Gray Meets Gold: A Bold Nursery Reveal

By Grace Mitchell

Written by Grace Mitchell of A Storied Style for Building Blocks. ­

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When a client of mine shared the wonderful news that she was expecting (and for the first time), I quickly became very excited to create the perfect nursery! Because the couple decided to wait until the baby’s birth to find out gender, we needed to craft a space that would work whether it was a boy or girl.

This room started out like most nursery conversions – as a guest room. With a little one on the way, the guest room moved to the office, and the space was cleared to make room for baby!

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We really wanted this nursery to feel calm and traditional with a modern twist. The original paint color was a little dark, so we transformed the walls with a barely there gray, and the room brightened instantly.

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Two walls of the room had windows, yet the room still felt dreary! We removed the blinds and added white Twill Blackout Roman Shades to each window (they’re cordless – safe for kids!). For extra pizzazz, we attached rainbow-colored pom-pom trim to the bottom of each shade. I love how that little detail added a “this is a kid’s room” punch!

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I didn’t want to clutter each window with curtains, so we got the double-width Peyton Drapes in ivory. Because the space is overall neutral, the white and ivory window treatments layered beautifully to create softness. To tie in the wall color, I chose the grey Dawson Rug – it is plush and gorgeous! I have four little ones of my own, and I know a good kid’s room rug when I see it. That rug is m-a-d-e for kids! You can tell it’s going to hold up great through the years.

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The Kendall Crib was a perfect choice because of its classic simplicity, and the Reese Bedding tied in perfectly with the couple’s first baby gift, a giant giraffe!

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Did you notice the darling Origami Mobile? It connected with the bedding in a sweet, subtle way.

The acrylic drapery rods and gold hardware were a DIY using this tutorial, and I’ll have all the details on how we made them on A Storied Style next week!

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Art for this room was really important to give the nursery life and personality. Each print was chosen with care and framed in the White Gallery Frames. (By the way, I was super impressed with the quality of these frames! The mats are cut very well, and the frame is nice and heavy.)

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The placement of the mirror keeps the changing table wall more playful (plus you can make silly faces with baby in the reflection!).

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I feel so happy whenever I think about this room. It turned out even better than I imagined, and the parents were so thrilled with their nursery!

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For more information on how I created this space (including the gold-striped ceiling – spoiler: it’s contact paper!), stay tuned to A Storied Style next week.

P.S. Joy, oh JOY, it’s a BOY! Meet precious Reeves.

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Newborn Images Credit: Sabrina Gebhardt Photograph

Bringing a Touch of Magic to a ‘Bright Space’

By PBK Editors

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Last month, we had the tremendous pleasure of renovating several spaces at Compass Children’s Center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, a childcare center serving families facing extreme poverty or homelessness. This was the second community project we’ve completed in partnership with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®, which creates Bright Spaces® to support families in crisis.

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More than 60 volunteers from Pottery Barn Kids gave their time and talent to transform a classroom and therapy rooms at the center. We repainted hallways and therapy spaces, assembled products like dollhouses and a retro kitchen, and added warm touches to the walls. Most importantly, we were able to provide the children with a magical space to dream, play and learn.

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“What we focus on is building inspirational, memorable, magical spaces for kids and our goal is to share that with everyone. We want to share our dreams with everyone who walks in this space.” – Jennifer Kellor, SVP, Merchandising for Pottery Barn Kids

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This year’s makeover project is part of our broader commitment to community engagement and creating the same kinds of magical spaces for all children that we create for our customers’ children.

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To learn more about the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, visit its website here.

Behind the Scenes with Illustrator Oliver Jeffers

By PBK Editors

Meet Oliver Jeffers, the illustrator of one of our favorite books, “The Day the Crayons Quit”! Check out the video to get an inside look at Oliver’s process, passion and inspiration.

Also, visit your local store for your copy of this beloved tale. Plus, join us for our weekly story time to share other new stories with your little one.

Playdough Perfection: Three Fun Ideas

By PBK Editors

We think playdough is way more than just a ball of colored dough! In celebration of National Playdough Day, we’re sharing three of our favorite play dough recipes and ideas to give you even more reasons to love it.

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With just three ingredients, this edible playdough recipe from Danya Banya brings a whole new meaning to “playing with your food.”

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Bring the beach home with this sand playdough from Mama Papa Bubba that lets you explore the textures and patterns of shells.

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If you’ve got a little scientist, try this erupting playdough activity from Mess for Less – it’s sure to bring an explosion of smiles to your home.

Which playdough activity would your little one love? Share with us in the comments below, and view our Playdough Round Up for more great ideas!

Trend Spotting: Natural Linen

By PBK Editors

The changing leaves and muted colors of fall are perfectly reflected in linen decor. From warm beige furniture to breezy bedding, linen is a great way to add classic style to your laid-back home.

Cozy linen pillows and sheets add a sophisticated touch to the bedroom. Here are a few of our favorites to try in your home:

 

Warm up the walls with linen art and pinboards. Whether you’re displaying a sweet sentiment or favorite photos, try these top picks:

 

Linen makes a chic statement for furniture. It adds soft, natural, hues while staying structured and elevated.

 

For more great trends, check out potterybarnkids.com.

3 Healthy Ways to Celebrate Chocolate Milkshake Day!

By PBK Editors

Here’s a sweet holiday that you can celebrate guilt-free: National Chocolate Milkshake Day! With ingredients like frozen strawberries, bananas and coconut milk in place of ice cream, these frozen treats are healthier – and equally delicious.

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Only four simple ingredients are needed for this healthy and delicious recipe from A Couple Cooks.

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For a fun and fruity twist, try this Strawberry Chocolate MIlkshake from The Simple Veganista.

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Frozen bananas make this chocolate milkshake recipe from All Sorts of Pretty extra rich and creamy.

Looking for more great recipe ideas? Head over to Design Studio or browse more on our blog.

Gear Up for a Sporty Year

By PBK Editors

Now that your little ones are back to school, make sure they’re all geared up for a year of fun team activities with these sporty essentials. Whether you’ve got a tiny rookie or a seasoned champ, your little athlete will be game ready with these picks!

Goal! Your little soccer star will be ready for a win at school and at practice with these gear favorites.

 

Hungry for a touchdown? Nourish that tiny first-string player with lunches and snacks fit for an athlete’s appetite.

 

Batter up! Hit it out of the park with a room inspired by the classic American game.

 

Shoot those hoops! Spend time with your little one practicing that winning shot with their very own hoop.

 

For more great sports-inspired ideas, visit potterybarnkids.com to shop now.

Happy Trails! A Fun Activity to Keep Kids Hiking

By PBK Editors

Written by Joel Henriques of Made by Joel for Building Blocks.

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It’s always great to get kids outside for walks or hikes. To make it even more exciting, I like to have them pick out a few small toys for their backpacks. Then, every once and awhile during the hike, we stop for a few minutes, make a little scene with the toys, and take a photo.

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These days, you can just use your camera phone – so it’s really easy. Plus, the activity is a nice incentive to keep them going. When the hike is finished, kids really love seeing how the photos turned out. As a bonus, you’ll also have some fun documentation of the outing.

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Happy hiking!

The Perfect Friend for Every Nursery

By PBK Editors

There’s something so special and sweet about those first cuddles with your baby and a favorite plush animal. Today, to honor National Teddy Bear Day, we’re celebrating with a few of our favorite fluffy friends that are perfect for your tiny one.

Soft and cozy pieces are perfect for naptime. From a comforting plush bear to a hanging mobile, fill your little one’s nursery with teddy bear love.

 

Invite their teddy bear friends to playtime with a fun plush seat or play mat.

 

Surround them with all things soft, from a sweet bath wrap to a pair of fuzzy slippers.

 

For a tiny teddy bear fan, try a holiday keepsake they can love for years.

 

Happy National Teddy Bear Day! For more great nursery picks, visit potterybarnkids.com.