Tiny Tot Thursday: preparing for a baby in a 400 sq ft NYC apt

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When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make this a Tiny Tot Thursday post. The parents didn’t want to move when they found out they were expecting. Instead, they got out their thinking caps and made some creative choices that can benefit anyone.

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The hanging bassinet is quite genius and visually pretty amongst the exposed brick wall. The parents used the height of the ceiling to their benefit by working up and using vertical wall space for storage. It’s something I suggested in a closet storage post you can read about here.

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I love the numbered bins on the floating shelves. They also raised their bed to be able to utilize underbed space more efficiently. You can see the rest of the details and more pics
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Tiny Tot Thursdays: circus and carnival themes

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I am so in love with vintage carnival and circus themed parties, showers and themed bedrooms. This one is so adorable and rustic with bales of hay, wooden crates, etc…

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I am a sucker for marquee lights and I think the flowers out of the popcorn boxes are genius for centerpieces. There are so many fun ideas you can do for this type of party or shower like hiring a magician, clown, face painter or caricature artist….

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Lovely roman shades and pretty hot air balloons give a whimsical yet classy carnival spin for this themd nursery….

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Wants and Wishes Designs offers a pretty softened palette of circus party supplies. How cute is this clown  lollipop holder?

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I love this centerpiece idea to give a food display or table some height. Using tickets and boxes of animal crackers or cracker jacks to make a pyramid can also double as favors for kids at the end of the party. Buy plastic animals to paint or sprinkle with glitter to top the centerpieces and cakes…

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Use fabric to form “curtains” around backdrops for a photo booth or against the wall….

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Tiny Tot Thursdays: repurposed cribs

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Cribs. A piece of furniture that’s necessary but one that is only needed a short period of time. Unless you plan to broaden your family, you can always take some time to transform it into something else…

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There are so many ways to repurpose a crib and get more bang for your buck. Kids grow so fast and when they are no longer toddlers, you can still get use out of that crib. Some of the ideas are as simple as literally flipping a crib upside down.

crib turned craft station
crib turned bookshelf
crib turned reading nook
crib turned storage/play area

Tiny Tot Thursday: striped walls and ceilings

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I really like the school desks painted in a hip and modern way. Fun pattern and colors will keep children engaged in homework and learning…

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A cute tween room with a grown up feel. Using adult headboards and lighting will make it easier to transition as she grows older. It’ll also prove cheaper for the parent as they won’t have to buy new furniture every few years….
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I like the way the circus canopy striped ceiling….
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Tiny Tot Thursday: restoration hardware baby and child

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The crown canopies make the rooms of Restoration Hardware‘s baby & child. Just the right amount of charm for baby royalties. The collection uses classic elements found in adult spaces like chandeliers and tufted upholstery and some industrial styled decor.

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Not only are tufted cribs visually beautiful but the extra upholstery is sort of like baby proofing as it would soften the blow if a child falls against it.

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I like the army styled teepee. Teepees are just so much fun. They literally bring out the kid in you.

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Some items are quite pricey because it’s a luxury indulgence but the pieces of furniture are beautiful enough to pass down generations or continue to grow with the child. Some items have a historical aged appearance that are timeless and truly a refreshing classic take on children room designs.


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Tuesday’s Tips: quick cleanup can lead to less stress

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I was reading one of my favorite sites Clutch Mag and came across an article about how untidy homes can have an effect on your well being and cause stress. The results of cleaning, even as little as 20 minutes, can make you calmer as you won’t have the cluttered viewpoints that may keep you anxious.

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You ever feel extremely tired but can’t quite go to bed because you think of all the things you need to do? It’s similar to that. I know if my living room coffee table gets cluttered with drinking glasses, mail and magazines, I won’t be able to enjoy the tv show I’m watching. So I usually take a few minutes to tidy up as much as I can. Even if you are short on time, having decorative baskets and ottomans with lids are great ways to do a quick sweep over by dumping random things in it. At a later time you can then go thru the items and organize. At least momentarily it will look neater. So give it a try one night before. As quickly as you gather as much as you can and hide it in a bin or basket. Guranteed you will sleep & feel better.

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Q&A with Ace Hardware’s design expert Katie Reynolds + info on local MKE events

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I noticed in your portfolio that you often paint accent walls. This is something I also do with clients and in my own home. However some designers feel you should paint a room in it’s entirety.  What are your thoughts? 

Accent walls are a great way to bring in an accent color without overpowering a space.  It is also a nice way to tie in a color palette between rooms.

How do you get a client to overcome any apprehensions on using bold colors in their homes?  

I like to show my clients a design concept as a whole at the beginning of the project so they can see the big picture.  This helps sell them on the use of bold colors or patterns.  Having a strong design vision is important in feeling confident about bold choices.  Even if you are not a professional you can use a picture that you love and follow that as a guide.  

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I loved the baby rooms you designed. Is there any color combination you’re itching to do for a kid’s space?  

I love coral and aqua together with a touch of charcoal. It sounds risky but when used in the right way it would be amazing.

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A pink and navy bunny rabbit themed girl’s room…

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I love the gallery wall of bunny profiles. Too adorable and easy to do for people like me who can draw. The navy offsets the pink so it isn’t overwhelmingly girly. The wallpaper is my favorite though.

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Love the molding added to the closet armoires. See how hardware can change a closet door’s appearance here.

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Snails and squirrels and other woodland animals in this cutesy rug leaves a soft area for a tot to play.

{Photographs by Jeff Hirsch designed by Daun Curry for NY Social Diary where you can see more of Daun’s home}

Purple & cheetah upholstery, zebra wallpaper in a nursery…

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That rhymed and I wasn’t trying. Summer Thornton has a few designs that caught my eye while browsing Marcus Design. Usually I shy away from heavy wood but the purple and cheetah fabric makes it too good to resist. Taking a look that is traditional and pairing with modern up to date patterns and colors can prevent any older home from feeling old-timey or stuffy…

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What I like about this room is the headboard, the layering of pillows, the bedding and the coral pops of color. Usually you see benches in front of beds but I like the chairs and small table as a nice spot to take in some coffee or catch the news…

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Then there is this….a nicely designed nursery with furniture pieces that will grow with the child. You can easily put everything minus the crib in other areas of the home and it’ll work. Despite using such adult pieces, the room doesn’t lack any of the cutesy elements that baby rooms have. The popular zebra wallpaper can go along with any animal themed room. Using rustic fall hues and blue is more of a modern room palatte. Durable leather poufs and velvet upholstery is soft for the baby but still very stylish.