My Favorite Products from IKEA

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When I’m looking for clean, basic budget-friendly white pieces that I can accessorize with other items, I always look to IKEA first. Here are some of my favorite products from IKEA that I’ve used in my home: HEMNES Nightstand $69.99 – This is such a cute and sturdy little nightstand. I hacked them by adding glass knobs from… 

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Black and White Checkerboard Floors

Every time I see a room with black and white checkerboard floors, I just smile. I think I innately associate them with happy memories because my parents have a checkerboard floor in their garage in LA where we would always throw parties growing up, and we had a checkerboard dance floor installed in … Read More...

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Baby-Led Weaning, Spoon Feeding, and Breastfeeding Update

I got a lot of good response from my last post on feeding Oliver so I thought I'd post an update. Like I mentioned before, we are doing a "mix" of baby-led weaning and spoon feeding. Sometimes I let him pick up and gnaw on pieces of food, and sometimes I mash food up and spoon feed it to him, or … Read More...

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DIY Blue and White Antique China Gallery Wall

A few weeks ago I talked about displaying my collected blue and white china plates in a gallery wall. Now that my dining room walls are painted, I finally got around to doing it! I used these disc plate hangers, then mapped out the arrangement on the floor and played musical chairs until it felt … Read More...

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Chicken Antipasto Salad

In the spirit of my intention to make food in bulk, I decided to make this chicken antipasto salad which makes a huge bowl. It's great because it can be made ahead of time and does not need to be served hot to be delicious. It tastes even better than those antipasto salads you often find at Italian … Read More...

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Dining Room Progress

Over the weekend, we embarked on our dining room update project, and boy was it a learning experience. Like I mentioned before, we had originally planned on creating a chair rail 3 feet up the wall, so taped the wall and only painted above that point. So up the navy paint went (full crossover … Read More...

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DIY Pressed Flower Petal Art

Today we're throwing it back to 1994. Remember when you used to press flower petals in between your social studies textbooks in third grade? Well I'm bringing it back. A few weekends ago I had some girlfriends over for brunch and they brought me the most beautiful bouquet of tulips. I rarely … Read More...

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Dining Room Update Project

After living with creamy white walls in my dining room for a year (Benjamin Moore Cloud White), I've grown tired of them. I think they look flat, yellowish, and tad bit boring (just in this room though, I love this white in other rooms). It's time to spice things up. My chandelier and accessories … Read More...

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Fruity Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas (That Aren’t Too Complicated)

It's our tradition for Valentine's Day for hubby to make dinner while I make dessert. In my pre-baby years, I would have slaved for days over something like tiramisu with imported Italian ladyfingers and grassfed mascarpone or organic sun-ripened strawberry balsamic ice cream, but as they say, … Read More...

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Preppy Boy’s Room

Ever since designing Oliver's nursery, I have become slightly obsessed with children's spaces and am constantly curating new ones in my head and taking inspiration from others. If there's any place in the house that you can have fun and take yourself a little bit less seriously, it's here. I … Read More...

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Oliver: 25 Weeks

Oliver is now 25 weeks old (so almost 6 months), and he went through some MAJOR changes this past week. Changes that I don't think my poor little heart can handle because it just bursts every time something new happens! In the past week, he: Started teething! He really loves chewing on the ears … Read More...

My Favorite Overhead Light Fixtures from Peaches and Cake

My Favorite Overhead Light Fixtures

To me, there is nothing more lovely in a home than a beautiful overhead light fixture. I am particularly fond of sparkly chandeliers and only wish I had more overhead electrical wiring to install more! Besides those amazing vintage ones that sometimes pop up at antique shops if you're lucky, here … Read More...

Living With Intention - 10 Small Ways To Save Money and Spend More Wisely in 2015

10 Ways That I’m Saving Money and Spending More Wisely in 2015

With a 100-year-old house that needed major updates, a baby, and significantly reduced working hours so that I can take care of my baby, I've definitely been feeling more strapped for cash lately. While I have never been a spend-crazy kind of person, I have never been as intentional with my … Read More...