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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DIY keepsake memory box for baby treasures

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!

DIY keepsake memory box out of an old suitcaseDIY keepsake memory box out of a vintage suitcaseDIY keepsake memory box

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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

Source: 1. |2. |3. |4. |5. |6. |7. |8. |9. |10. |11.

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.

fun kid dress up by Love Lane

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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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exposed beams and blue pendant lights

No {live here, eat that} today, just a simple {live here} since I couldn’t quite find the perfect picture to match this gorgeous home. A mezzanine, lots of light and blue…what else?! I think I am in a blue phase right now, we are just about to transform part of our unfinished basement into a family/media room, and all I can tell you is that it’s going to have  loads of blue, leather, wood and white – in a way, in the same spirit as the gorgeous living room of this house…if I can pull off something as gorgeous! Can’t wait to show you our inspiration board next week.

In this house, I love how they worked around the existing features (exposed beams etc) and added this amazing mezzanine to max out on the space and light. And the way they combined different materials and textures, from wood to metals and bricks – it is simply perfection. See more pictures of this home on Hus o Hem.

PS: If you’re on Instragram, don’t miss the awesome giveaway I am having with a few fellow bloggers :) $400 gift card to Nordstrom could be yours! Click here for details. 

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let your tears come

Sadness doesn’t even start to describe what this past week has been like.

Tears.

Tears.

More tears.

Our hearts ache for our friends. A week ago, they lost their beautiful, oh-so happy little boy in the most tragic of circumstances. He was going to be seven this summer. As I am writing this, my mind still doesn’t want to believe that this is happening to them.Them, one of the nicest, most amazing family I know. Life can sometimes be so unfair. There are no words, just tears. Oh I wish I could take all of their pain away. I wish I had the power to turn back time. I wish so many things….but I can’t do any of that.

All I can really do is to give them is our love and support. Despite this tragedy, I believe with all my heart that life can be beautiful for them again, I know they will find the strength to rebuild themselves because they are so amazing and strong. As their friend Z wrote so beautifully at the memorial last week, “The most beautiful stories always have a tragic twist. The most beautiful story also have no beginning and no end.” How I loved her words.

But right now, all we can really do is to let the tears water our souls.

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mid-century modern planter from Modernica

Happy Monday to y’all – and what a happy Monday it is, today I’ve got a little something awesome for you…a giveaway with Modernica! These guys are based in Los Angeles and I pretty much love everything they come up with….but their planters, ooooooh their planters. I’d been eyeing them for a long long time, and now that we moved in our new home, I am on a mission to add a lot more green in the house – the perfect excuse to get this Modernica planter. Now that it is in our home it’s like life is complete, you know? 😉 I kid I kid, but really – everybody that comes through our door comments on how great it looks. Never thought you could be in love with a planter? well, there.

And so, like I said, it is YOUR lucky day because you can win the exact same planter that I have in my home – which is this one, the case study cylinder planter (%150 value). It’s the kind of planter that would look great in any home really – the combination of the wood and ceramics make it a timeless piece!

Mid-century modern plantermodern planterMid-century modern planter from Modernica

To win, just enter in the rafflecopter widget below – you’ve got up to 20 possible entries so use ’em up!

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PSSSSSSSSSt and oh, by the way, I’d be you I’d really make sure to check out their entire website – they are having a store-wide sale right now, 15% off EVERYTHING!

* Giveaway sponsored by Modernica and limited to U.S. readers only. $150 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once giveaway closes on 03/16 and announced in the rafflecopter widget above.

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free printable giant wall stickers

Here they are here they are!

So many of you have been asking me for *boy* stickers after I made my first giant wallpaper stickers using Spoonflower‘s removable wallpaper for the girls last year….well, I say it was about time I deliver! I really don’t mean to leave our little dudes on this blog’s sidelines, it’s just that with three girls at home….well, the road usually takes me via Pink lane, Pixie Dust alley, Flamingo road, and Unicorn avenue….oh we go different paths and talk spaceships and go camping and build with hammers and nails…..but guess what, girls will be girls :)

But today, let’s switch gears shall we? I’ve got some bears, foxes, eagles, dinosaurs and whales stickers for you!

DIY giant wall stickers using removable wallpaperremovable wallpaper from Spoonflowerremovable wallpaper to make your own giant wall stickersfree printable giant wall stickers

I created templates that you can download for each of them – download at the bottom of the post. Quite frankly, I think boys and girls would love these. I make them quite big – but if you want them even bigger for your walls just drop me an email and I’ll send you what you need 😉 I was planning on also making pirate ship + treasure island stickers for this edition, but I ran out of time. Next edition – if you guys are interested at all?

DIY giant wall stickers using removable wallpaper

Directions are exactly the same as last time but I included them in this post again. Have fun! Oh, and if you are interested, you can still download the flamingo, unicorn, bambi, cat and bunny wall stickers I made last year – just go to this post :)

Click here to learn how to make these DIY giant wallpaper stickers!

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