Sweet Nothings for Valentine’s Day

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Found on http://www.hellolucky.com/wordpress

Here are some of my favorite tokens of love for your sweetheart this year.

First up, the folks at Hello Lucky teamed up with CreativeLive this Valentine’s Day to offer 4 fun (and free) printables!

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Found on http://honestlyyum.com

This Valentine’s Day cocktail from Honestly Yum is just what you and your sweetheart need to heat things up! Find the complete recipe here.

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Found on cakewhiz.com

For a simple and affordable token of your love, grab a sharpie and write surprise fruit messages to pack in your kid’s lunchboxes.

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Found on theyallhateus.com

Sometimes a dinner in is more romantic than going out to an overcrowded, overpriced restaurant. Here is inspiration or an ombre flower arrangement to set the mood!

What are you doing for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? xoxo

Serene Gender Neutral Nursery Design

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

A small, unfinished room previously used as storage/office space was transformed into a serene baby nursery with careful space planning, a smart use of functional furniture, a mix of bold patterns and neutral color choices.

The vision for this nursery design was to create a peaceful space for my little boy to relax and sleep. The serene, gray color scheme paired with a graphic rug and loft covering gives the room a balance of interest and subtlety. I made a conscious effort to focus on non-gender specific colors, the design could be equally fitting for either boy or girl.

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

I wanted to give the baby some points of interest in the room without over stimulating, as the overall purpose of the room is to induce sleep. The simple, yet engaging animal wall prints were the perfect solution. Created by artist Sharon Montrose at theanimalprintshop.com, her definitive photographic style is both sophisticated and playful. What I love most is through this series, they help support several organizations devoted to animal rescue, educational programs, and nurturing wildlife.

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Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

It was important for the pieces and space to be functional as well, so the furniture purchases were extensively thought out. The rug is in anticipation for crawling, the glider for bedtime stories, and storage ottoman for easy clean up of books and toys. Instead of the typical changing table, I opted for an actual full-sized dresser. It has deep drawers that pack a lot of storage so I always feel like I have adequate space, and the height is fine for changing baby. The crib is convertible so that it can grow with the baby into his toddler years. The large mirror sits across from the window and helps keep the nursery bright and airy as it reflects natural sunlight. As an added bonus, my son likes to look at his reflection in the mirror as he is getting changed, which was unexpected and sweet.

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

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Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

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Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Photo credit: Julia Elizabeth Photography, julia-elizabeth.com

Here is a breakdown of the room elements:

Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore
Silver Satin

Rug: Pottery Barn Kids
Herringbone Rug (Gray) 5×8′

Crib: Babyletto
Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail, White

Mattress: buybuyBaby
Classica II Deluxe 2-Stage Foam Crib Mattress by Colgate

Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids
Mini Dot Fitted Sheet, Gray

Wall Art: Animal Print Shop
Baby Monkey, Baby Elephant, Baby White Tiger, Baby Giraffe

Wall Art Frames: Pottery Barn
Wood Gallery Picture Frame, 8 x 10″, Modern White

Glider: Babyletto
Madison Swivel Glider, Ecru

Ottoman: Target
Threshold™ Tufted Round Storage Ottoman

Dresser: Ikea
HEMNES 8-Drawer Dresser, White

Changing Pad Cover: Pottery Barn Kids
Harper Changing Pad Cover, Gray

Mirror: Local Homegoods find

Laundry Basket: Local Homegoods find

Plush Animals: Restoration Hardware
Chambray Lion, Chambray Elephant, Chambray Giraffe

Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids
Harper Valance, Gray