I am so sorry that I haven't posted a blog in a couple of weeks! I've been recovering from strep, ear infections, sinus infections and POLLEN (my springtime nemesis)! Not to mention the incredible amount of work coming in!!
Seeing the yellow veil on everything started to get me a little excited though, because, with the big pollen drop comes the onslaught of spring! Even though EVERYTHING is covered in this mucky, sticky yellow dust, new life is emerging...Tulips, Daffodils, Bradford Pears, Dogwoods, and one of my personal spring favorites the wild Wisteria Vines are in full bloom.
With Springtime, comes the need to be outside. I love to sit on our front steps to watch Miss Georgia chase squirrels and throw sticks at my feet and I also LOVE to plant and tend gardens.
This week I wanted to share some of my design ideas that we are planning on using to get our yard and exterior in tip top shape over the course of a couple of years...(it's almost an acre, so it can be a little more than the two of us can handle for one season :))
Below are a couple of pictures of our yard before...
We have actually done a TON of re-painting and have taken out most of the overgrowth already. Stay tuned for more picture updates over the summer!
Landscape and Gardening Ideas
Thinking of hanging these on the back of the house and filling them with shade loving plants and a combination of herbs.
Metal window boxes to match the new entry we are working on later this spring.
I was intrigued by this image...I have a shed and it needs a new roof soon. Hmmmm.
Desperately needing to replace our pathway to the front door. Here is a gorgeous stone-stepped pathway. This image is from of Stephen R. Holt Architects.
Driveway paving stones. We are contemplating doing this to our driveway, path from driveway and our sidewalk. I love the color and texture in these slate paving stones.
Landscape lighting is also a must! We are going to try and light up the path to the front door and our driveway this year, in addition to the new sconces going on the front and back of the house!
The following pictures are some of the types of plants that we are going to be able to use because of the lack of sunlight in both the front and back yards...Peonies (My FAVORITE flower), Hostas, and Lillie of the Valley are some of the beauties that we can use in our forest!
Entryway Curb Appeal
This is the concept that we are working on so that we can have a covered entry. I LOVE the large columns and the heavy trim details. It fits perfectly with the traditional style of our home.
The lighting is one of the finishing touches. Here is the light fixture that we chose to go on either side of our new front door. It is the Cambridge Sconce from Restoration Hardware.
I am so thrilled to get to do a nursery post this week! So many of my friends are expecting new babies and I just thought it would be a great way to express my excitement and love for them and offer any help I can in the way of interior design.
On a heavier note...this post is REALLY hard for me...My incredible husband and I have not been able to conceive (for lots of reasons) as of yet and it has been a very touchy subject for me over the last two years... Many of our friends do not even know the struggle that I have had in learning how to deal with this sort of pain and frustration, but I will say, that after many moments of study, prayer and reflection, I truly believe that God, in all of HIS power has been healing me and is preparing me for the special gift of motherhood someday...so, with that said...
To all of my precious friends who have new little bundles of joy and to those of you who are beginning your journey to mom-hood, here are a few things to help you along the way with your sweet-one's nursery!
The nursery needs to be a restful place for baby. Using an overly bright color on the walls can add to crying, the lack of sleep and overall stresses for mom.
Pick paints that are soft in their tone and that have and eggshell finish for easy clean-up later on when your little one decides to use the walls for their canvas. Some of my top recommendations are as follows...
Here are my favorite picks for girls and boys offered by Benjamin Moore and Pottery Barn Kids!
Play with different shades and finishes of your paint to create a fantastic alphabet mural as seen below!
is a huge necessity for a nursery that can also be rather expensive. I usually try to hit up antique stores and or flea markets for great furniture finds. Incorporating an "out-of-the-ordinary" accessory, or a vintage chair instead of an expensive glider can be a fantastic $$ saver...the important things to remember are to look for quality of moving/working parts and overall durability.
You don't have to use the typical furniture either...just like the FABULOUS piece above, use something that you love and that your baby could grow into!
Above is the Graham (Bedding) Collection from Serena & Lilly. I adore the mix of textures with the rattan chair and sisal rug. Below is the Colette (Bedding) Collection, incorporating the use of an antique chair and a modern bench...also by Serena & Lilly.
Grey Low-Rise Crib from Land of Nod
From mobiles to books, accessories are a must! They will help to aide in your baby's development and defined interests in color and texture. Incorporating different colored and textured items throughout the space will create, not only a beautiful room, but will also assist in baby's learning. Use letters and numbers as art and include Bright colors, when used in accessories, offer great stimulation and focus for them too!
Here are some awesome DIY mobile ideas and some great accessories from onekingslane.com, Etsy, and Pinterest!
STORAGE & ORGANIZATION
I love stumbling on unique pieces for storage, whether it be a colorful basket as shown below from the Land of Nod, or Vintage Army Totes from The Foundry. Allow for book storage and additional toy storage with the use of bookcases. Those shown below are from the Land of Nod and Pottery Barn Kids...you can also have custom built-ins installed for a higher-end look and massive storage options!
Terrific built-ins courtesy of Apartment Therapy and CocoCozy.
is HUGE! You'll need it to change diapers, clothes, read stories and to rock your sweet one to sleep. Don't limit yourself to those typical ceiling fans and light kits, be creative...install wall-sconces on either side of the crib or near the changing table, use a table lamp next to the rocking chair, just have fun with it! Here are some of my favorite lighting applications for your nursery!
I LOVE this Giraffe Floor Lamp from Pottery Barn Kids!
I have paint fan decks bursting out of every closet in my home and every drawer in my office. I have so many because I am using different brands for almost every client...depending on the price, scope of work, and the needs at hand but am also admittedly obsessed with paint! I wanted to share some of my most loved colors, and some of my FAVORITE, TO-DIE FOR brands. Here ya go!
Annie Sloan Chalk Paints are taking the US by storm! This paint is incredible...a little more expensive than most, however, there is NO need for priming! Yes, you read correctly! There is no need to prime and clean up is INCREDIBLE! EVERY bit of it, dried on or not, can be washed out of anything with WARM WATER! There is a need to wax the paint to keep it in good condition ,but is super easy to apply! It is a preferred finish for furniture, cabinetry and accessories and offers a beautiful range of colors.
Farrow and Ball is another paint company that offers colors that I tend to salivate over! Their handcrafted colors are so rich and timeless; great to mix and match and are different than so many others out there. They offer high-end quality finishes and paints that are incredibly easy to use.
Restoration Hardware also offers a great line of colors that are very popular right now. In addition to the timelessness of Farrow and Ball, they too, have created a line of colors that work with well when paired with others. They are a higher-end paint brand. My two favorite colors from their paint deck are Slate and Silver Sage.
Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are two brands that most people are pretty familiar with. They are perfect for painting on a budget but also allow impeccably updated color options.