Let's talk. There are some amazingly talented people out there and Monica Thompson is one of them. Monica is the Midwest Woman's Account Executive for Hudson Jeans, and she has design embedded in every molecule of her body. She is also currently carrying her first baby, and let me tell you: this is a gift to mankind. Not only are Monica and her husband Brian great people, but they are also very pretty people (photo below for reference).
Now let's talk design -- Monica's design. She put together this airy, natural, bright, and fantastic nursery with Brian's help. She will tell you her style leans eclectic, and she likes to mix old with modern (me too!!). Since they are not finding out the sex of the baby they wanted to keep the room neutral but not a "boring" neutral. The inspiration derived from the deer painting she found at Land of Nod. Brian is a hunter and gave his seal of approval then design happiness ensued.
The walls are elephant grey with bright white trim. For interest, Monica incorporated yellow mixed with wood accents. The rocking chair belonged to her grandfather, and the birdhouse has been traveling with her from her days living in Chicago. The mirror, dresser, and book ledges are from Ikea.
The antler mobile was inspired by an image Monica came across on a blog. She used one of Brian's trophy antlers and strung felt balls from strings. So they made it together. How. Cute.
Did you notice the carpet was blue? Me neither because the design is so cohesive t doesn't stand out in a bad way. It was installed by the previous homeowner, and when Monica used the term "Smurf blue" to describe it, I could tell she's not a fan of the Smurfs or the color they come in. She complimented the carpet with a yellow geometric rug and made it werk.
I'm loving the feather art, book shelves, and the way Monica made the room so them! It's incredibly fresh and perfect for the new little one that is expected to arrive any minute now.
This is the Grand Edison Caged Sconce from Restoration Hardware that will run you $255 (that's the sale price) and the look for less is the exact same fixture for $128 with FREE shipping on Ebay. The Ebay selller uses the same image above but here is an additional one they use:
I love how the Ebay listing says it's "rare". Ummmm I rarely don't see it at a major furniture store that sends out a book set of their catalog Encyclopedia Britannica style.
plus I bought this couch WITH a fold out bed for $150
I'm not playin.
If you follow me on instagram you would already know that I'm slow to post here - I MEAN you already know I have had these for a minute (head on over to Vintage Revivals to get some insight regarding the moment of impact - me freaking out right after buying the couch).
So let's back up and recall where it all began. This is the front room in 2012
Currently the green/blue wall is now white and I did this to the sides of the firelplace:
Have I seen the marble guy again you ask? Yes I actually did. He came back to remeasure and has since returned to his black hole. So it still looks like this. He is aware of my day job so his lack of concern confuses me.
The dresser has been put in the bay window. I plan to address the knobs and top drawers at a later date. It got a light sanding, stain touch ups, and I sprayed the pulls dark bronze but I need to live with it before deciding how it will finally look. Also, the pull out mattress in the couch bed never saw the inside of my house. It went straight to the curb and a new mattress from Ikea replaced it.
The lav is at about 90% done. As a reminder this is where I started when we moved in.
Now it looks like this
The opposite wall hasn't changed and still looks like this
If you follow lindO on the 'gram you have already seen this...like a while ago. I just realized it wasn't posted here. The Corona was to celebrate the win in the battle to hang the incredibly heavy hand me down (from my husband's great aunt) mirror all by myself. About 283,528,935 holes in my wall later I. WIN. I'm a big fan of the old vs. new look going on there. The mirror happens to be too wide for the sink and is right against the door wall but it will stay until a similar one the correct size falls in front of my eyes. The battle was too epic just to take it down until the right one comes my way. Plus we need a mirror there of course.
What's left? A cleanup of the threshold. There is currently a gap between the hallway wood floor and the new bathroom tile. One of the tile end cuts is at an angle and it's making me nuts. More so than usual. Today it will be addressed and, should everything go OK, the gap will be grouted. Please PLEASE design gods don't let me chip and/or ruin the tile. Please.
I'm thinking neon sign above the toilet. Stay tuned.
They scream I'M FROM IKEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not the message I want my house to convey.
I always search for new furniture and ideas when I'm in there and am often let down. My heart skipped a tiny beat when the TRENDIG Collection in 2013. Remember that? I think they still may have it lingering around actually...
Fun stuff. Refreshing for Ikea shoppers to see something new and different.
But now I'm VERY excited for this news! Ikea will be moving from 1-2 collections a year to about 10! TEN!! Limited releases from various designers and artists. Be still my heart.