A Sweet & Whimsical Girl's room with touches of blush, gold, and black accents.

This post has been a long time coming. Stella’s room has never been completely finished for the entire 2 and a half years we have been in this house. When we found out we had a baby girl on the way, we transitioned S into a “big girl” bed and began prepping the room to be their sweet little shared girls bedroom. When we lost the baby I had a really hard time coming to terms with the fact that this room was no longer going to be that, and so it sat – half finished and painful to look at – for a while.

Once I was ready I decided that I wanted to make this space extra special for Stella. She was hurting too, and she deserved a special space of her own that she could play, dream, learn, grow, and all around just be a normal kid in.

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This is a very different post than I have ever shared on this blog before. If you follow me on social media you know that we lost our baby girl at 25 weeks of pregnancy back in mid December. I have been pretty quiet about our story up until this point, and we have taken the past few months to grieve privately as a family. Today would have been our sweet baby’s due date. It is likely the day we would have brought her into our life, so I think it is only fitting that it is the day we share her story with the world.

I am planning to start posting more “real life” on this blog, and this is about as real as it gets.  Please know that this is not easy to read. It is raw, it is long, it is painful, and it is exactly how we lived it. I hesitated to share this here at all, but I know that there are so many people who care about us and want to hear our story. I know that one of the things that has helped me feel less lonely through all of this has been hearing and reading stories from other brave Mamas who have angel babies. And I know that her tiny little life had a purpose. She changed me, and if she can touch even just one person, then she has accomplished so much.

 

Here is Audrey’s Story:

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Each year at Christmas time I get so excited to add the warmth and beauty of the holiday season to our home. I am so happy to be joining up with 10 talented bloggers today to bring you our Joyful Holiday Home Tour 2017. If you are stopping by from Laura at Meaningful Spaces, welcome! Wasn’t Laura’s Christmas home just beautiful? After you finish my tour today, don’t forget to follow through the rest of the tours. These ladies all have so much beauty and inspiration to share with you this Holiday season!

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”  -Anne of Green Gables

 

It is finally magical October, and I am back today to bring you Part 2 of my Fall Home Tour. Once again, I have joined up with some incredible bloggers for a Joyful Fall Home Tour blog hop. I love doing these tours because it allows me to share not only my home with you, but also the beautiful homes of the women who inspire and encourage me on a daily basis.  After my tour, be sure to follow the links at the end of this post to get more Fall inspiration from each of these talented bloggers.

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Hey Friends! Happy Fall! The last few months of the year are always my favorite, so I get so excited when Fall finally rolls around. Fall signifies the beginning of the coziest, most joyful, wonderful time of the year. I love every bit of it! Today I have teamed up with a few of my super talented blogging besties (who happen to love this season as much as I do) to bring you a round-up of our Fall Home Tours. Be sure to click through at the end of this post to check out each of their beautiful blogs and see how they have cozied their homes up for the season.

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Many of us have ‘multipurpose spaces’ in our homes. A multipurpose space allows us to combine multiple functions into one room, like a guest room + home office combo (or if your house is like ours, it also serves as a storage closet, among other things). Sometimes creating a multipurpose space that’s functional AND stylish can prove to be a challenge, but I’m here to tell you that it is absolutely possible!

 

I teamed up with Cost Plus World Market over on their blog to transform our tiny 10′ x 10′ spare bedroom into the multipurpose space of our dreams. With the help of some creative storage solutions and Cost Plus World Market’s Small Spaces CollectionI was able to create an appealing space for my husband to sit down and get some work done when needed, a gorgeous and ultra-stylish guest retreat to make friends and family feel right at home when they come to visit, and a simple storage system to conceal and store toys – all in a tiny, yet functional and stylish multipurpose space.

 

 

Head on over to the World Market Blog to see all of the gorgeous details of this room and read my tips on how to create a stylish and functional multipurpose space like this in your own home!

 

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and contains some affiliate links. This means that I may receive a small percentage of the profit from sales made through these links at no additional cost to you. All ideas and opinions expressed are completely my own.

 

A bright, fresh, and simple Master Bedroom makeover just in time for the warm Summer months. Summer Home Tour Part 2: by Belle Amour Blog

Hello friends! Welcome to Part 2 of my Summer Home Tour, Sponsored by hayneedle.com. If you are here from A Blue Nest or A House With Books on our Summer Home Tour hop, welcome! Weren’t Jordan and Hayley’s Summer homes gorgeous?! I just love each of their unique styles so much. Don’t forget to follow through to the rest of the ladies on this tour tomorrow. I have linked them all at the end of this post. The girls in this tour are some of my blogger besties, and I know you will just love them as much as I do!

I am so excited to share my newly refreshed Master bedroom with you today! When it comes to decorating my home for Summer, I love to keep things really fresh and simple. If you missed it, you can check out my Five Tips to Refresh Your Home for Summer along with Part 1 of my Summer Home Tour here. Summers here in California can get really hot. There are so many fun activities and events going on that it feels like we are always on the go, and so exhausted at the end of those long fun-filled days. During the Summer especially, I want our Master bedroom to be a fresh, calm, clean retreat to sink into at the end of the day.  (more…)

Summer is slowing creeping up on us, and I for one am extremely ready! I love everything about summer: From the backyard BBQs, to the long lazy days, to the beach bonfires, and luxurious tropical summer vacations. My house is finally getting on board with the Summer vibes too, and I am so excited to share Part 1 of my Summer Home Tour with you! Today I have teamed up with nine extraordinarily talented bloggers to bring you the Joyful Summer Home Tour. We are each sharing parts of our homes all decorated for summer with you. If you are coming here from Meaningful Spaces, hi and welcome! Isn’t Laura’s home stunning? After you finish my tour, be sure to check out the schedule of participants at the bottom of this post.

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A Joyful Spring Home Tour with a fresh and fun modern boho farmhouse vibe.

Hey friends! Happy Monday! I have something that I am so excited to share with you this morning. I have teamed up with 14 incredibly talented bloggers and hayneedle.com to bring you our Joyful Spring Home Tour. You can find the post schedule for the week at the bottom of this post. Be sure to check back each day from now through Thursday to view each of these ladies’ Spring Home tours. Trust me when I say – they are all out of this world talented and I promise you don’t want to miss a single one! If you just came over from TIDBITS, welcome! I will give you a second to pick your jaw up off the floor. Wasn’t her post beautiful?

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and contains some affiliate links. All opinions are my own. I only work with brands that I love and stand behind 100%.

 

The arrival of Spring brings so many wonderful things: Sunshine, rebirth, warmer weather, and for many of us an undeniable urge to clean, organize, and refresh our homes. One area of my home that has been feeling a little lackluster lately is my dining room. I am hoping to re-do the space at some point in the near future, so I have been shopping around and gathering tons of inspiration.

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I put this Spring Dining Room Makeover inspiration board together using items from Cost Plus World Market (if you have been following my blog for any length of time you are already well aware of my obsession with that store). One of the things I love most about World Market is the wide array of styles they carry. They have everything from Contemporary, to Mid-Century Modern, to BoHo, to Farmhouse, and so much more. I think that true beauty is born when you can mix styles effortlessly, and World Market makes that so easy by having so many beautiful styles right at our fingertips. They carry a huge variety of furniture, home decor, entertaining essentials, and so much more, which made it so easy to find everything I could possibly want for my Spring Dining Room makeover in one place.

For my new dining room, I would like to keep the main pieces in line with my modern farmhouse style, but I also really want to bring in some more fresh and fun elements for the Spring season. I am so in love with the way these neutral Farmhouse style pieces from World Market mix with the clean, bright, modern gold and marble elements, fresh greenery, and soft subtle pops of color for a beautiful & fun Spring Dining Room makeover.

 

Now I just need to convince my husband that we need everything on this board, because I have fallen head over heels in love with every bit of it and I need it all in my dining room stat!

If you are looking to refresh or makeover any space in your home this Spring then you are in luck, because Cost Plus World Market’s Friends and Family Event starts on Friday and they are letting me share this special deal with you, my readers!

Cost Plus World Market’s Friends and Family event begins this Friday 3/10! Save an extra 30% on home décor, furniture, entertaining essentials and more. Save 10% on food and beverages. Sale ends 3/13/17. Get your coupon HERE (online promo code FRIENDS). Then head into your local Cost Plus World Market store to check out all of the amazing deals you can score during this huge sale. Find your nearest location hereI’m coming for you San Jose Almaden store!

 

Cost Plus World Market Friends and Family Sale

 

Are you eyeballing any World Market items for a Spring refresh in your home? I would love to hear your favorites!

 

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