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Finally! I'm ready to reveal the Big Girl on Broadway project. This project was installed months ago, but my first photoshoot was a fail (#entrepreneurproblems), and then the summer basically got away from me before I could sit down and work on this beaut!
This past spring, I was so excited when Awesome Family enlisted me to turn their third bedroom/office/guest room/storage room into a Big Girl room for their adorable two-going-on-three little girl, who will hereon in be referred to as Client M. It was time for Client M to move out of the nursery and into a Big Girl Room with a Big Girl Bed. Come late summer, she would be getting a brand new baby brother (any day now!) It was so smart of her parents to start The Great Transition a few months before and gift her with this room for her 3rd birthday. Very strategic for everyone involved - I like it and am taking notes... although I am not pregnant with Baby #2 and we do not have a third bedroom.
After the initial phone consultation with Awesome Family (no pink walls + calming vibe + budget of 5K all in), Client M and I had a meeting at her beautiful pre-war apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I came armed with the following inspiration images:
This is what I call the "Yay or Nay Session" so I can get a better idea of what the client has in mind. In this case, Awesome Family and Client M liked a little bit from each photo, and especially loved this last photo (which I would just like to mention I worship! You can see the room in its entirety here).
After I gave Client M a high five and a hug goodbye, I set to work putting together style boards and floor plans. If you are a dedicated le petit a.p.t. reader (which I know you ALL are), you may remember this blog from back in the day in which I shared the two style board runner ups. But since you're probably too lazy to click back to it (it's okay, I get it) I present them to you here:
And here are the floor plan runner ups:
And the winner was ...
About midway through the project, I came by to check on everything that had been delivered thus far and pick out a paint color.
Once the walls were painted and everything had been delivered/assembled, I came in to do my installation while Awesome Family was away on vacation. It took a few days and some small tweaks for me to get everything they way I wanted it to look, but I couldn't be happier with the final result. Awesome Family loves it, and that makes me so happy. And in Client M's words? "Wow, this is incredible!"
And of course, here are some before and after's!
I really had a blast doing this amazing room for such a cool Tiny Human client. I'm so glad she loves it and has been sleeping in her Big Girl Bed for a few months now. And truly, she is so adorable and animated, she should not only live on Broadway, but be on Broadway! Does anyone know an agent? This girl has got some serious style. I have a feeling she'll be teaching her new baby bro the ways of the world in no time.
Photocreds: Yours Truly
It's been a busy week here at le petit a.p.t., hence the radio blog silence. Eric will have been in four cities within five days by this Sunday. When he's away, I desperately try to keep myself physically busy with projects around the a.p.t. (installed two things with my drill today, woo!), walks, playdates, outings with Ms. Avery Etta, errands galore. Anything to make the day go by faster works for me. It's been a nice break from the computer and social media, which we all know can becoming draining after awhile.
With all of the travel Eric has being doing lately, I've been what I call "single-momming it". This is only for a week at a time. I'm in awe of those who do this always. I honestly don't know how they do it. Much respect to you, mamas! I know some don't consider being a mom a true job, but it is the hardest job. And that's an understatement. You truly don't know until you are living it. There's no amount of babysitting or experience with children that can prepare you for it. All I can say is I Heart Avery, and I Heart Daycare. I feel so lucky to have a good support system place, and I give major props to those who don't and actually make it through the day, raising a healthy, well-adjusted child to boot.
You can have the happiest, most easygoing baby, but they are still a baby, and you are still a mommy who needs a break once and awhile. Or at least you need to know that your partner is coming home at the end of the day to let you take a five minute breather by lying face down on the spaghetti-milk-filled floor while he throws tiny human in the tub. It's hard when you know he's not coming home. It's a different mentality. You basically just power through like a mom bot. You enjoy the alone time and sense of independence to an extent, but it gets real old real fast. For more on single momming it - aka #babydaddytravelsalot read this great blog entry by Katie Schorr.
So, while I'm failing in the search to find some extra time to upload and edit my final images from the Big Girl on Broadway project installation, I want to share with you the "winning" style board that my client chose. Awhile back, I shared with you the two runners up. You can find them here.
Without further ado, ta-da! Here it is:
Big Girl Glam
Gorgeous pink, blue and mint rug, coupled with sophisticated mirrored dresser. Blue/green walls to pick up on rug. Mixture of textures and patterns to avoid fussiness. Upholstered faux leather white trundle/storage bed (bonus- wipeable!). Black natural material accent table + fun animal art gallery wall to tie in black/white zebra chair.
I can't wait to show you how this came to life, once I'm done single-momming it... Until then, I'm on momopilot mode.