The Wheels are Turning

Thank you for all of your awesome comments and support for the glider.  With your added push, I’m without a doubt going with the chair.  Once we move, I’ll actually purchase it so that it doesn’t show up before we do.  I’ve heard that Walmart pieces can come really quickly.

With the chair as the starting point, my wheels started turning.  Now, I’m officially obsessed with making the perfect little home (nursery) for Baby B.  I want to go Chinoiserie Palm Beach Prep because that’s what makes me very happy and I’ll be living in the nursery.  Plus, we’re having a girl so bring on the prep again.

Here’s the schemes ruminating around my head…

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Now, lets see what pieces actually make it into the nursery.  It’ll probably be some combination of the three.  We will for sure have the chair, a beautiful hand me down bassinet and this pillow that I’ve fallen in love with.

 

April 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM 1 comment

And So It Begins…

I’ll admit that I haven’t spent as much time obsessed with nursery planning with this little baby as I did with Josie.  What with the upcoming move (in just two weeks) and the newly walking older sister, I’ve been a little preoccupied.


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But, I want to make this nursery really special for Baby B and so it’s time to get working.

Like last time, I think that the chair will be the jumping off point.  I thought about recovering a vintage chair again (like how I did for Josie).

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There actually was a chair I was seriously considering for $50 off Craigslist that I would then take to my upholsterer and I was planning on recovering it in a navy and white ticking stripe.  Well, said chair, is deep in the East Bay (a trek for me) and then picking out the fabric and lugging chair to the upholsterer felt like a lot of work, on top of a move.

I was going for a look kind of like this but with a chair that glides (so is skirted).  I have found that I like to rock my babies.

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So, I went onto trusty Pinterest and typed in ticking stripe glider and I found this bad boy.  It’s not as great as the Ethan Allen one posted above but it’s got just about everything I’m looking for…

 

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Chic, petite, ticking stripe glider with a contrast welt.  It’s pretty much what I would have done custom, except I would have gone with a tufted tight back.  But hey, pretty similar.  Especially, when I found out that this glider was from Walmart of all places!  I’ve never purchased from Walmart but this got 90 positive reviews and it’s about half of what I would spend to go custom and 1/10 the amount of energy.  Win win.

Houston, I think we have our starting point for the nursery.  And so it begins, another nursery to put together.

What do you think?  Am I off my rocker (or should I say glider) for shopping Walmart?

 

April 21, 2014 at 5:47 AM 3 comments

Check My Self

One thing I’m excited for in the new house is the very small landing at the bottom of our stairwell.  I don’t have any pics of it as we aren’t living in the house yet (sorry).  I really enjoy decorating tiny spaces.  You can give them a bit of unexpected punch.

I have grand plans for the place, starting with my trusty watermelon console table…

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I usually hang art above the console table but this time around I absolutely must, without question, put a mirror above it.  You see currently, we have this mirror right above our stairwell that the previous tenants put up.  It wasn’t ours to begin with so it’ll stay with the apartment.

But, said mirror, has saved me from walking out the door with unbrushed hair, makeup smirrored under my eyes, baby throw up down my shirt, mismatched socks, you name it.  Sometimes I’m in such go mode that I get Josie all ready and completely forget to make myself semi-presentable until that miraculous little mirror reminds me.  Nope, Kate, back it up and brush yo hair.  I get to check my self.  And we don’t want me to be the crazy lady of Hillsborough.  So a mirror is in order.

I was absolutely hooked on this Ballard Mirror but I found out when ordering it for a client that it’s discontinued.  BOO!!!

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Back to the drawing board for me.  I would love you forever if someone found this exact pair of mirrors at an estate sale for like $60 and thought “these are so Kate” and just lugged them home for me.  I would hug you, squeal with delight and give you dinner and a bottle of champagne.  So, please do keep me in mind when you are perusing estate sales.

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April 14, 2014 at 5:19 AM 3 comments

PBR Lights

I’ll readily admit that I don’t like knock offs.  I think that’s the bummer about the internet – nothing can remain hidden little gems that are truly unique.  Someone will find it on the internet and the next thing you know Target has knocked it off.  I find it especially hard when I have a client pay big bucks for truly special pieces and then the next thing you know a big box store has made basically the same thing for 1/10 of the price.

Getting off my soap box now, it’s time for me to play hypocrite.  These knocks offs are just so good.  And, let’s face it, I have Clicquot taste on a PBR budget.  So, my only choice are the PBR lights – but if you can splurge on the Clicquot lights, I say go for it; they are more special, with the added custom touches!

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I have been a long time fan of all Colleen and Company lights.  They are fantastic, preppy and a bit girly – plus you can custom color it in any way your heart desires. – Scalloped Flush Mount – $1175

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Pottery Barn Kids just came out with their own version and it’s pretty dang cute, if you ask me. – Scalloped Flush Mount – $119

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Colleen and Company Isabell Lantern for the win – $1,850.

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Shades of Light for the budget minded – $289

I’m not going to lie, I feel a little bit guilty about this post.  But, hey, a girl with a beer budget needs to have cute lighting too, right?

On that note, Happy Friday – hope you get to have some beer or champagne tonight under fabulous lighting!

April 11, 2014 at 5:15 AM Leave a comment

Erin Glennon Interiors

I love finding out about new (to me) designers.  It’s always great to have new images to look at, aesthetics to aspire to and inspiration for new creativity.  Erin Glennon Interiors sparked all of those feelings as I browsed through her portfolio with delight.

Let me introduce you to Erin Glennon, based out of Charleston – who is also the nicest person ever.

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Love her mix of antiques and contemporary pieces, her use of color and the most fabulous fabrics that she chooses…I spy some of my personal long time favorites in pillows.  Her look feels classic, preppy and perfectly curated.  Check out more of Erin’s work, here.

April 10, 2014 at 5:27 AM 3 comments

Our Little Treasure

This pregnancy has not been easy on me.  Although, honestly, wallowing in the drudgery (morning sickness and exhaustion) makes me feel wracked with guilt.  I highly doubted we would be blessed with two children and yet here I sit, typing away, literally, barefoot and pregnant in my kitchen.  A dream come true.

I guess in some ways, I still find it hard to believe that we have been blessed again.  And I’m afraid of jinxing it.  In other ways, I’m just plain out nervous about handling two kids 18 months apart.

But, while I write this post, I’ll allow myself to imagine…imagine the beauty that lies ahead with two little GIRLS in our family.  That’s right GIRL.  We are having another baby girl!

I can see them now…

Sisters splashing around in a bath, scrambling for the best toys.

Sisters chatting away in their matching twin beds (ahem, more on those beds at a later post)

Sisters playing house, dolls and, hey, some Tonka trucks too.

Sisters giggling until they fall to the ground in fits of laughter.

Sisters sharing their deepest darkest secrets with one another and comforting each other like no one else can.

Sisters fighting out their battles as they adjust and become strong beautiful women.

Sisters venturing out into the real world independently but always with many, many phone calls back and forth.

Sisters falling in love and finding the right match for themselves.

Sisters starting their own families and discovering that there is no greater, deeper and more rewarding blessing then motherhood.

Yes, currently the days are long for me.  But in just four short months, I will be holding my little treasure.  Our huge blessing.  Our baby girl.  I know in my heart, without having met her yet, that she is very special.  I can’t wait until the day that we meet our baby and introduce her to her sister.


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April 4, 2014 at 5:00 AM 5 comments

Celerie & South

Surely, most of you know Grace of Grace Happens.  She is a Virginian living in San Diego with her adorable family and I love how she takes her southern roots and mixes that traditional sense with the california relaxed vibe.

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Grace is not currently working in design as she is home with her two stylish, adorable children.  They are very fun to follow on Instagram, by the way.  Well, she recently announced that she has opened a small monogram shop: Celerie and South, and it is delightful!

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Green Linen Hemstitch napkins

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And, not to mention, the prices are refreshingly affordable.  Things are selling out fast though!  I was lucky enough to snag a pair of these for our new home just before they sold out…

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Happy shopping!!

April 3, 2014 at 5:26 AM 2 comments

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