Baby Boy Nursery Design Concept

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Planning the nursery for our little guy has been one of the harder design projects that I’ve ever tackled. I think every designer struggles with her own home because we love all the things. It’s always been so hard to narrow down everything I like in order to focus on one direction. This nursery was no exception.

Since moving into our new house (see the before photos here), we’ve painted all of the main areas, trim and walls, in Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17). I love this particular white because it has a creamy undertone with just a touch of gray. We’ll be painting the nursery White Dove as well to create a bright neutral background.

I am fully aware that I am designing this nursery more for me than for the baby, and it’s important to me that the room flows with the rest of the house. I decided to start the design concept by finding bedding that I loved to use as a jumping off point. I created several themes around adorable bedding combos, none of which felt perfect to me. Then I stumbled upon this quilt from the Ace and Jig line at Land of Nod.

Land of Nod Ace & Jig Quilt

I loved the combination of black and white with the bright blue and red and the tribal/boho/vintage print combos. I’ve been really attracted to Ace and Jig’s women’s fashion lately, so finding this bedding seemed like kismet.

While I was still debating the color palette and design concept, I drafted the floor plan. The room we’re using for the nursery is on the first floor next to the master bedroom. It has a south facing bay window which lets in lovely warm light throughout the day, hardwood floors, and an extra-large closet.

I knew right away that I wanted to remove the closet doors and put the dresser/changing table inside the closet. The current closet setup is the basic shelf/bar, which is totally impractical for little people clothes. Since the closet is 3′ deep, I’m planning to add a custom storage solution with two rods and a few shelves, probably from Container Store, along the exterior wall. If we had more room in the budget, I would demo this closet completely and replace it with a PAX system from IKEA. Maybe for the next baby.

By placing the dresser inside the closet, I was also able to make room for a daybed. I wanted to have a place within the nursery for visitors and Keegan to sit and relax. I found a reasonably priced option from Urban Outfitters and am planning to have a custom cushion made for it.

Once I was committed to the Ace and Jig quilt, the rest of the scheme came together pretty quickly. I found a large wicker mirror at CB2 to anchor the main wall and a modern mobile for over the crib. The vintage arrow print is one of my favorites. I had it framed in natural birch with a linen background to coordinate with the other light wood finishes in the room and contrast with the white walls.

Baby Boy Nursery Design Concept

I tried to select furniture that was reminiscent of mid-century modern design since we have several mid-century pieces in our living room. The Babyletto crib is a popular option that’s all over Pinterest. For the rocker, I knew I didn’t want a typical nursery style glider so that we’d feel comfortable reusing it in another room of our house at some point. Keegan requested one with a high back, though I loved this option. The dresser pictured is a vintage find on Chairish, but it’s a little over budget. Hopefully, I’ll find something locally that is just as perfect.

So far, I only have the bedding, rug, and arrow print on hand. The rest needs to be ordered or purchased locally within the next few months. I’m definitely starting to feel the pressure! Stay tuned for process photos of the room as we start working on it over the next few weeks.


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Mobile | Mirror | Arrows Print |Quilt | Crib Skirt | Crib Sheet | Crib | Table Lamp | Print Set | Dresser | Daybed | Pillow 1 (similar) | Pillow 2 | Pillow 3 (similar) | Basket | Rug | Side TableTable Lamp | Rocking Chair | Bookshelf

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

Our New House Before Photos

It’s been a crazy few weeks, but we are finally moved into our new house. We closed on August 17th and scheduled painters to start immediately, knowing my parents were coming to visit the following Thursday. The tight schedule made for some interesting moments and a long day last Wednesday when we got the go ahead to unpack and move in. Our painters did an absolutely amazing job, working extra hard to meet our deadline. I haven’t taken any photos since the painting was finished, but here are some before photos of the first floor and upstairs loft right after we took possession.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

This photo shows the living room, looking in from the front door. I fell for those large windows and the great view the first time we looked at the house.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

To the right of the vaulted living room is the dining room. The sliding door looks out on the patio.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

And, here is the living room from the dining room. You can see the previous owners had their TV on the left. We’ve decided to hang ours over the fireplace even though it’s a little high. The furniture arrangement in this space is tricky, and I wanted to minimize the number of focal points to the fireplace and the view.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

Another shot of the fireplace from the dining room.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

This is the other side of the living room, looking up into the loft over the entryway. From this perspective, one the left there are two nice size bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. On the right side of the first floor are the master suite, a full bathroom, and the bedroom which will become the nursery. The kitchen is on the left of the first floor.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

The kitchen is a really nice size with a U-shaped layout and a funky overhang on the countertop where the previous owner had two counter stools. Obviously, this isn’t my dream kitchen, but it’s really functional with lots of great storage. I love that there is a window over the sink and plenty of counter space.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

The back entry, a pantry, powder room, and laundry room are through that doorway.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

The kitchen countertop has an overhang in the dining room for counter stools. I’m still debating on what style to order and how many. The wallpaper is long gone, by the way.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

This house has great flow. I love how all of the main spaces have their own identity but are open to one another. We’ve been living here for one week, and I am really enjoying the connectedness of the kitchen, dining, and living areas.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

We’re going to put a little office in the upstairs loft. I would love to do a built-in but the side walls don’t have enough clearance. Hopefully, we’ll spot some good options when we make a trip to IKEA in a couple weeks.

Jillian Lare Interior Design Our New House Before Photos

Looking down on the first floor from the loft above.

Samsung Frame TV over Fireplace

And, here’s a quick iPhone shot of what the fireplace wall looks like now. We still have to hang all of our artwork, unpack our books, set up our sound system, and bring our fiddle leaf fig inside before this room feels anywhere close to done, but I do love this little corner next to the fireplace. It’s truly amazing what a fresh coat (or three) of white paint can do to make a dated space feel bright and modern.

Master Bathroom Remodel - Photo by Cassandra Monroe

My Master Bathroom Before and After

I’m very excited to finally share our master bathroom before and after photos. We have enjoyed every minute of using the new space for the past year. It was a tough decision to pull the trigger on such a big project because we’ve put quite a bit of money into our house already. But, in the end, it seemed worth the expense and one we think we’ll recoup on resale.

Before Photos


This bathroom was not of the charming vintage variety…more like gross and outdated with a moldy tub surround and grimy vinyl tile. I particularly hated the wood seat on the toilet and the recessed shelf above the sink with the sliding mirrored door. It was all just kind of icky, and no matter how much I cleaned it, it never felt clean.


While it did have a good amount storage for a 1960s bathroom, it wasn’t very functional storage. We wanted to keep everything in the same space to save on cost while adding double sinks and lots more drawers. Luckily, we had plenty of room to spare on the right side of the toilet, so we were able to create a 5′ x 3′ walk-in shower without moving any plumbing.

Floor Plan Before


Floor Plan After


I really wanted the space to feel light, bright, and modern while fitting with the mid-century lines of our house. We were definitely on a budget, so I was cost-conscious when selecting all of my materials. I ordered our cabinets online and used ceramic tile on both the floor and in the shower, incorporating a marble accent to make it feel a little more custom and special, which is a trick I picked up from watching Room Service with Sarah Richardson back in the day.

After Photos

Master Bathroom Remodel - white countertops with espresso cabinets

I chose to mix brass and chrome because I love the combination, but I kept resale in mind by limiting the brass to the hardware and mirrors. The next owners can easily swap those out if they don’t love brass as much as I do.

Master Bathroom Remodel - white subway tile shower

Master Bathroom Remodel - white subway tile shower

The walk-in shower is a dream come true after showering in that nasty tub with the sliding doors for four years. Every day, I think about how much I appreciate having this bright open space vs. the dark, coffin-like shower we used to have. The recessed niche is backed in the same marble as the floor accent. The teak bench provides extra storage.

Master Bathroom Remodel - brass mirrors with chrome faucets

We really love having our own sinks and our own drawers. The white quartz countertops contrast nicely with the darker cabinets and keep the space feeling light. We’re lucky to get a lot of natural sunlight through the large window on the opposite wall.

Master Bathroom Remodel - Art by Emily Jeffords

Master Bathroom Remodel - white quartz countertops with chrome faucets

Master Bathroom Remodel - vintage white and gold dish

We definitely love our new master bathroom. The style and price were appropriate for our home and neighborhood, and it’s such a huge improvement. It will be hard to let go of this room in particular if we do ever decide to move on to our next project house.


All photos by Cassandra Monroe, who is seriously awesome.


Master Bath Remodel Part 2 – Inspiration & Concept

Today I’m going to share my inspiration for our master bathroom and the style plan that I eventually developed. I focus primarily on kitchen and bathroom designs when I take on clients, so I tend to collect a lot of images of those rooms on Pinterest. When I was ready to start designing our space, I simply went through my bathrooms board and looked for repeating themes.


Kristin Marie Interiors


Amber Interiors


Erin Gates


Emily Henderson

Black, white, gray and brass – simple and clean with vintage inspired details. In a perfect world, I would have used patterned cement tiles on the floors, all brass fixtures, marble penny round on the shower floor and a handmade subway tile, preferably by Heath, on the shower walls. The custom built walnut vanity would float off the floor, and the large medicine cabinets would be flanked by vintage modern sconces kind of like these. Sigh.

But two factors prevented me from the bathroom of my dreams – money and resale appeal.

Our budget was tight since we had no desire (aside from painting) to do any of the work ourselves. This is Keegan’s busiest season, and I just don’t have the skills. Nor do I want to learn on the most complicated room in the house. Since we weren’t going to be saving money on labor, we had to save on materials.

The idea that we might sell this house even five years from now kept me from getting too creative. I don’t tend to think of the type of people who would buy our house as being the eclectic creative types. I think they probably would want highly functioning spaces that are fairly neutral and classic.

I’ll have to save my cement tiles, floating vanity and vintage sconces for another house.

Here’s the plan…


  1. Wall Mirror – West Elm Hexagon
  2. Wall Sconces – Restoration Hardware Asbury
  3. Vanity Cabinets – Kitchen Cabinet King
  4. Cabinet Knobs – Atlas Homewares
  5. Towel Rings – Pottery Barn Covington
  6. Faucets – Grohe Concetto
  7. Countertop – Glacier White Quartz by MSI
  8. Sinks – Kohler Archer
  9. Toilet – American Standard
  10. Floor Tile – Stone Peak Ceramics Bardiglietto
  11. Accent Tile – Marble Systems Avalon
  12. Shower – Delta In2ition with Trinsic Trim
  13. Wall Tile – Florida Tile Streamline
  14. Hooks – Anthropologie (no longer available)

The artwork is by Emily Jeffords and available on

I stuck with the gray, white and black color scheme that I liked. And, I did bring in some brass accents with the mirrors and knobs – two things future buyers could easily swap out. We found RTA (ready-to-assemble) cabinets online, thanks to one of my clients, that shipped quickly for a decent price. They didn’t have very exciting color options, but I like how the almost black color provides a strong contrast to the countertops and floor.

I really really wanted those cement tile floors, but they would have been over $1000 plus the labor was more involved, so I went with an inexpensive 12×12 ceramic.  I decided that instead of laying the 12×12 floor tile in a square pattern, I would offset each tile and add an accent strip of 1″ marble mosaic next to each one and then repeat the marble in the shower niche. Usually, I like to lay square tile on a 45-degree angle, but our bathroom is so long and narrow, it wasn’t worth it.

All of the fixtures are chrome, and I went for a blend of modern on the faucets and a little bit vintage on the towel rings and tissue holder.  I chose a white quartz for the countertops that has some gray veining to resemble marble. The shower will be tiled in white subway tile with gray grout. I decided to run the tile vertically to accentuate the height and keep it from looking too traditional. Not pictured, I’m planning on a woven shade for the window, and I purchased white drapery panels with a cute gray fringe by Nate Berkus for Target. I think the window treatments will soften the room and add some interest to that wall.

So that’s the plan. Demo is done, and we’re well on our way to a new bathroom.


Master Bath Remodel Part 1

After over four years of living with our outdated, decaying, moldy master bathroom, we’ve decided to take the plunge and do a full remodel. I have done absolutely nothing to this space since we moved in because, in my mind, it was always a hopeless situation. There is bad tile on the walls, the fixtures are blue, the mirror is cracked, and the cabinets are falling apart. Not to mention, there is an ever expanding spot on the vinyl floor where we can see hidden water damage occurring. But, the moldiness is really what pushed us over the edge. In the past year, it seems like it’s been impossible keep any surface in the bathroom free from mold and mildew. It’s a losing battle.

This is what the bathroom currently looks like. Cringe worthy, I know.


Don’t you just love the wooden toilet seat on the blue toilet? I love retro design, and would be thrilled with a vintage style bathroom, but not this kind of vintage.


Wooden accessories too, and that mirrored cubby over the counter is a real gem.

This is the current layout of the space. You can see it’s quite long and narrow – almost 15′ by 5′.


So that’s the bad, but there’s also a lot of good in this space. For a mid-century ranch, it’s actually a large master bathroom. In fact, it was by far the largest master bath of all the houses we looked at in our neighborhood. Some of them were teeny-tiny with a coffin sized shower and wall-mounted sink. Plus, it’s got that great big window, which lets in lots of natural light…some times too much. Finally, for whatever reason, there’s enough space to the right of the toilet in order to expand the shower without moving the toilet. Depending on which way the joists run, moving the toilet can be involved (aka expensive), so this was a big bonus.

The plan is to demo the entire room, including the soffit over the sink, and start from scratch. After much research and debate, I decided to go with stock cabinets that I ordered online to create a long vanity with double sinks. I searched endlessly for a stock vanity that would fit the space, but most of them are only 6′ long, and we have close to 8′ of space. We have a tub in the guest bathroom, so we’re creating a larger walk-in shower with a glass enclosure.

master-bath-remodel-new-layoutThis is what the new vanity will look like:


My goal was to create a clean, fresh, classic space with a little bit of personality while sticking to a strict budget. To save money, we’re using stock, ready-to-assemble cabinets that I ordered online. The countertop is a well-priced quartz, and the tile floor is a budget ceramic. To add a little detail to the floor, I ordered some 1″ marble mosaics that we’ll use as an accent next to each ceramic tile. I initially wanted a patterned cement tile, but the cost of both materials and labor was over our budget. Maybe in my next house.

While the fixtures are all pretty basic and on the lower end of the spectrum price wise, I did order them all through our local plumbing supplier. I learned the hard way that you get what you pay for at the big box stores.

We’re replacing the door, baseboards, window and door casing. Our house has very basic 2 1/4″ moldings, and I decided to start switching it out for 3 1/2″ flat stock instead. I hope that we can eventually replace all of our cheap hollow core doors to solid flat paneled doors.

I’ve designed many bathroom remodels for clients, and I’m always surprised as how much these small spaces can cost. Our remodel is going to come in slightly above a mid-range master bathroom remodel as estimated by, which makes sense because their numbers are for a very basic 5’x7′ bathroom. The site has a great cost report if you want to see how much projects cost on average in your city.

Another look at the new floor plan…

3D Bathroom Floor Plan Chief Architect

Demo begins on Monday. I can’t even express how excited I am to have a brand new, clean, mold-free master bathroom. In my next post, I’ll share all of the selections that I made.