from the car window: what my stillborn daughter taught me.

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On me: Sweater. Shirt. Jeans. Hat. Boots. Bag. Necklace. Belt.  On Ava: Sweater. similar shoes.

Did you know that October is Pregnancy and Infant loss awareness month?  I’ve known about it since the first fall after I lost my baby girl, but I couldn’t write about it until now.  My heart needed a few years, and some things are so precious and sacred to me, that I keep them a little closer to my heart.

But today, I feel like it’s time, because I want to share something that my daughter taught me even though she never opened her eyes.

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15 magical things to do in the fall.

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Turtleneck. (similar here.) Vest. Jeans. (similar.) Boots. Sunglasses.

I wrote this post last year and it’s one of my most popular.  It was so much fun to write too because fall activities are my favorite, so  I thought I would re-share it again today.   Here are 15 magical things to do in the fall, I hope you enjoy!

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updating our nautical living room.

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I’ve got to be honest, writing this post has really intimidated me.  I’ve almost not written it a million times, and even today, this is going up super late, because it’s so out of my ordinary content/comfort zone.  But if  I don’t keep pushing myself, then what is even the point of this blog right?

So here goes.

   I really love nesting.   Making our house feel like home is one of my favorite hobbies and something that brings me a lot of joy, but it’s not something I’m super confident in yet, especially sharing it with the world.  I’m still learning, and trying different things with my spaces, and I don’t always get it right.  There are so many amazing decor blogs out there now, it’s made me kind of feel like crawling into my little home design hole and just keeping my house to myself.

But then I read this on Brooke from Nesting with Grace’s instagram the other day:

Who do you decorate your home for? I sure hope it is for the people who live in it. I do it for these people right here. I enjoy using my talents and creating, it gives me joy. I share photos of my home not because I think it is the best, far from it. But if I get negative and think why share this? So and so has a better, bigger, cooler kitchen than me, It would paralyze me. Those thoughts are Satan trying to make me feel less than.”

I’ve thought about this over and over.  This idea has been mulling in my mind for days since I read and honestly, that is the reason I’m posting this today.  It’s not because I think I’ve got this whole nesting thing down, or because I think I’m so good at it, but because this is a process for me and I want to share the journey with you.  And maybe we’ll all learn something along the way. ;-)

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As soon as the weather turns cooler, I get the serious nesting itch.  I’ve been wanting to give several rooms in our house an update, for awhile (I’m a slow cooker when it comes to home updates) but none as much as our living room.  It’s the room we spend most of our time in.

We’ve had these same couches for years, and they are really starting to look their age.  I still love them though.  We bought them when our kids were all really little, back when I still thought that all your furniture needed to “match and be from the same set.”  I also loved that they were slip-covered so I could take them off and wash them whenever sticky hands got the couches messy.  They don’t look super pretty anymore, but I love these couches anyway.  We’ve had thousands of memories on them, countless naps, snuggles, long Sunday afternoons reading, sleepovers by the fireplace.  They’ve been spit-up on, held sick kids, and been moved from house to house with us as we’ve changed jobs, states and cities over the last several years.  I love these couches, but they are definitely due for an update, as are our end tables (which were one of the first things we bought after we graduated from college 10 years ago…)

Our living room set up is tricky, mostly because it’s so open there aren’t really walls to give it structure, so it’s got to be done using the furniture.  I’ve been arranging and rearranging the space in my head basically since we moved in. I’d like to replace our old couches with an off-white tufted linen couch(this one is around $600), two navy nail-head chairs(under $250), and add a couple short white bookcases (under $100) next to the fireplace.  I still love our trellis rug, but I think the room could really use a little life so I want to add a fiddle-leaf fig.  I love our home to be pretty but also livable.  I want my kids and husband to feel like they can be comfortable and really live here, not feel like they’re in a museum.  I like lots of textures and patterns in a room.  Not over the top, but just enough to make the space feel interesting.  I like pillows and throws, books and fun touches, like this pretty painted globe.

Here’s what I have in mind for our nautical living room update:

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tufted linen sofa. navy chair. white bookcase. industrial coffee table. striped curtains. fiddle leaf fig basket. striped blankets. metal basket. globe. striped pillow. graphic pillow. boat photo print. boat art print. Trellis rug.

So what do you think?  Do you dive right in on home design, or are you a slow cooker like me?

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