Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Favorite Room Feature: Small Shop Studio

Well aren't you all in for a special treat today?? Hmmmm. I am not sure if you are aware of Erika from Small Shop Studio, but you should be. Remember my obsession with Hollywood Regency dome lighting? Erika is partially where this obsession originated. That greedy girl has not one, but two of these fabulous lamps. I loved it so much, I had to hack it. Erika, your style is truly an inspiration. Unique, fun, colorful and glamorous. Today she is sharing her favorite space, her daughter's room. What a lucky girl she is to have a creative mom like Erika. Here she is!

Hello everyone, it's Erika from small shop! I am so honored that Lindsay asked me to visit and share my favorite room. Over the past few years, I've had so much fun decorating my daughter's room, especially because it continues to evolve as she gets older (and ahem, has more of an opinion!).
One piece that I added after the initial petrified-of-everything parents stage, was this "For Like Ever" poster over her crib. It was becoming quite clear that my daughter had some spunk, and I thought this poster had lots of personality, just like her.
The love seat in her room is one of my favorite spots. I continue to add more and more pillows to it! The initial design inspiration was the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Honolulu Zoo, both in Waikiki. I wanted to give her a piece of my homeland, without being too literal. So her room is filled with various animals and patterns — the flamingos especially remind me of the Honolulu Zoo, where they dominate the entrance. A special memory for me!
Continuing on with this inspiration, the mirror I added above her dresser (that used to serve as a changing table) felt a bit Regency to me, and a little Asian (my daughter is 1/4 Japanese, so she's a little Asian too).
The tray — tropical in pattern of course — used to hold her diapering essentials. Now it holds a few items important to my family: a photo of my grandparents (from the last night I was with my grandmother before she passed away), and a kokeshi doll (my daughter was born on Japanese Girls' Day, and it's a tradition to give these as gifts).
Her reading nook has become quite a hodgepodge of items, but well-loved all the same! My grandmother's crocheted blanket hangs on our reading chair. And the nightstand we bought vintage for $20, stripped and painted bright yellow — it took me over a year after she was born to find the right piece but I'm so glad I waited!
Lastly, one of our dogs, Maya. The dogs aren't actually allowed in the bedrooms -- and definitely not on furniture -- so this was a special treat, just for Sadie and Stella! Woof!
Hope you enjoyed this little tour!
Image #1 and #3 by Jennifer Daigle Photography for the Glitter Guide.


  1. I really love everything she does. This room is no exception, love all of the details! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Erika I adore the Yellow fabrics and side table!! Beautiful Maya as well!!

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  3. What a gorgeous room. I love all the details.

  4. uh-oh, Maya looks pretty cozy there! What a great room! I love the Like Forever poster, I'd like it somewhere in my own home-my inner child! The love seat and all of the fabrics you chose are fantastic! Beautiful!!

  5. I LOVE all the print mixing! So pretty.

  6. Aw Lindsay - you rock for having Erika!

    Erika - I didnt know you had a Shiba! Wait - maybe I did... I remember seeing a pic you posted of you and Maya on a walk. Anyways - just met some folks last weekend from a local Shiba rescue who had taken in two Creams and are fostering them. Such neat little independent dogs!

    Thanks for the great content!

  7. I love Erika's entire place, I wish she could come to Toronto to decorate my son's room! ;)

  8. Everything Erika touches turns to diamonds!

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  10. as always, Erika is stylish and lovely! what a lucky little girl, to have her as a mom and have that for a room! xx

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