My graphic black and white baby shower!

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I’m not one for a fuss being made over me, but I gotta say my baby shower was pretty damn awesome!  I dont think I’ve ever had a party so quintessentially ME before, and I’ve got my friends Minhee & Jainé to thank for their creative direction in it.  (I guess after working on a book together, you really get to know a person!)  Keep scrolling to see all the showery goodness from the day! (I’m going to keep the photos of guests to a minimum in case they’re camera shy, but there’s plenty of inspiration to be had)

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The scene was really set with Minhee’s invitations for the day….using my favorite color green and a punch of graphic black and white for this baby boy, she used an idea from our book, Weddings in Color, as the basis.  I just love that oversized wax seal with a monogram she created!

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Flowermuse provided the gorgeous white flowers that the girls arranged for the table in clusters.  I didn’t realize it then (there was so much going on!), but it was very similar to what I had done for my wedding, so it was a nice tie in to that.  It was also totally modern and easy to pull together too!

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The monogram even carried out onto customized napkins and cocktail stirrers!

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Minhee had asked my parents to send over pictures of me as a baby to blow up and hang around the space.  Green balloons and garlands she made added to the decor for the walls.

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If a black and white cookie isn’t the perfect favor for a party like this, then I don’t know what is!

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Shake & Share Media was on hand with an awesome photobooth for guests to turn their pictures into a guestbook for me.   I just love how all the pictures came out, and they made great souvenirs for guests as well!

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I can’t remember when I first had a taste of Nine Cakes mint chocolate chip cake, but once I did, I knew I had to have it for whatever event I had coming up next!  Its so delicious, and the leftovers have been great for those minty pregnancy cravings I’ve been having.

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The day went by so quickly, but it was definitely filled with lots of love!  Big thank you to all the hostesses for the baby shower: Minhee, Jainé, my mom, Raakhee, Anne, and Kiki!


Venue: iCi Restaurant
Cake: Nine Cakes
Photobooth: Shake & Share Media
Flowers: Flowermuse
Paper goods: Paper+Cup Design
Photography: Brklyn View Photography

Living room makeover

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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.

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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!

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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]

Rachel Castle artwork

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I’ve been looking up a lot of art lately for the baby’s room, and was reminded of Rachel Castle‘s prints & embroideries, which are so full of color and whimsy, they’d be perfect in any room!

[images from Castle & Things]

BL Baby: Initial nursery inspiration

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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.

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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!

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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!