Living Room Wallpaper

Dreaming of Wallpaper

I am so, so itchy to try some wallpaper in the new house. For some reason I’m scared to pull the trigger. Maybe because wallpaper kind of has a stigma…

I am so, so itchy to try some wallpaper in the new house. For some reason I’m scared to pull the trigger. Maybe because wallpaper kind of has a stigma about it of being outdated? But there are so many incredible, modern, super cool wallpapers out there these days! I went down the wallpaper rabbit hole recently on Milton & King and got to daydreaming about just going for it and papering a room or two. So I went even further down the rabbit hole and started thinking how I’d switch up the decor of a room in our house with some fab wallpaper.

I kind of fell in love with this Swiss Linen print paper —  it’s simple but so cool and adds a pop of my very favorite color. I’m also loving the faux textured look of it! I got to scheming about what it might look like in a couple of different rooms at home. Up first, the bathroom.

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Swiss Linen Wallpaper. Geo Pendant Lamp. Lemonade Art Print. Pineapple Art Print. Jewelry Stand. Brass Paper Holder. Faceted Soap Dispenser. Textured Bath Towels.

Loving it with the bits of gold and the geometric vibe! I added some art prints to the mix for some extra color and a little bit of an organic feel to break up the geometry of it all. Dangit, this is making me want to wallpaper my little half bath ASAP.

Once I was on a roll, I had to see what it might look like in our living room. I added a few pieces that we already have, along with a few of my wish list-y type pieces. Turns out a little eclectic bohemian vibe goes great with the Swiss Linen too!

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Swiss Linen Wallpaper. Eye Pillow. Kilim Pillow. Sloan Chair. Globe. Lamp. Rug. Stripe Pillow. Chair Swing.

I’m loving the mixed up patterns, aren’t you? I can’t get enough of a good pattern these days. I feel like the simple color palette of the rug and throw pillows makes it so the patterns don’t overwhelm you. And I’m finally admitting to the world that I have wanted one of those swing chairs for my whole life. Good thing they’re so trendy right now.

So! Do you have wallpaper in your house? Would you ever paper a room or an accent wall? I’m inching closer and closer to it. I could totally see my bedroom in this. Or a kid’s room with this! Oh, the possibilities! xoxo

This post is sponsored by Milton & King. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not….

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

This project happened so fast we didn’t even think to photograph the step-by-step process! But I’m pretty sure you can get it with just the written instructions, so fear not. You too can have these fancy gold legs on your boring old bathroom sink, dudes. In the new house (is it still new if we’ve lived here for six months?) we have this teensy tinsy half bath that really needed a little something fancy. Eventually we’ll probably do a whole remodel on this little room and make it a full bath; for now we just wanted something to hold us over and update it a bit. It’s so tiny that we were hesitant to add any major statements, but some gold accents felt just right. Because gold anything always feels just right. Right?

Materials

Make Time: 3 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

1. Measure the distance from the underside of your sink to the floor. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length using the dremel tool.
2. Measure the distance that you’d like from the pipe legs to the wall. Cut two lengths of pipe to this length as well.
3. Give all of your copper pieces a light sanding to rough up the surface so that the paint will stick. Wipe clean.
4. Put together your legs. Slide a T connector up each long leg and insert the short pipes into the T on each side. Connect a flange to the end of each short pipe. Put a cap onto the bottom of each long leg. Secure each piece together with E-6000. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
5. In a well-ventilated area, spray the whole structure with gold spray paint. Start with thin layers and build, leaving plenty of drying and curing time in between. Be careful not to touch it too soon or you’ll leave fingerprints!
6. Insert the metal structure under the sink and be sure it’s level. Once level, screw the flanges into the wall with a drill.
7. Optional: Go hog wild like Mr. Lovely and paint everything in sight gold. He ended up painting the pipes under the sink and even our faucet. To do this, mask the crap out of your bathroom with painter’s tape and plastic drop cloths. Then open a window and carefully spray the parts you want gold. (I kid you not, he masked the rest of the room so well it looked like an episode of Dexter.)

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

Ta-daaaa! A fancy schmancy (looking) sink that’s just a little more special than your average. I get so jazzed on this thing every time I wash my hands! We’re still figuring out what to do with the rest of the bathroom — I can’t decide if I just love it plain white and gold or if it needs a little something extra. I’ll keep you posted. xoxo

DIY Gold Sink Legs

DIY Gold Sink Legs

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DIY IKEA Hack Geometric Wall Sconces

We are allll about the IKEA hack up in this piece. I swear, if you went through our house and asked us where we got all our stuff, most of…

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We are allll about the IKEA hack up in this piece. I swear, if you went through our house and asked us where we got all our stuff, most of the time the answer would be IKEA. That, and West Elm. But you gotta mix the high with the low, you know what I’m sayin’? So when we want something that looks really cool but won’t cost an arm and a leg, we head to IKEA with our DIY goggles on.

We initially saw these sconces in this adorable little girl’s room makeover that Ashley did. We got pumped and knew we wanted to give them the DIY treatment. So we snagged a pair and Mr. Lovely got to work. Here’s how you can make ’em too!

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Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time)

So here’s the deal — sometimes Mr. Lovely takes off on a project without giving me fair warning and I don’t get any process photos. In fact, that happens quite a lot around the house and sometimes I don’t share things here because I don’t have good documentation of the process! But these were too good not to share so I’ll do my best to give you the lowdown without any photos.

Start by cutting your 2 x 4. Cut two identical pieces, on an angle of your choosing, to make your diamond. Our pieces were about 10″ long and cut on a 60 degree angle.

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Next, stain or seal your wood if desired. We didn’t stain but we put two coats of sealer on the wood for a finished look.

Then, glue the long edges of the two pieces of wood together with wood glue to form the diamond.

On the back of the diamond, drill a small hole in the center, about two inches down from the top. Drill at an upward angle, pointing the drill bit toward the top of the diamond. This will be where you insert the nail or screw to hang the sconce on the wall.

On the front of the diamond, screw in the bracket for the light fixture. Attach the top screw to the top piece of wood and the bottom screw to the lower piece of wood for a little extra security.

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Put the light fixture together by attaching the metal bracket to the clamp on the light. Then, insert a strong nail or a screw into your wall where you’d like your sconce hung. Hang the light on the nail and be sure it’s secure — we found that ours hung well with just a screw but be sure to check that yours are steady!

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If you like, you can do some fancy loopy knots to your cord. That’s it! Light it up and enjoy your handiwork. Have you done any rad IKEA hacks lately? Leave a link in the comments if you have! xoxo

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DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Table

When we were living in LA, Mr. Lovely and I were making the yard sale rounds one weekend morning and stumbled on this vintage sewing machine table. I was needing…

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

When we were living in LA, Mr. Lovely and I were making the yard sale rounds one weekend morning and stumbled on this vintage sewing machine table. I was needing a little furniture piece to house my jewelry and accessories, and I thought it might work well. We asked the guy how much he wanted for it and when he said fifteen bucks I just about picked up the thing and ran away with it. I think it was one of those moments when he realized he lowballed me but there was no going back. That sucker was mine.

So we took it home and it lived with us in LA for a while. We left it as it was because we didn’t really have a place to do woodworking in our apartment, but I always dreamed of refinishing it and making an extra drawer where there was just a facade on the front. And that’s what we finally did! (My handy husband is especially handy now that he’s got a whole garage full of tools to work with. It’s adorable.)

Materials

  • vintage sewing desk
  • extra wood scraps
  • sander
  • saw
  • drill
  • paint & paintbrushes
  • wood stain & seal
  • liquid gilding
  • painter’s tape
  • screws

Make Time: 6 Hours (plus drying time)

Here’s what we started with, a simple old sewing desk with a fold-out top. It had an awesome shape and design but was kind of scratched up and was just a little boring.

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DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

We started by sawing through the front facade of the desk, pulling out the front panel, and putting together a frame to add a drawer. The drawer was framed up with a bottom screwed on, and a base for the drawer was added to the existing desk. It also had those wacky panels that opened up for sewing, which got screwed down and secured to the desk itself.

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

Then the whole shebang got sanded. Reallll well.

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We taped off the top portion and the legs of the desk and added a coat of stain, followed by a coat of sealer. Once that was dry, we retaped and painted the rest white.

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I had originally started a search for some new hardware, but after a bit I decided that I really loved what was there and I just wanted a new finish on it. So I took to all of the hardware (including the hinges we left on and the base of the legs) with some liquid gilding. And I totally ended up loving it. Cheap (read: free) fix, and looks pretty swell.

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DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing Desk

So now she’s all set up and it’s the perfect spot to sit and put my face on (who says that?) and pick out accessories! I love how it turned out, and that it gave that old sewing desk a new life. Gah I just can’t get over those legs — they’re so good.

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DIY Vanity from a Vintage Sewing DeskI get so pumped when I find pieces like this one for a steal. I mean, $15 and a coat or two of paint just ain’t too shabby. xoxo

 

 

Living Room and Office Before and After

Before + After // Our Living Room and Office

Doesn’t it just feel so good when you move into a new place and finally things start coming together? It always takes me a million years to get a room…

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Doesn’t it just feel so good when you move into a new place and finally things start coming together? It always takes me a million years to get a room to a place where I love it (and even then I am a chronic rearranger). Sometimes I just have a heck of a time committing to hanging a certain thing on the wall, or moving a piece of furniture here or there. I just like to live with things for a while to let them marinate and see how I feel about it all. It drives Mr. Lovely absolutely bananas. Good thing he likes me. But we finally finished a couple more rooms in the house recently and I thought it would be fun to do a little before and after feature, because I snapped some crazy photos from back in the day when these rooms were just basically piles of stuff.

Our living room is gigantic and kind of long & narrow, with one wall that’s basically entirely windows. So it was kind of tricky to arrange. We wanted it to feel open and airy but also cozy and lived-in. Does that exist? I don’t know. But I think we just about got there. Here’s the before and after.

 

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and AfterBefore we moved in we refinished all of the original hardwood, so we wanted to keep plenty of it showing but still have a cozy place to sit or put your feet. West Elm was kind enough to send us their totally rad honeycomb rug, which has turned out to be the perfect solution. They sent along one of their fab lacquer trays as well, which we’re using as a coffee table (on top of the Kilim Pouf that we already had). We saved our pennies and snapped up a pair of Sloan chairs, upholstered in that amazing deep blue, and they’re maybe my favorite pieces of furniture in the house. Ohmygosh those chairs.

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

I love hanging out in this room! We pull the guitars off the wall and make up goofy songs, and we have friends over for drinks, and we watch all of the family babies run around and flop on all of the ottomans. It’s a good room.

And now, the office before and after!

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

The new office is kind of a mishmash of our old desks with some new tricks. West Elm made another dream come true and sent the best office chairs in all the land. Mr. Lovely and I roll around and twirl in those things all day long. I’m also loving these little marble boxes — perfect for little office this-and-that’s. (Like the gold paperclips that you obviously need.) We put up shelves on either side of our desks and stocked them with our faves, and it’s totally a lady-side/man-side situation. Other than that, the office stays pretty simple, with lots of moveable pieces that we can roll around for photoshoots and the like. I’m super into it. It’s like working in a big, beautiful white box.

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Living Room and Office Before and After

Stay tuned for more pieces of the new house as we keep finishing it bit by bit! A big smushy hug to West Elm for being my favorite place to shop and for helping us get the new place outfitted. Have a good weekend, guys! xoxo

Living Room and Office Before and After

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Little Guy’s Nursery

Wanna know something crazy? In the mornings, sometimes I wake up and the first thing I do is go sit in this room and just look around. Isn’t that bonkers?…

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Wanna know something crazy? In the mornings, sometimes I wake up and the first thing I do is go sit in this room and just look around. Isn’t that bonkers? In probably just a few days I’ll be chained to the rocking chair for hours on end and all I want to do right now is go sit in there and stare. I’m just so happy that the little dude’s nursery is all finished, and that I actually like it. For a long time I was super stressed about it, as though if something wasn’t quite right he’d just have a tantrum and hate it. Which I know is crazy. But it’s done and it’s so happy in there and I just love it.

When we started dreaming about the nursery, we decided on sort of an eclectic adventure vibe, with bright and happy accents. And I knew way down deep in my bones that the VW van photo that Mary took had to be the inspiration. So that’s where we started. I was also so over the moon to have Land of Nod partner up with us to provide a few key pieces that make the room come together.

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We started with a super simple crib, and painted the wall behind it a pale, minty blue (if there is such a thing?). I had a heck of a time deciding what to put over the crib because of my complete terror at having something fall down into it. So we eventually decided on a little DIY pompom garland and a sweet cloud light that we found thrifting. Mr. Lovely literally spent hours wiring and hanging that thing because I kept changing my mind about where it would go and how it would hang and where the switch would be. He liked me lots after that. The pineapple print and car print from went up next to the crib to jazz it up a little — perfect for a little dude. We also got the crib all dressed up in a crib sheet and skirt from Nod. Who could pass up a chambray crib skirt?!

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Oh, and somebody please give me a round of applause — I knitted that throw pillow cover. I win.

You probably remember the gallery wall we put together, which is still one of my favorite spots in the room. A while back, Meg from White Nest sent us the Greatest Adventure print and I just about cry every time I see it. And the ampersand embroidery was a sweet gift from Laura. Almost everything in the room has a story behind it and I just love that.

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After a million mamas raved about it, we finally splurged on the Graham Glider from west elm for a rocking chair, and woahhhh I’m glad we did. It’s the most comfortable chair in our house. We added the leather pouf from Nod for a little ottman and it works like a charm. And DUDES the dresser we ended up choosing for the little guy is an IKEA hack! Anybody want a tutorial? I can definitely share our secrets. And Nod’s Eden table lamp is just so perfect on the top of it.

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nursery6We did a little DIY treatment on the closet doors using removable stripes, which I am mildly obsessed with. At first I thought it was too loud but I got over that real quick. And the beauty is that if we ever want to switch it up those stripes come right off.

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A couple of Nod’s soft knit baskets are holding all of the little buddy’s blankies and toys for now. I love those bright pops of yellow. And we did another little IKEA hack to make some shelves for books and a few special things.

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Thanks for coming on our little nursery tour! It is beyond weird to me that this room is going to be home to a little boy real, real soon. Big thanks to Land of Nod for helping us make a cozy spot for him. Okay little one, we’re ready for you! xoxo

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DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinet

Welcome back gang! I’m so excited to finally share the rest of this hacky little project! Mr. Lovely and I had a ball putting together different pieces from Wayfair to…

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

Welcome back gang! I’m so excited to finally share the rest of this hacky little project! Mr. Lovely and I had a ball putting together different pieces from Wayfair to outfit out laundry room, and ohmygosh is it way more functional now. In case you missed it yesterday, here’s the laundry room before:

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Pretty much a washer and a dryer and nothing else in the world. We had been storing our detergent on the floor. Classy. So we found some pieces that came together to make the cabinets/countertop/shelving combo of our dreams. See yesterday’s post for the shelf how-to, and read on to make your own cabinets like ours!

Materials

Make Time: 4 Hours plus Drying Time

Start by putting together the two cabinets according to the directions on the packaging. Don’t bother installing the handles or the legs. The two pieces will initially look like this:

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Fuse the two pieces together by drilling through the inner walls and securing them with bolts. We found that three bolts were sufficient, placed low, medium, and high.

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Put the worktop on the cabinets and measure how wide you might like it to be. Ours was a bit too wide so we trimmed off a bit. Mark the excess with a pencil line and saw off the excess. Lightly sand the worktop and clean it to be sure it’s free of dust or debris. Add coats of your sealer according to the directions on the packaging of the sealer you choose.

From the inside of the cabinets, drill pilot holes on all four corners of the top panel. Lay the worktop on top of the cabinets and be sure it’s centered correctly. Use the drill to screw through the pilot holes and into the worktop until it’s secure and flush with the cabinets.

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From your leather, cut faceted rectangles to act as a backing for the drawer pulls. We actually ended up using the leather to disguise the previously drilled holes, because the pulls we wanted were a different measurement. But I love how it turned out! If your pulls are a different measurement as well, you’ll need to drill new holes for the pulls to screw into. Drill pilot holes into the leather that correspond with your pulls. Place the leather against the drawer, insert the screws through the back of the drawer and through the leather, and screw into the drawer pulls.

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

That’s it! I still wiggle my toes with how the room turned out. We also outfitted it with a rolling hamper, which is my dream, and a drying rack that folds up neat and tidy. It’s all so bright and white and there are so many drawers I could just swoon. So I’m curious — would you attempt a hack-type project like this one? I think I might be addicted. xoxo

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

DIY Laundry Room Cabinets

This post was creating using product received from Wayfair. All opinions, ideas, and projects are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelf

It happened! There is officially one room in our house that is completely, totally done. And wouldn’t you know it — it’s the laundry room. Because laundry is the most…

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

It happened! There is officially one room in our house that is completely, totally done. And wouldn’t you know it — it’s the laundry room. Because laundry is the most important thing? I don’t know.

But who cares, because it’s done and I love it! I was pumped to partner with Wayfair to bring a little DIY action to all of the zillions of home goods on their site. Before I dove in, I had no idea about the extent of materials you can get there. I kind of thought of it as pillows and poufs and fun decorative stuff. But no. They have tile. They have countertops. They have sink faucets and wallpaper and everything you probably need to put a house together. So we came up with the idea of doing a few DIY hacks for our laundry room! It was basically a big, blank, white room with no storage and nowhere to put anything at all. Behold:

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Up first, we needed a shelf. If you love the look, here’s how you can DIY your own. (And hey, come back tomorrow for another laundry room DIY and a reveal of the whole room!)

Materials

  • bamboo butcherblock worktop
  • sander
  • circular saw or table saw (if you’d like to make your shelf smaller)
  • water-based sealer
  • paintbrush
  • drill
  • shelf brackets
  • molly bolts
  • measuring tape
  • level
  • pencil

Make Time: 2 Hours plus Drying Time

Start by determining how deep and long you’d like your shelf. We wanted ours a bit smaller than the size of the original work top, so we cut it down. Measure the length or width you’d like to remove and draw a line in pencil using your measuring tape or level. Use the saw to cut off the excess.

Next, we wanted a little sheen on our shelves so we sanded it down just a bit and added a sealer. Use your sander to lightly take off any rough edges or splinters. Wipe down the board to be sure it’s clean and free of dust, and add coats of sealer according to the directions on your packaging.

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Determine where you’d like the brackets on your shelving. Drill pilot holes into the board, being careful not to drill completely through. Screw the brackets onto the bottom of the board.

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Decide where you’d like your shelving to hang. Hold it up to the wall and make a light pencil mark to mark the spot. Use the level and measuring tape to mark the places where you’ll need to screw in molly bolts. (We highly recommend measuring this a few times! Papa Lovely always says, “Measure twice, cut once.”) Drill pilot holes for your molly bolts and hammer the plastic portion of the bolts into place. Once they’re in, have someone give you a hand to hold up the shelf while you drill the brackets into the molly bolt holes.

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DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

BAM! Guys, you just made a shelf. I have to say, I’m really excited to be diving into these more extreme DIYs. It’s so fun to have a house where you can do larger projects like this! We outfitted the shelf with these great baskets, which are now hiding all of the ugly stuff that was just sort of sitting on the floor in the laundry room. And we have a place for our watering can and some decor, too! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see the rest of the storage area we put together, and the room in its entirety. I keep just walking in there to be happy about the fact that it’s all done! xoxo

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

DIY Laundry Room Shelving

This post was creating using product received from Wayfair. All opinions, ideas, and projects are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

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Hunting for a Baby Friendly Coffee Table

I know, I know. The kid isn’t even born yet and I’m looking for baby friendly furniture. But with a 4 year old niece and a 1 year old nephew…

I know, I know. The kid isn’t even born yet and I’m looking for baby friendly furniture. But with a 4 year old niece and a 1 year old nephew who live around the corner and come to visit often, I feel like we might as well get a jump on it. My sister and her babies were over to visit the other day and it took 4 adults to keep my adorable nephew from killing himself on our sharp-cornered coffee table. So obviously I took it as an opportunity to do a little shopping research.

Right now I’m thinking anything padded and without sharp edges is an improvement. But ideally, it would also be padded and upholstered in a fabric that is easy to clean, in a shape that a kid can’t tip over, and in a dream world you could stuff toys inside it to hide them when you need to clean the house in a hurry. Am I asking too much here?

I hopped online and found a few options — not all of them are perfect, but it’s a start! I always get so excited when I find kid-friendly stuff that doesn’t make me feel like I have to abandon my whole aesthetic, ya know?

From top of post: Furry stool. Woven bench. Blue stool. Black & white pouf. Faux leather bench. Orange ottoman. Woven coffee table. Upholstered bench.

What do you think? Any faves? I know that round woven table is probably not the smartest of the bunch, but I threw it in there for good measure. By the way, I found all of these on Target.com, which is a whole new world of being obsessed with Target. You know how we all love it, right? Well shopping on their website is like if you walked into your local Target and multiplied it by 100. There are so many really fantastic pieces online that you can’t get in stores — but you can order them and they just show up at your doorstep like fairies dropped them off. Target fairies. There’s always free shipping on $50 or more, and you can return ship for free (or return it in-store, which is totally my jam). In fact, I think about half of my picks here are only available at Target.com.

But I digress! I’d love to know which ones you love and which ones you think would just be impractical with a little one. For the smaller pieces, I might even be envisioning two of them sitting side by side. Like two adorable little round orange ottomans in front of the couch. I know, I’m just getting crazy now. Tell me your thoughts! And for more Target goodness, visit them at Facebook and Twitter. xoxo

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Target. The opinions and text are all mine.

Nursery Gallery Wall

Sneak Peek // Nursery Gallery Wall

Things in the house are coming together, and our latest excitement is over a gallery wall that we put together for the kiddo’s room. It’s funny. When you’re in a…

Nursery Gallery Wall

Nursery Gallery Wall

Things in the house are coming together, and our latest excitement is over a gallery wall that we put together for the kiddo’s room. It’s funny. When you’re in a new house and your belongings are just living in piles, nailing a few things into the wall makes you feel beyond accomplished. Even if it’s just one wall in one room, it’s done and I’m pretty sure I’m superwoman because of it.

I’ve known since forever that I really wanted this photo by my incredible photographer pal Mary Costa to be a focal point in the nursery, because it’s just such a cool shot. I put off printing and framing it forever because isn’t getting things framed such a tedious thing to do? I never know where to go to get good prints in a large size, or how to mat it or which frame to pick and all that jazz. I remember my mom agonizing over that kind of stuff when I was little and not getting why it was so hard. But dudes. It’s hard.

Nursery Gallery Wall

I was lucky enough to partner with Framebridge, which you need to know if you don’t — it’s this brilliant online shop that can print and/or mat and frame your art in a jiffy at totally incredible prices. (Because that’s the other thing about framing. It costs an arm and a leg and your firstborn child.) It’s rad. You literally just upload or send in your art, choose a size, pick a mat and frame, and the end. When Mary’s photo arrived in the mail we just leaned it against the wall and gazed at it lovingly like a couple of dorks for a while because it looked so good all printed and framed. We chose something nice and simple, but they have a little bit of everything in their frame selection. I keep going back to the site and mocking up more photos just for fun.

So! I got all of the gallery wall pieces together and laid them out on the floor to kind of get an idea of how it was going to come together. And of course, when it went on the wall it bore only a vague resemblance to what I had on the floor. But you gotta give yourself a little creative license, right? Mr. Lovely was the muscle, and I was the artistic director on this particular project.

Nursery Gallery Wall

Nursery Gallery Wall

Yaaaaaay! I love it. I love that the little guy will get to look at that bright, happy, hippie VW van every day. And that we can pull down the uke and play some tunes together. It’s just so cheerful. And now, on to the next wall. Only a zillion more to go. And hey, I have a fun present for you! Now through October 31st, you can get $30 off a Large or Extra Large frame from Framebridge! Just enter code FRAME30 at checkout. And be sure to tell me what you’re framing — I’m nosy like that. xoxo

Nursery Gallery Wall

Nursery Gallery Wall

This post is sponsored by Framebridge. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking! xoxo

Stocking the Nursery

Stocking the Nursery

It’s happening! Moving boxes are unpacked and now comes the fun part, of deciding where everything goes and getting decorated. I wanted to tackle the nursery first because I’d love to…

Stocking the Nursery

It’s happening! Moving boxes are unpacked and now comes the fun part, of deciding where everything goes and getting decorated. I wanted to tackle the nursery first because I’d love to have it settled long before baby makes his entrance. It’s coming along, and while we’re decorating the room we’re also stocking it with diapers, wipes, and all of those other parent-type products that you have to decide on for your little one! They’re things I never thought about before, but have been realizing are so important.

We knew right off the bat that we wanted to choose products that were gentle, easy on baby, and had as few additives or chemicals as possible. Enter The Honest Company. Honest has a whole gang of products for babies and parents alike, and they’re all made with a focus on eco-friendliness, sustainability, and the health and well being of our little kiddo. We like that.

Stocking the Nursery

Wait ’til you see the reveal of the dresser that Ryan refinished for the nursery! We couldn’t find exactly what we wanted, so we did a little DIY hacking. After we got it set up, I stocked it with diapers and wipes, and am starting to get all the blankies and clothes put away, too. The Honest diapers are so cute you almost wanna show ’em off; each season there’s a new set of prints, everything from giraffes to skulls to geometric patterns. Ah-dorable.  I know a ton of moms who order the diaper and wipes bundle to be delivered every month and just swear by it. Can’t wait to try them out on the little dude.

Stocking the Nursery

Stocking the Nursery

Hand sanitizer goes in the diaper drawer and diaper bag, too — my sister did this and I remember thinking it was so smart when I was babysitting and changing my niece’s diapers all the time.

I left a little shelf in the bathroom for baby’s supplies and bath toys. It’s so funny that he gets his own shelves now! The Honest shampoo & body wash is tear-free and gentle enough for babies but good for the whole family. And I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t already started using the body lotion. Sorry, kid. Mom needs soft skin too. Semi-related: how cute are baby bath robes?! I can’t stand it.

Stocking the Nursery

And, totally embarrassing: I was completely terrified to wash my first load of baby clothes! I don’t know why, I guess I thought they would disintegrate because they’re so tiny? But I used the Honest detergent on all of our new baby clothes, blankies, and bedding and they look amazing. Also, I am just dying to see my kid wear that moonstache shirt.

Stocking the Nursery

Stocking the Nursery

Whether you have a baby or not, you can sign up to receive some free trials of their goodies and test them out. Create an account here and test away. I’m learning that choosing products for the little guy feels like our first steps in parenting decisions. Big thanks to the Honest team for giving us a little peace of mind about giving baby a healthy start. And stay tuned for more peeks at the nursery! xoxo

This post is sponsored by The Honest Company. All opinions are mine. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!