A Cheery & Colorful Nursery for Baby Girl

Six weeks before Miss Millie's arrival, the nursery was still our office and housing a GIANT roll top desk in the middle of the room. I was starting to get a little stressed that we would have nothing set up before her due date! You can ask my friends, it was starting to make me sweat. lol!

Thankfully we found someone who wanted to buy our humongous desk, and finally got some time to set up the nursery! I love sitting in Camille's room (which is a good thing because I sit in here a lot feeding this little princess!); it makes me smile because it is bright and cheery. No real theme...just colorful and hopefully a little whimsical. 

Creating a Colorful Little Girl Nursery

THE DETAILS:

Paint: Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
Chair: Celadon Home
Ottoman Pouf: CB2 Braided Jute
Rug: Target Chevron Shag Rug
Sidetable: Target Scallop Kids Table
Shelves: Target White Traditional Wall Shelves
Plates: Lulie Wallace at Anthropologie 
^ Plates may not be available online anymore
Pineapple Print: Texture Design Co
Lamp: Birch Lane Kids Lamp
Mint Hooks: Clearance Item at Anthropologie
^ Similar Item
Wood Name Sign: The Salted Lantern
Newborn Photographs: Melissa Griffin
Wood Wall Frames: Target
Crib Sheet: Levtex Baby Coral Arrow
Pom Poms for Mobile: The Pom Pom Tree
Paris Artwork: Originals by Emily Reyna
Little Cow: Belle by Organic Farm Buddies

Wood Name Sign on Camille's Door made by The Salted Lantern

Wood Name Sign on Camille's Door made by The Salted Lantern

As you can see, it is just a happy mix of colors and patterns in her room! Corals, Pinks, Mint, Aqua, Grey, Orange and the list goes on! Chevrons, arrows, stripes, & florals! 

I also tried to mix new and old to give her room some sentimental appeal! The shoes hanging from the hooks are my baby shoes that my mom saved. The old window was a piece that Martin found, and we added the hooks from Anthropologie. (The flower hooks were on clearance, so I don't know if you can still find them. But I linked a similar color hook above in the details.) The changing table is my dresser from my childhood. We painted it with Lowe's Furniture Paint and added knobs from Hobby Lobby. The little rocking chair was also in my nursery as a child. 

I wasn't able to find a nursery mobile that fit my colors, so I just made one using pom poms from The Pom Pom Tree and a few handmade pom poms! I'll do a DIY post on this in the next few months! (Email me if you want details now!)

I'm hoping that a lot of these items can grow with Camille, and perhaps I can pass some of it down to her for her future nursery! All photos by Melissa Griffin Photography!

Have a great day!
Emily

 

5 Solutions for a Small Home Office

Having a small space for your home office can definitely be challenging. When I started working full-time as Texture Design Co, it took me a few months to figure out my work flow and how to make my small office compatible with my routine. Here are a few solutions I've learned along the way! 


Originally, the small space made me feel antsy, unsettled, and scatter-brained. The good news is that now I LOVE my work space! I can be creative in this space because I'm surrounded by things that make me smile, and I'm no longer worried about clutter. So on that note, let me share with you some tips...

1. Find organization solutions that work for you.

For me, these photo boxes and paper document boxes make a world of a difference. I can label what is in them, and I don't have to go searching everywhere for what I need. Also, I love the ease of throwing items right into a box. YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT'S INSIDE, so it doesn't matter if the inside of the box is messy!  My brain feels much calmer when I can't see the ugly clutter items. Now they are tucked in labeled box where I can find them again. (Boxes are from Michaels Craft Stores and Ikea)

As Ikea says on their website, "Hide things in plain sight."

Same goes for the square Ikea baskets! I keep unattractive things like bubble wrap in those wonderful catch-all baskets. It keeps the ugly packing supplies organized and out of sight! So for me, organization requires knowing where something is, so I can easily find it. But it also means keeping it easy enough that I'll actually put things away. With the boxes and baskets, cleaning up is a breeze. And the mess is no longer in view, leaving my mind free to think about creative things! Find what works for you by analyzing what needs to be put out of sight but still easily accessible.


2. Only buy furniture that maximizes your storage.

Annie Sloan painted dresser for office space
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If you have a small space, every piece of furniture counts! I used to have a giant old desk that took up tons of room but offered little working space and little storage. It had to go. I have since added this Ikea Kallax cube shelf that changed my life. (not exaggerating)

The dresser used for my Texture Design Co. supplies was from my childhood bedroom! Slapped some Annie Sloan paint (Duck Egg Blue) on there, and it looks so happy holding my printer and paper supplies. The drawers are essential; I keep so many office materials in those drawers! The point: if you have furniture that isn't maximizing your storage, replace it with something more functional!


3. Combine functionality with beauty!

Seafoam Blue office supplies
Pretty Office Supplies

What do I mean by combine functionality with beauty? Well most of our office supplies need to be sitting out so we can easily use them. Sooo...find office supplies that you enjoy looking at. Find functional pieces that look beautiful or make you smile when they are in plain view! Folders, pens, pencils, scissors, notebooks, notepads...all of these items I use every day. I'm not going to put them in a drawer somewhere. But when they are sitting on my table or on the shelf, they still look beautiful. I've found several of these items at Target. ^

For more ideas on pretty office supplies, check out our blog post on a Mint Themed Office Space.


4. Get creative with your wall space!

Wall space is prime realty in a small office. So use it wisely! Be sure to include artwork or inspirational items to spur creativity. But also think outside the box! Can you add some more shelves or hang any of your work supplies on the wall? We made some wood shelves using metal brackets. When I'm not using my colored pencils and markers, I can place them on the shelves! (Obviously I was still using them when this picture was taken, lol.) But think about what items or collections you have for work, and perhaps you can display them creatively on your wall.


5. Bring the outdoors indoors.

House plants for an office space

This may not seem like an important tip, but there is something about adding greenery to a small space that makes it feel inviting. Perhaps the plants trick your mind to thinking you're outside! Or maybe they're just helping you get more oxygen to the brain. Whatever the reason, adding indoor plants makes any space more cozy and helps you to enjoy the space you're in. Trust me; it works! The real trick comes with learning how to keep the plants alive. I highly recommend a cactus to start!

I hope some of that was helpful for you! Let me know if you have any tricks you've learned from working in a small space. I always tell people that you'd be surprised how much more work you can accomplish when you like being in the space you're in! #happyspaces

Have a great weekend!
Emily Kirby

3 Reasons I Love Minted.com's Fabrics

Did you know that Minted.com now has fabrics? I recently received my first fabric order from the online store, and I love it! Martin and I are in the process of reupholstering our dining room chairs with Snuggling Diamonds in charcoal by designer Kimberly Morgan. Minted.com's fabrics are super cute, but let me share with you 3 more reasons I'm excited about their textile selection!

3 Reasons I love Minted.com's Fabrics:

1. You can get to know the artist!

It is a lot more personal when you know who created the fabric you are placing in your home. Rarely do I know the story behind the fabrics in my home. However, when you select a fabric on the Minted website, you are able to click and read more about the designer. Find out where they are from, what do they do, or even follow them on social media. It is similar to learning a little more about an artist before purchasing a beautiful painting. In addition, it is nice knowing that a percentage of your purchase is also going towards an independent graphic designer or artist! (So basically, you're supporting someone like similar to me!)

2. Minted is providing a unique opportunity to designers and artists!

Designers and artists now have a very accessible way to see their work on textiles. I LOVE fabrics...that is part of the reasoning behind the name Texture Design Co. However, it can be a bit difficult to actually get your designs printed on fabric. Typically, you would need to be in the textile industry or have enough funds to pay for the printing of the fabric. Therefore, it is huge to have the chance to create a surface pattern for textiles at no cost! AND all the hard work gets taken out since they sell, print and ship for you! If you are a designer and are new to Minted, I would highly recommend checking out their design challenges. They pick several (I mean several) winners for each competition. Those winners receive a monetary prize and their designs will be sold on Minted.com! For each sold product, you receive a percent of the profits! For more information, go here and also check out the current Fabric Design Challenge! You probably won't make millions off of your fabric designs; currently artists receive 6% of the profits. BUT, if you're like me and would really enjoy seeing your creative work on textiles...this is a wonderful way to do that!

3. Oh, and the color options are fabulous!

Oftentimes I'll find a fabric that I like, but I'll wish it came in a different color. The textiles on Minted.com are offered in about 10 different color variations! Talk about options! I love color, and I love options! So if you like the Snuggling Diamond pattern I showed you in the beginning, well you can select from 10 colors including yellow, orange, pink, light blue, dark blue, and chartreuse.

*NOTE: We ordered the "linen cotton blend". It feels pretty thick and durable. The "classic cotton canvas" is more for crafting. Do not use the fabrics for children's sleepwear or bedding. (The fabrics are not fire-retardant.)

Head on over to the site and see if you can't find what you love! And while you are there, check out Texture Design's first winning art print submission. We hope to have more items on the Minted site later this Fall!

Have you shopped with Minted.com? Which of their products do you love?

Best,
Emily Kirby

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A Mint & Seafoam Themed Office Space

Currently, my office space consists of a desk in the living room, and it certainly works for now! :) However, I do get excited thinking about the upcoming possibility of graduating to a larger office space with room to spread out and lots of shelves. The designer in me likes to think about how I will organize and decorate the space. One thing is for sure, it will have color accents of seafoam and mint throughout. You have probably already noticed, but I love those colors! (Hence the Texture Design Co. logo.)

If you gravitate towards the mint family as well, here is a little minty goodness to inspire any office space:

I've started a little Pinterest board of inspiring Office Spaces and Office Supplies for this future Texture Design Co. home office. :)
Be sure to follow Texture Design Co. on Pinterest to see more!

Best,
Emily Kirby

Fresh & Modern Kitchen Decor

The Charleston Bridge print is one of Texture's most popular items. We also have a new "frameable" 5x7 card with the design as well. The colors are so happy and cheery, so I decided to work up a kitchen design scheme that coordinates with the print. (Throw back to my Interior Design days!)

 

Clock by West Elm
Newgate Clockhouse Clock

Fabric by Minted
Pea-Cockeyed

Napkins by Anthropologie
Beach Chair Stripe Napkins

Planter by Sea & Asters
Geometric Succulent Planter

Art Print by Texture Design Co. (That's us!)
Charleston Bridge Print

Napkin Ring from Wayfair
Braided Jute Napkin Ring

Mixer by Kitchen Aid
Green Apple Mixer

Pillow by Blossom Pillow Co.
Swiss Cross Pillow in Navy

Vases from World Market
Mason Jar Vases

Cutting Board by For the Host
Wood Cutting Board

Bar Stool by West Elm
Hewn Wood Bar Stool

Light Fixture from Barn Light Electric
Chicago Vintage Industrial Pendant

 

Hope you enjoy the list of items!
I have to admit, they are my favorite colors...I use them a lot! Any suggestions to add to our list?

Best, Emily Kirby

Emily Kirby with Texture Design Co