BIG NEWS: We’re partnering with Taylor Sterling of The Glitter Guide! We’ll be teaming up for a series of festive holiday celebrations and some even BIGGER giveaways!
The Glitter Guide is one of our go-to blogs for DIY, interior design and entertaining. This holiday season, we’ll be partnering up to help celebrate the first Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND birthday of Taylor’s daughter, Elodie. From a friendly Halloween fright to a Christmas filled with new traditions, we can’t wait to follow Taylor and Elodie as they celebrate the season.
Stay tuned to Building Blocks for next week’s official kickoff: a sweet Halloween celebration and giveaway!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.)
The placement of the mirror keeps the changing table wall more playful (plus you can make silly faces with baby in the reflection!).
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
To learn more about the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, visit its website here.
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.
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.
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.
Mackenzie Water Bottles
Fairfax Soccer Luggage
Mackenzie Soccer Backpacks
Hungry for a touchdown? Nourish that tiny first-string player with lunches and snacks fit for an athlete’s appetite.
Stainless Steel Sandwich Cutters
Colton Lunch Bags
Fairfax Lunch Bag
Batter up! Hit it out of the park with a room inspired by the classic American game.
Varsity Font Name
Geo Decorative Sham
Brett Baseball Shade
Shoot those hoops! Spend time with your little one practicing that winning shot with their very own hoop.
Written by Joel Henriques of Made by Joel for Building Blocks.
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.
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.