Sadie’s Nursery

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 04, 2011 | 31 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

Currently I’m living in a state of complete euphoria after the birth of my first baby, Sadie. She is pure perfection in my eyes, and I truly want time to CRAWL. I’m absolutely loving being a Mom!

So now, the Nursery Reveal! I had such a fun time designing this room. I knew even before any fabric or paint had been selected what the color scheme would be. Read about my initial design concept here.

We’re currently leasing so my goal was to purchase pieces that would be flexible down the road. That also meant the carpet stayed – eww. I’d love to get a rug eventually but that is not at the top of the must-purchase list because the room is tiny and I don’t want to buy something that wouldn’t work in a larger space down the road.

I was basically working with a box. A box with a lot of doors and one window. I did a lot of space plans on Auto-Cad trying to determine if I could squeeze a guest bed in there. It was a major stressor for me, and ultimately there was NOT room and I haven’t looked back since donating the old bed.

The crib and bedding were the hardest decisions. I had a really hard time finding a crib I liked at any price point. I never dreamed I would select a “Jenny Lind” style. Ever. I used to think they were hideous. I originally thought I would want a really modern crib, David Netto style. However, the bedding I was drawn to was really soft and feminine. I loved the turned spindles with the bedding, so flat slats were out. That REALLY limited my selection. The more I thought about it, the more the J.L. style just made sense. Financially and style-wise! I am SO happy with my decision.

The large giraffe was Sadie’s Christmas present from CiCi and Pops (my husband’s parents). The photograph by Sharon Montrose mentioned here set the tone for several “pops” of giraffe throughout the room.

I ordered these letters from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child but I’m still waiting for them to arrive (they were back ordered). The letters will go above the crib.

At the last Round Top, I went a little crazy buying these fashion illustrations from Paris that I had seen at the Blue Hills show that past Spring. The vendor still had some so I spent a long time selecting my favorites. The black and white Balmain illustration was my big splurge and I just adore it. The “S” and “H” alphabet prints were out of an old children’s book. The pink fashion illustration is an original, and the bottom print of the ladies is out of an old French Magazine. The “Baby Doll” & “Coco Mademoiselle” illustrations are by Etsy seller, Emmakisstina. Her work is awesome, check it out! The portrait on the bottom left was purchased at the Guild Shop.

As far as framing went, I needed to use a little imagination as I could have spent a fortune custom framing every piece. I bought a pair of really ugly “fake” art prints at Marshall’s for square frames for the alphabet prints. I think it was $19.99/pair. I then selected a cute scrapbook paper and mounted & matted the prints myself.

I wanted vintage looking gold frames so I scoured the art section at the Guild Shop in Houston for ugly artwork in good frames. I then had white mats cut to fit.

Sophie the Giraffe, gold mocassin booties, a couple of books (okay, yes, that IS the Lauren Conrad book – I bought it at Marshall’s for $12…sort of embarrassing), and a small white marble lamp scored @ Homegoods sit on top of a table scored on One King’s Lane last week.

I designed the crib bumper and bed-skirt and had them made. It is white linen with gray/lavender cording, ties and rosettes. I had NO IDEA how hard a lavender fabric would be hard to source. Let me tell you, it was! The sheets are by Serena & Lily. I have another dark gray linen sheet by Matteo for when I want a different look.

As I was rushing through the Guild Shop five minutes before they closed, my hands full of frames, I saw this brass & lucite chandelier and stopped dead in my tracks. I LOVED it. They were closing and the line was out the door, so I snapped a quick pic on my iPhone so I could think about it. You don’t ever “think” about anything at the Guild Shop. I couldn’t believe this chandelier was still there (it had been there through one mark-down cycle)! I went back that next week and it was waiting for me so I snagged it up – not knowing if it would even work! My dear friend, Sam, worked for hours to get it installed and working!

The shelf unit was a present from my Mother-in-Law scored at Excess in Round Top.

Here is a list of sources for those interested:

WALL PAINT COLOR: Sherwin Williams, “Ponder”

DRESSER/CHANGING TABLE: Family Piece refinished – see post here.

CRIB: Da Vinci Jenny Lind Crib (purchased from AlbeeBaby.com but couldn’t find it on their website)

BUMPER & BEDSKIRT: Custom

FITTED SHEET SHOWN: “Florentine” Crib Sheet by Serena & Lily

FITTED SHEET OPTION (NOT SHOWN): Vintage Linen Fitted Sheet in “Coal” by Matteo

GIRAFFE PHOTOGRAPH: Sharon Montrose

CURTAINS: Halfpricedrapes.com - My FAVORITE source for ready-made curtains.

SWIVEL GLIDER: Lee Industries (a gift from my parents)

VINTAGE ARTWORK: Antique Maps & Works on Paper via the Blue Hills Antique Show

CHANDELIER: Vintage, sourced at The Guild Shop. By or in the style of Charles Hollis Jones. This is a smaller version of the same fixture.

GOLD CANDLE SCONCES: Vintage, sourced at The Guild Shop.

SMALL MARBLE LAMP: Homegoods

GREEK KEY GOLD END TABLE: Christmas Present :) This is bad, but i think it’s either World’s Away or Global Views via One King’s Lane – I can’t remember which one but it was from their sample sale a couple of weeks ago.

So there you have it, Sadie’s Nursery!





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Parisian Perfection

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 04, 2011 | No Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Fashion

“Glamour,” is a word that gets thrown around quite a bit – myself being very guilty in describing practically everything I’m drawn to as, “glamorous (which actually irritates me)”  My personal design mantra is, “comfortable glamour,” and honestly I’m stilldrawn to gilded mirrors and Lucite like a tween girl to Justin Beiber. 

In a design age where “Hollywood Regency” has been watered down and commercialized ad nauseum, it’s hard for me to find glamour dens that really speak to me.  My jaw hit practically hit the magazine page when I saw Sally & Michel Perrin’s Parisian Flat in the latest Harper’s Bazaar (HB happens to be my favorite fashion magazine with a dang good monthly home editorial called, “A Fashionable Life”). 

The custom marble patterned carpet perfectlybalances the marbled-top gilded coffee table.  Mercury glass mirrors everywhere apparently reflect the floodlights of the tourist boats that float the River Seine.  In short, it is my dream Parisian pied-a-terre.  The gray and teal color scheme feels fresh and true glamour ooozes from this flat. 

Okay, I’ll stop talking and just show you the pics!  The apartment was designed by Chahan Minassian and all photos are from his website – make sure to check out the rest of his portfolio!

 





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Currently I’m living in a state of complete euphoria after the birth of my first baby, Sadie.  She is pure perfection in my eyes, and I truly want time to CRAWL.  I’m absolutely loving being a Mom! 

So now, the Nursery Reveal!  I had such a fun time designing this room.  I knew even before any fabric or paint had been selected what the color scheme would be.  Read about my initial design concept here. 

We’re currently leasing so my goal was to purchase pieces that would be flexible down the road.  That also meant the carpet stayed - eww.  I’d love to get a rug eventually but that is not at the top of the must-purchase list because the room is tiny and I don’t want to buy something that wouldn’t work in a larger space down the road.   

I was basically working with a box.  A box with a lot of doors and one window.  I did a lot of space plans on Auto-Cad trying to determine if I could squeeze a guest bed in there.  It was a major stressor for me, and ultimately there was NOT room and I haven’t looked back since donating the old bed. 

The crib and bedding were the hardest decisions.  I had a really hard time finding a crib I liked at any price point.  I never dreamed I would select a “Jenny Lind” style.  Ever.  I used to think they were hideous.  I originally thought I would want a really modern crib, David Netto style.  However, the bedding I was drawn to was really soft and feminine.  I loved the turned spindles with the bedding, so flat slats were out.  That REALLY limited my selection.  The more I thought about it, the more the J.L. style just made sense.  Financially and style-wise!  I am SO happy with my decision. 

The large giraffe was Sadie’s Christmas present from GiGi and Pops (my husband’s parents).  The photograph by Sharon Montrose mentioned here set the tone for several “pops” of giraffe throughout the room. 

I ordered these letters from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child but I’m still waiting for them to arrive (they were back ordered).  The letters will go above the crib.

At the last Round Top, I went a little crazy buying these fashion illustrations from Paris that I had seen at the Blue Hills show that past Spring.  The vendor still had some so I spent a long time selecting my favorites.  The black and white Balmain illustration was my big splurge and I just adore it.  The “S” and “H” alphabet prints were out of an old children’s book.  The pink fashion illustration is an original, and the bottom print of the ladies is out of an old French Magazine.  The “Baby Doll” & “Coco Mademoiselle” illustrations are by Etsy seller, Emmakisstina.  Her work is awesome, check it out! The portrait on the bottom left was purchased at the Guild Shop. 

As far as framing went, I needed to use a little imagination as I could have spent a fortune custom framing every piece.  I bought a pair of really ugly “fake” art prints at Marshall’s for square frames for the alphabet prints.  I think it was $19.99/pair.  I then selected a cute scrapbook paper and mounted & matted the prints myself. 

I wanted vintage looking gold frames so I scoured the art section at the Guild Shop in Houston for ugly artwork in good frames.  I then had white mats cut to fit. 

Sophie the Giraffe, gold mocassin booties, a couple of books (okay, yes, that IS the Lauren Conrad book – I bought it at Marshall’s for $12…sort of embarrassing), and a small white marble lamp scored @ Homegoods sit on top of a table scored on One King’s Lane last week. 

I designed the crib bumper and bed-skirt and had them made.  It is white linen with gray/lavender cording, ties and rosettes.  I had NO IDEA how hard a lavender fabric would be hard to source.  Let me tell you, it was!  The sheets are by Serena & Lily.  I have another dark gray linen sheet by Matteo for when I want a different look.   

As I was rushing through the Guild Shop five minutes before they closed, my hands full of frames, I saw this brass & lucite chandelier and stopped dead in my tracks.  I LOVED it.  They were closing and the line was out the door, so I snapped a quick pic on my iPhone so I could think about it.  You don’t ever “think” about anything at the Guild Shop.  I couldn’t believe this chandelier was still there (it had been there through one mark-down cycle)!  I went back that next week and it was waiting for me so I snagged it up -  not knowing if it would even work!  My dear friend, Sam, worked for hours to get it installed and working!  

The shelf unit was a present from my Mother-in-Law scored at Excess in Round Top.

Here is a list of sources for those interested:

WALL PAINT COLOR: Sherwin Williams, “Ponder”

DRESSER/CHANGING TABLE: Family Piece refinished – see post here.

CRIB: Da Vinci Jenny Lind Crib (purchased from AlbeeBaby.com but couldn’t find it on their website)

BUMPER & BEDSKIRT: Custom

FITTED SHEET SHOWN: “Florentine” Crib Sheet by Serena & Lily

FITTED SHEET OPTION (NOT SHOWN): Vintage Linen Fitted Sheet in “Coal” by Matteo

GIRAFFE PHOTOGRAPH: Sharon Montrose

CURTAINS: Halfpricedrapes.com - My FAVORITE source for ready-made curtains. 

SWIVEL GLIDER: Lee Industries (a gift from my parents)

VINTAGE ARTWORK: Antique Maps & Works on Paper via the Blue Hills Antique Show

CHANDELIER: Vintage, sourced at The Guild Shop.  By or in the style of Charles Hollis Jones.  This is a smaller version of the same fixture.

GOLD CANDLE SCONCES: Vintage, sourced at The Guild Shop.

SMALL MARBLE LAMP: Homegoods

GREEK KEY GOLD END TABLE: Christmas Present :)   This is bad, but i think it’s either World’s Away or Global Views via One King’s Lane – I can’t remember which one but it was from their sample sale a couple of weeks ago. 

So there you have it, Sadie’s Nursery! 





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Parisian Perfection

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 04, 2011 | 10 Comments | Category: Magazines

“Glamour,” is a word that gets thrown around quite a bit – myself being very guilty in describing practically everything I’m drawn to as, “glamorous (which actually irritates me)”  My personal design mantra is, “comfortable glamour,” and honestly I’m still drawn to gilded mirrors and Lucite like a tween girl to Justin Beiber.

In a design age where “Hollywood Regency” has been watered down and commercialized ad nauseum, it’s hard for me to find glamour dens that really speak to me.  My jaw practically hit the magazine page when I saw Sally & Michel Perrin’s Parisian Flat in the latest Harper’s Bazaar (HB happens to be my favorite fashion magazine with a dang good monthly home editorial called, “A Fashionable Life”).

The custom marble patterned carpet perfectlybalances the marbled-top gilded coffee table.  Mercury glass mirrors everywhere apparently reflect the floodlights of the tourist boats that float the River Seine.  In short, it is my dream Parisian pied-a-terre.  The gray and teal color scheme feels fresh and true glamour ooozes from this flat.

Okay, I’ll stop talking and just show you the pics!  The apartment was designed by Chahan Minassian and all photos are from his website – make sure to check out the rest of his portfolio!

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