Nursery Design Reveal!

The pressure to make this nursery something spectacular has been intense- mostly of my own doing, but also because it’s been such a long time coming and I want it to be beyond perfect! While I was long debating the bold versus serene vibe, I knew in my heart that I wanted something soothing but also with a modern edge. So I decided to really mix both traditional items with modern ones- buffalo plaid, scenic wallpaper, lucite, brass and streamlined furniture.  I am loving it, and I think when I’m trapped inside all winter with a newborn it will be such a peaceful place to relax with the baby.  And I know there are lots of people who will think this is impractical or not “bold” enough for the baby- but it’s basically where he will sleep and feed. The rest of my house in so black and white I think he’ll develop just fine. :) So here it is!

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leather elephant bookends // side table // floor lamp // leather pouf

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Nursery Inspiration: Serene or Bold?

So now that I am halfway through my pregnancy and beginning to feel the little lad move around I have to get down to designing my nursery. And it turns out, this project is my kryptonite.  I have two schemes going- one more bold and one serene. And I CAN. NOT. DECIDE.  Since it was so difficult for me to get pregnant, who knows if I will get to do another nursery again? And since it was such a long, highly anticipated journey I feel so much pressure to make it AMAZING. So it’s got me a little freaked out and incredibly indecisive. But let’s face it- this kid’s room will be redone a few times in his choldhood, so if I go more babyish and soothing for the nursery, I could always make it more bold when he’s 3 or so….right?? :)

So I gathered up a bunch of boy nurseries in both varieties to compare and contrast. Let’s start with the serene and soothing:

Simple, bright and lovely.

This nursery by Christine Dovey  is the definition of serene- I’ve posted about it before I love it so much.

Stylish Moms Share Their Faves!

As I move through this pregnancy I’ve relied on asking my friends who have already been through it for so many recommendations.  In fact this weekend we went to look at strollers and while Andrew thought is was aweeeeeeesome to fondle all the gear, I was SO overwhelmed. So I thought why not share some of that brilliant information?  I asked four of my stylish, fabulous friends to share some specific favorites and tips!

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Marie Whitney

Founder & Creative Director of Two Penny Blue (and one of my besties), mom to sons Jack and Drew.


Jeans: AG JeansTees/ Tanks: Liz Lang for Target or Monrow

Leggings: Topshop High Waisted Maternity legging and GAP Supersoft maternity legging 

Bras/ Underwear: Cosabella Never say Mommie Bralette , Never Say Maternity HotPant (don’t mind the TERRIBLE names!) 

Dresses:  Definitely a Black Ruched Maternity Tank Dress by Ingrid & Isabel  – a tank dress is so comfortable and easy to dress up with heels and some jewelry or down with some flats and a denim jacket.

And a wrap dress too!  perfect  for a growing belly.

Swimwear: Liz Lange for Target has some cute pieces that won’t break the bank, I like to keep is classic and black. Add a great coverup and big sunglasses.


Belly Product: Elasticity Belly Oil by Belli or Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil – both work great and are 100% safe for baby.

Anything specific beauty-wise that you loved during this time: Clarisonic and Belli Anti-Blemish Face,  Zoya or  SCOTCH (chemical free) nail polish, Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil


Workout: Pure Barre

Pre-Natal Vitamin: New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

Fashion Friday: Black, White & Red All Over

I’ve been noticing that I like to buy things mostly in a few colors- black, white and some form of red/coral. And luckily for me I’ve been seeing a lot of this combo everywhere recently! A season-less palette that can work for you through summer and into fall, you can feel good about picking up pieces in this color family. Here are a collection of my faves right now:


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And speaking of black and white, I was looking for some cute black and white baby clothes as a gift the other day and could find nothing. I mean, I know most people like babies dressed in bright colors, but a little graphic black and white never hurt anyone, right? And then I saw a whole black and white toddler collection on Old Navy last night that is TO DIE FOR!!! (Click images for links)

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Sponsor Welcome: Serena & Lily

Serena and Lily has long been a favorite shop of mine, yes for baby and kids stuff, but also for big people pieces too! The kids can’t have ALL the fun…

Their upholstered beds and headboards are awesome, I can’t get enough of of the nailhead details.  The daybed with color banded cuff is pretty amazing too, as is the vintage inspired carved wood headboard. You can’t go wrong with any of these.

Some newly released fabrics designed by Serena…

Pretty pink bedding!

Crisp sheets (I love those Gobi ones so much, in lots of color options- and check out the matching towels too!)

I really love the pattern on these throw pillows.

I’ve used this chevron rug several times in projects, and this big stripe flat weave is modern yet casual at the same time.

Some funk and funky dhurries, perfect on their own or layered over other carpet.

Some awesome stools, both upholstered and little wooden ones with white dipped legs!

How about these gorgeous chairs? Available in a variety of leathers and fabrics.

LOVE LOVE this chandelier and inlay mirror. Like, really love.

A cool mid-century inspired desk and a more intricate inlay bone table (would be pretty amazing as bedside tables).

The whipstitch detail on the these towels is so cute! And these baskets are perfect for hampers or storing little things around the house (like dogs toys!)

Okay, we have to discuss SOME baby stuff- I know kids like bright colors but I can’t stop loving these neutral bedding options for infants and babies. This Marlo crib set has been on my radar for years (mix with navy for a boy or coral for a girl), but that new moses basket with geometric sheeting and rope handle details would be the most amazing shower gift.

My mom has always been obsessed with Hanna Andersson for kids (I recall my youngest brother being decked out in their stripe PJ’s his whole childhood) and S&L partnered with them to create their own collection of jammies- so adorable.

Kinda dying over these animal bookends made of faux leather! And how about this little woven play table set? Never seen anything quite like it- so stylish for a toddler’s room!

And speaking of kids, my friend and client who runs children’s site Chic Child has generously offered a special to EOS readers on their new exclusive children’s line with stationery gurus Mrs. John L. Strong! Enter EOS10 at checkout for $10 off your order and free shipping on orders over $100.

Pretty engraved bookplates makes a great shower gift:

And in an attempt to maintain manners for little ones, fill in thank you cards for post birthday and holidays (and check out that gorgeous box).