Forest Friends Baby Nursery Inspiration & Design

With my due date 3 months away(!), we are hard at work getting the house ready for his arrival. #nesting My cousin, Jessica Ford Design, just launched her own interior design business last fall, so we are working together on the nursery.

From the beginning, I envisioned the nursery to be mostly neutral with pops of color - serene, not too "baby" and with pieces that will grow with the baby and our home. Once we found out it was a boy, I was full into a woodland theme. After searching and finding tons of options, we went with Little Unicorn's Forest Friends pattern as the base of the design. It fit the bill perfectly!

Jess came over in early January to measure the room and we talked through the design scheme, layout and pieces we'd need.

Check out some before photos HERE from Jess' blog. Here are the 2 designs she put together - you know it's a good sign when you love them both!

We have made some decisions the the last week or so, and more to come on the final look!

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Collage: stripes

I already have spring on my mind with my baby boy due in 4 months! I keep gravitating towards blue and white stripes items - specifically have this bagthese sneakers on my wish list and already bought this striped onesie for the baby! I've rounded up some other pieces for inspiring our shopping lists for the new year.
spring inspiration collage - stripes

Other images/sources: wristlet | striped blouse | earrings | pillow


It's a...!

Well it's been a hot minute... hello, little blog! Popping back in before the end of the year to share that we are expecting and due in early May!!!! We found out just before Labor Day weekend and after a rough first trimester (constant nausea and exhaustion), the second trimester has me feeling pretty good! Just a couple weeks ago we got the best holiday gift, finding out we are having....


We wanted to do something fun to reveal the gender to our parents. I had some extra clear ornaments perfect for a craft like this so printed out copies of the 20 week sonogram. The finishing touches were blue ribbon and "it's a boy" written on the front.
DIY baby gender reveal Christmas ornament

I love how this gender reveal DIY turned out!

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Summer afternoon at the Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

One of the perks of summer Fridays in the city is heading out on a sunny afternoon to the Arnold Arboretum. Located in the Jamaica Plain part of Boston, the Arnold Arboretum is 280+ acres of a beautiful park, venue, and research center located right off the Arborway with plenty of parking. My work friend's boyfriend works there and he was kind enough to give us a tour last Friday afternoon. Having never been before, despite leaving just a few miles away, I was excited to explore!

This pond was one of our first stops. It was so tranquil and located near the rose garden with pink, white and yellow roses - sadly many were past bloom (it being July and all!) so will need to go back.
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

A very cool spot we visited was the Bonsai Collection. Some of the bonsais have been alive since the late 1800s! I learned that someone comes down from Maine once a month to tend to the bonsais. Since I can't keep a succulent alive, this is very impressive! :)
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

So many different flowers and so much green...πŸ’š
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

My favorite plants were the albizia julibrissin aka mimosa tree and the smoke tree. The mimosa tree had a very fruity smell and the colors were stunning!
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

The smoke tree had a spookiness to it and the texture was so unique. I loved the muted, pastel colors.
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

We ended our tour visiting the highest point in the Arboretum, Peters Hill, named after a former Boston mayor. Such a beautiful, panoramic view of Boston.
Arnold Arboretum Boston MA

I want visit the Arnold Arboretum this fall and next spring to see all the changing plants + flowers. Lilac season in May is the most popular time at the Arboretum - they have many events throughout the year too!

All photos by me. This is not sponsored or produced in partnership with the Arnold Arboretum - just wanted to share! :)


24 hours in Athens, Greece

Athens Acropolis at night
Kicking off some posts about our trip to Greece last month, today I am sharing our 24 hours in Athens. Being an art history major, I knew we had to spend a day to visit the Acropolis of Athens and see the Parthenon.

Athens, Greece

We took an overnight direct flight Thursday night into Friday Boston to Rome, then a quick 2 hour flight from Rome to Athens. Arriving around dinnertime in Athens, we quickly headed to the hotel to check in and get ready for our first night in Greece.

Seeing as we only had a short time in Athens, we stayed at the base of the Acropolis at the Athens Gate Hotel to maximize our time exploring the area + conveniently be able to walk everywhere for the 24 hours we were there.

The Athens Gate Hotel's main attraction is the rooftop restaurant and bar with 360 views of the city. In one direction you see the Parthenon, lit up at night. In another you see the Temple of Zeus, and keep looking around to glimpse blue water in the distance.

The night we arrived, we grabbed drinks on the rooftop to see the Acropolis and city lit up at night.

For dinner, we walked the streets of Plaka behind the hotel and found a spot to eat outside then bar hopped.
Athens, Greece Plaka neighborhood

The next day we had a rooftop breakfast at the Athens Gate Hotel then set off to explore the Plaka neighborhood.
Athens Gate Hotel breakfast
Athens Gate Hotel rooftop breakfast Acropolis view
Athens Gate Hotel rooftop bar in Athens Greece

Taking in the streets, colorful storefronts, and graffiti, you could spend hours wandering around!
Athens, Greece Plaka neighborhood
Plaka neighborhood Athens Greece
Athens, Greece Plaka neighborhood
Plaka neighborhood alley Athens Greece

It was surprised to see so much graffiti across the city - some it of better and more beautiful than others, like below!
Athens, Greece Plaka neighborhood graffiti
Athens, Greece Plaka neighborhood graffiti
Athens, Greece Plaka neighborhood graffiti
Athens Greece Plaka neighborhood

We had a late morning Greek yogurt snack where you pick your toppings (yum!) before meeting our walking tour guide to visit the Acropolis.
Fresko greek yogurt Athens Greece

Our guide was very knowledge sharing the history of the Acropolis of Athens and the city.  After a steep climb, we made it to the top - taking in those beautiful 360 views!
Theatre of Dionysus Athens Greece
Acropolis, Athens Greece
Walking up to the Acropolis, Athens Greece
Acropolis, Athens Greece
Erechtheion Acropolis Athens Greece
Parthenon Acropolis Athens Greece

After our tour, we had a delicious al fresco lunch (this Greek salad was so fresh and delicious! #allthefeta ) then headed back to the hotel to go to the airport.
Greek salad lunch al fresco, Athens Greece

While we didn't have time to visit, I've heard great things about the Acropolis Museum. Next time!

Thanks, Athens, and now - off to Mykonos!

PS: Highly recommend these comfortable walking shoe flats from Frye! I have them in 2 colors.

all photos by me.