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welcome back

Hey babes! It’s been 4 long months since I’ve checked in here. I’ve really missed you and am so happy to be back. I took the summer off to travel, reset, spend time with family, and oh yeah, HAVE A BABY! More on that later, but for now let’s just soak in the fact that September is finally here. My favorite time of year when we’re between two beautiful seasons and the air is just right.

Now I’d be totally lying if I said I wasn’t tired, but the ideas are still flowing and I’m feeling pretty inspired by my two amazing girls. We have so many projects in the works, both personal and collaborative, that I can’t wait to share.

Check back for life and motherhood updates, room decor plans and reveals, style inspiration, beauty hacks, and all kinds of ways to treat yoself. So many goodies on the way!

P.S. I recently chatted with SDVoyager about why I love cozy in-home photo sessions so much. Check out the full interview here!

*Photo by Jamie Street

baby’s nursery

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Here we are, less than a week from my due date and I’m finally throwing in the towel on baby girl’s nursery. I’ve had months to set up this space, yet waited to the last minute to pull everything together.  It’s cute and cozy, but I don’t think it will ever really feel complete or perfect to me!

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One thing I wouldn’t change, however, are these little Moroccan baskets I picked up from Homegoods. I stocked them with extra swaddle blankets, burp cloths, etc. And I added those cute pom poms myself, which were originally tied to a beautifully wrapped gift from a friend. Those colors are so great together, I just had to repurpose somehow!

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I’ve had this vintage campaign dresser for almost 8 years now – thrift store find, $40. It may have a few bruises, but I believe they just add character ;) It’s actually the perfect size for a changing table with just enough room for a changing pad and diaper caddy. I keep extra diapers and wipes in the top right drawer, headbands and other girly things on the left. *The cute cactus changing pad cover is from Spearmint Love and I found the caddy on Amazon.

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We were originally planning to upgrade Bryn to a big girl bed and use her white Babyletto crib in here, but she seems to be doing fine with her current set up – she’s never tried to climb out and she’s still very petite, so space isn’t really an issue. I also considered all the other changes she’ll be adjusting to in the next few weeks, and didn’t want to throw another big transition at her.

SO we decided to get a second crib for baby sister. I found this Jenny Lind on Craigslist. It’s so funny how much more laid back I am now about gently used baby things. I would have NEVER even thought of looking for a secondhand deal when I was shopping for Bryn’s room, but I’ve definitely made an effort to keep costs down in creating this space. I liked the challenge!

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This Eames rocker was a gift from my mom and probably my favorite part of the nursery. I love it’s simple lines and can’t believe how comfy it is! It’s also super lightweight so I can easily move it from room to room. I’ve always had a thing for mcm design, so it makes me happy just knowing this is a piece we’ll be able to keep for years since it can work anywhere in our house.

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The banner I made for our wedding is once again hanging over a crib in our home. It’s not my favorite wall decor choice, but there’s a little sentiment there, plus I’m too worried to put anything that weighs more than an ounce over my babies’ head. *The pink elephant swaddle is from Spearmint Love.

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Snagged this boho fringe rug on sale at World Market.

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And how adorable is this dress our dear friend, Lizelly, brought back from Oaxaca for us?! I am seriously obsessed and can’t stop looking at it.

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The panda print was one of the first things I bought for baby’s nursery. I didn’t know where it would go or whether we were having a boy or girl yet, I just knew I loved his little face and had to have it.

The tassel chandelier was a diy project that took foreverrrr but I love the way it turned out, so well worth the late nights with more yarn than I’d like to admit. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing more about how I made it, I’m happy to go into more detail!

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I plan to take a short break from blogging after today, but you can probably find me posting babe and bungalow pics here and there on Instagram at @babeandbungalow_. I’d love to see you there! Until then, please wish me luck on this wild ride with my TWO little ladies ;)

Thanks for all the love, see you back in September! XO

waiting

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Bryn was born 10 days late, so with this baby due on May 7, I really don’t know what to expect. Some say the second baby usually comes quicker and easier than the first, so it could be any day now. But until she decides to show up, we’re all just waiting. I’m trying to stay relaxed and be as prepared as possible. Baby’s room is all ready, hospital bags are packed. I’m going to bed pretty early these days because I know any night could very well be my last 8-hour stretch of sleep for what will at least seem like a looong time.

On top of the anticipation, Bryn has been a little more difficult for us lately. She had the flu last week, but even though the worst has past, she’s been super cranky and clingy (which was never really a problem before). I’m wondering if this is the toddler regression everybody’s been warning me about… I was hoping we’d skip right over that phase, but even more realistically, I thought it wouldn’t hit us until little sister had already arrived. But maybe we’ll get lucky and this sassy attitude will blow over by the time we bring baby home! Wishful thinking?

Anyway, I have one more post for you before I take a mini break from the blog. Check back later this week for photos of baby girl’s nursery <3

baby ben

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Meet the Blooms: Leah, Matt, and two-week old Ben. Oh and Pixel! Their super sweet fur baby who is adjusting to life as a big sister beautifully. Ben is only two weeks old here, still the snuggly, sleepy type who’s just loving life and all the cuddles from mom and dad.

I met pretty mama, Leah, a few years ago, right after I got engaged. When she told me about her floral and event design business, Bespoke Occasions, I couldn’t wait to work with her. She created the most gorgeous bouquets and floral arrangements for our wedding party, people still talk about them to this day!

Luckily, we’ve been able to keep in touch and had the chance to connect again over yet another big milestone. It was such an honor to capture these sweet moments for her adorable little family. I now know how quickly those first few weeks home with baby fly by, plus sleep-deprivation and general mom-brain doesn’t help (although Leah seemed impressively put together)!

Thank you, Leah and Matt! And welcome to the club ;)

master bedroom

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I’ve already shared Bryn’s room earlier this month and the baby’s nursery is on deck, so here’s a little peek into our bedroom. It’s pretty minimal at the moment, which is very much intentional. I’m doing my best to keep this space light and uncluttered – a place to clear my mind at the end of each day.

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These soft colors (or lack thereof) are so calming to me, like a quiet kid-free spa retreat. It gives me the chance to really play with texture and experiment with layering patterns. I plan to slowly add dimension to this space by repeating the same neutral palette throughout, and so far I’m finding that natural materials like my rattan chair and capiz pendant definitely warm up the white walls, bringing a little more life to an otherwise very blank slate.

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The rug hanging on this wall is kind of a place holder. I like the colors and scale but am not 100% in love with the Ikat design, it’s just something I’ve held onto from a few years back and will probably replace it with something else as soon as I find the perfect piece. Because it’s directly across from our bed, I am extra picky when it comes to deciding what should go on this wall… It’s the first thing I see when I wake up! I’ll keep you posted should I ever find a winner.

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The dresser is from Loveseat, and that knick knack collection seems to change daily ;)

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Like I said before, I’ve been having a tough time finding artwork that I truly feel a connection with, so I threw my hands up the other day and just picked up a bunch of frames at Aaron Brothers (which is going out of business, so get over there for a serious sale on frames and art supplies!) and framed a few of my collages.

These curtains are also a diy that I tried last summer – I replaced the brightly colored tassels that were originally on those white Target curtains with cream colored ones that I found at Joann Fabric. Of course a few have already fallen off, but I’m not losing any sleep over it.

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The throw blanket is from Target and the rug is West Elm.

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This basket is from Ikea and the blanket was a Homegoods find.

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Above is another framed collage and the macrame hanging planter is from Pigment. The headboard detail below is actually a room divider from World Market, which we just mounted to the wall.

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Our little Obi had to make a cameo <3

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I found this cute mirror/jewelry holder at Urban Outfitters.

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I’m happiest when our bedroom is clean and airy, so I’ve been washing our sheets at least once a week and making the bed every single morning. It only takes me about 3 minutes and is totally worth it! Climbing into a freshly made bed each night just feels so nice (it’s all about the little things when you’re thirty-something, right?).

Someday I’d like to spruce up our decorative pillow situation, but I’m more about simplicity lately, plus Ryan thinks we already have too many as it is – he sleeps on a single flat-as-a-pancake pillow…

And lastly, I’ve always been too impatient to put duvet covers over my down comforters UNTIL I came across the burrito trick – am I the only person who didn’t know about this life hack?!?

Anyway, thanks for checking out our room! You can always find decor updates at @bungalito on Instagram.