Meet Jonah

I missed you last week – but for good reason.

Last Wednesday, July 24th at 1:03p.m. we welcomed our little guy into this world.

Jonah Dorsey Hall.  A whopping 9lbs. 1.5oz.  He was 21 inches long and as perfect as can be!

Jonah Dorsey Hall

Jonah Dorsey Hall – one day old in the hospital in his baby carrier

As you can imagine I am spending as much time snuggling with him and just enjoying the newborn stage.

Lack of sleep – bring it on.  We are very blessed to have family in town and around us helping to make the transition from two to three easier.

I promise to post more pictures soon of the little man but I also wanted to share with you his nursery.

When I designed the nursery I did so with the intentions of it lasting through all of our children.  Therefore, I splurged on a couple items knowing I would get great use out of the key elements in the room.

My jumping off point for the nursery was the Missoni fabric I had ordered and had a seamstress customize the crib bedding.


Four years ago and the bedding still looks amazing.  I went with gender neutral colors in case we were to have a girl but now with our third boy the colors still work.  I have just added more of the turquoise, grey and yellow into the room.


I have also played off the building block shape in the pillows and custom blocks that the mister made.

Here is a shot of the nursery in our old place when Liam was born.  It has evolved a bit in the last four years but the main elements we are still using and loving.


For more information on the entire nursery and a full rundown on all the items in the room check out Project Nursery where the nursery was featured.

Here are some more photos of the room in its current state.  Featuring my old baby dresser refinished.  Custom lamp shades using extra Missoni fabric.  A fabulous budget friendly light fixture from Ikea and our motto for the next couple years of “keep calm and carry on” because we do know that beautiful chaos will ensue with three boys under 3 in the house hold.

And of course Jonah gets his very own “love letter“.

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Guest Post: Brianne’s Flea Market Finds

One of our friends, Brianne, also has an addiction to the West Bottoms Flea Market. So for today’s guest post, we asked her to share her favorite finds and how she’s used them in her home. As you can see, she’s so creative and has a knack for accessorizing. Jill and I are thrilled to be able to share her post with you because we know you’ll be inspired. Hope you enjoy today’s post, written by Brianne herself – thanks Brianne!

About two and a half years ago I was watching The Nate Berkus Show (RIP, unless you count the reruns on Oprah’s network, which I don’t.)  There was a lady on that was showing how she repurposed furniture and she mentioned having a store in Kansas City called Good JuJu.  She mentioned it being in the West Bottoms, which I only knew as the location of the haunted houses and a cool backdrop for urban style family photos.  A quick Google search showed me that her store was amongst others in the Bottoms, all of which were only open the first weekend of every month which was called Warehouse Weekend.  I hit the next sale to check it out for myself and have missed very few weekends over the years.
Just to show you all that the West Bottoms have to offer, I thought I’d share some of my favorite scores!  All store’s vendors replenish stock throughout the weekend.  Many of my earlier purchases came from Good JuJu.  I purchased this buffet from a vendor there.  She then painted it for me the color I needed.  I love the clean lines and all of the storage it provides.

Refinished Grey Hutch

Refinished Grey Hutch

This turquoise mirror is also one of my Good JuJu finds.

Little Girl's Room

Little Girl’s Room


I custom ordered this bookshelf from a store called Bottoms Up Antique Market.  Bottoms Up has over 60 vendors and four floors.  The vendor had one bookshelf on the floor but could also make them the dimensions you need and with the metal finish you’d like.

Metal Shelf Accessorized

Metal Shelf Accessorized

The tar-stained wood was from a chicken barn and was unfinished, but after living with it for a while I decided to stain it.  The darker look just felt more like me and now I love it even more!

Rustic Stain

Rustic Stain

This milk crate came from a shop called Nook and Cranny.  I love the milk company’s name on the front.  I cleaned it up and filled it with some of my husband’s favorite adult bottles since we don’t have space in our home for an actual bar.  Father’s Day gift success!

Milk Crate

Milk Crate


My most recent purchase was this amazing gold ornate mirror at this month’s sale.  I literally walked/ran to it when I saw it from the doorway of the second floor at Bella Patina because I was so worried that someone else was seeing it at the same time I was.  It was seriously large Marge and although I had no idea where I was going to put it, I knew I had to have it and would figure it out.

Antique Mirror

Antique Mirror

My favorite store by far for antique & vintage shopping in the West Bottoms is Restoration Emporium.  Much of my smaller decorative items have come from here.  From mason jar soap dispensers to décor for every season and holiday, it has everything and is always our first stop.  I came across these vintage bug prints and knew they’d be perfect for my son Rowan’s camp-themed room.  I purchased the wood-grained finish frames from Ikea and hung them above his art table. If you only have time to visit one store in the West Bottoms, Restoration Emporium is a can’t miss.

Little Boy's Room

Little Boy’s Room

Thanks for checking out some of my favorite flea market finds! Hope they’ve inspired you to do some exploring and rethinking for your own home!


Next project – Kid Bookshelves

Liam is about to turn four and this little man has quite the book collection.  The collection is part in thanks to my friends gifting a book in lieu of a card when I had Liam’s baby showers and he receives an abundance of books from his grandparents along with others.  Great problem to have – but finding a new way to store this growing collection of  books is the design dilemma.

Currently, we rotate the books out every couple weeks and store them in his side table / night stand.

Side Table - Stores books / Vintage airplane

Side Table – Stores books / Vintage airplane

If you want to check out Liam’s entire room you can here.

The side table is “fine” but I am wanting a better solution that hold more books and of course on a friendly budget.

I stumbled upon a wonderful blog called The Aestate the other day and loved the bookshelves she just used for her daughters room.

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Don’t you love them?  Sort of doctor’s office-esque but that is another reason why I like them.

Simple.  Clear.  Inexpensive.  PERFECT.

You can find these puppies here and range from $8.75 per shelf to $13.50 per shelf depending on size.

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Add in some hardware costs – still a great solution to displaying books and making them easily accessible for little man to reach.  Hoping that he doesn’t think they are climbing mechanisms to scale the wall.

What do you think?!

Extend a Curtain Using Fabric Glue

So, in addition to adding a fun new locker to my son’s room this weekend, I also added a bit of length to his curtain using fabric glue. Kingston has a really long window in his bedroom, and it has a rounded top. When we moved in, that rounded space was filled with a fan-type window covering. It worked just fine for covering the window, but it let a ton of light in – not to mention it was absolutely caked with dust and honestly just didn’t really make sense to me. So, I decided to extend his curtains and get rid of the weird fan thing. My only problem was that I don’t know how to sew, and I didn’t have a ton of time (the whole project only took me an hour and a half).

Kingston's Curtain Before

Kingston’s Curtain Before

I got some fabric glue and plain white material out and got to work. When I started the project, I realized that applying the fabric glue directly to the fabric from the bottle was not the right method. The glue was way too noticeable – as you can see here, – so I decided to apply it more sparingly with a paint brush that I stole from Kingston’s art supplies. Thank you Kingston.

Fabric Glue to Extend Curtain

Fabric Glue to Extend Curtain

I measured the extra length I needed, and the width of the curtain. Then I decided how much extra I needed for the edging. Once I started cutting and gluing, it actually felt a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Extending a curtain using fabric glue

Extending a curtain using fabric glue

And the end result was totally worth it. The longer curtain just fills that wall and window so much better. And when we close it, the material keeps his room dark so much better. Don’t look too closely at the edging though, because you can see some of the glue through the material. If I had used thicker and/or darker fabric, you wouldn’t have been able to see it nearly as much.It’s not incredibly noticeable, so for a cheap fix to a little problem, it’s worth the imperfection.

Kingston's Curtain After

Kingston’s Curtain After


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Do you have a curtain that could be extended?

On Friday, I’ll show the rest of his room and the other personalized touches. Have a great rest of your week!

Simple Locker Redefined

My husband works at a university and frequently shops their surplus store. When faculty transition or when a remodel occurs, all the old desks, chairs, fixtures, etc. go into their surplus storage and are then available for sale to the general public. Many schools have these, so you should check with your local college to see if they offer surplus sales.

After his trips to the store, my husband has come back with lots of awesome-ness, such as cabinets for the garage, children’s chairs that we’ve donated to our son’s school, a Restoration Hardware light fixture, and an old small locker. The locker looked like a perfect addition to my son’s room, so I decided to give it a new look.

Here’s what it looked like when he brought it home.

School Surplus Locker

School Surplus Locker

I got some spray paint primer and dark blue spray paint and started covering the whole thing. I ended up running out of the blue, and I didn’t like that brand, so I ended up trying Rustoleum’s spray paint for metal, which was MUCH better – I found mine at Lowe’s (sorry, I didn’t snap a photo of it).

Spray Paint for Metal Locker

Spray Paint for Metal Locker

After about four coats of paint, it was a great addition to my son’s bookcase in his room.

School Locker Redefined

School Locker Redefined

Isn’t it fun? There are so many things you can do with old classroom surplus…you just have to redefined it.

I’ll show you more of my little guy’s room throughout the week!

Chalkboard Labels

Last year, I decided to get my son’s toys under control in our basement. So I painted an old white shelf we had in the garage red and found every kind of bucket and bin we had around the house. I organized his toys so that each bin had some sort of theme (i.e. – Toy Story, Avengers, Robot Dinos, Cars, etc.). That way, he could pull one down and know that all of his robotic dinosaurs were together, which is very important for a kid who remembers every single toy he owns.

And recently, I decided to try out chalkboard labels as a way to identify each bin. Remember Jill’s fabulous “Little Details” post? I had bought some labels on eBay a long time ago, and she inspired me to finally get them out and put them to use. If you can’t find any on eBay, the ones I bought are also sold by this Etsy shop. I bought a pack that has all different sizes, so I can find all kinds of uses for these babies.

Chalkboard Labels

Chalkboard Labels




Chalkboard Labels - Varied Sizes

Chalkboard Labels – Varied Sizes

Then I went to Hobby Lobby to find chalkboard pins because I’d read about them on another blogger’s site. I found these and used the weekly 40% off coupon.

Chalkboard Markers

Chalkboard Markers

I love the way the labels give character to the play area setup.

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Galvanized Bucket Storage

Galvanized Bucket Storage

Have you ever used chalkbaord labels before?

Liam’s Lair

Once our son Liam turned two years old, we quickly transitioned him into his new “big boy room”.  I was pregnant with our second and I wanted to get him situated before his brother arrived.

Luckily for me at the ripe age of two Liam was not yet too opinionated about the decor in his room so I got to design his room from scratch.  (oh how that has changed now!)

Liam's room before

Here is Liam’s room AFTER -

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Liam’s Room –

My inspiration for this room started when I spotted this rug on West Elm.

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I waited patiently until they had a 20% off all rug sale and then had to wait even longer because it was back ordered but it was well worth the wait.   I am obsessed with the fact that it is 8″ square in size.  (I officially have a thing for items perfectly square in dimension).

My next favorite thing in his room was the DIY light fixture we made.

DIY Light Fixture

DIY Light Fixture

This could be the easiest- major impact-DIY lighting project EVER.

No joke – here are the instructions…

Branch Light Fixture

I first spotted this DIY on Little Green Notebook and immediately printed them off and handed them over to the mister to execute.  I love the outcome.

Another very simple DIY I made for his room was his “L” crayon artwork.  I first spotted this project on Pinterest.  It was super easy and really fun to do.  Buy a box of crayons – cut them – glue them in preferred letter shape- frame – done.

DIY Art - "L" made out of crayons

DIY Art – “L” made out of crayons

I already shared the DIY ‘letter of love’ which are nestled on the main wall among other great art and prints that I collected on Etsy.  You can find the LA Blueprint map here, Kansas chevron print here and the large US map here.  The tractor art I grabbed at HomeGoods.

Upholstered Trundle Bed - Collage of artwork above

Upholstered Trundle Bed – Collage of artwork above

As for the bed / bedding – we found the upholstered trundle bed at Nebraska Furniture Mart.  The other bedding is vintage (I actually used the double sided denim comforter in college along with the Tommy Hilfiger euro cases).  The green euros and throw pillows are Ralph Lauren from HomeGoods.  (Again, we have a store approximately 2 miles from our house – DANGEROUS).

The sheet set I grabbed at HomeGoods and bought two sets (critical for a toddler going through potty training time).  I also wanted a custom look on his window in the room so I decided to take an extra pillow case I had from the extra sheet set and appliqued his monogram on a roman shade.  For less than $20 on a very inexpensive simple roman shade I LOVE the impact it makes.

Monogram Roman Shade - applique done with extra pillow case

Monogram Roman Shade – applique done with extra pillow case

Liam's Room - Dresser / Art

Some more fun art grouped above his vintage dresser.  I giggle every time I read the “my bike is my Benz” piece of art – mostly because it was a simple bike and I added the saying to the print.  (yes, I am laughing at myself).

This dresser is from my late grandmother and it reminds me of her which I love.  It even smells like her and her house in a way.  I was planning on doing a massive DIY map modge podge project over the wood but I actually love the vintage distressed look and plan on leaving it.

Side Table - Stores books / Vintage airplane

I used the other side table that matches the one in our guest room on the side of his bed which stores books.  The vintage airplane is from Pier 1.

And what would a room be without some sort of additional storage?

Soft Storage - Captures extra pillows - stuffed animals

Soft Storage – Captures extra pillows – stuffed animals

I grabbed two of these soft storage buckets at HomeGoods.  The “love you to the moon and back” pillow was a gift from my mom to Liam.  The saying is used in his nursery rhyme which my mom customizes.  More on her skills as a nursery rhyme developer here.

And our little Dax man is super stoked because he thinks he gets to share big “brobers” room when the newest arrival is here soon.  We will see…not sure the two of them in the same room together would ever fall asleep!

My little helper Dax - his "big cheesy smile"

My little helper Dax – his “big cheesy smile”

Rug – West Elm
Light Fixture – DIY Instructions
LA Blueprint Map – Etsy
Chevron Kansas Print – Etsy
Large US Map Print – Etsy
Bedding – Vintage
Upholstered Trundle Bed – Nebraska Furniture Mart
Dresser – Vintage
Vintage Airplane Accessory – Pier 1