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Monday
Jul252016

transitioning from a crib to a big girl bed

When I was pregnant with Lydia, long before I even knew I was actually having a little girl, all I could think about was a nursery centered around a gold Jenny Lind-style crib.  The day we had our ultrasound which, indeed, confirmed our little bundle was a baby girl, I ordered this crib and immediately had it painted Champagne Toast by Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics.  It was - and still is - my favorite part of Lydia's nursery. 

Well, here we are two and a half years later (I still can't wrap my head around how fast the time went) and she's not only starting to run out of room in her crib, but we are also getting closer to needing it for baby bear's nursery. The thing is, even though she is 2.5 she isn't exactly ready for a big girl bed. My child has always been super curious about everything and wants to be around us 24/7 so, even though we go through our whole routine every night before bed, it still takes her at least 30 minutes most nights (and sometimes more) to settle herself once we leave the room (and that entails playing with her lovies in her crib, talking to herself and looking straight at the monitor and yelling for momma to come get her). 

I know the only way she could sleep in her big girl bed would be if I were to lay in there with her until she falls asleep, otherwise, she would be all over the room, pulling books and toys out and having herself a grand old time, but I feel like doing that would defeat all my efforts over the years to get her sleeping through the night and not having to run in there every time she kicks the covers off or semi wakes up for a minute before drifting back off to sleep.  I know she is about to undergo some serious adjustments once the baby gets here and I feel like sticking to routine as much as possible would help her tremendously, but I also know I need to start transitioning her slowly, as well. 

Luckily, she LOVES her big girl bed that Daddy made for her room before she was born!  (You can find the plans we used to make it here; it's aptly named the "Lydia" bed)  We read books there and lay together after reading stories and saying our prayers at night, talking about all the fun things we did that day, but she very rarely ever asks to stay and sleep in it....

With baby boy making his debut in the next six weeks or so, it just doesn't make sense to buy another crib, so I figure I will start out by getting her to take naps in her daybed.  Any suggestions of how to make that transition easily?  And, more importantly, how to get her to stay in it? Or, am I crazy and I should just leave her sleep in her crib for as long as she wants?

Hope you're all off to a great start this week!

Wednesday
Jun292016

a stunning east hampton family home 

I finally got a chance to sift through the three-foot high stack of design magazines that have been acting as a makeshift side table next to my sofa the other day and I have to say, the June issue of Architectural Digest is KILLING me softly, it's so good!  As soon as I landed upon the East Hampton home of Pilar Guzman and Chris Mitchell, my heart skipped a beat!  While I don't typically fall head over heels for super contemporary design, this one is a stunning combination of traditional bones mixed with modern furnishings and the most GORGEOUS lighting I ever did see!  Crisp white walls and trim are such a gorgeous backdrop for cerused oak and leather, antique brass details and soft jute rugs.  I'm so obsessed, I can't stop rifling back through the issue for another peek!  I've posted some contemporary homes on the blog before but this one definitely is the cream of the crop!

Cedar shingles, crisp white trim and a free-floating pool in the middle of the yard?  Be still my ever loving heart! 

White walls and molding are anything but boring when paired with a gorgeous beamed ceiling and vintage Borge Mogensen and Kaare Klint chairs.  And that little sneaky peek of a brass, branching Sputnik chandelier by Lindsey Adelman?  Oh, yes....

Another view of the breathtaking living room:

French doors and wall-to-wall windows framed by linen curtain panels bring the outside in:

The kitchen is a fresh take on all-white; the built-in, floor-to-ceiling cabinets, 12 foot work table and Thomas O'Brien sconces are beautifully complimented by the rustic overhead beams.  I've got serious heart eyes all over this entire room:

Simple but stunning details in the dining room:

An antique trestle table, stained glass windows original to the house and a David Weeks Studio chandelier in the stairway are another great example of how to mix traditional and modern:

The linen wingback bed in the master bedroom is BANANAS and those sheepskin rugs make me want to curl up on right there on the floor!

While I love every single square inch of this entire house, it's the master bathroom that makes my heart flutter - floor-to-ceiling Cararra marble subway tiles, a bananas free standing tub and French doors leading to a private porch has me wanting to sell everything I own to re-create this in my house and then never EVER leave it! 

While even just one of the chandeliers or vintage chairs in this house is worth more than a year's worth of mortgage payments for me, I put together some picks that I think help create a similar feel for those of us with champagne taste on beer budgets!  Not pictured below, but completely necessary would be about twenty gallons of white paint to coat walls, trim and molding!

Goddess chandelier / Before the Storm print / Andros Rope Chair / Handspun Jute Rug /

Lander Brass Sconce / Pacific Tripod Floor Lamp / Sheepskin rug / Parsons dining table

Happy Hump Day!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jun282016

a red, white and blue table for the 4th

July 4th is right around the corner (can you believe it?!) but I've had red, white and blue on the brain for a while now.  While I typically don't ever gravitate toward red in my decor or design, I love it in a muted shade to accompany classic blue and white for summer and, especially, the fourth of July!  I found a gorgeous red cotton throw at TJMaxx the other day and it got me thinking how amazing it would look as a makeshift tablecloth, paired with navy and white striped napkins, my bamboo flatware, water hyacinth chargers and my favorite French wine glasses - something so easy and inexpensive can take your everyday entertaining essentials to the next level and provide a cool pop of color and lots of interest!  Here are a few things I'm loving lately for a subdued red, white and blue table setting:

Natural basket weave placemat / Roulette blue band dinner plate / Cambridge Silversmiths Bamboo-style

flatware / Monogrammed outdoor pillow / Beverage dispenser / Hayden beverage tub /

Giant clam bowl / Buffalo check tablecloth / Myrtle topiary / Casserole dish + holder / Acrylic glasses

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

Thursday
Jun232016

inspiration for bear cub's nursery

Well, hello 29 weeks!  This pregnancy is flying by with lightening speed and I'm trying my best not to panic as there is still an entire guest room set in what is to be Bear Cub's nursery (we are in the process of finishing a guest suite upstairs and it's taking FOREVER).  We are installing crown molding this week and getting the ceiling painted just so that I don't completely freak out at the amount of stuff we have yet to do before the little guy gets here, while I still vacillate on exactly what we're going to do in there.  There is no shortage of modern and more contemporary nurseries filling my Instagram and Pinterest feeds but I really want something a little more traditional, along the same lines as what I did for Lydia's, with some subtle nautical touches and a soothing color palette.  I'm all over the place when it comes to inspiration, but here are a few spaces that make my pulse leap:

I love the idea of vinyl grass cloth (with a painted, pale blue ceiling) and every single detail in this little boy's room sings to me...from the grass cloth walls and bright white trim to the fabulous striped curtain panels and rug and the ship chandelier! 

Another great example by the great Steven Gambrel, this time with blue painted trim.  Again, love the striped rug and the underlying nautical vibe:

On the complete other end of the spectrum, I do love the all-white nursery with lots of texture and again, a striped rug, to bring interest and keep it from looking too sterile.  This kid's space in Victoria Hagan's Nantucket hideaway is so light and airy it takes my breath away:

I love the pale gray and soft blues, not to mention all the adorable nautical details, in this nursery Caitlin did for her littles over at Picket Fence Projects:

Another gorgeous little man's room by Steven Gambrel that is so stunning in its simplicity.  I love the aqua chairs and bed and the washed out colors of the nautical charts paired with bold navy stripes on the windows:

I adore this sea captain-inspired gallery wall:

I'm finding a ton of inspiration in grown up spaces, too - like the tone-on-tone gray/blue paint in Scott Currie's Hampton's living room.  The only thing tripping me up is that I'm so obsessed with Lydia's painted ceiling that I'm pretty sure I want it in little man's room, too.  But how amazing - and unique - is this?

The nursery graphic designer Ashley Putman did for her youngest son has always been a favorite and, in fact, the reason I've pined for pale blue curtain panels for the last few years, haha!  It's so light and airy and the glossy black closet doors anchor the space perfectly:

The space Monika Hibbs created for her little boy, Liam, is another favorite, as much for the light, bright airiess as all the texture and the navy and aqua accents.  The Serena and Lily wallpaper is so fun and fresh, too:

And last, but not least...even though this office by Steven Gambrel is not a kid's space, I love the bold Kelly green trim paired with the textured bamboo Roman blinds, gauzy linen curtain panels and fun striped chairs:

 Which is your favorite??? 

Tuesday
May312016

a summer saltbox by lisa tharp

Coming off of a fabulous long weekend bright and early this morning and heading back into reality makes me wish I drank coffee.  Since my head is still in weekend mode, I thought I'd share some fabulous eye candy by Lisa Tharp Design to celebrate a short week!  I've been a fan of Lisa's work for a while now (you can read my original post from years ago here), so I was thrilled to see she's updated her portfolio with an incredible renovated saltbox in New England. Seriously, it's BANANAS!  From the neutral color palette, tons of texture and stunning lighting to the pops of navy blue and built-in window seats and beds, every nook and cranny is absolute perfection:

All the built-in seating and alcoves are perfect for curling up with a summer read, not to mention sleeping all the extra guests:

Fresh greens are a great way to add a pop of color to a neutral space, but that rope wrapped console is what's got my eye in this sitting area:

A few hits of black anchor an otherwise neutral vignette:

Cedar shakes still make me weak in the knees:

Teak countertops, a La Cornue range and those fabulous bar stools take center stage in the all-white kitchen:

 I love the mix in the dining room - all that natural light is such a beautiful backdrop for the antique dining table, an insane chandelier and linen wingback chairs.  The white sconces from Dunes and Duchess are so, so chic, too!

Brass fixtures and boardwalk planks salvaged from Coney Island in the connected indoor/outdoor baths:

Just a peek of gorgeous, caramel toned grass cloth:

Lockers and nautical-inspired sconces in the mudroom and a breathtaking all-white screened-in porch, perfect for entertaining and relaxing after days spent at the beach!

Texture reigns supreme in the kid's lounge area.  I love, love, LOVE the wicker settee:

I'm swooning over the navy grass cloth and burlap covered end tables in the master bedroom; I'd never leave this room:

To see more of Lisa's work, check out her portfolio here.