If you aren’t already familiar with The Sweetest Occasion blogger, Cyd Converse, then your day is about to get monumentally better thanks to the introduction. Cyd has been a long-time favorite among our team, and we have little doubt that the love will extend to your neck of the woods once you’re through with today’s nursery tour.
Filled top to bottom with Cyd’s signature colorful and whimsical style, this space is the stuff of your childhood dreams. From the pretty pink details all the way down to one scrumptious rug, this room is proof that children’s décor has grown up in today’s modern mindset. Take the tour below!
What inspired you to create your blog, The Sweetest Occasion?
In 2008, I was a year out of graduate school and had just relocated when the job I anticipated starting ceased to exist in the wake of the economy imploding. It turns out you can only clean your house so many times and bake so many pies before you need something else to do! For me, that was the blog, which is essentially an ode to my favorite things—entertaining, design, celebrations and family. This all predated social media for the most part, and the blog continued to be a huge passion of mine long after my stint with unemployment was over. In the spring of 2011, I joined the ranks as a full-time blogger and I’ve been living the dream ever since!
Which aspects of entertaining do you love most and do you have any tips for entertaining with kids?
I really truly believe that there is nothing that shows someone how much you care about them quite like inviting them into your home, pouring them a cocktail and cooking them something delicious. I am incredibly passionate about my relationships with my family and friends, and that’s what I love about entertaining—the opportunity to make them feel special and to show them that they’re loved. When it comes to entertaining with kids, I love including something interactive for them to do. Our house is famous for homemade pizza nights because it’s such a great way to keep the kids entertained. I’ll make a bunch of dough in advance and let them go crazy with their own toppings. It’s always a hit!
Every day should be an occasion worthy of celebrating with a glass of bubbly, and there’s nothing like the pop of a Champagne bottle to get a party started.
Tell us about your sweet nursery! What was the inspiration behind the design?
I knew I wanted to create a space for our little one that didn’t necessarily scream “baby” in the traditional sense. At the same time, I wanted her room to feel vibrant, fun and a little bit whimsical—a room that would be playful and hopefully stimulate her little imagination. I decided early on to stick to a largely neutral color palette with lots of texture to make it feel warm and cozy. Then I added in the occasional burst of neon pink to make sure the room didn’t take itself too seriously. The heart screenprint above her changing table was the first thing I bought for the room once I knew we were having a girl.
What are your favorite products and stores for kid and baby goods?
For décor, I am such a huge fan of The Land of Nod. I just think the company does kids’ stuff right. The colors and patterns are always spot-on, and the toys feel so much more timeless to me than the plastic stuff you typically see these days. Aden + Anais is another obsession—we use the silky soft swaddles constantly, plus we also love the bibs and pajamas. Iviebaby is an amazing Etsy shop with really lovely custom crib sheets and linens (I adore the Boppy covers) that are a lot more stylish than what you find in most stores. Currently, I am seriously loving our Solly Baby Wrap because our girl is definitely one who likes to be held and sometimes you need both hands free!
What excites you or inspires you right now?
My sister is getting married this year, as are several of our close friends (I’m a bridesmaid in three weddings this upcoming summer!), so I’m really looking forward to all of the celebrations over the next several months. Combine that with the excitement of having a new baby in our lives and it’s just such a special time for us, our extended family and our friends. Undoubtedly, my professional world at the moment very much feels influenced by this season of life. I’ll be debuting a new site design later this spring and evolving my content a bit this year to reflect where I’m at right now, which is really exciting.
Champagne or wine?
No fair! This is a bit like asking someone to choose a favorite child, but if I had to pick, I’d have to say Champagne. Every day should be an occasion worthy of celebrating with a glass of bubbly, and there’s nothing like the pop of a Champagne bottle to get a party started.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee! No contest. Made strong with a generous splash of cream and just a bit of sugar. Without a doubt, our French press is one of the most-used items in our house.
What’s the first website you read each morning?
After all of these years, I’m still a complete lover of blogs and I am totally hooked on my Feedly app. It’s how I keep tabs on all of my favorite sites, and it’s the first thing I check in the morning. I’m still a massive Pinterest fan, too. I spend a lot of time scrolling through my Pinterest feed when I’m up with the baby in the middle of the night. I also really, really love the Humans of New York Instagram feed.
Can you share some of your favorite Instagram feeds to follow for motherhood inspiration?
My sweet friend Audrey, of This Little Street, is the mommy of four little girls, and I am in love with her feed. It is colorful, whimsical and feels like all the best parts of childhood to me. I am also really loving the feed of Kari, of Living Life’s Moments, right now. Our baby girls were born right around the same time, so I find her gorgeous photos and perfectly captured moments so inspiring at the moment. Likewise, Bri Heiligenthal has a stunning feed that simultaneously makes me want to redecorate every room in my house and do nothing but snuggle my baby girl all day long.
We’re really passionate about wanting to raise her in an environment that fosters adventure, exploration and creativity so that she feels empowered to blaze her own trail in life. Thinking about that and about all the adventures she has ahead of her is unbelievably rewarding.
What’s your favorite aspect of motherhood?
Right now, it’s watching her grow and seeing her little personality evolve day by day. I love observing her take in the world and learn new things. That part is absolutely priceless! We’re really passionate about wanting to raise her in an environment that fosters adventure, exploration and creativity so that she feels empowered to blaze her own trail in life. Thinking about that and about all the adventures she has ahead of her is unbelievably rewarding.
Do you use any apps or websites to keep yourself and your family organized?
I actually tend to be a bit more analog when it comes to staying organized. I cannot say enough about my Day Designer. It’s how I keep everything coordinated, from project deadlines and our social commitments to doctor’s appointments and my stepsons’ football and soccer games, which I try to never miss. I also keep track of important dates and recurring events in my Google Calendar synced to my iPhone so that I get pop-up reminders on the go—I would never ever remember to water the house plants if it weren’t for that weekly reminder! I use a Large Monthly Planner for brainstorming and blocking out my editorial calendar because that tends to be a bit more fluid and I like having lots of space to plot out post ideas.
What recipes, cocktails and DIY projects are you loving right now?
On the DIY front, gold leaf has been my go-to craft supply of late—I seriously haven’t been able to stop gold leafing frames since I made this one. As for food, this beet veggie burger recipe is definitely a go-to favorite for me! As a vegetarian, I love a good veggie burger, but really prefer them homemade because most frozen ones are pretty bland. In the cold of winter, I’m all about cocktails that make the most of winter citrus—this clementine cocktail is insanely good! You can sub in any kind of citrus (grapefruit would be amazing) if you can’t get your hands on clementines.