Style: Under the Sea Mermaid

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If I had a baby girl, I know exactly how I would decorate her room. With my obsession with Ariel, and my love for the color palette that includes pinks, aquas and neutrals, this is it!
Before I go any further, though, let me get something clear -- I am not pregnant.

The inspiration of coral, the ocean, seashells, fantasy of mermaids, here is my inspiration board.

Knobs + Pulls Inspiration

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Yesterday I posted about how I want to Kate Spade my kitchen & dinnerware. In keeping with my urge to renovate my kitchen (without actually spending any money), I thought I would share some knobs and pulls I'm fancying at the moment. I can't say it's the most inexpensive way to update your kitchen -- because some knobs can get kind of pricey -- but it does help you change things up in your kitchen without a complete overhaul.

Fortunately for us, the company that flipped our house before we bought it installed brand new cabinets. The downside to that is, they installed these standard (inexpensive) knobs that "will do," but there's nothing special about them. I get it though. Not everyone who looked at the house would raise a stink about kitchen cabinet knobs, but having been in the house for a year now, I'm getting that itch to change it up a little and add something different to the kitchen before we renovate it (in the very, very, very far future!). These are some knobs and pulls I like:

Kate Spade Kitchen & Dinnerware

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I'm in the mood for getting new kitchen and dinnerware. To save my husband some grief in me spending the money right now, I figured I would start "shopping" and hinting at the items I'm really digging at the moment. Will I still want these items six months from now? Next year? Only time will tell, but with all the news and hubbub over Kate Spade expanding to baby, fitness and home goods, I am swooning over these Kate Spade kitchen & dinnerware items. I think they're timeless pieces I will still be in love with next year, so my fingers are crossed that I get my hands on these goodies! 1: kate spade new york Polka Dot Apron via Bed, Bath & Beyond; 2: kate spade new york Pierrepont Place 2-Piece Serving Set via Bloomingdale's; 3: kate spade new york Long Wharf Drive Table Linens via Bloomingdale's; 4: kate spade new york Mercer Drive Platinum Collection via Macy's; 5: kate spade new york Grace Avenue Collection via Macy's; 6: kate spade new york Pierrepont Place Metal Bowl via Bed, Bath & Beyond; 7: kate spade new york Library Stripe Glassware via Bloomingdale's; 8: kate spade 'library stripe' decanter via Nordstrom

I love that the Mercer Drive Platinum Collection dishware have a variety of colors (very kate spade-esque) without being too flashy. It's still very feminine without being something my husband would hate. I cannot wait until the baby and home good collections are released later this fall!

Camp Theme Nursery Inspiration

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I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, or if it's just been a very long time for this to be on my "blog about one day" list, but I had a camping theme baby shower when I was pregnant with my baby, Dominic. I made a cute sign that says "Camp Dominic" and some other crafty items to go with the theme (I hope to post pictures up to share soon!). Anyway, here's the long story short - my husband is called "Raccoon" in Portuguese when he does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so we kind have always figured Dominic would be "Baby Raccoon." He has a number of raccoon-esque items in his room -- from a pillow to stuffed animals. His sheets & curtains are either gray chevron or gray stripes. Because it can't be all raccoon items, we have sort of gone with a woodland, "camp" theme, where we've incorporated bears, deer, foxes, and owls to the decor.

There are so many ways you can go with a camp theme, but here are my favorite items.

1: Paper Mache Mobile (Camp Theme) from Land of Nod; 2: Log Throw Pillow from Land of Nod; 3: Trend Lab's Northwood's Buffalo Check Lampshade via Target; 4: Fox Canvas Bin by 3 Sprouts via The Container Store (raccoon, bird and elephant version too); 5: Circo Ceramic Table Lamp & Shade - Owl via Target; 6: A Tee Pee to Call Your Own (Cargo) from Land of Nod; 7: Animal Pillow (Raccoon) via H&M; 8: Bear Shaped Rug from Pottery Barns Kids

P.S. The cute items I must add to this are the alphabet canvases that were made by family and friends who attended the baby shower. As part of the "Arts & Crafts" portion of "Camp Dominic" we had family and friends write a different letter of the alphabet to the canvas -- so we have the entire alphabet in different styles from block letters to cursive -- it is so cute! See below. Also - don't judge me for the letters "V" and "U" being switched around -- or the fact that our alphabet is also missing the letter "K" (somebody didn't realize the weren't supposed to pick whatever letter they wanted).

When the hubby is away fishing, wifey gets some home projects done! Finally hung the alphabet canvas from #TheDomJuan baby shower last December. And yes, there is a "G" instead of a "K" because someone didn't follow directions. #lacasaruiz

A photo posted by Jomylene🌺Ruiz (@jomygoodness) on Sep 27, 2014 at 6:16pm PDT

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

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Don't get crazy ideas, folks. I'm not pregnant (although, some shameful people have mistakenly asked me if I am). I am perfectly content with being the one queen of the throne in my castle. I was at a baby shower this past weekend, and while shopping for gifts from the registry, I couldn't help but get all goo-goo, gaga over the cute stuff they have. I joked with my husband about how much I wished to have just a baby shower, and if not, the chance to decorate someone's nursery to get my baby fix in. So I started pulling a bunch of baby items I've been clipping to my inspiration notebook.

I don't have a baby girl, so at this point, I don't even know what theme to go with. So I decided to just keep it as neutral as possible, with some feminine touches here and there.

1: Grey Lattice Fitted Crib Sheet via Target; 2: tranquility - leafy + white bamboo dream blanket by aden + anais; 3: "K" Typeset Throw Pillow in mint by Land of Nod; 4: Hand Picked Bow Knob by Land of Nod; 5: FABRIKOR Glass-door cabinet in beige by IKEA; 6: Posh Tufted Pink Pouf by Land of Nod; 7: 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail by The Honest Company; 8: Delaney Rug in pink by Pottery Barn Kids

Why the glass door cabinet in a baby girl nursery? To put all the cute memorabilia things you want to pass down -- jewelry box, ballet slippers, Precious Moments statue collection of all the Disney Princesses your mom gave to you! (<--- That would be my plan! Again, though, I'm not pregnant!)