Online Design Tools :: Inspiration Wednesday

So today’s inspiration literally came in my inbox this morning!  Let me tell you that I am in LOVE with Serena and Lily and all of their beautiful linens.  Their designs are gorgeous and the colors are fantastic.  They have chosen colors to repeat through all of their designs so that you can mix and match almost all of their patterns!  If you can remember back to here I took their Ronan set as inspiration for Jake’s room re-do.  Then after a bit of convincing I took the plunge and ordered his new duvet set from West Elm here.

Okay so back to Serena and Lily, they have introduced the “MAKE your BED” and “MAKE your kid’s BED” it is “The mix-and-match-online-to-find-your-favorite-design tool.”  Let me tell you this is so cool.  I’m a visual person so these online design centers make me so happy!

With the design tool you can pick a duvet, sheets, shams, blankets and even throw pillows to create the perfect bed.  Not only can you create a new look for your master bedroom…

…but you can also re-do the kids room while you are at it!

After playing around with beautiful lines for a while it got me thinking how much I love online design tools.  Take for instance Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer.  It allows you to upload photos of your own home and then choose from over 1,500 Sherwin Williams colors to put on YOUR walls.  No more needing to guess what a room will look like when you are done painting.  You can see it before you even pick up a paint brush!

I know there are tons of great floor planning programs out there as well.  I’ve always wanted to make an interactive floor plan of our home.  Wouldn’t it be so much easier to drag a sofa from one wall to another on a computer screen than actually across your living room floor?

Have you ever used an online design program?  Tell me all about it!


For the Love of Yellow! :: Nursery Tuesday

I am loving yellow lately!  It is such a bright cheery color that is great for little boys or girls.  My favorite part is that you can use yellow as a starting point for a gender neutral nursery, then when the baby arrives it is so easy to pair it with either feminine or masculine touches.  Yellow and gray is pretty trendy right now and with accents of stripes or the ever popular chevron you can’t go wrong!

Gray and Yellow Chevron Crib Bedding from Carousel Designs

Jenna Lyons on Apartment Therapy

Yellow Nursery by Argington


Rock Star Duchess Nursery by Sharon Taylor

Rock Star Duchess Nursery by Sharon Taylor on Project Nursery

Blue and Yellow Nursery by Susan Weinroth

A Little Bit of Me

Gray and Yellow Nursery with Striped Walls

Gray and Yellow Nursery with Striped Walls

Serafina's Modern Romantic Yellow Nursery

Serafina’s Modern Romantic Yellow Nursery

It’s time for a change..its time to update that room!

I have to admit it.  Poor Jake has been put on the back burner when it comes to a room update.  He will be eight in a little over a month and has been sleeping on the same bedding we bought before he turned two.  We talked about changing things up a bit when we moved into our new house a couple years ago and then again right before we found out that we had a baby on the way.  Well that adorable little baby took over our guest room and now we have no where for guests to stay when visiting.  Usually if it is just one person we kick Jake out of his twin bed for the night but with my in-laws coming into town next week I don’t think Nana and Granddaddy would appreciate sharing the twin bed!  So with the amazing help of my parents we are doing a little bed switch-a-roo with their second guest bedroom and Jake is the proud new owner of a full bed!  With a new bed coming soon its time to start working on an room update!

At this age the problem is trying to figure out something that will be a little bit more grown up for Jake so that maybe we can get another six years out of one room design!  He is a good boy and is down for just about any of my crazy ideas…it is his Daddy who is hard to convince!  I’ve been lusting after the Ronan Set from Serena and Lily for a long time now.  Jake’s favorite colors are navy and lime green so come on this is perfect!

Ronan Collection from Serena & Lily

Unfortunately at $180 for the Duvet Cover and no matching stripe standard pillows it really wasn’t an option for us.  So, a couple months back when this beautiful picture showed up in my inbox from West Elm I felt like the fun stripes were still a possibility!   The only thing that was missing was the lime green piping.  But are you serious…I can make some lime green piping!!!

West Elm Navy Stripe Duvet Set

 Stripe Duvet Cover & Shams in White/Navy from West Elm

At $69 for a Full Duvet and $19 for matching standard shams I think these babies should be shipping to my house any day now.  But alas….I still have to convince hubby which I have been showing him these pictures for over a year now.  We will see how that goes.  Every time I bring it up and tell him that Jake says he likes it, Jeremy turns around and asks Jake if he wants me to buy him camouflage bedding and paint the Marvel comic heroes on the wall.  Guess what his answer is???  “SURE DADDY!”  This is then followed by “Mommy can you paint flames on my wall??”  I give up maybe one day.  Until then here are my other ideas.

Nicole LeMieux Johnson on Pintrest

I love this twist on an accent wall made with reclaimed wood.  The wall that I want to put the bed on has a huge window so that I think even with all of that wood it would not be too heavy for his room which is on the smaller side.  The wall I’m thinking about is similar to this one but with a larger window and more space on each side.  I’m also in love with the industrial lighting.  I think this design would be able to stick around for a LONG time, what about you?

East Coast Creative Pallet Wall

Real Housewives Of Bucks County via Andrika King on Pintrest

Just A Girl Pallet Wall

Chris from Just a Girl updated her son’s room to this edgy design perfect for her tween.  Again, I’m in love with the bright and accent wall.  She was also working with a smaller room and seeing this one makes me think its totally doable in his room.

Well those are my thoughts again for the time being.  For anyone who knows me it is impossible for me to decide on a specific direction but once I find something I like, I’M SOLD!  Well ladies and gentlemen…I’M SOLD on this one.  Any suggestions on how to sell it to the hubby??