Oh, Baby!

I’ve always said, “You’re never too old to learn something new”, and I’m so excited to take this to the extreme in my new role as nonnie-to be!  Yes, next month my son and daughter-in-law will be blessing us with a granddaughter.  

A lot has changed since I raised Justin and Jillian;  Crib sides don’t go down, bumper pads are 50/50 (as are blankets and toys),  babies sleep on their backs, not their tummies…. The list is endless, but I’m learning!

My job naturally takes me to interior furnishings and decor stores, but never have I found myself veering off to the little people section as much as I do now!  There is so much STUFF for babies!!!  And, I love it all!  

 

Crib sheets have beautiful colors like this one from Anthropologie, and cribs come in every style and color!

Anthropologie

 

Love the navy and white, signature Serena and Lily style, and it’s perfect for a coastal nursery.  

Serena & Lily

 

Pink is sweet and fresh, and I LOVE the cherries on this crib sheet.

Serena & Lily

 

You can never have enough receiving blankets, especially soft and cozy ones like these.

The Company Store

 

A nursery rocker is a must.  After a “Goldilocks day” trying out rockers, Justin decided to go for all the bells and whistles on this recliner/rocker.  Since the chair will be in his home office, he decided to go for the gold!

Pottery Barn Kids

 

I’m in love with this rug and chair!

Pottery Barn Kids

 

When Jillian was little she loved Peter Rabbit – how she would have loved this room!

Bed Bath & Beyond

 

Not sure what to do with the walls!?  Try out some removable wallpaper!

Tempaper Designs

 

I could go on and on and on with adorable baby things.  Here are some highlights from Lydia’s baby shower hosted by Jillian…complete with the cutest diaper cake ever!

 

Everyone needs a little something sweet!

 

And flowers picked from the garden were Jillian’s choice for centerpieces.  These peonies and mountain laurel were at their peak!

 

A little headband making station, and baby girl Hayward is ready to greet the world!

 

 

There are so many adorable nursery ideas out there, and we want to know your favorites!

6 Steps to Designing the Perfect Playroom

I LOVE my job!  One day I’m working with a couple downsizing to a condo in the city, the next day I’m working with a family that has 6 kids!  I talk a lot about how to design “grown up” spaces, but what about the “little guys”?  Well, this one’s for you!  Here are my 6 Steps to Designing the Perfect Playroom:

1.  Start at the Bottom

A great playroom needs great flooring.  Whether it’s a rug or flooring material, it must be durable.  Vinyl tiles or indoor/outdoor carpet, think function first.  You want something that’s easy to wipe off or bring outside and just hose off!

IKEA

IKEA

 

2.  Look at the Top

What’s the lighting in the space?  Do you need overhead lighting? Task Lighting?  Will the kids be watching TV or playing video games?  If the lights will be off or dimmed for TV, then think about some floor lighting or “night lights” to help guide them out of the room.  LED means no bulbs to replace.  Think durable, plastic (not glass!!) lighting covers – you never know when an errant hockey puck may go flying!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

3.  Sit Comfortably

Kids love to “nest” and to “flop”.  Maybe a traditional sofa can wait, and some beanbags or nest chairs may be better.  Floor pillows and ottomons can even double as seating!

HGTV

HGTV

 

Daily Architecture Design

Daily Architecture Design

 

4.  Make it Carefree

Fabrics should be easy to clean – vinyls have come a long way, as have indoor/outdoor fabrics.  Do yourself a favor and leave the linens upstairs!

IKEA

IKEA

 

5.  Stash it Away

Kids’ toys have lots of pieces.  Whether it’s Barbie dolls, shoes, or Legos, you don’t want to step on them walking through the playroom.  Build in multiple storage options in your playroom design-  cubes, bins, baskets, whatever you think will be easiest for YOUR CHILD to put things away!

HGTV

HGTV

 

PB Kids

PB Kids

 

6.  Make it FUN

Color it bright, add some unique features like a climbing wall (add a mattress to the floor below!) or a slide, anything to keep them moving when the weather outside forces them to play indoors.  Without some “real” games, they will make some of their own – that’s when the baseball goes crashing through the window!

Gabriel Builders via Decoist

Gabriel Builders via Decoist

 

PB Kids

PB Kids

I always love to see pictures of ways others have created perfect spaces.  Have you recently added a playroom?  Send us your pictures!

Have the space but don’t know how to begin?  Send us your pictures and maybe we’ll feature you will with some Design Inspirations!