Modern Bohemian Nursery Sneak Peek and A Few Tips To Designing The Perfect Space.

It’s nursery time BABY! lol

I have had so many questions about the theme of our nursery. As of a few weeks ago, I wasn’t quite sure, but I soon decided on a Modern Bohemian Themed nursery.  Yea, I knew I wanted this style nursery when I found out we were expecting our third child. Boy or Girl, this interior style fits across the board!

Tip 1. Choose a designated space. We chose to use our guest room and decided once the baby is big enough, he/she will either move in with our daughter or our son, so we wanted to make this space easily transformable into a luxurious yet tranquil guest room.

Sneak Peek Inside Baby J’s Nursery

Tip 2. Start an inspirational collage. One of the best ways to do this while staying organized is on Pinterest.  What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a social media network that allows users to visually share images/videos on a smaller scale. Users/Followers can then click/pin/post to their boards linking to other sites. You can then take elements of those images and incorporate into an entirely new look! Below are my inspirational photos for the Modern Bohemian Nursery.

Nursery Inspiration Photo – Pinterest Photo
Nursery Inspirational Photo – Pinterest Photo

Tip 3 Start a Vision Board. Adding inspirational items to your board will help you keep track of not only your budget, but will help you collectively see the space with the items you love. and you can shop and buy as you please!

Baby J’s Nursery Vision Board

To describe this vision a little, I wanted this space to go from a nursery back to a guest room, so I added to a wall what I had always dreamt, shiplap. I decided to leave it unfinished to add a pop in the space, added lighting and an oversized framed wallpaper for visual interest.  The dimmable sconce lighting adds a tranquil mood to the room which is what I LOVE most about this space. Deciding to add layered rugs adds warmth, depth, comfort to the space, as well as a special addition to the bohemian feel. The green fiddle leaf fig plant adds a lively pop of green to the room with a contrasting coral and white planter, just a cool and beautiful touch. White furniture with black hardware and dark black/brown shelves to keep the space feeling uniform, along with the stylish yet cute African Basket Bassinet! Lastly, we picked llamas as the bedroom theme as they symbolize strength, perseverance, communication, confidence and often success, which we think is a great symbol for our new little addition.

Interested in a few pieces in this vision?

Enjoy the items tagged below.

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into Baby J’s Modern Bohemian Nursery, stay tuned for the BIG reveal!

How To Make Homemade Household Cleaners, Just in time for Spring!

Hello Spring!!!

It’s a new year, in a new house, with a new baby and over here, we are decluttering, organizing and getting ready for spring by doing a little spring cleaning.  Today,  my inspiration comes from Tamera Mowry-Housley personal blog site, www.TameraMowry.com.

This spring for cleaning and disinfecting, I’ll be using my homemade cleaning products that I just love and I think you’ll love them too. I had used essential oils only to add pleasant aromas to my home but now I mixed and matched essential oils for each product. Essential oils not only fill my home with  a beautiful aroma but they also work as natural disinfectants.

There are many benefits to making your own household cleaners, not only do you have a piece of mind knowing EXACTLY what is in them, with less chemicals, kid friendly, and fresh ingredients… but, it is cost effective as well. I use to spend a lot of money on cleaners when I had the ingredients in my home already. Not only were they in my home, but they would be sitting on my shelf for months at a time before I’d realize they had reached the end of their shelf life.

Below you will find the ingredients for an All Purpose Cleaner, Disinfectant Cleaner, and a Glass and Window Cleaner.

  

All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

1 cups – White Vinegar

2 tsp – Baking Soda

1 cups – Water Warm Water

10 drops – Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops – Roseamary Essential Oil

First add baking soda to warm water in small bowl, then stir, it will fizz a bit.. this is normal. Pour/funnel in white vinegar into spray bottle. Next add water and baking soda mixture. Lastly, add essential oil drops to the spray bottle. Add the spray nozzle to the top and turn the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the aromas!

I added fresh lavender and rosemary leaves for added fragrance and to give a nice look to the bottle.

 

 

 

 

Disinfectant Spray

2 Cups – Water

1/2 tsp – The Laundress All Pursose Bleach Alternative (You can find this product at the Container Store, Amazon, and at TheLaundress.com) / or 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide

1/3 cup – Lemon Juice

1/4 tsp – Dawn Dishsoap (or any dish soap)

2 drops – Lemon Essential Oils

10 drops – Lavendar Essential Oils

Combine 2 cups of water, 1/2 tsp of The Laundress All Pursose Bleach Alternative or 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide as an alternative (be careful handling hydrogen peroxide with cloths, the hydrogen peroxide can leave a bleach/stain on clothing), 1/3 cup of lemon juice, dawn dish soap or dish soap of your choice (I like dawn because it the best dish soap that cuts through greases), 2 drops of lemon essential oil, and 10 drops lavender. If you use fresh squeezed lemon juice, you can add the lemon rind to the spray bottle for added aroma and visual appeal. To put my own twist, also added fresh French Lavendar leaves to the bottle. Gently mix by adding the spray nozzle to the top and turning the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the fresh calming smell!

 

Glass & Mirror

1 cup – Water

1/4 cup – Rubbing Alcohol

1/8 cup – White Vinegar

1 tbsp – Cornstarch

15 drops – Essential Oils of your Choice (I choose just Rosemary, I love the smell… it just smells clean)

 

Combine 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/8 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, and 15 drops combined of essential oil of your choice. Gently mix by adding the spray nozzle to the top and turning the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the aromas!

I love these cleaners and I know they work much better then the chemical formulas you buy in stores.  Plus, they are  more safe for my family.

 

 

LAST MINUTE – HOW TO MAKE: Simple & Fun Halloween Jelly Molds!

Today we are making Halloween Jello Molds!

Need a fun, yet simple halloween treat to make with your kids?

Halloween Jello Molds are as easy as 1, 2, wait a bit… 🙄… DONE😄!!!

Pick a spooky color, Mya picked Jolly Rancher Green! We named our Jolly Rancher Jello color ‘Hocus Pocus Green’ and followed the simple jello instructions below…

  1. ADD 1 cup of boiling water into a pourable mixing bowl and combine jello package contents into the boiling water, stir until completely dissolved- about 2 minutes

    ** I did this step for Mya, until it was partially dissolved a bit and cooled to a safe luke warm temperature. That way if she spilled it, it was not harmful to her. Then let her stir!

2. POUR IN AND STIR 1 cup of cold water to dissolved jello mix.

*This she did SOLO! Very simple for her to do.

3. POUR JELLO into molds, refrigerate until molds are firm – about 4 hours!

then ENJOY!

*This was a little messy, but she did a great job being careful!

These are so fun to eat and easy to make with your little one, especially if you want a last minute treat to make with your kids.  They cook in the kitchen, learn how to follow instructions all while enjoying the holiday!

Pick molds for ANY holiday, your kid(s) will love them!

Happy Halloween!!!

Enjoy making and eating your Halloween Jello Molds!!!

 

Falling For Flowers

Mya and I spent our Saturday morning grocery shopping at the Central Market!!! We couldn’t resist and had to stop and check out the variety of different flowers for sale on this beautiful day! 😊 We found a few of them we loved and thought they would be perfect in our home for fall. We can enjoy them as we continue to unpack. So, we bought four types of flowers and arranged them into 5 vases… different combinations, different sizes. Check out these photos and get inspired for fall by a few of our simple arrangements!

This little princess is a flower lover! She loves to help me arrange flowers for any occasion.

She loved the little brown vase arrangement the best, maybe because that is the one she did! lol.. Comment below and tell us which one is your favorite!

Baby breath are a great flowers for all year round! They are one of my favorites. You will see I use them EVERY season!

Can’t wait to read your comments!

 

Where it all began – My Inspiration

There is no way I can start this journey without the recognition of my biggest inspirations. My grandmother whom we all affectionately called, Big Mama, and my mother are my biggest daily inspirations. My Big Mama was a strong, faith-filled woman who loved family, cooking, baking, and Interior Design. As a matter of fact, it was her love of family that motivated her to want them to enjoy a clean, comfortable and beautiful home. She expressed her style through her love for warm vintage interiors. It’s that same love that motivates my mother to pursue her love of writing, baking, interiors, and sewing. Their creativity boldly expresses their style and their hearts.

The interior of one’s home tells a story that can inspire you, relax you, or make you wonder the journey of one’s life. When you look at this furniture in the photo, what do you see in its past? ….

This furniture was owned by the Late Helen (Lewis) Streety, my Big Mama who was raised in Ridgeville, Alabama (but I remember her saying Forest Home, AL). She later worked as a maid while putting herself through Alabama State University and received her teacher’s certificate. She returned to Ridgeville and taught elementary school down on the ridge and after some time, she would return to Montgomery where at the age of 23, she met and married my grandfather, Ned Streety (known by all as Big Papa) and made their home in Montgomery, Alabama... Ahem... ROLLTIDE!!!...

Moving on… 🙂

She was a stay-at-home mother (known as homemakers in those days) of 3 boys and 2 girls, but raised many neighborhood children. As a young girl working as a maid for Mrs. Brock (whose family checked on her until her death) she always admired the beautiful homes and all of the old victorian furniture they contained. There was never a day she didn't think about having that furniture in the formal living room of her own home. Yes, that living room where no one was allowed to go except for a family portrait... yes, yes... THAT formal living room that may have been covered in plastic, with its whitest, fluffiest, never been touched, perfectly vacuumed carpet. She called the furniture her "Classy furniture".

After my Big Papa passed, she sold her house and their belongings were divided amongst her children. The beautiful victorian furniture was passed on to my mother. When my husband Michael and I bought our first home, my mother gifted the furniture to us. A 85" floral print sofa, the mustard yellow love seat, two winged-back chairs to match all trimmed in wood, a marble top coffee table with two end tables to match, brass lamps and mirror. This was my "Big Mamas' furniture".

This strong African American woman, blessed with the gift of loving others, opened her home up to protestors during the Civil Rights Movement to give them a safe place to rest and eat a nourishing meal from the trials of the day as they marched through her neighborhood to downtown Montgomery. As a two time breast cancer survivor and stroke survivor, she lived 95 beautiful years. She loved sharing her home with this beautiful furniture for family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy.  My heart rest easy because before she passed, she was able to see her furniture in my home. She said to me, "Baby, it is beautiful, you have your Big Mama's Taste!”CLLLLAAAASSSSYYYY" 😂😂😂. Her voice and those words I will never forget.

Eight years ago, April 7, 2009, My Big papa passed, I sure do miss him too. I can hear his raspy voice as he creeps down the hall, mason jar in hand, for a glass of ICE water!!! Seven years later, on April 7, 2016, Big Mama passed to be with the love of her life. Today, I start a new journey, in honor of Big Mama, I am so happy to share xoErin.com. There is so much I can not wait to share!

Last thought... as my mother and grandmothers are my biggest inspiration. I know I was probably inspired by you too! In one way or another, we are all inspired by this universe. Maybe inspiration came yesterday, or a couple weeks, months, or years ago… maybe you will inspire me or someone tomorrow, I hope so!

XoErin