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7.06.2020

Willow Darling's Nursery



I wanted to share some photos of Willow's nursery that we can look back on over the years. This room used to be my studio where I made leather goods. Now its a peaceful oasis for our little girl! This was a treat to design while I was pregnant and I love the way it came together. I'm sure over the years it will take on a lot more toys and change a bit but I love the simple design we started with.

Dresser (similar) | Rug | Sound Machine | Changing Pad & Scale | Rattan Shades | Blackout Curtains | Curtain Rod | Toy Gym (similar, original is from Crate and Barrel Kids) | Wooden Rocker | High Chair | Hanging Chair


I have to thank my sister for a lot of the things in Willow's room like this bookshelf, the animal play gym, changing pad and for letting us use their Snoo for a few months! Most everything else in her room was a gift from friends at our baby shower :)


While I was pregnant, I set a goal to make something different for Willow every month. These canvas paintings were the last thing Jordan and I made for her right before she arrived!
This floral art was another monthly project that Jordan and I did together. We framed dried flowers from one of our trips to Colorado.
I hung this bookshelf down low in hopes to encourage Willow to read as she grows! 

The bear above was another monthly project, the koala was a babymoon souvenir and the dolls are from Hazel Village!
Of course we had to have a whale in her room!





I can't wait to see how Willow enjoys her room over the years to come, we've already enjoyed it together so much!


5.16.2020

A Honest West Elm Harmony Sofa Review


It has been one year with our West Elm's Harmony Sofa so I wanted to give an honest, not sponsored review. Before we decided on this sofa, I looked around the internet for other opinions since it was an investment. That's my goal in this post - is to help you decide if it is right for you!







What Sofa Did You Get?


The exact sofa we have is the Harmony Extra Deep 82" Yarn Dyed Linen in Stone White.

First thing to know is I love a deep sofa. When ordering in the store, they tripled checked that I wanted the extra deep option. It is very deep (47") and I love that because it is for lounging, living and a kick-off-your-shoes-and-curl-up-with-a-book type home. When we have friends over I offer them extra pillows to put behind them if they aren't as comfortable to settle in at first...but my favorite thing is when a friend leans back into the giant couch with a cup of tea and stays for a while to chat. That is why I love a deep couch: it invites. So if that isn't your vibe, I recommend getting the standard depth (41") because it is still deeper than most!

Deciding On a White Sofa

A white sofa is a risky decision to most. We decided we would take the risk only if we were willing to stain treat it immediately and take the extra time to care for it. We used seven cans of Scotch Guard the day it arrived to cover every inch of the couch and it has made a huge difference! You can also check locally for professionals to come in and treat your couch. This usually comes with a warranty and is a great option if you don't want to use Scotch Guard.

Two other reasons we took the risk of white are because of the removable cushion covers and choosing a linen fabric. In one year of having our sofa, I've only machine washed the covers once but they came out brand new!

The linen fabric we chose is also forgiving. It is great because it is breathable and won't trap stains like other fabrics.

How We Clean Our Sofa

Depending on the dirt, stain or spill, I just use a wet magic eraser on the spot. Usually, it comes right out! If it is a bigger spill I will throw the cover in the wash. I regularly vacuum it as well.

There is natural piling that happens just like with your favorite sweater. That's when I use this sweater shaver and the piling is gone in seconds.

I also use a lint roller to pick up hairs and little crumbs. I'm interested to see if a chom chom roller would do the same thing!

Comfort

This sofa is so cozy. The depth makes it as big as a twin size mattress and is perfect if you have guests. The filling is not too soft and not too firm, over time it has settled in to the perfect comfort level - which I can attest to from spending countless hours on this couch postpartum. I asked Jordan his honest thoughts and he just added it is so comfortable, no complaints!

Just go to your local West Elm and you'll see what we mean.

Last Thoughts

If white isn't for you, they have so many color and fabric options! It takes time to take care of it but honestly I think you should have that mindset for any piece of furniture that you want to last for a while.
This is a larger couch and even at first I was shocked at how much bigger it felt in our space. Over time I got used to it but this is something to note and make sure you double check the measurements for your space.

I really don't have anything negative to say about the West Elm Harmony Sofa. I would choose it again if given the chance. I hope this gives you confidence in your investment, I know how it can be scary taking a risk on a sofa!

3.26.2020

How To Begin Baking Bread At Home




Over the past year or more I've set out on my own bread journey. We love to have people in our home for a meal and making a fresh loaf of bread has been something special to welcome people in with.
Baking bread is therapeutic, rewarding, inexpensive and a great practice to share with others. I've loved seeing others start their own bread journeys and really feel like it brings us all together - as sharing a meal undeniably does.

Since we are all quarantined at home, I've had many reach out with questions about bread and what tools I used. With the state of things, most online stores are sold out of flour and yeast but if you keep them in your cart on Amazon you can see when they're restocked!

Below are some of my favorite bread tools. Of course, the only things you truly need are flour, water, yeast, salt, a mixing bowl and a scale.




Proofing basket and tools, Bench scraper, Pyrex mixing bowls, Ceramic Mixing Bowl, Danish Whisk, Dutch Oven, Tea Towel, Bread Baking For Beginners, Bread Box, Bread Knife, Oil Cruet, Scale


Here are just a few tips as you get started:

1. Gather all of your ingredients and measure them beforehand.

2. Set aside a whole day to your first loaf. Don't try to do it in between a lot of other projects going on. Leave space for each step, step away to read a book or drink some tea and then come back. It will keep your mind focused and you'll enjoy the process much more!

3. Don't worry if you don't do every step perfectly but be mindful of each step. I call this my bread journey because it is just that - a journey!

4. Don't throw out a bad batch! Make croutons instead.

5. Bake with a friend! Swap your favorite recipes, taste test together and share tips.

6. Take notes. I like to take notes every time on temperatures and different results.

7. Start simple. I love the book Bread Baking For Beginners because it starts with a no-knead recipe. I think we often want to jump to the end sourdough goal but starting simply helps you understand each component of bread and the simple tricks of the trade that will yield a much better loaf!


If you start baking bread, please share! Tag me on instagram, we're in this together!