Luna Josephine's Nursery


Before this room was Luna's nursery it was our guest room. We had a few friends come to live with us when they were going through difficult times. Over the duration of their stay, they began to rehabilitate. It was coined the "healing room."  
TJ's theory is that time is not linear, that everything happens at once and so Lu's energy was in the room before she arrived. She has healed and helped us in so many ways since coming into our lives. He may be onto something.
Everything about Luna's room is personal. Each book and piece of decor was created or bought for her from someone who loves her.  It's 80 square feet jam-packed with love and prettiness.

 
Her book collection has been gifted by many special people in our lives. I can't wait for bedtime stories. I hope she loves books as much as I do.
This beautiful macrame garland was made by auntie Tatts. She makes the beautiful pieces.
Our rocker from JYSK is super comfortable and affordable, considering how expensive they are.
This is the paint palette I used to paint all the pieces I created with Luna while she was growing in my tummy. 
This is Jasper. When TJ asked me to marry him in Jasper Alberta, we were on a road trip and his parents found this beauty in a gift shop. I love him. I also love this story of Ella Fitzgerald, one of my favorite artists. Auntie Natty buys the best books. 
TJ built this fabulous little closet. It's tiny but perfect.
This shelf is where everything wonderful lives. I won't bore you with every detail but I will say that my dad painted that seascape when he was 8, and my grandpa gave it to me. Insert tears here. 
So grateful my very talented sister is willing to always take pictures of this wonderful baby.  
Her turban is from Turbans for Tots and I love it so much.
Thanks for stopping by! 
Love Luna and Mercedes

My Lily Jade Diaper Bag

If you are following our journey on Instagram, you already know that Luna is quite the little adventure baby. She came into the world 14 days past her due date (a wild story for another day), and less than two weeks later TJ, Toby, Luna and I flew to BC to introduce her to TJ's family. After a few restful weeks in BC we flew home and drove straight to Ottawa to share her with my family. Luna is now 2 months old and has been on 2 flights, a train, 2 long road trips, 2 dance recitals, a long hike, and to multiple acting classes and parties. She's clearly a traveler like her dad.

Our Lily Jade diaper bag has been with me through everything from our emergency trip to the hospital, to our daily morning walks, and all the crazy in between. I can honestly say I have never loved a bag so much. I notoriously don't carry a purse because I'm too disorganize and can never find anything. Also, I don't like the unbalanced feeling of holding something on my shoulder. 
This bag is a game changer for me. 
I choose the Madeline Camel and Gold because it's neutral and has the option to wear as a backpack. It really is a beautiful bag. You can catch me at any given time nerding-out about how much I love it to pretty much anyone who will listen (or at least pretend to). 
Her beauty is not just skin deep. The insert is what makes it so great for traveling. I am a terrible packer. I generally just toss things in a bag and hope for the best. With Lily, I take the time to put all Luna's essentials in the pockets. There is tons of space and I rarely lose things. 
That's a serious win for me.
It's also machine washable which is pretty much the greatest things because sometimes my brain isn't functioning at full capacity and I dump a bottle of formula in it.
It feels as if this bag was created with such specificity and attention to detail. Everything about it suits me perfectly. If you're looking for a great diaper bag or just a well-organized purse I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Use the promo code LJPACKHAPPY and you'll receive free packing cases only while supplies last. I may just have to get a few of them for myself. 

Love,

Mercedes

*This is a sponsored post. 
All of the opinions stated are my own.



My Retro Flamingo Bathroom




When we bought our Toronto bungalow two summers ago, we knew we had our work cut out for us. Our kitchen and bathroom clearly needed a full renovation. When we found out I was pregnant, we decided to prioritize the bathroom, knowing being pregnant and bathing a kid in there would be difficult. it was beyond hideous, and barely functional. No shelving/storage, a broken bathtub, and my favorite feature - hitting my knees against the tub while sitting on the toilet.

Feast your eyes of these horrifying before photos.


Now that we got that over with, here's how we updated it.

TJ and my brother in law Lucas and his dad Bill came up with a functional new floorplan.  We knocked out half our pantry to create additional bathroom space and built a little sink nook. Bill made custom wood shelves to hold my black glass bowl (Kijiji find!) sink. I love how it turned out.

The floors and backsplash are from Saltillo Tiles, installed by our friends at Ceramico Tile.
I love how the black tile and white grout turned out. Bold choices for the win.


 I've been dreaming a spot for this fabulous wall mural by Coloray Decor. They make beautiful self-adhesive murals that are much easier to install than wallpaper, look gorgeous, and are removable without damaging your walls.


My absolute favorite part of the reno is our faucets. Delta faucets have a stunning line of champagne bronze faucets, which make the bathroom feel so luxurious. My shower head is the best because I can rinse my hair (or water my plants!) with the removable hose and have a rain shower at the same time. Plus it's pretty. I strongly suggest investing in a good shower head if you're planning a bathroom reno. It's 100% worth it.
At the last minute I changed my mind and ordered a wall mount faucet, because how cool is this? 
This faucet along with all of the champagne bronze accents (hello gold toilet flush) are from Delta's TRINSIC line. I love how clean and simple these pieces are. 

There you have it. A hideous beast of a bathroom turned into my own tiny bathing paradise. Thank you universe for my talented and hardworking family. These guys worked so hard to make a bathroom reno dreams come true and I'm extremely grateful.

Now I'm off to enjoy my 41-week pregnant flower bath. 


Much love,

Mercedes
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