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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

 

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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! "

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Aug
11

We re-launched the new website several months ago, with a fresh, clean look that I really love (and hopefully y’all do, too!) and lately we’ve been trying to figure out where we can make it even better.  I’ve gotten some feedback that it feels a little “professional” or “impersonal” because it is so simple and clean, so I recruited my beautifully talented friend Alea Moore to take some photos as I’ve had a few occasions lately where I’ve needed a headshot other than an awkwardly obvious selfie and so I had something fun to add into the sidebar. Posting photos of myself is not my typical deal, but I just wanted to share her work, and especially some of the sweetness she captured of my snuggly little Brigette.

(p.s. one of my favorite new shirts here.) Alea took most of these in our bedroom, which we recently overhauled.  It’s super cozy, and I’m still crazy about it.  Recently, I have taken to a new nighttime routine which includes a hot shower and then reading before bed.  I know that isn’t anything crazy, but I found I was just doing things/work/etc. until it was time to crash and I would have a hard time settling down.  The shower sort of washes away the day and clears my mind and then the reading under those perfectly glowy sconces just puts me in my happy place.  I find I am less stressed and resting so much better! As for the site updates: we added that little pic in the sidebar, along with links to social media and a direct link to the Lay Baby Lay print shop.  We’re also starting a newsletter (still figuring this one out!) but you can subscribe to get a rundown of all the posts from the previous week as well as a fun exclusive tidbit or two that will only be there.  It’s just another fun way to stay in touch, and I know some of you have inquired about subscribing, so hopefully this will help! And there is my little snuggle bug.  She has me wrapped around her finger so many times I don’t know what to do with myself. I mean, goodness.

Anyways, I appreciate so much that y’all keep coming back here.  It’s such a fun privilege to get to post inspiration here and share this experience of motherhood with you!!!  Can’t express it enough how grateful I am!  Please let me know if you have other ideas or feedback for the site – I’d love to hear!

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JanetB"Wonderful pictures. I love watching your family grow. "

jonilay"Aww, thanks, Eryn!! I appreciate it!!! Hope y'all are doing well!! "

Eryn Houck"Joni! So many exciting and well-deserved things happening for you (loved my Land of Nod catalogue)! You're an immense talent, …"

Emily"Love it Joni!!! And these photos are priceless! "

jonilay"Love that idea, Sara! I'll talk to my web guy.;) "

jonilay"Thanks so much, Christine!! It's from Anthropologie: http://bit.ly/1mDILx8 . I wear it all the time - my favorite!! "

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Jul
31

brigette and me (sweet photo by Alea – more to come later!)  Motherhood has been somewhat exhausting lately.  I have this image in my head of a salmon swimming upstream; it’s how I feel.  I feel like I am, from the minute they wake up until the minute they go to bed, swimming against a strong current of chaos and it seems that if I relent for a moment, we might just all drown.

Every season is so different; this one is a challenge because precious Vivi is in that stage where she is constantly delivering a stream of consciousness that I sometimes have a hard time following, and Brigette wants so badly to be a big girl like her sister, but can’t quite communicate everything yet (although she is making huge strides!).

I also feel like my brain is hard-wired to hear my children’s voices.  (I mean, it probably actually is in some way).  It seems whenever I am talking with someone, whether on the phone or in person, if Vivi or Brigette begins talking I cannot possibly sort out what the other person is saying.  I am immediately tuning into my children’s voices, sorting through in my mind what course of action needs to be taken (much like this video, which I completely identify with!).

It seems like my arms should be much more lean and toned than they actually are.  I feel like I am forever holding up the emotional and physical well-being of this household.  It’s a big job, to be sure.  I’m not trying to complain here, just expressing what this season is like.  And my girls are truly the sweetest.  It’s not really even misbehavior (because honestly, it’s rare right now!) that makes the days long; it’s just the way it is.

I’ve been reading Homemaking by J.R. Miller, which Lesley recommended.  I’m sure many would find the ideas and thoughts in it somewhat dated and perhaps even backwards (there’s my disclaimer), but I am loving it.  As a stay at home mom, it is so inspiring, and I find myself to be encouraged by the gorgeously written prose (from 1882!), this little excerpt in particular:

When we look at a little child and remember all this, what a dignity surrounds the work of caring for it!  Does God give to angels any work grander than this? . . . But is any work in marble so great as hers who has an immortal life laid in her hands to shape for its destiny?  Is the writing of any poem in musical lines so noble a work as the training of the poem of a human soul into harmony?

Whew.  Being a mama is not an easy task, but I’m so grateful that it’s mine.  It is both the sweetest and the toughest thing I have ever tackled.

(And, p.s. the playhouse will be up tomorrow!)

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jonilay"Aww, thanks for the comment, Helen! I know - it always makes me feel encouraged to know others are …"

jonilay"Hi Jane! You can find it here: http://society6.com/jonilay/giraffe-print-bwo_print#1=45 "

jonilay"For sure! Thanks so much, Lisa! And congrats on your new little one.:) "

jonilay"Oh, wow, Lexi!! I know it can be so overwhelming with the first. I think I was in …"

jonilay"Aww, I know - it can be so exhausting!! And sometimes it's hard to put into words just exactly …"

Amanda"Thank you for opening up and sharing this!! I just said to my husband tonight, "How can parenting be this …"

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tropical party ideas

I just got the photos from the super talented Haley Sheffield from the Search for Your Awesome event with the Alison Show and Bing.  It was such a fun night, and it came together so well, and I’m excited to share the photos – hope you are ready for lots of them!

tropical party inspiration

The party was held at Amy Osaba’s gorgeous studio, and Meredith made the most gorgeous flower arrangements.  Seriously, they were just breathtaking!

tropical party inspiration

I co-hosted with Anna, Jamie, and of course, Alison, and it was really fun getting to work with all of them.  It’s amazing what you can do when you have a team to work with – I loved getting to collaborate.

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tropical party inspiration

We went for sort of a tropical/travel/paradise feel, so we pulled in some vintage paradise items, like those mid century candle holders, and my favorite, this gorgeous vintage macrame chandelier.  The ends are dipped in pink dye to freshen it up a bit.

tropical party ideas

tropical party ideas

I also printed some vintage postcards really large and added song lyrics and other fun quotes in vinyl.  So fun!

tropical party inspiration

tropical party inspiration

I mean, those flowers!!  Meredith, you are amazing!

tropical party inspiration

These white burlap banners were dip dyed, and then I used heat transfer gold vinyl for the letters and hung them on wood dowels.  They were a really fun punch of color on the brick walls.

tropical party ideas

tropical party inspiration

tropical party ideas

Jamie and Jason of Homespun did an incredible job with the food.  Not only was it incredibly tasty, but it was incredibly beautiful, too.  Can’t say enough good things about them.  (They did the birthday dinner for my parents a couple of months ago – you have to try them if you are in the Atlanta area!)

homespun

tropical party ideas

Those pickled beets were to die for.  I think I probably ate about 30.  And they are so gorgeous, too!

tropical party ideas

tropical party ideas

We had some King of Pops for a sweet treat.  I can’t ever get enough of those – especially the chocolate sea salt.

tropical party ideas

tropical party inspiration

Sweet Krista of Blue Eyed Yonder provided the furniture rentals – I wanted to take that pink glider home!!  She is the best.  That cute umbrella is from Urban Outfitters – and it’s on sale right now!

tropical party inspiration

Those pink and purple pillows are made from some vintage fabric, and that cute leaf fabric is from Lewis & Sheron - it’s outdoor fabric, and it’s only $10/yard.  That pink pom pom trim is the perfect accent, I think!

tropical party inspiration

Alison is so fun – she is such a positive, cheerful person who has a gift for encouraging others.  And of course, Anna is the sweetest!  I have been so excited to get to know some other Atlanta creatives here lately.  (I honestly think I’m delirious at this point.  I might have stayed up a bit too late the night before working on a few details . . . )

tropical party inspiration

Thanks so much to Bing and Alison for letting me be a part of such a fun night!  It was a treat to get to throw a party and have some of my favorite people there to spend time with – including Lesley, Kristin, Meghan, and more!!  Y’all are the best.  And awesome, too.  And extra thanks to Haley for the gorgeous photos!

COMMENTS

Search for Your Awesome – Tropical Getaway Party | In Honor Of Design"[…] this a memorable event. You will have to check out more behind the scenes deets on the decor on …"

Caitlin"I am always impressed with your crafting and design skills - but this time you just blew me away!!! I …"

jonilay"Hi Natalie! Apologies for the lack of detail! I have a vinyl cutter - but you could use …"

Rennie"What a truly inspiring collection! Gorgeous photos, I love it alllll! "

Emily"Love every detail!!!! Gorgeous! "

Natalie"Hi Joni, I'm trying to figure out how you did the heat transfer vinyl letters...did you cut the letters out individually …"

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Jul
11

ballerina pig(A new little print in my society6 shop!)  Goodness, I apologize for my absence.  I’ve literally had my hands dirty for the past week, working hard on our playhouse project.  We are getting very close to done, and I can’t wait to share it with you!  The past few weeks have been that way; having my hands in lots of projects that I’ll be sharing soon.

I’m also excited to begin sharing some of my collaboration with the Land of Nod on their fall catalog; I was thrilled to get to work with them on some inspiration boards which their team brought to life and photographed.  So fun!  Such a dream to get to work with their company, as I’m a big fan of their collections.  I love how all the rooms came together, and I’ll be sharing them over at Honest to Nod.  The first one was posted yesterday: Baby Bear.  I really love the colors in it, and I think you’ll be inspired – go check it out!

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lesley"joni! this is so cool! i love the way they brought the room to life. you are brilliant. <3 "

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