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Virginia’s Nursery

One of the last things we did before Virginia was born was work on her closet. There was just a single rod in there before, and we knew we wanted to change it up to make it more functional for her. After a lot of research, I went with this Rubbermaid Closet Organizer, and it was simple to put up. The very next day, my water broke and Virginia was here! ūüôā

Since her clothes are still tiny, I like having a double rod in there. The nice part is that down the road I can move these down to make more space as she grows. I used all the gray woven basket collection from Target to keep things organized on the shelves, and plastic bins from the Container Store for socks (not that she wears them), shoes (doesn’t wear those either), and hats. I use the top rack for decor, but as she accumulates more things I will add more storage bins up there. The hamper is also from The Container Store and I’m very pleased with it. I’m considering getting myself the same one! I hate fabric hampers and this plastic one is attractive, easy to wipe up, and contains any odors.

I like using uniform hangers for most everything and found a good deal on Buy Buy Baby for ones that fit baby’s clothes perfectly. I also use plastic dividers that say 3-6 month, etc. to keep the clothes organized by size.

This closet is deep so I used plastic command hooks to hold our diaper bags on the side. It makes it easy to grab them because we always know where they are.

I love my diaper bag from Barrington Gifts! I’ve been using it for 5 months and it still looks brand new. The key is that the outside is nylon and easy to wipe up.

I have so many outfits of Virginia’s that I love, but here are a few of my favorites that she can fit into right now.

Top Row: Gift from my dear IG friend Rox-Anne / Lilly Pulizter shift – got it in the sale but here is one similar / Shep Shirt c/o Vineyard Vines

Middlle Row: All of these are from H&M baby but I can’t find them online anymore, but this one is similar to the last one.

Bottom row: All Janie and Jack

 

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into Virginia’s nursery!

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My Favorite Closet Organizing Items

I like to keep a pretty organized closet because it helps me be able to find things easier and put together outfits in the mornings a little quicker. I don’t color-code items, mainly because I’d feel guilty about how many blue shirts I own, but I do organize them by clothing type. Right after Virginia was born I had a lot of time at home and did a little extra organizing in my “dressing room”. I was switching over my closet from fall/winter to spring/summer attire, and ran into a few space issues. The biggest resolution was buying velvet hangers and switching out all of my hangers completely. I really wish I would have done this sooner because everything lays flat and I can fit WAY more in my space. It also looks more uniform, whereas before I had a few different types of hangers and it looked messy.

Through trial and error, I’ve found what works best for me and I’ve listed those items and tips below:

The photo above shows the right side of my closet. You can tell it goes in deep on the left part, and I show a little bit of that in the top right photo. I keep a bin there for little things that often get disorganized – such as make-up bags, sunglasses that I don’t wear as often, wallets that I’m not using at the moment, etc.

The shoe organizer on this side is new. I have one my dad made me a long time ago on the other side, but I have many summer shoes that I couldn’t fit on the other rack. I did a lot of researching and found this shoe rack from the Container Store was the right size to fit my needs.

This is another item I use to organize my many scarves. I find it’s easier to sort through them when they’re hung vertically.

I found that skirts were taking up a lot of room in my closet because skirt hangers are a little clunkier and I didn’t seem to have many to begin with. I’d always try to fit two skirts on one hanger and it really wasn’t great for the garment itself. I found these skirt organizers in a three pack and I love them! It’s easy to see the skirts and opened up so much more space in my closet.

Above you can see I like the decorate the top shelf while keeping functional. I keep smaller bags and totes in the large tote, and stack many in-season hats where they’re visible so I won’t forget about them. My gym bag also fits perfectly on this shelf! Below is the shoe rack my dad made me, and so I was happy to find the one from the container store because it’s a similar size.

This storage ottoman (I like this version too) is my favorite way to sneak in some storage and it’s extremely functional as well. I keep hats, headbands, some of my fancier shoes that I barely wear, as well as iphone cases that I’m not using. It’s a great way to add seating and storage to my space.

So that’s my closet and the recent organizational items I’ve been loving. If you love organizing your closet and can think of an item that I’d find useful, please don’t hesitate to comment below!

Old Chair, New Look

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I’ve always written off slip covers, assuming they look sloppy and are a short cut way to update furniture, but my mind has been changed completely in the past few years. Slipcovers have come a long way and look fantastic nowadays. The slipcover look is even in style – just look at fabric dining chairs from Pottery Barn and you’ll see what I mean.

I love furniture and design, and the weakest part of my decor has always been this chair I have in my back room. It’s very high quality, a nice size, and comfortable, so I didn’t want to replace it with another chair but I didn’t love the style. Behold, Comfort Works worked closely with me to design a slipcover that converted my chair to fit in with the decor in the rest of my home. htSpecial thanks to my cat, D.W. for modeling the before and after shot.¬†

The process was daunting to me. Comfort Works does a lot of slipcovers for chairs/couches they already have a pattern for – like IKEA or Pottery Barn – and this would be a custom project. It started out with them sending me 5 sample fabrics of my choice. I (of course) chose the stripes as it coordinates great with the other furniture in the room. The entire communication and help surpassed all my expectations as they worked closely with me to ensure I got the right fit. I sent in photos of my chair and they sent back photos like the one below, indicating what measurements I needed. I messed up a few and they caught it and emailed me about it right away. It made me feel great knowing they were double checking everything.

I can’t emphasize enough how painless the entire process was. I am extremely impressed by Comfort Works and Rachel and Sarah who I worked with. The cover fit perfectly and looks great. Taking my beige striped chair and using the new slipcover has brightened up my space. My favorite part of the chair is the pockets they added to the side. We always have random remotes laying around, and now we both know right where they’re at. There’s also a bigger pocket for catalogs/magazines as well.

There are even more options for pocket configurations, piping color, and bottom pleats. I like the corner pleats they put on mine.

Overall, I’m extremely satisfied with the ease of ordering a slipcover and that is thanks to the customer service Comfort Works provided. I’m now a believer in slipcovers – not only do they give my chair a whole new look but it’s nice knowing I can throw the cover in the washer if something were to happen.

Have you ever used a slip cover? What was your experience?

 

 

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Virginia’s Nursery

Virginia’s nursery was a process, but I found a few photos on Pinterest that I liked and combined them into this. I knew I wanted to do mostly neutrals with a feminine powder blue as an accent color. I’m really happy with how it turned out! I know I’ll look back at these photos with amazement on how clean and organized things were. ūüėÄ

diaper bag c/o barrington gifts (post coming soon)

Cold Weather Bedding

I change my bedding 4x’s a year, which seems excessive but it’s the only thing I do to freshen up my bedroom. It’s also very easy because I use a duvet and am only swapping out duvet covers. This plaid duvet is by far my favorite one! I love the way it looks in my room and the plaid is very appropriate for fall and winter. I posted this photo on Instagram over the weekend and had a lot of questions about it. It’s from LL Bean about 4 years ago, but they continue to make a similar one in a smaller plaid pattern.

Below are my choices of fall/winter bedding that are currently available:

LL Bean in Macbeth plaid

 

Land’s End (on sale)

 

Pottery Barn Buffalo Plaid Duvet (on sale)

Pottery Barn Plaid Duvet

 

Laurel Wreath Decor

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large laurel wreath c/o

As we start to decorate for Christmas, I wanted to share a favorite item that’s perfect for both the holiday season and year round. I’ve always been drawn to¬†laurel wreaths – they’re elegant, timeless, and have a very classic feel to them. While searching for one for my home, I came across the Style Box Shop and fell in love! Not only do they have laurel wreath decor, but they come in gold! I’m definitely eyeing the green version for the spring/summer.

This wreath is exactly how I imagined it would be. It is very well made and looked just as lovely in real life as it photographs! I’m so impressed with the wreath that the only trouble I’ve run into is where I’ll put it. There are so many places in my home it looks good at!

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Check out the Etsy page to see the other colors and sizes, and also the instagram to see how others styled the wreath!

 

 

Coastal Door Knockers

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I recently swapped out my crab door knocker (above), for this anchor one below. I’ve always loved the crab, and Crabb is my last name, but I was just feeling a change and kept seeing beautiful anchor ones. I guess I felt that the crab legs on the knocker always got lost with the darker door, and I wanted one that really popped. I got my anchor one inexpensively from this Etsy Shop.

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I love door knockers, especially novelty ones. Coastal themed door knockers always catch my eye, so I’ve rounded up some of my favorites below:

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It’s not good to replace door knockers too often or else I’d change them out every season! Hopefully I will keep the anchor for awhile. ūüôā

Dressing Room

My house has four smaller bedrooms, and since it’s only my husband, kitty, and I living there we take advantage of the space instead of cramming our stuff into one room. My husband kindly agreed to letting me have my own space for a dresser, vanity, and wardrobe that I call my “dressing room”. It’s a lovely space that I enjoy spending time in each day while picking out an outfit and getting ready. I found myself running out of space for bulkier items such as sweaters, so I added a gorgeous wardrobe where I can stack my sweaters and be able to see them all at a glance instead of shuffling through a drawer. All the furniture in the room (except the ottoman) is made in America by the Amish in Ohio so it will last generations.

If you’d like to know where an item is from, just comment and I’ll respond with the info!

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Flannel Sheets = Game Changer

I live in the north where winters are harsh so I pull out all the stops when it comes to keeping warm. I will do anything and everything to keep warm, including using my towel warmer as a way to heat up my workout clothes before putting them on in the morning. Our heat broke the other day and we had to spend one night in a house that was 50 degrees. Thankfully we were able to get it fixed immediately the next morning, but I was able to put my LL Bean Ultrasoft Flannel Sheets to the test!

IMG_4663Flannel Sheets c/o LL Bean (sold out but similar here) / Fisherman’s Sweater – LL Bean / Wicked Good Slippers – LL Bean

I’ve owned flannel sheets growing up, but none of them were overly nice or of good quality. LL Bean’s version, however, is a game changer. They make my bed way warmer in the winter since they’re thicker than your average flannel sheet set. I actually notice a difference using these sheets from the time I climb into bed at night.

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The reason LL Bean’s are the best is because they will not pill over time (a common problem with regular flannel sheets), making them last way longer. Owning things longer = saving money over time.¬†They are also super soft even after washing them often, which is normally a problem with regular flannel sheets.

I will never recommend something on my blog that I do not use and love, and these sheets are both very used and very much loved. We normally rotate between 3-4 sets of sheets, but we’ve taken this set, wash them, and immediately put them back on. It’s just a little step towards a warmer winter that makes a big difference.

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Fall/Winter Bedroom

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I own a queen comforter and just change the duvet every season. I have a bird motif for the spring and a blue/white ticking stripe for the summer, but the plaid flannel is my favorite so I keep it from late fall through winter. Every year I post a photo of my bedroom and receive many questions of where things are from so I decided to link everything below for easy access.

Monogram Decal – Oxford design, center letter is 22″ high and outside letters are 12″.

Duvet Cover – Similar style from LL Bean. Same colors, small plaid. My duvet is LL Bean but the style is no longer carried.

Sheets (not pictured): Ultrasoft Flannel c/o LL Bean, review coming soon. These are the warmest! I also love their plaid version here.

White Pillow Shams: 26×26 Euro Size in Navy

Navy Anchor Pillow: Ralph Lauren find at Marshall’s.

Bed – Triple Raised Panel made of solid brown maple in coffee stain. Made by the Amish in Ohio, so there is no link online available.

 

I also love this bedroom I found on The Inspired Room:

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I found this Pottery Barn duvet similar to the photo above. I’m tempted to get it, but I think it looks best if you have colored walls and not a dark navy like mine.

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This Pottery Barn Duvet below is beautiful as well!

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Lastly, this Land’s End flannel duvet is a nice alternative is you want one with a larger plaid:

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