design, DIY, interior design, pregnancy

{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
amsterdam, christmas, cooking, holidays, interior design

Homemade Mulled Wine

Corey has been busy studying for finals for the last week, and I knew he was feeling super stressed, so after he finished his first final on Monday night I wanted to surprise him with a little something. I thought it would be nice to make some mulled wine for him to enjoy after hours of essay writing. When he walked in the door the house smelled amazing, candles were lit and it was the perfect way for him to unwind after his long day of work and final-taking. I used this simple and delicious recipe from fellow Amsterdam expat blogger, Jenn, and I highly recommend it!

Organic Merlot (or any other red wine you like)

One organic orange

Cinnamon sticks

1/2 cup Organic local honey

1 Vanilla Bean

Instructions (straight from Jenn):

Pour the wine into a large pot (yes, the whoooole thing). 
Peel the orange, and juice it into the pot. Then, cut up the orange peel into slices, and add almost all of the slices to the pot, saving a couple to garnish the drink with at the end. 
Add a few cinnamon sticks, the vanilla bean, and then the honey. 
Turn the stove on to low heat, and cook for 25 minutes.
Then, pour the mulled wine into big mugs. Garnish with an orange peel and a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!
{Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

amsterdam, interior design

We Found An Apartment!

We are so excited this amazing apartment is official ours! We move in September 1st (which won’t come soon enough)! It comes fully furnished, which is so great, although we have a bit of work to do in the bedrooms to make them our own. A few cosmetic things – new curtains, bedding, some pictures, etc should do the trick! 

This is basically our dream Amsterdam apartment as it’s big, bright, has a great kitchen and the best part… It looks down on the sweetest little canal! We live on the most adorable street, and the second we walked into this place it felt like home. I can’t wait to show you all more photos once we move in and get settled! For now, here are a few to give you a little taste.

Our Street!

The Amazing Living Room:
Look at those built ins and that ladder! And how about that cute little fireplace?! Love!!!

And Our Canal View 🙂
This is from our bedroom. Same view, but a floor higher from those big windows in the living room!

Isn’t it lovely?! What do you think? I am in love and can’t wait to move in!
christmas, design, holidays, interior design, weekend

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!

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