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New Baby. New Bedroom.

While these moms were at the hospital welcoming their second baby girl into the world, we were at their house giving them a brand new master suite to come home to! It was a day of the best kind of gifts, all around. Can you imagine coming home from the hospital to a brand new bedroom?!

We started with a color palette of navy, aqua, coral and gray.

The art reflects their love of travel and nature while giving a hint of glamour. The surfaces are soft so little ones won’t bonk heads or pinch fingers in the years to come. The bench, upholstered in a coral weave, will house pillows and blankets when not in use and the new side tables and dresser offer the perfect amount of storage. The window treatments, (blackout of course!) were such a lovely pattern and color that they feel like works of art on their own! The bed is now big and comfortable enough and the TV is at just the right height that they can do what they love to do most – climb on the bed and watch football as a family!

Welcome home, baby girl! Rest when you can, Mommies!

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Be our Guest (…and help with new Baby!)

I have worked with this amazing couple a couple of times on the living and dining spaces on the main level of their gorgeous house (check those out here and here) so when they told me they were having a baby, I was all in! They needed bedrooms for grandparents and friends to come and stay (read: HELP!).

They had just finished their basement and had a bedroom that was a completely blank slate. We decided to go a little more modern and punchy in the basement than the rest of the house. A navy accent wall, green headboard, fun art and mirrors, and a desk in the corner for them to work at, were a great way to start.

Upstairs, we went with a softer feel. Down the hall from the baby’s room and master, we did a soft pink accent wall with bold bedding and a navy headboard. Natural accents in wood, greenery and watercolors of cacti, made the room feel fresh and new.

So much so, that they did their newborn photoshoot right here! Precious!!

Photo Credit: Poppy La’Rue (poppylarue.com)

 

Guest rooms do not need a lot of storage. A simple night stand, a luggage rack and either a closet (which they have) or a small chest of drawers is all that is required. Framed pictures of the couple (and soon, the baby!), fresh flowers, a carafe of water and maybe a travel book about the sites of the city make a perfect, welcoming guest room. And if the bedding isn’t luscious, might as well call a hotel. This bedding has layers, softness and all the luxury for a good night’s sleep, even with a distant, constant whimper of a newborn.

Grandma, we’re ready for you. And please come often!!

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Big Boys’ Bedroom

Last week, we revealed the playroom for the FOUR boys UNDER FOUR. Today, we reveal the “Big Boy” bedroom update for the oldest two brothers. When we started, the walls were bare, both mattresses were on the floor, and there was storage for clothing. Pretty much your basic kids room. Here’s a brief peek into the space:

A functional, well-designed kids room always starts with storage. We started with IKEA storage beds: this provided storage for clothing and toys while anchoring the room, getting the beds off the floor. Book storage between the beds and lights above them give them easy access for nighttime reading with mom and dad and on their own as they get older.

The “Big Boy” elements are expressed in the wall decor, graphic window panels, and the reading nook – providing them with a stylish retreat from their little brothers.

Like most kids, they love Legos. The storage table provides them with an area to sort and store their legos by color when they’re finished playing on the top (and keeps them from spreading all over the house!). Special Lego builds can be displayed on the wall shelves overhead until they’re ready to take apart.

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Looks Like Teen Spirit

These awesome Decatur teen girls share a room and were desperate for better use of their space. Their mom got them these double loft beds but did not know where to go from there. They were so massive in the space and seemed to take over.

The colors we took from the moroccan rug and I decided to give them a boho glam cool girl vibe with a capiz shell chandelier, wooden beads, baskets, colorful art and shine in the mirror and window treatments.

For teens, (as with all of us!) design is all about self expression. I learned what they liked but I also gave them a wall with empty cork boards and magnetic chalk boards so they can fill it up with memories and their favorite rock star heartthrob (or educational pursuits).

I talked to the girls about their interests and went from there. One of them is studious and a swimmer. She got a desk area and art and pillows focused on swimming. The other girl is all about climbing and when she isn’t doing that, she is lounging hard. She loves everything soft and plush. We gave her a bean bag chair and fur.

They love their new room. And when we were done, it looked like teen spirit.

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Little Changes, Big Difference

Raise your hand if you have a sparsely decorated guest room in your home. I see you, there. And there. Yup, I see you too. Okay, put your hands down. We’ve all been there. You want your guest room to be a refreshing and comfortable space for your guests: a place where they feel special and welcome in your home.

The guest room may be the place you feel that you just don’t have the money to invest. The rooms aren’t used often — and you’d rather spend your creative energy and money on spaces shared by the entire family all the time. I get that. However, friends: I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to rejuvenate your space. Quick, inexpensive updates can be made with pillows, lighting, and side tables.

After designing their patio, living area, entry, and master bedroom — my clients wanted to tackle their guest bedrooms as well. These rooms are fantastic examples of how accessories can completely transform a space with minimal investment.

Let’s tackle the “red” room first (see on left). Here’s the REVEAL:

Here, we added a beautiful lamp that was an appropriate size for the room – and will give any guest ample light to read (okay, look at Facebook on their phone) before going to bed in this new space.  Replacing the art with a larger, more graphic print brings the red theme of the room together, enhanced by the inexpensive new shams and throw pillows. A side table completes the look.

Finally, let’s check out the “blue” room.

We started with this fantastic print that was already hanging in the space. We brought out the vibrant green and blues with the throw pillows (can we talk about how that pillow with all the tassels is my REASON FOR LIVING?!), and ensured that the space felt fresh with the white side table. New lighting makes the space feel polished, and blue is repeated in the room on the bookshelf and on the window seat.

Interested in gussying up a space in your home with new accessories? Contact me!

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