Two of my favorite home shopping destinations from Chicago = a lot of excitement to start finishing those interior design projects at our house that I never started. Oh ya, because I had babies. Two of them. A dining room table is at the top of my list at the moment along with an ottoman for our living room. Although, I’m starting to lose hope on that search…
One thing I didn’t know about West Elm is how many local designers they feature at their stores. I haven’t been to the store yet, but at their opening last week, everyone was raving about Ampersand Design (already a favorite of mine), Happy Habitat, Hammerpress and Ruff House Art on Twitter and Instagram. And I can’t blame them. Check out these goods from the store (photos via the West Elm Front + Main blog):
Right now West Elm KC is offering a 15% off offer on Facebook, so snatch it up while it lasts and report back on your #westelmlocal finds!
Did you hear that? It’s the sound of my inner squeal for the opening of IKEA in Kansas City on September 10. When I lived in Chicago, I ventured out to the suburbs every so often to enjoy the thrilling low prices and modern style that IKEA offers. I’ve been ordering online since I moved to KC, so it’s music to my ears to hear they’re opening soon. There’s even a countdown clock on the store page on the IKEA website. It opens at 9 a.m. in case you’re planning to fight the craziness. Me? No way, but I hope there will be stock left by the time I get there!
Just recently, I purchased the LATT Children’s Table for Emma and Kate’s first birthday. Do they really sit still in it yet? Not quite. But I thought it was a fun purchase for when they’re ready. Arts and crafts here we come?
33 weeks with twins means I’m hanging out at home … a lot. This past Saturday, I had a moment where I was thinking, “I just have to get out!” So we did. Nothing crazy (as I can’t stand for longer than about an hour), but it was still fun exploring my hometown.
We did a little local “sightseeing” if you will and went down to the City Market to eat lunch at Farmhouse – a farm to table home style restaurant in downtown Kansas City. It reminded me a lot of Chicago dining with its unique menu options and dishes you wouldn’t find just anywhere. I had a pork belly BLT that was ah-maz-ing.
We also stopped by Little Freshie – the cutest little shop that serves hand crafted soda fountain drinks, coffee and espresso. I wanted to try everything (as I do most of the time) but settled on root beer. It was delish & very refreshing! I’ll definitely be back.
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…
2. Mostly modern …
3. Mixed with a little rustic…
4. With a bold statement wall (I think I’ve fallen in love with birch trees)…
5. Sprinkled with texture, forest/woodland accessories and pops of color (although I’m not sure what kind of color just yet)…
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!
Happy birthday to my brother who turned 30 over the weekend. We embarrassed him with balloons and public attention. Can’t you tell he’s just thrilled?
We also went out to the Kansas City Chiefs game on Sunday for a bit of tailgating. It was surprisingly cold (if you can’t tell my stylish hat, scarf and mittens), but tons of fun. The only thing missing was my oldest brother who lives out in California. Yeah, don’t feel bad for him.
Next up, Vegas! Funny enough, my brother-in-law is also turning 30 this week. We’re making a whole family vacation out of it. I’ll be going by Nick Papageorgio for the next few days. I’ve still got lots of packing and hydrating to do. Plenty of sequins and sparkle to come…