{Re}Collected Moments: A New Series

I recently endured a gut wrenching experience.  I lost every photo I had ever taken.  Every single photo I had ever taken.  Very long and emotional story short:  I have about 90% of them back. PRAYERS ANSWERED.  So in celebration, I am beginning a new series dedicated to some of those moments we have created as a family and a selection of those treasured photos that I now have back.  (And yeah….this is yet another way to save these photos in addition to two duplicated hard drives as well as Dropbox….I will never trust a single external hard drive again.)  I’m starting this new little series with H’s nursery.

Crib MomentThe inspiration for his space was a bright kelly green dresser I saw on Etsy, or maybe it was on Pinterest.  Or a blog.  Who can remember that far back???  Proof again, that with a fallible human memory, photos are a necessity.  ANYWHO.  I fell in love with the idea of an unexpected color used on such a big statement piece, and it was the starting point for what became his nursery.

H Nursery 1
I planned for bold colors, lots of texture, and patterns.  I wanted his nursery to feel collected, with nods to classic boy notions…cars, animals, trucks, adventure…while avoiding any real “theme”.

Nursery Details
I chose his dresser and accessories so they could grow with him from infancy to toddler to boyhood.  Most of them are still with him in his big boy room, like his Ikea Hemnes Dresser.

on the dresser
With such a bold color palette, I balanced the blue dresser with a neutral gray for the walls and bedding, and with our white crib, ivory nursery rocker, and ottoman.

Nursery Details 2
in the chair
As every parent knows, so so so many moments are collected in a nursery.  The hours spent online pouring over nursery photos for inspiration.  The hours researching and selecting each element of the space, and then putting it all together.  Each of those moments are personal.  They are filled with hope, love, {fear}, and prayers for the future.  Those moments collected in anticipation of a little one are as emotion filled as the memories made once that baby comes home!

nursery
I am so grateful to have back the photographs I took while creating and seeking those moments for our family, and to share more of them here.  Stay tuned for more from this series!

Independence Day Deco

The Goons

The goons were all about getting decked out for The Fourth with me. If it were up to us, there would have been some very patriotic bunting hanging from every window, but we were fresh out of patriotic bunting. So we decided to keep things simple, and we plunked some very patriotic flags into the mulch.

Front Yard
Pillows + ‘Merican Flag in a Plant = Very Simple

Front Porch
Stars + Flags + Sea Shells + Pillows = Very Simple

Front Room
Baby’s Breath + Mason Jars + Burlap + American Flag
(Catching on here?  American Flag + Anything That Will Stand Still = Very Simple)
Kitchen Table
Patriotic Napkins + Printables + American Flag Pillow = Very Very Very Simple
(This one is the very very very simplest.  Because that pillow is there all the time, and napkins…well all I had to do is open the package.)
Family Room
I’m so glad the little people worked with me on these very simple projects. It’s all they have worked with me on this week.  😉 Fingers (and toes) crossed for another fun Fourth of July with those turkeys, full of smiles and happiness, no whining or fit pitching.  May the only fireworks that go off be the ones we’ll see over the ocean on Saturday!
Happy Independence Day to you and yours!

Her Turn: Bean’s Big Girl Room Tour

Hers was the first room we tackled in our home when we moved in.  (Honestly, it was the ONLY room we tackled when we moved in, but more on that later.)  I was 33 weeks pregnant with her, and I was in full nesting mode.  Her nursery was coral, pinks, and peachy orange and has remained a combination of those tones while changing tremendously as she has grown.  And man, has she grown.  She loves that she has big girl furniture, and that it was our master bedroom furniture when we were first married.

Beans Bed
Tumbling Bean
dresser and window
The dollhouse was a recent addition from Santa and she spends hours there creating full on story lines for each of her dolls, and rearranges the furniture when they have parties to “allow for better flow”….which I find HILARIOUS.

Playhouse Pack
walls and detail

 

Night Stand
Our Bean is allllll girl, but is a chip right off the old block (her father’s).  Competitive, motivated, and driven, she is always in motion.  She is curious, full of questions, some of which I’m not ready to answer. She is good at most things she tries, and when she isn’t…..well, she’s learning to try anyway.  She’s big on being fair, and taking turns. (Which is why she was super happy to take pictures of her room after H’s room tour was posted.)  She has her own taste, and her own preferences.  When I add in the occasional new chachki, she has to place it at juuuuuust the right angle, or move it to another spot.  She has her own perspective, and we appreciate that, and encourage her to foster it.  As she grows up I’m sure this space will continue to grow and evolve just like our girl.  And I’m excited to help her….as much as she’ll let me.  😉

Bean and Bed

A Launching Pad

Jumping Off ChairI’m not always able to spend a ton of one on one time with each kiddo every day.  But when I get to do it, it always ends up being special – even when we don’t do anything special.  On this particular day, R was with her father playing golf, and H and I were just hanging around the house.  I was putting laundry away in his room when he meandered in.  He quickly decided that what I was doing was not fun at all, so he proceeded to amuse himself by climbing and launching and stomping and roaring from every (safe) surface in his room.  (It was hilarious.)
Stomping on The Bed
As always, my camera was not far from reach, so we just hung out…him launching and roaring and stomping and jabbering, and me just clicking away.  I’d been meaning to snap some photos of his room since he’d moved into it and just hadn’t taken the opportunity, and he was having such fun that it became the perfect tour of his space, courtesy of H himself!

Dresser Corner
peeking at books
Reading
Chair Jumping SeriesBed and Window
Thats Enough

H

Some of the products we LOVE in H’s room:
Ethan Allen Owen Bed
IKEA Hemnes 8 drawer dresser, blue
IKEA Strandmon Wing Chair, gray