holy expletive, we bought a house!

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It feels like I’ve been keeping this secret forever. I am so excited to finally share that we purchased a home, this home!! We’re only moving about 25 minutes away from what has been my neighborhood for the past TEN years, but life is about to change immensely for the Stone family. We are technically leaving Philadelphia and taking on this project of a Tudor. It’s about 1000 square feet more than what we’ve had, in a neighborhood we absolutely adore. Our house was built in 1944 and has so much character (more pictures of that soon). It needs a lot of work, but already has a ton of charm and natural light. I hope you’ll follow along as I add home improvement to the list of topics covered on this blog. And now, back to packing!

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NakNak Amazing modern house numbers

modern house numbers GAH! I have the heart shaped cartoon eyeballs for these modern house numbers! I love their color offerings and quirky design. I think the twists in the metal make them feel modern, but not that capital “M” snooty kind of modern. Aren’t they so cool?!

I guess this is as good a time as any to tell you that we’ve been starting to tiptoe around the idea of moving out of Philadelphia! We found a town just outside the city that we love, a great realtor, and maaaaybe even the perfect house. Nothing is set in stone, but it’s fun to dream about a big change. Click through to see these lovely Swedish house numbers in all their glory, from NakNak.

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the new babe’s nursery

modern galaxy nursery design
In 11.5 short weeks, a tiny dude will be coming to live with us forever (YAY!). Recently I’ve been realizing just how quickly the past 12 weeks have gone by, and how soon our new babe will be in my arms. When Eva was a newborn, we were subletting our second of three houses, waiting for the one we live in now to finally be ready for us. She didn’t have a proper nursery until she was about 7 months old, and I’m hoping to bring this newbie home to a space that’s completely ready for him.

Because space is tight in our little home, we’ll be turning what is now the playroom into our little boy’s nursery. It’s a bigger room than Eva’s, so I am planning to keep enough open space that both Eva and her little brother can still use it as somewhat of a play room. One of the walls is exposed brick, while the others are a lovely teal color that I think compliments the brick perfectly. I’m planning to keep the wall color as is, and add touches of grey (and maybe a little neon) throughout. I’ve already purchased bedding from dwell studio’s galaxy nursery collection, the flensted mobile, and a few other things.

In general I want the space to feel clean, modern, fun, and practical (kind of like everything I get my little designer fingers on). I don’t want to be too stuck on any one “theme,” as I think that approach tends to get kind of matchy and boring. So, what do you guys think? Are there any other decor items my little dude just has to have for his space? Fill a pregnant sister in! And have a nice weekend!

PS: If you’re interested, you can follow me on pinterest and check out the whole bebe nursery board right here!

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my plants are dead and now I’m sad

easy houseplants from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com, easy houseplants, impossible to kill houseplants, house plants, easy house plants, unkillable houseplants I’m not sure what’s going on over here, you guys. The plants are beginning to mutiny! I have a lot of plants, and I feel like I work pretty hard to be nice to them. I know all of their names, what they’re into, their favorite colors, really…I’ve done my homework! But alas, five of them have bit the dust since Christmas and now my collection is looking rather depleted.

Taking care of plants is something I really enjoy. My garden is just about my favorite place in the universe, but this time of year, I’m limited to what’s inside. I think tons of house plants is both the easiest and cheapest way to bring some life into your home. I’ve got it narrowed down to a few contenders that can withstand our mediocre city row house lack of light. So what do you say, will you help me choose some new lovelies?

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the prettiest pillows (everywhere)

the prettiest pillows (everywhere) from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com It’s been a little while since I’ve talked about my home, or really interior design at all. During the summer, I was super committed to my garden and didn’t spend much time thinking about what the inside of our house was looking like. But now that it’s getting a bit cooler, I’m wanting to cozy up the Stone casa a bit. We’ve got a relatively deep, modern teal couch that’s just begging for an excess of pillows. I love the idea of snuggling up with a book (or laptop) in a big pile of mismatched pillows. Check out all the ones I’ve got my eye on after the jump…

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5 Minute DIYs: cork colorblock mouse pad

5 Minute DIYs: cork colorblock mouse pad from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com Hi there! I’ve been meaning to start up this series for a while now, and today, I’m finally making it happen. I’ve done a lot of teensy projects around my studio to improve my workspace, and I’m planning to gradually share them with you in this series. First up is my cork mousepad! I love how this guy turned out, and I hope you do too. If you’re interested in making your own (for almost nothing) keep reading…

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Welcome to my secret garden

Welcome to my secret garden from blog.cleanlinestudio.com

Hey guys. Welcome to my garden! It’s only a secret because I haven’t mentioned it til now, which feels strange because my garden is currently one of my most beloved interests. We moved into our Northern Liberties row home after a painful 2+ year renovation. It’s been a slow process to correct mistakes made by our terrible contractor inside the home. Our energy level and enthusiasm was very low in terms of tackling the backyard. We’ve lived in the home for 3.5 years, and have finally made the commitment to getting the backyard in shape. Our home is quite small, around 1000 square feet on a good day. Our backyard, however, is nearly the same size (a pretty huge deal by Philadelphia standards). We still have a lot of work to do back there, but I’m turning into quite the little gardener! I’ve always loved plants and flowers. Having the space to nurture and enjoy my plant babies means the world to me. I’m only showing close ups of the larger plants today. As soon as the scaffolding comes down, I’ll show you the whole space, and the growth of each garden bed. Welcome to my garden (after the jump)!!!!

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these are a few of my favorite things

office inspiration and tour from blog.cleanlinestudio.com

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…Is that song stuck in your head now too? Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. Eva likes that song so it’s perpetually rolling around in mine. By now you’ve seen a glimpse at my studio, but today I wanted to share a few more images of my desk setup, and my favorite things to have about while I’m working.

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new studio, here I come!

studio office space inspiration from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Hey Guys! So it’s official! At the beginning of February, I’ll be moving into a studio space! I’m really excited to take this step in growing my business. Next week I’ll probably tell ya about my goals, dreams and fears for this space, but today I just wanted to share how I want it to look and feel. After all, the decorating is the fun part, isn’t it? I’m going for bright, airy, welcoming, and most importantly, conducive to getting work done!

Kind of unrelated, but do you think there’s any advantage to having a rolling chair? I’m looking to invest in a new one, and the ones I like tend to be sans-wheels!

Have a very lovely weekend, and stay warm!

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holiday shopping with baba souk

holiday shopping with baba souk from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I’ve told you guys about baba souk before, in fact I partnered with them for the very first giveaway on afl. I’ve started my holiday shopping, and as usual was blown away by the offerings at this sweet online boutique.

Baba Souk’s collection consistently embodies a distinctive, thoughtful little corner of the (otherwise frenzied) e-commerce world. Today I’m highlighting some of my favorite products for a variety of holiday occasions, be it a hostess gift, stocking stuffer, child’s present, or holiday fashion. Can you believe that the holidays are upon us, already?!

Stephanie has been kind enough to offer 15% OFF to all afl readers! Use the code AFINELINE at checkout, now through 11/23 (so hurry)!

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I received product to review for this post. All opinions are my own. I only endorse products I truly love, and believe a fine line readers will love as well. 

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