Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Modern Lake House Bunk Room

Another vacation bunk room to share with you today. This one was featured on Cococozy today, designed by Murdock Young Architects. The custom bed was definitely designed with some fancy engineering (notice how there are not any posts at the end of the beds holding the top bunks up?) And instead of trundles underneath the bottom bunks they opted for storage drawers. Also note that the feel is similar to the room featured yesterday in Australia. All white walls and bedding with a small punch of color, this time on the rug (Smarties designed by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company)

I'm really swooning over the simplicity and view of the kitchen.

Vacation Home Bunk Room in Sydney

Today I'll be working my way back to back home from a week in Texas. I hope you all had a wonderful time visiting friends and family over the holiday weekend.

I'd like to start off the week with a look at a bunk room featured on Fresh Home over the weekend. This is a custom designed bunk for a guest house in Palm Beach just outside of Sydney, Australia. The home was completely remodeled and modernized by Brooke Aitkin Design to accomidate up to 14 people at one time as a vacation home.

The room is fairly simple. White walls, bedding and bunks dominate the design with pops of color with the striped ottoman, bean bag and bold block pillows. The room sleeps up to six with extra trundle beds under each bunk. The circle opening between the bunks is a playfyl touch which makes the guests feel as if they are in an ocean liner.

I have a week full of exciting guest posts and real room debuts to share! Stay tuned!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Etsy Find: Little Lion Studio

I could spend days looking through Etsy. I recently found this wonderful site called Little Lion Studio. They specialize in artistic prints and decals for children's rooms featuring modern flora and fauna.

To read more about this shop and my favorite finds there, visit my post HERE on Project Nursery!

I really need to have an Etsy week soon!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chloe's Modern Vintage Nursery

An avid Nursery Notations reader Katie M. sent me some photos of her daughter Chloe's room a few weeks ago. I was so impressed with all of her DIY projects in the room, I wanted to share her completed design with you all. She also has a wonderful blog called Modern Day Family which is a chronicle of her thoughts, crafts, favorites and family life, worth a look.

Well done Katie and thank you for sharing Chloe's nursery with us today!

1. What was the inspiration for your room?
I looked at a ton of nursery blogs and galleries and put together an inspiration board (below)! I knew I wanted the room to have a vintage feel and to be eclectic. I wanted blue walls, a painted Jenny Lind crib and something that would coordinate with the existing curtains we had in the room.

2. What was the first piece that you purchased for the room?
My first purchase was a bunch of children's books, mostly by author and illustrator Gyo Fujikawa. My older daughter Molly had received a few of his books for Christmas and I loved the vintage and familiar feel of his illustrations. I also knew from my inspiration board that I wanted to do a display of books somewhere in the room.

3. What is your favorite aspect of the room?
My favorite part is the view at the entrance! I love the way the bookshelves turned out (which were really spice racks from Ikea) and the hanging playing cards. I love the layout of that first wall and the way the framed button C compliments all the colors of the nursery.

4. Now that your room is complete, what would you change or do differently if you could?
Looking back I might switch the bedskirt fabric and the bumper fabric. I wonder(ed) if the curtain print, bed skirt polka dots, chevron rug and mod comforter on the guest bed were too many different patterns in too little space. If I had a solid color on the bedskirt maybe that would help tone down the different fabrics.

5. Please share some of your sources in your nursery with our readers:
Wall color - Benjamin Moore's Robin's Nest (color matched to Olympic)
Crib Bedding - Designed at Javis Davis, wich unfortunately is not longer taking orders
Chevron Rug - World Market
Spice Rack Book Shelves - Ikea
Monogram Button - DIY tutorial at American Crafts
Mobile - DIY Tutorial on Sew She Sews or Kit on Etsy
Chicken Wire Bulletin Board DIY Tutorial on the Project Girl
Guest Bedding - Target

Here is a complete post on her blog Modern Day Family with more how-tos and insight on the design of her nursery.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Free Spirit - by guest blogger Sheridan French

This girl is the perfect mix of relaxation and fun. Far from a shrinking violet, she loves the spotlight but also knows when to step out of it. Neon colors are her middle name, and they match her bright disposition and sunny personality to a T. She loves mixing and matching to create a perfectly balanced eclectic ensemble, and never leaves home without a scarf and a touch of hot pink. Can't find her? Check the beach. She's the one who just folded up Vogue Kids (don't we all wish!) to join the boys for a game of soccer.

Memorial Day Weekend Travels

Adios Cali!

Hello Tejas!

I'm leaving California for a week with my son to head back to Texas to visit family and friends for Memorial Day weekend. I'll be in and out of touch all week so please be patient if I don't respond to your e-mails right away!

The images above are watercolor prints from Etsy shop The Weatfield. Charming right for a little home state pride?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Plush Event in Los Angeles

Come visit me at the PLUSH "posh little urbanites show" event in Los Angeles on Saturday June 4th. I'll be working at the Project Nursery booth and would love to see you and answer any design questions you may have. You can check out the latest and greatest in baby gear and design from 11-4 pm at the Vibiana hotel in Downtown LA. Tickets start at $25.

At the show we will be raffling off some wonderful giveaways including a crib from Newport Cottages, a glider from Petit Nest, a crib set from Annette Tatum, some Oopsy Daisy artwork, diaper bags, strollers and many more items. I'm donating 3 hours of design service to the event too so you could even win that!

So don't delay and get your tickets today!

A Nifty Nook

For those of you who don't subscribe to House Beautiful, I'd like to share this nook designed by Ann Wolf for a family in Houston in their June issue. It resides in a hallway and is the perfect hideaway for the children to read and have friends spend the night. Fun Fact - there is a trundle bed that pulls out underneath and the fabric on the other side of the curtains matches the pillows on the mattress. Genius! Oh and if you like nooks, take a look at my "nook" board on Pinterest.

Here are a few other rooms in the house that caught my eye. Doesn't this master bedroom look relaxing?

A nice home office off the bedroom for mom:

The morning room just off the kitchen offers a place to read the paper on the couch while the kids have breakfast. Oh to have this much space! I guess technically I have this same luxury but on a smaller scale since my living room, kitchen and dining room are all in the same room!

Photographs by Reed Davis

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Cutey Booty

Looking for the perfect prop for your newborn or child's photo shoot? Or how about a unique shower or new baby gift? I suggest picking up a pair of The Cutey Booty briefs, bloomers or pants!

Now through the end of the week, enter promo code "nurserynotations" in all lowercase in one word at their SHOP and receive free shipping on your shipment until Memorial Day.

Toddler Room by Andrika King Design

I posted this photo a few weeks ago as a teaser of some photos that I wanted to share of a toddler room which was completed for a client in Manhattan Beach a few months ago. Here are a few before and afters:



The concrete walls made the room feel too cold and industrial for a little girl. To brighten it up we decided to cover the concrete in drywall and add a fresh coat of white paint. The pieces of furniture which we kept were the Eames rocker and elephant stool, as well as the Bla Bla mobiles and Room & Board Moda twin bed. We added a few more decorative pillows to the bedding, a zebra rug from Jonathan Adler, a side table & accessories, as well as the oversized tree wallpaper from Inke to bring more color and pattern into the room.

I'll share photos of her sister's room soon!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Artwork at Jen Bekman 20x200 for Kids

I had quite a few people e-mail me over the weekend searching for the whale print above the bed in this room designed by Lauren Stern Design shared last week in my post HERE.

Well I have not sourced the original prints but I have found a pretty good alternative, priced for all! Available at Jane Bekman 20x200 the Timid Whale by Don Carney is available in 11"x14" prints for $50 and 16"x 20" prints for $200. Get one while supplies last!

If you don't know about 20x200, it is a wonderful source for limited-edition prints from emerging and established artists. They have over 120 prints that are "kid-friendly". Prices start at $20 per print which truly make them acceptable for anyone. Their slogan is fitting "art does not have to be expensive to be good".

For instance, recognize these photographs by the talented artist Sharon Montrose featured HERE in post I made a few months ago?

You too can have your own! Lamb #3 is still available in the 11"x14" and the 24"x 30" size.

I want this Baby White Tiger No. 5 for my baby's new nursery in the 24" x 30" size of course!

Another favorite on the site is Day 114:Dice by Lisa Congdom

This would be great in the 16" x 20" print for a playroom.

Search for yourself! You might even find some pieces for other rooms in your home.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Katie Rosenfeld Design

One more designer to share with you this week! Katie Rosenfeld is based in Boston but from the look of her designs you would think she was in Palm Beach! Turns out she was born and raised in Florida and her Floridian energy and love for color shines through her work. She loves using pinks, greens and blues in her crisp and fresh designs.

Katie also has a lovely blog called Bogle Street which is a look into new projects and ideas.

She has a few children's rooms in her portfolio but above all, you can get some color combination inspiration from her other images! And coming this summer, she is launching an e-design business too so stay tuned!

This is a girl's room but would make a nice guest room too. The fabric on the window treatments is so pretty.

More dramatic stem green paired with navy this time. One of my all time favorite color combinations.

A large boy's room with plenty of space for playing with a punch of zebra on the floor.

For those of you with tan/taupe painted walls that you don't want to change, you can see from
her design above and the girl's room below that you can still keep the color and de-neutralize
the room.

images taken by Michael J Lee

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sally Wheat Interiors

Since all the designers I've been showcasing this week are either on the west or east coast I thought I needed to introduce you to a fellow Texan. Sally Wheat is quickly becoming a star in the Houston design circuit. Her rooms are light and airy and generally have a neutral romantic palette but she is not afraid of a touch of dark drama either. She has been featured on the blog Cote de Texas many times and her own house has been on the cover of Houston House & Home.

Here are a few of the children's rooms in her portfolio:

A tufted round ottoman is a lovely touch and alternate to the over-used pouf!

Spashes of neon pink compliment the white & grey backdrop of the room.

A romantic girls' room with a soft lavender and grey pairing.

The mod floral wallpaper modernizes this room.

Bold stripes on the ceiling, cowhide rug and dramatic walls make this room stand out.

With the patterned wallpaper there is no need for artwork or over-decorative bedding.

One more designer to go tomorrow, then off to Palm Desert for the weekend for some sunshine!