At Home’s incredibly talented guest illustrator, Hannah Alexander, took a liking to the collection of children’s spinning tops featured in our Family Homes issue. Really, no words can describe how much we love this illustration. Wouldn’t it be beautiful framed and hung in a nursery or toddler’s room?
At Home in Arkansas was extra exciting to me this month because I love children’s rooms! Decorating my children’s rooms has actually been one of the highlights of parenting for me. Because of this love for kids’ decor, I have in recent years been interested in creating prints for children. The segment on vintage spinning tops in this month’s issue of At Home was the perfect inspiration. What a fun decorating motif!
At Home’s Family Homes issue is one of my favorites. Pretty sure it’s because I get to meet some awesome kids and play (I mean style) in their rooms. It’s always a good day when you come across fun, inspiring kids that are so proud of their rooms. So for this installation of “Creative and Color Curated,” IÂ channelled my inner child (which wasn’t very hard) and found some super cool pieces–from the chair, which by the way is only $65 and eco friendly, to the golidlocks mirror that any kid (or adult) is going to enjoy years to come. Whether you are 6 mos. or 60 years old…be sure to add a little whimsy. It’s sure to bring a giggle every now and then.
Some might consider black to be an unusual color choice for a nursery, but Little Rock couple Kelly and David Slade managed to create a Hollywood-inspired nursery that’s fit for their little one, Jack. The room’s palette, inspired by a vintage movie poster feature a villanous cowboy also named Jack Slade, consists of graphic black and white, with playful yellow stripes on the ceiling and accessories in red. The nursery manages to be both playful and sophisticated, with a fun mix of vintage and modern pieces.
Would you ever consider black walls in a nursery, or any room in your house? Read more about this room in the August issue online.
Not going anywhere for a while?
Sure, it’s ice storming outside and all of the At Home team is working from home today, but look on the bright side: working from the couch isn’t so bad! Here, our weekly compilation of Friday Favorites to keep you company at home on this cold winter’s day. Enjoy!
Diane Carroll says, “Seems our sister publication, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle, hasÂ caught the color bug too. Fun to see the jump from a color swatch to a realÂ life room.” Head on over to Atlanta’s blog for the full story.
Once this ice storm subsides, Mandy Keener could use this hammock for her backyard. Read more about it on the popular blog, Oh Joy!
Paulette Pearson recently discovered this enchanting mother-and-daughter design blog, Good Bones, Great Pieces. Check out their relaxing bath redo (and the one we featured here in At Home, if you’re interested)!
Recognize this apartment from the movie, Sex and the City? Laura LaRue sure did! She says, “So fun to look back at all these on-screen interiorsâ¦..love those blue walls in Carrieâs apartment!” Check it out at theÂ Material Girls blog.
Kathy Condrey says of this post fromÂ Haven and Home,Â “I love all of this color!Â It is giving me some great ideas to redecorate my daughter Perryâs room.”
Diane Carroll says, “I spent two days this week photographing a gorgeous, color-filled house with Tobi Fairley (which will debut soon in our August issue), and it’s fun to see one of her sources of color inspiration. I’m a fan of Mary’s work too andÂ can’t wait to see the results when Tobi and Mary team up on a Virginia showhouse this year, sure to be a Southern classic.” (“Color Inspiration: Mary Douglas Drysdale” from Tobi Fairley Interior Design Blog)
Paulette Pearson says, “As we plan our August family homes issue, this post on children’s rooms really stood out to me. I would have loved a map on my bedroom wall as a child,Â allowing me to dream of all the places I could one day visit.” (“Book Review: Room for Children” from The City Sage)
Laura LaRue found this patio before & after just in time for summer. “With all the outdoor living we are doing this summer, this is just what our patio needs. This is one awesome project. So inspiring!” (“Before & After: Karen’s Amazing DIY Backyard” from Design Sponge)
Lauren Strother is ready to start her herb garden. “With summer here I’m trying to do much more home cooking and this little herb garden idea is such an inspiration!” (“Cute Potted Herbs (and other charming things)” from Keeping Up With the Joneses)
Kathy Condrey thinks this post is porch perfect. “I love the before and after posts! Could definitely relax on this porch. Providence Ltd. did a beautiful job.” (“Let’s Kick Back on the Porch” from Providence Ltd. Interior Design)
We know, it may be cruel of us to tease you with these images from our August Family Homes issue (in our defense, it will be on shelves and in your mailboxes very soon). But we couldn’t resist! We were absolutely and utterly thrilled with how it turned out.
These images show two of the homes featured in the issue, one belonging to Laura Day (of Laura Day Living) and the other designed by Tobi Fairley (of Tobi Fairley Interior Design). We’re happy to also reveal that Tobi Fairley and Laura Day will both be guest blogging for us soon! So keep checking back, because these fabulous and renowned designers are sure to have oodles of tips and info for you.
And since we’re revealing things, we might as well go ahead and fill you in on the exciting new guest blog series we’re starting with Tobi Fairley, called “The Traveling Designer with Tobi Fairley.” Debuting NEXT WEEK on Wednesday, Tobi will be stopping by to share with you her favorite finds, shopping destinations, delicious meals, chic hotels and behind-the-scenes design news from her travels around the globe. Next week’s inaugural post topic? New York City! We can’t wait, and hope you’ll check back and help us give Tobi a big At Home in Arkansas welcome as she takes you with her on her glamorous design adventures. We look forward to having you, Tobi!
Photography by Nancy Nolan
Photography by Nancy Nolan
Photography by Nancy Nolan
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Today’s pick: a room that I kept thinking about after our photo shoot, because it was so pretty and fun, a perfect perch for a girl of any age.
It belongs to Millie, a charming three year old, and was designed by Little Rock-based designer Tobi Fairley. Millie and her family’s house are a part of our August Family Homes issues, and when I was there for the photo shoot, I kept looking at this room and thinking how much my own daughter (now 14) would enjoy it, and how much I would have enjoyed it as a girl-teenager-young adult as well.
For one, it contains some of my favorite lines: Cole & Son wallpaper, Designers Guild fabrics, an American Leather bed, and Mies van der Rohe ottomans from Soho Modern. All classics in my book, and a great mix–from mid-century modern to the wildly fun prints for which Designers Guild is known.
I can imagine little Millie using elements of this room for years to come–that bed and those ottomans could even look fabulous in a post-college apartment. Fun, colorful, kid-friendly, yet classic enough to last for years, all the elements that make for a great kids’ room.
(all photos by Nancy Nolan)
In case you missed:
Are you a fan of Tobi Fairley’s work? Have you seen her new blog exclusive for At Home: The Traveling Designer with Tobi Fairley?
As writers, a huge part of our job is interviewing design professionals. And while we’re able to include most of what they say during the interview, there’s always some information we have to remove for space purposes.
Well, for today’s Room of the Week–a modern nursery (available online)–we decided to share a few quotes and bits of information from interior designer Eric Ford that we weren’t able to include in the magazine, including the name of the fabulous gray paint he used on those walls!
At Home in Arkansas:
Tell us about the lime green storage bins.
Designer Eric Ford: The homeowner (Jamie Shipley) found these fun bins at Target. We bought the tags from The Container Store and tied them on to create a label. Itâs really just a detail sheâll see, since they’re stored away, but itâs fun. They weren’t expensive but added functionality and an element of design. Those little details that make people happy at every turn make the difference between a good room and a great room. You could have a really beautiful room, but it’s nice if it’s functional and has an element of surprise too.
We love that paint color. What is it?
EF: Greystone by Benjamin Moore. I took the wallpaper to Benjamin Moore and told them what color I liked, and we matched it. Benjamin Moore has a large spectrum, about 2,000 colors, which enables us to get really close to the color we want. This gray has more of a reflective quality as well, so it feels light and fresh.
What’s your favorite part about the room?
EF: That wallpaper is awesome. I love that wallpaper. We used it on one wall to create a naturalistic element.