When I was that little, I used to live in my parents’ bedroom to save some space in the flat . Elsie: And I started making Christmas ornaments with my kids and we did all summer we moved. Sherry Corpening, Assistant Lead. Also, what a lovely name! I have been following you and your adventures for many years from afar and I can’t even tell you how excited I am for you to get your girl!!! I love all the wood & wicker accents. And so I bought, like, I don’t know, like eight random Halloween mugs in the summer off Amazon. Elsie: It’s beautiful. Just kidding (laughs) But you just, you just got a free commercial so you’re welcome. I’ll put a picture of it. I know that some people use these names as a middle name (or a translated version), which is so beautiful! Else Larson. Elsie: They are just like a healthy pan that, you know, like a lot of people are like, I don’t want the pan that’s like, you know, like a lot of people think they, like, cause cancer and like, you know, you don’t want aluminum and all these things. Most mobiles are made without bearing this in mind! xx. It is beautiful. We’re going through IVF at the moment and the parallels (the paperwork, the appointments, the waiting!) I hope to see the room soon. Elsie, what an amazing job you did working on this nursery!! We have like a whole collection that’s butterfly themed and then a whole collection that’s little like gingerbread men. Simply ecstatic for your family, and so grateful for your transparency in letting all of us follow along on this wonderful season you’re in. So I kind of like that. But, our middle name is their maiden name. And I’m going to look back at this time like, you know, well I kept going and I kept doing it. We had this like big open wall. Something that felt like a major upgrade in 2020. I have been collecting them. Thank you for choosing strength and patience, even though they can be the hardest of paths. They do a beautiful job of making children’s pieces with a strong design backbone. All the very best to you and Jeremy. Elsie: It was a bit of a splurge, but yeah…, Elsie: It’s really special. xx! Like and it’s in our garage hooked up, and then everywhere in our house, whether you take a shower or you get water out of a bathroom sink or you get water out of the fridge or the sink or whatever, it’s all filtered and it all tastes great. So I got these pink like faux fur Jessica Simpson house slippers. It’ll notify you when it hits the temperature, and your Ember mug keeps it there. Normally, we would put these in a blog post, but this year we did it as a podcast episode and I feel like it’s the best of both because we still get to put all the links and info here for you as we normally would, but we also get to expand in a chatty way. This is perfect. No worries, it’s not offensive at all. All the love! I almost picked the Jenny Lind style, but ultimately I chose the Carousel Crib in white. I love it because it’s easy to get sidetracked working on a project or an important call or email or something with family. But I am often wearing house slippers with…especially in the winter. Yup, we have a YouTube channel haha. It was very magical doing this together all summer. You two have created such a warm and loving space for her. So I started making sort of like a handmade shopping goal. And if you already collect records, like I’m about to switch mine into my Christmas records, and then it’ll be Christmassy and it’s just kind of fun and simple and definitely like a high impact art idea that’s affordable if you already have records, you’re kind of done. It’s called “You Are Special” and it’s about being different from the “popular” people, but discovering that you are perfect as you are. Winter. The wallpaper is by my favorite painter, Lulie Wallace. Emma: Well, and sometimes certain city water, it’s not that it’s unhealthy, it just tastes really bad, like and it’s not enjoyable to drink, you know? My girls are now 15 and I still cry when I tell their story!! Like our new reality. And darling name- can’t wait to see here. Because this day is kind of hard and kind of sucked. What a beautiful nursery and name! This post is sponsored by one of my favorite brands: The Land Of Nod. So gorgeous! Love it. https://www.target.com/p/-/A-17303201?clkid=ae2f3836N25fcf8c9367a0c922c7bd841&lnm=81938&afid=BabyList%20Inc&ref=tgt_adv_xasd0002, I love the name! Because I was like, there’s just no way…. 20-dic-2018 - 13.1k Likes, 142 Comments - elsie larson (@elsielarson) on Instagram: “Cleaning Nova’s playroom while she naps (and donating toys behind her back) #thelarsonhouse” And like part of Twenty Twenty is like I haven’t been to get a massage. Reading to my son every night is quality time that I cherish. Could have been August. So I’m like, yeah. Also whether it was your intention or not, the middle name thing almost seems like a nod to the Chinese tradition of generational names (or characters added to represent cousins, sisters, etc.)! And I finally just ordered them and they were so inexpensive. Beautiful room, and beautiful name!! Elsie: So I have amassed a homemade mug collection that’s like pretty epic. Elsie Larson August 05, 2017 . So one of my commitments for 2020 once like covid started setting in and I started to realize like this is not like a two-week long thing, you know, like at first we were like, oh no big deal. That’s ABEAUTIFULMESS at Ember.com. I have to ask – how did you hang the scallop shelves to prevent them from “sagging?” We’ve tried everything! So…and then he had to unhook it up and then he had to hook it up in our new house. If my name wasn’t Summer, I would have loved to use the name Winter for a baby girl! There are some incredible adult adoptees who share their perspectives–it’s a priceless resource. And it can go really well or really wrong depending. I got the year after that. Oh Elsie this room is perfection. So that’s not good. I have loved this wallpaper since I first saw it and I love all of the other special details in the room, especially the giraffe! I did want to share a tradition with you that a friend does each year with her adopted daughter from Ethiopia: Every year, in addition to a birthday celebration, my friend throws a party to celebrate “airplane day” – the day her daughter came to the US. How pretty! It’s truly a precious one to me, and so unique. It’s easy! Emma: It always feels like this is stuff I actually make for my family because it’s kind of random. Elsie: Drip coffee maker. Ember is the must have gift of the holiday season. This room shows that in a big way. And like, if we ever took a picture with the pour over, it was like, this is embarrassing. We have absolutely put thought into that. The nursery looks so so beautiful! So if you’re having back issues or just or just like you want some little like fun spa thing, this ice roller I will say it’s like a hundred times better than any jade roller could ever be. Emma: I’m drinking water at your house and it’s delicious. I love all the details and effort you put into each piece! I am just in the beginning part of researching and would love your insight! As for the lamp, do you know the Dutch designer, Tord Boontje? Oh Elsie!!!! Jesse McCarthy, founder of MontessoriEducation.com and host of the popular Montessori Education Podcast, has worked with thousands of children, parents, and teachers over the past 15+ years — as a Principal for infants to 8th graders, an executive with a nationwide group of private schools, an elementary & junior-high teacher, and a parent-and-teacher coach and mentor. Did you explore domestic adoption? I’ve never met a Winter before (except for one Starbucks barista- haha!) AND obviously your nursery is GOLD. It’s not focused on one type of food. This is one of the cutest baby nurseries I’ve ever seen! The star pillow is from Oh Just Dandy (she’s from Nashville!) Wanted to comment and say our daughter and her cousins all share the name middle name! We chose this organic crib mattress (after upgrading to an organic mattress in our own bedroom two years ago we’ll never buy any other kind again). She is Jessica Jean, I’m Katrina Jean, and we were both named after our Grandma, Jean Katie it’s a special little connection! Bright, subtle, night light, etc. Here at A Beautiful Mess our motto is: Stay home + make something! The only “mom advice” for it would be to consider blackout curtains. Congrats to you both. Congrats on your journey! Adoption is very near to my heart… my mom was adopted as an infant from a young woman here in the states, and I now work in the foster care system which often leads to adoption as well. How did the cost compare? I want to know so much about this process and truly appreciate your opening up your story . OK, so I bought — this is so silly. I don’t know, I just don’t. Mar 15, 2016 - This Pin was discovered by Kitchen Domain. haha! So…. This week, we’re sharing our best purchases from 2020, which range from small to major and definitely random, if you like to geek on product reviews this episode is for you. Actually Winter is my LEAST favorite season (haha) but now it has a whole new meaning. I have a 3mo know and it’s amazing what you need in arms reach when holding or rocking a baby. All policies, programs and facilities designed for the safety of your child. Right? I actually share a middle name with my cousin and my niece and I had never seen that before. Emma: Yeah, and album art, I’m sure it’s still a big deal. And we would love to hear what your best purchases were of 2020 in those comments as well. It’s like a pretty large collection of ornaments…. Such a great earthy vibe to the nursery. Yeah. China adoptions are on average around 35k. So precious! Emma: Yeah. And I’ve even like looked through them before. They are absolutely wonderful! Oldest is my husband’s twins little girl Kennedy Lauren James who is just over a year, our little girl Everlyn James Sailor who is 6 months old, and our nephew Ezra Daniel James who is 4 months old , I will echo the sentiments of others in regards to a lighting choice. Just wanted to say that I listen to your podcast every Monday. What an adorable nursery! Thanks Erin! My heart is bursting for you guys! And I bought it off Amazon. It’s like the main thing that I am always looking for. It’s like I see the slots that are for two years from now, five years from now…. Elsie: So the first category is something small that really upgraded your life. I love rereading all the entries every night. And it looks like a sound machine, but is actually a tiny fan in there. Curious, why china when there is more risk of them just stopping your proceedings for no reason (and no legal ramifications) and also a MUCH longer wait compared to domestic..? Just trying to journal over here. Oh it is so lovely! Great! By coincidence, the bedroom my husband and I hope to convert to a nursery in the near future has the same door, window and closet configuration and these photos are so helpful in visualizing how to best arrange furniture and utilize the layout! Ariel Burkhardt, Lead Teacher –Record display shelves. We usually do this type of thing as like a blog post at the end of the year. It’s not very visual. It’s fantastic and just missing onnnneee thing. Such a beautiful nursery. Emma: That didn’t make it into the categories. And that is exactly what we aim to help you do. And this was a little miracle. OK, our two-year-old likes to have it rolled on her back. And my realtor was kind of mad at me because I made him like put on our listing and like, explain like they’re taking this water filter with them. I love it! But as it turned out, they are totally and completely different. I don’t have children so no baby/toddler advice to share, but it’s so heart-warming to see how excited you and your husband are about little Winter Bloom! Can’t wait for you to get your girl! He surprised me with it for our five year anniversary. Some really exciting new on the blog today! A couple of my cousins and I share a middle name (although I was the first ). On a side note, I love the “giraffe inspired” head scarf you are wearing for the photos. And Jonathan Adler is the best in lights! There is also Foster Care To Adopt (we did not look into, but I’ve been told it is free). But I was like, oh, I might move. Although we have not been matched yet, we felt ready to create a nursery based on what we do know. Find a lamp you love, but find one that is out of reach! (laughs), Elsie: It’s a fancy but not too expensive — I feel like it’s like a medium priced like a couple of hundred dollars or something like that — pizza oven and you can like carry it outside and put it on the counter and make the pizza and then you can put it back inside and store it. It showed how much she really knows me and I just love that she was brave enough to pull the trigger. It may have to do with the size of the shelves. I regret nothing. My house slippers are they do have a like hard sole. Or you need a place to set the book down after you’re done reading it to her. I don’t check my blog feed like I used to (obviously!) Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog I’ve barely gotten through it without crying with my babies so many times; it just touches my heart so much <3 Oh no! Ok. Teared up reading this post. Sorry if I missed it, but could you tell me what agency you are working with for your adoption? Winter is already so loved and you can tell. You've done a wonderful job. Millennials is a generation who grew up with computers, internet and social networks. I had no idea it was “a thing”! -Jacqueline And then we made one with Goldie, her first Christmas. It’s so optimistic. ❤️. So lovely! Elsie: So I recently bought a Montessori shelf I’m very passionate about it. Love it. Oh my goodness! We are already excited to take her back to China when she’s old enough to remember it. Something you can do that’s helpful and also fun. My daughter is Rooney Jane (Jane is my mom’s first name), and one of her cousins is Myah Jane. So I’ve had to do some reconfiguring. Here, you will find over twelve years of recipes and step-by-step tutorials for home decor projects, crafts, and … ? But bravo on the room. Both are family names from each side. Your daughter to be’s name is beautiful as well, though have you considered incorporating her Chinese name too? And then if you want something whimsical, I really loved The Starless Sea which is by the same author who did The Night Circus. I bought a few headbands and one necklace from Etsy. So sweet that you’ve decided to bond your daughter and her cousin like that! Racheal Zan Harris . I’m so so happy with this purchase. See more ideas about beautiful mess, elsie larson, planting flowers. I hope you find parenthood just as beautiful. xx. I loved your Things That Help post – it helped me! Elsie: …go to the grocery store and come straight back home, you know? and the sweet velvet bunny is from Sleepy King. It was still summertime. A Beautiful Mess is a lifestyle blog founded by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Every adoption is different, but in our process we were able to choose our child’s gender (we chose girl) and age (we chose under 2) and we know that most babies adopted from China are at least 1-year-old, so we have a pretty good idea of the age range she will be. Emma: It’s very cute. Praying for your journey! Yeah. You’re shining some incredible light on a much needed subject. Thanks for pointing that out. Elsie: So I love a big splurge, as we’ve discussed in previous episodes. We chose Bloom for her middle name after our niece, Penelope Bloom. Is Elise really your sister? Elsie: It’s this low like, you know, kids sized shelf. OK, mine is I have a one line a day journal that I bought. Look for bulbs or ability to have multiple clicks of light. Your daughter name is just beautiful and unique. Augh! Very pretty name and nursery! My considerations were that I wanted something that A. did not shed fur balls (that annoys me so much and I know this room will be extremely high traffic) and B. would be easy to clean. xx. Elsie: I also switched, OK recently, from a full on diaper bag to a small little fanny pack for my purse because I realize, like, I’m never going to change a diaper in public during covid and it could be a while like I just didn’t. And I feel like no matter how epic I make our bedroom, we always have a box fan and…, Emma: You can’t travel with it, which not that you’re traveling this year, but…. A big thanks to our sponsors for this week’s episode, Leahlani and Ember! We hope to adopt someday and I’m so glad you are getting that concept out there. Love the room the rug especially and the cactus toy. Winter will love her room! xoxox. SO excited for you and your family Elsie! Find Helen Larson's phone number, address, and email on Spokeo, the leading people search directory for contact information and public records. This post is just sweet! this room is beautiful and the love and care you put into it really shines. And it made so much more sense to me than framing them. So perfect! Congrats!!! are incredible. Elsie: I’m the opposite, I never change out of my pajamas. I love every happy detail. Definitely making one of those for our new house! Emma: Yes, I feel like the level of splurge here is really going to give you a look into Emma and Elsie and the ways they spend money. As the wife of a photographer and a lover of all things minimal, I adore the wooden camera toy! Emma: Mine just got worn out in grody and I was like OK it is time. It’s a little sad to not use Penelope’s middle name this time, but we may use it next time! You forgot to link the other ‘Home’ by Carson Ellis! Best wishes on your future family. We named our dog Antoinette because of those books (Antoinette & Gaston)!! I have been wanting these Spanx leggings. CONGRATS! <3. So happy for you guys! So I did the math, and I realized…. A long cardigan, or that type of thing and with boots, and I feel like leggings fit inside of your boots, and anyway, so. They’re super good. They have both a trio of their top selling items and a collection of their honey products available for gift giving, or for your holiday recovery needs. Elsie: I’ll link that too just for fun but yeah, it’s like…, Emma: I was like, why have we not made pizza?! Do I ever love this thing. Thank you! So that’s kind of my vibe. Exciting for your family, exciting for Game of Thrones fans…Winter coming in any capacity is clearly a very exciting event! , Winter is such a sweet name, my cousin and I share a middle name and it is so special! Emma: Yeah, it’s amazing. (laughs) So there you have it. I love my Donna Wilson Kaleido mug, the perfect shape and her designs are so quirky. She is a blessed daughter to join your family!! I went with similar colors for my daughters room (she’s almost 4!) I cried when you told us all that you were adopting, and I’ll cry when you’re matched, and I’ll cry when you bring your girl home! PS-you were one of the very first bloggers I ever followed way back in the day, when you were making scrapbooks! <3 I love the idea of cousins sharing a middle name. Congratulations! The scalloped cowhide rug was a big choice. Also my child shakes and tries to climb all standing lamps. I’ve been a follower of your blog since the thrift store days! your little daughter will be one of the luckiest little persons in the world. Elsie: OK, so we talked about so many different things in this episode. Funny story—this mirror (which I love with all my heart and will pass down to my kids probably, I love it that much) has been broken not once but TWICE. Not to be biased (as it’s from my shop), but what about a vintage swag lamp like this: She can really grow up in this room. It’s called You Belong Here and I think it fits so perfectly with your story and the aesthetic of your beautiful nursery. Elsie: I am one of those people that I’m always like, oh, I don’t like banana bread. So excited for you … what an undertaking, you must be exhausted …my best friend has 2 adopted girls from Korea (now in their 30’s) amazing women, beautiful family Like you can write two sentences. 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