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We’re Crowning this Party the Queen of Insanely Cute Baby Showers

We can’t think of better inspiration for a baby shower than a favorite children’s book. It always makes for an adorable theme. But taking that story, in this case, Where the Wild Things Are, and turning it into a knockout celebration complete with gold crowns deserves a standing ovation. Take a peek at this Queen of Bebe Showers captured by Heather Rowland with even more in the VAULT.

Fresh flowers, bright mixed berry assortments, and marble-painted balloons were just some of the details that made this shower so unique special for “Little Lackey”.

With cacti around every corner and puppy portraits hanging on the wall, Amanda Lackey and her dearest friends gathered in Lauren Essel’s living room to open gifts and celebrate mama and babe.

Handmade gold crowns, warm pastries, warm crown-shaped sugar cookies were a few of the details that came together to create this Where the Wild Things Are baby shower that was one for the books! This sweet celebration with sweet family and friends was intimate enough for a small gathering but large enough to provide an enormous amount of support for Amanda and her family.

22 Off-the-Registry Baby Shower Gifts the Parents-to-be Will Love
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22 Off-the-Registry Baby Shower Gifts the Parents-to-be Will Love
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Photography: Heather Rowland Photography | Calligraphy and Invitations: Blue Eye Brown Eye | Home of: Blue Eye Brown Eye

Essentials You Need To Hack Anything from Ikea, Target and Beyond…

We’ve been known to tackle an home hack or two around these parts. From bar carts to entry benches to console tables, they’re a great go-to get-the-look for all those dream home pieces that would otherwise break the bank. Here’s what we keep stocked in our toolbox to make it happen!

Home Hack Essentials
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Home Hack Essentials
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Designing the Ultimate Dream Nursery in Six Easy Steps

There are few greater joys in life than starting a family. And while getting ready for that little bundle is a job in and of itself there are certain action items on the to-do list that are also crazy fun. One being the nursery design. Whether you’re a parent-to-be with a pinterest board full of ideas or you have no idea where to start, The Land of Nod is lending a design savvy hand. They’ve crafted a punch list of six must haves that will leave your baby with a room they can enjoy for years to come.

The Crib

The one piece that is definitely worth the splurge is the crib. With your little one sleeping in it for several years, investing in a sturdy crib is a good idea. And if you choose a gender neutral option, it can last through more siblings to come.

Things to Consider

  • Be sure to check that the crib meets all US safety standards. Vintage or family heirlooms might not be the best bet for meeting all the safety standards so leave these items for decor elements.
  • Opt for a toddler rail if you have a climber who isn’t yet ready for a twin bed to keep little ones that are climbing out safe.

Carousel Crib | Larkin Gold Crib | Topside Midnight Blue Crib | Panorama Acrylic Crib

 The Crib Bedding

Consider bedding the final layer to that showstopping crib. This is the absolute perfect place to really infuse your style and set the color palette or theme for the nursery.

Things to Consider

  • Stock up on crib sheets. We’re talking at least 5-6 or more if possible so you always have a clean set on hand.
  • If you love a classic look then a crib skirt is a gorgeous addition. But if you’re all about modern, then totally fine to skip.
  • Baby’s skin is sensitive so be sure to opt for bedding that is extra soft and 100% cotton.

Freehand Crib Bedding | Well Nested Organic Crib Bedding | Wild Excursion Lion Crib Bedding | Deep Space Crib Bedding

The Changing Table

Diapers are a way of life with babies and making sure your changing station is stocked with essentials will make that life so much easier. Your options range from a freestanding changing table to a combination changing top/ dresser for smaller spaces.

Things to Consider

  • Bins or dresser drawers are great for storing all the little diapering neccessities like diapers, wipes, lotion and ointments, changes of clothes, etc.
  • Keep toys within arms reach to occupy your little one while you’re changing diapers or hang a mobile over head for a fun view.
  • Much like crib sheets, stocking up on changing pad covers will make life so much easier. Because messes are inevitable.

Topside Wide Changing Table | Campaign Changing Table | | Uptown Wide Changing Table | Wrightwood Changing Table

The Nursery Chair

A cozy corner for parent-baby bonding is such an important part of the nursery. It’s a spot for rocking your baby to sleep, feeding, reading, and most definitely some cuddling. So to say you’ll be spending a lot of time in this chair is an understatement. Make sure you craft the coziest spot possible with these nursery chair musts.

Things to Consider

  • Choose a rocking chair or glider who’s movement will help with lulling your baby to sleep.
  • Durability is another big one. You’ll want to pick fabric that cleans super easy and withstands lots and lots of use.
  • Don’t forget arm rests! They come in handy when you need a little support. Also of importance is choosing a chair that’s wide enough for cuddle time when your little baby becomes a rambunctious toddler.

Milo Glider | Toby Glider | Everly Rocking Chair | Cosgrove Swivel Glider

Storage, lots and lots of storage

Creating a dream nursery space includes making sure that space is set-up with lots and lots of storage. From toys to books, all those baby clothes and gear too, they all need a special spot in the nursery.

Things to Consider

  • Think about storage that will not only work for your current needs like diapering but will also work later on for other items like loads of toys.
  • Stock up on large floor bins. These gems are great for baby blankets but also helpful when quickly picking up toys. And if you get low-profile versions, you can easily tuck them under the crib. Baskets are everything when it comes to organizing kid’s stuff.
  • For bits and bobbles that need to stay out of baby’s reach, wall shelves are perfect. We love them near the changing table for storing supplies. You can also add bins and baskets to standard bookshelves for organizing smaller supplies that stay hidden out of sight.
  • Don’t forget hanging closet storage. They are perfect for organizing the tiniest of clothes and can be re-purposed for non-clothes gear later. Think art supplies, board games and yes, more toys.

Store by Numbers Cube Bins | Melange Floor Bin | Silver Stripe Woven Hamper | Honeycomb Wall Shelf


Now for the fun stuff, DECOR! Once you have the functionality squared away you can tackle that layer that really adds personality and includes those special pieces that make you happy.

Things to Consider

  • A great rug is key. For wood flooring, go for a plush style for cushion but forgo long pile rugs that can be a choking hazard. Have carpet? Then a flat weave is perfect for adding an extra splash of color minus the bulk. And no matter the style, be sure that rug cleans easily.
  • Curtains are another great decor layer; especially if you want baby to nap during the day. For this purpose picking a style with a built-in blackout liner or a blackout shade helps to darken the room at naptime. Roman shades or tailored panels also work well for smaller spaces that don’t need that extra bulk.
  • The final piece are those family heirlooms or even special items that you are drawn too. Fill the nursery with a style that reflects your taste and your family and it’s guaranteed to be a spot you love.

Achievement Banner Flags | Jellybean Rug | Red Positive Blackout Curtains | Unicorn Charming Creatures Decor

For more inspiration, helpful tips and really cute decor, head to The Land of Nod and get started on that dream nursery design.