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Sophisticated Spaces for Teens & Tweens

Teens and tweens have a new option when decorating their spaces.  Restoration Hardware launched the RH Teen site this week and it's full of furniture, bedding and accessories that will transform a child's room into the coolest teen hangout on the block. rh 4

Metallics and monograms make spaces personal.  There's no formula, you can pick and choose what you like from each collection to make a space your own.rh teen 3 rh teen 2 rh teen Girls don't get all of the fun.  The pieces for guys are smart and stylish.  All themes are covered from sports to music.rhbc_cat515025

Like with the girls, the guys can pick different details they like and create their favorite space.rhbc_cat515031 Smart designs save space and give a cool rustic feel.rhbc_cat515032What do you think of the new RH Teen collection?  Do you let your teens and tweens decorate their own rooms?




5 Cool Family Command Centers

I am not one to make New Year's resolutions but I try to make a few small changes at the beginning of each year. In 2015 I want to be more organized and purge things that we don't need. Last year we added a Mud Room to our house and that was life changing for our family! It is nice to have one space that the kids can dump (because that is what they do) their backpacks, coats, boots and shoes that is not seen by people. It is not a huge space but it well for our family.


The one thing I wanted in a Mud Room was a command center. I never got around to creating it last year.  I have been on a hunt for inspiration to create a command center that will work for our family and they small space that we have for it. We already have a lot planned for 2015. A big calendar for the month's activities is a must for us to stay organized. I would also like a place to keep invitations and important information for the kids.

The size of the space you have to work with and your families needs  are very important when creating a family command center.  We love that One Creative Housewife used was the wall right before you walk out  into the garage for her Command Center.

If a family command center is out in the open for all to see, like the one created by The Caldwell Project, the key is to make sure that it is integrated with the rest of your house and it is both functional and appealing.

Better Homes and Gardens shows us that a small space can make the perfect place for a command center. Size doesn't always matter especially if you want to stay organized.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Having a command center located in the kitchen makes sense since everyone spends a lot of time in that space.

The Giant Command center that Beneath My Heart created not only looks cool but it  works well for a larger family. It is also a very inexpensive way to design a command center.


How do you keep your family organized? Do you have a family command center? Share it with us on facebook.


Fill The Frames | Free Printable Holiday Decorations


Fill The Frames | Free Printable Holiday Decorations

Our family loves decorating for the holidays.  An easy way we've learned to make our home more festive is by changing out picture frames.

free holiday decor printables

Not only is this a fun way to decorate but it also makes a great gift.  All you need is a great frame and to print out one of the printables below.  Practically instant holiday cheer!  These images are sized for 8x10 but you can change your printer settings to print any size you would like.

Happy holidays!



Finding the Perfect Art for Your Child's Space

When planning the nursery for our baby boy, I had the hardest time finding artwork that went with our theme and color scheme.  I searched the kids' stores, art websites, Etsy, eBay - everywhere I could think of and nothing would work.  We searched for vintage concert posters, album covers but everything was full of rainbows and didn't really have the look we wanted. Then I discovered Chicagoland artist Amy Belonio and the custom canvas paintings for the School of Rock.  Her work is amazing and can be completely customized.  The perfect solution!

band posters on canvas

Amy has created tons of custom nursery art for clients, she has amazing talent!

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custom art for your child's space

custom art for your child's space

custom nursery paintings


After providing Amy with our bedding, paint color and a few other nursery pieces we had already selected she got to work.

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custom rock art

A couple of weeks later the finished product of four amazing 12'' x 12" canvases arrived.  I cannot wait to hang them in our little guy's new nursery!

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rock n roll nursery

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beatles nursery art

Amy Belonio can ship her pieces anywhere so be sure to contact her ( if you are searching for the perfect piece of art for your child's room or anywhere in your home!


Please note, no samples or compensation were provided for this post.


Minted Holiday Cards: The Big Reveal


Minted Holiday Cards: The Big Reveal

If you are on our holiday card list and want to be surprised STOP READING NOW! We used Minted holiday cards again this year because their quality and customer service cannot be beat.  They also have an amazing selection of styles and shapes perfect for every budget.

This year our family is sending a Minibook Card because we have big news to share.


Minted Minibook Holiday Card


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gender reveal holiday card

All holiday card photos by the amazing Gina Cristine Photography.

This Minted holiday card is perfect in so many ways.  It provides the perfect teaser for our news, the colors are wonderful with our outfits and we love the three dimensional faux glitter.  Plus it lets us let extended family and friends know what the girls have been up to over the last year.  No holiday letter required!


Betsy chose a gorgeous foil card - new at Minted this year - with the perfect saying for her adorable photo.  She also added a photo on the back from their Florida vacation.


Have you ordered your holiday cards yet this year?

Thanks to Minted for providing a gift certificate towards the purchase of our holiday cards.  All opinions are honest and my own.