Console Table with Chairs

Console table with chairsTO FLANK OR NOT TO FLANK
I’ve always liked the look of chairs beside a console table, but buying chairs solely for this reason has never been a priority for me. I’m working on a client’s entryway and kept coming across pics that made me want to try this set-up in my own home.

I remembered some old dining chairs in our attic that we’ve since replaced (because they are dangerous for anyone older than 5 years old and north of 80 pounds to use). I decided to “audition” them beside our mirrored console table to see if I even liked the concept in this space.

PS-Is anyone else’s attic basically a retirement home for unloved decor? Ours is more like a graveyard. Many a chair and countless throw pillows have been placed up there never to be seen or heard from again.

Until we have a garage sale…Or I have to hunt down Christmas decorations.

I’m still debating keeping the chairs here permanently, but these are the pros and cons I’m pondering:

PROS:
-Adds symmetry. (Which I L-O-V-E.)
-Gives more places in the entry area for guests to drop bags, coats, etc.
-Adds some nice warm wood tones to balance all the cool tones happening on this wall.

CONS:
-Detracts from the mirrored console table.
-Might make the space feel too formal.
-We will have to warn folks that it is not really safe to sit in them…lest the wood glue cracks and causes an awkward situation.

Should I leave them? What do you think?

THREE LOOKS TO LOVE
I kept playing around with the console table and chairs combo and came up with three different ways it could play out. I think it’s helpful to see how they can be styled so differently. Console table with chairs

I decided that the “decor equation” I liked best for each of these styles was:

CONSOLE TABLE + CHAIRS + ONE LARGE ITEM FOR THE WALL 

Why just one large item? Well, I liked the idea of using a large scale piece here instead of a grouping  on the wall because I think it gives you more freedom to play with table top accessories without the whole scene looking like a hot mess.

And will you please notice that b&w photo of Liz Taylor?? I think I need that in my life.

I can’t really pick a favorite look, but I’d say my current style probably tends most toward the mid century eclectic look.

But I’m pretty sure I’d sell an organ on the Black Market to get me a pair of red Chippendale chairs. Gracious, those are so pretty…

Which look do you like best?

Mid Century Eclectic Look
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DIY Fabric Mobile

DIY fabric baby mobile

CUTE MOBILE ON A BUDGET
If you’ve even spent 5 minutes looking for a baby mobile for your nursery, you know the situation is not good. Your options are either terribly tacky box store mobiles or the oh-so-cute ones that cost a million dollars.

Yes, one miiilllion dolllarss. (Insert Dr. Evil voice, pinky to lips.)

A couple years ago, I DIY’d a mobile for my daughter’s room, but it ended up nearly sending my hormonal preggo self over the edge.

Earlier this week I shared the design for my client Chrissy’s nursery, and part of that plan was this DIY mobile. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I decided to try again at the DIY mobile game just for the sweet mama I was working with.

(Oh, yes. I craft for my clients. I’m thinking of calling this service DIFMH…”Do It For Me, Heather” Projects.)

I love this mobile for a couple reasons. It reminds me of the fabric banner  I made a few years ago that ended up in Olive’s nursery. Secondly, you can so easily incorporate your nursery colors with this project. You could even get real crazy and mix a bunch of patterns together.

I saw a picture of a similar mobile (ironically not used in a baby’s room) in HGTV Magazine, and thought the idea was GENIUS. There weren’t DIY instructions, so I gambled and tried to recreate the mobile the best I could.

This was waaaaaay easier than the mobile I ended making a couple years ago.  If I gave this a DIY rating, it would be “G” for “Go Do It”. (Wow, two acronyms in one post. Let’s not make it a thing…)

DIY fabric mobile suppliesDIY fabric mobile DIY FABRIC MOBILE

SUPPLIES:
-hanging wire basket (I purchased mine from World Market.)
-fabric (I used 1/2 yard each of three different mint fabrics.)
-1 yard white chord trim
-white spray paint
-hot glue gun
-ruler

STEPS:
1. Detach individual baskets from the hook and chain on the hanging wire basket.

2. Spray paint baskets and chain white. (*If you can find a white basket, this would be preferred. Once you assemble the mobile, some of the white paint chips off due to the amount of handling required to make this.)

3. Cut strips of fabric 14 inches long and 1 inch wide. (I just traced the width of the ruler as a guide for my strips.)

4. Tie strips of fabric to the bottom of the smallest basket, focusing on filling the center.

5. Hot glue strips of fabric to the rim of the smallest basket. Then hot glue strips of fabric around the mid sized basket.

6. Attach the mid size basket back on the chain. Attach the small basket underneath this. (*I chose not to use the large basket for this mobile.)

7. Cut chord trim the length of the perimeter of the top basket. Wrap and hot glue to the basket. Seal the two ends together with hot glue.

8. Trim ribbon length. *I found this easiest by hanging the whole thing on a rod in my laundry room. I used the ruler as my guide for each cut, and trimmed the ribbon on the top rung to 10 inches. I trimmed the middle tier to 11 inches and then left the bottom tier of fabric at the original 14 inches.DIY fabric mobile

I hung the minty fabric mobile up in Gemma’s nursery, so I could shoot a couple pics before mailing it to California. Honestly it makes Gemma’s bird house mobile look like a wanna-be-has-been. “Minty” kind of stole the show.

Sorry, kid. Mama was just a newbie mobile maker when you came around.

Five Tips for a Modern and Feminine Nursery

Bright and modern girls nurseryFEAR OF THE PRECIOUS PINK NURSERY

Last month one of my E-Decor projects was a nursery design for a fun mama of two little boys who is pregnant with her first girl. When I asked Chrissy what she envisioned for the room she said, “I’d like it to be clean, bright, and girlie … but NOT ‘pink’ girlie.”

I had to chuckle at this request, because I felt the same struggle of wanting my daughter’s nursery to feel feminine but was terrified of using pink.

I think girls who grow up in the 80’s have some unresolved issues with the color pink as a result of it being forced upon us as children. Oh, Matel. You ruined this color for an entire generation of mothers.

So what do we do when we become mamas of little girls?

We avoid it…like the plague.

Ok, 80’s ladies…let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water. Pink CAN work in a modern nursery.  If we follow some simple principles, we can allow pink back into our lives again in a fresh, modern way without it feeling overly precious.

5 TIPS AND 5 COLOR PALETTES

Today I’m sharing five tips to help you create a modern and feminine nursery. Also, I’ve come up with five modern color palettes that are perfect for a baby girl’s nursery. Modern color schemes for a girl nursery

FIVE TIPS FOR CREATING A MODERN AND FEMININE NURSERY

1. Find an “almost pink” that you love.
Using coral, berry, poppy, fuchsia, or blush gives us the “girlie” hue in a room that we want without feeling like we are back in our ballerina themed pink bedroom circa 1989. (Uh, huh. I went there.)

2. Use your “almost pink” as a secondary accent color, but not the primary one.
This color can appear in small pops throughout the room, but shouldn’t be the dominant accent color. You’ll notice on Chrissy’s design board that the dominant accent color is actually black. This was an intentional choice for a couple reasons. It allowed me to use three other bright colors in the room without it feeling too busy or circus-like. Also, juxtaposing mint (a classic pastel color) with black felt fresh and modern.

3. Look for an inspiration piece that conveys the feeling you want in the room.
The starting point for this entire room was the “Don’t Worry, Be happy” print. (I mean, c’mon. How stinking adorable is that?) Yes, it uses pink. More than one shade in fact. This artwork became the jumping off point for my whole design not necessarily because of the colors, but because it evoked all the feelings I know Chrissy wanted in her nursery. Playful, cheery, modern and a little bold. A color palette is a great starting point for a room, but it isn’t the only one. Keep your eyes open for things you’re drawn to, and then take a closer look to how it makes you feel and why you like it.

4. Remember to layer patterns.
This is HUGE. So many of my clients struggle with this, thinking that they are limited to only using one pattern in a space. I had a sweet client who loved stripes and wanted to use only stripes and solids in her bedroom. She realized (with a little coaching) that the space felt flat as a result. When we began layering in more patterns, she was surprised to find that it actually allowed the stripes we did use in the room to stand out even more.

In Chrissy’s room, I wanted to use geometric shapes throughout the nursery. Between the rug, lamp shade, crib bedding, and drapes we used four different patterns, a couple of which are repeated throughout the room.

5. Pick a color scheme, but feel free to wander away from it at times.
Yes, it’s good to have a color palette. However if something isn’t a perfect match, don’t worry! Let’s say you find a pillow you LOVE that uses one of your accent colors mixed in with a bunch of other colors not being used in the room. Snatch. It. Up. If you think I’m talking crazy right now, just stick with me for a sec…

Do you love Anthropologie as much as I do? Of course ya’ do. Who doesn’t? Other than having rock star stylists, why do you think their stores always look so gorgeously decorated and perfectly eclectic? Because Anthro mixes colors like nobody’s business. Items typically have a common feel or style, but color is all over the rainbow. And it looks AMAZING.

I’m not saying to use a bag of Skittles as your starting point, but take a hint here…Veering a bit outside your chosen color scheme in small ways keeps things from feeling overly contrived. Mixing in a few other colors adds a “collected over time” vibe that I find most people really like as opposed to a perfectly themed room.

Nursery mood boardCHRISSY’S CHERRY & MODERN NURSERY

The color palette I eventually came up with for Chrissy’s nursery included lemon, mint, black, and pops of berry. Berry is the “almost pink” that I chose. Notice (on the first design board) how it’s used sparingly and less than any other accent color in the room, yet STILL it makes its presence known.

The major players in this room were:
-Cheery artwork
-Geometric shapes
-DIY touches

Basically she had a blank slate to start with. She was reusing a crib, shelf, and dresser from her older boys. Other than that, she had nothing for the space. I had so much fun coming up with this design and can’t WAIT to see how the room turns out once everything comes in.

PS: I’ll be back Thursday sharing a tutorial for a fabric mobile I made for the room. Wootwoot!

 LET’S TALK ABOUT PINK, BABY.
So ladies, do you have issues with pink too?
Did you decorate your daughter’s nursery? What colors did you use?

Gold Safari Baby Shower

Gold Safari Baby Shower 7Remember when I wrote that post telling you I wouldn’t be sharing many parties on the blog anymore?

Well, I lied.

I recently worked on three really fun events, and I just had to share at least one of them with you. My DIY faux zebra rug was a preview, and today I’m sharing pictures and a little behind the scenes of my work on event design. (If that sounds about as interesting as listening to sports radio, just scroll through and look at the pics. I won’t be offended.)

Gold Safari Mood Board

WHY I USE MOOD BOARDS FOR EVENTS
When I’m hired to do an event, I typically present a “mood board” to pitch an overall vision with a few specific ideas, so whoever I’m working with can visualize the concept.

I learned pretty quickly that when conveying design ideas, pictures are much better than my 1,000 words (and hyperactive crazy hand gestures).

Literally.

I get so excited to share the concept brewing in my head that I morph into the Micro Machines guy from the 80’s. It only took a couple deer-in-the-headlight looks from some sweet clients after my 90 mile a minute word-vomit for me to learn this lesson.[Read More]