Storybook Knits

14 Feb 19
The Contented Reader

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! In honour of this lovely holiday, it’s a perfect time to suggest some adult chick-lit novels that are perfect to read during the rest of February!

February is the perfect month to curl up with easy and fluffy romantic books, and I totally have you covered! If you’re more interested in young adult romance books, be sure to check out my post with 14 swoon-worthy recommendations!

06 Feb 19
m gets dressed

This is the third post in this series, where I walk through examples of turning fantasy style inspiration boards into more practical wardrobes that are cohesive but not repetitive. See the previous one, a circus style board translated to smart casual officewear + casual weekend outfits, here. In the original post, I didn’t build a […]

05 Feb 19
Kaatje Weiland

This January, my sister and I went to Tokyo to visit our cousin, and we had so much fun exploring this huge, beautiful city. Here is the scoop on some of my favorite places and restaurants, as well as a video of some of our highlights.

30 Jan 19
Pages and Pugs

SYNOPSIS There are the old stories. And then there’s what actually happens. Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks […]

27 Jan 19
m gets dressed

You’ve got a Pinterest board (or album on your phone or computer) full of beautiful photos that are such a mood and totally your goal aesthetic. There are runway photos and flavor images and stock photos and street style snaps. But it’s not obvious how to translate it to a collection of wearable pieces that […]

27 Jan 19
Sinful Pixels

Bee Designs. Refuge. ChiMia & Yokai. Hi! It’s another décor blog for you today! I am really enjoying doing these kind of posts, in my next post I have more beautiful décor for you so stay tuned! I have been adding and taking away from this set-up for a while now and I am very […]

23 Jan 19
East Bay Times
Once upon a time, inside a happy yellow house on a tree-lined street, there lived a storybook room. The neglected, atticlike space sat at the far end of the second floor, where almost no one went. I wanted to make this hideaway into a magical place for the littlest members of the family. (Question: If it’s my new husband’s kids who are having kids, does that make me a grandma?) I pictured the little munchkins — so far, two boys and two girls ages, nine months to nine years — going to G’Pa’s and Glamma’s (as we’ve come to be called) to play, stay, and – here’s where I grow mushy – to make happy, beautiful, lifetime childhood memories. I share my vision with DC. “We’ll put two adorable twin beds on either side of the window, and a toy chest beneath,” I tell him. “We’ll put a soft area rug between the beds for little bare feet to land on. We’ll get fabulous bedding that wraps them in a soft, warm hug.” “Aren’t you getting a little carried away?” DC asks. “They’re just kids. They won’t notice.” “Honey, this will be the room our grandkids remember us by.” “Just saying, I’m pretty sure they won’t care if the sheets are 300-thread count.” [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=coffeebreak” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] Finally, this month, more than a year after DC and I moved into the Happier Yellow House, my quest for a storybook room that lived up to my dreams got its fairytale ending. For anyone who wants to create a storybook room for the special little ones in their lives, here’s my formula, along with a few thoughts from my design friends, who, naturally, were on my side: Choose a gender-neutral palette: I chose a navy, white and apple green color scheme to suit both girls and boys. “Blues and green are the go-to gender-neutral colors in design, not just for kids, but also for husbands and wives,” said Beverly Hills designer Christopher Grubb. Create timeless appeal. The room’s main furniture — natural wood headboards adorned with carved birds — was neither too young nor too old. “By investing in timeless, classic, high-quality pieces and linens, you’ve created a room for kids of all ages, that these kids can grow up in and that has longevity,” said Florida designer Elaine Griffin. Dress windows lightly. Besides having wood blinds for privacy and light control, I put a non-fussy box-pleat valance over the room’s only window. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]Add fabulous bedding. I turned to Boll & Branch, makers of a luxury line of bedding that I’m addicted to, and found white cotton heirloom-quality quilts with a basket-weave stitch pattern, navy cable knit throws to drape at the foot of each bed, and Percale Simple Stripe Sheets in white and thin-striped navy. I propped against the headboard a feather-down sleeping pillow, then a quilted sham, and last a white sham with navy banding. The macramé-fringed cotton bed skirts from Ballard Design added a textural touch. After seeing a photo of the finished room, Grubb applauded the fact that the ample but not overdone bedding doesn’t upstage the headboards, which are the room’s focal point. Personalize it. Because who wouldn’t love to be a guest in a room that had their name on the pillow, I took the navy banded shams to a local monogram shop and had each of the four grandkids’ names stitched in the center in apple green block letters. Don’t skimp on the kids. “Kids are never too young to appreciate style, design and quality,” says Griffin. They may not understand right away, but eventually they will, and, as I told DC, if I’m remembered as the Glamma who established in them a love of style, design and décor, that wouldn’t be so bad. Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of three home and lifestyle books, including “Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save, What to Let Go”. She can be reached her at www.marnijameson.com
23 Jan 19
The Mercury News
Once upon a time, inside a happy yellow house on a tree-lined street, there lived a storybook room. The neglected, atticlike space sat at the far end of the second floor, where almost no one went. I wanted to make this hideaway into a magical place for the littlest members of the family. (Question: If it’s my new husband’s kids who are having kids, does that make me a grandma?) I pictured the little munchkins — so far, two boys and two girls ages, nine months to nine years — going to G’Pa’s and Glamma’s (as we’ve come to be called) to play, stay, and – here’s where I grow mushy – to make happy, beautiful, lifetime childhood memories. I share my vision with DC. “We’ll put two adorable twin beds on either side of the window, and a toy chest beneath,” I tell him. “We’ll put a soft area rug between the beds for little bare feet to land on. We’ll get fabulous bedding that wraps them in a soft, warm hug.” “Aren’t you getting a little carried away?” DC asks. “They’re just kids. They won’t notice.” “Honey, this will be the room our grandkids remember us by.” “Just saying, I’m pretty sure they won’t care if the sheets are 300-thread count.” [dfm_iframe src=”https://apps.mercurynews.com/newsletters-signup/?campaign=coffeebreak” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] Finally, this month, more than a year after DC and I moved into the Happier Yellow House, my quest for a storybook room that lived up to my dreams got its fairytale ending. For anyone who wants to create a storybook room for the special little ones in their lives, here’s my formula, along with a few thoughts from my design friends, who, naturally, were on my side: Choose a gender-neutral palette: I chose a navy, white and apple green color scheme to suit both girls and boys. “Blues and green are the go-to gender-neutral colors in design, not just for kids, but also for husbands and wives,” said Beverly Hills designer Christopher Grubb. Create timeless appeal. The room’s main furniture — natural wood headboards adorned with carved birds — was neither too young nor too old. “By investing in timeless, classic, high-quality pieces and linens, you’ve created a room for kids of all ages, that these kids can grow up in and that has longevity,” said Florida designer Elaine Griffin. Dress windows lightly. Besides having wood blinds for privacy and light control, I put a non-fussy box-pleat valance over the room’s only window. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]Add fabulous bedding. I turned to Boll & Branch, makers of a luxury line of bedding that I’m addicted to, and found white cotton heirloom-quality quilts with a basket-weave stitch pattern, navy cable knit throws to drape at the foot of each bed, and Percale Simple Stripe Sheets in white and thin-striped navy. I propped against the headboard a feather-down sleeping pillow, then a quilted sham, and last a white sham with navy banding. The macramé-fringed cotton bed skirts from Ballard Design added a textural touch. After seeing a photo of the finished room, Grubb applauded the fact that the ample but not overdone bedding doesn’t upstage the headboards, which are the room’s focal point. Personalize it. Because who wouldn’t love to be a guest in a room that had their name on the pillow, I took the navy banded shams to a local monogram shop and had each of the four grandkids’ names stitched in the center in apple green block letters. Don’t skimp on the kids. “Kids are never too young to appreciate style, design and quality,” says Griffin. They may not understand right away, but eventually they will, and, as I told DC, if I’m remembered as the Glamma who established in them a love of style, design and décor, that wouldn’t be so bad. Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of three home and lifestyle books, including “Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save, What to Let Go”. She can be reached her at www.marnijameson.com
22 Jan 19
Her Heritage

Hey all! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a yarn-er for life…I always have some yarn in my purse, so beware—if you leave me waiting anywhere for more than five minutes, I will start knitting or crocheting. 😉    Somewhere around ten years ago, my mom and I were both sick and needed […]

22 Jan 19
m gets dressed

When I first decided to do the whole ~find a style, curate my wardrobe~ thing in 2016, I didn’t have much of a style to speak of, I didn’t know what I had, and I didn’t know what I liked or didn’t like. Heck, I didn’t even know what I actually looked like in most […]

20 Jan 19
Magical Storybook

Old Granny Wheeler When I was a kid, everyone treated elderly people differently than they do today. Today we put them in nursery homes and wrap them up in bubble wrap, afraid they will break like glass. We decide what they can and can’t do, and then we forget them. But back, before I grew […]

18 Jan 19
Yeezy + Penelope + Duke Julio

Tell us about yourself! My real name is Charlee, but I mainly go by Chuck! Some of my nicknames are Chucky, Chucky Duck, and weirdly Boogie. I’m also Insta famous and you can follow me on Instagram @chuck.the.duck. I’m 11 years young and live in Chicago, Illinois I have a kitty sister named Stevie and […]

13 Jan 19
lesleyjonesberry

A few days ago it was announced that John Burningham has died.  He wrote and illustrated children’s books and was the illustrator of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, the book by Ian Fleming which became even more famous in a musical film version.  As is often the case when a figure who featured in my own childhood dies, my […]

05 Jan 19
chavbrown

I would read to my sister sometimes, when she was little, whenever I was feeling particularly tender and in need of storybook familiarity with my family. My parents never read to me. I read to myself at night. I do not resent them this. I wish I had read more. The power of a voice […]