five ideas for nesting in a new home

We relocated from Minnesota to Charlotte, North Carolina this summer. Last month we closed on our new house and it has been truly good and truly hard. We are starting over with where to hang photos and what colors to paint, what to be content with and what to make our own. I thought it would be fun to share a few free (or almost free) tips for nesting in a new home.

1. Add Flowers.

You may find you have flowers growing in your new space, and if not the local grocery store or farmers market have lovely options. I purchased a bundle from Trader Joes for under $4.. Flowers add instant joy to a space.

2. Organize a room.

Pick a room that is important to you and work on that space. The office was valuable to me because I work from home and I needed to file paperwork and bills. It is not finished from a design perspective (we have furniture ordered and I hope to paint soon) but it is functional and the boxes are mostly unpacked. 

3. Study paint swatches.

Take your time in selecting colors and fabrics for your new space. Don't rush things. Consider the lighting in each room and the mood you plan to evoke. We painted our previous home with Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint and plan to use them again. Their quality is worth it and they have great color choices.

4. Bake something.

If your brownie pan is still packed away, try making brownie cookies. Improvise and be creative with food. And it does not have to be from scratch to taste good (these cinnamon rolls were from a can, and still excellent!)

5. Add a plant...or 2. 

Last month I added succulents to our porch and they are beautiful! Plants add a bit of color and personality to a home. And they are so affordable. These were around $2.99 per plant at Lowes.

Do you have any easy tips for nesting in a new space? 

Check out my other posts about relocation:

5 tips for Moving with Kids

Saying Goodbye to Home

indigo & turquoise

West Elm Chester Tufted Sofa | Anthropologie Euclidean Pendant |  | vt wonen via SF Girl by Bay Indigo Kid & Coe via Handmade Charlotte Butterflies | The Design Files Heirloom Trunk

West Elm Chester Tufted Sofa | Anthropologie Euclidean Pendant |  | vt wonen via SF Girl by Bay Indigo

Kid & Coe via Handmade Charlotte Butterflies | The Design Files Heirloom Trunk

Indigo is a new trend in interiors and I adore it. I can't help but pair it with turquoise. Both go well with brass accents and add so much personality to a space. We just ordered a couch-daybed from CB2 in turquoise. Unfortunately the swatch arrived muted (think: hotel furniture) so we switched to grey. Instead we may paint (or wallpaper!) the wall behind it a bold color and add quirky accent pillows.

Stay tuned as I dial in our style for our new space! What do you think of indigo and turquoise?

Goals

Now that we are settling in to our new home and the kids start school in a few weeks (!!) it feels fitting to write down a few goals. Once something is written down it is a lot more likely to happen, especially when shared on social media. It is like instant accountability. So here are a few goals for August and September:

Reopen the Etsy shop (in the meantime...an IG sale is happening this week!)

Start an editorial calendar for Tag&Tibby. My least favorite thing of the list. But so necessary. Organization isn't a bad thing (right?!)

Make our space a home. I am so grateful for where we are, but it will be a while before it feels like home. Ready to personalize our space and finish unpacking boxes.

Find a direction for working from home. I could writing for a larger blog, or ask for sponsorships. Or place all efforts into the Etsy shop. So...many...options.

Love my family well. This will be our oldest's first time in all day school, and little sister is going more frequently too. It is a big change for the family. I want to stay connected, be a good listener, and take my hand off my iphone while I do it. 

Have any goals for the month of August or September? I would love to read them! (linking up with the tiny twig!)

5 Affordable Mom Accessories

Love & Coffee Tote Forever 21 | Nail Color L'Oreal | Hair Bow H&M | In-store Target Earrings | Mossimo Shorts Target

Love & Coffee Tote Forever 21 | Nail Color L'Oreal | Hair Bow H&M | In-store Target Earrings | Mossimo Shorts Target

The past two weeks I have felt a little blah. Do you ever have weeks like that? We just moved in to our new house and unpacking takes priority. And it is mid-summer for our kids. I love summer, but when I am home all day I skip makeup and wear yoga pants.

Today I put on makeup and earrings and cute shorts. And you know? It made a big difference to my day! The shorts were the most expensive and were still under $20. A few accessories really boosted my attitude. Do you stay home during the day? How do you fight the summer blahs? 

ps Many of my pieces are from Target. If you shop there be sure to check Cartwheel. All women's dresses are 10% off through July 26th! (not an ad. just a fan..)