Glamorous Nursery Ideas

When it comes to interior design I always lean towards ‘more is more’ and I love adding a bit of glam factor! Especially in a kids room, where you can get away with almost anything. And there are so many retailers out there now for kids furniture that are on top of the latest trends that it makes it easy to come up with a gorgeous design concept. A glam nursery is all about glitzy items and pretty details. Layering with drapery is a great way to amp up the feel. Not only do you want to add full draperies to your windows, try adding a drapery canopy over the crib/bed or draping fabric from a cornice above the dresser. Large satin bows on the crib bumper are always very pretty and a full ruffle or scalloped crib skirt will be an eye catcher. Add a layer with texture such as a floral ottoman/pouf or metallic shag area rug. Personalization makes the room extra sweet and you can achieve this with monogram wall letters. I’ve seen some that are in a gorgeous script font and have swarovski crystals bordering the letters. Ooohh LA LA! One of my top pieces of advice when talking about glam is….always add a touch of gold! Whether it’s in the frame of your art, small accessories or an accent furniture piece, gold will no doubt take your glam room to the next level! I feel that this is such a visual thing to understand so have fun scrolling through a few of my favorite glam nursery rooms and ways to make this style your own! xo -S

Join us at Babies R Us for the Happy Places Event

Ever wonder what it would be like to pick the brain of an interior designer? Get professional interior design advice for your kids rooms and learn about the latest and greatest in kids room decor all in one afternoon?! We are excited to be offering our advice and tips on how to create your dream nursery and kids playroom at Babies R Us in Irvine, CA. The Happy Places event takes place on June 29th from 12-3pm so please join us for a great afternoon! You will meet other parents, share ideas and learn decorating tips from us! There will be an opportunity to create a special keepsake, along with giveaways and prizes, so you won’t want to miss it! Ashley and I will show you our process and let you know about our favorite local stores that we love to shop! We’ll share with you, our secrets to creating a fabulous and inspiring kids room while also learning about healthy and safe alternatives for your kids rooms. From furniture, to paint, wallpaper, draperies and art…we’ve got you covered! And more exciting news is that we have just released 5 new design and styling packages thoughtfully put together for mommy, knowing that she deserves to be pampered. Attendees of the Happy Places event will receive a discount off of any package when purchased on 6/29/14. If you have any questions or would like to hear more about our future events, please send us an email at info@rockabyemommy.com! We look forward to seeing you at Babies R Us on June 29th!

Featured Blog: The Guilt Free Parent

I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon Teguh, creator and editor of The Guilt Free Parent blog a few weeks ago at the Club MomMe Family Spring Fest event. Shannon has such a bubbly personality and I enjoyed chatting with her about her experiences as a full time nanny. It’s through her experience in working with children and in the homes of families that she decided to share her tips and tricks for managing a hectic life! WOo hoO ThAnK YoU Shannon! (I hear the voices of moms every where exclaim with excitement!)  I personally have had so many friends talking about their struggles in balancing their family, career and social life, so when I took a peek through The Guilt Free Parent, I knew that I had to share this blog with every one of you! The Guilt Free Parentcomes from a place of experience, from someone who understands your daily struggles, challenges and even the many successes that come from the daily life as a housewife, stay at home mom or a nanny. Shannon spent seven years in many homes, seeing what day to day life is like in a household with children.  Along the way she has learned lots of different ways to manage time and keep things running smoothly, while making sure the children are feeling like they are getting the attention they need. There are only so many hours in the day, and Shannon shares her best tips on how to get the most out of the time that you do have. The GuiltFreeParent.com is a great place to find quick & easy ideas for making everyday life as a parent a little less hectic.  By becoming more organized you’ll be freed up to feel more connected with your family, and feel less guilty when you have to focus on your to-do list.  If you need help getting more out of your day, or need someone to tackle some of those home organization projects for you, it’s a wonderful resource to find suggestions & support. I encourage you to sign up for the weekly email so you can get caught up with the latest on the site, receive hand picked ideas from Pinterest & Twitter, and access videos that walk you step-by-step through various time saving projects!  In her most recent post, “Change the way you introduce yourself & gain self confidence”, I love how her words are empowering to women and moms who may be downplaying or minimizing what they do and who they are. Her posts are not only full of great tips and advice, her words of encouragement are helpful in allowing you to gain your self confidence and peace of mind in your daily role as mom and helps to keep you on the right track to a more balanced life. If you’re interested in working with Shannon one on one, check out her services page here.

Club Momme Spring Fest

It was a beautiful day on Saturday for Club MomMe’s Spring Fest! With a hotel packed full of the best vendors in the baby and mommy category, guests had a blast and took home a fabulous gift bag with some amazing products! The annual event, hosted by Club MomMe is great for parents, expectant parents and families with young children who will spend the day learning from the most popular speakers and amazing panels designed just for you and your family. Dr. Harvey Karp was on hand with a panel discussion on the best of baby & toddler products. Not only did guests get to enjoy these incredible speakers, they also were treated to manicures from Ella + Mila in the pamper lounge! Out on the deck and grassy area was a fun activity area for the kids to enjoy along with product testing from brands such as BritaxOrbit BabyErgo BabyJoovy and many more! Celebs in attendance were Stacy Keibler, who looked beautiful in a long gown showing off her baby bump and Lydia McLaughlin from the Real Housewives of Orange County, looking gorgeous as usual and enjoying the pamper lounge. One of the coolest services that was provided to guests with a VIP ticket was the car seat and stroller cleaning by Clean Bee Baby! There’s no way to get away with a clean car seat when you have a little one, so it was such a great treat for Clean Bee Baby to provide cleanings to so many families! I had such a great time setting up the nursery vignette. The incredibly talented Tania Fischer made the gorgeous flower paper backdrop in bright Spring Fest colors. It was definitely a show stopper! I kept the crib and crib bedding neutral with a modern black and white graphic print for the bedding to balance out the bold backdrop. I think it turned out amazing. What do you think? Do you dare to go bold?! Let me know your thoughts and I look forward to seeing you at the next Family Fest!

How to add personalized photography to your kids room

I came across photos of this really cool boys room decorated a few years ago by their mama, and blogger of Under the Sycamore Ashley Ann. I love that she took what her three boys wanted in their room (Orange, planes, and nothing girly!) and created a unique well crafted look. What I love most is the way she added personalized art and photos to the kids room. Did you notice the ridiculously cute family portrait painting on the shelf? The painting was done by their biggest brother and is a family portrait. How adorable did it turn out?! And what a fun project to do with your children! Another cute display idea is the photos on the clipboards. Big brother got to select the photos that go on these and it’s so sweet that he chose a photo of his baby sister. A very unique way to display photos or anything else that your kids love and feel is display worthy. And when your kids ask to tape their favorite cutouts to the wall, what do you do? You create a banner of course! I love the compromise on this idea. Biggest Brother wanted to tape Lego Star Wars characters on the wall so mama compromised by making a little paper banner with his cutouts and it is SO cute! I think it is so important to display artwork created by your little Picasso’s because it helps promote their creativity and the proud look on their lil faces when their own artwork is on the wall is so priceless. You can combine your kids personalized artwork with framed wall art purchased from The Land of Nod, for example, and the combination of both will be enough to fill the walls and add some whimsy to the room. Do you have any great ideas on how to add personalized artwork and photos to your kids room? Don’t keep your secrets to yourself, let me know and I’ll use in a future post!