Casual Friday

(Old photo snapped of our group. Me, mid-story, looking only a little nuts. Haha) It’s not news that one of our favorite things to do is to have people over. It started a long time ago, before we even had kids or a mortgage. Shortly after we were married, we hosted our first Friendsgiving. We didn’t have fancy serving dishes or recipes or cloth napkins. After we had our first daughter, and she went to bed at 6 pm (!!), we invited friends over for dinner, after she went to sleep, as a way to still socialize as new parents. But now, it’s definitely grown to be a bigger constant in our lives and something our girls look forward to. At least 3 times a week, we have friends or family into our home for a good meal and we sit around the table for hours to talk or play games….

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The Be All, End All of Cloud Wallpaper | One Room Challenge Week 3

If you’re just tuning in, we’re making over our nursery in 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge (check out the before here). It’s week 3, and just like last season when we participated, we’re doing it and sharing it in real time. Meaning, the progress you see, is right where we’re at. Last week, we left you with the addition of molding (and earlier this week, we shared how we painted it all). But this week, the wallpaper went up and everything changed. Initially, I had my eye on this cloud mural–which is gorgeous!–but since there was no repeat, it couldn’t be applied to more than one or two walls. For several days I tried to push it and think of ways that we could make it work, but in my gut I knew that a one-walled mural, especially above wainscoting, was not the look I was going…

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25 REALLY Cute Crib Sheets

I’m so glad that one crib sheet is not enough, because even if it were…it could NEVER be. There are too many cute crib sheets out there to only buy one. And while I’m mostly content with white sheets in my own room, give me all the cutest patterns for the baby’s. They add personality and a splash of pattern or color to a nursery, and hey!, they make really pretty photo backdrops too. A few of my go-to sources for crib sheets are Land of Nod, pottery barn kids, Serena and Lily, Anthropologie and this Etsy shop is an absolute gold mine. Here are 25 favorites I’m eyeing for our own in-progress nursery right now: |  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  |  12  | 13  | |  14  |  15  |  16  |  17  |  18  |  19  |…

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Paint Pails, Playlists and Painting the Nursery

This year, we’ve partnered with HANDy Paint Products, our favorite painting tools that make the job so much easier,  to tackle four paint projects in our home. Naturally, the first project on deck was painting the wainscoting we added to the nursery last week before the wallpaper had to go up. Since the main walls, above the trim, were getting wallpapered, there was a lot of brushwork to do. In fact, the only thing we rolled was the ceiling. Inside each box and everything else including the crown molding, chair molding, wainscoting (plus the thin portion of wall around the wainscoting a roller couldn’t get to) and baseboards all needed to be cut in and brushed. Years ago, we upgraded from using the red SOLO cup (you know the ones) for cutting in, to these HANDy Paint Pails for trim work and it has made the whole process so much more enjoyable. There’s a…

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