Baby Girl Nursery

Inspiration comes from everywhere.  Truly.  Jessica and I will see something and be instantly inspired to design a room around it....a fabric, a piece of artwork, a pillow...maybe even a clutch.  More on that coming up.

On a recent client tile shopping trip, Jessica commented on a bracelet I was wearing. I told her it was from a great company called Noonday Collection.  The purpose of this post is not to talk about them, but I believe their mission, along with the missions of several other companies I love (and maybe need to do a post about soon), is too valuable not to share.  Here's a brief summary of their mission from their website:

"We partner with talented artisan entrepreneurs to make a difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By developing artisan businesses through fair trade, we empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them. Together we’re building a flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, people have jobs and we are connected."

If that's not something Jessica and I can get behind, I don't know what is!

Now back to the clutch.  After said shopping trip, I sent Jessica a link to the Noonday Collection website knowing she would love the rest of their beautiful jewelry and accessories as well. And while there, I couldn't help but peruse it again myself.  Which is how I found this pretty little clutch, the Zardozi (currently on sale too!), the inspiration.

noonday collection beaded clutch

I saw it and immediately thought "Oh I would love to design a nursery around this!"  And so I did...

traditional glam girl nursery by 3a design studio

curtains // lamp // glider // pendant // accent table // acrylic frames // etagere
 // dresser // crib (sold out, similar here) // pillow 1 // pillow 2 // pillow 3 // bedding

With creamy walls, the gray velvet curtains bring so much warmth and softness to the space (And they're blackout, a baby must. Right?) The mix of patterns, textures and metals (yes, you can do that and should!) create a layered look where minimal accessories are needed to finish off the space.  I always say light fixtures can make or break a room, and I think this one definitely makes it!  Besides, all rooms need a little brass in them :)

These nursery designs are giving me baby fever!  And since Jessica and I are done having some of our own, we need to design some rooms for your babies!  Send them on!  Nurseries and children's rooms are our favorite rooms to design.

Until the next inspiration hits...

Best White Paint Colors

One of the things we get asked about most often is paint colors, specifically our favorite neutrals.  So we're going to do a mini upcoming series on our favorite whites and grays.

Let's start with the whites.  You think that white is just white...until you get to the paint aisle and stare at those tiny 2" paint squares and see a ton of different variations until your eyes cross and you have no idea which is which.  Which is why we're here to help!

Let's walk you through our favorites.

favorite white paint colors benjamin moore 3a design studio

China White

This one is a warm, off-white perfect for a tranquil setting.  Its warm tones are very calming and welcoming and will look great in just about any room.

Swiss Coffee

This is another one in Benjamin Moore's Off-White Collection.  It has warm undertones with slight hints of green as you can see in the image below.

benjamin moore swiss coffee
benjamin moore swiss coffee living room

Cloud Nine

This is another soft white with slight hints of gray.  It's enough of a subtle change from standard white trim while still being a blank slate for any room.

cloud  nine
cloud nine

Wind's Breath

One of the darkest in our selection, this off-white paint has neutral undertones in the brown family. 

winds breath ben moore
Design by Kate Roos Design

Design by Kate Roos Design

Simply White

There is a reason this was named Color of the Year a couple of years back.  It looks good on cabinetry, walls, really anywhere in house.  It's not too gray and not too yellow, simply white.  Pun intended.

Design by Studio McGee

Design by Studio McGee

White Dove

Here's another warm white with less yellow undertones.  It's classic and warm without too much pigmentation.

benjamin moore white dove

We hope that helps you narrow it down some!  Until next time!

Cognac Leather

At 3A we love adding natural textures to our designs. Whether it is a jute rug, woven baskets, or an upholstered leather piece, it adds interest and warmth to a space. One of my favorite natural materials that is a hot right now, is cognac leather. It is rich in color yet neutral enough to go with just about any design scheme.  Not to mention, it is great material with kids as it can be easily wiped clean.

A recent e-design we completed, which we incorporated cognac leather pillows.

A recent e-design we completed, which we incorporated cognac leather pillows.

Here are a few inspirational rooms that have included a little cognac leather, along with, a few items to help you achieve the look at home.


Until next time!

Resolve to Love Where You Live

According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by the second week of February.  But what if that didn't have to be the case?  What if you made a resolution that would not only better your life but also the lives of your family and friends and all who enter your home? 

80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.

Okay, maybe that sounds a little deep, but it's something we firmly believe.  What if you made a resolution to finally tackle that room you've been putting off?  Or that wall that you've stared at for over a year and still can't decide what color to paint it?  Having a beautiful home isn't just about the aesthetics but more the quality of life it brings.  As designer Laura Nelson put it,

I realized what an emotional effect it has on people to change their surroundings, to give them a space that speaks to them and improves their day-to-day life.

So what's holding you back? 

Money.  That's what we often hear.  But when you think about it, investing in your home only requires a small investment but yields big results. 

For those that just need a little guidance or a few finishing touches, our Ask My Designer service is perfect.  And it starts at $75--that's about what you'd spend on a meal out for two.  Our full room E-Designs start at $450.  Let's think about what else we spend hundreds of dollars on without blinking an eye and the length of that investment.  


When you look at the money issue that way, it seems like a no-brainer, right?  Your home is where you spend the majority of your time aside from your workplace.  Why not enjoy it?  Why not sit down on your sofa and look around and like what you see?  Why not leave your master bedroom door open because you're not afraid of a guest looking in?

Whether it's starting from scratch--from paint colors to hard finishes to lighting, we've helped clients starting out with only blue prints and walked them through the entire design process.  Or maybe you just need an extra pair of eyes (in our case, two) to help bring your Pinterest board vision to life.  We are here to listen to your needs, wants and ideas and put our years of experience to work to make your room, your home truly yours. 

So let's stop being the 80% and start making resolutions that will actually change our lives for the better.  Resolve to love where you live.  We'd love to help you get started!