sneak peek: summer of fawn & forest


fawn&forest was founded on the belief that good design should be enjoyed by the entire family, and today’s sneak peek of summer’s – the brain behind this kid & eco-friendly online shop – home only further proves that point. mother of one (and soon to be two), the neutral palette of green and beige definitely works for young and old, not to mention that her son’s toys are way more design forward than anything i ever had growing up. best of luck to summer with the new addition, and thanks for the sneak peek! you can find more, full-sized images here (and many of the pieces can be found at her shop), and there’s a second great sneak peek in store for 1:30. –anne

[Above: Our family room gets such wonderful light and this sunny corner is my favorite nook of the house. I started a needlepoint pillow collection several years ago when we lived within walking distance of a super neat antique store. They always had such gems! This pillow is my favorite and was one of my first finds. ]

A home office is a necessity. My husband built one long wood desk along the longest wall of the room. Plenty of space to spread out! Because the wall is so long, we had a hard time deciding what to hang up. It needed to be functional, yet fun. After much trial + error, we came up with this organic-shaped “cork board” — which is about 15 packs of cork trivets from Ikea nailed to the wall. Functional artwork, at last! Images show each of our “sides” of the desk.

Since the kid’s room is a shared room between our 2.5 year old and the soon-to-be newborn baby, a sturdy multi-functional dresser was in order. This dresser is by Oeuf and has a removable changing tray. Plenty of room for Eliot’s clothes and the baby’s. I painted the graphic piece hanging above the dresser on linen canvas when I was pregnant with Eliot. One of those sweet memories I will never forget.

A fun play + read corner in the kid’s room. Eliot loves to play with his toys behind the curtain (which is actually his closet to the left). I am not a fan of closet doors, so I sewed curtains out of a gigantic canvas drop-cloth. It works perfectly. The log foot stool is from my friend Andee who was the interior designer for a restaurant-lounge here in Portland called Doug Fir. I always try to get her to scavenge something for me from her projects. I totally scored with the log which we now use as a footstool. I crocheted the green pillow to soften it up.

While we are big fans of the Case Study Arm Shell Rockers, I’ll have to say, a little cushion goes a long way. The purchase of this Storytime Rocker has been one our best buys yet. And it holds up to it’s design intentions — meant for a parent + child to snuggle and read in. Gets a lot of use in our home (and cleans up well…!).

While we live in the city, we have 1/4 of an acre lot. We did not realize it all belonged to us until it became slightly overgrown and we wondered why the neighbors did not do their yardwork! Doh! So, one day in the midst of the “forest”; I found this ceramic squirrel slightly mossy and buried in dirt! The encaustic painting above the bookshelf is by artist Danridge Geiger.

  1. Lisa says:

    yeah Danridge! I went to art school with him and always loved his work. Is this home in Portland?

  2. Great idea with the cork circles, that way you can still see the pretty paint color behind it and it also adds another layer of texture to the room!

  3. Kristan says:

    Omg I love the cork circles!! What an ingenious way of making a corkboard/wall decoration with normal (inexpensive) materials!

  4. Jen says:

    Those cork circles are sooo cute!! What a great idea!!

  5. Summer says:

    thanks! it was by far the simplest solution we came up with….! I will be posting a full-length view of the cork board + a super super simple “how-to” on my blog, Notes …. in the coming days…..

  6. Sally says:

    Love the idea of popping those cork trivets on the wall.

  7. Kadeedy says:

    The cork trivets are brilliant!

  8. lucky says:

    i did this EXACT SAME thing with the EXACT SAME cork trivets form ikea a few months ago when i redid my office.

    but i painted them the color of the wall and did it in a block of 3×3 – 9 dots. i love them b/c the pushpins go in nice and deep – not like the bulletin boards u get everywhere else.

  9. Lexy says:

    Love the cork circles! I bought 60 of them nearly a year ago now to do the same thing, (the girl at the checkout thought I was odd) and have only just now finished painting the walls so I can put them up! I have painted them white though, and will have some overlapping, but I love what you have done with yours too!

  10. irene says:

    I love the green in the kid’s room!

  11. What a great space! I love all the personal touches like the round cork board wall & stump foot stool with green cushion…fabulous idea!

  12. Kim Gray says:

    love all the green!

  13. Stina says:

    I love the cork circles! What a great idea! I’ve been looking for something like that all over the place, I even have the stuff from Ikea in my kitchen, I just never thought about using them that way. Great!

  14. Priya says:

    I love the children’s room! It’s functional and child-centered yet beautiful. I would love to know what paint you used ~ it’s such a lovely shade of green.

  15. Bianca says:

    I have that same squirrel. I have two! They were living at a HUGE antique shop Morris, Illinois.

  16. Lina says:

    where can i buy those round “cork board”?
    I want to decorate somehow at my Sunday school room and i like the way you decorated…


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