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Starry Nursery Tour

This nursery makes me happy for so many reasons. It’s designed to perfection by our very own Jess, packed to the brim with adorable DIYs (see here, here and here) and filled with so much love you can feel it through the screen. Oh, and the chief resident, little Mr. Grey, is just as cute as they come. It’s hard not to love every image from Ruth Eileen, and you can see them all here.


I was SO excited to decorate a nursery for the impending arrival of my son, and then I hit my third trimester. Suddenly, standing on a stepstool to paint the ceiling was a lot less appetizing. So here we are, 10 months after his arrival, finishing his nursery. Better late than never! And now we finally have a space we all love.

Our nursery started with some amazing hand me downs- namely, the crib and changing table my parents used for my three sisters and I- still in great condition. Also, a trundle daybed which isn’t the cutest but is absolutely what we needed for the nursery-guestroom combo in our little two bedroom house.

What does a person do with a daybed? Especially in combination with a low, angled ceiling. I don’t see them often and had no idea how to make it cute, so this was a real sticking point for a while. I decided that the best thing to do was make that area of the room as symmetrical as possible and visually bring the focus up and let the bed fade back. Bring on the neutral bed linens, matching end tables, and colorful pillows!

I wanted the nursery to feel like it belongs with the rest of the house, but is still a wonderous, imaginative space for a child. I tried to balance any colorful focal points, like the constellation-painted ceiling (inspired by Grand Central Station), with lots of blank space to soothe the eyes.

These Ikea frames were perfect for a DIY art piece above the crib- it’s the first time in my life I’ve been excited about plastic instead of glass in the frame! When Grey starts being able to stand and reach out of the crib, we’ll move the crib away from the wall just to be safe.

I’m not going to lie, I selfishly picked the mobile just because I’ve been obsessed with it for a few years, even though other mobiles look more baby-friendly. I never thought Grey would like it as much as he does, but it’s easily his favorite part of the room! He is so excited to watch it spin and try to catch the stars.

The gallery wall is filled with little treasures… a footprint of Grey’s, a vintage print from my Father in Law, a few DIY pieces, and some vintage blocks that spell his name.

Closet rug: Urban Outfitters | Room rug: Target | Crib & Changing table: Jess’ from her childhood |Painting above changing table: Jess Blazejewski | Throw blanket: Target | Quilt: Target | Mini pillow: Pottery Barn Kids |Khaki pillow with pink lining: Pottery Barn Kids |Turquoise pattern pillow: Target |White fringed pillow: Target |Mint pillows: Homegoods |Goodnight moon pillow: DIY- get the instructions here | Crib sheet: Aden & Anais |Star blanket: Aden & Anais | Bookshelves: Ikea | Floor baskets: Pottery Barn Kids |Side tables: Target | Lamps: Target |Stacking blocks: Jess’ from her childhood | Navy & white striped bins: Container Store | Whitewash rattan bins: Container Store | Water hyacinth bins: Container Store | Bookends: RH Baby & Child | Hangers: Container Store | Moses basket: Badger Basket | Ivory crochet blanket: Grey’s great-grandmother | Star Mobile: Baby Jives Co | Plush veggies: Black Thumbprints

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: Jess Blazejewski

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DIY Starry Ceiling

The minute Jess told us all she was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to see her nursery. Why? Because I knew it would be soo good. And of course she did not dissapoint. Between the ombré pillows, her incredible style and this starry ceiling – I couldn’t love this nursery more if I tried. Don’t go anywhere, the nursery in its ridiculously cute entirety is coming up next!

Materials

Blue ceiling paint (I used Behr’s Rainwashed)
2-3 18k gold markers
Pencil
Painter’s tape
Printer
Copy paper
Constellation templates
Constellation map (optional)
Projector
Small stepladder

instructions

1: Tape the edges of the ceiling with painter’s tape, then paint the ceiling blue in 2 coats. Let dry overnight.
2: Print out the constellation templates you’d like to use on your ceiling.
3: Close all the shades (or wait until dark), then project the constellations onto the ceiling and mark with a pencil. For each constellation, place the paper under the projector, tape in place, then turn the projector sideways so it displays vertically. I balanced the projector in a basket with some towels around it to keep it upright. You can place the constellations at random, or use a constellation map to place them more accurately to the night sky.
5: Turn on the lights and draw the stars and dotted lines connecting each constellation in gold marker. Erase any stray pencil marks.
6: Draw on as many smaller dots or stars as you like with the gold marker. Sprinkle them around the ceiling at random. You may want to do a 2nd layer of gold marker on some of the larger stars for a shinier finish.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: Jess Blazejewski

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DIY Ombré Dyed Pillows

We have such a fabulous line up for today. Our resident DIY genius and style guru, Jess, is unveiling her son’s ridiculously cute nursery, but because Jess is Jess, it’s completely overflowing with crafty goodness you’ll surely want to tuck away. Starting with these sweet ombré dyed pillows, and since I am completely obsessed with throw pillows, let’s just say I already started on a few for myself. Don’t judge, you’ll want to do the same once you see these images from Ruth Eileen

Materials

White pillow cover
Pillow insert
Teal liquid fabric dye
Plastic bin
Plastic spoon
Paper towels
Latex gloves

instructions

1: Lay down some cardboard or a trash bag on your workspace, and put on latex gloves. Fold the pillowcase in half vertically.
2: Fill the plastic bin with warm water. Add spoonful or so of teal dye and mix thoroughly.
3: Dip the pillowcase into the bin so that the dye comes up about ⅓ of the way. Let it soak for several seconds to a minute until you see the lightest color you’d like to see on the pillowcase. Remove the case from the dye and set aside.
4: Add several more spoonfuls of dye and stir to make your next shade. Dip the pillowcase in, slightly lower than before.
5: Repeat step 4 one or two more times, making darker and darker dye for a smaller and smaller section of pillowcase.
6: Unfold the pillowcase and lay flat to dry overnight. Fill with the pillow insert and voila!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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Eclectic Charleston Interior

I am a firm believer in homes with history. It may be that growing up in California everything was so new and stuccoed so I  forever craved high ceilings and crown molding. This Charleston interior checks off all the good bones requirements and is nestled with eclectic furnishings layered over time + really great art. See how an old home is melded with modern flair photographed by Perry Vaile.

This gorgeous interior sits in the middle of downtown Charleston, owned by Southern transplants to NYC (and now returned to the South!) Michael and Liz Damrich. After so long in New York living, the Damriches knew they needed open, bright spaces, white walls and the freedom to design their home with easy access to all that Charleston has to offer.

Photography: Perry Vaile

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Abby’s Slam-dunk Party Recipes

I am a total short cut encourager; especially when it comes to entertaining. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when that machine has already been party tested and approved. And menus and delicious bites are a MAJOR part of that. These 24 recipes are Abby’s go to’s; total slam-dunks that range from super easy to complete crowd pleasers all with great tips tucked inside. Dive in to find your new faves.

Abby's Slam Dunk Party Recipes
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