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

Get the Look: Chic Converted Barn

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Nothing expresses the comforts of home more than a cozy, rustic getaway. Take a former dairy barn, a playful punch of color and a keen sense of style, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect retreat! We absolutely adore S.R. Gambrel’s redesign of this Virginian equestrian estate’s barn, featured on Domaine Home.  Looking to liven up a room in your abode? We’ve assembled our favorite images of this space to get you inspired!

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Play up a room’s neutral hues by using a mix of contrasting patterns and textures.  Juxtaposing handsome leather and wood with mesmerizing geometric prints, every element in this lounging area sparks eye-catching interest.

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Go bold! Adding a contemporary touch to the barn’s original construction, striking neon blue and pink shades on the doors and stairwell stand out against the space’s soft, neutral decor.

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Making a stunning statement, this room offers a wall gallery display to catch the eye of visitors. Create a one-of-a-kind look in your space with fun frames in different sizes and shapes.

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

Update a rustic room with boldly modern decor! Vibrant frames, lamps and doors deliver instant excitement to this converted barn’s shabby chic table and chairs.

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn from Layla Grayce
Featured On: Domaine Home Designed by S.R. Gambrel

To get this unique look in your own home, we’ve hand-picked a collection of our favorite furniture, lighting and accessories. Shop the products below!

Get The Look - Chic Converted Barn

1. Dash & Albert Rhapsody Wool Woven Pillow 2. Ro Sham Beaux Nicholas Book End 3. Noir Lighting Sid Pendant 4. Gabby Furniture Marie Sofa 5. Jaipur Naturals Tobago Zavier Jute Rug 6. Zentique Furniture Arley Rack 7. Oly Studio Louis Dining Arm Chair 8. Layla Grayce Hammond Leather Cocktail Ottoman 9. Benchmade by Brownstone Ellington Coffee Table

Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Rug Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Carol J.!


Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Giveaway from Layla Grayce

We can’t get enough of designer Bunny Williams’ new collaboration with Dash & Albert founder Annie Selke! This stylish duo has created fabulous rugs for bedrooms, living rooms and outdoor spaces. From eye-catching geometric prints to classic stripes, this contemporary collection of rugs brings a fresh aesthetic to the home. To show our love for this line, we’re giving away one Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert rug to a lucky winner! Follow the instructions below to enter for a chance to win!

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 is limited to one Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Rug under $1,000. Giveaway closes Thursday, June 12, 2014, at midnight PST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday, June 13, 2014. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Photographed at Bunny Williams’ home in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, each rug exhibits her elegant, globally influenced style. Channeling a relaxed vibe, these outdoor rugs soothe with earthy tones and woven jute textures, showcasing a variety of sophisticated patterns.

Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert Giveaway from Layla Grayce

An exciting print offers a living room or bedroom an instant makeover! Mixing contemporary patterns with bright colors, these Bunny Williams rugs make a lived-in and comfy statement in any room. Shop the entire collection here and be sure to enter our giveaway!

Top 10 Backyard Movie Night Essentials

Top 10 Backyard Movie Night Essentials from Layla Grayce
1. Jonathan Adler Throw Blanket Nixon Green 2. Dash & Albert Fresh American Trimaran Stripe Denim and Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Pillow 3. Boatman Geller Personalized Awning Stripe Navy Platter 4. Jonathan Adler Cote d’Azur Large Salad Bowl 5. Dazzler Flickering 3 Light 6″ Flameless Candle 6. Boatman Geller Personalized Awning Stripe Navy Lucite Tray 7. Jonathan Adler Cote d’Azur Salad Server Set 8. Pine Cone Hill Chevron Green Napkin Set of 4 9. Boatman Geller Personalized Awning Stripe Navy Ice Bucket 10. Dash & Albert Fresh American Trimaran Stripe Denim and Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Pouf

Bring on the popcorn! It’s finally summer and there’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather than with a backyard movie night. To make sure yours goes off without a hitch, we’ve picked ten essentials to set the mood for the perfect viewing experience. From soft lighting to stylish serving trays to plush pillows, we’ve got you covered so you can kick back, relax and enjoy the show! Shop the collection here.

Honeycomb “New Hive” Housewarming Party

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla Grayce
Design, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party from Layla GrayceDesign, Styling & Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here to share with you a honeycomb-inspired “new hive” housewarming party. One of the big trends in graphic and interior design this year is the honeycomb pattern. I loved having the opportunity to incorporate such a timeless, nature-inspired pattern into a very current look for a styled event.

You can incorporate a honeycomb pattern at your next event by recreating some of the details from our shoot:

1. Honeycomb Event Themes: The honeycomb pattern works beautifully with bees and hives. In addition to a housewarming “new hive” party, it works perfectly for a “What will it bee?” gender reveal party or baby shower, an “I’ll bee yours, you’ll bee mine” engagement party, or a bridal shower.

2. The Honeycomb Pattern: I chose to incorporate the honeycomb pattern in all printable items (from invitations and dessert tags to the labels and the backdrop), the glassware (note the honeycomb design in the glasses of sweet tea) as well as the desserts themselves (the hexagon cookies with a hand-iced honeycomb pattern). Feel free to add honeycomb printed table linens or favor bags for even more of this fabulous design at your event!

3. Hives and Bees: I loved incorporating hives and bees to accompany the honeycomb pattern. You will note edible hives and bees throughout my dessert table. Even the party favors featured a hand-iced hive cookie to match the graphic on the printable party items. I also loved the custom-framed “Welcome to our new hive” sign, which served as a lovely decoration on the mantle.

4. Don’t Forget The Honey! Wooden honey dippers are the perfect adornment for glasses of sweet tea. Honey sticks are beautiful on display and perfectly sweet when added to guests’ tea. A fresh piece of honeycomb looks lovely when displayed on a small dessert pedestal and can be enjoyed by many. It serves as a sweet reminder of the original source of this gorgeous design that we love seeing everywhere, from pillows and rugs to handmade chocolates and soap.

5. Fresh Florals: We all know the important role bees play with pollenating our flowers, and I cannot think of a better nod to their hard work than gorgeous arrangements of your favorite blooms. For our shoot I selected a large arrangement of spring flowers in a soft yellow and white color palette. I even opted for a large, fresh peony as the cake topper, offering a light and natural feeling to the dessert table.

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Q&A With Loloi Rugs (feat. Cyrus Loloi)

Q&A with Loloi Rugs from Layla Grayce

We just love how Loloi rugs transform a room! From bold chevron prints and floral patterns to blended neutral tones and solid hues, this versatile collection establishes a unique vibe in any space with hand-knotted, tufted and looped textures. Looking to revamp your bedroom or living room? We interviewed Cyrus Loloi, principal for Loloi, to get the inside scoop on the best tricks for choosing the perfect floor covering to suit your style. Shop the Loloi rug collection here (and enjoy free shipping on the entire line!).

Q&A with Cyrus Loloi of Loloi Rugs

LG: When deciding on the size of a rug for a room, how large should the border of flooring around the rug be? Does it vary from room to room (bedroom, living room, dining room)?
CL: Keeping at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed by the rug’s edges is the classic rule, but it can vary depending on the area. If you have a smaller room feel free to bend this rule a bit, but allow for at least a few inches of space at the rug’s edge. Rugs right up against the wall end up looking like carpet, and that’s not what you want.

LG: I’m looking for a rug for a high-traffic area. What are some tips for choosing the correct rug for my lifestyle?
CL: In this scenario, you have to consider two things: construction and fiber. The most durable construction is hand-knotted, but flat weaves and hand-tufted rugs last fairly well and are considerably less expensive. For fiber, I recommend either wool, polypropylene, or polyester. Many people think that synthetic rugs wear out quickly, but polypropylene and polyester are actually extremely durable and stain resistant.

LG: What are the top 3 things I should consider when selecting my new area rug?
CL: In the rug world, it all comes down to color, design, and texture. First, you have to consider how the colors in the rug are going to coordinate with the room’s existing colors. The colors don’t have to match perfectly, but you do want to pick complementary tones. When in doubt, a natural fiber rug like sisal or undyed wool offers a very versatile look. Trust me, when you get color right, it makes all the difference.

For design, pick a pattern that fits your style and personality. Don’t be afraid to pick a traditional rug in a contemporary room, or a modern rug in a traditional room. As a word of caution, if you have elaborate wallpaper or patterned upholstery, a solid design like the Anzio Denim Hand Woven Wool Rug works best.

Texture plays an important role too. Textured rugs like the Sahara Ivory Hand Knotted Wool Rug offset the solid surface of your floor and draw your eyes to the dimension of the rug.

LG What are the biggest trends in rugs right now?
CL: I’m enjoying the wave of blues that designers seem to be using everywhere this year. Aqua, indigo, and navy are really on-trend right now, especially paired with white, like this rug.

Q&A with Loloi Rugs from Layla Grayce

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts

Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts from Layla Grayce
1. Drops of Jupiter Aqua Gold Earrings 2. Wimberly Pearl Initial Bracelet 3. Petunia Pickle Bottom Travel Train Case Glazed Breakfast in Berkshire 4. Jessie Steele Apron Carmen Pink Magnolias 5. Kendra Scott the Everyday Teal Jewelry Bag 6. Kashwere Shawl Collar Robe Pink with White Trim 7. Kate Spade Pink Journal 8. Lollia Wish Shea Butter Handcreme 9. Lollia Wish Petite Luminary Candle 10. Stephanie Johnson Geneva Grey Eye Mask

She’s the woman who knows us best! What better way to show Mom some love than with a little something special? Find the perfect gift this Mother’s Day with our hand-picked collection of jewelry, bags, candles and more! Shop the Mother’s Day gift boutique here.

Mothers & More Diaper Drive!

Help Mothers & More celebrate its 14th Annual Mother’s Day Campaign with the “We Could All Use a Little Change” Diaper Drive. Each donation benefits the National Diaper Bank Network (NBDN) and its member diaper banks throughout the country! Nearly one-third of poor and low-income mothers in the U.S. face the daily struggle of not having enough diapers to keep her baby clean, dry and healthy. Layla Grayce is proud to help support these struggling moms and spread the word about the Mothers & More Diaper Drive.

Through May 31, Mothers & More chapters across the country will hold diaper drives at a wide variety of community events. To find a local Mothers & More chapter, please visit www.MothersAndMore.org. You can also donate via Crowdrise

Mothers & More Diaper Drive from Layla Grayce

Pastel “Radiant Orchid” Spring Celebration Cake

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Celebration Cake from Layla Grayce
Event design, styling and photography: Kate Landers, Cake Stand: Available here

Kate Landers here to share with you a perfect cake for your next spring celebration! A hot trend in cakes right now (that looks like it is here to stay) is “naked cakes.” What is normally covered by layers of buttercream and fondant is completely exposed on a “naked cake.” That’s right: these cakes allow the actual layers of cake and filling to take center stage. Often these cakes are topped with gorgeous fruit, flowers or other natural elements.

Here are a few suggestions to create your own beautiful “naked cake” sure to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from your guests!

The Cake: Natural-colored cakes like vanilla, lemon or carrot are very popular for “naked cakes”. As long as you stack even layers of cake, it really is not hard to create one on your own! I chose vanilla cake for ours. A special note: Because the cake is exposed to air and not protected by a layer of frosting, it will dry out much faster. I suggest serving within 24 hours (at most) of completing your cake.

The Filling: Natural-colored buttercream (such as vanilla or chocolate) is highly popular, as well as lemon curd, raspberry and other fruits. While you can certainly create beading or rosettes with buttercream, a messier look often seems preferred. It is part of the appeal of these “perfectly imperfect” cakes. It also makes the cakes easier for you to make on your own.

The Decorations: From herbs and flowers to berries and tree fruits, there is so much variation to make your “naked cake” unique. You can incorporate flavors, colors and flowers to match the theme of your event.

We selected the Pantone Color of the Year “Radiant Orchid” as inspiration for our cake’s decoration. Toned down to pastel hues, it seemed perfect for a lovely spring celebration like Easter, Mother’s Day or a special graduation. From sweet peas and hyacinth to lilacs and peonies, blooms of the moment made it ideal for this time of year.

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Ultimate Gabby Shopping Spree Giveaway!

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Julie K., Jessica A., and Laura C.!

Gabby Giveaway by Layla Grayce
Shop Gabby

We partnered with Gabby and blogger Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street on one of our biggest Pinterest giveaways ever! Create a Dream Living Room Pinterest board for a chance to win a $2,500, $1,250, or $625 Gabby shopping spree! Boards will be judged on originality, creativity and adherence to the rules. Happy pinning!

To Enter:

  • Create a Pinterest board and name it “Layla Grayce Pin to Win.”
  • Follow Gabby and Layla Grayce on Pinterest
  • Fill your board with 15 pins.
    –  8 pins must be re-pinned from Sacramento Street’s Gabby Pinterest board (click here).
    –  Remainder of pins may be inspirational pins to complete your design.
    –  All pins must have the hashtag “lgpintowin”
  • When finished, click here to submit your board and be entered!

Giveaway closes Thursday, May 1, 2014. Winner will be announced Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Winners will receive up to $2,500, $1,250, or $625 credit towards Gabby on Layla Grayce, in the form of a one-time use promo code. If product winner selects totals less than the winning amount, the remaining winning dollar amount will be forfeited. If product exceeds the winning amount, winner agrees to pay the difference. Only one entry per person. Individuals with multiple entries will not be considered or judged. Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.