Designing a Nursery for The Cake Boss

Watch Sherri on The Cake Boss Baby Special!

I don’t know about yours, but our family (especially our 10-year-old daughter) is in love with The Cake Boss. Buddy and his passionate fondant-rolling, frosting-piping New Jersey clan have us riveted, hungry and chuckling every week.

Designer Sherri BlumSo as you can imagine, we were over-the-moon excited to learn that our own Nursery and Kid’s Room Design Contributor, Sherri Blum, would be creating a space for Buddy and Lisa’s new baby!!

That’s right! Tune in to the one hour Cake Boss Baby Special, tonight Sunday, March 6 at 9:00 PM/8:00 PM Central as Sherri Blum, owner of Jack and Jill Interiors helps Buddy and Lisa design their baby nursery!

Read more details, and see photos at Sherri’s blog at Jack and Jill Interiors. Also, check out Sherri’s contest on her Facebook page here!

Fun and Funky Side Tables

Side tables are functional furniture – a home to your coffee, a table lamp, your ever-lengthening to-do list. But rather then only function, how about choosing a side table that accents your design with a playful shape, a shot of color, on unexpected material?

Enjoy these fun and funky choices:

West Elm Recyclable Aluminum Martini Side Table

West Elm’s Martini Side Table is a like a sweet, little bon-bon for the room, glittering in recyclable aluminum.

West Elm Martini Side Table

I’m digging the studded sides, and the storage capacity of Worlds Away’s Nora Side Table in White Lacquer.

Worlds Away Nora Table in White Lacquer

Add feminine curves with Urban Outfitters Coil Side Table – a great use of wire.

Urban Outfitters Coil Side Table

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a fat stack of design mags in your living room. Corral them in a storage table like Home Decorators’ Emily Side Table, in Antique Yellow.

Home Decorators Emily Side Table

This one’s got texture, glitz and rhythm –
Worlds Away’s Davis Basketweave Side Table, in Silver Leaf.

Worlds Away's Davis Basket Weave Silver Leaf Side Table

Want a uniquely shaped table with a good-sized surface, that doesn’t add much visual weight to your design? Try Pottery Barn’s Potter’s Wheel Accent Table.

Pottery Barn Potters Wheel Accent Table

Here’s a shot of rustic – Modernarks’ Whisky Shipping Crate Side Table.

modernarks Whisky Shipping Crate Side Table

The storage swivels left and right with Heal’s mod, Tube Side Table, in Green.

Heal's Tube Side Table in Green

And if your room could use a little ‘tude, I spy SilverFoxSalvage’s Hand Painted Eye Table.

Here's Lookin' at You Kid

SilverFox Salvage's Hand Painted Eye Table

 

What’s your fave side table?

Stylish Entertaining

by Mari Robeson

Everyday can be special, when you welcome friends and family around your table.
Mari Robeson—Interior Design expert and Contributor—helps us do so with style and function. Mari takes us inside the world of design, and helps us bring beauty and color to the places we call home.

 

I love entertaining. The way you set your table and present your entrees can be like a mini Interior Design project. First, let’s talk some dining room basics.

Jonathan Adler Dining Room

Dining Room Table

Here are some tips for selecting a dining room table for your family:

  • Round tables are great for flow and ease of conversation and usually seat 4 to 6 people.
  • If you entertain more than 4 people, a rectangular table may be a better selection for you.
  • The base of the table is important too. Keep in mind that a table with a trestle base will allow you to seat more people around it.

Good Lighting

Another important item when setting up your dining room is lighting. A chandelier centered above the table is traditional.

  • The bottom of the chandelier should hang approximately 36” above the top of the table.
  • The scale of the fixture is important too. If the room is 10’ x 10’ add them together for a 20” chandelier.
  • Sconces perform a secondary, ambient light and look beautiful in a dining room.
  • Also, most people forget these…dimmers! I highly suggest putting them on all your light fixtures, especially the ones in your dining room.
  • Here’s one last little tip about lighting. If you’re having candles on the table with your meal, I’d suggest unscented ones. The smell of your amazing homemade cooking should take center stage.

(Dining Room by Jonathan Adler.)

A Colorful Tablescape

Once you’ve selected the appropriate table and lighting for your needs, have fun creating your tabletop.

Last year Pantone picked Turquoise to be the color of the year but it looks like turquoise is here to stay throughout 2011 as well. I did notice that the color has gotten deeper and richer this year but as you can see from these examples Turquoise is still hot.

Turquoise Finds for Entertaining
Peacock Cups at Amazon. All other items from ZGallerie.com.

I’m seeing a lot of Peacock-inspired designs too, which are so whimsical and fun. Let’s face it, our country has gone through some tough times lately and having these cheery colors around our home is a nice little pick-me-up.

More Turquoise Finds for Entertaining
Cake plates, mixer and dishes from Macys.com. Coasters and placemat from ZGallerie.com

I hope these little tips and colorful finds help you, and perhaps inspire you to have your own dinner party. There is nothing more special than sharing time with loved ones in a home that is warm and inviting!

 

Designer Mari RobesonMari Robeson — an Interior and Product Designer, and a published Illustrator — strives to bring beauty into the world whenever she can. Mari shares with us her Interior Design tips and advice, and makes learning design concepts fun. With her fresh, creative projects, Mari spreads her love of color and beautiful textiles.

Mari has designed everything from restaurants to children’s rooms. She recently launched her own line of home décor accessories and textiles. She and her husband own WM Design Consultants on the beautiful Central California Coast.

Most days you can find Mari working up her latest designs or teaching Interior Design Workshops in her colorful studio nestled in the countryside.

 
 
What colors, or special items help you create a stylish table?

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