Photo by Joni Lay
I’m stoked about today’s installment of our Outdoors In series. I recently invited graphic designer and room stylist extraordinaire Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay to share nature-inspired bits of her home with us. If you have yet to see her inspiration boards, I encourage you to drop everything and head over to her blog and take a gander at a few of my favorites. And if you’re no stranger to the world of blogging, then you’ve probably seen photos of Joni’s daughter’s (Vivi Charles, a little bundle of joy with one of the most infectious smiles ever!) nursery. Read on to find out a little bit more about Joni, her family, and her inspirational home.
An introduction from Joni:
Hi, I’m Joni, a graphic designer living in Atlanta with my husband, Chip, and our 17 month old daughter, Vivi Charles. I stay home with Vivi and blog at laybabylay.com where I focus on nursery design and write about my experiences as a new mother. We bought our house four years ago and we love it. It’s a little bungalow that was built in 1948, so it has a lot of character (and lots of creaks!) and it is perfect for our little family. I grew up in South Georgia and spent a lot of time on my family’s farm growing up, and we still go back often, so many of the details in our home reflect that.
Most of the furniture in our house is vintage — I rarely buy anything new, except for upholstered furniture and rugs. I love pieces that look like they have a story, and one of our favorite outings is to go to antique markets. It makes me happy that Chip shares my enthusiasm for it, and I’m always inspired when we have the chance to go. I also love putting fresh flowers throughout our house. Our yard has lots of flowers (no thanks to us, the previous owners knew what they were doing!) and I enjoy taking advantage of it. Our bedroom is still a work in progress (you can see my inspiration board) but really I’m always tweaking and updating things as I’m inspired.
[images above]: My dad helped me build the dining room table, as well as the coffee table, which is made of wood remnants from my great-grandmother’s house.
[images above]: The photo in the bathroom is my grandfather walking through a field of corn he planted.
[images above]: a few photos of Vivi Charles’ nursery, see more photos over at Lay Baby Lay.