I wanted to share with you the highlights of my life since Marlowe came into existence. The photo above was taken during Marlowe’s first Easter weekend. And the photo below was taken during Marlowe’s and my baby shower back in May, 2013. My Grandma and Aunt (far ends) were able to come down from Canada!
I love this photo of my dad holding Marlowe. She was only a month old here. I remember that she slept all the time.
We’re almost due for another family photo shoot; it’s been a long time since this one. I still haven’t posted all the photos that Truly Sarah Photography took. (And might I add how talented Sarah is?! She’s expecting her own baby, now!)
Both Shawn and I wanted to take Marlowe to Forest Park Church to get her dedicated. FPC was basically where we met and fell in love once upon a time, so it was very special to us to be able to participate in their baby dedication weekend!
I can’t believe I haven’t posted this photo yet. I think it’s one of my favorites of Marlowe. I love that cute little smirk and that tongue!! (I believe she was 2 months old here).
This was taken at the Botanical Gardens back in North Carolina. We were visiting with some friends; such a fun day!
And lastly, here’s another one I took of Marlowe during this past Easter weekend. So serious. No smiles that day, I guess.
I was definitely concerned about how to decorate an entire extra room (we went from an 1800 sq ft house to 3200 sq feet, so that’s a lot of extra space!), but I was able to overcome my concern. I am a really good bargain shopper, so a lot of the decor in this room came from Home Goods, Amazon and THE THRIFT STORE!
I’m going to go off on a tangent here… I absolutely LOVE Colorado Springs’ thrift stores! They’re gold mines, I swear! People don’t realize how cute some of their junk is. 😉
Anyway, we bought our couch from Overstock. I made the large pieces of art that Shawn hung for me. I got the frames from a thrift store and painted them purple (don’t ask why, it really doesn’t go with anything in our house, but I love the way they turned out). Then I painted the matting white and inserted cardboard pieces fit-to-size with my artwork already on them. The succulents, which fill our home, were super cheap from Lowes!
I got the lamp, below, from Target, as well as the black end table and polka dot box. I didn’t get them very long ago, so you may still be able to find them at your local Target store!
I was looking for a bar cart for the longest time, but I still haven’t found one I like. So, this trunk will have to do for now. The gold tray and copper clock were both on sale at Home Goods, and the game called Cards Against Humanity is one of the most vulgar, fun games I’ve ever played. It’s politically incorrect in all the wrong ways, but nothing has ever made me laugh so hard. You can get it from Amazon.
Below is my favorite piece in the whole house! I love, love, LOVE gold stuff, so when I saw this gem of an end table in Home Goods, I snatched it right up. It was on sale, too!
I painted the planters myself, and I really love the way they turned out! It was a bit of a process, but I painted the tops white, and I used chalkboard paint for the bottoms. Then I filled the planters with fake plants from Ikea. (I didn’t want to use real plants because 1- I’m really good at killing them, and 2- I was worried that watering them would chip the paint.)
The orange, polka-dot chair is from the thrift store (I googled how to clean couches, so don’t worry! It’s clean!), I got the ottoman from Home Goods (click [here] for my aweful tutorial on how to reupholster ottomans), got the trunk from a thrift store (I still haven’t figured out what color to paint it, yet), and the coffee table is from Overstock.
I’m a collector of the L & L magazines, so they’re sitting all over our house. And I love magnifying glasses, so when I saw this one at Home Goods, I knew it had to be mine.
I got the gold honeycomb planter from the thrift store, and the clock from a local boutique.
And lastly, a close up of the adorable old fashioned phone my MIL gave me from Pottery Barn!