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What’s your Christmas tree tradition? Do you have a specific day when you put up your tree? I’ve been doing it on December 1st for quite a few years now and love the anticipation! I usually make a pot of mulled wine a la Rahel (which basically means 2/3 apple juice and 1/3 red wine) and listen to classical Christmas music all day long!

Usually I go for a natural touch with white and silver ornaments, and just a few in a soft blush. But with the dining area finished, I’m thinking about changing things up a little this year.

In this short blog series we’re going to take a peek at three beautiful Christmas color schemes, starting with the natural Christmas inspiration!

Natural Christmas Inspiration

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I’m naturally drawn to these simple colors. A backdrop of white with added splashes of different shades of grey, darker greens, and pops of black and natural wood. It’s so soothing and really embodies the quieter months of honkering down and cozying up next to a fire.

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It’s such a simple style and needs minimal decor. Just pair them well and stick to a strict color scheme and you’re golden!

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Paper stars, lanterns and tons of candles, that’s the key. You can spiff things up just a tad by adding a few splashes of silver – or bring in a bit of rustic with some pine cones and branches you find in the woods…

 

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After looking long and hard for the right crib sheet for baby’s bed, I decided to make them myself instead. I’m glad I did, because these mattress covers are SO easy to make and you can use a pattern you love! And bonus, I did mine with a cozy flannel fabric, which will make baby’s crib even warmer during the cold winter months.

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DIY Baby Crib Sheet / Materials

  • 2 yards of cotton or cotton flannel fabric
  • 3 yards of 1/4″ elastic
  • sewing machine, sewing essentials
  • medium size safety pin

This tutorial is for US standard size crib sheets. You can easily make a custom size by adding 17 inches to the actual length and width! (Our crib mattress from IKEA measures 52×27″)

Step One

Lay out your fabric and cut a piece that’s 69×44″ – to get the maximum width, keep the salvage on the fabric. Next make a simple pattern from cardstock or paper that is 8×8″. Trace it on the four corners and cut.

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Step Two

Now put together the edges of the squares you just cut out, pin and sew. To make this DIY crib sheetΒ  super practical and ready for many washes, I zig-zaged the edges and sewed a straight stitch.

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Step Three

Now we’re making a tube all around the inner edge of the DIY crib sheet. Fold the edge over about 1/4″ and then again 1/2″. Pin and mark a casing where you will insert the elastic (about 3-4″) With a straight stitch sew along the fold, leaving the casing open.

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Step Four

Cut a 3 yard piece of elastic and attach one end to a medium sized safety pin. Insert the pin and thread it all the way through to the other side of the casing.

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Step Five

Overlap the elastic about 1″ and sew back and forth a few times. (I forgot to take a picture at this point, but here’s a pic from the changing pad cover) Now sew up the casing and you’re done and the DIY crib sheet is ready to go!

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, this chocolate cake is like a chocolate heaven on earth! It’s texture is feather light, yet it holds a beautiful punch of chocolate, without being overly sweet. Ground nuts give it an earthy taste and best of all, this easy chocolate cake recipe is about as simple as they come!

easy chocolate cake recipe by www.houseofmenig.com

easy chocolate cake recipe by www.houseofmenig.com

Years ago, I started to experiment with chocolate cake recipes. I’m not a huge cake eater, they’re usually too heavy and sweet for me. So I set out to craft a cake that would be light, not overly sweet, but most of all, delicious and chocolaty!

This cake is just about the easiest thing you’ll ever make! Use a stand mixer for ultimate ease or a bowl + hand mixer if the KitchenAid is on your Christmas list πŸ˜‰ Enjoy!

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Ingredients

125 g Unbleached All Purpose Flour

140 g Sugar

3 Eggs

1 Pinch of Salt

50 g Unsalted Butter

155 g Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 Cup Milk

4 Tbsp Ground Hazel or Almond Nuts

Powdered Sugar

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Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

1 In a stand mixer bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and eggs. Whisk together until the mixture becomes lighter in color.

2 Melt the Butter as well as the Chocolate. Then work quickly to whisk them into the mixture.

TIP: Melting Chocolate is super simple! Add measured amount into a bowl, pour boiling water over the chocolate and let sit for about 3 minutes. With a toothpick or fork, check if the chocolate is melted, then gently pour out the water.

3 Add cocoa powder, baking powder, milk and nuts. Whisk until evenly combined.

4 Preheat oven to 410F – use convection setting if available.

5 Oil a 9 or 10 inch round springform pan and pour the mixture into the pan. Spread out evenly.

6 Bake at 410F for 19 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. Then, while still warm, remove the springform and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar.

 

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We’re off to the sixth and last week of the One Room Challenge and we’re beyond thrilled to share with you our Scandinavian nursery REVEAL!!! Remember to visit the other bloggers right here or check out ORC on Instagram with #oneroomchallenge

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Week Six / Scandinavian Nursery REVEAL!!!

It’s been an intense six weeks of transforming the previous Crafts Room into our baby’s nursery, but the experience was amazing and I would do it again in a heart beat! Focusing and tackling a single room is definitely the way to go! A lesson I should have known all along, but somehow had forgotten πŸ˜‰

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Crib

Although we struggled with finding the right crib (week 3), the SUNDVIK crib from IKEA turned out to be a perfect match! We chose a more grown up color scheme for this room, playing it bold with stark black pops amidst a sea of white and grey.

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I especially love how the raw wood shelf above the crib adds so much warmth and will be the perfect spot to decorate throughout the year. Little tiny Christmas tree anyone?? πŸ™‚

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Even though Adrian initially felt like the DIY Mobile looked a little ‘witch-crafty’ and dark, I love how it adds a bold focal point against the white walls and brightly lit window.

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Reading Nook

A super important spot to me was the reading nook. Instead of just stuffing books into a bookcase, we opted to use two long picture ledges from IKEA and showcase baby’s first books. It creates such a sweet kiddy moment in the space. My future plan is to regularly go to the library and have a constant rotation of story books. Just another way of making life interesting yet clutter free!

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To bring in a pop of black, I framed a tiny little watercolor piece and stuck it up on the top picture ledge. It gives the wall a bit of extra height, as books are generally only this tall..

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Next to the nook is a BILLY bookcase with OXBERG doors. I plan on storing extra clothes, toys and larger amounts of diapers in there. For now though, it’s completely empty.

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Changing Station

The $50 shelves Adrian built turned out to be the perfect spot to clean baby’s dirty diapers. We got plenty of storage in this nook for baby’s current clothes and essentials. By far my favorite part is the beautiful gallery wall! This project turned out so much better than I had envisioned! LOVE the sophisticated, matte black frames that hold a series of my watercolor paintings πŸ™‚

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The changing station itself is rather simple and straight forward. A felt caddy I found on Amazon will hold all the essentials, while the three grey baskets below will hold the current clothing. To omit folding baby’s clothes, I’m planning on using one basket each for onesies, jumpsuits and a combination of pants and sweaters. Easy peasy!

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Behind the changing pad I’m going to be adding an ‘encouragement’ wall πŸ˜‰ You know, pieces that make you smile and give you that ‘other’s have been there, done that’ feeling when you’re completely sleep deprived and have to change/feed baby for the gazillionst time that night… LOL So I’m going to add cute pictures as well as cards we’re getting from friends and family to celebrate baby’s arrival. I’m looking forward to grow this wall into a happy cluster of paper goods!

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And that concludes the Nursery! Thanks so much for following along as we transformed the previous Crafts Room into our winter baby’s Nursery!! This challenge was such a fun experience and I’m excited to share some of the DIY projects in the coming weeks with full tutorials πŸ™‚

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We’re off to the fifth week of the One Room Challenge and our gender neutral Scandinavian nursery is just about to be finished! Remember to follow the other bloggers right here or check out ORC on Instagram with #oneroomchallenge

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Week Five

The week just zoomed by, but our gender neutral Scandinavian nursery is almost finished!! One big frustration was a DIY wall pocket organizer I wanted to make for the changing area… Let’s just say, it didn’t exactly go to plan and three hours later the piece was tossed into the trash… LOL

A Gallery Wall

I had planned a gallery wall in the changing nook, but not in a million years did I expect to just absolutely fall in love with this part of the nursery as much as I did! It came out absolutely perfect! I found the inexpensive skinny frames at Michael’s and since they only come in a cheap looking high gloss finish, I quickly spray painted them a matte black. What a difference it made! They look so sophisticated and may I say, quite expensive! If you want to learn how to plan and hang a gallery wall, click here!

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I gathered a series of watercolor paintings I painted throughout the last some years and framed them without the glass, creating custom picture mats like I did for the bedroom gallery wall.

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This corner looks so modern and sophisticated – so in love with it!!

Changing Station Storage + Organization

Over the last couple of weeks I had thought long and hard about how we were going to organize baby clothes and essentials in a way that makes things easy and straight forward. After all, I want the baby daddy to have fun when he changes baby’s poopy diapers πŸ˜‰

In the end I decided to keep it suuuuper simple with just a bunch of different sized baskets which will hold all of the necessities. At IKEA I found the white open storage containers in the kitchen section. They’re perfect for extra diapers, little socks, drool bibs and extra changing pad and mattress covers.

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The larger grey baskets below will hold baby’s clothes. My plan is to use one basket each for onesies, one piece suits as well as sweaters + pants. That way – sneaky sneaky – I don’t EVER have to fold baby clothes or get mad at the hubby for making a mess, everything is easily tossed and retrieved from the assigned basket! HA!

The Shelf

We also hung a shelf above the crib! I love a simple shelf where you can update decor – especially seasonal stuff. I can already see a little tiny Christmas tree for baby’s first Christmas in 2018!

For now, I made this fun ABC letter art, using the same technique as I did for the bedroom gallery wall. I simply cut out all the letters with my trusty old Silhouette machine and hot glued the letters one by one onto a piece of watercolor paper. It creates a fun 3D effect!

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Sooo, and that’s it for week 5 of the One Room Challenge! Thanks for following our gender neutral Scandinavian nursery’s journey! I can’t wait to share the grand reveal next week!!

 

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