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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.