Grey Likes Nesting A Nesting and Shelter blog by Grey Likes Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:39:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Crushing on Jenna Lyons Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:39:58 +0000 Surely you would expect nothing less than chic perfection from  J. Crew’s  President and Executive Creative Director, Jenna Lyons–and her home is no small exception. I recently became obsessed with looking at photos of her insanely bold and fabulous outfits, so I searched around for photos of her home to see if it was as dreamy. OBVI it is.

These images are from TrendHome, but a quick search will turn up even more.

I think the overall takeaways here are bold and contrasting colors, big chunky pieces, and FUR. Lots of fur. I can hardly stand how beautiful it is. And that shoe collection – oh my!

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Earthy Boho Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:13:43 +0000 I’ve been faithful to my french country decor for some time, but lately I’ve found myself moving towards incorporating more color and texture. I haven’t settled on anything in particular, but I thought I’d share some of the inspiration photos I’ve been gathering. It’s a bit mediterranean (mostly because I love the architecture) and a bit boho (for the color and element of fun), with a side of southwestern (because I’m so drawn to the textiles, and maybe purchased some real antlers for my wall on a recent Texas road trip).

So, maybe it’s earthy boho? Whatever its called, I’m digging it.








Images from top: Chair via Modern Findings | Antlers via Vim and Vintage | Bed canopy via Menossi Fotografo | Office via Design Sponge | Bedroom via The Marion House Book | Patio via Jan Eleni Interiors | Textiles via Design Sponge | Living room via Bolig

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Covet Garden Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:30:21 +0000 This morning I stumbled upon a really amazing little corner of the internet–obviously I had to share it with you!

Covet Garden is an online magazine baed in Toronto. Each issue focuses on just one couple or individual’s home and lifestyle. House tours, their favorite cocktails, DIY ideas they came up with, on and on. A whole issue dedicated to some brilliantly creative people with killer inspiration for creating your own space.

You can flip through the pages online of every issue they’ve created (32 so far!) AND, many of the cool things in the spaces have been made into clickable links that take you right to where you can buy stuff. Too cute.

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Enjoy browsing!

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Capiz Shell Chandelier Roundup Thu, 16 May 2013 20:47:00 +0000 Yesterday I showed you an amazing space with perfect pink touches and a glam capiz shell chandelier to top it off. The chandelier provided such a focal point, I just had to share some options for how to get the look–in every price range!

capiz shell chandi


Splurge: Dreamy and delicious statement from Lighting Universe.

Spend: Gorgeous piece at a reasonable price, from the One and Only, Target.

Save: Super affordable but still great option from Amazon.

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Just right pink. Wed, 15 May 2013 16:49:32 +0000 I’ve decided that pink just isn’t used enough. I saw this totally chic and fabulous room with just the right amount of pink, and I decided we need to champion a total pink comeback. It doesn’t have to be juvenile or overtly feminine. It can be balanced, like this:

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The just-enough floral and soft textiles make the room feminine, but the modern lines on the sofa and tables bring it back to the happy middle. The happy and totally chic middle.

Here’s a few items to get the look:

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1. Throw pillows, floral and otherwise: I think the key here is to get a variety of pillows in the same color palette. These options featured are both affordable and from West Elm.

2. These geometric and metallic nesting tables are gorg, right? Anything gold with super clean lines would work well here.

3. Ah, the moroccan pouf. If you’re unsure about bringing color in, this is a great way to test the waters. This pink one from Serena and Lilly is a little on the pricey side, but the color is so on point I had to share. If you’re super DIY-friendly, you could also try this tutorial for making your own.

4. The paper mache animal heads from West Elm. This one is a wildebeest, to be precise. Kind of a polarizing figure these days because it seems like they are everywhere. Hear me when I say this–they are everywhere because they are adorable. I recently took the plunge and added some animal love to my living room and I really dig the eye-catching dimension it brings to the wall. Again for you DIY-crazed folks, here’s a way to make your own for super cheap.

5. I feel like this faux sheepskin rug from Ikea is one of the best accessories of the century. It’s $10. Not joking you. Every fabulous room needs a little fur, and this is a totally realistic way to accomplish that. So chic, so Scandinavian.

6. Adding a fun art print is a great touch. I super love this watercolor print from Caitlin McGauley.


Obviously, one of the statement pieces in this room is the capiz shell chandelier. Check back later for a round up of some options for getting the look on any budget.


Top photo from Lisebery.


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Three Low-Maintenance Things to Grow This Spring Thu, 02 May 2013 16:02:48 +0000 I always envy my neighbors with beautiful blossoms in their yard, but I can never seem to locate my missing green-thumb in time for Spring.

This year I’m determined to find some things I can grow that don’t require much attention or skill. Here what I’ve come up with: Three gorgeous blooms that will make the people across the street think I totally have gardening skills!

Happy Gardening!


1. May Night Salvia

These deep purple blooms are said to be extremely easy to grow and tend to get large to give your garden some height and texture. Here are a few growing tips!

2. Succulents

The best part about succulents (besides the fact that even if you try, you probably couldn’t kill them!) is that there’s a vast array of different types. You could literally fill your garden with succulents that all look completely different–and totally chic! Here are a few growing tips. They can be found at any local nursery or right here online.

3. Jules Verne Peonies

Peonies are said to be some of the easiest to grow. Who knew?! Here are a few tips for growing and a place to buy the gorgeous bright pink Jules Verne variety online. Can you imagine having your own little supply of succulents to keep fresh blooms on your table all summer? Magical.

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Summer cocktail Wed, 01 May 2013 21:40:51 +0000 Summer is upon us (or already here for those of us lucky enough to live in warm places!), which means that porch-sitting, backyard-barbecuing, and cocktail-drinking are top priority.

The lovelies over at Valley & Co sent us this yummy recipe for a Blood Orange + Mint Sunset. Enjoy!



What you’ll need:

blood oranges  || 1 oz. blood orange liqueur || .5 oz. gin ||  seltzer water || a handful of mint leaves || ice || fine grained sugar

Dampen the rim of a low ball glass and dip in sugar. Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom the low ball. Add ice, blood orange liqueur and gin. Stir and top with seltzer water. Serve with orange wedges and mint leaves as garnish. Cheers!

Editor’s note: if you want a mocktail version, substitute the liqueur with blood orange juice and omit the gin.




Images and recipe courtesy of Valley & Co Lifestyle

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Insta Wall Fri, 22 Mar 2013 02:19:32 +0000 I have a few awkwardly small wall spaces in my house that I never quite know what to do with. I feel the urge to cover every wall while still having clean space. It’s kind of an ongoing dilema.

I recently saw this idea for covering a small wall and I really love it. Let’s not worry for now about the fact that a lot of my Instagram photos (of what I ate for lunch) aren’t going to be great art pieces. Instead, let’s focus on the fact that some corner of the internet houses photos of some really amazing memories. Wouldn’t it be so fun to have a way to display them like this?



You could do this with polaroids or old postcards you gather up at estate sales and vintage shops. Really, it’s a pretty versatile idea.

I did some research on getting my Insta photos printed, and it’s a lot easier and cheaper than I imagined it might be. Printstagram look like my favorite option. Leave other suggestions in the comments if you have experience ordering from different places!

I’m off to go take cooler Instagram pictures. Wish me luck.


Photo from Poppytalk. 

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Farmer’s Market Fresh Dinner Party Wed, 13 Mar 2013 02:23:45 +0000 Daylight savings time is hands down the best thing ever. I love that after a long day I still have plenty of daylight to enjoy in the evenings. It makes me want to plant flowers and dine on the patio!

This shoot  from Jennifer Skog Photography perfectly captures the feel of a spring gathering with cherished friends and fresh, local foods in a perfect outdoor setting–everything that you could possibly want this time of year.

Grain-free chef, Danielle Walker created beautiful, fresh dishes from ingredients found at a local farmers market. Designer  and owner of Milk Glass Furniture Rentals, PJ Rude, created a table that overflowed with potted herbs, soft linens, and spring flowers to create the perfect setting from objects you probably already have around the house.

As days get warmer and the sun stays out just a little longer, I hope you completely enjoy every moment of it.

Oh, and let’s get real for a minute–how much do you want to live in this beautiful house? Oh, the ivy!

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party


Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party


Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party



Designer and Stylist/Vintage Rentals: PJ Rude of Milk Glass Vintage Rentals

Photographer: Jennifer Skog Photography

Chef: Danielle Walker of Against All Grain

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Stylist Natalie Officer’s Renovated Farmhouse Wed, 06 Mar 2013 01:35:05 +0000 Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios sent us these GORGEOUS film images of the beautiful Natalie Officer. Natalie is a stylist who has recently taken on the renovation of this old farmhouse in Louisville. She’s truly taken a piece of Kentucky history and made into something beautiful to be enjoyed for years to come. Really, her style is so relaxed and natural and we just can’t get enough of the green sofa!

For all of you stuck on the fact that the images are film, Josh said he shot them with a Contax 645. We are really digging his work–it’s all amazing.

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting



Here’s a little bit about Natalie, written by Abby Ott:

As a mother, member of Dixie Design Collective and owner of Natalie O. Design Co., Natalie Officer has her work cut out for her. Crafting is something Natalie has been passionate about since a very young age. As the daughter of a beautician and a welder, she grew up in an environment where working with your hands was a necessity. As a result, she has worked various jobs throughout her career, from visual coordinator at a fashion house to staging homes to interior design to styling for photo shoots.  She seeks to tell the stories of people, brands and homes. Natalie finds relationships to be of utmost importance in her work. She says it best in her own words… “Being in tune to the individual or company is essential to creating a space that they will inhabit. By valuing pieces of them in their own space, they begin to appreciate those elements of themselves even more.”  She focuses on finding the meaning in possessions, and makes space functional without diminishing charm or soul. She understands what is essential about the things that represent us.


Photos by Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios.

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