5 Timeless Nurseries

Now that I’m almost 16 weeks along, the nursery does cross my mind every now and then.  Okay, okay – it’s on my mind all the time.

Today, I thought I’d share some nursery classics that have stood the test of time and remained mine and everyone else’s favorites, even though most of the babies these nurseries were made for are no longer babies.  These nurseries are kind of like the “Domino” of nurseries – no matter how many years later, the rooms still feel relevant.

1. Erika Powell of Urban Grace’s nursery for her daughter -

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2: Elements of Style Reader

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3. Domino Magazine

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4. Jennifer Delonge

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Isn’t this the nursery you just dream of having?  The drapes and valance with apple green trim are what really do it for me.  That, and the fabulous David Hicks daybed.  Lucky baby!  Can I move in?

5.  Lesueur Interiors Nursery

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Megan’s son’s nursery is timeless with the classic faux bamboo armoire, the deep ink walls and the fabulous weathered antique rug, which all ties beautifully with his crisp white bedding.

How do you like my top five all time favorite nurseries?  It was hard to narrow it down.  Are there any that you would add?  Which one would you pick?

February 26, 2014 at 5:14 AM 3 comments

Ikea For the Save

Thank you so much for your comments and e-mails on my big reveal post.  We’re both so thrilled and the support absolutely means the world to me.  I was on cloud nine feeling all of the love.

Now back to decor…the other day I was looking for a very affordable outdoor table and chairs.  I was blown away by how expensive outdoor furniture is, even at the big box stores or used on Craigslist.

Alas, it finally hit me like a ton of bricks…Ikea.  Duh.  Ikea.  Sure, it will not be your forever outdoor furniture.  But, there is a time in all of our lives when Ikea is where it’s at. Anyone ever had the Applaro Drop Leaf Table? applaro

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February 20, 2014 at 9:57 AM 3 comments

A Big Surprise

Sometimes life absolutely surprises you.  Isn’t it great when those few moments happen?  When you are really truly suprised?

I’m so pleased to let you all in on the biggest surprise of my life that occurred this past December….

I found out that I am pregnant!!!  That’s right…pregnant!!  We are over the moon excited.
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The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, I took a pregnancy test two days before we had a scheduled appointment to meet with our IVF Dr to discuss a grueling round of IVF for baby #2.  I was thrilled to cancel the appointment.

I’m now 14 weeks along with the little miracle.  I’m due August 7 and Josie and the baby will be 18 months apart to the day.  We keep pinching ourselves that we get to have another baby.

However, I’ve been sick as a dog and throwing up all hours of the day, which explains the lack of blog posting.  Between morning sickness and looking after a one year old, I haven’t had time for much else. But, that seems to hopefully be curtailing and I can return to more regular posts.  And as I’ve been told, morning sickness is “very Kate Middleton” so that makes throwing up sound so glamorous!!  Hey, I’ll take it.

Thank you so much for your support over the years.  I couldn’t wait to tell you, my loyal readers.  I’m feeling so very blessed.

February 13, 2014 at 5:48 AM 8 comments

To Josie on her First Birthday

My dearest Josie,

If you ever take the time to read through my blog, what will in your time be a relic of communication, you will see that your dad and I were so excited to have you.  We were giddy as can be for your arrival one year ago.  Let me tell you, you blew that hype right out of the water.  You surpassed even our greatest expectations.

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You are a very happy baby.  I feel as though you were born smiling and you haven’t stopped since.  Do your cheeks get sore?  You’re very good at going with the flow, even when I drag you all around town and you’re either confined to a carseat or a stroller.

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You are a massive people person.  Sometimes when we are out walking the neighborhood, you can have a breakdown, crying away in your stroller.  But, without fail, when a person walks by, you immediately stop crying, smile and give them a little wave. As soon as the stranger has left your sight, you resume crying, ever faithful to your cause of being heard.

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Quiet, you are not.  You recently discovered the absolute highest shrill your voice can go to and you really like to exercise those vocal chords.  You’re pretty convinced that screaming loudly is another way of happily cheering.  No, these are not screams of terror or frustration.  Rather, these are shrills of joy and happiness, even if we are in a restaurant.  You want everyone to know just how happy you are.

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Your eyes light up as soon as your dad comes home from work.  You two have a very special relationship.  And, a little secret, you’ve already got him wrapped around your finger.  So go ahead and try to go rampant with those credit cards you love pulling out of my wallet.  Kidding – don’t you dare, little missy.

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Those eyes of yours that light up the world are stunning.  Big brown beautiful eyes with perfect round cheeks and adorable baby curls sprouting out of your growing hair.  But it’s your sweet personality that really brings all that beauty forth.

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We are so truly blessed.  You’ve brought us more joy than we knew and our love has doubled over.  You’ve made the world and life more profound and precious.  We’ll continue to thank our lucky stars that you are ours all the days of our lives.

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Happy first birthday, my love!!

February 7, 2014 at 5:09 AM 6 comments

Pretty Pastels

One day I’m telling you I can’t get enough of saturated greens. And the very next day I come to you with the love of pastels. My heart falls all over the place and I shall follow where the heart taketh me. So, I beg you to come along the ride with me. Today, we are visiting the more subtle color palette of pastels…

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Don’t you feel like you just took a splendid swan dive into a macaroon? Felt pretty good, didn’t it?

January 30, 2014 at 5:14 AM 1 comment

Going Green

I told graham the other night that I’m on a green kick lately, to which he politely feigned interest.  I realized he may be the wrong crowd for my new color obsession – but you design obsessed readers may care a bit more.

Here’s what is inspiring me…

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Apparently, I’m open to pretty much all shades of green.  But, I seem to be leaning more towards the saturated greens.  I realize that green was last years Pantone color of the year so that may be what is influencing me.  But, I think it’s a fresh, invigorating color and just the kick in the pants that I’m needing at the moment.  How do you feel about green?

January 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM 2 comments

Happy Friday

I’m not going to lie, last week was a tough one for me with Nina’s passing and Josie had her first stomach bug all week long. This week, I felt like I was playing catch up and now that it’s Friday, I’m finally feeling on top of it again. Just in time for the weekend.

I ran across this house from Trisha Troutz’ blog a few days ago and I keep dreaming about it…

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Isn’t it fantastic?  To see more of the house, you can go here.  Unfortunately, it’s located in Texas so that’s a pretty long commute for Graham.  You want to hear some depressing reality?  The house is on the market for $1.1 million.  I decided to look in the area that Graham and I are interested in eventually buying and this is the house that is listed for 30k more…

81401423_2In case you think for some odd reason the houses seem sort of on par.  This home is a 2 bed 1 bath and 1,190 square feet, not in the best location.  The texas house is 4 beds, 4 baths and 4,352 square feet.  The local house will probably sell within about ten days of being on the market and go for well over asking.  Can someone please remind me how incredibly miserable the Texas summers are?  I’m at a bit of a loss here.

January 24, 2014 at 5:27 AM 3 comments

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