Posts by Joni Lay

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get the look: a neutral nursery

Trend: Neutral spaces with bright white walls, black accents, and natural finishes

Bright white walls with natural wood finishes and black accents seem to be dominating interior inspiration these days.  It’s a fresh and clean look, but it can still be fun to add in some color here and there.  I came across this beautiful rug, and though it would be the perfect starting point for a lovely girls’ nursery with a restrained, yet interesting palette.  neutral girl nurserySources, from top left: (1) Dahlia Chandelier; (2) Sky Block; (3) Reclaimed Wood Letter; (4) Hexagon Monte Mirror; (5) Diamond Monte Mirror; (6) Wildflowers Print; (7) Love Print; (8) Glacier National Park Print; (9) Black and White Photo; (10) Lovely Pillow; (11) White Sparrow Crib; (12) Gold Lamps; (13) Provincial Dresser; (14 & 15)  Black and White Vintage Photos; (16) Finn Rocker; (17) Aqua Tassel Curtains; (18) Talitha Rug; (19) Cloud Sheet; (20) 1976 Print; (21) Color Block Basket 

And here is to a blessed and happy 2014!  ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


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DIY-ify: A Gold Letter Garland

Have you seen that beautiful “cheers banner” that has been floating around Pinterest?  Apparently it’s no longer available, but I thought it was worth a shot to re-create it because it’s just so lovely, and it would be a great addition to any room or any party, regardless of the season. It’s also a great way to use some of that cardboard that is inevitably laying around this time of year!christmas garland

(Sequin Bows, Star Garland, Hourglasses)

Here is a list of the items you will need:(1) Cardboard; (2) Yarn or String; (3) Marker; (4) Gold Contact Paper (I used gold vinyl, but contact paper will be similar); (5) Washi Tape; (6) Heavy Duty Shears or Utility Knife; (7) Acrylic Paint; (8) Paintbrush; (9) Gold Fringe Garland (I used some shredded mylar, because the store was out of the garland, but the garland would be much easier to work with!)

Here is what you need to do:diy christmas garlandIt would also be really sweet with your baby’s name on it, and strung up on the wall in a nursery!  It’s a festive update to the name bunting, don’t you think?  Or perhaps for a birthday party?  We’ll be using it for a little family New Year’s celebration.DIY Christmas Garland

Hope you enjoy!  ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay


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Get the Look: a Touch of Fluff

Trend: Flokati and fluffy textures in the nursery and interiors.

It seems that fluffy textures are popping up everywhere recently.  It can add a great bit of texture and warmth to a room, as well as a bit of playfulness.  

(sources: Girl’s Nursery; Anton and Toby’s room; Viva la Vivi Party; Winter White Kids’ Party)

A shaggy, fluffy rug is also a great option if you have a carpeted room, but want to break up the expanse of carpet (see Henry’s room).  The contrast in textures will make it work, and help define the space a little better.  Fluffy white rugs are also great for taking photos of baby, and he or she will love crawling around on it!  The fluffy pillows and throw versions are also perfect for parties, playrooms, and even holiday decor.  I love what Kristin did with one under her tree!  You can’t beat unbreakable Christmas decor with little ones under foot!  Here are some great options available – I am loving the colored versions as well.

Sources, from top left: Round Flokati Rug, Ombre Fur Pillow, Sheepskin Throw; Pebble Fur Pillow; Souk Rug; Pink Fur Pillow; Faux Throw; Little Faux Sheep Pillow

Hope you are inspired! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


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A Thanksgiving Table

Trend: Holiday Decor and Gilded Table Settings

With Thanksgiving around the corner, and Christmas not far behind, I am daydreaming about pretty table settings.  Here is a collection of a few of my favorite things out there right now – this would be lovely paired with some vintage candlesticks from my grandmother, and a vintage tablecloth, too.

thanksgiving table settingSources: (1) Wood Chargers; (2) Lotus Dinner Plate; (3) Vintage Black Salad Plates; (4) Heredia Napkins; (5) Gold Flatware; (6) Whirled Stemware; (7) Glimmer Wrapped Glasses; (8) Crystalline Decanter; (9) Elephant Placecard Holders

Hope you have a fun and festive holiday!

~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


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get the look: little rocket girl

Trend: Constellation charts and astronomy in home decor

Have you seen Gravity yet?  We went this past weekend, and it was a pretty fantastic movie.  I wasn’t expecting to be so emotionally drawn into the story line; I was ready for just a pretty film.  It’s been on my mind ever since, and I can’t help but be inspired by it, especially since it’s mostly about a girl astronaut.  Today’s board has sort of a retro-futuristic feel, with an unexpected color palette incorporating plums and pinks, perfect for a stargazing little one with big dreams.baby room ideas(1) Space Bound; (2) Teardrop Lamp; (3) Space Implode; (4) Black & Blue Moon Print; (5) 1892 Solar System Atlas; (6) Brass Urchin; (7) Planets of the Solar System; (8) Moon Print; (9) Isosceles Lamp; (10) Birch Sparrow Crib; (11) Pink Accessory Tray; (12) Pink Flutter Sheet; (13) Luminous Dots Pillow; (14) Minty Dresser; (15) Finn Rocker; (16) Rocketship Rug; (17) Space

Hope you are inspired!  ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


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get the look: gold lamps

Trend: Gold lamps in decor.

The gold trend is anything but over, and I’m a huge fan of gold accents in a room, especially when it comes to lighting.  It is subtle, but can make a big difference, and add just the right bit of bright polish. For example, here is a favorite styled in Henry’s nursery.  This room has lots of natural and neutral finishes, but that pop of gold injects a bit of personality and a refreshing textural change:

and in Vivi and Brigette’s shared room:

Here is a roundup of some favorites, with a range of styles to fit any personality or taste.  Which is your favorite?gold lamps

Sources, from top left: (1) Perch Table Lamp; (2) Rodeo Drive Lamp; (3) Lily and Gold Lamp; (4) Gold Rock Lamp; (5) Gold Pear Lamp; (6) Branch Lamp; (7) Brass Bunny Lamp; (8) Ripley Lamp

Enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay