our living room tour

We’ve lived in this house for just over three years. We are renting (and feel so lucky to have scored such a great house in Silicon Valley) but have been constantly frustrated at the housing market here. We’ve put some work into decorating our rental but not a ton of work.

We’ve been toying with the idea of buying a house out here and even looked at a few but something was telling us it just wasn’t the right time for us so we’ve put it on hold. Once we put the house hunting on hold I told myself to just enjoy this rental we have and really make it our own!

I knew I wanted a long picture ledge along the back of the couch. We have so many wonderful pictures + prints framed and the ledge makes it so we can swap out as often as we want! We bought two of these ledges from Ikea and hung them next to each other on the wall. I love how it turned out!

Oh, if we owned this house that fireplace would be the first thing to go! The stonework matches the outside of the house but it definitely needs some updating. I’m not really sure if the actual fireplace works but that could use an update, too. It’s from the 60’s, I believe!

There was a NIGHTMARE of a mess of cords hanging allllll along the wall. We had all of the game consoles and internet/cable boxes on the mantle and it just looked terrible. I wish I would have taken a before picture — it was THAT BAD. Now full disclosure: a tiny bit of the gathered wires really do show a tiny bit around those white flowers that I didn’t have time to fully figure out how to cover up so that was photoshopped out. You can totally hide the wires behind the wall though following this tutorial, we just didn’t want to drill into the wall anymore than we have to.

I love this diffuser from Magnolia Market. Everything Chip + Joanna do turns to gold. I want to be BFFs with them (a sentiment felt by most of America, I’m sure!) The diffuser smells DIVINE. The perfectly fresh scent.

It took me a really long time to figure out what to do with the top shelf! Like a really long time. I finally was like DUH, put some great books up there and steal that cool ball thing from Sawyer’s room and voila! The difference between past decorating endeavors and this one was I didn’t want a bunch of little things that maybe looked cute but served no purpose. I don’t need anymore junk around my house! I used the shelves of our Walker Edison media tower to host some of our favorite books, a plant for some green next to a box for all of our Amiibos, our game consoles and cable boxes (which I still want to hide somehow) and a speaker for our nightly dance parties!

I LOVE our coffee table from Walker Edison! It has a glass top which you’d think would be super annoying to keep clean with three little kids but it honestly hasn’t been bad and the fact that you can see through the top actually helps me to keep the bottom shelf clean. I need all the motivation I can get to not let clutter take over our lives!

Sawyer was, of course, hamming it up for the camera. He just radiates sunshine!

Now this is technically a TV stand of sorts but after I saw how Whippy Cake made it such a functional piece for her family I was like THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEEEED. Now, this post is already getting suuuuper lengthy and I have so much to say about how we use this in our every day lives so I’m going to have to make a totally separate blog post for it. It’s been that life changing in organizing our day to day! Thank youuuuu, Walker Edison, thank youuuuu!

We needed a LARGE piece of art to put above our life organizing, wonderful piece of furniture and Minted definitely saved the day. They have the most beautiful selection of art and you can either buy the art separately or have it framed and shipped. We opted for the framed and shipped option because convenience is everything in my life right now! They have SO many options guys, take a while and browse their selection! I want it all.

We were going to put two large pieces just leaning against the wall there but decided to move one of the framed pieces to the game room. I love how it looks on our buffet and that copper frame is just gorgeous!

Here are a few more shots from around the room and then I’ll try to put some sources below but if there’s something specific you’re wanting to know about, just put it in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

I love having the quilts I’ve made for our family out on display. They are such a labor of love and mean so much to me, there’s no way I could hide them all away in a closet somewhere! We love snuggling under quilts watching tv, movies, or playing a video game so it’s perfect having them so easily accessible.

That Rad Revolution romper on Charlotte…obsessed! I don’t think she sells that floral print anymore but has TONS of other adorable romper choices! And really, it would be terrible of me not to turn you guys onto Loyal Hana if you’re nursing. All of their clothing is cute, well-made, and HAS HIDDEN ZIPPERS for breastfeeding! I have quite a few pieces from them and pretty much rotate them out and maybe throw a t-shirt or two in the mix but mostly I’m like, why would I not want zippers in everything I’m wearing right now?! I told you, convenience.

Like I said, if you have a question about a specific piece let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you! Hope you enjoyed the tour! I’ll post next later this week or next week about the console and how we use it!

All photos by Rachael Bradley.

-LWPH

the big kids’ room tour

I’m so excited to finally share the makeover of my kids’ shared room! Decorating a room that has both genders can be a challenge but I found I tend to lean towards gender neutral colors in general so it kind of worked out! I love greys, white, teal and did I say grey?!

I know you guys want to know all the details about our bunk beds so head here to read all about them! We’ve loved these bunk beds and adding a little DIY to them made them SO much better!

I made both quilts for their bunk beds. Quilts are such a labor of love and I really hope they keep + use them for their whole lives…and then pass them onto their kids. That’s why I totally believe quilts are such a great heirloom investment. They become part of some of your most cherished memories. I’ll always remember tucking my babies into bed at night snuggled in their cozy quilts. Cuddling with them as they both beg to all lay in the same bed for a few minutes at night. Reading their favorite books over and over again. My sweet babes are what make the memories but our quilts are part of them. Charlotte’s quilt also helped add a little fun color to the room which I love!

Our teepee from Tnee’s is one of my favorite parts of their room! It’s such a show stopper and the quality is unmatched. The grey stripe is the perfect neutral and if we ever change up their room I know I’d be able to put their teepee in our front room and it would fit in the decor seamlessly. The kids love reading in it, playing peek-a-boo, and turning it into a time machine to search for dinosaurs!

Linking to sources below but leave any questions you have for me here!

All photos by Corinne McCombs.

wanderer product review

Wow, so coming up with titles for blog posts is REALLY hard! As you can see, I took the more literal route. Full time bloggers, I bow down to you and your endless creativity!

I’m so excited and honored that one of my absolute favorite fabric designers asked me to be her last some on the Wanderer Fabric Tour! I love sneak peeks of products coming so I’m going to share a few things to come with the shop! First up is a new crib sheet that will be coming sometime in March. The print going down the side of the mattress is a perfect addition to the print and doesn’t it just work perfectly for a crib sheet?!

Sweet Madison was the best model! She loved being wrapped up in this blanket, probably because it’s made out of the softest knit ever! You can stretch it crazy far and it still pops back into shape. I remember when I first started sewing, modern prints were just starting to get popular and now lines like Wanderer come out that just leave me so inspired to create pretty things for you + your babes. I definitely couldn’t do what I do without talented ladies like April!

I’ve been talking with Katy from Sweet Littles Handmade for so long about collaborating on a doll quilt. When we were both sent a little of Wanderer to play with, we knew exactly what print we’d be using to make the cutest doll/quilt combo. I was so excited I whipped it up that same night! Make sure to follow me on instagram because we might just be doing the cutest giveaway ever with some of my absolute favorites soon!

I’m so glad you guys have been loving my new everyday blankets as much as we do! My daughter literally sleeps with at least one every single night and they are SO warm and cozy! When I saw this print I knew it was screaming to be used on something large scale! It’s perfect used on an everyday blanket and will be amazing made into a crib sheet as well! Can’t wait to introduce these products to the shop!

I’ve copied and pasted links the other wonderful, talented men + women on the fabric tour so go check them out and be inspired!

Sunday Feb. 15 – Nicole Morgenthau – finchsewingstudio.com
Monday Feb. 16 – Holly Hughes – hollygetsquilty.com
Tuesday Feb. 17 – Shannon Cook – veryshannon.com
Wednesday Feb. 18 – Becca Bryan –  bryanhousequilts.com
Thursday Feb. 19 – Rochelle New – luckylucille.com
Friday Feb. 20 – Kate –  http://seekatesew.com
Saturday Feb. 21 – Amber – oneshabbychick.typepad.com
Sunday Feb. 22 – Caroline Hulse – sewcaroline.com
Monday Feb. 23 – John Adams – quiltdad.com
Tuesday Feb. 24 – Maureen Cracknell – maureencracknellhandmade
Wednesday Feb. 25 – Delia – deliacreates.com
Thursday Feb. 26 – Kelly – cutcutsew.com
Friday Feb. 27 – Christopher Thompson – thetattooedquilter.com
Saturday Feb. 28 – Jen – www.littlewifepowerhouse.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to follow April on instagram [@aprilarhodes] for a giveaway of the line!

-LWPH

new boppy love

so this is my first blog post officially as a shop owner. I blogged for years about my family but I’ve been pushing back blogging here for over a year! I felt like my first post had to be some earth shattering news but guess what?! It’s going to be about my new boppy covers and shop stress!

I had a crazy stressful day. I realized a couple of weeks ago when I was making some modern horizon everyday blanket preorders that I had completely run out of that print. That never happens! I always have ridiculous amounts of that print because it’s so popular! So I put my order in with my wholesale distributor and was told it would be here today along with some other fabric. I checked the UPS tracking more times than I care to admit and when my husband yelled that it had finally come in I ran out of my sewing room and ripped open the box only to find every print BUT the one I needed! I am supposed to be sending out these orders tomorrow to all of my wonderful customers who have waited patiently for these cozy blankets!

What can you do though? Sometimes these things happen and it’s not my fault and it’s not the distributor’s fault something happened at the facility which messed up the shipment. Really, it’s not that big of a deal. I sent out emails and the people I heard back from were so kind. In the grand scheme of things, it’s really not a big deal [I’ve probably told myself 100 times today]. I just super hate going past my promised ship date! I really never do and actually always try to ship out early!

Are you still with me? Ready to see some cute new boppy covers listed? Say hello to the avery, sketch, rose, and grey cats boppy covers!

Each boppy cover is machine washable + has a 20″ zipper for easy off and on. Anything with babies MUST be machine washable! With the right print, a boppy can totally blend in with your nursery decor! Just leave it on your rocker and it’ll be waiting for you in two hours when it’s nursing time again…

I’m grateful to have this space to share more details on my shop with you guys! Next I’ll do a little intro on how LWPH came about!

xx, LWPH