The Nursery!

I finally got around to taking some better photos of the new nursery (aka, taken with my point and shoot Nikon and not my iPhone, but still not taken with my dSLR because I’m just that lazy), and figured I’d post them on the blog.

I’m completely in love with how this room turned out, since we actually spent very little money getting it together. Most of our investment was in paint and smaller decorations. Hand-me-downs are a wonderful, wonderful thing!

The diaper changing area. I’m glad it looks so lovely, when you think of what will actually go on there. The dresser was a hand-me-down from one of my husband’s aunts – I’ll post a “before” photo of it later on in the post. So grateful for Scott’s blood, sweat, and tears that were poured into getting this painted and freshened up!

Untitled

A gift from my sister-in-law. I wish I were organized enough to have neatly typed up the directions on how to make wipes and laminate them!

Untitled

Our mobile, a gift from Land of Nod, one of my favorite children’s stores on the face of the planet.

Untitled

The view when you first walk into the nursery. I love that all my childhood books are here – I can’t wait to walk down memory lane when I read them to our son.

Untitled

Le Cyclone Cycle tray was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law. Blue cow print from the internet. Bicycle was a bargain from a gigantic antique store in Quechee, Vermont. Eric Carle prints are actually flash cards, which I’ll show more of later on in the post.

Untitled

Keeping some lotions tucked away but easy to grab. In an effort to brace ourselves for the launch into new parenthood, we took a lot of classes, one of which being infant massage and soothing techniques. Can’t wait to see if they work!

Untitled

Extra swaddlers and burp cloths right next to the rocker.

Untitled

Boppy, at the ready!

Untitled

We’re still saving up to buy a nice, cozy recliner/glider, since we want it to be more of a regular item of furniture that can still be used once we’re doing having babies, so in the meantime, we stole this out of our living room. It’s an antique maple rocker that was my great-grandmother’s, and I had it re-padded and re-covered several years ago while I was interning at an interior design shop. The footstool isn’t hugely visible, but that was something I found at a garage sale for 25 cents (yes, cents!) and re-covered with some fabric I had laying around. The white side table I’ve had since I was a pre-teen. Chalk another victory up to quality, classic furniture that will stand the test of time!

Untitled

It never ceases to amaze me how gray the room looks in these photos. It’s actually much more of an aqua/green. But I digress.

Framed print of Max from Where the Wild Things Are was actually a free printable from the internet meant to be a coloring page. Frogs are another Eric Carle flashcard. Abstract painting is one I did several years ago that tends to float around our house. The stuffed Aardvark is one of my favorite gifts – from Land of Nod of course. He’s going to live on the shelf until the little boy is old enough to snuggle with him.

Untitled

Love this little quote sign that was a gift from a sweet friend of mine.

Untitled

Close-up of my little “inspiration board” that I’m keeping next to the rocker for the long nights to come. Pretty photos, family photos, things that make me smile, or make me downright laugh. (Yes, I have a “got milk” bumper sticker on there. Seemed appropriate, since I’ll be breastfeeding.)

Untitled

Some dried hydrangeas from our yard, and our “honey-moon” that we actually purchased in Stanardsville, Virginia while on our honeymoon.

Untitled

Our beautiful crib. Another hand-me-down, which Scott spent many hours sanding down and re-painting. And of course, Brinkley, my usual photo-bomber. He looks so handsome, doesn’t he?

Untitled

A makeshift mobile. The bird cut-outs are another gift from Land of Nod (are you sensing a theme here?) that I then hung in some simple embroidery hoops.

Untitled

Untitled

We have managed to get ready for this child with only buying newborn mittens. Every other article of clothing was a hand-me-down. It’s handy having a boy when you already have three nephews and a best friend with two boys! This is one of my absolute favorite hand-me-downs. I normally don’t get into Pooh or other cartoon-themed things, but if you could FEEL how soft and snuggly this little wrap is, you would curl up into a little ball and die too. I can’t wait to cuddle our boy in this.

Untitled

Can’t leave out the diaper bag! Which is actually not a diaper bag, per say, but a friend of mine recommended it to me for that purpose and I’m thrilled, since it’s pretty enough to be still be used once I’m past the diaper bag phase. From Stella &  Dot.

Untitled

So here are those flash cards I mentioned earlier. I got the pack on clearance sale at Anthropologie for $6, and there are so many that I would love to frame and have on the walls that I’ll probably wind up rotating them out. It’s pretty much my personal secret to decorating on the cheap, finding things that aren’t necessarily meant to be decorations and using them as such.

Untitled

Here are some “Before” photos of this lovely nursery.

The crib is sitting in our garage with other miscellaneous stuff, waiting to be painted. It was lovely in black and brown, but just didn’t go with the general theme we wanted.

The photo of the dresser gives you a good idea of what color the walls were and what the dresser looked like prior to Scott re-painting it. It also gives you an idea of what this room of the house had been used for since we moved in a year and a half ago, which was to store all the random stuff we didn’t know what to do with.

And finally, just a picture of a fraction all the hand-me-downs we got. Never turn down hand-me-downs my friends, they’re awesome!

IMG_4131

IMG_4136
IMG_4858

And that’s that! This post wouldn’t be complete without a huge thank-you to all the friends and family that were so generous to us, with gifts and hand-me-downs. You are so very appreciated!

T-minus 8 days and counting till the due date!

Hope you enjoyed the photos!

Before & After: Studio!

My friends, I promise my absence between posts has been well justified, as I’ve been deeply in progress of settling into our new house.

I finally have a few rooms set up and situated, but I thought it’d be appropriate to start off my Before & After series with my studio!

I will admit, this is my most very favorite room in our entire house so far. Not that I’m biased or anything.

Before, it was our guest bedroom. Here’s a very sad little photo of what the room was previously. We hadn’t bought a guest bed yet so our air mattress was filling in.

IMG_0888

My original studio had been upstairs in our finished attic space, but the lack of natural light and wall space for my eccentric art collection had me pretty depressed.

And so, because I can’t leave anything the same for more than 15 minutes at a time, I decided to swap rooms.

Pinterest of course gave me the inspiration I needed.

And in three days, I had the room painted, and swapped out with the guest room.

Aren’t you impressed?

I’m pretty much a beast. I know. You don’t have to tell me twice.

The only thing I haven’t completed (or started) is hanging frames on the walls. I need to ponder on that a bit more before I started gouging holes in our plaster walls. But my goal is to have it very much like this photo, with a giant bulletin board for inspiration pieces and a wall for framed artwork.

So, without further ado, here is my office. In all its messy glory. Because we’re all about honesty here, right? Also, Brinkley has to be an active part of every little thing I do, which means you will see his big pointy ears poking their way into photos that they don’t belong in.

IMG_2693

IMG_2692

I also feel the need to explain my abundance of plants. I do have a small herb garden, and in an act of desperation to keep a supply of fresh herbs through the winter, I’ve moved them up to my studio, which is the sunniest room in the house on a regular basis. Whether or not they live is to be determined, however, it certainly does smell amazing in here. Although I will appreciate the extra space once I move the survivors back outside in the spring.

And we’re all about small details aren’t we here at Little Stirrings?

Here are my small details that make me extra smile-y about my new studio.

IMG_2711

IMG_2710

IMG_2709

IMG_2706

IMG_2705

IMG_2704

IMG_2703

And that’s that. I hope you love my new space as much as I do. And yes, I will post photos of my walls once I hang my artwork. Never fear!

The first of October.

Here in Baltimore, we had a small taste of autumn over one weekend a few weeks ago. Then the weather suddenly decided to take a snap back to higher-than-normal temperatures (seriously September? the EIGHTIES?) with dripping humidity. For many, many days.

Appropriately and thankfully though, the first of October brought with it a cold front and a return to dry air with temperatures in the low sixties. Football weather. Chili weather. Boot weather. Hellloooo autumn, and my favorite time of the year!

With this kind of weather finally arriving, I couldn’t help but spend yesterday redecorating. And my proudest moment? We didn’t leave the house at all to do it – which means I didn’t spend a single penny. It’s amazing what you can do with the things already in your house, just by replacing photos in frames with some fun graphic prints.

source of grateful hearts print

source of fall tree print

I also took advantage of this burst of creativity to make new covers for our throw pillows in in the living area. One of my very favorite things is the fact that I have a large bin of fabric samples that I was given when I interned at an interior design firm in college because they were “outdated”. Most are the perfect size for pillows. So I just happen to have fabric on my pillows that retails for $88 a yard.

It’s a happy life. And I highly recommend making friends with interior designers. Chances are, they have a lot of old samples they’re needing to get rid of.

Also, I made use of my favorite staple gun to re-upholster an ugly little footstool I got at a yard sale a couple years ago for 25 cents. I have no issues admitting that it’s pretty ugly, but it’s a work in progress, and now I have a comfy place to rest my feet that isn’t the coffee table, and it happens to be covered in pretty fabric. Now I just have to figure out what to do with those legs…

I just love decorating for autumn, and I’m sure as I get out to farmer’s market and get a hold of more of those adorable decorative pumpkins, I’ll have more decorations to show you. But for the meantime, our house feels just a bit cozier, and I’m happy with the new vignettes and colorful fabrics that have entered our lives.

Want some more ideas for fall decorating? My friend Shelby from college has some of the most beautiful taste I’ve ever seen. 🙂 Check her out at her lovely honeysuckle blog!

Renditions of a Hallway

While the long, zig-zaggy hallway entry into our hallway keeps us separated from almost all of the noise in the hallway outside our apartment, it has been more than a bit challenging to decorate in a welcoming, warm way since it is very dark, and very narrow.

Especially when your fuse box acts as the focal point at the end of the hallway. Hmm.

Here was my first solution to our entryway. I took two curtains I had made for my first apartment in college and hung them on the wall to hide the fuse box and add some color.

Due to laziness and other more pressing projects, this entryway has pretty much stayed this way for over two years with the exception of the addition of a lot of clutter and bulk that just really doesn’t look pleasant at all when visitors come in.

Not to mention it makes me a bit cranky to see the clutter when I first get home.

So Sunday afternoon I tackled the hallway. I always like to challenge myself to use things in the house, so this was the best I could come up with without buying anything new.

I hung a red sheet up on the fuse-box wall, and hung some artwork I did in college to hide it. (Accessing the fusebox is easy, because the artwork is light and you can pull the curtain back and have easy access to the box.)

Unfortunately some of the clutter is still there, but living in the city makes our little wagons a necessity for hauling in groceries. Scott thinks the red sheet is a bit overwhelming and I tend to agree but for the moment I don’t mind it too much…I’d rather see it than a cream-colored wall!

I also made some extra room in our one big storage closet by pulling out 3 boxes of books/paperwork that we’ve been keeping in there, and turning them into a table of sorts by stacking them and covering them with a tablecloth and some extra fabric I had in my fabric bin.

Not too shabby!

I also hung up a few more frames under our Picasso addition to make things feel a little more complete since we accidentally hung it too high. The photos are ones that I cut out of an old calendar of black and white images of Paris. I confess I did buy the frames (12×12 scrapbook page frames), but that was a while ago.

So that was my project for the weekend. And I’m sure I’ll be changing it again soon, so I’ll be sure to keep you updated. 🙂 I know you’re on the edge of your seat. In the meantime, I encourage you to look through your own house if you’re wanting to re-decorate. You’d be amazed at what you can do with a little creativity!

uncommon goods.

In searching for fun desk accessories for my 9 to 5 gang, I stumbled across this website, uncommon goods. Being a lover of unique and different gifts, I instantly fell in love. Just in browsing one category, I’ve already got a wish list going. (We’ll ignore the prices for now…yikes.)

Chalkboard Vase

The Decision Maker

Message Stamp

Haiti Owl Sculpture

PostCardens

Gnome-Be-Gone Decision Maker (can you tell I love these things?)

And last but not least…it’s hideous, but makes me laugh every time…

The Flying Pig Bank

More to come as I continue browsing on my lunch breaks. Or, go check out the website yourself! Happy Wednesday!

>Staple-Gunner-ing.

>Tomorrow is my birthday, and my amazing husband may or may not have gotten me a new wallet and a staple gun for the event.


Um. A staple gun, you say?


Best. Present. Ever.


I may or may not have been running around the apartment like a madwoman, cackling loudly, “CAN YOU FEEEEEL THE POWER KRONK!?”


But I digress. What on earth am I doing with a staple gun? Many things eventually, but first and foremost on my mind was making a “headboard” for our bed. Which was largely a part of beginning our bedroom make-over.


Here is what our bedroom looked like when I woke up this morning, give or take a few things since this is an older photo.

Photo arrangement on the wall.



Now, I didn’t get any photos of the process of making my new “headboard”. This was mainly because I was so excited to use my staple gun that I was almost done before it occurred to me I should be documenting the process.


Essentially what I did was take three canvases (I tend to buy the cheap 2-packs when they’re on sale at Michael’s since I usually end up hating what I paint) and covering them with fabric samples that I had from my days of interning at an interior design firm. These three canvases had already been used, with paintings on them that I naturally didn’t like, so covering them didn’t seem like a waste at all to me. That’s where the staple gun came in handy. I centered the fabric on the design I wanted, pulled it taut, and then went to town. Awesome.


Here’s the result.



It was difficult for me to get an accurate photo of the colors throughout the bedroom change process, but I promise things do match.



To address a few things:

  • I didn’t buy a new comforter – the previous blue one was a duvet cover – this is what always lived underneath.
  • I’m undecided as to how I feel about the shelf over the covered panels, however I was feeling way too lazy to remove it, so for the time being, it’s still there.
  • The new rug on the floor does not match in any way shape or form, but it’s the size of one that I would like to get for our bedroom to break up the constant beige of the walls and carpet.
  • The constant beige is one reason we got a duvet cover, so I’m not sure how long I’ll last with the original beige comforter, but we’ll see.
Also, I did change the photos on the wall. It’s a mixture of wallpaper samples and fabric samples…again from my days of interning. (They had tons of outdated samples that were just going to get thrown away so I volunteered to take them. If you love having scraps to work with, check out your local interior design shops to find out when they update their samples.)


I moved a few other things around the wall, but here’s the final look of the bedroom for now.


I’m loving it for now, if not solely because it’s a change. But also – the total cost of this transformation was the $27 we spent on the staple gun and staples. Not a penny more. Everything else was just shifted around from other locations in the house.

Many happy sighs from Megs today. Nothing like a good re-decoration for my birthday!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Photobucket