DIY-Gallery Wall

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DIY-Gallery Wall

So you know it's bad when your Daughter says "Mommy why aren't there any pictures of me on the walls?" Especially when this is the child who has had 11 professional photo sessions with "Best of Bethesda" photographer Kyung Jung of Yellowhale photography.  Honestly, it is so embarrassing. I don't know how many excuses I can make...but here is a brief list:

  • We moved twice in 2 years!
  • So many pictures, which should I choose? 
  • What frames & layout will work best?
  • How much will it cost? Is it on budget?

But the truth is, it just hasn't been a priority. In the midst of all the things I have to get done as a mom of 3 little ones & trying to grow a small business, am I the only one out there who feels this way? I think it is funny because I work with people everyday and I urge my clients to prioritize these special moments in life & here I am just holding on.  

Well, my oldest child, Ever Monet, turned 6 years old earlier this month. Yup, after a lot of back and forth I decided to host FIFTEEN 6-year old girls for a make-up & dress-up party in my little Bethesda rancher. Great idea! So cute right? Well, the night before the party it hit me...I can't have all these people in my house & not have 1 picture of my kids on the wall. Seriously? 

Fast, Cheap Gallery Wall

First of all, if you know me, you know I am not DIY.  I believe in paying professionals to do what they do best. Yes, I went to Michael's @ 8PM the night before my daughter's party and didn't have enough time to call my girl Meredith Forte of Frame Avenue to come over & work her magic. With the party only hours away, panic set in. Where to start? How to pull it off? Where to get frames? How to print the photos?

  • Step #1: Choose photographs:

So, like I said earlier, I have been privileged to have had several cool photo shoots.  I am beyond grateful to have these memories preserved. If you haven't carved out room in your schedule or budget for it, make it happen. IT IS SO IMPORTANT.  The package I have with Kyung allows me to have Maternity, Newborn, 6 months & 1 year. I chose one photo from each session for each kid.  And one oversized family shot & 2 pictures with all 3 siblings together.  The pics I selected are below:

Ever Monet 

Winter Danyeil

Ford Weston

  • Step #2: Choose Your Frames:

Frames are key to the overall look of the gallery wall. I wanted a clean, modern ,minimalist look. I chose all white, non-matted frames.  I really wanted the pictures to take center stage. My girlfriend Brandan, always said "just go to Michaels." So I took a late night trip there and chose "Display Case" style frames to add a sense of depth. Each kid would have a standard 8x10 frame, a square 8x8 frame, then one oversized 11x14. Now, I will say these are not the best quality of frames. Way too cheap. Eventually, they will need to be replaced for long-term preservation. 

  • Step #3: Print Photos

The hardest part(s) were done--pictures & frames were chosen. There was no time left to order online. Where in the world could I print quickly? Did you know your local FedEx office can print oversized high quality photos? What a great, quick and efficient resource! The approximate costs for the sizes I needed were: 16x20-$32  11x14-$20  8x10-$14  8x8-$13

  • Step #4: Choose your layout.

There are so many ways to create the perfect gallery wall layout. I immediately went to the Frame Ave Blog for a point of reference. I know I wanted to keep it simple and clean, not overly organized, but more free flowing & random with a little bit of symmetry. The pictures below are samples of what I wanted to achieve.

  • Step #5: Get to hanging.

Before & After

Okay, I did this! SUCCESS

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Why Dana Loves

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Why Dana Loves

This week I want to kill two birds with one stone.  I’m getting ready to reorganize my website and I need to review each of my manufacturers.  We have chosen the best companies in the business.  So in this week’s blog I want to share why I love them. Check them out.

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PB Kids vs Everly & Monet

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PB Kids vs Everly & Monet

Today I wanted to compare & contrast some of the Brands I carry at Everly & Monet in Contrast to Pottery Barn. Now don’t get me wrong—I love the beautiful Pottery Barn catalog and walking through a beautiful Pottery Barn store.  However I think that you should always consider your options before letting Pottery Barn be your default

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Girl Bosses of Bethesda! Take 2

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Girl Bosses of Bethesda! Take 2

I had so much fun introducing everyone to the fabulous girl bosses of Bethesda last fall. Our readers nicely received the blog and some folks actually gave them a ring. It really was so cool to be able to highlight such hardworking entrepreneurial women; I couldn't wait to do it again. It takes a lot of guts to step out & open your own business. I’ve watched these 6 women put in so much hard work throughout the years & to see them flourish in their craft is amazing. I am honored to call them friends. 

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Must haves ......NYNow, Gift Show

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Must haves ......NYNow, Gift Show

One of the exciting perks of my job is getting to attend trade shows. Having a chance to see all the new & cool pieces before they enter the market place is so much fun. It is cool to be among the best manufacturers in the industry. It is really important for me to stay on top of the latest trends and whats HOT in design.

Here are some cool things I found at the most recent NYNOW tradeshow held in New York's Javits Center. This is a show exclusively to the trade for furniture, gifts, flatware & accessories.

I walked this show with new & open eyes. This is the 1st time I walked it as Everly & Monet, Introducing myself as a Children's Designer & Studio owner. It was a little strange not looking at Trumpette socks & the cutest baby blankets. Instead I was looking "Adult" options that could translate into youth spaces. Vanities/Desks, Chandeliers/Pendants, Artwork, Rugs & little decorative accents. I am always overwhelmed with just how much is out there. So may wonderful options!

Check out some of my cool findings from the pictures I took below. Please note I will not be bringing everything into the studio. However, I now have access to a abundant of new & interesting lines that enable me to introduce you to unique pieces when we try to build a space. It's all about having amazing resources at my fingertips. Don't hesitate to ask me about anything you see below.I already have some orders in queue...

Case Goods

Lighting

Bedding

Accessories

Art

Mirrors

Bungalow 5

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A Room for Rose

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A Room for Rose

Today, I want to talk about our design process.  When you work with me in the studio, how do we get from Consultation, to Design, to a complete space? How does my thought process work in conjunction with your thought process? Then how does it all come together to create an amazing room. A perfect example of this collaboration has to be with our clients Kimberly and Derek Adams.

 

Now when coming prepared for a consult, it never hurts to be a little Type A. In all of my years, I have never had anyone with a PowerPoint presentation in hand. Yes, printed out with enough copies for everyone. And I must say, I absolutely loved every minute of it! Please check out how we turned her presentation into her dream nursery.

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Behind the Scenes

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Behind the Scenes

As I hang out at Guardados restaurant in Bethesda, prepping my blog post for the day. (If you haven’t been there, you must go. Bethesda Eats: Future Blog) Today’s post I want to take the blinders off & show you a little behind the scenes of how I create lovely fabric layouts. Oh it’s a process. Fabric combinations just don’t come out  of thin air. I spend several hours becoming one with my fabrics. Memorizing their textures, colors, prints & patterns. This helps me understand what fabrics will work well with others Thus, when clients come in, I can make their vision come together. See how we do it.

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You can Afford Us?

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You can Afford Us?

Everybody can play at our studio. It's funny because my mother probably would have never stepped foot into a store like mine. Maybe it's because she would assume everything in my store would be way too expensive for her to afford. 

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Nursery Reveal: The Cohn Family

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Nursery Reveal: The Cohn Family

I am so excited to reveal the beautiful nursery of my amazing clients Allison & Mychael Cohn. Over the years Allison has been a very loyal client. Her adolescence therapy practice is right across the street from our studio. www.cohncounseling.com She has always been the 1st in line to celebrate the birth of her friends babies. So It was important for me to celebrate the birth of her son Mason with a room that would bring her joy. It turned out just perfect. Check it out

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Introducing Our Design Studio

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Introducing Our Design Studio

Well y'all it's finally here. I've been hinting for awhile that we would be making changes to the store. So l now say goodbye to Daisy Baby as we knew for the last eleven years, a baby boutique full of gifts & clothes. We now welcome Everly & Monet, a Children's Design Studio full of fabric samples & wood chips. But more importantly, a comprehensive menu of design services

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Reminiscing on all the daisy babies

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Reminiscing on all the daisy babies

I remember the night before Daisy Baby & Mommies Too opened its doors for the 1st time -- Andrea's (The original owner & Founder) idea was finally coming to fruition. We would be a cute baby shop that sold adorable clothes with nurseries & childrens furniture. Every gift box would have a yellow duck on top. I had never been a part of building a business from the ground up & I knew this would be a special place. Yet I had no idea how many lives I would touch & how many would affect mine. 

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Best Highchair: Tripp Trapp

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Best Highchair: Tripp Trapp

I so should have posted this blog before we all gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Below is a photo of my kids Thanksgiving table I posted from Instagram stories.  It's nice to review a product I use everyday. I really love the Tripp Trapp High Chair from Stokke. (I actually love A LOT of Stokke stuff)  Ever, Ford & Winter still all sit in their chairs everyday.  And there is even one for my nephew Elliott when he comes to dine. 

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4 tips and 2 recipes

Dana knows fabrics, but Dana does not know Cooking! So this is finally my opportunity to get a guest blogger on the Everly & Monet page. So excited to feature another local mom entrepreneur & local author Natasha Rosenstock Nadel. I've known Natasha for years because she is the twin sister of my uber stylist Lani Inlander, who has given several talks in the store. So I am so happy to feature her as my first guest blogger.

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Warehouse Sale

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. 

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ABC Kids Expo 2016

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ABC Kids Expo 2016

Every year I leave the babies behind & head to Vegas for BIG FUN. Well, if you can call walking a trade show & actually getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep fun? But it is exhilarating! I love seeing what is new in the baby world at the ABC show for the Juvenile market. Every stroller, every bottle, every carrier is on display.

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Nursery Reveal: The Malets

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Nursery Reveal: The Malets

I have been in this game so long that I have seen life go full circle. When Mother & Daughter team Andi Weiss & Lauren Malet came in to design her nursery I started having deja vu. For some reason I felt "haven't I done this before?".  And OHHH...I had, but it was like 10 years ago & it wasn't cribs, instead we were buying Citizen of Humanity jeans! They used to shop with me when Lauren was in High school at Daisy Too. I can't believe the teenager is now the MOMMY. Wow! It's not everyday you get to be with a family for so long.

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Girl Bosses of Bethesda!

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Girl Bosses of Bethesda!

Its amazing how you never know what path life is going to take you. I honestly never thought I would be a business owner & mom of 3. When I left California & came to DC 13 years ago I never thought I would stay. I was going to go back to school & get another job in Corporate America.  But after hanging out with Andrea Paro & Fabiana Zelaya & seeing all that entrepreneurial life had to offer, GRE prep went out the window. Had I gone back to school I'd probably be A LOT richer & easing my way in the Range Rover crew. But I am loving this independent business owner space. It is a constant work in progress & I'm getting better everyday. 

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Top Trends: Kid's Rugs

Top Trends: Kid's Rugs

The Everly & Monet brand has really allowed me to dive deeper into aspects of design that I have always wanted to do. Like RUGS. I must admit, I've always been intimidated by rugs. With so many to choose from, where do you start. Offering my clients the right selection, quality, construction & color was critical. So now that I have lovely nice sized samples in the store for people to feel & touch I'm ready to take them on.

The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

As we continue to make this big transition from "Daisy Baby & Kids" to "Everly & Monet," people want to know: "Can we still run in for a Quick Gift?" Uh yeah!! I love putting together the cutest open gift boxes. The more paper sticking out the top & lovie's running over, the BETTER. We listened to out clients & we are stocking our all time best sellers. We love to mix & match based on the price, who it is for & what theme we are building around.  Here are just a few of samples of some of our fav's.

Baby Girls: Hot Pink, Aqua & Purple

Baby Boys: Navy, Red & Blue

The Cool kids: Grey, Black & White

Whats in the box:

  • Lullaby hand quilted blanket

  • Chewbeads necklaces

  • Ollie & Bess Outfits in Whales & Crabs

  • Jelly Cats, Books Bunnies, Panda's, Zebra's & Whales

  • Wee Booties 

  • Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets & Bibs

  • Babaitors sunglasses 

  • Angel dear Pillows & Lovies

  • Coveted Things Swaddles

  • Baby Soy Gowns & Kimono Outfits 

  • Trumpette Socks

 

Nursery Reveal: Baby Bennett

Nursery Reveal: Baby Bennett

In this nursery reveal, we meet the Ungers as they welcome their newborn son Bennett Martin. For his nursery we wanted to go with a very sleek modern style with cool & different elements. It's not everyday I get to choose a lucite crib. The Spot on Square Alto Crib has lucite ends with curved  silver legs. So HOT. The Alto collection is complimented by a 3 drawer dresser & bookcase.