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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? 

Client Project: Living Room Reveal

Last summer, I was hired to help a client redo his living room, bathroom, and bedroom.  If you remember that long ago, you may remember I showed you guys some pictures of the progress we were making.  Well, the project has been done for a few months now, so I figured it was about time I showed you all the finished product.  I’m just going to show the living room today to avoid having a SUPER long post, but here’s a spoiler alert: if you follow me on Facebook, you can see all of the completed rooms.
As I’ve mentioned before, this room was quite a challenge for me.  You all probably know (and if you follow me on Pinterest you definitely do) but my preferred design style consists of a lot of soft, gentle colors.  And well, as you can see, red + yellow aren’t exactly soft and subtle.  My original thoughts were to paint everything gray, but then I learned my client wanted to keep the walls the colors they were.  
As much as the red and yellow may not be my style, when it comes to designing a client’s house, my style isn’t what matters.  What’s important is what the client wants (after all, it’s their house, not mine), so it’s my job to create the best space I possibly can within the realm of what they want.  And guess what?  Over time, the red and yellow kind of grew on me.  I’m not saying you’re going to see my whole house painted in these bold hues (sorry Noel), but I am really pleased with how everything turned out.  
This was the second inspiration board made for the space.  The original one can be seen here.
Because the walls were SO bold, when it came time to buy furniture for the space, I knew I wanted to keep everything VERY neutral to help balance out the bright.  Luckily, my client had KILLER taste in furniture, so we were able to purchase some amazing pieces for the space.  Are you guys ready to see the finished room?  Let me first remind you what we started with:
Because the two small walls on either end of the room were painted red, I decided to pull that in to a lot of the furnishings as an accent color.  This helps draw your eye around the room, making everything feel pulled together.  I also did want to bring in the red somewhere else because if the walls were ever painted over, the room would still have a pop of color.
Since I knew I wanted to bring red into the rug and curtains, I knew we’d have to do something to break up the red wall behind, or it would be red overload.  My client purchased an amazing custom buffet from room and board, and we had the contractor build the maple panel and stainless steel shelf that you see floating behind it.  

Over on the far wall closest to the entry, we decided to put a little console table and a beautiful piece of artwork that looks as if it were made for the space.

There’s one other corner that was empty (here’s the original picture) when I took all the photos, but since, we have ordered a desk to put there, as he wanted a small little area to put a little electric keyboard for his kids.  I’ll be sure to snap a few pictures the next time I’m over there, but the desk sits tucked into the far corner.

So that pretty much wraps up the living room tour.  Over the next week or two I’ll show you the remaining rooms, and talk about all of the fun we had redoing everything.   But for now, I’ll leave you with one last before and after.

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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