Get to know Joanne Laipson of Checkerboard!

JoanneCheckerboard brings you an extensive collection of personalized home accessories allowing you to create custom, one of a kind art and decor. Featuring high quality and modern designs, this collection has everything from nursery art to personalized placemats. Family owned and founded in 1989, Checkerboard has been providing families with personalized home decor for over two decades. With such an amazing standard of quality in their products we couldn’t wait to introduce you on a more personal level. Everyone, meet Joanne Laipson, Vice President of Checkerboard!

Name: Joanne Laipson
Business: Checkerboard Lifestyle

How would you define the style philosophy of your work?
Checkerboard has been known for three generations as a leading fine stationery manufacturer. Our fine personalized invitations and announcements have helped people celebrate life’s major events in a unique way for years. Checkerboard’s reputation for personalized and customized products beyond stationery is the premise behind our newest offering, Checkerboard Lifestyle. We understand extraordinary design and personalization and have created “made-to-order” lifestyle, gift and home décor objects of refined beauty.
CheckerboardWhy did you choose to create children’s art as well as home decor?
We’ve been well known for our birth announcements and children’s birthday party invitations for years and for this reason, we feel we have a unique understanding of what parents want from a design perspective to celebrate their child. Moving into décor with our designs for kids is a natural evolution.

What is your favorite part of your daily work when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
We’re incredibly lucky to be in the business of happiness. Whether our products are purchased for one’s own use or as a gift, we continually hear that our products surprise and delight. What a fun thing to be able to do everyday!
PillowsWhat sets your products apart from others in your industry?
Well, we think are design aesthetic is pretty special. We’re on trend but not too trendy. Our products can live happily in your home for years, not just one season. And, Rosenberry Rooms offers a great selection of our personalized products. There is nothing that puts a smile on a child’s face (or a Mom’s face, for that matter) than something personalized just for them. And at a reasonable price!

If you had to pick a favorite piece from your collection, what would it be?
Boy, one is not easy to do. Let me give you a few for different purposes. For a gift for a newborn, I love the Baby Banner throw pillow (and the Baby Bunting wall décor). Totally fun, great colors, simple and clean aesthetic.
ArtMy father collects anything that is ‘Elephant’ so a gift of our wall art item for him was a big hit. Our Zoo wall art collection showcases all different type of zoo animals from crocodiles to zebras. And, for each animal, their unique attributes are highlighted. For example, did you know that elephants have a way of using their ears to regulate their body temperature? I’d put a piece from the Zoo Collection on my wall just because it looks good but other folks might buy it as a learning tool (plus it looks good)!
crikeyFinally, I have our Urban Chic placemats at my home and I use them for dinner parties. My guests love them and of course, the personalization knocks socks off!
PlacematsDo you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming designs or introductions to your line?
We have some new designs particularly for kids and babies coming soon. Emily of Rosenberry Rooms gave us feedback on many of these designs while they were in planning stage. We look forward to launching them soon on Rosenberry Rooms!

Now Just for Fun:
Favorite Food:
Probably the better question is what food don’t I like? We really love to entertain and I try to prepare something I’ve never tried before at every dinner party. It’s called living dangerously. You never know what might happen but I’ve had surprisinglyfew disasters. But the few I’ve had have been pretty spectacular disasters – fortunately with good friends!

Favorite TV Show: This week it is House of Cards. Ask me again next week.

Favorite Movie: I loved Hugo. Great story and equally beautifully filmed.

Favorite Weekend Activity: I’m a hiker. I take my little Border Terrier and head for the hills.

Favorite Band: Well, I suspect I will disappoint here. I think I was born in the wrong era. I’m not a current music buff. Give me a little Frank Sinatra or Etta James and I’m happy.

Renditions by Reesa Giveaway!

It’s almost the weekend! What perfect time for another giveaway and this one is extra adorable for all the little girls out there! Renditions by Reesa is giving away one of their beautiful embellished wall hangings that are a perfect fit for a princess! This scroll-like artwork is a great addition to your little one’s nursery and will announce her presence in your home and your life.

One of these four wall hangings could be yours! Entry details below!

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To win, please enter using Rafflecopter below. The contest ends January 30. A winner will be selected using a random number generator and announced on our Facebook page and in the comments below. The winner’s shipping address must be located within the 48 contiguous United States.

Good luck everyone!

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Enter to Win a Wall Decal from ADzif!

Yes, it’s true… another fabulous giveaway is here! Enter to WIN a wall decal of your choice from the new Cara Carmina collection from ADzif!

ConcoursCara-580Image2 Image1 Image3 To win, please enter using Rafflecopter below. The contest ends January 20. A winner will be selected using a random number generator and announced on our Facebook page and in the comments below. The winner’s shipping address must be located within the 48 contiguous United States.

Good luck everyone!

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Win a Designers Guild Shopping Spree!

We are so excited about our latest giveaway with Designers Guild! One lucky winner will receive $300 in prizes toward Designers Guild products at Rosenberry Rooms!

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The Designers Guild line of coordinated bedding, pillows, blankets, and rugs incorporates creativity and innovation with the highest level of quality. With Designers Guild products, you will find unexpected color palettes, unusual details, and modern motifs with a vintage flair – everything you need to decorate your child’s room!

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Prize Includes:

A $300* shopping spree to be used toward Designers Guild products on RosenberryRooms.com

*If shopping spree exceeds the given amount, winner agrees to pay the difference.

There are multiple ways to enter through the widget below. The more entries you have, the better your chances of winning! We will randomly select a winner  on November 20th after the giveaway ends at 3 p.m. EST. Good luck!

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New & Notable Kid’s Room Decor!

Fresh and fun decor for kids’ rooms has arrived at Rosenberry Rooms! We are so excited about the new additions and wanted to share with you a few of our favorites. Everything from storage bins to bookends to beanbags, our colorful collection of decor is sure to spark your little one’s imagination and serve practical and functional purposes for you!

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1. Believe and Dance Bookends 2. Alphabet Monsters Throw Pillow 3. Helly Friends Quatrefoil Magnet Board 4. Giraffe Hanging Wall Organizer 5. Script Initial Solid Wall Clock 6. Mini Bull Sky Blue Bean Bag Chair 7. Little Birdies Light Switch Plate Cover 8. Animal Canvas Storage Bin 9. White Scalloped Wall Picture Frame 10. You Are Loved Canvas Wall Art

When it comes to decorating children’s rooms, it’s the little details that really stand out. The whimsical characters present in some of these pieces are playful and fun for your little one and fit in perfectly with your nursery or kids’ room themes. The sweet sayings and inspirational words make a room feel extra special and full of love. To shop these colorful decor items and more, visit RosenberryRooms.com!

A Nautical Nursery by HGTV’s Erinn Valencich!

Rosenberry Rooms had the pleasure of working with Erinn Valencich of Erinn V Design Group and design expert for HGTV on a nautical inspired nursery design! Erinn was creating the room for a close friend who wanted a preppy, tailored design with a nautical touch. Erinn was first inspired by our Coastal Living Etagere by Stanley Furniture and used this piece as the basis for her design. With a navy, white and red color palette and various other furnishings and decor elements from Rosenberry Rooms, the room came together beautifully! I’m so thrilled to share the images of the completed nursery and also a little more about Erinn’s background and what inspired her to become an interior designer.

Enjoy!

In this shot, you see the Luxe Glider by Jennifer Delonge, the MyHaven Double Dresser with Changing Station by Young America and the Stars Nightstand by Alligator Enterprise. What nautical themed room is complete without some maritime wall art? On the walls are the Anchor, Life Ring and Sailboat Framed Canvas Reproductions by Doodlefish.

I love the star-shaped drawer knobs on the nightstand!

The gorgeous crib is the Built-to-Grow Crib by Young America placed in between two of the Coastal Living Etageres which inspired the design of the space. The Classic Compass Rug by Nejad Rugs really pulls the theme together!

Darling details such as the Dachshund Bookends by Jonathan Adler and the Personalized Storage Bins from The Macbeth Collection help to add style and functionality to the space.

And now, a little more about the designer of this gorgeous nursery, Erinn V.!

What inspired you to become an interior designer, and ultimately to found Erinn V Design Group?

I have always loved homes and design. As a small child I was designing my perfect horse farm, and would spend hours getting the scale just right of the barn, and the size of the stalls, and figuring out how many horses I could fit in a certain direction.  This of course grew to designing my first apartment, at which point friends would come and visit and say “you should be an interior designer!” and it all started there.

With one client, I started my business, which grew by my own PR and marketing skills.

I have since opened my first store, Erinn V Maison in Los Angeles that sells my furniture collection and an assortment of curted rugs, accessories, lighting, art, etc.

What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?

My favorite part of the day is creating a new design project. I love starting a new project and diving in to figure out what the vibe will be as well as what the needs of the project are.

What is your most memorable design project?

I am currently building a 24 million-dollar home in the Sunset Strip area of LA. This is definitely so far my most memorable project because of the scale as well as the architectural integrity. We are lucky to have Belzberg architects on the project, and a great team all around!

If you could design a space for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Justin Bieber.

What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?

The fabric show in Lake Como, Italy this spring. Gorgeous!!!

Where is your favorite place you have travelled to?

South of France.

Where in the world are you dying to go next?

Back to the South of France!

What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?

Three of my favorite items would have to be the Dax Table Lamp, the Leander Changing Table by Natart and the Retro Swirl Playground Rug in Pink & White by Surya.

Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects?

We are expanding our furniture collection to Dallas and will be in the Cory Pope showroom this fall!

Now, just for fun:

Favorite Food – Pasta

Favorite TV Show – True Blood

Favorite Weekend Activity – Riding horses

Favorite Musician/Band – Tool

 

 

Image Credits:

Headshot - John Russo

Room shot – Melissa Valladares

Bunny Themed Room and Gift Ideas

The Easter Bunny is coming to town and he’s bringing lots of goodies with him. But instead of candy, what if he surprised your child with gifts from Rosenberry Rooms? To help the Easter Bunny out this year :) , we’ve come up with some of our favorite products that are perfect for a bunny themed room!

1. The Sweet Bunny Growth Chart – This growth chart by Oopsy Daisy features a cute bunny rabbit among swirly pink skies and lush green grass. Tracking your child’s growth will become a fun activity shared between child and parent, not to mention completed growth charts make great keepsake items later in life!

2. Bunny Playground Rug in Pale Green and White – This round, wonderfully playful rug by Surya is made out of a sturdy, hand-hooked 100% polyester and crafted to withstand all of the wear and tear from your child’s playtime.

3. White Reading Rabbit with Painted Shade Table Lamp – Reading together is a precious and important experience shared between parent and child. The White Reading Rabbit lamp by Lee Karen Designs provides a fun way to light up the pages of any book while simultaneously lighting up the imagination of your child!

4. Velveteen Rabbit Square Picture Frame – Capture precious memories and frame them in a gorgeous picture frame by Sugarboo Designs. The Velveteen Rabbit square picture frame is hand painted in a grassy green and features a meaningful quote from the popular children’s story, the Velveteen Rabbit.

5. Beatrix Potter Wall Decals – Beatrix Potter’s tales are enjoyed by many children and parents of all ages. Transform your child’s playroom or nursery into Potter’s magical world, with the help of our Beatrix Potter wall decals. The amazing illustrations of these timeless stories will delight and entertain your child as they play make believe among Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail!

6. Sweet Bunnies Mobile – Perfect for a bunny themed nursery, the Sweet Bunnies Mobile features a family of five cute bunnies dancing. Careful thought ensures that all Flensted Mobiles are designed so that the elements are in constant motion while the entire mobile maintains a harmonic balance.

7. Peter Rabbit Wall Clock – You can create an entire room around the Beatrix Potter tales! This kids clock by Vintage Artwork features the mischievous Peter Rabbit sneaking around the garden.

8. Peeking Bunny and Hiding Bunny Floor Pillows – Great as a pair in your kids room or playroom, these eco-friendly pillows serve as soft cuddly friends for your children. Both floor pillows, designed by Amenity, are 100% organic cotton blended with hemp and reverse to a solid cocoa color of the same material.

9. Bunny Topiary Framed Canvas Reproduction – Funny bunnies peek out from behind the green leaves of a topiary on this framed canvas reproduction by Doodlefish. Pair it with Doodlefish’s Bird Topiary Framed Canvas Reproduction to complete the look of your little girl’s bunny nursery or bedroom.

New: The Little Acorn

The Little Acorn is now on RosenberryRooms.com! This new line features children’s bedding and fun nursery décor that includes kids art, rugs and pillows. I love the Sweet Pea 3-Piece Baby Bedding Set which features adorable animals on downy material!

You can create an adorable Sweet Pea gender neutral nursery theme around the Sweet Pea 3-Piece bedding! Decorate your Sweet Pea Nursery with the Sweet Pea Rug, Night Owl Canvas Reproduction, Peanut Canvas Reproduction and Sweet Pea Canvas Reproduction all by The Little Acorn.

Christina Applegate's Modern Nursery Decor

Christina Applegate, actress, breast cancer survivor, female role model, and now new mommy was featured in People Magazine this week. I love Christina Applegate not only for her comedic acting skills in movies like Anchor Man, but also for being so strong and vocal about her experience with breast cancer. The new mom of sweet baby girl Sadie talked motherhood and shared pictures of the nursery that features our Modern Berries Motif Three-Piece Crib Set in Taupe by Oilo!

Applegate, along with designer Anabelle Adler Avery also chose modern inspired items to coordinate with the Olio crib bedding. Pieces include the Avenue First Block in Taupe by Fatboy, the Oeuf Classic Crib in a walnut finish and the Oeuf Four-Drawer Dresser.

Among the modern inspired furniture, Applegate also included some very special items to help Sadie feel at home in her new room. Bandit the Raccoon and Sandwich the Cat by BlaBla join Sadie as her brightly colored plush playmates.

I love the personality that this modern neutral nursery takes on. It’s fun, yet soft and peaceful to create a great environment for baby Sadie to grow!

Baby’s First New Year's Resolutions

The start of the New Year is a time of celebration, happiness and most importantly—resolutions. New Year’s resolutions are important for learning from the past and planning for the future. This year when you’re creating your New Year’s resolutions, include resolutions for your little one, so that they can grow up happy and healthy in the coming year. To help, we’ve put together some suggestions.

Sleep soundly and safely through the night

Make your baby’s crib a sanctuary of comfort by choosing high quality children’s bedding that emphasizes luxury and safety. Oliver B’s Hotel Collection Bedding is made of soft, breathable fabrics. Not to mention their unique crib bumper design allows gentle air to flow through the crib slats; thus, giving you peace of mind, and your child comfort and safety—so that you both can sleep well through the night.

Eat like a grown up

As your child grows, so does their desire to be independent. They will be delighted and proud when they are given their own seat at the dinner table. The Easy Grow High Chair by Mutsy is an innovative high chair that adjusts to your child’s needs as they grow. As they grow older (and less messy) present them with their own place setting. The Fluttering 3-Piece Enamel Dinnerware Set features soft pastels and whimsical butterfly artwork. It’s also made of enamel and features a stainless steel rim, making it plenty durable for the times when your child is less than gentle.

Imagine

Your child’s imagination is an integral part of their development. Feed their budding imagination with toys likes the Paintable Hideaway Teepee. This inviting hideaway is made of durable canvas and will provide hours of entertainment and fun for your child. Whether your child loves the thrill of the Wild West, or just wants their own secret hideout, this canvas teepee will inspire your children, providing an authentic-looking means for a never-ending game of pretend!

Create

Give your child the tools they need to be creative this year! The Multi-Use Art Easel by P’kolino is innovative and versatile as it morphs from a chalkboard to a white board or an an art easel to a puppet theater. Your child’s imagination and creativity will soar as they spend countless hours making creations to be proudly hung on the refrigerator.

And finally, smile

Make your child smile by spending time with them and creating memories. Capture their smiles and frame it in You Are My Sunshine Rectangle Picture Frame by SugarBoo Designs. Varying in sizes, the entire SugarBoo collection of frames feature various quotes and personalization options. These are truly special keepsake picture frames that you and your little one will treasure always.

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