Current Obsession: St. Frank

Hi Everyone,

Soooo there’s a company that’s been on my radar for a minute now that I’m completely obsessed with. St. Frank is the name…textile amazingness is the game.  You guys I’m not even lying when I say there isnt a thing about them I don’t like.  NOT A SINGLE THING.  And it starts with their mission. As you know I’m deep in the thralls of launching Hoardaculture, and St. Frank is without a doubt major business goals.

When I received an invitation to partner up with them a couple months ago I couldn’t reply fast enough. And not just because of they fact that their product is just incredible, but because I believe in the work they are doing and  the awareness they bring to the artistry, craft, and makers of these beautiful pieces we are all lusting to have in our spaces. I just genuinely love this company guys.

I was invited to chose something from their collection and let me tell you that was NOT easy friends. Because ALL THE THINGS.  But I thought of our dining room and how much of a challenge this space is for me.

Ah the dining room.  My Achilles heel of this house.  The one room in any house that’s typically my absolute favorite, yet isnt so much so in our home. With warmer weather approaching entertaining is inevitable, and this space doesnt necessarily inspire a constant rotation of summer dinners with friends.  It needed a little jolt and after perusing their site I fell hard for this beautiful mudcloth tablecloth.  As soon as I saw it I knew it would be the perfect foundation for many moody boho dinner dates.

When it arrived it was blown away by how GORGEOUS it is guys. If you follow me on IG you probably caught my insta stories stylish sesh of it and you got to see it on video.  Its really really beautiful guys.  The quality is just beyond amazing and Im absolutely obsessed with it.

Playing off its black and tan colorway to stick to that overall theme with the styling.  I kept things super casual but wanted to layer in some texture while allowing the tablecloth to be the star of the show.

Its literally my most favorite new addition to our home.  I love it so much.  It comes in several different sizes, but I got it in the largest size because our table comes with a leaf  and wanted to make sure it was large enough to fit when its extended.  I’ll also be using it outdoors for dining as well and we will have a nice big table for that.

So basically you guys NEEEED to check out St. Frank.  If you aren’t already Follow them on IG, but be warned…. you WILL fall down the rabbit hole.  And you most certainly will want ALL THE THINGS.  And if you’re located in either San Fran or the Hamptons you get the pleasure of being able to visit them in store.  They didn’t ask me to tell you any of this…IM telling you because you will thank me!

Oh and did I mention that my FAVORITE room in the San Francisco decorator showhouse this year just happened to have the most amazing St. Frank indigo wallpaper donning the walls?

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When I walked in this room I damn near passed out!  It was so freakin good.

Anyway, the moral of the story is St. Frank is amazing and you need to make them a part of your daily IG stalking routine.  Because we all have one.

Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday weekend. Until next time friends…

Xo-Shavonda

Sources

Tablecloth-St. Frank

Chairs-Poly and Bark (post to come;)

Dishware-World Market

Water Goblets-World Market

Copper Flatware-Arhaus  (also very similar at Lulu & Georgia)

Pendant-Ikea

Peacock Mirror-Pier 1 (discontinued)

Zebra Hide-Rugs USA

DIY floral bath salts

with bridal shower and baby shower season here and with my sister in law’s coming up later this summer, i’ve been brainstorming inexpensive DIY favor ideas that are easy to make in big batches. i teamed up with paper mart, who makes a huge variety of packaging for favors and parties for this very easy and suuuper cute favor idea. these are so easy, you can literally make a dozen of these at a time in a couple of minutes!

materials

*i designed the labels for a full page 8.5 x 11″ sheet, which you can easily then trim down to size

directions

combine 1 cup epsom salt, 1 cup sea salt and ½ cup of baking soda in a large bowl. pour 20 drops of essential oils in, if you want to use. stir together, and then drop in a liberal amount of the dried florals. stir and distribute into your jars.

( this amount makes about two jars worth of soaking salts, so if you want to make in larger portions, just do one part epsom / one part sea salt / one half part baking soda. )

print out labels and cut out, carefully apply to each jar and tighten lids! i designed a variety of color options for you as well!

i really couldn’t believe how easy it was to make these and what a big visual difference it makes to throw in some dried flower petals — they’d also make fun party favors for girl parties or galentines day.

this post was in partnership WITH PAPER MART

all opinions are 100% my own

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modern baby registry

while i’m not deeming myself an expert since i have zero babies so far, i have done a lot of research on things i’d need and wouldn’t need, and while this list might not be the most minimal, i did try to keep our registry concise, and also as attractive as possible. i know in the long run, we won’t be able to keep everything baby related aesthetically pleasing, but at this point i can try.

starting your registry from scratch seems so overwhelming, because i too had no idea where to start — so looking at other peoples essentials and talking to moms made it a lot easier. if you’re in the same boat and having trouble even trying to begin working on your registry, hopefully this cohesive list will help. 

GEAR

snoo smart sleeper while it’s an investment, we are so excited for the snoo — it’s a bassinet that gently rocks and swaddles your baby, and can sense his level of fussiness and you can control it with your phone! and it’s pretty. ( babybjorn bassinet was my second choice if we didn’t get the snoo. )

gathre mat these leather mats come in a variety of sizes and colors and are perfect for changing, playing, outdoor time, they’re super versatile and wipe clean and i really want one.

ergobaby swaddler while i guess we learned how to swaddle in our newborn classes, i really like the idea of using these idiot proof ones — and how cute is the elephant pattern?

4moms mamaroo this baby swing has 5 different movements and again can be controlled with your phone, seems crucial for entertaining baby while i’m trying to be productive so i’m stoked to have one of these.

joovy walker he doesn’t need this right away, but i registered for this walker after seeing how cute it was (especially in comparison to the ones with the colors and lights), i can always add some fun things for him to play with on the tabletop right?

dockatot i love this baby lounger so much, i’ve seen people use them for travel, tummy time, and just lounging around the house.

DIAPERING

munchkin step diaper pail i chose this pail based on good reviews and a simple design — it looks really good in his room!

disposable changing pads i debated for a long what we wanted to do for changing outside of the house, whether i wanted a washable changing pad or disposable and ultimately we chose disposable (sorry if you hate that choice!). these are actually pet training pads but they’re way cheaper than the baby ones! (here’s a cute washable version i debated getting instead)

mesh pouches are another thing i’m gonna keep a couple of in my diaper bag always, i can use them for wipes, dirty clothes, my belongings, etc.

keekaroo peanut changer we decided on this changer versus a traditional one because it seemed way easier to clean and we don’t have to wash a bunch of changing pad covers all the time.

water wipes i’m assuming baby is going to inherit my sensitive skin, and everyone says these wipes are awesome and super gentle.

ubbi baby wipes dispenser the cutest option i found for wipe dispenser and i actually like all the different colors it comes in too.

pampers diapers it was really tricky trying to figure out what size and how many diapers to register for, so after a lot of reading about it, i decided one 1 box of 128 newborn size, and 1 box of 141 size 1 diapers.

FEEDING

micuna ovo high chair is like the prettiest high chair ever, and proof that baby stuff can be just as nice as all the other things in your house. (here’s a more affordable option that i love too)

beaba silicone spoons these little spoons are super cute for introducing babies to solids, and i love the different colors (yes you heard me right!)

biobu bambino plates we chose these plates because they really look like something i would buy for us to use — i love them!

burt’s bees 5 pack burp cloths i read many times this is the last item to spend money on, because they’re going to be so disgusting — i love the color of these and chose it because we didn’t have any other fabrics in the dark grey so i figured that would make them more distinguishable.

philips newborn bottle starter set again, you might be like um which bottles do i buy? they come in different sizes? yeah i was like that too, so this set seemed like the right choice.

oxo tot silicone bib love the idea of less clean up because these bibs have pockets to catch what baby drops. (but i also registered for some cute cloth bibs like this one and this one)

ergobaby nursing pillow there are tons of options for nursing pillows, but i liked the shape and fabric of this one.

bottle brush + sterilizer bags

breast pump i got mine free from my insurance like days after i filled out a form, so do that for sure if you can!

TRAVEL

babybjorn travel crib i wasn’t sure if we really needed this or not, but ultimately decided it would be super useful to have for visiting the grandparents.

fawn design diaper bag i’m going to do a roundup post of all my favorite diaper bags, but we decided on this one because it’s big and roomy, it has comfortable straps and it’s unisex enough that gid doesn’t mind carrying it.

nuna mixx (jett) stroller system i’ve learned quickly that being a petite mom is tough, we went and tried out a TON of strollers to see what was best for my height and chose the nuna because it was on sale and we loved the all black. someday we might also get a jogger which will probably be easier for my tiny size but haven’t picked one out (but i guarantee we’ll go with an inexpensive one since we sprang for a fancy stroller)

ergobaby carrier with infant insert again this was the carrier that was the best for my torso size, it’s handsome and fits both gid at 6’2″ and me at 5’1″ comfortably.

solly baby wrap once we figure out how to actually tie these things, i think we’re gonna want to wear the baby all the time because i like having my hands free and i like cuddling 24/7.

nuna pipa car seat we went with the coordinating car seat for our stroller, it looks nice and it works on the stroller without an adapter.

sakura bloom wrap we are also excited for this wrap, these slings have a ring on them which might make them easier to tie on when you’re alone? i am clearly not an expert.

binxy baby shopping cart hammock i was trying to wrap my head around how to go do solo errands and shops with the baby in tow, and was excited when i found this — seems way chiller than trying to fit the car seat in the shopping cart (but you can put the car seat on top of it too). this seems like another v useful product for petite (+ weak) moms.

NURSERY DECOR

cotton muslin quilt it seems like all babies need a blanket or two right?

connected goods woven laundry basket also i’ve heard that babies barf and poop all the time so you need to do a TON of laundry. this hamper is a pretty big size for baby clothes and looks real cute in his room.

nightlight this one was on sale when we bought it

crib sheets this doesn’t seem like the place to splurge, so we’re just getting a few sets of plain white sheets.

cute mobile we went with brass, but i looove this calder inspired mobile.

so many baskets just since the baby shower, i already have tons of things that need corralling, so i’m assuming once he’s got way more toys and things i will need baskets in every room. (and here’s another cute one)

crib mattress apparently you can go nuts trying to choose a crib mattress, we just made sure it was waterproof and free of chemicals.

BATHING

stokke foldable baby bath tub love the modern shape of this tub.

baby brush + baby comb love the look of this set and the goat hair is so soft.

bath sponges how freaking cute are these fruit ones? i love them so much. (but we also got this simple one)

hooded baby bath towels we got a few of these cute muslin ones.

baby washcloths i read many times you need these, because if you’re having a baby you need lots of cloth things.

baby shampoo another thing i learned is that you really don’t need a whole bunch of bath products for your baby, that’s all marketing mumbo jumbo (like a newborn doesn’t even need lotion) — our pediatrician even said skip the baby detergent and products all together, but i thought since these products were shampoo, wash and bubble bath in one, they’d be useful.

bath kneelers i have been hunting for a cute bath kneeler for weeks, and sadly they kinda don’t exist. maybe i should DIY…

HEALTH + SAFETY

instatemp non-touch digital thermometer we chose this one even though it has some mixed reviews, i like the idea of not having the touch the baby! that came out wrong.

nosefrida nasal aspirator and then the complete opposite, gid was pretty against the idea of sucking snot out of babys nose, but people swear by this and apparently it’s less gross than it sounds.

summer baby monitor we did a lot of research on baby monitors — i wanted one that worked well, had a screen (versus using my phone), and was pretty. turns out no baby monitor is that great according to reviews, but this one seemed pretty decent!

self closing outlet plates we won’t need these for a little bit, but i love that these automatically close on their own but are easy enough to still plug into.

zoli buzz b electric nail trimmer i was so afraid of clipping the cats claws for years, so an electric file seems a lot less scary than trying to clip babys nails. and people love this.

humidifier / aroma diffuser i didn’t really know if we needed one of these since people say different things, but i like that it’s compact, pretty and inexpensive. and the rug in the nursery smells kinda funky so i’m gonna spend the next few weeks making it smell nicer with the aromas.

books + TOYS

we found a hat

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our maternity photos

i wasn’t sure if i really wanted maternity photos taken or not — but i read and heard a lot of people say that it was a nice memory to look back on later and to just do it — and it turns out i’m glad we did. years from now we can look back on these and remember being young and cute and non parents.

we had megan welker take these and her photos are so dreamy! i love them so much. the day she was on her way over i felt horribly big and uncomfortable and wanted to bail so badly, but you can’t tell from the photos luckily.

of course rocky wanted to model.

gid definitely got sick of doing the “dad to be pose” where we both touch and look at my bump…

i clearly was fine holding it in every shot.

we won these matching shirts at a wedding and the day before our shoot i said “gid lets wear those shirts with no pants.” was not expecting him to say yes, but oh man i am obsessed with this photo. we used it for our thank you cards and i kind of want to frame it too.

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My Favorite Macrame’, String, & Fiber Artists on Instagram

Hi Everyone!

I thought Id do a little something different today friends…a bit of a roundup if you will.  As you know Instagram is my shizz and I pretty much find everything through it.  Its pretty much become my google. If I’m looking for something my first reaction is always “let me check on Instagram right quick”.  And I’ve discovered SO MANY amazingly talented makers that way…including those who can work magic with string.

So confession…Im not THAT into macrame.  I mean I think some of it is just bananas good and I have a massive amount of respect and admiration for the artistry and craft that goes into creating some of the pieces.  I just never was super into wanting some for myself…like, to hang up in my house. Until now. These talents here make me wanna empty my account and clear out wall space every time I see one of their newest creations.  Im still not on #teamimgonnahangmacrameeverywhere, BUT, I can absolutely see one of these beauties being a star in a space. Here are my fave artists killing the macrame game right now:

  1. Boho By LaurenDUH!  yall already knew Lauren was making the list.  I absolutely LOVE her.  Ive loved her for a long time now and Im honored to actually have one of her gorgeous tapestries in our home. Her tapesries are HIGHLY sought after and for good reason.  The amount of thought and time and intention she puts into her pieces is beyond. Shes launching a new line of prints of her tapestries now too.  So if you cant snag an original, you can still get in on her tapestry action.

2. Mini Swells

Ummmm do yall see that!!  Tell me that isnt talent!!!  I mean gaaaah. The layers and textures Alejandra creates within her pieces are just phenomenal.  I would ABSOLUTELY hang one of these beauties in our home.  She also makes beautiful hanging planters too.

3. Luna & BlackShes a bit of a newcomer on the IG scene, but let me tell you, shes about to blow up! I loooove her vivid and bold use of color in per pieces.  I love that shes still in the experimental phase with lots of her work and she ends up making some of the most gorgeous pieces ever!  Also she makes these macara keychains that are so freakin fabulous.  They are what grabbed my attention from her first.  I was so excited about them that I’ve decided to stock them in my new shop!  They are just so fun and boholicious!

4. Teddy and WoolAnd speaking of bold use of color…Rianne is a boss at vivid color in her wall hangings. However, its not the color of her work, but rather the size and scale of her pieces that is incredibly impressive. She is THE QUEEN of large scale macrame wall screens like this!! I mean seriously guys!!  I cant even. Shes a talent for sure.

5. The Forest Fern

This list couldn’t possibly be complete without Sara in it.  Her handwork is just plain amazing.  She creates these gorgeous lanterns that are just pure magic…especially when hung grouped together.  I can just imagine some hanging from our big tree in the backyard in the summer.   Just so so good.  Also her macrame garlands are fantastic too!

Alrighty friends.  There you have it!  My list of the top 5 macrame mavens on IG you should definitely know about.  Who are some of your favorites? Id love to go stalk them!

Also Ive got another fun IG giveaway come up this week {not macrame related} during my month of may giveaways! Make sure you’re following me so you don’t miss out!

Until next time…

Xo-Shavonda

the nursery : the reveal

we finished the nursery! it’s so fun to have it all finished and i looove sitting in here and spacing out and picturing this baby actually living in here instead of inside me.

it’s definitely my favorite room in the house, it’s so bright and warm and brings us so much happiness.

in case you need a refresher of what the room looked like before, it did not have the same cozy vibe it does now!

after a ton of researching and home improvement store visits and quotes, we ended up not being able to do the folding closet doors we were hoping to do because the width of the closet was just way too big — so instead we had our contractor convert the mirrored doors by removing the mirrors and covering with plywood, which they then painted white and we put pretty handles on. they feel soooo much lighter weight than the mirrors and i plan to hang babys art all over them someday.

we put the same simple cellular shades on the windows that we use in our bedroom, they’re cheap and safe and they totally black out the room, and i decided to skip curtains to keep it simple.

my contractor also made these narrow shelves for us and hung them without visible hardware. they’re just deep enough that the books fit just fine and i’m so happy to have the extra storage and make baby look smart.

besides presents we got for him and cute baby things, we filled the room with little remnants of places he’s been, a shell from our anniversary trip to maine when we conceived him (TMI?), a crystal we got in hawaii, a branch from new mexico. i love looking around and seeing all these little things that actually mean something.

the room has already changed a little since we took these photos, the changing table is now actually functional, and we have since had our baby shower so we actually have lots more things we needed like a diaper pail and cute toys and things like that!

also i’m so stoked on these photos, we did a maternity session at the same time and i’ll share photos with you this week.


SOURCES

CRIB / ROCKER / POUF / DRESSER / ARTWORK / MOBILE / PENDANT LIGHT / NIGHTLIGHT
LION STUFFED ANIMAL / HAMPER / LAMP / WINDOW SHADES / CLOSET HARDWARE / COAT RACK

PHOTOS BY MEGAN WELKER

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