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It is bittersweet when they turn one, isn’t it?

That very first birthday. When they turn one I see both the baby and the little girl. They say so much and yet so little. I want to cheer them on to take their first steps and still want to carry them everywhere we go – because I know the days are counted and soon she’ll want to do it all on her own like a big girl. So many reasons to celebrate on that first birthday, and yet part of me always feels a little sad…knowing that from that moment on the baby days are really going to slip away. Freia turned one last week and already I can everyday I can see the chance in her, becoming more and more of a little girl. I swear it was only yesterday that her sisters turned one….now how is Olivia about to enter Kindergarten already?!

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And of course, we had a little party because really we always try to spend more time celebrating life and all the changes it brings than regretting the things of the past. Moving forward, to infinity and beyond :)

As we always do, we hung balloons and set the Danish flag on the table, we put a crown on our party girl and made our traditional strawberries and cream cake, we asked friends and family to write down what they think Freia will do/be when she grows up on her birthday post. Traditions. I love them. They make time stand still for a moment…and sometimes really that’s all you need. Take minute to reflect on life. Knowing that some things might change, our babies might grow up and we may not always like it, but really in the end – we get so much good stuff out of all that growing up. So cheers, to this tiny little girl turning one.

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live here eat that in pink L: Colorful Dutch row house via Decor8 | R: Strawberry sorbet float by Adore Foods

More pastels and pinks, I can’t seem to be able to shake this whole 4 girls thing :) But how fun is this Dutch row house?

Tons of white with pops of pastels and neon. It would definitely be too girly for hubby, but if I lived alone it could be such a fun color scheme…if only I could stick to a color theme the way they did in this house!!! Am I the only one with friends and family who gift weird home decor? :) Everything is curated so perfectly – looking at the pictures it almost feels like these shelves belong in a scandinavian shop! Love the bright yellow pendant above the dinning table….I’ve been looking for a fun pendant for the girls new bedroom and I think they would love something like this!

And yum – that strawberry sorbet float…..the perfect Spring dessert really!

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DIY roundup in salmon pink and grey

Alright, so in honor my big announcement on Monday, here’s a little roundup of DYs and recipes all in soft and bright pinks and happy yellow, in case you are looking for something to do this weekend :) We’ll be busy celebrating Freia’s very first birthday with lots of cake and family time! I can’t believe this little girl is one already! Have a great weekend, friends!

1. DIY gummy candy, craving some so bad!
2. How super cute is this polka dot chair?! Find the DIY here.
3. Citrus cake is by far one of my favorite. So simple and sweet!
4. I want to find a way to make these little cactus houses! The girls would love that. 
5. Love this tote, perfect go to the farmers’ market.
6. Alright, absolutely need to try these blood orange and strawberry mousse tartlets!!! If only I could make them look this pretty.

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1, 2, 3… and 4 coming right up!

Now you know what’s been keeping me away from the blog for so long :) We’re expecting baby number 4 for mid-September! I know, you guys probably think this is completely crazy since Freia is only turning 1 this week, but believe me – this little babe was very much wanted and planned for. Hubby and I have always wanted four kids, and having Olivia and Madeline so close together in age has been one of the best thing – so we decided that for Freia and our last one we wanted to have a similar age gap = about 15 months. Still, it’s crazy we know…but that’s totally us, we love it that way.

Of course I have been super tired, like brutally tired given that I am pretty much going through two pregnancies in a row – one of the reasons why this blog has been on super slow motion. But I still can’t complain, this pregnancy has been just has easy as the first three. We’re so excited and can’t wait to have our family complete!

Oh, and I guess maybe you guys would like to know the sex of the baby? :) Because yes, we found out last Friday at the 20 weeks ultrasound. TONS of people have been predicting a baby boy – you wouldn’t believe the number of strangers at Target that stopped me and said “Oh that belly, it’s a boy for sure” Well…all fools! We’re having another girl :) And I couldn’t be more happy about it! Somehow I always imagined myself as the mama of an all girls team, something inside, I just knew…poor hubby, outnumbered doesn’t even start to describe it! But I know he’ll be alright. More than alright 😉

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girl inspiration board for bedroom Source: 1. | 2. |3. | 4.

How you guys doing?! I know, more than two weeks since I last blogged….I promised it won’t be long until I tell you all about what’s been keeping me away from the screen :) Maybe even early next week!

Hard to believe that we’ve been in our new house for almost 6 months already! I am finally getting moving with a lot of the projects we have for our home – we’re starting the reno in our basement to convert it into our media/family room this week, and I’ve also been working on making the girls bedrooms’ nice, cosy and fun for them!Kids spaces are one of my favorite rooms of the house to work on – the whimsy, the fun. Here is a little glimpse at what I have planned for them:

little girl bedroom inspiration board

We only have three bedrooms upstairs, so the girls still share – they love it and I love it too, easy bed time + at night they always ask to sleep together. Now, their space is super tiny. We barely managed to make their two toddler beds fits and it’s been challenging to find a way to fit everything they want in there without making it feel cluttered. Not that they would really care…they do love a good mess 😉 They used to have IKEA bunk beds in their bedroom in NYC – which we moved to our rental in Berkeley but helas, the beds didn’t quite make it out of the rental – “I don’t know, hon, the bunk beds weren’t quite coming apart when I unscrewed everything and I just pulled a LITTLE bit and the beds just fell apart” Sigh. Patience with furniture isn’t quite hubby’s thing.

So there you go, lots of pink and yellow + green and red/hot pink accents for the color palette. And loads of patterns. A week ago I set up the accent wall of pink diamonds using this Spoonflower removable wallpaper by Peacoquette Designs and woaah the difference it made! It added a super fun vibe right away :) The girls love it, I love it, and even hubby who HATES wallpaper – I know, how could I possibly marry a wallpaper hater 😉– even mentioned that he likes it. Score! Tons of little details to finish up, but things are moving along great so hopefully it won’t be too long until I show you their room!

Happy Wednesday, friends :)

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a beautiful thing is never perfect free wallpaper

My partner in crime Jessica from Coco & Mingo and I are going at it again – here are your free desktop and phone wallpapers for April, friends :) Links to download are at the bottom of this post.

In a way we always seem to be looking for perfection….believe me, as a blogger, I am just surrounded by this concept. Our homes should always be styled perfectly. And our outfits matching that of our kids. And parties should always Pinterest worthy. We want love and friendship but don’t want the pain that sometimes comes with that, when really it’s all part of the process. The most beautiful things are never perfect, really. It’s often their imperfection that make them that much more special. So I’ll take my dirty car and my kids who haven’t seen a hairbrush in a few days and the arguments I have with hubby…because in the end they are just a blip in all of the beauty.

A beautiful thing is never perfect

To download the wallpapers, simply click on the links below:

Phone wallpaper
Wallpaper for PC
Wallpaper for Mac (13 inch)
Wallpaper for Mac (15 inch)

Lettering by Jessica from Coco + Mingo, artwork by me. For personal use only. Not for sale or distribution. If shared, please link back to original post – thank you :)

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My oh my how time flies! A year ago exactly I was working on this little DIY –  a keepsake memory box that would be included in my friend Charlotte’s book called Handmade for Baby….and now the book is out and I still need to pinch myself every time I look at it and see my name and tutorial on the glossy pages. A real book. Feels legit, you know? :)

This little suitcase memory box is actually an old vintage suitcase that I pimped up with paper and fabric and wood inserts. It was so much fun to make that I am now planning on making one for each of my girls to keep all of these tiny baby things that I can’t quite let go of.Favorite doll, book, little clothes I made for them…I also added an envelope so that I could easily store their first drawings, photographs etc. Now now I know, I am a total tease because I can’t share the entire tutorial with you on this blog, but if you are interested it’s all in the Handmade for Baby book – along with 24 more amazing projects that I know you’re going to love!

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Modern media family room moodboardSource: 1. | 2. |3. |4. |5. |6. |7.

As I mentioned in my {live here} post last week, we are renovating part of our basement and making it into a family/media, and I am so psyched about it! It’s our first real renovation in the very first home that we own, and I can’t wait to get started with it. We kept our main living room screen free and it’s been really nice to just chill there, but I have to admit I really miss having a comfy spot in the house to watch House of Card and Downton Abbey 😉

The basement right now is one big storage area and so we figured we’d used part of the space to make a media room…which hubby still wants to call his future man cave.But I told him many times that sharing is caring and we’ll have to make this room work for everybody – I’ll forgo the floral patterns this time around 😉 Hopefully I can make it manly enough for him, while still making it as cosy and kid-friendly as possible.That big lounging couch in (1) was my original inspiration. For this room I am going for a white, blue and brown color palette using loads of rich material like velvet, leather and wood, and probably touches of copper.

modern media room moodboard

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As far as furniture goes, I have pretty much nothing right now (oh to work on a budget!) aside from these blue velvet loungy sofas from CB2. I ordered two of them because there is a very long wall in the room and we have this idea of having as much seating as possible to have friends over to watch movies. But now I am a bit nervous about it – what if the two sofas just look awkward next to each other? Hopefully I can find a way to make the room feel still cosy….we’ll see when the sofas arrive! Two other things I have my heart set on: first are some good looking safari leather chairs -hoping to find some similar to (8) at the flea market this weekend!- because I think they will really help in making the room great for hubby. And second is a well-designed sound system. Hubby and I have been discussing sounds systems for a while and I told him “honey, the sound is one thing but it better look good ;)” Priorities, you know? But really, a sound system is an important element of a media room, but why would it have to look boxy and ugly?  I love that one from Orbit (2).

In my next post about this project I will show you what the room actually looks like right now, and share some of our progress…..we have SO much to do! We’re starting in a couple weeks. We’ll be putting up dry walls, redoing the ceiling and some of the electricity – we’re putting in recess lighting-, adding doors… Right now the floor is made of concrete, and we’re going to keep it and simply paint it white to brighten up the room while keeping the costs lower. I’ll just have to find a nice area rug to make the room cozier.

So, tell me – what do you think? Any advice for us as we are diving into our first real house project?

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cape and mask by Love Lane

Simply the cutest kids’ superhero dress up costumes I’ve seen in a while, don’t you agree? And hello, an adorable unicorn vest? My girls are gonna be all over that! it would make the best gift for a kid’s birthday. The colors, the patterns…and look they even have awesome pet teepees ha! love everything about what Love Lane makes, make sure to check out their Etsy shop here.

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double exposure silhouette

I’d been wanting to play with double-exposure photography ever since I saw this amazing image by Jose Villa. I immediately fell in love with it and have loved following the work of artists like Von Marcus or Jon Duenas. I loved the dreamy side of pictures that are double-exposed.

A couple months ago I was asked to do the girls’ school auction art project game me the perfect opportunity to play around with double-exposure.Double exposure photography can be achieved either with traditional film, or through digital photography and post processing – which is actually pretty easy. I decided to make silhouettes of all of the kids in the class, but with a modern twist by double-exposing them with pictures of plants and flowers that grow around here. Nature has been exploding in California these past few weeks, so much beauty at every corner.

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Here is the end results of what I made for the art auction –  a collage of all of the kids silhouette. I mixed up the double-exposure in the collage to make it a bit more interesting visually – and I used online-company Framed and Matted to custom frame the prints. Everybody at the action loved it…well, at least they said they did….hopefully they weren’t just being nice :) We sold the collage for a good amount of money, and parents also got the option to buy an individual print of their child’s silhouette.

school art project using double exposure photography

If you have photoshop, this project is so simple to put together and I absolutely love the end result. If you don’t have Photoshop but still want to try this out, you can download a free trial on their website!

Click here to learn how to make double-exposed silhouettes!

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