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

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

Holiday Entertaining Part 2 - The Best (and easiest) hor d'oeuvre - Baked Brie

This Holiday season we're determined to bring entertaining back home!  In part 2 of our Holiday Entertaining Series I'm sharing a favorite - Baked Brie.  Whether you're hosting, or you have to bring something to share for a holiday event, baked brie is my go-to choice.  It's as easy as it is delicious!  There are a plethora of variations, and it's really hard to mess this up short of baking it too long.  The best part is that it is decadent and always one of the first dishes to go at any gathering I've shared it with others.  I'm going to share with you my two favorite ways of creating this dish.

#1 Baked Brie with Blackberry Compote and Spiced Mixed Nuts:

Don't feel intimidated by the name!  In the kitchen this took me less than 45 minutes total, and if you want to cheat you can buy pre-made mixed nuts at the store to cut your time to almost nothing.  Find a nice platter or cake stand to plate it on and serve it with salty and crunchy crackers for a nice balance of sweet and savory.  

You will need:

  • 1 cup mixed nuts (I like to use pecans and pistachios)

  • ½ tablespoon butter, melted and cooled

  • 1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt or pink Himalayan sea salt

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (don't go overboard!)

  • 3 cups blackberries - set aside 1 cup for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 8 oz wheel of Brie cheese

  • Crackers for serving

  • Fresh Rosemary to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. If you're making your own mixed nuts, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place nuts on the sheet and toast for 12 minutes or until they smell toasty.

  3. While they are roasting, mix together the butter, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.

  4. Place the hot mixed nuts into the mixture and stir to evenly coat. Spread the nuts back onto the baking sheet on a single layer and bake for another 10 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

  5. In a medium saucepan, heat the blackberries, lemon juice, honey, and vanilla on medium heat. Be sure to stir regularly. As you notice the berries liquify, turn the heat up to medium. Continue to stir and cook over medium heat until it has the constancy of syrup.

  6. Carefully slice away the top of the Brie rind and discard it. Leave the sides intact. Bake for 15 minutes or until melted through and you can see it slightly bubbling.

  7. Top the baked Brie with blackberry compote and mixed nuts mixture.

  8. Garnish with the remaining blackberries and fresh rosemary.

  9. Serve immediately with crackers.

  10. You will have extra blackberry compote. I love to serve this over crepes and pancakes on the weekend with some fresh whipped cream! The compote will keep for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

 

#2 Baked Brie En Croute: 

This is THE easiest recipe in the world!  If you need something that is just as decadent but a little bit quicker, I would recommend this.  It's also easy to transport if you need something delicious to bring to your next holiday party.  To be honest, I rarely use a recipe for this and improvise with ingredients all the time as it's pretty fail safe.  Your filling can be salty or sweet and the type of Brie I use is whatever I find readily available at the grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • 1 8 oz wheel Brie cheese

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (package comes with 2 sheets)

  • Your filling of choice (here I re-used the blackberry compote)

  • crackers for serving

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Lay the puff pastry out on buttered or greased cookie sheet. Place the Brie in the center of the pastry. Spread your filling of choice on top of the Brie in a thick layer. Gather up the edges of the dough and evenly wrap around the Brie. Gently press down on the dough ends at the top to ensure that you have a solid seal.  I always do a full 360 view of the Brie to ensure there are no holes in the pastry as you don't want your filling to leak and burn in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes until pastry is golden brown.

Other ideas for fillings are any jellies, preserves, nuts and fresh berries and I particularly know that my family favors a spicy hot pepper jelly that we buy at Costco.  It's the perfect combination of spicy, sweet and salty!

Whether you're a novice or a pro in the kitchen, both of these recipes are delightful.  We hope you're inspired to try one for your next gathering!  Happy holidays from Blomma Designs!

 

Photos - Erica Rose Photography