Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inspiration for Penelope Lee's Big Girl Room

If you follow me on instagram, you might have noticed that we have recently done some room-switching at our house and that I am working on Penelope's Big-Girl-Room. Part of the reason for this is that as Penelope grows, I want her to have more of a play-room/bedroom combo and less of a nursery, aaaand I wanted to move some of her larger toys (toy kitchen, table and chairs, etc) out of my living room and into her room. 

I really love decorating and color, but sometimes when I am planning a room I get a little over excited and try to put too many bold things together. There are a few things that I knew I wanted for Pen's Big Girl Room and a lot of other things that have changed and developed as I take on and complete different projects. 
What I knew I wanted for sure: 

  1. Color! Color is fun, people!
  2. A chalkboard wall--again, fun! And there is a nook in this room that I knew would be perfect for it. 
  3. Blush walls. I wanted a color on the walls but I didn't want that color to compete with everything else going on, or limit any future changes we might want to make. 
  4. Cute and functional storage

At this point, I've completed a few projects for the room and am in the middle of a few more. 
I have: spray painted her second hand, plastic toy kitchen and spray painted her second hand, plastic table and chairs. I have also painted the room and the chalkboard wall. 
Currently, I am working on updating and painting a french provincial dresser and nightstand set that we bought on craigslist for $75 (this is probably worth it's own blog post, with cleaning and priming and painting). 
I also have a stack of pillows that I want to sew new covers for, for a future reading nook, and I have been picking up fun prints and items for a new and improved gallery wall. 

That all being said, the rest of the design ideas for this room have changed so M A N Y times. Originally I was going to keep the peachy-butterfly curtains and most white furniture from her nursery. Then I was going to add a black-and-white stripe theme and black and white elements throughout. I also strongly considered a pair of navy umbrella print curtains. But none of those plans ever really clicked with everything else I was working on for the room. Then today, I stumbled upon this comforter and it just all clicked! This comforter ties together all the colors I already have in the room, and incorporates the color and energy that I wanted. The print is colorful, bright and vivacious--like Penelope. Now we just have to get a bed! 

So this is my current and hopefully last, design inspiration for Pen's room! Let me know if you want to see more posts on any of my DIY's (toy kitchen, table and chairs, furniture painting, chalkboard wall, gallery wall, pillow covers, etc). Find all of the photos from my inspiration board, and see just how many ideas I really had on my pinterest board here. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Toddler Style: Fall Mixing

There are so many fun fall pieces out there right now that make mixing and matching easy. I always want my girl to be wearing something that is easy to play in, climb in, run in, and easy to clean :) This sweater from Old Navy and joggers from Carters are just the right mix of play clothes and put together. Add a bow from Ellia May and your girl is all set for a day of fun! 

Toddler Style: fall fashion

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Toddler Style: Layers for Party & Play

If you know me and my daughter Penelope, then you know that I love making outfits for her to wear. I have some strong opinions about what I do and don't like (surprise!) but also really love when kids clothes look like kids clothes. I really feel like I child should be comfortable and able to play in whatever they wear, and with great clothing lines at places like Target and Kohls, great online brands like Primary (solid colored basics, everything under $25!), and second hand options like ThredUp and Once Upon Child-it's easier than ever to find cute, affordable, practical options for your babies. It's so fun to mix and match looks for your kids and layering is an easy way to take dresses into fall. When I first saw this striped dress I knew it would be perfect for now and later with a simple long sleeve and tights. 

Toddler Style

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Class Mom Style: Weekend Warrior

Feeling put-together and comfortable as you work your way through your weekend to-do list is all about taking your polished basics and pairing them together in a comfortable way. A flattering drapey-top paired with medium wash high-waist skinnies are the perfect pair for a mom on the go. Add a classic shaker cardi for warmth and trendy blush sneakers and you are ready for birthday parties, park visits, Target runs and everything in between. 

Classic Fall Mom Style