Artful Winter Bouquet

We’re just getting back from spending a few weeks traveling in the desert, and it’s so hard to readjust to snow and the low gray clouds hanging overhead. I’m feeling so refreshed as an artist, a business owner, a mother and a friend. It’s funny how travel and time away have that effect on me. My feet are weary and tired, but my soul feels happy and full again.

We’ve been making changes at Blomma Designs and forging into new territory. It’s scary and vulnerable, but there is something so freeing about doing what you feel passionate about and letting those doors swing wide open while others close. We typically take the winter off after the whirlwind of summer, but I had a longing to create with all of the beautiful blankets of snow we’ve had this season. I used a new technique for this bouquet that will continue to be a work in progress. It was challenging, but very worth the effort. My ingredients were fresh, dried, and some in between - as that’s exactly where we are in the seasons. We’re in that funny time of the throes of desolate winter, but things are slowly giving signals that they will come to life soon enough. That was my inspiration for this. We’re caught in that feeling of “half life” in winter when the sun starts rising earlier, it seems like birds are singing again and there’s a promise that our world will open up into spring once again……….

Floral + Design + Styling - Blomma Designs

Photos - Anne Marie Moran Photo

Gown - Willowby Watters c/o Bateau Bridal Boutique

Topper - Miss Stella York

HMUA + Model - Crystal Urban

A Blomma Designs Nursery Redoux

Talvi’s room is probably my favorite room in our entire house. Maybe it’s because she’s the baby in our family, or maybe it’s the labor of love that went into the wallpaper. Regardless, we often find excuses to spend time in her room.

We waited to redecorate her nursery until after she arrived. This was for many reasons, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not aloud to decorate or choose paint colors when my hormones are wacky. That’s a long story for another day! I chose a simple, minimal and soft color palette for the nursery. We had some time to get to know our sweet Talvi Rue before creating her room, and this suits her perfectly. She’s a bundle of loving kindness and we all can’t get enough. Even her big sister if you can believe it!

A few things about the thought process and how I selected items. The hardest part of making any room feel whole or cohesive is the finishing touches. The wallpaper is the statement, and really we didn’t need to add much more as it warms up the room so nicely. We chose white walls to offset the floral pastels in the wallpaper, and soft white draping for her window and her closet. Again, spend the money on a smart closet system. You won’t regret it!

The Wallpaper: If you read our previous blog about Kiersa’s toddler room, you’ll know that we used an actual wallpaper product there. This room is different. The wallpaper you’re seeing is actually a custom made-to-size mural. It’s a semi-permanent peel and stick (although it is thicker and almost nicer than the wallpapers we have used in the past!). There was approximately a week of mudding, sanding, more mudding and more sanding to get this wall smooth. The curse of the late 60’s wall texture! From there we hung the paper that came in 4 large sheets. With the help of my dad, we almost had WWIII getting this hung because it is the stickiest substance on the planet. It was WORTH IT! And our marriage survived.

Little Details: As stated in my previous post, I like to add details that have meaning to any room in our house. The mini rocking chair was Matt’s when he was a baby. It’s circa the late 70’s and wonderful. Talvi loves to climb in and rock away! I made her a wall hanging from Homer Spit driftwood and scrap lace, silk ribbon and yarn. She was there when we picked up the driftwood on the beach and it’s a place that’s very meaningful to our family. The hung photo is the second of two (which I mentioned in the previous blog) that I purchase at an art museum in Minneapolis in my twenties. I knew they would grace the walls of my children’s rooms someday, and here they are. The bookshelves are one of my favorite details. It makes so much sense to save room and declutter your floor space by using hanging shelves.

Take a look around and we hope you’ll love her room as much as we do!


Wallpaper -

Crib/Changing Table - IKEA via Shop and Deliver by LuLu

Bookshelves - Amazon

Kiersa's Toddler Room

A few weeks ago we posted a poll on Instagram to see if there was any interest in blogs sharing how we redecorated the two bedrooms in our home for our leading ladies. We had a great response so I wanted to share with you these two little pieces of heaven that we’ve created in our VERY basic home. We’ll start with Kiersa’s toddler room.

First of all, I’m a minimalist at heart. Especially when it comes to children. I feel that less is better and their little imaginations thrive when there isn’t an overabundance of trinkets and toys. I also appreciate my feet and not tripping over loads of junk everywhere in my home! Minimal and functional were extremely important aspects of this room.

When creating Kiersa’s space we wanted something appropriate for a toddler that was also a bit dreamy and whimsical. One of our favorite things to do is read books before bed, so her bed was a focal point as we spend so much time there everyday. Matt and I found a few “house bed” blueprints on Pinterest, and then we modified them a little bit so that she has a full size twin mattress to grow in to. Matt also reinforced the bed very well, as it’s frequently used as a jungle gym. I opted for sheer silk draping and twinkle lights at the head of the bed. It’s so dark during the Alaskan winter that it helps create a soft and cozy feel to her room when most of the day is spent in darkness.

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Her wallpaper makes me so HAPPY every single day. We chose one large accent wall for the wallpaper, and painted the remaining walls a softer bright pink. The wallpaper is a tough task when you have textured walls, so there were days upon days of applying mud, sanding, applying more mud and sanding. Thank you 1980’s said no one ever! This is not for the faint of heart but so so so worth it!

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Because we love minimal, we kept the rest of her room basic and functional. A simple bookshelf, dresser and we dressed up her closet just a bit. If I can give anyone a piece of advice, it is to invest in a smart closet system. It seems as if you can neatly fit three times the items in it and it always looks tidy. I enjoy being able to locate things when I need them - organization is the stuff that dreams are made of. Matching bins and soft sheer curtains (as opposed to doors) make the closet blend nicely with the room.

Last but not least, I’m a sucker for small details, textures and key pieces that make a room feel unique. If you can believe it, I purchased artwork about 10 years ago that I just knew would end up in my daughter’s room one day. Lo and behold, I held on to these pieces and one of them now hangs in Kiersa’s room with the other in her sister’s. We have a Dala horse as an homage to Matt’s heritage and the soft faux fur rug keeps your toes cozy. I made a hanging piece from scraps of ribbon, lace and silk and an embroidery hoop and I used drapery tassels to tie the sheer fabric around the bed. I get asked often where I get things, and usually I’ve just reimagined something simple and accessible to be used in a creative way. I’m so thankful for such a wonderful space to play, roughhouse and make memories in!

And there you have it! Thanks for following along on our adventures and I’ll be sharing Talvi’s nursery next. Follow along on Instagram and Pinterest for more ideas and inspiration.

Shop this Look:

Wallpaper - Spoonflower

Bed - Pinterest

Bedding, Closet Bins, Dresser - Target

Rug - IKEA

Sarah and AJ - Elegant Farm Wedding in Alaska

Sarah and AJ’s wedding is high up on our list and quite possibly one of our favorites! These two were married on the Groom’s family farm which made it all the more special. The Bride is originally from Florida and we connected almost instantly via our love of the finer details and the feeling that elegance pairs perfectly with wild Alaska.

We were honored to offer this couple full event design including floral and some very fun installations that hung in their reception barn. There are so many aspects that I loved about this day. The couple’s color palette, the juxtaposition of formal and casual and the deep roots of the farm that made this day so meaningful to their families coming together and celebrating their union. Prior to the wedding we spent a day on the farm cutting down trees that would then become their chuppa. We collected pieces of almost 100 year old wood for their signs. And we probably overstayed our welcome a few times because we just wanted to hang out with the cows in the pasture! We spent hours pining over the right florals and colors and textures that would look perfectly in place on the farm. It was nothing short of a delight.

We hope you’ll enjoy reliving this day through photos as much as we do. To Sarah and AJ - thank you for letting us be such a big part of this day and entrusting us with creating your wedding vision. We wish you many many years of love and adventure together!

Design/Floral/Installations/Decor - Blomma Designs

Photography - That Feeling Co.

HMUA - Hair by Jenn