Friday, January 24, 2014

A Serene and Cozy Little Girl Nursery

Finally, finally, finally, I feel like the nursery is at a good stopping point. It has been so much fun dreaming and decorating this room in our home. One of the unique aspects of this room is that it is a nursery/guestroom combo. Yup, you heard me right. We don't plan on living in this house too much longer, so we were willing to combine the two rooms into one. If we have company, we will just bring little Nora into our bedroom for the night and allow our guests to have the whole room to themselves (we love having guests!).

You might also notice that there isn't a rocker or chair in the room. This is because we opted to put the rocker in our bedroom for the time being. I plan on nursing again, so she will be in there at night for awhile anyway.

So, without further introduction, here is little Nora's serene and cozy nursery: 

A Serene and Cozy Little Girl NurseryA Serene and Cozy Little Girl Nursery

A Serene and Cozy Little Girl Nursery

A Serene and Cozy Little Girl Nursery

A Serene and Cozy Little Girl Nursery

A Serene and Cozy Little Girl Nursery

Sources: 
Crib - re-purposed from our little guy. The store we bought it from is no longer in business and this model is no longer sold. 
Dresser: IKEA Hemnes Dresser
Rug: RugsUSA Tuscan Palace IKAT Rug
Child of God Print: Etsy
Felt Banners: Etsy
Wreath: DIY project from last Valentine's Day
Bumpers: Amazon
Wall Medallions: DIY project
Lamp: Target

I hope you enjoyed this peak into our home! 

~Jen

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DIY: Burp Cloths

Due to acid reflux, my first child was a major spitter-upper and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find burp cloths that adequately handled the amount of spit up I dealt with on a daily basis. Even though I know this little lady might not have the same issue, I thought I would be proactive and tackle it ahead of time. So, I set out to make my own burp cloths following this tutorial. Michelle does a great job of teaching you how, so I won't bother to reinvent the wheel here (thanks Michelle!).

I choose flannel fabric for the printed side and terry cloth fabric for the white back. After doing some internet research, I found that these are the most absorbent fabrics and held up the best in the wash. Of course, this is based off of other bloggers experience. Only time will tell if they are correct!

DIY Burp Cloths

DIY Burp Cloths

DIY Burp Cloths

If you own a sewing machine and have the know-how to sew a straight line, I highly recommend this project. It was quick, easy, and painless. And they turned out so cute!

~Jen

Friday, January 3, 2014

Life Lately


Be prepared, I am cramming a lot into this blog post.

2014 is finally here and I could not be more excited to start a new year. 2013 was a year of loss for me. It was painful and LONG. I am excited to begin 2014 on a happier note by announcing that I am pregnant with my second child! A girl! She is due mid-February and I have been rushing around preparing for her arrival the past few weeks. One event that happened recently is that a dear friend held a baby shower for me. I didn’t expect a baby shower this time around since it is my second child, but I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to celebrate this little one’s arrival with my dear family and friends.

Beautiful Baby Shower

The hostess, Amanda, is a long-time friend of mine and she throws the most wonderful parties. You may remember her as a co-writer for this blog a few years back.

Beautiful Baby Shower

So much thought and attention to detail go into each one. Look at this adorable banner she ordered off of Etsy.

Beautiful Baby Shower

I love it and even re-purposed it in my little lady’s nursery. Everywhere you looked at the baby shower; there were special touches.

Beautiful Baby Shower

Beautiful Baby Shower

The day was amazing and I went to bed that night feeling very loved and supported!

Lately, I have been working on the little lady’s nursery. We currently live in a rental home, so it was a challenge to bring some personality into the room without putting large holes in the walls/ceilings. I did get permission to paint (Benjamin Moore Owl Grey) and hang curtains, which made the room feel so much softer. Here is a sneak peak.

Little Girl Nursery

I can’t wait to show you the final product. And, I can’t wait to snuggle this little lady in my arms.

~Jen

Monday, April 29, 2013

Creating an Inviting Entryway (In a Temporary Home)

I've been pondering what to do with our condo's entryway for months now. Our front door opens up directly into our family room and has only a tiny wood square on the floor to indicate an entryway. Not very inviting or functional! 

Since we have a toddler, we needed somewhere that we could: 
  • drop off keys, mail, purses, coats, etc
  • sit down to put on our shoes (this is very important with a three year old)
  • store our frequently used shoes (especially those that we wear around the house)
  • store items that are coming and going each day (such as lunch bags, paperwork, etc)

We also needed our entryway to be temporary and portable.  Something we could take with us when our lease is up on the condo.  And, we are unable to put large holes in the wall or customize the walls in any way. (Boo!)

I initially wanted to buy an old dresser and paint it a pretty color in order to give the entryway some pop.  Something like this:

Creating an Inviting Entryway

But alas, my lack of free time to paint had me heading down to IKEA to see what I could come up with in the way of finished furniture.  I ended up coming home with this baby. TONS of storage and the price was right. 

Creating an Inviting Entryway

I don't mind that everyone and their brother has this dresser in their home. I plan to customize it with some colorful drawer pulls or stencils in the future to make it more unique. For now, I am thrilled with the end product. Our entryway is a million times more inviting and functional! 

Creating an Inviting Entryway
 
Creating an Inviting Entryway

Creating an Inviting Entryway

My favorite part of the entryway has got to be my new fiddle leaf fig. I found it at Home Depot for $35!

Creating an Inviting Entryway

So that is my little entryway decorating project. I'm finally starting to get into the swing of things with my new job situation and my little guy's new schedule.  Hopefully, I will continue to have the time and energy to decorate and complete some DIY projects in the weeks to come!

~Jen

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Springtime Getaway to Serenbe

Serenbe Farms

Last weekend, my husband and I had the rare opportunity to spend a Saturday by ourselves. We choose to head down to a small community just south of Atlanta, called Serenbe. The community is a quiet place, tucked way out in the rural country side. The founders, Marie and Steve Nygren, started Serenbe as a bed & breakfast and expanded it to include beautiful craftsman style homes, an old town main street, fabulous restaurants, a spa, a sustainable farm, riding stable, and so much more. 

My husband and I headed down late morning and started our day walking along the main street and checking out the home decor stores and beautiful houses. We then stopped by The Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop and had a wonderful lunch, including some of their award winning cupcakes. Next up was the Serenbe Spa for some massages and pedicures. Our day was amazing and we were quite spoiled by the scenery and atmosphere. 

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. 


Serenbe Farms



Serenbe Farms


Serenbe Farms

Serenbe Farms

Serenbe Farms

Check out that yellow front door! ::Swoon:: All of the houses at Serenbe were unique and beautiful. I kept stopping to take pictures and drool over hydrangeas. I think my husband was worried people might start thinking I want to move in! I swear, I stood in front of an 8 foot tall hydrangea bush for 15 minutes trying to figure out how they got it to grow that tall. I almost knocked on the owner's door to ask. No shame!

Serenbe Farms

Serenbe Farms

Serenbe Farms

Serenbe Farms
 
The flowers were just amazing this time of year. It made me really miss having a yard and being able to get out and plant. Having a tiny balcony at a condo just isn't the same!

We had a fantastic afternoon "get away" at Serenbe and I highly recommend it! They also have a bed & breakfast and a few fabulous restaurants that have gotten great reviews if you want to make a weekend of it. 

~Jen 

*I was not compensated in any way for this post. My views and opinions are my own. In fact, Serenbe doesn't even know I exist. :)