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THINGS EVERY FAMILY ROOM SHOULD HAVE

We’re in the process of painting a few walls and shuffling furniture around in our home. Mostly from the family room to the man cave slash playroom which has left us with a very empty room that’s going to need some refreshing! (YAY! Just a little excited about it.) When we redid the boys room over the summer, we made a list of everything a kids room should have in it and it was super helpful, so we started one for the family room too. A little surprised at how short the list is so I know we’re missing things, ha! Would love any and all input!

FAMILY ROOM MUST-HAVES:

  1. a stack of chat books for little walks down memory lane
  2. throw blankets + pillows
  3. a cozy couch
  4. a coffee table big enough to play games or color at.
  5. photos + art
  6. tv and a good sound bar!
  7. soft lighting (i.e. lamps)

I think the biggest challenge will be finding a couch we can afford (key word) that’s cozy to sit on and looks good but can also handle grubby fingers and a pile of people on family movie nights. If you know a good place to shop for one that checks all those boxes, please share!

I’ve also been on the hunt for inexpensive frames I can mix and match on a gallery wall in the family room and am having the hardest time finding some. Other than Ikea or the thrift store, where do you guys find them?!?

And don’t forget to share what your family room must-haves are!?

xo, Rae

(Photos by my brilliant husband, Johan.)

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A LIST OF OUR FAVORITE FALL FAMILY MOVIES + PICS FROM THE HORSE TRACK

A few weeks ago, after watching Secretariat for Family Movie Night, we decided to plan a trip to see actual horse races and had so much fun! I’ll share more about it and some pics below, but first…

…Our movie inspired outing and the months of cozy weather ahead had me dreaming up a list of fall movies so I thought I would share! I separated younger kid movies from ones to watch on date-night-in or with the older kids, but you might also want to check movie reviews on Common Sense Media (if you don’t already?). Not an ad, just a really good (well rounded) resource for us parents! Takes the guesswork out.

FALL MOVIES FOR FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

  1. hocus pocus
  2. halloweentown
  3. hotel transylvania
  4. e.t.
  5. twitches
  6. bed knobs and broomsticks
  7. it’s the great pumpkin, charlie brown
  8. casper
  9. harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone (save this one for school age kids)
  10. mom’s got a date with a vampire
  11. matilda
  12. a charlie brown thanksgiving
  13. little giants (football season!)
  14. enchanted

FAVORITE FALL MOVIES FOR DATE NIGHT (OR OLDER KIDS)

  1. scream
  2. practical magic
  3. buffy the vampire slayer
  4. ghostbusters (80’s version of a PG movie so more like a PG-13)
  5. gremlins
  6. the addams family
  7. the goonies
  8. stepmom
  9. rudy
  10. marley and me
  11. you’ve got mail
  12. the blind side
  13. good will hunting
  14. ferris bueller’s day off (fun for back to school!)
  15. sweet home alabama
  16. election (because election season!)
  17. meet joe black (might be a good one too!)

A FEW OTHER RANDOM ONES THAT ARE ON OUR MOVIE LIST (not divided by age)

  1. willy wonka
  2. the parent trap
  3. annie
  4. mary poppies
  5. the sandlot (always)
  6. mrs. doubtfire
  7. the princess bride
  8. my girl
  9. father of the bride
  10. alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day.
  11. house of rock
  12. troop beverly hills

For those of you with different ages of movie goers (i.e. little ones that need an earlier bedtime and/or don’t sit through a full movie and older ones that are eager to stay up and watch), something that worked for us is planning a halftime or intermission after 30 minutes or so then taking a break to put the younger ones down and grabbing a snack or treat for the older ones before starting the movie again.

Now, back to our outing to the horse track, which was much more casual and laidback than I imagined. Parking was easy, there was lots of space for the kids to run around and it wasn’t crowded at all. Even better, the prices were reasonable enough to not feel pressure to stay all day (gotta get your moneys worth, ya know!).

A bunch of pics from the afternoon!

A few pics I took with my phone!

The food was bad, but still good if you know what I mean.

Now back to the big camera :)

The horses were so big and strong and the races were fun to watch but I think more than anything the kids enjoyed placing bets — even if all we were betting was $1. Made watching the races extra exciting! After each race you could see the horses being walked back to their stables. So stunning to see them up close!

In the below pics, Johan told the kids to act like their horse just won the race, lol… this is what he got!

The boys were obviously way more into it, ha! Love their enthusiasm.

Love experiencing new things with them! Also love me a good movie night with just Johan or as a family… makes me want to make a bowl of popcorn and turn on a flick right now!

Speaking of popcorn, what’s your go-to snack or treat of choice during a movie?

Something we haven’t done much of, but I remember from family nights during my childhood, is making and drinking milkshakes. We had a fancy milkshake maker and my dad would think up the best combos! Need to add milkshake fixings to my shopping list ASAP :)

XO, Rae

PS – for those that are curious, my jumpsuit is from topshop and poppy’s dress is alice and ames

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BOYS SHARED ROOM REVEAL (WITH LOTS OF LINKS + DIY’S)

The boys room has been a work in progress for the last several months after we moved both of the bunk beds out, replaced them with twin beds and painted the walls in a fun color block blue-green and white. As I’ve shared little peeks of the rooms I’ve gotten lots of questions and thought it would be a good idea to share all the details and sources here. A lot of the decorative items have been collected over the last few years so I don’t have links to everything (sorry), but did my best.

Keep scrolling for links and let me know if I missed anything!

WALL COLOR | The blue is distant valley by Valspar and was inspired by light blue no. 22 by  farrow and ball. The white is simply white by benjamin moore.

COLOR BLOCK PAINTING | I saved a little DIY tutorial on Instagram Stories when we painted the room and saved it under “home projects”. Johan (my hubby) is so good at painting straight lines… you’ll love his tips!

Everyone loves this space, but especially the boys so that’s a win in my book! There are a few updates I’d still like to do (like a bigger rug and some more framed baby and family pics) but otherwise happy with how it turned out… feels put together but not overly decorated if you know what I mean? Also can’t wait to layer their bed up with cozy throw blankets and maybe a few floor pillows too.

ROOM SOURCES | vintage flag is 5×3 ft. found on etsy | red lock box from IKEA (old) | duvet covers from IKEA (old) | bed frame from IKEA (couldn’t find online) | lion head from Target | navy striped bin from Target | cute sheets (sold out but love these stars!), pillow cases + eye pillow (similar) from crate & kids | rug is old from crate & kids | drum light shade from color cord company | wanderer pillow isn’t available yet (but I’ll keep you posted), by a new company I’ve been  working with | truth pennant from she reads truth (sold out but they have cute prints) | arrow hooks are old but love these | dinosaur photo by Jenny’s Print Shop and printed at Costco | frames are ribba from ikea

BARN DOOR | hardware from amazon | door from home depot | still need to buy a handle (I like this one for $10) | HERE’S a helpful youtube tutorial that Johan referenced

We spent under $100 (we had paint already) which I was happy and surprised by, but it took a few days to finish the steps which also surprised me… just a fair warning, it was a process.

A FEW NOTES FROM JOHAN:

1. We bought a door at home depot that would cover the entire opening width wise.  I think we went with 32″.  The door was obviously too short as it was designed to fit into the original space height wise.  So we needed to add a few inches.  We added 1.5″ to the top and bottom.  If you don’t have access to a table saw, they should be able to rip a 2×4 according to size.  Just find out the depth and width of your door so each piece if flush to the top and bottom.  Once you have the header and footer cut to exact measure, place the pieces and door on a smooth flat surface and use wood glue to secure them together.  Let them sit over night.  I even placed a couple of screws in each piece for added strength.  Before painting the door, I used a little drywall mud to smooth out the cracks so you wouldn’t notice the lines.  Let that dry for several hours and then you are ready to paint.
2. Install the headboard above the trim.  Use a nice smooth piece of wood long enough to cover the distance of the track which is 6 1/2 feet.  We chose a piece that looked just like out trim.  When adding this trim you will need to adjust the brackets on the door.  I added to pieces of trim that were cut to the size of the brackets.  These pieces were roughly the same depth of the trim above the door and will help keep the door from sticking out too far.  We also glued these pieces to the door, make sure they sit overnight.
3.  Follow the instructions that come with the barn door hardware for installation.  See the images from the amazon website or follow on youtube.  This is also a useful video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hhrBgLhFB4

DIY BASKETBALL HOOP | we had a hoop rim from an old set but here’s a foldable plastic rim and a metal one that doesn’t fold up

THE DIY FROM JOHAN: Purchase a basketball hoop for rim and hardware and create your own backboard.  cut a piece of wood to your desired size.  We went with 18 x 24″.  Paint the backboard with chalkboard paint.  Tape a border around the edge.  We went 1 inch inside.  Re-paint same color to seal line.  Then paint your desired color for the border.   Mount the hoop on the lower middle of board.  Install the same way it was installed to orignal back board.  The mount entire unit to wall.  Use drywall screws.  Use 1 screw in each corner.  Remove screws and take down backboard.  Now inert wall anchors in the 4 holes you created.  Re-fasten and enjoy.

BOOK BIN DIY | We made this years ago and love it. Shared the DIY HERE!

Hoping the barn door will soon have some photos, notes and kid art taped to it!

Most of the boys toys are hidden under their beds (we have 4 big “under bed” bins) and in the closet. Most of the “put together” lego sets are displayed in the closet on the top shelf… I’ll be doing a tour of everyone’s closets next week once school starts so if your curious to see and we aren’t Instagram friends yet, head here to join the fun!

Also shared a behind the scenes look and before and after of the boys room before taking these pics for the post today on Stories and saved to “home projects” in the meantime… just have to skip through the room painting DIY to see it :)

Let me know what you think, if you have any questions or other input! If you’re refreshing kid rooms in your home right now, THIS POST might be helpful. Loads of good ideas in the comments too!

Happy weekend!

XO, Rae

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GRIFFIN IS 7 + A Q+A

You guys!!!! Griffin turns 7 today. It seems impossible that he’s another year older and as much as I would like to keep him 6 and do kindergarten all over, he’s grown up so much this year that he’s really earned the age upgrade. Remember how much fun it was to be another year older!??? Last night he insisted on sleeping in the clothes he wanted to wear on his Birthday day. Boyfriend knows what he wants sometimes and other times he’s so worried about missing out that making up his mind seems impossible (he get’s that from me)!

We put together this little interview video to celebrate his b-day and I think it really shows his personality! I’ve probably watched it a million times since Johan finished editing.

Griffin William, every minute I spend with you I fall a little more in love with you. So curious to see what you will do with your brains and humor and energy and hardworking attitude and attention to detail and attentiveness for people and sweetness in general. Daddy and I predict entrepreneur or surgeon (hello fine-motor skills), but whatever you end up doing we know you’ll do your very best and always love on people in the process. The world is better with you in it! We love you so much.

Shared a few Birthday moments on Instagram Stories this morning and are currently headed to Whidbey Island to party all day on the beach. Hope you guys are having an amazing Saturday and finding a million reasons (big and small) to celebrate!

XO, Rae

P.S. – Remember Tilly’s interview video?

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HOW TO SCAN, EDIT + BLOW UP KID’S ART

There are a number of places I look for inspiration when working… old pictures, an outing or road trip, a J.Crew catalogue (or is that retail therapy/procrastination?), going for a walk, etc. but my favorite inspiration comes from my kids’ drawings, doodles and art projects. I just honestly can’t get enough of them or the simple playfulness that they represent. So when I refreshed my office last year, I know I wanted to frame some of their art. Since then I’ve gotten several questions asking for details on editing the colors and blowing them up and I’m excited to be sharing the DIY today! I’m going to keep it pretty generic since I know there are several different photo editing options out there and I don’t want anyone to feel like this tutorial won’t work for them because there is always a way!

YOU’LL NEED:

  • a photo editing software (such as photoshop or gimp)
  • white card stock and selection of markers (we just used black) or drawings/doodles your kids have made
  • a photo or printing service you like to use (we mostly use costco!)
  • frames if desired

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Set out paper and markers and ask kids to draw/scribble/doodle. Just remember the less busy the paper get’s the easier it will be to edit… and the better it will look framed. I had asked my kids to “keep it simple” but still had to kinda watch or they would just keep adding to it! ha! I also gave my kids 4 pieces of paper each so they didn’t feel like they had to fit everything into one pic.
  2. Scan pictures into your computer — make sure the setting is high resolution and 300dpi! I always have the best luck when I save or export as a PNG file.
  3. If you want to make changes, open in photo editing program and get to work! I started by cleaning up some of their lines and things I didn’t want included in the big prints. For instance, Griffin’s apple drawing also included a sun with a face which was really cute but not as clear. So I used the healing/erase tool to take it off. You could also do a clipping mask around the things you want to keep. I also loved that he had written his name so wanted to make sure I kept that part!
  4. Next, play with the colors… if you get stuck, hop on youtube and search “how to manipulate colors in (name of program)?”
  5. When your done, export/save file as a high resolution 300dpi PNG and upload to the printer!

Taco truck by Ozzie :) the backend was a little messy so I cropped it and “tacos” was hard to read so I erased and added text in it’s place.

For Tilly’s emoji below, I made her outline white, eyes teal, and added a background color. It was originally all black like the taco truck above.

For Griffin’s lava monster I made the marker lines white, added a background and added a word bubble with text so we would always know what the drawing was of!

Love having these sweet drawings in my office and would be equally cute to do the same with toddler scribbles, don’t you think!?

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Love ya!

xo, Rae

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THINGS WE LOVE: DANCE PARTIES + DONUTS

RECIPE FOR A HAPPY MONDAY:

  1. pump up music
  2. booty shaking
  3. donuts. 

Press play and see if you can spot Griffin’s fortnite dance move, paper-rock-scissors for the maple with chocolate chips donut, the hair flip, Tilly’s cute bestie Londan, Johan trying to spin Poppy and then Espen, and my embarrassing solo (hashtag mom-moves)!? HA!

Sent the kids off to school for the last Monday of the year and it feels so good to be almost done (last day is Thursday!).

Hope you’re having a good Monday but if not, follow the recipe above :)

XO, Rae

PS – if you aren’t already following us on youtube, CLICK HERE! 

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THINGS EVERY KID’S BEDROOM NEEDS

Happy, happy Friday!!!

We’ve been working on a bedroom refresh for the boys shared room the last couple weeks and it’s been a lot of fun seeing it come together… especially since the boys are so excited about it! While Johan worked on the painting part (watch his trick for getting a perfect paint line on stories under “home projects”) I made a list of all the things I thought a kids room should include. Sharing my list below and hoping you’ll let me know what you would add or take-away! Sources listed and linked when possible below too…

KID ROOM MUST-HAVES:

  1. pics of them as a baby, with their fam and/or doing something they love
  2. wall art that is encouraging or scripture/truth
  3. cozy blanket or quilt (even better if handmade… thank you gigi!)
  4. hooks
  5. bins (big and small) for alllll the thiiiiings
  6. cozy chair/pouf/bean bag
  7. their own art
  8. book bin or shelf
  9. treasure box (bonus if it locks… especially if sharing a room)
  10. reading light
  11. a clock
  12. hamper and garbage can (although, the boys room is next-door to the laundry room so I probably won’t include either of these)
  13. bluetooth speaker for music and audio books
  14. a fan (for summer and white noise)
  15. an essential oil diffusor

Long live bed jumping, foam fingers and bins of legos under the bed!!!

ROOM SOURCES | vintage flag found on etsy, red lock box from IKEA (old), duvet cover from IKEA (old), bed frame from IKEA (couldn’t find online), lion head from Target, navy strip bin from Target, Griffin’s tee and shorts from J.Crew (40% off rn!), cute sheets from crate & kids, rug from crate & kids, drum light shade from color cord company

What would you add or take-away from the list!?

Still need to hang artwork and pics, find a bean bag (if you have any recs!?) and clock and make a basketball hoop, and hang a rolling door to the closet, but should be able to share a full reveal next week.

XO, Rae

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JOINING THE FAMILY CIRCUS

It’s no secret, motherhood can feel like a circus sometimes. Errr, a lot of the times ;). After reading the actual definition of a circus I’m more convinced than ever that it’s a pretty good metaphor. With Mother’s Day approaching and summer sneaking up on us, I’ve rounded up a few things to help make the days of juggling, managing, and accompanying your traveling group of acrobats, animals, clowns and performers, extra fun and festive!

  1. Saw flags like this at the kid party in the movie Mother’s Day and it looked so fun and festive! Plus they don’t cost much.
  2. Clown noses, just for fun.
  3. Circus food? Yes, please! I have this popcorn maker (not super efficient but the kids love it!), this snow cone maker (or this one) got great reviews, and who doesn’t want a little cotton candy sometimes?
  4. Love this dress.
  5. Just ordered this top on major sale.
  6. Animal cracker fudge seems like a good reason to spend time together in the kitchen. Don’t forget to share with friends!
  7. Cute sandals for when you take the circus on the road.
  8. Popcorn bags might come in handy for snack time.
  9. We’ve been trying to figure out a rewards/chores system for the kids this summer. Fair tickets might be just the thing! I like these star ones too.
  10. Wide stripes for the boys! Here’s one that’s on sale for your main squeeze too :)
  11. A diffusor (and some music) is the best way to set the vibe for your circus… add 4 drops grapefruit, 3 drops ylang-ylang, and 2 drops vanilla essential oils for a cotton candy blend. Unlike the sugary version you eat, the oils have health bennies that fight depression, help you destress and curb food cravings.
  12. Tilly and her friend have been having fun with face paint lately!
  13. A megaphone for those days when your inside voice isn’t doing the job and you don’t want to yell :)

cir·cus (noun): 1. a traveling company of acrobats, trained animals, and clowns that gives performances, typically in a large tent, in a series of different places.

See what I mean, LOL?

XO, Rae

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STAYING IN IS THE NEW GOING OUT POSTERS (FREE PRINTABLE)

I’ve been sharing the files for these “STAYING IN IS THE NEW GOING OUT” prints via email so much lately, I thought it was time to officially make them available and easier for you guys to download!

A little bit of a back story — I designed them a couple weeks after moving into our new home and a couple weeks before Poppy was born so they’re extra special to me. After all is there anything quite as sweet as staying home to cuddle on the couch? Whether it’s date night in, movie night with the fam or all day snuggles with a newborn. I hope you guys are able to use and enjoy in your home too! Thinking about making a printable poster with the full statement on one print so it’s more versatile. If you’r interested, let me know. Until then, the link for the current design is below!

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD, “STAYING IN…” POSTERS

NOTES | The link will send you to a dropbox folder with three separate files to download. The specs for each poster are 30×40. They should be easy to resize to smaller dimensions, but will look pixelated if printed any bigger.

Most of my poster size prints I send to the costco photo center (online) because it’s inexpensive, has a quick turnaround and you can ship or pickup. If you know of any other print services, please share in the comments below!

I mean… staying in with these sweet faces is always a good idea!

xoxo, Rae

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KITCHEN NOOK REFRESH + AN OVERSIZED CORK BOARD DIY

We took advantage of the long weekend and checked off a couple small house projects and by “we” I mean Johan. My contribution came mostly in the form of ideas, shopping and a borderline annoying amount of moral support. Since words of affirmation is Johan’s love language and acts of service is mine, this arrangement totally works for us. HAHAH! Here’s a breakdown of what we refreshed in our little kitchen nook area… which is not really a nook per say, but is way too small to function as an eating area for our fam. Plus I really like the word “nook”.

Project No.1: priming & painting the IKEA table we’ve owned since our days as newlyweds living in a tiny basement apartment. Since it’s mostly used for crafting, snacking, and homework-ing, it was in need of some TLC. Four coats of primer and three coats of paint later and it looks better than new! The color we used is “peach medley” in eggshell.

Project No.2: an oversized (3×6 foot) cork board for all the kids’ art, seasonal projects and instax pics. I was a little hesitant with this DIY, but it turned out better than I imagined… Again, aside from I had very little to do with the finished project (LOL).

HERE’S WHAT WE USED:

  • 1×2 strips of pine for the frame cut into 8 pieces (2 for each side)
  • this roll of cork board (FYI, it arrived cracked but we were able to piece it together pretty easily)
  • thin sheet (3/8-inch) particle board to mount the cork to
  • a wall mount bracket to hang board (ours was 18 inches and can also be found at the hardware store)
  • a nail gun and nails (brad nailer, to be technical, that works well on molding, etc. and is very novice handy-person friendly)
  • paint of your choice! (we used the “simply white” by Benjamin Moore that we had on hand)
  • putty or framers mud to fill nail holes in the front of frame
  • can of spray adhesive (which worked really well but glue of choice)
  • chop-saw if you want to cut frame wood at home…

HOW WE DID IT:

We wrote out the dimensions and supply list before going to home depot and asked an employee to cut the particle board to size. You could also ask them to cut frame pieces to size but Johan cut the frame at home and put it together similar to this tutorial, only the edges on our frame are flush. Next he painted the frame. While that dried he placed the particle board on top of the cork and used an ex-acto knife to trim to size. After letting it sit overnight to flatten the cork, he used spray adhesive to mount cork to particle board. Next he placed cork board inside the frame and secured in place using a brad nailer through the front of the frame, all around the edges — approx. 1 in each corner and 3 or 4 along the sides. Putty was used to hide the nails on the front side of the frame and then touched up with paint. He finished by adding the wall mount to the back side and the wall — making sure it was level! — and that’s it! Haha!

Lots of steps but Johan assured me it’s something I could tackle without him if I wanted to. Which says a lot! Let me know if I missed anything!

I wonder if that single dimple and tooth gap will ever not make me melt… I’m guessing not. (His little activity notepad is from IKEA. Couldn’t find it online or I would link!)

Completely in love with this rug by Lorena Canals. It’s machine WASHABLE, eco-friendly, and the perfect mix of color and neutrals!

I asked the kids what word they thought would be fun to put on the bulletin board and Poppy instantly shouted out, “TACOS!!!” The rest of the kids laughed and the moment was so good I couldn’t help but make her taco loving suggestion come true :)

Just one problem-o, every time I look at it I want to eat tacos.

rug / curtains (found for 50% at the anthro store) / table color / basket of coloring books / white chairs /  “things” pen bin / denim chair is old from pottery barn kids (similar)

Let me know if I missed anything! Also, I was thinking I had before pics for reference in an old blog post but the closest thing I found was this post from Christmas break. Hopefully it gives a good idea of what it used to look like!

xo, Rae

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PLAY-OFFICE SOURCES

Thanks for all the comments and questions from my last post! As promised, I’m back with sources from our shared play-office reveal. Excuse the delay but I got a tip that a lot of the items would be on sale for memorial day weekend and wanted to make sure you got killer deals on anything you might want. Before starting, I reached out to the Land of Nod to see if they would be willing to send over a few goodies, so you may notice a big chunk of the room is from them. They are the best at designing for kids while also keeping in mind grownups and older kids and their decor always mix and matches so well with the rest of the house. I absolutely love working with them!

Keep scrolling for sources…

(see before post here and full room reveal here!)

1 | pendant light, land of nod

2 | colorful penant garland, land of nod

3 | cat + dog, land of nod

4 | arrow wall hooks, land of nod

5 | dress-up mirror, $5 at walmart

6 | red pony hoppy toy, the most played with toy in our home from amazon (also great for bday gifts!)

7 | folk denim rug, land of nod… love this so much I almost gave it a home in our family room!

8 | gold dot decals, land of nod

1 | hand drawn kid art, DIY coming soon!

2 | frame, spray painted gold from ikea

3 | pom-pom garland, land of nod

4 | frame thrifted — arrow print, coming soon as a free download

5 | play on player print, land of nod

6 | half dot garland, land of nod

7 + 11 | basket, land of nod

8 | dog balloon bookend, land of nod

9 | things divided bin, $8 at land of nod right now… also have one in the kids bathroom for toothbrushes, etc. and it works perfectly!

10 | white locker, ikea

 

1 | woven wallhanging, land of nod

2 | apple pillow, old from land of nod (so many cute throw pillows) or similar from blabla kids (scroll down for the apple)

3 | bean bag, a favorite addition from land of nod

4 | basket, land of nod

1 | ikea kitchen makeover, my blog

2 | ice cream cones, oriental trading

3 | play fridge, land of nod (obsessed!)

4 | folk denim rug, land of nod

1 | wood sign diy here, on a friend’s blog!

2 | desk top + legs, ikea

3 | chair, amazon

Let me know if I missed anything! Happy long weekend (and bargain shopping)!

xo, Rae

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