chicago nesting style

One of my favorite activities is observing personal style and their individual likes and dislikes, making for a cohesive living space, or nursery, or bedroom. I personally feel like I don’t have a style but like it when people have a vision. I spent this weekend working on an assignment: Mission Nursery.. and living… and dining/office place at the Frankel residence in Chicago. My best friend, Wilyna, is expecting her first baby, and I couldn’t have been more privileged to help her decorate for the new baby boy!

First we lunched at a cute restaurant in Chicago, Jerry’s Deli.

We spent the better part of the weekend painting, putting up frames, organizing and making her adult bungalow into a place for their first, or at least help with that process.

We started by painting the nursery. I’m a big fan of spending money on samples. Buy two or three of your favorites and paint squares in the room. Walk through that room (a lot) in the morning, midday, and at night; that way you really get a true sense of the color in your place. I sometimes paint a couple squares in different areas, depending on the light. Sometimes one wall can make the color pop and the other make the whole design drab. We did that with Winnie’s nursery on Friday.

We walked in and out of that room on Friday and woke up Saturday to pick the right color for the space! Winnie went with Benjamin Moore HC-159 Phillipsburg Blue, a fabulous grey-blue! And we painted.

We did allow ourselves some down time to watch one more of my favorite (top 5) Christmas movies, The Family Stone. We actually watched it twice; Winnie’s friend Jenni expressed great interest when we said we had watched it, and we were invited over to her house Saturday for a second viewing. Oh, how I love that movie. Winnie and I both want big families with all the crazy family dynamics! I don’t get through that movie without crying but it really makes me happy!

During the first viewing of The Family Stone, we multitasked and made some internet purchases and some wish list items for the nursery. Because I’m a planner and I have no visions of children of my own in the near future, I shared with Winnie some of my own nursery ideas, some which she liked, and some which she tweaked for her own nursery. It made me happy to share my personal ideas and help inspire some of her own!

Here are some of the items she chose:

The owl playing the guitar is a series of prints which has a whole band! So nursery cute, but inspired by both Wilyna and Tyler’s loved for music. I loved it!

Overall, it was such a wonderful weekend with my best friend, in a city that just makes me happy. Even that crisp cold air feels so refreshing! Winnie promised me once she gets all of these items, she will send me a few pictures… but I’m hoping to make it up at least one more time for a baby shower and my own photography angles of the new space.

And yes, you might be wondering, where’s the pictures of you and Winnie, or Winnie’s face or ANY pictures of people… this will be on my new year’s resolution list. Ha. Heck, maybe I’m just a macro-photographer and I need to accept it!

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