learn more about this amazing organization — if only every community could have a similar resource!
I’m incredibly passionate about my job, but it doesn’t escape me for second that I’m in the business of satisfying “wants” when so many are working to fulfill more basic needs. When I first transitioned to interior design years ago, I remember worrying that I would feel superficial. What I came to realize though, is that our environments have the power to affect us on an emotional level, and by making things a bit more beautiful/functional/restful, etc. I could enhance my clients lives and that was rewarding.
The Green Chair Project is empowering families throughout Wake County to enhance their own lives at a time when they need a hand up by giving them the autonomy to furnish their homes. Participants purchase furnishings at reduced prices which gives them a further sense of pride and ownership. It’s just an all around genius organization with a wonderful staff to boot, and I can’t wait to become more involved.
So, about the event:
Myself and 9 other NC designers were invited to re-furbish chairs donated to The Green Chair Project in collaboration with Robert Allen who sponsored our fabric selections. The chairs will be auctioned off this Saturday, April 30th with the talented gentlemen of Madcap Cottage, John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, acting as co-hosts. Tickets to the event are available for purchase here.
Here’s a peek at my chair!
I’m hoping I won’t have to have Garrett secretly bidding, but if this one does end up in our house I won’t mind one bit. 😉 If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you at the event!
P.S If you’re not local but are interested in supporting The Green Chair Project please consider lending your support here.
If you’re not yet familiar with the work of NYC based interior designer, Lindsey Lane, allow me to introduce you to a favorite project I just can’t stop admiring.
Lindsey was recently named among House Beautiful‘s Next Wave designers and I can all but guarantee we’ll be hearing her name in the interior design world more frequently. This Park Avenue project from her portfolio is a personal favorite.
The orange mohair mid century dining chairs paired with Raoul Textiles drapes, turquoise lamps and large scale Christian Chaize aerial photograph make for a winning combination. The cherry red scalloped settee is without question my new furniture crush which I may need to replicate for a client’s breakfast banquette in the future.
I will never not love a lacquered library, but this particular shade of aqua is especially good. Kids bedrooms are my favorite to design and Lindsey nailed both the boys and girls rooms in this residence: canopied twin beds (I’ve loved this look since seeing Lee Kleinhelter’s in Lonny!), Hinson’s spatter wallpaper, and a perfectly pink room for a little girl to grow into.
A big congratulations to Lindsey on what I’m sure was an exciting project to work on. I’d highly recommend watching this video tour of the project for a closer look at the details. I can’t wait to see more of Lindsey’s work in the future!
Since deciding to decorate our bedroom, I’ve been on the hunt for a rug to cover the yucky rental carpet. Since I’m bringing it with the color and pattern, I’m planning to keep things neutral (unless the Etsy gods shine upon me and I find the perfect azilal and then all bets are off!)
My adventures in internet rug stalking did bring about two discoveries that were too good not to share. Natural fiber rugs are often my floorcovering of choice and I’m always on the lookout for new and different options from my usual go-tos.
I’m super into all things scalloped at the moment so this pretty little lady was a natural (literally 😉 ) front runner. Then I happened stumble upon her twin for 75% off — #winning.
I’ve decided I need a bit more contrast and carpet coverage for our bedroom, but wanted to share because I can see these working in so many different environments.
Antik Batik Clutch
I’m feeling far from bright eyed this morning thanks to my dear husband who has a habit of setting an alarm for 5:00am (at full volume, naturally) and then setting and re-setting subsequent alarms until 7:00am. Note to self: feel more Valentines-y thoughts and less rage-y sleep deprived ones towards husband before the weekend. 😉
In an effort to change my ‘tude, here are a few things I’ve discovered lately that I find cheerfulness inducing. Claire Cowie’s Kubota Garden No.1 is making me dream of all sorts of tropical getaways. Perhaps Garrett could redeem himself with an impromptu weekend in Tulum? Never hurts to put it out there into the universe, right?!
Speaking of that getaway, I obviously would pack this clutch. It basically begs for there to be a fruity concoction in your other hand and I’m 100% on board with that. I’m also feeling super inspired by the color palette – maybe a future living room palette? I’ll do some scheming.
Lastly, this rug. At first I wanted to hate it, but now I’m kind of thinking it could be everything in the right setting. Thoughts from the peanut gallery?