Sisters' Room Makeover with The Land of Nod | Part 2

Thursday, December 18, 2014

If you're just tuning in today, this is part two of Sisters' Room Makeover with The Land of Nod. My husband and I are in the midst of the ongoing process of making our early 1900s Virginia farmhouse a home, and you can read part one of Sisters' Room Makeover here. Today, I'm sharing the AFTER photos of their sweet little room. Because the room is so tiny (about 8' x 9'), I wanted to keep it very simple and bright! I love vintage and I'm a border-line I tried hard to keep the room minimal while incorporating vintage here and there, and pops of color for the girls.

We didn't need to do very much to the room. First, we emptied it. It had become a literal junk room full of baby + kid things, with a pathway to Zoe's crib. Then we painted the walls and the trim. Next we packed up the paint supplies and washed the floor. The most fun part was putting the room together - building Zoe's new toddler bed, setting up the Moses basket, arranging collected artwork on the walls, building the shelf, making the felt garland.

We tackled two very simple DIYs for the girls' room. First was a wooden wall shelf, made by Joe in just an hour or so. We found some very old floor boards in our garage, left there by the original owner. So, he simply cut a board to the correct length and hung it using L-brackets. Couldn't get any easier! The second DIY was the felt garland. I wanted something festive, but wanted to keep it muted. So, I picked out some neutral felt colors, cut a bunch of half-moons, and hand-stitched them all together with wool yarn. My mom and I sat at the dining room table during one of Zoe's aftenroon naps and sewed; she modified Ikea curtains and I made the garland.

Seeing it come together, and not just a random collection of ideas in my head and on pinterest, was incredibly rewarding and satisfying! Excited for the rest of our house-to-home process (which we'll be sharing over the next year or so)!

My gracious mom spent a few days with us; she helped with the impossible task of choosing the paint colors, painting the room, and making curtains. She also spent hours watching Zoe, cleaning, and cooking. I'm so grateful for her help and willingness to give so much of her time! And a huge thanks to The Land of Nod, who made the room makeover possible, provided the uptown toddler bed and flokati fluff rug, and gave me the motivation necessary to complete this room!

Here's a list of some of the resources:

paint | cloud cover by Benjamin Moore
toddler bed | c/o The Land of Nod
vintage dresser | Auctions on Main
lampshade | Target
wooden wall shelf | DIY
wool rug | c/o The Land of Nod
pendant lamp | Target
Edison bulb | Home Depot
triangle mobile | The Alison Show
Moses basket | Amazon (and I changed the liner/ribbon)
fox pillow | Uncommon Goods
animal alphabet chart | Rifle Paper Co.
"runaways" print | Kelsey Garrity Riley
animal party parade print | Rifle Paper Co.
cardboard elephant head | Uncommon Goods
cube bookshelf | Target
wooden stacker toy | Uncommon Goods
fox slippers | Target
headbands (similar) | Little Hip Squeaks
felt garland | DIY
wooden rattle | Fennel & Rose
brass lamp/wire basket/mirror/toys on shelf | vintage
mocassins (similar) | Minnetonka
elephant booties | Uncommon Goods
curtains | modified Ikea

Please let me know if you have any questions about the room or products! So so blessed to be able to share these projects with you all!

Photos by Anna Clair Photography for A Daily Something.

Sisters' Room Makeover with The Land of Nod | Part 1

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today I'm sharing some of the BEFORE images from Zoe + Baby Girl No. 2's recent room makeover and details on my collaboration with The Land of Nod! We've been living in our little early 20th century, 1,100 square foot farmhouse for just over a year now. We're nestled in the center of the small town of Purcellville, Virginia and we just love calling this place our home!

Since moving in last October, we've slowly but surely been working on making our house a home. Some new pieces, some DIY creations, lots of found treasures. The process has been incredibly rewarding; I had only ever "decorated" my own bedroom or a dorm room before. For awhile now, I've felt content with our downstairs. It's cozy and full (one day we'll repaint, but for now, the color is bearable). Our upstairs, however, has been sorely neglected...mostly because company is never up there, and it's been the thing I've had to let go of. Upstairs is the home of Zoe's tiny little bedroom, our bedroom, the guest room, and a full bath. This past summer our guest room was made presentable - we bought a bed, a rug, and a side table, and I hung a big empty picture frame on the wall - when my brother-in-law stayed with us a few months. But that's pretty much the sum of what's been done with the second floor. Zoe was still sleeping in her honey-colored crib (snagged at the thrift store), and there were no decorations or even toys in her room. She really only slept in there.

With baby number 2's impending arrival (my due date is December 20), a few months ago I was feeling particularly motivated to get the girls' room in tip-top shape. I wanted the girls to have a place that was their own...a place in which they could create, imagine, and play for years to come! So, I reached out to one of my favorite kids' stores - The Land of Nod - about including some of their products in the sisters' new room! They jumped at the opportunity, Sisters' Room Makeover was born, and the planning began! I pinned tons of images, and continued to collect treasures - mostly vintage - for their room. After things slowed down for me in early December, I invited my mom to come help with the makeover! I knew that at 8 months pregnant and with an 18-month-old toddling about, I would need the help! She was a lifesaver and a huge blessing! Thanks mom!

Their bedroom is approximately 72 square feet (which makes it sound bigger than it is - it's about 8' x 9'). It's tiny, and perfect for my two littles (one of whom will be sleeping with us for several months....once she finally decides to join us in the outside world). I knew I wanted to keep things simple, bright, and not too girly. And that's just what we did. With a few coats of paint, some furniture, decorations for the wall, and a collection of our favorite toys, their room is finished and we're ready for baby to join us! The rest of the details, including all the AFTER images, will be on the blog tomorrow!

P.S. Please forgive the quality of these photos; I'm still learning how to turn on my camera, so taking these photos was a challenge. ha!

A Family Favorite Recipe | Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

These oatmeal lace cookies don't last very long in my household. I don't think they'll last long in yours, either. They're a long-time family staple at Christmastime, and all my aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, etc. have the recipe handwritten on an index card, copied from Nana's molasses-stained original. The cookies are simple to make - the rolling at the end is a bit tedious and time-sensitive...but very worth it! They're very fragile if left as circles. And they taste better all rolled up. The original recipe says to roll around a wooden spoon, but as the picture shows, I just use a metal spatula...the wooden spoon is impossible!

2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats (I used old fashioned, but gently pulsed them through the food processor)
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon molasses
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place oats in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, melt butter and stir in dark brown sugar. Pour sugar and butter mixture over the oats and mix well. Let this stand at room temperature overnight so the oats absurd the butter (I sometimes skip this step if I'm in a hurry).

On the next day, add salt, molasses, flour, egg, and vanilla. Mix well.

Drop by half-teaspoonfuls 2" apart (be generous with the spacing; you don't want them to stick together) on a well greased cookie sheet (or line it with parchment paper). Bake, one sheet at a time, in a 375 degree oven for 6-7 minutes. Let stand for 30 seconds, then remove each quickly and roll.

I think there's something inherently healthy about eating cookies made from oatmeal (and cookies that are made from only 1/2 teaspoon of dough). So enjoy these buttery, crispy, oatmeal cookies this holiday season with a bit glass of milk. And don't tell anyone you made oatmeal lace cookies because they won't be around for long!

Photography: Anna Clair Photography for A Daily Something
Modeling and Assistant Styling: Rebekah Lisk for A Daily Something
Creative Direction and Styling: Rebecca Gallop

The Coffee Registry x A Daily Something | A Giveaway - Closed

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I'm so excited to be sharing about a new product and company that I'm completely in love with and want everyone to know about: The Coffee Registry. When I first saw a photo of one of these pour over stands on Instagram, I was fascinated by the design and knew I just had to work with David! My perfect pour over stand: it's adjustable (so I can brew just a single cup and it stays hotter), is handcrafted, and is oh-so-beautiful that I keep it out on display. I love waking up each morning and taking the time to brew that single cup. Some people complain that it takes too long, but it's a beautiful process that's quickly become part of my morning routine.

I wanted to give David a chance to share with A Daily Something readers about what inspires him and his brand! Here's a bit from David:

The Coffee Registry began when we discovered an opportunity to change the world through something as simple as the coffee we drink. I was initially drawn into coffee roasting because of the craft of it, a skill that is honed over a lifetime. Soon after we started delivering coffee by cargo bike, and have expanded to include designing and fabricating pour over stands. We meticulously source, design, and fabricate so that every aspect has been cared for by hand. It is our hope that crafting well shows our passion and intent to serve someone and place them in a position of honor.

Honestly, the first pour over stand was made for our home, a steel version of The Clerk, because my wife and I have different sized mugs. We wanted something that was utilitarian but also could be left out on our countertop, a mix of function and design. The steel was switched to brass and it has since been integrated into our morning ritual. The act of making coffee with the stands acts as a reminder for us to begin each day with intention.  

Inspiration comes primarily from people. We come from a long line of craftsmen. They inspire us to pass this along to the next generation. We also find inspiration in being with the people in our community. We love delivering coffee and serving at our local farmer’s market because it gives us a chance to connect with fellow coffee lovers and other local craftsmen. Over the years we have learned a great respect for the people that labor over how our coffee is planted and harvested. Farms that we source beans from take such care in how seeds are sown, trees are pruned for perfect shade, and how their workers and community members are taken care of. Ultimately, this is what inspired us to create a pour over stand that is a beautiful ending to the work of the artisans involved from seed to cup.

And now, for the exciting stuff! I've partnered with The Coffee Registry and we are giving away my favorite stand: The Curator Pour Over Stand! There are several ways to enter the giveaway, and the more entries you complete, the greater your chance at winning! Oh, and we'll have the stand to you in time for Christmas if you're going to give it as a gift!

12-17-14 Update: The giveaway is closed; Tara R. is our winner! Thank you to all who entered!

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Video for A Daily Something: Anna Clair Photography
Photos for A Daily Something: Rebekah Lisk
Music: Amycanbe
Modeling: Rebekah Lisk and Margaret Dodson
Art direction and styling: Rebecca Gallop

Giveaway only open to continental US readers. Giveaway closes 12/16/14 at 11:59 PM and winner will be announced 12/17/14. 

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