Our Top 30 Must-Have at the Land of Nod Sale

I am a HUGE fan of kids stuff. Well, kids, baby, and tween. So much so, when we moved to Nashville, I opened a kids shop, and then another, and we are off venturing in various states as we pick our third location.  It’s basically the most fun I have had working besides designing kid’s rooms. I LOVE designing homes for clients, there is something so magical about environments for little people. Every nook counts. Every material choice needs to be a positive sensory experience, and everything must be placed at the right level for little hands to reach. It’s a fun challenge, and it brings me so much joy. My favorite spot for unique and stylish stuff is ABC in New York and Land of Nod online. I love to use them for clients, and while searching for great stuff for a client’s nursery, I found so many beautiful things I needed to share, all on sale. Can’t lie, I am going to snag as much as I can handle for Atlas’s ever changing playroom.



acrylic play gym infant | happily curated chaos

acrylic infant gym

strong man halloween costume | happily curated chaos


tee pee mobile, tipi mobile | happily curated chaos

teepee mobile

toadstool mushroom tent | happily curated chaos



happilycuratedchaos.com I Land of Nod Sale Picks I Happily Curated Chaos 1. bassinet  2. mint bookcase  3. tiny peacock chair  4. tiny campaign desk  5. old school desk 6. viking pillow 7. tiny pattern pillow 8. guitar 9. shoe lamp 10. pink and gold rolling chair 11. acrylic blocked tower 12. clear house book shelf 13. leaning white book holder  13. letters (corkboard) 14. yeti 15.trailer art 16. lampshade with triangles 17. headboard 18. acrylic block shelves 19. red round shelf 20. colorful acrylic boxes 21. gold hamper 22. white and wood raised toy bin  23. lunch box  24. red wire floor bin  25. sea creature sheet set 26. triangle pillow 


A Dozen Books For Boys at Bedtime

Atlas is a reading machine right now. He’s three so he’s not so much reading as he is memorizing books and reciting them back, with different voices and inflictions, and it’s the best. He recently got into the alphabet too, so we are nurturing his interest right now.  These bedtime books for a toddler are our short list. We can go on and on with these kinds of round ups!

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Some books are more about a discussion or an interaction we can have. The Herve Tullet are his favorite things right now, while the Astro Bunny reads more like a son. We LOVE the illustrations in the Astro Bunny one. I am pretty sure it’s not easy to find any more, but I highly suggest hunting all the bunny books down.

Feel free to add to the list! I wouldn’t complain if we wound up with a full blown library for this kiddo.



Desk Candy and a Bucket List

It’s the end of January, and I haven’t even begun implementing my “resolutions”. I promised myself to be more organized. I get such a thrill setting things up, but I am the worst at doing all the hard work after spending weeks delicately and obsessively setting up my “house cleaning binder” “weekly shopping and meals binder” “expenses and bills binder”. They sit pretty on the shelf, untouched after some point around March EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.

So I made a more general promise to myself this year. Save the hours setting up the operations manuals for “life” and just keep it simple and clean. I got a huge planner I love a bunch and have been using (it was a mid-year from 2015 going through 2016) and a clean desk.

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

I noticed, the cuter something was and the more I liked it, the more I used it while other items just got pushed back into drawers and ignored. A zen-like place to function is so important to me because most of the time I have a toddler running around pants-less pretending to be a dinosaur and forget the last 10 “to-do” thoughts I had. This minimal and calm “work zone” has also made me realize I want to throw/give/donate everything away and have less of “everything” and more of the things that actually are useful and make me happy. Target dollar bins, I will now walk right past you.

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So here is the big ‘ol Bucket List of 2016, which is short, but wildly complicated. Also it’s such a big deal for me to put it out there on the chance NONE of these things happen. I have a pretty good feeling Rich Hippies #2 will open this year, I signed my lease and ordered my displays, so it’s in progress.

Moving back home has been rather difficult. We didn’t realize selling a house in the winter would be so hard. We need three major things to happen before we move, and none of them have fallen into place. Instead of forcing it, we decided to make sure it’s exactly how we want it before we leave. Nashville is great, and it’s not a place to run from.

Hoping Bangkok and Chiang Mai happens too – we just booked our room last night! This is a Honeymoon-haven’t vacationed in three years-we need an adventure-let’s go meditate trip and we can’t wait to tell you all about it.

I feel really great about 2016, but also see this blog moving in a more varied direction being we have been in limbo on the home front for so long. More passion posts about travel and food and family mixed in with good old DIY and home improvement. Cheers friends, hope you have your happy all set up for the year.



Father’s Day Picks

This post is sponsored by T.J. Maxx. All opinions are my own.

It’s a rare occasion when I show up on time and prepared these days. Joey and I have been trying to learn to let others work for us and take a step back so we can breathe and enjoy more of this life we have created. That includes planning more “us” time independently and a little surprise for each other and being more mindful about special days and moments. It also includes being less busy so I can be more prepared and not late. This year we had both dads in town at the same time so we wanted to have Father’s Day gifts in hand. We were so not late.

We went to T.J. Maxx to gather our goods for both dads. We scored big being they both got some really great stuff to go home with and it didn’t bust the bank. My dad loved his shirt and pen so much! My father-in-law travels a ton so we got him a dope kit to keep all his essentials in. We got one for my dad a few years back and saw how it made travel so much easier. Everything was so cute and fun and would make such good mix and match gifts. I am thinking about that Swiss Army Knife for Joey….

tj maxi father's day



You can’t see the matching blue pen we got him in this picture, but if you know Paul, you know he’s always got a pen.


We don’t plan on making Joey’s dad switch to pine salt toothpaste, but think we will wind up making him a batch of our beard oil we whip up every few months for Joey’s massive beard. It will fit perfectly in his new do pep kit for sure.

Have you figured out Father’s Day yet? Any special plans? Any ideas on what to do in Nashville?

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Sourced // Ceramics + Pottery

I realized a few weeks ago that I have an addiction. I think I have narrowed down the totally compulsive, addictive items and separated them from the I-enjoy-and-like these items. It started with chairs. I could buy up chairs, hunt down chairs, and reupholster chairs all day long. I love huge chairs and tiny chairs and have even inflicted my addition on to Atlas with a  70’s beach lounge chair, and a few vintage rattan goodies.


Something even more addicting, and even easier to get that fuzzy fulfilled feeling from, is ceramics and pottery. It’s usually pretty easy to tote around, and the weirder the better. Pottery is way easier to store, and you don’t need to manage delivery, so naturally when I noticed my unintentional collection growing, I was excited about the ease. Also, shipping a planter is way cheaper than shipping a chair. For example….making a house a home I man planter I happilycuratedchaos.com

I found this guy which Atlas lovingly refers to as “DaDa!”, and I have to agree. It’s carved around the eyes, which makes it really shallow as a planter, but man does it look like my man, and I had to have it. $15 later, I had a huge grin on my face and this ugly vintage beauty residing in my living room.


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1 // 2 //  3 // 4 // 5 // 6// 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

These pieces are a bit easier to snag, though I have been fighting something fierce to snag me a boogie planter before they sell out.

making a house a home I ceramic maker amber eyes ceramics I happilycuratedchaos.com

One really special girl (Amber Eyes) I found I decided to carry at Rich Hippies because I am just really attracted to her work and hope East Nashville will feel the same way.

Are you in love with any makers you want to share? Comment below and let us know. 


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Knock six gifts off your list for less than $100!

I am going to assume you have been to Target and had a chance to check out the #TOMSforTarget line released last week. It’s pretty good friends! We went shopping just two days after the launch and our Target’s racks were mostly empty. That’s really exciting because each item you buy either feeds a child for a week, gets them a blanket or a new pair of shoes. Pretty easy to decide to give two awesome gifts in one swift gesture. If you haven’t been to Target, or haven’t had a chance to check out the line, let me show you want we snatched up for $100. Six gifts people!

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Knit Hat $12 – Candle in wood votive $15 – Glass hot/cold beverage bottle $15  

Super soft throw blanket $30 – TOMS logo shirt for kids $12 – Faux leather journal with pen $18

see full line here

OK, so I went $2 over, but still. To knock six presents off your list for less than $100 is a Christmas miracle around this house. Truth be told, we bought two things for ourselves. Joey really loved the journal and liked the idea of keeping all our DIY project notes in one spot, and that spot happens to be very well designed and nice looking. I called dibs on the super soft blanket because like most women collect shoes, I collect blankets (and chairs, and lighting).

Toms for Target gift guide

I thought the selection was good, and affordable enough to buddy up some items together. For example, the journal-er or sketcher in your life would probably love the faux leather notebook and the candle ’cause who doesn’t like to get creative to candle light? I am pretty sure that candle would pair well with one of the throw blankets as well for a very cozy gift. Both combo’s are under $50 which is especially good when you need to buy a ton of gifts for a ton of people.

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I was bummed the woman’s blanket sweaters were sold out and the white jean jacket looked pretty nice online and I would have loved to see them in person. We are going to find another target to see if we can check out more items in person there. I also want to snag more candles because they are really nice and now I want one.

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A few of you who follow along on our Instagram asked about this “together sweater”, and sadly it’s not for sale in the line, it was just a promotional item we are having a little too much fun with. Atlas likes to share with me, and it’s pretty darn cute.

Sweater 1 600

Sweater 2 600

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Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

 Compensation was provided by Target.  The opinions expressed herein are ours and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


#TOMSforTarget (!!!)

You guys!!!! The holiday’s are heeeeeeere! To me, the holidays begin with my birthday (11/13) and go until January 1. It’s cozy, gift-y, giddy, beverage season. The coffee cups turn red, the pumpkin spice turns peppermint, and the indoor snugglefest activities begin. Being I am a Fall baby, it’s my season to love-on the hardest and it puts me in good spirits for months – as long as I don’t actually have to deal with the cold.

Part of the cozy feeling comes from giving. I have already found myself gifting nearly all my friends in one way or another with small tokens of gratitude or encouragement, and the universe has her ways because I have been feeling extra treated lately. Just yesterday a complete stranger ahead of me at a drive thru coffee place paid it forward and treated me to coffee (I did the same for the person behind me too!). Giving good doesn’t always equal a big price tag or elaborate display.

When Target asked me to participate in getting the #TOMSforTarget word out, I am thrilled to join forces and pull together my top picks for giving one-for-one style (meaning when you buy a #TOMSforTarget gift starting 11/16, for each item someone is getting a much needed blanket from Red Cross or meal from FEED or shoes from TOMS!). I think I hit up something for everyone, and the prices are SO GOOD. Such a thoughtful and classy way to give this year.

#tomsfortarget, toms for target, toms for target gift guide see full #TOMSforTarget collection

No high price tags, but such cute stuff that helps so many people in need. It’s genius. I am excited to round up all my gifts for friends and fam with the whole line this year being we are super duper low on time this year, and I think it’s a really thoughtful way to give a little useful something to everyone on my list in one quick trip.

Did you get to see the line in person yet? What did you think? I know Atlas is getting a new pair of shoes, mama is getting that sweater, Joey is getting the striped tee, and the house is getting that super cute blanket. What did you pick up?

Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

 Compensation was provided by Target.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


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