Etsy Home Decor Finds

I hope you guys had an awesome weekend! 

I got to spend most of last week with family, which was really refreshing. My son is now in full crawling mode, so I'm having to chase him around every time he's not contained by a walker or playpen. Tips on keeping your kids in a limited space when you're unable to use baby gates?

Anyway. Today, I wanted to share my top finds for home decor on Etsy! If you're unfamiliar with Etsy, then you're missing out. It's an online marketplace where people and businesses can list their products for sale. It can be like thrifting or antiquing online; you never know what you're going to find, but there can be some real hidden gems!

For Your Walls

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I love both of these light fixtures! If you've seen my wishlist, then you know I'm a sucker for industrial decor, and I just love the character these lights would add to a space. The art prints are lovely, and I may just put them up in our office. And who doesn't love a good looking wooden sign?

Furniture

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All of my furniture picks are pretty rustic/industrial, which is what I would like for my home. If that's not your style, just search for the style and vibe you're looking for (i.e. modern, distressed, traditional) and I'm sure there's a shop that makes it or sells it!

Home Accessories 

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My favorite items in this section are the Mason Jar Makeup Holder, and the Marble Coasters. All I have to say is, there are some pretty creative and crafty people on Etsy. 

For the Kids

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If you're looking to decorate a nursery, throw a baby shower, or buy a unique gift for a niece or nephew, Etsy is the place to look! A Land of Nod or Pottery Barn Kids teepee will run you upwards of $200, but the teepee I've linked is only $60. My favorite item, though, is the rain cloud mobile. How cute!

I did a ton of browsing on Etsy when I was planning my wedding, and some of the decor in my son's nursery is from a few of my favorite Etsy shops. I love supporting the handmade market anytime I can, because people really do put their heart into these items. 

Maybe I'll do a round up of jewelry next. Or cosmetics? Let me know what you'd like to see!

Do you shop on Etsy? If so, what are your favorite shops? Please share!

Cheers,
LesLeigh J.

*All photos belong to the corresponding linked shops.*

Nursery Inspiration: "Nesting" is For Real

While taking a break from the blog last week, I had loads of time to walk around my apartment and think about all the things that need to get done before Baby Boy arrives in like 3 1/2 months. Cue the panic attack. 

There is so much a little baby needs, and so many things I want to do to feel settled in our apartment before he gets here, and it can all be really overwhelming to think about. Let me just tell you, folks, the "nesting" instinct is for real. The thing that relaxes me, oddly enough, is the fact that I get to decorate his room. Of course, the idea of spending money and having to have things organized does not thrill me, but getting to be creative with his space and give him a design all his own is totally up my alley. 

I'm going for a Camping/Adventure themed space that's fun and whimsical without being too babyish. I created the above set on Polyvore during the week of Christmas when I was trying to give family some idea of the direction I was headed with his space. Since then, we've purchased the crib and mattress, gotten a changing table, and started our registry. Some details and colors have changed a bit, but the general theme is still the same. 

When I first began trying to decide on a theme, I went to Pinterest and searched Boy's Adventure Nursery, and that put me in the direction I wanted to go. 

I knew I wanted lots of woodsy elements with some kind of whimsical nod to animals, without being too much like a zoo or a safari.

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I also knew that I wanted lots of earthy textures and colors, with rich browns, vivid greens, and hints of blue.

When picking a nursery theme, I would suggest first deciding on what kind of look you're going for. Do you want a space that screams baby? Or are you wanting a design that your child can grow into for a few years? 

Next, I would say decide on what elements are most important to you. Is it a specific color or texture? Are you building the entire theme around a certain photograph or art piece? Is there anything sentimental about your theme?

And lastly, I would say just have fun! Don't stress about it too much, because at the end of the day, your baby won't be old enough to care how their room is decorated for at least 5 years. So make your husband or family members do all the heavy lifting, and go hog wild hanging cool things on the wall and savoring this precious time you have before baby comes.

What was your nursery inspiration? How did you pick a theme? Feel free to share below!