Sawyer Berson

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I’m 6 days past my due date and still no baby here! I’ve been spending time resting and catching up on design inspiration to try and occupy myself. It’s easy to get burned out when you’re creative every single day so I’ve really been enjoying this down time to clear my head. I recently came across the firm Sawyer Berson out of NYC. How have I never seen their work?! They are an interdisciplinary firm specializing in architecture, interior design and landscape design and I can not get enough! Each of their projects are so unique – from South Hampton to Rodeo Drive – but they all have modern, clean lines. I could live in every one of their projects!

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The Nursery

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My pregnancy books say that once you start nesting, you’ll probably go into labor about ten days after. Clearly I don’t fit into this statistic because I’ve been nesting for months. I started planning the baby’s nursery back in October and it’s been done since December. I’m not sure why it took so long to take photos and share them! This room is one of my favorites in the house. It’s so teeny and cozy and I just sit in the chair and imagine what it’s going to be like holding my baby boy in that glider. (Even the cats love the room!)

Originally I was thinking of doing an orange and grey color scheme, but the bedding I originally fell in love with was discontinued the week before I was going to buy it. This happens to me way too often! Once I needed to look for new bedding, I decided to go a different route. The rest of our house has a lot of grey and neutrals so I knew I wanted the baby’s room to be more colorful and youthful. I came across this bed skirt and it inspired the entire room. I love the modern chevron print, the teal and lime green. I’ve been obsessed with teal lately!

I ordered  a custom glider from a vendor in CA, but it got damaged in shipping. (See how the arm looks scrunched?) I’m waiting on getting a new one made, but am holding onto this one for the time being. With this chair I wanted to create a little reading nook. Ryan hung these shelves to place books on since we don’t have room for a bookshelf and I love how they add color to the room. For my baby shower, everyone brought a book with a note inside instead of bringing a card. Everyone wrote sweet little notes to the baby and I get weepy every time I read them.

(Side note: I know we’re not supposed to keep anything in the crib because it’s a safety hazard. Once he’s actually sleeping in the crib, the blanket and pillows will be moved to the chair.)

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The Closet:
I am obsessed with this closet because everything has it’s own place. I only have one before picture on instagram, but it’s a huge difference. The original closet pole was broken so we* replaced it and added another below it. (*Note: Usually when I say “we” it usually means I gave Ryan a honey-do list and he installs everything for me :) Since babies have so many little tiny accessories, I also wanted a shelf above the lower closet pole. I have little baskets with bibs, burping clothes, gloves and shoes in them.

I am so grateful to my sister for saving all of my nephew’s clothing. I didn’t have to buy much and mostly everything you see here is from my sister. I am so, so lucky! Everything is hung on these baby hangers and separated by size using these organizers. I hung as much as I could because there isn’t much space in the room, and folded clothing for future months in those larger baskets to the left of the closet.

Oh, and all those diapers? At my baby shower, my sister put on the invitation that there would be a raffle and whoever brought a package of diapers would get a ticket to enter. We have SO many diapers in different sizes, which is amazing in helping us get started.

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We’ll also keep the diaper genie and a hamper in the closet to hide the dirty clothes and diapers. The hamper was picked up at Home Goods and I love the pattern!

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The Dresser:

Instead of having a changing table, we’re using a dresser with a changing pad on top. Honestly, any time I’ve changed a baby’s diaper I’ve always felt more comfortable changing them on the floor. Even so, it’s nice to have this as an option for us or our moms.

Each drawer has little baskets: the top drawer has space for diapers, wipes, lotions, medicines and the thermometer. The middle drawer has socks, onesies, pacifiers and little accessories. The bottom drawer is all PJ’s for newborn and 3-6 months, including swaddles and sleep sacks (again mostly all from my sister).

Ahhh… I love that everything is in it’s own place. Ryan thinks I’m crazy and I’m okay with that. :)

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My carpenter had some wood leftover from a job so he cut a piece so I could use it as a shelf on top of the radiator. It’s perfect for a little plant (that has seen better days) and the white noise maker so we can hopefully get some sleep.

I’m due on Wednesday. I’m going to be someone’s mother. O.M.G.

Sixty SoHo by Thomas O’Brien

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Thomas O’Brien has always been one of my favorite designers to watch. He has a unique style that is warm and contemporary at the same time and not many designers can pull that off. I absolutely love Sixty SoHo, a boutique hotel on Thompson Street designed by O’Brien. The lobby lures you in with subtle textures and a high contrast color scheme, while the bar is dark and moody with unexpected plaid fabrics. I also love how calming the guest rooms are – I could live in those spaces!

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All photos via La Dolce Vita: Lobby, Thom Bar, Thomsom Suite Room, King Deluxe Room

Paper Dresses

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By now you’ve probably seen this Huffington Post article where an adorable 4-year-old makes dresses out of paper. If not, check out this little peanut’s skills! Her mom helps her, but claims to be the least crafty woman ever. She takes inspiration from award show photos, photos from past seasons of Project Runway and TV shows she watches. I personally love the Minnie Mouse ensemble!

As kids, my sister and I had a bag of scrap fabric from our Grandmother. Sometimes we would drape the fabric and pretend they were dresses but they never looked as beautiful as these paper dresses! My sister would often pretend she was Madonna (she even had one lace glove) and she would pretend she was late for an award show. She claims this never happened, but it’s funny the little things you remember from your childhood. For some odd reason, this always sticks out to me!

Anywho, check out these beautiful dresses…

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A Model Apartment

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As if Giselle Bunchen’s successful career, adorable girl-next-door charm, and blinding beauty weren’t enough reasons to hate her… look at her NYC apartment! This space designed by Yabu Pushelberg in the One Madison building is the most perfect example of modern warmth. The marble, dark wood flooring and lighter cabinets are sleek without being cold. Yabu did a beautiful job of mixing cooler gray tones, warm taupes and subtle colors to create a calming and visually interesting space.

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Maternity Photos

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This past weekend Ryan and I took some maternity photos. I took photos showcasing my bump in our bedroom and then we took some more in a local park since the weather felt like Spring. I absolutely love being pregnant and I wanted to have photos of this special time in my life. I know in a few years, when the baby is no longer a baby, I’m going to look back at these years with great nostalgia. A lot of mothers have told me that this was the the best time of their lives and I can feel it. I almost feel sad that I only have about 5 weeks left with this tiny, squirmy baby inside of me. Of course I am incredibly excited to finally meet my baby boy! I’m excited to see who he looks like, who’s eyes he has, or if he eventually gets Ryan’s goofy personality. I wonder if he’ll like doing art projects with me like his cousins do, or if he’ll want to play sports with Ryan. I’m hoping he’ll want to do both! There are so many things to look forward to, but for now I’m going to savor the last few weeks of growing a tiny human. :)

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All photos by erin h. Photography who also helped shoot our wedding.

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