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California Dreamin’ modern nursery 02.11.2015

Hey everyone, Morgan here! I’m taking over the blog today to share the nursery I created for my second little boy, Lennon!

I wanted the room to have a calming feeling with a cool vibe, so, naturally, I went with a little bit of a beachy theme! We already had the crib, dresser/changing table and bookshelf from when we first did this room for our now-four-year-old son. So I worked with the white and natural wood and mixed in some indigo blue, sea foam green and natural textures! And of course, I’m a total pattern lover, so there are plenty of those thrown in on the pillows, pouf, changing pad and simple stripe sheets!  Check back here later today for the full mood board and product round-up! Lennon’s California Dreamin’ nursery turned out to be the most perfect fit for his cool, laid-back personality. I suppose we did get to know him a bit since I didn’t actually finish the nursery until a couple of months after he was born! All of these beautiful photos were taken by the one and only Allison Corrin Photography. She is such a joy to partner with! Thanks to Allison for capturing these little moments in time!

I found the sheets, changing pad cover, and cool, modern nautical pillows at Unison Home! Have you guys checked out their site? I fell in love with their modern patterns for home decor and I was SO glad to discover they had things for baby & kids, too!

And YOU GUYS! This color weave toy box from The Land of Nod adds the most perfect natural texture and color to the room! I kept feeling like something was missing until this guy showed up and thens suddenly, it felt complete!!

This baby gym from Ikea has been such a bit hit and it’s so affordable! Highly recommend it! The cool part is, when your babe starts sitting up, the little colored pieces on the top move back and forth and can be pulled up and down, too…so this little gym can stay with you through a few play stages. And, THIS RUG (from Nod, of course) !!!!!!! It’s seriously the softest, most luxurious texture! Perfect for a nursery because if you are anything like us, we spend a lot of time on the floor!

I couldn’t love this mini banner more! It’s by Sharp Tooth Studio on Etsy and I can’t help but love that the artist is originally from Kansas City, too!

I’m a sucker for a gallery wall! When I saw this whale clock, I knew it was the perfect addition to the rest of the art I had collected! (Check the next post for the full mood board and source links)

These Uncle Goose modern wooden blocks are getting passed down from Shaw to Lennon. Thank goodness for wooden toys that last!

And moments like THIS happening inside this tiny little nursery. I can hardly handle it. My heart could literally explode when I see my two boys playing together! I could never have imagined the instant bond that these two would have, it still surprises me each day. Thanks again to Allison Corrin Photography for capturing these little moments!

Make sure you check out the mood board for all the products and pieces right here!!

  1. Jeffiny Shutts

    Oh man- seriously, the cutest little pics ever! You need to frame these and stick them on the wall too! Adorbs!

    February 11, 2015 3:44 pm

Thank you, Nelson Atkins Museum 01.07.2015

We heart KC.

We just wanted to thank The Nelson Atkins Museum for inviting us to demonstrate our art for their “The Artist is IN” event this past weekend! We painted our Kansas City totes and hand made charms. We were thrilled to be creating our own pieces in one of the most inspiring spaces we could imagine! And…thank you to all our friends and family who stopped by! If you stopped by, you got a little preview or our brand new bag charms for 2015! What a way to kick off 2015! Cheers to the new year, everyone!

Come see us at The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art! 01.03.2015

We have a pretty good Saturday planned and we want you all to come see us! We are going to be at the one and only Nelson Atkins Museum of Art TODAY, Saturday, January 3rd from 10am-1pm for their “The Artist is IN” event! We are thrilled to have some of our products, including our Kansas City tote bags,  in the museum shop and today, we will be demonstrating exactly how we create the KC totes! We’ll be hand-painting the bags and assembling charms for all to see! Hope you stop by!

AMPERSAND SHOP SALE! 11.28.2014

IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE!!!! Our annual Black Friday + Small Business Saturday Sale starts NOW!! We love giving you guys great deals and we’re so thankful for each and every one of you that visits our shop! Use code “HOLLYJOLLY” when you check out and you will get an automatic 20% off the entire order! yes, EVERYTHING in our shop! The code is good from Friday, November 28th through Sunday, November 30th (see how we did that? just squeezed an extra shopping day in there for you all!) Happy shopping!!

Holiday Pop-up Shop Recap 11.25.2014

So many thanks are in order for what we feel was a wildly successful Pop-up on Thursday!! A giant shout-out to all the amazing KC shops that participated and wowed shoppers with their lovely products:  Happy Habitat,  Jaime Rovenstine,  Janesko,  Prairie GoodsAmpersand Design StudioNickel & Suede Convivial ProductionOcean and SeaMaddy Nash,  Alicia Janesko and  Survival Letterpress. There was just SO MUCH TALENT packed into our studio. We didn’t want the temporary shop to be taken down!

Thanks a million to everyone who came out and shopped, chatted, had a few drinks and photo-boothed it up! It was so nice to see so many faces—old friends and new! What a great night all the way around and we have photographic proof of the good times. We had the best time looking through all of the pics from One Sparrow Creative!

Our minds are already racing about having another one in the spring! We can’t wait to do it again!

We were excited to debut a few new products at the pop-up and will be getting those live on our Etsy shop any day now! What do you think about our new platters (below)? We also had some brand-spankin’ new phone cases for sale!

photo booth pics by One Sparrow Creative // black & white photos by Jason Domingues

 

  1. Kari

    I was so bummed to miss this event, because it looks AWESOME!! What a great night and yes, you guys should do one in the spring!! Love those new platters!

    November 25, 2014 3:51 pm
  2. Amanda

    We had an amazing time! Thank you so much for letting us be apart of the POP Up Show. It was a great way to kick start the Holidays.

    December 1, 2014 10:11 pm