Making it Yours 11C: French Modernist Armchair

I know some of you miss the stories that started to accompany my later Making it Yours (MiY) posts. I do too! I’ll bring them back next time.

We’ve come to the last look in this edition of MiY, featuring the French Modernist Armchair. When I work on this series, I like to reuse pieces throughout, just as we all tend to do in our homes over the years.

Making it Yours 11: French Modernist Armchair #makingitlovely

Taking a closer look, we have the pillows and throw from the first look, along with the striped lamp and a similar soft blue on the walls. The bookshelf from the second look has been brought into this bedroom space, and everything has gotten a lively dose of green courtesy of the new rug, which calls to mind the initial green sofa. I’ve also included a faux potted plant for this room, but of course you could take that idea and substitute a real one.

Making it Yours 11C: French Modernist Armchair #makingitlovely

  1. Homestad Resort Sky Blue Paint, Valspar

  2. AN Dominos, Spicher and Company, Domino

  3. MI Large Cards, Spicher and Company, Domino

  4. Grayson Upholstered Bench, Ballard Designs

  5. Dotted Stripe Duvet Cover and Shams, West Elm

  6. 19th Century Keyhole Metal Arch Bed, Restoration Hardware

  7. Hemnes Mirror, IKEA

  8. Lafayette Lamp with Navy Stripes, Schoolhouse Electric

  9. Linden Lake Blue Pillow, Crate & Barrel

  10. Favorite Throw in Grasshopper Green, West Elm

  11. Luminous Dots Pillow, Anthropologie

  12. Tick-Tock Clock, Anthropologie

  13. Harry Allen Gold Pig Bank, Furbish

  14. Potted Yucca Plant, Crate & Barrel

  15. French Modernist Armchair, Wisteria

  16. Cortona Bookcase, Pottery Barn

  17. Capel Serpentine Green Rug, RugsUSA

Now that we’ve seen the same chair in three different designs, do you have a favorite?

The Bookshelves Have Arrived

In pieces, anyway! Our carpenter will be back next week to start installing everything.

Oak for Built-in Bookshelves

The vast sea of wood grain will be minimized once the shelves are filled with books, but oh, man. That’s a lot of new oak. I still think it’s the right thing to do here (as opposed to painted woodwork), but new oak is never as pretty as the old-growth stuff that’s in these old houses.

Maternity Style

A saleslady told me yesterday that I looked like I “stepped out of a J.Crew magazine.” I’m pretty sure that she a.) meant ‘catalog’ and b.) was trying to upsell me on some scented plastic* kids’ kitty shoes, but I’ll take it. The compliment and the shoes.

* Are plastic shoes a bad choice for daily wear? I usually only keep two pairs of shoes that fit each kid in rotation, and now those kitty shoes are one of them for E. Maybe I’m channeling my mother’s distaste for those jelly shoes I loved way back when, so serves me right I guess.

Anyway. I unpacked all of my maternity clothes a few weeks ago. I’m pretty sure normal people can wait until they’re a little further along, but with baby number three my body was all, “oh, pregnancy? I remember that!” And I puffed up so nicely that I looked about the same weeks 5-12, the bloating diminishing and subsiding just in time for the beginnings of a real baby bump. Since my clothes were getting too tight, I thought that maybe revisiting all of my old maternity options might be fun — like getting a whole new insta-wardrobe! There were a few pieces that I was happy to see again (long tanks, a couple of long-sleeve tees, a pair of stretchy skinny jeans, and a dress or two), but a lot of the clothes aren’t going to work this time around. Much of it is too big or for the wrong seasons, so I started pulling together a few things I might like to add to my wardrobe over on The Prowl. There’s an interesting crowdsource angle to it where you can ask or answer people’s style questions, or use it to create style boards like the one I made for maternity clothes.

Here are a few things I’ve had my eye on.

Maternity Style #TheProwl #makingitlovely

  1. Striped Raglan Sweater and Skinny Mini Khakis
    This look is really all about the scarf, isn’t it? Note to self: scarves are your friend when working with a limited wardrobe.

  2. The Bateau Top
    I love stripes on a round belly, and this top would get a lot of use by me.

  3. The Jumper
    I chose this with a “why not?” attitude, and was quickly reminded of how often pregnant women need to use the bathroom. That’s probably the reason not, but it’s still pretty adorable.

  4. Beach Mixed Stripe Maxi Dress
    I’m too busty for something with spaghetti straps, but I’m awfully fond of the neckline on this maxi dress. The colorblocked stripes are nice, too.

  5. Attesa Empire Kimono Dress
    It’s nice to have one gorgeous maternity dress for dates and special occasions.

  6. MAMA V-neck Blouse
    A pretty peachy color, sweet detail on the hem, and a flattering neckline and sleeve length. Perfect.

  7. The Pixie Maternity Ankle Pants
    These are the best pants! Cheap, cute, and comfortable, and in a trendy ankle length.

  8. 3/4-Sleeve Top
    I can’t get enough of simple, silky shirts these days, and this green is a great color.

  9. 3/4-Sleeve Shift Dress
    More casual than the other dress, this is a cute everyday option (especially over leggings and with a statement necklace).

  10. The Pixie Maternity Printed Skinny Ankle Pants
    The same as the black pants, but a slightly skinnier cut, and in a great pattern. I have both pants, but these are the ones I’m wearing more often.

  11. Bombshell Maternity T Shirt
    I love this cheeky shirt, but I think the medium wouldn’t fit for too much longer (larger sizes are sold out). Bummer.

I show early and my first two babies were both big, so I’m always a little jealous of the ladies who can get away with wearing their normal clothes, just a little lower or unbuttoned. I have a lot of what I need already, but I was glad to pick up those two pants, and I’ll probably grab a couple of those shirts above and maybe the shift dress too. What about you? Do you stretch (literally) what you’ve got for as long as you can, go out and buy a whole new maternity wardrobe, or somewhere in between?

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