A room for adventure - Nursery styleboard

Style File and Sketchbook and Inspired

1.)Swinging Stripes Curtains ~ Anthropologie

2.)Baby Giraffe Pring ~ The Animal Print Shop

3.)Pom Pom Pillow and Tassel Pillow Case ~ Anthropologie

4.)Pom Pom Throw ~ Marmalade

5.)Jenny Lind Crib ~ Diapers.com

6.)Stuffed Walrus ~ Cate & Levi

7.)Gold Zebra ~ Near & Deer

8.& 11.) (oops!) Canvas Bushel Basket ~ Steel Canvas Company : Use coupon code CURLY on their site for 10% off of your order!

9.)White Leather Pouf ~ (similar) Land of Nod

10.)Circus Letters ~ Saddle Shoe Signs: Use coupon code CURLY15 on their site for 15% off your order of custom letters!

12.) Thomas Paul Elephant Pillow ~ Houzz

13.) Kaleidescope Rug ~ PBTeen

14.) "Parades" Art Block ~ Curly Girl Design

15.) Flea market dresser that I painted ~ similar here

16.) Knobs ~ Anthropologie

Hello! I figured as it is my first real day back to work, and our first day with our new Nanny I would distract myself from the over-thinking that is inevitable by finally sharing Ruby & Graham's nursery with you! Leaving my babies with someone new for the first time (even though I am working from upstairs right now...ahem, baby steps) is making me not just a little bit sad. It is also not just a little bit wonderful. 

It's both things. I loved being home with my babies every day, but I have been itching to get back to work, bursting with creativity and facing a to-do list for this year that is miles long. Baby steps. Man, that should have been my phrase for the year. 

But speaking of babies... I loved putting this room together for my littles. It is a pretty small room and when we found out we were not having one but two I had to make the most of every square inch. Every little space is an opportunity for storage. Being in a renovated attic space also gave us sloped ceilings and knee-walls which, made decorating with art a challenge. With a girl and a boy, who will share this room until they are 35 (what?) I had to go gender neutral, but that of course does not mean that it has to be yellow or green! Heavens!

I opted for a bright color palete on a very neutral backdrop. I wanted a space that spoke to the adventure I want for them, and the places in the world I hope to see with them. I wanted it to seem eclectic and magical and full of critter friends. That was a tall order for a little room, but I think we did all right.

My mom helped me make, or DIY a bunch of things for this room, we Craigslisted the dresser and repaired and painted it, painted stripes on baskets from Marshalls, made IKEA media cabinets into window seats, sewed crib skirts and made and framed artwork. But I also had so much fun treasure hunting and found some things I am excited to share with you. Some of the makers of these things have even been so nice as to make a special coupon code just for you! So make sure you hop on over to their sites and check them out!

I would love to know what you think!

By Leigh 02.04.2014 – 3:40 pm


January 2014 Sneak Peek #4 - Last One!

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Good morning from rainy Atlanta! Here is the fourth and final new addition to our line this January. It is a little do-over, a little face-lift, a little make over for a card that has been in the line for over 10 years. 

When I first wrote this card, a million years ago, I was a young art director at an advertising agency in Boston making little post cards for my friends in my spare time. I was living in a new city, only really knew a handful of people and was exploring the possibilities of my life. I had luxurious amounts of time to daydream and scheme and think about what it was that I was supposed to give to the world. I was also poor as dirt, so I had to keep myself entertained.

This card was about what it takes to make a dream work. 

As I sat down to re-work the visual on this, now 11 or 12 years later (gulp) it became about something much different. I began to think about what it takes to make relationships work. Marriages, friendships, family connections, and now motherhood. Those are the really important things. So are dreams, don't get me wrong. But in my life, relationships are the things that have required my best stuff. 

Heart and soul is a lot. Plenty in some cases. But the love, risk, forgiveness, openness, communication, pluck, and stick-to-itiveness that real connections require (just to name a few things) is no joke. But nothing is more worth it.

This should still be about what it takes to make dreams work. My dreams, though, right now, involve a village of lots of happy healthy relationships. They take every last thing I've got. And they should. 

Would love to know what you think! 


By Leigh 01.11.2014 – 9:57 am


January 2014 Sneak Peek #3!

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Good morning!! Here is the third installment of our January release for your swooning pleasure! For those of you wondering, these will be up on our website around the beginning of February and wholesale customers can order them right now! In fact, some of your favorite stores are ordering them as we speak since I am writing to you from the Atlanta Gift Show. 

I know, whoa. 

Anyway, I am being fresh as a result of too much fluorescent lighting and recycled air. 

This one makes me very very happy. Not only because it features my beverage of choice, but because it was made for a very special, very sparkly lady. Emily has worked for Curly Girl for over four years now and is quite possibly the most effervescent person I know. Everything about her sparkles and where that might be totally annoying in some people, it is so authentic and contagious in her that you can't help but get a little on you. I appreciate Emily for many many things, but her ability to put a little shine into anything she does is worth a toast...or two. 

So, this one goes out to Emily and all of our glitter girls. Sparkle on!


By Leigh 01.10.2014 – 9:51 am


January 2014 Sneak Peek #2!

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if you are anything like me, you have been lucky enough to come across a few good dames in your day. I have a collection of dear friends that I am so proud to know and have on speed dial.

They are beautiful, strong, intelligent, mostly hilarious women that are all very down to earth...and a tiny bit nutty. I think that's what I like the most about them. 

Rare birds all around. 

I have decided to celebrate this quality with this new addition to the line. Stay strange and wonderful my dears. 

Have a rare friend you need to send this to?

By Leigh 01.09.2014 – 8:41 am


January 2014 Sneak Peek!

The Biz and Sketchbook

It's that time again! Time for tradeshows and travel and razzle and dazzle on the business side of things over here. It always seems to bring the 'vacation mode' of the holidays to a screeching halt and snaps the new year into something of a sharp focus. We have so much to do! Only 12 little months to do it! 

Some day I will be the kind of business owner and boss that thoughtfully plans out our next year's goals and schedule a tidy few months before the end of the previous year. My staff will take comfort in knowing what lies ahead and where we are going to put our collective energy, and feel secure that the new work will flow from my studio in a tidy and timely manner. Until that day, I am the business equivalent to the pop tart that you eat in the car on the way to school while you finish getting dressed in the car. 

Or something like that. 

I hope that it is one of my more 'charming' qualities. 

Alas, this release made it to the printer just under the wire. And by just under the wire, I mean late. 

That does not make me love them any less, and frankly, I think I do some of my best work under pressure.

This one was obviously inspired by recent additions to my life. Like many things, I couldn't have written about it until I lived it. This is what I want to tell my babies about how glad we are they are here and how we feel like we pulled them right out of the stars in the sky.

This one is for Graham and Ruby.


By Leigh 01.08.2014 – 9:17 am


October release sneak peek


Here is the final addition to our line for October. I love her. I think I want to be her. 

She is a reminder to us to let our story be our story, and with each new twist and turn and slo-mo moment we get the chance to make it whatever we want. We have the chance to begin again if we need to built into every single day, in fact, if you break it down, we have 86,400 of them. A single second is all it takes sometimes.

I like the idea of chapters and volumes and can feel myself quite literally sitting in the middle of the first page of a new chapter and beginning. I am about to get a whole new title and job description, and I have a feeling, a couple of new bosses. So this one hits home for me in a new way.

How does it resonate for you? What is your beginning?


By Leigh 09.17.2013 – 7:49 am


October release sneak peek and a winner!


Hi Guys! Sorry to be posting this late...my whole family has now been picked up from the airport and is standing around watching me, waiting for me to go into labor. Fun stuff.

Here is another sneak peek for the October release! This one pretty straight forward and hopefully a lovely way for you to tell people how much you really really like them! It incorporates so many things I love and I just had so much fun making it.

Also! We have a winner for The Vintage Pearl + Curly Girl Giveaway! Thanks for all the great comments! I am so excited about sending out this prize! It's pretty great, if I do say so myself!

Sexy Random Number Generator picked: Carrie McBride! Congratulations Carrie! Please get in touch with Lauren in our office by Monday afternoon so she can get all your vitals and send out your prizes!  Lauren@curlygirldesign.com

Thanks to all who participated! Would love to hear what you think about the new card!


By Leigh 09.13.2013 – 3:33 pm


October release sneak peek and a birthday wish

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As many of you know, while today is a solemn day for our nation and a sad day for many that we know and love, it is also a day of celebration in our house. Today is Coach's birthday (and for awhile, we thought it might be our two children's birthday too...but it's not looking likely...sigh)!

So as I discussed last year, perhaps a bit more eloquently than I can muster today, I like to use this day to lift us up and make it in honor of the love and genuine closeness that we are capable of as humans. The unique ability we have as a species to care for one another and grow in love from our experiences. The fact that in one another we can find home. 

This new card, part of our upcoming October release, is about that. It is in honor of the roads we travel and the fact that in the end, with just one another, we will be somehow, be ok. This is in honor of refugees everywhere. Of partners everywhere. Of families everywhere. When landscapes change, or life changes, or circumstances change...open your arms and we are home. It is a reminder to each of us to open our arms to each other and to ourselves. 

It is specifically how I feel about Coach, and is also in honor of two of my very best friends who might be soon looking out their windows at a very new landscape. It is a hope for a safe journey, and gratitude for the journey thus far. 

Happy Birthday Buddy! I love you and our journey. (I also wish two parts of our journey would decide to join us outside of my body...so when you are blowing out candles later...consider that.)

I wish you all a day of peace, connection and joyful remembrance.


By Leigh 09.11.2013 – 7:45 am


October release sneak peek (and a little re-do)


Happy Friday! As I have been waiting patiently for these babies to come, I have been busy in the studio getting our October release finished and our January release started! This will be the first year we have ever done a little October release of new product, but we are trying it out. We want to keep our shops full and happy with new fun things as we careen into the holiday season. It is also a more reasonable pacing for me. We will try it out and see how it goes! 

The good news for you is that you get sneak peeks of things you don't have to wait until January for! A tiny bit thrilling isn't it?

I am pretty excited about this launch. I started by updating an old favorite of mine (this is the laptop skin that I have on MY laptop...). I first made this artwork in 2002 before Curly Girl Design was but a twinkle in my eye. I still love the artwork, and the general vibe of this piece, but you can see how my illustration style has changed over the years, and I wanted to keep this one current. 

The one up top is a slightly more graphic and modern version that I hope still has the same whimsy that the older one did. I am really happy with it...I kinda think the canvas version will be a perfect addition to my little girl's room someday...or maybe her Mamma's... 

I would love to know what you think! 

A little baby update: they are still in there, sitting tight. I am 37 weeks on Sunday and they won't leave them in there past 38 weeks... so hopefully they will make their debut sometime this week! Or we are goin' in after them. I am starting to get a little crabby and dear sweet Lord do I feel humungous! My skin is itchy and my feet look like Shrek's. I think it is safe to say that I am ready for them to come...my Mom gets here tomorrow...so anytime after that. I welcome all prayers, juju, good thoughts and positive vibes for a safe and healthy delivery! Thanks to those of you who are checking in! xo

By Leigh 09.06.2013 – 11:39 am


Holiday 2013 Sneak Peek


Hiya! Here is the final addition to the 2013 Holiday Collection! The girls are already in Atlanta (hopefully!) selling them at the summer market and it feels really strange to not be with them! This is the first trade show I have missed in 10 years!

I really like this card, it really sums up my general holiday philosophy in just a few words...plus, it has LOTS of critters! You know I love critters! These will start shipping in September along with the rest of our holiday line. I hope you love these as much as I do!


By Leigh 07.10.2013 – 3:20 pm


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