Newman’s Nest Has Flown

Well, our nest has moved! And I’m going to just come out and say it. Moving stinks. Yes, the sparkle of a new house is fun. But actually packing up, unpacking, redecorating, planning out landscaping, getting used to new grocery stores and commutes…. all of that takes a lot of mind power. Or is it just me?! If it is, I’ll stop complaining. I am starting to think we were just extremely set in our ways after 8 years in our old place, so yeah, I’ll stop my moaning.

Because, really… on to the fun part, the details on the new house! I feel like a little background is necessary to understand why we made the move because honestly, our little place was pretty great. We had just gotten that house decorated and remodeled to perfection. But the layout left a little bit to be desired for the future, and the yard was smaller than we’d like, so we’ve always kept our eyes out for other houses. When we saw this house, it checked every single box. We love the corner lot, and we back up to a common area with a park and the neighborhood pool so our yard feels even bigger than it is. We gained a bonus room with a bathroom so guests now have a much better setup (but mainly a better playroom!) A year ago, I’d have said it’s crazy to have a designated spot for guests in a house, but now I feel a greater need to have a more open home that can be useful for our friends and family. It’s still not a huge house by any means, but having an extra bathroom and bedroom feels purposeful.

As for design, the house was just finished when we first saw it so nothing drastic was needed but I have been adding in new lighting to make it feel more unique. The paint and flooring was almost exactly what I had at the old house and I love it- gray walls and greyish wood floors.  You got a sneak peek of the kitchen in this post here, which is all white.

Lucy’s Bedroom:

She has a great window seat and a walk in closet so her furniture can be limited to a bed and nightstand. For her design, my ideas stem from the book We Are the Gardners– florals with greens and pinks being the accent colors. I like these looks:

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Guest Bedroom:

It’s a small room but perfect for a guest room with a twin bed.

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Playroom:

My thoughts for this space are purely functional- with a few pretty touches here and there! I want toys to have a place, and then I want a place for me to hang while Lucy plays (because let’s face it- she’s not going upstairs on her own any time soon.)

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Master Bedroom:

Our room is pretty much done which is such a great feeling to have one room to go in and soak up the relaxing vibes! It’s simple with not too much on the walls. My ideas came from here:

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And there you have it! Our backyard is making huge progress so that will be a fun update to share soon as well.

Happy Independence Day tomorrow to all!

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Jeans & Tee Style: Summer Version

We all know how classic the casual combination of jeans and a tee is. But for Summertime, I like to upgrade the combo a bit! Instead of a full leg jean, I’m trading it out for a denim pencil skirt. And there are so many fun versions out there right now! Distressed, button front, full, pencil, you name it.  I’ve picked a few out for you below!  And what better of a top than a classic white tee? Not only does it match my new kitchen (yes, more on that to come!) but it goes with every single bottom in my capsule wardrobe. I’m so happy to share with you the Organic Basics white tee made with SilverTech and organic cotton. The SilverTech helps keep odors at bay, and I am able to say it does! I wore this tee while moving, and I’ve also worn it multiple days in a row and haven’t had issues. That may sound weird to some, but cutting laundry loads means using less water. Score!  So not only is the tee sustainable in it’s care, it also is made ethically.  I have a few other undergarments from Organic Basics and I’ve been very impressed with their products!


Besides the O.B. tee, most of the pieces that make up this classic outfit are secondhand additions to my Summer capsule wardrobe.  I’ve been having somewhat of a style crisis as of late with my capsule, but what has been good for me is to remember to get down to the basics. So enter in, a basic denim skirt and the most basic tee ever but this type of outfit makes me feel so pulled together! So, like I said, it’s down to the basics for me this season.

White Tee: Organic Basics Belt: Anthropologie (old) / similar Jean Skirt: J.Crew, secondhand via ThredUp (get $10 off by clicking the link!) Mules: Mango, secondhand via Poshmark (use code NEWMANSNEST for $10 off for a limited time!) / similar

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Master Bed Refresh: Showcasing California Cotton Home

Finding sustainable clothing has become quite easy nowadays. Every where you look, there’s a new brand touting their responsible and fair trade sourcing or sustainably made items – which is great, don’t get me wrong! But finding home items that are such is a little more difficult. That’s why I was so excited to find California Cotton Home! Our master bed was needing a little refresh, and their cotton duvet and shams are just perfect to make a cohesive look for the overall style I was aiming for. In my case, I wanted to keep my duvet simple to create a good base for my floral quilt. I’m a big fan of neutrals with small doses of print here and there, which is probably why I love California Cotton’s overall aesthetic so much. I love all of their prints but I felt that the Mojave Sky Duvet was the perfect design for my look!

I love a mainly white duvet because not only do they look so clean and fresh but they are actually really easy to keep looking that way! Lucy loves lounging on our bed and napping there so I want bedding that’s easy to wash- and this set definitely is.

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Reasons Why a California Cotton Duvet is the Perfect Base for a Bed

1. Responsibly made

2. Easy to clean

3. Kid friendly

4. Relaxing aesthetic

5. Goes with any style

To me, bedding is all about ease and finding good neutral pieces that can be layered with pops of prints or colors. California Cotton Home has beautiful, ethically made basics to outfit any bed!


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