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Friday Find: Whimsical Elephant Bookends

Today’s Friday Find are these adorable and whimsical elephant bookends by Zid Zid {launched by husband and wife design team from Morocco}. Weighted with sand and polyfill, these sturdy elephants can help keep up to 50 books in place. Not only functional, the bookends would add an exotic touch to any nursery, child’s room or home office. $82 for the pair and available at Arte Bebe.

Happy Friday!

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Read full story By on February 5, 2010 in baby nursery room, friday find, home accessories

Baby Boy: Bird Theme Nursery Design & Decorating Ideas

Inspired by posts on baby boy nursery designs and gender neutral nursery designs, this gorgeous nursery was designed by a Simplified Bee reader for her baby boy. The new mother with nesting instincts wanted to incorporate birds into the room’s decor and did so without over doing it.

Here is a peek into the nursery from the door. The room’s calming neutral palette of beige, brown and white is accented with pops of baby boy blue. A cozy roll arm swivel glidder and ottoman by baby&child Restoration Hardware in toast with white pipping is the perfect form and function. The chair’s “b” letter pillow in chocolate and indigo from Serena & Lily is fun way to personalized the room.

The whimsical tree and bird mural was handpainted by the homeowners in an interior latex paint, called flax by Restoration Hardware (over Kelly Moore’s 230 Graystone). As a guide, they used an overhead projector to project a sketch of the image on the wall. And who says little boy rooms can’t have chandeliers? I love the Bronze Ella Chandelier by Pottery Barn Kids that was selected to hang off center. The rich bronze matches the window treatment hardware, also by Pottery Barn Kids. Cotton sailcloth panels {Pottery Barn Kids again} frame the window and pull in more icy blue accent color. And the fabulous black mid-century modern chair with white leather cushion was once in the home of the baby’s great-grandmother.

More modern elements. DwellStudio’s Dot Brown crib bedding reminiscent of pop-art designs and modern geometric motifs of the mid-20th century is a wonderful contrast to the antique white crib.

This vintage dresser was a great flea market find! The new mom had a new coat of fresh paint applied, added clear glass knobs and positioned a changing pad in white to transform the dresser into a highly functional changing table. The bird renderings and branch leaf lamp with blue shade from Pottery Barn Kids adds touches of color.

Another vintage dresser passed down from a proud grandmother is darling painted white with new glass knobs to match the changing table. The round mirror is a nice addition and reflects the light in the room beautifully.

On the dresser sits chatty garden birds, a patient frog prince and a matching Pottery Barn Kids branch leaf lamp. The new mom also incorporated a crystal wreath that echos the round mirror and dresser’s glass knobs.

This room was also photographed beautifully by one of my favorite local photographers, Jennifer Jacobson. Do you remember this post about her?

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Read full story By on February 1, 2010 in baby and children, baby nursery room, interior design

Frog Prince Nursery Room Decorating Ideas

Recently I took my oldest daughter to see Disney’s The Princess and A Frog. What a darling story – we gave it two thumbs up!

This delightful movie and a sweet email from a Simplified Bee reader encouraging me to design another nursery room, spurred me to create this inspiration board with a little green friend in mind. It was created for a little boy-to-be {frog prince}, but could be easily adjusted for a baby girl {frog princess}.

frog prince nursery room

1. Good Boy Potion Custom Canvas, 2. White Elegance™ Round Baby Bassinet with Sage Toile Bedding, 3. Froggy Fisherman Chandelier, 4. Hayes Glider, 5. Freddie Gone Fishing Storage Bin, 6. Avery Rug, 7. Green Tree Frog Fan Pull, 8. Frog Prince Plush Toy, 9. Hand Painted Knob.

Spruce up a vintage dresser or flea market find with a coat of fresh paint. For this froggy nursery, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s Spring Meadow. It would add just the right punch of color to the room.

Personalized artwork is a wonderful investment. This Limited Edition Green Frog Serenade Wall Hanging would add the perfect touch of whimsy to any froggy nursery. It’s available only through Posh Tots.


*images courtesy of Posh Tots and Country Living

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Read full story By on January 11, 2010 in baby and children, baby nursery room, interior design, simplified bee portfolio

Friday Find: New Serena & Lily Bedding and Home Decor

Serena & Lily have done it again. Their new bedding collections and home furnishings are exquisite. And there is a little something for everyone – adults, children and babies too. Take a look. You’re going to like what you see.

Clean and crisp! Serena & Lily’s Catalina Duvet and Euro Shams feature a bold medallion scarf print in blue and white – a timeless look. The bedding is beautifully paired with simple Navy Color Band Shams.

The vibrant Pimento French Ring Sheet Set provides a wonderful contrast against the calming blue and white Catalina bedding.

The new Freida Collection for girls is full of color and life. The white duvet with green, pink and orange floral design has a modern feel that balances the room’s ethnic touches. This delightful bedding looks stunning paired with the red headboard and pink painted flooring.

The Chai Nesting Tables at $369 are my favorite. These vibrant hand-painted tables look great in the little girl’s room above, but would add a bit of whimsy to any room.

The new Marlo Nursery bedding is part of Serena & Lily’s exquisite Heirloom Collection. Inspired by traditional Mexican folk art, the silky embroidery and nature motif would be delightful for a baby girl or boy. The flat-style bumper is embroidered on both sides with white ties and a zippered slipcover that removes easily for washing. Simply gorgeous!

The Mini Haitian Drum Lamp is handmade from recycled materials by artisans in Haiti and sells for $329. This beautifully tactile papier-mâché lamp has a hollow core {keeping it nice and light}, a white linen shade and rustic blown-glass finial. I could see this versatile lamp in almost every room of the house!

Be sure to check out what else is new at Serena & Lily. Do you have a favorite?

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Read full story By on January 8, 2010 in baby nursery room, bedrooms, friday find, interior design