{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!

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!

If you’re a bird, I’m a bird…

Nursery - Birdie Inspired 8
1. Julia Rothman Daydream Wallpaper in green  2. Brave Wings Oversized Art  3.  Eivor Throw
4. Mint and White Striped Black Heart Throw Pillow   5.  White and Gold Birds Crib Sheet
6. Jenny Lind Dream on Me Crib   7. Nursing Pillow Cover
8. Crystal Flowers Ceiling Light  9. Wooden Gold Leafed Mirror   10. Mint and Gold Table Lamp
11.  Bentwood Thonet Style Rocking Chair (Similar to DIY)  12. Beverly 7 Drawer Dresser
13. Gold Bird Baby Onesie  14. Black Geo Loops Rug
15. Bamboo Beanie Knot Hat  16. Mint and Gold Birds Soft Soled Shoes

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been inspired by a preggo girlfriend of mine. Chrissy and her husband Steve have two precious little boys, and keeping with their tradition are not finding out the sex of their third child.  To keep from calling the baby “it”, the family lovingly calls the little babe “Birdie”.  How sweet is THAT?  Upon hearing that little story, my imagination took flight.  (See what I did there….took flight….get it?)  My favorite thing in this imaginary room….that wallpaper.  Do you see that wallpaper?  Crazy good right?  It’s bold, and sweet, a hint of vintage, but absolutely feels current.  I love it.  Okay, if you can’t see how crazy good it is from the board, look here:

Julia Rothman Daydream, Boston Magazine
image via Boston Magazine
I had fun putting this together, and being inspired by such a loving term of endearment.
So thank you to the Mays Family for triggering that right brain of mine with their sweet story and their Baby Birdie.  Can’t wait to meet him or her….now what’s the wager up to for a girl? Much love you guys!

Pretty in Pink: A Baby Sprinkle

This sweet little baby sprinkle….so much fun to put together! Events like this are all special and this one was extra special, as it was for our dear friend Kate.  My co-hosts and I have been prepping for weeks, making lists (yay!) and shopping for goodies.  We wanted this brunch to be perfect for our Kate, and to make a moment for her to share with her nearest and dearest.

Kate is classically feminine.  She is ladylike.  She is soft and loving.  She is savvy and confident.  And she seriously has naturally longer eyelashes than any eyelashes you have ever seen in actual nature.  Really, I should have taken a picture so you could see them…but I digress.  This sweet celebration was all pinks, creamy whites, and golds.  There were soft roses, lots of bubbly, and a bit of sparkle…a reflection of Kate’s sensibilities.
Classic, feminine, with a just a hint of modern glam.
Sprinkle {By the way, the “so loved” and “love” signage as well as the small gold vases and pink jars are from Hobby Lobby, the little train cases are from Stein Mart, the large gold vases are from Afloral.  The custom menu signs and personalized champagne labels are by Studio B Labels (follow them on IG @studioblabels, or on Facebook), who just so happened to get a huge shout out by Martha Stewart Weddings and who also just so happens to be another dear friend of mine…..go check out my girl Rachel.  Amazing.  I want to be her when I grow up.  More to come on her and her creative genius later.  Stay tuned.}