#farmhousedialfano

dresser for max's room by emily starr alfano

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if you caught my instagram stories {now a highlight under ‘max room’} and posts these past couple weeks, you might have noticed a theme. for both practical {she doesn’t need a “nursery” anymore. insert wow and crying emojis here} and aesthetic {read: i’m bored} reasons, i’ve been spending a lot of time revamping max’s room.

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the layout is now perfect for her to play and grow and really opens up this small room which is only 9 x 11’. there’s just one thing that’s not quite working…her existing dresser {i added these knobs}. i love the dresser itself and it’s served us well, fitting all of max’s clothes as she’s grown. but in order to make this layout work, the dresser needs to go between the closet and main door. and as you can see above, it’s just too wide and the door won’t fully open. for now it’s fine but it looks a new dresser is on the horizon.

i’ve rounded up a few that i think would work well in the space. whatever we get needs to be spacious given it’s max’s primary storage {right now the closet in the room is a combo catchall for max, bill, and storage} so it needs to be a taller chest of drawers vs wider dresser, but not too tall that it overwhelms the small room and its low ceilings.

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one / might be a little too modern but i like the overall look.

two / a pretty classic style that will look good with different design schemes.

three {in natural maple} / can’t decide if the base is too bulky but love the matching handles.

four / also like the matching handles here and the base is similar to what we have now.

five / the color is what gets me here.

six / this is an unfinished style so i’d probably just seal it and keep the color as is.

seven / this is a whopper of an investment from kalon studios but it’s handmade and perfect.

eight / i’m so so on the base but like the general design.

keep in mind that for the styles that have knobs, i would replace with something more decorative. lots to think about…

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home updates with scotties by emily starr alfano

this post is sponsored by scotties facial tissues

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january is kinda the worst right? the excitement surrounding the holidays has gone and we’re left with cold weather, full work weeks, what feel like empty homes after the decorations have been trashed/put away, and actual colds. like seriously, i don’t know what is going on this year but max and i just can’t seem to kick the colds we’ve now had for several weeks! so when scotties reached out about a collaboration, the timing felt quite right.

the one thing january has going for it is that it offers a fresh start. sure the cozy holiday decorations are gone but it’s a great time to regroup, reorganize, and redecorate! and if you’re like me {and everyone else on instagram}, you’re also probably purging like crazy thanks to marie kondo’s new netflix series. maybe {?} it’s counterproductive but there are 2 reasons for me to purge…the right reason is to get rid of excess stuff, of which i have much of. the other reason l purge is to get new stuff. sue me.

new  pillow  for the couch + a new plant

new pillow for the couch + a new plant

a scotties  herringbone  design is a perfect fit for our living room

a scotties herringbone design is a perfect fit for our living room

i’ve been working on both big and small changes around #farmhousedialfano recently but i’ve found it’s the small ones that often provide the biggest impact. even the smallest of changes can go a long way in making your home both feel and look different. think new pillows or a throw. new hardware and plants. picture frames or decorative objects.

with a 2 year old who is in daycare, we need access to tissues EVERYWHERE and at all times. tissue boxes that blend into the design of our home? score. scotties has a wide variety of designs to choose from and are a fun way to incorporate necessary items while also expressing your style. bonus points: they are high quality tissues and not those flimsy see-through tissues that scrape your nose.

new  planter  / new  vase  / new  candle holder  / new  tray  / new wood  scoops  / new  artwork  / new  frame

new planter / new vase / new candle holder / new tray / new wood scoops / new artwork / new frame

until i can get the marble looking countertops i really want, i’ll settle for a  marble inspired tissue box !

until i can get the marble looking countertops i really want, i’ll settle for a marble inspired tissue box!

max’s room is a larger project right now as we transition from nursery to little girl’s room. so far we have a new rug {which incidentally is 20% off right now!} and chair to replace the rocker, and i recently found the perfect pillow for the chair. pillows really can make the biggest difference, whether a new pattern, color or shape. we’ve actually got two scotties boxes in there right now, another herringbone and moody nature scene.

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are you guys working on any home projects right now? big or small? let me know in the comments! and thank you to scotties for partnering on this post and for supporting brands i’m a fan of. all opinions are my own.

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