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Baby Girl's Nursery Reveal

Baby Girl's Nursery Reveal


Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

I'm not sure what I'm more excited about, the fact that our new house is close enough to being finished that I could actually get in to the nursery to finally put it together or to show ya'll what it looks like! This One Room Challenge has been a bit of a bumpy ride for me with projects being held up by construction, a jammed POD and the house being a no-go zone for a preggo for certain stages of the game but I managed to pull it off (at the very last second, Christa walked in to take photos and I was installing hardware on the dresser!) and I love, love, love her little space. 

My ultimate goal was to take a small room with little natural light from dark and tan to bright and white with bold pops of color. I am so honored that three amazing, talented and insanely creative artisans, Demi and Olive, C. Brooke Ring and Marquin Designs agreed to lend their talents to the space, bringing my vision to life. 

I've tagged every source I can think of throughout the reveal photos, but if I missed one, please let me know and I'll add it in! 

As always, be sure to head over to the ORC link up to see the amazing transformations being revealed today - I can't wait to round up my favorites! 

Ok, let's get down to the photos! 

Before: 




After:

All photography by Christa Rene Photography 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Eeek! A baby girl nursery! 
Where to start?

Let's start with the basics, paint colors! 
The wall and trim color is Benjamin Moore Wedding Veil and the ceiling color is Benjamin Moore Cream Puff (note: many paint brands have a color named Cream Puff, this shade is by Benjamin Moore). 

I used a mixture of hand me downs from Big Brother, second hand finds (like the crib, thanks Emily!), hand made heirlooms and gifts from special friends and family to tie the room together and I just love how it turned out. To me, decorating a nursery is how I channel all of my nervousness, excitement and energy of pregnancy into something special for my baby, so this space just means so much to me.  

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

The very first design idea for this space was to do an all white nursery with a Demi and Olive original painting as the focal point of the room. I am a huge fan of Anna's and I asked her if she would be willing to create a piece just for the nursery. I told her create whatever made her happy and I knew it would be stunning - and I was so right. 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

The gold floating canvas frame was done by Framebridge and I am so impressed with their price point and turn around time. I was nervous to ship the painting off but it was back in my hands one week from the day I dropped it for shipping (plus, you can track the progress of your piece on their website, which is perfect for short time frames like the ORC). 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery
 | grey rug | white rug, DIY, similar | dress |

The large grey rug is the Crystal Mosaic rug from Land of Nod and just so stunning in person. The seams are full of teeny, tiny, grey metallic beads that make me think of a mermaid tail. I was so happy with the quality of the rug when we unrolled it and I know baby will be able to use it in her rooms as she grows. I went back and forth between the grey Crystal Mosaic rug and the Flokati Fluff Rug but I am so glad that I went with the grey. 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

The Charlotte Glider is a sleek, simple design that is brand new to the Delta Children product line. The color is "Sand" and it almost looks and feels like a super soft sweatshirt in person. It was crazy easy to assemble and is super padded, so it will be perfect for late night feeds. I searched high and low for a nursery chair that wasn't a shade of grey or taupe and am so glad that I found this chair. Gray has already tried it out and declared it to be "so nice!" so it's clearly a winner! 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery


Of course my sweet girl already has a crazy stash of Willow Crowns bow headbands and lace headbands ready and waiting for her - and I can't wait to pop one on her teeny little head! 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery


The second I saw this C. Brooke Ring original painting on her Instagram feed, I emailed her and told her that I had to have it (luckily, Brooke is the sweetest!). I am so in love with the bright pink color and her bathing beauty makes an perfect addition to the floating shelves.

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery


Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery


Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Oh man, that light fixture! I have my good friend Caroline to thank for finding this stunning chandelier for me - she actually spotted it months ago and sent me a snap of it, knowing I would love it. The flowers are so delicate and feminine and I just love how it draws your eye up to the blush pink ceiling. 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

 | lamps, Home Goods | mirror | changing pad cover | diaper pail | dresser, vintage, identical

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

It wouldn't be a One Room Challenge if I didn't have an original art piece by Marquin Designs in the space! This pieces is especially sentimental to me because Marquin crafted it for baby girl just days before giving birth herself! How she was thinking of us at such a time, I'll never know, but I am lucky to call her a friend! 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

I found this vintage Thomasville bamboo dresser at a local vintage store, Cottage Grove Vintage, and managed to brighten it up with a little chalk paint. I kept the original hardware and hit it with a coat of Rub and Buff to bring out the gold, gave it a few coats of pure white chalk paint and loaded it into the room! I need to wash all of baby girl's little clothes so the drawers are patiently waiting to be filled with onesies and bubbles!

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery
Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery


Carousel Designs was kind enough to allow me to custom design the crib sheet, changing pad cover, monogrammed blanket and stitched crib pillow (which is mostly hidden because it has her name on it!) to perfectly fit the space. The curtains are my favorite with the trim matching the crib sheet, adding just a subtle touch of pink. I am a crazy visual designer so not being able to see things in person sometimes stresses me out when shopping online but Carousel Designs has an amazing custom design tool that let's you see your piece as you design them - without that tool, I would have been lost! 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

The gorgeous dress hanging behind the rocker was hand made by my mother in law and the bubble displayed on her shelves was a gift from my mother - obviously, they are both thrilled to have a baby girl in the family! 

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery
Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

Bright, Delicate Baby Girl Nursery

And, after thirty some photos, that's a wrap! I honestly can't believe that in a few short weeks we will be welcoming another sweet baby into our family, we are truly so fortunate and grateful for these past 8.5 months and can't wait to lay eyes on her for the first time.

If you didn't get your fill of Before and Afters, check out our kitchen renovation from our last house here!

Thank you to all of the brands, artists and shops who worked with me to make this One Room Challenge space a reality:




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Maternity Wardrobe Essentials

Maternity Wardrobe Essentials


I can't believe it but I'm down to just the last few weeks of this pregnancy! That means it's absolutely time for me to hustle and put together the most requested reader posts from the last few months - first up: my maternity wardrobe essentials. 

Without a doubt, buying maternity clothes is a pricey endeavor - which can be frustrating considering you'll only wear them for a handful of weeks. I am a huge fan of sharing maternity clothes with my girlfriends (we actually ship a giant box across state lines when we're ready to pass them on), relying on non-maternity pieces for layering and keeping certain maternity staples on rotation. After two pregnancies, I've narrowed down my go-to leggings, denim, tees, tops, dresses, sleepwear and slip on shoes to the absolute musts for a basic maternity wardrobe.

Bottoms
bonus: denim shorts

It should come as no surprise that the number one piece of clothing I rely on when I'm pregnant are my full panel leggings. This $12 pair from H&M is comfy and stays put - no tugging up the belly band required. I own three pair and wear them constantly. Before my second pregnancy, I really didn't see the point in side panel maternity pants...and then I got pregnant a second time and started to see bloat/bumpage around 5 weeks. I invested in this pair of straight leg, dark wash, side panel maternity denim and am still wearing them at 34 weeks pregnant. I honestly can't recommend them enough.  Add in a pair of distressed denim, black cropped skinny slacks for the office and a pair of stain repellent white denim and I'm all set!

Maternity Wardrobe Essentials From A Second Time Mom


Tops

I use basic base layers when I'm pregnant and let the accessories do the heavy lifting - which means I wear a ton of tanks and tees. I prefer maternity tanks (preferably with wide straps to accommodate regular bras) from the start so that I only have to invest once - and try to make my regular, tunic length tees last as long as possible! Once the bump is too much for a regular tee to handle, this v neck maternity tee is absolutely my favorite. I sized up (I always do in ASOS) which gave me more of a boyfriend fit at first and now, late in the game, the fit is certainly more fitted but still comfy and flattering. I also cannot recommend this tunic enough - it has a cult following for it's fit, washability and price point (and often goes on sale!) and it happens to be so incredibly flattering before, during and after pregnancy. I wore it to conceal my early bump and just rocked it at 34 weeks pregnant. 
P.S. It works perfectly as a going home from the hospital top, too!

Maternity Wardrobe Essentials From A Second Time Mom


Dresses 
bonus: the same patterned nursing dress in a longer cut

I have summer babies, which means super hot, Southern months at my biggest and most tired stage, so I rely on dresses that stretch to keep me relatively put together and hopefully relatively un-sweaty. Old Navy has some of the best basic maternity dresses in town in soft, forgiving, basic colors that fit all the way through the third trimester. For special occasions I love this Grecian maxi - I wore it at 34 weeks pregnant and it hugs your bump and natural waist while being very forgiving on your rear and hips. It also comes in a gorgeous shade of blue which would be perfect for attending a wedding or event. 

Maternity Wardrobe Essentials From A Second Time Mom

Sleep and Layer

I'm a big pajama girl so I like to have at least one go-to, bump friendly set in my arsenal. Each pregnancy, I also treat myself to a new robe for the hospital and post baby survival - while neither are required for pregnancy survival, having a new set of pj's and a new robe make me feel reasonably put together when we have visitors at the hospital and help the transition to post baby life. 

For layering, I like to have one light to medium weight jacket that can zip over my bump, a cute vest to wear over my tees and dresses and as many wrap sweaters as I can get my hands on. Toss on white jeans, a black tank and your chosen layer and you're all set!  

Shoes

At some point, I just can't quite make it all the way down to my shoe laces so I rely on slip on everything to make it through the home stretch. My feet tend to swell (and actually grew a half size with my first pregnancy!) so I lean towards forgiving options with a friendly price point like these adorable flamingo espadrilles. Hey, if I have to be swollen and puffy, at least I can rock a cute flamingo!

What did I miss? Tell me your fave maternity basics, essentials and must haves in the comments below! 

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The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves with Gugu Guru

The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves with Gugu Guru



The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves

When it comes to baby gear, the options are endless and overwhelming. During the registry process for my first born, I was so overwhelmed that I actually cried in the baby aisle of Target. I just couldn't even begin to grasp what we might need when we didn't even know him yet! Thankfully, in the almost three years since I last gave birth, the registry process has changed for the better thanks to Gugu Guru. Gugu Guru is an online registry that matches a mama with products that will fit her needs and her lifestyle based on a simple style quiz. Along with recommending tried and true baby must haves, Gugu Guru will introduce you to the newest brands and "it" items on the market by creating a custom baby registry just for you. Whether you consider yourself a minimalist mom, boho mama or classic mommy, Gugu Guru will have the answer for all of your needs. As a bonus, your Gugu Guru registry is also universal so you can add a product from anywhere on the internet to your baby wish list before sending it out to into the world. 

When sitting down to consider what I really need for our sweet baby number two, one thing kept popping into my mind: "work smarter, not harder". After figuring things out on the fly with my eldest, I am ready and prepared to only purchase/pull out of storage products that I know will benefit our family as we attempt to navigate a newborn and a toddler. 
So long wipe warmer, hello zip up swaddles! 

The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves

The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves with Gugu Guru


SLEEP

Luckily, many monitor companies have gotten wise and now provide the option to add a second camera to your existing system but, of course, my chosen monitor does not. After some research, I'm into this V Tech Safe and Sound model for a few reasons: the wide angle lens option is perfect for monitoring my toddler's room (I am less concerned about his sleep habits and more about his ability to wreck his room like a rock star during nap time), the ability to add up to 4 cameras (to cover the playroom, too!) and the large color split screen. For my second born, the monitor keeps an eye on room temp, pans side to side and has a movement sensor. 

While this "bassinest" will be amazing for all mamas, as a C Section mom, this little baby is calling my name. Twisting and leaning down to lift a babe from a low bassinet next to your bed can wreak havoc on a healing abdomen for weeks (or months) after delivery so having a bassinet that is height adjustable and swivels towards you is priceless. As a bonus, one side can be set to be flexible so you can push it down in order to easily lift baby out. 

I mean, I don't know what kind of magic the DockATot people are weaving but the DockATot is, without a doubt, the number one product my friends with new babies are recommending. It's perfect for transitioning baby from bassinet to crib, and even more important for a second child, to sleep anywhere the DockATot lands.


The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves

owlet baby monitor
I've already sung the praises of the Owlet and I can't wait to put it to use when our new baby comes home from the hospital. I would wake up in cold sweats when my son was a newborn, sure he had stopped breathing, and I cannot imagine the relief of being able to spot that green light, letting me know she is safe and sound.

I don't know what has happened to swaddle technology in the last two years but I am so into it. With my first, we would watch YouTube how to videos on swaddling at 3am and with our second, we will be wrapping snugly with Velcro closures and working with a bottom opening for diaper changes- if that's not the definition of "work smarter, not harder" I don't know what is.

In typical first child ridiculousness, my son was "given" my iPad as a white noise machine. Yep, that happened. Poor second baby is not going to be so lucky, but I found an amazing option for her that is portable, has great volume control (we'll need it loooooud to drown out big brother) and comes with an app to add sounds and recorded messages. I'm also going to snag the portable baby shusher, again because this little one is going to be expected to sleep through a little more chaos than her brother did.

GEAR

The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves

Without a doubt, I wish I would have considered how our family would grow when buying our first stroller. While there was no way my hormone fueled, first time pregnant mom brain could have even considered planning for a stroller that would grow with my family, I recommend that all of my friends consider purchasing a stroller that can accommodate one, two or even three babes. Enter the UPPAbaby VISTA travel system. With the ability to rock out as a single stroller that allows for infant strolling with the MESA car seat or bassinet and single child strolling with the Toddler seat, the VISTA transitions easily to a second child with ease. Literally the number of configurations for a two child family is unreal - take a peek at the options here. Because our eldest child is just two and a half, he will still ride constantly in the RumbleSeat while our newborn rides in her MESA car seat attachment. When our first born has a little more endurance, we'll snap on the PiggyBack Ride Along Board for him and our daughter will continue to grow into the VISTA with her own Toddler Seat. I definitely don't have much faith in a toddler's desire to hoof it around town so we'll be sure to keep the VISTA locked and loaded with two seats and the PiggyBack riding board, all of which is possible with the VISTA.

The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves


While we don't plan to have a third baby, if we did consider adding another babe to our circus, the VISTA would transition right along with us - and finding the perfect stroller would be something that was already checked off of my to-do list! Be sure to check out the amazing textiles available on the VISTA, including leather accents that will wear oh so well with time (and also, hello, can be wiped clean!). If you're in a rough weather climate like we were with our first babe, the VISTA can be outfitted with a ton of amazing accessories from a rain shield to a footmuff - and yes, a caddy for mom's gigantic and extremely necessary coffee. 

UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat

The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves

Here's what I know about car seats now that I'm a second time mom: I need one that is incredibly safe (like top of the line safe), easy to install (like, I can do it myself without watching Youtube tutorials) and it works with my stroller to become a travel system. Without a doubt, the UPPAbaby MESA fits the bill. First of all, the MESA in Henry is not only a gorgeous shade of grey but it also a naturally fire resistant material - without the use of additional chemicals. The MESA was also awarded the NHTSA 5 star rating which is the highest government rating for ease of use. With the Smart Secure System, you can know with absolute certainty that the MESA is installed correctly thanks to an indicator window that changes from red to green when the seat is properly installed. I mean, with a newborn and a toddler breathing down my neck, I'm going to need all of the confirmations possible that I am crushing the mom thing, so bring on the indicator windows! As a bonus the MESA infant car seat is easily adapted to the UPPAbaby VISTA stroller to make a click and go travel system out of your stroller!

With a potty training toddler, the back of my car is already stocked for all types of potty emergencies (like, we actually have a potty in the trunk) so I'm stepping up my game with this Ubbi diaper caddy. It has room to store an entire pack of wipes, disposable changing pad, diapers and a stash of big boy undies for a certain toddler I know.

FEED

Oh, holy mother, where was this formula whipper-upper when I had a newborn the first time!? The Baby Brezza can make formula in any size bottle, warms to the perfect temp (98 degrees), stores an entire can powdered formula in the airtight compartment and mixes the formula without bubbles. Sign me up! 

Especially great if you're washing and prepping bottles for daycare the next day, the One Step Sterilizer sterilizes up to 6 bottles in 8 minutes and dries in 30 and doesn't require running an entire load in the dishwasher.

Comotomo bottles didn't exist when I had my son but this time around, they'll be our top choice thanks to the squeezable body and lack of multiple parts to clean/lose.
 
When I had my first baby, we ordered just one Mixie bottle when he was a few months old....after trying it one time, my husband told me that we needed to order enough to cover every single night feed so we could line them up, ready to roll for 3am. You better believe that what's we're doing this time! 

HANDS FREE MAMA

With a cult following, the Mamaroo is now on my list of must have's for baby - but sadly, it wasn't widely available when I had my first. Rocking, soothing, swinging, it does it all and keeps baby content while mama tries to make dinner or bribe a toddler to eat his veggies.

With my first child I hardly wore him as an infant but I know my second will be worn constantly, from the start (mostly thank to the aforementioned first child). The Solly Baby Wrap Carrier is made of soft, stretchy fabric perfect to keep a sweet newborn baby snuggled up and safely out of your arms. You can use the Solly for babes up to 25lbs and after that, I highly recommend the Ergo 360 - the back support is a must when wearing bigger babes!

The Ultimate List of Second Baby Must-Haves
I love a cute diaper bag but let's be real, if you have more than one child, you need your hands free and ready to snag a runaway toddler or to fish out a paci for baby. A diaper bag with a cross body strap AND a backpack option is the only way to go. If you aren't into leather, this is a great option and a mini version is available for your little mama!

With my first baby, I would stop everything to take him upstairs to his nursery to change him or lay him down for a quick second. I'm afraid baby #2 will have to get used to diaper changes on the fly so I plan to stash a pack 'n play with a changing dock and infant bassinet in our living room so that I have a place to change/park her when big brother needs my attention. 

This post was written in partnership with Gugu Guru and UPPAbaby- all product suggestions, opinions, thoughts and ridiculous examples of parenthood are my own. 

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May Life Update

May Life Update


May is going to be a huge month for our family, so I am so glad to turn that calendar page! 
This month we'll finish the nursery, complete phase one of our renovation, move into our new house (!!!), celebrate 4 years of marriage and it's the last full month of this pregnancy. So very soon we'll be meeting our sweet baby girl and I cannot wait to finally hold her in my arms. 

Our house renovation is actually progressing really well (please don't let that jinx anything) and we have set our move in date. I'm making a huge effort to prioritize my physical activity so that I don't contribute to any pre-term labor shenanigans so I'm getting creative when it comes to unpacking. And, honestly, I'm having to check my "get it all done right away" tendencies and know that some of the house might just stay in boxes until after the baby comes. I'll focus on setting up all of the bedrooms and after that, I'm calling in the big guns for the kitchen - but more on that later. 

all white everything for this house! 
Paint color on walls, trim, ceiling and fireplace is primer and the first coat of Benjamin Moore Wedding Veil

This week we should see the completion of paint throughout the entire house, tile floors down in the kitchen, granite in the kitchen and potentially back splash in the kitchen. Justin and I are having a day date on Saturday to start/complete baby girl's room so that it's all ready for both the One Room Challenge reveal and any potential early arrival on her part. 

 Justin was on site to template the counter tops - we went with granite again, and this time it's Shadow Storm. It definitely has more grey in it than our last counter tops but with all white walls and cabinets, we are loving the color pattern.

With our house getting a fresh new look, I'm feeling the need to spice everything else up so the blog got a little makeover as well! The design should look pretty familiar but there are a few new pages to make things easier for ya'll. I am the worst at remembering to link or tag sources on my Instagram so I've added pages to the Shop tab in the navigation menu where you can shop my closet, all of the things I'm loving/buying/using for the babes and the good stuff from our home. I'll do my best to update the home section with all of the new arrivals going in, but please don't hesitate to remind me if I missed something!

Also, I'm Pinning like crazy as we prep for phase two of our renovation - our new master suite! Come follow along to see all of the spaces that are currently inspiring me.
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ORC Week 4: Renovation Updates

ORC Week 4: Renovation Updates



Hey all!

So, this is the week that I was supposed to tackle my first ever chalk paint project and whip baby girl's vintage bamboo chest into shape. But sometimes the best laid plans just don't work in your favor and you have to say "I think we'll head to the beach instead!".


I really did intend to rehab her dresser in time for this post but we had a little snafu with the POD that is currently housing all of her things - it was delivered to our new house (in the pouring rain) and seems to be jammed. We've tried everything but we can't get the door to open. We're having a POD pro head our way to check it out but in the mean time, all of the nursery items are being held hostage.

With the exception of a few fun things!

I snagged these incredible giraffe knobs from Anthropologie for her closet doors
Brooke Ring delivered this adorable canvas to adorn her shelves


I (finally) selected a rug and rocker, both of which are on their way
The large art piece by Anna of Demi and Olive has been framed by Framebridge in an insanely short time frame and is arriving by the end of the day 
and accessories are starting to come together! 

Here's what I have left to do:
snag curtain rods for the custom curtain panels from Carousel Designs
refinish the chest of drawers
assemble the crib
install the chandelier
style the room! 
 
As far as I know, the painters are painting her room as we speak. Truth: I hate being out of town when major aesthetic process is being made - I'm always around for boring things like wiring but when new paint goes up, I'm hours away! I plan to send my husband over to take pics tonight so I know what we're working with but I have a feeling everything will be ok. 

This space will undoubtedly be a race to the finish but that's what I get for planning a renovation and a move in my third trimester! In the best news ever, we have scheduled our move in date and it's really just a few short weeks away so we should be ready to rock and roll before baby girl makes her debut. 

I'll document my chalk paint experience on Insta Stories, so make sure you're following along at @oliveandtate_

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