As you can clearly see I haven’t blogged in quite some time. WOW, it’s actually been almost 2 years! While I really enjoyed blogging and truly hope to get back to it one day, life with 3 year old twins(time goes by way too fast!) a 13 year old stepson and managing my business just hasn’t allowed me the time. If you would like to keep up with Lisa Fero Interiors there are still many ways to do so. You can see projects on my facebook page , or houzz profile, or even see a room develop on pinterest. If you ever have a question or want to inquire about becoming a client, please contact me at email@example.com or call 203-983-0984. Thanks and hope to hear from you!
As mentioned in this post, I get so excited when I find a great bargain. My most recent bargain buy is this Trellis kilim rug from Rugs USA. Rugs USA has a store location in Long Island where my mom lives, and it’s only an 1 1/2 hour drive from my house, and about a 10 minute drive from hers…lucky! I recently visited and found such great product. I left with this 5X8 rug for less than $200. I have been looking for a rug like this, but all the ones I found were at least double the price. When I shopped they were running a 75% off sale, and just noticed they are running it again! Use the code summer75, plus they are offering free shipping. It looks like they only have the 8X10 left for $288 which is really an amazing price. I have emailed the store and will post whether they are getting the 5X8 back in stock.
By the way, they call the rug light grey, but to me it is a blueish grey which is what I was looking for. They have many similar style rugs in the 5X8 size. Here are some, but check out the website for others.
This Tuscan Elmer 5X8 size is only $127.
This Morrocan Trellis 5X8 is $108, wow!
Some other of my favorites I found while shopping:
The Homespun Royal Enchant, a great 6′ square is $104.
So pretty, the Radiante Hearts Beige 5X8 is only $104.
This beautiful Homespun Chevron 5X8 is $116
What a statement piece. This Radiante Lantern Ikat 5X8 is $104.
This is not a sponsored post. I just love product, and finding a great bargain.
Pinterest has without a doubt become an addiction of mine. It makes it so much easier to save inspirational photos, or to find great product.
I have now added a Pinterest button on the bottom of each post, so if you see something you like on my blog you can Pin It!
You can also follow me on Pinterest. A button has been added to the right side of my blog, and also to my contact page. I will add photos as I work on client projects, design my own house, plan a party, or see a space that I absolutely love.
I started using Pinterest while planning my twins 1st year birthday party. In no time I found so many great ideas, such as these which I ended up using.
Such a great idea, a birthday timeline banner, via the blog Love The Day.
Here is my version. Half the mantle was pictures of Zac, and the other half Saige (some were pics of both, or with their big brother).
These fun cakepops were found via hostessblog.com
My version, changed the colors to aqua, red and pink.
I then started looking for product and rooms that inspired me. Here are some of my favorite rooms.
What a beautiful color palette and love these barn doors, and chandelier, via reasontobreathe
I could sleep well in this serene bedroom, via cote de texas.
What a great kids room…such fun color, via house of fifty
As an interior designer how can I not love this chair eye chart, via blue art studio
I have been looking for a growth chart for my playroom. This is a favorite of mine and also has been repinned numerous times. It is from Rosenberry Rooms.
What a clever idea, a house portrait, via design sponge.
I couldn’t help but pin these quotes…how true!
Enough said…any mother will understand, via sugarnoodle on facebook.
Gives me chills, beautiful! From shopcocoprints on Etsy
I love a great bargain. Really, I get so excited when I find a great product at a great price. Maybe it’s my background as a retail buyer where my job was to shop and negotiate for the best price, or maybe it’s just that I get such a rush when I find a look for less.
My latest bargain buy are these outdoor accent tables from Bed Bath & Beyond. They come in fun colors, and the price can’t be beat. They also can be used indoors to add a pop of color.
If you want a great bargain it’s always best to shop at the end of the season. These tables were $19.99, plus I used the 20% off coupon which brought them to $15.99, and I got an additional 25% off one table since it was a floor sample.
Here it is in between 2 neutral outdoor lounge chairs. Now I am on the hunt for the right accent pillows.
So what if…I had twin girls??? Since I fell in love with the Up, Up & Away theme I decided I would use this no matter what I was having. In order to be prepared I created design boards for all three scenarios…girl/boy, boy/boy and girl/girl. In this post I showed pictures of my gender neutral nursery, and I also posted a design board for twin boys. Now, the twin girls design board!
The room has a much more soft, feminine look with its ruffled curtains, gathered cribskirts and an amazing floral ottoman. Also, while I loved the hot air balloons that I used in my gender neutral nursery, I did not think the colors available worked with this color palette. Instead, I found this mobile which I think works perfectly.
Here is information on the rest of the room:
1. Benjamin Moore Antiguan Sky. 2. Sometimes the Dreams that Come True… I love a great inspiration quote in a nursery. 3. Mobile from Restoration Hardware Baby. 4. The ruffled panel has a blackout liner too…from PB kids 5. Hot Air Balloon photography 6. Graphic Art Design pillow from Soeuralasoeur on Etsy. 7. Painted Monogram from woodwallletters on Etsy 8. Custom designed coordinated crib bedding. 9. Lydia swivel glider from Rosenberry Rooms 10. Floral pouf from Rosenberry Rooms… also comes in red.
You can also view my Up, Up & Away Pinterest board which has some other great product that can be used for this theme.
What if I had twin boys??? Being an interior designer it wasn’t easy being surprised about the sex of my twins since I couldn’t design the room before they were born. In order to be prepared I put together design boards for all options (boy/boy, girl/boy & girl/girl). I knew I wanted an Up, Up & Away theme after seeing these hot air balloons at a trade show…but, I also wanted the room to look masculine, feminine or be a great mix of both.
In last week’s post I showed pictures of my gender neutral nursery for Saige & Zac. So, what if I had twin boys…I decided some items would remain the same, but the nursery would have more boyish charm. I still liked the blue & red color palette but I would opt for a deeper navy and red, I wouldn’t use the bright rainbow colors and I would bring in a rich chocolate brown. I also thought a more vintage inspired aviator feel would work. So here it is… the Up, Up & Away twin boys design board.
While each are slightly different, the items that are similar are the airplane decals, the hot air balloons, the dreams artwork, and the bedding.
For the airplane decals I chose a deeper navy and red, and of course their are two boys flying the planes instead of a boy and a girl. By the way, I wasn’t going to name them William and Ethan…this just happened to be the names on Graphic Spaces website. Saige would have been named Shane :).
I really like the coordinating bedding skirts that I used and chose the same design, but changed the sheet to a great patchwork plaid.
The artwork from Harper Grace is one of my favorite pieces in the nursery, but instead of the gender neutral version, I used the ‘dreams for your boy’ in navy instead of red.
I also decided that the room shouldn’t be as colorful, so I didn’t do the rainbow hot air balloon, but just the navy and the red.
The new items in the twin boys nursery are:
1. This amazing biplane fighter pendant light from Rosenberry rooms…what a cool statement piece!
2. The awesome storage suitcase.
3. Vintage inspired hot air balloon artwork found via craft schmaft .
4. A graphic image of a vintage blimp that would be used on a toss pillow.
5. A classic styled leather glider in the color cappucino. This was a bit pricey, but a similar style could have easily been found.
Next I will show you my ‘what if I had twin girls design board’. I used the same Up, Up & Away theme but gave it a much more girly vibe!
I am gathering inspirational photos of outdoor spaces and this is by far my favorite. I love EVERYTHING about this porch featured on HGTV’s website. The mix of colors, the velvet and teak outdoor sofas, the selection of accessories. Since moving into our new home we have replaced the siding and most of the windows. The deck is still in really poor condition. This photo
Found this print on Pinterest (my new obsession). I am creating a gallery wall in my hallway, and just printed a 16X20 to add to the wall. What it says is so perfect!
Best yet, it’s free! Also, it comes in different colors. I printed the grey and yellow version. Download here…they were even nice enough to give instructions how to print.
Yesterday I discussed a little about this past year and the background to Saige and Zac’s nursery. Now for the nursery reveal!
I had seen these hot air balloons at a trade show and fell in love with them long before I was even pregnant. I love that they looked vintage, were colorful and added a sense of whimsy to a room. When planning the nursery they became the inspiration for the rest of the room. I also felt that they were gender neutral, and perfect for a shared space.
Next I wanted decals above the cribs. I did not want to hang artwork over the cribs for fear it could fall on the babies. I searched etsy and found these boy and girl airplane skywriters from Graphic Spaces. They had a similar whimsical, vintage look and worked with my Up, Up & Away Theme. I wanted the nursery to feel cheerful and thought it was so cute that the boy and the girl each had a big smile. I thought about getting this twin seater which is super cute, but decided instead to have their individual names over their cribs.
It took me a long time to find the right bedding, and ended up designing it on my own. I did not want to have the same bedding for Saige & Zac, but rather wanted coordinating bedding. I ended up going with a red combination for Saige with navy piping, and a navy combination for Zac with red piping. Although I prefer the look of bumpers, I decided not to buy bumpers based on the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The rest of the room pretty much fell into place. Budget was important, so I was thrilled with my bargain buys. The curtains are from Ikea. Purchased simple ivory canvas tab top curtains and sewed navy and red ribbon trim that I found at Michael’s. The red accent table, ottoman, and shelves are also from Ikea. The bookcase is from Walmart and cost a total of $16.99! The lamp is from Target and was also only $16.99. The rug is from Costco. I was looking for a soft shag rug. The room already had enough color so I wanted a simple Ivory rug. Most shags I found were $400-$500 or more. This one was $150…a great find. The pillow on the chair and the airplane basket were Home Goods finds.
While looking for artwork for the room I came across this ‘Dreams’ art print from HarperGrace on Etsy and found what it said to be perfect. She had 2 different ones for a boy and a girl, but was nice enough to custom design it to be gender neutral. Like the artwork says, my wish for them is to act like kids…to fly a kite, jump in puddles, lie in the grass, slay dragons, and continue to imagine and Dream Big!
Another favorite find is the knobs on the dresser, from Feather and Wind also an Etsy find. I emailed her asking for a navy and white design and she custom designed these for me.
I hope you enjoyed reading about this nursery as much as I enjoyed designing it. For more information regarding product see this detailed list on project nursery. You can also post a comment and I will be happy to answer it.
I can’t believe that my little bundles of joy just turned one. Saige Alexandra and Zachary Lee were born on May 19, 2011. Their first year really did FLY BY!!! I have wanted to blog many times about projects I have been working on, but decided instead to take a break from blogging and dedicate their first year to them. It has been quite a year to say the least! For anyone who has twins, or triplets or more, my hat goes off to you. They have changed my world, bring a daily smile to my face, and it is amazing to see the camaraderie between the two of them, but it is without a doubt the hardest job I have ever had…and I worked in corporate America for 12 years.
I started the nursery before they were born, but did not complete it until after since I did not find out what I was having. So much in life is planned, so it was important to my husband and I to have an element of surprise. Surprised we were…we were convinced we were having 2 boys. Possibly because the way I was carrying, or that friends dreamed that I was, or that my OB’s daughter told us we were (long story), or that the checkout woman in Wal-Mart, who I was convinced was a psychic, knew I was having twins by just looking at me and told me I was having two boys…but they were all wrong! My beautiful Saige made her entrance first, and we were overcome with joy…a girl! At that time (besides me) it was only males in the house…my husband, my stepson, and my 2 dogs. Zac followed 27 minutes later (yes, 27 minutes…it was a natural childbirth and I was exhausted by this time). How perfect…a girl and a boy!
Before the babies were born I painted the walls, purchased the cribs, the changing table and the glider but left to rest until I knew what I was having. The planner in me needed to at least have this done so they would have a place to sleep and a place for me to cuddle them …although we didn’t end up using the nursery until they were 2 months old. I knew I wanted aqua walls, and liked the use of red accents mixed with aqua. I saw photos of a few nurseries (see this blog post) and loved the color scheme. I chose white cribs with clean lines that looked gender neutral, a changing table that was also a dresser (since I needed to fit both babies clothes), and a stone colored glider with cream trim in a velvet micro denier which is so easy to clean. I created design boards for 3 options which I will share with you…boy/boy, boy/girl and girl/girl. I was actually so in love with the concept I ended up choosing, that my design boards were similar for boy/girl and boy/boy. If girl/girl I went with a more feminine concept.
Since this post is already long, I will share with you details about the nursery in my next post. I really, really loved designing this room. It is whimsical, fun, cheerful and brings a smile to my face, and more importantly to Saige and Zac’s face. While designing it I felt there was void in the market for product for shared spaces, whether it to be twins, triplets, or just siblings sharing a room. I ended up designing my own bedding since I wanted it to be coordinating, not the same for both Saige and Zac. I also had product made that I felt was gender neutral. Since I had so much fun designing this room, I worked on design boards for additional shared spaces that I will share with you. Sorry for the long absence, but it’s good to be back.