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

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 

Happy Holidays from Blomma Designs

It's no secret that the holidays are my favorite time of year!  I love almost any winter outdoor activity as well as cozying up to a fire or wood stove with hot tea and warm slippers.  The holidays remind me of the fondest memories of childhood when I still believed in magic and the overwhelmingly happy sense of family and community that seem to be in abundance at this time of year.  I love to entertain and find reasons to dress up my table for an intimate meal.  I insist on fully embracing traditions (and much to Matt's dismay) I tend to start decorating our home before Thanksgiving arrives.  This year it has been so enjoyable to have our studio space that I can liven up with decor and get my festive juices flowing!  The season does seem a little bit more ethereal with a little one underfoot.  We've just put up our tree and spent many moments exclaiming at the "Christmas!" as our toddler has so aptly named our tree. I hope these photos inspire you to dress up your own home and start celebrating the season and traditions with those you love!  Happy Holidays from our family to yours!