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Room Interpretation

by Anna on August 13, 2012

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Baby room to the MAX!

by Anna on April 12, 2012

Max’s bedroom is finally finished! He hasn’t arrived yet (today is April 11, his due date was April 8th) but he will soon. His bedroom awaits his arrival… as does as his mama and papa.

To be quite honest there wasn’t much planning that went into the room. I wanted to use what we had available and spend as little as possible. I just couldn’t justify spending a bundle on a room that I know is going to be changed in a few years anyway. I must say that I do feel that I got pretty lucky with the things that we already had and how well everything fused together. I think the best way to make this type of design work is to not be tied or limited to color. I chose to keep white as the base on the walls and use a dominance of blues and greens with pops of bright colors. I already had the beech color bookcase from Ikea which is what prompted my decision to choosing  the beech color crib and changing table, this would make for a more cohesive look.

I used my own tall blue dresser that was stained by my mother and used in my younger brother’s room when we grew up. My amazing friends bought us the beech crib from Ikea and Matt and I purchased the matching diaper changer from Ikea to match. We found the baby mobile laying next to the trash bin of our apartment. So I washed it up, put in new batteries, and “Voila!” good as new. We even found a stack of children’s books a few weeks later near the trash bin which we claimed and are now being housed in the bookcase. Talk about lucky!

The armchair was my own and is upholstered in an unattractive brown fabric so I took one of my old white duvet covers and wrapped it around the cushions. Easy DIY change! We decided that because we will be having so many guests in the next few months stay with us to visit and meet little Max, we should purchase a fold up sofa bed. This we also bought from Ikea… You just can’t beat their prices!

Accessories and decorative items: Most of the stuffed animals were presents from friends and family, the play rug is from Ikea, the sock monkey bunting purchased through Etsy.com was re-used from the baby shower, the bed linens are Ikea, the knit throw was a gift from family friends, the knick-knacks we already had, the MAX letters were purchased at the Pasadena flea market, the sofa pillows were hand sewn by myself, and the wall art was fabric that I purchased on Etsy.com and wrapped around wood stretchers.

This room is full of love and I can’t help but just sit in it and imagine holding our little one in my arms. I hope you enjoy our little Max’s room as much as I do!

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Red hot Pink passion

by Anna on February 11, 2012

Happy Saint Valentine’s! Fly Design Studio is sharing some love :)

Have you ever realized how much we are physically and emotinally effected by color? It always amazes me! I was reminded of this yesterday while browsing the aisles of Target. Target is always top of their game when it comes to changing their inventory to reflect the seasons current holiday. February, of course, being the season of love. As I walked down the aisles I could feel myself becoming more and more excited and actually felt happier. I even sensed a stronger desire to buy/consume (as if it isn’t difficult enough for me to go into Target without purchasing $100 worth of STUFF!). How amazing is that?! A simple thing as color has such a significant effect on the human psyche. Keep reading below to find out more interesting info on how the colors of Valentine’s day (red and pink) effect us.

RED Physiological Effect: Red has been shown to increase blood pressure and stimulate the adrenal glands. The stimulation of the adrenals glands helps us become strong and increases our stamina. Its effect is physical; it stimulates us and raises the pulse rate, giving the impression that time is passing faster than it is. It relates to the masculine principle and can activate the “fight or flight” instinct. Red is strong, and very basic. Pure red is the simplest colour, with no subtlety. It is stimulating and lively, very friendly. At the same time, it can be perceived as demanding and aggressive.

Attributes: Courage, love, passion, strength, warmth, heat, energy, basic survival, ‘fight or flight’, stimulation, masculinity, excitement, defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain, appetite, seriousness, dignity, power.

PINK Physiological Effect: Pink, a lighter shade of red, helps muscles relax. Pink soothes, rather than stimulates. Pink can also become irritating and demasculating if there is too great exsposure.

Atributes: Tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species, unselfish love, romance, weakness, vulnerability, inhibition, calmness, protection, sweetness, gentleness, softness.

Now, take in some of this eye candy and let your emotions take you on a journey. Enjoy!

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Wee rooms for Wee-ones!

by Anna on January 11, 2012

Baby is on the brain! Here are some Wee-one rooms that have me inspired. Unlike the typical girly pink and powder blue rooms, these rooms have character and STYLE. I’m especially loving the bright white and natural vibe of some of these rooms. Almost all of these looks can easily be acheived on a budget….think Ikea, second hand shops, and DIY projects. You really don’t have to spend thousands on baby furniture to create a happy, comfortable, loving environment for your little one. Simplicity and creativity go a long way! 

(Stay tuned for March/April when you will find out how Maxime’s room turned out!) 

Which room is your favorite?

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got ikat?

by Anna on July 28, 2011

I’ve always been a lover of hippie looking things. It just runs in my blood. I always remember my mama wearing the most casual chic outfits (and I really don’t think she tried- she was just a natural fashionista). Flowing cotton dresses, worn leather jackets with fringe falling from the arms, moccasins, beaded turquoise jewelry, vintage tees, hand woven purses, strappy sandals, and braided hair… that was my mama. My love of natural textiles and and neutral colors is the outcome of hippie parents and Native American ancestry.

With that being said, I must introduce you to a type of fabric pattern called “IKAT.” A flame stitch-looking printed pattern that is normally shown on light weight to medium weight cotton. This pattern is reminiscent of hippie days and has the ulitmate southwest Native American feel. So to make sense of all of this I will break it down for you: I love hippie stuff and I love shoes. Therefore, I am obsessed with the shoes below :)

Which ones should I get?!

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Design: Love, Laugh, Lavender.

by Anna on June 29, 2011

One of the most inspiring parts of my travel in France was a cozy little place called La Maison Douce. It has charm oozing from its old chipped painted surfaces. I fell in love with the soft calming hues of lavender and earthy green paired with crisp white linens. The breakfast room was almost completely white with hints of black and gold. I got the sense that every detail was carefully considered. Everything had its purpose and place. There was a simplistic natural elegance; a feeling that you were home but still far away from all the craziness of life. I felt so grounded and at peace with my surroundings. Even the morning breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, toasted baguette, sliced cheese, yogurt, dried fruit and nuts, assorted jams and honey, and french pressed coffee gave the impression of ease but was filled with love and care. It was the absolute perfect blending of textures, colors, sounds, smells, and tastes to make my senses feel truely relaxed and on vacation.        

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