{The Nursery}

I feel like we pulled this nursery together in record time. I had known for a long time certain elements I wanted for the nursery (like the Sharon Montrose animal prints), and we actually bought our crib really early on (like back in September), but getting past that was difficult. I waffled back and forth on the crib, we took forever to purchase the dresser, I could not for the life of me figure out what to do about a rocker/glider. We were just stumped. So we didn’t do much of anything with the nursery until I got really sick with the norovirus at 32 weeks. 

So what does the norovirus have to do with our nursery? Well, this virus was nasty. I ended up in the hospital severely dehydrated and with a high fever. These things kicked my body into preterm labor. Luckily, once they got my hydration and fever under control my body stopped trying to have this baby and all was well (as well as can be when in recover mode, right?!). But the whole preterm labor scare really kicked us into high gear. After I was healthy again I just started ordering things, making decisions and getting stuff done. The whole thing went from a room full of all our wonderful baby shower gifts to a real-life nursery in the matter of a week or so. 

A little bit about the room… I knew I wanted the room to incorporate elements of travel (we hope to share our love and passion for travel with her from the very start) and animals (I am a HUGE animal lover and I hope I can teach her to love and care for animals, too!). I didn’t want the room to feel overly girly/frilly/pink, but definitely wanted it to be bright and feminine. Of course, I wanted the room to be practical and we needed to do it all on a budget (we’ve pretty much had to furnish our entire house from the ground up since buying it in August!). And here’s where we landed (sources for most everything listed after the photos):
{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

Rocker: IKEA Strandmon Chair hacked and made into a rocker (Thanks, hubby!). We used this post to guide the way.
Changing Pad: Keekaroo Peanut Changer 
Animal Prints: Sharon Montrose
Frames for Animal Prints: Pottery Barn
Shelves: IKEA Ekby Jarpen Shelves in White & Ekby Valter brackets in Birch, spray painted gold
Gold Animal Statues: Dwell Studio via Horchow
Wooden Toy Camera: Twig (this color combo sold out now)
And Then There Were Three Zebra Print: SS Print Shop
Diagonal Stripe Frame: Nate Berkus for Target (now sold out)
Gold Glitter Shoes: Juicy Couture via HomeGoods
Teal Vase: Target (can’t find online)
Wooden Giraffe and Plush Owl: Gifts
White/Wicker basket: Nate Berkus for Target (now sold out)
Pink Pattern Basket: Gift
Watercolor Map Print & Frame: Clover via Society6
Elephant Crib Bedding: Pottery Barn Baby
Faux Sheepskin Rug: IKEA

{Made by Mama}

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably already know that my Mom is a talented designer. I’m lucky that her favorite clients happen to be my sisters and me. She has designed and made me countless things throughout my life – including almost every single one of my high school dance dresses and the most important dress of all, my wedding dress! I’ve never taken the time to showcase the things she’s made me in one place before, but today while reminiscing on some photos I felt compelled to do just that. This is a tiny fraction of the things she’s crafted for me. I look at these photos and feel so much pride for my talented Mama. She is so creative, inspiring and gracious. I miss her so much every day and getting to wear her creations certainly makes me feel closer to her when I’m so far from home!
I hope you enjoy this peek at a few of the beautiful clothes she’s made me in recent years!
{My Wedding Dress!!!}
{My Other Wedding Dress – yeah, she made me two – LUCKY!}
{Leather Jacket}
{Dress}
{Striped Skirt}
 {Color Block Dress}
 {Polka Dot Dress}
{Yellow Bridesmaid Dress}
{Jacket/Blazer}
{Maxi Skirt}
I LOVE MY MAMA! 
{P.S. She made her entire outfit except her scarf in the photo below 🙂 }

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday, friends! I am so very excited to go chop down our Christmas tree and decorate our apartment for the holidays this weekend! We’ve also got our first of many holiday parties tomorrow and I’m hoping to go see the movie Love and Other Drugs. Have you seen it? 


What are you up to this weekend? I’d love to hear!


Here’s my inspiration for Christmas decor this year. Silver, gold, white and sparkly!

{1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

A Glam Thanksgiving

I was just given the task of setting the Thanksgiving table, and let’s be honest, I’m going to take this really seriously. I’m in research phase (please direct me to any great tablescape inspirations!) and I stumbled across this gorgeous photo on Erin Ever After. Our family friend actually used giant sparkly stars like these above the Christmas table last year, and I loved them! Clearly, still in love. They’re a great way to add some glam to the table without shelling out the big bucks (I found these for $5/ea).



Primele Custom Calligraphy Stamp

I’ve become quite obsessed with the idea of flaunting my new last name (and new initials!) in just a little over a month (AH!).  I’ve decided I need one of these gorgeous custom calligraphy stamps so anytime I send anything in the mail (which will be more often if I get this stamp), everyone will know I’m a Denfeld. I couldn’t be prouder.