Phoebe’s Poppy Red, Coral and Pink Nursery

It’s a little quiet around these parts… at least on the blog front!  When it comes to noise in the house, things have been all but quiet.  We welcomed our baby girl, Phoebe Kate, on February 4th.  She was 5 weeks early, but luckily we had the nursery pretty much completed by the time she arrived.

I chose a monochromatic color palette of poppy red, coral and pink against a grayish backdrop.  The inspiration was the curtain fabric, which is Nathalie Lipstick from Tonic Living.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Maxey Photography.

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Project details:

Wall colors - Barley Field by Behr and Whetstone Grey by Martha Stewart

Crib - Baby Mod Olivia.  Original wooden bottom custom painted to match in Popcorn by Martha Stewart.

Bumper - Premier Prints Chelsea white/coral from Fabric.com.  Piping and ties made from left over curtain fabric.

Crib Skirt - Cloud 9 in Coral from Hawthorne Threads

Curtains - Nathalie Lipstick from Tonic Living

Wall Letters - seller GoingGaga on Etsy, 8" letters

Glider and Ottoman - Best Chairs Tryp at Buy Buy Baby

Mirrored Side Table - Target

Lamp - on hand from Ikea

'I Am Your Parent' Poem - free printable here, enlarged to 12" x 20" and framed at Hobby Lobby

Round Vase - Crate & Barrel

XOXO blocks - Target

Red Lacquer Picture Frame - Target

Changing station - made by my husband, painted Barley Field by Behr

Silver Bowl - on hand from Ikea

Framed Prints - purchased on Zulily from Etsy seller ChildrenInspire

Dresser - my childhood dresser

Woven Drum Light Fixture - Alang 18" from Ikea

Changing Pad Cover - Aden & Anais Oh Girl

Ladder Shelf: JCP

See this room listed on:

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2012 Year in Cities

Happy New Year!  For the last few years, I’ve done a ‘Year in Cities’ post.  It’s a fun way to look back on the year and see where life took me!  I was lucky to take some nice work trips and personal trips this year.  2013 may end up being a little quieter once our kiddo arrives, but I’m just fine with that!

January:  Riviera Maya for family vacation,  then Orlando a few weeks later for work.  Family pic below and then a photo with some of my co-workers from The Knot.


February:  Los Angeles (work)

April: NYC (work) and New Orleans for Jazz Fest

June: Minnesota for my cousin’s graduation party.  I also had some time to spend with my grandparents.  This is the last picture I took with my grandma.  She died in mid-June after living a wonderful life.  Her funeral was a true tribute to how she lived and how she loved.

August: Chicago to visit family (and tell them that we are expecting!), Atlanta for work

September:  The month of non-stop travel!  Dallas, San Francisco, and Chicago for work; Atlanta for our first Bat Mitzvah

October: Chicago and New York, both for work.  While in NYC went to The Knot’s annual gala at the NY Public Library.  Quite the bash featuring some celebrities in the bridal world (not us).

November: Neenah, Wisconsin for family Thanksgiving!  My family was so sweet to throw us a surprise baby shower while we were there.  Here are some family members… 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

December: To top off the year, we ended it with a trip to the Bahamas over Christmas.  We had a most superb babymoon in Nassau.  This was the view from our hotel balcony.  Turquoise water like I have never seen! 


Happy 2013! May it bring much prosperity, joy and above all, unending happiness to you and yours.



Industrial Candlesticks

Happy holidays folks!  A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Westlake Ace Hardware to participate in their HoliDIY projects.  Ace was super generous and sent me all of the materials to make these industrial candlesticks.  This project was super easy (as in, it took less than 8.2 minutes to complete) and it packs a serious punch in the décor department!  I love the simplicity and creativity in this one.  Another bonus – these candlesticks can be used year round and they’d also make a cool gift for someone who likes urban, modern décor.

The pretty picture from Ace’s website:


If you need some holiday project ideas, hop on over to the HoliDIY feature at Westlake’s website and check out the many project  and gift ideas.

Industrial Candlesticks

You’ll need:

  • pipe unions and couplings
  • spray paint
  • tapered candles
  • Duco Cement or other multi-purpose household glue

Glue couplings to the top of pipe unions, making sure that your top level is large enough to accommodate the width of a tapered candle.  After glue has dried, spray paint with the color of your choice.  I used silver, but any color would look great, especially a metallic. 

How mine turned out:

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Our Master Bedroom!

You know those posts that are a looooooong time in the making, as in years?  This is totally one of those posts.  They seem to be common on this blog.  I admit to this.

Since we moved back to KC in 2009, our master bedroom has been an ongoing project.  So ongoing, that I have never even posted about it.  Instead, I have silently carried it with me in my blogger shroud of shame.  The master bedroom had actually turned into one of my least favorite rooms in the house, because I could never make up my mind on what I wanted to do with the room.  Different bedding here, new pillows there, swapping out a dresser… it was always something.  Eventually the bedroom turned into a big beige box with beige and cream bedding, beige walls and beige curtains.  BEIGE. That’s when I hit my low point. 

I liked the neutral walls and I didn’t want to paint, but this room needed some color.  At the same time, I wanted the room to remain relaxing and earthy-modern.  That left me with the option of changing out the bedding to overhaul this sucker.  Bedding is just the best for that, because you can swap it out whenever you want and totally change things up.  One trip to Target or a few pokes on a website or two, and you have a different room!

I won’t bore you with all the details on the different things I tried in here…instead we’ll just cut to the chase and get to the pictures already.  After all, that’s the best part, right?

Here’s a before pic.  This was taken many moons ago, back in 2007 before we moved to Atlanta.


Here she is now:

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We have a lot of colors from the spice family on our first floor, so I wanted to stay within that range, but also change it up just a bit and infuse a new color or two.  I never thought I would go with anything purple-y or wine-y, but I really like the end result.  I also had 2 euro shams from Crate and Barrel that I wanted to use since I had purchased them within the last year, so that had to be woven in somehow.  Last but not least, I was tired of duvet covers and their bunchiness, so we decided we wanted a quilt.  Yes, the list of requirements was long.  Enter this Moroccan-inspired quilt from JCP.  I’m really happy with how it looks.  I like the richness, but it’s still cozy and relaxed, not too fancy.

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Here’s a picture of the old artwork.  I had to use an iPhone picture that I took when I was about 12 weeks pregnant, because I never took a before picture of the art prior to overhauling it. I bought this artwork in 2007 to go with this duvet set that we had from Crate and Barrel.  It went perfectly with our old bedding… blue/brown with silver frames.  But with the new stuff, not so much.

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I liked the shapes of the frames and they were already measured and hung on the wall.  Now I just needed to change out the actual art.  I used some Antique Gold Rub & Buff on the frames to change their color. (Love Rub & Buff, highly recommend!) Then I took apart the frames, painted the mats a cream color, covered the art with a cabernet colored cardstock, and glued some jewelry pendants on top.  Voila!  This whole mini-project put me back $16.

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Here’s one of the dressers in the room.  We don’t have matching dressers in an effort to go for that “collected over time” look.  This is the Hemnes dresser from Ikea.  It’s a nice piece, quality wood and deep drawers.  For $275, it’s really a good deal.  The glass bottles were found at TJ Maxx (of course!) on clearance for $7 each.  We need to bump the mirror up a few inches… that’s on the to do list.  It was already hung on the wall before getting the dresser and we just haven’t gotten around to moving it yet.  Such is life.

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It’s amazing how much a baby on the way will get your arse in gear to finish projects.  I can officially say this one is (mostly) crossed off the list!

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Source List:

Paint: Barley Field by Behr (a close match is Sharkey Grey by Martha)

Quilt, Throw Pillow and King Shams: JCP

Euro Shams: Crate and Barrel

Tall wood dresser: Ikea

Curtains: JCP

Espresso nightstands, bedframe, and double dresser: House of Denmark

Artwork Above Bed: DIY

Glass Bottles: TJ Maxx


Phoebe’s Nursery

I am 19 weeks pregnant so it’s time to start work on our little girl’s nursery!  I have been obsessing over fabrics and paint colors since I found out we were expecting, so now that we know it’s a girl, it’s finally go time.  We are expecting Miss Phoebe Kate to arrive on March 10th!

Originally, I wanted a coral and mint color palette, inspired by the Caitlin Wilson Textiles collection.  While I still love this palette, I decided to change it up to something a little less commonly used in nurseries (and not $60 a yard).  I think I’ve finally settled on a palette of poppy red, orchid pink and apricot with hints of latte and cream woven throughout.  In the end, we wanted the nursery to be a calming space – nothing too loud or overpowering.  I also want it to be a space that she can grow into over the years.  Some neutral with pops of color… you can’t go wrong with that formula.

So here’s the overall feel:

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Walls: The walls are already a neutral color, so I think we’ll break them up by adding a cream stripe in 9” increments around the room as seen here.  Or, maybe a wallpapered focal wall behind the crib.  Still deciding.

Crib and textiles: The crib will incorporate the poppy red zig zag and dot fabric with a polka dot sheet in neutral colors, and the curtains will be made from this fabric from Tonic Living, which was the color palette inspiration for the room.

Furniture: We have a white double dresser that we’ll use (that will also double as a changing table.  Plans are to buy this crib.  For the glider, we’re leaning towards something from the Best Chairs line, upholstered in a greige fabric with white piping.  Again, something neutral that we can reuse in another room down the road.  I am majorly crushing on this side table from West Elm, too.  Not sure if the surface will be large enough for a side table next to the glider (only 12.5” square) but I love the look of a little glam mixed in with all the neutrals.

Accessories: While there’s no hard and fast plan for the accessories, I do really love these two prints.  (Bonus, the second one is a freebie!)  I also really like the zinc letters from Anthro, and this floral light fixture

Updates forthcoming! :)

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