Celebrate with Kate Landers: Pink & Gray Bridal Shower

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Pink & Gray Themed Bridal Shower from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Working in the high-end stationery industry together, the bride Jessica and I often helped brides and their families design extraordinary invitations for their weddings and the surrounding festivities. Jess and I would dream of what we envisioned for our events when the time came for us to say our “I Do’s”. I always told Jess that I wanted to throw her one darling bridal shower. Fast-forward a decade, and I finally had my chance to make good on my promise! I could not have been more delighted to do so.

She was going for an overall “rustic” feel, so I incorporated a whitewashed wood backdrop and large wooden crate with rope handles as the centerpiece of the dining table. A simple pink heart served as the symbol of love, keeping a romantic feel at the event.

It thrills me to share a few shower details with you. Please use these notes as inspiration for your bridal shower, engagement party or day-after-wedding brunch!

  1. Color Scheme: Using the color scheme of the wedding is a great way to tie in pre and post-wedding events to the Big Day. This is certainly not a requirement, but in my case, I loved Jess’ pink and gray color-scheme, and decided to use it for the bridal shower as well. Feel free to throw in an additional color, like a pop of gold or mint green, to make the colors of your event unique and current, all while honoring the bride and groom’s chosen colors.
  2. Theme: Bridal shower themes do not need to be highly detailed and elaborate. Knowing Jess wanted a rustic yet romantic look for her wedding, I chose a simple pink heart for the romantic element and whitewashed wood (for backdrop and centerpiece) for something rustic. Thematic elements can be incorporated through the invitation and printed designs, as well as in the desserts and hanging decor.
  3. Menu: A bridal tea was my initial plan, but Jess doesn’t like tea or traditional cake, so I decided I needed to come up with something unique that Jess would love. I opted for an afternoon of “Sips and Sweets”, which turned out to be just perfect. A mid-afternoon shower does not call for a large meal, and so I served fresh fruit kabobs, lots of iced summer beverages and several desserts (including the bride’s favorite, cupcakes!) for guests to nibble on while doting on the bride.
  4. Activities: We had a very small, intimate lingerie shower, which kept the gift-opening portion of the shower short and sweet. I had all of the guests hold up their lingerie gifts and pose in a group photo at the end. It was just hysterical, and I highly recommend it. My grandmother threw me a lingerie shower (yes, it’s true!), and when we had her and her “golden girls” hold up their lacy and racy gifts, it was a photo to always remember. We also played a “How Well Do You Know Jess?” game, which is lots of fun for the bride and guests alike, and Bridal Shower Bingo. Having a couple simple, optional activities can be surprisingly fun and create an afternoon full of laughs.
  5. Party Favors: Guests enjoyed fresh cotton candy (made and shipped just 24 hours before the shower!) as their take-home treat and little gable boxes to fill with sweet treats from the dessert table. I always recommend edible favors because they are often greatly appreciated by the guests. And if your guests are headed to a night on the town for a bachelorette party after the shower (as mine were), these sweets are much-appreciated treats throughout the night!

 

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall Collection + Giveaway

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall Collection + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Each season, we anxiously await the debut of Petunia Pickle Bottom’s latest line of stylish diaper bags and accessories! To celebrate the launch of their Fall 2014 collection, we’re offering one lucky winner a Hideaway Hobo, their newest diaper bag. With a spacious interior, hidden pockets, chic vegan leather handles and a variety of playful prints, you’ll fall for this tote!

Follow the instructions below to enter our giveaway! Then, scroll down to learn more about the Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall collection.

To Enter:

  • Like Layla Grayce on Facebook
  • Sign up for our newsletter for more Layla Grayce giveaways!* Plus, when you click the link and sign up for our newsletter, you can refer a friend for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Layla Grayce.

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Winner will receive the Petunia Pickle Bottom Hideaway Hobo. Giveaway closes August 21, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced by August 25, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall Collection + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

With a vibrant palette of new prints, colors and diaper bag designs, Petunia Pickle Bottom’s Fall 2014 collection may just be our favorite yet! Whether you prefer a feminine floral or love to live out loud in bold colors, they’ve introduced fresh new patterns for your favorite existing silhouettes, like the City Carryall, Wistful Weekender or Boxy Backpack.

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall Collection + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Fashion-forward moms will be ready to take on everything from daily errands to faraway travels with Petunia Pickle Bottom’s latest line of accessories. We can’t get enough of this season’s bold hues and patterns, like the Lively Lima print in poppy red, onyx, slate, citron and eggshell, or the Persimmon Spice’s Turkish-inspired red chenille design. With so many new hues to choose from, we’re not sure you can pick just one!

Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall Collection + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Click here to shop the entire Petunia Pickle Bottom Fall 2014 collection, and don’t forget to enter our Hideaway Hobo diaper bag giveaway!

Pine Cone Hill Bedding Basics + Giveaway

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Pine Cone Hill Bedding Basics + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Plush and cozy, Pine Cone Hill’s new bedding basics collection leaves us ready to curl up in bed a little bit longer everyday. To celebrate the release of this new line of duvet inserts, blankets and down pillows, we’ve teamed up with Pine Cone Hill to offer one lucky winner a duvet cover of his/her choice and coordinating premium down insert!

Follow the instructions below to enter our bedding giveaway! Then, scroll down to learn more about this new Pine Cone Hill collection.

To Enter:

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Winner will receive one Pine Cone Hill Duvet cover of his/her choice plus a coordinating down insert. Giveaway closes August 19, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on August 21, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Pine Cone Hill Bedding Basics + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

We always knew that Pine Cone Hill was great in bed, but their new bedding basics collection is our proof! Whether you’re on the hunt for the most sumptuous down duvet inserts, the perfect lightweight blanket or a plush new set of pillows, they have you covered!

Pine Cone Hill Bedding Basics + Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Custom-made for Pine Cone Hill duvet covers, pillow shams, pillowcases and more, each bedding essential makes sleeping so much sweeter. As a special perk, every Pine Cone Hill order ships free! Click to shop the entire new collection on Layla Grayce.

Get The Look: Elegant and Colorful Manhattan Home

Lilly Bunn via Mix and Chic - Layla-Grayce
Featured On: Mix and Chic Designed by Lilly Bunn

Craving bold color? We’ve got just the fix! Styled by designer Lilly Bunn, this gorgeous Manhattan home makes neutral pieces pop with decor and accents in eye-catching hues. We love this home’s combination of eclectic prints and unexpected textures, which creates a look that’s fresh and full of personality. Ready to give your home a color boost? We’ve assembled our favorite images below for decorating inspiration!

Lilly Bunn via Mix and Chic - Layla-Grayce
Featured On: Mix and Chic Designed by Lilly Bunn

A pop of fresh color can instantly transform the vibe of any space. This living room’s design juxtaposes modern, neutral furnishings with vibrant green curtains, a glamorous ship-inspired crystal chandelier and magenta pillows to deliver bold statements without going over the top.

Lilly Bunn via Mix and Chic - Layla-Grayce
Featured On: Mix and Chic Designed by Lilly Bunn

Looking for an easy way to add color to simple white walls and furnishings? Take a cue from this kid-friendly bedroom! A lovely fuchsia chair, dresser and bedding captivate in this adorable space.

Lilly Bunn via Mix and Chic - Layla-Grayce
Featured On: Mix and Chic Designed by Lilly Bunn

To get this colorful yet elegant look in your own home, we’ve hand-selected a collection of our favorite furniture, lighting and accessories inspired by this space. Shop our selections below!

Elegant and Colorful Manhattan Home - Layla Grayce

1. DwellStudio Furniture Mid-Century Crib French White 2. Barbara Cosgrove Chris Table Lamp 3. DwellStudio Chester Sofa 4. Surya Tilda Magenta Throw Blanket 5. Canopy Designs Ship Chandelier 6. Gabby Furniture Monroe Chair 7. Boatman Geller Personalized Ann Tile Raspberry Lucite Square Tray 8. Jonathan Adler Furniture X-Bench Brussels Charcoal 9. Loloi Juliana Ivory Berry Hand Hooked Polyester Rug

Insider Faves: Baby/Kids

Each month, we choose Insider Faves – our staff’s hand-selected list of items from a particular product category – to share with you! This summer, as we anticipate the arrival of several new babies in the Layla Grayce family, we asked our team to choose their favorite baby & child items. From art to bedding, this collection will be loved by even the tiniest tots! Click here to shop the entire Insider Faves collection.

 

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Watercolor & Citrus Inspired Summer Entertaining from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Two of my favorite trends in fashion, graphic and interior design right now are watercolor prints and citrus hues. The fluidity of watercolor fabrics give each piece so much movement. The perfectly imperfect brush strokes in watercolor design gives a casual yet stunning feel, which I adore. Citrus fruit designs are fresh and scream “summer”, while citrus hues cast a warm glow that brightens any room year-round.

It was a delight to design this watercolor citrus dessert table as inspiration for your summer soirees. I love this motif for a bridal or baby shower, housewarming, anniversary or birthday celebration. It was with the tremendous talent of Kori Clark that this vision became a reality.

Here are a few way to incorporate watercolor and citrus details at your next event:

  1. The Invitation: An invitation is one of the best ways to introduce your theme and color scheme to your guests. I love the watercolor citrus fruits and hand-lettered text, giving the guests a hint of what beauty they will behold at the party. Coordinating watercolor mailing labels are a fabulous way to dress up your envelope, too!
  2. Watercolor Details: A watercolor backdrop was designed in a pastel grapefruit hue, which set the tone for the dessert table. A coordinating welcome sign on the table in the entry pulled the two spaces together perfectly. I must be honest–I love these two pieces so much, I am tempted to frame and find a place in our home to keep them permanently! Custom watercolor designs are a perfect way to incorporate the theme for your event.
    I used watercolors to paint white paper lanterns and create a big impact. Food-coloring and pastry brushes helped me create “watercolor” meringues, the perfect favor for guests to take home, which I displayed in darling glass jars. Watercolors are very easy to work with, and you do not have to be an artist to create either of the projects mentioned above!
  3. Citrus Look: A custom-painted citrus fruit wreath greets guests at the front door with a pop of fresh color (a bowl of fruit or fruit topiaries would create a lovely impact as well). Vintage, citrus-hued fabrics make for charming bunting to string along walls, tables and anywhere else you want to dress up! The citrus fruit cookies (watercolor painted by hand and edible, of course!) are by far one of my most favorite desserts. Each cookie is shaped to form a square like a miniature art canvas. Fondant citrus fruit was created using a “watercolor” effect and made stunning cake and cupcake toppers.
  4. Citrus Taste: Citrus flavor gets your theme across by appealing to your guests’ sense of taste! I adored the citrus-flavored gourmet lollipops, swirling several shades of citrus hues together for a watercolor-effect. The lovely French macarons were all citrus flavored. They were created with fondant leaves to look like oranges, cut in the shape of lemons and painted in grapefruit hues to look fresh-picked.
  5. Simple Spritzers: Citrus flavored spritzers are one of the easiest ways to incorporate citrus flavors and colorful beverages at your event. They look beautiful on a dessert table when displayed in square plastic bottles and adorned with baker’s twine and paper straws. Straw flags have a whole new purpose here. Watercolor fruit and text noting the beverage flavors offer a charming touch.

Stay tuned next month for beautiful bridal shower inspiration!

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Featured Brand: Global Views

We’re always in awe of the designs from Global Views when we visit their showroom each year. Drawing from modern, traditional and eclectic influences, this gorgeous collection of decor, casegoods, rugs, seating, tables and more turns heads in any room of the home with dazzling materials and finishes. From the stunning Klismos cabinet’s handsome hardwood and brass construction to the Lille sofa’s plush velvet-cotton upholstery, each piece has a fascinating story behind the design and creation. Shop the entire collection and enjoy free shipping on all Global Views orders!

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Global Views effortlessly balances high style with timeless decor. Focusing on a neutral gray and white color palette, this living room juxtaposes bold materials. The Arbor cocktail table’s twig-textured brass frame and honed marble shelves make a striking statement when paired with the Lille sofa’s French-inspired, lacquered wood design.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Sit and stay awhile! A contemporary twist on French style, the Lille chair offers a sophisticated seat with carved spade feet and antiqued silver velvet-cotton upholstery.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Make your space pop with a lively print! Drawing from a Mediterranean aesthetic, the Global Views Arabesque wool rug makes a bold, geometric pattern approachable with soft gray and ivory hues.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

We’re smitten with Global Views’ fusion of Old World style and touches of contemporary glamour. A nod to Chinoiserie architecture, the Williamsburg Fincastle mirror makes an unexpected statement with a dazzling silver leaf finish.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Beyond providing an eye-catching aesthetic, this beautiful line delivers everyday function for the home. Although influenced by Regency style, the Klismos cabinet also provides practical use with four roomy, adjustable interior storage shelves.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Sometimes a simple statement creates the perfect finishing touch in a room. Ideal for entertaining guests, the French-inspired Marilyn chair’s clean, elegant lines allure with subtle nailhead trim detailing.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

We’re always on the lookout for great detail pieces to complete a room’s design. Global Views’ gorgeous Opal vase lends fresh, modern flair with beautifully crafted, Murano-style glass in an abstract, organic shape.

Global Views from Layla Grayce
Image courtesy of Global Views

Looking to add a touch of stunning, one-of-a-kind style to your home? Shop the entire collection (and receive free shipping on all Global Views orders!)

Oopsy Daisy Sale + Giveaway

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Oopsy Daisy Sale + Giveaway from Layla GrayceOopsy Daisy Ballerina Ensemble Canvas Wall ArtOopsy Daisy Chugga Chugga Train Canvas Wall Art

Our latest Oopsy Daisy products are here! Expressing fresh, contemporary style with a touch of whimsy, Oopsy Daisy’s canvas wall art, personalized lamps, growth charts, nightlights and more create playful statements in nurseries, bedrooms and playrooms. To show our excitement for this adorable brand, we’re offering 20% off the entire Oopsy Daisy collection through June 29 with the promo code OOPSY.

To top it off, we’re giving away either the Chugga Chugga Train or Ballet Ensemble wall art (above) to one lucky winner! Simply follow the directions below for your chance to win!

To Enter:

*Limit one entry per person. One winner will receive a choice of either the Chugga Chugga Train or Ballet Ensemble wall art. Giveaway closes June 29, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on July 1, 2014.Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Oopsy Daisy Kids Art and Lighting from Layla Grayce

Playful and imaginative for kids, Oopsy Daisy’s products capture attention with creative scenes ranging from animals at play to twirling ballerinas.

Oopsy Daisy Kids Art and Lighting from Layla Grayce

Engaging children both artistically and creatively, this adorable line’s eye-catching wall art, lamps and nightlights offer kid-friendly themes, like vintage sports, in a range of bright colors.

Oopsy Daisy Kids Art and Lighting from Layla Grayce

Using quality canvas, premium archival paper, soft vinyl and more, Oopsy Daisy’s products ensure lasting use and durability (plus enduring style!). Shop the entire collection here and don’t forget to enter our giveaway!

Oopsy Daisy Kids Art and Lighting from Layla Grayce

Exclusive Q&A with Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler + Signed Book Giveaway!

This giveaway had ended. Congratulations to Ashley M. (winner of the Instagram sheet set giveaway) and Kay B. and Natalie S. (winners of Mary Ella’s book).

Exclusive Q&A with Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler from Layla Grayce

Peacock Alley’s bedding and bath collection combines sumptuously soft materials and effortlessly elegant home style. To show our love for this line, we’re giving away two signed copies of Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler’s biography, Uncommon Thread. Taking readers on a journey from her beginnings as a representative on Wall Street to the start of Peacock Alley, this inspiring book is on our must-read list. For a chance to win Gabler’s book, simply follow the instructions below!

To Enter:

*Limit one entry per person. Two winners will each receive one signed copy of Uncommon Thread. Giveaway closes July 2, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on July 3, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

To top it all off, via Instagram we’re also giving away one Peacock Alley Adagio sheet set (including 1 fitted, 1 flat, and 2 pillow cases) in the size and color of the winner’s choice! For a chance to win this sheet set, follow us on Instagram @laylagrayce for details.

Q&A with Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler

We recently sat down with Peacock Alley founder Mary Ella Gabler to learn about the start of her company, her style inspirations and more! Read below for Mary Ella Gabler’s insight! To shop the entire collection, click here.

Layla Grayce: You founded Peacock Alley in 1973. What’s the backstory?
Mary Ella Gabler: I grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to New York City in the 1960s where I became a stockbroker on Wall Street. I spent five years in NYC before relocating to Dallas, TX and having my two sons (who are now the CEO and VP of Sales & Marketing for Peacock Alley). While visiting NYC, my former roommate and I found a beautiful boudoir pillow in a shop on Madison Avenue, inspiring us to make our own pillows as gifts. Our designs were so well received that we began to consider making it a business. Over a glass of wine at the Waldorf Hotel’s Peacock Alley restaurant, we officially founded Peacock Alley. Since then, the company has grown from pillows to bedding and so much more. I never imagined it would become what it is today.

LG: What is Peacock Alley known for?
MEG: We’re known for basic bedding in whites and neutrals, with a focus on interesting textures and details. We do try to incorporate colors and patterns that coordinate with the neutrals already in our collections. I call it the black dress theory: building on a classic wardrobe with a modern look that’s appropriate for today.

LG: Where do you find inspiration for your new colors and patterns?
MEG: Generally, I draw inspiration from antique linens and fabrics, and certainly books, shows and travel. But I gather most of my inspiration from interacting with customers and retailers, whether it’s about thread counts or how items are laundered.

LG: In your opinion, what are a few of the standout pieces from Peacock Alley currently available on Layla Grayce and why?
MEG: The Emma print was originally intended to coordinate with the Eloise collection, but its small pattern was also designed to blend with bedding customers already own. It also appeals to customers whether they have a king size bed or twin beds for children. With the Penelope, another favorite, we took classic white/ivory bedding and modernized it with texture and trim. The Penelope collection is also versatile and looks great with a quilt or more contemporary linens.

LG: What is the design process like at Peacock Alley?
MEG: It’s a team effort here at Peacock Alley. It’s about relationships within our team, and also with suppliers and customers, to determine what’s best for both Peacock Alley and our customers. We have experts specializing in everything from color and dyes to patterns. From concept to development, it takes about 1.5 to 2 years of back and forth to create the best product possible.

LG: How do you define “luxury”?
MEG: To me, luxury means comfort and enduring, classic beauty. We’re not “fancy” per se, but instead choose to focus on comfort and making our customers’ bedrooms look and feel inviting.

Peacock Alley Bedding from Layla Grayce

Sometimes a striking print is all you need to tie a room together. Playing up soft, neutral colorways, this Peacock Alley bedding offers an alluring yet timeless damask pattern.

Peacock Alley Bedding from Layla Grayce

It’s all in the details! Beyond featuring beautiful prints, much of Peacock Alley’s collection showcases quilted textures with fresh, touchable patterns. We love how this bedding’s stitched design adds unexpected visual interest. Love the classic style of Peacock Alley? Explore the entire collection here, and don’t forget to enter our giveaways!

Peacock Alley Bedding from Layla Grayce

Giveaway and q&a with Nook Sleep

This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Corrin M.!

Giveaway and Q&A with Nook Sleep from Layla Grayce

With plush, eco-friendly style, Nook Sleep’s sophisticated nursery collection lends the perfect support for a little one’s dreamy slumber. To show our love for this innovative brand, we’re giving away the Nook Niche Misty feeding pillow! Follow the instructions below to enter for a chance to win!

Giveaway and Q&A with Nook Sleep from Layla Grayce

To Enter:

  • Like Layla Grayce on Facebook
  • Sign up for our newsletter for more Layla Grayce giveaways!* Plus, when you click the link and sign up for our newsletter, you can refer a friend for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Layla Grayce.

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Winner will receive one Nook Sleep Niche Misty Feeding Pillow. Giveaway closes June 20, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on June 23, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Q&A with Nook Sleep

We recently sat down with the team at Nook Sleep to learn more about their safe, healthy and modern collection of nursery products. Focusing on all-natural materials like organic cotton and eucalyptus, this fabulous line offers a variety of stain and water-resistant mattresses, play mats, crib sheets, feeding pillows, lounge chairs and more for nurseries, playrooms and bedrooms. Read our Q&A with Nook Sleep below! To shop the entire collection, click here. All orders over $99 ship free!

LG: What sets Nook mattresses apart from other brands?  
Nook: Nook is more than just a mattress company, and our mattresses reflect that. Visually what sets us apart is our look; we are the only mattress available that looks just as good with or without bedding. The Pebble fabric not only looks great but is also super soft, which makes it comfortable for kids to sleep on directly. Our Pebble Wrap is completely removable and machine washable as well as water and stain-resistant. This means there is no need for a mattress cover or protector. On the inside, the core of the mattress and all materials are completely breathable and encourage air flow throughout the nursery, which helps keep babies safe. We use all non-toxic materials, offer an organic and natural option, and do not use any chemical fire retardants on any of our products!

LG: What basic principles guide the design and production of Nook products?
Nook: All Nook products are designed with breathability, safety and ease of use in mind. We spend lots of time researching and searching for the best non-toxic materials for our products.  It is also very important to us to take the Earth into consideration, so we try to use renewable, sustainable and recyclable materials as much as possible. Lastly, we know parents are busy and kids are messy, so we make all of our products easy to clean. If it doesn’t have a removable and machine washable cover, then you can throw the whole item in the washer!

LG: Are your fabrics stain and water-resistant?
Nook: Anything with the Pebble fabric is bathed in nanosphere, which makes it stain and water-resistant. When creating our products, it’s always important to us that they be easy to clean.

LG: Does your fabric maintain its look and feel throughout time and many, many washes?
Nook: Yes! Every time you wash and dry our fabric, all of the benefits like the zinc and nanosphere are recharged.

LG: What are the benefits of the Pebble fabric?
Nook: Besides being really cool looking, the peaks and valleys in the Pebbles allow for increased airflow and circulation, which is very important in a nursery. Additionally, lots of children like the way it feels and enjoy rubbing their hands on the pebble texture to soothe themselves to sleep.

LG: What are the benefits of your new Pebble Lounger?
Nook: Our Pebble Lounger is a really fun and different type of product for Nook. We created it as an item for our growing Nook customers who are not babies anymore. The Lounger is great because when we say 18 months and up, we mean it. It really works for the whole family. Kids love it because it’s their own little spot that’s perfectly sized and super comfortable. Moms like it because it allows them back support when they sit on the floor with their children. And we’ve had lots of dads buy Loungers as gaming chairs for their family rooms!  The cover of the Lounger is removable, machine washable and waterproof, so it’s a great place to let kids have snack time without worrying too much about the mess. It really is the ultimate portable family chair.

LG: What organic materials are your fabrics made from?
Nook: Our Pebble fabric is made from organic cotton and eucalyptus fiber. Our sheets and blankets are made from 100% organic cotton.

LG: Is your changer compatible with the majority of dressers/changing tables?
Nook: Yes, our ChangePad is made to fit the most popular changing tray size.

LG: Are your mattresses and ChangePad compatible with other sheets and covers?
Nook: Yes, our mattresses and ChangePad can be used with any standard size crib sheet or changing pad cover. For sheets, we do recommend a fabric like cotton to maintain the breathability of the mattress.

LG: If you were to select one Nook item as a “must-have” for Layla Grayce customers, what would it be and why?
Nook: The one “must-have” Nook item is our LilyPad because it is so versatile. We created it for baby tummy time, but we were quick to discover it is great for so much more. You can attach stroller toys to the clips to create an activity mat, take it with you as a travel mattress instead of a portable crib, and use it as a soft play space for little ones on hardwood and tile floors. Since the LilyPad is completely machine washable, it’s also great for use outdoors! You can take it to the park or beach (just shake out the sand), use it as a comfy seating area at soccer games, or even use it as a dog bed. All of our dogs at Nook use LilyPads as dog beds and love them!  When it gets dirty, just throw it in the washing machine and let it air dry. Then fold it back up, and you are good to go again!

Giveaway and Q&A with Nook Sleep from Layla Grayce

Sumptuously soft, Nook Sleep’s collection of mattresses, pillows and loungers transform any space into the perfect spot for relaxation! This cozy line offers plush comfort for babies, kids and parents. Shop the entire collection here.

Giveaway and Q&A with Nook Sleep from Layla Grayce