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FRIENDLY FRIDAY // HOW TO EDIT YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

Friendly Friday

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One of my digital friends (meaning we follow each other on Instagram), Marianna, recently posted a video tutorial on how to edit your Instagram photos and even though I have several years of practice with about six different editing apps, I learned so much from her demo.

Whether you are serious about creating beautiful photos from your phone or you would just like to up your insta game, you will benefit from this video. I had to share!

Happy Friday! May your weekend photos be way more chic;)

Photo by Cibelle Levi 

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BUMP DAY // NURSERY UPDATE

Bump Day

This week for #venzeditsBumpDay, I am taking a quick break from the usual Q/A sessions to give you an update on #BabyBB2015‘s nursery!

The first thing we did when we found out that I was pregnant was paint the room.

At the time, we did not know that #BabyBB2015 was a girl, but I knew that regardless of gender, I wanted the room to be neutral and provide a calm, spa-like space.

(Baxter and I hope to be blessed with more than one child, so in my mind, this is the forever nursery at our house and when our first child is too old for a crib, she will graduate to a big girl room.)

You can see that I went through many colors, looking for the right neutral.

I ended up with Sherwin Williams, 6210 Window Pane at 50% (I didn’t want the wall color to be too rich, so I requested 50%).

paint colors

Once the walls were dry, I started moving in little accessories and decor that I wanted to use in the room. This image below was my first stab at a mood board.

From left to right:

I purchased this Hermes Avalon baby blanket at least a year before I got pregnant. I liked the neutral color and knew that I would use it in a nursery one day.

I purchased a set of the mirrored acrylic trays a few years back; we have not yet decided how they will be used in the nursery or nursery bathroom. Regardless, they are great trays and I will use them elsewhere in the house if they don’t fit here.

The fabric on these two pillows was designed by Megan Adams. I purchased a yard of this print from her more than five years ago (I loved the mint green color that runs through the design) and had them made into euro shams.

Do you guys know Monica Abney? She is a fellow Texan and she just had a baby herself. Over the years, she has been so kind to send me sketches of myself with my dogs so I had the sketches framed for the nursery.

My white butler’s tray and stand is a staple, but it will probably move back into the guest room. I wanted to see if I liked white lacquer and chrome in the nursery.

I knew from early on that I wanted to use sheepskin somewhere in the nursery; I have since purchased several more of these pelts.

Every room needs a floor length mirror. We have this style hanging in every bedroom in our house.

We are going to re-use the existing drapes and rod from this room, so those stayed.

nursery accessories

The second thing we did was install lighting. That was the most exciting day!

The sputnik pendant light was a must have for this room, but the series of brass sconces really make the space unique. I LOVE THEM! We installed another light switch so there are separate controls for the pendant, the sconces and the can lights. Lighting sets the mood. This room would not be the same without these features.

PS: My mom painted the silver drapery rod gold to match the lighting. #DIY

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Next, we started scheming on the rug.

I bought several more small skeepskin pelts, and Stacy Hyde (our designer) suggested piling them up on top of a full-sized rug.

sheepskin rug

When we went rug shopping, this rug below stood out to me. I loved the shine and the super-soft texture. BUT, once we got it home, it clashed with the walls, so it ended up going back to the showroom.

rug install

The next rug that Stacy brought over was this textured rug (sister version here). At first sight, I was not excited about it- probably because it was so different than the first rug. This one was not as glossy and I had always pictured a light rug in this room. That said, after about five minutes, it became one of my favorites pieces in the room.

As you may know, we have two Rottweiler puppies– a boy and a girl from the same litter. These two bring so much love to our house…and also…so much black hair. Realistically, a light rug would not have worked. We needed this texture and this color blend (a bit like oatmeal) to hide the hair between vacuums.

dog, nursery rug

What is a nursery without a pouf? This white leather pouf brings a nice contrast to the rug and will be used daily once our little girl arrives.

Unrelated, but how adorable are these Stuart Weitzman baby gladiators!? One of my oldest friends, Paige, gave them to us and I am obsessed. Her first pair of designer shoes! (and they are only $39:) LOVE.

moroccan pouf, baby gladiators

To follow along in our progress on the nursery, follow me on Instagram @venzedits.

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