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!

Dorm Design For 2017

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

It may have been several years since I’ve needed to gear up for decorating my college dorm, but I’ll never forget all of the tips and tricks that I learned over those years.  Whether you live on campus or in an apartment, one thing is usually certain for college living- space is tight!  I needed to learn how to live in a tiny little area, with way more things than I had space for.  I’ve collected some of my favorite dorm decor items for you, and hope it might inspire you to rethink your design this year to make better use of your little space!

 

 

Many dorms will come furnished, but for those of you in an apartment, you may need to invest in a bed yourself.  This storage headboard is the perfect piece of furniture for a busy college student because you can store your electronics and books right in your headboard after a long night of studying.  Not to mention that you could even add a nightlight on there and totally skip a nightstand all together and save even more space!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

My roommates and I were always having get-togethers and “family dinners” with all of our friends, but never had enough seating for everyone.  We bought a few collapsible lounge chairs like this butterfly chair (and a fold-up nest chair), that we would keep in our closet and just take out whenever we needed that extra seating.  It saved us floor space only having to take them out when needed, and they were always cute and comfy for our guests!

Target

Target

 

If you’ve moved away for college, chances are that your friends from home will be crashing at your dorm during a visit or two over the school year.  Not only are futons smart for an extra bed, this one even has extra storage on the side!  Genius!

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

 

Usually, dorms have pretty bare (and sometimes horribly painted!) walls that will need a little extra life to make your room feel more personal.  These cute wall hangers from Ikea are great to add some pizazz to your wall as well as some storage for hats, scarves, or sweaters.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Or, try a bright, colorful tapestry like this one to really cover up those walls and make your room fun!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Once again, counter space is usually minimal in a dorm room.  Not to mention all the days I woke up late for class and needed breakfast on the go… and quickly!  How awesome is this breakfast sandwich maker?!  I wish I had found this when I was still in college!!

Target

Target

 

With computers, phones, iPads, stereos, and TV’s, my roommates and I had cords hanging in every direction.  Something like this would be perfect for the back of your desk or TV console to keep everything neat and organized.

The Container Store

The Container Store

 

If you’re like I was, most college kids are either lounging on their bed or their desk chairs when friends are over.  Having a desk chair like this one will double up as extra cozy seating for you and your friends, as well as a nice chair to be able to relax and read your book in, instead of having to stay in an uncomfortable desk chair all day studying.

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

A charging station on the back your computer?  This is perfect to keep all of your electronics in one place, and would be great to use even on a nightstand to charge everything at night (and still have your alarm on your phone ready by the bed in the morning!).

Houzz

 

 

 During your college dorm years, have you found any great space saving techniques that you’d like to share with us?  We’d love to hear what worked for you!

Back to the Table

Of all of the rooms in the house, none has seen such a drastic change in style over time as has the dining room.  The formal dining rooms that were only used on special occasions and holidays are virtually extinct in today’s lifestyle.  The den became the great room, and the kitchen became an open floor plan with many functions.  Kitchen tables were replaced by large islands.  Some of the changes were good, others not so much.

I never really understood the giant kitchen islands replacing the table.  As an Italian woman, there is nothing more important to me than family and food.  Somehow sitting all in a line facing the sink just seems so impersonal!  It’s not just about eating food, it’s about the entire dining experience.  Happily, the dining experience is back!  I’m getting more and more requests to redesign the eating area.  The very casual space is becoming a little more special.  We’re spending more time at home with friends, and the kitchen is now the “hub”, but we still want dining to be special.

Whether it be a table for 4, or one that can seat 12, an option exists for everyone.  Dining chairs can be matched, mismatched, upholstered, wood, metal or a combination of everything.  Here are some of our dining room inspirations to get you thinking about your dining space!

 

A bench seat and a table have so many possibilities!  Lots of room for diners, or a cozy place to curl up with a book!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

A little distressed paint can add so much interest and lots of warmth to a dining table.  Paired with an upholstered chair, it becomes a warm and comfy dining space.

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

Not everything has to match.  In fact, mixing it up adds visual interest.  The open back of these chairs draws you right to the table.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Palecek

Palecek

 

Table for 2?  No more metal bistro table!

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Cane backs give an airy feel to a heavy wood table to lighten the look.

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Casual and minimalist don’t have to be stark.  A little mid-century modern can be the perfect compromise.

West Elm

West Elm

 

Dramatic?  The white upholstered chairs lighten the dramatic feel of this heavy table.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

At first glance, this looks like a small dining table – but the benches just increase the space!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Here’s a great example of pairing several styles of furniture that works.  I love the lucite table.  And the shelving unit just helps to “pretty”  it up!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

 

What is your favorite dining inspiration?  We love the idea to mix up your seating with some benches- would you try it?

 

Greige: The Hottest New Color?

Okay, I am obsessed!  Never one for the monochromatic, but I’m now a convert.  Grey can be too cold, and beige too blah….but put the two together and you get….GREIGE!!  Greige is the one of the hottest colors in interiors right now, and judging from the response I’ve seen, it may be here to stay.

Whether you opt for the monochromatic room, or want a few key pieces that will stand the test of time, griege may be your answer.  It works well with both cool and warm palates, so it’s versatile.

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Kravet has come out with some beautiful lines.  One of my favorites is the Jeffrey Alan Marks collection;  It mixes beautiful soft blues and greiges and works beautifully in a coastal setting.

Jeffrey Alan Marks for Kravet

Jeffrey Alan Marks for Kravet

 

 

Candice Olson collections have a little more formality as she incorporates an ever-so-slight sparkle into her fabrics.

Cadice Olson for Kravet

Cadice Olson for Kravet

 

 

We feature Bella Cottage A LOT in our blogs.  As you know, my daughter Jillian loves this shabby chic style, and I think she would decorate her whole house with Bella Cottage if she could! Everything is always so soft and romantic…what’s not to love!?

The Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

 

We spend a third of our lives “under the sheets”, so don’t skimp.  Using a neutral color means your bedding will last with your changing color schemes!  And simple bedding in a neutral color can go with just about any decor.

West Elm

West Elm

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

We’ve definitely hopped on the bandwagon of softly painted finishes.  Why go “off-white”?  Try Greige instead.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

Our new painted finish crush includes the chalk paint look, too.  I am determined to take an Annie Sloan class (maybe I can talk Jillian into joining me!) and do a blog of furniture before and after.  This greige paint is gorgeous!!

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

 

 

Have you tried out this new color trend in your home?  Let us know if you’re loving it as much as we are!

How to Fill That Empty Wall Space in Any Room

One thing that can be so hard to find is the proper wall decor for each room in the house.  Some rooms may need one large statement piece, while for others, you may prefer several smaller items.  Whether you are looking for banners, wallpaper, murals, paintings, mosaics, or storage, we’ve pulled a few of our favorite ideas to help inspire your walls!

 

 

A knit banner is such a different and fun way to decorate a more narrow space on your wall.  This could go great in a hallway or bedroom, depending on your style!

Langley Street via Wayfair

Langley Street via Wayfair

 

These murals are gorgeous to fill up some empty wall space.  As a statement piece, they would certainly perk up any room that is lacking a little life!

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

If you feel your wall needs a little bit of texture, try something like this piece from Pier 1.  The texture here will add some “pop” to a flat space, without being too loud, given its neutral tones.

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

One of my newe favorite products on the market are made by Stikwood.  If you love the look of natural wood, but want to have the ease of installing yourself and saving some serious dough, you have got to try these!  Peel, stick, and there you have it- the look AND texture of wood, just done easier!

Stikwood

Stikwood

 

Or, opt for some wallpaper that has the same look!

West Elm

West Elm

 

Short on space?  Try this mirror in your bathroom or bedroom, it can serve as both a mirror as well as a jewelry rack!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

The macramé look is back and better than ever!  I love these pieces for the bedroom, because they are super soft to lean back on (unlike a metal statement piece or rough headboard), and bring a relaxed look into the room.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

If you have a lot of knick knacks or plants, finding ways to organize them on your walls will save lots of space on your desks and inside your drawers.  How cute is this for a home in the mountains?  I love the way they’ve added plants for extra life!

Bourbon Moth via Etsy

Bourbon Moth via Etsy

 

Artaic makes such beautiful tile mosaics, and one of these tile murals would be perfect to fill that larger wall space.

Artaic

Artaic

 

Connie Kolman’s custom work never ceases to amaze me.  Here is one way to use these amazing designs on your wall!

Kolman Artisan Glass

Kolman Artisan Glass

 

 

 

The Design Trend That is Replacing High-Tech Rooms

For years, it seemed the most important part of designing a family room was what to do with the TV!  Everyone had to have it in the room (complete with surround sound), but they also wanted to find a way to “hide it”.  I’ve had so many conversations with clients about this trend, and my first question is, “If I build you the perfect ‘hideout’ for your TV, will you ever use it”?  My clients would laugh as they unanimously would say, “NO”!  At that point, I would usually just tell them that the TV is part of the room so let’s just face it and incorporate it into the design!

Nowadays, I have clients asking for more “low-tech” rooms.  It is a beautiful trend to have a quiet space with no TV or electronics.  It is where conversation, relaxation, reading, and family time reigns.  Alleluia! Whether it be a coastal retreat or a cottage on the lake, the trend back to “family rooms” is here and I couldn’t be happier.

Here are some beautiful “low tech rooms” with fireplaces, cozy seating, and board games.  Take a look, get inspired and “DISCONNECT!”

 

House Beautiful, Designed by Thom Filicia

House Beautiful

 

 

Thom Filicia

Thom Filicia

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Femina

Femina

 

 

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

 

 

What do you think about this trend?  Would you put one in your home?

The Desk is Back and Better Than Ever!

Remember when every new kitchen had a built-in desk?  And every child’s room had one for homework?  Office desks were replaced with “computer tables” and “work stations”.  Once laptop computers became the common mode of communication, desks seemed to take more of a back seat.  I’ve always loved a great desk to work at, and now they’re back in all sizes, styles, and colors.  Here are some of our favorites-  Maybe it’s time to bring one back in your home!?

 

Desks

Sometimes a table is all you need, but a beautiful clear glass silhouette is so much more than just a table!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

A vintage, pretty desk makes work not seem so bad, don’t you think?

The Bella Cottage

The Bella Cottage

 

What a great hidden compartment. I love the mirror!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

What a wonderful piece to really anchor the corner of a room.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

Short on space?  This one can double as a book shelf and the extra cabinets can be used for extra storage.

West Elm

West Elm

 

For a modern twist on a traditional classic, I just love the x-bar and finial on this desk.

Global Views

Global Views

 

Love the painted finish on this classic, and of course the metal and stone is a timeless look.

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

Currey and Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer a more rustic feel, this desk from PB is perfect!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Maybe for a nook in the kitchen?

Safavieh

Safavieh

 

 

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

This smaller style would be perfect for a kid’s room!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

 

Will you bring the desk back into your home?  Do you have any favorite styles?

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!

Bernardus Lodge: A Hidden Gem in Carmel Valley

On our trip up the California coast, we were so lucky to have stumbled upon the recently renovated Bernardus Lodge.  Tucked away in Carmel Valley away from the hustle and bustle of Carmel-by-the-sea and Pebble Beach, we found Bernardus a great place to just slow down and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Valley.

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Bernardus has its own Vineyard and they happily shared before we even checked in.  The lobby was tastefully elegant, without being stuffy –  a bit of an updated rustic California feel.  Our room was spacious and comfortable and Restoration Hardware products were evident throughout the bedroom and bath.  The rustic woods and metals were the perfect backdrop to the beautiful view from our secluded patio.

Bernardus 1

Bernardus2Bernardus 3

A walk through the gardens was a treat and the vegetable and herb gardens were just beginning to produce – kudos for Bernardus’ sustainable use of their space!  Since it was only a one night stop on our drive up the coast,  I wish we had more time to enjoy this hidden gem in the Carmel Valley!

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8 Steps To The Perfectly Stocked Guest Room

I know it’s only March, but now is the time to start thinking about summer.  And when you have a house on Cape Cod, that means overnight guests.  I’m starting to spruce up my guest room and thought you may be interested in getting yours ready as well.  Think about the last time you visited friends or family – what would you have loved to have seen in the room?  Here are some of my “must haves”.  I hope they work for you, too!

1.  I know this seems like a given, but cozy sheets and an extra blanket are a treat. The guest room is not the place for the old worn out sheets that should have been tossed.  You have guests in your home so make them feel special!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

2.  I love to sit up in bed and read before I go to sleep, so extra pillows are a necessity.

Sferra

Sferra

 

3.  A basket with small size toiletries is a nice touch – and don’t forget a toothbrush! It’s the #1 most “forgotten” item in our house!!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

4.  Don’t forget to leave out a fresh set of soft towels.  It saves you from rummaging through the linen closet at the last minute.

Matouk

Matouk

 

5.  A bedside table with a light, and perhaps a book of short stories or a magazine is a nice addition.  Do you live in an area that people visit to see the sites?  In Chatham, the beach is the place to be, so a few pamphlets listing the local beaches is always nice.  Maybe you live in the city?  Leave a walking map of the local attractions!

West Elm

West Elm

 

6.   I can’t go to bed without a glass of water at my bedside, so a carafe with a glass would make me feel right at home!

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

7.  Everyone loves fresh flowers, but not everyone loves a strong fragrant bloom next to their bed.  Think pretty but not so fragrant!  Leave the roses and lilacs in the living room!  Opt for the tulips or daisies, or something that’s beautiful with a subtle scent.

Modcloth

Modcloth

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Make sure to leave a space in the closet for a few hang-up clothes and a suitcase rack!

Winsome Dora Straight Leg Luggage Rack, Wayfair

Winsome Dora Straight Leg Luggage Rack, Wayfair

 

Okay, the guest room is ready to go – now let’s get the weather to warm up and the snow to melt, or no one will be visiting me in Massachusetts!