I’ve found that when I’m decorating nurseries, I tend to try to stay away from some of the uber trendy decor ideas and I try to find a happy medium between a light theme, my style and baby elements. I feel like Graham’s room turned out to be a wonderful mix of all of those things and I love it! It’s simple with a very subtle theme but it’s also not so minimal that there’s nothing to it!
So how did I come up with this concept? Gradually.
I knew that I didn’t want a hard-core “theme” to the room because that’s not my style. However, a subtle, reserved, not over-the-top theme would work just fine! So what made me think of the “Subtle Safari” theme? Well, Michael’s mom (our kid’s Grammie!) has made custom watercolors for every one of our kids. I absolutely LOVE the one that she made for Graham (you’ll see it further down in the post!). The BLUE-GREY color that she used in the painting is what I matched for the wall color and the design she used had some jungle animals included and that marked the idea for a subtle safari theme!
The goal was to have some safari “elements ” but nothing too attached to theme. I loved how it all turned out! It’s masculine but still soft and inviting. It looks like a baby-boy’s room but also has design elements that could be used in a living room or a regular bedroom. I think the hardest balance for me when decorating is the balance of textures. I have wood, rope, white painted wood, and a hit of bronze accents in his room. I’m no professional but I think it’s a decent balance!
So enjoy his little room tour and just know…. this is NOT how it looks in our everyday life. There is normally a two-day old milk cup that got lost under the crib, an overflowing trash bin and stacks of laundry that gets worn again before it gets put away! :) I worked hard to make this room look Pinterest-worthy and it lasted for about 15 minutes.
Three-piece woven basket set These were a splurge but they are honestly the most well-made baskets I have EVER purchased…even Michael randomly commented on how great they felt!
Tiny set of faux succulents These can also be purchased from IKEA for cheaper… just not as cute!
Wooden Side Table It falls over easily but it’s unique and cute so we kept it! It’s teaching Graham “balance”. ha!
Dresser: IKEA Hemnes Collection (literally, we own 5 of these total… so cheap and they last!)
Crib : Gift from Grammie and Paw! Evy has converted hers twice and it’s now a full size big girl bed!
Picture & book shelves : IKEA – Mix of 21″ and 45″ options
Rug: 7×9 size
Floor Lamp : Target
Rocking Chair – Wayfair from about 3 years ago (repurposed from Evy’s room!)
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!
Oh you guys…. you’re in for a TREAT! Seriously! I can’t wait for you to read about these amazing students and what they’re doing in their businesses!! I’m SO proud. It’s one thing to take a course and signup and it’s another to actually CHANGE YOUR LIFE and transform your financial situation. I could read stories of quitting jobs, finding ideal clients, booking high-end packages all. day. long!!!! Enjoy getting to know these amazing students of ours!!
Rhett’s at such a fun age! So many laughs, squeals, giggles and huge smiles. He’s our smiliest baby! He’s also our happiest baby! He’ll sit for an hour and play with his hands or his Mr. Moose. He’s joyful and sweet and spits up just like his brother!
I’m writing this as we are driving back home from Trevor and Alyssa’s wedding. Michael is driving and their images are backing up. I wanted to write this while the joy of today is fresh in my mind! We spent today with the sweetest people at one of the quaintest and most charming venues. Trevor is Tyler Herrinton’s brother and so in some ways, it kind of felt like a family wedding to us. It was such an honor to capture their special day…. especially after having to push it back by a year!
It’s May! May is full of birthdays in our family!! Lots of celebrating people who are special to us! That’s what we’re doing in this month’s Student Spotlight! We’re highlighting three students who deserve to be showcased and celebrated for all that they’re doing in their individual businesses. I’m so honored that I get to spend my days helping incredible people like Elle, Stephanie and Samantha! I hope you enjoy getting to know them!!!