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Calvin is nearly four weeks old already! I was always on my own with our babies before, but now with Brandon as a stay-at-home dad, we can team up on kid duties. I’m nursing and some days it feels nonstop, so I’m mostly taking care of Calvin while Brandon has Eleanor and August.

Brandon and Calvin

Nursing — I have such a hard time with it in the beginning. I’ve seen lactation consultants, I’ve read the entire La Leche League book, and my search engine history has been entirely taken over by various breastfeeding queries. Things got better with both Eleanor and August around six weeks, so I keep telling myself it will happen again, but right now it is incredibly difficult. It’s isolating and time-consuming, but the worst of it is that I dread sessions because of the anxiety around anticipating a painful latch. There are often tears, and I’m having a hard time right now.


Baby Toes

We are all doing so well though, in every other regard! We’re settling in nicely as a family of five, and the kids are sweet with the baby. Our normal morning routine has continued smoothly, we’re all sleeping as well as can be expected, and I get out of the house and see friends often enough to keep from going stir-crazy. Plus I love love love having a baby at home again. Calvin sleeps on me and is in my arms all day, and I adore his little snuggles.

August, Nicole, Calvin, and Eleanor

The good stuff is coming up: the smiles, the coos, the baby laughs. This is likely our last baby though, so while I’m eager to get past the nursing pain, I don’t want to wish this time away. There’s a lot of good stuff happening right now, too.


Making it Yours 12C: Lincoln and Dhurrie Armchairs

All right, let’s finish up this edition of Making it Yours! (It’s been a while, I know.) We’re following two chairs with nearly identical shapes and very different upholstery, seeing how they each work in a variety of spaces. We’re also following Marie, the fictional owner of said chairs. We first saw the two chairs in her living room, and when we last checked in we saw them in a bedroom and an office. Marie was traveling a lot for work then, but she has since accepted a new position and is able to stay in one place. More time to spend with friends, and more impromptu get-togethers at her place! And speaking of her place, she had been happily living there alone all this time but has recently gotten a new roommate: a big, lovable, shaggy mutt from a local shelter. Woof!

So let’s see the final two looks for the Lincoln and Dhurrie armchair. Just as you would use and reuse items in your own home over time, we have some items from past looks showing up in these new designs. In the first, the mirror, rug, and brass hand have all been incorporated before in different ways. I’ve also added a matching Dhurrie chair, and I imagine this space to be similar to the landing/library in my first house. Just enough room for some bookshelves and a place to sit, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look great.

Making it Yours 12C: Dhurrie Armchair

  1. Knox Tall Storage Bookcases, Crate & Barrel

  2. Clint Mini Red Task Lamp, West Elm

  3. Dhurrie Chair, Anthropologie

  4. Hanging Porthole Mirror, Wisteria

  5. Stripe Inlay Coffee Table, West Elm

  6. French Grey Paint, Glidden

  7. And Still We Gather With Infinite Momentum 1, by Justin James King, 20×200

  8. Bangle Box, CB2

  9. Chunky Wool Throw, Jayson Home

  10. In Bloom Portrait Pillows, Anthropologie

  11. Brass Hand Ring Holder, Jonathan Adler

  12. Secret Garden Planter, Leif

  13. Diptyque Baies Candle, Nordstrom

  14. Bleached Jute Rug, RugsUSA

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Next, for the Lincoln armchair, I wanted to revisit the blue and orange accent colors from its first look in a way that feels like a natural evolution. Marie is a little older and her taste is more sophisticated, but she still has a fun sense of style and appreciates a bit of quirk! Here again, we see some of her older pieces making another appearance in this living room design, like the hamsa hand, blue vases, and whipstitched pillow.

Making it Yours 12C: Lincoln Armchair

  1. Vogtsmith Single Arrow, Serena & Lily

  2. Hamsa Hand, Furbish

  3. Sisters of the Sun Blue Velvet Wallpaper, Juju Papers

  4. Lincoln Upholstered Chair, Pottery Barn

  5. Hombre Pillow, CB2

  6. Aqua Round Cachepot, Jayson Home (shown with a ZZ Plant)

  7. Savile Persimmon Side Table, Serena & Lily

  8. Berlin Pink Café Photo by Sivan Askayo, Artfully Walls

  9. Bernhardt Blanca Capiz-Painted Console, Horchow

  10. Frosted Blue Vase Collection, Terrain

  11. Novara Floor Lamp, Anthropologie

  12. Hutton Sofa: Tatum Salt, Room & Board

  13. Magical Thinking Neon Rag Pillow, Urban Outfitters

  14. Hombre Pillow, CB2

  15. Riad Wool Rug, West Elm

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I loved the creative challenge of creating six looks around these chairs, and I hope you enjoyed following along! Here are all of the looks again, so you can see them together. Which was your favorite? I’m loving the very last one with that killer orange table.

Lincoln and Dhurrie Chairs
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