isla’s first birthday

I love birthdays. It’s the only day you get to celebrate the pure existence of a person. This birthday was especially significant since it was my little Isla’s first. It also marks the anniversary of our little family becoming three.

So without further ado, here are tons of photos and details of the celebration I put together for our little lady.

I went with a glitter/sparkle theme and used the colors mint, pale pink, peach and gold to pull it off. I made most of the decorations myself and baked (with the help of my mom) all of the tasty treats.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board that I made to collect inspiration.

The invitations had sparkly bows on the front and fun, playful sparkly polka dots on back. I made each of the bows, but I promise, I didn’t individually sparkle the polka dots, I bought that paper and cut it to fit the back of the invites.

I served a dessert buffet, mostly full of cake, but there were also glitter almond sandwich cookies, peppermint patties and vanilla meringues. The large mint colored cake and the small peach cake was Smitten Kitchen’s Golden Butter Cake. The medium sized peach cake was Champagne Glitter Cake inspired by Appolinas.

I decorated the cakes with buttercream frosting, sanding sugars and disco dust. Unfortunately these photos don’t really do the cakes justice, they really did sparkle.

I found this sparkler candle from a little shop in Ballard way back in November and knew it would be perfect for this little fete.

Guests sipped on pink lemonade, a sparkling cocktail made with champagne, grapefruit juice and grenadine and small cartons of organic milk. And there were also paper straws in complimentary party colors.

I covered our kitchen table (BJ finished it just in time) in white butcher paper and lined homemade party hats down the center. I had crayons on hand for guests to draw while they were hanging out.

Inspired by Confetti System, I made tassel garland from crepe paper, mylar and rope trim. I hand cut confetti from the scraps left over from the tassel garland which I scattered down the table and around the desserts. All of the desserts were displayed on my jadeite cake stands which sat on top of a pink striped tablecloth.

I also made a Fancy Frill Balloon using crepe paper, tinsel and a gigantic 36″ round balloon. If huge balloons don’t make you happy, I’m not sure what will.

We had so much fun celebrating our little girl. The weather was perfect and we had a full house of people who we’re so thankful to call our friends. Isla rocked the celebration despite the fact that she only had one nap.

Believe it or not, this is the best group photo we got of (most of) the kiddos.

PS: thanks to my parents for all of their help. There’s no way, I could have pulled off all of this without their help. And to my husband, because, obviously. Thanks, also, to dear Megan who came all the way up from Seattle just to celebrate little I. She was also our official photographer. 🙂

PPS: Isla’s little dress was custom made by my talented mother. I don’t have a great photo of the whole thing, but it has the cutest cap sleeves and bubble hem. Thanks, Mom!


pelmet boxes and nursery details

I just finished a few final touches on Isla’s nursery. I made a pelmet box for over the window using Jenny from Little Green Notebook’s tutorial and I finally got it hung up! There’s a lot going on in the room, but I think it was just what the nursery needed to provide that finishing touch.

I also completed the details on the shelves about my favorite pink velvet chair. The top shelf houses a print Cailin sent us from the Etsy shop Gus + Lula and Isla’s birth announcement in a frame. The second shelf has her sparkly ‘I’ and a photo from our maternity shoot. The bottom shelf houses her small book collection. I love this shelf of books because it’s a reflection of who we are- a book about prayers, Audrey Hepburn, weddings, Minnesota, books about friends and the Daring Book for Girls.

A couple notes about her stuffed animals- the Cabbage Patch is affectionately named Mavis and was mine as a girl, the blonde doll with the big blue eyes was made by my mom and the large puppy on the chair was given to Isla by our dear friends Jessica and Brandon. It is affectionately referred to as Stuffed MoPo after their dog Money Penny. It was exactly the same size as Isla when she got her!

The adorable cross stitched letter ‘I’ was a special gift handmade by our favorite friend Megan.We are so blessed to have friends that love us so much!

adventures in wallpapering

Many of you have been asking for pictures of the baby room, and I’ve decided to wait to do a big reveal once the room is complete. Lucky for you all, we’re almost there, we just need to hang a couple things on the wall and then we’re ready to share it with the world! 🙂

But, I will show you the fun Hannah and I had putting up the wallpaper in the little one’s room. As you might remember from my inspiration board, we used Orla Kiely’s Multi Stem Wallpaper for the wall that the crib is going to live on. Our room is very small- only about 7 feet wide- so I really wanted to squeeze out the whole wall with one roll of paper. It ended up working out, but it definitely didn’t give us much extra wallpaper to play around with.

We painted the other three walls with Martha Stewart’s Ballet Slipper Pink, a subtle peachy pink.

I prepped the wallpaper wall with sizing before hanging the wall, but I did not use a lining paper as the Orla Kiely directions had recommended. It might be worth it if you’re doing a whole room in this paper, but I decided to forgo this step since it was such a small space.

I had been looking online for tips on how it was to hang this wallpaper, but I couldn’t find one, so I apologize for the detailed directions I’m going to share, but hopefully someone else will find it useful.

This is the best method we came up with for hanging this particular wallpaper.

1.) Measure the wall and divide that measurement by the width of the wallpaper to determine how many strips you will need to hang. We needed almost exactly 4 strips. It was very helpful for us to draw out a picture of the wall.

2.) Measure out your plumb line using a level mark with a pencil. We drew the whole line down the wall. We decided we wanted the middle panels to be full panels and to trim the right and left panels, so we measured from the middle of the wall and out to the right and left.

3.) We knew we needed a bit of overage for the length of the wallpaper so we could match the pattern and allow for a clean line along the trim. We were super nervous to cut the paper so we laid the whole roll down the hallway to make sure we could match the pattern. You know what they say, measure twice, cut once.

4.) Once we had our strips measured we cut them using a scissor and straight edge. We numbered our panels, just for good measure, I’m not sure if this was actually necessary.

5.) This particular paper was not pre-pasted, so we had to apply the paste in order to hang it. This is where we had our troubles- we applied paste and bookmarked the paper as the online tutorials told us and when we went to hang it, the paper wouldn’t stick to the wall! Well, as we soon found out, this paper needs the paste to be applied directly to the wall and then it will stick. This is a very important step.

6.) Once of us would hold the paper to the wall using the pencil lines to make sure it hung straight and the other one of us used a clean paint roller to smooth the paper down the wall. Another important note: when we used the traditional straight edge or wallpaper brush to smooth down the paper it started to take scratch some of the pattern off the paper. This must be due to the delicate print process of this paper. The  paint roller worked great.

Make sure you have a wet cloth to wipe off the extra paste that squeezes through the seams.

7.) Trim the paper using a straight edge and Exacto knife. We used a new blade halfway through hanging the paper to make sure we got a clean cut.

8.) Repeat with the remaining strips taking care to match up the pattern as you’re hanging as well as getting your seams as close together without overlapping.



This is the other side of the room. Yikes!

So that’s the long drawn out “How to Hang Orla Kiely Wallpaper.” It was pretty easy once we figured out our method and I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. I think this is my favorite room in the house by far. I can’t wait to share the rest of it with everyone!

flirty. fun. soft. pink!

I have this place in my heart for the color pink. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl or maybe it’s because it has a fun playful side as well as a sophisticated soft side, but I do love it. You better believe that if I was still single there would be a lot more of it in my house. Much like the house Jonathan Berger designed for this all girl family…

I love the bright splashes of pink in the entry, hallway and other “traveling spaces” while each of the common rooms have the right amount of pink accents.

Note the pink milk glass chandelier and the adorable pink cowhide on the back of the informal dining room chairs.

As if this house wasn’t perfect enough, there is an all white kitchen too. I may possibly be in heaven living here.

Images courtesy of House Beautiful. You can find the complete feature on this fabulous design here.

style me pretty…

When I was planning my own wedding my eyes were opened wide to the world of wedding blogs.  Style Me Pretty exceeded as my most favorite site for constant inspiration.

It is quite an honor to announce that a wedding I coordinated as a part of the Steven Moore Designs team has been featured today on their site! Check out Style Me Pretty’s feature on Jenny and Mac’s Chuckanut Bay wedding here…my posting here…and Steve’s post here.

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