I can't believe it has been almost 6 months since I've sent out a blog! I missed you guys. I've been very busy moving & adapting. But I've been primarily DESIGNING! Expanding beyond nurseries has allowed me to really spread my wings. I'm now doing Kitchens, Bathrooms, Basements, Living Rooms & complete renovations!! #overjoyed
Inspired by last weeks Golden Globe speeches. I've decided to deliver my final thoughts & reflections as I say goodbye to my studio. Ok, I have a lot to say. The orchestra would have definitely started playing to get me off stage. But I really want to share these 3 things I know for sure after 12 years at Daisy Baby /Everly & Monet.
My New Path..... See my current Interior Design Projects.
Here is just a small sampling of the current design projects in my portfolio:
Modern Accent Pieces
My client just wanted to spruce up her condo with a few new accent pieces. She gave me a tight budget of $1,500 to $2,000 to make it happen. I was very pleased with her final design plan.
Ottoman - Skyline - Fully Tufted Ottoman in Plaything $638
Dining Table Chairs -CB2 - Slim Navy Chair $129
The Perfect Rug
My client Jessica Markham of Markham Law Firm here in downtown Bethesda, called me in to find some perfect rugs. Since she practices family law, she wanted something that reflected her style but still gave the office a warm feel. We were able to find her some cool & stylish offerings.
Big Girl Glam
Kids will always be my specialty. So It was great to work with my same nursery clients as they transition into big kid spaces. We wanted to work with existing pieces but definitely take it up a level. So far its a great work in progress.
Maybe with all the changes happening in my business, I really needed a little bit of Christmas this year. I love the JOY, CELEBRATION and CHEER of the season. The Christmas & Chanukah music is rockin' 24/7 and I am gleefully singing along. I'm even running around finding new places for Elf on the Shelf!
So when I drove to Great Falls yesterday for a design consultation & I was greeted by a home fully decked out for the Christmas holiday! It was so pretty, I just wanted to share.
Love The Porch
Katie Simmons Hickey of Caliber Homes Loans, The Simmons Group, works annually with her dear friend James Washburn to bring her Christmas vision to life. Believe it or not, James flies all the way from Hong Kong to decorate with his friend. He is the creator & designer of many of the decorations used in the home. You should see the size & details on some of these bulbs. To die for!
So Many Many TREES
What really blew me away about Katie’s house was that every single room was decorated! The kid's rooms. The basement. The bathrooms. The kitchen. Every room had a tree. Every room had a wreath. Every table had a little something on it. Yet, it was all done so tastefully. It wasn’t overdone. It wasn’t cheesy. It was just elegant and cheerful. Totally stunning and I loved every moment of it!
A Room for Rylie
A Room for Blake
Just for FUN!
If you decorate for the holidays. Please share with me. I would love to post them on facebook.
Look who's Popping up!
So everyone is talking about POP UP shops these days. Thus, as we close these physical doors, what an opportunity to host some cool local brands in our adorable space:) My friend, fellow entrepreneur & former neighbor Azi Hendi started her Luminora brand of protective clothing last year & it is fabulous! I've invited her to bring her clothing in store for you to shop before the holidays.
Taking care of your style at Home & on Holiday
It's GOTTA GO! Take advantage of 35% off our last floor model pieces.
You GOTTA GO! As you plan your winter getaway check out her new collection.
We can't wait to see you in studio!
POP UP SHOP: The week of December 12-16th, 11-5pm
Meet the Designer: Wednesday, December 13th 5-8pm
As we wind down our retail footprint, it has been bittersweet. I am saddened to leave this space, but I am actually so excited about this new phase in my life. I have been overwhelmed by all the wonderful words from clients who have supported my business throughout the years. It’s been amazing and I hope to continue to work with all of you as I expand into other areas of the home. YESSSS!
We have sold so many floor model pieces already. But I’ve got some really great pieces left. So I’ve updated the website & shot some videos featuring the best of the rest.
Watch Dana show off the best pieces.......
Great pieces, still remain!
As I expand my interior design practice beyond baby, this reveal could not have come at a better time. The Redpath family has been with me since 2006, the beginning of Daisy Baby! 3 kids & 4 Rooms later we are still designing together. It's been so wonderful working with Renee all these years & watching the kids grow.
After 12 years in business & 7 years on my own, I want to announce I am closing our retail store at the end of the year. I will be migrating and moving my office to my home in Bethesda. I realize that I do not need a retail footprint in today’s market to do what I love doing. I will be maintaining relationships with many of my furniture vendors & taking new orders. I hope to really build my interior design business for the whole home. My email & number will remain the same. Wish me luck.
Come Raise a Glass with me..........
I will be keeping the Prosecco on Ice!
Sometimes its just gotta go. Over the years I have collected so much stuff in my warehouse. Be it old floor models, mis-ships or slight dings & chips, I've got it. And for a bargain it can now be yours.
The place where I design is the most important part of our studio. So it’s gotta allow for a conducive work environment & great design space. These days, when someone enters the studio, I want them to see right away that we are a hybrid of a design firm & a children's furniture showroom. I want the design area to make a STATEMENT!
They say keep your friends close, but keep your friends with houses in the Hamptons closer. I wish I could say that is the basis for my flourishing friendship with Caren Karpik of Bebe Chic Bedding. Honestly, it really developed naturally from hours spent on the phone reviewing orders and collaborating on designs. And now she is one of my closest friends & deepest confidant. #phonebuddies
Yet, I would have never thought an invitation for me & my hubby with our cute little baby girl would turn into a Mother in law, Sister in law & 2 more babies. But Caren & Henry welcomed us all with open arms. Their son Adam, claims, "It's tradition now." For the last 5 years, my family packs up the SUV with Thule on top & drives up to Quogue, NY to the "Hamptons." My eldest, Ever, will say "Summers are spent at Adam's house." It's become something we look forward to every year. It's so great to see the kids grow up together.
If you didn't know, I am a little Nerdy. And my current obsession is learning about American Architectural Styles. So while swimming & beaching in the Hamptons, I was drooling over & studying all the beautiful Quogue homes. I just want to share a small sampling of a few houses I loved! Or could get out & take non-stalking pictures of:)
Dutch Colonial & Shingle Style Homes
The Shingle style is an American architectural style made popular in Newport, Rhode Island and the village of East Hampton on the southeastern tip of Long Island. Shingle-style houses often are colonial with use of shingles with single, large roofs, such as a gambrel or hip roof..
Beach Front Living
Caren, Here's to Next Summer!!!
This year I have been laser focused on developing and sharing with you my passion for design. Behind the scenes, I've also been hard at work improving my website to create a seamless shopping experience for my clients. I love it when clients come into the studio and we get a chance to show them all that what we have to offer. However, in our digital age, I wanted to give our clients the flexibility to leave our studio, visit our website, and continue their design process at home, including finalizing their purchase. To that end, I want to introduce you to our new integrated shopping experience!
Shop Directly Online
Shop how you want.....When you want!
Our website now includes most of the products that we offer in our studio, including custom selections. A client recently shared her shopping experience, "I came into the studio to try out the Babyletto Kiwi Glider. Then, once we made up our minds, we went to your website and put it in our cart. Easy!"
This is the seamless shopping we now offer our clients -- and, we will even email you the items you looked at in our studio so that you can complete your purchase at your convenience.
Here's a sample email:
Shop our Reveals & Instagram Feed
Follow your inspiration -- if you love it, we make it easy to bring your vision to life. Our blog and Instagram seamlessly link to our website, making it simple to create spaces that work for your family. Click on the shop button, or the link in my Profile, to purchase.
Sometimes you are given a project where you can let your talent & passion flow. Where you can envision the project & give it every bell and whistle. It's always exciting when a new baby is expected. It is even more exciting when you're expecting 2!
OK, I know in this online world, who doesn't like to have boxes delivered right to them next day or even same day. So many people want to support small local businesses. I do realize it may be a little out of your way or cost $2 more but there are so many independent business owners out there working hard to provide customers with an amazing shopping experience. So if you want to get out & shop in person, here is a list of the best independent baby stores in the tri-state area:
I love it when we get new floor models in the studio. It's like Christmas every time! It just brings me so much joy, especially when I see that the new collections from Franklin & Ben and Million Dollar Baby are super cute. I think they have done a really nice job at such a great price. The styles & looks are exactly what's HOT & on trend right now. Brass pulls, upholstered headboards & wood grain textures are all on point.
We welcome the newest collections from:
Million Dollar Baby & Franklin & Ben
Shop The Beckett Collection
Shop The Darlington Collection
Shop The Langford Collection
So I'm a California Girl. Although I've been in DC for 15 years now, there are still so many local places I haven't been to & so much I haven’t seen. Thus, when my girlfriend came to town, we escaped to B-more for a quick 24 hours
I am so thrilled to be out doing more installations in client’s homes of their furniture, bedding & window treatments. It is so pretty to see it all come together. However, I am also realizing I want to leave them with beautiful art on their walls.
I was finishing up a consult with a new client the other day & as she was getting ready to leave she turned around & said that she was amazed at the large variety of vendors that we carried. She also never realized that there was someone who could help her navigate through this overwhelming baby process.
How much does all this actually cost? I get asked this question every day. And honestly the 1st question in design should be what is your budget? Well you can't build a budget if you don't know how much nursery furniture costs.