July 23, 2014

Instagram Fame!!

y'all - yesterday i put a pic of a new lamp i got for our office and tagged west elm. and in all of 10 minutes they liked my post AND commented on it!! that was some crazy excitement!

so west elm could see my photo, i made myself public so now you can just follow me without any "approval" yay!!

p.s. thank you for all of the comments, emails, texts on finn's room - very helpful!

July 21, 2014

Design Board: F's Big Boy Room

a week ago i shared my ideas for c's big boy room and this week i'm onto f's. this room has been so much harder for me to design because it's pushing me out of my comfort zone which i think is a really good thing! i got into a funk with ideas so i went back to the basics - what colors? i stared at the alphabet print that's in his room currently and pulled all of the colors out of there. light blue, navy, grey, and brown with a pop of orange. this also ties in the current wall color (blue) and ceiling (grey and white stripes).

since the walls and ceiling already make a statement, i wanted to keep the main pieces of furniture simple. and also warm - there are a lot of cool colors going on so need to bring in some warmth through textures. i came up with two ideas using different bed options. and i need HELP!!

option 1: woven headboard. this would obviously require a bed skirt too - not sure how i feel about that. the dresser in the lower left corner stays and the lamp in the bottom left corner is already in the room. the bedding is serena and lily given to us by my mom when we did our bed swap (they took our two twin beds and gave us one full size).

options 2: upholstered bed. i like the fully upholstered look but it's a pretty similar style to charlie's bed and i wanted each room to be unique.

so what do you think? ideas and (friendly) opinions welcome :)

July 18, 2014

Friday Find: Zooguu

it's been a while since i've done a friday find but i've got one! when we were in boston last weekend we walked around a little open market with a bunch of different vendors. i always think of crappy jewelry and random wood working shops when i see these tents set up. but there was actually some really cute stuff - including zooguu. they make handmade (i guess that's redundant?) stuffed animals that are really simple and cute. you can customize them to be in lots of colors too!

i fell in love with the whale and the hedgehog.

they also take those stuffed animals and mount them to plaques to create fun faux taxidermy. so cute in a nursery, kids room, or playroom.


you can work with them to do custom requests too! they also have an etsy shop but i think their regular site is way better. anyway, such a cute gift idea

July 16, 2014

Real Estate Listings: New Construction

new construction is the name of the game around here. so many new homes going up! before we lived in our current house i wouldn't have thought i was a fan of new construction but having lived here now, it's been incredibly nice to not have to worry about major things and have that hanging over your head. plus the energy efficiency of a new home is fantastic.

here's one that's on the market for just under $3M (we can always dream big ;) and although there are no interior shots yet, the exterior is very promising. 5,800 sf and 5 bedrooms according to the listing.

pretty front entry and love those 6 over 1 windows. that's actually what we have at our house too.

great detail on the garage.

and it's a 3 car garage!

love that it's pretty from all angles - front, side, back - it doesn't matter they all look good.

i'll keep an eye out for interior shots!

July 15, 2014

Outdoor Console Table

our new outdoor table came last week and we are loving the extra space! we cleaned the porch up yesterday (for the 18th time this year - damn pollen) and had dinner outside. it's just so nice. especially with the globe lights on :)

anyway, we have this really old piece of furniture that serves as a catch all for anything that we don't want to put on the table - like a drink tub. but i noticed last weekend that it's completely rotted! totally unsalvageable which is annoying because it's nice to have a little storage out there. i keep seeing great outdoor console tables/bars that would be nice to have one day (but first we need to save up and prioritize - like the boys' rooms!).

the most basic option - and also very small - would be an outdoor bar cart like this one from west elm. bar carts are so in - inside or out!

this one is from serena and lily and the top slides off and there is a built in drink storage area inside.

this is from west elm again and has more storage but it's an actual bar and the counter overhangs in the back so you can pull up stools. wouldn't really work for my needs but it's pretty.

this one is from pottery barn and i like the concrete top - breaks up some of the wood.

here is another built in drink tub with plenty of space for other stuff too. from crate and barrel.

what other options or ideas have you seen? these are all from the "expected" sources but i keep thinking home goods would have something, well, good. ;)

July 14, 2014

Design Board: C's Big Boy Room

hey! did i ever tell you how much i love summer? it's just so much easier than the cold months and everyone is relaxed and tan. haha! we went into boston on saturday and it made us both wish we either lived closer or went more often. it's so good for the boys to see the city with all the noises and action and different people. we were feeling way too surburban!

this weekend in addition to some real work-work, i did some fun-work dreaming up just how i imagine the boys' rooms to look. i'm starting with charlie's because his is right in my wheelhouse. it's going to be nautical playing off the colors that are already going on in there - mainly blues and red. my achilles heel is always editing. i end up having so many different ideas that i wind up with way too much going on. the other risk is making it too theme-y. definitely want to avoid that so i need to think of unexpected things that will make it fresh.

so here's what i pulled together...

some of these things are currently in the room like the lamps and striped curtains that i'm keeping. i also bought the red toile shams from serena and lily forever ago and have been storing them away. unfortunately there was a dark ikea dresser (see pic below) that completely fell apart any time i put more than three shirts in it so we had to get rid of it. otherwise i would have worked that in too.

the other thing that's been a real challenge in this room is space planning. it's a bit of a funky shape. kind of a square but then has this closet and other area to the side. here's what it looked like as a playroom as a reminder of the space.

(view from the door - door on the right is into the bathroom)

(view from the nook space)

(closet on the right and nook space)

my original idea was to do two twin beds but as i began to play around with a tape measure i didn't love  any of the options where they would fit. also the idea of laying down in a twin bed (bound to happen, especially with C) wasn't very appealing to us so we quickly switched tacks to a full size bed.

with that in mind, there are two main places to put the bed - on the same wall as the door (right side of the middle pic above) or directly across from that on the wall in front of the windows. i think it's so much more welcoming to walk into a room where (if possible) the bed is facing you instead of facing away from you. so i'm going with the more unconventional choice of putting the bed in front of the double windows. as of now i'm thinking the dresser will go on the same wall as the bathroom door (space straight ahead in the middle pic above).

i'm excited! i think it will be cute - but not too cute so it lasts a while. that's another goal too - the main pieces like the bed, nightstand, dresser have to grow with him so he likes them still at 15. (15!!! ahh!)

July 11, 2014

Etsy Love: Pencil Shavings Studio

i've got a weekend full of work ahead of me which i'm really not looking forward to but today i get to spend with my little ones and it's date night later with my hubby so really not such a bad friday!

sadly a few weeks ago i dropped my phone on the floor of the garage at work. my favorite kate spade case did it's job and the phone is totally fine. but the case itself got a few dings so i thought it might be time to try something new - i can always switch back right? i had favorited the etsy shop pencil shavings studio but never purchased anything from them - until now! they have such cute things like iphone cases!

mine is the bluebell/cherry colorway (the cherry color is more of an orange or oh-wange if you are 2 1/2!). it has a matte finish which i missed somehow in the description but i like it. it's so summery and i've gotten a bunch of compliments on it too.

have a great weekend y'all!
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