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gilded girls nurseryWe are anxiously awaiting our baby girl’s arrival, and less than half way to go we are busy searching for the perfect name and nursery to welcome her into the world!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve put my girlie-girl hat on. Converting our “boys-boy” nursery into a special nook for a baby girl takes a total mindset shift. But, a challenge I’m up for any day. I love the classics, not overly frilly, but there is something so feminine about a truly vintage and glamorous setting. I decided the theme for our baby girls nursery will be gilded. With washes of worn white, touches of gold, a bit of whimsy and touches of blush.

And so, I hope you enjoy the style board of pieces I’ve collected for inspiration. Would love your input on favorite finds that might be a perfect fit in a golden and gilded newborn nursery!

Gilded styleboard finds :

Malibu Chandelier / ABC gilt wood letters / Vine carved oval mirror / Jellycat goat / Metallic gold brush pillow / Personalized crown rocking chair / Millbrook Iron Crib / Wild Things knit crown / Metallic suede & hemp rug

The secret is out of the bag and I’m so thrilled to share that we’re adding a new addition to our family this December, a baby girl! While this means I get to decorate another sweet little nursery soon, it also means my little guy Wyatt gets to move into a “big boy” room of his very own. I couldn’t be more excited about this new adventure, and that is the theme we’re going with.

Camp in

Wyatt has a vintage paperback in his nursery now, “The American Red Cross : Life Saving & Water Safety,” that has set the stage of inspiration for his new room. A drab olive green with a simple red cross, it’s the perfect blend of simplicity and rugged nature. I thought I’d share my working styleboard for Wyatt’s “camping” room, a special place he will have to play hard and create his own adventures.

I’d love to know what other fabulous finds you have discovered that might be a perfect fit for the room!

Camping in styleboard finds :

Bunk Bed / Metal Depot Pendant / Wool Army Blanket  / Compass Wall Clock / Wooden Stool / First Aid Kit / National Park Print / Canvas Tent / Metal Playroom Chair

Einstein has a great quote that says “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

With the holidays approaching, the idea of constant moving can be stressful. However that movement is also at the center of how we grow. I want to dedicate today’s Throwback Thursday post to one of my favorite bicycle enthusiasts, my dad. He’s a big cyclist so I always keep my eyes peeled for good gift ideas for the bike lover. The nostalgia of the bike will forever be a childlike memory for us all.

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1) Rope Bike Lock / Dalman Supply Company
2) Bike Snob book / Restoration Hardware
3) Skutt Wooden Children’s Bike / IKEA
4) Bike Basket / L.L. Bean

Did you know that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? Most people “go pink” each October to support Breast Cancer Awareness, a wonderful cause, but I find that few people know much about “going gold” in September.

Less than 2% of federal funding supports cancers affecting children – this is a staggering statistic. And, more so than past years since having my own little kiddo last November, it truly puts things into even greater perspective than before. Wyatt has been sick with a cold or had a fever in the last 9-months, and as a parent you do feel that all you want to do is make them feel better.  I truly can’t even imagine how helpless a feeling it must be for your own child to have cancer. We must help to find a cure so others don’t have to experience this terrible disease.

I’d like to take a minute to help spread awareness for the kids this month to support one of my favorite non-profit organizations, CURE Childhood Cancer. The team at CURE is simply amazing and passionate as can be, and I have had the pleasure of working with them over the last six years. Take a minute today to click over to their site and read the stories of their CURE Kids, each affected by childhood cancer. Read their stories, donate to a child, or donate to CURE.

Another way you can help this month is by making a purchase at IceMilk Aprons. Enter CUREChildhoodCancer as the promo code at checkout and we will donate 25% of the proceeds to CURE Childhood Cancer. Another way to help is by helping to tweet awareness, such as “I’m spreading awareness for @CUREChildCancer during #ChildhoodCancer Awareness Month http://bit.ly/1iDIm8 ” or do a post on your own blog to support childhood cancer awareness.

Cheers to spreading awareness this month for the kids!

I would love to share with you a new apron story from the IceMilk Aprons children’s collection – Sugar Cone Scoops.

Each of the aprons in the children’s collection was named after a fond childhood memory of my own recollection. Ice cream has long been a summer {ok, year-round …} favorite of mine; one of my favorite treats of all time. And, what better time of year than summer to share the special memories behind this little apron.

Growing up in Florida, we certainly had our share of hot, steamy summer days {and nights for that matter!} but there is nothing I love more than the heat of summer. I think it must be in your bones from birth to truly enjoy it, and I do. We had an old-fashioned ice cream churn and my sister and I would enjoy mixing the recipe and taking turns pouring  the rock salt. I remember making strawberry and vanilla, but vanilla has always been my favorite flavor, so the apron namesake celebrated this simple flavor.

Most afternoons we would have a 20-minute thunderstorm sometime between 3:00-4:00pm so you had to be sure to time your treat right. I most loved making it early afternoon, giving it time to freeze and then enjoying it while the quick thunderstorms rained down. These special memories also inspired my Vanilla Churned-Sundays apron, as you may recall.

I’d love to know – what is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Back-to-school on the brain {much too early, i must say} so what better theme for this week’s Throw-Back Thursday post! The list could go on and on but these were a few of my favs. Turns out schoolhouse chic is all the rage these days. Happy 1st day back.

Throw-Back’s:  Clear Milk Carton from Uncommon Goodsvitamin D, for milk drinkers and sunshine lovers} /  Chalkboard Globe { my son is so getting one of these, perfect for the little globe trotter to be } / Newhouse Books ABC Poster {vintage schoolhouse at it’s best} / Portenzo Composition Book iPad Case {i have long been a fan + user of the ever-so-simple composition book for note-taking, sketching and the likes. composition 2.0 here we go}.

I always notice {and pin} vintage-inspired items that I see come out. Of course if you know me by now, you know I love when people find throw-back elements they love and bring them back in a current way that works for today. It’s not dated, not stale or old – it’s something new and fresh but with a fabulously old-school feel.

So today I bring you some of my favorite recent throw-back finds. This just may become a more regular series on the heirloomed blog … what do you think? Would you like to see it?

Throw-Back’s : Karlsson’s limited-edition Batch 2008 potato vodka {click over, a good read!} /Restoration Hardware baby & child 19th C. Quatrefoil Iron Bed {because I must include my favorite RH} / Best Made Company Cloth Extension Cord {adore the design} / iRetrophone Steampunk phone {yes that’s an iPhone in there!}

like commemorating any special event, our first child is one we will do just as meaningfully as any other. i was on the hunt for the perfect gift for my mother & mother-in-law who threw a baby shower for me this past weekend. our parents have been doing so much for us to prepare,  in all the excitement as we await our little boy.

i adore the simple, classic, Southern tradition of the silhouette, but of course we will have to wait on that one for a bit {hard to do before he’s born, you know ..}. the stackable 1,2,3 and a,b,c rings i am just obsessed with – simple and easy to add to as your family grows, but i decided that i loved this more as a gift idea for a new mom {ie: me!} than as grandma gifts. and so, i settled on the vintage-inspired initial charms that each grandma can use however they please to commemorate their grandson and his new name. i think they are just darling and i’m so happy with the find.

i wanted to find a gift that would be as special and memorable as the shower itself, and also one that would play to a little surprise we were planning for the shower. we have been working to find the perfect name for our little guy, and 8 months later we have finally found it. and so, we used the shower as the perfect time to surprise our parents, family & friends by revealing his name. but, more on that tomorrow!

what other gift ideas have you seen or given as a baby shower thank you, or for grandparents to be?

images via: catbird jewelry / charm & chain / gibson lane studio / layla grayce

it’s never too early for your first heirloom! the very first baby gift i received came from my mom { besides the actual gift of our baby-to-be of course! } and was this absolutely adorable little piggy pewter spoon.

this was the perfect little gift for our little guy, one he’ll cherish for years to come i am certain. being that i am a huge lover of pewter, instead of registering for china for our wedding { i am lucky to have a set of grandma’s and nana’s china } we registered instead for pewter serving pieces. and the little pig on the spoon was just too cute for a feeding spoon, don’t you think?

and, ironically i was fortunate to have met the folks at beehive at the last gift show in Atlanta too. i simply love their matching pewter cup as well, how darling? i have several tiny sterling cups that were passed down from both sides of my family, which i can only assume were baby heirlooms at one point in time as well.

and, so i got on a little piggy kick, because really they are just too cute. another heirloom option that i’m loving is the piggy bank. making a perfect gift for baby, or for a 1st birthday, encouraging good fortune and good habits early on. i adore these two twists on a traditional bank, the glass and the gold make for quite a statement, even for the littlest of people.

what was your first heirloom?

images via: beehive kitchenware co. / viva terra / areawear

at this point, i’m 11 short weeks away from welcoming our new baby boy into the world and you can say the nesting has certainly set in.

we were fortunate to have a slow weekend and spent some time in the nursery, getting a few things hung and prepared. as you know by now, i’m a lover of all things neutral and have a certain affinity for things with a storied past.  i’ve been working from this styleboard for some time now to transform his tiny room into something a little throwback, but something that was filled with all things a little boy would love. not just one theme, but a haven of little boy activities – from football to baseball, hunting & fishing, animals to music, wood & iron and all things in between. if he is anything like his mommy & daddy, he will certainly try his hand at a variety of activities and i am hopeful that this will be the perfect place to start him off!

i am simply swooning over the collection from rh baby & child {and don’t even get me started on the great big design book that Restoration Hardware so graciously filled my mailbox with …}. we chose to go with a few pieces from the tate collection, because really who can resist “dove grey?” but my favorite piece of all is the oh-so-vintage crib that we found, you would swear i was made from the pieces of my own iron bed i had growing up! i am also absolutely in love with the matteo bedding at Layla Grace { which i do believe happens to be 20% off currently } – the loomstate vintage linen bedding simply cannot be beat.

more to come as more is done …. but be sure to send any finds or ideas my way!

images via : Layla Grayce / rh baby & child / west elm

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