Category: Furniture

October 31, 2016


Morocco is known for beautiful & original hand woven wool rugs, and now at – you can have a piece of Morocco in your home. These rugs are a beautiful reflection of creative independence and design.

These rugs are non traditional and one of a kind, but they are found in some of the trendiest homes and are a fun addition to any home!

Shop here:

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October 28, 2015

Monte Rockers


I’ll be posting highlights from ABC Kids 2015 this week. So many beautiful things big & small…

Monte Design Group was founded in 2005 by designers Ralph and Michelle Montemurro. Originating from the need to furnish their son’s modern nursery, they launched a line of Canadian-made high-quality furniture. Their belief is that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and their goal is to produce exceptionally comfortable and design-driven products that you will be proud to own.

Their team includes experienced and skilled craftsmen, sewers, and woodworkers that are committed to producing superior quality products. Monte makes the most beautiful modern rockers/gliders & what I love most about their chairs is that these could easily be moved from the nursery into the living room!


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October 7, 2015

Favorite Bookcases

Hi, Irene from designstiles today. I’ll be posting monthly from now on instead of my usually bi-monthly. Things have picked up at designstiles headquarters and thus that leaves less time for the fun stuff, like blogging.

Today I gathered for you some of my favorite bookcases. To emphasize the importance of books, bookcases are pretty much an essential part of every child’s room. And over time they also begin to accumulate personal belongings and mementos.

Here are my top five favorite. Number three being my all time favorite.

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one :: two :: three :: four :: five

Happy Wednesday!

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May 6, 2015

Baby Mod

I was on the hunt for a reasonably priced walnut modern crib when I found an image of one via Pinterest. I clicked over to see the source and was pretty surprised to see it was from Walmart. No joke.

I informed my client of my find and even she was in disbelief.

Don’t believe that you can find affordable and stylish with great reviews. From Walmart. Take a look.


one :: two :: three :: four

Their Baby Mod collection is where it’s at.

Happy Wednesday!

Irene Lovett

Categories: Frugal Finds, Furniture
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March 9, 2015

Ikea Bed Makeover


Just the proof you needed to see that a fresh coat of paint on an IKEA bed can really be the perfect, affordable solution for a budget friendly children’s bedroom! See more at


February 17, 2015



Dutch company Coming Kids designs & manufactures exquisite furniture for children. You’ll find beautiful modern cribs and twin sized beds as well as armoires, dressers, desks, etc.

I’m especially smitten over the Right Wood Bed and the Strand Mini Crib! To find a Coming Kids dealer near you visit their dealer page.


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February 13, 2015

FLEXA® Play Collection


FLEXA® was founded in DENMARK in the 1970s, but there is nothing vintage about their modern designs! Their children’s furniture is refreshing, colorful, and most importantly affordable.

I especially LOVE the FLEXA Play collection, the single bed is to die for!


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January 14, 2015

Atelier Sans Souci Collection


I just discovered the uber cool 2014 collection of Atelier Sans Souci (better late than never!) Their beautiful wood furniture is handmade by local carpenters and cabinetmakers.

My favorite piece, ‘Ofelia,’ is a doll house with room to play. I love that it can double as a nightstand. Wouldn’t it be darling in a little girl’s bedroom. Although I kind of want one for myself! ’Mr. Pea’ is an interesting piece that evokes an old story and holds a surprise under all those mattresses. A beautiful piece indeed, I love the mixed legs.

Sans Souci atelier also has a darling collection of dolls and wooden wall hooks in fun, vibrant colors. Visit for a retailer near you.


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October 22, 2014

Spencer & Gracie

Hi, it’s Irene from designstiles today. Just wanted to share this line of baby and children’s furnishings from Home Decorators Collection, Spencer & Gracie. I love having a new line to source from when searching for kids rooms or nurseries clients. This is a great resource for anyone looking for affordable, stylish pieces. There are cribs, cute headboards, and accessories to choose from. I created a little vignette of some of their stand-out items.


Take a peek!

Happy Wednesday.

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October 1, 2014

Favorite Cribs from The MDB Family


During my trip to the ABC Kids Expo I visited with the MDB Family team. Their brands include Babyletto, Nursery Works, Million Dollar Baby, Franklin & Ben, Ubabub, and Davinci Baby.

There are some AMAZING new cribs making their debut this fall, and there are also new twists on some older favorites. See 10 of my personal favorites at the show below:


1. Gradient Crib The oval form of the Gradient crib is created by machining a fluid surface out of solid Maple hardwood. A 3D skin generates the slats which form an asymmetrical organic surface that explores continuous movement with no visual end. Without compromising the nature of the form, the crib converts into a bassinet. Made in the US.


2. Highlight Crib With the ease of a flip the Highlight crib seamlessly transforms into an adult-sized desk. The end panels wrap around to form the desk top, creating a durable work surface for years to come. The mattress support in Fluoro Yellow converts to a vibrant colored desk shelf. Each piece is hand made in Los Angeles and crafted from 100 percent American white oak. A nontoxic VOC-free, natural oil and wax-based finish preserves the oak to further prolong the design versatility of the Highlight. Made in the US.


3. Above you see both the Nifty Timber Crib in Walnut & the Pod Crib. Both are favorites by Ubabub & both convert easily to toddler beds.

Nifty Timber Inspired by the clean lines and streamlined shapes of mid-century design, the Nifty Timber Crib brings the 50’s aesthetic to the nursery, together with contemporary design features. It’s easy to assemble, clean and maintain, and features two adjustable mattress positions.

Pod Pod is a cosy cocoon-shaped crib with smooth, rounded edges for a distinct modern look. Innovative clear acrylic sides with star-shaped cut-outs allow for an unimpeded view of bubs for parents, making checking on baby simple. Plus, it’s simple to assemble, clean and maintain. As your baby gets older, Pod converts easily to a toddler bed.


4. I fell in love with the brand new Amelia by Franklin & Ben. The wood has a beautiful distressed finish- a must see in person!


5. This is a brand new crib debuting from Babyletto. I love the built in storage and pop of color!


6. Halo Crib A 24 karat gold square base elevates the floating frame of the Halo crib. The satin sheen of the gold boldly contrasts the richness of the American sourced solid black walnut. Each piece is bench-made in a small batch production using hand-selected wood in Los Angeles. Inset end panels are constructed from walnut plywood to preserve the interior structure of the crib. One step removal of the front panel converts crib to toddler bed. Made in the US.


7. This is a new one from Babyletto’s Gelato Collection. The crib feet can be switched out for yellow, mint, and cream! I love the natural wood.


8. Jenny Lind 3-in-1 A favorite nursery staple, DaVinci’s timeless Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Crib is now available in limited edition finishes (including Lagoon, Sunshine, & Grey). Attributing a pop of color to a familiar classic, the new finishes brings a fun and creative aura to any nursery. With its signature intricate spindle posts, stationary sides, and optional wheels, the Jenny Lind is constructed with the newest and most stringent safety standards in mind. Growing with your family, this classic is here to stay with an included toddler rail to convert from a crib to a toddler bed and to a daybed.


9. The Lolly 3-in-1 Crib is a favorite by Babyletto. This year it will now be offered in Grey/Natural as well as the original White/Natural.


10. The absolutely beautiful modern take on the vintage 50s Metal crib! I LOVE this one. It is called Winston by Franklin & Ben. Not available yet, but keep an eye out at

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September 13, 2014

Modern Chairs, etc.


Looking for modern rockers, lighting, decor/accessories for the nursery? Check out Dot & Bo… You’ll love browsing this store!

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July 16, 2014


A related pin on my Pinterest homepage lead me to click through and find Incy Interiors.

 After a long search for the perfect bed for her son, Kristy, the founder, was left frustrated and saw an opportunity to create quality designer children’s furniture.

She, along with her team, are committed to bringing stylish, affordable, and functional pieces to Australia.

Bummer for us in the U.S. Incy isn’t closer. A great resource for my nursery decor business. But maybe some clients won’t mind paying for shipping. Ha!

 Not only does Incy provide great furniture pieces, I found adorable play and decor items too.

Below are just some of my favorites.


Check out more of Incy here.

Happy Wednesday!

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December 6, 2013

Stool Redo


So, I’ve had this chippy stool for years. I purchased it at a garage sale for maybe a dollar? Anyway, Rexy carries it around the house with him. He seems to always need a stool. (we have several) He uses it mostly for brushing his teeth, washing his hands, and he prefers to stand at the kitchen table while having meals. Not really sure why he won’t sit, but as long as he is behaving I don’t mind!

I used to store the stool in his bedroom, but now that I’ve redecorated the bedroom it didn’t really go. Instead of hiding it away in the closet along with a million other things I decided to do a quick paint job. I went with some leftover Ultra White Behr paint which covered it in about 10 minutes.

Then I used my Martha Stewart Crafts Medium Punch, 1″ Circle to punch some holes in cardstock for the polka dot stencil. I had some leftover black chalkboard paint in my craft cupboard which was perfect since I wanted white/black polka dots. Super easy & now the stool kind of goes with the bedroom!

& btw, Martha Stewart makes all kinds of fun punches. They are amazing for crafting, & even better for entertaining a 3.5 year old little boy who can sit for over 20 minutes punching holes in paper! seriously… much better than any $200 toy!


December 4, 2013

Modern Children’s Nightstand


While redoing Harper & Rex’s new bedroom I was on the hunt for a small & modern nightstand. I looked everywhere online and found some unbelievable pieces of furniture but they were waaayyy too big for the small bedroom and usually had a price tag that was well over $300! I had already spent most of my budget so I decided to head over to IKEA.

To my surprise I found the PERFECT IKEA nightstand and it was REAL wood! The IKEA RAST Nightstand is made of pine wood and you probably couldn’t even build it yourself for the bargain price tag of $14.99! I love it because it sits very low, has nice clean/modern lines, and was super simple for Harper & Rexford’s little room.

I decided to whitewash it since I was looking for a nightstand that was either white or very light in color. A little trick… If you have white paint sitting around dilute it with a little water until you get the consistency/transparency that you like. Then just brush it on with a paint brush. To even it out use baby wipes to wipe the wood until you get your desired look!

November 19, 2013



I’m sharing more from the ABC Kids Expo today. Familiar with Babyhome? They design modern & very functional baby products/gear. At the ABC Kids show they were premiering some beautiful new colors: coral & a soft minty green which I LOVED!

My favorite product by Babyhome is DREAM: a portable bassinet, perfect for travel over the holidays or even to keep newborn beside your bed while you are breastfeeding throughout the night!

“DREAM is a highly designed travel cot featuring a unique adjustable leg system that provides three different uses for the same product. Its aluminium structure gives it a modern, sophisticated look complemented by removable and washable fabric in a variety of colors. A foam mattress, a honeycomb breathable pad and a fitted sheet are included.”

My other favorite by Babyhome is so-ro. It is an absolutely stunning piece of furniture and comes as either a single or a double rocker for those of you that have twins. In addition to it being beautiful, so-ro was designed by an occupational therapist and offers a rhythmic, front-to-back rocking movement that soothes and comforts your baby. For those of you that love white…the so-ro does indeed come in white as well!

Making it’s debut in the upcoming year is the Wave Lounge Chair. (lower left) It has nice clean lines and will come in several cushion color options on brown or white laminated wood. It looks like the next “must have” lounger! I believe it will retail for just under $200.

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October 25, 2013

MDB Playroom, Babyletto


One of the highlights of attending the ABCKidsExpo 2013 was visiting The MDB Family booth. One of my faves of their fabulous brands is Babyletto. I love their modern furniture & functional, eco-friendly designs. If I were expecting, I would definitely have my eye on the brand new Babyletto Origami mini crib (shown in white below). It is so gorgeous, & the bedrooms in our rental home are so small. Anyone else considering a mini crib?

Other favorites by Babyletto are the gorgeous new table/chair sets and bedding collection that will be available this 2014!

Babyletto coupon code: From now until Nov. 15th, use the code ABC2013 for 10% off any purchase on!


p.s. more from MDB Playroom coming next week!

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September 4, 2013

Stylish Cribs

Hi again, Irene from designstiles sharing stylish cribs today.

The crib is such a focal point in the baby’s room, I’m sure all moms-to-be want something cute yet functional enough to last through a possible second or more babies. I tend to gravitate towards simple, clean lines. And recently, the gray options are a perfect way to add a bit of color suitable for boys and girls.

Below are a few of my recent favorite cribs, ranging in styles and price points.


one // two // three // four // five // six

Happy Wednesday!
Irene Lovett

decor . styling . consulting

Categories: Baby Gear, Furniture
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June 12, 2013

Bemz: Giving Your IKEA Furniture New Life

Hi again, Irene here from designstiles.

I recently stumbled upon this company, Bemz, that specializes in producing custom covers for popular IKEA furniture. So now, even if some of your furniture is from IKEA, it doesn’t have to look like it.

For people on a budget, this is such a great way to get a custom look. I thought this would be perfect for nurseries, as they have lots of color and pattern choices.

IKEA’s Jennylund arm chair in a custom cover would add the right amount of pop to any room.

Below are some of my favorite colorways that would make a great statement.


What a cool concept.

Happy Wednesday!
Irene Lovett

decor . styling . consulting

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May 9, 2013

Fabulous Tween Room

I came across this girl’s room recently on one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love and instantly fell in love with color combo.  Maybe because when I was young my favorite colors were black and pink too.  This room was created for an 11 year old girl and I thought, what a cool yet sophisticated room for that age.  Most importantly she can grow into her teen years with the same design.

I think as parents you want to give your kids the opportunity to express themselves and create their own space at that age but yet you do not want to redo it every 2-3 years.  In my design experience and assisting clients with their kids rooms, I try and be aware of that especially from a cost stand point.  I created a little inspiration board and some suggested products on how to re-create the look.  Enjoy!

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inspiration images, ottoman, desk, drapery fabric, paint, chair, chandelier, bedding, carpet, wardrobe


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March 14, 2013

The Perfect Nursery Rocker

I am expecting my first baby this fall and I am researching everything!  There are so many products and things you need, it can be kind of overwhelming.  As an interior designer, I am very picky about one thing in particular the nursery rocker!   It may sound silly but I feel like I will be spending numerous hours feeding and rocking this precious newborn to sleep.  So I have done some research on not only comfortable rockers but well designed rockers to share with you today.



1. Mid Century Rocker

2. Stanyan Glider

3. Vintage Rocker

4. Savoy Glider

5. Shay Swivel Glider

6. Kennedy Rocker



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November 15, 2012

Baby No. 2 Nursery Ideas

Hi all! Lauren here again from A Lovely Lark! We’re currently pregnant with baby number two, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions about if we are a) finding out the gender of baby number two and b) if we will be changing the nursery decor. Yes, we are definitely finding out if this little bean is a guy or gal (December 6th is our ultrasound date!) I think we may have the ultrasound technician write down the gender on a card like we did the last time with Violet and open it at a later date. There’s just something about that moment that I want to be personal, and I don’t want to share it with a stranger. We may even have a very small gender reveal party with family afterward. Since we won’t be having a shower this time around I thought it could be a fun way to celebrate together 🙂

As far as the nursery I would like to change the decor a bit but keep the main pieces (crib, dresser, etc.). The only piece of furniture I’d be thrilled to change out is the glider, but I doubt that will happen because we are pinching our pennies so that I can stay home for a while with the baby and Violet. If the babe is a girl I’m really loving the items above. (If you’d like sources, you can check them out here) I thought it was kind of funny that after putting the idea board together I realized the color scheme is very similar to the current nursery. Of course we won’t be able to afford many of the above items but in a dream world this is a favorite look of mine. I’m still thinking on the boy thing – that’s so different for me I don’t have a vision in my mind of what it might look like yet. Stay tuned! xo, Lauren

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the holiday giveaway – win an Ergobaby carrier and over $700 in other loot for your little ones! And more holiday gift guides are up – you can check them out here.

November 14, 2012

Modern Nursery Decorating Ideas & Tips to Inspire you from Here Comes Baby

nursery decoration ideas for a modern nurseryLooking for nursery decoration ideas to inspire you to decorate or revamp your baby’s or child’s nursery? We found these gorgeous inspirational nurseries photos from Amélie at Petit Home and they are so so chic. Amélie advises to “Add a few cushions, a colourful quilt, a fairytale lamp or a poetic wall-sticker to give a fresh look to a room!”

Putting together your baby’s nursery can be one of the most fun parts of your pregnancy. You get to choose the colours, design the layout and don’t forget the best part which is shopping for all the lovely baby things. Here are some suggestions to help develop your nursery decorating ideas.

When putting together your nursery decorating ideas first plan what key element you will need in the room:

  • When choosing a cot bed try to choose one that converts to a toddler bed, which gives a longer life to your crib and saves you money.
  • Are you going to have a changing table or a large chest of drawers that doubles as a changing table?
  • Do you want a rocking chair or cosy chair for late night feeds or comforting?
  • What kind of lighting do you envisage, think about full lighting from the ceiling to ambiance lighting a night light can provide.
  • What kind of flooring do you like – carpet, wooden/laminate/Karndean? Will you have rugs?
  • Curtains with fun fabric or neutral blinds?
  • What style or theme do you want? A theme can be as subdued or as busy as you want it.
  • Look for accessories that complements your theme.

For the nursery decorating ideas photo above:

Key elements:

  • Bird theme: using wall stickers (remember to place these higher than little hands otherwise they become fun peeling past time for your little one!) and a bird mobile.
  • Colours are differing shades of grey which can look purple in different lights.
  • Changing table doubles as a storage cupboard.
  • Dual function cot bed.
  • Floor seating for relaxing on the floor and for reading time.
  • Magnetic board to display changing art postcards, photos and fun keepsakes.
  • Matching storage bags and changing bag so when not in use they can still be chic in the nursery.
  • Laminate flooring for easy cleaning.


  1. Airdeje changing mat cover flower
  2. Airdeje hanging mobile bird, fish and butterfly blue dots

Read the full post for more nursery decoration ideas and tips to inspire you. (more…)

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October 1, 2012

HQ’s Bedroom

Good morning! My kids are off of school AGAIN today. It seems like we haven’t had a full week yet!

So, we are off to pick up some MUNCHKINS, then to the park to celebrate with our friend Addy who turns 2 today. This afternoon I hope to do some more work on HQ’s room. Over the weekend I finished her dresser. Moving it from the basement up to her room was not fun. Now I just have to paint the headboard/footboard. I am pretty sure that after this project I am swearing off of furniture makeovers. I have a whole new appreciation for people who do this for a living!

P.S. See Harper’s bedroom mood board HERE

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September 26, 2012

Finishing up some DIY work

Harper’s new furniture is almost finished. I am just lining all of the drawers to the dresser and this nightstand.

The dresser just needs 1 more coat of polyurethane:

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September 5, 2012

Volkswagen Bed

The things people make out of bunk beds…LOVE this Ikea Hack!

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September 4, 2012

IKEA Yesterday

Labor day weekend was super dreary here, but we made good use of the rainy days. LOTS of work around the house, a few DIY projects, and a trip to IKEA yesterday. We were mostly shopping for office supplies. My husband & I are both redoing our offices. (A peek at my new office HERE.)

We spent an hour shopping with Rex while Harper went to the IKEA playroom. Have you ever dropped your kids at the playroom? Harper LOVES it! It is FREE for potty trained kids & you get an hour to shop, have a snack, or you could probably even bring a magazine and relax in the restaurant if you are having just one of those days!! shhh, don’t tell!

While we shopped I took some pics as visual bookmarks of things I like. When I finish Harper’s bedroom, I hope to redo Rex’s room. He is ready to move to a big boy bed (even though I am NOT!) We have a full sized mattress in the basement & I am hoping to buy a simple bed frame that does not need a box spring.

The photo above is my FAVORITE new bedding at IKEA. It is linen with colorful polka dots. $49.99 for the twin duvet & pillowcase. Isn’t it adorable? It also comes in FULL/QUEEN for $59.99. I just love the natural color, but if that is not your style it also comes in crisp white. IKEA PS 2012 polka dot duvet

Mix n’ match red bedding (more…)

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August 31, 2012

10 Hook Ideas for Children’s Rooms

1. All Lovely Stuff Wooden Animal Hook. Oh, how I love this wall hook! $40

2. Shiny Peg Hooks via RK Design. Get a similar look by painting these Oak Screw-on Shaker Pegs An 8 pack is only $11.19!

3. This painted peg rack is one of my FAVES…it looks like it is DIY’d with a 2 X 4 and some painted/wooden knobs.


August 8, 2012

Outdoor Playhouse

I started following Ashley’s blog when they began building this outdoor playhouse. If you haven’t seen it, stop over to for a lot more pics. She has included step by step instructions for each step in the process.

I am simply AMAZED!

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May 18, 2012

Pottery Barn Kids

Have you visited Pottery Barn Kids lately? Their summer 2012 collection is out and they have so many cute things. So, I was really excited when they asked me to put together some of my favorites.  It was HARD to narrow it down to 10!

I ultimately decided to get my little man a chair for his room. He is just starting to show an interest in reading, so I want him to have his own cozy space. I picked the Sherpa My First Anywhere Chair. It is so soft and cute- & Harper loves to sit on it as well!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post. Opinions are original and not influenced by monetary compensation.
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April 27, 2012

Nursery Designer

Jennifer Delonge is an interior designer/product designer. She designed this nursery with one of my favorite pieces, the Henry Daybed.

I also love her Custom Silhouettes.

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April 13, 2012

Atelier Charivari

If you are not already familiar with Atelier Charivari I wanted to share their site with you this morning. They sell vintage furniture mostly from the 50s/60s & the pieces are made over sooo beautifully. I love the modern lines of the furniture and the paint colors they choose.

After browsing for about an hour this morning, I’ve picked out 6 of my favorite pieces from the past year. What do you think? Do you like this style of furniture?

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December 19, 2011

Moon Cradle

Handmade by Jocelyn Costis. How beautiful!


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November 3, 2011

Get the Look: Clean, Modern Nursery

I fell in love with this clean, modern nursery from Laura of Orange Beautiful after coming across it over on



Do you love it too? Get the look:



clockwise from top left: paper owls, Behr limelight paint, mobile, number poster, abstract art, zigzag pillow, dresser, crib skirt fabric, blanket, crib, rocking horse, glider, marbled paper, porcelain letter


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October 27, 2011

Get the Look: Vintage Modern Nursery


I’ve always loved this nursery from Domino Magazine. It’s just the right combination of modern and vintage; color and neutrals. Do you love it too? Get the look:



clockwise from top left: early bird pendant lamp, behr dew drop paint, window shade fabric, lion painting, fabric bin, wooden stool, mid-century lamp, flor carpet tiles, giraffe pull toy, modern bookshelf, pendleton blanket, giraffe wallpaper silhouette, sheepskin rug, striped chair


October 10, 2011

“New” furniture for Harper!

Happy Monday!!

It has been a BUSY morning. After dropping Harper off at preschool, we began the job of moving all of the furniture that I bought from a neighbor across the street:

The best part about this is that no rental truck was needed…just a lot of strong men.

I bought the headboard/footboard, dresser, and nightstand. The headboard is a beautiful Ethan Allen piece. The other side of it (not pictured) has a pretty engraved flower detail across the top which I love!

After much discussion with other mamas, we decided to just go straight to the queen size bed. Her bedroom is big enough & once we make the switch from crib to a big girl bed, she will be set for the next 15 years!

I bought the 3 pieces you see pictured for $200. I hope to sand and repaint them all a fresh white color.

The set also includes this dresser that I bought for $40 last month and am using in Rex’s room!

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September 22, 2011

Whale Bookcase

Seriously adorable! I had to share it. By Justin Southey,

Do you have a bookcase in your nursery? Harper has the EXPEDIT & Rex has this.

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August 16, 2011

The Robot Room: Nursery Design for a Baby Boy

by Christine Hart

As soon as I found out I was having a boy, I realized pretty quickly that most of the sweetest nursery themes were all for baby girls. Cherry blossoms, vintage sparrows, butterflies – you get the idea.

Since I wasn’t keen on ultra-modern, minimalist, or boring old blue, I started thinking about the cool toys I wanted to share with my son. From that point on, the theme was easy – robots!

The Crib, Crib Bedding and Wall Décor

I started with a few lively paintings from Cici Art Factory, a robot blanket from Mamasan Maternity, and an adorable robot rug. To decorate his bookshelves, I added a few Transformer toys. But to have something he would be able to actually play with sooner than later, I also purchased a block-style robot puzzle from Guidecraft.

Cici Art Factory 11 X 14 Robots In Love Series Paper Print - Donka Loves 80s Music

Fun Rugs Olive Kids Style Go Robots Rug

Guidecraft Primary Puzzle: Robot

Regardless of theme, I wanted my nursery purchases to be practical. Knowing we might want to change the linen and pictures, maybe even several times, I decided my crib had to be the anchor. So I started browsing convertible cribs at Baby Crib Station. I looked for designs with angular lines to complement the robot imagery.

Paired with so many bright colors, black convertible cribs were the best fit with my robot theme, but espresso baby cribs could also work with this color scheme. I may be one of the few moms who didn’t paint my nursery walls, but crisp white worked so nicely with the vivid robots and black baby furniture. I couldn’t have been happier!

DaVinci Jayden 4-in-1 Convertible Wood Baby Crib w/ Toddler Rail in Ebony

 Stork Craft Milan 2-in 1 Crib and Changer in Espresso

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August 10, 2011

Painting the Dresser

I snuck out into my garage last night after putting the kids to bed. I am freshening up the dresser that I bought on Monday with some bright white paint. It is actually left over paint from when we had our house painted in November. (I love a cheap project!)

Hopefully I’ll be done painting by the end of the week. When do you find time to do projects like this? There is no way to paint while my kids are awake, so it is night time that I am most productive!

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August 8, 2011

Harper’s New Dresser

My Monday so far…

I was driving down the street this morning on my way to drop Harper off at preschool. One of the neighbors (whose house is for sale) was moving some furniture onto the end of the driveway. I spotted this off white dresser and literally put my car in reverse to back up to the house! I was in a bit of a hurry so I yelled out my window to the guy in the garage to ask if it was for sale.

(I’ve been searching for a dresser for Harper’s room for some time. That and a big girl bed!)…

He called his wife and she told me it was $25!!!! WOW, I pulled my wallet out as he came over to my car. I offered him $40 if he would move it to my house for me. It is very heavy and John won’t be home until Friday.

When I came home they had moved it onto my driveway. It is even more beautiful than I had thought. It is a bit chippy, so I am thinking of freshening it up with a nice coat of white paint. I haven’t decided about knobs/pulls, thoughts?? It is literally in near “perfect” condition. All of the drawers slide in and out really smooth and the wood is so solid/heavy and sturdy. It is kind of a cross between this dresser & this one.

So, I went over to thank them and they asked if I wanted to purchase the bedroom set. It includes the solid wood queen bed, nightstand, and shorter/wide dresser all for $200. I am thinking I may do it. To be able to have this beautiful furniture for Harper’s room would be a steal. I had originally been loving beds like this, but obviously did not want to spend this kind of money. To think after months of looking on Craigslist that I have found furniture basically across the street from me is kind of ironic!

June 28, 2011

Birthday Chair

Anna Spiro always has the most amazing design ideas. This chair was a gift to her son for his 1st birthday. In her own words…

“It’s hard to believe that our little Max turns 1 tomorrow. To celebrate his first year, Harry and I recently created this little chair for him for his bedroom. Being quite small, it is actually the perfect size for him to climb up onto. I bought the vintage chair for a very small sum and then had it recovered in a plain white canvas. Harry then drew all over it with fabric felt pens. On the back I have written a special little note to him. We also wrote his date of birth and a few of his favourite sounds on the chair too. I hope it is something he cherishes and keeps forever.”

Oh, I just love this sweet idea!

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June 17, 2011

Wall Hanging Desk

A really cool space saver desk from Junior Living. I love the styling as well. That black rabbit on top is darling. Some of my favorite wall decals are simple, black silhouettes!

found via Jojos Room

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June 16, 2011

Dresser Makeover

This was a FREE piece of furniture found on the side of the road. If the original owners could see it now I wonder how they’d react? The most amazing part is that the dresser was painted using spray paint! See the DIY project here.

June 9, 2011

One Print, Three Rooms Part III

Alright all of you lovers of traditional spaces – here’s one just for you! You’ve seen both a modern space and vintage-inspired space based on this group of prints from COSAS MINIMAS by Blanca Gomez on Etsy:

Here is the final space – it’s got a traditional vibe with stripes, plaids, and wood tones. The orangey-red pouf is back as well to round out the series:



Crib – Pottery Barn Kids
Pouf – cb2
Mobile – Bits of String n Things on Etsy
Rug – Dash & Albert
Lamp – Crate & Barrel
Crib Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids
Hedgehog Plushie – Sara Carr on Etsy
Letter – Anthropologie

So that wraps up this series! Anyone have an idea for a theme for the next one? I’m open to ideas!

Do you need an idea board for your space or event? Click here and I’ll have one to you lickity split!

June 6, 2011

One Print, Three Rooms

Let’s hear it for the boys! After my first One Print, Three Rooms series (which was decidedly girly) I promised to create a series for the little guys. We’ll kick it off today with a modern space inspired by this adorable group of prints from COSAS MINIMAS by Blanca Gomez on Etsy:

The colorful nature and graphic shapes in this print made me instantly lean in the direction of a modern children’s space, but I’ll mix it up in a few days and go with a more traditional and maybe a more vintage-inspired space as well.


Rug – West Elm
Bumper Fabric – Kiitos Marimekko
Skirt Fabric – Kiitos Marimekko
Yellow Pillow – cb2
Knitted Pouf – cb2
Triangles Pillow – little studio
Crib – KALON
Light – IKEA
Mobile – Lil’ Sprout Creations on Etsy

Do you need an idea board for your space or event? Click here and I’ll have one to you lickity split!

May 26, 2011

DIY Dresser

A fabulous dresser makeover via She used pretty paint and wallpaper to create this amazing look!

Just think of all of the old, ugly dressers on craigslist and at the local goodwill store that you could give new life to….

April 15, 2011

One Print, Three Rooms: Part 3

On Monday and Wednesday, I introduced the first and second design in my new series – One Print, Three Rooms. In case you missed it, I’m using a painting or print as a source of inspiration to create a series of three different spaces. This week, I’ve been working with this amazing alphabet print from Etsy seller Ampersand:

In the first design, I used mossy greens and muted blues with just a few pops of pink and yellow, while design number two was full of creamy yellows and peony pinks. For the third and final design I went with pear green walls and vintage accents:


Bunk Bed – Oeuf 
Rug – Dwell Studio
Paint – Behr Citron
Macaron Photo – Etsy seller magalerie
Vintage Linen Storage Basket – Etsy seller polka dots and blooms
Vintage French Linen Pillow – Etsy seller homemaker movement
Textured Linen Pillow – Pottery Barn
Brass Quail Set – Etsy seller AM radio
Feed Sack Teddy Bear – Etsy seller AM radio
Quilt – Dwell Studio
Mesh Lawn Pillow Case – Dwell Studio
Crochet Pear Toy – Etsy seller California Sweet Peas

Per reader request I’m listing the total price for each idea board for comparison. This version comes in at $2344, although a large portion of that is the Oeuf bunk bed. A less expensive bunk bed can be found here, which would make the total price $1164.74.

And finally, here are all three spaces side by side:

So that wraps up this series of One Print, Three Spaces. Stay tuned – the next series will be all about snips and snails and puppy dog tails!

Do you need an idea board for your space or event? Click here and I’ll have one to you lickity split
February 1, 2011

Fatboy Beanbag Chair by Dwell

just got this from Dwell! their Fatboy Beanbag in Chocolate is on sale for $29.99!! (reg price is $89.00)

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