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Our house is a work in progress. The girls arrived about two months after we moved into our new house in Kansas City and we haven’t really 1) had time or 2) had a ton of flexible funds to design our whole house exactly how we want it to. Not to mention the whole toy overrun and baby-proof elements of our design drama. Did I mention we have a formal dining room with NOTHING in it? All of that to say: I’m on the hunt for a lot of things to complete our home lately.

Awhile back, we removed the coffee table from our living room. After Emma took a direct fall into the corner, I couldn’t live with the potential for her to do it again. Especially now that both Kate and Emma are able to climb onto the couch by themselves. The vacant hole that’s left in front of our couch has been haunting me ever since.

Since it’s hard to take the girls shopping for much longer than an hour, I’ve been searching online for the perfect soft ottoman to replace it. I’ve looked at Home Goods, West Elm, Target, Wold Market, Wayfair and Joss & Main but am still on the hunt.

Here are two that have come close – but both are too big for the space. Are they drastically different? Yes – I’ll be honest – I don’t think I’ll know what I want until I see it. Which is how I feel about most of the things we still need to pick out in our house.

West Elm Upholstered Tufted Ottoman

West Elm Upholstered Tufted Ottoman

Joss & Main Dorian Cocktail Ottoman


Full Nursery Room with Gallery Wall FINAL Twin girls

Twins Nursery Cribs with Deer Blankets

I’m so excited to finally share these photos of the finished nursery for my twin girls! This post is long overdue, but hopefully it was worth the wait. Almost everything in the nursery has special meaning to me. My inspiration for a modern woodland nursery has finally come to life! The gallery wall was a complete DIY project put together from blank canvases, washi tape and paint chips (one day I’ll get my act together and do a DIY post on the artwork I made). I also found or was gifted adorable items from unique Etsy stores like Niko and Lily, Little Hip Squeaks, Ivie Baby, and Bankie Baby.

Now, the only thing missing are my little ladies. I can’t wait to bring them home – I hope they like their new room as much as I do!

Nursery Project Details & Sources:

Paint Color is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

Pink/Purple Triangles and Birds Organic Receiving Blankets from Little Hip Squeaks

Modern Woodland Animal Wall Prints (Deer, Fox, Owl and Raccoon) from Niko and Lily

Glider ordered from Buy Buy Baby (Side note: this chair reclines and is SO comfortable!)

Grey Cribs from Walmart

Teal Fox Crib Sheets and Grey Owl Changing Table Cover from Ivie Baby

Custom Deer Blankets and Lovies from Bankie Baby

Zig Zag / Chevron Curtains from Urban Outfitters

Gallery Canvases & Natural Wood Block from Hobby Lobby, Washi Tape from Wishy Washi and Paint Color Samples (circle cut into confetti) from Home Depot

Standing Lamp (found for $15 on Craigslist!)

Changing Table from Local Consignment Store Revival (See this post for my DIY makeover of the midcentury modern dresser)


I’ve realized over the past month that I am obsessed with grey right now. Grey everything! In looking for paint colors for the new house, what do I pick? Grey. Looking at nursery inspiration? I pin grey. What is it about this color that is so alluring?

It’s become obvious that our new house will be peppered in shades of grey (no pun intended), including the babies‘ room. Now that we have a house (well almost), I can really start planning the nursery!

The good news is Pinterest exists. I can think of no better way to gain inspiration. From pinning and browsing on Houzz, Project Nursery, Babble and countless other blogs, I think I’ve finally got a solid idea of the design direction I want to go with the nursery.

A quick sidebar: A big factor for some is the sex of the baby. For me, this wasn’t a huge influence for some reason. I’ve never been one to dream of a pink or a blue nursery. The fact that we’re having twins makes it a little more complicated. What if we have a boy AND a girl? We’ll find out soon (stay tuned in the next few weeks!) and maybe that will alter my thinking, but for now, my mind is set.

Here’s a taste of what’s in my head:

A backdrop of grey neutrals, mostly modern mixed with a little rustic, a bold birch tree statement wall, with pops of color and pattern through bedding, curtains and forest/woodland accessories.

1. A backdrop of grey neutrals…

Source: apartmenttherapy.com via Jen on Pinterest

2. Mostly modern …

Source: littlelovely.typepad.com via Jen on Pinterest

3. Mixed with a little rustic…

Source: etsy.com via Jen on Pinterest

4. With a bold statement wall (I think I’ve fallen in love with birch trees)…

Source: twitpic.com via Jen on Pinterest

5. Sprinkled with texture, forest/woodland accessories and pops of color (although I’m not sure what kind of color just yet)…

Source: etsy.com via Jen on Pinterest

Oh and did I mention this needs to fit within a tight, twin-friendly budget featuring two cribs? I’m up for the challenge!

Where did you find stylish and affordable modern nursery decor? So far, my favorite finds have been uncovered on Etsy!



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