Baby Boy’s Nursery

Baby Boy’s Nursery

When we found out our second baby was going to be a boy, I was shocked and excited!  Having only our daughter Olivia for these past three years, I definitely got used to all things girly girl.  But there were so many things that I was looking forward to as a boy mama – starting with setting up a boy nursery!

The very first thing I bought was this pentagon prism flushed light from Pottery Barn Kids.  It ended up being my inspiration for the rest of the modern and timeless look of the nursery.  From there, I decided on a combination of deep navy blue, brass, and wooden undertones.

I loved that we were able to re-use furniture from Olivia’s nursery, like the Pottery Barn Kids Kendall crib and the West Elm Graham glider.  (That’s why it’s always good to go neutral with big items!)  And since Olivia has transitioned to a big girl toddler room, we brought over some of her old nursery decor, too, including the alphabet print from Hobby Lobby, diaper basket from Pottery Barn Kids, and white faux sheepskin rug from IKEA.

My hardworking hubby painted the accent wall with Behr’s Bon Nuit – the perfect, summer night sky, midnight blue for our June baby boy.  The paint color matched the deep navy blue legs of the dip-dyed stool from Serena & Lily, changing pad cover from Pottery Barn Kids, ottoman poof from HomeGoods, and desk lamp from Kate Spade.  It also complimented the brass in the round mirror from Magnolia’s Hearth & Hand line and the floor lamp from Target.

The final touch was styling the IKEA ledges above the dresser with wooden-framed prints, books, and some greenery.  Now, if we can just decide on a name for baby boy, we can hang it above his crib!



Somebunny is Two! Birthday Party

Somebunny is Two! Birthday Party

With Olivia’s 2nd birthday falling within the same week as Easter, I thought it’d be perfect timing to go with a bunny theme, which is where “Somebunny is Two!” whimsically came from.  Along with the bunny theme, I repurposed many of the decorations from her first birthday (see previous post) to add some floral touches.  I also repurposed some of the furniture from around our home – using a blanket ladder to hang the floral garland and pictures, using a bookshelf as the dessert table, and using a side table as the stand for the milestone poster!

My wonderful husband, Phil, took pictures of our daughter’s special day.  My favorite florist, Sara from Vale of Enna, created the most beautiful arrangements of light pink, peach, and white ranunculus, peonies, and spray roses.  I went to Urban Icing again for the semi-naked and ruffled cakes.  The bunny theme was subtle, but came together adorably with the bunny ear cake topper, ceramic bunnies, and chocolate covered “carrot” strawberries.

It was such a sweet celebration with family for a sweet girl who brings so much joy, wonder, and beauty to our lives!



Floral 1st Birthday Party

I started dreaming of Olivia’s first birthday party as soon as she was born!  Since I had been taking monthly pictures of her with floral numbers (see previous post), I decided to keep it cohesive and go with a floral/garden theme for her party.  My style has always been simple, classy, and clean.  So my vision for Olivia’s party was just that – with a touch of whimsical and pretty.

Despite the rain that afternoon, our venue, Jolane’s in Glenview, IL provided the perfect amount of light in their glass-surrounded atrium.  The amazing florist, Sara from Vale of Enna, truly made my vision come to life with her beautiful floral arrangements on the head table and cakes as well as her lush bayleaf garlands on the ivory white chiffon backdrop and large, round balloons.  Urban Icing made the two-tiered ruffled cake, gold leafed semi-naked cake, and smash cake.  Our dear friend and incredibly talented photographer, Chris Kim, captured all of the special moments and details of our baby girl’s big day.

The dohljabi guessing jars display, monthly picture frame, wishing tree, decorating, and all of the calligraphy on the signs were done by me.


DIY Monthly Picture Frame

DIY Monthly Picture Frame

Looking back, taking pictures of Olivia every month was one of my favorite things that I did during the first year of her life.  Although it was challenging at times, it was so worth it.  (Feeding her cheese puffs and making silly faces definitely helped with getting Olivia to stay still and smile at the camera!)  I love that I can see how Olivia grew from month to month in the same context.  She grew out of four different white onesies and eventually even started to run out of room on her sheepskin rug!






To make the floral numbers, I bought several bunches of flowers from JoAnn’s and cut them off from the stems.  I got an assortment of peonies, ranunculus, and anemones in varying shades of white and pink.  Every month, I just eyeballed it and arranged them into the numbers. (Tip: Start with the bigger flowers to create the overall shape of the number and fill in with the smaller flowers as you go.)

IMG_2983 2Around when Olivia was eight or nine months, I started to think about how I’d display all of the pictures.  When I found this “window” frame at HomeGoods for $29.99, I knew it was exactly what I needed.  I unscrewed all of the hardware and spray painted it with Rust-Oleum metallic gold.  After carefully placing all of the pictures inside the frame, I wrote the number of each month above in calligraphy with a gold Sharpie paint marker directly on the glass.  (Tip: If you make a mistake, use nail polish remover to erase.)

I was so happy with how it all came together!  I especially enjoy seeing Olivia’s personality come out during each month.  The frame also fit in perfectly with the rest of her first birthday party decor.


Play Kitchen Makeover

Play Kitchen Makeover


For Olivia’s very first Christmas present, I knew we just had to get her a play kitchen!  I loved how adorable this KidKraft white vintage play kitchen was, but I wanted Olivia’s to be more elegant and chic.  With a little bit of styling (for not too much money!), I was able to transform some of the elements to get the look that I wanted.

I spray painted all of the hardware (originally silver) with Rust-Oleum metallic gold.  I would recommend doing a few thin coats with plenty of drying time in between.  Just to be safe, I also sprayed a thin coat of Rust-Oleum clear matte finish as a topcoat, to prevent scraping or peeling.  To get the “marble countertop” look, I covered that one piece with a self-adhesive vinyl film.  When it was all ready to go, my wonderful husband, Phil, assembled it and put it all together!

Olivia loves cooking and baking with her personalized play kitchen every day!  I am so glad that I gave it the little “makeover” that I did.  Below are links to some of the accessories we’ve bought to go along: