Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Modern Baby Activity Gyms

Well, my almost-two month old baby is smiling, making the sweetest noises and ready to start paying attention to toys.  We have a few, but not many.  We've had a few baby play dates, and Oliver got to try out our friend's activity gyms.  He definitely showed interest and was even entertained for a few minutes.  The problem is, I hate the look of these things and they are not a tiny little toy.  I went on a hunt to find some modern, more ascetically pleasing versions of this classic baby toy.  Number 5, the Finn + Emma gym even has a scooter on it!  Perfect!

1.  Plan Toys Planpreschool Activity Baby Gym
2. Hape Hape Collection My First Gym
3. Wooden Cloud Activity Gym
4. Ikea Leka Baby Gym
5. Finn + Emma Organic Cotton Play Gym
6. Land of Nod Wee Workout Baby Gym

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dream Home (Breakfast Nook)

In case you missed yesterday's post, I listed all my must-haves in my dream kitchen and one of those items is a breakfast nook.  Of course this picture perfect house also has a separate dining space, but in the kitchen, I want one of those cozy, built-in banquette corners, in front of tons of windows.  This will be a place where my kids will color (just on the paper), while I bake them gluten-free, but super delicious cookies.  This breakfast nook ties in seamlessly to my modern, but laid-back kitchen.  The leather pillows complement the stools at the island and the midcentury dining set brings warmth to the black and white palette.  The rug and the pops of color in the dishes marry perfectly.

photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

1. chandelier / 2. leather pillows / 3. gold pillow / 4. DIY banquet / 5. mid century table / 6. rug / 7. dining chairs / 8. Herringbone floor

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dream Home (Kitchen)

While out on maternity leave I've been watching a lot of HGTV, and I mean A LOT.  I watch Drew and Jonathan, and Chip and Joanna help couples buy a fixer-upper, then make it into their dream home.  I want that.  I want a home that I can put my stamp on and not have to live with dark granite or much worse, laminate countertops.  Last year I made over my rental kitchen, using some of the same inspirations as the photos below, but on a shoe string budget.  I've been picturing my dream kitchen, in all it's unlimited budget glory and here's what's on my list of must-haves:
  • Open, airy, lots of windows, preferably a door wall to the deck
  • white cabinets 
  • white subway tile
  • contrasting modern light fixtures and hardware
  • big farm sink
  • slate or light wood floors
  • stainless steel appliances 
  • rustic open shelving
  • a giant island with rustic wood paneling and waterfall quartz countertops
  • a breakfast nook for casual meals

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1.  sconce / 2. globe pendant / 3. glasses /4. subway tile / 5. dishes / 6. reclaimed shelves / 7. drawer pulls / 8. faucet / 9. sink / 10. cabinets / 11. quartz countertops / 12. reclaimed paneling /  13. Herringbone floors / 14. stools

See my other dream home posts here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

DIY Name Banner

I love making personalized goods for the new littles in my life.  It's one of my very favorite gifts to give, and I wanted to do something cute and special for my little as well, so I created this name banner.  Inspired by the typography of these Henri Bendel candles, I created a graphic piece to let everyone whose space is behind the door.

Keep reading below for the tutorial.

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Friday, I'm in Love (with this modern ranch home)

I spotted this fun and super unique California ranch in the March Issue of HGTV Magazine, and fell in love.  The modern architecture mixed with interesting found objects is just perfect.  I love the open, laid back vibe, the pops of color and of course the bocce ball court is the icing on the cake. 

Styling by Liz Stong

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Oliver's Birth Announcements

 We just received Oliver's birth announcements in the mail!  As we have for our Christmas cards the last few years, we used Minted.  As usual, they look amazing and were so easy to work with and customize.  They have a HUGE selection of announcements, as well as invitations and stationery for your kiddos.  AND... they still have free envelope addressing happening.  Can you say "perfect" for a busy new mom?  The best part? Minted is giving 15% off all kids products and wall art until tomorrow, used the code "HAPPYSPRING."  Pop over and place your order!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Wish List

The first day of spring is around the corner, but I feel like I'm way ahead of that.  Dreaming of sandals and swimsuits. 

1. White is the color of the season and lace is the pattern.  This Madewell skirt and top make such a cool look, but work great as separates too.
2. There's no one else who would dream up mohawk match strike besides Jonathan Adler, and I need it.
3. hand sculpture set to dress my bookshelves
4. Gunn & Swain pink and white striped blanket for summery picnics
5. I'll need a cool new swim suit once I get back into shape, and love this Tavik Celo bikini 
6. on the hunt for cool flats for my new mom lifestyle, perforated d'orsay flat