A Sneak Peak Into Baby A’s Nursery

This year has really been a rough one for us, its been trial after trial and just when we think everything will be good for a while its back to where we started. Yesterday we found out that our landlord has put our little house up for sale, so now we are back to looking for a new place when we just made this place a home. ¬†It was just at that moment when things finally looked a little better, I’ve been trying to smile through all the hardships this year, but man! this one was just a little bit too much to bear. ¬†All the stress caused me to have severe stomach pains last night, I actually thought I might go into early labour! ¬†I had pain until the early morning and started feeling better when I lay on the floor for a bit. Even though I’m still really depressed about everything, I’m feeling a bit better today. ¬†Extremely exhausted and depressed, but at least ¬†no signs of labour. ¬†I trust in Gods plan, but I just wish things would look a little better for once. ¬†It feels like everything went completely wrong for us as soon as we got back to South Africa. ¬†Maybe its God’s way of telling us we shouldn’t be here, or just testing us. ¬†I guess we will see what the plan is eventually.

So before we have to leave I decided to give a little glimpse into our little unfinished nursery for baby A. ¬†We decided to do a gender neutral woodland themed nursery with a little more foxes around than necessary, because of the one night we were walking home in Dublin and as we were talking/ ranting about how much we didn’t want to go back to South Africa we saw a fox. ¬†It was one of those moments where everything felt calm, and we later found out that’s about the time baby A was conceived. ¬†Baby A reminds us of that fox and how calm we felt in that moment, our little Irish baby. ¬† Lets take a look into the nursery. Shall we?

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^^ we wanted to make this room magical for baby A with fairy lights draped above the crib, I was waiting for Carl to drape it a bit more than my quick slap dash job here.

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^^ This little chest of drawers was the best find this year. ¬†I found it for really cheap online, painted it a light green (it looks blue in this photo) and spray painted the knobs gold. ¬†If you look to the left you can see my home birth vomit bucket. ¬†ūüėõ ¬†I was still up in the air about painting the ceiling white, I really wanted to, but the little tree house feel made me want to keep it as is.

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^^ We put up this shelf to hang some cute little clothes and have some knick- knacks displayed.  Some of the extra drawings I did on the changing mat.

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^^ I wanted a nursing chair that could be moved around the house easily later on and this one is not only comfy, but meets all the other criteria.  I spray painted the legs gold.  Carl and I also made the little yellow monster and arm knitted the blanket.

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^^ Added a bit of boho to the room with this handmade hanging thing.  I also hand painted the clouds on the walls, to give a touch of whimsy.

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^^ I ordered these crib sheets from amazon and I just love it!  They come in a set of two and its just beautiful!  Also featured, bunny wearing his neckerchief drool bibs I sewed.

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^^ I was only going to make a 1 tier woodland themed mobile, but Carl convinced me to make a two tier one. ¬†I’m really glad he convinced me, I had a lot of fun making these little guys and I just love the hedgehog.

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^^ This buck head was one of the first things we got for the baby’s room, I spray painted the horns gold to make it look a bit friendlier.

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^^ I really wanted a bookshelf up in the baby’s room, but because we don’t have an IKEA here, just buying one wasn’t an option. ¬†We made a plan and found this piece of wood ¬†that made a perfect book rack. ¬†Ordered most of the books from amazon.

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^^ I painted three sleeping watercolour woodland animals, forgot what a deer looks like and now my deer looks more like a hyena than a deer.  I still like them.

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^^ Little fox hooded towel.

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^^ I crocheted two of these granny square blankets, one for a boy and one for a girl.  This one is for a girl and is in the colours of the northern lights and the one for a boy is in the moses basket in our room.  I ripped out some stuffing to make this cute little bear rug.

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^^ Things we still wanted to do was put a garden gnome in that empty spot on the right with two soft mushroom stools, paint the ceiling white and add a little more bits and pieces.  This room brings me great joy, I wanted our baby to have a magical place to play and to grow, where imagination could run wild.  I just love this room.

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^^ Pretty flowers on our first walk around the new hood.

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^^ Found this cute little conservation area close to our new house.  We also found a huge snake that made me almost poop my pants.

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^^ Green grass and mountains.

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^^ We were really exhausted from moving from a top floor apartment, but we still took the time to go for a walk and really relax.

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^^ Shrubbery everywhere.

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^^ The wind was really intense and it was so humid and hot in this little conservation area it was such a drastic change.

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^^ The beach close to our house.

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^^ First selfie on the balcony.

Hello wonderful people! How are you all today? I hope you had a great weekend and your Monday goes by faster than it showed up!We finally moved into our new little house amongst the mountains, after a gruelling two days, thanks to the old tenants leaving this place in a horrid state and me going into must sanitise house completely for baby mode, we are finally a bit settled. ¬†I always assumed its etiquette to clean a house before you leave it? Apparently not. ¬†I’m usually 5 seconds away from leaving chocolates on the pillows for new tenants when I leave a place. ¬†With all the chaos and our internet not being set up yet we haven’t watched general conference yet, but with instagram always showing us little snippets it seems like a good one! I can’t wait to watch it.

This pregnancy has brought out a horrible monster inside of me, I just can’t stop ignorance and silly comments to do with the fact that we don’t want to know the baby’s gender, that we want to keep things gender neutral even though we’ve been getting boy coloured outfits that just boggles my mind and the fact that I don’t want kitschy character printed outfits. ¬†I never understand why people have to say obscene, hurtful, ignorant things and afterwards say they’re only joking, its like Freud says: There are no jokes. ¬†Well not in circumstances like this most of the time people just say what they want not worrying how it comes across just so they can cover it up with saying its a joke. Why can’t we all just be respectful? Is it really that hard? ¬†Pregnancy hormone rant over!

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Hagrid’s Hut

Rubeus Hagrid or Hagrid is one of the most interesting characters in Harry Potter.  The groundskeeper and general nice guy of Hogwarts,  stayed in a cut little hut on the grounds.  The lovable half giant, sure has a heart of gold and cared for any animal he got his hands on.

Hagrid’s hut is an inviting little place, that had a lot of regular visitors ( I’m looking at you Harry and the gang), it was homely with a lot of charm.

Quilts, wooden floors, a fireplace that was used for cooking, hanging baskets are just a few things I think about when imagining Hagrid’s hut. ¬†Also pumpkins, lots and lots of pumpkins. ¬†The pumpkin juice has to come from somewhere!

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Let’s bring Hagrid’s hut alive and a little bit more liveable.

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^^ Growing some pumpkins in unique ways is the first step in bringing a little Hagrid into your home.

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^^ Instead of hanging cages on your ceiling. Why not hang pretty baskets.

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^^ When your wand is an umbrella, you are going to want to store in a mighty fine place.

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^^ Cooking over your fireplace has never been so stylish.

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^^ Storing your firewood doesn’t need to look bad, these are wonderful, tidy and stylish ways to store it.

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^^ I love the look of a nice quilt.  Placing it on your bed creates a nice whimsy feel.

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^^ A nice faux fur throw over your couch is essential and looks so good.

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^^ Living in a small hut by the woods is a dream of mine, but boy would I be scared at night.  Candles on the wall is essential for keeping all the bad mystical creatures away.

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^^ Yes, you are a muggle and you have little muggle hand, unlike our half giant friend that would easily drink out of these teacups.  You will just have to settle with using them as a planter.

Happy Friday guys.  Have a lovely weekend.

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Ravenclaw

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As much as I would have loved to be sorted into Hufflepuff, in reality if that sorting hat was placed onto my head, I would have gone to Ravenclaw.  My love for studying, and learning something new everyday and my remarkable failure in athletics, would make me a born Ravenclaw. Obviously Luna Lovegood and I would have been best friends, I think the whole world should just know that.

If you are Ravenclaw, you will have wisdom beyond your years, filled with wit, competitive in a way that makes you cute, filled with intellect and will be so quirky its lovable.

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Its no surprise Harry’s first love interest was a Ravenclaw.

The Ravenclaw dormitories is also a dream.  Starry ceiling, cathedral windows, large bookcases, a great colour palette and perfect reading chairs.

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Now lets look at my take of the a Ravenclaw inspired home.

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^^ Sign me up for this! Lights on your ceiling to look like a clear night! Yes!

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^^ A sun room or a sky light is a perfect way of seeing stars at night.

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^^ The perfect reading chair for every Ravenclaw at heart.

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^^ My love for cathedral windows, is drastically increased when I look at these.

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^^ Any good Ravenclaw must have a large bookcase somewhere in their home.

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^^ The Perfect blue couches for your quirky house.  The last one is my favourite.

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^^ When you are a proud Ravenclaw, you will have to let your love overflow and decorate your house with ravens.  And so it shall be.

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^^ Now, go get your study on at one of these desks.

Happy Friday!

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Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Hufflepuff

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Today’s Harry Potter Home Inspiration is all about…black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow…you know what it is? Its Hufflepuff this song is about Hufflepuff!

The Hufflepuff house of gets a lot of grief, but to me its the dream house. First of all when your house founder looks like this.

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You know you are in the right house. ¬†She seems like the kind of person I would want to invite over for dinner, for some light conversation and lovely talks about gardening. ¬†She was also the only house founder that said yes to everyone, she will teach them all! Isn’t that how we all should be? ¬†Believing in everyone, even if they don’t believe in themselves. ¬†Hufflepuff has Tonks, the coolest witch to ever grace the pages of Harry potter, and smouldering mcsmoulder pants himself, Cedric.

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If you are a Hufflepuff you will value hard work,patience, loyalty and fair play.  So if you think about it Hufflepuff is the house with some of the best people.

The common room is airy, filled with house plants and has a rustic quality to it.  They are also situated in the basement, right by the kitchen, so midnight feast, must have happened often.

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Let get Huffling!

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^^ I’ve always been a big fan of yellow. ¬†Its such a happy colour, that instantly brightens a room and these yellow couches, just scream Hufflepuff.

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^^ Round windows! I don’t even know what to say about these! All houses should immediately have these.

Colorful houseplants cascade out of a wall container. (Photo by Urbilis)

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^^ I love house plants everywhere and how could you not want to be a chilled plant loving hufflepuff with these house plant ideas.

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^^ Rustic fireplace to warm your loyal hufflepuff heart.  Check

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^^ Earthy tones, make for a relaxed Hufflepuff common room and these rugs are natural and charming.

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^^ When you are so close to the kitchen, you will need a buffet for storing all that extra food.

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^^ Hufflepuff is your home away from home. ¬†That rustic cabin you just can’t stop dreaming about. ¬†The inviting friends that seem like family. ¬†Sitting around your rustic table and wondering did my Mom get around, because boy, you are like my family.

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^^ Why have badger are? because you are a proud Hufflepuff! and badgers do what they want.  In the nicest way possible.

Happy Friday folks!

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Slytherin

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Happy Friday everyone! ¬†This week seemed to have just flown by and now its time for weekend fun yet again. ¬†By weekend fun I mean I’ll be taking photos of Carl while he studies being bored.

When I think about Slytherin I don’t think about Draco, any of the death eaters, Voldemort or even Prof Snape. ¬†I think about this guy.

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Yes, the captain of the quidditch team himself Marcus Flint. ¬†This guy’s face will forever be imprinted on my face, he just seems so mean and what nightmares are made of. ¬†If you think about Slytherin, the first thing I think about is great fashion sense, I mean none of those guys were in a competition to see who could wear the ugliest sweater. ¬†They took fashion risk that worked. ¬†If you are a born Slytherin you were most likely a pure blood that showed traits of ambition, cunning and leadership, but personally I would have begged that hat to put me in the house so I could wear the outfits. ¬†Its my two favourite colours wrapped in a perfect combo, well I don’t think I would have liked all unhappy vibes these guys oozed out.

Slytherin had a lot of great elements in their common room.  Yes, it might have been in a dungeon, but they sure knew how to live.  From leather couches ( faux leather of course), chess tables to make you want to learn the game,  window reading nooks to weird skull decor scattered around the place.

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Nice, no?

Now Lets take a look at my take of the Slytherin Dungeon.

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^^ These really lovely chess tables look like they could have been donated by Draco’s dad.

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^^ Because if you are going to give your all during a chess game, you have to sit in luxury.

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^^ Because, when you are a pure blood only the best oriental rugs will do for your living situation.

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^^ The faux leather couches of your dreams.

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^^ Faux leather ottomans/coffee table? Why not, when you are slytherin.  You can never have to much of a good thing.

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^^ I’m not a big fan of round dining room tables, but these ones sure make me feel a sense of comradery that will be shared with fellow pure bloods.

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^^ Reading nook in your bedroom.  Sign me up!

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^^ Offbeat home decor, with a serious hints of disturbing. Yes, these are all aspects that make slytherin so unique. ¬†I’m serious considering trying out the little skull cacti! Its super cute.

Hope you found so inspiration.

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Professor Dumbledore’s Office

Yes, its Friday and that means its time for Harry Potter home inspiration.  I will probably run out of steam with this soon, but until then I will enjoy these fun blog posts.

Professor Dumbledore’s office, is a rather cluttered space, filled with books, globes and memories suitable of a hundred and something year old wizard. ¬†His space is filled with bold statement pieces and walls covered in bookcases. ¬† The art work consists of a lot of portraits with big frames. ¬†His office makes me giddy with possibility.

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Here is my take on his office.

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^^ The first thing you have to get is a bold statement desk and all these have that chunky, wooden I should be in your office right now, feel to them.

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^^ These bold chair is enough to make anyone feel like a headmaster of a school.  Remember you need something that will support your very large wizard hat when you lean back.

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^^ A wall bookcase with a ladder, should be in my house right now! I’m just in love with these and need to get my book collection to this level.

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^^ These bold lantern theme chandeliers are the perfect take on Dumbledore’s office. ¬†The one kind of looks like a drone, but I like it.

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^^ I’m not a big fan of having portraits as art, but these sure did change my mind.

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^^ I’m already a big fan of globes. ¬†I guess I have a little Dumbledore in me.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you found some inspiration from this post.  Decorating your house should be fun and not a chore. Enjoy it!

Harry Potter Home Inspirations – The Dursley’s

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Finding inspiration from Harry Potter is rather easy. ¬†You can find something that everyone will like. ¬†Unlike the Weasley’s the Dursley’s have a more feminine with a slight hint of sophistication home. ¬†The Dursley’s are not a likeable bunch, but you can see some lovely decor in their home. ¬†The neutral striped wallpaper, big framed wall art, little room under the stairs, floral print, large standing lamps, wall sconce, big display cabinet, the beautiful round dining room table all makes this a wonderfully splendid home.

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This is my take on the Dursley house

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^^ I love these sconce.  Its a beautifully modern take on the classic looking sconce seen in the Dursley house.

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^^I really like the look of wallpaper and this one is just something special. ¬†Don’t even get me started on my love of stripes.

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^^ Harry doesn’t live under these stairs, but these are sure good ideas. ¬†A small guest loo that is sure to impress to your guest and bring out the child in you and a lovely reading spot, it just makes me crave stairs.

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^^ Large framed art.  Art grouping just looks pleasing to the eye.

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^^ This is a lovely standing lamp that will just look good in any room.

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^^ I’m not the biggest fan of floral, but these curtains makes me giddy with excitement. ¬†Its feminine and soft that makes this area feel lovely.

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^^ I love this display cabinet, its a modern take on that slightly outdated cabinet seen in the Dursley house.

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^^  There is just something about a round dining room table, it feels more intimate in a away and really can make a room look open and breezy

Maybe now you will like the Dursley’s just a tad!

Happy Friday everyone.

Harry Potter Home Inspiration -The Weasleys.

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Harry Potter is filled with home inspiration and the Weasley’s definitely have some of the most amazing decor inspiration. ¬†They already rocked the mismatched dining room chairs, brightly coloured bookcases, whimsy teapots and just a very homely home. ¬†Its like Harry potter said “Its brilliant!”.

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Here is my take on the Weasley house, a little bit more modern, but Oh so pretty.

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^^ This blanket is just wonderful.  I could actually see this get magically knitted.

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^^ I’m so in love with these little teapot planters. I will be doing this in my garden soon.

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^^ This tea cosy is just something special.

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^^ This orange bookcase is a beautiful take on the Weasley house.

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^^ Colourful reading nook.

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^^ This blue cabinet is something easy you can do right now.

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^^ I love the light fixtures.

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^^ These pastel chairs are just a delight

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^^ I really need this blanket in my life.

Happy Friday!