Happy Outdoor Birthday
Tomorrow we leave for a Telluride camping trip, so I'll be gone from the blog for a few days. I wanted to do an outdoors-related post, and this gorgeous birthday party came to mind. I love planning and throwing parties, but I have to admit that little man has had the lamest birthdays ever. If I were going to summon the energy to throw him a killer celebration, this would be my inspiration. Maybe when he turns 5. He would love something like this:
What a great weekend! We've had a full house for the last few days, and I'm sad our guests are leaving today. It's the best part of having a bigger house--more room for friends to come and visit. Some of my favorite moments from the weekend took place around our dining table. Good food, good wine, and good company. Here are some beautiful dining rooms that work for families and for entertaining:
There are so many beautiful things to look at in this room. The white walls make a perfect backdrop for lots of texture, a nicely styled bookcase, and sweet accessories.
Today is National Hammock Day. Once upon a time (before little man's arrival), I spent an afternoon or two reading a book in a hammock. And napping. Pure bliss. I recently discovered Hushamok: beautiful, portable hammocks for babies and kids. We might not get to nap in hammocks any more, mamas, but our little ones can.
I co-hosted a baby shower brunch over the weekend, and it was all pink pink pink. I have to admit that I might be changing my opinion on the color these days. It used to be so not me, but I'm a convert, especially when it comes to these five things:
1) This room (I love the rest of the house too):
2) This rug (to recreate the look above):
3) A skirt for mommy:
5) One of my favorite cribs, but it won't be available in this shade for long:
Outdoor Reading Nook
This Mer Mag project combines two awesome things about summer: outdoor play and more time for reading together. It's a perfect spot to get out of the sun and enjoy story time. It looks pretty adorable lit up at night too.
More Playroom Inspiration
I'm still struggling with our playroom. We bought a modular storage system that I thought would look great in there, but it's the first purchase for our new home that I really regret. It looks cheap and it wasn't. Eventually, it's going on Craigslist. In the meantime, I'm still collecting ideas and inspiration. This playroom is on the opposite end of the spectrum from my usual minimalist style, but I love the bohemian feel. There's a lot going on, but it doesn't feel overwhelming.
Bring the Kids
I'm already thinking about where we will go for our first vacation as a family of four. When it comes to planning a modern family vacation, you should check out Kid & Coe. It's a vacation rental website that provides "a carefully selected list of kid-friendly residences combined with curated insider guides. From child care essentials to coveted neighborhood locations, we offer everything you need to make a home away from home for the whole family." It's a brilliant idea with locations in the US and all over the world.
Family Home: California Dreaming
It's that time of the year. When the summer starts to heat up here, I start daydreaming about moving back to the California coast with its lovely, moderate summers. This home is quintessential Cali. I love it!
We are working on ideas for little man's new space. His current room will become the nursery for the new baby, and little man is moving into a previously empty bedroom. His big boy room is going to have a subtle adventure theme. I'm excited to share it with you when it's done, but for now here's a cute inspiration photo.The finished room won't look anything like this, but I love the paint job, the print, and the hanging slingshot.