Friday, March 16, 2018

The Girls Shared room reveal

I haven't posted a lot of the process for the girls shared room but it has been quite the labor of love. From the moment we first stepped foot in what would become our home I had so many plans for each room, the girls rooms especially. Living in an apartment for the last three years we were not able to make too many personalizations to their spaces so when we finally got the keys to our own place I was beyond excited to give them each a room where they could grow and play. 

When it came to G and L's shared room, my goals were to keep the space light, bright and something they could grow into and not out of. There was not a lot of space to work with so I needed to be a little creative with furniture and placement. The matching twin platform beds were the starting point which gave some serious vintage vibes and I ran with it. I kept the bedding simple with dusty rose colored sheets and gray quilts. The dresser was a little more difficult. I needed something with height to accommodate the limited square footage and this beautiful antique dresser that I found on Craigslist jumped right out at me. I replaced the old wood knobs to give a little more dimension and character. 

At the moment the window dormer is still a work in progress but the plan is to transform the cozy space into a reading nook for the girls with comfy seating, a small bookshelf and a reading light. 

My favorite addition to this room has to be the blush floral accent wall. Urban Walls was kind enough to gift us the wall decals for this project and I could not be more in love with them. They fit the room perfectly. The process, while a little intimidating at first glance, was beyond easy. In a matter of hours the room was transformed and I am so happy with the results. 

Now, on to the next project!

Twin Beds | Nightstand (Target- No longer available) | Rug (Target- No longer available)
Dresser (craigslist) | Dresser Knobs | Gold ShelfWall Decals

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Planning the perfect toddler room

*Rug was sent compliments of Lorena Canals. All opinions expressed are my own.

If you have followed along with our home renovation journey, you have had the opportunity to see some of our designs and projects come to life. What you might not know, is that some of the most exciting of these projects (to me at least) are the ones that have been created more behind the scenes than in front of them. This can definitely be said of our almost two year old's bedroom.

When we bought our home last October it had wall to wall beige carpet that we quickly tore out before refinishing the hardwoods. Up until this point, the floor in our youngest's room has remained bare and she has not had a soft place to read and play while in there, which was a problem I have been very eager to remedy.

As I began designing Evelyn's new space, and preparing her to transition out of her crib, the vision for her room was a simple one. It needed to be a room that could be built upon as she grows with little additions here and there. After all, the budget for this project while not defined, would be a small one.

I thought it best to start from the bottom up with what would likely the most expensive item that we were adding to the room. When deciding on the flooring for a toddler's room, three things came to mind while scrolling through pages and pages of rugs. It needed to be durable, easy to clean and affordable while fitting into our general home design and my goals for the space. To my surprise I was able to check off each of these when finding the brand Lorena Canals. Lorena Canals creates sophisticated handmade cushions and rugs that are machine washable and dryable, and perfect for any space from living room to kids bedrooms. As an eco conscious person I was even more excited to learn that Lorena Canals rugs are eco-friendly and made from 100% natural cotton that is naturally dyed and contains no VOCs unlike most carpets and rugs.

The modern and simplistic Bereber Beige rug was the perfect addition to the space and would be that cozy spot that we could sit to play and read together or a space she could enjoy during her quiet time alone. The straight lines and neutral colors meant any theme could work for the future of this space.  
We are keeping the existing wall color as it is the perfect calming shade of blue that will set this room apart from other spaces in the home. The next steps are removing the crib and replacing it with a new mattress that will be placed on the floor for now. I will be keeping fingers crossed that the transition out of her crib goes well (that will be a whole new post!). The plan is to then purchase the same simple black metal bed frame two of her older sisters have in their shared room. 

While still in the very beginning stages, I look forward to sharing the progress we make in the coming weeks and the end transformation of this little space.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Leaving on a jet plane

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I am leaving my forever travel partner for nearly a week away in sunny Palm Springs. If I said I wasn't nervous I would be lying but the excitement for the adventure ahead is even greater. To be attending this year's Altitude Summit is quite the opportunity and I look forward to all it has to offer.

It is so easy to stress about what to pack, and when you are heading to a conference that hosts some of the most talented entrepreneurs and creatives in the country, you want to impress. I asked around and the best advice I got was to just be myself and dress how I will be most comfortable. It is so simple and true.

I checked the forecast again and again to be sure I packed the essentials. Coming from the east coast at the end of February I am excited to ditch the heavy winter coat and snow boots for some spring like apparel. My goal was to not over pack so I stuck to a nice pair of denim and a pair of black pants for dinners. I kept all of the blouses light and airy for the potential mid-day heat the desert can bring and packed a light coat for the early hours and late nights. For accessories I kept it equally as simple. A black wool hat and necklaces from Made by Mary are the perfect pieces to top off each outfit.

Deciding which shoes to pack was a little more tricky. I wanted casual and comfortable, expecting that I will be on my feet quite a bit during the week, but needed to be able to dress them up a bit in the evening. My Free People Royale flats and a pair of Vans tennis shoes will do just that.

I have never owned my own luggage and figured this trip was the perfect opportunity to splurge a little on a new carry-on and this AWAY luggage has not disappointed thus far. The smooth casters and lightweight design have made it easy for the weekend traveling I have done and I have no doubt it will be just as amazing while I travel by air.

Necklaces sent courtesy of Made by Mary

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A word on self care

It is flu season and our family has seemingly been passing around the same virus for months. Coupled with carpool, after school activities, work, travel and just trying to maintain the house, the stress was starting to build.

The girls, while generally independent, are in a stage of need. They are not just asking for "stuff" but for time and I was finding it harder and harder to give them that time. It was a simple headache that made me realize that I needed to slow down and take time to take care of myself.

"You cannot serve from an empty vessel"- Eleanor Brownn

It is all too easy to continue about the day to day as a parent and not remember that your health, happiness and overall well being need tending to as well. No one can possibly give all of themselves when they are running on empty which is exactly what I was attempting.

It felt so good to take a break, put down my phone and spend some time focusing on me and some things that make me happy (hello at home facial!). I came out of that time feeling refreshed and ready for the remainder of the week ahead.

I challenge you to take some time for yourself each week, whether it be a few hours or a few minutes. Read a good book. Head out on a solo trip to your favorite coffee shop. Grab a glass of your favorite beverage and soak in the bath. I promise, you will not regret it!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Modern Bathroom Reveal

When we fell for this house, we fell hard. We saw potential in each room and the dated bathroom was no exception. Aside from our wood floors, the first floor bathroom has seen the biggest transformation yet. You can check out the before photos here. It is nearly complete and I couldn't wait to share! From the shiplap wall to the large subway tiles surrounding the shower, this project has definitely been a labor of love.

As with all projects, we hit a few snags along the way including trying to find just the right vanity to work with our radiator and plumbing but the custom table with hairpin legs turned out to be the perfect solution.

From the start of this project, the inspiration stemmed from the gorgeous basketweave tile flooring that is original to the house. The tile was in excellent condition and we couldn't have been happier with keeping it. This led to us planning a black and white themed space for a clean yet classic look that would fit our 1940s cape.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Hello 2018

Happy New Year! January is here and I can not believe it. Our tree is down and the pine needles have been swept. It's the last day of holiday break for the girls and while I am beyond ready for them to head back to school, I am not ready to get back to the routine of drop-offs and pick-ups. It has been so nice to stay cozy at home with these frigid temperatures as well as have Brian home these last few days but tomorrow it is back to the grind for all of us.

A lot of exciting things are happening in the coming months, including a solo trip for myself (and hopefully a much needed manicure). I am laying out my goals for the new year and I am sure that after a good strong cup of coffee I will be ready to hit the ground running.

Monday, December 11, 2017

home for the holidays

We are slowly settling in to our new home and just in time for the holidays. From adding simple decorations around the house to hosting family and friends, this truly is the most wonderful season. As parents it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of buying and the need to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. As our girls have grown, each year has become more magical. They see joy in each and every detail that this season brings.

Last year, I decided I wanted to guide their focus to the small things and spending time together  rather than the gifts they would be receiving. I created an advent calendar that would give them more than just a piece of chocolate each day. It was filled with family activities, small trinkets, as well as days of showing gratitude and service. This year, while busy with home projects, school and sports, it may be a little difficult to schedule an activity for each night, the days where we are able to be together I know many new and beautiful memories will be made.

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