October 2, 2015

Naptime Diaries | La La Lovely Blog

Happy Friday, lovelies.

Fridays are always great for sharing a favorite!

And, this week, pretty art is my favorite.  This gorgeous, colorful, piece is by Naptime Diaries.  Honestly, I’ve been a Naptime Diaries fan for awhile now, following them on Instagram and keeping up with their work, which is both gorgeous and meaningful.

I was super excited about this addition because my favorite pieces in my home are  . . .

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February 9, 2015



are you printing or framing your photos from instagram?  i’m not.  or, i should say, i haven’t been . . . because i just did with instantly framed.  it’s an app that physically frames your photos from instagram, facebook, and your iPhone/iPad in three easy steps: print. frame. ship. 

it was easy and practically instant, with free 3 day shipping.

the hardest part was deciding which photo i was going to choose.  i truly have not been framing photos lately…so i don’t have many of my younger two.  since my house is pretty playful i thought i’d pick a playful pic that perfectly depicts their little, big personalities.

i loved this app and process, so much so that i’m already trying to decide which photo to frame next.

instantly framed is offering la la lovely readers $10 off  this week! (yay)!  click thru to get your coupon code and see where my frame is sitting in my house.

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January 22, 2015


a few monts ago my home was featured on Style Me Pretty.  before the photo shoot, i did a few updates throughout the house to spruce it up a bit.  i thrifted, found a few things online, and did a little DIY.  and, by little, i mean little, because i’ll be the first to admit that i am no DIY queen.  i just dabble in it here and there, and admittedly only try if i have enlisted the help of someone craftier than me or . . .

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i’m so excited to share rocco’s new room with you.  this is the one room in my house that i was always shutting the door to and trying to hide and ignore.   the color was a worn dark beige sprinkled with a good dose of dirt (see what i mean in the before pics).  i was itching to brighten this room up and transition it from the nursery that it has been, for my 3 boys over the last 9 years, into a big boy room for my youngest.

it just so happened that Valspar Paint reached out recently to see if i wanted to try their Valspar Reserve paint for a project in my home.  my answer was, yes!  yes!  and, yes!

i was super excited to tackle this project but, if i’m honest, also a little nervous.  i’m not the greatest painter and picking color always stresses me out.  but, because Valspar has their Love Your Color Guarantee i decided there was no reason to stress, if i didn’t like my color i could get another one on them.

my two design goals for the room where simply to brighten up the room and to make it imaginative and playful.

i loved the idea of a mountain incline on the wall.  i wanted the mountain wall to be colorful but to still be calming and for the colors to compliment each other.  for the top part of the wall i chose ‘Valspar Seashell Gray,’ and for the bottom, ‘Valspar Crushed Cumin.’  for the rest of the room i went with ‘Valspar Ivory Dust,’ to really brighten and lighten up the room on a whole.




as you can see, the room has wood paneling, which has been painted many times over the years, so i thought it might be a little tricky for this novice painter, but Valspar Reserve was great to work and had really good coverage.  not only does it have great coverage, but Valspar Reserve is also super durable (offering superior stain resistance and scrubbability) which made it the perfect choice for a child’s room.

what i was most nervous about was taping and painting a design because i’ve never done anything like that before.  i’ve always hired a professional.  i gave it my best and learned quickly that with good paint and the right kind of tape all things are possible. (just be sure to let the paint completely dry before removing the paint).  and now, i’m no longer a novice!








and, there you have it!  as you can see, rocco is pretty excited about his big boy room and, well . . . dinosaurs.

speaking of dinosaurs, the little guys climbing the mountain and flying about are my fave.  they are magnets, designed by sian zeng.  her work is amazing!  the larger dinosaur print (inspired by yellow brick road) is just image, from on old book, that i found online and had printed on the architect printer at kinko’s.

sources: tarva bed: ikea  dinosaur magnets: sian zeng | laguna duvet: the land of nod | raindrop sheets: the land of nod  | bear pillow: the land of nod | throw pillows: target | stockholm rug: ikea | overcast cloud wall shelf: the land of nod | hektar wall light : ikea | dresser: pottery barn kids | streamline knob : anthropologie | lamp: west elm |  knit storage bin: the land of nod | bookshelf: thrifted | car love art: the land of nod  | turkey feathers : found on our walks

video + photography by Frank & Harvey 

this post is in collaboration with Valspar.  Valspar Reserve is available at Lowe’s nationwide.  find your nearest retailer here.  find more color inspiration from Valspar on : Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

September 26, 2014



happy friday, lovelies.  what a week it has been.  i ran the 1/2 marathon (i’ll share a bit on that on monday) which was scary and exhilarating, my home and a behind the blogger series was featured on style me pretty, and next week i’ll be revealing rocco’s newly updated room (not yet seen).  however, away from the shiny screen, i’ve been dragging around in dodgy sweat pants with very soar feet and crabby children.  i should find the dichotomy humorous, but it usually just feels a little frustrating like you are living in some sort of strange middle place.  but, maybe that is just life?  you’ve just finished this or left that and you are on your way to here and slowly there.  what is here now is the weekend and i’m grateful for that.  at least a short blur of space time to enjoy the here and now.  a freeze frame to forget yesterday and to not think about tomorrow.  the leaves are changing here and the sun is warm and the air smells like life.   i’m hoping for a bike ride with my near and dear, a movie on the sofa, and just lingering over coffee in the morning.

what are you hoping for this weekend?  has fall arrived where you live?

these are my most fave photos from the style me pretty feature….because while my house is pretty and has fun elements…it’s these people that truly decorate it.  climbing indoor swings, racing down the halls, jumping on beds and eating frozen waffles frozen.  they are the beauty, the fun, and yes, sometimes the mess.  they are home.  we are loud, we are wild, we are quiet, we are emotional, we are fun, we are serious, we are crazy.  we need grace.  we give grace.  love lives among us and in us.  perfect love within the imperfect.

there are two mantras on our walls that sum it up well.  the first on the wall in our family room / kitchen area (which wasn’t photographed) is a print that says, ‘ IN THE MADNESS THERE IS LOVE.’

the second, i wrote for our entry way:






thank you yazy jo for taking such beautiful photos (if you are in the chicago area and looking for a wedding photographer, yazy does amazing work!) and thank you style me pretty for featuring me as a blogger and my home.

happy weekend, friends!


01 / one of my fave bloggers + friends was featured in the New York Times in an article penned “When Blogging Becomes a Slog.”  did you read it?  thoughts?

02 / hands up if you used to eat hot pockets.  love the idea of healthier home made ones like these.

03 / have you ever considered a DIY platform bed for your little ones? loving these ikea hacks.

04 / it’s that time of year when oh happy day shares the coolest costumes on the block.  love this one.

05 /  gosh, i still need to learn how to braid better because these looks are super something i’d like to try.

06 / how to feel confident in 2 minutes.  this is simple, fascinating and worth trying.

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