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    Hola peeps! Welcome to Casa de Lewis. We are twenty somethings who got married in 2010, bought a house in 2011, and had a sweet baby girl in 2012! We both started our careers as CPAs and now Reagan works in finance and I have my own photography business. I blog about my baby girl (obviously), products we love, crafts, photography, DIY projects, sweet treats, random life tidbits, and the balance of being a mom and business owner! Our house is always a work in progress but we love working on it and making it our own. Thanks for stopping by!

Paige Turns One! // Easy DIY Party Decor

All I really bought for Paige’s birthday party decor was some crepe paper and balloons! Once I decided on the color scheme I bought matching crepe paper and balloons on Amazon. I decided not to really have a “theme” so I was kind of picky about the colors. I finally settled on using peach, aqua, gold and a little bit of navy. I basically made all of the decorations the day before the party, so needless to say, they all needed to be easy and fast!  This first garland that I made was actually the result of a DIY fail! I was trying to do something completely different and it didn’t work out, ha! But the result was this cute crepe paper starburst garland though!

How to make a Crepe Paper Garland - Easy DIY Birthday PArty Decorations

How to make a Crepe Paper Garland - Easy DIY Birthday PArty DecorationsHow to make a Crepe Paper Garland - Easy DIY Birthday PArty Decorations

The day before her party I realized that decorating was turning into “How many things can I do with crepe paper?!”. Here is another garland of draping crepe paper  :)

How to make a Crepe Paper Garland - Easy DIY Birthday PArty Decorations

I made a little backdrop by layering crepe paper in the dining room. I didn’t catch a very good picture of it but Paige’s little birthday cake was sitting here.

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I took some leftover grey crepe paper from another party and ran it through the sewing machine so that it would ruffle and I lined the edges of the backdrop with it.

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Here is a peek of it with her cake. Thank goodness Jenn snagged this photo of the cake! I wish I would’ve taken a few more before the party started but I didn’t have time!

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I pinned this cute balloon decoration on Pinterest and decided to give it a try! You just add a penny into each balloon before blowing it up to weight it down! Thank you, Pinterest.

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I made a little Happy Birthday Banner using Photoshop and Mac Pages and my mom helped me cut it out and hang it on our big chalkboard.

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That was pretty much all I did! Just some cute touches here and there to make it feel festive! The only other things I bought were striped napkins (at TJMaxx) and striped straws! I had to!  :)

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December 4, 2013 - 9:51 am

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno - Pretty sure this is the CUTEST stuff ever! I’m totally copying you one day. ;)

Paige Turns One! // Sneak Peek

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am editing client photos like a mad woman but I am trying to pull together some of the photos from Paige’s first birthday party to share!! It was, of course, the coldest, darkest day in November! Not my ideal day for photos but oh well! We had so much fun at the party and I had a little fun with the details! Here is a sneak peek  :)

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(Thanks to Jenn for snapping these last two!)

December 3, 2013 - 9:55 am

Emily - where did you get your sweater?? I LOVE IT! your hair still looks totally FAB. Hope you are still liking it.

December 3, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno - Love the sneak peeks! THAT GARLAND! It’s amazing!! Was it a DIY?!

December 3, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Sada - Thanks Emily! The sweater is from the Gap.

December 3, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Sada - Gabbi, yes! The garland was actually the result of a failure of another garland attempt, ha! But it turned out cute still!

December 3, 2013 - 11:07 pm

jessica - Happy 1st to your girl! :) Doesn’t it blow your mind how fast the first year goes by? I love the colors and little details! Can’t wait to see the rest.

December 3, 2013 - 11:09 pm

Sada - Thanks Jessica! And, yes! I was just looking at her newborn photos tonight!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have a wonderful day!

large fall leaf happy thanksgiving

I found these huge leaves outside my house and I am kinda obsessed with them. Trying to figure out what I should do with them!

thanksgiving cute turkey knit hats

Liesl’s Aunt Kim found these turkey hats for the girls! Aren’t they hysterical?! They are made by SJ’s Crocheted Creations. Check out her facebook page here.

Knit Thanksgiving Turkey Hats

Gobble! Gobble!

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November 29, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Emily - Could Miss P look any more cuter? OMG! Those hats are adorable. A turkey day tradition from here on out!!!

525,600 Minutes

Can you believe it’s been a year?

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This is one of the first pictures I took of her. I have been looking back at all of these old pictures and I can’t believe my baby is one. She looks so peaceful here…oh, how things have changed!

When I turned on Pandora this evening the first song was Seasons of Love. It’s like they can read my mind! How do you measure a year? In Paigey giggles, blowing raspberries, sweet smiles, one legged crawling, first steps, cheeeeese (her fav food), squeals, hiccups, first words, laughing out loud at sneezes, and snuggles that melt my heart!  :)

November 22, 2013 - 10:44 am

Magazine Shoot :: This Old House

I was so excited when someone from This Old House magazine contacted me about featuring a few of our house projects in their magazine! I figured I would just send them some of my photos and maybe give them a quick phone interview and that would be that. But then they emailed me and said, “Ok, we’d like to send a photographer and stylist to your house…next week. What day works best for you?”. Ummm, what?! Initial thoughts: I’m not ready! Holy crap I have a one year old, my house is a disaster! We haven’t finished decorating…anything!! And let me just tell you, you want to talk about motivation to finish up some house projects?! I was flying a million miles an hour getting stuff done! We worked on a few things up until the night before the photo shoot! I may have been painting the under side of the picture railing on our banquette…at 11pm! After the initial panic attack, I was so excited to work with a photographer and stylist! Being a portrait photographer is so different from taking interior photos, so I was secretly super excited to see them work their magic. Suddenly, the day before the shoot I got nervous again about who exactly was coming to our house, so naturally, I googled them! And helloooo amazingness…

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Ryann Ford was the photographer and she was so awesome. I mean look at this website! Ahhh! And I love, love her logo. I was smitten. Please check out her work here – RYANN FORD.

Amazing stylist for magazines Adam Fortner of Creative & Sons

And hello more amazingness! Adam Fortner of Creative & Sons was the stylist. And by this time I was just drooling over the styling and the photos on his website. (Not to mention, feeling like my house is very inadequate!) Absolutely breathtaking. Please check out Adam’s work here – CREATIVE & SONS.

So, of course, after looking at their websites I was stricken with FEAR! These amazing people were coming to see my random, quaint, little DIY house, that didn’t seem very magazine worthy! But when they got to my house they were so incredibly wonderful and down to earth. I probably had a little too much fun with them. And they were probably thinking when is this girl gonna get out of our hair?! My sister (Yes, the one with twins and a 3 yr old. Luckily Margi was there to help her!) watched Paige for a bit in the morning so that I could actually enjoy a piece of the day.

It was so interesting to watch them work. The two main areas of my house that they photographed have terrible light. As in almost zero natural light. After seeing them use their professional lighting (we use similar lighting in photographing wedding receptions), I, of course, now don’t want to photograph my house without running out and buying that equipment! Obviously, I won’t…I don’t think. Ha! But the super anal and picky photographer in me wants to! And it was so fun to see all of the things that Adam brought to style my house. We’re talking tons of flowers & fruit and then lots of different options to style the entryway from bags to umbrellas, coats and scarves. I wanted to keep all of it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option!

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I didn’t really take many pictures to document. These are just a few I snapped at the end of the day.

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The one really cool thing for me was that they ended up using a ton of stuff that I had! Vases, bowls, coats, shoes, and EVEN my funny DIY geometric painting!!

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Haha! Definitely didn’t see that one coming. And yes, this is Adam holding up the canvas for the shot. They also photographed this coat hanger for the magazine, but it meant moving everything in our dining room to make it work! PS – The guy on the right is Sean. They didn’t give me his info! Sean, if you are out there, send me your info so I can post it here! He worked with Ryann on the lighting and was equally awesome! Plus, he is a dog and baby whisperer, ha! Man of many talents!

It was an amazing experience and not only did I walk away learning a few new things but if nothing else it kicked Reagan and I into high gear to finish up some projects! I am loving our living area these days and I promise to photograph it soon so you can see all that we’ve updated. First, I’ve just got to go out and buy that equipment…just kidding  :)

November 19, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno - That is seriously SO AMAZING! I’m so happy for you, and so jealous, too! ;)

Congrats! :)

November 19, 2013 - 9:59 pm

Ljo - That’s badass Sada! Can’t wait to see it.

November 20, 2013 - 8:57 am

Camille - So cool!!! I can’t wait to see it. I love their style (and yours) so I’m sure it’s going to be amazing!