Michelle, co-creator of fashion and lifestyle blog 52 Thursdays, is accustomed to adventure. As a kid, she lived everywhere from Germany to Hawaii, later settling with her family outside of Washington, D.C. Now a resident of Los Angeles, the social media influencer is approaching her biggest adventure yet – motherhood.
“My husband and I moved to LA just a little over two years ago. A work promotion and warmer weather brought us to the West Coast, plus I get antsy staying put in one area for too long!” Michelle says.
Luckily, Michelle didn’t have much time to get too comfortable in her first LA home. After becoming pregnant, she and her husband decided to move into a space large enough to accommodate their growing family.
“The location and amenities are what sold us on our new place,” she says. “It’s a block away from my husband’s work and we feel safe and secure in this area, especially while raising a little girl.”
Michelle runs 52 Thursdays with her close friend Sarah, who still lives in D.C. Working in social media marketing and blogging allows the pair to seamlessly share their individual lives in each city, along with their fitness, beauty, and fashion tips. But as any blogger knows, there’s a pressure for everything you do, and certainly everything you post to appear stylish and well-curated. For Michelle, motherhood was no different – she wanted to create a picture-perfect space for her baby to come home to.
“If you ask any expecting mom, having the nursery 100% complete is at the top of the list. It’s the nesting period when you make sure you have all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted because you want to feel ready and at peace when the baby arrives,” Michelle says.
But with pregnancy on her plate, a new home, and a new chapter for her family, creating that perfect space for her little one was easier said than done.
One look at Laurel & Wolf designer Rashmi R’s style board and she was sold. “I knew I wanted to create a California-boho vibe for the space using plants and succulents, but I didn’t know where they would go. I needed help placing objects and using wall space.”
Rashmi came to the rescue, keeping the palette light and airy by pairing plants with pale pink textiles. There’s a touch of whimsical spirit in the room and a boho minimalist vibe that’s as SoCal as they come. A statement-making floral mobile dangles over the crib, its soft pink and white petals floating like a fairy crown. Other elements in the room nod to Michelle’s globetrotting tendencies.
“Travel has inspired my design aesthetic to get a bit more creative,” she says. “My husband and I went to Peru this time last year to visit family, and we picked up a lot of décor, which we have scattered throughout the place. In our little girl’s room, we wanted a llama and anything else to remind her of her heritage.”
Though it’s stocked with children’s books, stuffed animals, and all the essential baby supplies, the space feels mature with its neutral colors and sophisticated patterns. It’s an ideal place for Michelle to spend long hours hanging with her new baby girl.
“I’m most excited just to hold her. I know it sounds simple, but that’s all I want. To hold her and spend all my time with her, which will most likely be in the nursery, so I’m thankful to have this sanctuary for us to share.”
Photos by Dustin Walker. Designed by Rashmi R.