Guest Post at Courtney Out Loud

Today, I’m starting a monthly guest column on my friend’s blog, Courtney Out Loud.  Courtney is the first person I met (in person) through blogging and he’s a talented designer and lifestyle guru.  When he approached me about the series, I was very excited as the posts will discuss various aspects of space planning with a focus on actual spaces and even questions from readers.  I love starting a project and figuring out the best way to actually make the space work so it’s one of my favorite topics to explore.


I’d love it if you would hop on over and visit Courtney’s blog to catch my new series.  Also,  be sure to submit any questions you have!



Nursery Lighting

I’ve received several deliveries this week including the gorgeous wallpaper and fabric for the chair and headboard.  Can’t wait to use them!  But now I need to make some lighting decisions.

As you recall, the wallpaper is a modern take on a fairly traditional pattern:

Oh Joy! Petal Pusher Wallpaper

Oh Joy! Petal Pusher Wallpaper

This wallpaper will cover 3 of the walls (the other wall will have a built-in cabinet and headboard).  I’ve also painted the ceiling a light pink.  I initially thought I wanted to go with something that played off the flowers in the wallpaper and loved the look of the Lotus Flower Pendant from Vivaterra:

zm_lotus_chandelier_pearlUnfortunately, it looks like the large version is out of stock but I’ve found a cheaper version at Pottery Barn that might work just as well.

But I’m having second thoughts about this as the budget is slowly dwindling as well it might be just too much with the wallpaper.  The other option is to go in the opposite direction and go a little more modern with the fixture.  I love the modern Artichoke Lamp but it’s WAY out of the budget. Recently I came across this great knock-off for a reasonable price:

Artichoke Lamp

The last option is for a really inexpensive fixture that I’ve liked for a while:

Ikea Maskros Pendant

Ikea Maskros Pendant

I’ve always liked the look of these ceiling fixtures but I hate that they are so obviously Ikea.  I buy a ton of things from Ikea and don’t have a problem with it but I hate when it’s something so obviously Ikea.  (It’s a weird and silly distinction.)  Plus, I think that this fixture still has the same problem as my first choice – too many floral accents with the wallpaper.

Lastly, I could go with something vintage and spend time at the flea markets and antique stores looking.  I know I don’t want anything too girly or chandelier like so I’m a little less optimistic that something will turn up in the stores.

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?

Nursery Progress: To Glide or Not to Glide

We’re making good progress on the nursery design and I’m now in the process of buying the furniture room.  I know there are many differing opinions on whether a nursery needs a glider but I’ve decided that it makes sense to get one.  The main reason that I wanted to get a glider (other than to soothe and rock the baby to sleep of course :)) is because it’s the only way I can justify getting a recliner in the house.  (Full disclosure: when I go to my grandmother’s house, I’m so excited to sit in the recliners even though I make fun of the way they look.  I can fall asleep in like 5 minutes…it’s impressive. :)) As we all know, generally recliners are hideous and don’t really work well in a well-designed house.  (My friend, Courtney, did a fantastic post about working with recliners in to a design scheme).  So I was on the lookout for a glider/recliner that wasn’t unattractive and wouldn’t take away from the overall design.

These are the gliders that I considered:

Lucy Swivel Glider

Lucy Swivel Glider

Jennifer Delonge Wing Glider Recliner

Jennifer Delonge Wing Glider Recliner

Grano Glider Recliner

Grano Glider Recliner

These choices are all modern and sleek and don’t look bad for gliders or recliners.  However, I wasn’t in love with any of them and clocking in at $1200 without much customization didn’t give me the warm and fuzzies either.  So I decided to do a quick Craigslist search and, on the first try, I discovered this diamond in the rough for only $300:


It was a little wider and less sleek that I wanted but overall the dimensions worked in the room and I figured that a change of fabric would really make it pop.  So obviously for $300, I snatched it up quickly and now it’s time to pick a fabric to reupholster it.  These are the final contenders:

Schumacher Jelly Bean

Journey Fruitydriftpomegranate

Of course, I’m in love with the most expensive fabric but I think I can afford to splurge given the cheapness of the chair along with trying a new upholsterer who is fairly reasonable.  I hope to have the fabric and the chair back in the next few weeks.  I can’t wait to share!

Fired Up and Ready to …

Last week, I had the opportunity to get out of the ongoing project/construction zone (i.e. my house) and enjoy a few design and educational events.  Taking the time to do this provided me with inspiring ideas and information to energize me.  I’m fired up and ready to … think about what’s next 🙂


As I mentioned before, I’ve been thinking about the direction I want to take the blog and the design business.  One day, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Houzz in Santa Monica and an alumni event with Kai Ryssdal from NPR about integrity and communication.  Funny enough, these events were on completely different intellectual spectrums but they both provided me with a burning sense to come home and strategize about the business and blog.  What I took away from the Houzz event was a way to energize my marketing efforts and reach out to an informed consumer.  My marketing efforts should be focused on identifying the importance of working with a design professional and what I bring to the table that is different and unique than other professionals.  The takeaway from the NPR event was the importance of a quest for continued learning and interest in the world.  This made me think about the reason for my career change and how interested I was in design and the desire to learn as much as possible.


Lastly, I attended a dinner sponsored by Lamps Plus to start this year’s Design Bloggers Conference.  It was great to meet other designers and bloggers and discuss their process, goals, and interests.  It was a fun event and made me want to hunker down and focus on making this little blog fun and enjoyable for myself and the readers.

Not surprisingly, I’ve become less energized and excited since moving to Los Angeles, quitting my job, starting a business, buying and gutting a new home, renovating for 6 months, and living in a construction zone while gestating a small human being in my belly.  I need to recapture that excitement that led me to start this new career and work as hard as possible to make a real run at making this a success.  I’m still figuring out what this really means and I’ll probably use the blog to discuss this as I’m ironing it out but I know that, at the very least, I’m going to be focused on being more involved in the design community (online and in Los Angeles), studying design and trends to get a much better understanding of historical trends and further my design knowledge.  I will continue to work with clients and update you on the progess as it happens but I’ll be adding more analysis and discussion of design trends and applications.  Let’s hope this works out!  I would love for you to follow me on the journey and provide feedback on what works (and doesn’t work).

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