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!

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Extra swaddlers and burp cloths right next to the rocker.

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Boppy, at the ready!

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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!

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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.

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

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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.)

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Merry Monday – Outdoor Inspirations

In my quest to find things I enjoy about living Baltimore, the drive to our church in Hunt Valley is rapidly encroaching on my list of favorite things. Hunt Valley is roughly half an hour north of the city right off of Interstate 83, which if you keep going takes you straight into Pennsylvania and Amish country. The Towson/Hunt Valley area is absolutely stunning – rolling hills, horse farms, and the epitome of tidy suburbia.

Our drive to church yesterday morning was especially gorgeous. The early morning sun and blue skies were glistening on a nice heavy frost, and the rolling hills were in every stage of gold and orange imaginable.

I’m not sure if we treasure this type of scenery because we don’t normally get to see it (I’m not sure I can think of a patch of grass anywhere remotely near our apartment), or if it was because the morning was particularly beautiful, but it got me to daydreaming about outdoor decorations for fall.

I feel like everyone decorates for Halloween and for Christmas, but what about the days in between? And to me, this is one of the loveliest times to decorate, because everything you need is in abundance in most people’s backyards.

If we actually had outdoor access to our apartment, these would be my inspiration boards this year.

Source: bhg.com via Megan on Pinterest

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Also – you all need to check out this adorable autumn decor post by Joy Ever After. Low budget, simple, and lovely. The picture below is taken from the post, just as an idea. I’m in love.

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This is what I’m dreaming of this week. A front porch to set plump pumpkins and mums on, and a cheery wreath to welcome friends.

How are you decorating your outdoors for fall this year? Do you have any traditions that make your entrance especially warm and friendly to holiday guests?

Merry Monday everyone!

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!