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We’re on YouTube!!!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

You guys we made a You Tube video!!!

It’s something we’ve been thinking about for years, so last week we decided to stop thinking and to give it a shot!

We’re excited to start this new adventure, but please bare with as we experiment with this new medium and get comfortable both behind and in front of the camera!

Without further ado….


If you enjoyed the video, we’d LOVE you to hop over to youtube and like + subscribe!

We’re also craving feedback and ideas, is there a something you’d like to see us shoot?

Please share your ideas and comments!

Sincere thanks in advance,

Sarah and Emily x

Little Girl Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

When it comes to dressing up for Halloween, our favorites are the old traditional types… Cats/bats/owls and the best of course…witches!

Our three little girls are so excited about Halloween this year! We are equally as thrilled that we made their costumes from their every day clothes and by adding just a few cheap accessories!

boxwood clippings | little girl halloween costumes

boxwood clippings | little girl halloween costumes

boxwood clippings | little girl halloween costumes
We found the cat ears/tail and broomsticks at the Dollar Tree (in store only).
We found the black witch hats and tutus last year on clearance after Halloween and just added a few ribbons and creepy crawlies with the hot glue gun.

We love how easy and inexpensive these costumes were to pull together!

The girls are already practicing their witch cackles and meows for trick or treating.
We cannot wait!

-Sarah and Emily x

Autumn Books for Kids

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


We love using picture frame shelves to display kid books like Sarah did in the twins’ nursery HERE.

Displaying seasonal books gets the kiddies excited for the upcoming months, helps us not to forget a book before the season is over and is instant decorating for the room too. Here are our favorites…

Room on the Broom HERE

 ‘touch and feel’ Fall HERE

Owl Babies HERE

Spooky House HERE

 Where is Baby’s Pumpkin HERE

The Gruffalo HERE

In the Forest HERE

What you have a favorite we need to add to our collection? We’d love to add a few more!

Grey Baby Gift Basket

Monday, August 8th, 2016

When both my sisters announced they were pregnant last fall I had a feeling that they were both having boys.

And boy was I right!!!!

This was the first and probably the last time both Helen and Emily were pregnant at the same time, so I thought it’d be fun to get them matching gifts and throw them a double shower.

boxwood clippings_baby boy gift basket

Now that I’ve had my own babies I totally gift differently than I did before, I gift not only what I love, but what I found useful. In this case it was a cozy sweater with ears (my favorite go-to for my girlies), a soft blanket that also doubles as a quick background for photos and a classic wooden toy.

boxwood clippings_baby boy gift basket grey

pull-along elephant HERE | grey cardigan HERE | love blanket HERE

All these items are not only beautiful but very practical, which I love.

Wrapping them up into a gift basket just helps the theme come together. And who doesn’t love being handed a gift basket of goodies? I know I do!

Sarah x

DIY Painted Star Wall

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

After spending hours painting stars in our nursery, I now consider myself an expert ;)

If you are interested in painting stars in your home this is how and what I learned…

boxwood clippings | painted star wall | modern grey nursery

First I measured the wall space: 8′ H x 10′ W meaning I could have four rows of five stars measuring 2′ each.

I really wanted my starts to touch tip to tip so I had to create my own stencil to get my stars exactly 24″. Needless to say my high school geometry teacher would not have been proud! I had to try a few times to get the exact dimensions I wanted.

I used THIS tutorial on wikihow to get me started and decided to adapt the protractor method to make a huge star. Instead of drawing a circle and connection the points, I drew a vertical line and drew 5 lines measuring 72 degrees apart using a protractor and ruler which would be the points of the star. I then a measured 12″ from the center in each direction to make the lines of the star making sure the diameter was 24″.

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Once I had my stencil I measured horizontal lines 24″ apart on my wall space using a level and a ruler. I lined up my star stencil on each horizontal line and drew 20 stars in about 5 minutes. Wahoo, something easy!

I decided to tape off the stars so they would be extra crisp and clean with painter’s tape. If you have a steady hand you could just paint free hand.


I chose Benjamin Moore’s Ozark Shadows HERE for a warm grey that is on the taupe side. I painted two coats on my first row, and couldn’t wait for it to dry to peel off the painter’s tape and see the result. Uh oh, major paint bleed! I gave Jones Paint and Glass a quick call and they advised me to seal the tape before painting with a damp cloth to really lock the tape against the wall. Once I did this I had zero problems with the paint bleeding. I used both blue and green frog tape for this project because I had left over tape from other projects, but definitely preferred the green tape for a super crisp edge.

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Paint bleeds and stencil problems aside, I now have (almost) perfect stars!

These stars make the room and were so worth the labor of love.

Thanks to Jones Paint and Glass for supplies and for the invaluable advice.

Let me know if you have any questions!