Comfy Couches, Killer Prices

Having a big, over-stuffed couch in the living room was number one on the must-have list. We looked and looked and looked - but finding something that is both functional, long lasting, wallet-friendly and attractive is much harder than we ever anticipated.

In the end we settled on a sectional that would float in the middle of the living room. Something large enough to comfortably fit 6 or 7 bodies crowded around a board game or a few overnight guests. We found the above in chocolate (better at hiding stains?) with it’s sleek wooden base and modified microfiber cushions (extra soft but easy to clean up) at a reasonable price after a family La-Z-Boy discount (we have an in-house designer Aunt in Denver that helped to make it happen). Don’t worry, we’ve changed out the throw pillows!

BUT a few months later I stumbled upon this post by Young House Love and couldn’t believe this amazing find…

Custom Sofa Design has nearly 200 Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel look-a-likes, and the best part is they range from $500 to $700! Amazing, right!? I had to share this great secret… hope someone might be in the market!

{Pink & Orange} An Adorable Summer Kid’s Party

TomKat Studio shares some of the most adorable party ideas, and when Kim posted these photos of a recent client’s Pink & Orange Birthday Celebration I wanted to share the beautiful inspiration.

The bright colors are the perfect setting for a summer party this July!

Kristy from F8 Kids Photography threw this bash for her daughter, Alexa’s 2nd birthday. The candy, or dessert bar, is great! Look at all of these vibrant colors – and covering the ceiling (or top of the buffet) in balloons is the perfect trick to draw your eye upwards and to balance out the colors across the decorations.

Some of the details that I love are the oreo pops (what a great take on cake pops), the photo banner and those adorable gerber daisy arrangements.

Too cute – more details and pictures (like the custom lunch box favors) at Kristy’s site.

Personalized Gifts for the Grandparents

Kevin and I had fun coming up with a creative way to share the big news with our family. We decided something personal would be extra special and I made onesies for each of our parents out of iron-on screen transfers and singlets from Target. It was a simple and fun way to share the surprise – but I know each member of the family loved their own onesie and is looking forward to a future grandchild to fill it!

At top, we have my step Dad who is excited to bring a ‘Future Trojan’ into the mix (I graduated from USC), my Mom who owns her own martial arts studio loved her ‘Sifu-Ma’ (Sifu is a term in Gung Fu and a play on Grandma) onesie. My Dad was behind the camera and we missed a shot of the ‘Future Traveler’ onesie.

We celebrated the big announcement with my in-laws while at a family graduation. Here is my wonderful mother-in-law with her ‘Future Michelangelo’ onesie (she’s a fabulous artist), and my father-in-law with his Tour de France’ outfit (a big biker).

We also presented them each with a little visual… I created a postcard-sized note in photoshop with an early sonogram image and a description of what was developing at that moment with their little grandchild.

It was a wonderful way to share the good news!

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