We are a few months into life with two kids. The visitors have slowed down, the meal preparation from friends and family have dwindled and we are settling in as a family a four. Lennon spends most of his time in his bear suit (it calms him down and he loves to be outside so it keeps him extra warm) and I am starting to feel like crawling out of the newborn hibernation phase and plan little parties here and there at the house.
To be honest, I am working a lot. I have so many professional goals that if I don’t take time to pause and make plans with our friends, I feel super off-kilter and crave socialization. I am definitely one who gets energy being around others. What you see pictured is a set up from Green Box Art Culture, a company that specializes in making contemporary art and wall decor. We are so in love with the new serve wear and other accessories that we got from them. At the end of the post, I will tag exactly what you see pictured here in this post.
Here is a teaser of Winter's Nursery Refresh. To see all the images and details, head to the feature on heymama co.'s website (HERE!).
Welcome to Winter’s room update with the wonderful new West Elm x Pottery Barn Kids collection. These two wonderful companies recently teamed up to create a beautiful nursery line that combines West Elm’s signature mid-century style with Pottery Barn Kids’ craftsmanship. I am so eager to show you guys this new line as I know you will love every piece of it.
We have lived in this house for two and a half years. I never in a million years thought that nursing at 12 AM in the morning would lead me to this house being posted for sale just minutes before I checked Zillow and that we would be the very first family to look at this house and put in an offer the next day!
The other day, our neighbor notified us that a man tried to open the front door while their daughter was sleeping in the living room. They immediately informed the police and shared an image of the man who attempted to break in. Thanks to the Logitech Circle 2 Camera they had just installed earlier in the week, they were able to capture an image of the trespasser. Talk about excellent timing!
We thought our neighborhood was relatively safe, but this particular incident got us thinking about more ways we can protect our house and family, both at home and online.
Goodbye dark kitchen! We are so excited to get started on our kitchen refresh and wanted to make sure that we brought you along with us. We bought our house in August 2016 and have been slowly adding/changing little bits to the home to make it ours. While this kitchen is completely functional and quite beautiful, we have always felt that it doesn't entirely match our aesthetic. We are hoping to go for more of a bohemian zen vibe to match the rest of the house. Think layered textures, earthly materials and artistry!
We shoot in the master bedroom so often and it dawned on me that I have never done a full tour.
Our room isn't super big, but it has plenty of character complete with unique ledges and an on-suite bathroom.
We kept this room as simple as possible, filling the space with timeless pieces that we hope to have for forever. We wanted our room to feel inviting and minimal. I love how it came together and am excited to be sharing it with you.
Although we have had a mild winter in Colorado so far, there have been a few stretches of days where we haven't seen the sun and it's been too cold to go outside.
Right around the time that February makes its way onto the front page of our calendar, I notice myself forward thinking about and craving spring; and instead of resisting it, I let the excitement set in as we start to plan out our backyard garden.
The first step in the process is to always visit our favorite greenhouse to talk to the employees and owner about design plans and soak in the beautiful sights of greenery.
Eek, the holidays are upon us and I loved spending my days off getting our house nice and festive for the holidays. Christmas music is playing and I have already had my first hot toddy of the season. This year, we decided to decorate two rooms, our living room, and our family room. The first room that I was so eager to decorate was our living room. I hope you enjoy the design.
I remember when Perry and I bought our first home, we used our bed as the couch, ate pizza on the floor and stayed up until the wee hours beaming with glee as we talked about our future. When we moved, we essentially purged or donated our every piece of furniture that we had (which was an eclectic mix of goodwill finds and Ikea) so that we could start over and buy pieces that we know would stay in our household for many years to come.
Eek! I am getting so excited about Halloween that I can hardly stand it. I feel like this is the first round of holidays that Winter can take an active part in and I plan to make each holiday as festive as possible for her.
Below is a roundup that I did on how to decorate your home to be spooky and festive, while still being able to let your bohemian vibes shine through.
The other day, we had a genius idea to upgrade the light bulbs in our home. We have been making mini moves towards making our house "smart", so we decided to go with Sengled because they so many varieties of nichelighting light bulb options from music, to ambiance to security.
We have lived in our house for a year now and I am excited to say that it is almost completely furnished and decorated. When we moved in, our family room (which is a converted garage) needed some TLC to truly make it ours. Perry built these shelves, and I must say, it feels like it grounds the room and frames our credenza quite well. We still have some minor tweaks and stuff that we want to add to this room, but for now it functions as the perfect space for my daughter to play in and for us adults to enjoy. We hope you like our take on a bohemian zen family room.
I was born and raised in Arizona. I don't know if its the desert sunsets, the shades of green found in the various types of cacti, or the mild winter time, but something about the desert has always spoken to me.
When I saw this removable wallpaper from Coloray Decor, I almost spilled my wine all over the phone while trying to zoom in on the details. It was love at first sight. It has made this living room feel so complete. The Peel&Stick adhesive made this wallpaper super easy to install. It took us about 45 minutes to get up from start to finish (including cutting out the holes for the light fixture and outlet). The best part about this wallpaper is that you can remove it and stick it somewhere else and the quality of the adhesive will remain in tack. No wall damage and no fuss!
I am really hoping to kick it up a notch on sharing more of my home designs with you. I have always loved patterns and textiles, but it wasn't until we bought our first home in 2014 that my love for learning about interior design and shooting ignited.
Instagram has led me to some wonderful designers out there that inspire me and push my creativity. Here are the 5 top interior designers to follow on Instagram. I know you will have a blast following along with them too:
For the longest time I dreamed of creating an eating space that is both inviting and playful; one that really allows our love for the outdoors to shine. While we know that this is not our forever home, more than ever I am wanting to nest. I want our space to reflect our mindset and what Perry and I often crave---serenity, curiosity and zen-like vibes. In our last home, I was perhaps too quick to put things on the walls, so this time around, I have been very mindful of what we bring into our home.
The 4th of July is around the corner and I wanted to make something easy and fun to decorate our patio with and to show off our American pride. These red, white and blue planters took me 20 minutes to make. Below is everything you need including guidance no how to make them:
Father’s Day is right around the corner and I wanted to do something homemade and super special for Perry. For Mother’s Day, he surprised me with this amazing plant stand out of his grandfather’s old barn wood (view the stand, here). So to keep with the theme, I knew I wanted to do something plant-related.
It’s been nine months since we moved into our new home and our living room is finally starting to take shape. For months this room has jokingly been called our “lobby” because it consisted of plants, a rug and Perry’s desk (he says he is the house receptionist). Our short term plan is to live in this home for a few more years, purchase another home and rent this one out so we can have two rental properties (we rented our first home out last August).
Perry and I are finally tackling the basement and going through all the boxes that we never got around to back in August when we first moved. These boxes are filled with old college memorabilia, childhood belongings, art and music supplies and quite frankly a bunch of things that we just don't use.
In my twenties, my friends would make fun of me because I was a bit of a hoarder. Meaning, I attached sentimental value to everything and kept a lot of objects that really didn't serve me. Now that I am in my early thirties, I have realized that the more stuff I have around me, the more chaotic I feel on the inside.
Winter's nursery was the first and still the only room in the house that is completely decorated. It usually takes me months to put together my vision (and let's be real, months to save the money to do it) but somehow it came together quite effortlessly until I got to the bookshelves.
I don't know what it is about shelves but they always intimidate me and take me hours to figure out what the heck to put on them that's both functional and fun to look at it.
I am trying to find the balance between paying attention to my thoughts and the source of these thoughts. I have been consistently practicing mindfulness, taking time to pause, breathe and truly slow down.
But out of nowhere, I have been feeling a lot of pressure located around my heart and feeling faint of breath, almost as if I am drowning. It's puzzling to me that I can't quite pinpoint the root of it all. I know it will pass but for now, I am getting by simply by visualization my happy place which happens to be in greenhouse, surrounded by beautiful plants with Winter.
Our last home was quickly becoming lush with greenery, flowers and a large garden. But since we moved into a new house in August, we are working with a blank slate which can be exciting but overwhelming too. As we continue to establish our landscaping plans, we have been consulting with the following resources to guide us to make our backyard dreams come true.
If I could get paid to pay with flowers, I would. Actually, at one point I did. While I was pregnant with Winter and off for the summer, the woman who did our flowers for our wedding, Sarah from Ladybird Poppy, took me on as her employee to learn a few things. She taught me so much about floral design and I am excited to show you some of the tips I've learned along the way.
For this feature, I've teamed up with ProFlowers to show you three ways to design flowers.
As far as my design style, it's definitely eclectic with a boho artistic flair. I would say that I'm not a minimalist and not a maximalist either. I'm more of a "rotationalist" (I just made that up). I have a lot of collected things, but I don't like to have them all on display at once. As far as plants go, just a short time ago I had only one or two plants in our house. All that changed last year after a visit to the Palmenhaus restaurant in Vienna, Austria, a former prominent greenhouse for botanical exhibits. (It's okay to Google it now. I'll wait).
Hi! My name is Kara, which I am sure you have gathered by now. Not really the kind of girl you can sum up in a “Hey, nice to meet ya,” conversation. Just like my home, I am layered. I live slightly outside Boston in a 1700s Victorian mansion. I live in one of the eight apartments that it is now made up of. The character is amazing and one of the main reasons I still reside here. My apartment is only 800 sq. Ft, so I am definition Small Space Squad. My style is a mixture of mid mod/bohemian. It’s super eclectic and layered throughout. I am packing it in because “less is more” doesn’t ring true to me. I have a “more is more” attitude with an addiction to thrifting. I believe green heals and have an enormous collection of plants throughout the apartment. They are my babies. I love the color they bring to a space. I love the unique shapes and textures and the way they stand tall when the light beams in. My apartment is a jungle. Sometimes, I think I've overdone it. Then I remember that basic is boring and that my mid-mod/eclectic/plant loving space is wild and quirky and 100% me.
Winter’s nursery reveal is finally here! We had such an overwhelming move back in August (moving with a baby makes things exceptionally more difficult) and it feels so good to finally have at least one room where the closets aren’t busting at the seams and where everything has found its natural place.
I am always looking for fun ways to incorporate plants into my decor, so I couldn’t resist making these darling pumpkin plant holders. They may not last super long, but they are easy to do and will hopefully bring you as much joy as they brought me. I bought this tiny jade plant at Sprouts, but any type of plant will do.
As I cleared off the bottom two shelves in living room, I remember feeling a mix of excitement and disappointment. I was excited because clearing off the shelves meant that Winter had reached a new milestone, crawling! Yet, I was a little disappointed because I knew that my days of displaying our collection of artisan goodies that we acquired on our travels, books, and other odds and ends would need to be put away for the time being. Because our living room at our old house was multifunctional and was often used as a playroom for Winter, it was the first room to be cleared out for our new crawler.
The day before returning back to work from maternity leave, Winter and I visited Meek Vintage and sat on their couch for an hour while I held my sleeping then three-month-old baby. Tears filled my eyes at the thought of leaving her. I am actually getting teary-eyed typing this because I remember the raw emotion so well. I don't know if that memory will ever leave me.
Perry and I love taking fresh ingredients from the garden and experimenting with them in the kitchen. Below you will find a super easy, super refreshing recipe for a lavender infused simple syrup that can be mixed with a can of club soda to create an irresistible summer drink. We hope you enjoy it!