Making room for Baby McKim

In the past few years I have made some very big and scary moves; I quit my corporate job (2012), opened a brick and mortar store (2014) but 2016 beats all of that - we decided to expand our family!   We found out our bundle of joy had arrived in May and since then its been a wonderful journey getting to this point.....38 weeks pregnant and COUNTING!!!  

The first trimester was exhausting but outside of that, I have had no complaints and little man has been the perfect little side kick while I've worked throughout this pregnancy.  The feeling of sharing the news with family and friends is so amazing and heart warming.  Seeing how much your child is already loved before even arriving is one of the most touching things I have experienced.  

As a small business owner I have my fears about juggling a very hands on and demanding job and a growing child but I also rest easy knowing that I have created a world for my little man that allows me to be quite flexible. Of course being a designer I couldnt wait to design the perfect space for him! I knew that I wanted the nursery to be a gender neutral space that would feel as eclectic as the rest of our home.  We did find out the sex at 18 weeks, check out the gender reveal here - but I still wanted the room to just feel like a kids space no matter what the gender was. I also knew I didn't want to change the color of the room, it was previously  my dressing room and I enjoyed the bold black on the walls, so I considered this the starting point for the transformation. 

 I am at a loss as to where the other photos are, but the other side had my vanity and an Ikea mirrored armoire.  

I am at a loss as to where the other photos are, but the other side had my vanity and an Ikea mirrored armoire.  

With most spaces that I design, I always start by hitting the thrift stores for some happenstance inspiration.  I didn't have any specifics I just wanted items that would feel vintage, traveled, unique and eclectic.  Things got off to a great start, scoring this amazing vintage chest!!  I have seen these online for hundreds of dollars....I scored this one for $40!  STOP IT.  It was missing one handle and had all the feet in one of the drawers....I skipped out of the store with it, actually it weighs a ton so I skipped all the way to my car and watched it get loaded. 

One of the biggest things in a nursery is finding the perfect rocker, it needs to be comfy for mommy and daddy, work with the space and just feel special because you will be spending a lot of time in it.  I have designed some really awesome custom rockers for clients so I was pretty excited to be designing my own. I pride myself on all the creative designs I come up with for my store and clients but sometimes people just don't see my vision at all.  Case in point - my "kids couch" which 100% of the time I was asked if it was a dog bed (it was staged with stuffed animals and pillows and still got that question!). So in a fit of annoyance I took it home one day and said "if its going to be called a dog bed then only my dog would be on it".....which never happened.  It sat in my husbands office taking up too much space on its side until a random Sunday at 5:30 pm when I got up off the couch suddenly and went to Home Depot to get all the hardware to turn it into a swinging chair that night.  I told my husband "don't come in unless you hear me screaming, I know what I'm doing."  Which is true, I hung this chair that night and sat back enjoying every swing of my "dog bed / kids couch."

Full disclosure though... I moved the swing around the room into various joists in the ceiling 3 times till I found the most perfect spot.  Although in doing so I created lots of extra holes in my ceiling which inspired me to stencil the ceiling!  Another moment when I told my husband "I got this don't come in unless I'm screaming."  I'm not going to lie, this was a less than enthusing part of transforming the space but about 3 hours and a lot of green paint on me I was all done.  I then went back and added more galvanized pipe (I did this because I wanted the swing to hang in-between the two supports and didn't want to have to go into the ceiling to add more support) and distressed 2x4s (I had leftover from a client project) to finally have the finished look for the swing and ceiling that I wanted. 

I have a very eclectic feel to my home, there are very few blank spaces - which I absolutely love, so I definitely wanted to carry that vibe into the nursery.  I thought maybe I would go the route of a gallery wall but after perusing Pinterest I settled on an alphabet wall. I loved the idea of pulling in friends and family to help create this wall together.  The first letter to kick off the wall was a neon "U" I got at a Johnathan Adler store (lucky kid) while visiting my best friend from high school.  Rules were simple, nothing had to match, color didn't matter....just send a letter with love!  

I finally tackled the big items in the space and it was down to adding the accessories and layers that make a space complete.  The changing table was a side of the road find that got a great coat of paint, the crib and tall dresser I shopped inventory from my own store (PERKS!), I repurposed some items from around the house and added new finds to make the space just right.  

I sit in this space all the time just waiting to finally use and enjoy it with our little man Taylor.  I just love the feel in this space, I feel as though you can feel the good vibes and love that went into it the moment you walk in.  

My wonderful friend at LiveLight Photography captured my little man's room so sweetly (minus a few pictures I added in this gallery), please take a peek at their wonderful business! The gender reveal shoot, was so amazing I can't wait to capture Taylor Jordan in his nursery for the first time! 

Thanks for reading!!


Baby McKim Gender Reveal!

When we found out we were expecting it was a whirlwind of emotions and questions and one of the first big ones is - is it a boy or a girl!?  We spent about 2 seconds thinking we could wait till birth to find out....not for us!  So we started counting down the days to the gender reveal appointment.

In the beginning I toyed with the idea of letting my sister and best friends handle planning a fun reveal for us.  It was certainly fun talking about different ways to do it but none quite felt like it was really me - you don't get to repeat the first pregnancy so I pulled the trump card and said that I would handle planning it out.  I'm sure you are getting to know me still because I certainly don't blog enough, BUT I am a DIY addict, I own my own furniture store and I go to Home Depot so often I could grab a snack in the break room and no one would question me being there. I knew I had to have my reveal at my local HD.

On my very next run to the store I asked to speak to the manager, I had finally figured out how I wanted to surprise our family and friends and wanted to make sure I had permission.  Conversation was simple but definitely not what she thought I would be asking about, but I got the go ahead very quickly.  Next step was finding a photographer and as I do with all things, I looked for local recommendations first.  I scrolled a page on FB that I follow and landed on LiveLight Photography.  I went to their page and just loved their flow and way of capturing moments.  I was hoping they would be on board with my idea for the shoot - they were!  So all things were in place. 

Finally it was time for the big day, even Charlotte our Dane was excited about the day! 

I had my sister meet me at the doctors to enjoy the appointment with us and keep the secret as well!  After that we went home and got ready for our photo shoot at Home Depot.  Say what!? Yes we booked the photographer to shoot us at the store and the gender reveal would be at the paint counter.  I love overalls (useful and cute) so of course no matter the sex our little one would have plenty of matching pairs just like mommy, but my dear friend got me a pair as a gift that were the perfect accessory for the shoot. 

Once we got to Home Depot we passed off the gender envelope to the paint department and told them to get it mixed up for our big surprise! We knew it was best to do the reveal at the end because I would be emotional, Nicki started snapping away and it was so nice to have the staff around helping us document this special day! I know its odd but there was truly no better way to do a reveal for our baby, this day will always be a very special memory and to top it off they surprised us with some Home Depot baby gear - I CAN'T EVEN!!!  I'm so ready for Nicki to capture our little man upon his arrival! 


To all other expecting moms and dads, how are you sharing the gender news!?  


July Events Recap

July was a great month for TUFT for many reasons, and I was especially excited about the fun events we got to host towards the end of the month. If you came out to the store, or attended these events, thanks so much for your support! And in case you couldn't make it, no worries, we'll see you next time! Check out this recap of the events that were held at TUFT in July. 

Urban Gypsy Popup

The pop up shop was absolutely amazing! Thanks to everyone who came out. TUFT was completely revamped and turned into a true clothing store for the Urban Gypsy Pop Up. In case you weren’t able to stop by the weekend of the popup, here’s a quick look at what you missed!

Elle is a fun-loving, free spirit who takes her traveling trunk show, Urban Gypsy Pop Up to spread love and cool style. We had vintage and thrifted clothes, henna, tarot card readings, and lots of glitter all weekend long! You even saved a little looty, if you shook your booty! There were fun and lively dance vibes all weekend long. Can’t wait to do it again!

Charlotte Tastemakers Summit

I also hosted the Charlotte Tastemakers Summit presented by Black Southern Belle, and it was a success! We munched on breakfast and delicious treats, listened to wonderful panelists, mingled and met new creatives in town, and just had an amazing time.

These events were a pleasure to host, and there will definitely be more to come! TUFT will be turning two in no time, at the end of the month to be exact. So be on the lookout for updates and happenings at TUFT. And if you aren't already, a great way to keep up with TUFT is through our newsletter. Sign up below to stay connected!