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Just for Fun: Our Place

Maggie Stephens

Last time I did a quickie "Just for Fun" design I reimagined my former bachelorette pad... today I thought I'd do a bit of fantasy decorating for the future - our new apartment in San Jose.

For the sake of some structure, I'm picturing the same living/dining room combo that we actually have, plus a master bedroom. If I had to start from scratch (and with a very generous budget!) this is maybe the direction I'd take... plus replacing the carpets with hardwood of course! ;)

Oh how I would love to see that come together in real life! However, I'm so excited to see our already owned (and much loved) pieces in our new space, maybe with a few additions as well. Movers are coming today! Wish us luck for a quick and painless move...

Our Place: Nursery

Maggie Stephens

A few of our favorite Wes Anderson films... 

A few of our favorite Wes Anderson films... 

Now that Logan is 6 months old (when did that happen?!) I'm finally getting around to sharing some snaps of his nursery. I had so much fun finding things for his room that I hope will encourage his imagination and sense of adventure (and maybe cultivate a bookworm while we're at it). 

Logan slept in our room until he was about 3 months old... We all sleep better now! 

Logan slept in our room until he was about 3 months old... We all sleep better now! 

IKEA shelves got a little makeover. 

IKEA shelves got a little makeover. 

Since we are moving to a new place, I didn't have a photographer come get pics, but most of our stuff should translate pretty seamlessly, including Logan's room. I still love all his stuff, so it'll just be a little bit rearranged without replacing much of anything. I'll be shooting the new apartment hopefully in a couple of months, so it will be fun to see how things change.

We reused the shelves, curtains, and pouf from when this room was my office. 

We reused the shelves, curtains, and pouf from when this room was my office. 

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Just surrounding the humidifier with quirky objects and pretending it's not there...

Just surrounding the humidifier with quirky objects and pretending it's not there...

Taken a different day so you'll see some items have wandered... These baskets are meant to hold toys but we have gray and white bins for those, so these just hide clutter! 

Taken a different day so you'll see some items have wandered... These baskets are meant to hold toys but we have gray and white bins for those, so these just hide clutter! 

I really loved putting together Logan's nursery and though my dream nursery would definitely include wallpaper (woes of renting), I am happy with how it turned out. And I'm excited to see how it evolves as he grows! I may already have his big-kid bed picked out....

I also have just a general new love of designing kid spaces. My favorites aren't themey (or just lightly themed), and have plenty of personality! I'm also a big believer in going budget-friendly for pieces that "expire" (ie a crib that will be used 2 or so years) and getting made-to-last pieces that can grow with him (storage, like Logan's dresser is a good example). And splurging when you just love something and have to have it (his lampshades, the Wes Anderson prints). Let me know if you're looking to create a new kid space or refresh one! Would love to chat more.

Monday Moment

Maggie Stephens

*tap tap* AHEM, is this thing still on? Hello, it's been a while. You may have noticed I got an actual post up on Friday. I'm hoping that is the beginning of a semi-regular return to ye olde blogge. 

Since having Logan nearly 6 months ago, my time has been primarily focused on him. Work (and this blog) took a big backseat to family life in 2015, and while I'm still going to be a work-at-home-mom in 2016, I am planning to ramp up activity for my design business in a major way. I miss working, and the small amount of client work I've been able to take on in the past few months has me chomping at the bit to get back.

That being said, what a joy it has been to spend so much time with my sweet little boy! I can hardly believe how quickly the time has passed. Already he is rolling and laughing, we're about to introduce solid foods, and I fear he may be crawling very, very soon (I'm not ready!). It's also been a joy to see my husband really excel at being a father, and I love him all the more for it.

Other personal news - we are in the process of moving! We found another apartment that has more space, elevators (a must with a stroller), and many of the same amenities, for less than we have been paying. We're saving up for a house, so every little bit helps! I know I haven't shown a ton of pictures of our apartment (especially lately) but the new place has great windows and light, and I can't wait to have some photos taken. I'm planning to snap a few pictures of Logan's room here to share this week, even though I'm not planning to change much if anything with the move. Figure I want to capture the room we brought him home to.

Anyway, I'm glad to be back! Chat soon. :)

Trend: Black Bath Fixtures

Maggie Stephens

One trend cycle that fascinates me is metal finishes. I remember when brushed nickel was all the rage, and lately it's been antique brass (which I still love). But I have also been noticing a trend in metal finishes where maybe "stainless or brass" was the major debate : exposed plumbing fixtures, now seen in matte black.

We're talking about all the stuff you see in the bathroom (or kitchen, for that matter); faucets, handles, shower heads, etc. I've been loving the super sleek, simple and graphic lines of a modern black finish, especially against time-worn classics like subway tile, marble, and wood.

As a bonus, it plays well with other metal finishes, especially brass and copper (another design lover's darling at the moment).  So feel free to mix and match.