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Sooo..remember when I showed you guys the new and improved view from my bed? It looked something like this:

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

Well, now it looks something like this:

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Well, hello GIGANTIC TV.

Let me explain. With the impending arrival of bebe #2, we’ve had to do a bit of a room shuffle in our house. What was the guest bedroom is becoming her nursery, and therefore JP had to give up his man cave (*gasp* the horror!) to become the guest room. So, his huge only-meant-for-a-man-cave TV had to go somewhere.

Ever since we got married, I have been staunchly against having a TV in our bedroom. I’ve read a million articles about having a successful marriage that basically said putting a TV in your bedroom is the kiss of death. It shows your partner you’re more interested in The Bachelor than them, and before you know it you guys barely even talk anymore. But the truth is, JP and I love relaxing and watching movies or a good show together. Most nights, we ended up laying in bed and watching Netflix on his iPad anyway. And since we’ve moved it into our room, we’ve started a new nightly routine where Roarke lays in bed with us and we all watch an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and have some play/snuggle time. It’s become a really sweet tradition that I find myself looking forward to at the end of every night. So, bottom line: TV in the bedroom – not so bad.

But let’s get real here and talk about the beauty underneath the TV. That killer mid-century modern dresser.

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop LifeThe angle of this picture makes that drawers look uneven, but they’re not.

I scored this lovely on Craigslist for $75. Originally it was all dark walnut, but I painted the drawers white, and I LOVE the way it turned out!

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

And I’m totally gaga for the original brass hardware that came on the drawers! The shadows are making them look funky and scratched here, but in real life they are gorg! And just in case that whole TV-in-the-bedroom thing is bad for a marriage, I put a lucky horseshoe on the dresser to counteract any bad mojo. ;)

So you might be asking, what happened to the gallery wall? Well, it got shifted to another wall in our master bedroom.

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

I don’t feel like it looks as ‘complete’ on this wall, if that makes sense, but I think adding more pictures and filling up the wall over time will do the trick! And we’ll add definitely be adding more photos once baby girl arrives!!

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

So that’s the current state of our bedroom..anyone else been shifting any rooms around? I have to admit, I’m kind of digging the fresh spin on spaces that had previously been untouched for years!

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Howdy, lemon-droppers! We’re currently on vacation in Alabama, but I’m stopping in to share the mood board I put together for our baby girl’s nursery.

For Roarke’s nursery, we had a pretty clear theme. Baby girl’s nursery is a little more eclectic. In my mind, it’s going to have a somewhat natural, bohemian feel with little touches of sweetness. And when I say “sweetness,” I was inspired by the phrase “Sugar and spice and everything nice…” and I love the idea of whimsical touches of sweet treats (cupcakes, candy, etc.) as a nod to our sweet girl.

So without further ado..

Sugar and Spice: A Baby Girl Nursery | Lemon Drop Life

 

A couple of these items are things we already  have and are incorporating into the nursery design. Our plan is to use Roarke’s crib in her room eventually…she’ll just sleep in a bassinet in our room for the first couple months. So for the sake of this mood board, just imagine a white crib as part of the plan.

We already have the over dyed purple kilim rug that we used in the guest room, and I found a vintage wicker and cane rocking horse at an antique mall a few weeks ago that I am totally in LOVE with.

The rest of the mood board is just made up of things that I’m obsessing over, like some tie-dye curtains (I’ll probably DIY some) and a large scale macrame wall hanging (possibly a DIY also) for behind the crib. And I envision a series of these fantastically whimsical animal prints by Anna Burnett over her dresser (that will likely double as a changing table).

I may not have all the details hammered out, but one thing is for sure: this sweet little baby’s nursery will be filled with LOVE!

Show of hands: how many of you have about a thousand family photos on your computer that you keep meaning to get printed and framed? Yeah, that’s me with both my hands up.

I print yearly photo books for our family (which reminds me, I need to finish up 2013..whoops), but I’ve always meant to also get some printed and framed. Recently, we inherited some really nice black frames with double mats from a friend who was moving, so  I took that as a perfect opportunity to print some family photos and create a little gallery wall in our bedroom!

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

I decided to stick with black and white photos to keep a cohesive theme and I made sure to select a mix of different orientations. I ordered my prints from mpix.com and I am thrilled with the quality; I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to get photos printed! (I’m not sponsored by them in any way, I was just really satisfied with their product!).

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

I had 4 frames for 8×10’s and 3 for 11×14’s. I think if I had been doing this gallery wall from scratch (i.e., I didn’t already have these frames) I would’ve been tempted to also do some 5×7’s for more variety, but honestly I’m so happy I didn’t. I love the large scale of these photos and the fact that I can see them from across the room when I’m lying in bed!

Yeah, this view? My favorite. Minus the lily white legs.

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

And of course, I’ll be adding some more photos once bambino #2 gets here. I’ll probably pick up a bunch of black Ribba frames from Ikea the next time we’re there, and they should blend in nicely with the other frames!

And I can’t end this post without showing you guys this adorable little lamp.

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

 

I picked it up at Wal-Mart (go figure!) for $9.99! The shade was originally white, but I added a little copper paint to the top and bottom for some extra oomph..cute, right?! I love how it ties into the wooden plaque.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let all those precious family moments sit on your computer, get them printed and hung somewhere in your home!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Armstrong Residential Ceilings. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Not to be confused with the fifth dimension.

In recent years, it seems like people are starting to pay more attention to the ‘fifth wall’ of every room – the ceiling.

Yep, ceilings are getting the royal treatment..everything from paint…

The Fifth Wall | Lemon Drop Lifevia

…to nailhead treatment…

The Fifth Wall | Lemon Drop Lifevia

…to wood planks.

The Fifth Wall | Lemon Drop Lifevia

And, thanks to Armstrong Residential Ceilings, your options just expanded a little bit more. They have all kinds of products and creative inspiration that you can check out on their website. But let’s explore a bit together, shall we?

They offer a whole line of a wood ceilings, my personal favorite being the Woodhaven weathered look. A wood planked ceiling could work with a variety of styles and in virtually any space. So versatile!

If you’re looking for more of a cottage feel, you could go for a beadboard ceiling. We have breadboard on a wall in our guest bath, and it’s still one of my favorite looks in our house.

And maybe you’re not in the market for updating your ceiling at all. They have metal ceiling tiles that can also be used a stylish tin backsplash for a kitchen.

They also offer helpful hints and solutions for remodels and ceiling repair. It’s your one stop ceiling resource! Head over and check out their site today!

 

 

 

I am officially writing this as the mother of a one year old. How in the world did that happen?!? Last Saturday was my little guy’s first birthday, and we spent the day celebrating him in all of his awesomeness!

I shared with you guys a while ago that we were planning a pirate-themed soiree, so now I’m here with all the deets!

First, let’s talk food. I wanted to keep things super simple – think, stuff that people can serve themselves – because I didn’t want anyone tied to a kitchen or serving food. We had coney dogs, meatballs, fruit cups, a veggie tray, and some chips & crackers. But of course, we had to theme it out a little bit.

So the coney dogs became pirate ships…

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And the meatballs became cannonballs…

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

The fruit cups were dolphin cups..

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And what would a pirate party be without fish & chips (Goldfish crackers and potato chips)?

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And to wet your whistle we provided lemonade, sea water, and pirate rum!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Cute, huh? And let’s not forget the star of the show…CAKE!

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

As the backdrop for the cake table, I simply hung some streamers in coordinating colors and strung up a banner I picked up at Target. So cheap and easy!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

 

Originally, I was going to do the streamers behind Roarke’s highchair where he would eat his cake, but then I got an idea that I loved SO much more!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

I created this little ’1′ display out of various Instagram photos from the past year. I’m so totally in love with this little tribute to my sweet boy and everyone really enjoyed seeing how much he’s changed!

The highchair you can see a glimpse of in that picture is actually JP’s old highchair that I gave a little makeover last summer. I loved being able to use a piece of his dad’s childhood for such a special moment.

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And what kind of blogger would I be if hadn’t whipped up a fun little pennant banner to decorate it with? I’ve got a super easy tip I’m going to share with you guys in another post for how to get perfect triangles without measuring!

I created a cute little display over the gift table with some wood letters and paper fans. Another cheap set-up that makes a big impact!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

I knew there would be a few small kids coming to Roarke’s party and I know how tough it can be to keep kiddos entertained indoors for more than 5 minutes, so I thought I’d try and help out a bit! I picked up a couple pirate-themed things that they could color and put them in a basket with some crayons.

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

And now the question on every one-year-old’s mind: WHAT am I going to wear to my birthday party? Luckily, I took care of that, too. I whipped up a design and printed it on some heat transfer paper to make this adorable little onesie! Please forgive my juvenile humor, I couldn’t resist :)

 

 

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

For favor bags, we gave each buccaneer an eye patch, a pirate rubber duck, bubbles, and some rad temporary tattoos. Ya know, for the rebellious babies.

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life

 

 

All in all, the party was fantastic and I’m so happy we were able to share it with our whole family. And to my precious little man: you’ve brought so much joy and happiness to my life and I love you to the moon and back!

Pirate Birthday Party | Lemon Drop Life