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Giveaway: Introducing Annette Tatum

We are so excited to introduce to you Annette Tatum. She’s an accomplished textile, home and children’s designer, business owner, book author and she’s now sharing her design expertise with us beginning next month as a regular contributor on Project Nursery.  You may have heard the buzz about Annette’s latest bedding collection or you may be currently deciding between which Little House crib set to choose from for your new nursery.  We’ll now you can get to know Annette. We enjoyed doing so with this little Q&A…

How would you describe your personal style? I always have said that my personal style is made of many layers. I am drawn to a lot of different looks. Although, I am a traditionalist at heart, I have always been interested in designs that have timeless qualities.

How old are your kids and how did you choose to decorate their rooms? I have 4 children ages 7 to 18. My eldest has just gone to college. When they were little, I was in charge of the room decor. However, as they have gotten older, I have had to let go of what I like and want. They each have their own personal style now. My 7 year old is the only boy in the family so I have had to think very differently about his room decor. For example, lots of room for building and jumping, shelves for collecting and displaying his many collections. The girls’ rooms are all very different. My eldest is into vintage, my middle child is more modern and Lena, the youngest girl, is still very into pink.

With the success of Little House why launch the Annette Tatum Collection? The Annette Tatum Collection is a more eclectic collection. There are many different looks to Annette Tatum – modern, bohemian classic and more. The color palettes are bolder and brighter. The little house collection is still very much based on the traditional vintage looks that are classic to baby and child.

What inspired you to create The Well-Dressed Home? I have always loved fashion. As a designer for home decor I have always been inspired and fascinated with the fabrics and designs of the fashion industry. I have discovered along the way that my own personal style translates into my home decor choices. As a designer for Little House, this book offered an opportunity to step outside of my company and really explore what I personally like and what my passions are including where people find inspirations from. As a business owner, I often design for the consumer and not necessarily for myself. This book was from my heart which perhaps is why it is so inspiring to others.

And how does it inspire others? It encourages people to look at their own dress code and apply it to their home decor. You know what colors you like and what makes you feel good. What you wore 20 years ago changes over time and it is reflected in your home style. I encourage you to look inside the layers of your life; most often people are a mix of styles and these elements can be found in your home.

Can your tips be applied to a kid-friendly home? Yes, if you are a mom, take a look at how you dress. Most likely you are more practical these days and the fabrics that you wear are more durable, more casual and easy. As a mom, you prioritize areas of your home as well. A dining room is for adult time, but that probably only makes up 1/8th of your home. As a parent, the design of your home is more a form of function. You wouldn’t have silk slip covers in the family room, just like you wouldn’t wear a ball gown to the park.

What is your advice in the nursery for expecting parents? There should be some key elements in a nursery like a crib, a changing table, a place to nurse and storage. Also, you need to be able to make the room a play room as well as a sanctuary for sleeping. Even though these are the basic elements however, it shouldn’t look like an institution. It should have a homemade touch such as a bulletin board with photos. Your baby’s needs change so rapidly and so will your nursery. A changing table should convert to a dresser after 1 year. A crib should change to a bed because it can be costly. Kids have so much “stuff” and it continues to grow as they grow. I recommend using storage that is creative and fun, yet functional enough that kids can find their favorite toys.

Also, have the mindset that this room will morph over the next 2 years before it settles into a zone. You may have a certain look in mind for your child’s nursery but in 5 years your child will have his opinions on the room as well and you have to leave room for their opinions. Often times we set up a nursery to look perfect, but in reality they should be a space for kids to create and really, the most precious thing in the room is the child.

Exclusive for Project Nursery Readers: Annette is offering signed copies of her gorgeous new book, The Well-Dressed Home. Enter promo code “Nursery” to receive $10 off the retail price.

Win It! Annette Tatum is giving away a signed copy The Well-Dressed Home to one lucky Project Nursery reader. Visit Annette Tatum’s newest bedding collection and let us know which design you love the most! (You’ll have trouble just picking one!). Contest ends Friday, January 22nd, 2009 at 11:59pm PST.

1. Become a fan of Project Nursery on Facebook  and comment.
2. Follow Project Nursery on Twitter,  tweet about it and comment.
3. Subscribe or let us know you are a subscriber with a comment.
4. Post on our Forum and comment.
5. Blog it and comment.

*Please comment separately for each on this post.

CONTEST CLOSED – Congrats Angela Brittain


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  1. avatar Rūta says:

    Who’s the winner?

  2. avatar Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed to your blog.

  3. avatar Lily Kwan says:

    I became your Facebook fan.

  4. avatar Lily Kwan says:

    I love the Grande Fleur Peony design!

  5. avatar heather c says:

    I love the pirouette whisper collection, but mostly pirouette spring. Beautiful!

  6. avatar Gianna says:

    Brocade Pearl :)

  7. avatar Veronica Garrett says:

    The Brocade Orchid is my favorite.

  8. avatar Chrysa says:

    I love the India Toile Petal!

  9. avatar kathy pease says:

    fan on facebook kathylpease

  10. avatar kathy pease says:

    i like the grand fleur peony collection :)

  11. avatar Barbara says:

    Thanks for the great contest!

  12. avatar Lyudmila says:

    I love them all but my fav is Sprout Meadow

  13. avatar christopher h says:

    the brocade orchid

  14. avatar sal williams says:

    Like most everyone else, I think Brocade Orchid is just too beautiful!

  15. avatar Mel\ says:

    Brocade Orchard for sure! Gorgeous!

  16. avatar Ed Nemmers says:

    I like Bamboo Sand!

  17. avatar Erma says:

    I like the Daisy kids collection.

  18. avatar Erinn says:

    Either the Chevron or the Pirouette are my favorites. They are both calm and remind me of summers at the beach.

  19. avatar karen says:

    My favorite is Piroquette Peony. Thanks.

  20. avatar Angela Winesburg says:

    I love the India Toile Petal, thanks!

  21. avatar Karen Pochodowicz says:

    egad she uses way too much pink, almost half of the colors were pink so it was much easier to pick for me since about 1/2 were elminated right off the bat

    I did really like the brocade orchid though

  22. avatar Becky says:

    I love India Toile Petal

  23. avatar sarah says:

    i love pirouette whisper!

  24. avatar Kim says:

    your subscriber

  25. avatar Kim says:

    your fan on FB

  26. avatar Kim says:

    looove the bamboo sand one!

  27. avatar maria says:

    i love forest orchid.

  28. avatar maria says:

    i subscribe!

  29. avatar Christine says:

    I LOVE Brocade Orchid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. avatar Stacy says:

    Goa Sand is probably my favorite, but how can you pick just one?

  31. avatar Caroline says:

    I love them all but my fav is Sprout Meadow, so nice!

  32. avatar Melody says:

    I love the Forest Orchid in the child’s collection. It’s so lovely!

  33. avatar carol shin says:

    i love her collections!!!

  34. avatar REBECCA TOWNER says:

    I like the brocade orchid

  35. I am also a fan of Project Nursery on Facebook.

    charchar30 at gmail dot com

  36. I am a subscriber and my favorite is Forest Orchid.

    charchar30 at gmail dot com

  37. avatar Heather says:


  38. avatar holliet79 says:

    I like Bloom the best. It’s subtle and yet very pretty

  39. avatar Nicole seaman says:

    I am a fan on face book!!

  40. avatar TARA says:

    I love Goa Pearl and Brocade Pearl.

  41. avatar TARA says:

    email subscriber.

  42. avatar TARA says:

    I am a facebook fan.

  43. avatar Bibzees says:

    I would have to say Goa Sorbet is my favorite.

  44. avatar Siobhán says:

    Delightful bedding, I love the Sprout Meadow design! It would really brighten up my sons bedroom :-)

  45. avatar Barbara says:

    It’s hard to pick one….but I have to go with the “India Toile Petal”…just beautiful!!

  46. avatar helenlam says:

    My favorite is the Bingo INdigo

  47. avatar Mary Preston says:

    I love the Brocade Orchid. Beautiful color.

  48. avatar Jessica C says:

    I love the daisy kids bloom collection!

  49. I love the Daisy kids collection!

  50. avatar Angela Brittain says:

    I am a follower on Twitter and I tweeted. My username is fanformickey.

  51. avatar Angela Brittain says:

    I am a fan of Project Nursery on Facebook.

    Angela Robey Brittain

  52. avatar Angela Brittain says:

    You are right. It was hard to pick just one but I did. My favorite is Pirouette Whisper. It is beautiful.

  53. avatar Cindi says:

    I am a subscriber of Project Nursery…..Thanks, Cindi

  54. avatar Cindi says:

    Also, I am a follower of Project Nursery on Twitter!
    “Tweet!” ~
    Again, many thanks to you!

  55. avatar Cindi says:

    I am a Facebook Fan of Project Nursery!
    Thanks very much…..Cindi

  56. avatar Cindi says:

    What an eye she has for color and design! I am envious…..Any of her bedding would make me a happy
    camper! The cover of her book is lovely and eye-catching. The GOA SAND is my favorite bedding
    collection. Many thanks, Cindi

  57. avatar angie says:

    My favorite is Pirouette Spring.

  58. avatar Janette says:

    I’m a subscriber. I love all of the designs, especially the Sprout collection.

  59. avatar mari braun says:

    Amazing! Could never pick a favorite as everything is so beautiful :)

  60. avatar gina kates says:

    I adore the pink, and orange polka dot baby bedding!! sooo cute!! LOVE

  61. avatar Ashley says:

    i like the pirouette whisper

  62. avatar Kelli says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader.

  63. avatar Kelli says:

    I am a FB fan of Project Nursery.

  64. avatar Kelli says:

    My favorite is the Fleur Turquoise. Would work for boy or girl!

  65. avatar Alice Anne says:

    I’m a subscriber via Google Reader.

  66. avatar Alice Anne says:

    I think I like the “Pirouette Peony” design the best!

  67. avatar Alexandrea M says:

    I love the Goa Sand, it would complement my paint color beautifully! Too bad I can’t afford new bedding quite this moment, sigh!
    Thank you for the giveaway

  68. avatar Laurie @ My Domicile Style says:

    I can’t decide between Hopscotch Petal or Bingo Petal. All of it is adorable! I am following you on Twitter & FB too.


  69. avatar Chacoy says:

    Follow Project Nursery on twitter and tweeted:

  70. avatar Chacoy says:

    I like the Hopscotch Breeze boys bedding;}

  71. avatar Ashlee says:

    OOOOH I love the Brocade Pearl. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  72. avatar lynn says:

    I just became a FB fan. I’m a brand new mom-to-be. I’m totally clueless as to what to buy, how to decorate, etc. I LOVE your site. Very inspirational!

  73. avatar Colleen S says:

    Pirouette Spring collection is very pretty

  74. avatar Steph says:

    I subscribe via Google Reader. Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. avatar Steph says:

    I follow Project Nursery on Twitter and here’s my tweet!

  76. avatar Steph says:

    I’m a FB fan of Project Nursery

  77. avatar Steph says:

    I love the Goa Pearl bedding!

  78. avatar Two Wishes says:

    I am a fabric addict, and the cover of that book makes me drool with pleasure!
    Love her Daisy bedding — the use of blue in a still-girly way.

  79. avatar Heather says:

    P.S. I did tweet about your giveaway!

  80. avatar Heather says:

    I’d love to take a look at this book! It looks great!

  81. avatar stila lucia says:

    Absolutely love all of them. Really like the Girls India toile petal!
    so beautiful

  82. I LOVE the Goa Sand collection!!

  83. avatar Eve says:

    fan of Project Nursery on Facebook (luvmakeup)

  84. avatar Eve says:

    My favorite design is Brocade Peony

  85. avatar Sarah says:

    I”m a subscriber

  86. avatar Sarah says:

    I”m a follower on twitter!

  87. avatar Sarah says:

    I’m a fan on facebook

  88. avatar Sarah says:

    I love the Bloom nursery collection

  89. avatar Teri says:

    I love the Piroutte Whisper set! Simply gorgeous!

  90. Tatum’s new collection is gorgeous! Love the India collections for girls, boys and nursery. Hard to narrow down!

    Also, I blogged about the collection and Project Nursery book giveaway.



  91. avatar JAMES P LYNAM says:


  92. avatar Paula says:

    Gorgeous! Love, love, love the Sprout Meadow and Forest Whisper designs!

  93. avatar Taylor says:

    I adore the pirouette whisper set! I would love her book too:)

  94. avatar Rūta says:

    Thank you for introducing Annette Tatum. The book is just gorgeous. And as you said it’s really hard to pick one of her bedding deesigns!

  95. avatar Lindsay Lee says:

    I LOVE her work. The Grande fleur peony is my favorite bedding. It is so girly! I would love this book. Thank you for this great giveaway!

    Lindsay Lee

  96. avatar christy clemmons says:

    Have subscribed

  97. avatar christy clemmons says:

    Have been following Project Nursery on Twitter for a while. Tweeted…

  98. avatar christy clemmons says:

    Already a FB fan of Project Nursery

  99. avatar christy clemmons says:

    I love the brocade orchid nursery bedding.

  100. I would love a copy of this book!!!