Our Nursery

So I’ve been a bit busy. Both the business and I grew this year! I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things, starting with blogging a bit more. What a better way to get started than with the nursery I designed for our new little one?!

Last fall, before even becoming pregnant, I decided I wanted our future nursery to have a gradient mountain wall. Boy was that a beast of a project! It took multiple weekends but I love how it turned out. It gives this room a bit of whimsey and magic. At least, I hope that’s how Atti will feel about it one day.

His room is huge. Seriously, massive. I wanted to take advantage of all that floor space so it can one day double as his playroom. Hence shelves. These Lack shelves from IKEA help keep things off the floor. There are also cube shelves in his closet for extra book and toy storage.

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Of course for me, his room wouldn’t be complete without a gallery wall! This one went MUCH better than the one in our living room. I followed my own advice and used paper cutouts of each item to design it all before hammering a single nail.

All of that extra time in the planning process really paid off. We absolutely adore his gallery wall and all of the pieces that became a part of it. Those mountain shelves? His grandma bought them from Etsy, and they are filled with wooden toys that were hers when she was a child. There’s a sign my best friend got him. A sign I picked up from a local shop. And one of our dear friends hand lettered his name onto a slice of wood!

Dresser:  IKEA Hemnes   Mountain Shelves:  Etsy

Dresser: IKEA Hemnes

Mountain Shelves: Etsy

Air Plant Holders:  Etsy

Air Plant Holders: Etsy

However, after all of that, my favorite thing in this room is the rocking chair. Mr. Rocking Chair is his name. That’s right, he has a name. There are photos of my mom being rocked in Mr. Rocking Chair when she was a little girl. It warms my heart that now my son is also being rocked to sleep in the same spot.

Of course, I couldn’t miss out on a little modern flair with those hanging air plants. For me, this room is a wonderful combination of old and new.

It’s our hope that this room will inspire Atticus to never stop exploring.

Photos by Luxe & Pine Photography

What's Up Wednesday: Style With Confidence

     Boy have we been busy! I haven’t had the time to devote to this blog as I would like. So I don’t have any well researched piece for you today. Instead, I thought I would give you a glimpse into what I’m working on and give you tips on how to do it yourself.

     I have a super fun home styling project I’ve been working on this past month. This family is practically starting from scratch and hired me to help them make the few pieces they do have match the look that they want to end up with. Their old pieces are pretty traditional while they want to steer towards a modern boho feel. I swoon!

Step 1: Create A Mood Board On Pinterest

     Luckily, this client had already started the first step, which is to create a Pinterest board for each room. This helps you find patterns in the things you’re drawn to. Hopefully this will help you and/or your stylist know which direction to go once it comes time to purchase new pieces. 

 

For privacy reasons, I did not share the client's board. This is a board I quickly created as an example.

For privacy reasons, I did not share the client's board. This is a board I quickly created as an example.

       In my example, you'll probably notice some recurring themes and colors. Obviously grey sectionals have my heart. Other common pieces are white faux fur pillows, ivory rugs, and minimalism. Three out of four shown inspiration photos have plants. Three out of four have modern coffee tables. Three out of four have simple gallery walls. These are the types of patterns you can use when creating your room idea boards.

Step 2: Create A Room Idea Board

     After thoroughly studying the client's Pinterest boards, I created some room idea boards on Polyvore. It’s not a perfect format but I find it easy to use and I love that if they love something you have on the board, it includes links on where to buy it. I’m sharing the sunroom board because A) I just adore the feel of it and B) They did too and ended up buying nearly everything in it.

 

     These idea boards are also great for referencing when you’re out and about and stumble upon something you love! If you aren’t sure how it would fit into the space you’re working on, you can simply pull up the board and compare it to the pieces/feel you have going. It seriously cuts back on the impulse buying and helps those who are unsure how something in the store will suit their room.

Step Three: Search For The Pieces

     Final step: Shopping! And lots of it! These boards are a reference point, but you may not love everything in them. For the dining room, the client loved the feel of the board but we ended up purchasing different chairs for seat comfort. You'll also probably want a bit more than what's in the board. These are reference points, not final rooms. 

    Here's a list of the places I suggest this client shop in order to create the modern boho feel in her space. She doesn't like a "matchy matchy" look, which makes bargain hunting perfect! But it still allows for a few splurges. 

Stores I recommended to achieve this style:

Port of Raleigh

Zartiques

Wayfair

Craigslist

Facebook Marketplace

Target 

HomeGoods

     Hopefully by following these three steps, you can confidently revamp any space! Or if you’re not the DIYer when it comes to revamping your space, you could always hire a stylist to help you!

Shop Small Saturday: Daniel Laffey Art

     This feature is near and dear to me. Danny was one of the first people outside of my family, who believed in my staging. He offered a collaboration, my first, and it has worked out so well! You'll probably recognize some of his pieces from our stagings but I am happy to introduce you to the man behind the art! 

One of our favorites. What do you see? Alvin and i each see something different.

One of our favorites. What do you see? Alvin and i each see something different.

     Danny got started in art relatively late, having no formal training. It's one of those things he had become interested in and wanted to try himself. I think many of us can relate to this! How many of us have taken a craft class to learn a new skill? He says once he got started, he never stopped. It's this passion, that you can really feel in his works. To quote Danny himself, "It was really something that just came out of nowhere and certainly something that I never expected to be doing.". Raise your hand if you, too, could have said this about your life! So relatable!

 

     For Daniel, art is a way of expression. He doesn't worry about the competition or being a stand-out. His focus is staying true to himself and what inspires him. I love this! It can be so easy to get swept up in a competitive nature and lose sight of why you got started in the first place. He still hopes his works are unique in their own way of course, as we all hope we are unique. He also hopes others find inspiration in his paintings, and strives to create consistent bodies of work.

 

 

     He is trying very hard not to get caught up in the business of art.  Painting is something that brings him happiness and peace, and he hopes will always do so.  At the same time, he has a desire to get his work exposed and hopefully into the homes of people who enjoy it and appreciate it in some way. Ultimately, it is about staying inspired, even if it means making less work at times.  This year he has a goal to create some larger paintings in a small series. I personally can't wait to see it!

     His inspiration comes from the need to express himself.  Behind all of his work, there is emotion. I love how art expresses emotion but also how everyone interprets it differently. Alvin and I both love the first painting in this post, but we see different things in it. I love this quote from Daniel about his art, "It is a way to create a narrative about an event or a feeling or a place I had been.". 

 

 

     If you're interested in seeing more of this narrative and gaining some inspiration of your own, you can follow Danny on Instagram here. If you'd like some inspiration for your home, Danny is represented by Bluestone Fine Art in Philadelphia and Dolphin and Hawk Contemporary in Los Angeles.  You can purchase his work from the galleries or contact him directly for any commission inquiries. 

Shop Small Saturday: Meekly Yours

     I'm extra excited about this Shop Small Saturday because it is the first collaboration with someone outside of the state! I am all about shopping local but it's also nice to find other small shops in your region to support. This particular shop is based in Maryland so if you're local to her you should check the shop out at local pop-up shops! Otherwise, continue reading to learn more about Meekly Yours and where you can purchase her work no matter where you're located.

 

 

     Katie, the owner and designer for Meekly Yours studied graphic design in college but took a job in print project management. I think we can all relate to taking a job when needed that may not be everything we dreamed of! She originally started Meekly Yours as a creative outlet and has received encouragement from the local community. This is such a great reason to start a craft!

 

I want this framed in my future nursery, photo by meekly yours

I want this framed in my future nursery, photo by meekly yours

 

    Katie has a bright, whimsical look for her products. She specializes in hand lettering cards and paper goods but has recently started with wood products as well. I think we all know about my love of wood products at this point! The sign she sent me is so cute, with the quote "Love at Home"! I of course, wanted to build a gallery wall around it at the entrance of my home. She loves custom commissioned pieces and I already have a million ideas! How cute would the one above be in a nursery with a frame around it?!

 

 

     Katie truly loves helping take a client's great idea and make it a reality. She says that seeing their excitement with the finished work is priceless. Other commissioned work she has done is branding, invitations, custom greeting cards, and custom wood signs. She's always willing to stretch her creative muscles so feel free to ask her for other projects you may have in mind!

 

 

     If you're local to Maryland, you can find her work at craft markets throughout MD and DC. If you're not local (like me) you can find her work on Etsy and on her personal website. Finally, if you're like me and love following these shops on Instagram, you can find her here

 

      Know of another maker that should be featured? Let me know! I love discovering new shops!

 

Shop Small Saturday: Luna Y Mar Creative

It's time for our bi-weekly Shop Small Saturday feature! I have been pretty excited about this one because it speaks to my inner modern boho! I'm always drawn to this carefree style I found Flo, the creator behind Luna y Mar, on Instagram. Her work instantly stood out and her style is perfection! 

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Flo started weaving a few years ago. However, she just started macrame and wall hangings recently, after moving from LA to Raleigh. Wanting something to do that she loved, she started Luna y Mar Creative. I admire that she turned to a craft when she wanted something new to do! Boy am I glad she did, too! Look at these! 

 

Photo From Luna y mar etsy shop

Photo From Luna y mar etsy shop

Flo says that what makes her stand apart is also what connects all creatives, passion. This is so true! Her choice in craft is a representation of the things she loves, home decor and boho modern! It's great when your craft and passion can reflect your style so perfectly. See what I mean about the perfection that is her modern boho style?

I think another thing that sets her apart is she's so kind and considerate! See that plant in there? She brought it along when we met up to be sure I would have a plant for it :) How sweet is that! I'm so glad she thought to do that since I completely ran out of time to plant the herbs I'd planned on! Shoutout to the kind people of the world! 

Photo from luna y mar etsy shop

Photo from luna y mar etsy shop

These wall hangings are the perfect combination of unique and trendy! I love that they are bright and feel so organic. They would be a perfect addition to a gallery wall or stand alone as a statement piece. I personally adore the plant hangers! I so wish I had more wall space in my kitchen. I can just imagine hanging three or four and growing my favorite spices right there on the wall! 

If you would like some of these great pieces of your own, you can check out her Etsy page here. If you want to follow her along and see what she's creating, you can check out her Instagram page here. If you are local, be on the look out because she's planning on being a part of some of the pop-up shops soon! 

 

If you would like your small home goods shop featured, please email me at hello@mintedspacesstyling.com . I love learning about new businesses!