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Kiki Lu Diaper Bag Review

Baby number 3 has taught me a lot about motherhood.  I like structure and with my first two babies we were VERY structured. At that time in my life, that worked for me.  Adding a third baby to the mix I had to learn very quickly not to stress about the small stuff, otherwise I would be a perpetual stress ball, which was not good for ANYONE! I feel like each of my kids have taught me new things about myself and all of their different personalities have helped to mold and refine me.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Knowing I needed to simplify and add convenience wherever possible with our growing family, I began my search for the perfect diaper bag pretty much the day I found out I was pregnant. I really wanted something classy, yet very practical. After doing a TON of research and watching a bazillion YouTube comparisons I knew I HAD to have a Kiki Lu Designs diaper bag. It truly had everything I was looking for.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have been using my Kiki Lu Designs bag for about 8 months now. I can honestly say it has been my favorite diaper yet! I love that is looks sophisticated and not too “baby” so I can continue using it even after I don’t NEED a diaper bag. It has so many pockets, which makes me so happy!!!! There is a place for everything which helps me to stay organized and prevents that scary diaper bag abyss where everything disappears. I love the option of using the backpack straps or cross body strap. I initially was worried that there wasn’t an option to remove the backpack straps if you wanted to, but it has not bothered me at all since I’ve been using it.                                                                                                                                                                             There were two major things that made me lean towards  Kiki Lu over other similar bags. I love that this bag has a big pocket on the back. It is great for holding all sorts of things but I use it for my changing pad. It makes it so convenient and truly expands the available storage of the bag. The other thing I loved about this bag was the shape. I like that it is squarely shaped and has a straight zipper so that i can leave it unzipped and it doesn’t sag. This way it is very accessible because lets face it, I have probably only zipped my bag up twice. #lazyIt has held up fantastic in the 8 months I’ve  been using it. The straps and stitching are still in great condition. Can we talk about the wipe-able outside AND inside! Game. Changer. Baby/ toddler stuff is just not fabric friendly. I love that I don’t have to stress about spills or messes because I can just wipe it off.I debated on color for the longest time! They are all gorgeous but I ended up going with the gray and I love it. The mint and black are also to die for. The hardware is really nice looking and seems to be really good quality. For a faux leather bag, I was really pleased with how high end it looks and how well it has held up!The company also gives a portion of every sale to the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, which i love. I cannot say enough good about this bag and I recommend it to everyone I see! Go check out these beautiful bags HERE.  Thank you Kiki Lu for making such an Uh-mazing product!

Jenna’s Home Office.

Before we jump in and share our Holiday home’s with you all, I wanted to drop in and share my home office that is finally finished and has been a long time in the making!

I came up with the vision for this room months and months ago, but I was newly pregnant, and turns out being pregnant, having a couple kids, and being self employed takes a LOT out of you. Now that baby Allen is coming in January I’m in major crunch time to wrap all these projects nesting made me do up.

We tried something in this room we hadn’t yet, and that is WALLPAPER. I am just so thrilled with how it turned out, we chose this beautiful Peonies & Anemones black and white wallpaper from Milton & King for the feature wall. I was a little intimidated at first, but my sweet husband did such a good job installing it. I think this design happens to be forgiving (thank goodness) for us wall paper newbies. I love the subtle pop of pattern and the texture it brings to this room.

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The rug in this room has been one of my favorites for the past year, but couldn’t find a good spot for it in my home. I finally decided that my office was the perfect excuse to purchase it! It is the Indigo Belfast rug from Target . I just love this pattern so much.

The curtains are from the Nate Berkus line at Target. I love the little Tassle detail.

The art I grabbed one day at Hobby Lobby. Their wall art section is impressive these days! I haven’t looked at it in a while and there was SO much good stuff!
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There is a full sized computer in here, but more often than not I find myself working on my laptop. This little settee from World market is the perfect place to do just that! I found it for a killer deal from a friend who was selling it. It’s so darling! I love it. jennas-office-4

A large corner mirror is perfect for this room because it’s a small space, so it makes it feel bigger having that tucked in the corner. The other accessories are from my favorite stores like Homegoods, and Anthropologie. They never fail me.

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I definitely believe that having a pretty space to work from makes a huge difference in your work product. Being an interior designer by trade, perhaps I’m biased. Us creatives might fall on the crazy side of the scale, but it’s probably more fun over here anyways.

Thanks for stopping by my home office today!

Finally Fall: Rylen’s Fall Home Tour 2016

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Jenna and I were so excited to be included in this Finally Fall blog hop! We feel like the theme “finally fall” could not be more fitting for us Arizonans. We have to fake it till we make it for quite a while until it FINALLY starts to cool down here!This fall/holiday season is going to be an interesting one with baby coming soon. I normally love to decorate for Halloween but I know with a newborn around I won’t be changing out my decor anytime soon. I wanted some simple, neutral touches of fall that would transition well until Christmas comes out and ones that I (hopefully) won’t get sick of!
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I was so excited to find this magnolia wreath on decor steals. I’ve been wanting one for SO long but could never justify spending $90 on one. rylen-fallhome-6dsc_0308-2rylen-fallhome-7Can you spy my little photo bomber? Photographing a room takes skills, photographing a room with little hooligans running around is an art. This last time we were photographing, I kept thinking we needed a behind the scenes video going on because it was not as serene as the pictures make it look!
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This is one of my favorite times of year. I love everything that fall brings and cant wait to start all of our fun fall traditions! Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to stop by our fellow Finally Fall Home Tours. They will all make you swoon!

 

Little Glass Jar

A House and a Dog

The Fat Hydrangea

Twelve On Main

Dandelion Patina

An Inspired Nest

Creekwoodhill

Rustic and Woven

Delightfully Noted

Mindfully Gray

Living 511

Finally Fall: Jenna’s Fall Home Tour 2016

Hey girls! We are so thrilled to be included in a fun Finally Fall home tour blog hop with some really great insanely talented hosts. All their links full of eye candy are at the end!

It finally feels like cooler weather is on the way in Arizona so I’ve been making it rain pumpkins for the last couple days… For the first time since I got married I decided to decorate for Halloween. My kids are over the moon and I think I moved up on the cool Mom scale a teeny bit. I would be lying if I said I’m not loving it too. Every time I walk by I can’t help but smile. Originally I only planned on adding Halloween to our entry way, but it has slowly crept it’s way into all my fall decor almost. It adds a bit of light hearted fun in our home, and I am a fan of that! Perhaps later in the season I’ll show these spaces without the skelebones and bats.

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This Haunted House Pillow that I found at Nordstrom Rack is so darling… the little spooky eyes in the windows make me laugh. It’s possible that I’m easily amused.

Our front room functions as a sitting room but mostly a play room for the kiddos. We need to utilize all our rooms in our little house so this one needs to play multiple duties. 
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I always love to decorate this entertainment center for each season, it’s in our main living space the kitchen/dining/family room.

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I hope you enjoyed coming by and visiting our home! I love decorating for fall because it means the entire Holiday season is coming! Bring me all the Pumpkin spice + Caramel apples! 

Be sure to stop by these lovely Finally Fall Home Tours

 

Little Glass Jar

A House and a Dog

The Fat Hydrangea

Twelve On Main

Dandelion Patina

An Inspired Nest

Creekwoodhill

Rustic and Woven

Delightfully Noted

Mindfully Gray

Living 511

 

Black and White Nursery

dsc_0195-2It’s finally done, and with only 4 weeks to spare! This nursery has definitely been a labor of love. Have you ever had one of those projects that you thought was going to be a piece of cake and end up saving you money in the end but goes the complete opposite? Yeah that was the nursery. I think it was worth all the headache though:)

Here are a few before pictures of the room right after we bought the house.

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It had a chair rail a few feet from the floor but it didn’t go all the way around the room because of the castle in the corner. So I wanted to take the chair rail off. Piece of cake right? Um, no haha. The chair rail was nailed AND glued on so taking it off was a disaster. The paint and drywall was peeling off in chunks and it left a terrible mess. We figured the cost of having it repaired would be about the same as planking the whole room so I went with planking much to my husbands dismay. Since we were planking the room I figured why not add new window, closet and door molding and new baseboards! My husband loved that too (insert eye roll). But it was all totally worth it in the end! I love how the vertical planking turned out. We used the same process here as Jenna and I have both used in our homes with the 4×8 sheets of plywood.

I was CONVINCED this baby was a girl so I already had a baby girl nursery designed in my head. Needless to say, it is actually a BOY! It took me a while to change gears and decide on a design I loved for baby boy. The black and white buffalo check was my inspiration and from there everything fell into place.rylens-nursery-10

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I debated on wallpaper but wanted something that was A. cost effective and B. easy to change out if we ever had another baby and it was a girl. I found some awesome buffalo check fabric at IKEA and decided to try out some fabric wallpaper. It worked great and was really pretty easy to apply! I’ll post a tutorial on that process soon.
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I found this adorable pillow at home goods and was immediately in LOVE! Look at all that texture, what dreams are made of right?!rylens-nursery-5dsc_0185-2

I put a basket of baby essentials next to my chair, including my favorite buffalo check nursing cover courtesy of Milkmaid Goods. I seriously can’t wait to use it!rylens-nursery-2Let’s talk about this Llama print. Amazing huh?! My husband thought I was loosing my marbles when I bought this but I just think it’s just perfect. rylens-nursery-6I got this dresser off craiglist and of course forgot to take a before picture. I painted it a soft black and bought some hardware from amazon that I painted gold.

I’m loving the modern, monochromatic look with little pops of vintage and green. Now all we have to do is wait for baby to make his debut (hopefully sooner rather than later)!dsc_0220-2rylens-nursery-8

I had so much help from family and friends filling holes, sanding, nailing, and painting and am so grateful for their willingness to help bring the vision I had to life. We seriously have been so blessed with the BEST support system!

Bedskirt: made by my mom

Sheet: Aiden and Anais (HERE)

Mobile: made by me (similar HERE)

Curtains:IKEA (I added black pom poms)

White rug: home goods (SIMILAR)

Black and white rug: IKEA

Black and white throw: IKEA

Pouffe: Target

White basket: Target

Pillow on Chair: Home goods

Black lamp: IKEA

Llama print: ETSY

Faux plants: Target

Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods

This is by far one of my very favorite details of my home, but yet its a view that I hardly ever share. I get tons of compliments from visitors, and questions about it from followers so here are all the details I can think of sharing with you. It’s really so simple, which is probably why I never thought to blog about it. We completed this project well over a year ago, and I don’t think I’ve ever shared the details of it. So here I go.

The first big change I made is adding the faux shiplap planked wall. So easy and I love it. Then I had to address the window situation, which was challenging. In my family room I have a large sliding glass door + a corner of windows in the eat in kitchen. I wanted a seamless look for the entire space, but finding curtain rods that would fit what I needed was 1. Near impossible 2. Extremely expensive.

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One day perusing Home Depot I found myself in the industrial pipe aisle, and decided to go for it. When I spoke to the trusty Home Depot man he suggested that I use electical conduit pipe because it was less expensive and lighter weight. So he threaded the ends of the large pipes to match the fittings I needed to attach them to the wall and I was off.

I connected 2 large 12′ pipes along the main wall with an L bracket on each end, and a T bracket in the middle. On the adjacent wall I just used 1 12′ pipe attached to the wall with L brackets on each side.

I found these Dot Lattice curtains at Target and thought they would be the perfect backdrop for my home through the seasons, knowing we use and change this space A LOT. It’s been about 18 months and I still am happy with the choice, and that’s saying a LOT for someone who likes to change things all the time.

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DIY Slipcover for a Vintage Settee

DSC_0033 (2)My settee is FINALLY finished! YAY!!! I’ve had most of it done for quite a while now but could not bring myself to finish the cushion for some reason! With the baby coming in October, nesting has finally kicked in though so hopefully I will have the drive to finish up all my other half-done projects.DSC_0036 (2)DSC_0020 (2)

Ever since I can remember my Mom has had this cute little living room set. It was in our living room growing up then she moved the settee to her bedroom after she recovered the wing backs that went with it.  She decided to get rid of it so I snagged it, knowing it had the potential to be amazing again. It’s probably as old as I am, so needless to say it was in need of a face-lift. IMG_9109

If you are considering a slipcover project, don’t be intimidated!  You really only need basic sewing skills and there are SO many great tutorials out there. When I first started slip-covering my favorite tutorials were Miss Mustard Seed’s video tutorials found HERE. No kidding they are so awesome and totally make you feel like you can do it! I watched them a few times before I started my project then referred back to them if I had any questions or hiccoughs along the way.

For the base of this settee I used drop cloths. I’ve used drop cloths found at Home Depot or Lowes for many of my slipcovers. They are a pretty inexpensive fabric option, especially when you are learning. It has seemed to hold up pretty well too. Just be sure to wash the drop cloth on hot and dry it before you start so they won’t shrink later. It also helps to use fabric softener and/or dryer sheets to help the stiff fabric to soften up. The beauty of slipcovers is that they don’t HAVE to be perfect. They are supposed to look lived in. This leaves a lot of wiggle room when making one.DSC_0040

For the cushion I did the piping and underside out of drop cloth. I used charcoal ticking stripe from Fabric.com for the top. Lucky for you it is on crazy SALE right now for $4.86 a yard! DSC_0037

I am a very sentimental person so I love having pieces in my home that tell a story or have been a part of my life for a long time. I love the lines of this settee and think it makes the perfect addition to my forever ongoing master bedroom renovation. DSC_0023 (2)

DIY Vintage Chalkboards

DSC_0821 (2) I have been dying to make a green chalkboard for my dining room ever since I saw an adorable one used on an episode of Fixer Upper. My husband found it completely unnecessary to replace the one I already made, but I NEEDED it! I had originally planned to do something a little different until Jenna found two amazing screens! They were only asking $20 for the pair so I had her snag them and figured we would put them to use somewhere! We decided they were the perfect solution to my green chalkboard desire. So here is how we made them:

Materials

-A frame. It can be an old picture frame, window, screen etc…

– Backing for your chalkboard. My favorite material to use for chalkboards is backer board or melamine. You can get it at home depot or Lowes in super thin 4’x8′ sheets. The melamine is white on one side and kind of a brown/ particle board looking on the other. The backer board is brown on both sides. It is so smooth and makes a great chalkboard finish. Plus this stuff is super thin so it’s light which is nice when you are hanging something big like this.

-Chalkboard paint. We got ours at Lowes but home depot has it as well. If you are doing black instead of green I would highly suggest using the kind in the spray can, it is SO easy! We have yet to find green chalkboard paint in a spray can though. Lowes has a ton of greens you can have them tint the paint to. We went with La Fonda Plaza Green.

-Paint brush or roller

-Chalk

-Nail gun/ nails

  1. Clean out your frame if it has a screen or glass in it. I had to cut the screen out but it was super easy.
  2.  You can have the hardware store cut down your backer board to the dimensions you need or use a table saw if you have one.
  3. Make sure the surface of your board is clean and start painting. You can use a paint brush or a roller. I’ve done both. The roller seemed to take more coats but the coats went on quicker. Either way works 🙂DSC_0814
  4. Once your paint is dry, lay the board on top of your frame and nail it into the back. if you don’t have a nail gun, never fear! Your can use a plain old hammer and finishing nails.DSC_0817
  5. Add some saw-tooth hangers to the back, or use a french cleat if its REALLY heavy
  6. Season your chalkboard. You do this by running the chalk on its side up and down vertically then horizontally. After you cover the whole thing you can go back with a soft cloth and rub it in circles to get the excess chalk off or use an eraser.DSC_0829 (2)

Chalkboards are super easy projects that quickly add character and make a fun statement in your home! What do you think? Are you jumping on the GREEN chalkboard train?DSC_0824 (2)

New “big” boy room.

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Yay! We’re back from both of us falling off the face of the earth, aka being newly pregnant and feeling like we’re slowly dying of exhaustion + nausea. We’re popping in to share a new room redo, what is better than that! The best kind of blog posts ever.

After we redid Grace’s room, I was dying to redo my little boy’s room too. I feel like he’s always left out of the fun for whatever reason (second kid problems). I call it a “big” boy room lightly, because he’s well.. only 3. But he has a regular bed now so it qualifies right?  Anyways, I was so thrilled to add another Beddy’s to my collection, you can read my review of their product { here }. It is certainly one of my very favorite new things I have found. We went with the Hot and Coaled beddy’s . It is MUCH more color than I am used to, I am such a neutral girl at heart… but I am learning to add color. I believe kid’s rooms should be fun and full of personality. I had a lot of fun mixing patterns in this room (even though I do get scared at times that maybe it’ll look like a clown hut). But I think it came together pretty well.

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My husband built Hudson a bed for this space, because I just think that is the coolest thing to do and also… he rocks at it.  We found plans on Ana White and I love how simple and rustic it is. I chose to do a two-tone finish on it. The planks are stained special walnut, and the white is Swiss Coffee.

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Another project I did was this dresser. It’s an old Ikea Hemnes dresser that’s been hanging around our house for years moving here and there. I added some fun paper from Chasing Paper for the drawer fronts, and I love how fun it turned out. I told you… like so much pattern going on in here… but hey, why not.

Here are a couple more detail shots for fun, I love the pillowcase and animals from the Pillowfort line at Target. The rug is also from Target.


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We DIY’d pretty much everything in this space, from the bed, to the curtains, to the dresser. That is my favorite way to decorate my own home. What do you think? I think it turned out so fun and perfect for my cute little 3-year old.

The perfect bedding solution + one of our new favorite things.

We are so excited to share this post with you because it is our latest obsession, and favorite part of Grace’s whole room. Jenna’s husband built the most beautiful day bed with plans from Ana White. We loved the bed so much, but it was a huge hassle to make every day. My toddler could no way do it by herself, because it was even difficult for ME. So basically her bed was never made, so really, her room was NEVER clean and tidy like I would have liked it. It bothered me to no end. Enter Beddy’s Zip Up Bedding. I had just about reached my limits one day lifting and tucking in her quilt when I remembered about zip up bedding I had seen once on Shark  Tank a long time ago. I immediately google’d it and was so happy when I saw all the cute styles available. I chose Chic White for Ms. Grace. The ruffles are just so sweet, and it’s lined with minky fabric, which she is over the moon about.

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The best part is the sheets are built in so you just slip on the cover and you’re done. The zipper is really easy to use for her, she loves that she gets to make her bed everyday. Now if I could just teach her how to arrange her pillows just how I like them…. hmm. I’ll  have to work on that.

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I just love this bedding beyond looks, my mom sanity has gone up a few notches… and I need every once of sanity I can muster these days. Have you ever thought of zip up bedding? Now we want it in all our kids spaces! It is so great!