05.22.2017

Baby Girls Nursery Reveal: A Soft & Feminine Floral Nursery

Soft & Feminine Nursery Pin Pinterest Baby Girls Nursery Reveal Soft Feminine Floral Nursery

A huge thank you to DaVinci Baby, Delta Children, UrbanWalls, Caden Lane, Safavieh, and Blue House Joys for sponsoring this post.

Before Nursery Reveal

The Big Nursery Reveal

Since our move, I’ve slowly been working on the nursery and over the past couple weeks I feel it’s really come together.  I envisioned a soft and feminine floral nursery, and here it is! Our Vivian is not a tiny baby anymore. (*Tears*) I wanted her nursery to be functional and be able to grow with her.  Above is what the room looked like when we moved in (it was a teenage boys room, if you couldn’t tell.)  Also, take note of the outdated ceiling fan.

Closest doors before

UrbanWalls Peonies Baby Girls Nursery Reveal Soft Feminine Floral Nursery

 

Paint Color, Trim & Wall Decals

There is only one window in the nursery, by choosing Sherwin Williams ‘Spinach White’ it kept the room feeling light and airy.  After painting I still felt that the oak trim was too dark and I decided to go ahead and paint the trim and closet doors white.  I am so happy I did! It changed the whole look of the room (for the better!) Apologies to our cat and kids, I went ahead and did our whole house, but thats for another post…

After painting the nursery and the trim, I was still looking for something to make the nursery unique.  I looked into wallpaper, but felt defeated.  Every style that I was interested in was extremely expensive and to be honest I’ve never applied wallpaper and wasn’t sure I would be able to up to quality.  This would mean an added cost of hiring a professional. That’s when I came across UrbanWalls.  Their giant peony decals were everything I was looking for. What you see in the nursery is a full order of peonies for a fraction of the price of wallpaper and I applied them by myself with no problems!

Paint Color: Sherwin Williams ‘Spinach White’

Trim Color: Behr Ultra Pure White

Wall Decals: UrbanWalls Full Set ‘Peonies’

Crib Bedding & Nursery Furniture

While choosing furniture I tried to find pieces that can grow with Vivian.  The Jenny Lind Crib can convert into a toddler bed and day bed. Also, Her dresser is neutral and will work with her room even if we change things up as she grows. Most of all a comfortable and quality rocker was important to me because Vivian still gets up multiple times at night to nurse.  Having a comfortable place to sit and feed your baby (bottle or breast) is so important!  I’m not alone in stating that adorable crib bedding is a must.  In our nursery at our old house we also had Caden Lane bedding, so I knew exactly where I would shop for new bedding!

Crib Sheet: ‘Cora’ Collection Taupe Dot

Lace Crib Skirt:  Double Ruffle Vintage Lace ‘Cora’ Collection

Rocker: Delta Children-Emma in Dove Grey

Crib: DaVinci Baby Jenny Lind White

Dresser: Kalani 6 drawer white

Reading Nook & Canopy

The canopy & reading nook is Vivian’s favorite part of her room (Henry also likes to hide and read in the canopy!)  I hung the book sling at her height and she loves picking out her own books, it’s so cute! By adding the floral garland around the top of the canopy, it helped separate the canopy from the curtains and added just a little more feminine touch to the whole reading nook.

Lights in Childrens Canopy

night time reading nook

**Add battery-operated twinkling lights to the inside of the canopy to create a favorite night time reading spot!

Play Canopy in White

Book Sling in Subtle Gold Shimmer(Mini)

Creme Magnolia Garland

 

Finishing Touches

The nursery has carpet flooring, but by adding a lighter shag rug on top of the carpet it added texture and warmth to the room. Also, the light in the room was lackluster to say the least (an older fan with a plain “boob” light.)  By changing out the light to a neutral colored beaded chandelier it pulled the whole room together. Lighting is something I think a lot of people forget about or try to avoid changing out, but it really updates (or dates) a room.  Some the last things I added to the room were pictures, throw pillows, fresh flowers, a lamp and a night light.  Finally, don’t skip on a side table next to the rocker, as every parent will need a spot to set down their coffee, water, or book.

Grey Beaded Chandelier

Sweet Dreams’ throw pillow

‘Snow’ Shag Rug

Side Table

 

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05.10.2017

How to Create an Outdoor Living Oasis

How to Turn Your Patio Into an Outdoor Oasis

Extra Living Space, Yes Please.

With spring here we are spending every second we can enjoying the sunshine.  Last year, when we moved into our new home it was late August and our patio was the last “room” I was thinking about.  We had a small patio table and chairs out there and didn’t end up spending too much time out there (probably because it was unwelcoming and we had no privacy from our neighbors.)

This spring I made it my goal to create an outdoor living space that our whole family would enjoy spending time hanging out in.  I knew we needed more privacy and wanted it to feel cozy, yet kid friendly.

Starting from Scratch

Before Patio

Our blank canvas was a small pavered patio. I decided to go with more of a seating/lounging area rather then an eating space.  This is the four piece set from Safavieh, just like any room inside make sure the furniture isn’t going to overpower the space.

Safavieh Patio Furniture

 

Can We Get a Little Privacy?

One side of our patio looks directly at our neighbors patio making it feel like we have little privacy, especially when they are outside.  Creating an outdoor privacy screen changed the whole look and feel of the patio.  For under $75 I created the one below (and it was super easy!) I’ll be sharing a DIY on this shortly!

Creating an Outdoor Privacy Screen

Going Green

I really wanted a raised garden bed on our patio to grow a few veggies and herbs.  I looked at many home improvement stores, but was disappointed in price and selection.  That’s when my sister and I decided to tackle it ourselves, we drew up our plans, headed over to home depot, and built our three tiered raised flower bed.  The best part is, we built it for under $40 (a single raised flower bed at the store was $150!)  I’ll also be sharing the DIY on this shortly too because it’s a must!

Three Tiered Raised Flower Bed

The raised flower bed added color to our patio, but to create an oasis-like feel I had to add more.  I added two hanging fern baskets, flowers, succulents, a potted plant from ikea (only $12) and clematis (climbing vine) that grows purple flowers and should climb up the trellis and create even more privacy.

Kid-Friendly

We specifically went with furniture that didn’t have sharp corners or a glass top coffee table to keep the patio kid-friendly.  I also didn’t want toys to take over the whole space (like everywhere else in our house…)  Trying to avoid a mess of toys, I took our old butcher block from Ikea that was collecting dust in the storage closet and stained it the same color I used on the flower bed.  y adding two plastic bins to get on the shelves that the kids could keep their outdoor toys in it became a great storage piece.  I also poked holes in the bottom of the bins so rain water drains out of them.

Butcher Block Storage

Keeping it Cozy

I added two strands of patio lights, a rug, and throw pillows to complete our outdoor oasis.  The lighting is amazing at night and really makes it feel cozy in the evening.  Adding a rug and throw pillows added texture and warmth to the space, I was originally going to skip the rug, but it brings the whole space together and I’m so happy I didn’t skip it.

Finishing Touches

I’ve said it a million times, but I’m never really finished with a room.  I’m still thinking about adding a small grill, umbrella, or a gas fire pit table.  For now, I’ll just plan and browse until I find the right ones to add to our outdoor oasis.

Outdoor Patio Oasis

Products I Used

Patio Set 

Rug

Throw Pillows

Lights 

Butcher Block Storage

The plants came from a variety of stores including: Home Depot, Menards, Ikea, Green World Green Houses 

 

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01.05.2017

Project Master Bedroom

We moved into our new home mid-August and the first thing we did was start painting. If you don’t have much of a budget, but want change, paint! Paint is cheap and makes a huge difference!  Side note, at our old house I painted our living three different times while I was pregnant, I couldn’t decide what color I wanted! #crazypregnancyhormones

The previous paint colors in our current master bedroom were not my taste.  I had taken “before” pictures on my phone, but while in Puerto Rico my phone went for a swim and all those pictures were not saved.  I can describe to you that the Master bedroom was a yellow color, we aren’t talking about a soothing yellow, more between a school bus and bright sunshine yellow.  Yes, it was cheery, but I always want to be able to sleep at night.

Our biggest piece of new furniture we purchased for our room was our headboard.  I had been looking for a while and couldn’t decide if I should make it myself or buy it.  After finding one on Amazon I liked, I did the math and found it would be cheaper to buy this one then to make it.  Ours is the king-sized Navy, but it comes in all sizes and many different colors too!

Tuft Headboard 
Can you spot my helper?

 

Our second item to cross off our list was new end tables.  I wasn’t looking for anything fancy, just something that looked cute and did the job.  I also found ones I liked on Amazon and were under $75 each, score!  They weren’t difficult to assemble and had good reviews (I seconded the good reviews!)

Elmwood End Tables

For our lamps I went to the local thrift store and found old ones for $5 a piece. Obviously I spray painted them both with a high gloss navy.  It worked like a charm! I picked up new lampshades from Target and just like that- matching lights for under $50!

 

Since we went with a headboard and no footboard I felt like we needed something at the foot of our bed.  I found a birch bench at ikea and painted it myself.  It worked out because it was long enough to look good at the foot of a king size bed.  I just place a throw blanket and pillows on it to help soften the look of having a wood bench.

 

 

For warmth and texture we added a rug from Target and drapes from HomeGoods.  I searched for a long time for curtains that were high quality and long enough that weren’t going to make my bank account (or husband) have a heart attack.  Like seriously, you can end up spending thousands on drapery.

Drapery
Rug

 

I always like white bedding, I think it looks clean and cozy.  I always keep our duvet cover white and switch our sheets out with the season.  During the winter flannel is nice and cozy, but for summer we prefer cotton (same goes for pillow cases.)  I always add different throws to our bed for texture and of course to cozy up with when SOMEONE hogs the duvet.

Duvet Cover & Bedding

For the decor and finishing touches I’m always browsing around HomeGoods, Pottery Barn, Pier One, Hobby Lobby, World Market, Wayfair, Joss & Main, and of course Target!

Printed Board Above Bed 
Circle Mirrors

 

Let me know what you think! Helpful? Interesting? Inspiring? Boring?  Should I share other rooms in our home? Thanks friends!

 

 

07.07.2016

Lachlan & Lenny

Okay friends; I’ve teamed up with Georgie, a talented artist and owner of  Lachlan and Lenny to give away one free portrait!  If your dying to order one immediately, (or don’t win the giveaway) you can use the code RAISINGBUDDIES10 for an extra 10% off at checkout!

I am terrible at anything involving artistic tools. When I was in 7th grade, we had to make a 16×20 self-portrait that was first sketched, then painted.  My sketch wasn’t too bad, but, once it came to the painting portion I was in trouble. When I was “done” my teacher recommended I take it home that night and give it a little TLC.  I was so embarrassed that it was going to be hanging out in the hallway for my classmates to see, until I realized my work was so bad that it was impossible to distinguish the subject!  That night I went home and convinced my older sister to help fix my painting.  She did her best to fix my portrait and I’m pretty sure there was a full inch of paint corrections. I brought it back to school and my teacher was satisfied with it.  Long story short, I really admire Georgie’s talent.

I’ve been following Lachlan and Lenny on Instagram for awhile now and I am always floored by how beautiful her watercolor portraits are.  She is a fellow Midwest Mama (Iowa) so of course I love her.

Since we are living with my parents for 8 weeks until we move into our new home, I wanted to get my Mom something unique.  She is always trying to get a family picture with everyone, plus their two bulldogs.  It never works out! Either a kid is crying, the bulldogs won’t stay still, or one family member is missing or on the golf course. Once or twice, she has fallen victim to the classic ‘[Name] isn’t looking at the camera.’  Georgie has the perfect solution. You send her multiple photos of everyone being painted so she can get the looks down and she uses her immense talent to come up with a picture of everyone!  I sent her about 5-7 different pictures.

She doesn’t just paint family portraits either, if your looking for a painting of your home, a past home, or a beautiful saying she can do it.

—–GIVEAWAY—–

So, here’s the good stuff!  To enter to win a free portrait crafted by Georgie; comment here on my blog post.  The comment can be anything from your name to what you think about Georgie’s artwork.  Lastly, follow us both on Instagram: Lachlan and Lenny & Raising Buddies.  The Giveaway will be closed on Friday at 10pm and the winner will be announced HERE on Saturday, July 9th by 11am.  Good Luck!

06.12.2016

Succulent love- DIY

It took me a little longer then expected to get this little project done.  I went to three different places to get small clay pots and all three places were sold out!  I guess in this case the fourth time is the charm!  Thank goodness, because taking two small kids in and out of stores is pretty much the worst (any mom knows this!)  This an easy project  you can get your little ones involved in, just expect a mess (and careful with the glueing part.)

Here is everything you need: (plus a paint brush and scissors.) Succulents, (mine are from Greenworld Greenhouses), clay pots, lace or ribbon, paint (I chose blue), glue sticks & hot glue gun, scissors, potting soil, and spade shovel.

Take the stickers off the pots, paint and let dry at least an hour!

After the pots are dry, you can start glueing on your ribbon/lace.  You don’t need a ton of hot glue, just small dots to keep the ribbon on.  I did all different patterns to make each of them unique.  I left some of my pots the natural tone as well.

Take your pots outside (or somewhere that can get very dirty) and pick off any extra strands of glue off the pots.  Now the pots are ready for succulents!

Here are the finished pots!  I put them in the windows in the bedroom downstairs to add texture and greenery.  I still need to get small dishes to put underneath them so when they are watered it doesn’t create a mess.  It’s a myth that succulents don’t need to be watered often.  Yes, they will live with little water, but they won’t grow or thrive.  I like to use a spray bottle filled with water and spray the soil.  It doesn’t make a mess and it prevents over watering. Enjoy:)

11.21.2015

Nursery In The Works

I love envisioning how Miss Vivian’s room is going to look when I am done with it. I watch enough HGTV to believe that I’m pretty much an interior designer and I can turn this plain-jane room into a serene nursery.  I’m channeling every bit of Christina (Flip or Flop) and Jojo (Fixer-Upper) into this room!

Just like every other woman on this planet, I sit on Pinterest and dream up exactly how I want my house decorated. Below are pictures I am using for inspiration:

 

 

I want the nursery to be light and feminine, yet cozy.

Here is the room before. (Wow, Henry looks so little!) It was a guest room/ Henry’s extra play room(Lucky little turd):

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The room was a light blue before and we decided on “Mayfair White.” A very light mint color.

After:

***The wall color is most accurate in the picture of me holding the frame in front of my belly.

We ordered our crib sheet from Caden Lane and just ordered our crib online from Target! {Crib Sheet is ‘Pink Petunia’ and crib is ‘Jenny Lind’ in white}

Plans moving forward:

Because Vivian’s room has wood floors I want to find a large rug (10×8 give or take) I am in love with one at Restoration Hardware, but I am not willing to spend nearly 3k on a rug.  So, I am on the hunt for a similar rug. Anyone have any suggestions?

Wool Rug from RH

wool rug

I plan on replacing the light in her room with something more unique and I want to take advantage of the 9ft ceilings! I have found the rocker I want from Target and I have a 6-drawer dresser at my parents house I am sanding down, staining, and affixing new hardware on.  The dresser will also double as a changing table.

rocker

I have my eye on a few different crib skirts and decor for the walls. Because she is being named after my Grandmother, I do want to incorporate something special.  I found a pair of angel wings at Hobby Lobby and plan on “framing them” along with a picture of my Grandmother and a prayer.  I have some old frames I just need to paint them all the same shade of white. image

In the next few weeks I plan on working on her nursery, keep checking back for more updates! Thanks friends. As always, I would love some feedback or ideas!