Friday, January 06, 2017

happy new year! & some home decor changes

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is off to a great start for you. It's been a productive one so far for us and this week marked a very important one for me. I can't wait to share more about it when the time is right! In the meantime, I'd love any positive vibes you have sent my way! :) Right before the new year I decided it was time to have another home purge. I went through all of our closets and separated everything into two a 'giveaway' or 'donation' pile. Then I went through all of the toys and did the same. I even sorted through the house and  all of the clutter that we still had from moving in. I still haven't attacked every closet but we're getting there haha! It felt so good and it gave me a lot of opportunity to dust and get rid of all the cob webs.

I love old houses but they are so prone to dust! It was nice to start fresh before the new year. I was also wanting to move some things around in our living room. I was feeling like there was a lot going on and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I was also no longer happy with the paint color on the walls. Last year I shared our gallery wall and part of the living room here. I didn't feel like I had a cohesive style so I went ahead and made a few small changes that made a huge difference in the style of our living room. I love how much more cozier it feels!

I ended up moving our colorful rug into our room and partnered with Overstock to put in this much lighter shag rug. Although I still love our colorful rug it ended up making this already small room look  more cramped. It also clashed with our brown couch and reflected a more orange tone on our walls. Once we put in the new rug I immediately noticed the difference! Our artwork was able to shine through; while it complimented our tan walls and brown couch. It's amazing what a small change like a rug can do to bring a room together. And in our case also make it look less busy. I also left the sparkly lights up from Christmas and I loved how it adds a fun touch. 

I used to have another gallery wall in this corner but decided to move it to the stairwell. It allowed this area to open up especially by adding this mirror. I love the style now!

Another huge plus about this rug is that it does not shed! Like at all. It's also very comfortable to walk on and super cozy. 

And do you guys remember how I wanted to hide all of those ugly cords?! Well I stacked several of our books under the credenza and it was a quick and easy (and no expense) fix to the problem!

I'm so happy with the small changes we made that make a huge difference. What I'm learning most about home decor is that you don't have to have everything work all at once. Just like so many things in life it's a process! Might as well have some fun learning and creating as a result. What do you guys think of the changes?! 

Thank you Overstock for partnering with me on this post and providing the rug.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lucia's nursery

Hello! It's Christmas week and I know I say this a lot but I can't believe it! I'm excited that this year Benjamin will be home and I have a few things planned like Christmas breakfast! But I'm even more excited to see the look on the boys faces when they see their presents under the tree. It's the first year that Gabriel really understands what this season is all about and it's been so incredibly sweet seeing him experience it. But for today's post I am finally sharing Lucia's room! It has definitely been a work in progress and I love this space. It's become my favorite room to hang out and watch them all play! I'm so thankful for this house that's becoming a home :)



Sources for the nursery:  I decided to go with a 3-in-1 convertible white crib since the room is painted a dark brown and I figured a white crib would brighten up the space a bit more. The breathable bumper comes in handy and it's nice to know I can leave it in when Lucia is sleeping. The dresser is over a hundred years old and it was gift from my sister. Initially, it was only stained wood but I decided to sand it and give it a little color! I love how it turned out (the color is 'pageant green' by Behr paint). I removed the old knobs and added some from Anthropologie.The pink shag rug is from Lorena Canals rugs c/o and it's washable! I love how it brings the room together and every purchase of this particular style awards a scholarship to a child in need in India.

When I decided to move this bookshelf from Ikea into the room I was worried it would be too dark but with the added rose gold  lights, gold circle shelf from Target and other brighter knick knacks it's a fun and usable addition to her room. I love being able to have space for all of their books! The ceramic giraffe and ceramic elephant I used as bookends are also from Target. I thrifted a lot of the items like her rocker and the children's table set is from Ikea. The Frida doll is from Etsy. The fairytale playgym c/o is from Finn and Emma and I appreciate that they use organic wood without chemicals. It is Lucia's favorite toy! So far this is the busy hub every morning after we do school and read. It's been so fun to watch them play together especially now that Lucia is crawling all over the place.
Now someone please tell me how did crawling already happen?!

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           Wishing you an amazing Christmas week and if I don't pop in before then, Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Table decor with Steinhafels

This post was created in partnership with Steinhafels.

I'm still in shock that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away! This year flew by so quickly and we have that much more reason to savor these last few weeks before the new year is here. Last year when we first saw this house the first room I fell in love with was the kitchen. It had these gorgeous bay windows and I could already see that we would be spending most of our time in here. However, since we don't have a formal dining room I had to get creative with the space. I wanted to create an eat-in kitchen area that was both practical and spacious. 

We had already purchased our dining room table from Steinhafels before we moved in. We love that it can expand as need be and the two-tone wood is so beautiful! I always get compliments on my table when we have guests over and it can seat as many as ten people which is a plus. However, with the boys growing out of their highchairs we decided that the best way to add seating was by adding a bench instead of chairs.

When I went to the flagship store in Waukesha the selection of dining room furniture was amazing. It also helped that they have a play area and it was great to have the boys play for a little while too! I ended up picking up this style because I loved that it was also two-toned. 

My Christmas style is both festive and traditional. I love adding lots of natural greenery, berries, glassware and flowers. I don't think you can ever have too many flowers! It's such a fun way to add some color and beauty to any table. This beautiful red vase is also from Steinhafels. I created a bouquet of flowers by adding pine tree stems and pine cones. They have a great selection of holiday decor in store. My antique china set was a gift from my sister and it's been so great to finally use it now in our own home.

I added a string of lights to make the glassware shine even more!

I created the name tag holders by using these small deer that came with a string of lights I bought a couple of years ago. I lucked out because they were removable. You could probably create a name tag holder by using a small ornament too. For the vases I used mason jars and I always love how they give a bit of a farm table vibe.

For the napkins I wanted to use items that you could easily find at the grocery store. I clipped pieces of berries, added some greenery, a cinnamon stick and then wrapped it all with some twine. I love that each piece is a little different and it never has to be perfect. That's the best part!

I also added a few pine cones to create a sort of deconstructed pine tree throughout. I love to use lots of natural elements to bring the table together. 

This was such a fun project to create and I hope it gave you some ideas to help style your own Holiday table :) If you want to access this post easily in the future here's a picture you can pin and save for later!

Dining room table here
Two-toned bench c/o  here
Red vase c/o in store only
White napkins here
Pinecones here 
Tall wine glasses here
Wine tumbler here
Water glass here

You can check out Steinhafels blog here also! And if you want to learn more of how Steinhafels gives back to our community here's a link with that info.

Wishing you a great week ahead!