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The Best Nordic Wallpapers

Amidst our nursery redesign, I spent an embarrassing amount of time looking for Nordic wallpapers. I knew we wanted to take the nursery in a Scandinavian direction, and wallpaper is just such an easy way to introduce it.  As you probably have seen, we chose Nethercote from Hygge & West for our nursery. Though the design is “technically” English-inspired, it still feels very Nordic, and it’s honestly the PERFECT paper for Sylvia’s room. If you’re also looking to add a little Nordic accent to your home, hopefully I can save you some precious Pinterest surfing time by rounding up the papers I fell in love along the way…

If you're looking to add a little Nordic accent to your home, check out our round-up of the best Nordic wallpapers. Continue Reading →

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Luxe + Lillies’ Minimal & Serene Nursery

It’s my absolute pleasure to share with you the newly completed nursery of brand strategist & the brains behind Luxe + Lillies, Keely Hirschmann. Keely and I first connected through Instagram and bonded over our 1-month-apart due dates + a mutual love for crisp, minimal design. She’s the kind of person, where 5 minutes into meeting her,  you feel like you’ve already been friends your entire life.

One afternoon over lunch in late December, she showed me an iPhone snap of how her nursery was coming together, and my knee jerk response was to ask if I could share the space on Francois et Moi. I love the minimalist approach Keely took with clean, white walls and furnishings, balanced with natural textures and playful accents. What a lucky baby, wouldn’t you say? I hope you have as much fun as I have exploring the nursery and learning a bit about Keely and her design inspiration for the room!

Load up nursery inspiration with Luxe + Lillies' minimal and serene nursery! Click over for every detail including sources!

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Francois Renovates: Nursery Get the Look

As promised, today I’ve got all the sources used to create the nursery look compiled in one place! You may notice we stayed pretty true to the original concept board with the exception of the crib, accessories and some of the art. The yellow applique pillow, mobile, knot pillow and doorknob banner are DIY’s that will be coming at ya (some) as video tutorials in the month of February, so stay tuned! If you missed the full reveal and video tour, head here to check it out.

 

Are you getting your nursery ready? Come check out all the sources we used to achieve our nursery look! Continue Reading →

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Francois Renovates: Wrath of the Nursery Ice Dams

Good Afternoon! I’m back with an update on what’s been happening in the nursery. As you know, we suspected some water damage on the west wall due to decades of ice dams, and as we pulled back the lath and plaster, we found some extremely rotted, uninsulated 2×4’s that needed replacing. However, no moisture or signs of mold as there was also a little hole in the exterior plaster that we’re assuming allowed everything to dry over the years. The plan was to replace the wall’s 2×4’s, insulate and dry wall, but before we could get started, we had to address the drooping ceiling crest.

Check in on Part 3 of our 6 week nursery design project. This week we're addressing decades old ice dams. Click to see how we fixed the issue. Continue Reading →

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Our {Pre-Baby} Mini Bedroom Makeover

There are a ton of changes that take place when you’re expecting. Major physical changes, extra dietary requirements, and feeling a bit up-in-the-clouds spacey (it’s true!), to name a few. So far, I’ve been  rolling with all of it, and then my sleep pattern began to change, and I started becoming restless at night, mostly from having to sleep on my side. I’ve always been a great sleeper, so when things started to go downhill, I decided we needed to do something about it. We need all the sleep we can get before this bébé arrives!

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

Our bedroom was one of the spaces in our home that didn’t get a ton of love when we moved in about a year ago. We pretty much plopped our furniture in place and focused on the more immediate changes we needed to make elsewhere in the home, a.k.a. the kitchen. However, now that we’re expecting, I spend more time in our bedroom, and want to make it a cozy space conducive to sleep.

With a nursery and guestroom redesign already underway, our bedroom updates didn’t come in the form of paint and carpet removal (which is on the honey-do list for someday). Instead, they’re more about styling out this bare, forgotten space to make curling up for bedtime more enjoyable.

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

Probably the biggest change we made in terms of creating a better night sleep was in our mattress. We previously had a run-of-the-mill spring-loaded mattress which worked okay prior to pregnancy, but now it just wasn’t cutting it. We decided to upgrade to a GelFoam Mattress given their pressure-sensitive Serene Foam technology. Enhanced with billions of microscopic air capsules, Serene Foam is proven to increase self-adjusting support while simultaneously reducing pressure on key areas of the body.

As an expecting mother, my OB recommended sleeping on my left side to avoid the strain on internal organs that sleeping on your back or right side can sometimes take on your body. On the old mattress, no way. There was no way to sleep on my left side the entire night without constantly tossing over due to the pressure put on my left hip. With GelFoamBed though, I sleep through the night on my left side, no problem! The mattress just kind of hugs you as you lay down, all the while providing firm support so you can get a good night sleep. Needless to say, I’m loving it.

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

Another reason I love GelFoamBed is the eco factor: The mattress arrives rolled up super tightly, which means it uses less packing material and takes up less space on the delivery truck, resulting in an overall smaller carbon footprint.

Normally I hate allocating budget to non-decorative things that you don’t actually see, but in this case, it’s SO worth it. It’s so worth sleeping through the night, waking up refreshed, and being my most productive self during the day. If you’re also in the market for a new mattress, take a look at GelFoamBed. They’re offering $50 off any purchase with promo code: francoisetmoi !

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

The other updates we made were hanging drapery, updating the bedding and throw pillows to help soften the space and dilute those beige walls. The drapery is from Ikea a few years ago, that had been stored away since the move. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’re available anymore, so I’ve included a similar panel style in the “Get the Look” section below.

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

We also added a nightstand on the far side of the bed. The door you see in the photo is a tiny under-stairs closet for occasionally accessed storage, so we felt okay with a nightstand there. All three bedrooms in our home are small by today’s standards, but typically sized for a 1930’s home, so you do what you gotta do to make the space work for you! Last but not least, we flanked the bed with matching lamps with fabric shades that give off the most serene glow just before bed.

A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions.

  A Mini Bedroom Makeover: see how we transformed our bare, forgotten bedroom into a cozy retreat with a few minor additions. Drapery  ||  Lamp  ||  Striped Pillow  ||  Throw  ||  Picture Frame  ||  Blue Velvet Lumbar Pillow  ||  Night Stand  ||  White Sheet Set

This post was brought to you by GelFoamBed. Thank you for supporting the brands I love that help me keep the DIY inspo flowing directly to your inbox! All thoughts & opinions are explicitly my own.

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Upgrade Your Everyday with These Design-Driven Homewares

When you purchase a home for the first time, you’re not just buying a home, you’re also in for several smaller purchases needed to either take care of your home or make it useable, like a lawn mower or maybe new accessories for a 2nd bathroom that you didn’t have when renting. Since purchasing our duplex last year, I’ve tried to put more thought into the things I’m bringing into our home, even for those everyday things like a laundry hamper. I mean if there’s a pretty, design-savvy option within your budget, then why not go for the option with some style?! I think it makes using these typically boring items more enjoyable. Not to mention, if it’s a pretty laundry hamper, then I’m more okay leaving it on display, when guests come over. (Less last minute scrambling for me when trying to hide the full plastic laundry basket!) With all this in mind, I’ve rounded up several design-driven homewares that make great alternatives to mundane daily-use items. Cheers to making our everyday just a little bit more fun!

Upgrade your everyday with these design-driven homewares!

 

1. Power Cable  2. Laundry Hamper  3. Japanese Scissor Set  4. Brass Towel Bar  5. Brass Strainer Set  6. Bottle Opener  7. Broom  8. Gold Trash Can  9. Wood Dustpan

 

 

 

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Backyard Design Inspiration

 At long last! I’m sharing the details of the backyard redesign we did with Apartment Therapy. And today I’m starting with the inspiration that motivated the design. Afterall, that’s where every project begins: with an idea or notion about how a space could be better. Oui? To be 1 billion percent honest, we had a hard time finding visual imagery that captured the backyard design inspiration what we were envisioning, but eventually found a few gems that got the juices flowing!

Check back this weekend as I’ll be sharing full before & after photos of the completed project!

Looking for some backyard design inspiration? Come see what we're cooking up for ours!

Charming Dining Patio | Terra Cotta Pots | Adirondack Fire Pit | Winding Paver Path

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