Thursday, July 2, 2015

Our Little Lady's Nursery

It's official!  The newest member of our family is the first to have a completed room in this house.  We've only been in this home a year and a half, but this room has seen quite a bit of change.  On move-in day it was sporting a sweet shade of yellow paint with garden decals from it's previous 3 year old tenant.

I think the only thing that could make me give up my personal haven was a certain little lady that joined our family in January.  Now it's a sweet little space for the sweetest little babe.  And her mama kinda likes it too.

We decided to keep the white backdrop and create a room that was light and bright with happy pops of color.  The only new pieces in here are the crib and the curtains.  Everything else was either second hand or repurposed from another room in the house.  There are a lot of DIY's and budge friendly projects in the space that I'll share in the coming weeks.  For now...well come on in!
light and bright nursery with pops of color
I snagged this chair from an estate sale and after a good cleaning we lightened it up by painting the trim white.  Maybe one day I'll have it reupholstered, but it's certainly a comfy spot for us to snuggle up just as it is.
light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

The floral print is actually a piece of gift wrap from Rifle Paper Co.  It had all the colors we wanted to use in the room, so I planned to line some drawers or cover some boxes with it.  But it was so beautiful and had a natural border so we popped it into an IKEA frame instead. Can't beat gorgeous cheap art!
light and bright nursery with pops of color

This rug is really the star of the show.  I purchased it from Rugs USA for our entry way, but it was so soft underfoot and ended up being the perfect punch of color for this nursery.
light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color
 
light and bright nursery with pops of color
 I love this charming St Therese print from this shop and the "lovely" canvas was a DIY (post coming soon!).

light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

 This sweet basket was a Home Goods find that I brought up from the family room to corral Livy's toys.
light and bright nursery with pops of color

We also brought in this mirror that used to hang above the piano.  I'm a sucker for gold and a little bling.
light and bright nursery with pops of color
 The jury is still out on this mobile.  It was another DIY and I'll share it even though I'm not sure if it's staying.  I do have a crush on that little elephant, so right now the odds are in his favor.
light and bright nursery with pops of color

We've got a spitter-upper on our hands so we go through a lot of sheets.  Lots and lots of cute sheets.
light and bright nursery with pops of color
This changing table/dresser is one of my favorite projects in the room.  It was given to us for free by a neighbor and it got a major makeover. 
light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

I know my daughter's name starts with an "O" but I saw this plaque with gold hook and they had limited letters available.  We call Olivia by her nickname all the time so the "L" works until I can replace it with an "O".
light and bright nursery with pops of color

This room is pretty small at 10ftx10ft.  We stuck with just a few key pieces of furniture, but I had so much fun playing in the girly details....
 

light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

white nursery with black and white and a gorgeous bold rug

The room's best accessory?  It's newest resident of course.  Now pardon me while I bawl my eyes out, because that's my baby holding my baby. 
light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color

light and bright nursery with pops of color
Yup - she digs it.
 
And let's be honest.  This is how the crib actually looks.  Monitor cam and breathable bumper. #safetyfirst
I think we only have a few more weeks before we're going to have to move that cord!


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Easy DIY Pendant Necklaces

Happy Hump Day, Friends!  I've been trying to shoot Liv's nursery for the past couple days (it's done!), but we've had nothing but clouds and storms over here.  There's finally sunshine in the forecast today, so we should have good light for snapping photos...and some much needed playtime outdoors.  Hallelujah!

I should have the nursery post up tomorrow, so in the meantime I wanted to share the easiest tip for inexpensive jewelry.  I've been on the hunt for a long pendant necklace (or five).  I think they are really versatile and can easily dress up a basic tee or compliment a dressier look....but I also like options and didn't want to blow the budget on several necklaces.

One trip down the Hobby Lobby jewelry aisle and I knew we were in business!  Let me preface this by saying that I am not a jewelry crafter.  I admire those who are, but I don't have those skillz.  And, I'm lazy.  So, this needed to be a very easy and budget friendly solution.
Easy DIY and budget friendly pendant necklaces

I started by hitting up the Target clearance section.  I wasn't looking for something my style, just a necklace with the perfect length chain.  I lucked out by finding this blingy peacock number on the left for around $7.00 and the chain was just right.
Easy DIY and budget friendly pendant necklaces
I grabbed the other two on the right from Hobby Lobby.  One was $4.99 and the other was $2.99....and they were 50% off..BOOM!  Clearly they are not precious stones here, but they are a really nice quality. 

All worked great with the chain borrowed from the peacock necklace....
Easy DIY and budget friendly pendant necklaces


Easy DIY and budget friendly pendant necklaces
 So many possibilities!

You don't have to limit your selection to the pendants either.  These dangles used for earrings could easily be used as a pendant...as long as it has the loop to slide on the chain.
Easy DIY and budget friendly pendant necklaces
And bonus - there's two!  One for you and one for a friend.  So easy and so fun!


Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Fridays and Nurseries

Oh, Friday.  Let's never leave each other.

This week kicked my rear.  I think the babe is hitting a growth spurt (yet still refuses cereal), so we've been up partying a couple times throughout the night.  Which means I've been a straight delight during the day. #sorrykids We've also been rained out of a bunch of activities, so the week has just felt really off.  Right now it's storming, Liv is sleeping, and the kids are watching Curious George.

I'm using today to catch up on the mounds of laundry and am working on the final details of Liv's nursery.  While the room sat half-done I started second guessing all the finishing touches but now that things are actually going up on the walls, it's shaping up to be my favorite spot in the house.  Mostly, because I sort of designed it for the both of us.  Livy said it was ok.

Here's a peak...
white nursery with black and white and a gorgeous bold rug



Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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