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my life in ecards // modern nurseries

Did you guys know that Target uses directed marketing?  Meaning based upon what you search on their website and buy in the store, they tailor your advertisements to send you more of what you’re likely to buy.  I learned all about this in my marketing class last fall, and thought it was funny because often times, Target knows when you’re pregnant before anyone else does because you start buying pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins, etc.

Now I’m going to stop you before your mind wanders any farther — no, this is not a story about me being pregnant…your mind should be several YEARS away from wandering there. 

Anyways, when I learned that Target knew you were pregnant before anyone, I thought it was hilarious, so naturally I told Noel all about this directed marketing strategy.  Well, I was doing some work for a client that involved a room for a little kid, so for about a week, I was shopping around the nursery furniture/decor section of Target online.  Wouldn’t you know it, about a week later, we started getting bombarded with baby advertisements from Target, which resulted in a pale-faced “uh, Kirsten, is there something I need to know?” look from Noel.  It was quite funny.

So, what is spurring all of this baby talk?  It just so happens Noel’s aunt & uncle are expecting a little boy this August, and their shower is this weekend, so I was spending a little quality time online with Target’s nursery decor this week (which is super adorable, by the way).  There’s also the fact that because I never know what design projects may come my way, I like to stay up on all the nursery trends.  So if you see me pinning away baby rooms, there’s no need to jump to any conclusions.

Last year, I did a post on non-traditional nurseries, and since I haven’t posted much in the baby inspiration realm as of lately, I thought it was time for another glimpse into some of my favorite baby spaces.

This adorable nursery was designed by Sissy + Marley Interiors.  I love the fact that it’s girly, without being too over the top.


If bold is more your style, try adding a large pattern, such as a stripe to the wall.  If you do go bold, make sure you use a simple color scheme so the room can still feel cohesive. (I’m not sure of the original source of this image, but I found it here).

This mid-century modern nursery was designed for baby Dash by the Animal Print Shop.  I love how the design is so minimal yet so fun and playful. 

This last nursery, which is featured on The Handmade Home is my absolute favorite because it’s so unique.  They took a risk by putting the pattern on the ceiling, and in this instance, it definitely worked, as it created a whimsical vibe.  I like it so much, I had to share two views of it.

Have you seen any nurseries lately that have caught your eye? 

our home: sneak peek

Yesterday, the oh-so talented Katie of Katie Mueller Photography was over photographing our house.  It’s amazing the amount of work that goes into getting your home photo-ready.  Generally, I like to think of myself as a pretty clean person (although our house has been a serious mess with all the construction going on recently), but even when it’s “clean,” you’d be amazing at how much stashing of stuff goes on before pictures.

All those appliances that you use daily that are on your countertops?  Stashed those in the pantry.  Trash cans, toilet bowl cleaners, and toilet extra toilet paper?  Stashed that in our stairway to the garage.  Jackets, dog leashes, the list goes on.  While you wouldn’t think these things would make that much of a difference, it’s amazing how distracting they can actually be in a photo.

After the shoot, I was crazy anxious to see how the pictures turned out, and lucky for me, Katie is a photo-whiz and already sent me them today, not even 24 hours later.  So, even though I’m not going to unveil our whole home tour until the new site is up and running, I thought I’d give you a little peek.

designer spotlight: britany simon

Everybody, meet Britany Simon.  If you’re an HGTV addict fan like me, you’ve probably seen this girl around.  I first stumbled upon her work when she was on Design Star last summer (and no, I don’t want to talk about it…I’m still devastated she didn’t win).  Sensitive issue.  Moving on to something more cheerful: her work.

Britany is the mastermind behind Britany Simon Design, a fabulous design firm based out of Arizona.  Her style is characterized by bold patterns, loads of black and white, and pops of color.  Basically, she’s my homegirl and identical design twin.  Is that a thing?  Because it is now.

Although I adore all of her work, one of my absolute favorite spaces she designed is this eclectic little gem of a living room.  Prepare yourself for a feast, because what I’m about to show you is Thanksgiving for your eyes.

All photo credits to Britany Simon Design
Why I Love It:  I’m obsessed with this room because it is a combination of so many styles.  Look at one vignette and you see a dash of vintage chic.  Move over to another and you see an explosion of mid-century modern.  Pair that with a little glam and some straight up modern and what do you get?  I don’t really know what to call it, but clearly it’s amazing. 
Why It Works:  The reason Britany was able to combine all of these styles so effectively boils down to one thing: simplicity.  If you notice, there are only a few colors used in the room.  In fact, I see precisely four: black, white, yellow, and brown (and yes, I do consider black and white colors, thankyouverymuch).  By keeping a simple color palette, you can mix and match pieces from different styles, while still creating a room that feels cohesive.
The other reason it works is because each color is used throughout the room.  Look at each picture: can you find each of the four colors in every shot?  That’s right, you can.  Hello complete and beautiful space, I’m Kirsten, it’s nice to meet you. 
So what do we take away from this?  Two things: 1. You don’t need to be constrained to one style when decorating your spaces.  Maintain a consistent color palette, then feel free to mix and match pieces.  2. Britany Simon needs to hire me.  Who cares that I live in MN, am i riiiight?  :)

Hope you all have a lovely Wednesday!

Want to see more of Britany’s work?  Check her out on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.
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