pewter +....Fitz?!

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9.29.2011

Today I am extremely psyched (and flattered) to be guest posting over at Honey & Fitz while Dina is away on vacation with her family at the beach. You know Dina, the one who WAS JUST ON THE NATE BERKUS SHOW! She amazes me, she has a little guy (Knox) who's just like a month or two younger than Maura (you guys gotta see his room if you haven't already!) and she still manages to post daily, bang out crazy DIY projects, put together inspiration boards for fun, and run an etsy shop. She pretty much inspires me to try and be a much more cool, creative, hard-working, organized mom/design blogger:)
So, head on over to Honey & Fitz today to check out how I would go about converting Maura's nursery into one for a boy (if we were to ever be blessed with a little guy - no, not pregnant!)...all starting with this awesome vintage map and starry night bunting from etsy seller Moon and Lion. Thanks!




12 Months!!!

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9.28.2011




Well. It's come and gone. Maura turned one on September 10th! Happy late birthday, Lovie Love! (It's just still so crazy to think about what I was doing this time last year. I think the first thing we should do on our birthdays is call up our moms, and dads, and thank them for everything they did that day to bring us into this world!!!) I really can't believe that a whole year has gone by already. It is amazing that a little human being can change so much in such a short amount of time!! I'm so proud of you, girl! At first I was sad that the first year is over, but I'm realizing now that this whole toddlerhood thing is such a fun stage:)

One of the best things about this month was that my sister was in town all the way from London for two whole weeks. Maura loved spending time and bonding with her crazy (and I mean that with the utmost respect and love!) Aunt Moh. Here they are together watching an outdoor movie at our neighborhood block party (on Maura's actual birthday).


Here's this month's bunny chair pics (maybe I'll take them at the end of every month from now on?):

{woah!}

{nothing like a new pajama shirt and no pants to end the year!}

Weight:
21 lbs 5 oz

Height: 31 inches

Eating Habits: Maura's doing a great job with table food. We are slowly adding more to the menu of things she likes. She's still not a fan of real vegetables, but she really loves fruit (especially blackberries...weird, huh?!) She'll eat like a champ at the beginning of each meal and then she hits a stopping point and does not want to sit in that high chair for one more second (at this point the screaming starts)!

Bedtime: bedtime somehow got pushed back this month to around 8:30/9 pm. I think the fun activities of summer, mainly the beach, made her nap in the afternoon a bit later than usual, which resulted in a later bedtime.


Sleep Habits: Maura's sleep patterns are mostly still the same. She continues to sleep through the night and wake up at about 7:30am (thank you, girl!). Just as we reached the end of the month, her naps started to be a bit more inconsistent though:( She used to nap guaranteed twice a day for 1 hour and 15 minutes each time. Every once and a while now her morning nap will last for a lot longer (one day she slept for 3 hours!) and this is beginning to effect her afternoon nap. I think she might be starting to transition down to one nap a day. (Not sure how I feel about this!) Any advice for setting or adjusting to a new schedule?


Developmental Milestones: Maura's finally getting some more teeth! Four are coming in on the top all at once (both central incisors and both lateral incisors). The biggest thing I noticed this month in terms of development is her ability to understand what we are saying to her. It's like we can really communicate now..I can say "let's go into the kitchen and make a bottle" or "wanna go outside and take a walk?" and she knows what to do. She's starting to build a large vocabulary of words/things she knows and can point to or go get when you ask her to like shoes, hair, shirt, bunny, frog, ball, etc. (she doesn't say them yet).


Firsts: first Labor Day, first (and only!) Christening, first time away from Mama overnight (for 4 days and nights while I was away at a wedding!), first time gardening, first neighborhood block party


{sorry, this pic is terrible quality (Maura's baptism was rescheduled to a weeknight because of hurricane Irene), but that's my sister and brother - Maura's godparents - and you can kind of see Maura's dress here...I had to have it hemmed so the girl could walk comfortably!!}

Favorite Toys: do shells, rocks, mulch, sticks and leaves count? I'm having trouble coming up with her favorite toys because this month has been a lot about playing outside or at the beach, and just generally walking around and exploring the inside of the house. She still loves her Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set, Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Learning Letters Maibox, Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Laughing Kitchen, and books. She loves playing with silly stuff like a package of paper cocktail napkins, Tupperware, or a storage basket of old, empty toiletry bottles, etc. I held off buying her any new toys recently because I was hoping she'd get some cool new ones for her birthday. And boy, did she! She definitely has some favorite toys now, but those don't count for this post:)


Favorite Pastimes: walking everywhere, going to the beach, anything involving playing in/with water, exploring nature, anything outside, climbing up and down the stairs over and over, climbing up and down from big people chairs, listening to music, going for walks, play dates with our friends, going to the last few days of our Gymboree Play and Learn Class (the location we went to closed down, we definitely want to continue some "mommy and me" activity, just signed up at My Gym - anyone done these classes?)

{shout out to Mason and Morgan!}

Mama and Dada love you so much, Maura! Thank you for being our little girl:)

Mood Board Monday Party: Wallpaper

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9.25.2011




Hi, there! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Welcome to the 10th Mood Board Monday McLinky Party. Glad you could make it:)

This blog party is all about seeing how different people are inspired differently by the same things.
This week's challenge was a fun collaboration with Cathy of Room Rx, who had the brilliant idea to use wallpaper as our inspiration. So, your mission (if you chose to accept it - and thank you so much if you did!) was to design a room (of your choice) around one of these four wallpaper patterns from Layla Grace:

1. Amy Butler Lacework Sunset

{An Honoree for Interior Design's Best of the Year award, Lacework is a modern take on folk aesthetic. Delicate textures complement the bold feel of the mandalas as sunset pinks and terracotta pop against a deep red background.}

2. Spherica Parchment Paper

{The medium scale of Spherical's interlocking circles creates a modern pattern suitable for a wide variety of interiors. The tonal parchment design of this screen printed wallpaper adds dimension to any room.}

3. Amy Butler Passion Lily Field

{Passion Lily bursts upwards with blooms tucked inside the elegant structure of a graphic trellis. Its field-inspired palette contrasts shades of green and cream infusing a room with an eclectic modern aesthetic.}

4. Leafy Scroll Sky Paper from Layla Grace

{Inspired by embroidery, the gracefully trailing vine of this Leafy Scroll design has been surfaced printed for a subtly raised texture. The neutral ivory and sky blue palette of this wallpaper creates a soft backdrop for traditional and modern interiors.}

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Here's my mood board for the week. I knew right away that I wanted to use the Amy Butler Lacework Sunset (even though it is totally out of my comfort zone) and how I wanted to use it. But then I got stuck (sourcing everything else)...this was definitely the hardest room I've ever created for Mood Board Monday, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Let me explain...
My sister and I sleep in this room (read more about it here) when we're visiting my parents at their summer beach house on Cape Cod and I'm always thinking of how we can redo it (right now its all random stuff they already had).


Enter this lovely inspirational image I found on Pinterest of wallpaper on the back wall and two twin beds nestled cozily under the eaves.


So, this is how I'm going to use my Amy Butler wallpaper - on just the back wall, with the window, behind the beds. I'm hoping to create a "girl's room" that's comfy, cozy and cute/classy for all ages.


0. (Sorry, I realized after numbering everything that I forgot to number the color palette, so I got lazy and called it zero!) The palette: mostly warm (reds, pinks and oranges from the wallpaper) but contrasted with bluish grays(I noticed the leaf work in the background of the wallpaper was some kind of what seemed like neutral cool tone to me, and I wanted to pull that out). All the other walls other than the featured wallpaper wall would be painted a soft blush pink.
1. The inspiration: Amy Butler Lacework Sunset wallpaper from Layla Grace (only used on the back wall behind the beds)
2. Instead of using the real beds already in this room, I'm stealing beds from another room in my parent's house...in the guest room my mom has these great family heirloom antique pineapple beds from the early 1900s. (My grandpa slept in one when he was a kid and then they were used in the house my mom grew up in as well.) They're a lovely ebony color and I think they'd fit nicely with the wallpaper.
3. As for linens on the bed, I like the bright, crispness of the
Hanna Quilt and Shams in White from Pottery Barn. I think something simple against the busy wallpaper is best here, but I like that they also have a tone-on-tone quilted pattern stitched on them.
4. Also on the beds, this fun Circle Round Sheet Set from Anthropologie. I wanted to pull out a bit of the orange from the wallpaper, plus the circles echo those on the wall, just in a much smaller scale:)
5. I also wanted to pull out some of the bright pink from the wallpaper for the throw pillows on the beds, so maybe something like this Trina Turk Trellis in watermelon from etsy seller AriannaBelle.
6. Above each bed, I'd hang one of these Medici Cameos from Wisteria. I like the contrast of this very small swatch of blue grey on all that red.
7. In between the beds and under the window, I'd place some sort of bench (this one is the
Blakely Rustic Bench from PB - originally blue but photoshopped to look pink) to use as bedside table. I'd paint it the same pale pink blush color as all the other walls in the room.
8. I found this Autumn Stripe Rug from Dash & Albert that brings together the reds/oranges and greys in one piece. The white quilts on the beds will really pop off this.
9. On the opposite wall across from the beds/wallpaper (so on a light pink wall), I'd place this gorgeous French Country Pine Dresser in from Wisteria.
10. This Suzanne Kasler Gourd Lamp in French Blue from Ballard Designs adds more of that muted bluish grey to the room.
11. I'd hang this beautiful French Honeycomb Mirror from Wisteria above the dresser. The scalloped edge reminds me of the lacework in the wallpaper and the gold ties in to the frames of the cameos.
12. For more pops of color and because I love to read, the second collection of Penguin Classics with Coralie Bickford-Smith. (There would probably be a basket of childrens books around too for any younger kids who stay here.)
13. Versatile, fun and hopefully the same rust red that's in the wallpaper, I'd throw a couple of these Knitted Poufs in Blood Orange from CB2 around.
14, 15, 16. I'd hang a gallery wall of artwork, prints, etc. framed in black on one of the other walls (easily adaptable for all ages). For starters, I'd use this Seagull Watercolor Art by eastwitching, this graphic Today is the Day Linocut Print by etsy seller the big harumph, and this adorable Hot Chocolate Print by Belle and Boo.

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Now its your turn! Here's what you do to join the party:

1. Create a mood board for any kind of room using one of the above inspirational wallpaper patterns.
2. Write a post about it, including sources (with a link back to this post so others can come look).
3. Add your name, project and thumbnail image to the Linky here on this post.
4. Then add the link to your SPECIFIC Mood Board Monday POST, not your general blog address.
5. Have fun checking out all the other wonderful rooms!

Remember, feel free to include an example or inspirational image of the way in which you are going to use your wallpaper if you think it will help others visualize your space better:)


Thanks so much for taking the time to join the party!!! Can't wait to see your wallpaper fabulousness!

PS. Thanks again, Cathy, for the fun tag team!




Mood Board Monday Reminder!!

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9.18.2011

Hi! Just wanted to remind you guys that next week its Mood Board Monday time again! The linky party will be here on Monday, September 26th, and it'll be all about wallpaper:)

If you remember, Cathy from Room Rx and I sort of teamed up on this one. She came up with the awesome idea that we should get inspired by wallpaper (so many beautiful designs and so many cool ways to use them), and each of us chose two patterns to include as possible jumping off points for you guys.

Here's my original post (a guest one over at Cathy's) with more details and a longer explanation of MBM (in case you've never played along before).

Here are the four inspiration wallpapers you have to choose from when designing your room:

1. Amy Butler Lacework Sunset from Layla Grace

{An Honoree for Interior Design's Best of the Year award, Lacework is a modern take on folk aesthetic. Delicate textures complement the bold feel of the mandalas as sunset pinks and terracotta pop against a deep red background.}

2. Spherica Parchment Paper from Layla Grace

{The medium scale of Spherical's interlocking circles creates a modern pattern suitable for a wide variety of interiors. The tonal parchment design of this screen printed wallpaper adds dimension to any room.}

3. Amy Butler Passion Lily Field from Layla Grace

{Passion Lily bursts upwards with blooms tucked inside the elegant structure of a graphic trellis. Its field-inspired palette contrasts shades of green and cream infusing a room with an eclectic modern aesthetic.}

4. Leafy Scroll Sky Paper from Layla Grace

{Inspired by embroidery, the gracefully trailing vine of this Leafy Scroll design has been surfaced printed for a subtly raised texture. The neutral ivory and sky blue palette of this wallpaper creates a soft backdrop for traditional and modern interiors.}

Sweet:) So, just to recap:

1. This is a fun way to share all of the creativity out there and showcase how we can all start from one inspiration point and end up with a variety of ideas.
2. To be a participant, you need to create a complete mood/design/inspiration board for a room based on one of the four wallpapers shown here.
3. On Mood Board Monday party day (Monday, September 26th), come back here and link up to the party. You will need to include your sources in your post and give a brief description of the room and how you were inspired by the wallpaper pattern.


Check out our previous Mood Board Monday Linky parties here:
MBM01, MBM02, MBM03, MBM04, MBM05, MBM06, MBM07, MBM08 and MBM09.

Thanks, everyone! Hope you can join us on Monday:)

Ps. Go here to check out Cathy's "Wallpaper Wow" post with tons of beautiful wallpaper eye candy!!!

Maura's 1st Birthday Party: Invitations

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9.08.2011

Maura turns one on Saturday (really hard for me to believe), but her party isn't until next Saturday, the 17th. I'm not going overboard on any one particular theme, but I am kinda running with the idea of a slight vintage alphabet flash card look and feel for a few things. (Similar to the alphabet cards hanging on the wall above the crib in Maura's nursery ...and we have a more modern set that we like to look at when she's sitting in her high chair eating.) Maybe with some other old school learning/toy ideas thrown in there for good measure. (Of course, we've all met me and thus know that I tend to think big and usually run of out time!)

For her invitations, I went with "Bb is for birthday" (as opposed to "Mm for Maura", etc.) and painted a little watercolor cupcake (since we're going to serve cupcakes for dessert instead of cake...hopefully not a huge no-no at a first birthday party!).


I want the color palette of the party to be bright and fun...watermelon pink, seafoam and aqua, yellows, oranges, shades of green...kinda like her room. I'm going to also try and incorporate lots of pattern. So I used Paper Source cover paper in Strawberry to back the invites and sent them in these cute envelopes in Pool.


I'm hoping the combo of old school school-house and script fonts plus the rounded border give off a bit of the vintage vibe I wanted.


I didn't have exactly enough time to work on these as I would have liked (sorry, baby girl!) so I think I probably could have developed this idea a bit further, but I think they're good enough to fit the bill.



I hope to somehow display the set of alphabet cards we use at mealtimes at the party (no way am I messing the ones on her wall!) and incorporate the whole "Aa is for apple" idea with any of the other paper things. I'd like to leave out some vintagey children's books on the tables as part of the centerpieces/for kids to read during the party. And get a chalkboard for people to write messages on and hold up at the photo booth. Any other ideas for how I can develop more of the vintage alphabet flashcard/learning/toy theme at the party? Thanks, guys:)

Ps. Check out some of my inspiration for party decor here.

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