Everything in the young girl’s room has meaning. Here is a closer look at the quilt gifted to her from her mom and grandmother. Whitney and Micah bought this vintage bed, restored it, and lacquered it red especially for their daughter. It works perfectly with her well-organized red bookcase. Micah had the colorful rug woven specifically for her room when she was born. Lastly, the well-preserved hardwood floors are original to the house.
To create a baby girl's nursery that is feminine without being precious, the designer chose a gray, coral and neutral palette with rustic and vintage elements. The resulting look is clean and simple; family treasures make it special. Coral stripe paint color: Sherwin Williams Coral Island Code SW 6332; Chair rail paint color: Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray Code SW 7043; Window panels :Nate Berkus for Target; Crib: Baby Town; Crib Mobile: Pottery Barn Kids; Grey Glider: Buy Buy Baby
In addition to modeling, Phoenix is the owner of the blog Model Liberation and Black Girl Beautiful, a skin and hair care site and shopping event designed to celebrate the hair, skin and lives of women of African descent. To ensure that her home in sunny Los Angeles is a celebration all its own, the model and entrepreneur turned to the design team at AphroChic to create a space that was equal parts, serenity, self-care and magic.
The inspiration for this room is the bright and vibrant piece of art in the background. The clients used to live in South America and picked this piece of art while living there. It immediately gave the color direction for the space and bridged the taste of the husband who loves calm neutral colors and the wife who loves bright and vibrant color schemes. With two adorable little girls in the house, and the parents who entertain often, this room needed to be family friendly while still having a sophisticated feel for their guests.
This pink and yellow bedroom is a sweet escape for any girl. The pink and white patterned bedspread is accented by the elegant, quilted pink and yellow shams. The yellow in the shams ties in to the pink vase and chair that bring more color into the space. At the end of the bed, is a green bench that complements the pillows on the bed as well as the throw pillow in the chair. The curtains framing the French doors help to tie the space together.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, designer Jillian Harries has designed a space that is functional for the family. With two teenage girls, having a space for the whole family to spend time was important, so Jillian made sure to include plenty of comfortable seating. The open concept first floor allows the family to be together even when they are in separate rooms.
New York is a busy place. For those who don’t plan ahead, the hustle and bustle can run them right over. Fortunately Kalyn and Todd Chandler are the plan-ahead types. Their solution to the constant run between work and life: put the two together in one amazing space and forget all the time spent waiting for the train. For Kalyn, the founder and creative director of the girl-power lifestyle brand, Effie’s Paper, cutting out the middleman of constant commuting means more time spent creating and managing an expanding world of beautiful products.
The girls’ room is an excellent example of how to design a kid’s room with a sense of style. When designing a room for kids there’s a lot to be said for keeping the overall aesthetic aligned with the rest of the home. Instead of decorating with bright pastel colors and more traditional "kid's colors" that don’t reflect their personal style, Julio and Kenza have blended their grownup black and white color palette with fun elements like the heart polka dots on the sheets, typographic art and pops of orange in this kid-friendly space.
This whimsical centerpiece is perfect for spring-inspired dinner parties and is surprisingly simple to create. "I gathered several manzanita branches into a tall vase to bring the outdoors in. These gorgeous branches, with their twists and curls, make such a dramatic statement on a tabletop," Katie Riley of Centsational Girl says. You can even replace the butterflies with seasonal objects, like leaves or snowflakes, for a gorgeous centerpiece to celebrate any holiday or season.
T'Challa's sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) is the Steve Jobs of Black Panther, a talented inventor in the tradition of the James Bond character Q. Here the tech genius is a teenage girl who creates rocket gloves and defensive body armor in a typical Afrofuturist brand of off-the-charts female empowerment and intelligence. In this scene Shuri battles T'Challa's nemesis Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in an outfit that blends cutting-edge technology and the kind of face decoration and dress that evoke indigenous African design.
The couple is expecting their second child, so they knew it was time to make some changed to the layout of their home. They had a new "big girl" room designed for their first child, and created this beautiful, modern nursery for their soon-to-arrive second child. The space is calming and has nothing extra-only the simple, elegant necessities. The crib and changing table are white with wood trim, an ode to the simple elegance of nature. The curtains, with their heavy texture, help to block light from the space and extend floor to ceiling to help make this small nursery look larger. The chandelier is modern as well and gives the room a unique touch.
You don't need to wait until the end of the party to give favors to guests. "The guests were greeted with custom water bottles and koozies to take home," says Haley of Little E and Company. For a practical and peach-themed party favor, Haley used her embroidery machine to embroider peaches onto chocolate-brown koozies, and she printed personalized water bottle labels honoring the birthday girl. The koozies came in handy for guests during the party and are useful afterwards.
Kate Landers of Kate Landers Events created an underwater wonderland any girl would adore. She used a white ruffle shower curtain as a backdrop for the dessert table, which "adds a perfect shabby chic element and looks like white ruffled waves — perfect for an under-the-sea celebration," she says. She believes repurposing items is a must when it comes to decorating your child's birthday party. In this case, she used a chandelier from the bedroom to hang over the dessert table. The addition has a sparkling appearance without any extra cost. Photo by Open Shade Studios
Activist, writer and model, Nikia Phoenix (http://www.nikiaphoenix.com/) is famous for all the right reasons. Once known mostly for her dazzling collection of freckles, the star of 23andMe’s standout commercial, whose personal genetic background includes Africa, Asia and Scandinavia, is fast becoming an icon of black identity, world travel and global heritage. In addition to modeling, Phoenix is the owner of the blog Model Liberation and Black Girl Beautiful, a skin and hair care site and shopping event designed to celebrate the hair, skin and lives of women of African descent. To ensure that her home in sunny Los Angeles is a celebration all its own, the model and entrepreneur turned to the design team at AphroChic (https://www.aphrochic.com/) to create a space that was equal parts, serenity, self-care and magic.
Cake pops are delicious in any form, but are especially appealing in the shape of adorable gingerbread boys and girls. To make, bake a boxed or homemade cake in a 13-inch by 9-inch pan as directed. Crumble cake and mix with a can of frosting. Form cake mixture into a flat layer and cut out with a mini gingerbread man cookie cutter. Chill the cutouts. Next, dip a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and insert into the cutout to hold the stick in place. Dip the entire cutout in melted chocolate and tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess. Let dry, then decorate with red and white icing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.