The Nursery … Coming along Slowly

The nursery is coming along slowly but surely. As a designer/decorator, I probably should have had the space done, oh 2 months before the baby came? But alas, life caught up with me … work, travel. Excuses…excuses. Or I’d like to think, I am so selfless, I complete other people’s projects first before mine …. ha!

Well, I started getting it together mid-August. My first buy for the space is this lovely dresser from the fine gals at Nod to the Past when I found them on Craiglist. Circa 1940’s, I adore the undulating cabinetry & they repainted it with Annie Sloan’s paint in Mushroom & French Gray.

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The space is a guest bedroom and it still is! With a plus, it’s a nursery too so whoever comes to visit instantly becomes the sitter 🙂 Gotta have star string lights  {it’s from Amazon}.

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white leather rocking chair

The white tufted chair is a gift from the lovely people at Wayfair & the Zebra pillows {I have a pair} is from Dwell Studio.
nursery wallpaper and decor

The plan for the white headboard is to wallpaper it but my selection is $250 a roll …yikes. I stumbled upon this Otomi wallpaper but alas, found a more affordable alternative with stencils {will work on this soon, promise!}. And I couldn’t help it but I just have to get a few of these papier-mache animal heads.

crib and artwork

The crib is a gift from my mother-in-law from Million Dollar Baby & she will also make the canopy {inspired by Emily Henderson‘s nursery; the fabric is coming from Bolt & it is adorable! } — because she is awesome & I’m shameless. Picking artwork will take time but I have a few — a print from the Georgia O’Keefe museum when me & my daughter visited Santa Fe this Summer, hot air balloon invite from my baby shower thrown by my lovely sister-in-law {because like her Mom, she is awesome} & a personalized alphabet from Minted.

I kept everything pretty neutral as we decided not to know the sex of the baby. I also tried to keep costs down and so far, I’m achieving that. Any one-room projects anyone?

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Provence Dreaming

Hola & happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow marks the one month birthday of my new little bundle, Simon Sebastian. Oh, how time flies! He is getting bigger each day, which is a good thing after having a bout of jaundice that first week when he lost almost a pound {super scary for a newborn & parents of course!}. I’m trying my darndest to have a regular schedule and do things according to my task list but alas, newborns have a schedule of their own. My days are filled with diaper duties and breastfeeding/pumping around the clock or researching about cradle cap and stalking Mother forums where they discuss, “Is my baby crying too much?” “Am I spoiling my baby?” “Is my baby too clingy?” It goes on & on — by the way, the answer is No, No and No.

Anyway, for the weekend, I leave you with these gorgeous pictures from Kathryn Ireland’s vacation home in Provence. Well, because it’s just dreamy. The amazing designer marries a gorgeous, colorful palette with rustic surroundings that makes for a cozy getaway. I just adore her and the stories she makes through her designs — one that’s collected, full of life and spaces that will make nostalgic memories.

Can you imagine having dining al fresco in this vignette? I am in love!

I leave you with a few images of the little one. I’m slowly getting back to work {just hired a part-time sitter…wahoo!} and finishing up some designs & starting new ones. Life & work will be different, but I can tell it will be amazingly better! Happy weekend everyone.

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Happy Memorial Weekend!

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What are you doing this Memorial weekend? Whatever it is, relax, have fun and enjoy!

For some “day of” inspiration, check out our Pinterest Board.

I got introduced to this new site & I kinda love it!

I had a blast dining with wonderful local designers at Mettle Austin.

I’m a Spurs fanatic and this vid made me teary-eyed.

I adore these chairs!

These tiles are sick! I just adore intricate tiling.

Finally, I can’t thank Wayfair enough for this wonderful gift for #ProjectNursery #BebeStevens.

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A Quick Trip to San Antonio

One thing that me and my husband always try to do is going somewhere new and fun. Well, with an upcoming addition to our family we’ve been slowing down with traveling. But really, we are so lucky to live in Austin where there are tons of things to do and places to go to. I must admit, we have been bad in appreciating this, thinking that unless we go somewhere far then it’s no big deal. Aside from in-town attractions, the adorable towns of Fredericksburg, Gruene and New Braunfels is just a little more than an hour away. And so is San Antonio, where The Alamo stands. And yes, it’s also where the Spurs are playing in the playoffs {and yes killed the Dallas Mavericks & now the OKC Thunder}. My husband is a fanatic and graciously gets us front row tickets. Now, I’m not one to splurge on game tickets, my task is booking our hotel.

the menger lobby

We stayed at The Menger this time which was gorgeous and brought us back in time circa 1859. And thank you to Expedia, we got VIP treatment with an upgrade to The Sidney Lanier suite and a welcome fruit basket. I mean everybody needs grapes and strawberries after a long drive.

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My husband’s honorary grandpa took this picture of us before the game and captioned it, “Wolfman and Lady.” Yes! It’s spot on. And of course I have to have a pic at the riverwalk, which is gorgeous day or night.

San Antonio the Menger A few snaps of the hotel; the garden, gorgeous tiling and hallways and I am also loving the wall moldings at the stairs.

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And finally, a quick snap of how the baby bump is coming along. I’m almost 5 months and feeling so much better than the first 3 months. Happy Friday everyone and have the best of the weekend!

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Ramblings and a Garden Shed

So, it seems I’ve been hibernating lately…even from the blog world! Tsk! Tsk! I haven’t made a post in almost two weeks. Bad Maureen! Bad Maureen….ha!ha! I have been somewhat busy behind the virtual world though. Collaborations and more design work are on the horizon and I’ll share them with you as they unfold.

Anywho, so if you don’t know it yet; I’m pregnant. And I’m really finding out I’m a grumpy preggo lady. My energy is slowly coming back since I’m about 4 1/2 mos now though. I’m doing some run/walk activity and light aerobics a few days a week and finally admitted that my pants cannot fit me anymore. I also realized that most maternity clothes are hideous! Really, all I want to wear are outfits from Hatch but why is a shirt $250 or so?

I hope all of you have a happy weekend and today I leave you with this image of a gorgeous garden shed. Seriously, I’ll serve brunch and dinner here and have a reading nook in the corner!

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Our Holiday 2013

Hola mi amigas and amigos!  Today, I want to share with you our recent travel to Prague and Vienna in late November, early December of 2013.

Me and my husband tries to go somewhere new every year. I think it’s very important to share new experiences together and opening our eyes to what this beautiful world has to offer. Here are glimpses of the trip.

holiday prague and vienna

Since it’s mostly hot in Texas {well, I guess except now that we’re experiencing the cold like we’ve never experienced before this part of the country}, we enjoyed donning our winter gear that came out of hibernation.

stephansplatz at night

We stayed at Stephenzplatz in Vienna — the city center. Once you arrive, I suggest to ride the train that goes around the Ringstrasse to give you a little overview of what the City Center has to offer.

food experience prague vienna

My husband got us reservations at Restaurant Sterereck for Thanksgiving {we’re usually not this posh but the resto is #9 in the top 10 restaurants of the world! Say what?! I say he did good and we had four amuse-bouche even before our main course came}; we had gluhwein or hot wine, oh, every hour or so and jagermeister is the ultimate drink chaser for it; hot potatoes on a stick in Prague —we say, give us some!; these pretzels sells like pancakes in the streets of Prague; Vienna is known for sweets and of course we just had to try the world-famous Sacher torte and a choco mousse at Cafe Mozart.

schonbrunn palace

Vienna had so many palaces but Schonbrunn Palace takes the cake for the most grand. This was the imperial’s family’s Summer House and Hofburg Palace was their winter house — must be nice to have a home for each season!

prague cafe fur chairs

I adore Europe for all of its outdoor cafes — whether the weather is warm or cold — these cafes are always dressed to impress and this time of the year, they are dressed in fur. classical concert prague

We were prim and proper while we attended a Christmas Classical concert in a 17th century church — oh, it’s not that old.

at hofburg palace

It was so cold in Vienna, we had snow flurries in some days. This was taken in front of Hofburg Palace.

mozart first concert

In Vienna, Mozart was everywhere. In restaurants, in chocolates, in decor …. the World’s most famous composer had his first concert at age 6 in 1762 in front of the Imperial family here. Talk about a prodigy.

prague at night st. charles bridge

And last but not the least, the whole city of Prague was just magical. It totally takes you to a different world that is enchanting. St. Charles bridge at night was both mysterious and beautiful at the same time.

And there you go — a compressed version of our trip. In my dream life — I work to travel and travel to work, ha! Hopefully, there’s a new trip on the horizon!

Cheers to 2014!

Cheers to 2014 from Maureen Stevens

Going through piles and piles of stuff…that’s what I’m doing as I ring in the New Year {writing this post the 30th of December}. Oh you know, just the usual de-cluttering and reorganizing the home office; except I’m starting a tad early to really start fresh in 2014. So they say, out with the old and in with the new. 2013 has been a great ride; I said goodbye to my online shop {The Inglenook Decor} to focus on interior design. I’ve been having a good ol’ rockin time and meeting new people, seeing different places, having new experiences and constantly getting inspired. Aside from that darn tight boots that I bought {thinking my feet were a half-size smaller}, I say life is pretty good.

If you’ve been checking out the website in the past month — you probably have seen that we changed things in here quite a bit. We have been tweaking & re-tweaking my space in online land. If you’re new here, well “hello there!” Can you please stay, linger longer & come back often? My programmer and designer have done a fabulous job if I must say so myself 🙂 I wanted a website that is seamless, cohesive, well-edited, beautiful, fresh, friendly & approachable all at the same time {I may be talking about how my design process goes here too}. And they nailed it! They were also extremely patient with me {hello — I do ask for a lot, have tons of stuff spinning in my head & then from time to time, ok, a lot, forgets things}, responsive and thorough. I couldn’t have asked for a better duo to help me with revamping the website and make something that reflects me. Charmie — old soul, true beauty, amazing kaftan model and all around creative genius {and she can be a kick ass copy writer too!} & Aaron — muscle man, brilliant coder, programmer prodigy & plug-in Ninja. I can’t thank these two enough and you, yes you…if you ever need a website, these people are the best!

I hope you can check out my “About” page although I definitely would love to know more about you by contacting me here. Spill the beans and tell me who you are and what you like, what inspires you and the travel experiences you can’t forget. Check out my Design and Styling services, images of some of my projects and a snapshot of how the process works. A little pat on the back is always rewarding, we compiled our favorite ones in the Kudos and Press pages. You can subscribe by clicking on the envelope in the top right corner or find the Subscribe box at the bottom of the pages. And connect with us by clicking on the social media icons.

2014 is shaping up to be swell already! New Year, new experiences, new people, new places and new discoveries. I wish the best for you. Cheers to new beginnings!

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Happy Holidays All!

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Well folks, it’s that time of the year again! Today, I did a few last minute shopping with my daughter {who by the way is my favorite shopping buddy}. I woke up with a mission & a checklist on hand. I think we were pretty successful, didn’t even get distracted!  All the wrapping’s done & tomorrow we’re off to go to my in-laws a few hours away. I’m looking forward to a home-cooked hearty meal & our nephew’s adorable eyes of delight as he opens his gifts. In the Philippines, we do noche buena where we wait until midnight of the 24th to have our Christmas meal & open our gifts afterwards. Just imagine the anticipation! I miss that…. As I form new traditions here in the US, I bring with me memories of Christmas past but eternally grateful for the amazing family that surrounds me now.

I hope all of you have an amazing Christmas!

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5 Shops to Love at Blue Genie Art Bazaar

I am officially in chaos mode! For some or perhaps most of you, you may already have had your shop on, oh well since before Thanksgiving. Not me! So, I’ve been checking out all of the shopping events in and Around Austin. Come to find out the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is ongoing until December 24th…wee! If you’re like me, I avoid the too-busy and crazy roads that lead to the shopping malls. I also try to look for something unique. For some of you not familiar with the Bazaar; it features thousands of handmade artworks, jewelry, clothing and gifts from more than 135 Austin area artists. You are shopping and helping local artists and not only that, aside from a selection of juried artists, fun events happen throughout the show.

After stalking their exhibitors, here are my favorites so far:

1. South Austin Gallery: Pop style Art with the influence of Austin surroundings.

jennifer hill ceramics

2. Jennifer Hill Ceramics: tableware and sculptures with cue from the luscious flora of the sea.

3. The Plaid Pigeon : We’re not tired of succulents yet…why not plant them in these quirky neon creatures that ruled the Earth eons ago?

4. Old is the New: Oh because vintage camera nightlights is just oh-so-cool.

5. Fair Morning Blue: Your table service will be amazing with hand-stamped flour sack tea towels.

Here are the deets:

Where: Marchesa Hall

When: Nov. 29th to Dec 4th; 10 am to 10 pm

Parking: Free! Seriously!

You must,you just have to visit and check out all the swoon-worthy goodies!

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Help Rescue Yolanda Survivors

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typhoon-5 An aerial view shows damaged houses, as residents wave for help after Typhoon Haiyan hit a village in Panay island, in northern Iloilo Province.

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Residents seek refuge inside a Catholic church which was converted into an evacuation center after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city. As rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged villages along the coast, where the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000, survivors foraged for food as supplies dwindled or searched for lost loved ones.

As we flip through the news and watch in horror as typhoon Yolanda ravishes through cities and provinces in the Philippines, killing over 10,000 residents and thousands more displaced, hungry with no food, no clean water, electricity or medical attention, we stand heartbroken. As some of you may know, I am Filipino and call Philippines my homeland and such tragic news hits close to home (literally). Filipinos are resilient, and to fathom the fact that survivors who’ve lost all their family but not hope may not live due to starvation or the lack of clean water is too much for me to take. I am grateful to see all the help pouring in from different nations, but I, along with many others know the importance of what each individual can give and the significance of something as small as $25 can amount to when we all lend a hand.

So I feel it from head down to the end of my tippy toes, how fortunate we are to be able to help, to have something to give and not only that, to encourage others to do the same. So I ask for you to consider giving or helping in the best way you know how. Many of us may not have the time to volunteer, or know who to donate to, so here are some organizations organized by the Huffington Post:

World Food Programme The UN’s hunger-fighting organization has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here. Red Cross The humanitarian and disaster relief organization has sent emergency responders and volunteers to provide meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.

The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.

AmeriCares The emergency response and global health organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.

World Vision The Christian humanitarian organization that specifically supports families living in poverty is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers. World Vision was also still actively responding to last month’s earthquake in Bohol, which fortunately was not struck by the eye of the storm. Learn more here.

ShelterBox ShelterBox, an emergency relief organization, provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Learn more here.

UNICEF Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.

Salvation Army The Christian hunger and poverty-fighting organization is allocating 100 percent of all disaster donations for relief efforts “to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.” Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.

Save The Children The organization, which prioritizes kids’ needs, has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. Learn more here.

Doctors Without Borders The international medical humanitarian organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits. Learn more here.

Operation USA The Los Angeles-based nonprofit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online. Learn more here.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee The humanitarian assistance organization, which fights global poverty in 70 different countries, is sending disaster and relief development experts to aid in recovery. The organization is also empowering local partners in their efforts. Learn more here.

The Lutheran World Relief LWR, which fights poverty by improving global health and ensuring basic human rights are met, is working with local partners to provide water, shelter, financial resources and recovery efforts. LWR is appealing for $2.5 million for its typhoon relief fund. Learn more here.

Catholic Relief Services CRS will provide shelter, water, toilets and more. The charitable arm aims to provide temporary housing for 32,000 families in three areas. Learn more here.

Team Rubicon The nonprofit, which galvanizes first responders and veterans to help in times of crises, has sent a group of specialists to aid in search-and rescue, medical triage and medical relief. A second team will be deployed Nov. 12 to create a supply chain for field work. Learn more here.

International Medical Corps The emergency response team is providing infection control, clean water and food to families in the hardest hit areas. Learn more here.

The International Rescue Committee The organization, which specializes in humanitarian crises, is sending a relief team to help provide water and sanitation systems. Learn more here.

Action Against Hunger The international poverty-fighting nonprofit, which provides sustainable global food and water solutions, is distributing drinking water, buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. It’s also providing sanitation equipment to help prevent waterborne diseases. Learn more here.

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