housewarming party

Are you wondering why there’s been a HUGE gap in blog posts this summer? Well, that’s all thanks to our bathroom renovation. My husband and I both have architecture degrees and love to dream about all sorts of building plans for our house. When we bought the house, we knew it needed some updates, but thought we’d have a little more time. Well in January, we discovered the toilet had been leaking and the subfloor had rotted. Sweet. So instead of freaking out (okay, there was a moment or two of freaking out), we decided to move the bathroom renovation to the top of the to-do list. Six months later, we (DIY mind you) finally finished the renovation complete with a new tile floor, updated electrical & plumbing, new non-leaky toilet, custom (Ikea-hacked) sink cabinet & countertop. I can’t tell you how great it feels to walk into that bathroom everyday and know that we created it with our own two (or four) hands.

bathroom before

before. blue tub, vinyl floor, cracked sink…

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during. moving supply lines to the wall at sink alcove

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after!

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after

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after. sink

And what did we do after we finished the bathroom? Had a party of course. We decided to throw a belated housewarming party paired with a bathroom reveal. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like a deadline to help you finish a project. We kept the invite pretty simple–a fun font paired with a simple layout and hand drawn tools. I later letterpress printed coordinating stationery to write thank you notes to all of our friends.

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What should be out next ‘reveal’ party? Kitchen anyone?

baby showers!

It seems like everyone is talking about babies…several of our close friends and family have recently had babies or are pregnant. Between May and August, my husband and I are doubling our niece/nephew count…to 6! It’s always fun to go shopping to little girl’s dresses or baby boy trucks. But it’s even more fun to design invitations and announcements as gifts for our friends.

One of my dear friends Andrea Hubbell (remember, she took these photos of the studio a while back) is having a baby boy this October! I couldn’t be happier for her and her husband, Brian. They are going to be such wonderful parents, and that baby boy is going to have lots of aunties and uncles in town who love and spoil him.

Kristin and Sarah, who are throwing the shower, wanted something fun and light-hearted to reflect Andrea and Brian. The Hubbells had already purchased these ‘monster’ prints for the nursery and we all thought that was a perfect theme to riff of of. I created my own version of a momma and baby loch ness monster swimming in the water. Don’t you just love how sweet the interaction between momma and baby are?

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One of my sisters just hosted a baby sprinkle (it’s less of a shower, more of a celebration for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th child) for her 2nd little girl, Juliana Claire. Juliana is due in August and I can’t wait to meet her! A rooftop bbq was the perfect way to celebrate…I mean that’s what you do in Baltimore, right?

So, I created these cute invitations for Juliana’s bbq sprinkle that featured a branded bbq sticker and vintage/distressed fonts. I loved how they turned out–sophisticated, yet fun.

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