A Long Distance Nursery Design

My current nursery project is for a long distance client and with the availability of wood samples for each furniture piece and fabric swatches for literally thousands of options, an entire space be created from afar.

The goals for this space are:

1-Create A Gender Neutral Design Centered Around Soft Greens, Such as the Inspiration Nursery Below

2-Work with the Existing Wall Color Which is a Lovely Rich Taupey-Beige Mixed with Grey


3-Implement a theme with birds, owls, or giraffes such as this sweet birdie bumper my client already had in mind

I took the parameters set by the client and came up with the following plan which includes both the rugs she was originally interested in since she hasn’t made a final decision on them yet, the sweet neutral birdie bumper, a soft solid green fitted sheet from Pottery Barn and complimenting crib skirt from Dwell Studio, an awesome resource for modern baby bedding

  Everything blends beautifully with the existing wall color, and now we are considering adding a few strategically placed decals such as the birds and owls from Etsy that could truly round out the space

As with all room designs, it’s a work in progress and not every decision has been finalized, however one of the best parts about nursery design is there’s a firmly set timeline so both myself and my client know we have to work quickly and occasionally make decisions on the fly.

And I’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress!

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Developing a Nursery Design Concept

A nursery design can be inspired in all sorts of ways.  From a powder blue piggy bank and a collection of baby books

to an adorable striped outfit from BabyGap.

An area rug a can be a great starting place, so I’m beginning my next project centered around one of the following rugs.

Both are a soft gender neutral green with a lovely lattice pattern which will pair beautifully with my client’s existing Pottery Barn sleigh crib.

And with these two pieces in place, we can begin selecting bedding, such as a whimsical animal print that adds both color and dimension

Or a pastel medallion patterned sheet adds a bit more sophistication

A crisp, all white bedding set from Restoration Hardware would be a sweet compliment, perfect for a boy or girl

Or a fun, bright turquoise and lime green separates would play beautifully against either rug

 At Carousel Designs you can design your own bedding and the sky truly is the limit

Or there’s always the option of a three piece bedding set complete with a crib skirt, bumper and fitted sheet

When decorating any space from a nursery to a family room to an elegant master suite, I suggest beginning with a single piece of inspiration.  Whether it’s a rug or a cherished picture or a special travel find, the design will come together as long as each new piece plays off the original starting point.

Starlight Starbright My Very First Pendant Light

When looking for nursery lighting, you’ll often find fun, festive fixtures such as this whimsical pendant light.

But I wanted a pendant with a little bit more sophistication, so I decided to create a pendant light of my own. I started with a plain, white lamp shade you can find at any big box store.

Then I chose a bold, funky fabric that would complement the rest of the space.

Next I pulled out the few supplies I would need; scissors, fabric glue, and a needle with white thread.

After carefully measuring how much fabric I would need, I cut along the pattern to keep a straight line

Once I wrapped the lamp shade with fabric, I sewed it along the top and bottom, leaving the trim of the shade exposed for a more finished look.  The fabric glue came in handy in a couple of spots, but you wouldn’t necessarily need it to try this project out

The lamp shade is now ready to transform into a pendant light.  All I need is this light extender from Lowe’s that will transform a simple bulb in the ceiling light into a lovely pendant fixture.

Stay tuned for the final product!

A San Francisco Sized Nursery

Designing a nursery in a city like San Francisco where space is limited and one bedrooms can rent upwards of $3000, it can be difficult to create a special space for baby.One way I like to maximize space is by layering fabrics like I have with the yellow and white West Elm shower curtains (yes, shower curtains!) that frame a flea market find turned changing table.  Combined with a bold Waverly print in bright, kid friendly colors, it livens up the space.

The fabric is simply adhered to the wall with a few strategically placed staples, plus a few decorative nail heads, and topped off with a yellow onesie hanging from a baby hangar – a functional and adorable piece of infant art.

When designing a nursery space…

  …the best part is turning plans into reality…

And seeing your designs come to life!

A Master Bedroom Retreat

Creating a relaxing, inviting master bedroom with clean lines and minimal colors was my goal for this space.

Typically I wouldn’t position the bed underneath a window, but I wanted to maximize the room so that it could be used for both a bedroom as well as a place to do yoga and meditate.

In San Francisco apartments, storage is often limited so I have to consider whether or not a piece will provide additional storage.  When used thoughtfully, even a ladder and an old milk can are able to provide a place for blankets to hang and yoga mats to stow away.

Industrial style storage shelves from World Market lined with an array of baskets and storage bins help keep clothes out of sight.

And grey linen bedding from Restoration Hardware, white file cabinets, simple lamps and a natural fiber rug with two floor seats from IKEA round out the space.

Making the Most of a Small Space

When we moved to San Francisco, I knew I’d have to take our furniture and make it work in a city apartment.  It was a challenge, but I had a plan:

1-Position two white arm chairs  in front of the window to create a cozy seating area (Marshall’s idea – thanks babe!)  2-Repurpose the file cabinets from our old office into end tables so our files don’t have to be reorganized  3-Hang sheer linen drapes from our old living room  windows against the beautiful arched window 4-Keep the beloved factory cart coffee table and position two rattan floor cushions nearby for extra seating 5-Use the natural fiber rug from our old master bedroom to anchor the space

One of the biggest dilemmas was figuring out where to keep all of our clothes since the closet was now the bedroom.  My husband took on the challenge and found this great wardrobe from IKEA.  It really is the perfect solution to our storage issues.  How we managed to go from having his and hers walk-in closets to this, I’ll never know!

Another piece that was important to incorporate was the bureau from our old bedroom.  It took a long time to paint and distress, and I couldn’t give it up!  It provides extra storage for everything from blankets to books.

I tried to keep a lot of the accent pieces we had in our home, like this gorgeous vase filled with dried wheat which kind of reminds me of growing up in Kansas.

I also wanted to keep the nautical feel especially since we’re living so close to the water.

Finally, one of my favorite aspects of this apartment is the eat-in kitchen.  With plenty of wall space for our pizza trays and cutting board, plus enough room for our kitchen table.  It’s a cozy space, but perfect for two.

It’s hard to believe we only moved in just over a week ago!  It’s my husband’s birthday today, so I’ve got a cheesecake in the oven and a brand new lasagna recipe to try, and I’m just glad we have such a lovely space to celebrate in!

Walk-in Closet+Imagination=Bedroom?

So I never thought my master bedroom would be the size of a closet…or an actual closet for that matter.  But now it is both.  Here is how I took a walk-in closet in our studio apartment and made it into our master bedroom.

First, I tried to envision the space as more than a closet (and had my husband take down the clothing rod).

Next I took some of my favorite pieces and used them to fill the white space.  The rustic ladder for example.  I wasn’t sure why I was bringing it to San Francisco when it was collecting dust in my garage in Florida, but it turned out to be a great way to punch up a white wall and add some soft candlelight.


Then I filled an empty corner with a beat up old table, one of my favorite flea market finds.  I added an antique styled fan on the corner table which drowns out the city noise at night.  Even though it’s an awkward angle, this photo gives a bit of perspective on how everything comes together in the space.

I added my beloved horse painting above the bed, a pair of white drapes that were once the shower curtains in my master bath, and a floor lamp beside the bed, perfect for reading at night.


Because of the angle of the door to the ‘closet’, it’s hard to capture the warmth of the space.  It’s definitely cozy, but I think I’ve slept better here over the last few nights than I have in months!

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