Favorite Tips for a Chic Nursery that Grows as They Do

 

Favorite Tips for a Chic Nursery that Grows as They Do

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Feels Like Falling Kristy Woodson Harvey. Gallery, $16 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-9821-1770-2 https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-9821-1770-2Harvey (The Southern Side of Paradise) serves up a tale of disaster-turned serendipity in the fictional Cape Carolina, N.C. Successful businesswoman Gray Howard begrudgingly promotes her husband to CFO of her marketing company, ClickMarket, only for him to leave her for the assistant she hired for him. Reeling from a painful, cash-draining divorce, she inadvertently causes Diana, a photo developer at a pharmacy, to lose her job by complaining about her work. After learning this, Gray hires Diana to work as a housekeeper. Over time, the women vent about their lives and forge a friendship that heals them both. The story alternates between Gray’s voice and Diana’s, delving into Diana’s past heartaches and lost hope for having a child. In pitch-perfect tones, Harvey creates two Southern women doing their best to deal with everything life throws at them, and her able plotting will keep readers turning the pages. Secondary characters—Gray’s witty assistant, Trey; her new, younger boyfriend, Andrew; and Diana’s fiercely loyal friend group—add charm. Harvey’s optimistic tale just might convince readers that bouncing back can actually land a person in a better place than where they started. Agent: Elisabeth Weed, the Book Group. (Apr.)

 

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Favorite Tips for a Chic Nursery that Grows as They Do

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Serena & Lily for partnering with us for this sponsored post!

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On the Sweet Side

 

All my friends are having babies. Well, I mean, not all of them obviously. I have plenty of friends well into the ages where the term “medical miracle” might apply if they were near to giving birth.

But something was definitely in the water ten or eleven months ago. All I can say is, lucky them. Because the new Serena & Lily nursery line is about the cutest thing in the entire world.

I’m a little bit jealous. Not of all the middle-of-the-night feedings, necessarily. But definitely of the decorating opportunities. The best thing about having friends with babies (besides that you can snuggle them and smell that sweet baby smell and then give them back and have a glass of wine…) is that you can help them design nurseries that will grow as the baby does! If you or someone you know are decorating a nursery—or if you just love looking at them!—check out a few of our favorite tips for creating a nursery that will last long past the baby stage.


 

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Gardener

 

  1. For girls’ nurseries, don’t overdo it on the pink. Don’t get us wrong. We love pink. We’re obsessed with pink. We could live in an all-pink world. But most little girls go through that phase (I know I did!) where pink becomes passé. To design a nursery that grows with her, don’t overdo it on the pink—you can potentially talk her out of an entire room remodel until the pink-hatred phase passes.

 

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Explorer

 

2. Incorporate versatile furniture. An occasional chair is perfect for any age and that shelving unit that holds baskets of onesies and wipes now can hold Barbie shoes and Matchbox cars later.


 

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A Worldly Approach

 

  1. Go older with the art. Art is definitely an investment. And when it’s all baby booties and Beatrix Potter characters (guilty) they’re over it in five years or less. Art that grows as they do is a must.

 

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Adventurer

 

  1. Think about those long nights. Let’s face it: Sleepless nights are sort of a fact of parenthood. It starts with middle-of-the-night feedings and morphs into fevers and Halloween-candy induced tummy bugs. (I speak from experience on the latter.) Investing in great staples—like a comfy chair, lamp and throw—for you, is the gift that keeps on giving.

 

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Dreamer

 

  1. Incorporate neutrals. Baby blues and baby pinks must be the sweetest colors in the world. But if you’re looking to create a nursery that grows with them, they can be a little limiting. Grays and tans with splashes of the color help the nursery stand the test of time.

 

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Coastal Traditions

 

6. Play with patterns. Bold patterns give a more grown-up vibe to a space that they will love just as much at nine as you do right now.


 

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Blue Notes

 

  1. Have room for friends. He’s sleeping twenty hours a day now, but before you know it, you’ll have three boosters lining your backseat and he’ll be critiquing your Spotify playlist before you take his friends to the pool. (Six-year-olds have very specific musical tastes.) This darling daybed transitions beautifully from nursery to big boy room–and is ideal for overnight guests.

 

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Growth Potential

 

  1. Make it convertible. Those cribs are an in-vest-ment. No doubt about it. Purchasing a convertible one certainly softens the blow and makes it so their cribs can last for years—and keep them safe during the transition from crib to bed.

 

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Born Traveler

 

  1. Incorporate texture. Just as in any other space, a mix of textures and colors adds so much to a nursery. Baskets are not only attractive, they’re also versatile—and there is nothing more fun than a swing chair!

 

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Seafarer

 

We hope you found a few of these tips helpful if you’re lucky enough to have a nursery to design, or help design! This triplet nursery may be our favorite of all! And the whale motif is one these boys will love for years to come. All these looks—and many more—are available from one of our most favorites, Serena & Lily. Gorgeous looks, great quality and always something just a little bit different make Serena & Lily our go-to home decor spot and a nursery must. What’s your favorite Serena & Lily style?


 

 

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My new novel, THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE, releases May 7, 2019! Preorder this week from IndieboundAmazon and Barnes & Noble and 100% of the preorder profits will go to United Way of Coastal Carolina and United Way of Lenoir/Greene Counties to help hurricane recovery efforts in my communities. 

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The Secret to southern Charm

If you’re hanging on to summer, make sure to grab a copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Living‘s best beach reads, to slip in your tote.

More Info about The Secret to Southern Charm

-A 2018 Spring Okra Pick
-USA TODAY Happy Ever After’s Best Women’s Fiction
-Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads of 2018
-Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List
-Raleigh News & Observer’s “The Best Reads of Summer”
-Charlotte Observer’s “Summer’s Best Books”
-New York Live’s “Ashley’s A-List” Pick

Leaving fans “practically [begging] for a sequel” (Bookpage), critically acclaimed author Kristy Woodson Harvey returns with the second novel in her beloved Peachtree Bluff series, featuring a trio of sisters and their mother who discover a truth that will change not only the way they see themselves, but also how they fit together as a family.

After finding out her military husband is missing in action, middle sister Sloane’s world crumbles as her worst nightmare comes true. She can barely climb out of bed, much less summon the strength to be the parent her children deserve.

Her mother, Ansley, provides a much-needed respite as she puts her personal life on hold to help Sloane and her grandchildren wade through their new grief-stricken lives. But between caring for her own aging mother, her daughters, and her grandchildren, Ansley’s private worry is that secrets from her past will come to light.

But when Sloane’s sisters, Caroline and Emerson, remind Sloane that no matter what, she promised her husband she would carry on for their young sons, Sloane finds the support and courage she needs to chase her biggest dreams—and face her deepest fears. Taking a cue from her middle daughter, Ansley takes her own leap of faith and realizes that, after all this time, she might finally be able to have it all.

Harvey’s signature warmth and wit make this a charming and poignant story of first loves, missed opportunities, and second chances and proves that she is “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author).

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In Good Taste: MA Allen Interiors

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Good morning, chic readers! You know how much we love sharing favorite designers with you every week. The only thing better than sharing a favorite designer is sharing a favorite designer who lives right here in North Carolina!

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MA Allen and her partners say that they “take a single thought, or a tiny swatch of fabric, or a family heirloom…and allow that small seed to become an explosion of ideas that eventually transforms your entire space.”

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We love the thought of that, of starting with the tiniest kernel of an idea and using that to create something extraordinary. 

As you can see, that’s exactly what these designers do. 

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From an eat-in kitchen worth coming home to, 

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To a sweet pop of color that brings a crisp, white kitchen to life, 

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A fun, modern dining room that practically begs for family holidays to be held (and makes great use of a space!), 

To a master bedroom where every detail is just right, MA Allen hits the high notes of style in every project. 

There is absolutely nothing we love more than an adorable nursery. A nursery like this one that can grow as he does is all the better. A simple switch from crib to bed and this darling nursery becomes a sweet room for a busy little boy. 

MA Allen Interiors playroom

In any child’s space, but especially a playroom, stylish storage is such a necessity. Books become a beautiful focal point, and her favorites are always right on hand between tea parties. 

MA Allen Interiors mudroom

Mudrooms are perhaps one of the most essential spaces in homes today–and MA Allen makes sure that even these tiny nooks not only flow seamlessly into the rest of the house but are also pinnacles of style. From North Carolina’s triangle to the Atlantic coast, New York to DC, these designers adapt every space to their clients’ needs. And we couldn’t love the results any more! 

Woman’s World thinks you and your mom will love reading my Peachtree Bluff Series together–and we wholeheartedly agree! Pick up copies of Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm for both of you. You’ll definitely be the favorite child this year! 

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