I Can’t Resist… Phase One of the Nursery Renovation

Okay, so we are expecting our first child in November and I just can’t resist sharing my nursery design process with my readers.  I think it just wouldn’t be fair to keep this adventure a secret!  Here goes…

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We currently have a small, cozy room with great light that also catches the best spring and fall breezes of any room I have been in.  Since I am not into going pink, on pink, on pink for our little girl, I decided to mix things up a little.  We found this adorable yellow, gray, and white crib bedding set and decided to design the room around that.   It is the Bananafish MiGi Sweet Sunshine collection.  I love the slight vintage look of the flowers and the birds, not to mention it is still girly but not predictable.

4 Piece Crib Bedding Set


Throw Blanket

Bumper & Fitted Sheet

To get a feel for how the design will come together, I made an idea board to explore the look and how the accessories will all come together:

Idea Board

So, as you can see it has a modern yet vintage feel with some very cute touches.  We are going to do two hues of yellow on the walls, divided by a white chair rail.  The bottom portion of the wall will be a darker hue than the top section.  Since we already own the Ikea Gislev rug along with the Ikea Expedit bookcase, we decided to play off of those pieces.  The rug will bring in the grey accent and the bookcase influenced our Babyletto Modo Collection crib selection along with the Ikea Poang chair.  I also am a fan of bringing in natural elements, hence the wicker storage baskets and the Boja collection of light fixtures, also from Ikea.

The Plan:

Our first step?  We are going to remove the paneling and possibly replace the drywall unless we can refinish it without too much hassle.  (There may be a lot of little holes in it from the staples used to install the paneling.)  We plan to re-install the crown molding and the chair rail but only after we paint it a nice semi-gloss white.  The carpet is out the door, mostly because I think carpet is a breeding ground for allergens and who knows what else.  Unfortunately the original wood floors that run throughout the house are of no use to us in this room since the previous owners glued down linoleum tile on top of it.  Really!?  And it’s not the nice linoleum I showed you on my “Kitchen Flooring: What’s Out There?” post…

Our second step?  Once we have a shiny new room, it will be time for paint.  I always, always use Duron /Sherwin Williams paints (basically the same company, only Duron is more geared toward the commercial sector while Sherwin Williams is more like the design center).  I just know that the value and quality is always just what I need, no more no less.  This time, however, I am trying something new.  Since it is a nursery and I have read extensively about the harmful VOC’s in latex paints, I am opting for a healthier choice- Sherwin William’s Harmony interior acrylic latex paint.  With zero VOC’s, this product is just right.  I can avoid the off-gassing of harmful chemicals in my newborn’s room, but it also makes it safe for me to pitch in on the painting process while I’m pregnant.  Some may wonder why I wouldn’t want to sit back and watch my husband do it, but I actually really enjoy painting!

I will keep you posted on the next phase of our renovation… check back in soon! (Remember- you can always subscribe to my blog and recieve email notifications every time I add a new post!)

A Must See: Ann Sacks Tile

Okay, let’s do something a little different this week.  Since tile is one of my passions, I thought we could take a closer look at the nation’s leading designer of innovative and stunningly beautiful tile, Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, Inc.

Byzantine in Red: Art Glass Mosaic

Growing up in Detroit, Ann Sacks would have never dreamed that she would one day be dubbed the “Queen of Tile,” states a press release.  It all started while Sacks was shopping for a Mexican wedding dress and stumbled upon a bin of hand-painted Talavera tiles from Mexico and she was instantly inspired.  It was all success from there, opening her first showroom in her hometown of Portland, Oregon in 1981.  Within three years she was showcasing handmade tiles in 100 colors and opening two additional showrooms in Seattle and Vancouver.  She quickly caught the eye of Kohler the Wisconsin-based, family-owned plumbing company by matching many of her color choices to their products.  In 1989 Sacks sold her company to Kohler and proceeded as the President and Design Director and has since moved on to other ventures.  Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, Inc. now offers tile using materials such as ceramic, natural stone, metal, leather, glass… you name it.  There are also a handful of featured designers with their own collections sold under the Ann Sacks name.  I’ll take you on a quick journey through a select variety of the amazing products available through Ann Sacks:

Gallery- Ceramic Art Tile

Maximus- Concrete Flooring

Caliper- Ceramic Basics

Aura Deep Blue Sea-Glass Tile

Bosque Wood in Brazilian Cherry Jatoba- Wood Tile

Like what you see?  See more at AnnSacks.com.  Also read more about Ann Sacks and company history here.  I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did!

I’m in Love…

I just had to share this amazing tile I came across today:

Melissa Mobley Copon


 Melissa Mobley Copon

How wonderfully fun and unique!  Aptly named the Klimt collection.. now you see it, don’t you?!  This Gustav Klimt inspired tile is from Mercury Mosaics, a Minneapolis company that is woman-owned and operated (well, there are a few guys on staff) and every project is custom made by hand to order.  Thanks to Fox Interiors’ blog for the post!

Designer of the Week: Becky Shankle

Meet Becky Shankle, an Eco-savvy designer with an interesting background.  No design degree here, however her background in psychology and architectural technology mixed with her 22 years of experience [and counting] has produced an individual who can bring something new to the table.  As the principal designer for Eco-Modernism, LLC based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Becky has lead her team in developing garden-friendly, modern, green kitchens. They use RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinet components (plywood and veneered engineered wood options) and high end hardware, including Ikea, Rev-a-Shelf, and Blum.  Their projects usually land in the $18k – $35k total budget range, making them wallet-friendly, too.  What do I like the most about Becky?  Read her philosophy on why one should hire a designer:

Foodpairing is a site that maps complimentary flavors. Blueberries apparently get along with cinnamon and sage. The point being, all of us have access to the same ingredients. What makes the end product different is the person who puts them together. This is just a tool to inspire you. You still need as a chef the craftsmanship, the experience, to translate this inspiration into a good recipe. It is not only mixing two components together. The balance & proportion between the two is important.”

Not only do I love her philosophy, her designs are pretty awesome too:




With a space this small, one may think there’s not much that can be done to improve the layout and flow.  However, by simply turning the breakfast bar into an island, Becky has opened up this small kitchen and allowed for more mobility through the space.  Plus, I have a very weak spot for anything using that beautiful lemongrass color.




  • Bosch ovens, cooktop & retracting downdraft exhaust fan
  • Blanco siligranit sink
  • Brizo faucet fixture
  • Xenon undercabinet task lighting
  • IKEA cabinets
I just love watching the transformation of a cluttered, ill-designed kitchen into a clean and functional space.  It produces an almost zen-like feeling, does it not?

From cluttered to open and fresh.  I love the palette of cool, calming colors paired with the hint of Mediterranean styling.  Kudos, Eco Modernism!

See more on their website:Eco-Modernism.com

Check out their blog: Eco-Modernism.com/blog/

Kitchen Flooring: What’s Out There?

Have you ever walked into a flooring showroom and been immediately overwhelmed by the selection? It can be mind-boggling to sort through all the possibilities when it comes to updating your kitchen flooring.  Even though we walk all over it, kitchen flooring is a major consideration when designing your kitchen. I will go over what to consider when choosing a flooring type as well as some pros & cons for each type.

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Celebrity Kitchens: Who’s Responsible for This?

Let’s take a look at some celebrity kitchens and see who is behind the custom and innovative designs…

Can you guess which celebrity chef cooks away in this beautiful kitchen?

guess who?

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Organize It!

When it comes to kitchen organization, the options are endless…

I cannot believe what is out there today.  Everything from spice racks to mixer lifts to vegetable drawers- you dream it and there you have it.  I want to share with you some super cool finds in the world of cabinet organization:

Appliances: Now you see ’em, now you don’t!

Heavy Duty Lift Mechanism

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