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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday's Chic and (Relatively) Cheap

If you've ever sourced lighting for a home, you know that decent looking fixtures aren't cheap.  Visual Comfort is one of my favorite sources for lighting, as their styles are classic, and the quality is good.  However, it comes at a pretty penny, with most fixtures being in the $400+ range (and that adds up fast when you are buying multiple fixtures).  

I just spotted this flush-mount fixture at Ballard, and I am in love (or at least in like)!  The Greek key detailing is fantastic.  It could only be better if it came in a truer gold rather than bronze (typical Ballard- they don't get anything *exactly* right), but for the $199 price, you can't beat it.

Greek Key Ceiling Mount

Sorry for the infrequent blog posting.  We aren't really in a routine yet, so I'm just taking things day by day and enjoying time with my children and new baby.  Thanks for being patient!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Vignette

Perfectly traditional.

jeffery bilhuber.

Monday, April 22, 2013

What a Week!

We welcomed baby Margaret to the world last week!  Everything went well- she is healthy and happy and adored by her big brother and big sister.  It has been so heartwarming to see how B and S have loved her.  3-year old B wants to be a big helper, from carrying her in from the hospital (below) to kissing her over and over and telling her how much he loves her.  S, who is extremely attached to her blanket and won't let anyone else get near it, immediately takes her blanket to baby M when she is crying.  I know things are going to get more chaotic as baby M is awake more and more, but we are so thankful for this special new addition to our family.



Lest I sound like it is all roses, let me tell you- I'm tired.  Exhausted.  Recovering from a third c-section is rough, and I don't have time to relax and recuperate with two other little children who need me.  Two of our cars were broken into while we were at the hospital last week.  If it's not one thing, it's another!

Of course none of that compares to what people in Boston have dealt with over the last few days.  The survivors and the families of the victims continue to be in our prayers.  I have to admit it was a strange feeling to be celebrating the birth of a new baby and soon thereafter hearing the news about Boston.  It made me want to hold my children close, to keep them safe from the evil in the world.  In the (relative) quiet of the hospital, I had time to think about what really matters in life, particularly for my children, and how I want them to know the love we have for them and the love that God has for them.  

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and kind words!  It's good to be back! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

The More, The Merrier!

Today is the big day!  Baby girl is making her entrance this morning!  I greatly appreciate your prayers for her safe delivery.  We'll be busy this week adjusting to being a family of 5, so I'll plan to be back next week. 

For This Child I Have Prayed Print - - 1 Samuel 1:27.


Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers.  It means so much to our family!  

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Vignette

Peach perfection from Angie Hranowski

A four-poster chrome bed surrounded by shades of pink and peach, Angie Hranowsky
via Lonny

Monday, April 8, 2013

Gilding the Lilly

As you probably heard, grande dame of Palm Beach fashion, Lilly Pulitzer, passed away over the weekend at age 81.  Lilly's iconic prints and classic sheaths revolutionized the fashion industry with their signature vivid colors and patterns.  Her designs first gained notoriety in the 1960's and represent quintessential 1960's Palm Beach glamour, a time and place in which I would have loved to live.

Palm Beach Story: Lilly Pulitzer Is Bizarrely Fascinating







I bought my first Lilly dress for a deb party back in high school in the late 1990's- it was green with alligators, and I wore it with my first pair of Jack Rogers.  I felt very avant garde wearing it in my hometown, and I think even I received a few crazy looks (from people who didn't "get it," of course).  


When I went to college, it turns out my roommate loved Lilly just as much as I did.  This was before Lilly started making bedding and such, so we ordered bolts of fabric-by-the-yard from C. Orrico in Palm Beach and had a seamstress make duvet covers made for our dorm room.  I wish I had a picture of it or knew what happened to that bedding!

The Lilly brand has taken on many forms and iterations over the past few years after its resurgence in popularity.  One of my most exciting moments with MoS occurred a few years ago.  When Lilly Pulitzer Home was launching its furniture line at Market, the folks from Lilly and HFI, after seeing selections on MoS Marketplace, came to my house and basically bought my whole inventory of vintage accessories to use to style the Lilly Pulitzer Home showroom.  This was such an encouraging time for me with regard to MoS Marketplace- it validated this endeavor I had spent so much time on, and it made me think about making MoS Marketplace more than a hobby.

Today, although I don't wear much Lilly, her designs are still a part of my life.  In my little girl's nursery, I used vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabric swatches for this DIY "art" project.  


Toddler size Lilly dresses fill my little girl's closet and make me so excited for spring and warmer weather!  At the risk of sounding like my mom, and I can't wait to dress our two girls in matching Lilly dresses (at least it's not Laura Ashley like we had to wear!).  

Lilly Pulitzer has made an indelible mark on fashion, and her designs have brought joy to so many lives, including my own.  She will be missed but likely never forgotten!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Vignette

Sorry for the infrequent posting this week...  No baby yet!  But also no preschool this week, and a traveling husband, making for one busy/ tired mama...

Pinned Image

Monday, April 1, 2013

Neutral Nursery Sneak Peek!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!  We were finally all well enough to make it to church for the first time in forever, and we were able to enjoy lots of family time over the weekend.

Baby girl's neutral nursery is just about complete, with 2 weeks to spare!  I picked up the crib skirt late last week.  I used Jonathan Adler's "Electrify" in Alloy for the crib skirt- it is a large scale abstract diamond pattern that incorporates white, tan, and gray, so it's warm and cool at the same time, just like the Revere Pewter on the nursery walls.


We did a simple box pleat and made sure the skirt touches the floor (that is my complaint with most pre-made crib skirts- they are too short).  I will have it hemmed shorter as I lower the mattress when baby girl gets bigger.


I am using the $99 Jenny Lind crib from Wal Mart.  I can never justify spending a lot of money on a crib that is used for such a short period of time.  I like the simple, clean lines, and it isn't too huge like some cribs that would overwhelm the rooms of our house.

Admittedly, the color scheme and fabric choices for this nursery are not girlie, but stay tuned and I will show you details in which I make it baby-girl-appropriate!







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