Thanks to two of my cute sister in laws, Regina and Shannon, and their motivation to keep Blue Egg current, I have decided to ramp up my Instagram account. (My other SILs are super cute too just not quite as, ahem, young. Ah, to be young and in the know.)

Many of you keep up with me on my website feed and Facebook and I love it! Instagram is a great way to see, well, pretty pictures that inspire me in my daily life. It’s quick and fun.

If you are already in Instagram, search for blueeggbrownnest and follow!

For those that are new to the party, it’s super easy. Go to the app section on your phone and download Instagram. You will see the icon above. Set up an account and look around and play! You can post your own images and follow people. Click the little search button and type blueeggbrownnest to find me!


Here’s a few recents that you will see from me. See you there! xoxo












…master bedroom redux – wall decor

I like wall decor that is not always traditional. You know how I feel about tobacco baskets, shutters and mirrors. In our first home I collected wildflowers and pressed them into frames. I have circled back to that look with these pressed branches and sprigs in shabby frames.



I have 6 of these hanging in a sequence on my bedroom wall. When hanging multiple frames that you want to look tidy, you must use a ruler. As you know I hate all things that have to do with measuring and in these moments I enlist DH and his fine ruler and level skills.





I love a man with a pencil behind his ear. I do know to stay out of his way when doing said measuring as hanging pictures is not his favorite thing to do. I become the dutiful assisant and pass him nails and the frames.



I think they turned out pretty perfectly in this space on my side of the bed. There’s nothing better than waking up to daylight from my windows and pressed nature. Greta would always agree.



I found these frames with pressed botanicals from Restoration Hardware. Check out the other nature that they frame.


…broken wood brushes

Oh, you guys. I heart a beautiful, wood paintbrush but I have found out from years of painting that I sadly cannot rely on them. I so wish I could tell you that they pretty ones are the best, but won’t lie to you.

Have you all experience what I have?


This is a regular wood brush that you can find at the shops where you buy you Milk Paint and Chalk Paint and such. Mine lost its head after about 2 months worth of painting. It also did a bit of shedding and eventually, literally the inside bristles came out in one big chunk. So not good.

I hate to continue to be a bit critical sounding, but I also find that that more that I use these brushes the stiffer they get. Without flexibility in the bristles, painting becomes more labored and inconsistent.

I realize that if you are starting out and you want to buy the paint with the brush together in one shop it can be less daunting. Go ahead and do it (of course the brushes are not cheap, however). But, if you plan to do many projects, jump on Amazon or go to your hardware store and pick on one of these. My fav brush ever.

The Wooster shortcut with nylon bristles. They are about 5 bucks and it will give you years of happy painting. Eventually all brushes will ware, but this is the best I’ve found.



I want to help eliminate your frustration if painting does not come naturally so get what works. xo.