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Freshen Up Your Living Room With Pillow Covers

I love swapping out throw pillows as an easy way to freshen up a room and give your couch a mini-makeover. But who has room to store multiple sets of throw pillows? To solve this  issue, I use pillow covers. For the past couple of years, I’ve been going back and forth between three sets, all from Pottery Barn: white with a cobalt blue shell print, brown with a light blue stripe, and silver (not crazy silver, but cute for the holidays).

I recently decided that my living room is in desperate need of a happy pop of color. Unfortunately, nothing at PB fit the look I had in mind, so I turned to Etsy. Why have I not thought to look here for pillow covers before?! Not only did I find a mind-blowing selection, but the prices are, on average, HALF of what I was paying at Pottery Barn.

My living room is painted a very pale blue with white trim, the couch is taupe and our furniture is dark wood, so I thought something in the red/orange family would be a great contrast. I’ve narrowed my choices down to the following. Let me know what you think! And if anyone has ordered pillow covers from Etsy before and can recommend a particularly good shop, please let me know that too!

Thread Pairs, 2 for $22

Posh Street Pillows, 2 for $36

Fabric Junkie, 2 for $30

Elemenopillows, $18

Larksong Creations, $19

Sew Gracious, 2 for $30


Vintage-Framed Photography

We hit up the Fairfax Fine Arts Festival this past weekend and bought an awesome new print for our dining room. The artist, Dan Albright, takes photos all over the world and then expertly mats and frames them in antique and vintage picture frames. My dad is a framer, so I know how unique these frames are—and how expensive they can be. So I thought the $65 price tag was a good deal.

We loved this quote from W.C. Fields and thought the picture would look great next to our bar. Mr. Albright even allowed us to switch the print to a different frame that we thought would match our house a little better. I still have my eye on one of his other prints in a cherry red vintage frame—could be a great pop of color in our new master bathroom!

If you’re looking for some unique framed photography for your home, definitely check out Dan Albright Studio!


A Nursery That’s for the Birds

Birds and owls seem to be everywhere, especially when it comes to nursery decor—and they’re not just for girls. I’ve curated some of the cutest stuff on the web, so start clicking and get inspired!

1. I love the watercolor quality of this bird print by cute little nursery on Etsy, $12
2. Owl Always Love You clock from Target, $29.99
3. It may be pricey (as far as nightlights go), but it’s darn cute. Nocturnal Owl Nightlight from Land of Nod, $49
4. Speaking of pricey but adorable, Jonathan Adler bookends, $195
5. Ferm Living Tweeting Birds wall stickers, $69
6. Every baby needs a humidifier, so why not get this cute little guy?! Crane Humidifier, $45
7. Great print for a boy or girl—Dwell Studio crib sheet, $40
8. Pottery Barn Kids’ Birdie Anywhere Chair, $139
9. Soooo many great prints on this site- I had trouble picking just one! Sleep Baby Sleep print from Oopsy Daisy, $60.03
10. Owl Alphabet print (also comes in pink) from Gingiber on Etsy, $20
11. Handmade crib mobile from lovely friend on Etsy, $78
12. Skip Hop Treetop Friends crib sheet, $24
13. Perfect for those newborn pictures—Two’s Company picture frame, $25.95
14. Metal bird hooks, $19.99
15. Silver Bird Set from Pottery Barn Kids, $29


Seven Great Bookcases for Your Little Bookworm

Olivia loves books; so naturally, her collection is growing exponentially thanks to yours truly (I read for a living, so I’m positively giddy that she likes books). It’s a good thing we are inheriting my sister’s old dollhouse bookshelf (as soon as we find a place to put it!), because we are rapidly running out of room. If your child’s library is also multiplying like rabbits, check out these great bookcases that are perfect for your little bookworm:

KidKraft Swivel Bookshelf/Mirror, $109.99

aly and company bookcase, $260

Oeuf Mini Library, $660

Firefighter Revolving Bookcase, $159.99

Target Tot Tutors Book Rack, $31.99

IKEA, Hensvik Cabinet and Shelf, $109

Land of Nod Library Cart, $199


Finn’s Classic Cottontail Nursery

Note:  When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was obsessed with designing her nursery, and I looked everywhere for inspiration. But I didn’t want to only look at over-the-top designer nurseries that were both unrealistic and out of reach. I wanted to see real nurseries, put together by real people on a real budget.

In an effort to pay it forward to other mamas, I will occasionally spotlight nurseries and children’s rooms that I think are inspiring. I will try to include as much detail and shopping information as possible so that, if you like something, you can actually make it happen. If you think your nursery/room would be worth featuring, shoot me an e-mail (amber@mom-machine.com) and let me know!

My friend, Shannon, has really good taste and her house always looks so put together, so it’s no surprise that her son’s nursery is just, well, perfect.  “I wanted a classic, vintage nursery that was personalized [for him]. . . Finn is such a classic Irish name and I wanted a nursery that spoke to that,” Shannon explained. She was inspired by the Kate Greenway vintage nursery rhyme pictures that now hang above the dresser. “For some reason, the boy in the two pictures looked like a ‘Finn’ to me,” she said. Shannon chose classic, traditional furniture and added vintage and sentimental touches throughout, including her own baby shoes and a handmade banner from a friend, to complete the room.

Nursery Details:

Pictures above dresser: Kate Greenaway vintage nursery rhyme pictures from art.com, custom framed at Michael’s
Paint colors:  Bottom Accessible BeigeTop Honest Blue, both by Sherwin Williams
Bedding: Carousel Designs Little Bunny Cottontail Toile Crib Sheet
Curtains: Specially made using the Cottontail Blue Toile fabric from Carousel Designs
Recliner: Best Chairs TRYP Recliner
Changing table and crib: Ragazzi Pompei Collection in Espresso
Picture frames on wall: From Pomella and Rose Furnishings in Bel Air, MD
Vintage toys: From Pomella and Rose Furnishings in Bel Air, MD,  originally from Germany
Vintage jack in the box: From Tiny Toes, a baby boutique in Bel Air, MD
Books: Anthropologie (sadly, no longer available)
Shoes: Vintage, Shannon’s baby shoes
Floor lamp: Pottery Barn Kids (model no longer available)
Lamp on dresser: Carousel Designs (model no longer available)
Side table: From Pottery Barn Kids in Espresso
Toys sign above closet: Madison Belle
Blanket on chair: Blanket Lady
Wall monogram:  Three Hip Chicks

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Finny and Zook Wall Art

Finny and Zook specializes in whimsical prints that are perfect for a nursery or big kid’s room. There are alphabet images for every letter that would be adorable framed and hung next to each other to spell out a child’s name or initials. And the most important part? The prices range from only $8 up to $40 for larger prints, which is a steal!

Bonus: Zulily has Finny and Zook prints on sale now through Friday morning for only $7.99 a print! Plus, they have additional graphic prints that are not available in the Etsy store.

Seriously, how cute are these?!

Courtesy etsy.com

Courtesy zulily.com

Courtesy etsy.com

Courtesy zulily.com


How to Hide a Security System

Having a security system helps me sleep at night—not because I live in a bad area (please, our crime awareness report consists of graffiti in the tot lot) but because I have an overactive imagination and I might be a little bit afraid of the dark. But what I didn’t love was the way the keypad console looked on the blank wall in the middle of my foyer. So I decided to build a gallery wall around the console to help disguise it. What do you think—did I succeed? I think it blends in pretty well!

I made the picture in the upper left corner using a canvas, some wooden letters and a can of spray paint—super easy and cheap. The picture directly under that one is just some framed wrapping paper from the dollar section at Target. I got the idea for the picture in the bottom right corner from YoungHouseLove (love, love, love their hallway gallery! this is my poor man’s version). I grabbed some card stock and a Sharpie and voilà! Instant art. The other three frames hold family pictures. All of the picture frames came from either Target or HomeGoods.  Next up will be painting the wall (I’d love a little more contrast with the white frames)—we aren’t big fans of the creamy yellow shade, but we just haven’t gotten around to painting this part of the house yet.

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This Little Piggy. . .

I saw this little guy at West Elm and, despite the fact that I already have an iPod dock, I was so tempted to take him wee wee wee all the way home! How cute!

Ceramic Pig Speaker, West Elm $49.00

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You Are My Sunshine. . .

LOVE LOVE LOVE this print from The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy shop on Etsy. And the best part? It’s only $22!! I sing this song to my little one all the time, and this would look too cute in her room. The shop also features adorable state prints, but alas, there’s no VA one yet. So I shall wait and stalk until it’s added. In the meantime. . . time to shop!

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Vintage Nursery Rhyme Nursery

When I found out I was having a baby girl, I knew one thing for certain—I didn’t want insects in her nursery. So much of the crib bedding and decor for baby girls is butterflies and ladybugs, and I wanted something a little different and unique. I spent ages looking for just the right bedding to serve as the starting point for the rest of the design. The search might not have taken as long as it did, but I flat out refused to pay $500 for baby bedding. I finally decided on the “Over the Moon Toile” from Carousel Designs. Hands down, they had the cutest bedding for the best prices. The fabric set the tone for a vintage nursery rhyme-themed room that turned out even better than I could have imagined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I accented the room with personal touches: my baby shoes hanging from a hook, a children’s literature book that has been passed down through 5 generations of daughters in my family, my silver initialed baby cup, a framed poem that my dad wrote for Olivia (just like my grandfather did for me) and plenty of pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ruffled curtains came from Land of Nod, and the swivel recliner is from the Storytime Series by Best Chairs and is probably the most comfortable chair I have ever sat in. That’s a good thing because, between the heartburn at the end of my pregnancy and dealing with a newborn who was more comfortable sleeping at an angle, I spent more than a few nights sleeping in that chair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The artwork on the wall are actually pages from a book of vintage National Book Week posters that my dad matted and framed for me. I found the sweet, glazed ceramic bookends at Storybookceramics.com. The lamp was a steal from HomeGoods (and had a great, vintage-looking quality to it), as was the piggy bank on which I painted my daughter’s name.