Designing a nursery or kids room can be one of the most fun and exciting projects in a house. After all, you get to let your inner child come out to play! It can also be confusing and jam-packed with questions. How long will my child be in a crib? Do I need a separate changing table with storage? How much play space will he/she need? WHAT DO I PUT ON THE WALLS?
Soaring ceiling beams in new build beach house? YES. Original architectural details in a renovated iconic brownstone? YES. Million dollar powder room? YES THAT TOO. I’m pretty good at not buying everything I see and going bankrupt, but here are my recent personal favorites that I love, can afford, and am figuring out how to work within my space.
Remember when we went out to Quogue to see this new build? Well guess what!? Things have happened since that fine fall day. The house has windows, electricity, and even some walls... [running water is TBD]...and a completion date of April may have been in an email but let's just say May to be safe. We've bought over 15 pieces for this gorgeous Hampton getaway and wallpaper, art lighting, paint colors are more are all part of the conversation with the clients, designers, and build-team OH MY. Here's the latest.
Wallpaper is quite on trend and I’m proud to say Katharine and I got in on that early. Years ago we shared ideas, sources, and [strong] opinions on wallpapering our own homes and I may have gone to some extreme lengths to get the right papers for very specific needs. And it was worth it because good spaces = endless enjoyment. Here’s the rundown:
Since beginning to work with Mason Lane in October, I've started to get why art matters. It's not that I didn't get it beforehand, but I hadn't really thought about it. I have a finance background, love design, and swoon over pretty homes... but I've always gone for a quick fix on the wall thinking that paying any extra money or attention made no marginal difference. After 4 months with this team, I'm a convert! Here's what I've learned about why art matters:
Our current projects go through many phases from initial site visits to final installs, and it's rare that we're doing a lot of installs all at once. BUT, that moment has come lots of installs for 3 projects are happening simultaneously. Funnily enough, art installers are ALSO having a moment and my go-tos are all booked/having babies/not available, so this is a new juggle. Not all current installs are necessarily the FINAL situation, but seeing this kind of progress is objectively exciting. Here are the updates:
Last week we got 15 impressive artworks into our client's East Village apartment on approval. This means that we sent pieces the client was seriously interested in buying into her space to see them on the walls. NO ONE dislikes this service; seeing options that make your space better and picking favorites is objectively fun. BUT the results are always surprising. Here are the winners and rejects from last week's session:
Project Hey Hey NJ is a major house project of our summer and progress is happening. Here's the story: Nice couple with cute baby moved to this quaint yet expansive NJ home one year ago…
Summer is NOT slower as it turns out...
Raise your hand if you saw our announcement on Barnaby Lane x Mason Lane. And raise your hand if you were excited and confused. WELL, curious enthused fans, I'm happy provide some clarity on how this happened, WHY it's a big dealio and how it benefits people near and far.
We are sailing right into June! Here's all the greatness that happened in May:
Some of you may have been following my couch saga of the past 3 months (I think? Anyone?). Basically my amazing designer friends James and Fanny VERY KINDLY gave me solicited feedback on my kitchen/living space because it didn't feel right to me. In short…
I like to end the month on a positive note so here are 5 of the BEST reasons why March has been awesome.
1. Art fairs took over our lives: So many fairs, so little time. Click to read more!
I follow a ton of bloggers, creatives, and entrepreneurs on The Gram and happily admit that the micro influencer influences me. I read their tips for building a brand, swipe up to get recommended products and like pics about health and wellness that inspire me to embrace kale. That said, I've never read anything helpful about achieving a work/life balance ("taking time for yourself" is stale and irritating). BUT as a non mom or life expert, I'm excited to share my trick that I've realized is the key to my sanity:
When sourcing gifts for other people, I obviously come across things I want too. I imagine this is a common condition (right). It's actually super annoying because I go from being generous-minded to greedy in zero seconds, AND I'm then distracted from the task at hand. To make me feel a smidge better, I've made a wish list....
We're working with a few clients who are super stylish in life and kind of sort of in their home; they live in GREAT apartments/houses but there's something unsatisfying about each of their spaces. Yes, their walls need some love and a home without art has no soul blah blah, but realistically, putting something on the walls is not the total answer... Click to learn the answer!
Last week we made a little logo switch-a-roo that I'm 99% confident no one noticed. If you did, compliments ARE welcome, but honestly, after our marketing person put the design that I approved up on our site, I didn't even notice. I'm guessing you're in that camp. This is a good thing; my intention was to do something different but keep the brand recognition in tact -- kind of like when your friend gets her lashes done and you can't pinpoint why she just looks good...