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Guilty as charged, I’m an over-anxious auntie-to-be!

We just recently found out that my younger brother and his wife are having a boy, and we are so very excited for them! So now comes the fun part: planning the nursery. Of course I wanted to help with it (even if they hadn’t asked for it – duh), keeping in mind some key wish list items:

*My sis-in-law was inspired by a nursery on stella & henry to do a wall of large gray/white stripes;
*My brother is insistent on having a fish tank in the room (and I found a very cool mod fish hotel from Crate & Barrel);
*They both wanted to include some element to represent my family’s Japanese heritage;
*And I wanted to be sure to include something from our childhood in Hawaii (I lucked out with a customizable 1980′s Hawaii license plate!).

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Latest Living Room Thoughts: Organic Modern Neutral Glam?

Whatever we’re calling this recent trend, I’m totally digging it…

Follow up to last week’s post about using light blue to freshen up white/black/chrome/gold (à la the latest issue of Lonny), I’ve landed on a new scheme for our living room. Best thing about it is, there are only a few new pieces — the husband and wallet are grateful! And while I may not be able to repaint our walls light blue, I can paint a large canvas to put over the couch. Only problem now is I’m not totally sure what to call this style I seem to be so inspired by…

The old:
Room & Board charcoal gray sleeper sectional sofa, white Barcelona chair,
Saarinen tulip side table, fluted glass column lamp, vintage NY subway sign

Recent buys:
Beni ourain rug, Nate Berkus for HSN Moroccan-style lantern,
Tom Ford and Kate Moss by Mario Testino books, vintage Gucci ashtray (Etsy)

The new:
Faux gazelle horns*, West Elm mongolian lamb pillows and frosted foil pillow,
Sonneman pharmacy brass floor lamp, D.I.Y. 48″ x 36″ painted canvas

Not shown:
Dark walnut floors, tan walls, mahogany c-table ( = the “organic” factor),
chrome x-base glass coffee table (for now)

So, what do I call this look, do you think? I should probably throw in Minimalist in there too. It’s never-ending isn’t it? Help!


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“Vintage Safari” Nursery Scheme

Another fun side project in the works!

It started with a simple question posed in an email to me: Where does one find cute, stylish crib bedding that’s not gonna break the bank? Despite being somewhat bitter that DwellStudio launched their line for Target right after I had purchased the pricey real deal, they were definitely my first stop. I was thrilled to find they’ve launched a new collection since then, including the adorable “Menagerie” pattern below — giraffes, elephants, camels and hippos in subtle shades of warm gray, terra cotta, pea green and light gray-blue. Instantly inspired, I offered to mock up a board for the mommy-to-be (as long as she let me used it as a blog post, of course!). You wouldn’t believe the selection of vintage-y items from major retailers like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie! I had so much fun the other night putting this “first draft” together for her, and luckily, she loves it!

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