Simple Baby Girl Nursery with Pink Paper Poms

Posted 1 August 2012 at 5:34 PM | Comments (0)

Reading the online decorating magazine, Covet Garden, reminds me of an episode of Portlandia. That doesn’t mean I don’t like Covet, because I do, but with each new issue I think, “Put a bird on it!” among other things.

I just went looking for a specific image from a back issue of Covet and found it. I wanted to find the seller of the wood alphabet on the wall of this cute baby-girl nursery. (How dreamy are those pink paper poms?)

Covet Garden Magazine October 2010 Baby Girl Nursery with Pink Paper Poms

So for those of you interested, the seller of the laser-cut wood alphabet is bookhouathome on Etsy.

Annual Room-By-Room Deep Clean

Posted 29 July 2012 at 10:14 PM | Comments (0)

Yesterday we started our annual room-by-room “deep clean.”

We always start in the living room. Every single item is moved to another room (and I take a moment to relish the emptiness of the space), then we clean the empty space from top to bottom. Items are not returned to the living room until they, themselves, are thoroughly cleaned.

Simple Wood Sideboard with Art Leaning Against the Wall

It’s hard work, but it feels so good sitting in the living room—our most used room in the apartment—knowing that you could eat off any surface in here. (Not that I want you to.)

So! I thought I’d take this opportunity to open up the doors of our sideboard and show you what’s inside. It’s one of two places in our home where we store toys.

Simple Wood Sideboard for Organized Toy Storage

People always ask if it actually stays this organized. Honestly, it does. My boys, young as they are, know exactly where things go and are terrific at returning toys to their location. I chalk this up to one thing only (no, not magic): habit. We all know that children absorb everything, right? Well, they’ve absorbed my penchant (an understatement, I know) for tidiness. They see how I put things away, and they do it, too. Sometimes it takes a little nudging, sometimes it takes a lot; the point is, they’ve learned.

Think I can leave the dining room deep-clean to them?

Flying Kite Birth Announcement

Posted 5 April 2012 at 4:14 PM | Comments (0)

I really like how this baby announcement turned out. I’m often asked to design announcements that are less traditional and more graphic, so it’s unusual for me to design something like this—something that feels so… well, for lack of a better term, so baby boy.

I think it’s cute and cuddly; it makes me want to snuggle with a little baby. Totally appropriate for a birth announcement, if you ask me. Sometimes traditional is the best way to go.

Flying Kite Baby Boy Birth Announcement

*Names and details have been changed.

Cute Penguin Family Birth Announcement

Posted 19 February 2012 at 9:30 AM | Comments (7)

Remember the penguin birth announcement I did for the Hawns*? Well, Baby Number Three (!) came along, and I was fortunate enough to be asked to design his announcement, too.

But this time I did the illustration myself, and it turned out so cute! This has to be one of my favorite baby announcements to date.

Cute Penguin Family Baby Announcement by Mojan Sami

It was the couple’s idea to put the baby in a sling, and I think that element really makes it unique. Babywearing penguins? Don’t mind if I do.

*Names and details have been changed.

Black-and-White Photo Postcard Birth Announcement

Posted 4 February 2012 at 10:29 PM | Comments (0)

So many baby announcements! This one, however, is especially special to me… because it’s my nephew!

Technically he’s my nephew-in-law (husband’s brother’s baby), but—cue soft music—the heart doesn’t know technicalities, does it? As far as my heart is concerned, this cutie pie naked little boy is mine! Oh, he has other aunties? And about a hundred people who already love him? Never mind them—those sweet cheeks (no need to clarify) are totally, completely mine.

Though I have yet to meet him. Sob.

But at least I had the honor of designing his birth announcement.

Black-and-White Photo Postcard Birth Announcement, Front

Black-and-White Photo Postcard Birth Announcement, Back

I love that his parents named him after his maternal great-grandfather and paternal great-grandfather and included their photos on the back of the postcard.

I can’t wait to get mine in the mail. Obviously a little piece of paper is nowhere near as good as squeezing the real thing, but it’ll be my first photo ever of my first nephew ever, so you better believe that little piece of paper is going to get some lovin’!

*Names and details have been changed.

Mediterranean Olives Birth Announcement

Posted 1 February 2012 at 11:01 AM | Comments (2)

I’m partial to this baby announcement I designed for Stephanie and Dean* because inspiration is right outside my window; I live on a hillside where there’s always at least one—if not a hundred—olive trees in sight. Olive trees have become one of the distinctive emblems of our life on the Mediterranean.

Birth Announcement Mediterranean Olive Tree Theme

The olive pattern in the background started out as a simple branch that I painted in Photoshop.

Olives Illustration by Mojan Sami

I then repeated the olives on a roughly painted background of desert-inspired colors.

Olives Pattern by Mojan Sami

With a few Photoshop filters (including my favorite, rough pastels), the background turned into this:

Olives Pattern with Photoshop Filters by Mojan Sami

*Names and details have been changed.

Flowers in a Vase Birth Announcement

Posted 20 January 2012 at 4:55 PM | Comments (2)

I took one week off from blogging. Don’t you go picturing me on restful holiday, however—I was busy working. So busy! Overnight I went from having zero design projects to having ten; I just thought it was about time I start accepting projects again.

It’s crazy how that happens. One day I decide to take projects, and the next day I have ten inquiries.

Anyway, this is the first of several “my projects” posts you’ll see in the next few weeks.

Flowers in a Vase Simple Modern Birth Announcement

I like the simplicity of this birth announcement, and the contrast between cheerful color and quiet layout. Most of all I love the cute little icon in the corner—imagine just adding a flower to the vase when this family has their second child!

*Names, details, and photo have been changed.

Airplane Birthday Party

Posted 1 December 2011 at 10:13 PM | Comments (2)

Mission accomplished! One airplane birthday party, one happy four year-old.

4th Birthday Party, Airplane Birthday Cake

Our intimate, low-key party was a success, but my favorite part of the day was during the afternoon, when it was just me and my two little boys. I organized a really simple scavenger hunt around the neighborhood—that eventually led to a sweet welcome and a birthday present at my husband’s office. It was so much fun watching my son revel in surprise after surprise—and doing it together.

Airplane Birthday Party, Child's Scavenger Hunt

Those of you who know me will be surprised to hear me say: I can’t wait to do this again next year!

*Names have been changed.

Four Years Old

Posted 30 November 2011 at 9:35 AM | Comments (0)

My little boy is four years old today. Four! Crazy how fast it goes yet most days we’re too busy to realize it. Speaking of busy, I’m frantically getting ready for tonight’s tiny birthday party. Here’s a preview of what’s coming!

Airplane Boarding Pass 4th Birthday Party Invitation

*Names and details have been changed.

Cool Modern Twins Birth Announcement

Posted 15 November 2011 at 7:34 PM | Comments (2)

A potential client just asked for more examples of my simple-and-modern baby announcements, so I pulled out this one that I did two years ago. It’s different than most of my other announcements in that it has a cool-jazzy vibe!

Simple Modern Intersecting Lines Baby Announcement With Photo

When Naomi and Magnus* first approached me, they couldn’t envision exactly what they wanted but gave me some good keywords—simple, modern, brown and aqua. So I sat down with those keywords and considered how to apply them to a meaningful design.

I came up with the idea of four intersecting lines to represent each member of their growing family. I wanted the lines to be fluid, almost as if two of the lines spun out of the other two. The result is smooth and sinuous; and the lines are not just symbolic, they also do their job as a design element by moving the viewer’s eye from one point to the next.

Luckily I got it exactly right in the first round (easy clients!), so we had very little work to do. The only thing they asked for is a second option—one without a photo, in case they couldn’t get a good picture of the twins right away.

Simple Modern Intersecting Lines Baby Announcement No Photo

We actually ended up using both designs, so that was nice.

*Names and details have been changed.