Spring is officially here, not because the calendar says so, but because everything is in bloom. The world has been painted with swatches of pink, yellow, purple, orange, blue and green, and it’s lovely. Our favorite floral finds this spring…
If you’re one of our Facebook fans, you’ve been getting a glimpse of the wonderful things being cooked up and scooped up at the High Point Market. In case you missed it, here’s an example of the goodies.
Oh, and here’s the latest from our DC Lucy Roberts:
“We had a great day and enjoyed seeing some of our favorite artisans. Some of the Highlights included seeing the Lilly Pulitzer showroom which we hope to carry one day (and furnish my whole house in!) and meeting Nancy Gent from Nancy Gent Designs. Her booth was full of wonderful pieces and I can see why our customers are going crazy over her Liam Bed.”
Design Consultant Cathy Herring has been with us for over 7 years now. She is the bomb, and in addition to being super talented, she’s seen and done it all in the nursery. And no, we don’t mean it THAT way. She has decorated her fair share of children’s spaces, including her daughter’s. That’s right, she’s a mom, and a pro — around here, that makes her the total package.
Name: Cathy Herring
Design Background: BFA in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University (WAY TO GO RAMS!)
Design Style: I prefer an eclectic look. It’s all in the mix.
Inspiration? Influences? Through color and textures.
Favorite Book? The Twilight Series
On My iPod: A little bit of everything. I told you, it’s in the mix!
Must-See TV: The classics – “I Love Lucy,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “CSI”
Favorite Expression: Welcome to PoshTots! and I love to play! (as it pertains to decorating)
Michelle Henry dishes on design, motherhood and her recipe for sumptuous sleep. First ingredient? Beautiful bedding, of course!
I am so happy to have been asked to be a guest on the Posh Tots blog! The name Little Bunny Blue comes from my favorite book as a child “Bunny Blue.” It was about a little bunny that lost his big beautiful pink satin bow and he was devastated. He worried that if he did not find it, he would not be as cute or as loved by his owner Hope Ann, or accepted by his friends.
Today, the story still means so much to me and is actually a reflection of my life being Michelle Henry of Little Bunny Blue, a mother and just being me.
Being creative, visual and a perfectionist is not always easy. Let’s face it, I am not perfect, and I can’t be “on” all the time. So when I am “off” I start to feel incomplete and not as good as I can be. That is probably my ultimate struggle as a single mother of four boys who’s trying to create a crib bedding line. It comes down to having the courage to ask for help, delegate tasks and surrounding myself with positive people (however easy all that is!).
Which brings me to my topic: “Surrounding Yourself With Beautiful Things.” I am so excited about where our industry is today. How fantastic is it that we can purchase baby furnishings that, later, parlay perfectly into the guest bedroom, or chandeliers that can go in the powder room or master bath? If it’s classic and well made, it never goes out of style. Incidentally, this is a great sales pitch for your husbands, no?
From day one, my goal was to design bedding that would withstand change. I am inspired by so many things, but recently, I find I lean towards a mix of artistic and classic — whether I go artistic with the fabric and classic with the design, or vice versa. I keep popular furniture like Bratt Decor and Villa Bella in mind, as well as chandeliers from I Lite 4 U, artwork and rugs…just everything I would use if I was designing a room. My goal is to see past just the bedding.
Although this year as been a tough one for me personally, I have had the wonderful support of all of the Posh Tots Staff (sweetest most professional girls ever) and, industry colleagues, and, most importantly, my clients. I was actually getting worried for a minute that I had lost my big pink satin bow. However, I think Isabella Jewel Rosette, Simply Silver and Bijou are just a glimpse of what sometimes can come out on the other side of “REAL LIFE.”
I know, I know, this is something we talk about a lot here. But, hey, it’s part of our tag line for a reason.
On a personal note, I’m finally getting around to redoing my littlest son’s room, as well as my daughter’s room. Two room makeovers at once! Chaos, truly. But as a result, I’ve been perusing the internet, consulting decorating books and magazines, and pulling out all my old Domino magazines (oh Domino, how I miss you!). I aspire to think outside the box, to leave my traditionally decorated upbringing behind to create rooms for them that are warm, creative and fun. And I need help doing that, because I am a product of the 1980s Williamsburg/Americana-inspired interiors. It’s why I papered my son’s wall with antique maps and it’s why I created silhouettes of my little girl with fun fabrics to capture the happy, quiet beauty of little girls.