Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Royal Nursery for the Duke and Duchess!

I am over the moon excited about the news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton expecting a beautiful little heir to the throne!

Of course my excitement would be 100 fold if I were fortunate enough to have the honor of designing a royal nursery! I have dozens of ideas swirling around in my head just in case I get the call.  (Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?!)
In my excitement, I’ve consulted my Fairy Godmother to ask her whether they’re having a boy or a girl. She predicts they’ll have a little girl who, of course, is named Diana in honor of Prince William’s beloved mother, Princess Diana.
As for the little princess’s nursery, I believe that Kate would want a classic yet not too fussy design. Pink damask wallpaper (fabulous wallpaper is all the rage in England ) with pretty pink striped silk drapery panels puddling on the glossy hardwood floors. Ivory and pink silk and velvet bedding with hand-carved, antique ivory furnishings would keep it sweet yet traditional.
Kate wouldn’t want to seem pretentious by designing a stereotypical “princess nursery” - she would want it to be elegant while avoiding references to crowns.  So I’ve selected a carousel horse motif since Prince William is quite the experienced horseman, enjoying polo and a good fox hunt.

I love to incorporate family photos and heirlooms into my nurseries. After all, the newest member of the family should be surrounded by warmth, love and heritage. I often contact grandparents (as I did with the Valastro family) and ask them to share some family heirlooms and sentimental items to sneak into the nursery as a heart-warming surprise when I reveal the room to the mommy and daddy to be.  In Kate and William’s nursery, a fitting focal point would be a photo of Princess Diana holding Prince William as a baby. 
Photo courtesy noahhunt.org

In search of the perfect family heirlooms to display, I've adventured through closets and dusty attics, for my clients. My heart races at the idea of rummaging through palace nooks and crannies for items to incorporate into the nursery. Imagine stumbling upon a box of heirloom baby royal's shoes and displaying them, as treasures, in a shadow box on the wall.

While only one in millions can be a true-to-life princess, each and every little girl can feel like one with a little nursery magic from Jack and Jill Interiors. Call today or at least before the clock strikes midnight....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Welcome to Our New Endeavor- The Princess and The Prop Maker

Today is an exciting day.  We are announcing Princess and the Prop Maker to the world!  We invite you to join in on the fun, ask questions, give feedback and of course share us with your friends.  Be sure to drop by our Facebook page, we'd love to interact with you there.  As Sherri flares her flowing gown in a curtsey and Aaron waives his paint covered hands hello, we extend to you our thanks and shared excitement in saying......

Welcome to the Princess and The Prop Maker

You are invited to visit our individual websites to get to know us!

Meet Our Prop Maker

It seems that Mr. Prop Maker, aka Aaron Christensen, is creating quite the buzz these days.  Susie Fougerousse, founder of the hugely popular, one-stop shop for all things kid- Rosenberry Rooms, recently sat down to interview Aaron. I’ve often stated that I’d love to crawl inside the mind of this creative genius to see what magical things he’s got brewing in there, so this is as close as we get to that inside peek into what makes this man tick.  Check out the interview on the Very Rosenberry Blog to hear all about how he decked out his own childhood digs, his beginnings as a store window display designer, how he designed his own children’s rooms, and where he finds his inspiration for current design projects and artwork.  He even eludes to a new joint venture with another children’s designer….gee, I sure hope he’s not two-timing the Princess!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Casting Call

A casting director has our celebrity nursery expert extraordinaire, Sherri Blum on the hunt for a 2nd or 3rd trimester Mom-to-be, for some pregger TV time, in a reality show episode. If you or a friend would love a high style nursery by the fabulous Sherri to start your new mommy journey in PA, MD, NJ, CT or New York, then send over some contact information immediately to Info@JackandJillinteriors.com. Be sure to share this rare opportunity with your friends and family.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The 2012 Color of the Year

Hey Mr. Prop Maker...have you heard that Boyz-n-Berry is the 2012 color of the year? I was actually expecting Emerald Green or Sapphire Blue since these colors have hit the fashion runways hard recently. Princess Kate loves wearing these jewel tones, too! (Yes, I do keep up with what the other princesses are wearing!) So... what is your favorite Boyz-n-Berry colored product for kids? - Sherri

Hey Sherri, it's great that Boyz-n-berry is moving in on pink's territory.  I personally like the fact that it is sophisticated and would partner with oranges, reds and browns, making it a strong unisex or even masculine coordinate. I asked some of my creative friends and kid industry smarties to give us their thoughts on this "flavor" of the year.

Television host, designer and author, Mark Montano wasn't shocked at all to see the aubergine relative gain prominence.  "My theory is that Barbie likes this color, then every girl in the world will respond to it, too.  Barbie knows her pinks and purples, trust me on this," Mark elaborates.  His recent release of "The Big Ass Book of Crafts 2" hasn't slowed him down, he's busy designing something special in honor of Barbie, that has him "up to his neck in purples and pinks."  With his repertoire of hundreds of crafting projects, to guess what he is creating would almost be futile.  You never know, he may reveal the project on his Facebook page at anytime.

Deanna Campbell, the owner and nostalgic style diva from MyRetroBaby.com has her opinions tuned into the color being used in more contemporary ways.  "Boyz-n-Berry has a striking urban and modern feel.  There is a bit of mystery with this color and quiet sophistication," Deanna says.  With her experience as a  retailer specialized in catering to mod-moms it wouldn't be a surprise that she loves the color's ability to mingle with orange, it is so very retro chic.  She adds, "Deep shades of purple are emerging as a solid color choice when it comes to nursery design and baby accessories.  This color looks spectacular when paired with warm neutrals and rich oranges."

With her designs sought after and sold by amazing companies like Robert Kaufman Fabrics, K & Company and C.R. Gibson, the talented Terri Conrad must have her pulse on color trends or a fantastic crystal ball.  Her trusted sources are reliably on the mark, when she reveals that the boysenberry blend of purple can be seen in her recent dinnerware designs from Merritt USA and her Botanique collection designs for Creative Co-op.  She professes her fondness "I love the color.  It's been a prominent player in my palette, it's sophisticated with a touch of playfulness."

Saplings in Caldwell, New Jersey
I admire and am always amazed by the terrific merchandising in Cindy Blanco's store called Saplings, in Caldwell, New Jersey.  She has a terrific eye.   Her ability to sell a vast array of products by communicating visually, through wonderful lifestyle vignettes, helps her customers stay on top of the latest styles.  They often inspire her customers to hire Cindy to decorate their homes.  Cindy always has areas in the shop specifically merchandised for kids and teens.  Her choice of color combinations are always a reflection of what's trending for boys and girls.  "If a boy wanted a purple room and didn't want his friends to make fun of him, boyz-n-berry would be the choice.  With a burst of red or even orange, it would feel hip and so comfortable to work with," she adds.

Frisco, Texas is the home of Dimples and Dandelions, one of the top shopping destinations for mommies with style.  Wendy Stroud and her husband, Michael, owner of the D&D storefront and popular DimplesAndDandelions.com started their journey in the juvenile business back in 2005.  Wendy, a mother of three and discerning buyer, is always on the look out for new trends, she finds the purple palette to be a refreshing alternative to her favorite pink palette.   She's a self professed girly-girl.  She finds that "the color Boyz-n-berry is a really cool color because you can do so many different looks with it, for example, you can go edgy, glamourous or regal and sophisticated.  It can be a total glam color in a tween room with a black chandelier, zebra print, crystal knobs and maybe, just maybe a bit of teal for some extra pop!"  

Wendy was so excited to play with this eggplant palette, she sent over a few inspirational pictures to share.

My daughter would claim that Justin Bieber is the king of pop-purple, I'm going to go out on a limb and say she's probably right.  He seems to be the "fear no color" ambassador, with his not-so-typical male hue picks.  Maybe some of his influence in fashion has spread, so teens and tweens can feel less bound by color stereotypes and are more willing to experiment with color.  I too, can imagine a boys room featuring this color and am inspired to suggest it to some clients.  Likewise, it will be a refreshing alternative to the pink values often requested by my young female clients.  Boyz-n-berry- it's name might be more telling than we think.


Aaron- I'm not at all surprised that these fabulous trend-setters are already using this mysterious yet versatile hue! The consensus seems to be that we'll see this color paired with a warm neutral...dare I say the reign of the cool gray neutral might be nearing its end? 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Celebrity Baby Bumps and Bumps in the Road

Princess...oh, Princess! With Kim Kardashian's crumbled marriage comes the fact there may not be a peewee Humpdashian running around anytime soon, if ever (big surprise). So who's on your sure bet baby bump watch list?

Darn! I was so looking forward to fighting you for that nursery job! I'm sure it would have been quite extravagant. I've personally been dreaming of designing a magical nursery for Jennifer Aniston. The rumor mill has been churning over whether she is or is not expecting. I'll go on record though in stating....I'm ready when she is!

Ah, good ole' Jennifer Aniston. Considering the abundance of romantic comedies she's starred in, a baby bump surely would be in her future at some point. If you're looking for some funny clients I've read that Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are expecting a baby boy. What a hilarious baby shower that would be.

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 There's also Jessica Simpson. I couldn't see her liking my style, but you my friend would rock her babies nursery.  

Jessica Simpson Mommified for Halloween

 Bruce Willis and his wife are expecting, now there's a nursery for me! Die Hard meets Mother Goose!