Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day!

Well, it appears that everything in Nashville has shut down for the day, well at least my yoga studio, my neighborhood lunch spot and every store and restaurant I follow on Twitter and Facebook that have announced their closing for the day.  So, I guess I am shut IN for the day.  Taking full advantage of this, I have changed back into my flannel PJ pants and bathrobe and have nestled up in front of the computer to take care of some work.  Easily distracted as I am, though, I now find myself scouring the net for more nursery design ideas.  I have cleared out my nursery room of old furniture now, and the next step is to paint (with only 12 weeks to go, it is about time).  Inspired by the pretty white snow outside, I am trying to find the perfect shade of white, ivory or beige to paint the room.

Here are a few shades I have found that I like:
Benjamin Moore White Dove (lots of designers use this one)

Benjamin Moore China White (another fave of designers)

Restoration Hardware Cloud White

Benjamin Moore Cloud White

And here are a few inspirational nursery pics I found yesterday poking around:

This is the Oeuf Sparrow crib.
It is so sleek and simple, eco-friendly, and not too girly
(in case we have another child down the road that happens to be a boy).
I like the all white simple bedding, but I would probably add a few touches of tan linen,
and maybe a pink (patterned?) throw blanket.

I am trying to decide whether or not it will be too crowded if I have a daybed/single bed in the baby's room.
I think it will come in quite handy.  I love how this one looks.

I love this look.  Again, clean and neutral.
The glider and pouf look like Serena and Lily, and I love the neutral chest for a changing table, as well as the contemporary art above the chest.  It is fun, but sophisticated.

This from the same nursery as above.  Again, a sleek simple crib, neutral bedding.  

Another simple crib with white and pink bedding.
The wall color looks pretty close to Pantone's color of the year for 2011: Honeysuckle.
Probably a little too bold for my taste, considering I will be spending a
large portion of my life in this room for the next few years to come.

Love this neutral look again.  Simple and elegant with the pretty bedding details.

This is the same Oeuf Sparrow Crib I mentioned above, but in grey.
I like this room for its organic look and still neutral colors, with pops of bright colors here and there.

Photo Credits:  I am pretty sure all of the pictures above except for the last two pics are from the Haute Happy Style Blog.  Second-to-last photo is from the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Blog.  The last pic I found on another interior design blog, Nursery Notations.  Thanks for the inspiration!

Well, that was fun.  Now back to work.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday (and 2010)

Want to know the story behind the song?  Then you might enjoy one of the many interesting offerings of the year 2010.  Keith Richards memoir/autobiography, "Life", came out this fall.  Apparently Ruby Tuesday was the song's title character based on an old girlfriend of his, who was not named Ruby.  Then the chain restaurant nabbed the name from the song many years ago.  My husband is reading Keith's book now, and I enjoy hearing the fun bits and pieces he chooses to read aloud for me.

The year 2010 was a big one for me and my growing family, and 2011 will be even more memorable with the pending arrival of our baby girl this spring.  It is hard to think back as far as last January, but it is only healthy to step back, reflect and recap the year as we move forward.

Here are my TEN 2010 Most Memorables (in no particular order):

1. The Nashville Flood

2. My 30th Birthday

3. Finding out that we are having a BABY!!

4. Finding out that we are not only having a baby, but that it's a baby GIRL!

5. Our trip to Italy
Positano, Italy

6. My sister moving to Paris

7. My baby brother starting college

The Graduate!
8. Starting my graphic design business

9. Tom graduating from business school and starting his dream job

10. A few best friends' weddings, visits to new mommies and their new babes, and sharing these special moments with them as our lives are changing.

What are your most memorable moments of 2010?  It is hard to think back and lump all of these things into one year.  Some seem like yesterday and others like eons ago.  It is amazing to think what 2011 will bring after a year like this.  So many challenges, tears, laughter, joy, and so many special moments.  It is never easy, but no one said it would be.  With so many happy moments to look back on, there have to be some challenges or we would take it all for granted.

Stay tuned for my "year in print" post.  I tried to pull together some of my favorite designs of the year for this next post.  I had so much fun working on all of these fun projects.  Coming soon!