Little Princess Lair

Photo compliments of Catherine Rhodes Photography.

I had so much fun creating Parker’s nursery! A friend came by the other day and made the joke that I took my party decorating skills and used them in my home. It’s so true! If you have an eye for creating pretty and cohesive designs, it easily transitions from creative space to creative space.

The first thing you notice in her room are these 3D flowers. They were the foundation to her nursery design. Often times, these types of creations are used as a photo booth backdrop or behind a head table. But I also noticed on Pinterest that people were using them in their house as well. Through Pinterest, I found ForeverPetalsbyVee and could not have been more pleased with the product or customer service of this seller. I sent her a digital swatch of the color scheme I was going for and within two weeks, the flowers were sitting on my doorstep shipped from San Antonio.

From there, I just had fun with all the girly elements and chose a few different prints to mix and match for depth. I incorporated stripes, some dots and a touch of scallop. Of course I had to make sure there was some personalization too. We hung a wooden monogram on the wall, had an accent blanket monogrammed to hang on her crib and ordered a personalized crib sheet. The sheet was is from Carousel Designs. They have all sorts of cute bedding that is totally worth checking out. And with all her monograms, I feel like I am single handedly keeping The Southern Rose in business.

I know I am committing a crime because all the personalized items won’t be able to be reused with our next child, but we did try to be strategic in the selection of the wall color and furniture. We decided to go with grey walls and white furniture because it could easily transition from female to male if we happened to have boy next.

I might have gone a tad over the top, but when you spend time in the middle of the night in the rocker and change countless diapers at the changing table, the extra fluff seems completely necessary.

Oh, and I know I mentioned this in a previous blog post, but the lamp was one of my greatest purchases for her room. Originally, I bought it because it was cute and matched the color scheme, but what I didn’t realize is that it’s a touch lamp. Since the outlet it’s plugged into isn’t connected to light switch, the touch lamp has been a blessing when you have full hands.


Product Info:

-Curtains: Twill Light Blocking Curtain in Pink, Target

-Crib: Little Seeds Rowan Valley Linden Standard Crib in White, Wayfair

-Dresser: Little Seeds Rowan Valley Laren 6 Drawer Double Dresser in White, Wayfair

-Rocker: Delta Children Middleton Nursery Glider Swivel Rocker Chair in Cream, Target

-Wall Art: 3D Flowers, ForeverPetalsbyVee

-Wall Art: Wooden Monogram Painted White, The Southern Rose

-Lamp (Not Pictured): Turned Table Lamp Touch Control in Mint, Target

-Bedding: Crib Blanket, The Southern Rose

-Bedding: Customized Crib Sheet in Blush, Carousel Designs

-Paint: Tin Lizzie, Sherwin Williams


Simply Southern

When my friend Alex asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, the planning wheels already started spinning! Although Missouri is not exactly the South, Alex is a Southern girl at heart. She did live in North Carolina for quite some time, and she attend college for two years in South Carolina, so the South is in her blood. Molly and I offered to throw her a bridal shower, and the theme “Southern Soiree” seemed to fit perfectly with our monogram-loving, whiskey-drinking, Lily Pulitzer-wearing friend.

It started with the invitations. We chose a very feminine feeling invitation and made sure to make it clear that there was going to be a Southern feel. We instructed the guests to wear Southern attire, which meant sundresses, big hats and lots of florals.

image7Next, we started running with a Southern-inspired menu. Pinterest lent itself to lots of ideas but with a rather large guest list and the limitations of a household kitchen, we settled on a Southern brunch menu:

image4 (1)Crackers w/ Pimento Cheese Spread
Biscuit Bar w/ Jams, Jellies and Honey
Chicken and Biscuits
Egg Casserole (both veggie and sausage with cheese)
Pasta Salad
Mixed Green Salad
Fresh Fruit

Then we rounded it out with adorable macaroons, cake pops and brownie bites for a sweet treat. For drinks, we decided to keep the menu pretty simple. Since it was a brunch, we decided to stick to a mimosa bar, white wine, red wine, coffee, sweet tea and lemonade. It offered a variety to our guests with plenty of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. image6 (1)

From there, the Pinterest board was booming, and we kept coming across cute combinations of turquoise, peach and coral. The brunch took place at my house, which already has a lot of turquoise accents and dishware, so all we had to do was add in the peach and coral.

image5 (1)My house was definitely not big enough to host all 32 ladies for a seated brunch as well as a gift opening and game area. Luckily, Mother Nature was on our side, and we were able to utilize my patio and backyard for eating. We rented cute wooden folding chairs that not only accented the theme but also were a great deal (from US Rents It). As an event planner at a country club, I had access to the beautiful ruffled white linens, and we added gold chargers for a touch of class and tradition. Centerpieces were put together using ranunculas, baby’s breath and small blue vases. Then we added in gold accents, such as signs that said “love” and “xoxo.” Even the brunch took place during the day, we added in some candlesticks with turquoise candles for height.

The whole experience was a great time! Molly and I completely transformed my house, including her adorable customized banners that read “Bride to Be” and “Mrs. Kluesner,” and all of the guests participated in the theme. Not a single lady came in without an oversized sun hat, a floral hair piece or a structured sundress.  Add a little sunshine and a mimosa to that enthusiasm, and we were set for success.