Oh Baby! {A Neon Baby Shower}

A fluorescent celebration for a glowing mama-to-be! This fashion forward — and very trendy — NEON baby shower features bold brights, CHEVRON patterns, saturated STRIPES and washi tape details.Read More...

Purple and Chevron: A Modern Girl Nursery

This week’s featured baby room is a modern girl’s nursery. It’s purple and white color scheme make this room feminine and sophisticated, while chevron patterns pop up all over the room for a more playful feel.

Designed by soon-to-be-mom Carey A., the inspiration for this sweet nursery started with a Pinterest board. Carey slowly purchased or DIYed her pins from Pinterest and the end result is a unique, modern baby room designed by mom. Check out all the details after the jump!

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Bright Chevron Gender-Neutral Nursery

This week’s featured real room is a gender-neutral nursery, featuring white walls and bright chevron fabric. Mama-to-be Maggie B. of Okay, Now What? chose not to find out the sex of her baby and set off on the adventure of designing a neutral space.

She used a colorful chevron fabric as her inspiration and made it the focal point of the room by sewing curtains, throw pillows and a crib skirt for the nursery. Maggie made lots of other things too—like the tissue paper pom poms and the art in the room. By taking on all of these do-it-yourself projects, this expectant mom was able to save her money to purchase big ticket items that she really wanted—like the Monte Design rocker!

Including that splurge item, Maggie managed to keep her budget under $1,500. You go girl! We’ve got all the details on this bright, gender-neutral nursery after the jump.

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Monday Design Inspirations: 03/12/2012

A chevron wall painting project for the nursery, a handmade lion coat for baby, an organized home office idea, a letterpress birth announcement, and a casual yet fashionable outfit for mom.

Lowes is sharing some super creative ideas for the home on their site and this chevron nursery wall project is going viral! I love the bright colors they’ve selected — and you can get the look easily with the help of the experts from Lowes. They’ve included included instructions AND a video explaining how to layout and paint these chevron stripes on your walls.

We’ve had a little break with the weather lately, but kiddos still need to cover up. This Child’s Ferocious Felt Lion Coat ($145) from Little Goodall is simply irresistible — and it looks like something out of a fairy tale. Available for babies 12 months and up.

As we all well know, running a home is a full time job — and mama needs her space to keep everything organized and running smoothly. This small home office space featured on BHG.com is super organized, thanks to squares of fabric-covered corkboard for notes, pegboards for hanging supply cups and bins, and a whiteboard and chalkboard for jotting down reminders.

I’m a big fan of letterpress. I love the work that goes into printing using a letterpress and how the indentations on the paper feel when you brush your fingers against the paper. This Modern Baby Boy Letterpress Baby Announcement was spotted over on Oh So Beautiful Paper, designed by Greg from Work to Date for his newborn son, Oliver.

As warmer weather approaches, I’ve realized that I’m in need of a few new outfits for the new season. Are you in the same boat? Now I know that neon accents are all the rage this Spring, and I’m super excited about that, but I can’t deny that I’ll a traditional girl at heart. I could totally see myself wearing this for a casual outing with the fam!

image sources:
1. Lowes
2. Little Goodall
3. BHG.com
4. Oh So Beautiful Paper
5. Polyvore

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Featured Real Room: Retro Modern Gray Nursery

Designing a gender neutral nursery can present quite a few challenges — like choosing a color scheme and decorative elements that will work for a boy or a girl. New mom Lindsey took on the challenge to design an eclectic modern nursery for her little bundle of joy and we think she totally nailed it! Using gray as her neutral color, she added pops of yellow and aqua for a gender neutral space that’s anything but bland.

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Design Inspirations: Pinterest Monday (2/06/12)

A modern vintage nursery, the cutest photo book idea ever, chevron onesies, a sophisticated boys’ room, and the sweetest newborn picture EVER!

Scroll down to check out our weekly Pinterest inspiration post featuring all things pertaining to life with baby — and be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more inspirations! If you don’t have a Pinterest account yet and would like an invite, just leave a comment asking for one and we’ll be sure to send it to you.

Once again, my chevron obsession has gotten the best of me. But let’s face it — these pink and gray chevron onesies are adorable! Get the scoop on how to make these yourself with the DIY chevron onesies tutorial from Finley and Oliver.


I also spotted this cool boys’ room from an Elle Decor Lookbook designed by Steven Gambrel. It’s modern. It’s sophisticated — and probably not too expensive to recreate with some knock-offs and a little creativity.

Lots of couples have a furry baby before a “real” baby comes into the picture. I love the idea of capturing a love-filled moment between your pet and your newborn. This picture taken by Hanna Mac is truly worth a thousand words!

I’m a color lover but if a white nursery is something that you’re dreaming of , look no further than this crisp white nursery pinned from a Norwegian interior design magazine. It’s elegant yet playful — and will transition very easily into a functional toddler room.

This is the cutest photo book idea ever! If you follow me on Facebook, you might remember that I was asking for some photo book publisher recommendations — because I’m tired of having all of our photos on the computer! But I’ve had a lot of trouble figuring out how to lay them all out. This keepsake personalized alphabet book from Modern Parents Messy Kids has given me some inspiration.

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Creative Advent Calendar Finds

Turkey Day is almost here — and after that, the Christmas countdown is on! We love counting down the days to important dates or holidays here in my house, which is probably why I love the idea of advent calendars so much. Check out these 5 creative advent calendar finds and get inspired to make your own advent over the long Thanksgiving weekend!

  • Chevron Advent Calendar Kit ($16): I think by now you all know I have a borderline-obsessive love for all things chevron. Advent calendars are no exception! I love the modern look of this calendar — and it’s perfect for those that want to get into the holiday spirit without having their homes look like Santa’s workshop.
  • Printable Advent Calendar Tree Cones ($7): Decorate your tree — or your mantle! — with these printable advent calendar cones. The classic holiday patterns used for the paper cones will match perfectly with your traditional holiday decor — and give it a modern touch!
  • Christmas Advent Jar (DIY): I love this ideas for two reasons. Not only is it a unique twist on the traditional advent calendar — there’s no candy involved! Decorate matchboxes and place little notes inside of things you’ll do as a family until Christmas. Isn’t family what’s all about anyway?!
  • Baby Sock Advent Calendar (DIY): Put those old — or new — holiday socks to good use and string them up with clothes pins for a one-of-a-kind and super personalized advent calendar!
  • A Cone-iferous Advent (DIY): Give your family advent calendar tradition a modern — and crafty — makeover with this cone advent idea. Create a forest full of paper cones that hide tiny treasures! Make it a family project and have everyone join in and help make the cones.

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