Nursery Tour with Beachy Vibes

I am really excited to be sharing baby #2’s nursery with you today!! I love the way it turned out. There are some similarities to Ollie’s nursery (we kept the crib, the chair and some decor), but this little guy’s vibes seem a little more sophisticated and have a lot more neutral vibes. The room is loosely surf themed, but more than that, the calming colors of a beautiful sunset. I choose light wood tones and subdued saffron in combination with denim blues.

This room does not have overhead lighting, so I added two paper lanterns that are able to turn on with a switch, thank the lord. I honestly may have passed this house up if we couldn’t work lights on a switch. It’s my biggest pet peeve. I digress. We kept the DIY daybed I made back when we were calling this a playroom. It will work great for feeding sessions, but will also make this room double as a guest room for a while longer.

I made the wall tapestry that hangs above the crib out of a drop cloth, leather swatches and thrifted jeans. I just love how it looks in combination with this Gunn and Swain blanket.

Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery

The rocking chair is the very first thing I bought for Oliver’s nursery. I recovered it aqua fabric for his New York-themed room.

Surf Inspired Nursery
Surf Inspired Nursery

crib: Babyletto / crib sheets: Mebie Baby / dresser: wayfair / rug: RugsUSA / mobile: Urban Outfitters / sun art: society 6 / rainbow art: Rylee & Cru / DIY platform bed: tutorial via A House in The Hills / mattress: autonomous / “you are magic” print: Rylee & Cru / wooden rainbow: Etsy / rust mudcloth pillow / white mudcloth pillow / blue pillow 1: Pepper Home / blue pillow 2: Pepper Home


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Third Trimester Maternity Style

Here I am writing this on the eve of my due date! Unfortunately, no baby just yet. Just as the first and second trimester, the third went very smoothly. Outside of discomfort, I have felt great. I am still walking almost everyday about 2 miles worked up until a few days ago, including a full planning wedding at 37 weeks. I am not too swollen or puffy, but definitely slowing down to just accomplishing the things that have to get done and loving extra hard on my first born. Hence the slow down of posting in this space. I just can’t seem to get it all, plus the blog done. Thankfully I am to the finish line of this part.

As for my third trimester maternity style, it was hot. Really hot, for much of the time. I think I have mentioned that I gravitate toward billowy clothes, which was still the case during the last 12 weeks. I did try the fab, fitted Stowaway collection dress below. This little number really flattered my big ole bump. I did also pick up some cheap “denim” shorts. I quoted denim, because the option below I bought, are definitely not denim, but they got me though the past 6 weeks. The Old Navy top below is not maternity, but worked really well. The final look, the jumpsuit, was the best $20 I spent on clothes in a long time! I found this comfy black jumpsuit at an American Eagle outlet for literally $20. While it’s not the best quality, it has lasted all 40 weeks of growing this baby!

What was your favorite maternity purchase?


FITTED SUMMER DRESS


Third Trimester Maternity Style
Third Trimester Maternity Style

dress: Stowaway collection / shoes: Converse / bag: vintage (similar)


CASUAL SUMMER TOP AND SHORTS


Third Trimester Maternity Style
Third Trimester Maternity Style

top: Old Navy / shorts: Amazon / sandals: Sam Edleman (similar) / sunglasses: J.Crew


EASY JUMPSUIT


Third Trimester Maternity Style
Third Trimester Maternity Style

jumpsuit: American Eagle (similar) / denim jacket: Levis / shoes: St. Agni / sunglasses: Anthropologie


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Our Maternity Photos in Grand Rapids

I didn’t really plan on doing maternity photos, the vain part of me would rather wait until I can fit into something cute and flattering and get cute pictures with both babies on the outside. My instagram friend turned friend IRL and fellow recent West Michigan transplant, Megan Schaap, convinced me otherwise. Last week at just about 38 weeks we posed around Grand Rapids for one last time as a family of three. I really am so happy that we took the time and made the effort to capture this special moment. It could quite possibly be the last time I have a baby bump. Thank you, Megan!!

Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos
Urban Maternity Photos

photos by Megan Schaap


Light Wood Dresser Round-Up

Over here on the hunt for the perfect light wood dresser for the baby room. I thought I had found it in the Morris Dresser from Urban Outfitters. It’s the perfect size for a changing pad, modern lines, light wood color and the price is right. It was the first piece I pulled the trigger on for the nursery and it arrived broken. I also ended up thinking the color was more yellow than I liked, so I decided to return and restart my search. This wood tone is definitely trending, but it is not out there in a big way, especially in real wood furniture. You see this tone a lot in cheap MDF furniture. The tone compliments neutral color palettes not only for nurseries, but I could absolutely see it in a California modern guest or even master. For the room I’m working on, I haven’t made any official decision, but I am leaning toward the Nash from West Elm.

Light+Wood+Dresser+Round-Up

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Baby #2 Nursery Plans

I am super excited to share my plans progress and plans for the baby nursery. It took me some time to find the starting point for this room, but it is moving in the right direction.

One of the things that is staying as we transform this room from the playroom to the nursery is a daybed I made. I cannot believe I never shared this amazing DIY with you. It is based on this tutorial by A House In The Hills. I made this day bed to be both a cozy hang out spot and a guest bed. After I finished I bought a cheap-o mattress from Ikea, as I didn’t know how much use the bed would get, so I didn’t want to invest. Autonomous invited me to try out their mattress and I knew just the spot that needed an upgrade. And upgrade it is! This mattress is about four times the thickness of the Ikea mattress we had! The quality is a dream! I am picturing myself napping here with a baby in my arms in a few short months. One of my favorite details is the anti-slip pad on the bottom. It is a great feature for a house with a four year old and a slick wood platform bed.

Autonomous Mattress
Autonomous Mattress
Autonomous Mattress

The room is starting to come together, and here is what I’m working toward. You may remember some of the inspiration photos I shared a few weeks back.

Here is my design plan for the room. I am planning on making a few special details that aren’t pictured here, but this is the vibe, neutral and relaxed with lots of sunny touches.


Nursery Plans

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Baby #2 Nursery Inspiration

In case you missed the news over on instagram, we are having another boy!! I am excited, but stumped. I am stumped on names, stumped on room design. Last time around I had a boy room and a girl room designed and waiting in the docket. This time around, I am less prepared. I think I’m going with something gender neutral, and very earthy. These images are my jumping off point to finally pull the trigger on something, anything for baby boy #2.

We're Having a Baby!

You guys! We’re creating another human!! We are so excited to finally share this news with you!! It feels like I’ve known forever and I am just so terrible at keeping secrets, so chances are if we had a personal conversation in the past month, I’ve probably told you this news!

I am about to answer all your questions, but before that, I just want to give a HUGE thank you to Alyssa McElheney for taking the most precious photos of our growing family!! She is amazing and if you are local to Grand Rapids you should hire her for any of your photography needs.

Pregnancy Announcement
Pregnancy Announcement

We had been trying for a few months, so it happened pretty quickly, but not nearly as quickly as it happened with Ollie. Speaking of Ollie, he is super excited to tickle the new little baby’s feet and has already been ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over how cute everything baby-related is. He has been hugging and kissing my belly unsolicited and telling me that he’s “giving the baby love.” He also talks about his big brother duties all the time. I know he is going to be amazing!!

Pregnancy Announcement
Pregnancy Announcement

I am 13 weeks along and due in September! Officially out of my first trimester, so this is going really fast!! Just as with Ollie, I am feeling good. I didn’t have any morning sickness, just some cramps, bloating and discomfort. I feel like I’m showing so much more, so much quicker this time. Before I took the test, right after the holidays, I was so bloated, my favorite high-waisted jeans were feeling so uncomfortable. Needless to say, I had to retire them two months ago! I have been trying to maintain my exercise regimen, however the weather and icy sidewalks has curbed much of my running, which has been really rough for me. So for now, I am riding our in-home exercise bike, doing Tone It Up videos and when I can make it, the classes at the gym.

We do plan on finding out what we are having and will do so mid-April.

Pregnancy Announcement

Anything I missed? Ask away!

I’m wearing: dress: Le Fluer Boutique / coat: Club Monaco / boots: Elliott Lucca

Baby balloon

Rainbow Round-up

I just love that rainbows are having a moment right now. When I was in second grade, my teacher played a song for us called, "The World is A Rainbow." Do you know it? It became kind of a classroom anthem, with a beautiful message about different kinds of people living together in harmony. That song sealed my life long love for the symbol. It makes me happy that for so many people the rainbow symbolizes love and acceptance of all people no matter who they choose to be or who they choose to love. This being my first post of pride month, it seemed like perfect time to do a round-up of my favorite rainbow decor from around the web. 

Rainbow Print
Rainbow decor
Rainbow Wallhanging

photos: 1 / 2 / 3 


Rainbow Decor round-up

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