November 25, 2013

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hi friends.  it’s me.  duh, of course it is.  it’s monday morning and i have 11 guest arriving in a few short hours.  but, that’s not what i’m writing about (its whats on my mind – so it came out).  for the past couple of months i have been a very busy bee coordinating 9 holiday trunk shows across the country for The Land of Nod.

before i go any further i want to make mention that Nod is offering la la lovely readers 15%  november 25-27th (code : LOVELY).  This is good news because there are so many cute things to buy (for your kids, for yourself, for your tree!)

ok, you all know how much i love nod (remember when they came to my house).   i mean, let me count the ways…. they have gorgeous, quality products (for the whole family), their creative direction is superb (hello catalog that is more like a magazine, which i can’t ever seem to throw away) and oh, the people – i heart them all.

the concept the holiday parties was a trunk show, showcasing Nod’s super rad holiday decor + toys, hosted by bloggers in 9 different cities.  each blogger host was able to use Nod product to design their space uniquely…..

i headed out to LA to help with the trunk show there, which was hosted by kelly lanza of studio diy (do you know kelly?  if you don’t, you should) at the honest company (love them too).

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kelly has some serious mad diy skillz (sorry there is no other way to put it).  i found myself either gushing or feeling pangs of jealousy because, truthfully, i am not even this crafty in my mind (and, i try to be very crafty – in my mind).  i mean look at this dollhouse . . . each host was given a cottage dollhouse to design and display.  do you see the little mac computer?  kelly transformed her house into a loft space.  it’s LA. of course.

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there was crafting, and chatting, and shopping ,and the tiniest tacos that you ever did see.  we had such a fun time.  and this was only one event (hey look, its me in the blue dress in the left hand corner).  you can see more photos from Nod’s party at Honest here.

i hope you’ll take advantage of the discount and get in on this holiday goodness :

Nod is offering la la lovely readers 15%  november 25-27th.  use the code LOVELY

here are some of the items kelly used in LA.  i love it all …

All the Colors of the Rainbow Ornaments / Candy Cane Ornament / Festive Felt Garland / Candy Cane Garland / Peppermint Twist Felt Garland / This Garland is Shaping Up / Confetti Stocking / Rainbow Stocking / Kardboard Kingdom / Cottage Dollhouse /Toot Sweet Hanging Pinwheels / Gingerbread Girl / Gingerbread Boy / Candy Cane / Prefab Housing

AND, pop on over to the other hosts sites to take a look at all of the events (equal amounts of creativity and total awesomeness) and how the product was styled differently :

Lay Baby Lay / Simply Grove / Look Linger Love / No Monsters in My Bed + A Feteful Life /Ampersand Design Studio / Finding My Feet / 6th Street Design School + Small Fry Blog / Simplified Bee + Michaela Noelle Design + The Makery

more photos on instagram under #nodevents

Photos by Mary Costa Photography

February 20, 2013

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this is the final week of room tours and out takes from my home that was featured in the Land of Nod catalog.  you can see the other rooms right here and the video tour right here.

welcome to my dining room.  i mean playroom.  about a year ago, i decided to turn my dining room into a playroom.  yes, we have a playroom in the basement but no one ever wanted to be down there.  and, of course, i wasn’t able to always go sit down there with the little ones.  so, one day, it dawned on me, why not, for a few years, turn the dining room into a playroom?  we didn’t use the dining room, that often, and we really didn’t have to make any major  changes.  and the great thing about it is, that when the time comes to turn it back, there won’t be much to it.

to change things, we gave the room some fresh paint, took the dishes out of the hutch and exchanged them for toys, hung a few shelves and let the same fancy chandelier do its thing and shine some magic into the space.

you can shop the look of this room right here!  but here is a list of some of the resources :

paint / top half of the room = winter wheat by benjamin moore.  bottom half of the room = filmy green by sherwin willimas.
hutch old piece that my mom bought at ace hardware, of all places
light fixture/ i bought this (for a steal) out of someone’s dining room (literally).
play table / land of nod
chairs / little felix + iron rich play chairs 
rocking chair/  retro rocker
rug / the land of nod
wire bins / down to the wire bins
polka dot bin / dotted storage collection
airplane + hedgehog night light / land of nod
lime green tea towel / lucky fish
cloud pillow / land of nod (this pillow makes me smile everyday)
yellow pouf / pull up a pouf

i hope you have enjoyed this little series and a behind the scenes look and out takes from the Land of Nod catalog.  and, thank you Land of Nod for being so rad!

images courtesy of Land of Nod 

February 13, 2013

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this week i’m sharing some out takes from my boys room featured in the Land of Nod catalog.

welcome to luke and liam’s room.  did you know this used to be my room growing up (well at least until the 7th grade when i moved all my belongings to the basement in an effort to not share a room with my sister anymore)?  if you are new here, i should mention that i live in the house i grew up in.  it’s crazy.  it’s awesome.  it’s weird.  but mostly it’s super cool.  i’ve watched this room, in particular, go through many makeovers over the years according to who resided in it.  at first it was my sister and i (ages 9 + 4, to start with).  than just my sister for the longest of times.  then when my family (as in my husband and i) moved back in it became my daughters room (this is her room now) and then we moved everyone around when # 4 came along.  now my two middle boys share this room.  and come to think of it, it is the first time boys have lived in this room which is, in fact, still claimed by my sister, as her name carved in the closet door states.

you can shop the look of this room right here!  but here is a list of some of the resources :

paint /  winter wheat by benjamin moore /chalkboard paint
bunk beds  land of nod
light fixture/ up and atom light fixture
wire baskets / land of nod
desk /  little sloan leaning desk
desk chair / class act desk chair
rug / chevron and on rug in grey
robot drawings / hand drawn by luke, age 7 (he was super proud and i was too)
window shades / the home depot 
string lights / ikea
the mouse hole / this was a super fun addition we recently made connecting the boys room to the nursery.  the kids think it’s so fun to crawl through and i think it just adds an extra touch of magic.

i’ll be wrapping up the room tours next week with my dining room/playroom.  (and again…. if you have e-mailed me with a question or left a comment, i promise i will get back to you).

images courtesy of Land of Nod 

February 7, 2013

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hi lovelies!  ready for a little DIY today?  I’m sharing all of the details on making the tiled mosaic, featured in my living room, over on Honest to Nod.

So CLICK HERE for the HOW TO and get your craft on!

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and if your feeling extra crafty here are a few more lovely DIY’s.

xo . t

February 6, 2013

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so this week, i’m sharing more detailed photos of my living room, which you may have seen in the Land of Nod catalog.  before we go any further….did you see the video? i’m a little in love with it.   i’m still a rather overwhelmed by the response and all of  the lovely notes i have been receiving (and if you have e-mailed me with a question, i promise i will get back to you).  thank you all so much for your kind words.

you can shop the look of this room right here!  but here is a list of resources :

paint /  winter wheat by benjamin moore / inner child by sherwin williams (above fireplace) . . . great name for our playful room, right?
chairs /  both vintage finds
disco ball / flea market find
chests / circulation chest
art / land of nod (with the exception of the mosaic – DIY coming tomorrow)
mirror / the mirror lady
rugs / land of nod
couch / crate and barrel
coffee table /  crate and barrel
pouf / land of nod
floor lamp / land of nod
bench / vintage find
the swing / the swing was custom made by a carpenter. if you would like further information please e-mail me.  however, a swing DIY is likely in the works for next month…so stay tuned.
masks / lucky fish who has the most rad stuff.  sadly, as of now no masks are not available.  but you will want everything else they have, i promise.

look for mosaic DIY tomorrow and next week, i’ll be sharing pictures from the boys room.

images / Land of Nod / last image Frank + Harvey