Hearth & Hand™ at Target


Photos courtesy of Target

I went to my beloved local department store website today. I think my intentions were to find some drawer organizers for Alex’s room. Ha! So innocent. Instead I noticed the lookbook was available for Chip and Joanna Gaines’ home collection Hearth & Hand™ With Magnolia and I was like “Eh, let’s check this out.” I mean, I do like Fixer Upper. Sometimes the decor’s a bit more rustic than I like, and I am wary of the Gaines’ political leaningsbut my friends, I am INTO this collection. Every new thing I saw I was like “I want that.” I rounded up some of my favorite items (it was hard). The collection goes live November 5.



Fall Wardrobe for Baby


Bears! Trees! Beers in trees! I had the most fun getting Alex’s clothes for fall. Spring was fun. Summer was really fun. But I think my personal feelings about fall (that it’s the best) helped. I’m also jealous of this collection of clothes. I want to wear them. I also got really nostalgic for this time last year when I was getting in deep buying baby clothes and getting excited about buying all this cute stuff. I went nuts and kinda just impulsively bought a ton of stuff that didn’t have a focus one way or another. I know that sounds silly, and I should be like “but it doesn’t matter!” but honestly it does matter to me. Ha.



I also had fun picturing Alex wearing all these little clothes at daycare and being the Best Dressed Kid. But also things like his BIRTHDAY and Thanksgiving. Going apple picking and cozy weekend walks. Spring is great and traditionally has a newness about it, but I think fall has a similar feel. It’s a refreshing season.

Anyway, I went nuts with H&M and Zara this time around. They got such great, cute, affordable clothing. I couldn’t help myself.


Parka, Collared Sweatshirt, Night Sky Sweatshirt
Striped Shirt, Grid Bodysuit, Striped Hoodie
Bear Romper, Bears Bodysuit, Constellation Tee
Tree Leggings, “Suit Trousers”, Trees Pant
Lined Sneakers, Pom Hat, Boot

(bear sweatshirt above part of a Carter’s set from Target)

Small Bathroom Renovation: A Plan


We’re making plans for the (far) future of our time in this house, and that includes a ton of projects: redoing the unfinished half of the basement/building a laundry room and workspace/studio down there. Redoing the basement bathroom. Fixing up the porch. Finishing the wall in the finished part of the basement. Mostly deep renovating projects. But then, we’ll get into some delightful cosmetic renovations with other parts of the house, namely our two bathrooms on the main floor. They’re just a little dated in the style.



We call this the “small bathroom” because it’s quite small. And yes, it’s super cluttered. This is off our bedroom; I’ve never shown it here on the blog! The yellow tiling is pretty bad, and there’s plenty of cabinet space, but because of how low down they are, they’re poorly used. All this brown and tan. Yech. It’s not my thing.

A few things we aren’t going to change is the plumbing or lighting. That stuff will remain the same. I’ve looked at heaps of bathrooms on *the web* and I’ve come up with a scheme that is modest and modern. SMALLBATH2

Matte Marble Subway Tile, Mirror, Sink/Cabinet,
Faucet, Live Edge Shelf, Hexagon Floor Tiling, Hand Towels, Towel Bar

This would be our first true foray into dramatically changing the look of a room in the house. Everything else is basically just tweaks, updates and furniture/wall hangings. It’ll be super exciting to get in there!

Then, for our other bathroom (the “big bathroom”), the style will be much the same. And sadly because we have recessed lighting in both rooms, I had to scrap my plan for integrating this great sconce from Cedar & Moss:

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I’m also intrigued by brushed brass/gold faucets. They seem to be all the rage lately. And we do have brass accents in the house, so it could work. Kohler has a stunning collection: Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 8.29.05 AMSo, there’s lots to explore. I wish we could jump right in but sadly I think this bathroom project is quite a bit further down the line.

Slogan T’s for Tots (that aren’t cheesy)


I’m generally not a fan of baby clothes that have something to say like “Strong like mom!” or “Woke like Grandpa” idk. Why? WHY? In my experience, 99% of slogan clothing for babies is cringe-worthy, so I made it my mission to find a few that are actually good, cute-but-not-cutesy and gender neutral (plus I love doing mooboards. you know me).SLOGAN

Top Row:
Small is Beautiful, Yay, Pizza

Middle Row:
OK, Hi, Young Scrappy & Hungry

Bottom Row:
Beach Bébé, Be Kind, Babe with the Power

Marble Madness


Have you heard the news? Marble is a hot right now, and I’m here for it. I feel like there’s a real minimalist, design-y element to it, despite the fact it’s so fluid and organic and decidedly not designed. I suppose to love affair started when I started using my very beautiful mug that was an impulse buy from Caribou Coffee (pictured above) and has become my favorite. Rather than black and white, it’s more of a beige and smoky gray. I cherish it. I think it reminds me a bit of birch trees too.

Sadly the mug is no longer available otherwise I’d buy 10 more so I could have one with me always.


Top Row:
Teething Necklace — Mama & Little, Macbook Sleeve — UniqFind, Ring Cone — Etsy

Second Row:
A Moon Shaped Pool — Radiohead, Jewelry Dish — Etsy, Notecards — Target

Third Row:
S’well Bottle — S’well, Boots — Dr. Martens, Dipped Mini Bowl Set — Leif Shop

Last Row:
Fine Paper — Paper Source, Kid’s Shirt — House of Ninoh,
Faceted Cheese Board — Gathered Home

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