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Decorating Our Baby’s Room: Part One

Hello everyone! I thought you may enjoy to see the mood board to our baby’s room that I’ve been working off of for a few months now and to learn a little about the process of putting it all together. I didn’t imagine a “blue” room and wasn’t interested in mixing in pop culture references or anything too theme-y, so I kept it light, friendly, creative and happy and also in colors that work with the rest of our home. Here is my mood board and the 12 steps that I took to pull the look together.

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1. Inspiration + Mood. First, I selected a “jumping off point”, a place to begin. For me, it was a patterned wallpaper. I had wanted wallpaper in the space since I first began thinking about a nursery so this was a natural starting point for me. I also started a private pinboard and a file on my desktop where I have been saving all of ideas from lighting to furnishings.
2. Measurements. Next, I measured the room.
3. Wallpaper + Colors. I decided if I wanted all walls patterned or just one. Decided on just one. Then I thought about the mood that I wanted to create. The color palette came naturally when I found the wallpaper that I loved. I pulled the palette directly from the pattern. Easy!
4. Paint. I picked a paint color for the other 3 walls to coordinate with the wallpaper, choose all white paint for the ceiling.
5. Flooring. The floor in the new apartment, at least in the back part of the house where the bedrooms are, was originally faux wood linoleum. It was a mess with tons of scratches. We decided on an Acorn hardwood floor with a matte finish and it is currently being installed. Yay!
6. Furnishings. I had nothing to put into the room, so I had to start from scratch so I chose the eco-baby bed first, then moved on from there. I’m still looking for a free-standing wooden closet. After the crib and storage, including wall boxes, a small bookcase and stackable wooden storage boxes for the floor with cut out faces, I thought about a comfortable rocker but I wanted something very well made, cozy and more of a glider but nothing that screamed out, “Baby Rocker!”. That’s not a bad thing, I simply want to be able to have my son use this chair in his room for many years.
7. Rugs. I choose two. A round felted rug that I’ve custom-ordered with hundreds of tiny balls to form a circular rug. The second will be a larger, rectangular (5×7) flokati rug because I love how soft and cozy they are and I know it will look great against the wood flooring.
8. Lighting. I ordered a sweet porcelain owl lamp and my friend gave me a darling hedgehog night light, so I’m now trying to find the perfect pendant for the room and a reading light for next to the chair…
9. Bedding. I started to buy bedding and finished the quilt I had begun making before I got pregnant for my “someday” baby. I’ve also been gifted with bedding so I’ll work that into the room after everything is in place – so far, all of it works color-wise so it will be pretty.
10. Windows. Soon I’ll have a custom roman shade made for the window. Thinking to do white with a yellow border so it looks very neat and I can bring out more of the golden yellow in the room. The yellow is the exact color of billy buttons (craspedia) so I’d like to work more of it into the room. Or I may go with a very nice patterned shade. Still thinking about that one…
11. Art. I’ll pick out art for the walls, make my own artwork (I have a nice idea for this), create a bunting, and add a few more accessories to warm up the space. I would rather wait though until I have everything in place and then think about artwork, especially since I have some pieces in storage that may work that are also meaningful to me.
12. Accessories. With the basics in place, I’ve already begun to slowly buy a few accessories, children’s books and of course, sweet tiny baby clothes. I would rather let this part grow organically since I know my friends and family will enjoy giving us sweet things. I’d rather have the accessories be very memory rich for us all vs. stuff I just loaded up on pre-birth from a store.

I’ll soon show you before and during photos, link to all of the products that I end up using in the design, and then… the big AFTER reveal! I should have the part two post up by mid December and the “After” photos during the first week of January… So stay tuned!

What do you guys think??? 

Posted in Decorating Tips on November 23, 2013

NEW: Happy & Bright IKEA Slipcovers

Hello everyone! I’ve been thinking about all things renovating and all things baby lately. It’s kind of taking over my brain! We will move either the end of December or first week of January, my due date is January 25th, and my new space is completely under renovation. My husband and his friend will go work on it today since the painter doesn’t think he’ll finish it all in time (he is leaving for Paris soon for the holidays) but we’re all determined to get things done so we’re hard and having fun in the process.

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I am generally pretty laid back and, good news for all, baby hormones haven’t made me in the slightest bit moody or whine-y, so I’ve been really relaxed about everything. I haven’t felt any stress from taking on so much (so far). I like being busy because having a full life takes the stress off of me – If I’m sitting here with lots of free time then I have more time to worry about the typical baby delivery and new motherhood concerns. Everything is moving along so well and it feels really great you guys! I wanted so much to enjoy my pregnancy and after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy sickness hell, it’s great to have energy, the “glow”, to really be able to enjoy this moment in my life. It may never happen again, so I’m trying to take it all in, you know? AND I’m finally gaining weight. I lost 20 lbs during the first 18 weeks but I’ve gained nearly 12 of it back. I’m still lighter than I was when I got pregnant, but my baby boy is growing beautifully and his measurements are in synch with normal baby measurements (week 31 begins on Monday). I couldn’t be happier.

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So let’s talk about decorating. Today I received the cutest press release about Swedish slipcover company Bemz and their new partnership with Littlephant. Made for young and old alike, their new collection is made up of 100% natural fibers and is machine washable, features covers for mattresses, sofas, mattress pads, chair covers, bedspreads, beanbags and more. This stuff seriously got me so excited about the baby’s nursery design, even MORE excited that I thought I was before. I love seeing these sweet rooms and happy colors. These sweet designs are by textile designer and illustrator Camilla Lundsten.

By the way, is that washi tape on an IKEA locker cabinet above? Hmmm. I think it is and if so, brilliant!

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Check out all of this color – wild, right? I couldn’t live in a home with this much pattern and color BUT I can definitely imagine a few of these patterns in a baby’s or kid’s room, playroom or even a living room or dining area. I love strong geometric prints! Here are more dizzy rooms to make your head spin! Fun!

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I LOVE the legs on this sofa! Don’t you???

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I’m all about stacking small mattresses, princess and the pea style – so cute!

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There is that IKEA locker cabinet again with, what I’m guessing is, washi tape on the front. So cute! Speaking of IKEA, I have to go to my local store this weekend to order new countertops and hardware for my cabinetry and look for a few small things for our new apartment. I think I read somewhere that this collection presented throughout this post won’t be in stores until March but perhaps I’ll spot a few things and if so, I’ll let you know what I thought once I see everything up close and personal.

Do you spot any ideas or patterns that catch your eye?

(images: bemz)

 

Posted in shopping on November 22, 2013

Trending: Moody Colors

Hello everyone! Moody, dramatic and captivating – these are the characteristics for this season’s wall colors and so I’d like to highlight the current trend: moody colors! This is Gudy and I’m back with a new trend report. When stylists like Maria Grossmann, Hans Blomquist and even the queen of white walls, Lotta Agaton, start to work into their projects misty blues, different shades of grey and darker greens, you know we are talking about a trend on the rise. For my trend post this month on decor8, we’re going to examine 3 different moody colors with a focus on walls. I am personally working with moody colors this month – here is my current mood board in my studio here in Barcelona.

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MOODY BLUES
Deep, dark blue tones are taking over currently in the interior color scheme. I’d describe it as greyish-petrol. Blue is considered a cold color but this hue embodies a wonderful moody atmosphere inviting you to read, sit by the fireplace, gather around table for hours and to relax. I never quite know how to name colors but Farrow & Ball helps out this time calling it Stiffkey Blue in honor of the mud found at Stiffkey beach, Norfolk. The first two interiors shown below have Stiffkey Blue on the walls. As you scroll down, notice the the other moody blues and click on the links I’ve left so that you can visit some pretty amazing websites and portfolios while you’re at it!

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Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball

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Hannotte Interiors

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Hans Blomquist

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Hans Blomquist

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Johnny Miller photography

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Robert Holden Photography

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The Marion House Book

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Hans Blomquist

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Gubi

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Styling Ditte Isager for Fritz Hansen

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Hans Blomquist

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Hans Blomquist

MOODY GREYS
Moody greys can be comforting and are very much in vogue this season in textiles such as thick knits, crumpled linens and tactile fabrics adding a wonderful link to walls painted in a similar shade. Colors range from warm pearl grey to an intense matte charcoal. If you are not too much into a single tone color palette or believe these are too dark for your taste then opt for contrasts with some accent colors in mustard, pink or pops of gold. Teal and grey are beautiful color combos too.

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Little Dandelion

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Hotel La Maison Champs Elysees

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Farrow and Ball

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Fantastik Frank

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Interior Designer Athena Calderone on Refinery 29

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Interior Designer Athena Calderone on Refinery 29

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Styling by Glen Probstel

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MOODY GREENS
Moody moss green is probably the least seen and used domestic wall color so far and mostly applied in styling projects. Pantone called the jewelry tone Emerald the color of the year and we have been observing a flawless transition towards a more moody and richer green inspired by the huge indoor gardening and local farming trend.

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Stylist Jeroesn van der Spek

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Vangelis Paterakis Photography

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Stylist Lucyina Moodie

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Stylist Lucyina Moodie

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Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio for Bar & Co in Helsinski

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These three moody colors have a common base holding some mystery, they are rich and sophisticated in their darker and deeper shade. So, are you moody? How do these colors make you feel? Could you paint your walls in these deep hues? Have you?

Wishing you all a nice Christmas season to come! – Warmly, Gudy

P.S. If you want some more moody inspiration, follow the decor8 MOODY pinboard here.

(images: credited and linked above)

Posted in Top Trends on November 21, 2013

Happy Friday

Hello everyone and happy Friday! I am so excited to tell you that our new apartment renovations are underway! The wood flooring is going in (in the back part of the house, the front has original wood floors – see the below photo) and then, we’ll have a team of painters work on all of the walls and ceilings for 10 days. We may be finished sooner than we imagined, which is very exciting! This pregnant girl will be able to move in, unpack and DECORATE before the baby arrives end of January. Monday begins week 30 of my pregnancy, so only 10 weeks left, and boom! The baby arrives!

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Above is a glimpse of our living room. The apartment is actually the same floor plan as our current one (it’s in the same building after all, just two flights up), but more of the original details are in tact like the windows and doors shown in the living room above. Our current living room is the same but the doors are brand new glass and metal. Boring and generic. The doors and glass above are wooden and just gorgeous. So I’m really happy about this! Next week, the painting crew will begin on Tuesday. We also have to install a few new toilets, a vanity, 16 pendant lights, some wall lights and a new kitchen in addition to lots of other “little” but BIG things – like have custom window treatments made because none of the windows are standard size. Yes, really. I don’t want to even think about the expense so we’re going to tackle the most important rooms first (front room, baby room, our bedroom) and then move on to the other rooms over time. We hope to have all renovations complete by December 15th so we can start to slowly move upstairs. I am feeling total girl power and a massive adrenaline rush at the moment – let’s hope this sticks because my pregnancy has been so up and down. I’m throwing up one minute and out with my girlfriends the next like nothing happened.

This weekend we’re going to finalize paint colors, look for a new bed for our bedroom and try to find a dresser for the nursery. I’ve already ordered a baby stroller, chair, crib, throw rug, bookcase and a few other things for the nursery, including this wonderful ceramic owl lamp that arrived today – I’m in love!

This move will be a run for the finish line!

Luckily we’re not on our own and so we’re hiring out for the big jobs — we’ll survive it. Plus we have good friends and a lot of motivation with our baby on his way very soon. I like the idea of keeping busy until the end of my pregnancy because normally when January 1st rolls around each year, I feel depressed. Maybe you get this too? I feel like all of the holiday and new year fun is over and I suddenly miss the hustle bustle. The gray weather sets in, the cheer of Christmas markets are over, and you just sort of sit there trying to sort your year out. This year, that’s not going to happen. I’ll be moving, unpacking, decorating and then giving birth to our first child which will then mean my life will become a non-stop circus/roller coaster ride. This excites me. I don’t like a lot of stillness or “quiet” in my life. As much as I love Kinfolk magazine, I get 10 pages in and need to take a break from the silence for a little imperfection, excitement and noise. I suck at yoga because I always want to flip the switch and start a disco party amidst all of the ommmmmm’s. I usually lay there and think about blogging or decorating or cupcakes. I scan the room and try to figure out what everyone does for a living. I lose my balance because I nearly break into mini fights of laughter. It’s just not for me. Neither are January’s. Too quiet, nothing happening, bleh. But now, with a baby to be born in the same month, I will finally feel a shift and go from despising January to actually liking it. We will have a new year to honor with our little boy. How nice. Suddenly cold, dark January feels warm and bright. I like that.

I wish you a wonderful weekend filled with love and happiness. And hot cocoa.

(photo: holly becker)

Posted in uncategorized on November 16, 2013

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