I'm so happy to finally share this post! I have been planning this post about this since, literally, last year at this time. But then the holidays came, P arrived and then I just never got around to it, so I'm glad I finally am! I love a nice, simple clean shelf, but have never figured out how to achieve that pretty look without spending a ton of money on new stuff, which isn't really needed. So I decided to use some great hacks in our master built ins and share them in case anyone else is wanting to do some DIY shelf styling.
1. COVER YOUR BOOKS LIKE YOU DID IN SCHOOL
I was strolling through Restoration Hardware at the Galleria doing some holiday shopping last year when it donned on me that they don't have perfect, neutral colored books making their shelves look pretty - they've just covered hard covered books (many with cool bindings) like I did way back in grade school - when you had to cover your books with paper grocery bags - except they did theirs in a linen fabric. So I hopped back in my car and drove straight over to Joann Fabrics and bought some belgian linen. I came home to my husband's big book supply (that is still in boxes from our remodel) and stripped off the covers and started covering some books. You can see those on the bottom shelf. (Tip: The white linen can be sheer and not cover all of the wording on the binding if it's brightly covered.)
2. STRIP THE BOOK
Then, this past weekend we were at Galleria again, and in Arhaus (such a pretty store!), I saw another great hack - just rip off the covers and bindings of the books for a super cool, aged bookshelf look. I really liked this one, because we have so many books, and I hated the way they looked on our shelves. So, this was a great way to make them useful and achieve the look I was going for - although I'm sure my husband may think otherwise. :) Those are on the middle shelf to the right.
3. FACE THE BINDING BACKWARD
If that sounds like too much work, you can always face your books backwards too, so just the binding is showing like on the left side of the middle shelf below.
I am absolutely loving Target right now. Their new brand, A New Day is super cute and trendy, and best of all affordable. Both of the gray sweaters I am wearing below are from that line, as well as the white furry one, that is my new favorite! Parker is also wearing Cat & Jack items that I've linked below, too. :) Thought I'd share since they were all around $30 or less and super cute! A few items in these pictures are not from Target, but I've linked them anyway just in case anyone is interested. :)
Gray Sweater - Seriously sooo soft and cozy!
I am so excited to share some of my favorite Pottery Barn picks with you guys for the sale going on this weekend. They have lots of sales throughout this season, too, so be sure to check out their site for sales leading up to Christmas.
With the code SAVEMORE, you can save anywhere from 15-30% off depending on how much you spend.
Starting with the bunny lamp, moving clockwise...
GOLD BUNNY LAMP
This bunny lamp is almost an exact replica of the one that P has in his nursery, but it's a fraction of the cost! It sells out all the time, but is back on stock and on sale on top of this sale going on.
I am obsessed with beaded lighting right now, and I really would like to find a home for this flushmount in our house - either in Parker's nursery or my closet. I love it. The only bummer is that it doesn't ship 'til January, FYI.
P has this play gym and still loves it! I love the monochrome color scheme with pops of gold.
I thought this would be a perfect rug for a neutral nursery.
You had me a donuts.
Perfect for the little walker, or little one learning to walk.
Okay, I am in LOVE with this kitchen and it matches mommy's. Enough said! :)
Parker loves to roll around on this rug in his room - it's so soft and cozy!
A fun and cute play toy for the littles. Who didn't love forts when they were growing up? So fun!
Love this for table or shelf styling. Gold is my jam!
Happy Friday & Happy shopping!!
After Halloween turned out to be a little bit of a bust in our house (I hardly decorated and bought P's pumpkin the day of Halloween haha), I decided that I am going to start planning super early for Christmas. It's my absolute favorite. I love decorating the house and cannot wait to start some new family traditions now that Parker is here. I want to make his first Christmas special and wanted to share some of the things I plan to buy for Parker to enjoy the Christmas season. I'm sharing these early because they are all things to enjoy during the anticipation of celebration of our savior. (Note: Anything in gold type below is clickable.)
1. Elf on the Shelf
I have always wanted to buy one of these, but my husband wanted me to wait until we had kids, so I finally get to buy one! Now to think of names for our elf... :)
2. Baby Handprint Ornament
Make an ornament commemorating their first Christmas. Plus this is a fun activity to do with your little one. I saw someone recommend this clay.
3 & 4 Plaid Christmas Outfit
I love preppy little boys clothes. I saw this plaid romper and fell in love. I bought this peter pan collar onesie to go under it and can't wait to dress Parker in it. He'll probably wear it in our Christmas pictures, too. And how cute are the pants with suspenders? Love!
5 & 11 Parker's Christmas Tree
I want to get Parker a Christmas tree for his nursery so badly! I am debating between this traditional style, or the birch tree style in #11 - because it would go perfectly in his little nursery.
6. Snowflake Garland
I am thinking I am going to do a white or neutral Christmas color scheme this year, and think these would be really cute to decorate with, or put on Parker's windows.
7. Handprint & Footprint Ornaments
A fun activity to do with your little one made with some basic arts and crafts materials that you can hang on the tree.
8. The Christmas Baby Book
I have been searching for good Christian books for Christmas (that are focused on Jesus and the Christmas story) and this looked like a cute one. I would love additional recommendations if you have them!
9 & 10 Christmas Jammies
Ok, matching Christmas jammies are making me soooo giddy right now! I've been waiting to do this for so long and we finally get to do this for Parker's first Christmas this year. My husband is slightly mortified because I told him I'd like to wear these for our Christmas card, haha. I bought this print for the family, including Lexie! I also love these.
12. Nativity Set
When we were eating at brunch last weekend with Todd's parents, we were talking about Christmas and how my husband grew up with a nativity set in his room. So, naturally I wanted to do this for P too! I found one that will work for his age because the pieces aren't too small and he can put them in his mouth (he sucks or chews on everything right now). I love this idea and will carry this tradition on.
So there's my list of Christmastime faves for the season! I have a lot of fun posts coming up for this season and can't wait to share them with you. I would also love to know of your Christmastime favorites for littles, since this is our first year with P. I'm sure there are a lot of things I'm missing. Thanks for reading!
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Todd proposed to me on the the 4th of July in 2014. We wanted a fall wedding, but didn't want to wait for almost a year and half to get married, so we decided to get married that fall, so I planned the entire wedding in 3 months. Not to mention I was also working full time and in business school part time at night, what was I thinking? Haha. We pulled it off though!
We got married on October 11, 2014, and it was the most beautiful day here in Minnesota. It was almost 70 degrees and the leaves were at their peak. Because we planned our wedding in such little time, almost all of the classical venues were already booked in the fall, so we actually got married in a cemetery. I know it sounds a bit strange, but I really wanted to get married in a place that no one else I knew was married, and Todd threw out the idea. So we went to tour the sanctuary (which is right at the front of the beautiful property, so you aren't into all the gave stones).... and I was sold. It looks like an old European church with all mosaic tiles inside, it's so beautiful. It hardly needed any decoration, because it was already filled with so much intricate detail.
I chose ivory, blush and gold as my colors and would do the same if I had to plan it again today. I actually was just cleaning out my wedding box filled with all of my inspiration pictures the other day and fell in love with all of those photos again. My favorite detail has to be the mini pumpkins I spray painted gold. It took a ton of time to spray paint 175 pumpkins! I wanted to incorporate hints of fall into our wedding without compromising our color scheme, and that was the perfect way to do it. We also greeted guests to our reception at my in laws home with warm apple cider and champagne. Below are some of my favorite details from our big day. <3
I chose these William Arthur invites - I loved the oversized size of these (I did the royal size), and they were super thick. like you could throw them like a frisbee. And you can't see it very well in this picture, but the inside of the envelope had gold foil polka dots.
My dress: Reem Acra Olivia gown - This was pretty much the only dress I tried on. I saw Olivia Wilde wear it on the red carpet and knew this was the dress from the minute I saw it.
Bridesmaids Dresses - I liked that they could all wear them a different style that worked for their own body type.
Peep Toe Heels - I love how this rhinestone detail matched the sleeves of my gown.
Hi! I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too. Mostly, I love to share my faith, my personal style for interiors, holidays and entertaining & for our little guy. too. Oh, and I love Target and love to share my finds! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO