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Get the Look of Our Nursery For Less (A LOT LESS)

Exactly one week ago, we revealed our new nursery we completed in six weeks for the Spring One Room Challenge! It’s been so wonderful seeing the room pop up everywhere on Instagram and shared on other blogs and Pinterest, too. Thank you so much for sharing it. Truly. Just like we did when we finished the bunk room for the Fall ORC (you can see the budget version of that room here), we wanted to share a budget version of this room, too! Because there are so many eyes on these rooms, sponsors are eager to be part of the One Room Challenge and have their products seen in the finished spaces. 1. Wallpaper (145 sq ft) $742 | 2. Crib $1094 | 3. Semi-Flushmount $349 4. Tripod Floor Lamp $239 | 5. Glider $899 | 6. 8×10 Marin Rug $1899 7. Dresser (with removable changing box) $1199 | 8. Pouf $229 | 9. Tassel Pillow $49 10. Side Table $66…

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A Rug and Dresser for the Nursery (and Beyond!) | One Room Challenge Week 4

It’s time for another update on our One Room Challenge, where we’re making over our nursery for our 3rd little girl due this summer. Week 4! How did we get here?! So far, we have added loads of pretty trim in week 2 and dreamy wallpaper in week 3. And if you missed the before, head to week 1. This week, we rolled out a new rug and dresser for the space–the foundation pieces if you will, that needed to be less baby/nursery specific and more could-transition-elsewhere-after those precious years. This rug, the Marin from Rejuvenation, was definitely the choice that took the longest of any decision in this room. After we nailed down our wallpaper choice, I looked at no less that 750 rugs for the room. Probably a lot more, actually. I looked at vintage rugs for days. I pinned several of them (see them on this Pinterest board, if you’d like). I put…

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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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The 11 Best Candles for Spring

Last week, when it was still cold and snowy here, I picked up this Water Lotus candle from Target (it comes in the cutest bowl container!) and it has such fresh and bright scent to it. With the first day of Spring next week (!!), we’re decluttering, cleaning everything top to bottom, shedding heavy throws from the sofas and beds, and lighting all of my favorite fresh scents. A good candle is my favorite way to change my mood, or our home’s mood and these are my top picks to ring in Spring! JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content. You can click on the candles above to go directly to the purchase page (the lavender one in the center is my personal favorite and is on mega sale right now!), or click through below to read about each one! JavaScript is currently disabled in this…

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4 Ways to Maximize That Unorganized Corner

Every other week, Chris and I head over to the studio in Preston’s home to record our podcast. He’s done an amazing job giving it a cool vibe, but there was one corner that has been hard to ignore: His studio is his office and he has been using these two carts to house a lot of the paperwork and equipment he accesses daily. We even grab our microphones off the carts before recording. I had some ideas on how we could help as a part of our IKEA’s ambassadorship, but I wasn’t sure how to approach the situation in a way that was, indeed helpful, and not judgmental or stepping on toes. Fortunately! He could not have been more excited about the idea, saying it has been a dream of his to whip that corner into shape. And that we did: Here are 4 ways we maximized this corner organizationally and…

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2017: The Good, The Bad, Would We Do It Again

Every year we like to revisit a few things in our home – things that we get asked about a lot – and talk about how we feel about them day-to-day. We think it’s a good way to hopefully answer some questions for our readers and keep things real for all of us. So let’s kick it off with one of our more well-known pieces. Living Room Coffee Table The Good: We loved the look of this coffee table, and the construction of it is very sturdy and heavy. It’s a classy piece of furniture that would work well with several types of design. The Bad: Scratches. The  metal top is very scratched up from our girls sliding things across it over the past fifteen months. People without kids may have better luck with it, but the finish was not meant for our home. Would We Do It Again: Probably not. It’s been great, but…

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Living Room Refresh, and A Lighting Hack!

Shortly after we added the darker plank wall to the living room, I started craving something lighter on the floor. Although we still really LOVE our indigo Baxter rug, we rolled it up and put it in storage for now (maybe it will be a fall/winter thing? We’ll see.) and unrolled this beautiful, moroccan-inspired, budget-friendly rug out. You can a lot of different places, but we ordered the 10×14 size right here. For the price, we are all beyond impressed with the quality. It feels soft and cushy underfoot–soft enough to for the kids to roll around and play on–even though it’s a synthetic material. We’re using a standard waffle-like rug pad underneath (the same one we had before), but if you wanted even more cushion, you could definitely add a rug pad designed to do so. We also did a little rearranging. We moved the full-length mirror that has bounced between our bedroom and…

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Real Life: What’s on Our Kitchen Counters

We’ve done a tour of what’s inside all of our kitchen cabinets (way back here), and although you’re probably used to catching peeks at what we keep on our kitchen counter, I thought it would be fun to give you more of a detailed impromptu tour! After all, what we leave on our kitchen counters is what we likely use the most or like to have at arm’s reach. A friend had just dropped off some flowers for Greta after her surgery and besides throwing the mail from the island to the adjacent dining room table, these photos aren’t staged (I’m really wishing I would have plucked Greta’s play tea cup from next to the cookbooks among a few other things). Just from a random day last week when the sun was shining on our kitchen. (I linked the products under each photo for easy reference.) On the far left counter,…

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5 BIG, Area Rugs for Cheap (And the one we chose for the Living Room!)

Lately, I’ve been talking (mostly on the podcast, I think) about changing up our living room rug. The truth is, I still love the big, blue beauty after 3 years, but I just feel the need for a change.  Something lighter? More neutral? After adding the planked accent wall, it has felt darker and heavier than I want for the main area of our home. Chris was on board for the change, but I’ve been hesitating because I don’t want to spend $$$ on a 10×14 rug–and I was convinced they were all so. much. money. Our current rug, the Indigo Baxter rug from Crate & Barrel, was $1500 and worth every penny. It’s plush and soft and after all these years, it’s still in phenomenal shape. Now, all the 10×14 rugs I was drawn to (including the one, I really really wanted) were closer to the $3000 range–which was just too much for us with two…

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