Well this is a first. A blog post about nursery design. You can tell someone is pregnant around here, eh? :) After all of your supportive and helpful comments in my baby announcement post, I decided that I’d occasionally share some of my nursery and kid’s room inspiration going forward to encourage new moms, moms-to-me like me and to even shine some light on the topic for those of you who aren’t mothers (nor plan to be) but are still curious about how to pull together a nice nursery. Whether you want children or not, I think every woman has a least a friend or two who has children and this is where you can be the become the coolest auntie ever with your amazing knowledge of nursery design (smile).
Darling bedroom in Brussels via Milk.
Okay so I guess it’s best to say first that nursery design is completely new turf for me. I know how kid’s room design works but babies are uncharted territory. I also can’t find books that suit my taste because most nurseries are super theme-y or matchy matchy and that isn’t for me. I’m definitely not into the catalog look. When I search online for baby room inspiration, it seems photos come with a thousand comments from moms with a million zillion opinions – mostly critical or self righteous, which really surprises me because I never thought nursery decor was such a hot topic – almost like there is a ‘right way’ to create a nursery or raise a kid and if you aren’t following protocol as a new mom, then you have something to be ashamed of. It made me wonder if maybe you guys know of blogs that are encouraging and have helpful communities built around them that mostly share children’s room design? I’d love to find those. I digress… Back to my own thoughts on the nursery…
Colette Bream cushions on etsy
The best learning for me is always hands-on, fall down, get up again and keep trying – so I’m going to approach nursery design in my typical Holly style. I know color theory, how to create “zones” in kid’s rooms, I get the importance of a good floor plan but I’m following my heart with the rest and see where it takes me (and my wallet). So far it seems like the bed will be white and I’m thinking to go for a convertible crib that turns into a toddler bed later on. I’m also going for simplicity as one trip to the local baby superstore over the weekend taught my that every company in the world is trying to entice you into buying lots of product you don’t really need. I found a foldable baby bath that I thought was totally helpful and that won’t take up much room so I may order that soon. I also have my eye on a few strollers but at over ONE THOUSAND EUROS each, I’m thinking maybe I need to put more thought into my spending. As for room decor, I definitely am leaning towards grays, blues, greens and yellows for a boy and grays and for a girl – lots of floral Liberty prints, creamy whites, mustard, some red, greens, every color really but with a neutral base. My aesthetic is much more European – particularly English and French, not so much the typical American nursery with everything perfect and matching. That works for lots of my friends and it’s beautiful, but the rest of my home is so haphazard and mismatched, the nursery will most likely be the same – quirky and very much a reflection of my personal style. Then later, the little one can make their own decor choices but for now, it’s a room that I’m more than excited to get started on!
In this post, I’m sharing some of my favorite nurseries and rooms for kids that I’ve found online so far that click with me. I have NO clue if I’m having a boy or a girl yet, I’ll find that out early next month, so I’m not really thinking about “boy” or “girl” decor right now. Just focusing more on a vibe I’m going for, what I like, and how I imagine this new little room in my home.
Gorgeous monochromatic simplicity by kjerstis lykke. You can barely see it, but I love the old blue wooden cabinet.
Little french loft apartment nursery on Planete Deco.
Sweet art arrangement using simple washi tape by julias vita drommar.
Twinkle lights under a shelf near the crib from Sissy & Marley. I also love the little rug on the floor.
Sweet color scheme from Play Spaces on Pinterest. I also like the layered rugs though not so practical with a clumsy mom holding an infant! The mix of patterns is also so pretty.
Boy’s room in Brussels via Milk. You can totally see the English sensibility here – his mom is a Londoner.
What do you think of these rooms? Where do you go online for kids room inspiration? I’d love some tips!
Have you heard of Max Wanger? He’s a photographer based Los Angeles whom I first heard about through Bri over at Design Love Fest and was reminded of him again last week, so I visited his online portfolio. A few minutes into the rabbit hole, I was swept away by his fashion photography and knew I had to feature a few favorite shots because they inspired me so much but even more, that I had to contact him for a little interview. These photos just feel like summer to me but even more, they’re so fresh and invigorating and I just love the color palettes that I can pull from these for projects – like a party or redecorating project. With summer in its final hours, I couldn’t think of a better time to share Max with all of you. Would you like to sit in on our little conversation?
Hi Max! So excited to have you and your work on decor8 today! So tell us, I know you live in LA but where do you work and what is your background?
Max: I mostly work in LA but accept jobs worldwide. I was born and raised by reformed hippies. Educated in Los Angeles, Honolulu and the here and there of Tokyo. I’m a lover of lazy Sundays, mismatched socks, negative space, NYC, soba, green tea, and last but almost certainly first, my wife Margaux & our little boy, Dash.
What landed you in photography?
Max: I’ve loved photography since I was 7 years old. That’s when my interest started and it’s grown from a hobby, to freelance, to now, full-time. After college, I actually spent almost 8 years working in a completely different field, in a very corporate environment. It wasn’t for me and my unhappiness reached it’s peak those last couple of years. Ultimately, the drive to do something I love landed me in the position I’m in today. I’ve been shooting professionally now for about 6 years.
Is photography your day job or do you do something else on the side? If so, what?
Max: Well, my wife and I both work from home and taking care of our 5 month old baby has quickly become our new full-time job. Aside from that, yes, photography is my day job. Although I also have a print shop on the side where I sell some of my work and that’s been taking up quite a bit of my time lately.
What do you shoot with mostly? Do you shoot tethered, wireless, or?
Max: Canon 5D Mark III, 35mm 1.4 & 50mm 1.2. For studio work, both, depending on the type of shoot.
What are you favorite types of jobs?
Max: I love shooting travel stories and look books — I love anything that involves working/collaborating with friends.
What are 5 things that you enjoy about being a photographer?
Max: The people, the travel, the discovery, the independence, the adventure.
Who is your DREAM client/job?
Max: I have to say, shooting for Conde Nast Traveler was a dream job come true. I always wondered how you got to be that photographer who got to travel to amazing places and take photographs. It was surreal when they commissioned me to shoot a story for them. As for a client that I’d love to shoot for in the future? Nike.
Do you also art direct/style your shoots? If so, tell us how you plan things out. If not, tell us some of your favorite stylists with whom you’ve worked.
Max: For personal work, I’ll sketch out and storyboard ideas. Most times I’ll art direct, but sometimes I’ll bring a crew on board and work with them to bring an idea to life. For commercial and editorial work, I’ve had the honor of working with so many talented stylists. But I particularly love collaborating with Jen Gotch. She’s an amazing stylist and creative mind.
Who are some of the best clients you’ve worked for?
Max: Vans, Banana Republic, Martha Stewart, Conde Nast Traveler.
What is the wildest shoot you’ve ever had to do?
Max: I’m not sure I would classify it as wild, but shooting for Vans in Berlin was definitely one of the most exciting shoots. Among the many highlights: Getting to photograph Mos Def who was a part of the trip. There was also that time I fell into a pool while shooting a wedding, but that’s a different, not-so-awesome, kind of wild.
Are you available for hire and if so, how can my readers get in touch with you? Where can they buy some of your prints?
Max: Yes! They can e-mail hello [at] maxwanger [dot] com or visit my website or my online shop. Thank you, Holly!
Readers: Do you have any questions for Max? Please ask him in the comments section below!
Thank you for joining us Max!
(images: max wanger)
I was just flipping through the new digital issue of Rue magazine (August 2013) and came upon two great features that I wanted to share with you since one has to do with photo styling with a focus on food and the other, a small Paris apartment owned by an American expat. And we all know that Paris is always a good idea. First, photo styling.
Ok so lets talk about styling. Secrets of a Food Stylist: Aiala Hernando is the first article that caught my eye and appears on pages 32-39 – though truthfully I could have easily read an entire magazine on this topic alone. I’m not so interested in food styling for my own work (I’m definitely fixed on interiors) yet many of these tips can still be applied interiors so I had to share them with you being the decor enthusiasts that you are! Aiala Hernando – the woman behind these words – runs creative direction for a luxury Spanish gastronomic tourism firm based in San Sebastián, Spain called San Sebastián Food. She also teaches food styling and photography workshops. You can learn more about those here. I love how she talks about food styling, “A food stylist makes you want to eat a dish just by looking at it…” That’s SO the truth! Here are some of her top tips below for working with food for the perfect photo.
The next article, La Vie En Bleu, explores the life of 25-year-old California expat Haleigh Walsworth (her blog is called Making Magique) and her 40 square meter Paris apartment located in Le Marais district. Haleigh is a freelance digital strategist and content producer for large brands like Condé Nast, Lancôme, Perrier-Jouët, Nina Ricci and Hermès and since moving to Paris when she was in college, she’s managed to learn the language and buy an apartment all by the time she turned 25-years-old! What an inspiration to young women to get your life started at an early age and not waste time.
Being an American expat in Germany, I always love reading stories about how Americans make their life in another culture – it’s fascinating to me as I know that behind the curtain there is a lot of work and many challenges that go into the process of starting anew in a foreign country. Haleigh seems to be in it for the long term too – though she does find herself frequently traveling between LA and Paris for work. Below are some glimpses of her lovely space (more are found in Rue magazine on pages 116-1129). As you can see, she has a real affinity for Tiffany blue!
So! Those are my two numero uno inspirations from Rue – anything seen or heard above resonate with you? Any favorite articles you’d like to share?
(images: rue magazine)
Any reader of decor8 knows that I’m a big fan of Ferm Living. This Danish brand, with its US operations based in San Francisco, is not only run by lovely people but the products are such great quality and I love how stylish and colorful everything is. Here is a preview of what is coming for Fall along with a link to their online catalog. Spot any insta-faves? I like the wire tables with wood top and the cloud wallpaper for kids. And though the “face” boxes for kids released a season or two before, I still LOVE them!
Hmmm… Those geometric shaped wall shelves are quite cool too – did you notice them? Which do you prefer, the circle or the hexagon? And what do you think about the shelf that you can use as a little dollhouse? I see that and instantly think of how much fun it would be to wallpaper all of the little “rooms” and set up vignettes inside. If I have a boy, I hope he loves dollhouses for his Star Wars toys (ha ha)! If I have a girl, well, she’s going to have mommy buying her one of these for sure and have to deal with my strong decorating opinions as to which wallpaper to go with in the tiny rooms!
If you live in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and are looking for the Ferm Living rep, contact my friend Tinna at Agentur Pederson.
(images: ferm living)