I have wanted to start a featured party series on the blog for a while and am SO excited to start it off with Tamsyn! She is the talent behind Max & Me and those gorgeous gold “love” pillows you’ve probably seen everywhere. She is also a mom to two gorgeous little boys, expecting a third, and running a business and blog so maybe we should all take a minute and clap for her (APPLAUSE!)
For her son Max’s fourth birthday party, Tamsyn put together the cutest dinosaur party filled with DIY details and all the T-rex goodness a kid could want.
I love the whole setup at Max’s Nona’s house (his request, how cute?). The pom pom banner was made by Tamsyn.
The invites (from Three Little Monkeys Studio), a shot of the gorgeous birthday boy, and some dinosaur juice because what is a dinosaur party without it? Tamsyn created single-serving popcorn in cupcake wrappers and placed green and brown paper straws in milk jars.
All the dinosaur fossil details like that incredible cake, cookies, and the party bags that Tamsyn put together take the party to the next level.
I love that nothing is over the top or extreme and the decorations are limited to this table and it just looks incredible. It just goes to show that you can keep things simple and still fab. And I especially love that while this is a completely appropriate and fun birthday party for a four year old, it never veers into cutesy and if I knew any paleontologists I would throw them this party and it would be completely appropriate for them too (maybe I would spike the dinosaur juice though)
Thank you so much Tamsyn for starting off the party series!!! You guys will be seeing more of her talent here! (And you can read more about her and her shop here)
What’s your favorite detail? I can’t get over that cake, I mean are those real bones on a pile of dirt? I just don’t know!
If you have a party you’d like to submit, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with high-res photos and a short description or link to your blog post.
Bri is the gorgeous, talented nursery designer and mom behind this shared room and the blog Emerson Grey Designs. I’m especially excited to have her on Shoes Off Please because I have gotten to know her a little bit through her blog and Instagram and am a really big fan. Here’s the chic shared room she put together for her son and daughter:
It all started with this mood board:
“My style is very simple, I love black and white with pops of color, so this is what I created for my kids room. They share a room so I tried to have some symmetry while also being sensitive to the fact that it is a boy and a girl in this room.”
”They play in this room, they sleep in this room and they get creative while drawing on the chalkboard wall.”
“I feel that my kids have plenty of areas in this room to enjoy themselves, whether it is reading books in bed, playing with their Ikea kitchen or watching a movie together.”
“I hope you enjoy this room as much as my kids do.”
Thank you so much, Bri! Bri is actually in the process of changing the room around and I’ll share the results once she’s done. I’m completely excited because this room rocks my socks so I’m not sure what she’s gonna rock off next.
I absolutely love that it’s a very chic black and white, multi-functional, and that it’s shared by a boy and a girl. If you want to hire her (Bri has impeccable taste, just follow her on Pinterest and see for yourself) check out this page for deets.
What’s your favorite part of the room? And if you hire Bri, I want to hear about it!
Two of my favorite things to see on blogs are beautiful rooms and beautiful parties. I have been so excited and grateful to share some beautiful reader rooms, but have yet to share someone else’s party and would love for you to submit one! In the meantime, here are some of the parties I’ve thrown the past two years:
So….I really love making parties. Like a lot. And I really love going to parties. And looking at other people’s parties. Do you see where I’m going here? It’s kind of funny because Tuv and I constantly make plans and then one of us usually says something like “uhhh… do you wanna just stay home and watch a movie on the couch together?” and the other one inevitably lets out a huge sigh of relief that we can just wear pajamas and laugh loudly without anyone looking at us funny (okay that last part is just me, Tuvia’s not a loud laugher but he’s making the jokes that make me laugh so it’s sort of like he is).
So.. any favorites? Anything you’d like to see this year? Better yet, have a party you can share? I’d love to see it!
Is it weird if I want to live in a nursery? Because if it is then I won’t admit it, but this room is just so very chic and if I could fit into a crib, I would want to fit into this one.
Here is Risa, the beautiful and stylish photographer and blogger behind really risa, sharing how she put together her daughter Isla’s nursery!
“My main goal for my daughter Isla’s nursery was to create a space that would inspire her and provide lots of stimulation as she grows. Rather than go with a theme, I decided to infuse the room with a variety of colors and patterns. The rug provides that color explosion I was going for as the room’s focal point.”
The gold polka dot sheets, fun wall prints, painted dresser and tassel garland really add to the flavor, while the simple, streamlined design of the crib, bookcase and wardrobe add a modern, simplistic feel.
The vintage love seat has been in my family for decades and it’s hands down my favorite piece. I built the entire room it. There are pictures of me sitting on it as a newborn and my mom as a teenager, which makes it so much more special. I just love the way all the elements came together so perfectly. Isla’s nursery is officially my favorite room in the house and I hope she grows to love it just as much as I do!”
Thank you so much for sharing, Risa! Isla is one lucky girl! For more photos, sources, and info check out Risa’s post here
Now can we talk about the rug? Or perhaps you want to wax poetic on that vintage loveseat? Or maybe you want to spend your time obsessing over all the perfect tiny details like the gold polka dot sheets, the prints she curated or any of the other choices she made putting this nursery together. Whatever your choice is, call me and we can obsess together. Preferably over coffee.
What’s your favorite thing in or about Isla’s nursery? I am having serious issues choosing between that loveseat and the rug. Can I just have them both?! Thanks.
NOTE: I have been asked if I only feature nurseries and the answer is no! I feature any and all beautiful rooms! There have been a flood of gorgeous nurseries and kids’ rooms lately but I would love to feature anything beautiful you’d like to share! Just e-mail me at email@example.com and we can discuss!
You know how some people see someone famous/they really admire and they, I don’t know, speak like a normal person and don’t threaten to stalk this person they admire? This is how I started my e-mail to Michelle Armas: “So…. without being a total creep, I’m kinda sorta really totally obsessed with your work. You totally don’t have to worry about me stalking you because I live in NY, but it might be a problem if I come to visit my bestie in Atlanta…” True story.
Michelle Armas is an enormously talented artist whose gorgeous colorful work you have most likely seen on Pinterest (I am a serial Michelle Armas painting pinner), decorating blogs (the smart ones), or if you have any friends with a really chic home, they probably own an enormous one over their fireplace but it doesn’t look so great there so ask them to send it to me and I will take care of it for them. They are most welcome. (Sorry for lying about it looking great, it really does.)
By some miracle, Michelle still agreed to answer my questions so read quickly before she changes her mind and asks me to delete this!
1- I would love to know where you get your inspiration, but I thought that might be too obvious/overdone…. I am curious though, I know you love your work (because of Instagram), but does the business end of it ever feel like it interferes with the art? Do you ever feel pressured to produce or do you only paint when inspired?
“I have a boring answer for my inspiration because its inside of me all the time. When I get enough rest and I let my mind wander it naturally just goes to color and composition and art.
I do love my work, a lot. But yes, sometimes the business end does sometimes interrupt my flow, or my process. I should say that it has in the past, but my major work goal this year is to stay focused on the emotion of painting and the process and joy of creating and turn down more things that get in the way.
I collaborated with a gallery last year that wasn’t a great fit, I said yes to a lot of projects that forced me to paint in a style that I am moving away from, or use colors that I don’t like for the sake of finishing a commission. Its just a natural part of evolving as an artist. I never say that I hate an old painting of mine if its in a gallery or if a client bought it b/c I think thats nasty. I mean, they loved it enough to put it in their house, so why would I say anything negative about it.
But the reality is that it takes a lot of effort to paint new things and to stay true to my natural spirit when painting so in the past when I took on too much work I let that aspect of myself slide a bit and eventually I had a huge chasm of anxiety about it inside of me. I decided that from now on I will create only as much as I can, and only what I feel very good about. I still feel bad when I have to turn down a commission but I feel better about painting and expanding the licensing side of my work now because I know for sure that if I follow my gut I will do well.”
2- What is your favorite painting of your own? By another artist?
“My own favorite paintings always evolve, because I am always evolving. I like paintings that represent a breakthrough in my thinking, or technique. Right now I love Taffy, she is hanging in my parlor (yes, us southern ladies actually do have parlors).” http://instagram.com/p/jZwMs3BV_e/
3- What has been your greatest success (other than being featured on this blog)?
“My greatest successes in my life have been personal and have made me a stronger painter and deepened my creativity and sense of myself as an artist. There have been many and they are mostly related to my health and finally accepting things as they are. My relationship with my husband is my most prized success. I can’t believe how lucky I was to find him, and to get to live with him every day and plan a life together is just the greatest gift that I try to never take for granted.
In my work, my greatest success was getting a studio, earning my goal amount per month, paying off my student loans myself with just my profits (hells yeah!) and just waking up and being a self employed artist every day makes me feel endlessly successful.”
4- If you didn’t paint, what would you be doing?
“I would re-model homes. Hands down, no contest. I love creating positive spacial energy, I can visualize what removing walls, changing windows and rooflines and materials in a home or space will do for the energy of the place! I do it constantly. I would want to be a house coach: help people figure out their goals in life, then evaluate the way they live, and figure out ways to change their homes to facilitate the life they want to have. I love the idea of helping a person change their environment for create a healthier space. It changes your mind! It really does!”
5- What were you doing during the snowstorm in Atlanta?
“Luckily I was at the studio for only a short time and came home smartish as soon as I saw that the snow was accumulating. I have lived here a long time, outside of the city (when I was a kid) and inside of it as I do now. I know what its like driving in the snow (which for those of you who don’t know isn’t the actual problem, its the ice that forms very fast b/c we don’t have infrastructure for de-icing like most major cities that deal with regular winter weather, its an oddity for us to get snow). I have learned that its best to just stay home, I called my husband and pretty much bullied him until he also came home ( lucky for him, one of his co-workers had a 13 hour commute home!) Most people make chocolate chip cookies on a snow day, I make french fries…it was pretty nice hanging at home with my doggies and eating fatty carbs :)”
Thank you so much for answering my questions and not notifying the police after my initial e-mail, Michelle!
When I first found Michelle’s work I fell in love with the color, the composition, and the gorgeous vibrancy that every piece radiates. But I have since come to really admire her as a businesswoman and a person. She came from a corporate background and bravely went off into the world and became a self-sustaining artist! That’s no small feat.
And she doesn’t limit herself, business-wise and personally. She is both in galleries and has been licensed by such brands as Anthropologie and Serena and Lily and she is vocal about being strong and not letting other people’s opinions bring her down. I think this one’s got a good chunk of both sides of the brain.
Thank you again, Michelle! What is your favorite Michelle Armas piece? Where would you put it? I’ve loved “That Bowtie That I Like” for a long time and would love to put it in our living room (it has all the colors) or our bedroom (and be the only thing with color).
Erinn of Strawberry Swing and other things is on the blog today sharing her daughter Kenley’s nursery. I first found her when I was pretending that we had room for a teepee and was searching tutorials (you can find hers here). Scroll down for some eye candy!
“I love decorating our home, but I really love decorating nurseries and children’s rooms. When we found out we were expecting our second girl, I knew I wanted her room to be opposite of her sister’s whimsical and playful room.
I was being drawn to soft muted colors like dusty lavender, peach, and gold and lots of feminine floral prints.
For a self proclaimed tomboy such as myself who refuses to wear pink, this was so not my standard style. In the end, it’s my favorite room I ever put together and I love spending time in there.”
You can see the original room tour here and stick around for pretty photos of Erinn’s kids, fashion, crafts, and home. Erinn also has an Etsy shop Mallow & Graeme which I hope re-opens soon!
I love all the gold details, the art she put together, and how clean and unfussy the room is. It’s also a room Kenley can easily grow in and while it’s definitely feminine, it’s not too girly at all. Thanks for sharing Erinn! What’s your favorite part of the room?