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A true celebration was had this weekend: Lillian’s Flamingo Fete!

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The littlest shoppe girl at Emily McCarthy Studio celebrated her 1st birthday in true coastal fashion. Planning her birthday party and deciding which special elements to use from the shoppe was a true joy! As you may recall, it was just over a year ago that I created the flamingo bamboo pattern specifically for Lillian’s nursery. Little did I know this special ode to my sweet daughter would be a shoppe favorite, selling in upholstery, coasters, folded note cards, wallpaper… and so much more!

It’s all about details, especially first a first birthday party! We stayed true to the tropical, Southern flare we always love. The frosted flamingo party cups were just the beginning of the flamingo fete fun. You can see that there were notes of the classic Emily McCarthy favorite emerald green tied in, as well.

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From the shoppe: Ceramic Pineapple (in shoppe only) // Frosted Flamingo Cups

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From the shoppe: Custom Cocktail Napkins (similar here)

Sweet Lillian received a very special gift reminiscent of her great grandmother, the first Lillian. Grandma Lillian made a baby grand piano for me when I was a young girl, and it was (and is) one of the most special gifts I’ve ever received. I wanted to do something special and memorable for my own Lillian.

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Baby Grand Piano Bench: Custom painted by Emily McCarthy

The joy in her face as she played with her newest instrument was just as real as the joy she experienced when she got to take her brand new wheels for a spin! Decked out in her own custom monogram, she can now travel the world (or the driveway) along side her big brother until her heart’s content!

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Lillian’s custom monogram designed by Emily McCarthy // Commission your own custom monogram here!LilliansFlamingoFete (40 of 202)

Aside from the gifts… what about the food? We can admit, often the decor is more a nod toward Mom and Dad’s tastes (for a first birthday!) but the food has to be all about the guest of honor! We chose easy foods that Lillian loves, and made sure the presentation was fun and accessible for little hands.

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Palm Beach Wooden Swizzle Stick Set // Pink Confetti (in shoppe only)
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Overall, a good time was had by all! Family and friends made the day so special for our favorite flamingo princess. Rhett was such a proud big brother, and had no shortage on the fun or the messy face!

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While it’s hard to believe an entire year has passed, it’s hard to imagine life before this perfect Red-Head joined our family. Making this day special for her was an honor and a blessing, just as having her in our lives is to us. Looking forward to more special, styled events for the youngest McCarthy and the entire family.

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Emily McCarthy

2 comments

  1. FG lulu says

    Well tearful again seeing these fabulous pictures the thing that really gets to me is the genuine rhett has for his little sister !!! He seems so proud and patient and adoring !!! What a fabulous party with all the stops pulled out but that’s the emily way !!! Another fabulous day in the life of EJM !!!! ❤️❤️


    June 2, 2016
  2. FG lulu says

    Genuine LOVE Rhett has for Lillian !!!!


    June 2, 2016
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We enjoyed a family evening on Tybee Beach a couple of weeks ago and Erin Rollins from Erin Rene Photography did the most amazing job on capturing our family in preparation for Lillian’s arrival.Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography DQ2A5708 Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene PhotographyMaternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene PhotographySOURCES: Dress on Emily  |  Pearls (Gift from my sweet friend, Kathryn to pass down to Lillian)  |  Charm Bracelet (belonged to my Nana Lillian)  |  “Lillian” Vintage Pin (belonged to my Nana Lillian  |  Shortall on Rhett

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I’m so excited to show you the reveal of Lillian’s Nursery! We have been busy bees working on the final touches and I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work! We transformed Rhett’s nursery into a colorful room for his little sister (see his nursery here)

I wanted to go with a unique color palette of Oranges, Pinks, Corals, Taupes and Golds. You know me, always wanting something a little different. (see inspiration post here).

I think the details came together so nicely – the focal point of the room being her custom wallpaper that I designed using Flamingos, Pineapples, Bamboo and Palm Trees! I wanted a colorful oasis that would translate well into her big girl room in a couple of years.

Special thanks to my amazing friend and interior designer Kathryn Myrick who helped me bring together the ideas successfully, my mom for helping me hang that beautiful wallpaper, Mary Catherine Folmar with Cotton + Quill for helping me bring the wallpaper to life, Lindsay at Cohen’s Retreat for the beautiful embroidery, my mother-in-law for the sconces passed down from Lillian’s aunt’s nursery, my amazing husband for entertaining my creativity and letting me run wild with her room and everyone who sent and made the most amazing gifts and treasures for her room!

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I spotted this gorgeous bamboo shelf at the Atlanta mart earlier this year and it really inspired the entire room!LilliansNursery-23webLilliansNursery-28web

 

Of course, what southern little girl’s room would be complete without her monogram! I designed her custom monogram LJM and had it stitched on a few linens for the room.

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We had to include a photo of my Grandmother, Lillian! This beautiful frame was a gift from my friend Paige (her fabulous blog here!)

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Her bonnet and sunhat from The Beaufort Bonnet Company awaits her arrival! LilliansNursery-45webA few details from my childhood.
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Sources:

Custom Wallpaper available through Cotton + Quill. Email [email protected] to inquire within.
Coral Bamboo Shelf from Guild Master
Crib Bedding from Serena and Lily
Glider from Doodlefish
Metallic Cowhide Rug from Saddlemans
Orange/Pink Ikat Fabric from Greenhouse
Sunburst Mirror from Cohen’s Retreat
Crib – see original post here

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In preparing for Lillian’s arrival the end of May, I thought I would share my inspiration board for her nursery! We will be transforming Rhett’s nursery into Lillian’s since he has moved into a larger big boy room. We will be keeping the dresser, glider and crib and incorporating a few feminine details. For Rhett, I went with giraffes as an accent (something about those tall lanky legs reminded me of me and Patrick growing up!) so why not Flamingos for Lillian. I’m going to paint a large canvas for above the crib of a Flamingo using the colors from the inspiration board. I also plan on incorporating this adorable hummingbird print since my Nana Lillian loved hummingbirds.

Lillian's Nursery Inspiration Board

For Rhett’s nursery, I created a custom pattern using R’s in a celtic knot, but for Lillian’s I have opted for a custom pattern by way of wallpaper! With the help of Cotton and Quill, we will be covering the striped accent wall seen here with Lillian’s custom pattern. Lillian’s pattern incorporates all things feminine and coastal palm beach chic!

Lillian's Custom Pattern by Emily McCarthy

I chose bedding from Serena and Lily – and the shade of pink is important in the big picture. I’ve chosen a shrimpy coral pink with punch oranges, linens and gold accents.

http://www.serenaandlily.com/banded-linen-collection-–-shell%2Fgrapefruit/P10216.html#start=6

Also coming to the room are these details! This bamboo bookshelf in a punch orange from Guildmaster:

Mobile from Cohen’s Retreat

Gold acid-treated Cowhide from Saddlemans

http://www.saddlemans.com/product-p/chdvwmgs.htm

Nursery Inspiration and Custom Wallpaper from Emily McCarthy

Stay tuned for the reveal over the next couple of months!

EJM

3 comments

  1. Cindy Miller says

    I love the wallpaper in Lillian’s nursery. Can I buy it thru you or can you give the vender. And does it come in other color ways? Thanks for your help, Cindy


    March 11, 2015
  2. emadmin says

    Hi Cindy! Yes! I’m actually partnering with Cotton and Quill http://www.cottonandquill.com to offer the design on wallpaper and fabric. It will be available in different color ways. I will pass along your information to Mary Catherine who can assist you!


    March 12, 2015
  3. Cindy Miller says

    Thank you so much, we are starting a Reno in a guest bath, can’t wait to get this ordered. Thanks again Cindy


    March 13, 2015

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