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Well, whaddya wanna know?  Here's the plain and simple truth:  My name is Rebekah Tennis and I love design.  I love paper, the way it feels, its weight and texture.  I love extra special touches on little things: homemade tags on gift-wrap, old stamps on an envelope, and twine on nearly everything.

My husband, business partner and all-around solid rock Matt would probably tell you that he likes tools - lots of 'em, finding the perfect way to do something, taking things apart, and precision in everything. 

So you might as well have guessed by now... we are the perfect match for an old letterpress studio. Together we farm rice and have three adorable and active boys ages 5 and under.  This keeps us fairly busy, but whenever we have a spare moment, we crank up our 102 year old Chandler and Price platen press and pull some prints, or whip out a card line on the Heidelberg. 

There's more, oh yes, there IS more - but that's what this blog is for.  Take a look around, get to know us, our great town of Chico, California and our beautiful presses.


around the house: the nursery.

Once upon a time, I started blogging bits about our home decor and remodel.  I showed you a few rooms from our home:  the living room (in several seasons), the kitchen (and its remodel), the outside, and most recently, our guest and master bath remodels. But we do have other spaces I haven’t shown you yet, namely the master bedroom (soon, soon!) *July 19 edit – you can see it here now*, the guest room (not likely soon) and the office (too messy), oh yeah, and Cam’s nursery.

So I thought it would be fun to give you a little tour before he grows completely out of it and it’s gone (he’s two and a half, you know).  When we designed the nursery, we had no idea what we were having, so we kept it as neutral as possible.  No pink room, no blue room, and I didn’t want green or yellow either.  We put together a room that was black and white!  And let me tell you, it’s hard to find baby stuff in black and white.  If it weren’t for my mom’s incredible seamstress capabilities, this little black and white dream probably would never have come to be.

Enough talk.  Here’s the nursery:

Isn’t the bedding awesome?  Can you believe I just sent my mom fabric and she sewed it?

The custom glider was a present – very high quality, I love it and they make slipcovers for it, so it is very versatile.

I’ve been meaning to get a rug for the room but never found quite the right thing.  Now that he’s growing out of the space (sniff, sniff!) I may not bother.

I also never put enough artwork on the walls, and now I probably never will.  C’est la vie.

My two favorite things in his room are the black laser cut clock (love the pendulum and its rhythmic swing) and the shelf which my mother-in-law used to use for plates but which is now stuffed to the gills with books that Cameron loves to read.  He’s always clamoring for us to read something, and since they’re all in view he can easily pick a title.

That’s pretty much the show.  It’s a cozy little room.  Thanks for taking a peek at it!

July 17, 2010 - 6:19 pm Laura - Mike says "man, I wish I was classy!" :-p Every detail is just beautiful.

July 19, 2010 - 7:49 am Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife - I saw your post on Brooklyn Limestone...I'm loving your blog!! I really like the clock in the nursery!

July 19, 2010 - 8:24 am Design Love - I seen your blog on BL....I couldn't leave a comment for whatever the reason. I Love your nursery,very sharp.The bookcase is great for space saving! I just left a message as well on your bathroom. I want it! Beautiful blog! Cindy

August 18, 2010 - 8:01 pm Vanessa - Wow! What a great nursery! I love the black and white with the little pops of color!

August 20, 2010 - 7:34 pm Carolyn - I absolutely love the nursery - you did a great job - love all the little things and the ideas you shared. I would like to ask you what color the walls are? I have been looking for a soft pretty blue like on your nursery walls for my MBR. Thank you ahead of time.

August 21, 2010 - 9:12 pm rebekah - Thanks Carolyn! The room is painted Benjamin Moore Smoke. We love the color - it's the softest shade of blue.

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