Nursery Inspiration

I’ve never been one to shy away from planning for the future. I’ve had a running list of baby names since the 5th grade. I remember pouring over the huge quarterly JCPenney catalogs as a kid, and part of the ritual was deciding which maternity “wardrobe capsule” (before that was even a thing) was best, and which crib set was the cutest.

That’s not to say I’ve always been obsessed with babies… far from, especially as an only child.

But anything one could decorate or fashion design was well within my planning territory, and still is.

My latest inspiration is for a little girl nursery that’s white, beige, fuchsia, purple, orange and yellow. With everything that is within me, I’ve attempted to not introduce gold and black as well. I try to limit myself to six colors, which isn’t really much of a limit, is it?

Here’s the vibe/colors I’d go for:

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Clockwise from top left: Hallway, bedroom, chair, pillow, rug and chair, lobster, couch, tea set, cloud shelf, flower mobile, neon sign, art, rug, couch

You can see these and a few other examples on my Color Me Crazy Pinterest board.

What do you think? Any other fab nursery ideas I should get on my radar now?



Remodel and Living Room Decor Update

And just like that, I felt like blogging again. I think it was a combination of me finally decorating for a holiday again (Halloween & Harvest reveal coming soon) and that the remodel of our downstairs unit is finally starting to look exciting.

Here’s our progress report.

Before (on demo day, August 2014):

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After (looking same direction, taken this week):


In the interim, while NOT helping out with the remodel, I started decorating upstairs a bit more. Our our plan has always been to live upstairs while redoing the downstairs unit, move downstairs while we redo the upstairs unit, then move back upstairs and rent out the downstairs. So, you can imagine why I was hesitant to put a ton of effort into decorating and/or purchasing furniture for the upstairs unit before all of said moves. Well, I got over it, and I’m glad I did.

Here was my original inspiration. I bought curtains, a leather chair and a rug for the living room, and procured this amazing table at a garage sale that converts from a console to a dining room table that seats up to 8. It even stores 4 chairs inside the base. It’s like that IKEA one everyone has, on crack. It’s solid wood and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with it.

Here is how the living room looked right after we moved in. It stayed in this sad little form for a good six months.


And here is the last full length picture I took of my living room when it was clean.

T&T Updated Living Room

I’ve since rearranged the pillows and added cognac leather chair in the corner. Here’s two fuzzy snapshots to give you an idea.

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T&T Updated Living Room

I also had two parsons chairs reupholstered, so you can see those and my console/dining table in my upcoming Halloween decor reveal!

Thanks for tuning in.



The Neutra-Luxe Bedroom

As we build our home together, we’ve discovered a few differences in taste. I like bold contrast and eclectic combinations; Tristan likes everything to be neutral colored, and the more matching wood furniture, the merrier. I can go neutral in color, as long as camel and dusty blue count as neutral and as long as there’s some texture to spice things up, such as a chandelier, fur (obviously), mirror or uphosltery. See how flexible I am?

As it happens, our apartment came chalk full of built-ins and customized touches, and our bedroom has a built-in jute area rug, white night stands, gold sconces, and linen-paneled walls. It is destined for this “neutra-luxe” look.

Here are some bedrooms I love right now that are inspiring my own bedroom’s design:

From Desire to Inspire:


This Is Glamorous:


Rue Magazine:


Latest obsession? JuJu hats above beds. Cre8tive Designs:


South Shore Decorators:


Splendid Willow / Source Unknown / HGTV:


And I would be remiss to not include Moroccan Wedding Blankets from Living for Pretty:


What is the all-time most relaxing bedroom you’ve seen?

– t&T