Friday, August 26, 2016

At Home with Little Man

Last weekend we were blessed with the opportunity to partake in a fun little family photo session in our home. What I love most about the images that came to be is that they embrace the spirit of who our family really is, especially at this stage of our lives together. My hair is on top of my head and I lack a trace of makeup. My husband just rolled out of bed, and not a single one of us is dressed up for the occasion. These photos capture our typical daily life with a 3-month old, from the kisses and smiles to play time and tummy time, and I could not love them more. Welcome to a glimpse of our beautiful life with our little man.

Special thank you to Marissa K Webb Photography for all of your hard work behind the scenes on these images. We are so grateful for your friendship and talent.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Little Man's Nursery Reveal

Last week I shared the remodel that was our master bedroom after moving into our new home. If you missed it feel free to visit that post here.

This week, I snagged a few photos of the next room we finished up - our little man's nursery. Lucky for us, this room didn't need much prep work. It was just about the only room in our house without wallpaper (praise the Lord), so all it needed prior to decorating was a fresh coat of paint and we were off.

As with the majority of our house, I was all over the neutrals (in color and gender) for little guy's pad.  Also, as with nearly everything else in our home, I tried my best to snag free, thrifted, and recycled items, etc. to be as budget savvy as possible in putting the room together.

We bought our crib off of Craigslist. We were able to get a really high quality crib for only $50 as the couple that had used it previously let their little one put stickers all over it. A little elbow grease and a bit of fresh paint and she was back in business! 

The name sign you see hanging above the crib was actually a joint project between my husband and I. We purchased the barn wood for it at Home Depot, and I picked up the letters for 50% off at Hobby Lobby. He then cut and screwed the wood together, and I took over afterward by adding a touch of white paint for a back splash before hot gluing on the letters. It was incredibly simple and cost us about $20 in all for materials.

Other items pictured:
Gray Blanket, Breathable Cream Bumper: Thrifted
Cream Pillow w/Buttons: Gordmans
"Welcome to my Crib" Pillow: Shamshack

Our rocking chair was also a Craigslist find that I was able to snag from a fellow mom for only $20. I spruced it up a bit with a cushion and pillow that were both purchased at Goodwill for under $10 all together. 

I don't know about your little ones but our child goes through burp cloths like it's his job. We house them all for easy access in that twine bin you see pictured above that I purchased at Gordmans. It's pretty incredible how fast we empty that thing - and how much laundry such a little person can create!

Other items pictured:
Nightstand/Small Table: Had on hand - recycled and repainted with chalk paint
Lamp: Had on hand - recycled and repainted with chalk paint, ribbon added on the shade
Bin sitting under table: Home Goods (I house blankets in there.)
Gray blanket ladder: Goodwill (originally red and painted gray)
1 Samuel 1: 27-28 Print: Em's Menagerie/Frame was recycled and repainted with chalk paint
Curtains: World Market

The changing dresser was also a Craigslist find (are you seeing a pattern here?), that we snagged for only $20. Probably my best steal of the room. It was in great condition, I just wasn't a fan of the originally plain white knobs, so I took them off and purchased the new ones you see pictured at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

My husband made the bookshelves out of the same barn wood we purchased for the name sign above the crib. They were so simple to put together (at least for him) and literally took us minutes with a nail gun and only cost us the price of the wood.

Other items pictured:
Changing Pad Cover: Target
Gray Cloth Diaper Wet Bag: Planetwise
Diaper/Accessories Container: Local craft event
Gallery Wall Items: Hobby Lobby, Gordmans, Homegoods, Target, Thrifted & Recycled
White Shag Rug: Ikea

And there you have it. Hoping our little guy grows to love this space as much as we do, and I am thoroughly looking forward to all the memories to be made here. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Master Bedroom Remodel

As most of you know, we moved into our first home just a few short months back, and we have been incredibly busy with remodeling just about every room from top to bottom. All of this being done, I might add, with a newborn in tow. (Yes, I had to add this, as I think it gives us some well deserved extra kudos.)

We started our remodel projects with our master bedroom, so I thought that a fitting place to share with you all first. The nice thing about this room was that while the whole room needed to be gutted to start out the project, it really required very little investment aside from our time as we were already quite happy with the decor we utilized in our apartment bedroom.

Here is how she looked upon our arrival.

Take a moment to take it all in.

Yes, that is wallpaper on our closet door. I bet you hadn't thought of that one had you. Don't all go running out at once to pick our your favorite pattern.

Alright, so you get the point...needless to say, not quite our style. The carpet. The shudders. The seashells. It all had to go.

First things first, we ripped up all the carpet. Wood floors and all their creaking and imperfections are hands down the only way to do it for me. And we just so happened to luck out with beautiful and original ones throughout our home just screaming to be unveiled.

After that, we spent a weekend ripping down, 3, yes let me spell it out, t-h-r-e-e layers of wallpaper all the way down to the drywall. A project, I will admit, I would not wish on anyone. Because once the paper's off, the amount of paint and primer needed to cover the wall again is incredible (and that's not in the good sense of the word).

Finally, it was time to decorate (aka my domain). And with that, I present to you all our newly designed master "suite". Welcome.

I know that co-sleeper is quite the interior decorator's dream. In the spirit of being real - I mentioned we have a newborn, right?

And there you have it. Our revamped slumber pad.

Interested in any of the items you see inside. Here is where we purchased some of our decor (to the best of my memory at least):

Paint Color: Behr Wax Sculpture (Home Depot)
Barnwood Style Furniture: Ashley Furniture
Duvet Cover/Bedding: Ikea
Navy Throw Blanket: Bed, Bath and Beyond
Throw Pillows: Gordmans & Home Goods
"Home is Where the Heart Is" Sign: Hobby Lobby
Chipped Paint Jewelry Box: Hobby Lobby
Navy Curtains: Target
Night Stand Lamps: Target
Window Pane Picture Frames: Target
Chandelier: From our basement - repurposed/painted with chalk paint and antiquing wax
Other Assorted Frames: Hobby Lobby

Next up, on the home remodel tour - little man's nursery!