Woohoo! I’ve got some “after” pictures of our bedroom today. After renting apartments for years it feels pretty liberating to be able to do ANYTHING I want to the apartment. The front bedroom (that we are calling the Master bedroom) is a beautiful space with Bay Windows. The trim had been previously painted white and it had white walls. So it was definitely a blank slate. When I went looking for inspiration for our house I kept searching for “Modern Victorian” I want to keep all the amazing details that make me love the apartment, but I want the space to feel modern and fresh.
I kept coming back to Jenna Lyon’s Brownstone, probably my favorite example of this. What I like about the room is it still feels fresh several years later. They take risks (like painting everything black!) but there are a ton of architectural details and everything feels modern and a little sparse. I loved how they had painted their trim black too, not just the walls. It gives the room a whole different look than accenting the room with standard white moulding. After weighing my options I became obsessed with painting my whole bedroom black. This might not seem like a risk to some people but I have spent my whole life trying to figure out how to make my small cramped apartments feel “lighter” so to actually make some thing darker on purpose seemed scary to me. Coincidentally Valspar contacted me about the same time and I told them I would LOVE to work with them considering all I do is think about paint colors all day. So I started looking for the “perfect black.” Valspar has an awesome Love Your Color Guarantee where if you aren’t happy with your first color you can have another color “on them.” It’s a pretty amazing guarantee because anyone who paints a lot knows that sometimes, no matter what you do, the paint colors don’t turn out how you thought they would. It was so nice knowing I had the option of switching colors if I didn’t love the bold color I originally chose.
Click through for details and more photos!
We were visiting the Marimekko flagship store in New York last Spring when I saw this fabric. It was upholstery weight and gorgeous and I knew it would be perfect for our old yellow sofa. I had bought a vintage yellow sofa off Craigslist earlier and I loved the shape but the velvet wasn’t in great condition. I knew that it would need to be reupholstered soon.
When we were getting ready to move to our new house I figured it was time to update the yellow sofa too so I ordered a big bolt of the beautiful fabric and sent it off to the upholsterer. When they returned with the sofa a few weeks later I couldn’t believe it! It came out even better than I hoped. The fabric is perfect because it’s a pattern but still feels like a neutral. I topped it with some beautiful Marimekko pillows and voila! It’s done.
My mom always had Marimekko patterns and fabrics in our home so I love that I will continue the tradition. Their patterns are so iconic and classic and fun! I’m also pretty obsessed with their clothing line. The dresses are not only beautiful but the quality is really unbelievable. Did you have Marimekko when you were growing up? Have you been to one of their new stores?
This post is sponsored by Marimekko.
Photos by Ashley Batz for Oh Happy Day
It’s Holiday Card time! I usually try to make my own but this year with the move I realized if I don’t get these out early they just weren’t going to happen. Pear Tree Greetings approached me and asked if I was interested in using their site to design our holiday cards. I love that the Pear Tree Greetings site has so many Holiday Card options – it was difficult to choose just one! In the end, I picked a simple but fun design that would highlight one of my favorite family photos from this summer. The stripes on the back are awesome (although, I also loved the colors on this one and the gold foil on this one.) It only took 10 minutes to customize the cards and they came in the mail a few days later, I was thrilled with result! They look even more beautiful in person. Are you sending out holiday cards this year?
This post is sponsored by Pear Tree Greetings: Photo Cards, Announcements, Invitations and More!
I was excited to work with Zazzle because besides their holiday card selection they have a really cool selection of customizable gifts that are really affordable. I decided to get a head start on my holiday shopping and test out a few custom gift ideas I’ve had in mind. First, I designed a cute tote for my friend that’s perfect for trips to the farmer’s market. Then, I used a few of our favorite photos from our recent trip to Australia to create unique iPhone cases, luggage tags, and mugs for Paul. Designing my own gifts was addicting – it was fun seeing my ideas come to life! I like that I can put anything I want on the items, it would be a great gift for grandparents or kids. Last night I started a Pinterest board to help me keep track of great gift ideas. What’s your favorite thing to give during the holiday season?
Today, I’m really excited to announce my partnership with in Too Small To Fail – a joint initiative between The Clinton Foundation and Next Generation. Their goal is to improve the development of kids in America (you can read all about it here.) Research shows that over 80% of a child’s brain develops before they turn 3 – so it’s important for parents and communities to spend quality time interacting with kids in positive ways. I’ve caught myself sounding like a dork talking to my toddlers because it looks like I’m talking to myself “this is our favorite park and wow! look at that big tree.” But the research shows that talking with your kids and giving them that eye to eye contact is what really helps them develop. I have been wanting to create some habits to make sure I spend more time with my kiddos so I’m setting a few goals on Go Mighty over the next few months. I’ll be sharing my experiences there. I’d love to hear if you have any tips on what kind of activities have helped you spend quality time with the kids in your life. (ie: Volunteer at their preschool, go to the park everyday, read together everyday, play games together, etc) I’d love any ideas.
Photo via my Instagram