I don’t know about you but picking paint colors is not one of my talents. This was never more evident than when I picked out the paint color for our first nursery. Like most new moms, I dreamed of our baby blissfully sleeping in his unique, beautiful and perfectly designed room. Instead I ended up with the same color of sage green as ever other nursery on our block. That is exactly why I was so happy to find DalaBABY! I am excited to introduce you to Rachel and that she was willing to give us some great advice on painting on our own.
- How long ago did you start DalaBABY and what was your inspiration?
Dalagelis Painting LLC has been in business for almost 10 years. As the business has grown and we have grown we decided that we needed to start focusing on one specific area. The discussion came up when our littlest guy was born and we decided babies and children was the way to go. Being a mom of 3 I know a lot about kids rooms. With my decorator background and creative eye I thought this would be the way to go. Instead of creating a whole new company we created DalaBABY a subdivision of Dalagelis Painting.
- What services do you offer?
We have a general contractors background so we do everything from painting, murals, furniture refinishing, molding…etc. We are also doing custom mirror trims now as well. Read through the website (TriStateNurserypainting.com) you may find something interesting. We will travel anywhere in the tri-State (prices will be higher in some cases depending on the job.)
- What options do you have for low VOC or veggie based paints?
We recommend several different products ranging from the low to no VOC and we also have a product we use called safe coat which is a plant based paint and it is fabulous (wonderful for furniture).
- Can you offer any advice for parents who are painting on their own and how to choose the right color for a nursery?
Painting on your own takes patience and you need to know that you don’t do this all the time. Better products (paints, rollers, brushes) make all the difference. Don’t be cheap if you are doing it yourself. Always read what you are using and make sure to ask questions if you don’t know. You can always just hire us to help with the finishing touches such as the cut in and the trim/doors. The finish work is the hardest unfortunately and I will admit I am not the greatest at it so I leave that to my husband who is amazing with a brush. Truly an art! Choosing the right color… It’s not always the “right color”, it’s the right color for you and what you want. Always take into account the size of the room, how much natural light the room gets and how much and what color furniture you are putting in. You don’t even have to use any of the colors from the bedding. Just compliment it. The bottom line is this… the room is going to change in 2 years so choose something you can carry on to the second stage of the life. And HAVE FUN!
- Are there any trends in nurseries (colors, themes, etc.) right now that you are seeing?
Trends are always changing but the pastels are out and the grays with a brighter color are in. I also love the red, blacks and whites because that’s what babies see first. Trends also depend on your budget, but themes have always been very popular (Pooh, Disney, etc). Create a soothing yet baby friendly environment.
- Do you have any advice to a mom that wants to start her own business?
Being a mom and running a business is the biggest juggle I can imagine. I can juggle the 3 kids, where they need to be, the bedtimes, baths, dinner and everything in between with my husband asking me for something at the same time. But, then you throw the business into the mix… I panic. I feel guilty that I am working and not with my kids and time for my husband who is also in the business and getting everything accomplished is a different task. It is doable, but if you can start it slow and still enjoy your kids and gradually put more time into it as the kids get older that would be my ideal plan. If I could have waited until all my kids were in school even better. Most importantly if you choose to start your own business GREAT, but take the time to step back, breathe, maybe cry a little and take it slow.
- What does your daily schedule look like? How do you divide your time and priorities between your kids, your husband, your home and your business?
I have a almost 13 yr old, a 3 yr old and an 18 month old. Before my day even starts I have to get the oldest one out to school, then the husband off to work. If I don’t have morning calls to make or estimates it is spending time with the kids, lunch and naps. Then it is my time for WORK. Maybe an hour or 2. Afternoons are running to voice, piano, park now that the weather is nice. Then it’s dinner, homework, bathes and bedtime routine. Forgot my husband… didn’t I??!! He gets my attention around 9 or after…. life is stressful and more so unpredictable that’s why DalaBABY was born.
Make sure you check out Rachel at www.TriStateNurserycom.
Happy Decorating! xoxo, Julie