Play Chic Interiors featured in Style At Home Magazine

It may be almost March, but the February issue of Canada's Style At Home has finally hit the stands stateside! I am so excited to finally be able to share some of the photos from this terrific 4-page spread.

I have to thank my wonderful and super fun client, Seri Kertzner of Little Miss Party; Raquel Langworthy of Raquel Bianca Creative, whose photographs simply shine on the page; Mandy Dick, our press manager for this project; and the wonderful folks over at Style At Home. I love their style and I am very happy to be aligned with such a well-regarded publication. 

You can pick up a copy of the magazine at Barnes and Noble or download the digital edition - either one is a great read! 







Play Chic Interiors featured on Houzz

I'm so excited to be featured on Houzz! For those of you who aren't familiar with Houzz, it's an invaluable resource for home owners and designers to share and exchange ideas. So I was thrilled when an editor contacted me to give an interview for this article on creative and effective toy storage. Thanks, Houzz!


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Safari Chic Nursery

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yeah, yeah. That was always a little too mushy for me. In the case of this nursery, however, it's actually the truth. (I don't think whoever said that initially was talking about interior design, but you never know.) I completed this project in August and I am super excited to share it with you today! 

Working with the client in designing this nursery was a dream. She has amazing taste and a discerning eye - and she makes decisions fast! My kind of girl. The project came with a few criteria:

1) The nursery was to be gender neutral; the parents-to-be were not finding out the sex of the baby ahead of time. 

2) Because they are planning on using this room as the nursery for future children, the palette was to be neutral, with bright pops of color. 

3) The design should incorporate giraffes. 

Check. Check. And check. When the client brought me on board, she had already purchased the Mercer crib from Pottery Barn Kids and was eying the Bennett double dresser from Room and Board to use as a changer. Both terrific choices.


However, it was during that first meeting that the clients' artwork caught my eye. In her basement was this amazing piece, painted by the wife's Maid of Honor and given to the couple as a wedding gift. The clients also received a wonderful photo of a bicycle as a wedding gift from the groomsmen. (Art as a wedding gift! What a terrific idea!) These pieces became the foundations of the room. Oh, and the stuffed giraffe. Of course.  

We quickly chose the Pisa Leaning Shelves in yellow to complement both pieces of art. In person, the yellow finish on these guys is just stunning! And even though we covered an entire reading corner with acrylic shelving for books, when the baby gets older, these shelves will be great for additional books and toys. I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as too much storage in a kid's room. 

Speaking of those acrylic shelves, by surrounding a corner with books, we were able to create a cozy reading nook that really feels like a separate space within the room. The glider is the Como by Monte Designs and the floor lamp is the Funky Floor Lamp from Stray Dog Designs. Between the handmade paper mache design and the eye-catching color; it really adds a special touch to this part of the room.  

Another special piece is the Dream Menagerie crewel rug from Anthropologie. It's colorful embroidery makes it a perfect centerpiece for the room, tying together the sleeping, changing, playing and reading areas. It also draws your eye up to the sophisticated and elegant Ferro Chandelier by Plantation Design.  

Finally, the neutral backdrop for all this color is provided by the Superfresco Squares wallpaper by Graham and Brown. The really neat thing about this wallpaper is that it's textured and paintable. So if the client wants to paint the room a color for the next baby, no problem! In white, however, this paper adds both tactile and visual interest. Everyone who enters the room just wants to feel the walls!

So, you may be asking, who is the little baby who gets to enjoy this sophisticated yet playful room? This little girl! 

Thank you Raquel Bianca Creative for the beautiful photos!




Thank you Project Nursery!

A huge thank you to Project Nursery for this fabulous feature! 



Shhh ... Brooklyn Heights Nursery Sneak Peek

Here's a little taste of a nursery design I'll be sharing in the next few weeks. Full disclosure: While these pics were snapped with an iPhone, they were taken by my photographer extraordinaire, Raquel Langworthy, of Raquel Bianca Creative - so this is just to say that even though they're not the "official" photographs of the room, they're still pretty damn good. 

I'll fill you in on the inspiration and details later on. For now, however, I'll stick to the facts and try not to editorialize:

- The clients: Two lawyers living in Brooklyn Heights expecting their second daughter.

- The space: Like a supermodel. Tall and skinny. Think 9' by 12' at its widest and longest points with 10' ceilings. 

- The big idea: Small space, big personality! 

- Wait, is that a Murphy bed?! Yep, designed and made by Roberto Gil of Casa Kids. He also made all of the other millwork and the crib. He did an amazing job. (Ok, so a little editorializing never hurt anyone.)

Take a look and stay tuned for the full reveal in the next few weeks!