Nursery Inspiration (& a Little Sneak Peak)

This whole being pregnant thing has felt incredibly surreal – even though we are under two months away from meeting this little bundle of joy. In fact, it still doesn’t feel real! Decorating the nursery has for sure started to make this sink in a little bit, and has definitely been fun!

Our whole house has taken on a neutral palette, sticking with blues, grays, neutral tones, whites and lots of texture. I knew I wanted the same for baby’s nursery, especially since we don’t know the gender and won’t until he or she arrives (my money is on he!).

Styled Snapshots’ nursery was one of the first I pinned that really captured the whole vibe we wanted to run with. I can’t wait to share the finished room in the next few weeks! I just love the combo of colors and textures – it feels sophisticated enough to go with the rest of our house but not to sweet.

Wild Flower Arrangement

I can’t tell you how much I love fresh flowers. I day dream about running through fields of wild flowers bursting with colors so naturally I need flowers in the house at all times. All over the place.

These are actually not wild flowers, but all different types of filler flowers from Trader Joe’s. They really have the best price on flowers if your heart isn’t set on a specific bloom.

It’s so easy to put together a beautiful stunning flower arrangement from grocery store flowers. My first tip, don’t over think it!


living room essentials

in thinking about redoing my living space i seem to keep gravitating towards two styles – one that is very bachelorette last single girl hurrah, and one that is very streamlined and compromised for both a guy and a woman living in the same space. figuring out how to balance a very feminine style with one that appeals to a man living in the same house as you can be challenging, especially when it comes to needing to invest in your key pieces.

i mean, i really want a white lacquer console but it just won’t go with the couch that we will compromise on.

here, i’ve picked my favorite items for a compromised living room – a slightly feminine touches with bold geometric shapes. how do you compromise for both yourself and the man in your life when it comes to interior design?

herlongwayhome living room essentials

brilliant organizational idea

so as i decide to stay at home for another 2 years to save for a house – it’s an attempt, we’ll see how long it lasts – i need to “move back in” to my parents house. i’ve been moving out for the past 5 years, but now with this decision comes a need to get organized. get rid of the old college stuff. make my space work for me like i need it to. i stumbled across this idea for shoe organization on well worn:

this is a super easy, fast, cheap DIY that you could pull together quickly during the weekend – or even on a weeknight!

1. chair rail or moulding measured to the available length in your closet or on a wall

2. spray paint of choice

3. hammer and nails

4. pretty knobs

spray paint the chair rail and let dry thoroughly; attach knobs for flats; hang in your closet or on a wall; put your shoes up; toast a glass of champagne to your handiness.

get the look: virginia macdonald

sometimes design can be overwhelming. but if you take an inspirational photo and break it down piece by piece it’s definitely attainable, and often at a much lower cost than the magazines and online rags we all drool over.

i stumbled upon this photo by photographer virginia macdonald featured on desire to inspire yesterday and fell in love immediately. i love the layered look, plus it’s light and airy and a little sassy with that punch of leopard print. at the end of the day though, you can break this overall vibe down into 5 essential pieces and then layer on top of that with light and airy pieces of art (and a good dose of white paint).

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lust vs. must, urn table lamps

restoration hardware never fails to impress me – i walk in the store and i long to take everything home with me. i especially love their lighting – and, no pun intended here, but the lightness of some of their table lamps.

particularly, i love the palladian crystal urn lamp. but with a heftier price tag ($455 without the shade or lightbulb) it’s just not in my price range. enter (i know, again!) amazon. there’s a solution to everything on amazon. and for this we have lamps plus possini crystal urn table lamp (with a more reasonable price tag of $179…it’s on sale right now, so chop chop).

restoration hardware vs. an amazon find ($500 vs. $180!)

lust vs. must, vintage style suitcases

i’ve been seeing a lot of high end inspiration so as i’ve begun to scheme plan the design for my next home (aka apartment). i always find myself highly inspired by the finer things in life that come with extraordinarily overbearing price tags. enter amazon. (and no, this is not a sponsored post)…

amazon is a wonderful thing. you can seriously find just about anything – i’m not even kidding. if you’re looking for something, and can’t find it, let me know, i’ll find it for you.

so there are these trunks at restoration hardware. and i love the overall idea of them (and fall in love with photos that show use of vintage suitcases). they are a little pricey and not exactly the look i’m going for. so enter amazon. where i find something that is in line with my intentions for my living room and doesn’t break the bank. we’re talking 3 of these that fit my style for the cost of one of restoration’s.

what’s your best lust vs. must?

restoration hardware: lust

amazon suitcases: must

ps – for a look more similar to the restoration ones (i’m going for very light, and metallic) check out these trunks