Meet Lauren of A Lovely Lark!

A-Lovely-Lark-HeaderNAME: Lauren

WEBSITE/BLOG: A Lovely Lark

HOMETOWN/CURRENT CITY/TOWN: Central Pennsylvania

FAVE FOOD: Chocolate

FAVE HOLIDAY: Halloween

FAVE COLOR: Pink

FAVE MOVIE: Love Actually

FAVE TV SHOW: The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey!

FAVE WEEKEND ACTIVITY: Going on adventures with my three favorite people – my husband, Kevin, and my two daughters, Violet (4) and Lucy (1)

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What inspired you to create A Lovely Lark?

After having my first daughter, Violet, I fell in love with children’s design and decor. I love that it’s all so fun and whimsical. There are really no rules – the sky’s the limit! While I was already admittedly a bit of a blog addict, there weren’t many resources out there for cute/modern kids’ design, so I decided to start my own!

Your home is gorgeous! What was your favorite room to makeover and why?

Thank you! My favorite rooms to makeover have definitely been my girls’ rooms. I felt like there were really no rules – I could really get creative and play with color, pattern, and all of those sweet, whimsical elements that really make a child’s room feel special. Plus I loved adding personal touches like the tree mural in Violet’s nursery and the cloud mural in Violet’s big girl room.

A-Lovely-Lark-Violet's-Room-Update-6A-Lovely-Lark-Living-Room-Family-Room-Art-Wall-15A-Lovely-Lark-Wood-Floors-Kitchen-RenovationWhat has been your favorite DIY project? Tell us about it!

My favorite recent DIY Project was the water table that I created for the girls this summer. They are both obsessed with water and I wanted to give them a fun, but safe place to play outside while I was pulling weeds or doing other not-so-fun outdoor chores. At the same time I didn’t want a plastic monstrosity that would sit on my patio for a few years and then be shipped off to the donation pile or a landfill somewhere. So instead I created a DIY water table out of a thrifted side table and a deep metal tray. It took a little elbow grease, but they love it. We can also use it as a sensory table with sand or rocks in the cooler fall months, and I love that when they outgrow it it could take on a new purpose as a pretty outdoor planter.

DIY-Water-Table-A-Lovely-Lark-3What do you like best about your work? What is the most challenging?

I love having a creative outlet. While I absolutely love and cherish my role as a mother, since having children I’ve sometimes felt like I lost a piece of myself. My needs are no longer first and finding time for those things that were previously my hobbies and interests can be very difficult. Blogging has helped me to hold onto a little piece of myself that I otherwise feel like would be completely swept away in the crazy ride that is motherhood. I also love that I have a way to support my family that allows me to spend more time with my girls. My writing has allowed me to take over a year of unpaid maternity leave and to recently return to work part-time rather than full-time. I’ve also met some really amazing people through the blogging world. The thing I’m currently finding the most challenging is just having the time and energy to write after a long day of work, making meals, giving baths, romping around the yard, playing princesses, reading books, and you know, just being a human being. The most important thing for me is being present for my girls and maintaining a strong and healthy relationship with my husband. My family comes first, and finding a balance between work, motherhood, marriage, and writing has been especially challenging.

photo 1How would you describe your style?

I would definitely describe it as happy and whimsical, with a mix of both traditional and modern elements. I have an equal love of the bright, clean feeling of white and bold, vibrant color, so I love creating rooms with a very light overall palette that have pops of color throughout. I also enjoy playing with pattern and texture, so I’ve used a lot of wallpaper, playful fabrics, and patterned rugs throughout my home.

IMG_2660 A-Lovely-Lark-DIY-Banner-5If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

I’m kind of obsessed with Peter Walsh and would be insanely thrilled to have him work with me on organizing my home. Back in the Oprah days I used to dream that he would – Surprise! – show up at my door. Unfortunately, (considering that I’m not a hoarder) I knew that it would never happen, but a girl can dream, right?! While I do my best with keeping the toys and general clutter under control, I just know that there are all sorts of tips and tricks that he could teach me for making the most of our tiny home.

Do you have advice for other working moms?

You’re doing okay, ma. When you start to feel that mom guilt creeping in or those feelings that you aren’t enough, remember that you’re doing the very best you can for your kids and you’re enough. I love the saying, “You can do anything, but not everything.” It’s helped me to remember to choose what I’m going to make a priority in my life and I try to do my very best at those few things. I may have a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, I might not craft up Martha Stewart-worthy Halloween costumes, or create perfectly styled Bento-box lunches, but do you know what? That’s okay. If you’re keeping your kids safe and making them feel loved, then you’re doing it right, period.

A Lovely Lark AboutIf you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

I absolutely loved our honeymoon to Germany and Austria and would go back in a heartbeat. I’d also love to visit more European countries – they’re just so different from our young country. I’ve visited Australia a few times now (my sister and her family live there), and while it’s so unique and beautiful in its own way, there’s nothing quite like the sense of history and depth that you experience in Europe.

What are your 3 favorite Rosenberry Rooms products?

1. Aden + Anais swaddle blankets

2. Blabla Knit Dolls (Love Wooly the Sheep!)

3. Little Auggie’s Pretty With Pink collection

Laurens-PicksWhat’s next for A Lovely Lark (upcoming events, projects, etc.)?

I’m so excited to be putting the finishing touches (finally) on Lucy’s nursery! I’m currently working with Restoration Hardware to finish off the space and I’m thrilled with how it’s all coming together. I’m also working on my annual holiday gift guides, which are always super fun to put together!DSC05693Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog, A Lovely Lark, for beautiful inspiration and fun DIY projects!

 

Summer Inspiration: Little Treasure Nursery

The Little Treasure Nursery is perfect for an ocean loving family. Seashells, mermaids and nautical decor make this nursery full of little treats your baby will love! The soft shades of mint green, white and gold give this nursery a fresh, modern style.

Girls Nursery11The Gold Rush Mist Crib Bedding from New Arrivals is trendy with chevron and playful polka dots that make this bedding set stylish and eye catching! Pair it with the Belmont Convertible Crib from Natart that can grow with your little one!

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Every nursery needs a stylish, comfortable glider and the Nola Glider from Oilo is just what you’ve been searching for! Accessorize with the Pineapple Lamp by Jane Gray for Stray Dog Designs and the Coastal Living Beachcomber Table from Stanley Furniture! All of these elements combined give off an instantly easy, laid back vibe!
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You’ll feel ready for a day at the beach after seeing the nautical inspired artwork! Both the Ocean Seahorse Canvas Reproduction and the Ocean Sand Dollar Canvas Reproduction coordinate perfectly!
Treasure_ArtworkAdd in a few mermaid friends, like the Mermaid Dream Ring and the Harmony Knit Doll from BlaBla!
Blabla_MermaidsTo make this sweet, ocean treasure yours visit Rosenberry Rooms!

Bellini furniture now available at Rosenberry Rooms!

Rosenberry Rooms is proud to be the exclusive online retailer for Bellini. With over 30 years of experience in the children’s furnishings industry, Bellini has perfected its collection of luxury, safe, and quality baby and kids’ furniture. Adored by celebrities and designers around the country, Bellini is known for being a trendsetter while also maintaining a timeless look.

The Jordan Convertible Crib makes a regal statement, with its bold design and embellished carvings. This crib transitions from a crib to junior bed to full size bed, meaning it will grow with your little one! It is paired beautifully here with the Jessica Bookcase for a nautical themed room!
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Ever so elegant, the Mercedes Convertible Crib offers traditional spindle rails and simple leaf carvings, but do not let the luxury design fool you. This crib transitions all the way to a full size bed!
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How will you store all of your child’s goodies? You may choose a classic style like the Jessica Lingerie Chest that is made for an easy transition from nursery to teen room. Or you  may be more partial to the Carly Bookcase, which features a vintage French flare.
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Let’s start our big kid selections with a childhood classic! Expertly crafted, the Jacob Bed features wide planking on the headboard and footboard. Bedposts are topped with round finials and turned feet. The side rails connect the two pieces, lending superior stability.
SONY DSCThe Four Poster Full Bed will have your daughter feeling like a princess at any age! The exclusive design details include four oversized, spindled posters, a feminine curved headboard and finials.
SONY DSCNow it is your turn! Pick your favorite piece from Bellini and share it with us in the comments below!

Summer Inspiration: Sunny Slate Nursery

The Sunny Slate Nursery creates a cozy and inviting space for your baby. The calm shades of gray and soft yellow tones make this nursery both soothing and warm, perfect for summer!

Gender Neutral Nurseries11This gender neutral nursery combines contemporary furniture, like the Regency Crib by ducduc and room décor to create a fresh, modern space for your baby. The Two Tone Rope Rug by Dash & Albert helps brighten the room while the Robin Staak Table Lamp by Stray Dog Designs adds a bit of whimsy!
regency-crib-16DecorThe variety of prints makes this nursery visually appealing while still maintaining crisp, clean lines. Both the geometric prints on the Little Remix Knit Throw Blanket from ferm Living and the Mellow Yellow Throw Pillow by New Arrivals Inc. look great when paired together!
PatternsAdd in a few friendly characters and this nursery is almost complete! The Modern Giraffes in Yellow Canvas Art by Oopsy Daisy will represent your family’s love for each other! The Sheep Mobile by BlaBla will help your little one drift to sleep while the White Elephant Nightlight by Jonathan Adler will provide extra comfort!
FriendsVisit Rosenberry Rooms for additional details and more nursery inspirations!

A New Collection from Pop & Lolli + A Giveaway!

Pop & Lolli Fabric Wall Decals and Removable Wallpaper create fun, easy ways to decorate. The new collection features colorful and whimsical decals, created by artist Sarah Jane, that are truly are one of a kind. Her classic and timeless style resonates through her art creating pieces that will be loved for years to come!

7 FT 600_500Family Tree Personalized Wall Decal

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3 LC 600_500Lacey Clouds Wall Decals

These lively scenes are perfect for nurseries, playrooms and kids rooms for both boys and girls! Even better, the fabric decals and wallpaper can be endlessly removed and repositioned as long as they are always applied to clean, dry surface.

Pirates-SideBySideGirl Pirates Wall Decals // Boy Pirates Wall Decal

5 D2D 600_500Dinosaurs to Dragons Wall Decals

4 HO 600_250Horses Wall Decals

8 OP 600_500On Parade Wall Decals

4 CAC 600_500Create a Castle Wall Decals

3 MM 600_500Mermaids Wall Decals

Removable Wallpaper from Pop & Lolli is an easy way to transform your child’s bedroom or nursery. Colorful, modern prints bursting with style and personality make this collection of removable wallpaper a must have!

Wallpaper_Group1.1Anchors Away Removable Wallpaper //  Balloons Removable Wallpaper // My Favorite Ship Removable Wallpaper // Girls with Dolls Removable Wallpaper

Wallpaper_Group3.2Summer Ride Removable Wallpaper // Wander Woods Removable Wallpaper // Tree Light Removable Wallpaper // With the Birds Removable Wallpaper

Wallpaper_Group2.2Paperhats Removable Wallpaper // Rocket Launch Club Removable Wallpaper // On The Go Removable Wallpaper // Summer Nights Removable Wallpaper

GIVEAWAY

Which decal or wallpaper would you like for your little one’s nursery? Now, with the purchase of ONE Pop & Lolli wall decal or wallpaper from the NEW Summer 2014 collection, you will be automatically entered for a chance to WIN and spend $100 at Rosenberry Rooms for FREE!

Blog-Giveaway-July2014GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Be automatically entered to WIN a $100 Rosenberry Rooms gift certificate when you purchase a wall decal or wallpaper from the NEW Summer 2014 Pop & Lolli Collection found on RosenberryRooms.com.

Purchase anytime now through Monday, August 4th to be entered in the giveaway. Contest ends August 4, 2014. Winner will be selected using a random number generator and announced on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Winner will receive a direct email from Rosenberry Rooms containing a gift certificate for $100. Gift certificate can be redeemed for any item available at RosenberryRooms.com either online or by calling 1-877-214-6875 and speaking with a customer service representative. $100 prize is valid on new orders only. It may not be applied to existing orders or reorders. Winner is responsible for the balance if total exceeds $100.

Summer Inspiration: High Seas Nursery

Get ready to set sail in our High Seas Nursery! Thanks to Project Nursery, we know that navy is the new neutral for 2014 and there is no better way to use navy than a nautical nursery!

high-seas-nursery-10nantucket-seersucker-3-piece-crib-bedding-set-5The Nantucket Seersucker crib bedding set by Annette Tatum creates the foundation for this seafaring baby’s room. This crib set includes a bumper, crib skirt and white crib sheet. The coordinating moses basket is the perfect accessory to keep your baby comfortable while not in his Avalon convertible crib by Natart.
crib-basketAccent the room with adorable sea-themed imagery! We love the Anchors Aweigh Framed Wall Art by DENY Designs and the Shore Vintage Canvas Wall Art.
AnchorArtThe Roped in Rug in Blue by Jaipur Rugs really sets the whole nautical theme with the repeating pattern!
roped-in-rug-in-blue-3Would you designer your little one’s nursery with a nautical theme? Let us know what you like and love in the comments below!

New Nursery Inspiration: Mr. Fox

This totally trendy nursery was inspired by a furry friend who has been in the spot light lately! The Mr. Fox Nursery inspiration is completely modern from its theme to the unique color combination! A Felix Fox Framed Art Print paired with the Foxes Orange Graphic Knit Blanket and the Charter Gray Rug are a few of the details that create a sophisticated yet playful space for your little guy!
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The Mr. Fox nursery is full of friendly animals and a bright orange and gray color combination. This boy’s nursery has modern, trendy bedding and room decor. Your little one will love the playful mix of shapes and patterns. This nursery features the Zara Crib Bedding Set from Oilo. Contemporary and fresh, this crib bedding includes a bumper, crib skirt and fitted crib sheet. Add the coordinating accessories to complete your nursery!
zara-3-piece-crib-bedding-set-5We accented this nursery with tons of orange and gray room decor. A gray geometric rug, a modern chair like the White-Mid Century Rocking Chair with Arms and the bright orange Lucia Mirror paired together create a sleek and stylish nursery! Dress it up with the adorable Paolo the Fox Wall Decals and Harlequin Fox Art Print. The Georgian furniture collection from DucDuc is the perfect complement to this nursery. Sleek and stylish, this collection is eco-friendly and made in the USA!
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2014 Nursery Design Trends: Cabin Fever

Our last installment of Project Nursery’s 2014 Nursery Design Trends brings a rustic getaway to your little one’s space! Wooden textures, traditional patterns, warm colors and a few little woodland friends all create a theme that is on the rise!

We loved mixing traditional aspects with fun modern pops! Combined, each element makes this space feel youthful and cozy at the same time!

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Lake Cabin Letter Bookends // Fox in the Woods Canvas Art // Rabbits in the Woods Canvas Wall Art // Modern Squirrel Wall Clock // Cloud Pillow Blue // 3 Blocks Storage Cubes // Stephanie Faux Wood Table Lamp // Forest Friends Bamboo Mobile // Tommy’s Fish Sheet Set // Roh Crib // Mia Swivel Glider Chair

It wouldn’t be much of a camping trip if there wasn’t a teepee… right?! The Plain Paintable Tipi is not only a great additon to a cottage style play room, but it is also interactive! Let your child’s imagination soar while they paint their own masterpiece right onto the teepee!
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It’s easy to start small with accessory pillows! The Watson Brown Patchwork Standard Sham and the Lake Hand Embroidered Pillow have the craftsmanship of yesterday while providing styles current with today’s trends! Both of these styles are easy to use in your nursery or home!
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The Mountain Cabin Twin over Twin Bookcase Bunk Bed can get your big kids in the camping spirit! This fun bunk bed will instantly remind you about all of the lake vacations you had with your family!
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Your big kid can even get in on the fun with the Deerfield Duvet Cover! It even works great in a guest room! Be warned, the adorable puppy is not included!
deerfield-duvet-cover-4How do you feel about the cottage/cabin theme? Would you use it in your nursery? Tell Rosenberry Rooms now!

Fun Felt Ball Rugs!

This collection of Felt Ball Rugs was created to bring a unique design to your child’s room. Hoping to inspire little imaginations, this collection features fun colors and a playful style.

First up, we have the Original Multi Color Felt Ball Rug that is loved by all! We especially love the burst of almost every color imaginable, which is sure to keep your little one entertained for hours!
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We also love pairing the Marshmallow Rug in a little girl’s play room for a sweet, princess mood, and the Blueberry Rug in a little boy’s nursery for earthy appeal! The classic color choices for each gender are styled in a creative way with these rugs!
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Choose a color option that is as unique as the rugs themselves! We think the Firecracker Rug has a distinct patriotic vibe, but it can also be used in a Firetruck themed bedroom!
firecracker-felt-ball-rug-7If your style is more modern the Sunshine Rug is your pick! With a color palette consisting of yellow, gray, nude and black, this rug can be taken from the nursery to a living room space!
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Head over to Rosenberry Rooms to find the right choice for your nursery or bedroom!

2014 Nursery Trends: Pops of Purple

Purple is the hottest color of the year – just ask Pantone, who picked the vibrant hue as the color of the year, or Project Nursery that listed it as a 2014 Nursery Design Trend! We love this color so much that we have TWO Pinterest boards (2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid & Pretty in Purple) totally dedicated to celebrating it! Here are a few of our favorite uses of every hue from plum to lilac!

Take a walk on the wild side of purple with the Girly Purple Leopard Ruffle Crib Bedding Set from Caden Lane! The ombre effect combined with the leopard pattern makes this bedding ultra feminine and super sophisticated!
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Get a little funky with unique shapes and fun pairings! The organic and playful design seen in the Paperweight Hook Rug will fill any room with visual interest! The Amethyst Jewel Table Lamp keeps the room modern while the Kites & Kittens Canvas Wall Art keeps it sweet!
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Maybe a more upscale design is what you are looking for? Try using delicate shades of light purple in a teen or guest bedroom for a luxurious appeal. The Brocade Orchid Bedding has the perfect layering of stripes and damask patterns for a regal room!
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We love the color combination of purple with bright orange or red! The Butterflies Kids Wall Sticker in Violet looks great displayed behind a bright accent table for an eclectic feel!
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Don’t forget how much fun kids’ bathrooms can be! Wrap your little one up with a fuzzy friend like the One Eyed Monster Hooded Towel and get organized with the Owl Bath Storage Hanger! These adorable purple creatures look great alongside the Rain 8 Shower Curtain! This looks like so much fun!
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