We have our list of go-to design blogs that we read regularly. These blogs, and the people behind them, give us our daily fix of inspiration. One of our favorite blogs for nursery inspiration is Nursery Notations. We are pretty sure once you take a peek it will be one of your favorites as well. Andrika King, the owner and editor of the blog, is passionate about great design, children's spaces and sharing her fabulous finds with mothers and designers. Meet Andrika King, Interior Designer and Editor of Nursery Notations. Check out some of her nursery picks.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING?
Basically, I needed a virtual place to store all of my inspirational design ideas. After owning and operating a 2,700 square foot children's store and design center I could not let all of my experience go to waste so I decided to share it with friends.
HOW HAS IT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
The blog has enabled me to make new friends and contacts all over the world and expand my design business. The man hours required to maintain a good blog are tedious but luckily I love what I do and could spend all day writing posts. I try to limit it to one a day otherwise I would get carried away and forget to work on clients' projects.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BLOG.
Nursery Notations is a site devoted to sharing inspirational design ideas and products with parents and interior designers. I like to showcase rooms designed by some of the top professionals in the world as well as reader's rooms. Since I did own a store I will forever have a "buyer" mentality and love sharing new product finds with my readers.
DID YOU HAVE YOUR DESIGN BUSINESS BEFORE YOU STARTED THE BLOG OR WAS IT A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THE BLOG?
I owned my store first and helped customers design their children's rooms in our design center. I loved what I did and took night classes at a design school to enhance my skills. We closed the store after my son was born and the blog came next, then my interior design business, Andrika King Design.
DO YOU HAVE LITTLE ONES? HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THEIR ROOM AND STYLE?
Yes. I have a 2.5 year old boy and a little girl on the way. I personally love children's rooms to have a sophisticated flair so my son's room does not have any particular theme. I let the fabrics, artwork and modern furniture set the tone. Since we live a few yards from the beach I incorporated a slightly nautical design with colors focusing on marine blue, light blue, grey, white, yellow and orange. For my girl's room the final design is TBD and I am buying pieces for it as I go but the basic color scheme is peach, white, light blue and stem green.
WHAT IS THE BEST BLOG ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
Be honest and as far as design, pictures speak more than words.
YOUR BLOG IS SUCH A GREAT SOURCE OF INSPIRATION WHEN IT COMES TO NURSERY/CHILDREN'S SPACES. WHAT BLOGS AND MAGAZINES DO YOU LOOK TO FOR INSPIRATION?
I'm a contributing writer on Project Nursery so I read that blog every day. Other favorite blogs include yours, Ohdeehoh, Buy Modern Baby, Simplified Bee, Elements of Style, The Southern Eclectic, Pink Wallpaper, House of Turquoise (it's my favorite color) & All the Best. I'm also an avid reader of the on-line magazines Lonny, Rue, Matchbook and High Gloss, and the must read shelter magazines Veranda, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Dwell and, because I live by the beach, Coastal Living. I must admit, I'm addicted to Pinterest and Houzz.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
A block from the beach in Manhattan Beach, CA.
IF WE WERE VISITING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST FOR US TO SEE/DO/EAT/SHOP?
In the morning, go for a walk or run on the Strand, grab a coffee and breakfast at North End Cafe, head to the beach at 5th for some R&R, grab a sandwich and cookie for lunch at Beckers, take the rest of the afternoon to shop in downtown Manhattan Beach. Must see shops include Bloume Baby for organic children's products, Waterleaf for interior decor, Cami and Dawn Baker for casual cool California attire and accessories, Bella Beach Kids for a gift for the kids and The Creamery for an afternoon ice cream snack. For dinner head to Post, Petros or Rock'n Fish followed by a night cap at Mangiamo or Ercoles.
FIVE THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT.
My family. Sunshine - preferably summers at the beach. Cameras - Nikon D80, Canon Elf, FujiFilm Waterproof, Flip video and hence photos. Chocolate Chip Cookies. Lululemon Clothing - my morning uniform.
Three Kisses, Chelsea, Rachel and Diana