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.

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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

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Rainbow Decor round-up

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Conversations with Ollie // 2 1/2 years

We're you guys following along when I was blogging on Undeclared Panache? If so you may remember that back in March I posted the first in the series, conversations with Ollie. I know he's my little dude, but I think these videos will melt your heart as much as they do his mama's, He certainly isn't shy in front of a camera. I suggest you take a few minutes to check it out, I bet it will make you smile. 

Montreal Travel Diary

A few weeks back we took our annual family vacation. I had big plans to travel to Italy, but unfortunately it wasn't in the budget, so we choose a city we heard was the next best thing to Europe, Montreal. This beautiful city delivered. Just a five and a half hour drive from our house, it was close enough to go for just a long weekend. 

We left on Thursday morning and arrived at Hotel Bonaventure Thursday evening. It may not have been the hotel we would have chosen if it were just Kyle and I traveling, but this hotel was perfect for us, traveling with our 2 1/2 year old, Oliver. The hotel was nice and the pool was lovely, and we took advantage. While the location was not exactly a hot spot, but was a short walk from the main shopping street and just a few blocks from the origin point of the hop-on hop-off bus tour.

Montreal with kids

The first night we stumbled upon the cutest restaurant in the whole world, Lov! A darling and delicious vegetarian restaurant. I liked it so much I tried to get take out on our last night. PS, they don't do take-out.

Montreal - Lov

The best decision we made was doing the hop-on hop-off bus tour. Tickets are good for two days and is a great way to see and explore the entire city. Plus, two year olds love busses. We did take a couple of cabs at night, but during the day, the bus was our main mode of transportation. 

Montreal with kids

We spent a lot of time exploring and enjoying the European-style streets of Old Town.

Montreal with kids
Montreal Travel Diary

The Village was another of our favorite neighborhoods to explore. This installation was amazing and there was art everywhere to admire.

Montreal with kids
Montreal with kids

We started our second day at Schwart's, a famous Hebrew deli. I don't eat meat, but hubs gave it a stellar review. 

Montreal with kids

In the area surrounding the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, there are dozens of art installations and exhibits to see and experience. We had a lovely stroll exploring and admiring. 

Montreal with kids
Montreal with kids

Next we hopped back on the bus to go to the highest point in the city, St. Joseph's Oratory

Montreal with kids

We wrapped up with a late lunch at one of Montreal's most famous restaurants, Jardin Nelson. There was about a 25 minute wait when we got there at about 3 in the afternoon. It was so worth the wait, a charming garden space with live music. The food was good, nothing terribly special, but the ambience was fabulous. 

Jardin Nelson

Our final stop before leaving the city was the Habitat 67. This incredible building is amodel community and housing complex designed by Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. It was originally conceived as his master's thesis in architecture and then built as a pavilion for Expo 67,

Montreal with kids

Final verdict, we loved Montreal. I would absolutely recommend for travel with kids. Highly suggest doing the bus and we would definitely go back!