Our Baby Boy’s Nursery Tour!

Yesterday’s post explained a little about how I got out of my creative slump a few months back, despite being on pregnancy bed rest. I originally had plans to design our baby’s room in a woodland style theme, with a large tree mural on one wall. However, once I started looking at pictures of baby rooms online, I realized that so many people seem to have had that same idea recently and I got pretty discouraged. Our neighborhood is named after all of the large mature pine trees here, and that is our favorite thing about this area. When we first saw all the trees in this neighborhood, we both instantly knew that this would be our home. πŸ™‚

I wanted to create a nursery design that would reflect our love of the outdoors, and still show my unique design style. The idea of a tree mural had to be scrapped since I could not paint a wall while on bed rest anyway. My challenge was to find ways to reflect the look that I wanted, via projects that I could create while lying in bed. Normally, sewing and painting projects would be my first go-to option, but since I could not sit up and sew anything until recently, I had to use other methods of creating for most of the decorations. Even more of a challenge: I primarily had to use whatever supplies I had on hand in my craft room since I could not go wander around any craft supply stores for quite some time. In the end, I went with a nature/outdoors/garden/forest kind of theme, with a little inspiration thrown in from The Lorax (the mobile over the changing table has my version of truffula trees!).

Despite all of these restrictions, I absolutely love the end result. My husband did an amazing job redoing the walls, adding insulation to the exterior wall, and creating a custom frame for the window trim. We wanted to replicate the look of the trim in our old craftsman rental house. You can see the before pictures of this house here.

Some interesting items worth noting…the tiny rocking chair was given by my great-grandmother to my mom, then to me (I sewed the little “Rockin Cowboy” cushion). The hamper was a baby shower gift from when I was born. πŸ™‚ I found the changing table for free on Craigslist and was originally planning to use it as a plant stand in my patio area outside. When I realized it went well with our crib, my husband sanded it down, repainted it, and made new shelves for it. The daybed was originally intended for our living room, but that didn’t end up working as well as we had hoped. I wanted to make sure that I have a pet-free bed to nap in after feedings, so we moved it into the nursery. The needlepoint pillow in the middle of the daybed was embroidered by my grandma, and sewn together by me.

The framed wall art is a mix of items. I found the vintage Winnie the Pooh prints at a thrift store a while back (actually during my first pregnancy just after we got married). I have been hanging onto them since them, waiting to be able to use them. πŸ™‚ The owl prints were a free printable that I found via The Handmade Home. I sculpted the cross and made the yarn covered “E”. The round empty embroidery hoop on the wall is left intentionally blank for now. Once he is born, I will be making an embroidery design with his name and birth date. The prints with the Bible quotes and the quote from St. Francis are printables that I designed myself. They will be coming soon to the blog as well!

I am so happy with the finished room, and can’t wait for the little guy to join us in his room! The cats love the room so much that I have trouble keeping them out. πŸ™‚ Two walls were intentionally left fairly empty to leave room for all of the photographs that we are bound to take of our little guy.Β  In the next few weeks, I will be posting tons of DIY instructions on many of the various projects I made!

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INSPIRED Workshop

A few months back, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the INSPIRED Workshop in downtown Los Angeles. It was hosted by Emilee Sutherland of Tasteful Tatters and Susannah VanDyke of Lukas & Suzy VanDyke Photography. The workshop was aimed toward creative professionals, looking to find inspiration without being distracted by our internet saturated world.

The workshop had perfect timing for me. I was feeling particularly uninspired after a couple of months of pregnancy bed rest, and I was starting to get pretty down about being pent up in our house all of the time. While I was temporarily off strict bed rest and on modified bed rest, I officially should not have been driving to downtown LA, but I could not pass up the opportunity to attend this workshop! πŸ™‚

The workshop was held in the VanDyke’s amazing studio, which is very cozy with its vintage decor and details. I would have loved to have taken tons of pictures of the studio and the workshop, but since I was not supposed to be lifting my camera at all, I had to settle for just a few pictures that I took while sitting down.

Emilee and Susannah put together these adorable gift bags (seen below) for all of the attendees, to jump start our creative process. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a future INSPIRED Workshop, I highly recommend it! It helped me refresh my perspective on my creative process, and get back to trusting my internal voice for finding inspiration, in craft projects, home decorating projects, future photoshoots, and more. I generally try to stay away from getting sucked into a Pinterest trap when planning a project or photoshoot, but while on bed rest, I was starting to see how people can get fall into the Pinterest quicksand. The workshop gave me the confidence to stop scrolling through various sites looking for inspiration for a very big project that I had been feeling kind of lackluster about…designing the decor for our baby’s nursery! After the workshop, I felt rejuvenated and ready to reboot my creative process, particularly with photoshoots for our own photography business, A+C Photography (once I am medically allowed to resume shooting of course).

Be sure to check out the INSPIRED site here! Tomorrow I will be posting the end result of my creativity reboot…the full tour of our baby’s nursery!

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Hallway Makeover

I actually finished the makeover on this hallway a while back, but since I hadn’t unpacked the curtain rod that I wanted to use with the curtains, I hadn’t blogged the transformation yet. You can see the before pictures here. This is the hallway that leads from our entry room into my office and studio area. I use the vintage trunks and suitcases to store photo props and blankets. I added some of our favorite photos and some touches from our wedding decor to personalize the small little space, including our floral monogram banner that I made. The hallway is also most likely going to end up being where we keep the baby’s stroller. πŸ™‚

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Entry Room Updates

We recently went through and made a few updates to our entry room to get it even more organized than it was before. πŸ™‚ You can see more details on the previous post here.

Here is the new layout…a few items were shifted around to make room for the armoire, and a few new smaller items were added as well.

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I had this white armoire in storage at my parents’ house, and we realized that it would be perfect in our entry room since there is no coat closet in this house. At first I did not think it would work out well in this room since the floor is sloped (to allow the house to be handicapped accessible – the entry room used to be a porch with a step). However, my husband was able to use some shims to keep the armoire level, and we love finally having a “coat closet” in our entry room.

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Inside the armoire, I put my box where I keep all of my gloves, and other miscellaneous items that I always seem to be looking for in a hurry when leaving the house.Β  On the same shelf is my hiking backpack, with all of our supplies for us and the dogs when we go on a hike.

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The armoire is the perfect spot for my husband to hang all of his black jackets as soon as he gets home, which has been helping keep them pet hair free. I also hung an old sweater organizer that I was no longer using, which makes a great organizer for shoes of a variety of sizes. The similar hanging shoe organizers never seem to work for me since they only hold standard size shoes. Using the sweater hanger allows us to fit in all of the shoes that we use the most often, including a couple of pairs of small boots.

The cross is something I have had for a long time, and was excited to find after it having gone missing for a couple of years. πŸ™‚

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I added a couple of things to our entry table organizing: hand sanitizer for every time I come home from running errands (my immune system has gotten very weak after so many months of bed rest), earplugs (my husband always seems to be looking for a pair when he is working on loud projects), and sunscreen in the basket (he is bad about remembering to put some on before he goes out).

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Umbrellas, a parasol for sunny days, rain boots, and my gardening boots.

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I found the little cream scalloped box shelf at a thrift store, and it is the perfect spot for my husband’s sunglasses when he gets home. We put up a cute hanger to hold my favorite sunglasses. We have started using the chalk boards to keep track of our to-do lists and lists of projects around the house. We keep all of the important lists in our organizer app (we use Cozi on our phones and online), but it really helps us keep motivated to see the lists of projects written out right on the wall. We love crossing items off the list. πŸ™‚

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More room tours coming soon!

Laundry Room/Pantry Progress!

My husband started building these custom cabinets for the empty space in our laundry room to serve as pantry space quite a while back. Unfortunately, thanks to a really slow in-store delivery of the slide rails for the pull out drawers (and no phone call once his order had arrived!), the project got delayed for quite a while. The pantry cabinets are not finished yet, but functional is major progress! We no longer have food stacked up in corners throughout the living room, which is very exciting! Besides painting the pantry cabinets, he also plans to make doors for the pantry cabinets that will coordinate with the look of our kitchen cabinets. Eventually, when we get around to replacing our big bulky heater unit with something that can go in the attic, the box around the heater will also turn into more storage (which I am really excited about). Just like with our kitchen, there are a lot of finishing details that need to be finished (mostly trim work and outlet covers), but those details will come later once we are less stressed about everything being so disorganized and dysfunctional for so long.

I am very happy to have an organized laundry space again. We got this fold down table at Ikea to serve as a space for me to fold laundry. I love that the table folds down to save space when it is not in use.

All of my laundry supplies are organized on a shelf that was actually salvaged from elsewhere in the house! I have a basket for dirty rags, one for clothespins, one for miscellaneous laundry and shoe care supplies, and all of my laundry care supplies in a vintage fruit crate from our wedding. πŸ™‚

Below: the slide out pantry drawers he built, some extra shelves above the almost-wasted area thanks to the strange location of the electrical panel, and my lost socks clothesline. I keep the socks that are missing their pair pinned to the clothesline until we confirm via a deep cleaning of the house that the mate is indeed missing. The missing socks usually turn up somewhere before then (I think one of the pets likes to use dirty socks as a toy).

You can see better below how we utilized the space in front of the electrical panel that otherwise would have gone to waste. It makes a perfect little nook for our vacuum, vacuum accessories, and the ironing board. Also, I have a perfect spot for my cleaning caddy, with all of the cleaning supplies I use on a regular basis.

Close up of one of the pull out drawers, with all of my baking supplies grouped together. I organized the pull out shelves with the heavier items since the rails will support up to 100 pounds. One drawer has all of the vegetables and fruit that I canned myself from our garden, another has regular canned goods, one has all of my baking supplies, and the last one has other cooking supplies like oils and vinegars.

In the pantry cabinet on the left, the space was smaller so he just installed shelves there. I found some plastic bins that fit these shelves well to organize the remaining food items.

In the plastic bins, I have the food separated into small baking supplies, cereal and breakfast supplies, dinner sides and pasta, snacks, and spices. We are both so happy that we finally have an organized pantry! It makes it so much easier to find everything we are looking for.

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Current Projects Around Our House

I am currently on pregnancy bed rest, so unfortunately my involvement with the projects around our house has come to a temporary standstill.Β  My husband on the other hand has been quite busy working on a number of projects.Β  Currently, he is working on building some pantry cabinets for the unused space in our laundry room, and a major project with the bedrooms.

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The bedrooms all have gross popcorn ceilings, so while he is doing a massive reorganization of these rooms, he is taking the chance to first scrape the popcorn off the ceilings. Luckily for us, the popcorn ceilings were actually recently applied by the previous owners, and one of the inspectors tested them to show that they are not the asbestos based popcorn ceilings that were so popular in decades past. Which means he can safely remove the popcorn himself, without having to hire a team of professionals. Before he started, he laid down paper floor tarp to catch everything he scraped off. Next he will start repainting the rooms.

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He also recently did a major overhaul on the bedroom that will be the baby’s room. Since our house has literally no insulation, he opened up the wall and added insulation, made new trim for around the window, painted, and more. Eventually, he plans to do the same for the other bedrooms as well, but in the interest of time (the baby will be coming soon!), the other rooms will be fine with just a new coat of paint for now.

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I apologize for the cell phone only pictures. I am not allowed to lift anything at the moment, which includes my dSLR. “Real” pictures of all of the rooms will be coming as soon as my doctor says I am allowed to start walking around/lifting things again! πŸ™‚

Bathroom #1 Preview

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I started redecorating this bathroom a long time ago, but never posted a full set of pictures yet thanks to this disaster.Β  I painted and decorated, and was just waiting for my husband to put up the chair rail and replace the floor trim.Β  Since we still are a little worried about the shower leak problems, putting that trim up has been very low on the priority list.Β  We know that we will have to completely gut this bathroom at some point anyway (there are some very strange areas with the walls), and it is a balancing act of trying to prioritize projects and find a balancing act with my husband’s limited time availability.Β  For now, all of the big pieces of trim that we have purchased for the kitchen and this bathroom are sitting around, waiting for their chance to come up on the priority list of projects. πŸ™‚

I put some vintage lace as decorative trim on the edges of the built-in shelves, and put in some adhesive cork shelf liner as well.Β  The two little vintage wicker shelves were awesome thrift store finds that I painted and use to organize my pretty little toiletries.Β  The towel hook was also a thrift store find, and was a little beat up looking.Β  I distressed it a little more with the sander so it had a more intentionally distressed look instead of just beat up.Β  I put some of my own artwork on the walls, along with some estate sale mini portraits, and one of my favorite Anthropologie signs on the outside of the door.

This bathroom is far from being finished, but at least it looks a lot better than it did here!Β  I will be happy when we at very least get the new trim installed. πŸ™‚

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