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Flokati Epic Fail + New Rug Ideas

Okay here’s the situation. The flokati rug in the nursery works. It does. But it also doesn’t. I love it – I really do, but it did shed a hella lot during the first two months and drove me nuts. Now, it’s fine but I really don’t want my baby crawling, drooling or playing on it once he’s off of my lap and racing about. I’m learning as I go with nursery design – totally normal. I think out of everything I got right in his room though, the flokati rug was definitely something I wouldn’t suggest to my clients for the long haul. The first 8 months, fine. I am glad though that my approach to nursery design was, from the start, that if it costs over $50 then it needs to be something I could move to another room and it would still fit in. In this case, I can easily move the gorgeous flokati to our guest bedroom in a few months, no sweat, no loss.

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I’m currently on the prowl for a new rug that is low pile and easy to clean so my son can crawl around on it and eventually race his little cars when he’s old enough. Even still, I want the next rug to be adult-friendly too so we can move it to another room if he decides he wants mommy to change up the color scheme later on. Or I simply decide I want to redecorate. Again.

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As I’m researching rugs, I came across Armadillo&Co on Instagram (of all places) and I found so many that I want to import here to Germany from Australia! They are PERFECT for what I’m talking about – low pile, stylish, modern, fun, easy to care for and can effortlessly blend into grown up spaces as well as kiddie rooms. Oh yeah.

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P.S. // I TOTALLY WANT the Flower Weave Marigold or the Daisy in our entryway now. I adore them so much. The Marigold shown above HAS MY HEART. I’m in the process of decorating our entry way and decided one of these rugs HAS to be in it. Now I just have to figure out how to get it up her from freakin’ Australia.

Love any of these rugs above? Did you think my flokati rug in the nursery was an epic fail, too? After living with it for a few months, it sorta is.

(images: armadillo&co)

Posted in shopping on May 18, 2014

Gift Guide: 20 Under $50

I thought I’d jump on the gift guides bandwagon and do a few gift guides in case you need some inspiration! I know when it comes to shopping, I love to see what my fellow bloggers are giving (and receiving!) because oftentimes, I spot stuff I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. So whether this guide serves as help for your holiday shopping or simply a gift for someone that you love after the holidays have passed, I hope that you enjoy my roundup of 20 faves under $50.

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1/ Animal rubber stamp that doubles as a decorative object from Anthropologie 2/ J.Crew playing cards 3/Library of Flowers bubble bath from Terrain 4/Jonathan Adler elephant match strike 5/Liberty Print wallet case for iPhone from J.Crew

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6/ snow globes from West Elm 7/champagne pop candle in copper by Jonathan Adler 8/2014 Kate Spade agenda 9/Decorate Workshop (my book!) Kindle or Print Edition 10/phone cases from Rifle Paper Co.

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11/Holiday card set 12/Oyster print  13/Plated Glass ornaments 14/Liberty print handkerchief 15/Serena & Lily set of belly baskets

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16/ Garance Dore print 17/Bake something delightful, then fill these Peppermint Winter Cupcake Boxes by Martha Stewart 18/geometric pillow handmade by Nirwa 19/twin triangle necklace from artsy modern 20/German glitter ornaments from Pottery Barn

Fancy anything for yourself, too? I bet you do!

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in shopping on December 10, 2013

NEW: Happy & Bright IKEA Slipcovers

Hello everyone! I’ve been thinking about all things renovating and all things baby lately. It’s kind of taking over my brain! We will move either the end of December or first week of January, my due date is January 25th, and my new space is completely under renovation. My husband and his friend will go work on it today since the painter doesn’t think he’ll finish it all in time (he is leaving for Paris soon for the holidays) but we’re all determined to get things done so we’re hard and having fun in the process.

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I am generally pretty laid back and, good news for all, baby hormones haven’t made me in the slightest bit moody or whine-y, so I’ve been really relaxed about everything. I haven’t felt any stress from taking on so much (so far). I like being busy because having a full life takes the stress off of me – If I’m sitting here with lots of free time then I have more time to worry about the typical baby delivery and new motherhood concerns. Everything is moving along so well and it feels really great you guys! I wanted so much to enjoy my pregnancy and after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy sickness hell, it’s great to have energy, the “glow”, to really be able to enjoy this moment in my life. It may never happen again, so I’m trying to take it all in, you know? AND I’m finally gaining weight. I lost 20 lbs during the first 18 weeks but I’ve gained nearly 12 of it back. I’m still lighter than I was when I got pregnant, but my baby boy is growing beautifully and his measurements are in synch with normal baby measurements (week 31 begins on Monday). I couldn’t be happier.

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So let’s talk about decorating. Today I received the cutest press release about Swedish slipcover company Bemz and their new partnership with Littlephant. Made for young and old alike, their new collection is made up of 100% natural fibers and is machine washable, features covers for mattresses, sofas, mattress pads, chair covers, bedspreads, beanbags and more. This stuff seriously got me so excited about the baby’s nursery design, even MORE excited that I thought I was before. I love seeing these sweet rooms and happy colors. These sweet designs are by textile designer and illustrator Camilla Lundsten.

By the way, is that washi tape on an IKEA locker cabinet above? Hmmm. I think it is and if so, brilliant!

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Check out all of this color – wild, right? I couldn’t live in a home with this much pattern and color BUT I can definitely imagine a few of these patterns in a baby’s or kid’s room, playroom or even a living room or dining area. I love strong geometric prints! Here are more dizzy rooms to make your head spin! Fun!

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I LOVE the legs on this sofa! Don’t you???

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I’m all about stacking small mattresses, princess and the pea style – so cute!

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There is that IKEA locker cabinet again with, what I’m guessing is, washi tape on the front. So cute! Speaking of IKEA, I have to go to my local store this weekend to order new countertops and hardware for my cabinetry and look for a few small things for our new apartment. I think I read somewhere that this collection presented throughout this post won’t be in stores until March but perhaps I’ll spot a few things and if so, I’ll let you know what I thought once I see everything up close and personal.

Do you spot any ideas or patterns that catch your eye?

(images: bemz)

 

Posted in shopping on November 22, 2013

Flower Shop Love: Landet Järna

Hello everyone! I’ve been working on final edits for my third book and also finalizing my e-course curriculum for our upcoming November Blogging Your Way: Intention & Style class (we just started enrolling, yay!), so I’ve been a bit scattered lately as you can imagine.

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I found something very interesting and spectacular via a reader that I have to highlight quickly – a wild flower and plant shop in Sweden called Landet Järna on my friend Emma’s blog. Landet Järna, located at Hornsbruksgatan 24, Hornstull, Stockholm, gathers their finds from nearby forests such as branches, tiny oak trees, lingonberry bushes and ferns. As a forest gatherer myself (I have one behind my house), I am inspired to go later this afternoon with my friend Kristina and see what I can find for my dining table – I’d love some berry branches. I also have so many lab bottles, vintage apothecary bottles and glass vases that I’m thinking to pull together a pretty display in my home inspired by Landet Järna. These gorgeous photos were taken by Mikael Axelsson.

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Emma always finds neat things in her country and I love being able to access Sweden in the click of a mouse. We’re all so lucky to have design bloggers tapping away on their keys all over the world to bring us their impressions on style & design. Thank you Emma for being my Scandinavian design go-to girl! I think everyone who follows your blog appreciates you so much. Oh readers, if you are fans of Emma you have to get the book that she helped to write and edit called Northern Delights. I have a copy and it’s stunning.

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By the way, I have to mention that I attended a local home fair called INFA and found some interesting things like two DaWanda shop owners, Julia Dettmer and Maschaa, who had the sweetest handmade goods and a small company from Kyrgyzstan called Jurten where I bought my future son the most adorable felted squirrel. We also came upon a South African company called Design Africa where we bought delicious rooibos tea and a leather postman bag for my husband. The owners were also the loveliest and best-dressed men at the fair. They’re both originally from Cape Town and we had the nicest conversation with them; in fact our meeting inspired me to want to visit Cape Town since I’d never met anyone from there before other than online friends. I’m definitely more intrigued than ever.

How are you doing?

Photographer: Mikael Axelsson

Posted in shopping on October 15, 2013

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