Design a room around one print

Recently I was introduced to this beautiful alphabet print by Katie of It’s Hue I Love.

I immediately fell in love with the color story and was inspired to create a mood board of my fantasy nursery based on the palette.

  1. The original print from It’s Hue I Love
  2. For this,  my fantasy nursery, I wanted to go deep, glam with a touch of bold playfulness – the perfect background, this gorgeous gray – originally found over at Restoration Hardware!
  3. I liked the simple lines of this fixture from RHBaby and Child
  4. Always a sucker for the Mimosa fabric line at zGallerie, I thought these turquoise panels were the perfect bold statement to go with the room
  5. Since it is my FANTASY nursery and I don’t have to worry about anyone getting squashed, I would totally prop one of these gorgeous mirrors up along the wall…in real life, clearly you would attach it to the wall.
  6. This beautiful, iron crib from RHBaby and Child is the perfect cream color to coordinate with the print and would look striking against the deep gray walls
  7. I originally thought this plain green crib sheet would fit the bill…then I found THIS gorgeous sheeting at Serena and LilyWhat?!  It’s my fantasy…I can have someone make me a custom crib sheet from this twin set!
  8. Paired with Serena and Lily’s gorgeous leather pouf and…
  9. …this cutie patootie crib skirt from the Missoni line at Target, the crib could REALLY make a perfectly playful statement.
  10. Adding to the glam factor in this room are some shiny details  including this silver, leather tray for corral diapering accessories…every room deserves a little bling, whether it’s a fantasy room or not
  11. And because I like to combine aesthetics, I thought these Senegalese Storage Baskets were a great way to bring some more texture into the room
  12. Of course, the foundation for all of this HAS to be FLOR’s Modern Mix tiles in Moon.  The tone-on-tone works perfectly in this space
  13. For accessories, I really love these fun, gray owls from West Elm
  14. …and this chunky, cream, cable knit throw from Serena and Lily.
  15. I tend to think every room needs a little vintage, but against the dark walls, a walnut piece might be too dim.  With the trim painted in white like this one found over at Design*Sponge, you could have the best of mid-century modern while keeping the integrity of the dark walnut finish.
  16. Every nursery, fantasy or not needs toy storage and these coordinating shelves from Land of Nod are the perfect fit to round out our space.

Lastly, an occasional chair or a rocker or glider would fit well in this space…rather than the one pictured in the collage, however, I think I’m in love with this one instead:

So…have you planned out any fantasy spaces for your home lately?

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Behind the Scenes: Nursery photo shoot

We were lucky to have plenty of adorable babies on hand (thanks to what some might call a “FLOR baby boom” last year) to serve as models for a recent nursery photo shoot here in our offices.  Even though they may work at FLOR, these moms (and dads) are sold on the soft, practical ease of FLOR squares for their homes and their baby’s nursery.

While the office was a buzz cooing at our talent for the day, our design team went to work creating FLOR nursery look #1.

We love the wall decal our stylist chose.  It was a cinch to apply and easily comes off without ruining the paint, so you can use, re-use or add to your decal design any time you want.  We love the sleek, modern crib and the cool rocker (a vintage Eames Shell chair).  The teddy bear is vintage and totally adorable.

Everyone had a great time … and we got through the entire day without a single meltdown (thankfully)!

We wanted to keep everybody happy, so there were lots of quick “snack breaks”.  Our “model”, Miles, looks like he’s enjoying himself immensely.

Our design team used Toy Poodle to create a colorful patchwork design – perfect for boys or girls – with flexibility that can grow with your newborn into their toddler years, the tweens and beyond.

Toy Poodle is cushy and soft, which is an important consideration when choosing any kind of floorcovering for a baby’s room.  You don’t want something hard or bristly on those tender knees!

We love the final look.  It’s colorful, cozy, inviting and sophisticated enough to blend with the rest of your well-appointed home.

We created three other baby room designs that day.  Here are the results from those:

Look #2:  You probably wouldn’t think to put an Oriental rug in a baby’s nursery given what can happen.  But, FLOR’s version of Oriental means you don’t have to worry about messes or ruining an heirloom.  Shown here is Reoriented in pink.


Look #3:  We went with Modern Mix in blue to create a serene room for Camden.  It’s our version of a solid, updated.

Look #4:  A field of green in two textures is a look that you can only do with FLOR.  We mixed the plush shag of Rake Me Over with the clean look of Feelin’ Groovy for a textural twist.

Credits:  All cribs, dressers and bedding supplied courtesy of eco-minded Argington.  (We used a mix from their Sahara and Bam collections, both available in either ebony or white finish).  Wall decal and mobile from Land of Nod. Eames rocker from Pegboard Modern.  The teddy bears are vintage; the pink elephant comes from Soft Goods Design; and, the owl belongs to Miles.


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The 8th FLOR Series with Tereasa Surratt.

Now that we have moved our offices from the charming Western Chicago suburb of Elmhurst to the heart of downtown Chicago, we’re finding that more and more friends are finding time to stop by for coffee, lunch, a quick tour of our new digs or just to say “hello”.

With such an array of incredible design minds and personalities, we thought it would be great to share snip-its of those conversations with you.  We’re calling these collective interviews, The 8th FLOR Series.  We find these casual exchanges enlightening and inspiring, and hope you do too.

We’re pleased to launch this series with our friend and collaborator, Tereasa Surratt.

This author, blogger, designer, camp counselor (you’ll understand more in a second) has her hands in just about everything from advertising and commercial design to styling to home/property renovation to writing and blogging to … well,  you get the idea.

Tereasa’s first  book, A Very Modest Cottage, tells the tale of how she found and renovated an abandoned and dilapidated cabin into a charmingly beautiful guest cottage at Wandewega, (a quintessential resort/summer camp property in Wisconsin owned by Tereasa and her husband, David Hernandez).  In her latest book, Found, Free & Flea, Tereasa provides incredible hints and tips on how to redecorate on the tiniest of budgets by re-purposing old into new.


Learn what makes this self-labeled “obsessive compulsive collector” tick, see what inspires her and hear what’s next on her ever-growing “to do” list.

Tereasa’s unique design sense and knack for collecting, renovating and styling are truly inspiring to anyone looking to infuse a little bit of vintage yesterday into today’s modern aesthetic.

Read more about Tereasa and her design adventures at



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