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Desk | Chair | Kiwi Bird | Custom Pet Painting | Vase | Rhino Mail Sorter I received the sweetest gift of all from my talented friend, Kim, last week. A small custom portrait of our Charly-girl. I have always loved her pet portraits, and I feel so honored to have our own now. It looks just like her! What she didn’t know when sending it is, it arrived on such a timely day. We found out some difficult news about Charly the same day. When we took her into the vet for routine vacccinations, they discovered from an old shot record that she is 9 years old, not 7 like we had thought. When we adopted her in 2013, we were told she was 3, but her shot record that was just uncovered from 2012 says that she was 4 then, making her 9 now. Considering her breed has a…

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Our New Sprawling Front Porch Swing + Reader Poll on what color to paint it!

One of our summer bucket list projects this year was to add a big porch swing to our front porch area. Initially, we thought we’d build one so it would be nice and long and deep and fill up the space nicely. But, as I was poking around online, I found (and fell for) a really large one, with a deep seat for a great price and clean lines and we scooped it up, knowing our energy would be far better spent tiling the girls’ bathroom (woot!). When I started my search, I googled, “Extra large porch swing.” We were looking for something in the 5-6 foot long range, and I stumbled upon this beauty from Ballard Design. The white wash felt a little shabby chic for our house, but I loved the lines, the cushy pillows and the dimensions were spot on at 65″ W and 32″ D. However, the…

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My sleeping baby must-have: Black-out Shades. (And How We Decided on the ones in the Nursery)

There’s one detail of the nursery we haven’t expounded on yet, but I get questions about all the time–the light blue flat roman shade. Why did we choose shades over curtains? How did we choose the fabric? How dark does the room get when they are closed?, etc. And since we did put significant brain power into choosing the shade, I suppose it deserves its own post that will hopefully help you when deciding on your own window coverings…or maybe you just love gifs (you’re in for a treat!). For the first question, shades vs. curtains, we really weren’t sure at first! The Shade Store, a sponsor for the One Room Challenge who provided participants with window coverings, carried both shades and curtains (and a bunch of other options in the colors we were leaning toward) so our options were wide open. We actually went as far as polling our followers in Instagram…

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A Modern, Kid-Friendly, Family Gallery Wall in the Dining Room

I knew once we freed up this wall in the dining room by changing the barn door into a pocket door, it would be the perfect place for some family pictures. However, when I mentioned the idea to Chris–especially the part when I described it as a 9 frame grid taking up the wall floor to ceiling–he was a little hesitant, “I don’t want it to look cluttered.” Maybe I should have left out the “floor to ceiling part”–Ha! But his concerns were valid. To the right of this wall, we have a dark accent wall with a large wood-cut print and to the left of this wall are our black kitchen cabinets. Before starting, we put our heads together and came up with a few must-haves that we both could agree on for this gallery wall. It was important for it to be: 1. Light. Keeping this wall looking non-cluttered and light…

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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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