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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

 

COMMENTS

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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master bedroom inspiration

One quick little detail from the post yesterday on our bedroom.  I really wanted an extra long lumbar pillow a la Jenny Komenda, but couldn’t find one with the right proportions.  Enter Ikea cushions.  I bought two of the fjadrar inner cushions ($6.99 apiece!) and cut the seam on one end of both pillows and then whipstitched them together by hand really quickly (just be careful or you will have feathers everywhere!).  Then I used this fabric on one side, and a less expensive coordinating yellow fabric on the back, with a zipper on the bottom.  Because the pillow is so long and thin (about 16″ x 54″!), you can purchase half a yard of more expensive fabric, and get a really great pillow for under $50.  It’s perfect on a king bed, and also a queen.  I added that flokati pillow for a little texture, but you could just leave it without for a more streamlined look.

(sources: Everett Sconces, South Seas Side Cart, Black French Tassel Curtains, Citrine Cut Circle Sheets)

COMMENTS

Aly"Joni! Any idea where I might find a bed like yours? "

Betsy"Great idea! I need some pillow inserts and always forget about Ikea. I'm a total fabric hoarder and …"

Barb"What a great, affordable to combine 2 pillows! Love this whole look with the sconces, nautical art, and the …"

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Apr
23

side tables for the nursery

Check out yesterday’s post on BHG Style Spotters for a roundup of some really cute side tables.  Pairing your rocker or glider with a side table is a great way to add a bit more personality to a nursery and also it’s something that can easily translate to another room in the house once it’s no longer needed.  Having a spot for those middle of the night feeding essentials (water, hot tea, a book, tissues, a snack . . . the list goes on and on!) can make it so much easier, and it feels like a little luxury.  Go here for sources!

Also, don’t forget to enter the Tea Collection art giveaway!  Check out the boy inspiration here and girl inspiration here!  Really loving that elephant chime on the desert prep board.

 

COMMENTS

katerina@lexandliv"Love #7! I also really love Kalon studio's stump. "

Erin Jensen"I just found your website via pinterest and I'm in LOVE! It makes me want to have more babies just …"

Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)"Ooh these are all so fabulous!!! Great picks! Hope hchdesigns.blogspot.com "

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Apr
07

This past weekend, we finished up our work on the patio and photographed it.  (Vivi’s adorable dress from here!) I’m so glad to have this project done, and excited to be able to use this space now that it’s warmer outside and the backyard is in gorgeous full bloom.  We had a fun little celebration while we photographed everything, and I’m pretty sure Brigette thought it was the best deal ever to wake up from her afternoon nap and then be whisked outside to be placed in a chair just her size to have her fill of scones, fruit, whipped cream, and other delights.  It was really fun to watch my little people enjoy themselves.

It has been somewhat of an exhausting couple of weeks!  I recall specifically that 14 and 15 months was a really challenging age for Vivi; she was walking, but not very stable, and she wasn’t very verbal yet, so she would get frustrated easily since we couldn’t always communicate well.  She was also frequently falling or getting boo boos as she worked on her mobility, and it seemed she was just crankier than usual.  I would often find myself in the driveway, exhausted and counting the minutes until Chip came home.   If there was supper on the table, it was a miracle.  Now we are there with Brigette, and it’s actually much easier this time, but still it is draining.  She wants to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. every day, which isn’t such a bad deal except that is also when I need to get supper together and it tends to be when Vivi is tired and needs attention as well.

One night last week I dropped a pan as I was trying to hang it on the rack above the stove, and it came crashing down, breaking a glass pitcher and landing on my foot.  I was at the end of my rope that afternoon, and told Vivi not to move an inch while I stayed put in my place until Chip came home to clean it up (he was only a couple of minutes away, thankfully, and Brigie was in her high chair!).

To top it all off, Chip, myself, and Vivi all got the stomach bug last week, and then Chip was out of town for two nights.  But in the middle of the crazy, I’m so grateful for rays of sunshine.  My parents came to visit and helped with the girls and with finishing up the patio project, I got in a rare visit with my sister, and we enjoyed some good family time this weekend.  Also, by some miracle the girls slept until 8 on Sunday morning, and Chip and I relished the chance to catch up on some sleep.  Saturday afternoon really was a delight, and I loved watching the girls enjoy themselves.  It’s a joy to watch Vivi get excited over things, and she had been looking forward to the “patio party” all week.

backyard patio

I’m looking forward to sharing the patio soon, but here are a couple of small snippets.  That vintage glass and caddy set is one of my favorite little details.  I’ve been wanting to find one for awhile, and figured a backyard patio was the perfect excuse because after all we will be toting drinks back and forth.  Aren’t those glasses lovely, and how about the perfect mid century wooden handle?  It was also a great reason to take my little side cart out to use.  I’m finding it’s really helpful to have pieces that can do double duty in our smaller home.  We don’t have a lot of extra storage, so when something can work as a nightstand and is a great asset for entertaining, it’s a sure win!

I was so grateful that the dogwoods bloomed just in time for us to take photos.  Spring always brings a sense of renewal, doesn’t it?  It’s a fresh start, with the long days, the warm sunshine, and the happy colors.

COMMENTS

Christina"Love the glass and caddy set. Excited to see your pictures!!! "

Monet"My little one was sick all weekend. It really throws you, doesn't it? The patio is going to be gorgeous. …"

Molly"Ugh, sounds like you've been having a stressful time. I don't know how you do it all. Hang in there! …"

jonilay"Thanks, Stephanie! I appreciate it!! Looking forward to sharing it soon! "

Stephanie | glitter and goat cheese"I'm SO excited to see your space! That glassware set is amazing, and from what I can see of your …"

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Mar
28

pause.

THEMES

What a week it has been.  It’s been a challenging one, for many reasons.  Praying hard for some people close to us who are going through a heart-wrenching time, and feeling a little helpless about it all.  Brigie is teething, and Vivi has been a little sick.  Hoping for some quiet this weekend, and a chance for all of us to get a little refreshed.

A few links for the week:

(1) I love Hudson and Ruthie’s line of felt-embellished onesies and cardis.  Check out the lightning onesie, awesome for boys.  And, I mean, these giant bows?  My goodness, so cute.

(2) Speaking of giant bows, this is the etsy shop where I bought my favorites for Vivi (they are gorgeous!).  Usually I get the alligator clip version, but now that she has more hair, they are beginning to slip out, so I need to re-order some with the french barrette.

(3) Did you see the pic of Vivi and Brigie on instagram yesterday? Sounded like a lot of y’all could relate.  They were excited to try on their cute new matching bathing suits and we were going to snap a picture.  Both were really happy, but shortly after I put Brigette in her chair, she lost it (teeth!), which set Vivi off, too (which has been the trend this week).  I couldn’t help but still take the picture, which really made me laugh about it all.  Sometimes you really do have to laugh to keep from crying.

(3) I get a lot of questions about baby bedding.  I really prefer to keep it simple.  I suggest getting a few really adorable crib sheets; you’ll likely change them often, and it’s fun to have a few options to give the nursery a new look here and there.  I didn’t use bumpers for Vivi or Brigette and I liked being able to peek in the room and see them easily, and also I think it really makes the crib feel less bulky.  If you need a skirt, go with something simple that has clean lines or box pleats.  I started a pinterest board with some of my favorite go-to bedding options, and I’ll keep adding to it.

Happy Friday!  I’ll be posting on Monday with a peek into our den, plus a fun discount to one of my favorite online retailers.