Posts Tagged ‘nursery’

One Thousand Saves!

When a perfect stranger comes across an image of a room, and sees fit to add it to an Idea Book they keep online with a title like “Dream House” or even simply “Our New Home”, it gives a girl a thrill to be the designer involved. So it was a happy day last week when Houzz.com let me know that images from my portfolio on their site have been saved over 1,000 times by their users.

NJDhouzz1klogoI’ve been on Houzz for 3 years, and it has proven to be a great way to connect with people who are interested in working with me – around the corner in person, and across the country online. It also illuminates what a more general audience responds to in my portfolio by showing me which images are inspiring them when they think about their own homes.

Last month, Houzz interviewed me about a recent project that they featured as their  “Room of the Day”. Thanks, Houzz!

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Photo credits: All images by Tessa Neustadt, except for the bottom right image in collage by Judson Morgan.

Design Inspirers // QuiltCon West

Though I have never quilted anything, in the last few years I have often admired quilts as spectacular pieces of art. Alissa Haight Carlton is a fabulously creative lady I know, and she’s the one who told me about The Modern Quilt Guild. It’s a huge organization, and among its members are some seriously talented artists who are passionate about this medium. Alissa is the MQG’s executive director, and they mounted QuiltCon West 16 in Pasadena last month. Along I went for some general visual inspiration, and I was not disappointed.

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Big Love by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Not your grandma’s quilt, right?  I am so inspired to put some of these kinds of modern quilts into some fresh interior spaces.

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Let’s Connect by Christopher Thompson

When I think of elements you would find in my favorite kind of interior designs, I think of engaging art…interesting fabrics…tactility…warmth…pattern…geometry – all things that are inherently a part of many a modern quilt! 

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Central Pivot by Kim Eichler-Messmer

I would love to design a quilt for a project – as a wall-hanging, or something to cover a bed. Given my enduring obsession with textiles, I imagine that choosing the colors and prints of the fabrics and arranging them into a pattern would just be a slice of heaven.

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The Big Swirl  by Betsy Vinegrad

My all-around crafts-iest friend is Scott, and he has actually been part of a quilting circle for years. He made a very fine QuiltCon companion, and I think we have found a new tradition.  Scott is a big fan of Hillz, so this was obviously his favorite.
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Something I did not expect to find at QuiltCon (although it totally makes sense) was the most glorious array of cotton fabrics I have ever seen in one place.

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So many of them spoke to me, and I had to completely restrain myself from snapping up bolts of the stuff for pillows. (As a matter of fact, now that I look at these pictures, I’m having a lot of remorse about that restraint!)

How sweet would all these pink prints be in a soft nursery? The mama cats carrying their kittens in their mouths is everything.

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Another fantastic find at QuiltCon West was the work of Aussie textile design goddess, Kim Andersson. Check out her website to see all the wonderful prints she has designed.

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I wish I knew where to buy these Good Hair Day pillows readymade!  At least you can find the fabrics and the patterns to quilt them yourself on Anderrson’s site.

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Speaking of hair, I did buy just a few yards of some gorgeous textiles at QuiltCon. I had them made into pillows immediately.

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The indigo print can work in so many styles, and how about these ladies for some special design magic?

Recently Completed // Woodland Nursery Preview

Nurseries for friends instantly get “pet project” status with me!  Whether this baby would be a boy or a girl was to be a complete surprise, so every choice had to be loosely gender-neutral. We also had to incorporate a dark wood crib and dresser, handed down from two older siblings, and make them feel fresh – and maybe a bit softer. As I shared concept ideas from all over the map, the already glowing mama lit up over this gorgeous Sleeping Fox rug from Anthropologie. I love the tone it set: playful, yet soothing – with lots of nuanced color for us to riff on elsewhere in the design.

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1. Multi Dots Bin // Petit Pehr 2. Alice in Wonderland Print // Etsy 3. Velveteen Rabbit Print // Etsy 4. Harry Potter “Always” Watercolor Print // Etsy 5. Where the Wild Things Are Print // Etsy 6. Moravian Star Pendant // ATG Stores 7. Silent Fox Rug // Anthropologie 8. Garland // Land of Nod 9. Laura Frisk Woodland Creatures Pillows // Etsy 10. Tanga Toggle Knob // Anthropologie

We picked a warm white for the walls (Ralph Lauren Paint’s Tibetan Jasmine) as a quiet neutral backdrop for colorful focal points. Craftsman Greg Mauro built custom library display shelves for the walls, which we painted in a gradient of Ralph Lauren greens. I am looking forward to posting a picture when the project is professionally shot. In the meantime, here are the paint chips. These are good woodsy, leafy greens.FullSizeRender (2)

Personal touches are really what make a nursery design special, and I love finding out about what is meaningful to my clients. The art we sourced from Etsy was based on the family’s favorite children’s books. You just can’t go wrong with Alice riding a flamingo!

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New hardware elevated the old dresser, and broke up the heaviness of the piece with a contrasting white. Some fun felt garland strung over the crib brought the exuberance. And World Market had this adorable set of owl hooks for $14. Whoot!

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A beautiful set of hand-made wood-block print pillows by artist Laura Frisk was the finishing touch, and another affordable custom element. I got to pick the colors for each creature, so everything is cohesive with the rug.

IMG_2732 And how cute is this? It was a lovely touch, included with the pillows by Laura Frisk. I love supporting talented artist-entrepreneurs!
FullSizeRender (4)A little cherub now dwells in this woodland wonderland nursery. It’s a girl – with an adorably gender-neutral name! I think this spirited but sweet design suits her very well.

Thanks to her mama for allowing me to share the details!

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Design Details // Kid’s Library Wall

I’m working on a Nursery design at the moment, and something I always consider for a kid’s space is a library display wall.  As in any room, books can give a space a sense of the people who inhabit it. So I think of walls like this as rotating gallery installations that can reflect whatever a kid is into for years to come. They are a sure-fire way to make a design feel personal.Book Wall 3

Library display walls are practical – a way for little ones to easily survey and access the books that appeal to them in their height range.Book Wall 4

Because the shelves don’t require much depth, they are a great way to make use of a throwaway space, such as a wall behind a door.Book Wall 5

Ledges like these can be store-bought, or custom-made to fit a space by someone with moderate skills and basic tools.
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Below is the “Before” picture of the little anteroom entrance to my kids’ bedroom (off to the left). There is a closet door to the right, so all I could do here was put something inviting on the wall.17 BeforeBooks it is! Four shelves up the length of the wall, spaced about 18″ apart, each just 2.5″ depth from the wall. My husband did this project in a few hours, including shopping for the wood and painting it white. (You can email me if you want the exact specs.)17 New

If there hadn’t been a closet door-swing in the way, I would have installed one of these swing-arm sconces above the books – in a white powder-coat finish.sconce

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I would love to do a library wall like this in my studio one day. I will surround myself with some of my most inspiring and beautiful coffee table books and vintage magazines.

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The uncredited images in this post can be sourced via my PInterest page.

 

 

Recently Completed // A Dreamy Nursery

I have been dying to share this recent project on the blog, and now that it has been featured on Apartment Therapy, I can! This was a special one for me – a nursery I designed for my little friend, Schuyler. She is 17 months now, and her parents and I go way back. This room had great natural light as a starting point. We wanted the decor to feel soothing, but include lots of playful touches. If you like what you see, here are some ideas you might use.

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1. If a guest bed must be included, make it feel like a cohesive part of the nursery. We did this with loads of pillows, and a garland strategically hung above. They define the bed as a lounge for Schuyler to read, play, and cuddle with her favorite people.

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2. Be game for a gray nursery. It can be a great (and gender-neutral) base for so many colors and patterns that you can mix in with art and textiles. The importance of painting samples on the wall and considering them at different times of the day can not be overstated! The color we settled on (Behr Silver Drop) highlights all the white pieces in the room, and acts as a foil for a layering of peach-y pinks in our accessories.

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3. Layer on the texture. From the macrame-like chair upholstery, to the felt garland adorning the bed, to the velvety cottons and fluffy shags of the pillows, this room has plenty of subtle interest in its mix of textiles.

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4. Keep it from looking cookie-cutter. Basic white furniture is a good standard for a nursery, but add some interesting hardware. We chose drawer pulls with a carved texture and a silvered finish for the dresser.

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Also avoid the catalog look by mixing in some organic pieces. The different wood finishes of the armchair and the little vintage chair lend this room some individuality and rustic warmth.

Neustadt-445. Personal touches are key!  The silver sailboat sculpture on the dresser is a nod to Schuyler’s East-coast family culture.6In style, the sailboat was a good counterpoint for a preppy “S” monogram over the crib. The sweet Labradoodle rocker is a miniature of the family’s real-life pet. And the final piece of the design, the abstract painting on canvas, was done custom for this room by my talented assistant, Anna. We approached it as a quick DIY project, and it ended up being a focal point that makes the room feel modern, fun and unique.

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Here are the resources – all very accessible, because nurseries aren’t forever!

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Crib, dresser – Giggle
Dresser hardware- World Market
Drapes – Pottery Barn
Armchair – Urban Outfitters
Kid’s chair – vintage
Rug – Pattern Society
Garland – Land Of Nod
Woven basket, floor lamp, multi-colored pillows – Target
All other pillows, sailboat sculpture – Pier One
Frames, Bedspread and Boucle Throw – Ikea
Bedskirt – Bed, Bath & Beyond
Crib Sheet – Aiden + Anais
Painting – Custom original by Anna Tichon

 

Design Inspirers // Lulu DK

I am glad I have this forum to fan out on artists that I have long admired, such as textile designer Lulu DK. The sigh of her exuberant fabrics always puts a smile on my face, and makes me want to start designing rooms around them on the spot.

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The vivacious birds in Dancers make it my favorite, but choosing my preferred colorway would be like having to choose a favorite child.

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Lulu DK fabric and wallpaper is available to the trade through high-end showrooms, but there is plenty of her color and pattern available to everyone in her Lifestyle store. It is a site I shop for accessories like pillows, bedding, and these ottomans. Instant fun!

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I also have a thing for Lulu DK’s art – lots of colorful prints that could stand alone, or lend themselves beautifully to a gallery wall arrangement.

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There are even some of Lulu DK’s original paintings for sale on the site.

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These decals could be a great (and temporary) design statement for a nursery.

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So much design inspiration from one super-creative and talented person! Most of what you see here is available on Lulu DK’s site, and she is fun to follow on Instagram.