Kelly Christakos Stivers


soft + feminine house tour

I try not to post things that have already made their way around blogland, but this gem of a house tour has been a favorite of mine lately and it's just too good, I couldn't resist!  Designed by Irene Lovett of designstiles, an LA-based interior design firm that actually specializes in nurseries and kid's spaces (and when you see the little girl's room here, you'll know why!), it is the perfect mix of traditional and modern with vintage touches and a lived-in, layered feel.  I'm not usually drawn to soft, feminine spaces, but this entire house is so dreamy, there isn't one thing I would change!  Just a little eye candy to end the week and have you dreaming of curling up with a cup of tea in that fabulous living room!

Love the mix of colors and textiles in the living room.  So soft and cozy!

My grandparents had a dining table and set of chairs exactly like this.  I love how the older pieces look so fresh mixed in with more modern sconces, a lantern light and a bamboo mirror:

White cabinetry, Hicks pendants and wood bistro chairs in the kitchen are timeless:

Is this not the most perfect little girl's room you ever did see?  Robin's egg blue grass cloth, a Jenny Lind bed, vintage lighting and settee, a kilim and bookshelves backed with the sweetest hummingbird wallpaper...this is the stuff little girl's (and big girl's like me!) dreams are made of:

Seriously DYING over that paper!

Greige and blue in the master is so serene.  LOVE the blue curtain panels, too:

More whimsical paper in the girls' bath. Perfection:

Modern meets vintage in the nursery to stunning effect:

To see more of this house, head over to Style Me Pretty Living.  Have a wonderful weekend! 

Hopefully, I'll have the entry done over the next day or so and can share it next week!


lydia's nursery - details

Thank you all so much for the sweet comments and emails about Lydia's nursery!  Holy moly, my Instagram feed was full of the most lovely words about the room, you all really know how to make a girl feel special!  As promised, here is every last detail about the nursery that I can think of.  If you have any questions about something that isn't listed here, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer! 

Wall color Benjamin Moore White

Ceiling color Benjamin Moore Teacup Rose

Bamboo blinds - DesignView Maple Providence Bamboo Roman Shades from Home Depot.

Curtains - custom; linen panels in flax with a four inch banding in coral, the Warsa collection from Gray Line Linen. 

Rods - 1 1/2" unfinished wood dowel rods from Lowe's, painted Ralph Lauren Champagne Toast.

Lamb + Giraffe prints - Animal Print Shop

Frames - Target; spray painted Rustoleum Metallic Gold

Oak dresser - antique

Lamp - Hobby Lobby; the top and bottom are painted liquid gold leaf.

Crib - Jenny Lind style from DaVinci

Crib paint - Ralph Lauren Regent Metallic Champagne Toast

Crib bumper + skirt - custom

Crib fabric - Working on getting the name of this for you! Promise to update as soon as I get it!

Mermaid above the crib - Sorry guys, I got a lot of emails about this one, but it was a gift from my aunt, Lydia's godmother.  It came from an antique store in Newport, Rhode Island!

Daybed - Daddy made this one for baby girl.  You can find the plans right here.

Daybed paint - Benjamin Moore White

Gilded letter L - Restoration Hardware

Mermaid weathervane - Pottery Barn

Navy watercolor ship - handpainted by a friend

Prayer for a little girl print - Mine from when I was a baby!

Mermaid babies print - a gift from my aunt

Watercolor "You will forever be my always" - I handpainted myself!

Striped pillow fabric - P. Kauffman

Dot pillow fabric - Robert Allen

Mermaid wall hook - amazon; painted Rustoleum Metallic Gold

Christening gown was mine, made by my grandmother and which Lydia wore for her baptism!


lydia's nursery

Well, friends, I think it's finally time I got my bum in gear and posted pictures of baby girl's nursery!  Since Lydia's ten months old now, I figured I'd better post pictures of it before it's time to change it into a big girl space.  To be fair, the nursery was 99% complete before she was born, save for linens for the daybed, but I don't even want to tell you how long it took me to decide on pillow fabrics for it. And if I'm being completely honest, this room went from being the bane of my existence when I was pregnant and couldn't make a decision to save my life to being my absolute favorite room in the house. I'm so in love with how it turned out!

From the beginning, I knew I wanted something feminine and sophisticated but not too babyish, so we installed our version of board and batten (read about it here), painted it a crisp white and then painted the ceiling the most beautiful shade of coral/peach.  When the table lamp is on at night, the whole room glows, it's so cozy.  A champagne Jenny Lind-style crib, gauzy flax linen curtains with a coral banding, an antique oak chest used as a changing table, a handmade daybed, a four and a half foot long handcarved mermaid, custom crib bedding, gold accents and a gallery wall complete the room and make it perfect.  It's everything I ever wanted my baby girl's nursery to be.

The nursery gets a ton of natural light, making it challenging for a novice photographer like me to get the perfect shot (another reason it has taken me so long to post!), but, instead of obsessing any longer, here it is! I will post a full list of resources for everything in the room tomorrow, but for now, here it is.  I hope you love it as much as I do!


white + gold thanksgiving table

I about had a heart attack yesterday when I realized that Thanksgiving is exactly two weeks away.  Where has November gone?  This will be the first holiday we are having as a family since the hubby was deployed for Easter and I'll be hosting something small and intimate to commemorate baby girl's first Turkey Day!  To keep things as easy as possible for me since I'll be busy cooking, I'll be sticking with the basics when it comes to the table: white dinnerware and serving dishes, my new, gorgeous glass water goblets, linen napkins, a burlap table runner and some simple greenery as the centerpiece.  I may even get a little fancy and tuck sprigs of rosemary in with the napkins for a little bit of a rustic touch.  We shall see.  I have watched enough Barefoot Contessa to know that, when entertaining, simple table decorations make a beautiful backdrop for a delicious meal, letting the food be the star of the show.  Below is my ideal table setting for Thanksgiving, or any holiday, really.  White, gold, a little bit of texture and some greenery makes a simple, elegant statement.  And everything here can be used year round, another added bonus!

Raffia table runner / Marble and brass serving tray / Gold flatware set

White cake stand / Monogrammed hemstitch napkins / Gold rim dinnerware / French wine glasses

Rosemary topiary / Gold serving set / Nesting bowl set


coronado showhouse

I always look forward to the annual showhouses put out each year by my favorite design publications and since it's no secret I love a beautiful beach house, I was especially excited to see the Coastal Living showhouse in Coronado, designed by LA-based Betsy Burnham and her partner, Max Humphrey.  To be honest, I thought the pictures the magazine put out left a lot to be desired, so I was excitied to see that Domaine Home has featured an amazing tour of the home in all its California-casual-meets-Hamptons-glam glory

Designer Betsy Burnham had me at hello when she ditched the typical, kitschy beach decor and instead embraced an "old school Hamptons vibe" with crisp white paint, coffered ceilings and built-in bookshelves.  Skirted upholstery, faux bamboo, vintage rugs and a healthy mix of pattern and color add a fresh, modern touch. 

This entry makes a fabulous first impression, from the black and white checkerboard painted hardwood floors, the built-in bookshelves to the zebra hide rug!  What a luxury to have enough space for not only a round table but also additional seating!  This is, by far, my favorite space in the entire house:

You can never go wrong pairing shades of blue with white.  Here a navy pinstripe rug, printed curtains and Roman shades look so sophisticated against an all-white background:

I typically like to use the dining room to add a little drama, but here the light and airy casual feel is so welcoming:

Coffered ceilings, geometric print wallpaper, bookshelves and a dhurrie rug in the office are perfection.  The gauzy linen curtains are a soft finishing touch:

Framed nautical charts are a great way to add a personal touch and make a dramatic impact when hung in a grouping:

I love an all-white kitchen and this blue island is such a pretty compliment:

Perfect bookshelf styling (and an equally fabulous etagere!):

Planked walls, black and white checkerboard floors and a ton of natural light is the perfect way to welcome guests in a side entry:

Bookshelves framing a bed dressed in gorgeous scalloped linens is just perfection:

Bold black and white stripes add a little drama to the master bath (love those seaglass-colored tiles):

Peter Dunham's Fig Leaf curtain panels add such a fresh pop of color.  This is one of my favorite ways to add some color to a bedroom - keep the bed linens simple and white and add some fabulous pattern to the windows!

Love this cozy little corner of a guest room:

To see more of this beautiful showhouse (and there are a bunch more!),

check out the full article here.