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Nurseries I Find To Be Well-Decorated (and no, I'm not prego)

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Yo gabba gabba. Today we are here to look at some cute nurseries I have come across while perusing Pinterest.

As you can imagine, being the 37 year old wife and mom living in Orono, Minnesota who designs wedding stationery and randomly blogs somewhere between 3 and 47 times a year that I am, I have quite a few fans that approach me on a daily basis. Whether I’m walking down the street or at my favorite hotel or restaurant-type place*, I often get interrupted by people who want to give me ideas for blog posts. So this one is for all of you lovely fans out there who have asked me to round up a variety of nurseries that make use of pattern and color in a very unexpected yet charming way. 

All of you regular readers out there know that I am a sucker for blue. If we had had a baby girl, that baby girl was gonna have gender identity issues because she was getting a blue room. No pink chevron over at La Casa Fahden. Anyhoo, I love this room. I can't remember, because my brain was a foggy prego d-zone when I was designing Woody's room, but I believe this image served as inspiration when we had his cabinet/bench/bookshelf thing made. I love the sconces attached at the top of the shelves and also love the big-ass neutral artwork that breaks-up the crazy wallpaper. 

I really just can't get enough of this room. Seriously, I pinned it a while ago for a guest post I did on Emily Henderson (shameless plug), and I keep coming back to my pinboard and staring at it. TWO different wallpapers? Wallpaper on the CEILING? I just love it so much. 

If I were that little rabbit I'd sit cocked toward this amazing wallpaper all day too. I love this crazy mix of patterns with a hit of bright red - on a moodboard, it would look like a hot mess, but it totally all comes together. 

So I guess wallpaper is a theme in this round-up. I love that this is probably a girl's room (pink sheets) but the majority of the space (wallpaper, furniture) is blue. I also love the crazy mix of patterns and how nostalgic this looks. 

This space is so posh - remove the LOVE pillow and teddy bear and it barely looks like a kiddo's room. Which is what I love about it. Also, I am finding I really like pops of bright red. ALSO I like that the stuff on top of the dresser does not look styled or staged. It just looks like the top of a normal dresser owned by a normal person with normal stuff.

Okay, this room is kinda creepy-granny-smelly-vintage looking and the cat with a somewhat lazy eye ain't helping. But I do admire how charming and non-traditional it is.  

Nothing fancy here but that's why I like it. This space shows one thing seldom nurseries do - RESTRAINT. As I type this, Woody is crawling all over me pointing to the photo yelling MONKEY MONKEY MONKEY so we must move on.

So I didn't even know what I was looking at when I first found this pic. Was it one of those trendy terrariums people put trendy succulents in? Was it a climbing wall? No! It was a dope-ass nursery like no other. Look at that fake cactus! And the weird giraffe art! And the sophisticated plaid blanket. So much cool stuff going on here. That wall art stuff is unbelievable. 

Lastly, here are some shots of our nursery. 

This room is a weird shape and was hard to photograph, but you get the jist. I am happy to report that at 20 months (I think he’s 20 months? When can we stop counting months and just say "one and a half"?) Woody very much respects my decorating work and nicely puts his books and toys away when finished playing. I am also happy to report that the cabinet under the built-in bench has served as a very fun hide-and-go-seek spot. But I digress. For more shots of our nursery, click here

K, there you have it folks. Some non-cheesy, cute nurseries!

Bah BYE! 

*If you caught that Major League reference, you are a genius and we should get together and watch it and drink root beer and recite all the lines together.  

Roundup : Street Style

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And now it’s time for that part where I post a bunch of pictures of chicks wearing super cute outfits that I wouldn’t mind wearing myself. 

Stop, drop and your well-dressed ass over here, gurl. I’ll take your plaid coat, ripped jeans, weird mock turtleneck and whatever it is you’ve got slung over your shoulder, I’m sure it’s cute. I guess that would leave you nakie which is awkward but I have to have this entire look including the middle part in your hair.

This oversized sweater is just too good to be true. While bulky, unrevealing and undoubtedly warm, it doesn’t scream “I’M A TOMBOY” like most of the sweaters in my closet. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that she’s wearing a cute skirt with her tiny little legs showing, but whatever, I think it’d look adorbs paired with some skinny high waisted jeans as well. 

This little neckerchief thing is a newish trend and definitely up my alley. And while these kinds of trends take like two years to make it to the midwest, our dogs have been rocking this look for like FIVE YEARS. I purchased a navy blue neckerchief myself not too long ago and plan to wear it when the weather gets nice but will not have my blouse unbuttoned this far. Sorry fellas. 

See, here’s another one of those neckerchiefs. Who looks good walking down the street with clenched fists and jeans that are too baggy in the crotch? ME. Kidding. This girl does. 

I’m a sucker for blouses buttoned all the way up and tucked into high rise jeans. And while it’s a look I sport from time to time, I can’t pull off the blazer/tucked-in combo, so bonus points for this girl.

Fitted overalls, Birks and a leather camel cross-body? Whatchu talking about Willis? Willis is talking about my dream uniform. Except every time I wear my bibs, Jack makes a joke about me stealing them from Woody’s closet. How can you leave the house with confidence when you husband likens you to a toddler boy? 

While I wouldn’t be caught dead in a skirt this length, a girl can dream. I would be caught dead in those checked socks though… not that you’d have to catch me, because I’d be dead and unable to move. 

There you have it, a bunch of pictures of chicks wearing super cute outfits that I wouldn’t mind wearing myself.

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Currently Coveting : Pretty Purses

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Why is that you rarely want to spend money on items you use or wear every single day? And by you, I mean me. 

While I’m the first to drop a pretty penny on a lamp that will sit unseen in our guest room 348 days out of the year, I rarely wanna pony up money for socks, new baking sheets or a new mattress - all things I use on the regular.

Jack and I just had our seventh wedding anniversary. For our entire marriage we have used a blue Scotch Brite Non-Scratch sponge to wash dishes (no, they didn’t pay me to say this but I wouldn’t be mad if they did). I grew up in a sponge household. We did not use those bristle-brush-handle-auto-soap-dispenser-thingies. Anytime I’m forced to use one (like at someone’s cabin or when I volunteer to do dishes at a party like I so often do), I HATE IT. The soap barely comes out and the bristles always have gross chunks of food stuck in them. Sick. I am a fan of the good ol’ fashion sponge. If it starts to smell, put it in the dishwasher or replace it and stop hating on it already.

Jack, on the other hand, HATES sponges. He grew up in a bristle-brush-handle-auto-soap-dispenser-thingy household and is repulsed by our trusty blue sponges (I’m going somewhere with this, I swear). It’s probably because I’m the one who keeps track of and shops for cleaning supplies in our household that I’ve gotten my way all these years, but bless his heart for getting his hands wet and using the blue sponges. If the situation were reversed, lawd knows I would just boycott dishes duty if I had to use the stinky brush thing.

So yeah, seven years go by and then Jack goes to the grocery store the other day and guess what he brings home? A 99 cent bristle-brush-handle-auto-soap-dispenser-thingy. For those who are still reading this riveting story, this brings us back to my first point. That man took it upon himself to invest in an item he uses every day. If I had a penny for every time I've heard him say how much he loves his new scrubber, we could buy another!

MAMA IS IN NEED OF A NEW DAY-TO-DAY PURSE. It’s one of those things I just keep putting off because it seems like such a BIG DECISION. But how much use do us ladies get out of our purses? How many times a day do you take it on and off and dig through it? LOTS. We owe it to ourselves to switch it up now and then.

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What do you look for when shopping for a purse, Carla? 
(Here’s the part where I interview myself)

Crossbodies are my jam. Shoulder bags just slip right down my shoulder and when you’re toting a toddler around on your hip, ain’t nobody got time to keep readjusting a purse strap. I also like my purse to have an inner pocket so I can easily locate my go-to items (lipstick and pager). Lastly, I like genuine, high quality leather. It doesn’t stain and it lasts FOREVA. 

And what DON’T you like in a purse? Come on, do tell. 

Thanks for asking! I do not like flashy metal bits (like buckles and zippers and such). I also don’t like suede, but that’s just in general… suede shoes, purses, undies, you name it. The feeling of suede gives me the willies. 

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There you have it folks. All you ever wanted to know about my purse preferences and some super fun deets about the sponge situation in our household. 


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Our House : Exterior Inspiration

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Sometimes when cooking din din, I like to ask Jack what the best part of his day was and what the weirdest part of his day was. No need to discuss the worst part of anyone’s day because after werk all I wanna do is enjoy our brief 60 minutes with Woody before he goes to bed at 7p, feed the pups and then have a glass of wine, cook dinner and fall asleep 14 minutes into Baskets, Better Call Saul, Vinyl, The People vs OJ Simpson, Top Chef, The Affair, The Challenge orrrr any of the other 500 shows we attempt to watch. Note: The only show I do actually force myself to stay awake for is The Bachelor because if I don’t keep up with the general public on that one it gets spoiled when I overhear water cooler talk at werkplace. 

Tangent alert. 

Back to telling you about the best part/weirdest part of my day since you so kindly asked! The best part of my day (yesterday) was when Jack and I decided to pull the trigger on a bunch of exterior work to our house. The weirdest part of my day was that I forgot to wear deodorant so it just kinda made me feel (extra) self conscience all day. Another weird part of my day was when the woman working the drive thru at Mc Donald’s (YES I LIKE TO GO THERE ONCE IN A WHILE FOR A FOUNTAIN COKE CLASSIC) told me she wished she had a monarch butterfly sitting on her shoulder.  

Alright, enough with the long-ass introduction, let’s talk about the EXTERIOR OF OUR HOUSE! For those keeping track, we bought our home a couple years ago and did a big renovation to the interior but haven’t done squat to the exterior or yard. Last summer we finally paved our long gravel driveway and put in a new sidewalk as a fallen tree uprooted our old one. Basically we spent a nice chunk of change on the most un-sexy things money can buy. Well, we’re gonna make up for it this year by investing in some SEXY-ASS upgrades. We’re talking new paint, shutters, window boxes… NEW GUTTERS, ANYONE?! Hot. 

Our home is over 100 years old and I suppose would be called a farmhouse - although it’s been added onto four times so it’s kind of a hodge podge. Aesthetically, it has similar features to the houses below (classic and simple), so we’re going for a timeless black and white theme with some touches of wood. We’ll be painting the whole house white (including trim) and adding new black shutters (debating going super high-gloss/lacquered). Ideally we’d do walnut doors/garage door and window boxes and we MIGHT just replace the nameplate that says “BANICK” by our side door (not left behind from the previous owners, mind you, but the owners BEFORE them). 

Oh, we also plan to resurrect the sorely neglected garden in our front yard. Then my fairy-tail-imaginary-daydream can come true where Woody frolics out to pick some fresh veggies for dinner while I gracefully take homemade biscuits out of the oven in my vintage free-flowing floral frock. 

Below is a round-up of inspiration that has been giving me monarch butterflies in my stomach. 

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Cute Stuff from Sweet William

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Just when I thought I was doing pretty good (and being financially responsible) picking out unique duds for Woody from Old Navy, H&M and Baby Gap, I had to go and find Sweet William, an online boutique chock-full of adordable children's clothing. When I was prego, I was all about these unique little sites full of $98 cashmere sweaters and $58 organic cotton bodysuits. I'd daydream about all the outfits I'd dress our little bundle of joy in - a little bundle of joy who never spit up, had blowouts (ew) or... grew. Well then we had Woody and I realized you have to change your baby's outfit like 5 times a day and then buy him a completely new wardrobe every six weeks because they grow so stinkin' fast. I sound like a "live and learn and then get luvs" commercial. 

Let's back tha eff up - a lot has happened since I last posted. Olivia was finally sent home on The Bachelor. Two teams played in the Superbowl who I may or may not know the names of. The seasons have changed... like, um, four times. 
Woody is now walking and talking, eating solid foods and has recently taken to calling me "dada." He is also at an age where one outfit/day will suffice and mentioned to me recently that he'd like to start making his style a little more unique by introducing a few pieces from Sweet William

As for this round-up, we're all stocked up on stuffed animals in this house (and let's be honest, I think these kinda toys are more for looking nice on a bookshelf than being your toddler's favorite toy). But the rest of the items are actually reasonably priced (mostly on sale) and will have the ladies at school flocking.

What's that? You were hoping for a couple of shameless plugs? K. I'm now a (soon to be weekly) contributor for Emily Henderson and also just launched an exclusive stationery collab with Stone Fox Bride... so feel free to get engaged and hire me to design your invitations.

That's all for today. Toodles.

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Stripes Socks 2) Black Sheep Mama 3) Silas Summertime Sweatershirt 4) Kids Chambray Pant  5) Bobo Choses Sweatshirt 6) Nightwear 7) Horses Beanie 8) Pencil Case 9) Youth Brown Owl  10) Hyena-Narwhal Tee 11) Oliver Swim Pants 12) Simple Tee