Mid Century Modern

I've been meaning to share pictures of this project for two weeks now but every time I think I have time to sit down and right a proper post about it, there are other things on my to do list that take precedence. How do you do it, mothers? How do you do it? And I still only have one!
Not the point. That's for a whole other post.

Today the focus is on this project I've been working on for a young couple who bought their first house a little less than a year ago. They both work crazy long hours so we've been working on it piece by piece. There are a few more things to be done to the master bedroom and office but today I'm sharing the living room, guestroom and sunroom.

There were budget constraints but I went a la Tim Gunn and made it work. We pretty much started from scratch, getting rid of most of their furniture keeping their big black bookcase and a few accessories.

They wanted something clean and fresh with a mid century modern feel and color moments.

Here's the living room before when it was staged for selling.

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nothing offensive just baaaahring. Joe and Jane could live here and you'd be like cool. Joe and Jane have no personality. No offense to anyone named Joe or Jane.

Let's bring in some life though.

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A little big more color, some pattern and now we're talking.

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Here it is on the day I went in to check on the paint job, showing some of their existing furniture. They needed a place to sit while we waited for new stuff. Say hi to Mochee, their dog.

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Another before shot from a different angle.

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I thought the red door was cool and bold so we decided to keep it that color.

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Here it is on the day I went through all of their accessories to style this big bookcase, which was originally on this wall but felt it protruded out too much and kind of blocked that left turn into the hallway. I thought it would make more sense taking up that large wall in the living room where it now is.

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Client had these wooden pieces you see on the left and I figured they'd make cool art, giving the room this worldly effect. They also echo the nightstand sides.

Adding an ethnic throw at the foot of the bed really gave the room that pattern and color it was asking for.

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Sunroom before

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aka the party room.

This space was meant to just be a fun room to chill out in and hang with friends. There is complete privacy out back so it didn't require any window treatments and because so much natural light comes in, it allowed to go bold with color.

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It's like summer all year round in this room.

And that's it for the tour. Master and office coming soon.

Happy Tuesday!

photography: Bethany Nauert


Spring Wishlist

One thing I wasn't counting on postpartum was how different my regular clothes would fit. Nothing fits the same. And now everything in my closet makes me mad. This blouse is a bitch. And sad. Why don't you like me anymore, dress? Even my accessories and shoes are off. I don't even know my size anymore. I went from big to bigger. I swear even my cellphone case doesn't fit. I'm dying for updates. But now not knowing whether stuff is going to fit or not takes the fun out of ordering clothes online. Confirming that order always made the next 7-10 days worth living, especially when my two favorite words on the internet were involved, free shipping.

So I did the next best thing and just filled up my cart. Here are some of my pending purchases. And while fedex won't be making any deliveries to my house soon, at least I won't need to return anything either.

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1. dress - this color is so pretty and looks comfortable enough to sleep in. But the plunging neckline scares me. I can no longer wear something like this without revealing how much support I need.

2. shorts - I need a new pair of destroyed denim cutoffs to replace my old pair of destroyed denim cutoffs.

3. rings - simple and shiny and brass. should be easy but I'm not even certain of my ring size anymore.

4. iphone case - I neeed this. The kind of need you don't really need.

5. elephant shirt - this has to fit. And if it doesn't at least it was cheap.

6. sandals - these will just stay in my cart forever.

7. belt - even though my hips expanded, my pants still want to drop it like it's (not) hot. Love the three contrast bands on this one.

Happy Wednesday!


Four Months

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My sweet little boy is getting big and I no longer feel like I'm going to drop and break him. He's still on the slim side though. Just under 12 lbs and almost 26 inches long, according to TH's obsessive height check-ins. We'll have more accurate measurements next week at his doctor's appointment. But most importantly, he's healthy. Last month I said he was close to laughing. Not quite sure if what I'm hearing is a legit laugh but he does express heightened bursts of smiles mixed in with gibberish whenever I say, boo. Best word to come out of my mouth. He loves it. I wonder if it's because he was almost a Halloween baby.

For the most part, he's pretty chill and relaxed. He must get it from me. Although he's totally outgrowing his bassinet, he's still sleeping in our room. And sometimes we co-sleep. Don't judge. Grabbing and reaching were big steps this month. Rolling over, not so much, but he has done it a few times. Oh, and he realized he had feet last week and was heavily entertained for a bit but by the time I went to grab the camera he was done. But I saw it and it blew even my mind.

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We've been saving his monthly stickers and by the looks of this month, you'll notice he's into putting things in his mouth too.

Being a mom still feels surreal and I still stare at him in awe. And to think there was a time where I couldn't imagine loving anything or anyone more than Bams and Nora. Babies, they really change your heart and they don't even know it.

Happy Monday!


Instagram: Take Me to Tulum

I'm itching for a vacation. After getting pregnant we didn't travel anywhere too distant. There was Philly last summer but I'm more interested in relaxing on warm sand with a cocktail in hand. We skipped the whole babymoon thing because laying on a beach in bathing suit was not my idea of comfortable. Tanning my back didn't seem doable.

And now I have it in my head to go to Tulum after seeing Sincerely Jules posting about it a few weeks ago. I've been to Mexico plenty of times but I think the last time I visited the beaches was when I was four. Rosarito and Baja don't count.

I call first family vacation.

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And as much as I love me some sun, super happy for the much needed rain we're experiencing.

I'm way happy to stay in and cozy up with my baby.

Happy Friday!


Inspired by Art

I'm totally in love with this In the Deep art piece sold by Eclectica Kiddo.

It's such a great example of fun art for kids with some grown up flair. It's a piece that can easily transition from nursery to toddler room to teenage room. And if it's been kept for that long, might as well take it to the dorm too .

I was inspired by this piece to create a room vignette for a child with mature taste.

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art // sconce // blocks // dresser // rug // glider // stools

And to find out more about eclectica kiddo, I'm over on Spearmint Baby today sharing more of their fun, contemporary art.

Head over here.


Bloom2Bloom

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The sweet team behind bloom2bloom sent me one of their pretty floral bouquets. Flowers without a special occasion, sold.

And get this, not only do they provide pretty flowers, but any time anyone makes a purchase a portion of the purchase contributes to the donation of arrangements to women's shelters, clinics and hospitals. Goodness, imagine if more companies did this. I'd probably feel less guilty about impulse purchases.

But back to the flowers. I love receiving (or purchasing) a ready-made bouquet because then I get to turn it into something a little more special. So many times I see people do this with their bouquet.

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They just stick it in a vase and call it a day. What? That's it, you're done?  What an insult to flowers. Other times I do see people remove the wrapping but don't trim the stems to accommodate the vase it's going in.

I say have fun with it. Get creative.

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Spread that bouquet

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and pick a vase.

I don't always lay out my vases. But when I do, I take pictures.

I had enough flowers to create two different arrangements. It's like I directly donated to myself.

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I didn't want to squeeze all the flowers into this one vase to allow flowers to breathe. It's the equivalent to sharing one water bottle with eight strangers.

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I put the extra flowers in this teapot I rediscovered while I was cleaning out a cabinet a few weeks ago. It's never been used and rather than wait for tea time, I repurposed it for flowers. Give your flowers extra personality with out of the ordinary vases.

And seriously, check out bloom2bloom and buy someone you love, or even just like, a bouquet, especially knowing you're donating to someone else in need. "Spreading smiles", as b2b says.

Happy Thursday!


Instagram: A Feed I'm Loving

Happy Valentine's Day. Oh, c'mon for any of you who are all, I hate this holiday. What do you have against hearts?

I may be biased because I love most things cute and still have an affinity for pink. And I'm also in a relationship. Not the point.

This week I was super loving Sara Mueller's instagram feed. You may remember her from this post when I met up with her in Peru a few years ago.

 Her feed was (mostly) all about Valentine's Day and I so appreciated the prettiness and consistency in color palette.

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Makes me want to dive into some sweets, refill my coffee and squeeze into that adorable sweater.

Happy Valentine's Friday!


Tio's

My family's in the restaurant business. If you guess Mexican food, you've been paying attention.

My uncle had the genius idea of opening in a developing city where there was essentially zero competition. Business boomed and customers practically demanded a second location. In came my dad, followed by my other uncle and two more locations. Now Tio's (means uncle in Spanish) is on to their fifth location and expanding no.4. And since we're keeping things in the family, I've been brought on to create a design concept and make materials/decor selections.

I want it to have color moments in thought out places. I don't want people to walk in an have it be arriba arriba all up in your face as most Mexican restaurants are known for. No cliche wall murals here.

Here's a look into what my brain is thinking.

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I want a neutral base with half painted walls in that rich green color to add depth and dimension. An easy way to bring in a bold hue without going overboard. Brighter colors and texture will be brought in through decorative items, art and selective zarape upholstery.

My first commercial space. Exciting times.


Happy Birthday, Blog

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Yesterday was my blog's unofficial birthday. Four years, folks. That's a long time in internet years. It's like the equivalent of my real age. Or the age I feel at least. This was my first baby. First came the blog, then came Bams then came (real) baby. And a Nora in between.

I don't think I've gone more than a week without posting. It's been a big commitment if I do say so myself. It's tough coming up with everyday content but so far I still enjoy the occasional posting. It's a public record of what I like and it allows me to go back and see how my stile and I have evolved. And hopefully sharing the things I'm into and inspired by have somehow inspired you too.

This definitely calls for a celebration and I'm for sure drinking champagne tonight. I should probably enjoy it with cake.

Cheers with a round up of pretty champagne flutes.

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one :: two :: three :: four :: five :: six

Happy Thursday!


Three Months

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Felix is now three months and life feels more normal. After the initial weeks of sleep deprivation, labor recovery, raging hormones, and sore nipples I'm really enjoying our little boy.  He discovered his hands not too long ago and sometimes chooses to suck on them in lieu of a pacifier. He's a big time smiler and seems to only cry when he's hungry. He's thisclose to laughing and every day I try new ways of getting him to. He rolled over for the first time yesterday as TH and I were debating his superbowl outfit.

TH: No, you can't put him in orange. Broncos are orange.

ME: Jeez okay, it's not like either of us knew the Broncos were playing.

Rule no.1 of becoming a sports fan, Felix, you turn superstitious. See, if I hadn't changed him out of orange, the Broncos may have won and I'd never hear the end of it.

But back to relevant stuff. Felix, he's a cutie. Of course any mother should say that and I promise I'll never end that with a question. That just begs for the awkward, uhh, uhhh, from people forced to tell you yes. People usually say he looks just like TH or just like me. Although I used to think he looked a little like Mark Wahlberg but TH is the father so that eliminates any cause for concern.

His activities still mostly consist of eating, sleeping and pooping but he's a little more alert every day, making things that much more exciting. I sometimes (all the time) just stare at him, thinking I can't wait until he starts talking or walking. But I know that time will quickly come so I'm patient and enjoying this stage because he'll never be this little again.

Happy Monday!