I’m finally taking a minute to write about last weekend! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that my husband surprised me with a (early) birthday weekend trip to NYC! This was actually my first trip to New York – crazy I know! But, anytime we thought about going…I wanted to make sure we had a really fun itinerary and we just didn’t get to it last year. This year, we plan on going a few times for a home show and visiting friends. Anyway, here are a few photos and highlights below from our trip!
A few highlights:
– The High Line: since my husband is a Landscape Architect, I think I look at public parks and other outdoor spaces a lot differently than most. I see the paving patterns, the unique benches and the plant selection. It was also really interesting to see a lot of the new residential buildings going up around the High Line and how a well-designed park can very much create a better community.
– Our Hotel: we stayed at 70 Park Ave. (a Kimpton Hotel) and their staff was phenomenal. They gave me free drinks in their hotel bar and everyone told me happy birthday. They really know how to make a girl feel special!
– The Top of the Rock: Since I had never been to NYC, we had to do some of the touristy stuff. This was a 360 view of the city from the top of The Rockefeller Center.
For our next trip, we are definitely looking to stay in another area and explore some interior design shops and markets, etc. If you have any recommendations for restaurants, shops, hotels, etc. please let me know! :)
Nurseries are one of my favorite spaces to design because you can be a little more creative and play up colors/patterns more. Plus newborns (or soon-to-be newborns) make the best clients ;). Lately the same question keeps coming up – “how can I create a nursery and a guest room in the same space without making it feel too baby-ish (yeah that’s a word) or too much like a guest room?”. Well, luckily all of the nurseries I’ve designed so far have also doubled as a guest room – so I am very familiar with this situation! Here are a couple of nurseries I’ve designed (that do not lack in the bold color department) along with some other nursery/guest rooms I found online.
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One tip I have is to create a whole look without having one space take over the other. For instance, you don’t want the nursery to be baby-overload that will take over the guest bed area. And vice versa – you want to make sure the space is still fun for your baby without making the space overly-sophisticated for your guests. A suggestion for small spaces: use a daybed or pull-out sofa for your guest bed and then use a small side table as the nightstand or install shelves next to the bed to serve as a nightstand. Perhaps you are more of a neutral-loving family and plan on having guests a lot, you can still create a nursery/guest room that is fun but also a little more grown up. I think I would still add a little more pattern in the space above or more contrasting colors near the crib..but this is a well-designed room. I just had to share this room – the art above the crib is amazing. They did such a great job at bringing in some interest with patterns (note: the ceiling, carpet and window treatments…oh and that pendant!). I absolutely love this space!Another great example of a neutral space that works really well! I think this is a guest room and office combination – but it’s the same idea!This is a mood board I put together for a client a while back who loves all things mid-century modern. They already had a color scheme in mind, but weren’t sure how to bring it all together. Their space had a built-in with a desk/shelving – so this room was to serve as their guest room, nursery, AND an office. Quite the challenge, but the fact that the desk and shelving were apart of the existing built-in helped. We decided to find a three drawer dresser that could double as a changing table and a daybed that also had storage so they didn’t need another dresser. I really like the textures and bright color combination.
Anyone else working on a room that is serving two purposes?? What are some challenges you are facing?
Selecting the right paint color for your space can be very tricky. It all depends on the amount of natural light, the flooring color, other finishes/materials in the space and furniture. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of paint mishaps and I know how frustrating it can be. So, today I am going to share a few of my go-to neutrals that haven’t failed me yet! Now, this is part one of a series – part two will consist of dark neutrals that I love. Stay tuned!
1. Edgecomb Gray – Benjamin Moore / View more of this project here.
Hello friends and Happy Weekend! It’s rare that I post on the weekend, but I wanted to update you all on some exciting news…a few photos of our apartment were posted on Apartment Therapy today!!* I thought I would share a few more just for fun. photographed by: Elizabeth Willis Photography