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Have y’all been seeing the Bright Lab Lights everywhere?  They are just so cute and happy that I can’t resist.  I’m planning on putting some in Vivi’s room - I just love the punch of color they add.  One extra fun feature is that you can customize your own – try it out!  You could even throw caution to the wind and let your little create his/her own custom strand.  And they are surprisingly not too expensive!  (photo from their gallery)

Also, for those of you who asked, I added the “Love” print to my society6 shop, if you are interested!

playroom ideas



Joni"You are right, it is! Thanks so much, Rachel - just fixed it! "

Rachel"i think your "vivi's room" link is broken... "

Dina @ Honey"I have a strand that i got in France years ago in Knox's room and they're super fun! So happy …"


a new season


first day of school

The girls started school this week!  It’s kind of hard to believe that fall is already here again.  It feels like summer went by in a blink.  It’s always a mix of emotions for me when school starts – they only go a couple of mornings a week, though, and it’s so nice to have a little bit of quiet here and there!  Brigette did fantastic, and was so excited to get to be like her big sister.  No tears at all!  Vivi was really excited to be back with her friends, and she loves her cute new little lunchbox.  She wants to pack it every day, school or not.  Lots to look forward to – Chip’s birthday, halloween costumes, pumpkin patches, and my favorite – Vivi’s birthday!!

(Brigette’s Dress | Brigette’s Shoes | My ShoesVivi’s Dress | Vivi’s Bow | Vivi’s Shoes)

Just for fun, here is the first day of school last year.  I love having these photos to see how the girls change!


Kitty"The girls are precious in their purple outfits! It looks like you got Brigie to wear a bow :-). …"

Joni"Thanks, Jamy!:) You can find them here! "

Jamy"Love YOUR shoes! Where did u get them!? "

Regina"Hello! Would you mind sharing the paint color names used on your door and exterior? For me, picking paint colors …"


kiwi crate finger puppets (Thanks to Kiwi Crate for this post – go here to try out Kiwi Crate for yourself and enter code LBLBTS to get 25% off your first month!) Kiwi Crate was kind enough to send the girls a crate of their craft goodies to sample.   I was pretty excited to try it out, because I’ve heard great things, and I want to do more craft type activities with the girls.  Sometimes I’m at a loss beyond just coloring, and I’m a little intimidated by the mess that I feel is certain to ensue, plus it’s overwhelming to keep a good stash of craft supplies! kiwi crate back to school I set out the Kiwi Crate, and let Vivi open it.  Getting to open a box to discover what treasure might be inside is pretty much a 3 year old top 10 activity, I’d say. craft activities for kids It’s pretty amazing what all they manage to fit into that box!  The Kiwi Crate includes enough supplies for 2 to 3 activities with instructions and a magazine to color and read.  The whole experience is very educational, and centered around a theme (this one was around farming) and Vivi also loved a little sticker chart that was included – you can put a sticker on the chart for each project you complete. toddler crafts Brigie was also eager to participate, and we enlisted Daddy’s help to contain things a little.  She has a deep affinity for stickers, and the finger pupped project was right up her alley.  She loved putting on the eyes and noses and details.  So fun!  She is almost 19 months old, and I wasn’t sure how well she would do, but she’s all in on any activity that has the enthusiasm of her big sister. toddler crafts Vivi also thought it was fun, and meticulously arranged the stickers on the finger puppets.  I love how hers turned out – they sort of look gabba gabba inspired, with their eyes on top of their noses . . . toddler craft idea toddler craft It was a good reminder that I often underestimate what they can really do.  They eat up the opportunity to be creative, and manage it much better than I expect!  It’s also SO helpful that the Kiwi Crate comes with precisely what you need, and it makes it easy to keep things under control.  The next project was a little mini garden (so cute!) which Vivi thought was spectacular.  I would definitely recommend spacing out the projects to make the most of them, but we just went for it. toddler craft This one was really neat – there were little dirt pellets that you placed in the “gardening containers” and when you watered them, they expanded to fill the containers with dirt.  It was so fun to watch and the girls loved the experience.  You also build a little fence around the edges, and we can’t wait to watch the seeds begin to sprout and grow! toddler craft I’d highly recommend trying this out.  It’s also a super great gift.  Kiwi Crate is kind enough to offer Lay Baby Lay readers 25% off their first month subscription (which also comes with free shipping and a bonus welcome kit!  Just use code LBLBTS when subscribing.). The boxes for fall look really exciting - it’s a time traveler theme and includes dinosaurs, castles and more!! toddler craft Thanks so much to Kiwi Crate, for letting us try out this super fun idea!  The girls had a great time, and will be playing with their finger puppets for the next few weeks I’m sure, and we’re excited to watch the seeds begin to sprout.   Go here to try out Kiwi Crate for yourself!


Joni"Thanks so much, Shirley! I made it, and it's available in my Society6 shop here: http://society6.com/jonilay/love-y94#1=45 "

Joni"Thanks, Rachel!! I appreciate it! I made the print - just made it available in my society6 shop: …"

Rachel Burns"This play space is simply making me obsessed! Would you mind divulging where you got the "LOVE" print? :) "

Jean Harrison"Looks like so much fun!!! "

JanetB"KiwiCrate is a great grandparent present. I purchase a subscription for my two youngest granddaughters and they were always …"

Shirley"Such a beautiful room the LOVE print is great where did you get it from? "


happy Friday!



It has been such a fun week!  We spend most of it at the farm, and had fun with our friends Lesley, Sam, Matilda and Phoebe there last weekend!  Love Lesley’s sweet write up about it.

A few other links:

Don’t forget to enter the Decorist giveaway here!!  The deadline is Monday, so if you want a custom inspiration board tailored just for your budget and style, go enter!  Can’t wait to work with one of you!

If your girls love Frozen (like mine) but you don’t love the “overly merchandised” items, check out this beautiful and sweet book.  The illustrations are perfectly gorgeous, and it’s all about sisters.  If you have a sister or you are a mama to sisters, it’s truly perfect.  Love the illustrator’s post about it.

This paper wall art looks like a fun project to do with little ones.  No mess, but a pretty result!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!!



Joni"Hi Carrie! Sure thing - we bought them from Birmingham Wholesale in Alabama, but they are Bernhardt sofas, so you …"

Carrie Turner"Loved Lesley's write up too- looked like an amazing weekend!!! Do you mind me asking where the sofas at the …"

Cathy Olson"Aven has been asking to go fishing!! I need tips!! "

lesley graham"love those girls!! thank you for having us sweet friends! xoxo "


baby room art

I’m really excited to share the work of Anna Church today.  I happened across her work on instagram, and just positively fell in love.  She creates these gorgeous, nostalgic compositions of carefully curated pieces, and they are the sweetest.  The one pictured above is Frogs & Snails, which would be perfection in a baby boy’s room, and would also be a precious gift for a father or grandfather as well.  Wouldn’t it be striking over a desk?  It brings up so much emotion about childhood.  To purchase a limited edition print, just email Anna for details.

Here is the feminine version, Sugar & Spice:

baby room art

The sweetest, right?  Daisy chains, ballet slippers, angel wings, ponies, and horse ribbons!  Such a beautiful statement in these frames:

baby room art

I also really love this Gentleman print as well – so dark, moody, and masculine:

baby room art

For even more fun, she has a time lapse video on her website, where you can see her meticulously creating these gorgeous insignias and curating the details.  It’s fascinating.  I came across her work while searching under Wes Anderson, and I think it really captures a similar quirky, whimsical, nostalgic spirit, don’t you?

baby nursery poster



Maggie"These are exquisite! Thank you for sharing her work with us! "

Anna Church"Thank you so much Molly! It was so lovely to connect with Joni and appear on her blog. We seem …"

Molly"Wow, what a find! This is so YOU, Joni. Love her work! "