I’ve had such a fun weekend! I have shopped for my dream Thanksgiving table as part of a contest for Dwell Studio. By using Pinterest, My Modern Thanksgiving board was easy to pull together through my favorite online retailers. But I couldn’t just stop at the tabletop….I designed the entire dining room! My design started with two favorite pieces from my personal collection: Orange Air Chairs from Jasper Morrison & Marimekko Unikko print fabric. From there my inspiration was vintage Scandinavian design and gold tones. Add it all together and it equals a beautiful dining room that is Modern yet speaks of vintage uniqueness. Each piece is carefully selected to balanced in the room based on its shape, color and style significance. My choices are a mixture of highs and lows and I tried to stay off the beaten path of mainstream resources, maybe you’ll see a store that you didn’t know about or havent thought about shopping from before. Some of the items I own, some are on my wish list and some are on my “in my dreams” list. There are more than 35 items and I invite you to view my Pinterest board here for product resources. If you aren’t on Pinterest, you are missing out on the latest design tool and social obsession, give it a try!
Dwell Studio Modern Thanksgiving by Nikki Berry
If you have a closer look at my selections I’ll walk you through why it all works nicely together. While it looks like a room that took years for someone to collect items they love individually (& I do love each item!) there are a few common elements that pull it together. First of all the colors orange and gold compliment each other in many tones and ranges from bright orange & rust to shiny brass & antiqued gold. Since I gave the core of the room a grounded warm gray, those colors have a nice canvas to stand out on. Then there are the repetitive shapes: the linear chandelier and centerpiece, the starburst mirror and tubular objects and the triangular facets in the mirror, short glasses, candlesticks & silverware. Relating elements in a room gives your eye a reason to search out and find details. It’s a pleasing feeling to find that each piece is there for a reason, its how an “undecorated” room has purpose yet the style is still personal.
Enjoy my design and check in at the Dwell Studio Blog to see who inspires me and how the contest turns out. A big thank you to Dwell Studio for hosting this contest, it was a fun & easy challenge to take part in and the prize offerings are very generous!
My posts have been a little SugarCoated heavy lately. I cant let you all forget that Im an interior designer too! While I dont plan on posting work from my professional portfolio on my blog , I do have my personal and freelance design projects that I am happy share.
Tonight I am attending a product launch party for Dwell Studio at the NYDC. Being an interior designer in NYC has amazing benefits such as the social events the vendors sponsor. Its market time here and many designers have to spend major bucks to be in town this week but its only a $5 train ride for me! Dwell Studio has been part my personal design for many years, each year I watch as the company grows and reinvents themselves; always being a front-runner and trend setter instead of a follower.
Im so excited to attend the launch party and possible meet the founder Christiane Lemieux tonight that I thought it would be a good time to show some pictures of my own home. You can see that I am often inspired by Dwell Studios modern and eclectic style. In this post you will see my Manhattan apartment in which we had a true “living room”, it is set up as a studio while our daughter enjoyed the one bedroom. We lived in two different apartments at 71 Broadway and the location and building will always have a special place in our hearts. It was when NYC was truly new and exciting for us. We were semi-permenant tourists and we enjoyed both worlds as residents at play. In my future NYC Apartment Tour posts I will show more of the amazing building we lived in, built in 1899 siting next to Trinity Church at Wall street.
71 Broadway Ny,Ny
Studio Living in the Finacial District
NYC Apartment with views of Trinity Church
Divided Eating Area in Studio Living
Trinity Church Dusted in Snow
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