There is a lot of “dump and go” that goes on during our days. We come home, dump all the stuff from the car in a pile, grab new stuff and go to the next activity, errand, or adventure. I feel super lucky to have a space full of hooks and storage that’s also hidden enough to keep the piles from being eyesores most of the time. But for a room that we use all day everyday, it was starting to feel a little blah and cluttered and in need of refreshing. So that’s what we did and here is how it turned out!

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1. HELLO MOOSE — The space shares a wall with our very gray and navy family room so I wanted to keep things simple enough to coordinate but  whimsical enough to mesh with all the kid accessories and tote bags in the hook side of the pony wall. A white moose head seemed like a good idea, simple solution and was (and is) on sale!

2. PRAY HARD sign — Inspired by a dislike for the thermostat and desire to hide it, a DIY by my talented friend at HEN & CO and a old sign my little brother had hanging in his room years ago that I loved… the phrase just never seems to leave my mind. I’ll share a full DIY and template, what to do if you don’t have contact paper, and how to add a frame and hinges, next week.

3. INDIGO BENCH — With all the storage, drawers and hooks we were still in need of a hiding place for blankets and towels. I was hesitant to add something that blocked hooks and took up space, but its so incredibly functional and pretty and easily my favorite addition.

Needless to say, I am now addicted to benches and painting wood signs!!!

*For a before, before of the nook from a couple years ago, head HERE!

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By now you guys know I’m a sucker for lifestyle pics so here are a few of the girls doing their thang! I told Tilly to pretend she heard the ice cream truck and wanted to buy a treat. Naturally, cute purses, sunnies, blankets and the correct shoes were necessary even though they would have missed the truck long before they were ready. LOLs. I should really learn something from this and give us 15 minutes more than my usual 5 to get out the door!

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What do you think?

XO, Rae

kids-bathroom-refresh-sourcesland of nod bench + apple pillow (similar option), west elm moose head, adorable swankaroo fabric purses, ikea wall file divider, god’s eye kids craft, target small rug by door, etsy shop “all mine” tote, “pray hard” sign inspired by hen & co (full diy coming soon so sign up for emails).

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  1. Wynne Snell July 29, 2016 at #

    Love the area! Just wondering if you can share the source for the rug in front of the entry?

  2. Elizabeth H July 29, 2016 at #

    LOVE the “Yes, they’re all Mine” bag…I must have it!
    Please share!!

  3. Elisa July 30, 2016 at #

    Where is your daughters striped dress from?

    • rae July 30, 2016 at #

      Hi Elisa! It’s the Roman Holiday striped dress by Tea Collection. I looked on their site and Nordstom but couldn’t find :( not sure if anyone else carries their clothes? If you find it tho, order up… The arm holes are tight! Xo

  4. Pam July 30, 2016 at #

    Your DIYs never disappoint. I wish I had your blog as a resource when my kids were little. Great job Rae!

  5. melissa August 3, 2016 at #

    Love this! I would love to know where you got the white wall file to keep all incoming papers organized and not stacked in piles. Great idea!

    • rae August 3, 2016 at #

      Hey Melissa, It’s from IKEA! We bought it years ago but I think it’s one of their staples in the office + organizational section. Hope you find it! XO

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