January 21, 2015
by Jessica


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 guest bedroom and nursery! 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. a guest bedroom and nursery! 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.a guest bedroom and nursery! 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!a guest bedroom and nursery!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!nurseryThis 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?

Shop the room: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // corner shelving

January 19, 2015
by Jessica


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!neutral-paint-colors
edgecomb gray via oh, i design blog1. Edgecomb Gray – Benjamin Moore / View more of this project here.

4209ee17770f3247c7c21272fadd4fb32. Gray Owl – Benjamin Moore / photo source

balboa mist3. Balboa Mist – Benjamin Moore / photo source
oystershell14. Oystershell – Benjamin Moore / photo sourcereverepewter15. Revere Pewter – Benjamin Moore / photo source3fb0d409a0a4c58aa78349d12cefa9226. Stonington Gray – Benjamin Moore / photo sourceneutral paint colors via oh, i design blogaloofgray1. Aloof Gray – Sherwin Williams / photo sourceaccessible beige2. Accessible Beige – Sherwin Williams / photo sourcelattice3. Lattice – Sherwin Williams / photo source frenchgray14. french gray – farrow & ball / photo sourcesedate-gray-1024x6805. Sedate Gray – Sherwin Williams / photo sourcebehrsilverdrop6. Silver Drop – Behr / photo source

Happy Monday friends! Feel free to ask any paint-related questions below. :)

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