My husband and my dear friends JD & Jaimee Blashaw welcomed their second son this past June. They named him Nate James, which happens to be my husband’s name so he was of course over the moon! Their older son Jude is just a few weeks younger than Court and JD is Court’s god father. We’ve been friends long before babies and needless to say, this family is very special to me.
Jaimee was working on Nate’s nursery with her friend Raven Pugh, owner of Coral & Hide, leading up to his arrival. I got a sneak peek of all the cuteness and fell in love!! When the time came for newborn photos I recommended the talented Nea Nabayan to Jaimee, but had her promise I could use them for the blog! When I saw it all I knew I had to share it with our readers so you could see Raven’s talent and be inspired just like me!
Keep scrolling for a little bit from both Jaimee and Raven, and of course all of the gorgeous photos by Nea Nabayan…
Tell us about you and your adorable family…
I don’t even know where to start in talking about my family because I could drone on and on and easily bore everybody reading this so I’ll keep it short(ish)and sweet.
Nate is 12 weeks old and such a little nugget. I want to just squeeze him all of the time. He’s a pretty great baby and looks just like his daddy. He rolls already and is so strong. His smile is just the BEST.
Turns out, my mommy friends were right. It’s amazing!
I love, love, love being a mom of boys and I have yet to find anything that tops little boy bear hugs.
It’s cliche because it’s true — it goes so fast. I roll my eyes at myself when I say it. They’re only little for so long so I really try to soak it all in — except during those times my boys are being total nightmares. I wish those moments away faster and hope to forget them. Ha!
I had no inspiration. None. That was my problem. I found the print of the alpaca from Lila and Lola on Etsy and decided I loved it, and that’s where I stopped.
Why did you decide to hire a designer to help with his room?
When Raven showed me the design boards for the rooms, I cried. And if you know me, you know I am NOT a crier. It felt like the greatest stress relief. Everything was so beautiful and perfect and exactly the feel I wanted.
I feel happy when I walk into both rooms every day and I think that should be the goal of room design, right?
I tried to get him really excited about the idea of graduating to a big boy bed and that seemed to work. He also is pretty obsessed with horses so I picked a horse portrait that I knew he would love and showed it to him before moving him into the room. I showed him where it would go on the wall and told him we’d hang it when his room was ready for him.
When the rooms were finished, he was confused at first because we had him physically move rooms. (His dad and I really didn’t want to disassemble a bed and a crib to switch them around. High-five for lazy parenting. Ha!) I was a little worried it would be too much change for him, but he actually handled it really well. By night two, he was loving his big boy room!
From Designer and Owner of Coral & Hide, Raven Pugh…
Jaimee bought the adorable alpaca print and I immediately knew it was going to be fun working with her. There were a few pieces she wanted to use from her first son’s nursery and besides those I had free rein! Which is the best for letting a designer do their thing. I knew she wanted a bright/neutral room with some pops of color so that’s the direction I took on the room.
It changes with every client. After meeting with my clients I take everything they talked about wanting or liking and start sourcing those pieces. Sometimes a client wants to add cool art, a vintage rug, or tons of PILLOWS! That’s where I start, then the room comes together while making those special pieces the star of the show.
Can you give us any of the sources of some of the amazing pieces you chose?
Molly Wood Garden and Designs. If you ever get a chance to visit one of her shops in Costa Mesa or Laguna Beach you will fall in love! She sources amazing accessories, plants, and art to name a few that are all one of a kind. She is also one of the nicest people. The pieces I find at her shop always make a room come together and are usually some of my favorite aspects.
Every job is very personal to a client. Sometimes the client may want to change my favorite part of the design but remembering the way it feels coming home to a place you love is important when making these changes. In the end, when a client tells you how much they loving walking in their doors that is all that matters.
The transition from a nursery into a big boy room can be stressful on everyone involved. Making it fun for Jude was the main goal. His love for animals really helped in selecting items for his room. We used a few things Jaimee already had that worked in nicely with the design. The vintage rug is colorful and at the same time so grown up. Everything I selected for his room will transition with him as he continues to grow. I just love how it turned out!
What was the best part about designing these rooms?
The tears. I do it for the tears. Haha! When Jaimee told me she cried I knew I captured her vision and I had all the feels with her. I also loved getting pictures of sweet baby Nate in his room when he came home from the hospital. Nothing was better than those moments.