Thoughts By Natalie » home decor honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:31:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Help Me Pick: Nursery Prints from Minted Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:00:56 +0000 As you know, nursery decorating is coming along slowly (but thankfully, surely). In addition to hunting down the perfect changing table, dresser and rocker, I’m on the hunt for art prints to give the room some personality. For a while, I was getting hung up on having a clear theme, but have realized that I just need to approach decorating in the same way I would any other room. There doesn’t need to be a theme, per se, but rather an overall vibe I’m after and ideally a color scheme to work with. The plan right now is to stick with neutrals—surprise, surprise! I’ll likely paint the walls grey, stick with white furniture, and make it playful and adorable with art on the wall. At the moment, I’m looking at nursery art prints from Minted but absolutely cannot decide. Will you help me? These are the four finalists… 1 // Nautical Monogram 2 // Family Tree Rings 3 // Unique Fishy 4 // Animal World Map What do you think? Which one should I choose?!? P.S. Enjoy 15% off baby + kids products from Minted with the code JUNEBK14 through June 30th! This post was created in partnership with Minted]]> 19 Nursery Inspiration Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:54:11 +0000 For some reason, I have totally been stalling on decorating the nursery. I know I should have this urge to nest and all, but the task is a bit daunting for a perfectionist like me. I want the room to be just right for Jack, and also feel cohesive with the decor in the rest of our home, but I haven’t quite decided what that looks like exactly. As someone who desperately needs ideas from other people (though I love personal style, I am not one to come up with brilliant decor plans on my own, that’s for sure), I’ve done a lot of exploring on the interwebs and am glad to report that there is some really good nursery inspiration out there. Whether you’re decorating a nursery in your own home, have a friend who is expecting and struggling with inspiration as much as I am, or have major baby fever and can’t get enough baby stuff in your life, here are several sources of good nursery ideas that I’m loving at the moment… Ivie Baby Nurseries Pinterest Board My friend Mary Beth introduced me to the Ivie Baby Shop last week and I became an instant fan of ...]]> 2 Backyard Overhaul Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:57:09 +0000 Despite the fact that we’ve lived in our house for over a year now, I haven’t shared a ton with you about our space. Blame it on the perfectionist in me, but I just can’t bring myself to snap photos and share them until I feel like everything is done. I can, however, share my plans with you for the different ways I plan to make our house feel completely ours. Exhibition number one: our backyard. When we first moved in, my parents so generously gifted us a landscaped backyard (as shown above) since what was there was pretty sad looking. It’s been wonderful to have so far and having it as a baseline has helped us figure out exactly what we’re hoping for in the long run. Our biggest concerns long-term are these: 1. Having a comfortable place to sit and sip coffee in the morning 2. Creating a space that promotes conversation and connectedness when people come over 3. Ensuring that it looks really pretty :) So, with that in mind, here are our big ideas for change in 2014… COMFY SEATING + NICE COFFEE TABLE This is our number one priority. So much so, that we went ...]]> 4 Lindsay Letters Turns One Sat, 02 Nov 2013 12:00:57 +0000 In honor of the shop’s first birthday, Lindsay Letters is offering free shipping on orders made through Sunday using the code LL1STBIRTHDAY!! If you’ve been thinking about getting anything from Lindsay Letters, now is a great time to do it. These are just a few of my favorite things in the shop at the moment (though be sure to check out the rest of the shop—including new holiday items!). Wish, Folded Birthday Card / His Law Is Love Canvas / Be True Sweatshirt / Little Treat Stamp / Mistletoe Print / Darling I Am Home Canvas / Flourish Canvas / Live Creatively! Mug Are you a Lindsay Letters fan? What do you have your eye on?]]> 2 Black & White At Home Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:00:12 +0000 Lately I’m feeling super inspired by black and white details in the home. There is something crisp, clean and classic about the combination of the two, and when softened with gold, tan and brown details, it creates a beautiful neutral look as opposed to a cold modern look. What’s inspiring you decor-wise at home lately? Photo credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5]]> 0 Lindsay Letters + Anne The Adventurer Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:27:00 +0000 0 Caitlin McGauley Illustrations Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 0 Raised Garden Bed DIY Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:00:00 +0000 I am sure you have dreamt of straight from the vine juicy red tomatoes, fresh picked herbs for your made from scratch pizza, strawberries within view from your back window, and all the other delicious perks of having your very own garden. With Natalie’s posts on whole and natural eating, and especially snippets from Paltrow’s It’s All Good, fresh produce is a big deal around here (and quite honestly, essential for healthy living). But maybe you’ve hesitated to plant a garden because you live in the city with more concrete than soil to contend with, or you feel like your thumb is no hue of green in the slightest, or you think about planting when the season has passed, or you have no idea where to even begin. Let me tell you a little secret: Until this season, I have never had a vegetable garden. I waiver in my ability to care for plants. I tend to over water. And I am still learning how to navigate through soil (and what exactly are annuals?) But, perhaps just like you, deep down in the very core of who I am there is this voice that wants to be a self-proclaimed gardner. ...]]> 0 Grounded On The Daily Giveaway Winner Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:15:00 +0000 > Keep in touch! Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest]]> 0 {Giveaway} Grounded On The Daily Hand-Illustrated Prints Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:16:00 +0000 > Today I’m excited to share with you a giveaway that’s been in the works for a little while now. I discovered Nicole Santo’s Etsy shop, Grounded On The Daily, in April after posting a photo I found on Pinterest that was actually one of her hand-illustrated prints. Read on to learn more about the heart behind Nicole’s Etsy shop, as well as how you can win two hand-illustrated prints (BONUS: there’s discount code at the end of the post!)… Grounded On The Daily started as a Tumblr blog and a daily way to be creative with two of Nicole’s favorite things—quotes and watercolor (two of my favorite things, too!). According to Nicole, “Quotes are something that everyone connects to and a way to remember to stay grounded. Life is an adventure and it helps to be reminded daily to simply be thankful, to be happy and to just simply live.” Her shop is dedicated to hand-illustrated watercolor prints that are both beautiful and inspiring—and this week you have a chance to win your choice of two prints from the Grounded On The Daily shop! These are just a few ...]]> 1