Fall buys – Maternity edition

fall 13 maternity basics

I’ve been trying hard to stick with the less is more approach to buying clothes that I talked about here – but obviously, changing body = changing wardrobe. I had a tote of good maternity clothes left over from my first pregnancy, but it’s impossibly buried in our storage locker. Thankfully my friends have come to the rescue and sent bags of clothes my way (thanks Annie and Silva!), but I still picked up just a few basics to get me through. I love Old Navy Maternity because it’s so inexpensive and really, for clothes you’re only going to wear for a few months, there is no need to splurge. I normally wouldn’t spend on a specific maternity coat, but since the biggest parts (haha) of this pregnancy happen during the coldest parts of Chicago winter I thought I might make an exception. Surprisingly I think I’ll be able to wear it after pregnancy too – it has toggles to draw in or expand the waist as needed, and the detachable lining makes it versatile. I saw the little post earrings at Urban Outfitter when I was picking up some new lamps (pics coming soon) and they are irresistibly cute. They come in a bunch of different shapes too. They also inexpensively satisfy my growing obsession with delicate gold/brass jewelry. The boots are a classic and as much as I love heeled booties, my expanding waistline means my balance is getting worse and so, flat shoes for me.
So that’s what I’ve been shopping for this fall, how about you guys? Any recommendations for good snow boots? I shudder to think I’ll need them soon.
xo – H
PS. If I wasn’t looking specifically for a maternity coat I would have snatched up this one in khaki from Zara. I saw it in person and it’s gorgeous.
PPS. Sorry if you got multiple notifications about this post – Polyvore (what I use to make the outfit boards) was being a little fussy.


So. Here’s what I’m thinking about for the sunroom. This space truly has to be shared because we are in desperate need of a devoted place for all of Lucinda’s toys as well as a home office. We’ll be packing a whole lot of function into a space that’s only 8×12 feet.  The thought of Lucy having a specific space for all her toys makes me want to do a happy dance since they are currently spread over every.square.inch. of this house. Here’s the plan.
1. We need an expedit shelving unit for toy storage. Badly. I saw one posted on craigslist but missed it, so it looks like I’ll be dragging us to Ikea sometime soon.
2. Dudes. This fixture is amazing. I’ve had my eye on this one from Restoration Hardware, but there is no way I’m paying $500 bones for it. I found this satin finish brass one on ebay for about $80 bucks. It doesn’t include bulbs, but since I wanted Edison bulbs anyway I’m totally ok with that. Also, brass makes me happy.
3. I like a lateral file cabinet because it gives us a surface to put the printer on. I found a floor sample with similar lines to the one above at office max for $80 bucks. It’s black and a little beat up, but it’s nothing a little white paint won’t help.
4. Our desk has a weathered grey finish, because we found it in the workshop of our previous house. This image is just an approximation. I love the super textured look of the table, but I probably need to get a piece of glass cut for the top for a smooth work surface. We have a white gilbert chair from Ikea that’s pretty comfortable, for now.
5.This indoor/outdoor Dash and Albert rug would be perfect for a play room since it can be hosed off. I’m digging the stripes.
6. A friend gave us an amazing round yellow play table that was originally her mother’s(!) It’s got great character and is a perfect size. Bonus, it’s solid wood. The chair is from Room and Board.
7.Remember Lucy’s thrifty play kitchen? It will move in here too. I’ve always loved this one from Ikea though.
I know it’s a little lacking in color, but I have a feeling that Lucy’s toys will add a ton of whimsy to the room.We still need to paint, finish the crown, and trim out the newly revealed window (or replace them all) but I feel optimistic that this room is going to seriously increase how well our first floor functions.
Also, a big thanks to Dana over at House*Tweaking. She did an excellent tutorial for using Polyvore to create moodboards. I’ve used Olioboard before, but really like some of the additional features that Polyvore offers. Thanks Dana!
Have a great weekend!

feeling woodsy

from upper left, clockwise.

Woods wallpaper, Anthropologie – $198 per roll, Faux Bois Dark Lampshade, Lamps Plus- $99, Wooden Plates, Brook Farm General Store – $12-$22, Faux Bois carpet tiles, FLOR – $11.49, Natural Tree Stump Side Table, West Elm – $199, Chilewich Faux Driftwood placemat, Crate&Barrel – $11.95, Set of Five Wood Tops, CB2 – $49.95

I don’t know if it’s the fact that we spent two days admiring the trees from grandma’s window or the crisp cool air outside, but I’m downright obsessed with wood graining right now. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, minus Pk’s sprained ankle. It’s just a minor football-after-turkey induced injury, but it put a damper on any ambitious home improvement plans I had for the weekend. It’s always wonderful to get out of town and remind myself that there is an entire world outside the cozy confines of my life with Lucy. Did I mention how thankful I am for her?



It’s raining, it’s pouring…

If today’s weather was a bedroom, it would look like this.

yum. Seriously, all I want to do is crawl back into bed, but Lucy has other plans. While my tiny Imelda Marcos sorts through all the shoes in the mudroom, I’ve been browsing through pics of amazing bedrooms. I’ve been thinking that this winter would be a good time to deal with one of our most ignored rooms – our bedroom. Hopefully these pics will inspire you too…

the leather bed. omg, it kills me. I think the only person who would love that bed more than me is Pk. such a lovely masculine room.




Let’s be honest. I have a big black dog and a husband who is part gorilla. I will never have a completely white bed, or carpet, but a girl can dream…



Lastly, if I have a bucket of kids, I would want them to sleep here… although the mom part of me would have to build some amazing custom bed rails.


All images – Elle Decor

Hope you all are doing something cozy and warm today. I think me and the dvr are gonna spend some quality time together during Lucy’s nap.

bugs and fishes,


I know, I know.

You’re thinking “really Helen, another post about that blanket?” What can I say. I’m a little obsessed. Mostly I just wanted to play with Olioboard.

This is kind of the palette I’m thinking for the guest room, with aforementioned awesome blanket. Mostly neutral, layered textures, pop of color. Olioboard is an excellent creative tool/time waster if you want to get in touch with your inner decorator. Now I must go, because Lucy is practicing every noise she can make to convince me to give her more Yobaby.





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