When you mix Minted with Pottery Barn is kind of like mixing strawberry with chocolate fudge. Yum! I have been happily designing non-stop this week for Minted’s new design contest. This time around, Minted has partnered with Pottery Barn kids. Together, they will select a few designs that will be available for sale on Minted’s website as well as Pottery Barn’s. I love participating in these design projects. It sure helps me keep my creative juice flowing and flowing. Below are a few new designs that I have already submitted.
Last weekend we happily celebrated Bela’s birthday. This NINE-year-old wanted to celebrate her birthday in 80’s style, as you can see it here. To celebrate her birthday, I baked my first fondant cake. With a little help from our friend Yolanda from howtocakeit, Raquel, my Mom and I tackled this challenge and ended up with a two layered cake covered with white fondant and adorned with colorful candles. It sure takes a sweet time to bake and decorate a cake, but it is much easier than I thought. I think it turned out pretty ok, right? And if you stop tilting your head, you will realize that those candles are in fact not crooked at all. I forsee many more fondant cakes in my future. Oh, and the best part to me was to hear the kids saying “wow” as they found out the inside of the cake was a bright rainbow layered cake! The simple décor, including the candles, the candle stand, and honeycomb tissue balls are all ala #targetstyle.
This weekend we celebrated 80’s style. The best theme to get kid’s portraits might just be an 80’s portrait session. All that abundance of color plus the great lighting we had on Saturday afternoon made it easy to get some good shots of the kids. Perhaps we should start dressing like the 80’s, no?
1:: Bela making a wish for her 80’s theme birthday party
2:: Marcus playing four square in 80’s fashion
3:: Victor dancing to 80’s music
Do you like to take pictures? I have challenged myself to take one picture of the kids every week. If you want to join the challenge post your kids photos on IG and tag #weeklyphotowithtrendypeas so I can see your photos. Random moments, or theme portraits, like this 80’s portrait from Bela’s party or a black and white session like the portraits from this week here. Anything works.
Who is ready for Valentine’s Day? With three kids in school times an average of 20 classmates per kid, that equals about 60 valentines they need to bring to school to celebrate with their little friends. Any clever and easy ideas? I usually get this little pop-up balloon in the shape of a heart that fills up when you smash it. It’s kind of cool and I get it from the dollar store. I love the price and the kids love to smash it to see the magic happen. I will make a run to the store later this afternoon to see if they still have it. Although, after two years in a row, it might be time for a little change. I designed a few Valentine’s Day cards this week and if you scroll below, you can download one of them for free. This xoxo card comes with a front and back and you can print it on a 5×7 card paper. If you are like me and have hundreds and hundreds of crayons laying around, you could attach one on the back so the kids can play tic tac toe as soon as they get their little Valentine.
Do you know that special feeling when you accomplish something amazing or when you finish working on a big project? Oh, yeah, THAT special feeling. That’s how I feel when I visit my parents for our daily breakfast gathering. Fresh paint, a ridiculous-good-looking-table, chairs, artwork, a beautiful rug, and coffee. Everything working together like one big welcoming community, whose sole purpose is to make ME happy! Oh, sure I will take a sit and sip that coffee with lots of milk and some sugar, please…
This dining room is the first room you see when you walk into my parents’ house. Before the renovation took place, you had to peek through a tiny door to actually see this room. During the renovation, we almost considered not taking down a few walls because of laziness or a budgetary issue, I can’t remember which one. But I am so glad we did it! Knocking down two walls helped open up this space and create a more welcoming vibe. We decorated the room around that beautiful rug. Bringing that beast from Brazil while traveling with three kids was well worth it! We opted for a round table because you know, somehow you can always fit one more sit if you need it. The glass against the wooden base is perfection. A strange mix between heavy and light, dark and transparent that works so well for this room. After we had the rug and table, we decided to do a speed dating event and brought in a couple of chairs to meet the new table. When the white chair was placed next to the table, it was love at first sight. And then it happened, without a lot of planning, we had designed a mid-century dining room with a rustic twist. Or maybe it is the other way around.
What a weekend! Non-stop activities and many celebrations. On Sunday, we got to enjoy temperatures reaching the seventies. That little taste of Spring was so nice. While the kids were playing outside I grabbed my camera and snapped a few photos. I always treasure moments without organized play. Here are a few of them.
1:: Marcus doing flips on the trampoline
2:: Bela exploring and daydreaming
3:: Victor making a run for mommy
Do you like to take pictures? I have challenged myself to take one picture of the kids every week. If you want to join the challenge post your kids photos on IG and tag #weeklyphotowithtrendypeas so I can see your photos.
I am super thrilled to share our new collection of modern pillows. Our pillows scream chic but playful home décor. They work in the kids’ room, playrooms, and even your lovely living room. All pillows are designed and crafted here in the USA, just for YOUR family.
All pillows are:
– 18×18 inches
– Double sided print
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– Concealed zipper
– Pillow insert included (handwash only)
– Resilient polyester filling retains shape
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A couple years ago, Alex and I were sitting on the couch, having a glass of wine while we chatted with my brother-in-law who was visiting from Brazil. We started talking about our house projects when we were faced with our super-traditional-beautiful-not-my-style-chandelier in our hallway. We knew that grand chandelier would have to go one day, but we always felt guilty about removing it. The chandelier did seem a little out of place in this traditional house that was slowly changing its mood to a more modern vibe. As we talked about all the reasons why the traditional chandelier should stay and all the reasons why it should go, the glass of wine spoke louder and we decided that we had just found our next house project. So that night we brainstormed some design ideas. Secretly, Bruno and I were hoping that nothing would happen the next day and that in two years we would say: “- oh, remember when we talked about taking down that oh, so grand chandelier?” But Alex crushed our lazy hope and the guys both went to the home improvement store in search of some wood the very next morning.
I got to play with black and white photography for last week’s photo challenge. Last week moved a little too fast, and the weekend passed by like a hurricane. We got some snow on Friday and Saturday. With icy roads, Norfolk shuts down. Schools were done by noon on Friday. Basketball was canceled. Swimming was cancelled. But we still managed to wear ourselves out with playdates, a sleepless sleepover, a gymnastics meet, and late soccer game on Sunday afternoon. The two photos below are from Sunday. The emotions that evoke from a picture is what make photographs so special to me. Here their eyes are telling a little of our weekend story. The end of the weekend that is.
1::: Victor in the bath tub with his toys
2::: Marcus and Bela in the car on the way to Marcus’ soccer game.
Do you like to take pictures? I have challenged myself to take one picture of the kids every week. If you want to join the challenge post your photos on IG and tag #weeklyphotowithtrendypeas so I can see your photos.
We have two monochrome wallpaper designs ready for the modern home. Simple lines and lots of contrast make these two beautiful designs easy to adapt to any home because they won’t overshadow colorful artwork, or a patterned rug, or, you get the idea… I am really happy with how these two designs turned out. I think I will be using the Hive design for my half bath when I get ready to remodel that tiny teeny space. What do you think?