My Rainbow Baby is Turning ONE!

I have sat down to write a post like this probably over 20 times, but can never seem to come up with the right words.  I always end up with an unorganized mess of intertwining stories that just don’t seem to make sense together.  But the road that led us to Nathan was messy and unorganized, and most definitely did not make sense.  Nathan is our rainbow baby, our baby after a loss.  Before I was pregnant with Nathan, I was pregnant with a little girl.  Her name is Madelyn Hope and she was born on July 27, 2016.  I was only 17 weeks and 5 days pregnant when she came into the world, so we had to say goodbye as soon as we met her.

This is where I usually get tripped up- I want to tell Madelyn’s story because she was and always will be such an important part of our lives.  I feel a responsibility to share my experience because reading other women’s stories helped me feel not so alone.  One of these days when I feel like I can get the right words together, I will tell her story… and hopefully it will help at least one woman who feels completely lost.  But for now, I’m going to bring my focus back to our amazing little boy.

Nathan came to us at a time when we needed him the most.  It’s impossible to accept that something as cruel as miscarriage happens to people.  You spend so much time trying to make sense of it, but you just can’t.  After it happened to us, all I knew was that I needed to be pregnant again.  I had to fill that empty space… to have something to look forward to and have hope for the future.  So when I saw the positive pregnancy test in October of 2016, I cried happy tears for the first time in what felt like forever. 

My pregnancy with Nathan was filled with a ton of extra doctor appointments, ultrasounds, and tests—but my mama bear instinct kicked in early and I knew there was nothing I wouldn’t do to protect this child.  He came into this world on July 17, 2017 (just ten days shy of one year from his sister’s birthday).  I will never forget the moment I first held him, a relief came over me and everything we had went through felt like it had happened a lifetime ago.

Now he is just days away from being ONE!!  It is so crazy how fast the time has gone!  I’m in this weird place of wanting time to slow down but still being so excited to watch him grow and learn new things.  And this boy is learning new things everyday (sometimes it’s that he can skip the step of picking up his cheerios to eat them, and instead just put his face straight on the pile—but whatever)!  Nathan is absolutely INSANE… but in the best way possible!  He is a busy little boy and always on the move, leaving a trail of cheerios wherever he goes.  The only time he’s still is when he’s sleeping (or when his favorite episode of Sesame Street is on).  He loves making people laugh—if he does something on accident that makes us laugh, he looks over and gives us the proudest smile!!  And that smile… it absolutely melts my heart!  He totally knows it can get him out of trouble (most times).

I never expected to learn so much from my baby.  Nathan has taught me that I need to try and go with the flow; if I’m too focused on trying to create the perfect memories and moments, I’ll miss the little things that are happening every day.  He has taught me to let go and be silly.  He has showed me how amazing life can be and how much I can love someone.  I hope we can make him as happy as he makes us and that he always knows his mama bear will do anything for him!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATHAN ANTHONY COE! Mama & Dada love you!! 

My New Favorite Accessory (5 Reasons You Need a JORD Wooden Watch)

Obviously this is not my typical interior décor or styling post, but I am SO excited to share my new favorite watch with you all!!  It’s a wooden watch (yes, WOOD) from JORD.  If you follow any bloggers on Instagram, chances are you’ve seen these watches.  I’ve seen them on all my favorite accounts and have always loved their unique style!  I was pretty pumped when the kind people over at JORD decided to welcome me on board their team and participate in this summer campaign!

I chose the Cassia style in Zebra & Ivory – and this watch coordinates with literally EVERY outfit!  Before I go on and list my reasons why you need a JORD watch, I want to point out that they also offers men’s watches – which are equally as cool!  Luke actually wanted me to pick a watch for him for this campaign, but I informed him that (A.) I want it, so NO :-) and (B.) that would require him modeling for me and he HATES having his photo taken more than he hates when I come home from Target with 17 new throw pillows… sooo maybe I’ll just get him one for his birthday instead!

NOW onto my 5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A JORD WATCH:

1.)    Unique.  When is the last time you saw someone wearing a wooden watch??  They manage to have a unique look to them while still remaining totally classic.
2.)    Versatile.  You can wear these watches with jeans and flip flops OR a fancy dress and heels!  The wood band is also neutral enough to coordinate with pretty much any color!
3.)    Comfortable.  There’s nothing worse than wanting to wear a watch every day only to have to take it off once you sit down in front of your computer because it’s SO uncomfortable to type with.  This watch is so lightweight and comfortable; I seriously forget I’m wearing it!
4.)    On Trend.  Fashion and home décor can definitely go hand in hand!  Fringe, tassels, and pom poms are a few that come to mind when thinking of décor trends that found their way onto clothing and accessories!  Natural elements and textures are trending big time right now in home décor, so it’s only a matter of time before other watch designers jump on this trend!
5.)    You Can Engrave It.  I already mentioned that I would love to gift one of the men’s watches to my husband, but JORD also offers an engraving service!  How perfect would this be for pretty much anyone in your life??  You can have something lovey-dovey engraved, or maybe an inside joke?! (LAC I LOVE YOU MER!) ;-)  The options are endless!

Did I convince you that you NEED one of these amazing watches?! GREAT – because JORD is offering my readers a chance at winning $100 to use on their site!!  While only one lucky reader will win the $100 gift code, everyone will receive a code worth 10% off just for entering!  This contest only runs through 7/22, so make sure you get your entry in soon!

Right Near The Beach!

Places I'd Like to Visit | The Surfrider Malibu

 Image via  The Surfrider

Image via The Surfrider

I came across the Surfrider Hotel in Malibu when I was browsing Pinterest for California inspired interiors.  When I discovered that the beautiful bedroom I was looking at was from a HOTEL, I knew I had to add it to my list of places Luke and I need to visit!!

I immediately went to their website and looked through all of their photos; every single room I saw made me want to completely redecorate our house!!  The rooms are very neutral, but not boring at all – something that is challenging to pull off.  The different textures (jute, natural wood, linen, and shiplap to name a few) all come together beautifully with the clean lines of the furniture to create the perfect combination of laid back yet luxurious.  Plus there is a guests-only rooftop restaurant with a gorgeous view of the beach (right across the street).

The Surfrider has definitely moved to the top of my list of places to visit!  Now I’m going to go figure out how to make my house look exactly these rooms…

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 Image via  Jillian Turner

Image via Jillian Turner

 Image via  Goop

Image via Goop

 Image via Goop

Image via Goop

 Image via  Goop

Image via Goop

A Much Needed Update...

My New (& Much Improved!) Living Room Tour!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that we just bought a new sofa.  I had wanted a lighter colored sofa for so long—and it has not disappointed!  The lighter fabric and more modern, simplified design really brightens up the whole room.  It’s also SO much more comfortable!  We chose the Andes Terminal Chaise Sectional from West Elm in the fabric Twill, Stone.  We also bought a few other fun things to update this space!  I’ll be linking everything below, plus showing you all what my plans are to finally finish this room!

 Isn't she a beaut?!

Isn't she a beaut?!

We also picked up that Sconce, Navy Throw Blanket, and Table Lamp (far right) from West Elm... along with a planter that is just out of frame here.  They were having a buy more, save more sale so we decided to take full advantage!!  (Which is also why Luke has put me on a spending freeze for the rest of June haha)

There's our planter (upper right)!  I already had a stem of faux fern leaves I was going to use for hanging planters outside, but I think it looks really good here!  Also - This couch is a bit smaller than our previous one, so I think I finally feel content with the number + mix of throw pillows I have!  No new throw pillows to buy will save us thousands each year!! (kidding.. sort of)

I love this little corner now!  I'm thinking about adding some pom poms or tassels to one of these planters!

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This leather chair was passed down to me from my dad, I love how timeless and simple it is-- nothing about it will ever make it seem outdated or old.  It's also super comfortable!  The entertainment center was also a hand-me-down, but I would like to replace it with something more modern in the future.

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When I first hung the sconce, the empty wall under it made it look kind of awkward.  I knew I had to fill the space without making it look too crowded.  Luckily, I had these two prints from Vivian of The Hand Letter Shop!!  The simplicity of the prints themselves plus the white frames were exactly what this wall needed!

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The new sofa is a little wider than our old one-- a side table still fits but feels a little too crowded for me.  I decided to make a console table for behind the sofa so that we still have a spot to easily set down drinks or food (out of the reach of our son!).  We already had this piece of wood (luckily it was already the perfect size) and I bought these hairpin legs off Amazon and screwed them in!  I'll do a more detailed DIY post on it later -- I still have to add a support in the middle.
That's the whole tour -- but keep scrolling for links to most of the furniture + decor PLUS a few things we still need to get to really complete the room!

My Beachy/ Boho Tablescape

DIY Boho Inspired Tablescape
(Sponsored partly by Wayfair)

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If you saw my last post, you know that Wayfair reached out to me asking if I wanted to contribute to a post on their site about decorating with a DIY candle project.  This was such a fun and exciting opportunity for me!  They gave me complete creative control with my project along with $50 for me to use on their site! 
After contemplating a couple different ideas, I decided to go with a boho/beachy tablescape for our dining room.  I've had so much trouble with our dining table decor - nothing ever seemed to look right.  I'm so happy with how it turned out, it's definitely what the room was missing!

The unpainted vase is definitely gorgeous, but I thought that adding a little bit of white paint at the bottom would make it pop a little more, as well as tie it into the other white elements on my table.  I also painted the bottoms of a few white tapered candlesticks in varying shades of blue.  The runner is actually two macrame wall hangings that I already had, I took the dowels off and just tied them together in the middle!

I loved participating in this little challenge!  To see my part on Wayfair's site -- go to their Decor & Pillows drop down, then to Candles & Holders (under Home Accents)... scroll to the bottom until you see the image below -- Click "Read More" and you'll see one of my photos along with projects from three other bloggers!

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Thank you again, Wayfair!!