Decor

Living Room Refresh with Lorena Canals

12/01/2017

While we have our nursery ready for Baby M’s arrival, we are still a work in progress getting other rooms in our home ready for baby. It was after Lola marked her territory TWICE within a few weeks of one another on our wool rug that I began researching for an alternative rug solution. If it were up to my husband, he would get rid of any rug completely, however; that’s just not how I roll.

Enter Lorena Canals Rugs. I stumbled upon the brand on Instagram and they had me at the words, “natural” and “machine-washable.” Their rugs are made from natural dyes, handmade in India, are eco-friendly, and contain no VOCs like most carpets and rugs do. Talk about kid and pet friendly. Sign me up.

To clean up after Lola on our wool rug, I tried every type of pet stain remover and hope for the best. With our new rug, I just have to toss it into my washing machine and it’s as good as new and it won’t shed like our other one did. With a new baby on the way and a dog that unexpectedly marks her territory from time to time, I knew our wool rug was a thing of the past. We are going to be spending a lot of time in this space and we found the perfect solution. Plus it is so soft, Lola loves lounging on it, and I know I will feel comfortable putting down a play mat or blanket for Baby M and there are no harsh chemicals and the rug is so soft!

Lorena Canals offers so many different styles of rugs, cushions, and accessories, I had a hard time deciding on a pattern. I knew I wanted to keep a similar aesthetic to our previous rug, so I went with the Bereber style in beige. Not only do these rugs work great in living spaces, they are perfect for nurseries, I’m obsessed with their new Terrazzo patterned rugs! I can’t wait to pick up a few cushions for Baby Mack’s room and maybe put a few of these baskets around our living room and bedroom to keep some sort of organization of baby toys.

Source List: Ikea Coffee Table and Side Tables| Capsule Home Side Chair | Target Pouf (old), Pillows (old), and White Lamps | Lamps Plus Arc Floor Lamp (similar) | c/o Lorena Canals Rug | Minted Bull Print

Lorena Canals generously gifted me this rug in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Decor / Motherhood

Gender Neutral Nursery Reveal

11/27/2017

It’s finally time to reveal our little one’s gender neutral nursery! My self-imposed timeline expired over Thanksgiving week, and other than our glider that is set to arrive mid-December, our nursery is just about complete! I had two very distinct nurseries designed when I first started planning out the nursery because we were initially going to find out the gender. Once we decided to be surprised, I was back to square one and completely stumped.

I don’t think I’ve had a harder time designing a room than designing this nursery for Baby Mack. It’s one thing to design for yourself, but designing for a little human who will have zero care in the world what color paint is on the walls or what color rocker we get for the space is an entirely different story. Half the battle, for me at least, was we were originally going to convert the guest bedroom into the baby’s room and design around the green walls. However; I convinced Cody to give up his office and suggest that he take over my home office. That gave me an entirely blank space to work with.

To gain inspiration, I ended up scouring Homemaker’s website, a local furniture store in the Des Moines area that also offers online shopping. I had seen Babyletto pop up on Pinterest and when I discovered that Homemakers sold the brand, I was beyond excited. I ended up picking out the modern Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib. It’s neutral color will work for our gender neutral nursery and for future babies as well. The best part is it required no power tools to put together and is just the right height for me!

I went to Homemakers to see if they had a floor sample, but it was only available online. While I wasn’t able to see it in person, I wandered around the nursery section to help gain additional inspiration. What all was needed for a nursery, especially when you are designing a gender neutral one? Simple, a crib, dresser with a changing pad, and a comfortable chair. So that’s where I started, the finer details would come in time after the main players were selected.

Here are a few pieces from Homemakers that started my inspiration for our future nursery!

Dresser | Rocker | Crib | Lamp | Rug | Bookshelf

First thing I tackled, of course, was painting the trim and closet doors white. It never ceases to amaze me what paint can do to transform a room.

I followed up the trim paint with testing nine, you read that correctly, 9 different paint swatches. I was trying to color match a photo I found on Pinterest. I tested colors from Benjamin Moore, Farrow and Ball, and Sherwin Williams. The winner, after realizing I could have them lighten the paint 50% was Blue Horizon. I wanted a very soft and subtle light blue and was finally able to find just the right shade.

We ended up ordering a custom chair from the brand Best Chairs (this is the same chair in a similar to fabric to what we picked out). It is set to arrive just before the baby does, so we have Cody’s IKEA chair as a placeholder in the mean time. I thought I could go more of a minimal route when it came to accessories (perhaps just a print above the crib), but I had been eyeing the penmanship print since I spotted it in this room shared by two sisters and the plush animal heads were a perfect addition to the space. I ended up repurposing a few pieces from other rooms in our house to save money. I brought up the side table from our living room, the round mirror that I was going to use in my home office, and the wood shelves that were also in my home office.

I’m so happy with how the room has turned out and we are officially ready for Baby M to make their arrival in a few short weeks. Without further ado, our nursery!

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This post is sponsored by Homemakers. They generously gifted me the crib in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that make The Brunette One possible!

*If you are looking to source anything from our nursery, just shoot me a message!

Fashion

Shopbop Buy More, Save More!

11/22/2017

Ingrid & Isabel Sweater

My favorite sale of the year has finally arrived, the Shopbop Buy More, Save more sale! Shopbop is one of my favorite online retailers and they always have the best deals on such a variety of brands and price points. Save up to 30% off your entire order with MORE17 at check out!

Hatch Sweater | Jeffrey Campbell Booties

I’m less than 8 weeks away from my due date but that hasn’t stopped me from perusing the maternity section one last time for pieces that will transition into my post-partum wardrobe, especially nursing friendly pieces. I’m loving this sweater, these toys, and these boots! Here are a few of my favorite items from the sale: