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

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.

In Progress: Everything!

We've been busy bees around here which is a great way to start 2015! We are SO CLOSE to having some finalized projects to style and shoot I can taste it, but in the meantime, we'll share the details of our daily grind. 

A coffee shop! We are knee deep in barstool selections, wood samples, and light fixtures and we've never been better. 

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Boxes galore! A Revive for Sach, Rehab for Linda, and Revive for Connie, all different styles with individual focuses. 

Beautiful new furniture and textiles are arriving for our client Leah which you can read about here  and we'll be setting the below corner gallery wall at a lovely client's home in New York this week. (Which we have yet to talk about but are very excited to share!)

Our clients in Connecticut are getting some built in bookshelf action and then some. 

A bright and classic Nantucket style bathroom finished by Diane Schmunk IDS is newly photographed!

AND we have a nursery to decorate! Miss Lauren, the other Schmunk family sister, is expecting a little one in August and the first thing we did when we found out was start an inspiration board.  Of course. 

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We're very thankful to have lots on our plate at the start of this year. Stay tuned for updates to our portfolio and check out this page if you want in on the action!