Monthly Archives: September 2015

Baby M’s Nursery

Alas! We’re finally finished! Nothing like waiting until the last minute. We received the last piece (the rug) last night, and were able to get everything situated, just in time for Baby Mesec’s arrival tomorrow!

This room was definitely a process to decorate. I struggled with finding pieces that were unisex, and I admit some elements definitely sway one way or the other – but I think the end result is a good balance! I love how much natural light this room gets, especially in the morning. I hope you enjoy!

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The Perfect Bookshelf

Is there even such a thing?! 

We have one massive built-in bookshelf in the nursery, and it will forever and always be a blessing and a curse. How am I suppose to stylishly arrange all of our crap life memorabilia?!

Through converting the guest room into the nursery, I’ve spent considerable time studying up on shelves (aka trolling Pinterest) and figuring out how I could make ours stylish and functional – after all, babies come with LOTS of accessories, and we don’t have oodles of storage space. 

Here are the tips I’ve learned: 

  1. Start Clean: My biggest tip is to start with a clean slate. It gets too messy and too confusing if you are juggling space. Clean off the shelves and start fresh. 
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  2. Think About the Backside: There’s a way to add depth to a bookshelf without even putting a single thing on there. I painted the back of our bookshelf gray to match our walls, and the variation between the white shelves and gray walls makes a fresh contrast! I also adore wallpaper (like below), but really – who has time for that?97a1c93ecef5a397c69d645194456f8b
  3. Hide the Clutter: Not everything should be seen (including your old framed baseballs and high school newspapers…looking at you NICK). We bought 9 baskets for our shelves to put on the lower levels. Not only did this look WAY cleaner, but now it allows me to group the baby stuff by category in each basket, all while hiding the mess. bookshelf 6
  4. Vary the Books: Book placement is tricky. You want to stack them in different configurations to create interest between shelves, but not too much so it’s overwhelming and chaotic. Also, don’t feel like you have to arrange books by height. Sometimes adding variation is more interesting than tallest-to-shortest. 6d39545263d43596761f37efacd4b977
  5. Lose the Sleeve: This might be my favorite recent discovery. We have ALOT of books – and not glamorous ones – Oil and Gas books, Baby books, Dog books, Apparel Textbooks, cheesy RomComs, you name it. Recently, while trying to finagle our hallway bookshelf, I discovered that if you take the book sleeve off (assuming it’s a hardcover book), often times the plain book itself looks much prettier. For example, I found most of Nick’s Oil & Gas books have gold embossing on the cover – whoddathunkit!? 913b6c4d001478e68fa647a12fc0a29d
  6. ROYGBIV: Think about colors – this is not a hard one. Sometimes it can look too elementary, but done right it’s really effective! I like to group color families together, rather than sticking to a rigid rainbow pattern – to me it seems less structured and more fun. a11089f1f0eca35da375bebfbe78ea6f
  7. Awkward Accessories: The seashell we brought home from Turks & Caicos? The Gladimir Putin matryoshka doll? Oh yes, they’re all there. Getting creative with accessories is a true challenge. We spray painted the seashell with white lacquer (which surprisingly looks acceptable), and used picture frames, fresh flowers and other odds and ends to add interest and balance out the books. I recently bought a few succulents for the shelves, and they’ve definitely helped up my fancy factor!305e5196aab74b32494b210bc861a417
  8. Add Light: If you can add an outlet to your shelf, DO IT! Adding a small lamp (or even candle) to your shelves makes such a dramatic difference – it’s my favorite addition thus far! b305d413871502f6b14bbbff55c72aa0

I really hate to follow all of these pictures with my measly shelves, but…#proveit, right? Here’s where I’m at now – nowhere close to finished, but at least I can show I’ve put these tips to practice! What do you think? Disclaimer: Giraffe creepin in the top right corner is just a place holder…)

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Until next time!

Labor Day Steals

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Happy long weekend, friends!

Rather than jetting off to somewhere fun and getting water-logged one last time, I’ll be working on house projects and nesting like a crazy cat lady. Which also means I’ll be trolling the interwebs for the best deals to spend the money that I should be spending on diapers. My B.

Here are some great sales for when you need a break from that last summer sun! Until next year, Summer Fridays :(.

 

2020 Ave // get 20$ off when you spend $100

Code: LABORDAY2015

American Apparel // up to 50% off select styles

Ann Taylor // 50% off select full price and all sale styles

Code: HAPPY50, Date: 9/3-9/6

Anthropologie // 30% off sale

Code: EXTRA30

Apartment Number 9 // 15% off entire purchase

Code: SUMMER15, Date: Ends 9/7

Athleta // 20% off full price

Banana Republic // 40% off your entire purchase

Code: BRFALL, Ends: 9/8

Bandier // up to 30% off

Date: Starts 9/4

BaubleBar // 50-60% off select styles

Date: Ends 9/7

Bloomingdales // save 20-70% on select items

Date: Through 9/7

Bluefly // over 5,000 styles up to 90% off

 

Camilyn Beth // 20% off all striped dresses

Code: LABORDAYSTRIPES, Date: Ends 9/7

Club Monaco // 40% off sale and clearance

Code: NOTOVERYET, Date: Ends 9/7

Furbish // 15% off site wide includes sale items and tons of new arrivals

Code: LABORDAY, Date: 9/4 – 9/7

Gap // 40% off everything

Gilt Group // designer accessories up to 80% off

Date: 9/3-9/7

Gymboree // take 40% off everything and get free shipping

Date: 9/7

Hayden Reiss // 30% off

Code: LABORDAY

Date: Through 9/7

Hotels.com // $50 off when you spend $300 or more (book by 9/7/15, travel by 9/30/15)

Code: labor50

Intermix // enjoy an extra 50% off all sale items for a total savings of up to 75% off

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything

Date: Ends 9/7

J.Crew // 30% off your order of $125+

Code: GETSHOPPING

Date: Ends 9/9

 

Kate Spade // 25% off all sale items

Code: Delight, Date: Through 9/7

 

LOFT // 30% off fall arrivals plus and extra 50% off summer styles

Lorna Jane // up to 60% off

Madewell // take 30% off fall essentials and an extra 30% off all sale styles

Date: Ends 9/7

MaxStudio // save up to 25% + free shipping

Code: LABOR2015

Nasty Gal // extra 30% off entire sale selection

Date: 9/3 – 9/7

Nordstrom // save up to 40% on sale items

Date: until 9/13

 

Old Navy // up to 60% off everything

Pottery Barn // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more 25 off $1000 or more

Code: SAVEMORE, Date: Ends 9/7

Pottery Barn Kids // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more 25 off $1000 or more

Code: SAVEMORE, Date: Ends 9/7

Priceline // book by 9/16 and save up to 25% off select hotels. Save an extra 10% of already discounted express deals hotels when you book a hotel on Florida’s west coast

Code: WFLBEACH1

River Island // 25% off everything

Code: LABOR2515

Saks Fifth Avenue // up to 75% off the summer sunset sale

Date: Ends 9/7

Sigma Beauty // 20% off individual brushes

Code: LABORDAY20, Date: 9/7

Singer 22 // 20% off sitewide

Code: Fall2015

Threads 4 Thought // 30% off entire purchase

Code: LABORDAY30, Date: Ends 9/7

 

UGG // 30% off all fall fashion

 

W Concept // 30% off sitewide (excluding 1% a day & Sale items)

Code: LABORDAY30

Waiting on Martha // 15% off the entire store

Code: LABORDAYHOORAY

West & Lou // 30% off

Code: LABORDAY

West Elm // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more

Code: SAVEMORE, Date: Ends 9/7

Zhush // 25% off everything

Code: LABORDAY25, Date: 9/4 – 9/8