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DIY baby room art

This is one project that will work in the baby room, your bedroom, your living room, or really anywhere.  It’s a great way to create a large, custom piece of art really affordably!

Items you will need:

Black and White Photo | 2 Eye Hooks | Rope | 1 x 2 furring strip, about 1″ longer than art width

DIY baby room art

To start, find or take a photo that you like and that would look striking as a black and white.  If it is a found photo, scan it.  I chose a vintage photo I had on hand, but you can also use a favorite snap on your phone just as easily.  I had mine printed at a local printer, but I’d recommend using PhotoJojo to get your print done.   It’s only $25 and is a super easy option if you don’t already have a printer you use regularly.

DIY nursery art

I purchased the furring strips at Home Depot, and had them cut the pieces to size for me at the store (super easy!).  I had them cut at 1″ longer than the width of my photo (so 37″ if you use PhotoJojo).  Staple the two pieces on the top and bottom of your printed photo on the back.  Next, screw the two eye hooks into the top piece (I painted mine gold, and pre-drilled to make it a little easier).  Then, cut the rope to length and knot the ends to keep it in place.

DIY baby room ideas

This makes for a really striking and inexpensive focal point for a space!  It costs around $30 to $35, depending on what materials you already have on hand, which is impressive for a 36″ x 48″ piece of art.  It’s also a really easy way to incorporate some vintage family photos!

DIY baby nursery art


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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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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)


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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.



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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.


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

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