Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Home at LAST!

It's been so long since I've had a moment to sit down and tell all you Nesters what's up at the Nest!  Phewww....WHERE to begin?

As you may know...I started the journey to create a Nest of my very own.  My very first ever brick and mortar (just a crazy term....) store.  I feel like I've been in a Bugs Bunny cartoon!!!  Every time the end was near, another bomb/anvil fell.  The building started out life as a log cabin in 1794 so needless to say it was a bumpy ride.  All in all...the building is a dream! A store I am proud to call The Robin's Nest!

Home Sweet Home

While the eggs were hatching in the Nest, I took my show on the road!  I had the opportunity to be a Country Living Fair vendor in Nashville, TN and Rhinebeck, NY.  What a thrill for sure! My motto..."have junk, will travel".  We loaded up Opal Estelle (my birdie van), hitched the trailer and headed out on the open road!
Nashville Country Living Fair

Rhinebeck, NY Country Living Fair

Gotta say it felt a little weird not to be a part of Chartreuse & co, having left there in Feb. of this year.  FAITH seemed to be the hardest thing to achieve! (insert the song "FAITH" by George Michael...as this became my theme song!) Loading and unloading...buying and selling...all that lead to 4, count 'em FOUR storage units that were dumped unloaded/moved into the new store on July 1!  I opened the doors on Aug. 1!  And if that's not enough... The Robin's Nest got a little local press to boot!

And now the real works begins..... saga to be continued!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Could You Design a Room Around a Rug?

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a gal named Holly from the cool site, Charish to design a room around a vintage rug.  If you haven't heard of it, you should check it out.  It's a site filled with amazing vintage furnishings and decor that can be shipped right to your house. Gotta love that!

Now...onto the project!  I was given an assortment of vintage rugs to choose from.  My pick was a turquoise over-dyed Turkish patchwork vintage carpet.  They are pretty "hot" in the market place right now, and I am DYING to buy one.  (I'm a bit of a rug junkie.) Hubby has laid down the law...no more rugs!  So, this room will have to stay in my dreams.

If you follow me, you know that I love to mix and match; keeping things fun and unexpected.  I came up with the idea of designing a room for someone who is NOT afraid of color and lives on the wild side. So with fanfare and a drum roll, I give you.......

In keeping with the theme, Global Modern I wanted to bring in colors that would compliment the turquoise rug.  My go tos were orange and hot pink!  It's in the pillows and artwork.  Keeping the fabulous mid-century leather sofa white allows the pillows to shine, while still making sure the rug pops!  The cowhide zebra print French bergere chair and ottoman supplies texture and and reinforces the global design theme.  Hey, just sayin'....cowhide is hot, hot, hot! The inlay coffee table, with it's ivory details and warm wood tones, anchors the chair and the sofa.  The inlay design on the table gives a nod to ethnic/tribal style....oh my, just love this one.

The accessories are a blend of tradition and "swank".  Yup, I said it!  I don't think any room should be too serious!  The artwork is kept fun and colorful.  I just love the trend of gold foil in artwork going on right now.  Making sure the room doesn't get too crazy...gold and brass were brought in.  I love the clean lines of the vintage brass lamp! The brass elephant keeps with our theme and the vases add some glam.  Let's face it...fresh flowers make EVERY room better!

So there we are...Global Modern done Nest-style.  I'd love to hear what you think about it!

Have a good one,