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Create The Perfect Girl’s Oasis with Three Simple Tricks

I could wax poetic about Kendall Simmons all live long day if you let me and it has a lot to do with her gorgeous interiors, print mixing abilities and enviable kids spaces. But you know what else I love about Kendall? She gives killer advice. Case in point, this wallpapered gem that comes bearing 3 simple tricks to crafting the ultimate girl’s oasis.

This sweet blue and white girl’s room belongs to Lila. She’s 8 years old, and was in need of an upgrade from her previous little girl space. Lila’s mom reached out to me to help create a retreat fit for a big girl, with the goal of longevity in mind. We set out to design a room that feels perfectly comfortable for an 8 year old, but can easily transition for an 18 year old with only a few tweaks.

The following are three easy methods to create the perfect space for any little girl, no matter the age.

1. Make one big statement

Choose an item to splurge on. You only need one, but make it a good one! For Lila’s room, we decided to go all out with a wall of Rebecca Atwood wallpaper behind the bed. The watercolor floral pattern is whimsical enough for a child, but at the same time it’s sophisticated enough for a young adult. Actually, now that I’m typing that sentence, I think it’s perfect even for a not so young adult!

2. Mix and match your textiles

Add layers and interesting combinations of fabrics. So often, children’s rooms fall into the trap of everything being perfectly matched. Avoid that urge! Don’t buy the bed-in-a-bag kit! The mixture of fun, unexpected bedding and fabrics add visual interest and help a room feel like it’s been collected over time. For example, in this room I mixed completely different fabrics for sheets, coverlet, quilt, shams, and accent pillows. I also added textured drapery with fun tassels, and a big mixture of unmatched pillows on Lila’s window seat.

3. Create contemplative space

In 2017, everyone is inundated with screens and technology. For children, be sure to carve out a little bit of space just for reading, drawing, thinking and relaxing. For Lila, the beautiful window seat with new cushions and pillows is her contemplative space.

Photography: Catherine Truman | Interior Design: Kendall Simmons | Bedside Tables: Wisteria | Bedside Lamps: Wisteria | Bench: Ballard Designs | Drapery Panels: Anthropologie | Quilt: Anthropologie | Floral Quilt: Pottery Barn Teen | Throw Pillow: Urban Outfitters | Throw Pillow: Urban Outfitters | Throw Pillow: Urban Outfitters | Throw Pillow: Urban Outfitters | Throw: Urban Outfitters | Accent Lamp: Urban Outfitters | Artwork: Urban Outfitters | Artwork: Urban Outfitters | Wallpaper: Rebecca Atwood | Rug: Dash and Albert

Beat the Wintertime Blues with a Party that Fully Embraces Cozy

We’re still in the thick of Winter here in Boston; snow and all. But our saving grace is indulging in the coziest of details until Spring decides to make an appearance and this party is just that. It’s a mix of winter greenery, comfort treats like milk and cookies and a celebration of a baby on the way all crafted by NE Occasion and captured by Love & Light Photographs. Head to the vault for even more and beat those wintertime blues!

From the planner…This shower was designed to represent a childhood favorite snack; cookies & milk. Jessa, the mama-to-be and owner of Love & Light Photographs, came to me with a swaddle blanket from Little Unicorn and that set the tone for the event’s style. Clean, modern & crisp.

 Since her little boy’s shower was in December, we wanted to incorporate winter but not Christmas. We utilized felt green and white trees as décor accents. Every detail from the bespoke invitations to the custom candle favors did not get overlooked. We created three signature cookie scented candles for favors. Oatmeal raisin, sugar cookie and almond biscotti candles burned throughout the event creating the warmest and inviting atmosphere.

 The best place for the most intimate baby shower is at home, where the heart is. The catering from Cardinal accurately captured the nostalgic feel by serving grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup and chocolate chip pancakes.

What cookies and milk party would be complete without cookies and milk? Sweet Bee Bake Shop prepared a custom cookie spread for us featuring a special Hot Chocolate cookie with peppermint marshmallows. Vintage milk bottles were displayed in an antique baby tub for guests to enjoy with their cookies.

The Vintage Cake created the most beautiful naked cookie cake fully equipped with cookie dough crumbles, can you say YUM?! If you were a guest at this shower, I am sure you did not want to leave! The two fireplaces created a warmth and inviting feeling beside the Christmas tree adorned only with blue lights.

 It was such a pleasure reminiscing about childhood favorite treats and snacks while planning this shower. Working with Jessa to curate her dream baby shower was an experience I will never forget and lucky for all of us, we have these stunning images to look at so we won’t either!

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Event Styling & Design: NE Occasion | Cake: The Vintage Cake | Invitations: Mary Kate Moon | Catering: Cardinal | Custom Candles: Noon Design Shop

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Meet the Best Ever Birthday Theme…Because Everybody Loves Donuts

Donuts are a fast track way to my heart and maybe the most genius theme ever for a birthday. This little cutie would probably agree. For her 1st celebration, Eden Jade’s mom and the event planner behind Swoon Floral Design, went all out crafting a brunch infused soiree. Layered in pink, decorated with bright blooms and tasty breakfast treats, this party captured by Lady & Gent Photography is the perfect way to celebrate the big 1.

As a floral and event designer, I had been thinking about Eden’s first birthday party longer than I’d like to admit. My husband and I also have so many amazing family and friends that supported and encouraged us through our first year of parenthood so I wanted to throw a fun party. Let’s be honest, making it through the first year is a reason to celebrate!

I decided to stick with a fun palette of pinks, peaches and corals, and of course include beautiful florals. The City Hippy Studio created the invitation based around the monthly photos I took of Eden. Each month I would create the number out of flowers and lay her next to it. I loved how the invitation and all the other signage for the party turned out.

Puj baby was gracious enough to use their retail space as our venue. The concrete floors and white walls created a perfect backdrop to the bright colors. Something Borrowed provided the beautiful furniture for the lounge area. Pink chairs, cream sofa, and fun throw pillows created a cozy area for guests to hang out.

Since the party was late morning, we decided to have brunch! Fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, yogurt bar, mimosa’s and bloody mary’s were all DIY by my family. Little Red’s Bakeshop provided yummy pastries, the smash cake, and the sugar cookies that we gave out as favors. Dessert for the guests were Coco Donuts.

 The floral arrangements had a mix of some of my favorite blooms: Peonies, dahlias, garden roses, and cosmos to name a few. Despite skipping her nap that day, Eden had a great time! Ultimately the party was a success because the people who love and care about our daughter were there to celebrate. What a blessing!

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Photography: Lady & Gent Photography | Floral + Event Design: Swoon Floral Design | "Eden Jade" Cutout: ADX Portland | Donuts: Coco Donuts | Eden's Outfit: Old Navy | Invitations and other paper goods: The City Hippy Studio | Party Napkins and Straw Flags: For Your Party | Pastries, Smash Cake, Cookies: Little Red's Bakeshop & Café | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland