Notes of Thanks

Throughout the journey of pregnancy to birth you’re told many, many things. Honestly, I don’t think there’s another part of life where people will share their opinions and experiences more which can be equal parts helpful and overwhelming but there’s one part of our journey that caught me off guard and that would be the amount of friends and family that provided (and continue to do so!) their love, support, food and time to us. From the moment we arrived home, my Mom and Grandmother were there to help feed us and ease us into the transition of having a newborn around. My Dad helped out with Mackie (who had a rough first day adjusting with Stella) and friends near and far stopped by and dropped off croissants (clearly I’m not shy about sharing my love for the pastry, so many croissants…) and literally dropped everything to lend a helping hand. Flowers, gifts and beautiful cards were given in abundance and we are so thankful to each and everyone who did and continues to-do so. THANK YOU!

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Back in October, A’s parents combined with our friends threw us a lovely baby shower and I knew I wanted to get started on my Thank You cards right away. I’m a huge fan of stationary and cards are important to me (I don’t fall into the “people just throw them out” camp) and I’m guessing people know this about me since I received some stellar cards! Since I knew that time was of the essence and having our return address on the envelopes was key, I wanted to order some online. I discovered this website, Basic Invite which offers almost unlimited colour options with instant previews online which is super fun to work with. Once you select a design you can change the colour of each element on the card to over 180 different colour options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail (which is just perfect for the designer in me). As you can see from the pics, I selected the stork and was able to change the smallest detail including the colour of the stork’s crown – so fun!

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I’m attempting to seriously multi-task here…

Another great part of ordering from Basic Invite is that their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly closed without licking a single one – I realize this sounds silly but it actually made a difference when you’re trying to crank out a larger quantity.

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If you’re planning a baby shower (I’m currently planning one for my bestie and ordered some beautiful ones!) I recommend you check them out here. Or if you’re looking for something to say thanks, there’s a great selection here.

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Thanks to Basic Invite for partnering on this post. 

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Wall Sconce Round Up

I’m big into lighting and over at Elsie & Kel Design, we’re always encouraging MORE lighting. It’s a great way to add mood and atmosphere into any room as well as visual appeal and interest. We love pendants, lamps however one form of lighting is leading the charge in my opinion. I hadn’t really had the pleasure of exploring wall lighting at any of my previous living spaces (installing a junction box into a wall wasn’t always OK with landlords) but now I’m all about the wall sconce. Laura and I have had the pleasure of sourcing wall lighting for a couple of clients recently and have majorly enjoyed doing so. So today, I wanted to share some of my current faves (in varrying price points) in case you were in the market of adding some style and light to your walls!

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This Week

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:: Her slipper game is stronger than mine ::

It’s been a bit of a blah week weather wise which has lead Stella and I to be indoors perhaps a little more than we like. We’re actually gearing up for a walk with my sister-in law and Stella’s cousin Henry (it’s so nice to have family so close by!) so we aren’t locked indoors and tempted by all the Black Friday deals available today. Are you participating in any Black Friday shopping? I have to admit that it’s easy to get caught up in the savings but I’m trying to resist the urge. Our weekends look a little different these days however I look forward to when A is home to spend some time together (and the potential to sneak away for a badly needed pedicure). Here are some pics from my week (a small selection because somehow, I barely took any pics) – hope you have a great weekend lined up and enjoy it!

img_3079 :: Mackie is adjusting well after a rocky start ::

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:: Stella’s new addition to our coffee table tray. This will not be a permant fixture FYI but I don’t mind the pop of pink ::

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Interior Inspiration // The Mix

I’m back! Apologies for the delay but as I’ve already shared, we received our little bundle of joy a little sooner than expected and it feels like it’s been a little game of survival and life catch up since then. I’m now aiming to be back to semi-regular programming.

I’ve never spent more time in my home. I mean, we’ve only technically been in our space for three months but I’ve physically never been “at home” for this length of time and it’s a real eye opener! Even though I semi-work from home, I’m also always out shopping (love!) or meeting with people or even just eating out more so that’s one little life adjustment I’m working on. I’m enjoying it but it’s also making me want to work on our home ten fold. People always mention “nesting” before giving birth and I attempted to but with work and focusing on the nursery, not much of the rest of the home has been touched and now I’m spinning in my head visions and ideas and it’s driving me mad not being able to execute! I promised myself that when moving into our home that I would focus on room by room and not just do little pieces of a room at a time which has also been a real test of patience. For the short term, I’ll be day dreaming but there’s no shortage of inspiration online and I found a new website that I can’t stop scrolling through. The Socialite Family – a sample of smart and cool families (such a good subtitle right?!). When working with clients, or chatting with friends, I hear all too often that people are afraid to spend money on their homes while having children. “They’ll swing from the chandelier! They’ll tear that shelving unit down!” are things I’ve actually heard so when I come across a family that have a child AND a stylish interior, I’m in love. I came across this uber cool family from nowhere other than Paris with an amazing Haussmann apartment and loved their eclectic mix. Velvet furnishing including dining room chairs, brass, prints, interior mouldings galore (no surprise here, being in Paris), records and a sweet little 2 year-old. Scroll down for some major mix inspo!

 

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all images via The Socialite Family.

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Introducing // Stella Rose Bosomworth

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I’m so super happy to be sharing the news of our little arrival – Miss Stella Rose Bosomworth. She was earlier than expected, 10 days early to be exact so we were a little caught off guard but in the best way possible. I’ve been super lucky to have our family be so supportive over these past couple of days and I’m literally trying to savour each and every, teeny, tiny little moment. Everyone always shares how quickly they go by. She’s been such a good baby (not really sure how I can be the judge of that since she’s my first one). Thank you to all who have been in touch, shared kind messages and sent their love – the love around us right now is paramount!

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This Week

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:: Our front step – still not 100% complete but we’ve been focusing on the interior of the home to start. Also – our neighbours are killing it with their Halloween decor, can’t wait to step up our game next year! ::

Since Laura and I work for ourselves (pssssst – check us out at ElsieAndKelDesign.com) I’m working right up until out babe-to-be is ready for arrival but being 38 weeks and moving furniture around has become a bit of a challenge. My mobility for one, is much more limited as well as my energy levels seem to plummet towards the afternoon so when a gross, rainy day showed up yesterday, I slowed things down and took it easy. It was so nice and I actually took a couple of moments to recognize that this could be the last little bit of me time before she arrives (read: so concerned about losing my me time).

 
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:: My make-shift closet shows off all the neutrals ::

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:: Received this in the mail, can’t wait to snuggle up with it this weekend ::

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:: Cool looking pumpkins or are they squash: Either way, into them! ::

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:: Checking in on the progress for our custom closet being built for our master bedroom – can’t WAIT to see this bad boy installed ::

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Travel Chapter // Baby Moon en Paris!

Travel is at the top of my list of favourites in life. I’m not sure what else can be so fulfilling and it’s best alongside my partner in crime, A. I’d be lying if I said I’m not concerned that our travel-filled life will be changing dramatically with our plus one and how parents tell me to not even bother with it. It’s too much work. I’ll be the judge of that, I say! (I’m sure I’ll look back on this months into motherhood and be like yes, don’t bother) but for now I rest my rose-coloured glasses on my eyes. We did have quite the special trip to cap off our “traveling before babies” which brought us to Paris for a couple nights solo and then a wonderful gathering of friends in a villa in the South of France for a week.

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A being the best guy in the world that he is, had a little surprise for me which he shared with me as we were having lunch before jetting off to Paris. He knows that I love photos, and he happily obliges to take many of me, and takes his role of Instagram Husband seriously but it’s always a shame that typically the photos of the two of us are selfies like the one above. Sometimes its cute and other times I just wish I brought my tri-pod for my cam (I’m sorry, I refuse to use the selfie-stick). SO, he found a photographer and scheduled a session to capture this moment in time, me pregnant and our time together in Paris. He was a little nervous because he also knows I’m a little picky with pictures and since we weren’t able to bring our fave photographers (Tara and Barb from our wedding!) we didn’t really know who we would be dealing with.

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The best part about the whole deal? We didn’t have to buy the pictures if we hated them so it seemed like a win/win! There were some times where she (the photographer) would suggest some corny, cringe-worthy poses so we simple shared that we were hoping for some more natural looking poses. I was so happy that he planned this, it’s so nice to look back at them already and I know I’ll cherish them and our trip in the future. I’m already trying to scheme my way back to Paris though, I LOVED it, obviously. I also need to update a couple chapters of travel including the most amazing time in Morocco!

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Baby Girl Style

When we found out we were expecting, there were different levels of emotions and feelings that came over me. Excitement, worry and fear to name a few but over the past couple of weeks I’ve discovered how much fun it is to buy baby clothes! We had always known that we wanted to know the sex of our baby before their arrival but one area of danger that you may come across is a lot of gender specific clothing. There are SO many cute unisex options out there (with also tons of really cute girly options) so it’s nice to find a little balance of both and I’ve been attempting to curate her wardrobe (this is just a funny sentence to type out) in that way.

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Considering I never really went baby shopping before (unless it was for gifts etc.) but there are endless items out there in big box and little stores (and then there’s always your friends who have those hand me downs which are always great!) so I’ve rounded up some adorable looking pieces for little baby girls! As you can see it’s mostly neutral but I couldn’t resist the red patent leather mary janes – it’s like the pop of a red lip!

one. – I don’t think I could justify the cashmere outfit for the babe (baby dry cleaning!?) but it’s sooooooo cute! Clearly I’m looking forward to dressing her in stripes, didn’t fully realize that until I stepped back from this image.

two. – Cute little booties! So stylish and again, neural but versatile!

three. – I’m obsessed with the colour rust this fall and it’s only appropriate to share the love with the babe.

four. – Super cute striped top to layer with (do you layer a baby’s clothing? Am I crazy?)

five. – This set is just adorable, love the asymmetrical lines.

six. – I may or may not have purchased these – I’ll wear the red nail polish and she can wear the booties!

seven. – I almost died when I saw these cardigans for babe, double breasted? So chic!

eight. – Again, more stripes and keeping it simple but apparently I’m going to need a lot of onesies at the beginning since they go through clothing at a rapid pace.

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This Week

img_2742 Rolling into the weekend again and I couldn’t be more thankful! As I get further and further along in this pregnancy, I’m feeling a little more anxious. I feel like I’ve been quite cool, calm and collected for the most part until I realized that I’m now considered full-term and could deliver at any day (WHAT?).  This past week was a big one for us in terms of progress – car seat has been purchased (a big one for bringing the babe home!), pre-natal class was attended (and was super helpful) and our dresser for the nursery arrived today (baby laundry in process and smells so good).  Excited to slow down a little this weekend with a spa day tomorrow celebrating my cousin who is a bride-to-be. Hope your weekend treats you well!

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I feel nothing like these photos today – here is sunshine and smiles and I’m feeling a little more like the weather, a little tired, gray and moody (hormones?!).

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Project Update // Our Nursery

Hello Wednesday! Warning – this post is really long but there’s been so much work put into this little nursery, I felt the need. This week marks 37 weeks pregnant, and it’s suffice to say, I’m trying to keep my cool but also simultaneously freaking out and trying to get this nursery in order before her arrival. Luckily, this past weekend we made some major progress and it’s feeling like we’re getting there (at the same time feeling like we still have a ways to go!). It was unlike any other room we’ve done in the past. We did some work in our little loft yet nothing that removed baseboards and existing flooring etc so I think it’s safe to say that this was our largest DIY project yet. If you don’t recall – you can check our my inspiration for this room here.

So, here is where we started – please don’t hate on the ugly pictures… it was hard to photograph it in a chic or nice way but it’s also important to share the reality, right?


SPACE //

So this room was a bit random and was even a bit of a gamble when we purchased our home. It’s basically like a tandem third bedroom off of a proper second bedroom but it offered lots of light which we loved. Three windows to be exact. The size of a room is roughly 10×10 which was sufficient space for a babe however there’s no door which again, is a bit odd but we took our chances.

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You can see the awful carpet that was here when we took possession. I didn’t really realize how bad it was until we moved in (sometimes when you’re viewing a home with rose coloured glasses things tend to slip through the inspection cracks). We deemed it unfit for a nursery since it had it’s fair share of stains etc that seemed permanent.

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:: Another glam shot of the space ::

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:: Mackie’s bum! ::

Here you can see the entryway (with no door) and the little glass window that views out to the second bedroom. Also – another fun fact about this room is that there is no ceiling light but it has two wall sconces (not the most fun since I love a good lighting mix, the more lighting the better).


FLOORS//

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:: Here is where we thought we had struck gold! Peeling back the layers ::

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:: AND THEN, we found hardwood! YAY! But don’t get so excited ::

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Because it turned out to be unsalvageable! Sad news bears but we came up with a great solution – when in doubt, paint it white, right? Also props to my hubby A and my pops T for helping with this major DIY project.

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Just needed to fill some of those holes in with some putty and move on!

img_2432 I’m sure this is making some people cringe (painting wood white) but I was super happy with the decision that also happened to be the least expensive option!
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We used a recommended floor paint that is a little thicker than your wall paint and had a very slight gloss to it.  img_2440-1 img_2441 img_2491

This is not our final rug situation but this little number I brought back from Morocco made the cut into the nursery (yay!). Also, lets not talk about how my other rug for this space is currently in Ohio (it’s getting sorted, or that is what they are telling me).


WALLS //

Now for the fun part, the walls! I knew I had wanted something SUPER off-white but almost white, you know what I mean? Those are typically the hardest to decide upon because the smallest amount of variance in colour could change EVERYTHING. So I went a little nuts with the amount of samples I tried. img_2439

If you follow me on Snapchat, you may have seen that we opted for the bottom left! It’s Benjamin Moore Opal OC – 73. It’s exactly what was I searching for and I couldn’t be happier with how the walls turned out.

In other exciting wall news, I’ve partnered with Metrie Interior Mouldings and Finishings  to really bring this nursery to the next level. I’ve always LOVED the look of mouldings on walls from the quarter round right up to the crown and it just felt right to add these touches to this babe-to-be’s space. Having baby-mooned in France, the country which just has the prettiest, sophisticated spaces I was inspired by their French Curves collection. Since it was still a small space, I didn’t want to over do it with the sizing and the amount of mouldings but I’m so happy with what we went for.

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So we did things a little backwards, being our first-time installing moulding and all but we were a little eager and painted our walls before our applied mouldings was installed so take note if you are planning on doing this in your future spaces – don’t paint before they are installed! In retrospective this was such a rookie mistake but what can I say? Since this house is really old (built in 1909) our walls were a little wonky, ceilings and floor uneven so we came across quite a bit of gapping happening but nothing that a little wood putty couldn’t help with. Once we filled those little gaps, it really helped bring the whole vision together.

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I CAN’T WAIT to complete this space and share the final before and after photos. It feels so great even having the painted and finished with mouldings.

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