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!

Resources:

Wallpaper - Etsy.com

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

Bookshelves - Amazon

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

Noelle and Daniel - A Romantic August Wedding

This wedding ended up being the absolute perfect day in August.  After a summer of what seemed like rain every single day for months, the sun finally came out and blessed this couple with 75 degree weather and the most beautiful outdoor wedding we all could have hoped for. Everyone on our staff even got a little bit of a welcome sunburn.

When planning both the logistics and design elements of this wedding the couple made it clear to us that two things were important, that it was as fun as it was beautiful. Their ceremony overlooked our gorgeous Alaskan mountain landscape. The reception tent was filled with romantic hues of white, pink, blush and overflowing greenery. Beautiful flowers, place settings and greenery runners and touches of lace adorned long farm style tables. Floral chandeliers hung from each tent peak. When thinking of the details, the words "delicate" and "romantic" come to mind. Not overdone, but just elegant enough to make the setting feel like the special celebration that it was.

There are almost too many details to mention from this day.  Noelle's father officiated. It's hard to describe, but watching a father bestow his advice and blessings (and even sharing some of the hard lessons he has learned in his own life and marriage) is so extremely touching and personal. There was so much love behind his words. Their dessert table was a mixture of items handmade by family and friends. And I have to state that I almost ate my weight of their family recipe of shortbread cookies!  Another extremely touching moment was when the bouquet toss turned into a surprise proposal for a bridesmaid. And let me tell you it was such an amazing thing to witness! There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd and none of the guests (or the bride to be) had any clue that it was going to happen until it did. I was hiding behind the DJ table trying not to sob of course.  And their "getaway car" was a helicopter.  I think that outdid any wedding exit we have ever seen!!  Only in Alaska do we get to have so much fun with weddings!

To Priscilla, Doug, Daniel and Noelle.  Thank you for opening up your hearts and your home to us! We are so thankful to have been a part of this process.  We wish the couple many many more happy years and memories to come!

Planning + Design - Blomma Designs

Photos - Relic Photographic

Florals - Bloomsbury Blooms

Rentals - Over the Top Tents

DJ & Photo Booth - OnDaGo DJ Entertainment

Catering - Peperoncinis Deli 

Wedding Cake - Midnight Sun Cakery

Venue - Private Residence

Winter Solstice Steampunk Wedding

I've been waiting for the perfect time to blog one of our FAVORITE weddings from last winter.  Well, the January throes of winter just a few weeks after their one year anniversary seems the perfect timing.  The darkness in Alaska can be challenging, but I'm one of those folks who embraces it and, in fact, loves how our seasons are so different and drastic. Bring on the frozen beauty!  

What more perfect day than the Winter Solstice to celebrate this couple's wedding?  Courtney came to me when they were about mid-way through the planning process.  They had a date, a venue and a photographer, but not much else.  In our first meeting we connected and I could feel that she was struggling with finding anything that was going to make her day feel special.  We spent time looking through photos, but when we parted I could tell that she was hoping for something more.  After another meeting and a whole lot of coffee and dreaming, I just had a hunch that a Steampunk theme was perfect for them, and it was.  I think we all had so much fun with this because not only was it something very different for Alaska, but it was also the couple's style to an absolute "T."  Is there anything better?  On the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year in Alaska, we fully embraced the beauty of winter, some outside of the box designs, and of course the beautiful love between Courtney and Mike.  Not a detail was left untouched.  Each table was themed to embrace the genre.  "The Timekeepers", "The Literary Minds",  "The Inventors", etc. And each centerpiece was a collection of beautiful florals, antiques and gadgets to reflect the table's theme.  Lots of industrial gadgets, coupled with soft stationary and laces, pearls and hints of purple and mixed metals, made this a great mixture of elegant and moody. The topsy turvy cake and the black chandelier that hung above their sweetheart table were two of my favorite design elements of the evening.  The most fun was seeing the guests find their table and look at all of the fun trinkets that were in their category.  It set the mood for the entire evening.  And they offered a lot of fun photo props!

We were so honored to plan and design such a memorable day for these two.  We realize that what we do takes not only trust, but a lot of vision to hand over something so important and let us run with it.  It was intimate, fun and let me tell you the dance floor was full until the very last song played out.  Even their grandparents stayed for the entirety and danced the night away!  (Cue the best surprise ever, the Groom's grandmother flew in as a complete surprise from down south to attend the wedding.) Courtney and Mike, you are a wonderful match and thank you so much for letting us take part in your wedding!  Congratulations on your first year of marriage!

Planning + Design - Blomma Designs

Photography - Relic Photographic

Florals - Bloomsbury Blooms

Draping + Lighting - Special Events Alaska

Venue - The Alyeska Resort

DJ - R&R Productions

Antiques - BeVintage Rentals

Hair and MUA - Roxanne from The Beehive Beaty Salon

Cake - Scott Fausz