Style: October ’10 for Kids

I love finding clothes for Eleanor, and now that we’ll be adding a boy to our family I’ll be shopping the other half of the kids’ stores too. People are telling me that it’s so much harder to find cute clothes for little boys, but I’m finding plenty of great choices out there. Sure, maybe the selection is limited compared to the bounty for girls, but it’s out there.

I just got a pair of denim leggings (“jeggings” I suppose, though that word is awful right?) for Eleanor and I really liked them. I thought they’d work equally well on a boy so I had a little fun putting together two outfits based around them.

I never get tired of striped shirts on kids, and aren’t those canvas sneakers the best? For girls, ballet flats are so sweet, and I like girly embellished t-shirts. They’re just as easy to throw on as the plain ones but they look ten times better.

Do you have little kiddos of your own to dress? I don’t know if I’ll do these style posts for kids very often, but I loved putting this one together!

Astro Ornaments

While it is waaay to early to start decking the halls, I’m digging these astro ornaments. They’d look pretty good sprinkled in among all of my white ceramics, wouldn’t you agree? I’m thinking year round and not just for the holidays. Although they are flocked, which maybe calls to mind snow…


Arranging a Collection

I’ve shown you how I’ve rearranged my dining room hutch full of white ceramics before, but I hadn’t ever shown my process. So here’s how I do it… I start with the big items first. You can’t shoehorn them in at the end anyway, and if you start with a pleasing arrangement the rest will fall into place.

Obviously I have such a hodgepodge of items that a symmetrical layout isn’t an option for me (though I do love symmetry). I work around that by making sure that the overall layout is visually balanced. For example, see that open lattice-work square in the bottom left? That gets balanced out by the votive holders on the right middle shelf and the scallops of the vintage cake stand on the top left.

I add all the little bits and bobbins that I love at the end. Admittedly they can make the arrangement a little cluttered, so I do edit them down some. Not all of my pieces made it back in, but I tend to rearrange things often so they’ll be back next time.

I love having the built-in hutch to display everything. I wasn’t so sure about it when we moved in, but I’ve since embraced it. I’m still undecided about the beadboard (paint it or leave it natural?), but I’m going to live with it for a while before I choose. It ties in the wood floors and our wood dining set, and the contrast is nice with all of the white. I’ve pinned fabric to the back many times before, so that’s always an option as well. Besides, closing the doors gives the whole thing a bit more polish. Doesn’t everything always look better behind glass?

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