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.
When I designed Henry’s nursery I purposely took a serene, babyish angle because I knew that his future room (rooms– lets be honest, I’m a designer) would be more bold and boyish. I also did/ don’t know if I’ll be able to have another baby so I wanted to go all out with the baby-ish look.
Well, now he’s a tiny person with a (vocal) penchant for animals, cars & trucks (tractors and lawnmowers, specifically) and a SERIOUS addiction to Curious George. Oh, and more recently dinosaurs. So we’ve got a BOY on our hands now, and I feel like I’m going to need (want) to do a new room for him sooner rather than later. So I’ve been scheming. And have settled on a blue and red scheme (mostly because I saw go up on and instantly knew I needed to do it for Henry.) So I’ve been scheming a bit and since one of you suggested I post about this thought I’d flush my ideas out a little further.
So here is where I am on the room. The striped walls and a navy upholstered daybed (made by LivenUp Design) with a trundle for future sleepovers. I’m loving this Peter Dunham star fabric for roman shades. I love the look of a vintage Heriz rug for the floor in here. It’s tough and hides a lot and looks pretty cool, in my opinion. I’d keep since it’s really a dresser and I love it. As well as his big (because he is very into Lion King). I’d top the dresser with a shiny red . It’s wood, so it won’t break if it gets pulled over.
I figured something light and bright was needed today and so I wanted to share the work of Jorey Hurley that I found on Etsy who does the best prints for kids rooms (and some for any kind of room). I love the style, the modern edge and the bold color. Available from 8″ x 10″ to 30″ x 40″, these would look great in groupings or on their own. I have my eye on some for Henry’s eventual big boy room.
I’d LOVE to do a whole wall of her alphabet prints in a playroom. Would be stunning and huge. :)
There are also some cool prints for grown ups too.
Have a sunny day everyone.
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… :)
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!!!
DYING over this elephant dresser!!!