Living Room Before + After with Comfort Works

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Before:

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So excited to be showing you our living room before + after!  We have been in our new home for over a month now, and even thought there are still big things to tackle (*cough* kitchen!), it truly feels like a home to us!  We love our 1920s home and we love our neighborhood, quick walks to the coffee shop and being so close to parks and our favorite restaurants.  I love that I am surrounded by trees and greenery, in the morning I just stare out of the window and feel such a peace in this house.  One of the challenges to moving to this new space was downsizing and moving from a larger home to a smaller not open-concept home.  I know open concept is what mostly everyone wants in their homes, but it was what I hated in my last house.  I love cozy, smaller, each room divided kind of homes, call me crazy! We had to get rid of almost all of our furniture, and I was ok with that! Start new and fresh.

We wanted to start working first on our living room, since is the first thing you walk into when you open the door.  It is truly one of my favorite rooms.  White brick fireplace,  with built-in shelves on one side and a built-in bench.  So much character!  And original flooring, none the least.   We wanted our home interior style to be warm and modern vintage to match this lovely home.  I also have a vision of plants every where in our home, so lets pray I don’t kill them!

One of our favorite things we added to our living room is something we actually repurposed, our old IKEA couch.  I don’t know if you remember my gray couches from my old living room, but this is it!  Thanks to Comfort Works Ikea sofa covers, we got exactly the couch of our dreams.  We always wanted a leather couch, but felt that at the stage of our life we are in we didn’t want to invest that chunk of money right now.  At the end we got exactly what we wanted and more.  It was really easy to slip into our old couch and the quality is great, it’s like a whole new sofa!  We love our leather replacement slipcovers so much, and it came with the legs to change the overall look of the couch and give it a more mid-century look.  I love that there are so many options and colors for so many styles of sofas, great idea for a room refresh or change the covers of that old dirty couch.  I highly recommend!

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A few tips I had in mind when styling our new living room that really helped me and it can help you!

  1. Repurpose! I know the feeling we all have that we want everything new when we move to a new place.  But there are ways to repurpose that it will feel like that pieces is brand new to the space.  First, my couch of course! Ikea sofa covers from Comfort Works can make your old couch brand new again.  My standing lamp was in our old living room but as part of a reading chair I rarely used.  The cactus print was in my old home office, we sent it to Framebridge for a new a beautiful quality frame and is like a new piece of art!  So many things in my shelves have been with me for years, but I just styled them different.  Another way to repurpose is painting a piece of furniture to a different color or stain and changing picture frames to the style of your new space.
  2.  Plants!  I know this can be scary, believe me!  In my opinion, plants give a room so much life.  If you are too scared of real plants, you can get fake ones that look exactly like the real ones.   Less work and worry for sure.  I got all mine natural because I really want to work on this new hobby of keeping plants alive, lol.
  3. Personal memories.  Add personal memories to your living room.  I really wanted special normal  pictures (that were not curated for Instagram) on our mantle.  Atticus one day old picture is my favorite picture in the whole world and I want to see it every day.  The picture of me and Justin in Europe is my second favorite, it marks one of my dreams come true and me being pregnant with Atticus at the same time.  You can add other memories, not in the form of pictures, like a vintage pieces from your grandmother, or something you brought back from that great trip you took.
  4. Less is best.  Keep it minimal.  You don’t want to feel the space is too crowded!  I was struggling with wanting to go out and keep buying things to add to this space, but I realize I had so much already.  Books are great to decorate and make it look effortless.  Blank spaces are ok! Your eye needs a break when entering the room.  And making things simple and less will help with new additions in the future.

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Hope you enjoyed this before and after and much as I did!  My goal is to show an before and after of all of our rooms as we slowly go through our entire house, doing big and small projects.  My guess is the Dining Room and Atticus room will be next!

If you want to see something in specific in a blog post, let me know in the comments!

Love,

Natalia

Sources:

Karlstad 3 Seater Sofa Cover– c/o Comfort Works

Coffee Table– Ikea

Mid-century Planter– West Elm

Supai Pillow– c/o JuneDay

Cactus Print– Fine Life Co.

Print Frame– Framebridge

Globe Floor Lamp– Target

Curved Basket– West Elm

Plant Stand Stool– Ikea

Round Mirror– Ikea

Brass Wall L Sconces– Schoolhouse

Milk Grass Flushmount Light– West Elm

Puerto Rico” & “Jacksonville” Prints- Kiartist

Plants- Lowes

Wall Paint- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Trim Paint- Benjamin Moore White

*Ikea Sofa Covers Gifted, but all opinions are my own. *

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Spring 10×10 Challenge 2018

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I know it has been a couple of weeks since the #Spring10x10 challenge ended, but I wanted to share with you my ten items, experience and tips for future 10×10 challenges. Lee of Style Bee hosts the 10×10 Challenge and she hosted this round with  Caroline of Un-Fancy and designer guest-host Liz of Elizabeth Suzann.

I’ve done the #10x10challenge once before and I was not successful and didn’t finish the whole 10 days.  This time around I was more positive and determined to finish strong.  I planned my pieces over a week before the challenge started, trying to determine if the pieces where versatile enough to wear more than 3 or 4 ways.  I try different outfit ideas to make sure what was on my head, actually did work.

During this challenge I had challenges of course.  I am a mom, so that can be a challenge just by itself.  My son got very sick and had to be rushed to the hospital, so that was a major challenge and of course his health is 100% more important than anything else.  Still, during the days he was sick and we were at home I wanted to keep creating outfits for those days.  I didn’t want to pause and resume later because that just would kill my vibe and motivation.

I loved the challenge this time around even of the hard obstacles that came up in the middle.  I loved all the outfits I put together and each item I chose for this challenge.  I am definitely excited to be part of the next challenge for #Summer10x10 !

My Ten Items:

1| Madewell Mockneck Tank Top in Stripe | similar

2| Madewell Easy Crop Tee in Bright Ivory

3|Rue Stiic Rust V-Neck | similar

4| Madewell Texture & Thread Wrap-Tie Top in Bleached Linen

5| Almina V Neck Dress in Black

6| Everlane Modern Boyfriend Jean in Light Blue Wash

7| Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant in Bone

8| Everlane High-Rise Skinny Jean Regular in Black

9| Nisolo Mariella Mule in Sand

10| fashionAble Diana Chelsea Boot in Black

My Ten Outfits

Here are my individual outfits I put together for each day for the challenge. You can see all 10 looks along with all the details and styling in my Instagram Story Highlights labeled spring10x10.

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Recap Questions

1| What were your #Spring10x10 Challenge goals?

Test out creativity with a smaller closet was probably my biggest goal.  For the past year I’ve been conscious about the things I add to my closet and have rid of most items that were in my closet.  I want to add items that are of better quality, conscious and ethically made, and buy less to create sort of capsule wardrobe.  Basic colors and styles to maximize the wear and creativity of outfits that come out of my closet.

2| What did you learn about your personal style?

I learned that I like comfort, but still something that looks sharp and well put together.  If it does not feel comfortable against my skin or looks wrong on me in a way that makes me feel self-conscious about it, like a low-cut V that can show my bra and best.  I learned that an outfits need to be styled to look the next level and not stay too basic.  Adding a bandana, a hat or one piece to have more character.

3| What was your 10×10 star piece?

I would say the Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pan in Bone was the star this challenge! I paired it with most of my tops and it just made the outfit stand out way more and still look basic and feel comfortable while wearing it!

4| Were there any pieces you would consider a mistake?

I think all my pieces were great for this challenge.  If I have to pick one I would say the Black boots since I live in Florida and weather here is bipolar.  Also, I am always on the go with a toddler and the mules were ideal to slip and go.

5|Were your items weather appropriate?

Yes.  I decided for this challenge to not add any cardigans or jackets for my ten items because of how Florida weather is.  I would put a cardigan on if it was too cold in the morning, but that rarely happened.  I was comfortable outside with the outfits I created.

6| Which outfit was your favorite?

I would say Day 3 was my favorite! What is sad, I kind of forgot to pair this top again the rest of the challenge.  But thast for the next question.  I LOVED this outfit, I felt beautiful in this outfit, I felt comfortable in this outfit and it looks the best well put together and polished outfit.  I also loved outfits with my mock-neck stripe tank top with boyfriend jeans and wide leg pants.

7| What items didn’t get paired?

As I said in the previous question, the rust V-neck just got paired once and it was in my favorite outfit.  I forgot to add this top to another outfit the rest of the challenge.  I really wish I had used it again!

8| What was the hardest part about this 10×10?

The hardest part of the challenges is being a stay-at-home mom and the challenge of a very sick baby boy.  This makes the challenge hard because staying inside the house with no intention of going anywhere can make it difficult for me to get out of my pajamas.

9| What was your favorite part of the challenge?

My favorite part, other than using my creativity and getting to actually be intentional about getting dressed every day, was getting to meet so many beautiful ladies through this challenge!  Seeing everyone’s outfits and creativity made this challenge so much fun and creating new friendships was just lovely.

Have a lovely week!

Natalia

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Let’s be Honest Mamas: Labor & Delivery

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The most important job that I have ever had is being a mom, so sharing about the thing that is most important and that covers pretty much 85% of my day is inevitable.  This month with with Let’s be Honest Mamas, Kacie from Elements of Ellis, asks us to share about our birth stories and plans we made for this big moment in our lives.  Hope you enjoy the read!

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1. Did you have a birth plan? If so, what was it. Did your labor go as planned?

Yes, I had a birthing plan!  It was pretty standard since I wanted to be open and not have anxiety because I needed to fit between those lines.  I was going to try to be natural, but not cross out the possibility that I might need pain meds.  I have never given birth before, so I don’t know what to expect, especially when I never have menstrual cramps.  One thing I know I didn’t wanted was an episiotomy.  Most of my labor was pretty normal, until the end where some measures needed to be taken for him to come out.

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2. Share your thoughts on a natural birth vs. a medicated birth vs. a c-section.

I feel we have to respect any kind of birth plan a mother chooses.  For me, I would go with any of these types of birth depending of the need of my baby.  We never know what’s going to happen when our baby is ready to come out to the world and we need to be open that things will not go according to plan and sometimes extreme measures need to happen.

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3. Briefly share your birth story/stories.

Wow, going back in memory lane. I was 3cm dilated a week before Atticus was born.  I remember Monday night my water broke and we called the nurses and they told us to come to the hospital.  I didn’t have any cramps for hours.  I was dilating pretty quickly, but everything was pretty calm throughout the night.  I couldn’t sleep because i was angsty and expectant.  Surprisingly i wasn’t scared.  I got an epidural in the middle of the night.  Maybe i was week, but it was supposed to happen and I don’t let anyone make me feel guilty about it.  Pretty much didn’t feel anything from then on.  Early morning I started to push, but I felt I wasn’t pushing hard enough probably because I didn’t feel anything?  At some point he was stuck because the umbilical cord was around his neck and his heart rate was not coming up quickly enough.  The doctor communicated that they might need to use the vacuum if it happened again, which it did.  They put an oxygen mask on me, which was the scariest part of this whole thing.  I pushed, put the vacuum around his head, head came out, untangled the cord around his neck and he was born!  Things happened, some bigger some smaller.  This need to happen for the safety and life of Atticus.  You can read a longer, detailed birth story on this blog post!

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4. What advice would you give an expectant mother in regards to child-birth?

Having an open mind to not turn one of the most important days of your life into disappointment.  A birth plan NEVER goes as plan some way or another, big or small.  Give yourself grace, you know what you can do so don’t be afraid to make decisions base on what other people might say or criticize about you.  Making decisions for your child starts in pregnancy and you will know whats best for them.  Also, taking care of yourself is choosing what’s best for them as well.  Always ask question about anything! The doctor or midwife can answer anything, and you are paying them so use them as resource as much as you can!  You might feel stupid, but having anxiety at home because you don’t want to ask is worst than sounding stupid, right? Enjoy pregnancy because it goes by so fast!  And let your husbands in on everything you’re experiencing and ask them how they can be part of that big day.

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5. Are there any books or classes you would recommend to an expectant mother?

Hospitals have great classes and resources for birthing and any other topics of motherhood, like breastfeeding.  I went to a couple of classes in Babies R Us, they are free and you don’t lose anything by going to them! I didn’t read any specific book, I tried to read “the book” What to Expect when I’m Expecting and I just couldn’t read through it.  It takes me a while to read a whole book, so if you’re like me, maybe articles is best.  Less info to process at one time.

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Photos by Stefanie Keeler Photography

Love,

Natalia

Make sure to check the other moms collaborating:

Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Stephanie Pollock stephpollock.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com 

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