Tuesday Top 3 – Pumpkin’s Room

I haven’t posted a Tuesday Top 3 in a long time, and I knew just what I wanted to do for the next post in the series! Today’s all about little Pumpkin’s nursery (which is also our guest room). I hate that we can’t give Pumpkin a nursery of her own, but I am happy with how the room turned out.

Before we found out Pumpkin’s gender, I decided on a nautical theme for the room, as I didn’t want our guests to feel like they were staying on Sesame Street when they stay the night. But at the same time, I wanted to make sure there were still some sweet little touches appropriate for a nursery too.

When we found out we were expecting another little lady, I added in the pops of coral to the navy, tan and white color scheme. A few little pieces of bright blue, and we were set!

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As for my favorite things, here they are (in no particular order):

1. This sweet canvas that two of my Orientation Leaders made for Pumpkin when I was pregnant this summer. It’s adorable, obviously, but the thought & heart behind it, as well as the notes they wrote to her on the back of the sign, are what place it in the top 3!

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My mom made these seastars and the little quilts – so sweet!!

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This anchor was signed by our family and friends who attended our diaper shower, and I love having their presence in her room!

Nacogdoches photographer images of her favorites parts of her daughter's nursery decor

2. My next favorite part of Pumpkin’s room is the photography we incorporated. The canvas over the bed is a photo I took at one of my most favorite places on earth, San Clemente, CA. The coral-colored reflection of the sunset on the incoming waves paired with the navy shadows was just perfect for her room! (It also helped me cross an item off of my Yearly Bucket List last year.)

Nacogdoches photographer images of her favorites parts of her daughter's nursery decor

A photo of Peanut on that same beach adorns the wall, and one of my favorite images of my cousin holding beautifully broken and imperfect seashells sits on top of a small dresser. The images stand as reminders to never lose her wonder and to embrace the beauty in our imperfections – lessons I hope I can teach well.

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(Fun little side note – those coral and white pillows are actually made from clearance-priced placemats from Target. Bargain shopping for the win!)

A few more photographs that make me happy – my first photo with both of my girls (in a frame that was given to her & her sister has a matching one), and a photo of Max and I in Galveston that my brother took of us. (Thanks, CJ!)

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3. Wrapping up my favorites is the grouping over Pumpkin’s crib. I love the Bible verse print I designed for the whale frame, and the sweet little water color sea creature art pieces were a project that Peanut and I did together!

Nacogdoches photographer images of her favorites parts of her daughter's nursery decor

For the watercolor art pieces, I placed sea creature scrapbook stickers onto the white textured paper and then had Peanut paint over them with watercolors. Once they dried a little bit, I pulled the sticker off and we were left with these sweet little prints! They’re something I would like enough to buy for her nursery, but the fact that her big sister made them specially for her makes them so much better!

Nacogdoches photographer images of her favorites parts of her daughter's nursery decor

There are little pockets of seashells scattered around the room, and I can’t wait until she’s old enough to go on walks on the beach with me to add more to her collection!

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Bonus favorite: This little “Love you to the moon and back” sign – Peanut has a matching one in her room, and it’s a phrase we say all the time in our family! Can’t wait to hear sweet little Pumpkin say it too!

Nacogdoches photographer images of her favorites parts of her daughter's nursery decor

Tuesday Top 3 – Places in our Home

Tuesday Top 3

Today’s Top 3 is dedicated to my most favorite places in our house. It’s not a dream house, and it’s not a forever home, but it’s our current home and it is already so full of memories (and tends to be full of family and friends too). There are a few particular parts of our home that I enjoy the most, so I thought I’d share! (Disclaimer – I’m definitely not an interior designer, but I do really enjoy finding things to make a house a home – especially if I can get bargains in the process!!)

1. Peanut’s room – I had a lot of fun creating a room to welcome Peanut into… It’s full of so many special things that remind me of some very special people: the shelf that used to belong to a dear friend and roommate that my mom and I refurbished, the baby axe handle made by my boss, the painting over her crib that was made by one of my best friends, the recliner that I was rocked in as a baby, books his parents saved from Max’s childhood, and so many other special details. It’s a place we play, and it’s a place I sit in the quiet as she says goodbye to each day. It’s where I get to go in and get sweet little open-mouth kisses over the railing of her crib in the morning. It’s most definitely one of my favorites.

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2. Our living room – Just like the name says, this is where so much of our living happens in our home. Max and I watch the large majority of our Movie Challenge movies here, we read our devotional together here, we pile onto the couch with family and friends to watch football here, Peanut is slowly learning to walk here while holding onto the couch, we sit here with a hot cup of early morning coffee on the occasional slow weekend, and we nap here. This is where many an hour was spent – on the oversized couch I have come to love – with a tiny sleeping Peanut resting on my stomach/chest.  I love this hub of our household.. from the blue & while pillows my mom and I made from curtains, to the bin of Peanut’s toys.

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3. The dining room – While many who know me would think this choice was made because it involves eating food, that’s not the whole reason. Yes, I definitely enjoy my meal times, but more importantly I love sharing those meals with the people I love. One of the things I love most about Max is that he wants to make it a priority that our family sits down to eat dinner together – no tv, no distractions, just our family. It may sound old-fashioned, and I’m sure we’ll have days where we are running to soccer practice or dance practice, but I think making a point to all connect as a family each evening will prove to be so crucial for us. Love, laughter and a good meal – why wouldn’t it be one of my favorites?? PLUS – we get to look out our big double doors to the flowers blooming in the backyard around the arbor we were married under. Love it.

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And for the sake of honesty and not putting our house out there like it’s always nice and clean… Here’s what our living room tends to look like:

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Happy Tuesday, y’all!!