Sunday, September 21, 2014

a little room makeover | hello retro crib from bloom!

Thank you all for the encouragement for being honest and taking things slow in our move! Your words always touch me and it means a lot, and I always feel so blessed to know I have people I haven't even met supporting me! It is easy to be wrapped up in "Keeping up with the Instagrams" where the world seems to have money and clothing falling straight out of the sky, and you're just trying to keep up with it all.  We are human to want things we see that are beautiful, but it is hard to find inspiration without wanting it all for yourself! Although we don't work off of strict budgets in our home (that would require organization...pssssht) we really are trying to scale back on our need for things. I always thought I would be emotional getting our items out of storage and hug them tight as I've missed them, but that really wasn't the case. It made me think of how little we really need! I didn't miss any of it! How my life feels more at peace when we don't have mounds of things surrounding us. But instead having quality things that we love around us. So, I am trying to show restraint and really take this house thing slow. Truly thoughtful planning on: what I like, and what will work, and what we can afford -- then really designing each room based off of that!

First things first. Wrennyn's room!! wheeeeee!
He now has his own space and with napping and going to bed earlier than the other 2 we thought (for now) it was best he had his own room. We got this GORGEOUS Retro crib here from amazing BLOOM BABY -- because I absolutely love everything that Bloom does! Their designs are remarkable! We got this crib because it was larger than the previous style we had for him, and we thought with this rail option here that it would be an amazing thing for him to grow into and use for a long time! This way we won't have to buy a toddler bed in a few months!

I am going to share some of the ideas I had for his room along with products I love! I will share some things I get for his space as we go, but I am really trying to keep it clean and simple! A space where he is comfortable and has control. Some old and some new, but all loved.

Take a look and let me know what you think! I haven't a clue which way I am going to go, but I feel really confident that it will have simple statements and will be something he can grow in to!

ROOM MAKEOVER 1
paper here // chair here // cushions here // hanger here // toy here // rug here // lighting here

ROOM MAKEOVER3
chair here // hanging decor here // garland here // rug here // nightlight here // cushion here // potter here // pouf here // drapes here

ROOM MAKEOVER 2
fiddle leaf fig // artwork here // cushion seating here // chair here 



Thursday, September 18, 2014

i'm back!!! | not that you missed me....

cooper and ella


So literally a million things have happened since I last blogged. I missed sharing my thoughts and processing life through my words. I feel like I struggle with my blog because I wish it was something better than it is. Many times I look at the successful blogs and feel like I am looking at gorgeous pages of a magazine. But, that is where I love blogging. It doesn't need to be Pinterest perfect. It is real. It is life. It is humans watching one another live completely normal lives and yet somehow it is completely captivating to see others share about it, pretty and not so pretty. Blogging is beautiful, and I miss the days when it was just simply sharing your heart.

So here I am. My normal old self and my all-over-the-place blog. Let me get you up to speed. My computer crashed. Like literally. Tears and sob stories of losing every image of your children. Yep, true life drama. Thankfully we didn't give up, we found a specialist who was able to recover them out of the harddrive and scold me for jamming my computer with half a million photos without a backup. It only cost us our children's college funds. So YAY we still have precious moments of our children being born! And all their childhood memories. It got me thinking hard. I really thought I had lost every last photos of my kids. It also got me upset because I realized I didn't care about the photos from my blog that went missing. I was more devastated about the images where my kids were in sweaty sports gear laying on the messy floor laughing at one another. I realized how much of my life is filtered through my lens and how much is left out because I feel we don't look "bloggy enough" sad really. So well I love sharing pretty little things here, there are things that are incredibly messy in my life. Things that I keep from people who surround me, for fear that I don't live up to my own high expectations. So though I am somewhat careful with what I share here, I want to be sure that my kids have messy images of real life to look back on. I feel like it is going to take some time reminding myself that real is beautiful too. But I am going to try my best!

We also moved within that time frame. To a beautiful not-so-pinteresty house built in 1986. It looks like a cottage tucked away in the middle of suburbia. For whatever reason God opened up the sky and smiled on us and gave us the chance to own such a place. He really loves me. And God must love Wrennyn too, because he has his own room now! And though the gardens and yard are breathtaking, the interior is definitely nothing to gleam about, as it has old trim and many things that will need some love. And guess what, we don't have a single dime left at this moment to do any major projects. And I am TOTALLY ok with that. Although, I am not going to lie, seeing all these remodel stories on Instagram have me a bit antsy, but how could I ever redo a kitchen when we don't even have a sofa or a table for now?! Just taking it one day at a time here! I am really looking forward to taking our time creating a home we love, one that isn't held to Pinterest standards, but one that holds beautiful memories and loads of laughter. Sure we plan to do these projects over time. But for now we will love our new home just the way she is - totally outdated and a little bit peach colored. So stay tuned and hopefully I will be sharing some of our space and the inspiration behind it and the transformations we hope to make over time!

In other fun news I am totally in to blouses. I love the way Cooper and Ella have made blouses a modern staple with their thoughtful details and creative cutouts. Plus they are so lush with how they lay! The shorter, wider sleeves are a silhouette I am completely loving this fall. I love the juxtapose of pairing tailored tops with distressed denim. It always had that slight tomboy effect I love. And pairing it with leopard was the obvious choice. naturally. You guys should have over to their site and give your fall wardrobe a little sprucing!

xoxo


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blouse c/o cooper and ella // denim similar here // shoes similar shape here // jewelry

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

style smaller | izzy and ferd

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Would like you guys to meet the new brand Izzy and Ferd!

With their name coming from the great explorers Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. They believe in creating clothing for children to tell a story.  Their first collection 20,000 leagues is imaginitive and bright, featuring collective prints and graphics inspired from the greatest depths of the seas. I mean, hello, shark wardrobe! I love that they have kept their line simple and steady and gave us a great tease of what's to come from their fascinating little world! We hope you check them out and support them on their new journey in to children's fashion especially this maiden voyage!





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