Friday
Mar042016

Layering Moment

I saw this pin the other day and stopped to pause for a moment...

It actually kind of reminds me of the little space in between the two windows in my living room...

You might think that just because it's not a focal point it doesn't need much effort to style it nicely, and maybe that's true, but when I see the opportunity to make something more than it is, I jump at the chance!

Notice how they've layered a small cabinet under a table with a basket underneath- how fantastic! I'm loving the mix too...the fancier venetian style mirror with more laid back toile curtains, dressed up inlaid wood table with natural woven basket...it's fantastic!

I also took the opportunity in my home to layer a dim dead-end of a back hallway into my own little granny-chic fantasy moment...

I urge you to take a little time this weekend to create your own layered moment somewhere special in your home! All the better if it's just for your eyes only!

Tuesday
Feb232016

February '16 Vibes

I've got nothing against February, but it's just not my favorite month. If January is all about wrapping up the holidays with new year's resolutions and March is the beginning of a new season, then what is February really? My favorite holiday has always been Valentine's Day for as long as I can remember which of course is the crowning glory of February. So let's take a stand now and say February is all about love; flushed pink, counting down the minutes, smiling on the inside love. That's how I feel when I look at this room. It makes my heart all fluttery- the pink sofa and coral grasscloth are so feminine, but rooted in reality with natural wood tones and a touch of cream keeps it feeling light. This kind of February makes me yearning to linger a little longer!

Thursday
Feb112016

Shop the R&W Look: February 2016

I loved OKL's feature on Heidi Merrick's cool California home @here.

Such a fantastic mix of aged wood, ethnic textiles and worldly accents. Love the look? Shop some of our favorite R&W finds...

Brown & Pink Turkish Kilim Cushion

Purple & Pink Turkish Kilim Cushion

Midcentury Ceramic Horse Bust Sculpture

1970's Plaster Ram's Head Sculpture

Wooden Thebes Stool

Mirrored Fireplace Bellows

Monday
Feb082016

Baby Girl's Nursery Reveal

Last weekend our friends hosted the most epic "baby shower" for us and I feel like I'm still recovering from it! It wasn't a typical baby shower of course- there was a bartender serving up stiff drinks (and mocktails), the most amazing food, and no detail spared. Everyone (including the gentlemen) wore pink and I wore a pair of 6 inch Louboutins $$$ with a $6 Forever 21 dress and flower crown. A good time was had by all and I'm still blown away by how generous and thoughtful everyone was!

I've been waiting to shoot baby girl's nursery until most of the finishing touches were in and I'd love to share with you all her new home in only 6 weeks time!

The concept for the room was what I like to call "colorfully feminine." I wanted her to have a neutral backdrop and solid foundational pieces that would be stylish enough to grow with her. Of course a mix of old and new, sweet and spicy, I put my all into this room for baby girl...

walls // rug // curtains // settee // crib // cloud mobile

glider // pillow fabric // throw // picture ledges

storage bin

closet base // closet shelves // animal storage bins // pink deer // dog knit doll // pink ostrich // balloon rabbit piggy bank

crib sheet // crib skirt

stuffed rhino // coat rack // diaper pail // changing pad cover

I've tried to include sources for everything that isn't vintage or from Homegoods (AMAZING source for baskets and storage essentials FYI).

I love that we were able to create a space that feels really custom but on a budget. My advice to anyone putting together a nursery is to start early, identify the major pieces you'll need (crib, glider, etc.) and don't be afraid to pull the trigger on something once it goes on sale. I don't think I paid full price for anything in this room...I scoured the internet until I could find exactly what I wanted on sale or free shipping, etc.

Putting together a mood board was also essential for me. If you just go out on Pinterest you will be absolutely overwhelmed by ideas. Sure, create a pinboard where you keep your inspiration, but don't be afraid to delete things from it as your tastes evolve and take note of the common things you're liking in all of your inspirational images. Also be realistic about your space- are you planning on living in your home for more than 5 years? Will this room always be a nursery even as you have more children or does it need to grow with your little one? Where do you want to spend your money- do "investment" pieces really make sense for a child?

I've had so much fun pulling together this nursery for my little girl, but I've also been so lucky to get to work with my friend who is due the same week as I am on her little boy's nursery as well! It's been interesting to see how similar ideas translate between the two rooms and how others just do not work!

This room faces East so it gets beautiful morning light. One of my absolute favorite things to do is sit quitely in here right after I get up and take some time to think about how much our lives are about to change next month. I've got a full heart for sure and cannot believe how amazing it is to be anything or anyone at all really : )

 

Monday
Jan252016

Rustic + Modern Baths

It's not even been a month yet since our house was published (@here) and already I'm ready to move and start over again! I might be able to convince my husband to go along with my crazy plans if it weren't for the fact that our baby girl is due to arrive in less than two months now.

I think realistically we'll wait another year or so to pull the trigger on our new digs, but until then a girl can dream, right?

We were fortunate to be able to gut all the bathrooms in our current house, and when rebuilding them, I tried to stay pretty clean and classically refined- subway and penny tile, pedestal sinks, industrial sort of lighting; simple and easy, universally appealing.

I have a vision of a rustic modern master bathroom for the next house...

Think warm brass fixtures with reclaimed wood cabinets, floating sinks and frameless mirrors, reclaimed iron paned shower doors, modern carerra herringbone floors with worn kilim rugs...the perfect mix...! What do you think, too masculine? Maybe I'd throw some soft pink walls in there and call it a day.