Liv's Montessori Inspired Nursery

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Now that Liv is officially a full toddler (running, talking, exploring everything!) I have continued to add to her room, building on Montessori principles and rotating and buying a few new toys now that she is older. Her room has changed even since I took these pictures (they are from February and she now sleeps in a big girl bed)! Woo hooo!

Montessori is an educational philosophy and a whole system of education (based on the scientific work of Maria Montessori) in which the environment is very intentional and set up in a very ordered way. There is a lot more to it, but the environment is a really key piece. Activities are grouped and stored on a tray or in a basket. One of the cool things I learned from the Montessori philosophy is to store all the pieces of a puzzle in a basket on top of the puzzle. If you store the puzzle with the pieces in their proper place (already complete) there is little desire for a child to pick it up and do the puzzle, because it's already done. 

I am not 100% Montessori by any means, but I have used many Montessori principles throughout our home. I rotate our toys/books not putting them all out at once in an effort to keep the space organized and so that Liv can enjoy them without it feeling overwhelming or stuffy in her room. I have been so surprised how well Liv puts her toys back and I think it is because it is easy for her to know where it goes. One toy, one spot. Skills such as sorting, hand-eye coordination, and the exploration of materials to build etc...are all Montessori rooted. It is a beautiful approach to education. Here are a few of my favorite Montessori resources: The Kavanaugh Report & The Montessori Notebook. I love building a fun space for Liv and I'll continue to change and tweak it as Cohen eventually moves in there too. 

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Liv using her water painting board (below) and of course drinking the water (haha, my fault for putting the water in a tea cup)!

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SPACES // library love

libraryLove_12_06 Grant and I would really love to have a large library in our home someday. We both love books and we already have a pretty big collection. Isn't this library so dreamy? I tend to like darker spaces that are smaller, more crowded and maybe a little cozier, but there's something about this room that caught my eye. The tufted chaise lounge, pillow, chair, rug, dark floors and ceiling high bookshelves are gorgeous! I'm currently reading The Catcher in the Rye (recommended by my sisters) and Daily Rituals: How Creatives Work (SO good). I'm notorious for starting a million books and never finishing them. Haha, new years resolution?? :) xo

DIY // easy marbled terracotta planter

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marbledPotskullCactus On Wednesday my friend Jane came over to hang out and craft. We looked at a bunch of random DIY things, but in the end she made some neon tassels and I used paint pens to create a marble design on a terracotta planter. :) I've been meaning to repot a handful of plants that I had and terracotta planters are so cheap. I was inspired by this picture on instagram! It was so easy and I love the final result. The only supplies you need are Sharpie paint pens and a terracotta planter! :) Happy Friday!

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