before + after: a modern nursery

What's the best gift a mom (me, Diane) and a sister (Emily) could get for Christmas? Last year, Rehabitat's daughter/sister/marketing manager did just that by announcing a B-A-B-Y! And the first thing mom and sister did upon receiving this wonderful news? pin, pin, pin, design, design, design . . .

First things first! (Check out the before and in-progress pics here.) Walls were painted a fresh, cheerful white, courtesy of Pops. A traditional rug in a non-traditional color carefully chosen, the crib mobile meticulously designed. Add a comfy rocker, a repurposed dresser/changing table, a natural crib (from Ikea no less), and DIY curtains. Voila! A perfect room for baby on a budget. BUT, no nursery is complete without gifts of love:  alphabet cards hand written with personal wishes and strung on the wall, ink drawn pictures of home by Daddy, a huggable giraffe handcrafted by Didi, Auntie's personal styling touches, and of course, an adorable and healthy B-A-B-Y! 

And so this Christmas, we get an even better gift . . .  Mr. Owen happily singing to his animal friends.

Behold a GIF! Auntie Em's magic styling (even though I star in the film): 

 
 

*photography by Carolina Mariana for Rehabitat

introducing our pillow shop!

You guys! Our shop is open! We're thrilled to finally share our vision for these vintage, one-of-a-kind, unique pillows and make them accessible to everyone on the internets! To celebrate, we're going give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, for-your-eyes-only look at the process behind these puppies. And also show you a lot of pretty photos. 

We're always scouring at the nearest flea market, antique mall or vintage store and we've come across some pretty great fabrics along the way. Inspiration from the beautiful, vintage prints paired with our love for pillows, spawned the idea for our own shop, which will always have a unique style and changing product. As long as you, my dear kind sweet reader, create the demand. WINK WINK WINK. Cough* go buy some* Cough. 

We started off by having custom pillows made out of our found fabrics for clients here and there, and realized along the way how much we love designing and specifying how each one should look. It's proven to be quite hands on, which is very gratifying. We chose a lovely linen for the back and a brass zipper that we especially love exposed, map each individual pillow for the best pattern placement possible and once made, style and take pictures!  

Thank you for coming to our internet launch party, now go see the shop for yourselves and enjoy browsing! 

In progress: Lauren + Alex's Nursery

Rehabitat was moonlighting in Chicago late last week to throw a baby shower bash for Miss Lauren, due in August. And we had the best weekend. Babies are in the air! (If only literally, amirite?) So we thought now is as good a time as ever to share our design board for Lauren + Alex's colorful-yet-gender-neutral nursery. Of course there's a little pink here and there because, PINK. And generally we feel passionate about not limiting specific colors to specific baby genders because, well thats boring. 

Lauren and Alex have a great room already started with fresh white walls begging for fun art, built-in shelving that fits perfectly in a little nook and lots of space to show off lots of cute baby schtuff. We had a really great time organizing and styling and making baby mobiles and laying around eating left over baby shower desserts. We were even lucky enough to have baby Drew keep us seriously entertained with his unbearably cute smiles and hilariously typical baby coos and giggles. It was a baby filled weekend, to say the least. Check out the below photos for a glimpse of the shower we threw, the unfinished nursery and the mobile we made! 

Oh! And here are some "befores" of the room when it existed as a guest room/ craft room. Please excuse the poor quality! Already, the new white walls make the room feel twice the size and so so fresh.

When in Yucatán

It's been a tough week amigos. Getting back into the groove after a dream vacation is HARD! Why don't we have someone to serve us huevos rancheros and margaritas every morning in real life!? And si señora, the two go together wonderfully whilst overlooking the white sandy beach through tall palms waving at us in the breeze. After battling the severe depression that comes with returning through JFK customs into the November overcast and sea of wintery black coats (too soon people!), I sat down to compile all the inspiration from the beautiful Yucatán and realized I didn't take nearly enough photos. 

 terracotta tiles | mexican blanket | equipale chair

Naturally, there was something to be inspired by everywhere we looked. I love how coconuts are utilized in every way possible- for landscaping barriers, as plants once germinated, in the sand, as drinks, etc. Equipale furniture (the iconic, authentic, historical, hand-crafted tables and chairs made of pig skin and cactus fibers that last forever) only look better with age. And the cacti! So many varieties. The patterns and color (in this case, of Mayan descent) in the tile and textiles are just lovely. Everything is so colorful and pretty, I cry and Kyle looks at me funny.

P.S. The two framed photos above are from our trip. It's always a great idea to bring along a nice camera so you can have good quality prints. Hashtag hindsight. 

mixing + matching: ikats

Listen, I love Fall too, everyone. Thank goodness for Dahlias and apple fritters (mums can go to hell in a handbasket). But wouldn't it be so much better if Fall were followed by Spring and then Summer? So basically, I should just move to California and be happy for the rest of my life, right? My escape from this apple fritter-less dreary fall day are these brightly colored, whimsical fabric combos. Those pink velvets never get me down. 

Today, we discuss the great Ikats of the world. (That's eee-kahht, unfortunately for me as I've only been pronouncing it every other possible way.) Eee-kahhts are your friend. They go great with the other geometrics, solids, florals, textures and there's one for every style! Proof is in the pudding folks. See example A+B.  Both colorful and fun with a wide variety of complementary fabric styles and none of which will turn all cloudy and chilly on you after a few months.