Showing posts with label DESIGN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DESIGN. Show all posts

04 January 2013

Nautical Nursery Perfection

I am so delighted for the opportunity to share this sweet and charm-filled nursery created for Stacie and Dan Shea's baby girl, Colby Grace! I adore the nautical theme and appreciate the unexpected details throughout this cozy baby haven. Clearly this room is bursting with love.  Be sure to check out all the sources listed below. Let's get to it! 

Nautical doesn't always have to be anchors and stripes.  The coral and navy color palette creates a feminine feel without being super girly.  

The mix of textures and colors create warmth while the fun details offer a sense of humor this little one will appreciate!

Create a cozy nook that's perfect for snuggling and reading. How clever to use a pouf as an ottoman! The mix of pink and coral really pops agains the navy details. 

The rustic feel of this shelf really amps up the nautical feel, don't you think? This room is just overflowing with love! 

How sweet is the little mermaid surrounded by soothing images and thoughts? 

I had to share up-close details of this mobile! I think it's one of the highlights of the entire room. 

The hippo and giraffe are doing a precious job keeping those books in place. This is a great reminder to think outside the box when decorating. Traditional bookends would have felt stuffy in this room. Stacie nailed every last detail!  

Stacie achieved design perfection with this palette of prints and colors!

I could curl up and take a nap right here!

Bold chevrons adorn this paddle making it a sweet accessory and perhaps unexpected. 

Stacie nailed it! Hands down this is one of the sweetest nurseries I've ever come across and it's been an honor to share it with you all. I'd like to give a shout out to Dan, Stacie's hubby, for the phenomenal paint job and picture hanging placement and design. Little Colby Grace is one lucky little girl! 

Find Stacie here-
Stacie Shea Events |
Email -
Phone – 877.448.6963 x 101

Twitter - @staciesheaevent

The fabulous photographer behind the details?

Bed Skirt and Pillows were made by her mother. 
Crab Sheets – Serena and Lily

ABC Decorative Pillow – Pottery Barn Kids ( no longer available)
Rug: Navy Chevron from Land of Nod 

Chair: Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Small Round Arm Slipcovered Swivel Glider – Baldwin Mini Stripe Navy 

Table: Vintage Piece that was painted Coral Color

30 November 2012

The Mod Bar Cart How-To Guide

With holiday parties fast approaching, free up valuable counter space for cocktails by creating a functional piece of art. When we have parties I always have a signature cocktail at the ready depending on the season. Having this handy on the bar cart allows your guests to be their own mixologist and prevents you, as the host,from playing bartender all night. Bart carts have made a comeback in a huge way. Mad Men style and romanticizing an era that glowed with a feeling of simple pleasures is likely influencing this trend. Of course I'm not sure how productive people were in the 60's when mixing up a cocktail while discussing important business matters was the norm!

Society Social is the modern Heiress to the Bar Cart, in my opinion. Just take a look at these beautiful cart vignettes, and used as and end table, they're not just for liquor! Think practical functionality. 

 Perfecting the Signature Drink concept and how fun are the pink flamingos??



What a clever concept keeping the spirits down below freeing up the top for a stylish vignette!

Now that we've looked at all the pretty pictures for inspiration, let's get to the nuts and bolts of creating a functional piece of bar cart art. 

{The following is direct from Mixologist Paul McGee and his wife, Shelby Allison McGee with Chicago Magazine.}

Paul likes Chicago Classic Cubes by Lang Ice Company. The one-and-a-half-inch ice cubes [1] melt—and dilute drinks—at an even rate.

He says: “This weighted three-piece cobbler shaker [2]from Japan is nice and sturdy—and won’t bend like the cheap stuff will.”

All looks, no booze, this vintage bottle [3] is just for show.

This crystal mixing glass [4], made by a Japanese barware company, is gorgeous and functional.

Use an empty pitcher [5] or Champagne bucket to give flowers a drink. And don’t be afraid to put your personality on display with decorative extras [6], such as this thirsty camel.
Shelby says: “A glass’s shape does affect taste, but it mostly builds anticipation.” A coupe [7] is a clue you’re serving Champagne or a cocktail without ice.
She says: “If we have more than six people over, we make punch. This punch set [8] was a gift, but I’ve seen the same one at a thrift store.”
He says: “The mistake most people make in stocking home bars is with vermouth. As beautiful as it looks, it must be refrigerated once opened.” Other handsome spirits, [9] such as these from the McGees’ own bar, may be displayed.
He says: “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks was written in the 1930s by an attorney who was strict about how he liked his cocktails. The book [10] is still influential to American bartenders.”
Spoons [11] with hollow handles are also straws in disguise, and copper mugs [12] brighten a bar even when a Moscow mule isn’t on the menu.

17 September 2012

Time to Fall-ify Your Home

This gorgeous rustic with a touch of polish look was my friend Audra's home last season. Be sure to check out her site here to see how she tweaked it a tad for this season. 

This entry set-up from 320 Sycamore Blog is super polished without being too stuffy. The best part about it? She only spent $35 total on ALL OF IT, the cabinet included. Score! I adore the quote on the chalkboard too. The topiary came from Wal-Mart. Really? Who knew?

I'm not a huge fan of Halloween decor but this is the perfect example of spooky done right. 

How fabulous are these decoupaged pumpkins? Find all the how-to here. I painted pumpkins last year and love the look but, being that they're real, they don't last very long. I think I'll try this look but with faux pumpkins this season. 

Vibrant ikat and chevron pumpkins add a punch to your Fall decor!
Check back to see what I put together for our entry table. 

02 April 2012

The Faux Mudroom

Like many families we don't have the elaborate mudroom often drooled over  so we make do with the space we do have. For us, the family space happens to be in our garage. This space has to serve many purposes. We have oodles of different activities going on at once which can be a challenge to keep track of and typically results in several schedules stuck to the side of the fridge.  We also have shoes, hats, backpacks and so on.  I'm determined to combine all these needs into one gorgeous spot. 

Gorgeous and functional. 
This is my inspiration for the family spot. 
I love that it looks like a piece of furniture but also serves as a resting spot for everyone's stuff. 

If we had more room, this concept has major drool points going for it. This is ideal for a large family like ours. 

This concept is pretty clever for a family with younger children. I like the hooks placed both high and low. Lumberjocks provides everything you need to know to build this yourself. 

See the bulletin board on the right? This is what the side of our fridge looks like and I'm not down with that.
 I have just the plan to tidy up our schedules I'll share in a future post. 

Check back to see what the handy hubby and I come up with. 

24 March 2011

spruce the nest.

When the weather starts to warm up
I get in the mood to spruce up our nest a bit with bright colors,
fresh prints and fun accessories.
Here are a few that caught my eye recently.

I am digging these vintage decorative wood and spoon set

Measuring 28" long they're sure to add some fun
to your kitchen! Donna of The Shabby Chateau
is so talented and sweet.
She created the most beautiful
winter wreaths for us last year.

What an impact this beauty
will have hanging in your home!
Studio JOTA has some amazing shades
at very affordable prices.

Pillows from 3 B Mod Living will instantly chic up
any room in your home.
Her shop is filled with all the trends right now-
ikat, trellis and suzani prints.