It’s possible that Sutton’s room is my favorite in the house because it stays the cleanest (because she’s not actually sleeping in it yet, haha) but also because when I was decorating it, I didn’t think too hard about it. Everything that’s in it was either already there, or is something that I just genuinely loved. It’s easy to get caught up in trends or what’s showing up on social media, but I think the best results come from what’s in your heart. Thank you to my sweet friend Ileia McCall for these beautiful images!
Another day another girl's room! And you know what that means... more floral prints ;) I want the baby's room to coordinate with the new big girl room, but not necessarily match. Here's what I've come up with.
pinspiration // We're keeping the walls a clean, slightly warm white (exact color TBD) to let all of the pretty colors and textures from all of the many blankets I've accumulated be the star. Seriously, how do they keep making prettier blankets from one baby to the next? And more importantly, how does one say no to them? #youdont
basket // Planning to incorporate lots of natural textures with those cozy blankets.
quilt // I've been eyeing this lovely piece for a few months now, but the international shipping prices were giving me the scaries. Clearly not enough to stop me from adding it to the cart. YOLO.
crib // My one area of financial responsibility in this room - each of our girls has used the same crib. Hand me downs for the win.
chandelier // I think my heart skipped a beat when I set eyes on this beauty. $200 is a little more than I'd like to spend so I might try a DIY version. Making 100's of tassels should pass the time while we wait for baby girl, right?
mirror // I found a mirror at Goodwill for a cool $5 but I have this one in white in my bathroom and I love all of the texture it brings to a room.
bigfoot stuffy // I mean a tiny baby snuggling a big foot? I don't think it gets cuter than that.
garland // When in doubt, put a garland on it.
rug // The rug that started it all. I bought this first before I had an idea of what I was going to do in this room because it was love at first sight. It isn't quite as pink in person (scroll down to see my shot of it) which actually makes me like it even more.
rocker // Admittedly, this is not the comfiest looking rocker. But hot damn it's cute.
art // When your friend unearths a roll of old castle blue prints from the depths of another friend's storage space, you jump on that sh*t and claim one for yourself before she can think twice about it. Here are some more options if you aren't lucky enough to someone who just happens to have some laying around.
blanket // I don't see myself getting sick of this shibori trend anytime soon.
We are deep into operation "kick the girls out of their room to make room for the tiny baby" over here. I think they're pretty excited for their new digs and I'm not ashamed to say, I can't blame them #humblewithadashofkanye. It is quickly turning into my favorite room in the house, so while we're working on piecing it together for the big reveal, I wanted to share a mood board with some details we're planning to incorporate into their big girl room.
pinspiration // Further down the list I'll get into what gave me the initial inspiration for this room, but these images gave me a clearer vision of where I wanted to take it. *Cue desperate search for a vintage fireplace surround. Spoiler alert - I found one at a salvage yard for fifty clams and I don't think I've ever bragged about a find so much in my life. It's amazing.
mirror // I just so happened to have an ornate gold framed mirror hanging out in this room when it was a crash pad for college pals and decided to hang onto it. But Anthropologie makes a pretty nice one too.
wallpaper // La pièce de résistance. This was a bit of a gamble as I went all in and ordered two rolls without seeing them in person first, compounded by the fact that I had no idea how to install wallpaper, but oh mah lord it was worth the nerves and sweat. No blood or tears required.
wall color // I learned a very valuable lesson when picking out this wall color - trust your local Sherwin Williams expert #notanad. I brought the wallpaper in and had a few colors picked out when I asked for Justin's opinion and told him what I was hoping to achieve. He steered me in a completely different direction and I am so grateful that I put my ego aside and listened to him. ALWAYS put the paint chip up in the room of question and take a good look at it in different lights throughout the day before you drop your cash. This color turned out the most perfect shade of barely blue/gray I could have dreamed of.
kitty cat stuffy // I've been oogling these blabla dolls since our oldest was born, but just haven't been able to pull the trigger. I'm thinking they might be a sweet "sorry I stole your room" gift from the baby.
twin beds // The good news is we only had to purchase one of these bad boys since it's the same big girl bed that our oldest has had for the past three years. The bad news is Ikea went and changed the design a bit, so they won't match perfectly, but I'm kind of into that eclectic vibe anyway so we'll just go with it.
rainbow fiber art // These colors are just too good. I'm super into macrame right now and I love this twist on the traditional wall hanging.
bedding // PB Teen had a ridiculous sale a few months back and I couldn't help myself. You know I love me a peachy pink and the umbrella stripe design also reminded me of "falling down the rabbit hole" which probably sounds completely out of left field at this point, but I'll explain a bit more if you stick with me to the end. Pssst - I just checked and they're still marked way down so if you love 'em, put a ring on 'em.
throw pillow // The new Opalhouse line at Target is ridic, so this particular pillow appears to be sold out, but if you love some bohemian flair as much as I do you should go check out some of their other gorgeous options.
basket // To be honest we have way more stuffies than this basket can handle, but in a perfect world I would get rid of all the riff raff and casually toss a well curated collection of just the faves into this guy.
wall art // At last, we come to the very first item I purchased for this room, which hopefully explains the Alice in Wonderland reference a few items up. Alice is one of my very favorite Disney movies, not to watch - because it's pretty trippy, but because of the gorgeous animation/colors. I also went through a phase where I felt like I related to way too many quotes via the Mad Hatter, which probably tells you more about myself than you'd like to know.
So there you have it! We'll do a follow up post when the room is ready to live in, but until then you can look forward to a similar sneak peek into what the baby's new digs will hopefully resemble.
Camping. The very word makes me want to run straight to the wine aisle. Camping with kids? How many Black Boxes do you think I can fit in that tent trailer?
I kid, typically I have a pretty ok time roughing it for a couple days, but the logistics of taking it on with small children can get very overwhelming, very quickly. We've been spending a lot of time in the wilderness this summer, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite gear and tricks that keep this mama a happy camper.
Camping Attire Essentials
baseball cap // By day 3 my hair is a textural combination of dry shampoo, nature, and residual sunscreen. Just pull it back babe.
comfy shorts // I'm usually more of a dress gal myself, but the physical endeavors that camping requires (climbing in and out of a tent while hurdling sleeping bags and duffels could be an Olympic sport) means a little more coverage is needed in order to avoid the unintentional flash to your husband's uncle. Sorry, Bernie.
a bra that won't drive you crazy // On a related note, keep those girls in and happy with this cute option. Don't worry about the crazy tan lines it could cause - you will look like a disaster at this point anyway.
What To Consume While Camping
wine in a can // Slightly more discreet than pulling straight from the box tab. #butblackboxforever
water in a very large bottle // Surely you'll need to hydrate because hiding from the heat is not an option. This bad boy packs a whole liter to keep over heating and hallucinations about hotel rooms at bay.
something to keep you warm // You've been sweating it out all day, but inevitably by the time the sun sets, you're shivering like a leaf in October. I'm telling you, camping is not great for your health. Cover two bases with this towel that feels more like a blanket.
a floatie // Basic? Maybe. But give me a cute flotation device plus a cold beverage and I can endure even the most treacherous of camping circumstances. If you've ever had to change a swim diaper blowout in the middle of the woods, then you know what I'm talking about. Pass the wine can.
Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for a few reasons – I’m obviously excited for the breakfast in bed, staying in my robe all day and catching a guilt-free mimosa buzz. But just as lovely is getting to send some love to the amazing moms in my life – shout out to my own wonderful madre!
Gifting for Mother’s Day is always tricky because every mom – mom figures included - deserves the world, but it’s totally possible to make the moms in your life feel loved without going over the top. Here’s a peek at the shopping list I’m sticking with to surprise and delight the ladies I hold near and dear to my heart.
P.S. Can someone make sure my husband reads this? Or my oldest, who is 5, I’m pretty sure she secretly does the shopping.
Necklace // Two of my favorite tips for gift giving are make it personal and make it sparkle. These dainty astrology necklaces are a no-brainer.
Pillow // Remember growing up and thinking your mom was a little nuts for buying so many throw pillows. Fast forward a few years and now we’re swooning over this pink puppy. Turns out mom does always know best.
Bralette // Know a mom who deserves to look good, but can’t bear to be uncomfortable (everyone raises their hand)? We’ve got you covered, literally. This little lady is lacy, supportive and all kinds of a pretty.
Hair Product // If mom wants to fancy-up her bathroom shelves and magically make every day a good hair day stock her up on Kristen Ess’s new line of hair products. Don’t feel bad about getting yourself some while you’re at it.
Body Scrub // Feeling French and fancy is just one of the reasons I love French Girl Organic skincare. Their Rose Sea Polish is perfect for anyone who needs a little love and luxury in their life. Oui Oui!
Trench // Spring showers bring… tricky wardrobe decisions and lots of layers. Keep mom dry and chic in this blush tone trench.
Slip // Nothing says “Mom, I get you,” like the ultimate transitional piece. She can slip on a block heel for drinks with the girls or layer with a cozy sweater for binging on Netflix.
Wine // Call me biased to choose rosé from the great Northwest, but when it comes down to it, pretty wines just taste better. Moms think so too.
Tote // Just in case mom doesn’t get what she wants this year, this tote can serve as a subtle reminder of what’s left on her list. Ok, fine, maybe what’s on my list… original design by yours truly.
Well. This has been a long time coming.
Nearly four years ago, I sat down at a little coffee shop in downtown Pullman to write a business plan for a lingerie company named after my grandma's, Kay & Edna. At the time, I was working a desk job that made me pretty surly by the end of the day, and it felt like the right time for a change.
Long story short, life took a couple unexpected turns and nearly a year ago I found myself working from home (yay!) but still hating my job (retouching photography, boo). It finally clicked that my little business idea wasn't going anywhere anytime soon. It gave me anxiety to have this idea building inside, while I wasn't doing a thing about it.
Fast forward to last December, I'm sitting in another coffee shop, drafting yet another business plan. Same story, different year. But this time was a little different. I knew I had to really put myself out there for this to work. So when a photographer friend of mine who happened to be working at said coffee shop asked what I was up to, I told her. And we started chatting about a future product shoot. It was a quick conversation, but it was enough momentum to move me forward (thanks, Ileia).
New Year's Eve 2015 I made a promise to myself that I would connect with as many people as possible in the coming year to make this thing go. Since then, I've helped start a women's networking group, started meeting with a business advisor, FINISHED that mother loving business plan, and even found an investor (Hi, Dad).
If I've learned anything in the past year, it's that actions really do speak louder, and produce more results, than words alone. Make to do lists, check the things off that to do list. Just keep going. Eventually you'll realize you're not just dreaming anymore, you're doing.