There’s something about Labor Day being right around the corner and the knowledge that the seasons will soon shift and that heat and humidity will give way to cool breezes that changes our focus from beach decor to cottage chic.
We begin dreaming of a charming cottage, on plenty of land, perfect for tending flowers and snuggling up by bonfires. The adorable touches in this charming living room are simple and lovely.
Marked by one-of-a-kind, fabulously imperfect architectural details…
Nestled in a take-your-breath-away natural setting.
tiny white daisies
A rambling estate is great, but on those days when it all seems to be a little too much, we can’t think of a better place to escape, to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book, to do a little garden digging.
We can’t think of much sweeter than cottage living.
Mom and I have had the chance to decorate bedrooms, bathrooms, dens, foyers, living rooms, dining rooms, sunrooms and kitchens in our own homes — with, admittedly, help from the pros when need be! But the one room we’ve never had a chance to daydream into reality is a beautiful nursery… until now! We thought it was time to share with all of our blog-following friends that my husband Will and I are expecting our first little one in September. These gender neutral nurseries certainly have us inspired!
This post also comes with an apology. The past couple of months we might have been a little less than punctual with our posts, especially on the writing end, because, contrary to my visions of myself as a glowing, downward facing dogging pregnant person, I woke up at about four weeks with “morning” sickness and have been waiting for it to dissipate ever since… I think we all have to tell ourselves that we are going to be those glowing mothers with the inner calm to get pregnant in the first place! Sort of like how we tell ourselves that our child won’t throw spaghetti on the white couch like our friends’ children, even though, deep down, we know there’s at least a crayon wall mural in our futures.
Amy D. Morris Design
For the first several weeks, Will and I told ourselves and each other that we were going to let the sex of this little one be a surprise and have a gorgeous, gender-neutral nursery like one of these. Now, though, with the date of that magical ultrasound where they ask the inevitable question, “Do you want to know what it is?” looming only a couple of weeks away, we’ve lost all self control and just have to know!
Christina Murphy Interiors
The mother in me doesn’t care at all whether this baby is a boy or girl, but the decorator sort of does. Neutral is, of course, one of our all-time favorite color palettes, but when you start shopping all that pink and blue can be quite seductive…
Plus, in our house, we have one bedroom and bath that already lends itself very well to a boy, while another seems to be more girlish. I’m going to take pics sometime this week and let all of you see if you agree.
This picture may be partially to thank for me realizing I was expecting in the first place. We posted it, and, while musing how precious it was, I realized I hadn’t been feeling well lately…. Six positive pregnancy tests later…
Gina Kates Designer
Pink or blue, there are definitely Moroccan poufs in this nursery’s future.
Tom Felicia Designer
Love the canopy!
Stately Homes by the Sea Designer Showhouse
Simon Bevan Photography
Okay, so we promise that Design Chic isn’t going to turn into a baby blog. But can you humor us for a few more days while we let you know what we’re thinking for nurseries? We hope so! We need feedback from all of our stylish friends!
Happy Monday, everyone. We hope it’s an amazing week!