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Sailor’s Nursery / Newborn Shoot

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I’m so sooo excited to finally get to show you guys these special, personal photos from our newborn/nursery shoot with our dear friend Heather Kincaid two weeks after Sailor was born. A big thank you to 100 Layer Cakelet for featuring this shoot today as well! Looking back at these now, I almost feel like I’m looking at three strangers in a way. With a new baby, everything is constantly updating and progressing and changing so much from the day before and this feels like a totally different time, even though today she’s still only just over 3 months old. One thing I remember so vividly about this day was being kind of shell shocked, to be perfectly honest. It was the first time after she was born when we tried to do something that required us to get up that morning and be somewhat functioning human beings. I remember feeling so incredibly tired, puffy, overstimulated, and confused. I held Sailor and while I felt so lucky to stare and at this incredible thing I was so proud to call my own, at the same time I almost felt like I was playing a role of “new mom.” I was in love, but also in so much pain (see this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and all the emotions were still just so new that I could barely even identify them. Ian on the other hand was cool as a cucumber (he’ll be offended by that analogy because there’s basically nothing on this earth that he hates more than cucumbers) and I watched him swaddle her and hold her so naturally, and felt like he was way ahead of me in conquering this new parent thing. Now I see how that was such a special and raw moment to capture as new parents and I’m so glad Heather was there to do it (with her very own newborn in tow no less! She’s a total pro at both her craft and being a mom).

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0032 copyNow, about the nursery! Putting this room together was essentially the project that brought me to a zen place throughout my pregnancy. While I had felt so out of my element in kid-prep, I kept reminding myself that I could do mommyhood my own way, starting with the nursery. It was important to me that this room be a place us adults would enjoy. Not only would we spending a lot of time in here, but it’s also still the room where all my own clothes are held in the closets and where I get dressed everyday (if you follow me on Snapchat @thelifestyled then you know all about this struggle). So it literally is partly “my” room too. Not surprisingly,  I didn’t want a lot of color. I wanted it to feel fresh and light, with some playful yet sophisticated touches. Modern and minimal (lots of lucite and clean lines) with boho accents for texture and softness.

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0113 copyMy mom also played a big role in bringing this vision to life since many of the nursery’s best elements were handmade by her. Namely, the white wall hanging made out of leather and feathers (!!), the adorable quilt with little shapes we designed specifically to suit Sailor and me, a linen embroidery piece with lips in different pink tones (framed on the gallery wall), and the yarn mobile over the chair. These and many other of her crafts are all becoming available on her new Etsy shop, Elm Street Textiles. She’s taking orders for custom pieces too so hit her up if you see something you like, and definitely keep checking back for new listings. My mom is one of the most creative people I know and I’m so happy to have her handiwork as a part of Sailor’s room.

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Crib / Area rug /  Sheepskin rug / Crib sheet / Crib skirt / Acrylic bookcase / Pillow / Glider / Quilt, mobile, lips embroidery piece, and wall hanging were all handmade by my mom, Elm Street Textiles / Pouf / Wardrobe / Dresser + Knobs / Bunny lamp / Lucite lamp / Bank / Basket / Hamper / Paper bag / Diaper pail / Swaddle /   / Sailor’s onesie: Petit Bateau / My dress: BCBG

Photography by Heather Kincaid

Mini Bathroom Makeover

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When we moved into our apartment last year, the inspiration was flowing for how I wanted to decorate the different rooms. We love this place for the many areas that are drenched with sunlight and have more of a “house” feel. Sadly, the bathrooms are not those areas. Frankly, the bathrooms are dark, windowless, and definitely have an “apartment” feel with lots of basic, nothing-to-write-home-about fixtures. It’s not worth investing money into any permanent aspects of the place since we don’t own it, so any updates we do have to be in the accessory realm. I made it my mission to upgrade this bathroom as best I could with an all-white look to keep it feeling light and fresh, and little pops of black for some minimalist accents. I also decided that no product that wasn’t pretty to look at was allowed outside of the cabinets. I scoured all the beauty brands that were not only good products, but had well designed packaging that would serve as decor on the counter.

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Byredo ‘Burning Rose’ candle / Lancôm ‘Absolute Eye Precious Cells’ eye care / Glossier ‘Balm Dotcom‘ / Sachajuan leave in conditioner  / SK-II facial treatment cleanser / Glossier ‘Soothing Face Mist‘ / Glossier ‘Priming Moisturizer‘ / Glossier ‘Perfecting Skin Tint‘ / Aesop parsley seed facial cleansing oil / Aesop parsley seed anti-oxidant facial toner / West Elm mirror tray / Kiehls anti-persperant & deodorant / La Roche-Posay Ultra-Light spf 30 sunscreen

Bathroom-6Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 10.43.00 PMKeraste K Forme Fatale hair gel / Evo dry shampoo / R+Co flexible hairspray / Phytovolume volumizing spray / Henri Bendel white pepper candle / Sachajuan ocean mist texturizing spray / Santa Maria Novella body milk / St Tropez self tan luxe dry oil / CB2 tray / Jonathan Adler ‘DOLLS’ canister

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We found these two art prints at a boutique in Florence and are by far my favorite additions to the space. I love how they add some “unbasicness” to the main wall. We also added some plants to bring some life into an otherwise stark space, along. A luxurious candle, like this one from Byredo and a nice room spray (obsessed with this one from Diptyque) can also do wonders to the overall feeling of the room when I come in here.

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I would love to hear about how you guys add luxe touches to the blah spaces in your home!


DIY Boho Wall Hanging

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Nursery Inspiration

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The current state of the “nursery”

When it came time to start thinking about our baby’s nursery – I have to be brutally honest – it took me a minute to get excited about giving up the room that was previously planned to be my studio/boudoir/closet. I always wanted a studio/boudoir/closet! Although when I started to think about the fun we could have turning it into a stylish nursery (and also still my closet since there’s literally nowhere else in the apartment for my clothes to go), it started to feel a lot more exciting. This is our room to design especially for our little one exactly the way we want to, and that’s a fun project no matter how you slice it. There will be a studio/boudoir/closet room in my future – I guess I’ll just have to wait a little longer for it.

While a girl might seem easier to design for, it’s actually a bit harder for me. I tend to gravitate towards more masculine baby things like robots and dinosaurs, and I don’t want a nursery that feels overly girly. After all, this is a room I’m going to be spending a lot of time in too. So rather than load it with pink, we’re opting for a mostly white room with a mix of textures, and occasional pops of black, gray, and bright coral. I want the room to have a few boho touches to soften it up (like a macrame wall hanging, plush rug, and crochet crib skirt), but still with a lot of the structure, high contrast, and clean lines I love so much. So far, all we have to show for it is this inspiration board but it is instrumental in helping us get ready to start the process. I will say it helps to have an interior designer friend like Jessica, who after hearing about some of my scattered ideas, brought them to life and then some in this design (and just wait til you see her adorable new baby boy’s chic nursery!).

We’re just about to start bringing in some pieces and I’ll be keeping you guys posted on the progress. Here we go!
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Ikea dresser / PB Kids rug / Babyletto crib / Ikea floor lamp / West Elm side table / Freshly Picked moccasins / Land of Nod table lamp / CB2 pillow / CB2 wall hanging / Monte glider chair / Jonathan Adler eyes pillow /  Clever Spaces laundry basket / Iron wire basket / Miffy lamp / Areaware Piggy bank / Anthropologie crystal bar knob / LuckyBoySunday Beauty Baby / KeeKaroo changing pad / Moroccan pouf / Hug Machine book / Black Micro Cubebot / White Micro Cubebot / Blamo rice baby toy / Fifilapin print / Moss & Twig dino print / Land of Nod acrylic bookcase / Circo crib sheet / Matteo crochet crib skirt / My Name is Simone doll / Hermes baby blanket / Tipsy-Topsy decorative cone


Gift Guide / For the Host

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1. Jac Zagoory bottle opener / 2. Sparq whiskey rocks / 3. Vintage Playing Cards ace of hearts / 4. The French Farm salt / 5. Michael Aram wine coaster / 6. Shishi As ornament / 7. American Bar by Charles Schumann / 8. Ferm Living napkin rings / 9. Jonathan Adler coasters / 10. West Elm deco barware / 11. L’Objet place card holder / 12. Culinary Concepts hammered flask / 13. Blomingville knitted throw / 14. Rory Dobner bottle stopper / 15. Byredo Parfums candle / 16. Alexander Wang junk bowl / 17. Kosta Boda votive / 18. Korres soap

It seems crazy to already be thinking about the holidays when we just wrapped Halloween this past weekend.  However, how many times have you felt like you had nothing but time to buy gifts and within a second, it’s December 22nd?  Every time? We can avoid that this year by getting a head start on gifts well before Thanksgiving.  I’m starting this year’s holiday gift guide series with one for the hosts in our lives.  We all have holiday dinners and events that we don’t want to show up empty handed for, and I’m sure we all have a friend or family member who love throwing soirees and would appreciate little luxuries to amp up their party game.  These gifts are ones that keep the hosts duties in mind, like a treat for their bar or a new touch of home decor.  Just a little something sweet to show appreciation for being invited and will certainly ensure that you’ll be invited back.


Pumpkins

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There were few things one could do to get me to decorate pumpkins again after a glitter extravaganza a few years ago left me feeling exhausted by the idea. While they were so lovely to have on my table through Thanksgiving, the remnants of glitter and glue I kept finding around the apartemnt weren’t as cute. Last year I just rounded up some white pumpkins and kept them as is which was nice, but felt a little lackluster after awhile. I love fall, especially the time surrounding Halloween, and this year it was time to resurface my pumpkin decorating side.

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The 2014 pumpkin decorating Catherine is no longer into glitter, so this time they needed to be a little bit sleeker and edgier. A color palette of black, white, and gold seemed perfectly appropriate to match my home decor and it kept the costs from getting too out of control (I guess I keep a can of gold spray paint around at all times now). All it took for these guys was the spray paint (I went with a matte finish for the white and black), acrylic paint to use with a brush for any of the touch-ups or designs, and painters tape to section off areas for the color blocking. Studs and push pins make the easiest embellishments on pumpkins because they just slide right in and stay put. I already have a craft drawer full of studs and just got these push pins (and everything else) at Blick. Any art supply store would probably have you covered for this stuff. The studs are a little harder to find but try JoAnn Fabrics or ordering them online. I got mine in the garment district downtown LA at a store called Bead Factory Inc. This was a fun DIY and much easier to clean up than the glitter. The best part is that they will last well beyond Halloween – no carving, no spiderweb designs. How are you decorating for fall this year?

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The Lifestyled October Stylish Pumpkin DIY

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School Supplies

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Sugar Paper journal / Russell + Hazel binder and rubber bands / Fred pencils / Terrapin “Boss” note cards / Russel + Hazel desktop dock / Russell + Hazel keychain / Rifle Paper Co. notebook / Brilliant Ideas notepad / Fornasetti magazine rack / Kate Spade stapler / Cavallini paper clips / Russell + Hazel leather portfolio / Nate Berkus shears / Nate Berkus folders

One of my favorite parts of September is the back-to-school excitement in the air – something that never goes away even when we’re long past our student years. Shopping for school supplies used to be something I looked forward to for months. I loved nothing more than to pick up fresh pencils, pristine new folders and notebooks. Thrill of the year. Even if you’re not headed back to school this month, it’s fun to give your desk a little update with some fun new office supplies. No Jansport backpacks or Five Star binders here!


The Etsy Elite

Etsy-Elite-RecoveredRow 1: Love From Cyprus sandals / Worthwhile Paper note cards / Meg A. Myers Designs terrarium / Row 2: Urban Walls sticker decal / Sharp Tooth canvas banner / Yang Yang Dreamhouse storage baskets / Row 3: Just Wanderlust moleskin cover / Megan Wright Design Co personalized tray / Cardboard Christmas clock

Love From CyprusHandmade products from artists around Cyprus including bracelets, shoes, and bags.

Worthwhile PaperAn earth-friendly shop filled with screen printed stationary and paper goods

Meg A. Myers Designs – Glass terrariums made by hand from recycled window glass

Urban WallsAdd some personality to your rental with these awesome wall decals

Sharp Tooth StudioEmbroidered mini banners that add character to any wall

Yang Yang DreamhousePillow covers and other quirky knits

Just Wanderlust – Rustic, simple leather accessories

Megan Wright Design CoA stationary boutique offering personalized gifts and pretty office supplies

Cardboard ChristmasHome decor made from recycled cardboard

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Wedding Guest 101 / Gift Guide

Wedding Guest 101 / Gift Guide

1. A+R birdcage / 2. Jonathan Adler vase / 3. The Bruery ‘Preservation Society’ membership / 4. Emma McKinstry save-the-date necklace / 5. Rablabs fruit bowl / 6. Missoni throw / 7. Bobby Berk unicorn wall mount / 8. Bountiful cake stand (call or go there to buy) / 9. Rablabs platter / 10.  Tom Dixon candle set / 11. Heather Lins numbered napkins / 12. Chemex coffee maker / 13. The Smitten Kitchen cookbook / 14. Alessi lemon citrus squeezer / 15. Scalamandre by Lenox decanter

Choosing the perfect wedding gift can sometimes be equally as tricky as finding the perfect outfit. Sure the registry is there to make things easy for us, but sometimes you run into roadblocks. The item you have your eye on has already been purchased, or maybe you just feel that couple would appreciate something with a little thought and creativity behind it. I’m actually a fan of registries because when people get married, they want to build their own perfect home rather than a hodgepodge of random people’s tastes. It’s a way to make it very easy on their guests to pick out something you know for sure they want. But sometimes – and you’ll probably know when it’s one of those times – it’s just nice to go off the beaten path. I recommend only doing this if you feel you really know the couple’s style and are comfortable choosing something that suits them and their home. These are a few items that you likely won’t find on a wedding registry but are sure to make memorable and stylish gifts for the wedding, or even the shower or engagement party. 

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The Etsy Elite

EliteRow 1: Howjoyful return address stamp / Squink Studio teacup candle / Kari Herer Photography magnolia bug print / Row 2: Bee is for Bear card / Life’s Little Jems print / Dolorous crystal body chain / Row 3: Viveo leather macbook case / Sturlesi Design modern exposed bulb lamp / Equine by Lauren Radvansky arabian horse bookend

Howjoyful – Hand lettered paper goods and one-of-a-kind gifts with inspirational messages

Squink Studio – Australian based art prints and hand poured soy candles

Kari Herer Photography Exquisite floral photography with a hand drawn twist

Bee is for Bear – Quirky greeting cards you’ll definitely get a kick from

Life’s Little Jems Cute art prints and vintage finds curated by interior designer Jessica Marx

Dolorous Medieval inspired handmade creations including hand jewelry and body chains

Viveo – Personalized leather camera straps & laptop cases

Sturlesi – Modern, stylish, energy efficient lights to breathe creativity into any room

Equine by Lauren Radvansky – Handmade equestrian inspired home decor

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