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Fun Nurseries-Fox 8

I hope you caught my appearance on Fox 8 WGHP last Friday. My topic was “Fun Nurseries”.  I brought lots of fun  nursery accessories purchased at Babies R Us. www.myFox8.com  www.babiesrus.com

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 with Cindy Farmer

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 with Cindy Farmer

I wanted to show the viewers how gender neutral nurseries can still be fun. I chose  Yellow and Gray and Aqua and  Pear Green.

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Before sonograms could tell you the sex of your baby, parents-to-be painted their nurseries yellow or green and used the Winnie the Pooh characters.  The yellow gender neutral nursery has been updated by using today’s new neutral, gray. Sheets with gray background and yellow -white modern patterns.  Stars are  prominent in the lamp, wall paper border and the Sweet Dreams wall art.  Felt covered hangers have made their way in nurseries.  They are no only for adults now!  Isn’t the yellow giraffe adorable!  Babies love the petite blankets with animal heads.  Happy Hippo!

Cheryl Hucks at Fox 8 WGHP

Cheryl Hucks at Fox 8 WGHP

Want more color for your little boy or girl?  Aqua and pear green are still neutral but with more color.  Bedding, wall plaques, and adorable mobiles will catch your little ones eyes and keep them entertained for a short time…while you do the laundry and dishes.

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Lamps with eye catching animals and patterned lampshades are an affordable addition to your nursery.  The portable diaper changing storage has places for diapers, lotions, wipes and a change of clothes.  Tucked into a pouch is a matching diaper changing mat.  Must have if you live in a two story house with the nursery on the top floor and the kitchen and living on the first floor.  Stuffed animals are another way to coordinate the color and theme of your nursery.

I used Raggedy Ann and Andy for nursery  colors and theme.  Pale blue walls, blue and white checked drapes, white furniture and of course, several Ann’s and Andy’s.  My accent color was red from the red yarn hair on the dolls.  At the time it was the perfect nursery theme for both a boy and a girl. I know it is difficult to resist knowing the sex of your newborn, but it can be fun decorating for the unknown.  Another reason to not have a gender specific nursery  is if you plan to have your children close together in age.  You could make any of my two examples more for feminine or masculine by adding a few accessories or color that are associated with the sex of your newborn.

 

Cheryl Hucks at Fox 8 WGHP with ACC Macots

Cheryl Hucks at Fox 8 WGHP with ACC Macots

Guess who I met at Fox 8?  The ACC mascots!  They were there to announce the men’s and women’s ACC tournaments in Greensboro, NC.

Cheryl

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Blackout Lining for Better Sleep

Cheryl Hucks, your DESIGN INTERPRETER with a couple of  questions: Are you getting a good night’s sleep?  Do you wake up several times a night?  Blackout Lining can be the answer to a more restful sleep.  Scientific studies have proven that too much light and certain color lights in your bedroom can effect your sleep.  I recommend to all my design clients to purchase ready made  or custom made drapery panels, roman shades, and roller shades with blackout lining. I think you can never make a bedroom too dark!  I cover all lights from DVRs, TVs, clocks, smoke detectors, computers, printers, phones, etc with black electrical tape.  I carry it with me when I travel. If I cannot cover the light with tape, I cover it with a black bath cloth.  Call me crazy, but I sleep all night without waking one time!  Your bedroom will be dark enough that bright sunshine will not wake you! I especially like blackout lining in nurseries and kids rooms.  When my grandchildren spend the night with me, they sleep later and usually say they have a better night’s sleep.  Rooms where you watch TV it can be a must.

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Drapery panels can be purchased at most any store that sells bedding, pillows and draperies.  These charcoal  grommet panels are contemporary and sleek.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/190137-insola-darcy-blackout-window-curtain-panels.html

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Did you think the drapery fabric had to dark? No way!  It is the blackout lining that makes it dark..not the outside drapery fabric color.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/298612-horizon-84-inch-insulated-blackout-grommet-top-window-curtain-panel-oyster.html

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

I had these gorgeous silk draperies with blackout lining made for clients whose bedroom windows faced  the morning sun  with it  reflecting on lake water.  You can see the lake out the window.  The traverse rod was mounted next to the crown molding.  Otherwise, the sunlight could have escaped out the top of the windows.

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

The only light that escapes is on the floor.   Beautiful custom made blackout lined draperies!  My client’s love their dark bedroom to get a great night’s sleep!

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Another way to not allow the light to escape the top of the windows is to hang valances above the panels.  This panel was hung as close to the ceiling as possible.  The valance was stapled onto a 2 x4  piece of wood.  The drapery panels have blackout lining.

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

What if you already have window treatments you love and have invested a lot money?  You can purchase or have blackout liners made that can be hung on a separate rod behind your existing drapes.

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/4900247/?catalogId=86&sku=4900247&bnrid=3318529&cm_ven=Google_PLA&cm_cat=Rugs_&_Windows&cm_pla=Curtains_&_Drapes&cm_ite=Blackout_Drape_Liner%2C_46_x_80%22&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=34-235352479-2

If you want to make your own blackout lined draperies,here is a link that shows you step by step.

http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com/2013/06/diy-curtains-with-blackout-lining/

Reasons why you should have blackout lining:

http://www.dunelm-mill.com/info/what-is-blackout-lining 

With a wealth of qualities to improve your sleep, treating your bedroom to an elegant pair of blackout curtains or investing in a smart blackout blind could have a big impact when it comes to getting
your forty winks.

We tend to associate sleeping comfort with temperature, support and softness, but blackout products bring something unique to the table. Their key purpose is to provide an efficient and effective barrier to stop external light sources from disturbing your sleep, plus a range of other benefits.

Blackout products are naturally best suited for use in the bedroom where being able to control light and temperature levels is imperative for quality of sleep, but blackout fabrics are also great for the living room if street lights or vehicle headlamps persistently shine through your window.

Beyond blackout: what else do they offer?

Light control is the headline story when it comes to blackout, but what else can they do to create a sanctuary of sleep? The special coatings and linings of blackout collection have a triple benefit system, of which the light exclusion that gives them their name is just the first.

Temperature control & thermal insulation
Blackout products also have the ability to regulate room temperature thanks to the added thermal insulation they offer. Thermal insulation is something we usually associate with keeping warm, and while blackout does offer an effective defence to keep chills out and warmth in when the temperature drops, it also keeps your home from suffering the effects of sweltering summer sun.

Far from a seasonal addition to your home, the special layer of lining or coating used to create blackout curtains and blackout blinds helps to keep your room cool on hot days, making them a handy ally to escape the summer heat. Draw your blackout curtains or lower your blackout roller blind during the day and the coating will create a barrier to the sun’s rays to keep your room cool.

Noise reduction
If you’ve ever been kept awake by irritating little noises from the street below that pull you back from the edge of blissful sleep, you’ll appreciate the noise reduction abilities of our blackout drapes.

The extra thick lining of our readymade blackout curtains helps to dampen noises, contributing further to the peaceful sanctuary you need when you are drifting off to sleep.

…and they’re ideal for children’s bedrooms
Most of our children’s curtains come with a blackout lining because it’s so important for your little ones to get the sleep they need. Babies and children need more rest than adults because their bodies and minds are still developing.

Our blackout curtains are perfect for creating the ideal sleep environment for your kids, as well as avoiding those ‘but it’s still light outside’ arguments at bedtime in the summer months.

If you need a better night’s sleep or want to eliminate cold, heat or noise, blackout lining is the perfect solution. It will not cost you a  lot and it will be well worth the investment!

Cheryl

 

 

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Nursery Designs That Last

Whether you are decorating a nursery for your first or fourth child, most parents want each child to have their own style or theme/  color nursery. The baby furniture options today are endless and many times more practical. If you are going to purchase new furniture, why not select a style and finish that can be used for several years? I love the new cribs that can be converted to a bed or daybed and changing tables that do double duty as a dresser. The good quality furniture that my husband and I purchased for our youngest son is now being used by his son! Spending a little more on your child’s first bedroom furniture can save you money.in a few years.

For years every nursery had a “theme” with bright colors. The latest trends have changed to more neutral rooms with soft pastels or pops of color. Unisex design is also popular.  If your budget does not allow you to purchase expensive furniture for your child’s nursery, 1-Shop in consignment and antique shops, 2- Search  E-bay or Craig’s list for used or sometimes new furniture 3- Ask relatives and  friends for vintage furniture they no longer want.  Many armoires, old dressers and chests can be painted or refinished in eco-green paint or stains that will not be harmful for your precious new baby. Regardless of price, cribs must meet industry standards.  If you have an older crib that allows the sides to drop, you can order conversion kits that will make the crib safe. The more comfortable and larger rockers and swivel chairs have replaced gliders and the uncomfortable rocking chairs that your parents used.

Here are few examples of the latest more neutral trends in nursery décor. If the basics are neutral,  change theaccessories, wall paint color, rugs and artwork to most any color.  Before long your child will want to express their own style and color preferences

Love the metallic stool with the cottagesStyle crib in this Pottery Barn Nursery!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

This Young America Nursery has a vintage touch with spinals and delicate trim work.

Young America

Young America

Iron cribs are back but in different finishes.  Lovely pewter finish crib  is paired with a hip mirrored chest by Restoration Hardware.

 

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

If you prefer a more feminine nursery for your little princess, pair pink or lavender delicate wallpaper  with ruffles and bows.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

This straight lined crib which can be converted to a single bed is paired with a mirrored French armoire.  Love the fur rug!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

As in all home décor, gray is the new neutral.  Restoration Hardware has paired a gray chest with an upholstered crib. I like that you can change the upholstery fabric to your little girl’s favorite color in a few years.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

This Restoration Hardware dark stained furniture would also be appropriate in a few years for any college bound son!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Pottery Barn’s dark wood crib with masculine straight lines is the perfect choice to grow with your little boy when it converts to a full size bed.  Great navy, white and green color theme!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Love, love this black dresser and crib.  The color combinations are endless!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Converted to a single bed with high sides to prevent your toddler from rolling onto the floor.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Years ago not many people would have decorated a baby boy’s nursery with a leather chair and oversized animal photos!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Maybe you already have a white crib or just prefer white for nurseries then this Pottery Barn nursery for your tiny baby boy can still have the African animal theme but with pastel blues, greens, grays and tans. Great chic gray and white chevron area rug, which can be used with most any color and for many years.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Gray chest and ottoman paired with a contemporary mirrored fretwork crib.  This very unusual crib may be a one of kind.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Gray Restoration Crib with clean straight lines and storage!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Converted to the perfect toddler bed!  No need for bed rails and the added storage feature!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

What mom or dad would not love to rock their sweet little one in this comfortable glider -rocker? Perhaps put your feet on the matching ottoman and take a quick and well deserved nap too!

Restoration Hardware

Pottery Barn

Need a little more style?  Love this rocker with nail heads!

Restoration Hardware

Pottery Barn

Chaise lounge could be the perfect choice for you.  My daughter-in-law uses the extended part of their chaise lounge to change my granddaughter’s diapers and dress her after bath time. A teenage girl would love this to text her friends.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Smaller and lower back rocker and ottoman by Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Hope you will be inspired to create a nursery for your new baby addition to your family using these photos as a guide for Nursery Designs that Last!

Cheryl

Links to furniture and photos featured in my blog:

http://www.rhbabyandchild.com/

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/shop/baby/

http://www.youngamerica.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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