Written on January 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm , by Joni Lay
I’m so excited the Downton Abbey season has restarted, and it makes Sunday nights extra delicious. I love soaking in all the details, from the decor to the fashion to the dialogue. I’m particularly fond of Cora Grantham’s bedroom, with that calming shade of blue, and the moody paintings hung in gilded frames. Here is a photo of the room from Highclere Castle, although the room really appears to have more depth and character on the show (source):If you are loving the look, here is some inspiration for a Downton nursery, if there were to be a baby Grantham (or maybe a baby Crawley?):Sources, from left to right: (1) Petite Chandelier; (2) Gilt Wall Crown; (3) Beagles; (4) Brass Buffet Lamp; (5) Thomas on Saucebox; (6) Brass Candle Sconces; (7) Little Girl Silhouette; (8) Arundel Castle; (9) Grace Crib in Walnut; (10) Boats Racing; (11) Monogrammed Pillows; (12) Wardrobe; (13) Aynhoe Park; (14) Louis XVI Chair; (15) Fox Race; (16) Velvet Storage Ottoman; (17) Turquoise Overdyed Rug; (18) Tess Crib Bedding; (19) French Tassel Curtain Panels
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on November 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm , by Joni Lay
Recently, I received a request from a mom who wants her toddler daughter to share a room with her baby brother on the way. She wanted to use her daughter’s red Pottery Barn play kitchen as a starting point, so here is a palette suitable for both. It’s lovely on the light blue, but would also work well on a white or neutral shade of wall. This pretty red also has me thinking about the holidays . . . Sources, from top left: (1) Pink & red Print; (2) Flow Print; (3) White Pendant Light; (4) Say the Word; (5) Matchbox Collection; (6) Red Print; (7) Monarch Bed; (8) White Table Lamp; (9) Wonder, Explore, Play; (10) Radio Flyer; (11) Pedestal Table; (12) Ebony Jenny Lind Crib; (13) Red Triangle Pillows; (14) Red Ombre Dresser; (15) Retro Rocker; (16) Gray Dot Rug; (17) Flags Pillow; (18) A Little Peacock; (19) Red Retro Play Kitchen
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on September 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm , by Joni Lay
I receive frequent requests for shared room ideas, and I can understand the dilemma, especially with age and gender differences involved. Here is one look at a room for a big sister and a baby brother to happily co-exist.
(1) Quatrefoil Shade; (2) Love Love Me Do Print; (3) Mountains Print; (4) Hot Dogs Poster; (5) Confetti Poster; (6) Vintage Ampersand; (7) Treat Me Nice Print; (8) Reinette Iron Bed; (9) Yellow Campaign Side Table; (10) Ebony Jenny Lind Crib; (11) Zebra Pillows; (12) Aqua Dresser; (13) Yellow Jewel Lamp; (14) Confetti Rug; (15) Empire Rocker; (16) Big Sister Pouf; (17) Mr. Lion Poster
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on August 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm , by Joni Lay
Have you been enjoying the Olympics as much as we have? With all the exciting events and the corresponding footage/history/details about London and the UK, I can’t help but be inspired. (And on that note, did you know that the name “London” is now in the top 100 baby names for girls and it’s climbing the charts for boys, too?) In that spirit, here is a board paying tribute to that fine city.
(1) Big Ben; (2) Hammered Gold Pendant; (3) Kings Cross Sign; (4) Love Sign; (5) Vintage London Map; (6) London Photo; (7) Picadilly Tube Print; (8) the Guard; (9) Tea Time; (10) White Sparrow Crib; (11) Gold Branch Lamp; (12) Sweep armchair; (13) Union Jack Dresser; (14) Jubilee Pillow; (15) the Queen Pillow; (16) Navy & Natural Rug; (17) This is London Book; (18) Double Decker Mirror; (19) London Illustration
Go U.S.A.! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on July 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm , by Joni Lay
We saw Moonrise Kingdom over the weekend, and it was wonderful – a quirky, sweet story with details worth pondering. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the cozy house at Summer’s End on New Penzance Island, and I only wish they had panned a little slower through all the rooms at the beginning so I could have absorbed more of it. And how amazing were the scout tents? I wouldn’t mind having one of those myself for little backyard retreats. I won’t even get into the fantastic wardrobe used in the movie – there is just too much to mention! Below are a few movie stills (doesn’t the top left photo look like a Norman Rockwell painting? found here).
Here is my attempt at recreating the feel of the house into a nursery. I think the mural in that downstairs room is divine, so I went with wallpaper for the backdrop:
Sources, starting at top left: (1) Vintage Chandelier; (2) Vintage Scout Troop; (3) Sweet Needlepoint; (4) Scouting Songbook; (5) Paint by Number Landscape; (6) Scouting Medal; (7) Paint by Number Seascape; (8) Sailboat painting; (9) Brass Sailboat; (10) Scouts Save the Day; (11) Arrows; (12) Order of the Arrow Patch; (13) Sparrow Crib; (14) Red Metal Lamp; (15) Feather Dress; (16) “Coonskin” Cap for a Baby; (17) Dixie Dresser; (18) Plaid chair cover; (19) Oceana Wallpaper; (20) Braided Rug; (21) Record Player Cabinet; (22) Teepee; (23) Preppy Crib Sheet; (24) Magical Thinking Curtains; (25) Plaid fabric for Pillows
If you find the wallpaper intimidating, or a bit out of price range, this collection would look charming on a neutral (like Benjamin Moore’s Linen White) with a bolder choice for the curtains – something similar to the nautical showstoppers behind Suzy’s window seat above.
~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm , by Joni Lay
Sources from upper left: (1) The game’s afoot!; (2) Waldorf Pendant; (3) Eclectic Rhino Bust; (4) Turquoise Books; (5) Magnifying Glass; (6) A La Belle Etoile; (7) Pocket Watches; (8) Sherlock’s Pipe; (9) Vintage London Map; (10) Gold Floor Lamp; (11) Houndstooth Pillows; (12) Century Crib; (13) Sherlock Quote; (14) The Hound of the Baskervilles; (15) Turquoise Campaign Chests; (16) Gingham Crib Sheet; (17) Fillmore Chair; (18) Plaid Rug; (19) The Queen Pillow; (20) Union Jack Pillow