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Maggie Rose Blog

Just for Fun: Botanical Dining

Maggie Stephens

Channeling a bit of my inner Lauren Liess on this one - loved the idea of pairing a set of dried botanicals with that killer pendant. A round table in a light wood made the most sense, then it was a matter of finding a chair that was heavy enough to balance the busy walls but also delicate and not overpowering (since you'd need four or six). A soft blue rug added just a wash of color, though I also considered a light geometric pattern. Wall sconces add another source of lighting. And for a real room, I'd probably add some kind of buffet or hutch - maybe in a lacquered airy blue or sage green.

Client Project : Nursery Reveal

Maggie Stephens

Nurseries are so fun to design because there is so much excitement and joy in the anticipation of the room's future occupant! I had just wrapped up some other spaces in this couple's home when they found out they were expecting. Since they rent, and any future home may have a different layout or number of rooms, we chose elements that could easily mix and match with pieces from the living room. The bookshelf in particular could move to the living room and fit in perfectly. This was also the reasoning behind waiting to choose a rug.

We all agreed on a space that didn't feel too "baby-ish" but instead would age well with their son - items like the lacquered dresser, bookshelf, and nightstand could even work in a teen space.  I'm not a huge fan of "themed" rooms, and neither are my clients, though we did enjoy incorporating animals in many of the decor elements like the sheets, artwork, and bookends. Right before I was visiting with my camera, we also grabbed some nature themed curtains from Ikea to hang around the black-out shade. 

Baby boy isn't due for another month, but we're pretty well wrapped up on decor - some items like a fan and humidifier should be in place soon. In the meanwhile I hear my clients are enjoying being in this room we created and anticipating it's most important delivery!

Color Theory: Peach Walls

Maggie Stephens

Catching my eye lately : peach colored walls. While I wouldn't call this a trend since these rooms aren't all super recent, I do think this is a fresh look that is new and interesting but isn't TOO out there. 

My favorite version of this look is when the walls are lacquered - the extra glossiness adds a pretty glow without overwhelming like a dark lacquer can. It's the perfect finishing touch. However, lacquered walls are expensive, so it is possible to get the look without the sheen.

Would you try this look? I think it'd be very tricky to find the perfect color, but the end result is a warm yet modern look. I'm a fan.

Photos: Vogue, Feb 2014. Designer Steven Gambrel in Domino Magazine. Designer Katie Ridder. Designer Steven Gambrel in Elle Decor.

New at Serena & Lily

Maggie Stephens

For a long time I considered Serena & Lily to be a baby store  - and they still are one of my favorite sources for chic nursery gear. But they've been increasing their other home collections over the last few years, and I think have really hit their stride with this new fall release. Lots of chic tables and casegoods, unique decor items, and (while I don't feature any below) classic upholstered pieces. They have a shop in San Francisco that I've visited once, and this is giving me motivation to head back sooner rather than later.

Perfect neutral console table and a great way to add texture.

Obsessed with this gorgeous statement pendant.

This side table also has a coffee table counterpart (also in white).

Would love this pretty blanket on our bed.

Wallpaper in several new colorways - I think this one would look fab in a powder room.

This headboard is a nice change of pace from all the upholstered options out there.

Spot any must-haves?