7.27.2015

DIY IKEA Hack Modern Wall Shelf

DIY IKEA Hack Modern Wall Shelf | Bathroom

Our bathroom renovation started right before Emerson was born and our pre-baby goal was to have a bathtub installed and the shower tiling complete. Rich finished both of them in a few weekends (at almost 8 months pregnant I was zero help) and then we took a break for awhile.

Now fast forward a few months and baby Emmi LOVES bath-time and we spend a ton of time in this bathroom. So I wanted to get a few things on the walls to make the space feel a little more finished. IKEA to the rescue. This DIY is SO simple and only takes a few minutes total to complete- which is my kinda DIY project as of late.

DIY IKEA Hack Modern Wall Shelf | Bathroom
DIY IKEA Hack Modern Wall Shelf | Bathroom

See the DIY and instructions after the jump! 

7.06.2015

DIY Modern Wood Keyholder

DIY Modern Wood Key Holder Tutorial

When I'm running out of the house, my last thoughts are usually, "Where are my keys?" and/or "Where the heck is my cell phone?" I'm always wishing I had a designated place for this stuff instead of frantically retracing my steps. I'm not sure how to keep better track of my phone (anyone have tips for this?) but I knew the key problem could be solved with an entryway key holder. Now I just need to train myself to actually hang my keys there. 

Anyways, I have been OBSESSED with Boila's CatchMe keyholder for quite some time, but it can only be purchased in-store. And while I'd love any excuse to travel to Sweden or Denmark, it's just not in the cards right now. So Rich and I took on the task of making one. See the full DIY tutorial after the jump!

DIY Modern Wood Key Holder
DIY Modern Wood Key Holder Tutorial

Here's what you'll need:

Unfinished wood craft balls (I used 3 1 1/2" balls and 3 1")
Suede leather craft lace (I used the color Toast)
Two keyhole fasteners
Key chains

To begin, cut the stair tread down to 9 5/8" X 1 1/2", keeping the rounded wood edge. 

6.22.2015

Dark Chocolate Tiramisu Cake

Dark Chocolate Tiramisu with Hazelnuts and Meringue

Tiramisu has always been one of my husband's family favorites. So when my brother's girlfriend Alissa started bringing THE . BEST. TIRAMISU. EVER. to family get-togethers, I had to get the recipe. I think she makes the best variation (and her recipe is included below), but I took the liberty of switching her recipe up a bit to play around with some meringue and good ol' food styling. Click through to see both of the recipe and instructions... 

6.08.2015

Acai Protein Bowl

Acai Protein Power Breakfast Bowl

One of the biggest challenges I've faced with new mamahood has been trying to find a balance between meeting the all-consuming needs of a baby with taking time to care for myself and my body. Taking a long shower or spending an hour preparing a healthy meal are straight up luxuries that I took for granted in my life before baby. I now consider a successful shower one in which I can rinse the shampoo from my hair before jumping out to pop a pacifier back into a crying babe's mouth. And a healthy meal now looks like microwaveable frozen vegetables and a whole avocado.

This is why I've been into smoothies in a big way lately. I'll just throw a bunch of superfoods into our Vitamix and then sip away. To switch it up a little bit, I tried an Acai bowl, which consists of a smoothie base with nutrient powerhouses like fresh fruit and chia, sunflower and hemp seeds sprinkled on top.

DIY Acai Protein Power Breakfast Bowl

Acai Protein Power Bowl

Smoothie Base Recipe:

1 frozen acai berry pack or 1 Tbsp. acai powder
1 cup frozen fruit (I used a combination of organic strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
1/2 cup greek yogurt or cottage cheese
1 scoop protein powder (I used PlantFusion Chocolate)
1.5 cup milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
Handful of ice

Toppings:

1/4 cup fresh fruit (I used kiwi and blueberries)
1 Tbsp. Chia seeds
1 Tbsp. Hemp hearts
1 Tbsp. Sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp. Desiccated Coconut
Handful of Dried fruit or Granola

Begin by adding the frozen fruit, acai powder or frozen acai, cottage cheese or yogurt, protein powder, and almond milk into a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and use your blender tamper/stick to force the mixture around the blender as it thickens. After all ice is blended it should be smooth but have a thick consistency. Remove smoothie from blender into bowl, sprinkle desired toppings (the ones listed above are nutritional powerhouse superfoods).

5.20.2015

Emerson's Nursery Tour

Modern Colorful Baby Girl Nursery Tour Reveal

I am so very excited to share Emerson's nursery. This room was months in the making and quickly became my favorite room in our house. It was so fun creating a space with a little one in mind and I LOVED experimenting with playful feminine accents and colors while still maintaining the peaceful and minimal aesthetic we have come to love. We splurged on a few items, but this room is filled with DIY projects that started with, "Oh I LOVE that shelf...but it's $400... Rich, we can make that, right?" 

Modern Colorful Baby Girl Nursery | Oeuf Bookshelf

In addition to all the DIYs, many items were given to us by generous friends and family. The Steiff Animals were lent from Rich's mom, who played with them when she was a child. And my sister-in-law Chelle made these adorable moccasins for Emmi and gifted them to us for our baby shower. I can't wait until her little feet fit into them. Until then, they hold a special place on her bookshelf. 

Modern Colorful Baby Girl Nursery | Kilim Rug + Mocassins
Modern Colorful Baby Girl Nursery
See our entire nursery reveal and sources after the jump!

5.13.2015

emerson lark

emerson lark newborn floral photography


The kicking, hiccuping jumping bean that was living in my belly for the past 9 months has arrived. And she is the most captivating, sweet, dear-hearted girl. She has been out in the world for 14 days now. They have been the most exhilarating, exhausting, wondrous 14 days of our lives. 14 days without any distinction between day and night, dreaming or reality, tears or laughter. All of a sudden, I am a mama. And all at once, I am completely clueless and perfectly suited to take care of her. This new life is still slowly falling into place for us, and has been bliss and blur. Rich and I are completely in love and in awe. We watch her breathe, sleep, smile, scowl, stretch and we are loving every moment and telling her to not grow too quickly.

Sleeping peacefully on my lap with arms stretched above her head as I write is Emerson Lark Kelly. 

Emerson took her first breath at 4:29 p.m. on the 29th of April, weighing 7 pounds and measuring 19 1/2 inches long. Her birth was calm, surrounded by positivity and excitement.

emerson lark newborn floral photography
I haven't been able to capture enough of her little mannerisms and features on camera because I've been too immersed in drinking her in with both of my eyes, but I did manage to snap a few photos of her amongst spring florals this week. A few of my favorites are after the jump... 

4.13.2015

DIY Colorful Cubes | Nursery Closet Organization


DIY Cube Closet Storage Organizer

DIY Cube Nursery Closet Storage Organizer

Our nursery is the smallest room in our house, so one of the biggest goals of this space was to maximize every square inch to handle the onslaught of baby gear, toys, and clothes. I really wanted to create storage areas that look awesome and are highly functional (I often sacrifice functionality for form). So we started with adding additional storage to the closet.

Closets are such an easy-to-overlook space and ours get disorganized quickly. I'm positive once the baby arrives this closet will get messy and my perfectly styled space won't be photograph-worthy. But for now, I get to relish the order and pristine nature of the nursery and smile every time I peek in at this little space.

DIY Cube Nursery Closet Storage Organizer

We started this project by finding these 6-cube organizers on Amazon. When we measured the closet, we discovered that two organizers placed side-by-side would fit perfectly in the space (that never happens, so we were psyched!). If these organizers don't happen to fit your space, you could check out Ikea's shelving storage options for this project as well. 

After assembling the cube organizers and placing them inside the closet, I started looking for affordable cube bins and fell in love with all the Land of Nod choices, but didn't love the idea of spending over $150 for 12 bins. So I found these on Amazon ($6.29 for 2 green bins) and came up with the idea to add new front panels.

DIY Cube Nursery Closet Storage Organizer

Get the rest of the DIY details and sources after the jump...