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Copper is on its way to becoming the new darling of home decor.  Gold is still fantastic, but copper is a great alternative or complement to just shake things up a bit.  It’s still a little hard to find, but you can get crafty with a can of copper spray paint or some copper tubing (check out this end table DIY and this laptop stand DIY!) until you can find it in more places.  I’m loving the pairing of copper and sweet shades of peach; it would make for a really lovely and modern nursery!

copper baby room ideas

Sources, from top left: (1) Vintage Copper Pendant Light; (2) Circles 2 Print; (3) Little Bears; (4) Mini Hot Pink Heart; (5) Vintage Copper Jello Mold; (6) Synchronized Swimmers; (7) Un Deux Trois; (8) Black Dots; (9) Gray Sheep; (10) Char-Bea Pillows; (11) White Sparrow Crib; (12) Mia Lamps; (13) Matte Black Dresser; (14) Sleep Tight Crib Sheet; (15) Copper Tray; (16) Milo Glider; (17) Accent Table; (18) Caramel Zebra Stencil Rug; (19) Color Block Basket; (20) Ah-ha Print

Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay

 

 


Just this past week, we celebrated my baby’s first birthday with a little valentine party.  It was really fun getting crafty with the decor, and one of my favorite details was the little cupid arrows.  I’ve seen quite a few floating about this valentine season, but here is a super simple DIY and a couple of ideas on how to display them.

valentine arrow

All you need are some wooden dowels or striped straws, duck tape (I used silver!), feathers, and felt, plus scissors and a hot glue gun.  Cut out small squares of felt, cut out hearts two at a time (so they match) and hot glue them to the dowels or straws.  Choose about 5 feathers and affix them to each dowel or straw with a strip of duck tape wrapped around the dowel a few times.

To display them, I found a couple of branches in the backyard and spray painted them gold and attached the arrows with pink ribbon and added in some mini paper fans and a gold garland.  It makes for a pretty wall display above a dining table or in a kids’ bedroom (just hang it out of reach of little hands)!

valentine wall hanging

For Brigette’s party, I hung the branches from the ceiling for a dreamy tablescape (our basement has exposed beams and pipes).

valentine party

Happy Valentine’s Day!  ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


Shelving is a great way to add extra storage into a nursery or kids’ room.  It can be used for the inevitable overflow of books, or as a place to display keepsakes or special items that need to stay away from little hands and also adds interest to a room.  Here is a roundup of some of my faves:

Sources, from top left: (1) Branch Shelf; (2) Color Bar Ledge (available in a rainbow of colors!); (3) Prism Brackets; (4) Tricolor Wall Shelf; (5) Honeycomb Shelf; (6) Ingrained Wall Shelf; (7) Paxton Mirror Shelf; (8) Rope Shelf

You can also make your own version.  I love how these turned out that we put into our den.  They are the Ikea Ekby brackets painted gold and paired with reclaimed wood shelves:

What suits your style the best?

 


January always feels like a good time to do a little organizing, purging, and cleaning.  It can also be challenging when you have little ones with new goodies from the holidays on their hands, so a little strategizing is in order.  Our house isn’t very large, so almost any room is fair game during playtime.  I find it’s helpful to have adorable baskets around so toys can be quickly stashed and organized without a lot of stress.  Below are some of my favorite options for toy storage that can fit into nearly any decor (sources listed below the image):toy baskets

Sources, from top left: (1) Wire Bakset; (2) Purple Seagrass Basket; (3) Dotted Floor Bin; (4) Cutout Storage Bin; (5) Belly Basket; (6) Pecan Basket; (7) Dancing Dots Basket; (8) Pencil Stripe Canvas Basket; (9) Charming Floor Basket; (10) Nesting Floor Baskets; (11) Color Block Basket

Enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay


 

 

Hi! I’m Julie Blanner, the voice behind lifestyle blog, Coordinately Yours. I share do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving. I’m honored to be Better Homes & Gardens February “Blogger We Love”! Today, I’m sharing one of my everyday essentials – osnaburg fabric! It’s extremely versatile and inexpensive. Osnaburg provides the aesthetic of linen, without the care. These are just a few ways that I’ve incorporated it into my home and entertaining:

 

 

 

A few yards of osnaburg makes a beautiful fuss-free tablecloth and serves as a neutral backdrop. At Thanksgiving, a glass of wine was spilled on it and rather than panicking {as I would with linen}, I simply cut off the area and still had enough to cover my table. Just out of the dryer, it looks like washed linen. Ironed, it is more polished. Use scraps of fabric to create relaxed cocktail and dinner napkins.

For baby #2, I realized I didn’t want to spend a significant amount on baby bedding, but fell in love with a ruffled linen crib bedding set. Fortunately, my friend Lori was up for the challenge and created a set from osnaburg. Beautiful and practical! To coordinate, I lined osnaburg with black out fabric to create drapes.

personalized baby gift

Isn’t the texture gorgeous?

diy crib bedding that looks like linen

a window nook reading bench

I also used osnaburg in our daughter Adalyn’s room to create a little bench for her window nook. Its flexibility made it easy to work with and of course, I already had enough fabric on hand. {Photograph taken by Alea Lovely}

pretty girls bedroom decor

As you can see, I cover just about everything in osnaburg. I love its beautiful, neutral and subtle aesthetic. I covered a craft store pin board with osnaburg to decorate our oldest daughter’s bedroom. It is a beautiful backdrop to mementos, photographs, holiday decor and her artwork and easily transitions with seasons.

What would you like to create with the “new linen”?


Trend: Neutral spaces with bright white walls, black accents, and natural finishes

Bright white walls with natural wood finishes and black accents seem to be dominating interior inspiration these days.  It’s a fresh and clean look, but it can still be fun to add in some color here and there.  I came across this beautiful rug, and though it would be the perfect starting point for a lovely girls’ nursery with a restrained, yet interesting palette.  neutral girl nurserySources, from top left: (1) Dahlia Chandelier; (2) Sky Block; (3) Reclaimed Wood Letter; (4) Hexagon Monte Mirror; (5) Diamond Monte Mirror; (6) Wildflowers Print; (7) Love Print; (8) Glacier National Park Print; (9) Black and White Photo; (10) Lovely Pillow; (11) White Sparrow Crib; (12) Gold Lamps; (13) Provincial Dresser; (14 & 15)  Black and White Vintage Photos; (16) Finn Rocker; (17) Aqua Tassel Curtains; (18) Talitha Rug; (19) Cloud Sheet; (20) 1976 Print; (21) Color Block Basket 

And here is to a blessed and happy 2014!  ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay 


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