Friday Guest Blog Interview: Copy Cat Chic

I’m letting you all in on one of the best kept design secrets on the web today… a blog completely dedicated to finding style for less, and showcasing daily designer finds and their near comparison at a great discount!

Reichel of Copy Cat Chic is one of my favorite daily reads (I recommend subscribing ;)) and I always look forward to the latest steals. I’ve searched the archives more than once to seek out a rug or chair for a room, and it’s a happy day when that House Beautiful desk you spotted can be found for a 1/3 of the price!

A few examples of daily posts: expensive version on the left, equally stylish but much more wallet-friendly option on the right.

In addition, she’s a new mommy to adorable Arden who’s just a few months behind Liv (love the weekly photos she posts of her little one in her latest outfits) and Reichel creates beautiful style boards for complete rooms that are full of inspiration (an example after the jump).

I was delighted Reichel wanted to share a few of her own design secrets and tips today, and I think you’ll like the well-thought out interview answers that follow.

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Project Nursery: Finished!

They say rooms evolve and that they take patience… but I didn’t believe it ;). When I was seven months pregnant we began Project Nursery and I expected to finish just shortly after Liv’s arrival (we didn’t know if she was a girl or boy so I figured we’d save the more gender-specific accenting until after). Seven months later and I’m on board with the theory – Liv will be five months old tomorrow! Wow how time flies.

But yippee! It’s done! So so happy with how the nursery has turned out and how it has evolved with time.

Here’s a wide angle look at the room as you enter from the doorway. Jennifer from Papaya Sky snapped these pictures for me, and as usual they’re amazing .

Modern, Contemporary, DIY, Makeover Nursery, Do It Yourself

A quick refresher on the before-we-moved-in (the owners took the furniture with them and pulled up the carpet before they left):

Here are a few different angles of the room, I love the beautiful painted tree and animals by Kevin’s Aunt and Mom. Other favorite projects include the nursery glider updated with a modern print and the made over changing table:

The new pendant light is one of my favorite additions!

I used fabric from Thibaut to decorate nearly the entire room. Projects that I couldn’t do on my own family with much craftier skills helped with, such as these adorable bumpers. I created a super simple DIY crib skirt out of the same fabric.

A few more detailed close ups:

Liv’s handmade felt mobile that I spent many a car trip on:

On the opposite wall, the bookcase with its new fabric backing, handmade basket liners and framed clothing art:

Our dog, Bodie enjoys the room almost as much as Liv – I’ll find him napping on the carpet or sitting besides the crib while she’s sleeping.

I think Liv really loves it too :).

And to think the room all started with this inspiration board last November!

Plenty has changed over the course of seven months but I think the general theme and feel is roughly the same.

So much time, hard work and love has gone into this room – it’s so special to both of us!

Modern, Contemporary, DIY, Makeover Nursery, Do It Yourself

Here’s a breakdown of every project from the nursery:

No Sew Fabric Pennant
aby clothing art
Handmade butterfly mobile
DIY crib skirt

Basket liners part 1
part 2
The glider makeover
Recovering an ottoman
Sewing the curtains part 1, part 2, part 3

Curtain fabric selection
Nursery fabric board
Rocking horse find
New pendant light
New sconce lighting

Vintage wall art addition

Changing table makeover

Nursery wall striping tutorial

Painted animal project

The initial
inspiration board breakdown
before pictures


Thanks to everyone who shared their favorite baby products for the New Mama giveaway! I learned about everything from new books, iphone apps, high chairs, the Sophie giraffe and baby food websites – and couldn’t agree more with moms who love the Moby, Babywise book, swings, bouncers, Baby Gap socks, muslin blankets and the miracle blanket!

Don’t forget to enter for over $350 worth of Mom goodies (makes for great shower gifts, too!).

On to the guest bathroom and new office next!

*New Mama* Giveaway!

I’m so excited for today’s giveaway! This one is for all you mamas, aunts, Godmothers, grandmothers, friends of mamas and even summer-baby-shower-goers (you’d be set for the season) — it’s a round-up of fun and favorite infant & maternity products, and it’s officially the first New Mama Giveaway!

And it’s the biggest giveaway ever hosted over here! This New Mama basket is valued at over $350 and is FULL of mother and baby fun.

Ready for the line up?


$100 gift card to Tea Collection: Quite possibly the most adorable line up of infant and children’s clothing out there. I’m head over heels for their geometric rompers and boatneck baby dresses! Sizes range from newborn to preteen and you’ll love the selection.

New Mommy Giveaway - Tea Collection

Green Your Air Baby Fortis Air Purifying Plant: These plants play double duty by filtering harmful chemicals from your nursery space while bringing nature indoors (in a modern style, no less). We have our own Viridis in Liv’s nursery (how cute are the customizable/decomposable pots?).

New Mama Giveaway - Green Your Air.

HALO SleepSack Swaddle: Your choice of a 100% organic cotton sleep sack that functions as the perfect wearable blanket + cozy swaddle. Liv sleeps in hers EVERY night and the minute it goes on she falls quickly to sleep. Plus, I don’t have to worry about her waking herself with startled arms and she stays warm even on cool nights. Happiest Baby on the Block, anyone?

$50 Gift Card to Green Beansie Cards: Choose from an adorable line up of baby shower invites, birth announcements or birthday cards! Green Beansie also designs colorful party kits (cupcake toppers, stickers, labels, etc.) that you can print at home. How great is this Kate Spade-inspired announcement? and this nautical-themed card, too.

New Mamas Giveaway - Green Beansie

Udder Cover Gift Set: This is my carry-around-town solution for nursing on the go. The Udder Cover slips over your head and easily hides babe while out and about, the boning along the top of the cover allows for mom to peak in. The 3 piece kit includes a Maria print nursing cover, Lilac Milk Bands™ nursing bracelet and 2 pairs of Udder Covers™ 5 ply washable breast pads. Makes the perfect baby shower present, too! Every mom needs one.

Clarkie Designs Maternity or Baby Tee: Made of a super soft organic cotton these comfy tees are ideal while sporting a growing belly. Designed to fit pregnant and non-pregnant women alike, these tees are screen printed with a non-toxic ink and most have a matching baby version as well! Choose between a tee for you or the little one. This one is my favorite.

New Mama Giveaway - Clarkie Designs

First Friend: I’ve sung its praises before, but this little guy is the BEST for getting a newborn to self-soothe, especially in those perilous moments when you’re driving and can’t reach a fallen binkie, or at 3am when the pacifier has dropped from little one’s mouth. The stuffy helps babies to keep the pacifier in their mouth themselves and offers a soft soothing snuggy for comfort. You’ll love this!

New Mommy Giveaway - My First Friend

Thank you to all of the sponsors who are in on offering this fantastic giveaway to one lucky reader!


Giveaway: One of each of the above! The entire giveaway package is valued at over $350. Please note, you must have a US shipping address to enter this giveaway.

To Enter: Leave a comment with your favorite baby product (we shared ours for the first three months here) – it could be a secret solution you’ve discovered, or a favorite well-known baby item. Don’t worry if you’re not a mom, this could be a toy/product that you loved as a kid :).

For Additional Entries: Become a Facebook fan of any of the giveaway sponsors (including Pepper Design Blog) and leave a separate comment for each additional entry!

*Tea Collection
*Green Your Air
*Halo SleepSack
*Green Beansie Cards
*Clarkie Designs
*First Friend

Giveaway ends Friday, June 10 at midnight PST, winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday. Good luck!


New Mama Giveaway - Collage

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