Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Summer, summer, summertime

There's just something about the hot, humid weather and naked babies that go hand in hand, but hey...a girl's gotta have some style too! That's where these adorable bloomers come into play.

Designs by Shannon - Baby Bloomers - $12.00

My fellow Javis Davis design partner for the Nashville, Tennessee area, Shannon Russell, makes these bloomers as well as many other monogrammed baby items such as blankets, onesies, burp clothes, blankets, and nap sacks. Contact Shannon for pricing and availability.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Javis Davis Spring Sale

Javis Davis is currently offering a Friends & Family Secret Spring Sale during the month of May, and you will get to take 15% off your total order (excluding fabric yardage and upholstered chairs). This sale is not advertised on the Javis Davis website and is just for those-in-the-know.
Lucinda Collection
3 piece crib set (as shown), $364.00, on sale $309.40
Balloon Valance (as shown), $82.00, on sale $69.70
Square Corded Pillow (as shown), $42.00, on sale $35.70

It's not just baby bedding...maybe you have a toddler that is ready to transfer into a big kid bed? I can help. Looking to update that worn out shower curtain that doesn't match the rest of your child's room? Let me know. Ready to dress up those windows with some custom valances? I'm your girl. Contact me and let's get busy decorating. Hurry though...this awesome sale ends on May 31st.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Toy shopping you can feel good about

It seems that there are more and more eco-friendly baby products available that inspire creativity and involve less and less P-L-A-S-T-I-C, but I have found a one-stop shop Kangaroo Boo. Most of their toys are made in Europe, but many are made here in the good ol' U S of A. You can browse their website by country of origin, and they even have a category labeled "not made in China". I love it!

I've ordered several items from this company and have been pleased with every order. Some of my baby girl's current favs are:
Animal Den by Haba

Kringelring by Haba

The famous Sophie the Giraffe by Vulli

Chan Pie Gnon by

Even better...Kangaroo Boo donates a portion of each sale to children related charities. You even get to choose the charity you want them to donate to from a list of supported organizations. Online shopping you can feel good about!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bookcase re-do

Back when I was decorating my daughter's nursery I wanted a bookcase in one corner of the room. I found this one and fell in love.
But I was not in love with the price tag...$1,150.00.

I know that in a few years we'll end up buying all new "big girl" furniture and I'll want all the pieces to work together. I wasn't willing to make this kind of investment not knowing if it would work in the room in the future.

So one day while at my local Target I ran across this bookcase.
Kind of plain but the price was right, just $89.99.

I decided to buy it and try to "dress it up" a little. Once I got the bookcase home and started putting all the pieces together I realized that the back piece was made out of a flimsy cardboard type of material. So instead of attaching that piece I went to Lowe's and had a piece of wainscoting cut to the same size as the cardboard piece. Then I painted the wainscoting with a sage green color I had used in other areas of the room. After attaching the wainscoting it made the whole bookcase seem a lot sturdier and gave it a much better look. Then I decided to also paint the drawer front using the same green, and I attached a new hand-painted drawer knob.

I was pleased with the end result, and especially the price...less than $100.00.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Who is Javis Davis?

When I was pregnant with my first baby I remember searching all over for the perfect crib bedding. I knew I was having a boy and I’d easily decided on a western theme in his room. Unfortunately, I did not know about Javis Davis at that time, or I would have designed this and had it shipped right to my front door:

Instead, I drove all over the metroplex to some of the upper-end boutique shops, but there was no way I was going to spend $700.00 for bedding that would only be used for a couple of years. My only other option was the “bed-in-the-bag” sets from the big retailers, but there was no way I would settle for that for my sweet baby boy. Luckily my mom is a great seamstress and together we sewed most of my son’s bedding. It turned out great and we had a wonderful time working on it together, but it was a lot of work and took a lot of time!

A few years later I saw an ad for Javis Davis on one of my favorite blogs. I wasn’t pregnant at the time, but I spent some time on their website looking at all of their wonderful fabrics. I loved the concept of being able to design my own crib set, and their prices were reasonable. I bookmarked the site hoping that someday I would be able to use them if we were fortunate enough to have a second child.

When I found out in the spring of 2008 that we were having a girl I was ecstatic. Immediately I started designing my crib bedding on the Javis Davis website. Working with a pink and green fabric collection I designed my daughter’s bedding.
I was shocked when UPS delivered my order to my door about 5 days later! I was so impressed with the quality, quick turn around and amazing customer service at Javis Davis.

Needless to say I became a huge fan of Javis Davis and spread the word to everyone I knew that might be looking for custom bedding. So when I received an email from Javis Davis in January stating that they were looking for design partners I jumped at the chance. I spent the weekend filling out their application, and couple of weeks later I received a call from the owner of Javis Davis inviting me to become a design partner. I was thrilled!

As a design partner, I am able to bring all that Javis Davis has to offer directly to moms in my community. The Javis Davis website has an amazing design configurator where you can see your crib design online. While the configurator is a great tool, there is nothing like being able to see, touch and feel the fabrics in person. As a design partner, I also have access to additional online design tools and I also have samples of all the fabrics Javis Davis has to offer.

So you if you or anyone you know might be looking for bedding…please contact me. Best of all my services are free!