Client Reveal ~ Richmond Living Room

Can a flea market find inspire a whole room?  It sure can!  Continue reading to find out how I created a family-friendly living room that all started with this rug.

Navy and Red oriental rug

My clients for this project are the sweetest family and were super fun to work with!  The husband found this rug at a flea market in Atlanta shortly after college for less than $100!  Yes, you read that right - less than $100!  (It is a hand-knotted oriental wool rug.  Rugs of this quality usually sell for a much higher price!)  The rug has traveled with them from apartments, to condos, to houses, from Charleston, SC to Richmond, VA.  It surely has witnessed many memories and has many stories to tell.  It is truly a Story Piece, and I think with their updated living room, it will continue it's life with this family for many more years to come.

Richmond Living Room

When they first moved in to the house 4 years ago, we selected the paint color - Sherwin Williams Sleepy Blue 6225 - to coordinate perfectly with the rug.  Using the rug as the inspiration piece and the blue walls as a backdrop, we moved forward with an 'updated, family-friendly room' as the end goal.  They have two young daughters and needed a space that would endure sticky hands, but that would also feel grown-up enough to entertain and socialize with family and friends. 

grey sofa

They wanted to keep the sofa neutral, so we selected a grey sofa to anchor the room.  We were able to find the perfect grey that has just the right amount of a blue undertone in order for it to tie into the rug and walls.  The straight lines and tufted back cushions give the sofa a modern vibe.

grey sofa & blue pillows

Once the sofa fabric was selected, we moved on to the other fabrics in the room.  For truly personalized chairs and custom pillows, we selected a mix of geometric patterns - some with soft lines, and some more linear - that reflect the family's personalities.

navy blue arm chair

I love the shape of this arm chair - the curved arms, the deep seat, and the angular legs!  It has a mid-century vibe to it, and the navy geometric print layered with the sunburst pillows are a perfect pair.

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We mixed and matched shapes and finishes for the side tables, coffee table, lamps, and other accessories in the room.  The geometric detail on this chest not only adds detail to the chest itself, but it also gives a nod to the other geometric patterns in the room.

bone coffee table

The round coffee table, a round side table, and the round mirror above the mantel all help to soften the rectangular shape and other straight lines in the room.

Richmond living room

Gone are the days of having to use only one finish in a room (i.e. all brushed nickel).  A variety of finishes adds depth and interest to any space.  In this living room, we used a combination of gold (lamps and accessories), brass (mirror and window treatment hardware), and iron (legs of the coffee table and round side table, and accessories).  The mix of finishes keeps the eye moving and makes the room feel lived-in and approachable.  In order to keep the room tied together and not have anything feel out of place, I made sure to use each finish more than once.  

Custom Window Treatments

I feel like I'm saving the best for last by giving you the close-up of the custom window treatments.  The soft navy and grey waves on the fabric are the perfect combination of white space, color, and pattern.  And the hardware! - the vintage brass finish and the shape of the French pole are just.so.good.  What a difference it made in the room when they were installed!  These window treatments are one of the personalized elements of the room that make the space feel unique and custom.

Richmond living room

I love the way this living room turned out, and I'm so happy that my clients love it too!  It is the first room one sees when walking into their home, and I was honored to deliver them a space that they are proud to share with their friends and family.  By using the existing rug and layering in a mix of patterns and finishes, this living room has become a functional, beautiful, and meaningful space that tells the story of this lovely family.

Photos by Beth Furgurson Photography

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Client Reveal ~ Chesterfield Kitchen

I am so excited to share a new client reveal with you!  My client reached out to me after moving to Richmond from Maryland.  She and her husband wanted to update their new home and make it match their style instead of the style of the previous homeowners.  We decided to start with their kitchen.  She knew she wanted white cabinets, so we created a color story ~ white, green, taupe, & blue ~ and a style that would still work with some of their family pieces.  The end result is a beautiful, fresh, and updated kitchen!

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Here is the before:

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Wow! Can you even believe that is the same space?

Our first step in the renovation process was to select new flooring.  The flooring throughout their main level consisted of three different materials: hardwood (foyer and dining room), tile (kitchen), and carpet (family room).  All of the flooring was showing wear and needed to be replaced.  In order to create a better flow, we selected an engineered hardwood to go in every room on the main level.  We choose the 5" Beckford Oak, color: Bark, from Armstrong (purchased from ProSource).

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There are so many options when looking at hardwood flooring: from solid to engineered, hand-scraped to a smooth finish, and light to dark in color. We looked at several of options, and decided on the Beckford Oak for it's color, durability, width, and overall look.  These floors are such a nice, medium-brown color - not too red and not too yellow.  The construction of the engineered hardwood makes them durable and water-safe for kitchen use also.

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While working on the flooring, we were also deciding on countertops and paint colors.  We landed on these amazing countertops - Fantasy Brown Marble, from Artistic Stone Design.  And they are so stunningly beautiful! 

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The mix of colors in the Fantasy Brown - soft white, taupes, greys, and soft browns - and the river veining pattern make this countertop the focal point of the kitchen, while also being versitale and timeless.

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For the paint colors, we chose: 

  • Cabinets: Benjamin Moore, Cloud Nine 2144-60 - A soft shade of white - not too bright white and not too creamy.
  • Island: Benjamin Moore, Herb Bouquet 460 - I was determined to find the perfect green for their island, and Herb Bouquet is definitely it!  It complements the Fantasy Brown countertops nicely, while adding a subtle pop of color to the space. 
  • Walls: Sherwin Williams, Agreeable Gray, 7029 - A light greige that is a mix of grey and beige to coordiante with the countertops and the backsplash.

It was hard to capture the texture and beauty of the backsplash, but Beth Furgurson sure knows how to work magic behind the lens!

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The tile is Quintessenza Genesi, color: Tortora, purchased from Mosaic Tile.

The finishing touches in the space are the lighting and the rug under the table and chairs.  Changing out the lighting made such a big difference!  The Tiffany-style lights from the previous owner did not provide a lot of light in the space, and combined with the tile floors and wood cabinets, made the room feel dark.  To brighten up the kitchen, we added recessed lights, 2 pendants over the island, and a brighter chandelier to go over the kitchen table.  The orb light over the table is from Wayfair, and she found the pendant lights on a trip, but these are similar.

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We selected a Surya rug to go under the kitchen table that includes all of her kitchen colors, and also incorporates blues that she used in the paint in her dining room (Benjamin Moore, Wedgewood Gray HC-146) and the fabrics in her family room.

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Tackling a kitchen renovation is not an easy project to live through, but my clients are so happy with the beautiful result.  The new colors and updated style feel fresh yet timeless, and the new design still allows them to use pieces they already had - the table and chairs, and a hutch (not pictured).

Once again, the before:

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And the after!

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Thank you so much to my clients for inviting me into their home, and also big thank you to the wonderful team of vendors who helped this project run smoothly!

Want to see more of this project?  Head over to my portfolio page!

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Client Reveal ~ Navy & Red Boy's Room

I am so excited to share this client reveal with you today!  A client contacted me wanting to update her five-year-old's bedroom from his nursery colors and theme, to a big boy room.  She had already purchased this navy and red madras bedding and wanted to use that as the inspiration for the room. madras bedding

Her son loves sports, so she also wanted to incorporate sports themed pictures and art into the room.

Here is the before of his room - light blue walls with off-white furniture:

boys room before

And the after:

navy and red boys bedroom

A huge thank you to Barden's Decorating and Art to Di for for doing an amazing job with the painting and bringing my vision to life.

We kept his existing furniture, but painted it navy blue - Benjamin Moore, Admiral Blue 2065-10 - to give it a fresh look.  (The navy stripe on the wall is also Admiral Blue.)  The mirror and red stripes are Benjamin Moore's Red 2000-10.  The main wall color is Benjamin Moore, Stonington Gray HC-170.

The sports letters are from Frogs and Fairytales on Etsy, and the bulletin boards are from Pottery Barn Kids.

navy and red boys bedroom dresser

To bring the sports theme into the room, we selected these four sports prints on canvas from Mural Max on Etsy.  The light switch cover is also from Frogs and Fairytales, and the navy chevron pillow with the red 'B' is from Sew Gracious.

navy and red bedding

A few other details in the room: navy and red light fixture, 'locker' print, gray 'Everlasting' play table, and red chairs.  The window treatment - a navy box pleated valance with red insets - was fabricated by Christine at Iron Gate Interiors.  In this picture, you also get a peek into the Jack-and-Jill bathroom that Ben shares with is brother.

navy and red boys bedroom

We switched themes for the bathroom, from sports to the solar system.

sports letters

The bathroom theme was inspired by the amazing glow-in-the-dark constellation wallpaper we selected for the ceiling (expertly installed by Tommy at Barden's Decorating - can you even find the vents in the ceiling?).  The boys love looking at the ceiling when the lights are out!

solar system bathroom

The solar system prints are from Megan Lee Studio.  The bathroom walls are painted Benjamin Moore, Brittany Blue 1633.

planets artwork

This was such a fun project to work on, and I loved seeing Ben's reaction to his new room!

Another huge thank you to Beth Furgurson Photography for all of the wonderful 'after' photographs.

One more time, before:

boys room before

After:

navy and red boys bedroom

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Whole House Paint Colors

A young couple that recently moved to Richmond from Charleston, SC contacted me to help them in their home.  They wanted to start by selecting new paint colors for each room to give the house a fresh start and to make it feel more like them.  They knew they wanted blues and grays throughout the house, but they did not have a lot of furnishings and rugs that were dictating specific colors, so we had a lot of choices to select from. Here is what we decided:

Gray and Blue Whole House Paint Colors

whole house paint colors

(SW = Sherwin Williams   BM = Benjamin Moore)

SW Sleepy Blue 6225 ~ We started in the living room.  One of two rugs they did bring with them is going in the living room.  We used that as our starting point, and pulled this blue to coordinate with the rug.

SW Mindful Gray 7016 & SW Mountain Air 6224 ~ The living room opens to the dining room, so we chose two colors that complement the Sleepy Blue.  Mindful Gray is for the walls and Mountain Air for the ceiling.

BM Quiet Moments 1563 ~ Off of the dining room is a sunroom that leads out to the back yard.  Quiet Moments is a nice soft blue, green, gray that changes colors with different amounts of sunlight, but looks great at any time of day.  The kitchen also connects to the dining room, so we decided to repeat Quiet Moments in there.

SW Snowbound 7004 & SW Online 7072 ~ They have a sunken den with a fireplace that does not get a lot of natural light.  The room is a blank slate right now, and they wanted to keep it as light as possible.  We chose Snowbound for the walls, and Online as an accent on the backs of bookcases and on the brick fireplace that was already painted.

BM Brittany Blue 1633 ~ We selected Brittany Blue for the first floor powder room.

SW Passive 7064 ~ For the downstairs hallway, stairway, and upstairs hallway, Passive was the perfect gray to tie the two floors together.

BM Beach Glass 1564 ~ They wanted the master bedroom to feel calm and cozy.  Beach Glass is the darker version of Quiet Moments, and is one of my favorite paint colors.  It, too, can look blue, green, or gray depending on the time of day, and is perfect for a bedroom.

SW Mountain Air 6224 ~ We repeated Mountain Air (from the dining room ceiling) upstairs in the master bathroom and hall bathroom.

SW Nebulous White 7063 ~ For a guest bedroom that right now is a blank slate, we stuck with a white to give the room a fresh feel.  Accessories, window treatments, and bedding will eventually be added to give the room color and personality.

BM Misty Memories 2118-60 ~ Misty Memories is a gray with a purple undertone to it. When they told me they wanted gray for their daughter's nursery, and they already had purple and yellow bedding, I knew this was the color.

SW Snowbound 7004 ~ We repeated Snowbound (den) on all of the ceilings (except the dining room) and on all of the trim.

BM Dream I Can Fly 769 ~ Where did we use Dream I Can Fly? On the front door, for a fun pop of color, and welcoming entrance to the house!

So, there you have it - a whole house paint color scheme.  Why did I specify so many different shades of blue and gray?  Every room has different lighting and different fixed elements (rugs, existing furniture, countertops, cabinets) to take into consideration. Finding the perfect wall color is a balancing act of all of the pieces in the room.

A huge thank you to the wonderful team at Barden's Decorating for completing all of the prep and painting on this project!  Selecting the colors was only the first step, executing the plan with talented painters is just as important.

ο Have you used any of these paint colors in your home?

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Client Reveal ~ Pillows & Window Treatments

Last week, I shared a client's install with beautiful window treatments; today, I am sharing a second recent install - this time with more than just window treatments. This couple contacted  me wanting to spruce up their neutral family room and unadorned foyer.

The family room, before:

family room before

and after:

gray and blue family room

We started with a new rug. We chose one that is still neutral, but that also brings in shades of blue and warm tans to relate to the wall color.

neutral and blue floral rug

After selecting the rug, we started to look at fabrics for new pillows and window treatments.  We chose four fabrics that are a mix of fun, colorful patterns.

blue & gray pillows

We repeated one of the fabrics (the stripe on the right) to use as the window treatments.  They have a lot of windows in the space, and we decided the best option for window treatments was to frame the French doors that open out to their deck.  Adding window treatments to every window in the room would have overwhelmed the space.

gray and blue family room

Here is a close-up of of the window treatment fabric - the blue and neutral stripes coordinate perfectly with the rug.

window treatment close up

They have satin nickel hardware throughout their kitchen and family room, so we repeated that with the drapery rod and finials.

top pinch pleat window treatmentsIn their foyer, they needed a few pieces to add functionality and personality.

Before:

foyer before

She found a rug that she loved, and we used that as the inspiration for the space.

blue damask rug

Next, we added a bench and a shelf with hooks.  To bring in more color to the space, we choose three blue fabrics for a bench cushion and pillows.

foyer with bench

Now, they have the perfect space for storing shoes, coats, and bags.

foyer with bench

A close-up of the fabrics:

blue pillows on a foyer bench

I love mixing and matching patterns.  It is also fun to see how new fabrics can completely transform a space!

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Client Reveal ~ Window Treatments

Hello and Happy 2015! The end of 2014 kept me busy with client work, and I had two big installs for clients last Friday.  The first install I want to share is the home of a couple with two young boys.  They are a busy family and recently completed a few renovation updates in their downstairs. They contacted me to help them with the 'finishing touches' of a few spaces.

Clients frequently ask me, "Are custom window treatments worth it?"  My answer is always: "Yes!"  They make such a big impact in a room, and with the perfect fabric and beautiful hardware they are an investment clients are always happy they made.

Here are the three rooms we worked on in their home to bring the perfect window treatments to the space.  (Each room still needs a few pieces and accessories to finish it off, but the window treatments give them a good place to start and find inspiration).

Family Room

Here is their family room, before:

family room before

They had already selected transitional chairs (with a complementing sofa on the other side of the room), a geometric rug, and aqua and tan pillows throughout the room.  The windows were just too bare, and they wanted a functional treatment to close for privacy.

Their family room, after:

aqua and tan family room

A fun, aqua and ivory 'wave' fabric compliments the other fabrics and patterns in the room.  We also selected a sheer that can open and close to allow for privacy when needed.

aqua window panel and sheer

Satin nickel hardware coordinates with the hardware on their built-in bookcases.

aqua window panel and sheer header

The sheers, closed:

aqua window panel and sheer

or open: aqua and tan family room

Either way, these window treatments help to complete the family room!

Living Room

The living room is "Mom's room" - a place to read, relax, and make phone calls to dear friends.  She choose shades of teal and gray for the room, and she plans to bring in art work with greens and pinks.

The living room, before:

living room before

After:

teal and gray living room

teal and gray living room

When we held up the fabric we selected for this room, we knew it was 'the one'. It has an updated-traditional feel to it, and the color palette matched perfectly with the space.

teal bird fabric window panel

We also selected satin nickel hardware in the living room to coordinate with the satin nickel nailhead trim on their gray leather wing chairs.

teal bird fabric window panel

Dining Room

Their dining room is a mix of traditional, family pieces, with more contemporary accent pieces.

Here is the before (and you can see some of the fabrics we were debating between):

dining room before

After:

gray floral dining room window panels

This gray and white floral fabric is the ideal balance of formal with a little bit of playfulness and youthfulness to complete the space.

gray floral window panels

The black hardware coordinates with the chandelier and helps draw the eye up in the room.

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In these three spaces, the window treatments are beautiful highlights that help each room feel closer to being complete.

Stayed tuned for the second install!

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Downtown Condo Mood Board

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A client reached out to me wanting some help with her new downtown condo.  She is a busy professional, with little time to meet, so we decided to treat her project like an e-design project.  We did all of our communication through email and I provided her with a floor plan and furniture options that she could purchase on her own time. She wanted help with the main room of the condo.  It is a long, narrow space with windows along one wall and open to the kitchen on the other side.

downtown condo

The width of the carpeted area is 7’6” and we used a length of 14’6” to separate her living space from her entry space.  With such a narrow area to work with, we had to be creative with her options.  Here is the layout design I suggested to her:

living room floor plan

Placing the sofa against the windows will maximize the space.  It also allows for a nice open flow between the living area and the kitchen.  If she wants extra seating, I suggested a small chair in the foyer area that could be brought over when needed.

Here is the mood board with the specific pieces I suggested for her downtown condo:

downtown condo mood board

1.  The Davis Queen sleeper sofa from Crate & Barrel is a great piece to anchor the space.  I like this couch for its clean lines and nice shape.  (I like it so much that Andrew and I have this couch with a chaise in our living room!)  The arms are narrow, so it is a good fit for a smaller space.  It comes in a variety of colors, but I like the color here: Mink.  She does not have a guest room, so the sleeper sofa will allow her to hosts guests in her new home.

2.   This adorable tufted chair is an updated version to a traditional parlor style chair.  The tufted back and swooped arms give it a feminine touch without being overly girly.  The chair comes in a variety of colors, and picking something  fun, like Grape, gives the space personality.

3.  I suggested 2 ottomans instead of a coffee table for several reasons:

  • they are a good size for the space
  • they offer extra storage
  • they can serve as extra seating if needed
  • their tops can be flipped and used as trays
  • they come in a variety of colors (shown in: Smoke)

4.   A round side table helps to break up the shapes in the condo.  I loved the texture and size of this table.

5.   A media console with reclaimed wood and ebony stained surround is the perfect fit for a chic downtown condo.

Pops of color in pillows and accessories will give her condo personality and make it feel like home.  I love to mix and match patterns and textures in pillows, and these four will coordinate beautifully with the purple chair.

6.   The multicolor floral pillow is a great one to start with on the sofa.  Aside from the purple, it also brings in three other vibrant colors in the red, orange, and green.

7.   The chenille diamond pillow is perfect for adding texture to the room.  It also gives a nod to the pattern on the side table.

8.   Ikat is a classic Indian design, but the purple and red color scheme of this pillow give it an updated feel.

9.   Colorful medallions and playful fringe make this lumbar pillow the perfect finishing touch to the room.

I enjoyed putting together these ideas to help her create the perfect feel for her new home!

° Which piece is your favorite?

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CGI Updates

Hi friends and welcome back!  I know it has been quite a while since my last blog post, so I wanted to share a few updates of what I’ve been working on…besides spending time with this sweet boy!

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(Beth Furgurson Photography)

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful clients on fun projects for their homes.  My hairdresser referred me to a young couple who lives only a few blocks from Andrew and me.  At the time, they had recently moved into their home and wanted make it more reflective of their personal style.  We have been working on the family room and dining room to bring in their personalities.  They are not afraid of color, and they love to search antique malls and thrift stores looking for fun and unique pieces.  We are working to find a few last things to finish up the dining room, but here is a sample of what they decided on for their two rooms.

dining room & family room

After the window treatments in their family room were installed (the off-white and navy geometric fabric on the right), the wife sent me one of the nicest emails with a sincere compliment: “My husband keeps saying "I love the curtains" every time he walks in the family room.  We REALLY appreciate your guidance.  We were just talking about how you weren't pushy at all - almost to the point where we feel like we picked this fabric ourselves - but we know you gently steered us in the right direction :)  Thanks!”  Wow!  I was so appreciative of her email and happy to hear that they are enjoying the window treatments!

Another project that is in the works is taking a little boy’s room from his nursery theme and colors to his ‘big boy’ room.  Here is a picture of the ‘before’:

boys bedroom before

His only request was for the room to have a sports theme.  They had already chosen a madras quilt for the bed, so we pulled two colors from that to use in the room: navy and red.  As a fun wall treatment, we added horizontal stripes that run around the top of the wall.  He also shares a Jack and Jill bathroom with his brother, so we’ve been working in there to do some updates as well.  A glow-in-the-dark constellation wallpaper on the ceiling was the inspiration for the bathroom!  Here are a few of the things we selected for the two rooms:

boys bedroom & bathroom

And a sneak peak of the bedroom:

horizontal stripes in a bedroom

We will be putting the finishing touches on these two rooms over the next few weeks – I cannot wait to see them come together!

Right before Christmas, I had the opportunity to work with a couple who had just purchased their first home.  The house was great, but the paint colors made the house feel like it belonged at the beach: turquoise, yellow, peach – in every room!  They called me for a whole house paint consultation.  We went room by room and chose the perfect paint colors for the space.  We were able to have fun with a few of the rooms, but we also wanted the main living areas to flow from one to the next.  Here is a look at what we chose:

whole house paint colors

I also have two other updates that I’d like to share.  First, I’ve teamed up with a local contractor, Doug Lewis Remodeling, to offer their clients design services.  For a limited time, when contracting a kitchen remodel with Doug Lewis Remodeling, a consultation with me and idea board for design selections is also included.  Have you been considering a kitchen remodel?  Read more details of our partnership here.

doug lewis remodeling

Lastly, I am excited to share an event that I have been helping to plan.  Did you ever watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?  If you did, then you will remember Thom Filicia – the interior designer on the show.  Thom has continued his design business and formed a successful firm and brand in New York City.  We are thrilled to be bringing him to Richmond!  For details and to purchase tickets, visit the Day of Design website.

Day of Design

º Did you watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?  Will I see you at Day of Design?

Girl’s Nursery ~ Client Reveal

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The week Andrew and I found out that I was pregnant, I received this email: “My husband and I are expecting our first little one in March.  I am interested in your services for helping us create a nursery here in our home...So far, I have a handful of ideas and fabric swatches, but that's about all…”

What timing!  I met with Jess shortly after she sent her email and we started working on a design plan for their little girl’s nursery.  Jess originally was leaning towards a pink and green color scheme, but she ended up changing her mind to purple and gray.  (Believe it or not, she made the color switch on her own!)  Jess and Jason were such a pleasure to work with, and it was really fun for me to create a purple nursery, especially during my own pregnancy.

They had a great space to start with; we just needed to transform it in order to accommodate their new arrival.  Here are a few before pictures:

nursery before

nursery before

And the after (photos by Beth Furgurson Photography):

purple & gray nursery

 

The inspiration for the room started with the purple and gray bedding (from Pottery Barn Kids).

purple & gray nursery crib

The purple color in the bedding is a unique purple, and I found a perfect match to it in the fabric we used for the window treatments.  The embroidered modern floral design was a soft and playful addition to the nursery.

purple & gray nursery

The beautiful window treatments were fabricated by Christine of Iron Gate Interiors.

purple nursery window panels

Jess found these adorable pom poms on Etsy ~ Bell Bloom Design.  To complete the color scheme, we brought in a few pops of aqua to use as an accent color throughout the nursery.

purple gray & blue pom poms

nursery lamp

The dahlia wall flowers are also from Esty ~ Bed Buggs Boutique.

purple & gray nursery artwork

Barden’s Decorating painted and meticulously stenciled the room.

purple & gray nursery changing table

nursery stencil

We also added an armoire to the room for extra storage.

purple & gray nursery armoireIt was such a joy to work with Jess and Jason on their nursery.  I love how it turned out!

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Congratulations Jess and Jason on the arrival of your sweet little girl, I hope she’s enjoying her new room!

º What is your favorite part of the nursery?

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