September 22, 2011 · 11:40 pm
Turquoise, lavender and peach were the request of my latest client for her nursery. Vintage childrens’ handkerchiefs and animal planters immediately came to my mind when I envisioned that color combination. Luckily a vintage style was also what suited my client who loves quilts and sweet girly decor.
Vintage Handkerchief Inspired Nursery Rendering by Nikki Berry
This being an eDesign service my design suggestions had to be currently available and accessible to order online. To achieve a vintage feel from modern products I focused on the color scheme and mixed and match bedding. Like a quilt, if the colors work together the patterns don’t matter as much. The client prefered to have the wall paint a light turquoise and with that as a starting point I added purple and turquoise softgoods to balance out the color weights. Peach is not a color that is not currently trending in the product market, so it is to be added in the accessories and vintage finds that the client is currently searching for herself. I did suggest to paint the ceiling a slight peach color that compliments the warm wood flooring and gives the color a purposeful presence as other peach items are curated in the room.
Vintage Handkerchief Inspired Nursery Design Board
Vintage Hankie Inspired Design Board
Drapery- Land of Nod: purple damask /Anthtropologie: white floral
Vintage Hankies – Fine Collection Store Ebay
Fabrics – Etsty Shops: Grimmlynns & Cottonthreadfabrics. Fabric.com: Jennifer Paganelli & Michael Miller
Quilt – Custom made by CarleneWestberg, Quiltville Etsy Shop
Lamp – Pottery Barn Kids
Knobs – Pottery Barn Kids
Rug – Land of Nod
Bird Art – Rosenberry Rooms
Bumper – Land of Nod
Crib Sheet – New Arrivals, Inc: Pinwheel Punch baby bedding
Mobile – Custom made by Nature Child Etsy Shop
Fairy Art -Rosenberry Rooms
While my client awaits her new arrival she plans to scour flea markets and antique stores for a few childrens’ handkerchiefs and animal planters in just the right colors. In case she isnt feeling up to it, the lovely people on Etsy have got vintage finds covered. Here are 12 vintage items that would fit right in as accessories and craft project materials for this nursery.
Vintage childrens' hankie and planters for a nursery
Vintage Childrens’ Hankies and Nursery Planters
1.Wefleaqueens Etsy Shop 2. Flintcreekvintage Etsy Shop 3. Dustylorraine Etsy Shop 4. Bbbdesigns Etsy Shop
5. Robysnesty Etsy Shop 6. Sosovintage Etsy Shop 7. Twolittleowls Etsy Shop 8. Wildwoodsummer Ebay
9. Murdups Etsy Shop 10. Bewitchingvintage Etsy Shop 11. Flintcreekvintage Etsy Shop 12. Gypsyrosalie.com
Filed under Baby + Child, NBID
Tagged as art, baby, bedroom, design board, handkerchief, hankie, home decor, interior desgin, nursery, planter, vintage
August 3, 2011 · 2:14 pm
Oliver the Owl Nursery
Being an interior designer I had high expectations for myself to create a nursery for my son that was beautiful; being a craftswoman I had high expectations for myself to create a nursery for my son that was custom-made. For Hudson’s nursery I delivered both. I named this nursery design and the owl on the quilt Oliver the Owl after Hudson’s middle name. Although I was inspired by the Dwell Owl bedding that was brand new at the time, I decided to design and make all of his softgoods myself. The bumper, quilt, sheets, canvases, drapery & rug were created by my hands. The framed art, mobile and dresser were also customized to better fit into my design.
This nursery started with the gray Sparrow crib from Oeuf that I had choose whether I was having a Hudson or a Olivia. Second came the fabric, a F.Schumacher called Zeynatta Mondatta. Actually the fabric came years before, as it was a sample I held on to from my D&D Building fabric trips. I just had to have it but didn’t know what I would ever do with it, it was fate! I ran across it one day going through tear sheets and files and I instantly knew I’d found the inspiration for his room. In designing his bedding I had an allowance on how much of the zig zag fabric I was going to invest in, it was a very expensive fabric and luckily a fellow interior designer was able to get her hands on a yard sample for me (perks of the trade) and that helped out a bunch with the cost. In sourcing the other fabric locally in North Carolina I was tipped on a gem of a fabric store in the middle of nowhere. Mary Jo’s in Gastonia, NC, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I went there and it takes a lot to impress me. After the foundation theme and colors were decided, I started with product research and created an inspiration board and a board for his bedding design. I was proud to show them off at our baby shower, it was the only way for people to know what we were up to.
My Initial Frame
Here’s how his nursery came together:
- To make the bumper I went to several baby boutiques to inspect the custom designs that were displayed. I took a hundred measurements of my crib and every bumper I ran across and I spoke with other designers about how they specify construction to workrooms.
- The quilt is composed of minky on one side and heavier weight fabrics on the other, its meant to be more of a top piece, decorative quilt.
- The owl applique is hand embroidered.
- The crib sheet (and later a pillowcase) was made from a twin sheet in just the right aqua color from Bed Bath and Beyond.
- The tab top drapery was modeled after another window panel my daughter has (super easy project).
- The rug is faux fur that I stitched heavy weight canvas to the back so that it would lay flat!
- We paid homage to Hudson’s namesake with artwork of a subway map of NYC, it was from a calendar that we already had and it was just the right colors.
- The RAR rocker was on my list of must have chairs (being obsessed with designer chairs), but I was on the fence whether to go with a color or white. White won for future versatility as it often does, but I also really love white furniture.
- His mobile was from CB2 but I had to paint a few of the pieces blue.
- The Koppang dresser is an Ikea Hack, customed painted in a Ben Moore oil paint that was an exact match to the Ouef crib.
- Its fun to stumble upon something that you know is just perfect: the Foo Dog bookends are from target, the FADO ball lamp from Ikea, the Where the Wild Things Are pillow is from Urban Outfitters and my husband insisted on having an Ugly doll.
- The paint is Laura Ashley-Apple 6 from Lowes
- The initial frame is another project of mine that I will talk about soon
- Newspaper tree canvases – modge podge, paint and newspaper, check out how I made these here
Lastly to be decided were in his room were the canvases. As you can imagine I had a lot on my plate making the bedding and in the back of my mind I had an idea for newspaper trees but I just couldn’t get to it before he was born. The canvases and (as well as few other items) were completed a few weeks after we brought Hudson home but he’ll never know we didn’t have everything ready for him!
Hudson's First Shoes
35 weeks along with Hudson, Captured By Jes
Just a few weeks before Hudson was born my sister photographed me and incorporated his special fabric. Now a year and a half later she photographs a lot of people. You can check out her site www.capturedbyjes.blogspot.com
Filed under Baby + Child, NBID
Tagged as art, baby, bedroom, blue, brooklyn, canvas, child, children, craft, creative, daughter, decopauge, decor, decoration, dwell owl bedding, dwell studio, embroider, green, handmade, home decor, kids, nursery, oliver, owl, paper, quilt, rar rocker, son, sparrow crib, trees, ugly doll, woodland, woodsy
July 24, 2011 · 11:16 pm
My sister has reprimanded me, she says that I have to do my postings more tutorial like. Well I promise when I get to a new project that I will photograph it step by step. But right now im still playing catch up with about 9 years worth of fabulous projects that Ive done! I have always photographed the final results but never the process, this one is easy enough that I can recreate the process in a tutorial way without the step by step pictures. S0 Jes, this ones for YOU!
Macy and Hudson's Initial Frames
Initial frames! This is a very old project of mine, but it still proudly hangs in my childrens’ room and in the rooms of the loved ones Ive created one for. It is a very simple and inexpensive project, I once made about 10 at one time as Christmas gifts for all the children in our family and in Macy’s playgroup.
Initial Frames for Macy's Playgroup
Supplies for this project:
- a wooden 8×10 frame – cheap, from anywhere like a craft store or ikea
- acrylic paints – super cheap again, a $1 bottle is enough
- a wooden letter – there’s a trend here… cheap from a craft store
- fabric scrap at least 10×12 – free! if you are a crafter that has it lying around
- a 1/2 yard of ribbon or twine – again you know you have some somewhere
- a slightly smaller than 8×10 cut of mat board – in the framers aisle at craft store
- hot glue gun – the classic
- staple gun – you can do it without this, but if you dont want the letter to fall off and hit the baby in the head then barrow one.
First step is to remove the glass from the frame but save the backboard as you still want that so that it looks nice and finished when its done.
Next paint the letter and wooden frame. Just like any project with wood you might decide that it needs a little sanding prep before the paint. Use your discretion. Acrylic paint dries in a matte or chalky finish. If you dont like that you can use a spray gloss sealant to give it a sheen. But be cautious: some of the glosses will turn the paint a yellowish color. I had a pink letter turn an unusable color. So I play it safe and just leave it like it is. Or you can buy higher quality paint that has a gloss finish already.
Hudson's Initial Frame
While your paint is drying you can begin the fabric covered mat board. Make sure the board is slightly less that 8×10 because the fabric will need space to live tucked in the frame too. Wrap the fabric onto the mat board and hot glue the long and short sides. Leave the corners for last and either fold down one side then the other or make a pinched triangle like miter cut and glue down with lots of hot glue. The fabric covered board should fit snuggly into the frame the same way the glass did before you removed it.
Cowboy Initial Frame
Next position the letter in the center of the board with hot glue. ***And here’s where Im making the safety disclosure** Hot glue is temperamental. Its not really a glue right, its plastic and when its cold it lets go of what it should be holding onto. In my practice with these initial frames I found a super easy way to make sure the letter doesnt pop off no matter what type of fabric you have tried to adhere it to. After you have the letter glued into place, turn the board over and fire a few staple gun staples through the back of the mat board, into the back of the wooden letter! Yes, its that easy. Now the letter isnt going anywhere. Put the board back in the frame, put the backboard of the frame back on and fasten it closed.
Macy's Initial Frame
You may have a frame that came with an easel back or no easel and a saw tooth hanger. You can still hang this initial frame on the wall regardless of its backboard type. Staple your ribbon or twine to the back to use as a hanger. If you borrowed a staple gun, you might realize by now that its a really good tool to have and they are not expensive so grab one on your next trip to Lowe’s. Just remember to keep in out of reach and locked away from little hands, I even keep ours unloaded.
Filed under Baby + Child, Paper + Fabric
Tagged as art, baby, bedroom, brooklyn, Celebrations, child, craft, creative, decor, decoration, fabric, home decor, initial, kids, monogram, new york, paint, personalize
July 10, 2011 · 2:30 pm
For my daughters 5th birthday the theme was Under the Sea. I am only sharing the invitation and cakes from the party, but this was a fantastic pool party and a success with my daughter who is my biggest fan and littlest critic!
Under the Sea Invite Shaker
This party’s invtation is a very unique “shaker” card that we really sent through the mail. As you can see from the profile shot above it is a thick card that required extra postage but arrived to our guests fine. I believe I did write “hand cancel” on the envelopes to help them receive some TLC at the post office but who knows if that really helped! These cards where on the complex side to create but they were worth it and were an impressive surprise for our guests to receive. Heres how they came together:
- 1/4 thin foam core board
- colored scrapbook paper
- transparency film
- glue stick
- xacto and cutting mat
The informational side of the card was designed and printed as a 5×5 square. 5″ squares were also cut out of the foam core, transparency film and unprinted scrapbook paper. A center circle (a square would work too) was cut from the foam core and scrabookpaper. And then it was like a sandwich, stacked up with the info face down glued to the foamcore, confetti sprinkled inside, transparency film to seal it and the scrapbook paper to cover and complete it. Being our theme was Under the Sea, this was meant to look like a fish bowl but it could be reinterpreted for any theme.
Under the Sea Mermaid Kelly Doll cake
Under the Sea Cupcakes
I have mentioned before that my spoiled little mice get more than one cake for their birthdays because there are usually separate days of celebrating. Macy had two parties her 5th year with this theme, one at school and one with family and friends. On her actual birthday she enjoyed Under the Sea character cupcakes at school and a Mermaid Kelly Doll cake at home with us. This was my first Barbie type cake. Little Kelly was easy to turn into a mermaid by simply covering her legs with individual scales made out of fondant, all her Sea friends were fondant also. These characters were on the simple side of creation, by todays standards it takes much more complex cupcake toppers to impress. (You can see some of my current cupcake work in my Yo Gabba Gabba cupcake masterpieces here)
Under the Sea Mermaid Barbie cake
There is an interesting story behind the real Under the Sea party that year. It was one of a few times that we decided to return back home to Tennessee to celebrate with family and friends. Flight delays and ultimately a flight cancellation nearly kept us from getting to TN. When we did get there it was just a few hours before the party and without our luggage full of party supplies. To save this party I picked up two pre-made cakes from a big box store, I think they were the Carebear cloud designs but they worked as ocean too. I grabbed a new Barbie and some fondant and within an hour the cake was complete! I hope that my emergency cake experience for this party can one day help someone else out if they are in a pinch to produce a custom cake. Dont panic, just add to a ready made and no one will be able to tell that it is a impromptu design!
Filed under Baby + Child, Celebrations, Paper + Fabric, SugarCoated
Tagged as baby, barbie cake, birthday, brooklyn, cake, Celebrations, child, children, craft, creative, cupcake, daughter, fish, fondant, invatation, Kelly doll, kid, mermaid, new york, Ocean, party, sea, tennessee, under the sea
June 18, 2011 · 7:10 am
Little Queen Sunburst 2010
Emma wears her shirt from Aunt Nikki!
I have a dear little niece named Emma that is like one of my own mice. She is only three but has already been the recipient of many of the creative works that will be featured on NikkiikkiN. Last year this little cutie won her first beauty pageant at the age of 2! She was the Little Queen Sunsburst of Michigan! To commemorate her title I made her an embellished shirt that would announce it to all. This shirt was made with a few different crafting techniques: iron-ons, embroidery and appliques.
Commemorative shirt for my pageant queen niece
The back of Little Queen Sunburst's shirt
The state of Michigan is one of the most recognizable states in America with its mitten hand shape. As preschoolers we were all taught how to point out on our own hand where in Michigan we lived, ask any Michigander what part they’re from and they’ll probably still do it, lol!
I wanted to incorporate that mitten shape with a crown and came up with an applique design of the mitten being crowned. I didnt need to purchase many supplies for this project. Being a crafter and interior designer you can only imagine all the fabric I have access to, fabric samples and embroidery thread are both staples in my crafting boxes. I used Wonder Under fusible web on all the appliques to give them staying power and then did a blanket stitch around the upper and lower portions of the state. The crown was made from a wool felt that wasnt going to unravel so I only did a straight stitch around it. For the front of the shirt I wanted the word “queen” to stand out and used glitter iron-on letters from Michael’s craft store. The rest of the words were hand embroidered in a rope stitch, which didn take that long after I lightly drew the words in pencil.
I used a great online site Stitch School to refer to for instructions and tips. I also have the The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden to look at while I work. An embroidery hoop is a must for embroidery work and luckily they are still an inexpensive craft tool. I have a small one from childhood and a larger one that I bought to work on Hudson’s Owl quilt. (I recently have seen the wooden embroidery hoops being used to display fabric as art on walls, what an innovative and economic gallery wall that makes, maybe ill try it one day!)
Of course Emma loved her shirt, my sister was excited about it too and she proudly saved it as a keepsake with all of Emmas trophies and crowns from her big day.
Filed under Baby + Child, Paper + Fabric
Tagged as applique, baby, child, children, craft, creative, crown, embellish, embroidery, fabric, kids, michigan, monogram, pageant, personalize, queen, stitch
June 8, 2011 · 7:38 pm
Its HOT! Its summer here in the city and as we begin planning Macy’s 9th birthday party I thought it would be a great time to post her 8th birthday party, Aloha! A Luau Pool Party. I bet there is alot of people planing a luau party this time of year, its the perfect summer theme and I hope you find ours inspiring! We had her party at our community pool and it was a such beautiful venue that it didnt take much to decorate.
Macy's 8th Birthday Celebration
Hawaiian Party Table
There are a few consistent elements in Macy’s birthday parties, I always make the cake and the invitations are handmade. This year was no exception, hand cut hibiscus flowers were the front of the invites and the party info was on a medallion on the back. In her earlier years, our parties included a lot of friends and family & I had to make about 5o invites. But now that she’s older and we dont live near friends and family anymore her party guests are school friends and total less than 20 guests. This years cake was a Hula Girl Barbie and she was so easy to make! (I’ll talk more on her in a future SugarCoated post)
Luau Party Invataion
Hula Girl Barbie Cake
When it comes to buying party supplies, there are a lot of Luau and Hawaiian themes to choose from. I tried to keep ours simple and I was very careful to not go overboard or cheesy. Lots of color is a given when you are do a luau, but since this was a girl’s party it was easy to add in more pink and orange to give it a focus. A few plain white tablecloths were a great investment I made a few years back and this was another party that I was glad we were able to use them. The grass table skirt was safety pined to it and because it was cloth I didnt have to worry about the weight of it tearing a plastic tablecloth. The party and favors included a lei and hibiscus hair clip and a flower printed tote to stuff with candy & treats from the pull string (the only kind I do) pink flamingo pinata. Cool treats like fresh fruit served in a half pineapple and Hawaiian Punch in a coconut shell cup was all that was needed to entertain these girls. I could hardly keep them at the table long enough to even sing happy birthday, because they were very anxious to get in the pool and just have fun.
Filed under Baby + Child, Celebrations
Tagged as baby, barbie cake, birthday, brooklyn, cake, candy, Celebrations, child, children, craft, creative, cupcake, daughter, decoration, favors, flower, fondant, grass skirt, hawaii, Hawaiian, hibiscus, kids, luau, new york, party, party table, pinapple, pool party
May 27, 2011 · 12:05 pm
Elmo First Birthday Cake
I have such spoiled little mice
! They often get two fabulous birthday cakes each year. Its because their birthday parties and their actually birthday
don’t always fall on the same day. If this happens, we still celebrate on their birthday
even if it’s just for us.
Elmo First Birthday Cake
The day Hudson turned one we celebrated his birthday at home, just us, his big birthday party
with friends and family happened a few weeks later ( and 900 miles away ) and it was an entirely different theme, “Arctic ONEderland”. Hudson loves Elmo and I wanted to make him happy for his first cake. Elmo’s fur was easy to create by piping out a thinned squiggly line of icing in a furry pattern. But before I got going with that I had to make a few pieces of his face in fondant. It was super important to me to get the shape of his eyes and nose perfect or he would look like a knock-off. I often shy away from doing well known characters if I don’t think I can make them exact. What made this Elmo more special was the 3D feeling of his eyes and nose coming forward and his mouth beneath the fur piping. As I’ve said before when I do cakes that are just for us at home I usually do some experimenting. Sometimes I like to color my cakes as a surprise when they are cut & served. (you can see my white snow flake cake in red velvet in a future post) I used a white cake mix and mixed a few of my blue gels to see if I could get an exact shade of blue that I use in his room. It worked perfectly, but Hudson wasnt worried about it either way. He was very excited to dig his hands in that yummy Elmo, no matter the color inside.
Inside the Elmo Cake
Filed under Baby + Child, SugarCoated
Tagged as baby, birthday, brooklyn, cake, candy, Celebrations, child, children, chocolate, creative, cupcake, first, fondant, kids, new york, party, son
May 25, 2011 · 4:27 pm
Doing gallery walls are like working a puzzle to me. It’s very satisfying when the pieces fit together just right, with a balance of scale and an aesthetic relationship. I have a huge assortment of tear sheets and photographs of gallery walls. Retail stores and hotels are great resources to find them. I often look to them for ideas but mine never end up exactly like what I’ve seen. Thats what makes them an inspiration, they just get my creative juices going! With several moves in the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to do several gallery walls. Sometimes when I do one, it begins as a starting point that I know I will be adding to or swapping out pieces later. Other times I put it together with no intentions to make any changes.
Macy's Manhattan bedroom gallery wall
NC children's bedroom gallery wall
Bklyn childrens room grouping
My first wall was Macy’s bedroom in Manhattan. We had 13 foot ceiling, so I had a huge space to work with. Luckily I had enough floor space too because I laid all the frames out on the floor and moved them around until it was right before I attempted to put any on the wall. This was the same technique I used for Macy and Hudson’s combined wall in NC and Brooklyn. Our Brooklyn apartment also has 13 foot ceilings and the children’s room has two full walls of windows, so it was hard to find a good space for a gallery wall. I ended up disbursing most of what we previously used to other areas and putting a small grouping over the closet doors.
Bklyn living room grouping
In our Brooklyn living room I was unsure of what art or pictures I wanted to use on a huge 12 foot wide x 12 foot tall wall. This ended up with me procrastinating for a few months until I broke down, photographed all the pieces and the wall, put them in Photoshop and worked and edited the space just as I would have (and have done) for an interior design client. This was just the way to do it and it made complete sense to me. But it had my husband and friends rolling with laughter that I would go to this length and put so much effort into it. My effort will pay off again because on this wall I already have two large portraits to add, so it will be tweaked in few months and I plan on doing it using Photoshop again! It is my intentions that this wall will always be changing and growing as we wish to start collecting local art.
Bklyn bedroom grouping
For the next gallery wall in our Brooklyn bedroom, I told my husband that I didn’t want anything to do with it, that he should take a stab at it as punishment for laughing at me! And he did, but the way a man would. He just started nailing and hanging it all up without a plan. Of course he showed me up because it worked perfectly and it looks just a good as mine with a lot less fretting.
Filed under NBID
Tagged as art, baby, bedroom, bridal, brooklyn, canvas, child, children, creative, decor, decoration, frames, home decor, kids, new york, paint, personalize, picture, portrait
May 7, 2011 · 3:59 pm
Bklyn GirlIn Dumbo
Although she looks like a City Girl, Macy is my Country Mouse. She loves nature and animals. Give her a stick and she’s happy. She tells us that she will move back to the country when she grows up but right now she appreciates the culture and beat of the city. While we were away, it was her asking, “where’s the dinosaur museum?’ and to do other activities that only exist in NYC that made us realize that if she missed it too then it’s where we belonged.