Modern Nautical Glam Basement Reveal

Post by Giulia Doyle, photographer and blogger at Audrey’s

Modern Nautical Glam Basement Reveal

Half Tone Basket / Pinstripe Storage Bins / Faux Leather Pouf

It’s been awhile since I talked about our basement reno – the reason is simple. It took us forever to complete it! As per usual in home renovations, we underestimated the time we really had available to us to work on the project and everything took longer than we thought it would. But here we are – project complete, ready for us to hang out and guests to sleep comfortably.

Modern Nautical Glam Basement Reveal

Ahmaze Quilt / Swiss Dot Sheets / Wood Cubby Shelf / Geo Throw Pillow

If you recall, I had created a mood board with the help of Creative Director, Danielle Kurtz at The Land of Nod. She helped me push my ‘ho hum’ nautical design ideas and make this basement a bit more fun and glam. I think all the pieces work beautifully together and play nicely off the neutral whites. This basement is now a fresh, bright and happy space.

Modern Nautical Glam Basement Reveal

Sunburst MirrorHello Pillow

So what did we do? We insulated all the walls, framed, ran electrical, dry-walled, painted, and installed sub-floors, vapor barriers and our wallpaper wall. We brought in much needed storage in neutral white, brought down our guest bed and made things much cozier with rugs, bedding, and pillows from The Land of Nod, added storage baskets, night stands, some great wall art and a mirror, a reading lamp and table lamp and seating for the kids. I was also so excited to use the giant D on our crazy wallpaper wall!

Modern Nautical Glam Basement Reveal

In Print Storage Baskets / Not Giant Enough Letter

So, along with a couple DIY’s, such as the rope wrapped support post, the white sconces I sprayed painted navy blue and the leather pulls to update my old dresser, I think this Modern Nautical Glam Basement is a success and I could not have done it without the amazing help from The Land of Nod. What do you think?

Modern Nautical Glam Basement Reveal

Wood Rock Lamp with Black Shade / Ice Cream Art / Wall Hanging

Giulia Doyle blogs at Audrey’s. She loves to share the sweet and savory, be it in the kitchen or travels. She juggles a family and a full-time job – they cook, travel and often paint a wall a new color. 


Laundry Room Makeover Tips

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

Laundry Room Makeover Tips

Recently, I organized the very worst space in my house. The laundry room. When we moved in, it’s where everything got piled up for me to deal with “later.” And then life got busy. I could never justify the time or expense of organizing it properly since the attention and money could be better used elsewhere. It almost felt selfish to spend time organizing a space that’s primarily “mine.”

Laundry Room Makeover Tips - Before

Here’s the embarrassing before picture, which was actually taken on a pretty “clean” day. I have plenty of cabinet space here so my main obstacles were time, effort and organization. When I finally decided to go for it, I quickly realized I needed a game plan. I told my buddies at Nod what I was doing, and they offered to send me some organizational goodies to help out. Thinking of having some of Nod’s cute stuff all to myself (and not for the kids!) was a big motivator.

Laundry Room Makeover Planning

I grabbed a snack, and started making lists. First, I made a list of everything I needed and wanted to store in the laundry room. Second, I made a few goals – like hanging the ironing board so I won’t trip over it anymore. Then I drew a rough sketch of the cabinets and drawers and what they would hold.

Laundry Room Makeover - Counter Top

Then I got to it. It was overwhelming, so I worked for 2-3 hours a day to avoid burnout. I started by decluttering. I was ruthless in giving things away, and only allowed myself to keep items I actually use. I stored all my important, yet messy bits and pieces (like rubber bands, push pins, etc. in the Color Reference Drawers. It’s so cheerful and fun to see on the counter, and it’s been instrumental in staying organized.

Laundry Room Makeover - Art Supplies

Sometimes stacking things on shelves works great, but other times, containing things in a jar, box or caddy on a shelf works even better. For example, my paint brushes are in the adorable Perfect Pitch Storage Caddy; and they’re not rolling around or falling all over the place. The Cubby Cups are perfect for my marker collection. Each cubby holds a different type of marker, and I can see all the colors without digging through the whole lot of them.

Laundry Room Makeover - Towels

The Love Struck Heart Bin is on the counter because it’s too cute to hide away in a cabinet, and it’s makes corralling lost socks a bit more fun.

Laundry Room Makeover - Shelving

Laundry Room Makeover - Decor

The Straight & Narrow wall shelf gives me a place to display all my sentimental memorabilia; and I even use the extra knobs for drip-drying my favorite jeans. Psst: there are treats kept up high in the “Things” bin. Perfect for keeping prying eyes and tiny hands out of my secret stash. Hiding that ugly breaker box was high on my list of wants. I measured the box, and realized the For the Birds wall art was the perfect size to cover it! Laundry Room Makeover - Side View

I’m so happy with how the laundry room makeover project turned out; and it’s been surprisingly easy to keep it clean since there’s an official place for everything. It was well worth the effort; and I’m so happy to have some Nod cuteness in my own grownup space, too!

So I’m leaving you with my top four tips for organizing an impossible space:

  1. Give yourself a deadline. It’s much easier to keep going when you know the end is in sight.
  2. Use organizational items that fit your needs. Buy or make things that fit your needs and your space. It’s easier to stay organized when things have a dedicated place.
  3. Planning is key! Make lists, draw pictures and then make it happen.
  4. Declutter. It’s hard, but worth it.

Come visit my blog to see how the rest of the laundry room turned out; and Happy Spring Cleaning!

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

Nod Real Family – Under the Stairs Book Nook

Post by Morgan Georgie of Ampersand Design Studio

Hi guys – It’s Morgan from Ampersand Design Studio and I’m back to share part two of our Nod Real Family makeover. Check out part 1 here.

Now, let me take you downstairs. We live in a one-story ranch and have a finished basement that is sort of half playroom/half tv room. When we refinished it, I begged my husband to open up the area underneath the stairs thinking it was the perfect little hideout for kids! I had a vision, but I threw in a couple floor cushions and the decorating stopped there. I’m cringing just looking at the “BEFORE” photo. Under the Stairs Book Nook - BEFOREDanielle at The Land of Nod and I brainstormed together and I filled her in on how much Shaw loves books. He also loves forts and hiding places. So this dreamy, comfy book nook is his new favorite spot in the house. He feels like it’s all his own, although I do hope he’ll invite his brother in once he gets a bit older. How could he not? Lennon already has his “L” pillow in there to match Shaw’s! I could never have dreamed up this perfect little reading nook that Danielle so brilliantly put together! Check it out!!

Under the Stairs Book Nook - AFTER Under the Stairs Book Nook - AFTERShe truly though of everything! Literally the second it was complete, Shaw jumped in there,  grabbed a book and started “reading”. The photography team started shooting right away! When they had all the photos they needed, Shaw didn’t want to leave his nook. I’d say that’s the truest test of a well-designed space! We love the color bar ledge wall shelf that keeps his favorite books within an arm’s reach and these super modern felt storage bins can hold all the rest! The cushions and fur blanket keep the space super comfy! I have to talk to you guys about this amazing patina rug, though! It’s the most luxurious feeling rug in our house! And, it’s such a rich blue that reflects the light in different ways throughout the day. It’s so soft, we catch ourselves actually taking our shoes off so we can walk on it with bare feet! And, do you see the cool gold stripes on the wall? Danielle came up with the idea to use gold dot wall decals to make those, pretty much proving the ideas for dot wall decals are endless! Check out the little style board below for more sources!

Under the Stairs Book Nook Design Board1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

Isn’t this space every kids dream!?!?!  Let’s be honest, it’s even a dream for me!

What I must let you all know is that every single person that had a part of this Real Family feature, from a project manager, to the photographer and stylists, was just as cool and brilliant as you would imagine they are! Everyone worked so hard for the three days that they were here in Kansas City, but on their “breaks”, they were still finding time to play with Shaw while I was also taking care of our new baby. Talk about a company that just “gets it”. You might imagine that hosting that many people in your home for three days would be overwhelming, but it was nothing but fun!

So, I want to say one last HUGE thank you to Nod for this incredible experience!! I’m so grateful for the perfect spaces that were created for our family. It was truly a once a in a lifetime experience that we will never forget! Cheers to Nod!

Ampersand Design Studio specializes in surface pattern design, identity design and stationery products, with clients in the home décor, fashion and baby and kids industries. Their clients include respected big names like Land of Nod, Tiny Prints, Papyrus, Minted and Giggle,  as well as great small, local businesses around the country, including cafés, bakeries, wineries, photo studios and fashion boutiques.

Book Nook Inspiration – Part 4

Post by The Land of Nod and Brightly

Welcome to our final installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. If you missed them, check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 for more tips. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a cozy lounge for your tween. We kept a focus on the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

Tween Book Nook InspirationGrey Knit Blanket / Black Sequin Heart Throw Pillow / Typeset Throw Pillow / Seeing Stars Rug / Acrylic Book Cart / Open Arms Swivel Lounge Chair / Forest Poster Decal / Green Wiry Pendant / Black Spot Garland

Here’s how we put it all together:

  • Our Open Arms swivel is an ideal seat for a tween reading nook. It’s oversized and comfy, a great hang out spot.
  • We added a chunky throw blanket and sequin pillow to make it extra cozy.
  • The black accent in the throw pillow and garland make sure the space is not too sweet and contrast nicely with the soft pink and mint accent colors found in the rug and décor.
  • The acrylic book caddy brings in style and function.
  • Hang the wiry pendant above the chair for soft lighting.


Book Recommendations from Brightly:

The tween years are a great time to introduce a bit more complexity into a child’s reading life. At this age, kids will enjoy books with more of an emotional journey, as well as books with more sophisticated language and plot points. It’s also worth encouraging children this age to explore a wide range of books — from realistic fiction, to poetry, to fantasy.

Book Suggestions for TweensOur picks:

  • Smile – Raina Telgemeier’s real-life experiences make for a humorous coming-of-age novel filled with great artwork and plenty of dental drama. Kids will identify with Raina’s struggles to forge her own identity and find real friends.
  • The One and Only Ivan – You’ll never think about caged animals the same way again. The One and Only Ivan is a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting read about a gorilla and baby elephant who live in a circus-themed mall.
  • Wonder – Some books change the world. Some books change us. The best books do both. Wonder pushes young readers toward greater compassion, empathy, and acceptance of differences.
  • A Snicker of Magic – This much-lauded debut novel about the magical power of words will delight middle grade and tween readers.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson’s highly acclaimed poetic memoir about growing up as an African American in South Carolina and New York in the ‘60s and 70s took home the National Book Award.
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Packed with summertime adventures and big-time family fun, this is a perfect read-aloud book for the whole family.

Curious what books tweens are recommending to each other? Check out Books Tweens Can’t Stop Talking About on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.