Nursery reveal

modern black and white boy nursery

As an interior designer, I come up with room schemes on a daily basis for clients, but when it comes to designing for ME?  That’s a whole other ball game.  I don’t know why its nearly impossibly to settle on a design for myself, maybe its because I’m a Libra, maybe its because I know how many options are out there…I have no idea!  But this nursery did NOT come easy.  I had an idea in my mind for the longest time that for some reason just was not working, and now I’m at a place where I’m happy where its gone.  Hopefully this kid will like it as much!

As a starting point, I knew that black and white would play a huge role in the room…originally I was toying with some wallpaper ideas, but in the end went with a simple colorblocking for the room that allowed the color from Will’s budding art collection to take center stage above.  And for the record, I would have gone with this color scheme if I had had a girl too…I find it timeless and easy to accessorize to get the color in there.  I chose art that weren’t all necessarily for kids, and mixed in some tactile pieces like the pompom mobile and vintage W.  For furniture, I went with pieces that didn’t cost a ton, but were still modern and would carry through his toddler years.  The biggest splurge was probably the glider, but it was the most comfortable one I tried and since I’d be doing the bulk of his nursing there, I figured I might as well be comfy.  Its classic enough to work in our living room once he’s outgrown snuggling in it with me.


modern black and white boy nursery

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When it came to framing art, I already had a bunch of West Elm and IKEA white frames, but for the larger or newer pieces like the map or Hulk photo above, I worked with Simply Framed and they couldn’t have been easier to work with.  To stick with the white theme when framing the art, I used their Gallery White frame, but they have tons to choose from if thats not your style.  I liked how it worked well with my existing frames, and sending the art to them was a breeze.

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Rug: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Crib: Babyletto Hudson crib
Crib mattress: Simmons 2 in 1 crib mattress
Glider: Como glider from Monte Design
Side table: UM Project
Bedding: The Land of Nod
Mobile: Themis by Artecnica
Framing service: Simply Framed
Hanging light: Signal pendant from Fab
Art from left to right: ABC NYC print by Mr. Boddington, Mint horseshoe from Cast and Crew, Red eye by The Great Lakes Goods, Less is More poster by HolsteeBaby porcupine by Animal Print Shop, Mini painting by Mark Mulroney, Vintage W from Harper’s Flea, Alligator print by Linda & Harriett for The Land of Nod, World map from Future Mapping CompanyHulk by Amy Stein, Pompom mobile by Dana Haim
Grey paint: Benjamin Moore Witching Hour 2120-30
Picture rails: Ikea

[images from Brklyn View Photography]

Living room makeover

old living room

With a baby on the way, and the second bedroom going from office/guest room to office/nursery, we needed to figure out a new place for guests to go in the future.  Over the last few months I’ve been doing a ton of research on sleeper sofas, trying to find one that was stylish, but still comfortable (which is not the easiest thing in the world!)  Did you even know there were now sleeper sofas with inflatable mattresses inside?  I didn’t!

Either way, I figured since we desperately needed a new sofa, we might as well replace the rug we had for the last 5 years since for some reason it never stopped shedding (normally they should stop between 3-6 months after purchasing), and a more functional coffee table.  While I loved the coffee table we already had from MASH Studios with the hidden storage inside, I was ready for a change.  So I teamed up with West Elm to redo this space in preparation for Baby B’s arrival.

livig room makeover with West Elm

This coffee table has been a lifesaver in my last few months of pregnancy because the top pops up to be a great desk for me since I lost any potential desk space I used to have in our office – now nursery.  I can also store a ton of stuff inside and keep it all hidden and away from little prying hands.

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I had been eyeing the Bliss sofa for a while, but was extra happy to know it came in a sleeper as well…you’d never know by looking at it!  The QuickShip fabric it already came in was the perfect shade of grey so it was an easy decision.  And the dotted carpet I fell in love with immediately, even though I had no idea what it looked like in person, but luckily it was exactly what I wanted.  It adds a nice graphic punch and really lightens up the floor…best of all, it hardly sheds!  Yay for not having to vacuum the floors every 2 seconds!  I was actually having a slight struggle over what pillows to pair with it, I remembered Cotton & Flax‘s designs and they were the ideal pattern pair.  It all pulled together quite nicely!

livig room makeover with West Elm


Sleeper sofa: Bliss sleeper sofa, linen weave in pebble
Coffee table: Industrial storage coffee table in mango wood
Rug: Grid dot wool rug, 8×10
Leather chair: my parents house!
Bookcase: prototype from Chad’s office
Floor lamp: Stilt floor lamp in walnut
Pillows: Cotton & Flax

[top image by me, all others by Brklyn View Photography]

BL Baby: Initial nursery inspiration

grey nursery

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So in case you didn’t know, I’m an interior designer by trade.  I’ve been doing it for 9 years, and when I tell you its infinitely easier to design for someone else than yourself, believe it!  I’ve been going back and forth on nursery designs for weeks, so thought I would share a couple of directions with you that will lead up to what we actually do in there.  We know we’ve having a boy, so I’ve liked the idea of having a graphic neutral room, but still have it have a pop of something.  Black and white is an obvious choice, but I don’t necessarily want to have the room be totally dark (though I might feel differently when this kid decides he doesn’t want to sleep!)  Going slightly lighter to a charcoal grey will probably be the way to go.

black and white nursery

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Before even BEING pregnant, I saw the Land of Nod Carousel crib in green (see below) and thought for SURE I would want to use this for my eventual baby…green is my absolute favorite color and theirs really is the perfect shade of kelly.  But Chad’s been giving me some pushback on it, so its been making me rethink it, and eventually I had trouble working it into anything I wanted to do.  I’m devastated, but will press on!  There will be green somewhere in this room, I swear it!

green nursery

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So thats where we’re at right now…in the coming weeks I’ll show you guys how I thought some of these designs would come together in renderings!


handpainted napkins from Fazeek | Brooklyn Living

Such gorgeous handpainted napkins from Fazeek…I’d love to see a full table decked out with all the patterns!

[images from Fazeek]

Urban Cowboy B&B

urban cowboy b&b

Thanks to the latest issue of Travel & Leisure, I just discovered this gem of a B&B right in Williamsburg Brooklyn called the Urban Cowboy B&B.  Started by Lyon Porter, the rooms range from $100 to $400 a night for the cabin out back, or rent out the whole shebang for $2000/night.  The townhouse has an industrial rustic charm that makes you think more Adirondacks than Brooklyn, but I can imagine its a great escape for a weekend without needing to rent a car.

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[images from Urban Cowboy]

Back to black

all black eames

As if the designs of Charles and Ray Eames weren’t amazing enough, a few key pieces have been reissued in all black!  I wouldn’t necessarily do a whole interior with these, but man, get the right one and how killer would that be.  I’ve got my eye on that lounger & ottoman.

House bird | CTW1 rectangular coffee table | Molded plastic wire based side chair | Aluminum group lounge chair | Molded fiberglass dowel based arm chair | Hang-it-all | Lounge and ottoman | Executive chair

[images via Design Within Reach]

West Elm x Kate Spade Saturday

west elm x kate spade saturday

It’s always fun to see two of your favorite retailers collaborate on products, and not only that, but do them well!  West Elm teamed up with Kate Spade Saturday to come out with a capsule line ranging from bedding to art, and even a few bits of furniture and fabrics, perfect to add a graphic touch to your home.

1. Wall art Abstract 1 | 2. Zigzag pillow cover | 3. Diamond tuft ottoman | 4. Globe table lamp | 5. Round boxes | 6. Chambray diagonal duvet cover | 7. Garment rack | 8. Mirrored wall art | 9. Square rag pillow cover

[images from West Elm]