House Beautiful

Tag Archive for 'nurseries'

Jeanne’s All-White Nursery

If you ever took a peek at Karrie’s Wedding on Style Me Pretty, then you know Jeanne Ciasullo, founder of The Anti Bride.

Or her work, at least.  She’s the Jacksonville, FL-based creative guru / event designer / makeup artist / photographer / downright dreamweaver who – together with AJ from The Loft 5 – turned a beach house parking lot into a boho-beach-chic-gone-to-heaven wedding wonderland 2 years ago:

{Photo above: Joielala Photographie | Event Styling | the antibride with the loft 5}

She is also the lady who captured this beloved photograph, which is hanging on a gallery wall lining the stairs in our house.

Jeanne is a cool chick you want to be friends with, organically and insanely talented, and masterful at creating the warmest and most original, gorgeous backdrops for any event…  so when we saw the nursery she designed for her 1st bundle of joy (née August 6), it was no surprise to us that it was gasp-worthy as well.  Check out this bespoke little haven and read our interview with the new Mama below!

CL: How did you approach designing your nursery?

JC: Ha! Well, Shaan has always said he loves an all white room.  It’s a joke between us.  Don’t get me wrong – my closet is all black white and cream with a little army green thrown in.  I’m a minimalist as well.  But he’s obsessed with white…. And when I think of a baby, what other color comes to mind?  They’re a pure, innocent, fresh blank canvas.  It made perfect sense to me.  I wanted to do something I hadn’t ever seen.  (Like always) when I found out I was pregnant… I instantly started thinking about clothes and a nursery.

CL: Tell us about that awesome wall organizational thingamabob.

JC: I’ll let Shaan fill you in on that…. He’s the modern furniture expert.  I’ll pass my phone over to him…

SB: It’s called the uten.silo and it’s an old Italian design from the late ’60’s. Made by vitra, it’s part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art!  It can be purchased here.

JC: (This is Shaan’s online store!)

CL: Did you research Pinterest, mags, anywhere else?

JC: I didn’t bother looking at nurseries online.  Just like I don’t bother doing that for anything.  Really the only thing I’m every inspired by are fashion blogs.  Or just visual blogs that have nothing to do with what I actually do.  I stay away from wedding blogs of all kinds just because they don’t do it for me.  Even though that’s what I do. I do love looking at photography; I could do it all day…  but it’s mostly odd or fashion-related.  So I guess you could say that’s where it came from.

CL: Tell us about that DIVINE mobile.

JC: The mobile was originally a white branch alone.  I had seen a photo of a retail store somewhere awhile ago that used a branch painted white to hang clothes on, and I had loved the idea ever since.  I love painting things that shouldn’t be painted… Giving them a whole new life.  So I went into my jungle of a backyard and found the least ugly piece of a branch I could find and spray painted the hell out of it.  Probably not the best thing to inhale while pregnant.  Anyway, after a few cans I realized it wasn’t looking how I wanted.  So I considered powder coating… Calling a painter friend to spray it…  But it ended up sitting downstairs for a couple months staring at me all pathetic.  I wasn’t giving up on it though.  So when we bought the white paint for the walls, I hand painted it and got it looking a little better.  Good enough to hang at least.  I still would have powder coated it if it would have fit in my car, and if I had a real budget.  The doves came because the whole purpose of a mobile is for the baby to look at animals and shapes right?  It’s not just purely a piece of art.  Haha.  So I thought, why not “Doves” for his middle name?!

CL: What “look” were you going for?  Did you stick to that look or let it change as you were decorating?

JC: Originally I wanted it more grey with a little army green. But then I saw the impact of all white and it just took over.

CL: What influence did Shaan have?  Was he helpful?

JC: He loves an all white room.  He was helpful but not nearly as crazy as I was about the execution.  He would have been happy with a white wall and crib.  He kept saying it was done when it wasn’t.  Now it is…  Almost 🙂

CL: Um, timeout Campers.  Can we take a moment to take a close-up look at Jeanne’s shelves??  She used old family photos, handwritten letters & memorabilia to style them.  What a sweet idea!

CL: Let’s sidestep for a sec and talk about your gig.  What’s your background in makeup art/design/event planning?

JC: I think at birth I was all of these things.  It’s just always been the only thing I was good at.  So I didn’t stray from it.  I was my art teacher’s pet, and no one else’s.

CL: What gets you off about design and decor, especially when it comes to weddings?

JC: Weddings are fun because it’s usually the only time normal people splurge!  And I don’t have the luxury of living in a big city where that’s the norm.  I also like having a challenge.  Like a starting point.  Someone will show me colors and ideas then I turn it into something of my own and work within budget/color restraints. I like working with someone/bride it’s a great starting point.  When someone has a partial vision and you take control from there.  Does that make any sense?  I like a challenge.  Instead of a blank canvas.  I like getting to know someone’s style and meshing it with my own.

CL: What makes you different when you approach jobs?

JC: Well, I become a friend.  A constant texter.  We share ideas.  I keep people in the loop.  It’s not a job to me.  It’s not a chore.  I genuinely like the people that find me and get me, and feeling appreciated goes a long way with me.  It gives me energy….

CL: And Jeanne, congrats girl!!  Your sweet little boy came into the world on August 6th.  How did you guys choose his name??

JC: Sydney (Shaan’s hometown) Dove (after his favorite guitar).  I also love the symbolic meaning of doves…  they’re a symbol of hope and peace.

CL: Just tell us all frickin about it.

JC: Basically I live to do things different. Whatever anyone else is doing, you’ll find me doing the opposite.  My and Shaan’s personalities are both in the category of rebellion.  I live for it.  Unique unorthodox artistic.  Pretty much sums it up. I’m the rock star, he’s the secret weapon.  I cannot stand doing anything traditional.  Side note: I don’t own one piece of baby clothing with an animal on it.  He’s going to be a little shrunken adult.  I’d never embarrass him like that.

Huge thanks to Jeanne who took the time to sit down with us whilst she was almost 9 months pregnant with a baby coming any minute.  In Florida.  Where it was probably 1 million degrees.  Rock star indeed.

xoxo,

Steph & Karrie

PS:  ALL PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING BY JEANNE CIASULLO unless otherwise noted.

PPS:  Did you see our 3 Light & Easy Shrimp Dishes yesterday over at Rent the Runway’s Blog?

10 Awesome Ideas for Kids Rooms

I don’t know about you, but I think every single female I know either just pulled the goalie, has a bun in the oven, or just popped out kid #3.  The days of going to 19 weddings each year have come & gone, and now it’s Babypalooza.  So in honor of all my favorite Fertile Myrtles out there, I thought we would dedicate a post to tackling décor for the little people.

And before we start, here’s what I want to tell you:  You DON’T have to do a design-from-a-can, paint-by-numbers nursery.  Honest.  You know, those rooms where the curtains match the drapes (sorry, ew) that match the pillow piping that match the crib mattress that also match the light switch cover.  Bleh.  You’ll be spending so much money on diapers and college funds pretty soon that I wanted to give you guys some ideas on how to make the coin you spend stretch a little bit further.

First, start by choosing pieces that you know your child can grow with over time (e.g., perhaps go with the dreamy flokati rug that’ll still be cool when they’re teenagers v. the pink and yellow barnyard animal rug?).  And second, know that you can do one or two of the ideas below and make a BIG bang in Tiny Tot’s room without a lot of buck.

1.  HANG A WHIMSICAL CHANDELIER

Sara Gilbane Interiors

Few things can make as big a splash in a room as a amazing light fixture.  It elevates everything and makes the room feel “finished,” even if the rest of the space is very pared-down.

Nursery design by Nicole Davis

Blue Murano chandelier against a monochromatic creamy backdrop

cote de texas

Tord Boontje’s Midsummer Light in Houston Designer Lisa Rowe‘s daughter’s room

faith blankeny’s Boho fixture would be AMAZING in a nursery

So would this, which some crafty soul DIY-d

The Capiz shell pendant puts off a soft glow and is always a winner

calais | pink scalloped | starburst | intricate lamp | leafy chandelier | midsummer pink | malibu | acanthus leaf lantern | chrisholm hall

2.  MAKE A STATEMENT WITH OVERSIZED ARTWORK

vogue

Feeling the need to fill up every wall and having no idea what to put there is a conundrum I hear from more people than I can count.  Why not hit the easy button on this one and choose one amazing piece you love – artwork, photography…  or even a map or a tapestry – as a focal point?  Bang, yer done.

the boo and the boy

nathan turner for amanda peet

the boo and the boy

paul smith

via

photo via | poster available here

Engineering prints for $4.99 at Staples

scarlett bailey paintings – lonny

3.  PAINT THE FURNITURE

photography by laure joliet

We all know a can of paint on the walls is the easiest and most cost-effective way to change the mood of a room.  But what about painting the furniture??  Thrifted or already-have-it-in-the-attic furniture can be brought back to life with a bang.  And by bang, I mean can of spray paint.

hgtv canada

emerson made at home via high street market

via

jessica helgerson

source unknown

coral dresser makeover

via

etsy dresser

4.  JUST ADD WALLPAPER

Muffin & Mani wallpaper by way of Babiekins Magazine

There is next to nothing dreamier, more awesome or more whimsical than a wallpapered kiddos’ room.  This is the one option I’ll tell you isn’t cheap or easy, but if it’s in your budget to do or is the one big element you want to add, it can transform the room.

miranda brooks’ home

milk magazine

all the pretty horses

Emily Meyer’s little girl’s room

Cole & Sons Palm Leaves paper is my personal favorite.  Soothing, beautiful color, and would be cool until long after they left for college.

Don’t forget that you can also wallpaper the ceiling!

Coastal Living Beach House – Room by Urban Grace Interiors

Amber Interiors

Another beautiful option is to frame wallpaper panels / remnants as artwork, or mount them in acrylic frames, like Jenny did:

5.  POM POMS & PAPER LANTERNS, ANYONE?

rikshaw design

Talk about bang for your buck.  Pom Poms & Paper Lanterns are readily available at places like Luna Bazaar, World Market and Etsy, and can make a huge statement in a room.  Hang ’em on the wall, over the ceiling, or in a cluster over the crib.

milk magazine

source unknown

6.  CHALKBOARD WALLS

Chic Coles

The dark color will make it a statement wall, and your kiddo will love doodling on it as soon as they’re able to hold a piece of chalk.  Until then, you can doodle your own diddles, beautiful messages, and designs on it.  If you wanna really let ’em go nuts when they grow up to be toddlers, you can also paint a layer of magnetic paint underneath the chalkboard paint.  Then it can really double as a cool place to hang their artwork later on (and even a home office for you once you take the room back over).

little green notebook

I actually don’t think this is chalkboard paint in this room by le suere interiors– just lovely deep navy/black paint.  But how good does the gold lettering look against it?

elle décor

7.  FRAME PAGES OR ILLUSTRATIONS FROM CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Shel Silverstein quote found on ignite light

I’ll tell you something: if there is ever a mini-me running around, that kid’s room is going to have pages from The Giving Tree framed.  Using the pages from a favorite book is a wonderful way to add some history, heart & soul to a kid’s room.

domino

Framed Shel Silverstein poems, found on Amy Meier’s blog

Designed by Kim Zimmerman, Photographed by Pieter Estersohn

babble

martha stewart

martha stewart

Hanging their artwork is also a really cool option.  My dear friend Vani gave each member of her family a small canvas and asked them to paint an animal on it, and she hung them in a cluster in her baby’s room.  How sweet is that??

8.  PAINT THE TRIM OR THE CEILING A FUN COLOR

house of turquoise

The ceiling might be the most forgotten area of any room, and yet when you give it a little love, it makes a HUGE difference, leads your eye upward, and completely changes the mood of the room.  I LOVE a gorgeous chandelier hung against a colored ceiling.  As another option – and not for the faint of heart – but you can also make a killer impact by painting the trim.

martha stewart

elle decor

9.  GET OUT THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, CLARK.

flikr

The glow of Christmas lights always adds a little wonder and a little ambiance…  they also double as a night light.  My hat’s off to the overachiever who made that Christmas light tree above…  You can also go a little more basic and hang the lights around something you want to highlight – like a piece of artwork or a mirror.

source unknown

source unknown

10. ANCHOR THE ROOM WITH A BANGIN’ RUG

source unknown

This could be a great move for anyone renting who isn’t allowed to paint.  Echo some of the colors running through the rug in the rest of the room’s decor like they did in the room above, and it’ll feel cohesive without feeling matchy-matchy.

I love the rich pigment of this deep-sea-blue rug.  Also, I imagine that the child who lives in this room is very pensive.  And probably smarter than me.  Design by genius Estee Stanley.

This is an old one from Domino, but I believe these are actually pink carpet tiles.  BANG.

That rug is cracked-out cool.

Does that help take some of the guesswork out??  You can use any one of those ideas above (or combine a few faves) and give your kid’s room a lotta pizzaz.  Or, you can incorporate several of the elements at the same time, à la Jamie Meares, who magically makes every crazy mix look great:

What’s my pick, you ask??  Okay I’ll tell ya.  This might be one of the loveliest nurseries I’ve ever seen, by Estée Stanley and by way of Nursery Notations.  It’s simple, it’s soothing, and everything in that room (with the exception of the crib) can translate later on into an adult space.

PS, for more nursery and kids room ideas, check out my Pinterest boards:  NURSERY | KIDDIES’ ROOMS

PPS, what else would be helpful for you Mamas & Papas?  Gender neutral nurseries? Lemme know and we’ll rig a post for ya.

Happy Decorating!

note:  the top two images of adorable lucca valentine are from THIS POST, which contains some of the most beautiful family photos I’ve ever seen.