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spotlight on: julie’s baby girl nursery

March 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment

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When my friend Julie posted a snapshot of her nursery for her soon-to-be baby girl, my jaw dropped.  Four seconds later, I had recovered enough to text her and ask if I could feature it on Sugarlaws — that’s how beautifully she designed this room.

Thankfully for you guys, she agreed, and I couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out.  I’d love to feature more of our friends and family on Sugarlaws — there are so many beautiful home, style, and mothering tips that are way beyond what I could dream up, and sometimes it feels selfish to keep them to myself! 

Take Julie: she was a buyer at Christian Dior before moving to Houston (I know.  Seriously.) and now she runs her own boutique in West U.  (For you Houstonians, she also does interior design and styling!) So it’s no surprise that she has impeccable taste. 

But this nursery? 

Beyond impeccable. 

As you guys know, my fashion and home decor style is all about the bold, bright colors, but what I love most about Julie’s nursery is that she went the opposite route: peaceful, delicate neutrals.  What a gorgeous, serene room for her baby girl to grow up in!

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From Julie:

Since opening Julie Rhodes Fashion & Home in October 2013, I’ve been busy with my interior design clients and the day to day running of the store and have had less time to spend on my own home.  It was so fun to work on this space and to be my own client, so to speak.

I wanted to invest in pieces that my baby could grow into and that would be timeless. When I found the the inlay dresser, I fell in love and ended up designed the rest of the room around it.  I had the antique chandelier in one of our guest rooms and chose to move it to the nursery to dress the room up a bit.  I didn’t want the space to feel all white or too baby pink. Mary McDonald’s blush color was a nice compromise and allowed me to use grey and taupe colors to balance everything. 

I added the rug at the very last minute, to ground the space and give some color and texture to the floor (I also figured it would be easier to replace a rug than carpet, in the event of an explosive diaper or spit up situation!) Ultimately, I wanted this nursery to be beautiful, but also practical and to live up to every day life as my daughter grows up.

Drapes & Valance: Custom (Custom, Mary McDonald fabric)
Crib Linens: Custom (Custom, Mary McDonald fabric).
Antique Venetian Chandelier (Boxwood Interiors)
Dresser: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Amira Inlay Dresser
Art: original Le Rire magazine covers (Custom framed). Paper Source map of Paris (Custom framed).
Book Shelf & Marble Side Table (Source: Julie Rhodes Fashion & Home)
Charles & Ray Eames Elephant: Here.
Rug: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Tivoli Trellis Wool Flatweave Rug

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Tags: baby · home

bear’s first rodeo

March 16th, 2015 · 2 Comments

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In case you don’t happen to live in Texas, let me explain:

The Rodeo is a Big. Deal.

Like, we are talking, shut-down-entire-sections-of-a-four-million-person-city-just-because-of-Rodeo-traffic kind of big deal.  At this time of the year, it’s all people can talk about, and whether you’re going once, twice, or every single day for three weeks (hey, not judging, I promise), the Rodeo is kind of the ultimate destination in Houston in March.

So, even though we were facing a rainy, gray morning, my friend Ellie and I decided to pack up our kiddos and head over. 

And, I’d say this was a success!  I’m not sure Bear fully understood the whole “Rodeo” event, but he loved looking around at all the people and animals.  Next year he’ll even get to try some fried bacon!  (Just kidding… I think.)

So I thought I’d share a few photos with you guys!  Thanks to Ellie for convincing us to put on our wellies and brave the rain (she’s British, so this sounded totally glamorous when she suggested it)!  I already can’t wait for next year.

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Tags: baby

this weekend

March 8th, 2015 · No Comments

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This weekend, we did something a little new.

One of our babysitters plays on the Rice Women’s Basketball team, and this weekend, she invited us to come out and see them play!  So on Saturday, we bundled up the stroller and headed over to the Rice Stadium (which, conveniently, is basically across the street from our house). And Bear got to experience his first basketball game!

As he’s gotten a little bit older and more interested in the world, we really can’t keep him cooped up at home on the weekends anymore.  His nursery is fine for naps and our playroom is fun for a few hours, but if we don’t get out of the house at least once for a few hours, this little kiddo is not a happy camper.  So the idea of a fun outing in the afternoon?  Yes please. 

And we had a blast!  I’m not sure he knew exactly what was happening, but he sat in our laps and watched the game every once in a while, and the people and noises kept him happily occupied for two hours. So in my book, that is a WIN.

This type of outing is what I was most looking forward to when I thought, years ago, about having kids.  Little family outings to the zoo or the museum or the park or the playground, the ones that I did with my parents that they still tell stories about.  (Please, do not get my mom started about feeding the ducks.  Apparently I was, like, super into feeding the ducks and have consequently heard that story oh, maybe five trillion times.) I’d think about my future life and those future outings, and even though I had no idea what my family would look like or where we’d be living, I’d still imagine those little moments.

And, then, on Saturday, I blinked and suddenly one of those moments was here, right in front of me.  The imaginary moment I’d always thought about, taking my child on family outings and coming up with fun activities to share with him. 

And, you know what I did, when I realized that moment was happening?

I just smiled at our son and made a mental note of how incredibly grateful I am for this life.

In the last ten months, there were days (and nights) with a newborn that felt like they would never end.  There were weeks and months when juggling work and motherhood feels like more than I can possibly do.  There were moments when I was certain that I’ll never have time for a manicure, a full night of sleep, or a minute to myself until this kid leaves for college.  (A small part of me is still convinced that this is a possibility.) Those were hard moments.

But there are also moments like this weekend, when I come up for air and look around and think:

oh, wow. 

This moment that I always dreamed of. 

It’s happening right here in front of me.

So, baby Bear, I hope you enjoyed your first basketball game. 

Your mom sure did.

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Tags: baby · life