Monday, July 18, 2011

The Makings of a Weekend

This weekend felt a bit restless... a bit rushed... I don't know what it is about being pregnant that makes everything all of a sudden fly into a frenzy.  We recently decided to do a garage sale, so we were preparing for that this weekend.  To Bear it feels like getting rid of some old things. To me it feels like making room for our first child- making sure everything is perfect for her has taken over my thoughts a lot lately. We started registering this weekend, and let me tell you, finding stylish nursery decor is really difficult!  Everything is lavender, pink, mint green, and brown with flowers, bugs, and berries.  "Neutral" means jungle-themed.  I just can't find what I want. I will be attempting to make my own crib sheets, so stay tuned for that adventure.

But in the the hustle and restlessness of my weekend, I did get to take some time to be in my element. I photographed a wonderful little family that I've known for several years now.

See? Gorgeous, right? All of them. I can't wait to edit the rest of them.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lidia | Portraits

Remember these little rascals? Well, I got to photograph big sister again this past weekend! She turned five years old on Monday- practically a lady, I know! She’s got tons of personality and is so curious and eager to learn things!  We watched horses and identified trees and bugs and even got chased by some unhappy geese. It was way more fun than most of my Saturday mornings! Happy fifth birthday, Lidia! I can’t wait to do it again soon!




Wednesday, July 13, 2011



That’s right! The Ahlgrim Haus will have a new cuddly, pink, in habitant! We found out yesterday (after a little bit of coaxing during the sonogram) that we’ll be welcoming a baby GIRL into the world at the end of the year! We’re absolutely over the moon! We’ve already got a name picked out (but we’re not spilling just yet), so it’s time to start prepping the nursery!


21 weeks to go!


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

boy or girl button

We’ll *hopefully* know by this afternoon!! Stay tuned!


Friday, July 8, 2011

Past Meets Present

I always wonder about the history of each of my vintage pieces. Yesterday something cool happened

See this ad from 1976? {via this post from Jill’s blog}

Well it looks pretty familiar to me… because it’s my favorite sweater!

I found it at a thrift store about a year ago, and I wore it SO much this past winter. Like, all the time…

Isn’t that awesome? It’s sort of making me wish it was cool enough to break out that sweater… it’s been WAY too hot around here!

Enjoy your Friday, everyone!



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summerization: Dining Room

I couldn’t very well make over the entire living room and leave the poor dining room in the dark. I mean look at it:



Pitiful. And dying.

But not anymore!


A mirror and some pretty mercury glass accessories really opened up the space and multiplied the light from the big windows


And my favorite measuring cups from Anthropologie are filling in as candleholders on the candleabra.  A lovely picture of my Nana and a vintage pitcher balance out the color.


I love the idea that it almost feels like a dresser display for a girl’s bedroom in the 50s or 60s! Although I have to be honest, I’m not thrilled with the oval-shaped pictures flanking either side of the mirror- I love the pictures, just not for the space. I’m pretty much just using them as place-holders until I find something I like better. It’s an ongoing process, no?


It feels much more like summer in the Ahlgrim Haus now <3


Monday, July 4, 2011

Summerization: Living Area

Our living room usually looks a bit warm and plain- cream couch, rust colored pillows and rug, beige, beige, beige, etc.


Now, in our living room’s defense, this picture is a bit old, but really, not much has changed about the ol’ LR. So, inspired by the lovely Everly Floral Dress (available now in the Red Dirt Revival Vintage Shop), I took to the living room armed with accessories in bright, summery colors and patterns. The result was absolutely fantastic!


Using red as my main accent color, I was able to build on the color palette of the rug (rust, gold, and turquoise). I threw in splashes of aqua, green, blue, yellow, orange- you name it! Fun textiles have replaced the sea of beige.




The fireplace got a hand from some of my favorite vintage floral embroidered pieces as well as a few other colorful vessels.





I even created a few vignettes using items that were lying around the house- an art display using vintage art and vintage scarves (inspired by this instagram by Kelly of Design Crush)


a bright splash was added to the white tv stand


and a collection of lonely vintage hearts came together to create a fun side table display


another favorite vignette was created from two vintage suitcases repurposed as a small tabletop


Pretty fun, right? And all for zero dollars. I love free space makeovers!

But we’re not done yet! This dark (and dying, yikes!) dining room needs some love… coming up next, I’ll show you how I made it pretty and cheerful for summer!




regardless of what spell check says, it’s a thing, and our living and dining room needed it BADLY.  You see, our living and dining share one big space, and due to the beautiful hardwood floors, honey-colored walls, and rust-hued rug, it tends to look a bit like Autumn all year-round.  But I recently photographed this beauty of a dress and was inspired to give our space a little Summer Facelift.  I even painted my nails to match!


Stay tuned to see our bright new space!