We're almost through another week and I hope you are enjoying Spring as much as I am. Our town is exploding with blossoms everywhere you look (as you can see by my Instagram Feed). I am finally on the mend after a vicious little virus that attacked all of our family members, and ended us giving me bronchitis. I am on antibiotics and feeling so much better now. I probably got run down as my schedule was so jam-packed (with all really good things) such as my new website, prepping for our new puppy coming at the end of the month (more on that later) & DE LAVENNE DESIGN writing an article about kid's rooms in MOM Magazine's April/May issue (page 20). It has been such a fun experience.
If you saw the article and are new to my site/blog, "Welcome"!
I wasn't familiar with MOM Mag until their Editor Angela Hibbard reached out to me. She was wonderful to work with; we became instant friends over the phone. I learned that MOM Magazine is a bi-monthly parenting magazine distributed in four markets across the Northwest (Mid-Valley, Eugene/Springfield, Salem and the Tri Cities). Their magazine is a FREE publication full of supportive and inspiring articles surrounding Oregon MOMS. The publication is distributed to various places like Doctor's offices, community centers, etc. It's also a great place to advertise, so if you have a business check it out!
I would like the thank Angela and MOM Magazine for this opportunity and say that my first experience writing for a publication was a great one and happy to do more! (Hint-hint).
Keep your eyes peeled for the printed April/May copy in your Oregon area, or click this link to MOM Mag's current issue and view my styling tips.
New babies with all their gear squeeze the pocket book, I get it, so my suggestions in the article gives some tips on how to s t r e t ch that design dollar while keeping the kiddos and moms satisfied. In this post I include some photos that show how my kid's rooms have evolved since.
Have a great week and thanks for reading!
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Thank you MOM MAGAZINE for featuring DE LAVENNE DESIGN!
My daughter's room has slowly evolved from the baby/toddler age. Keeping the rug, we slighting added more "zing" with aqua and altered some accents to suit her current interest/activities. I love this duvet cover and skirt from H & M Home. They are white linen therefore we are able to bleach out any stains. They get very soft upon wash after wash, however you have to be ok with that lived-in linen wrinkle look. I replaced the previous ruffly bed skirt with this more tailored version for an update. It is not linen, however cotton canvas which is thick and I LOVE it. Comes in greys and blues as well.
Walls: I did repaint to a lighter, barely-there pink called Valspar Noble Blush No. 7001-11.
I bought this little Boho Elephant in Austin, TX while visiting Michelle.
Pillow fabric- Quadrille and Duralee. Custom.
The photo on the wall was taken by Photographer and Bestie Michelle Thomas. It is a blurred capture of my daughter on the beach. I had it blown up via "Artifact Uprising" in Portland. I highly recommend them for high quality photo books as well. They do beautiful work and they are FAST! And as I mentioned before, Michelle's in Austin now, so, lucky for y'all Austiner's with kids, book her! www.michellethomasphoto.com
Search "Pelmet Box" up in my search bar for the past blog entry on how to make with just foam core and fabric. AG Doll got her own mini closet as well. I found little teeny tiny doll hangers at OnlyHnagers.com. Best site ever for just hangers! I used a tension rod inside the bookcase.
I made her bulletin board out of homesote sound board material and linen. (Home Depot- about $12 for an 8 x 4 sheet! (I went "halfsies" here at 4 x 4 and split with my friend, Emily) . I trimmed it with my own greek key design. (note: future blog post!). Tip: For burn-free fingers, don't miter the corners when using the glue gun. Gold gumball Lamp: Urban Outfitters.
I had been coveting Victoria Hagan's summer square f o r y e a r s. (Pillow). Lamp: Urban Outfitters.
All his real "stuff". My son picked this $5 watch at a flea market in France. :) I still don't know what game this letter di belongs to, anyone know? That is why it is in the catch all dish!
This rug has been with us since my son was 3. I bought it at Target.It has so many blues to offer to future room changes. We could add green, or orange, or red, grey, you name it for future accent colors, which adds the longevity I talk about in the article.
I can't say enough good things about this curtain from Bed Bath and Beyond. These Union Square grommeted drapes are thick, very nice looking and affordable. We also took off our old sliding closet doors and hung these drapes in blue (and white for my daughter's room) and you can't see through them. (I have this thing against closet doors, I think I was influenced by all my time France. Even doorways have thick draperies dividing rooms there. It comes in a zillion colors now- the dark color will block out the light (even unlined) check it out!
Thanks Target for the faux Marble Hippo head. Who doesn't love a hippo head? The wind-up Red Vespa was found at our beloved local Hopscotch Toys! (Comes in a 2-pack with light blue, call Linda at 503-472-3702 :) On my instagram feed you see me playing with these before I wrapped them for X-mas stocking stuffers. Great for cats too.
Bowl & alarm clock: Target. Tissue holder: Container Store-I love these, I have these all over our house. And a vintage copy of "Moby Dick" for anytime he can't sleep, I refer him to this book and 5 minutes later, I find him asleep on page 2-WORKS EVERY TIME.