A SHARED GUEST BEDROOM AND NURSERY

September 18, 2017

Yes, this is the reveal post! I thought I’d try something a little new for sharing one of the rooms of our home renovation. For our nursery and guest room, we’ll go in reverse order; the room is completely done and all the photos, sources, and budget breakdown are below! Then in the coming weeks I’ll share the expanded details of a couple of the individual projects.

Pushing myself to design a room all at once was something I’ve not done before. I am normally a slow decorator. I make one change, live with it for a while. Keep an eye out for a specific piece for a long time. SECOND GUESS MYSELF. Always looking out for more inspiration. Probably get distracted and start working on a different part of the house. So executing one space all in one go was a good challenge. I gave myself the summer to do it, and still snuck every last minute out of it to marinate on decisions.

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We loved the feeling of generally finishing a room before starting the next one, so I will continue that method in the house. Otherwise, I will strike a balance and partly go back to my old way of gradual decision making. But I learned a lot about my technique and style from the experience of trying this way.

This room was previously a straight guest room, but fell guilty of breaking my home philosophy that every space must earn its keep. By that I mean, if there’s a room we don’t use much, we need to rework it so that it does something for our family that makes us want to be there. I think of it as if we paid for square footage, we should use it.

Formal dining rooms and guest rooms are probably the most common violators of this idea! Our guest room got used maybe once every other month, which is a fair amount, but not carrying its weight for my standard. I decided to make it a nursery plus guest room so as to first have a space for when we have a newborn before they get sorted to the boy and girl big kid rooms. And second, we get the perk of being able to accommodate a guest with a baby.

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metal bedblack & white bed sheets | white knit blanket | white faux fur throwgray patterned rugrug pad | green seagrass basket |  wooden stacking toy

I envisioned it reading a little sophisticated (for when adults are lodging here), but with enough touch of whimsy it feels sweet to bring a little newborn into. And gender neutral too to keep it ready for the long haul. Right now it sways a little more boy since that is who we have in here right now, but I will tweak accessories for a girl.

I love white rooms, but to keep them interesting I like to add in good architectural details. We installed board and batten (I will share the diy for that next!) and this great ceiling medallion.

The other thing to do when going monochromatic is lots of texture. That white fur throw from target is probably my favorite find of the whole year. I was meaning to buy the well known ikea sheep skin for a long time, but then I saw this much larger throw at target, with the same great texture (super soft) for only $20. AND I DIDN’T HAVE TO DRIVE TO IKEA. I may buy more for around the house, they are just so good. They come in warm gray and blush too.

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yellow ring dish (similar)mint bud vase | dried craspedia flowers (similar) | white ball lamp | ceiling light fixture | ceiling medallion

I picked a white metal platform bed. It is such a great pice ($135!) and the look is classic and lovely. It was good to have a different material and color for the bed to go with our wooden crib. The mattress is a $70 one I ordered online from wal-mart. I KNOW. I am a little miffed because it is more comfortable than the expensive one we have in the master – and ONCE AGAIN IT WAS $70! I love buying online, but I love buying online even more when it’s from a retailer that also has a brick and mortar nearby for easy returns.

I keep my crib bedding really simple. Of course for safety we don’t put anything in it, but I also don’t mind even skipping a crib skirt. For the adult beds, I usually do the pillows minimal, for ease. To keep the cost of bedding from adding up, I like to do patterned standard pillowcases because they are cheaper than decorative throw pillows. Just pillows from ikea for $2 and then a pair of standard pillowcases aren’t much at all and can add just as much color or pattern. At first I had these subtle striped blush pink ones and these that came with our sheets, but I took out the blush because they were making everything too girly (but I still love them).

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 jenny lind crib crib sheetsnavy arm chair (similar) | large white frame | hands art print 

For the effortless, but still kind of high style sophisticated look, I didn’t do a lot of art in here. Just a little bit of styling on the nightstand. I adore this touch lamp and actually just bought the bigger version for our office too.

A friend recently asked me my general strategy with window treatments and I have lately become a real fan of roman shades instead of curtains. I used to associate roman shades as being expensive, so that deterred me from usually thinking to use them. Of course when you add up the cost of multiple curtain panels and hardware, they are probably less expensive.

The shade here is from home depot and only $50. But even more than considering price, I am just in love with the really tailored look of a crisp shade perfectly fitted on a window. Especially in a room like this where we added those architectural details, I liked keeping them on display without being covered up by high and wide hung drapes. Also – those are cordless! David really likes not having tangled cords all the time.

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 changing table (similar) | roman shade | white storage boxes | step trash bin (similar)

This might be a little obscure, but I have been DELIGHTED about finding baby wipes that come in a plain white tub because every other brand I know of comes in bright teal or something garish. These white tub ones are this really inexpensive brand from amazon(!).

For a changing table I kept things especially neutral. Since it is a hard thing to make look attractive, I prefer to have it blend in and go more unnoticed rather than trying to dress up diapers and wipes stuff. Our table is a hand me down from a friend (similar here). It was that glossy type of furniture that is hard to paint, but I have had great results with getting the paint to stick using this zinsser bullseye primer. Just follow the application directions exactly as they’re written and we have been totally pleased.

To remember, here is a before photo of this room when we first toured it and decided to buy. I only wish I took more angles. We’ve come so far!

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The main expenses in here were the light fixture and ceiling medallion ($480), crib and mattress ($254), rug ($235), bed and mattress ($217). Then there was the building materials – board & batten ($110), crown moulding ($58), and paint ($80), plus accessories ($114), bedding ($85), and window treatments ($50). That is about $1,700 total.

In future posts I am sharing about how we diy-ed the board and batten, using wallpaper samples as inexpensive art, and building that wall mounted nightstand (only $30!).

SOURCES

metal bedjenny lind crib | black & white bed sheets | white knit blanket | white faux fur throw | crib sheetsgray patterned rugrug pad | changing table (similar) | roman shade | white storage boxes | step trash bin (similar) | ceiling light fixture | ceiling medallion | green seagrass basket | white laundry basket | navy arm chair (similar)large white frame | hands art print | small white frameseascape art print | wooden stacking toy | yellow ring dish (similar)mint bud vase | dried craspedia flowers (similar) | white ball lamp

SLOW COOKER APPLESAUCE

September 14, 2017

This applesauce is delicious, homespun, and just feels good to eat. The ingredients are simple. Because apples taste good all on their own. You can make this recipe without adding anything, for really healthy, pure applesauce. (You can even leave on the skins! Ever tried it?) But, I like mine sweet. And a touch of cinnamon is where it is at.

Lastly, 10 bonus points because this will make your whole house smell like autumnpalooza all day. It is kind of like the stove top potpurris (my favorite) in that it makes that lovely aroma. Except this actually produces food you can eat at the end too.

This recipe calls for sixteen apples, which is about five pounds. Orchard trip, anyone? Or just use grocery store ones, no one will mind.

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Serves four cups

16 apples (about five pounds)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 lemons, juiced
2/3 cup brown sugar

Peel apples and slice into quarters, removing core. Place in slow cooker and add in cinnamon, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Stir to break apart apples – as smooth or as chunky as you like.

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Ingredients
  • 16 apples (about five pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Peel apples and slice into quarters, removing core.
  2. Place in slow cooker and add in cinnamon, lemon juice, and brown sugar.
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  4. Stir to break apart apples - as smooth or as chunky as you like.

 

IT’S A BOY

September 7, 2017

We are now a family of five! It is so good to have a tiny baby around again. I have found myself cherishing this newborn phase so much. I know how they grow and change, and I feel like I can see and appreciate how precious and little they are at the beginning even more.

With our first baby we were just learning all the time and taking everything in. And a second baby is a lot of that still too.

Now we feel settled and the jump from two to three children has felt quite nice. Still lots of work, but pleasant in a these are a memorable, special few weeks of our lives way.

Baby 3

This pregnancy was my hardest! And in some senses, the labor felt like my hardest too. I have never used an epidural and after this one I kind of had that thought, why do I do this myself? Sort of joking, but also maybe not. I am glad I didn’t get one for my first few babies, but now I feel like I may just go for it in the future. My pregnancy was so hard, I didn’t feel as mentally tough going into this labor, so maybe that’s why I have this whatever attitude! We will see if it lasts.

I could go on and on about how much I love being a mom and our new little youngling, but I will leave it at this for now. Thank you for all your support and well wishes for our little growing family!

PS: I found the best, not ugly baby bouncer that is also not expensive! (Hard to get both.) 40 dollars at Target. Also, I am sharing the baby’s new finished nursery really soon! WHAT.

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