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    Margot’s Big Girl Room + Ikea Bed Hack

    Welcome to Margot’s BIG GIRL bedroom! I can’t believe the words “Margot” and “big girl” are being used in the same sentence already but here we are! For the past several months I have been working towards transitioning her nursery into a room more suitable for toddler-dom, toy storage, and the colorful life she lives. In my land of indigos,neutrals, and leafy greens I have finally made some room for pink – and lots of it.

    I knew that in this big ol’ world I wanted her to have a space that she felt she could be independent and autonomous. I drew from some montessori ideas but also catered to some of her requests, like having a big girl bed off the floor (she likes to climb…).  I wanted her to have the ability to easily see & reach her toys, and put her them back where they belonged. I also wanted it to be appealing to HER eyes, which I knew meant a lot of pinks and a lot of brights.

    The biggest change was of course the transition from crib to big girl bed. I loved the idea of a house bed with cute little lights strut across it BUT I wasn’t really up for making one myself. I found the Kura bed from Ikea and used it as a skeleton, then added the “roof” (tutorial below). BONUS, when she gets a bit older I can take off the roof, flip it around and it becomes a bunk bed! (..and of course, add the roof to it again 🙂 )

    I am so excited about how it all came together and I think Margs really loves it too! There are links to so many things down at the bottom and a quick little “how-to” for her bed.

    I found this little toy shelf at IKEA, I love it’s straight lines and mid century feel. What I also love (and didn’t know until after I bought it) is that the shelves are metal – a perfect base for building castles with her magnetiles! I also found those grey felt bags at IKEA, they are a great size to store single sets of toys in to keep her organized. I used to have all of her toys in big baskets and random bags in various places. She a) knew where NOTHING was and b) would dump everything out and then play with one thing and it was such an ordeal to get her to clean up. She’s now learning that cleaning up is easy if you do it as you go and since her toys each have their own spot, she can take down only what she wants and put it up before she moves on to the next thing. Does she always put things up before moving on? HAHA no, she’s two! But we are working on it and she has been doing really well! In searching for montessori toy storage ideas I came across this quote, which I think sums it up pretty well:

    “A smaller, more manageable quantity of toys invites deeper play and engagement. An avalanche of toys invites emotional disconnect and a sense of overwhelming.”
    -Simplicity Parenting-

    I also really wanted her to have a reading corner and I loved the idea of having book covers facing out. Truth be told- two year olds do judge a book by it’s cover!

    This rainbow pillow was my first purchase for her big girl room and I sort of used it to help inspire the rest of the space, whimsical and colorful. These other little darlings are from Hazel Village. They have several cute animals and babydolls, each are made of organic cotton and comes with a sweet little outfit (although poor Juliette rabbit – who we renamed Violet- has been naked for months because Margot insists “changing her diaper”.. which apparently means no clothes.. like ever.)

    Side note: this little “OK to wake” clock has been a GAME CHANGER for us. Like an alarm clock, you set it for a certain time in the morning and it lights up green at that time and stays green for 30m-1h (depending on personal preference). We started teaching Margot around 18 months, back when she was in a crib, that its not “up time” until the light turns green; and even now at 2.5 years old, able to get out of bed and open doors, she stays in her bed until that little clock turns green!

    That photo above the shelves was taken by one of my very best friends Jesse of Dreamtown Co. (she is seriously an amazing human and photographer) It was taken wayyyy back when Margot was only 6 months old and I have always loved it! I was thinking of moving it to the hallway and when I asked Margot if she wanted it in the hallway or her in room she said she wanted it in her room so that she could see it from her bed…insert crying emoji…that was basically the end of me. Once I was able to mop myself up from the puddle I had become we hung it right over her toys so it was perfectly visible from all angles 🙂

    Also, those pretty little air plant hangers are from a flea market around here but I put a link to some similar ones on Etsy down at the bottom.

     

    These cute little crafts she comes home from school with! EEP I love them so much! For now they get taped to the door and she loves to show them off, but I need storage ideas for the next decade worth of crafts because how am I supposed to throw any of these away?!

    Keep scrolling down for the Ikea bed hack and links to just about everything!

    I k e a   K u r a   B e d   H a c k :

    Supplies:

    Ikea Kura Bed
    78″ Pine 2×2
    Four 28.25″ pine 2x2s cut with a 45 degree angle
    ** Clarification the LONG side is 28.25″ **
    Drill
    Screws

    Directions:

    ***photos below***

      • Assemble bed as directed, leaving off the top white panel at the headboard, the ladder rungs, and the 78″ crossbar on the side opposite the ladder. Keep the parts you didn’t use though in case you want to make the bunk bed later on!
      • Attach the “A” frame by drilling the 28.25″ pieces with the angled side ON the bed frame and the square sides at the top.
      • Settle the crossbar into the space between the pieces just drilled in (it will be snug). Using a drill, screw the 78″ bar into the “A” frame pieces. One screw on each side.
        • **NOTE: stagger the screws so they don’t hit each other on the inside**

    S h o p  T h e   P o s t 

    Bed Canopy (color: powder)

    Moroccan Rug – ON SALE FOR $287!

    Bedside Table

    Washed Linen Douvet  (color: light grey)

    Star Lights

    Rainbow Pillow

    Plush Bunny & Baby doll

    “OK to Wake” clock

    Toy shelves

    Toy storage bins

    Toy storage baskets

    Accordion Coat hanger (spray painted white)

    Mini Backpack

    Brass Air plant hangers (similar)

    Unicorn Head

    Book Shelves

    Bean Bag Chair 

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    DIY, Family, Home

    Margot’s Playset!

    When we first moved into our house we knew that having a playset for Margot was a huge priority. Especially with me being pregnant, I don’t always have energy to get to the park and I don’t foresee that changing when the newborn comes along! I scoured the internet and pinterest for playsets but I kept finding that the only ones I really liked were custom built. We played out the logistics of building our own playset but when it came down to it, it just wasn’t really worth it for us. Julian is pretty good at building things but between weatherproofing all the wood first, planning out a design, cutting all the pieces just right, etc; it didn’t seem easily feasible (and we didn’t want this to be a project going on for months). Next we looked further into the pre-fab options that I liked… and all I can say is; holy cow, I had no idea how much a playset could cost! So, he told me that if I could find a pre-fab playset that I liked that was a reasonable price, we could customize it however I wanted. As it turns out that was a great idea! it was a total win/win for everyone including our pocketbook! I also had a lot of fun planning out changes I wanted to make and seeing them make such a big difference! It ended up looking more like a play house than an actual play set which I really love! . I have had a lot of questions about it so I thought I’d do a quick post with the details and changes we made 🙂

    Don’t mind the avocado stain on her shirt and dirt all over her knees…she’s a messy kid.

    This is the playset we used

    Online they have it listed for $1299.99 but in the store they were selling it for $999. So definitly worth looking into getting it at your local store.

    • We didn’t instal the front slide. This was mainly began as space issue rather than a problem with it aesthetically, however I really ended up liking how it looks more like a little house. -We then blocked off the opening with extra wood we had, it doesn’t matter if the wood matches if you are going to be painting it anyway.
    • The most obvious alteration: We painted it white – Julian and his dad used a paint sprayer to make it a bit easier and we painted everything except the door.
    • We Removed all of the green window accents and added wood crossbeams to the large upstairs window and the opening where the slide would have been. I stained them to match the door.
    • I changed the door handle to a more modern gold handle that I had left over from our kitchen cabinet remodel.
    • Spray painted the bell gold and moved to to the side of the door instead of on top.
    • Didn’t install the A-frame molding about the door or the flags above the slide- I still have a plan to put a real flag on there but I haven’t quite gotten there yet.
    • One of my favorite changes that we made was moving the grill set to the side. We thought it would be more fun (since the slide was gone) to use the spot the grill was supposed to go as a serving station/open window.
      • To do that we cut a 1×8 piece of wood to fit and used shelf brackets under to hold it in place. I had some marble contact paper on hand so I jazzed up the shelf with that. It seems to be fairing well even with the sprinklers! (More photos below)

    • Since our playset backs right up to some bushes (with just enough room to climb) I wasn’t all that concerned with aesthetics of the rock wall BUT if yours was in the middle of the yard and you wanted something other than the green, yellow, and red ones it comes with, you could look into getting some better looking climbing rocks, I know they sell grey ones etc. Just another idea!
    • Because of my obsession with plants I planted some vines at each corner – my hope is that it will eventually look like a magical fairytale forrest tree house. But thats still TBD. I also hung a little airplant at the “serving area” just by screwing in a hook.
    • Instead of putting the hanging bar between the swings we put our baby swing, which would only be a necessary change if you have a baby, of course.
    • Lastly, I made the upstairs fun by adding some bunting along the top, an outdoor rug and some pillows.
    • I looked into painting the slide so it wasn’t yellow but came up with no good ideas so yellow it is! I actually ended up kind of liking the pop of color but would still be open to something more mellow like a grey…If you come across any options that don’t involve buying a whole new slide- let me know 🙂

    And that’s it! The painting was a labor of love but most of those customizations were really easy and didn’t require a ton of effort. If you guys are putting it together yourself definitely plan on needing a couple or 3 days to get the whole job done – but you can do it!

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    DIY, Home

    Flower Arranging With Hello Honey Flower Co.

     

    As we continue to welcome the warm months and there’s still a week or two left in peony season, Amy and I thought it would be fun to give you guys some tips on how to take grocery store bought flowers and elevate them to the next level! Amy is owner of Hello Honey Flower Co., a full service flower design company based right here in LA (lucky for me). Her work is both elegant and whimsical. Her arrangements are not old fashioned and stuffy but instead she allows the unexpected patterns of nature to show off their wild side with unsymmetrical arrangements, whispy tulips and wonky ranunculas.

    She and her cutest pup of all time, Lemon, came over one afternoon and she shared all of her tricks for us. Watch the video for her inside scoop and read below for the basic steps of flower arranging as well as some additional pro tips.

     

    1. 1)Start by taping the vase into sections with floral tape in a “#” fashion. This gives a bit of structure for the flowers to rest on and will keep them right where you want them. Floral tape comes in different widths and colors and can be purchased at a variety of places like Michaels and Amazon.
    2. Begin arranging with your greenery. This gives your flowers more of a visual base and helps to fill in bare spots below the flowers.
      • Always cut off leaves and flowers below the water line of your arrangement. Leaves and flowers in the water can pollute  the it causing the flowers to die more quickly 🙁
    3. Next place your focal flower. This is the largest flower you will be putting in. Some good examples are: peonies, dahlias, garden roses; etc.
      • Use the vase to help determine how long the stem should be. Hold the flower next to the vase approximately at the height you want it to stand above the vase line and cut slightly longer.
      • As you place the stems in the vase, insert them so that the stems are going in at an angle allowing them to cross. This, along with the floral tape, helps to keep the flowers in place.
    4. From there you are just going to fill in with your filler flowers and additional greenery; read below for some additional tips and hints!
      • Some ideas for filler flowers are: spray roses, stock flower, queen annes lace, freesia or typically any flower smaller than the focal flower.

    • FORAGE! Amy says that one of the best ways to have natural looking arrangements is to forage for both greenery as well as flowers. You don’t have to go out and buy everything – the arrangements we made were done with both store bought flowers and foraged flowers/greenery.

     

    • Have a good pair of snips- Amy recommends having a nice pair of sheers to cut your stems with. They can be purchased many different places but here is one I found on Amazon. Target also has some really cute garden tool sets that include sheers.

     

    • Keep in mind that nature is never symmetrical. Amy likes to mimic this by having free formed arrangements that are often higher on one side and slightly lower on there other, sometimes even with cascading foliage over one side. Inserting flowers like tulips and ranunculus with slightly longer stems can help an arrangement appear more organic and whimsical.

    • If flower arranging is something you really love to do you may want to purchase an inexpensive lazy susan. Here is a $10 option I found on amazon! This allows you to easily see all angles of the arrangement with a  quick spin.

     

    • It’s OK to edit the arrangement as you go! Amy said that sometimes she will even cut a flower off if she decided she doesn’t want it rather than trying to pull it out of all the criss-crossed stems.

     

    • Don’t be afraid to cut off leaves, sometimes too many varieties of leaves can start to look busy. You can keep the flower but cut off its leaves to save it from looking too disheveled.

     

    • Our favorite flower arranging book? The Flower Recipe book. It is beautiful and  informative. It gives specific tips on different types of flowers, how to keep them alive longest and how to arrange them best.

     

    • Have fun with it! Amy tells us that while there are some guidelines to arranging flowers, it is really all about creativity and personal preference! So have at it because you can’t do it wrong 🙂

     

    Now, if that ^^ doesn’t inspire you I don’t know what will.

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