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Behind the Scenes with Annette Tatum

I am thrilled to share with you insight into an incredible woman and design inspiration: Annette Tatum. I remember learning about Annette when a dear friend revealed her daughter’s Little House nursery to me. I started to follow Annette and thanks to some sort of cosmic wish come true, Annette agreed to blog for Project Nursery. I remember exclaiming to Pam, “The Annette Tatum” is on board! So with all this sincere admiration, we finally met in person and I had the opportunity to visit her design studio, The Annette Tatum Workroom. The best part? Annette is every bit as inspiring as I thought she would be. So without sounding entirely lame, I pretty much view her as the coolest girl in school.  Let me give you a peek as to why…

A designer’s wall of inspiration, fabrics and projects is so telling.  Much of Annette’s new bohemian nursery & child collection came to life with ideas pinned to this wall. Sunny jewel tones now perfectly describe the rich colors radiating from her latest collection. Inspiring to say the least…

Fabrics, samples, paints and furniture prototypes surround the rustic yet oh-so stylish Workroom. I found the transition from Annette’s well-known baby lines to budding adult line – seamless.

Dressed mannequins pose throughout the space which not only add a bit of designer drama but lend themselves to even more creativity…

Impressed? Yes. But even more so now after learning that everything Annette creates is manufactured right in her backyard, Los Angeles, CA.

I came away from my hours with Annette, thinking about my nursery style and how it’s really evolved into an extension of my overall personal style.  Thoughtful designers such as Annette Tatum are now providing gorgeous children’s bedding options, art and much more, allowing parents to share their own sense of style from the very start. Annette truly lives and breathes her layered approach to textiles and design. She is down-to-earth, casual and generous. Sure, it’s easy to admire Annette for her success as a designer and a business woman. But I couldn’t help and think, “You too can have it all” after coming across this cherished family photo of Annette and her FOUR kids. Now that’s inspiring!

  • http://www.urbanwarriormoms.blogspot.com Berna

    Wow! Didn’t know they even had Ikat pattern fabric for the nursery! You must’ve been like a kid in a candy store in that workroom. Keep in mind you ladies at Project Nursery also inspire a lot of parents too! :-)

  • http://www.projectnursery.com Melisa

    Awe, thanks sooo much Berna!

  • http://projectnursery.com Pamela

    I can’t wait to have my own love fest with Annette! She is so inspiring and we are lucky to have her on Team PN – P

  • http://www.chicspacesforlittlefaces.com Bernadette

    It so nice to read about The Annette Tatum and see her workroom. So inspiring! I agree with Berna, Project Nursery is where it all started for me. (the obsession that is with kid’s spaces)

  • Marge Hunter

    I really love those dressed mannequins. It’s like an inspiration/design board but on a three-dimensional body form. It’s so beautifully done. Makes me want to get my own mannequins and make them part of my room decor.

  • Lola

    I am really in love with her teal and lavender crib sets from her bohemian collection. I love the cool, refreshing and soft hues, as well as the pretty patterns. I also wouldn’t mind having her Sand & Sky collection.

  • Maddie

    Where did you find the “Dream” twig letters???

  • judy

    Love the twig lettering…please let us know where they came from!! Thanks!! :)

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