Introducing Jolie Lane!

Our baby girl is here…and it’s so surreal! I was aware that pregnancy does typically result in a baby, but it just never felt real. Even when I looked like this… It was hard to grasp what my big belly meant.

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Now that she’s home with us, it’s slowly sinking in that this precious little girl is our greatest and most miraculous DIY yet. We couldn’t possibly be more in love or feel more blessed than we feel right now. Through the fog and haze of sleeplessness and a little bit of terror, we’ve never been so happy.

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I’ve been trying to process and really soak in the events of the last week. I want it to be a memory that always remains vivid and clear. I couldn’t think of a better way to process and relive the moments than to share it with all of you!

I was due December 1st, and by Wednesday the 3rd I was basically on the verge of tears constantly. I was beyond over being pregnant. I was having nerve pain in my back and feeling pretty uncomfortable. Not to mention, I have the patience of a two year old. I was sooooo ready and frustrated with being pregnant. I was desperate for a distraction.

I convinced Shane to go Christmas shopping with me that Wednesday. We walked all over that mall and I managed to get nearly all our Christmas shopping done. It was exhausting. By the time we left my feet ached and my body was desperate for a long nap. I’m fairly certain I had my first contraction as we were walking out of the mall. I had been getting very frequent Braxton Hicks contractions but something about this one was different. It didn’t exactly hurt, but it stopped me in my tracks. We sat on a bench for a minute while I regained my composer than headed to the car.

I really didn’t consider that I could possibly be going labor until hours later, even though the contractions continued on the drive home. I had just been to the doctor the day before and I was only dilated 1.5 centimeters. The doctor really made it seem like I could be in it for the long haul. He did strip my membranes, however. He told us that if it were going to work it would be within 48. Well, i guess it worked along with my “Shop till you pop” method.

Once we got home, I noticed I had lost my mucus plug. (TMI I know, but it’s life…literally. It’s a part of creating life.) I decided it was time to just give going into labor all my effort. I rolled around on an exercise ball, walked around the house, and walked up and down our basement steps despite my incredibly tired body. The contractions continued and quickly went from 20 minutes apart to 6 minutes apart. They also went from “Is that pain? I think this one may hurt a little.” To “Ok. These definitely hurt.” Shane, the little slave driver he is, insisted I continue walking up and down the stairs. We had left mall at 5 and it was now close to 11pm.

I just still wasn’t certain this was really it, though. We tried to go to bed but obviously my mind was somewhere else completely, and the contractions were bad enough to keep me awake. I felt the urge to get things done around the house just in case this was it. I got up and wrapped presents. Kinda silly, but it made me feel better. By this point my contractions had been every 6 minutes for over an hour. I gave the dr a call. He said it sounded like I was in labor and should go ahead and head to the hospital.

It wasn’t really until then that I considered the possibility that we might be meeting our little girl soon. We packed up and headed to the hospital. They hooked me all up and could see I was having contractions, but then they checked me and I was only 2.5 centimeters dilated. I was positive the extra centimeter had happened over the course of the last few hours, but the nurse wasn’t. They almost immediately started threatening to send me home. I was pretty determined to not go home without a baby. Shane and I walked the halls a lot that night, stopping every 4 or 5 minutes to brace myself against a wall through a contraction. Progress was really really slow. We had been at the hospital 6 hours and the nurse, who I really really loved was going home about the same time the doctor was making his rounds. I had progressed to 4 centimeters and he gave me the option of breaking my water to speed things up or go home and wait it out a bit. I could not imagine going home at that point. The contractions were really really painful so we opted to not look back and have him break my water. It wasn’t until about 9 am, after being there for 8 hours, that they officially admitted me for delivery.

Here I am after 9 hours of labor. Clearly between contractions.

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The new nurse got me all situated and moved into a delivery room, and about an hour later I was given the chance to get an epidural. I admire all of you who go without it, but after watching several birth videos of births with and without it, the epidural births always looked so much more peaceful and enjoyable. I wanted to be able to somewhat enjoy the experience. After 10 hours of labor, I was really really ready for the epidural even though I was incredibly nervous about it. Turns out it wasn’t so bad and I could breathe easy again! Shane and I tried to get some rest. We had been up the entire night by that point.

The doctor finally came in and broke my water a few hours later. Things still progressed pretty slowly, but it seemed like it was going quick and easy for me, until suddenly it wasn’t… My epidural stopped working on one side of my body. I was already 8 centimeters dilated and the pain was intense. When you don’t have the epidural you feel the contractions build in intensity, but since mine just suddenly stopped working, I was just thrown into the middle of the most intensely painful contractions. I know people have babies without epidurals all the time, but I knew I wanted an epidural and I just wasn’t prepared to go without. The nurse (who was also really wonderful like the first nurse) was uncertain if the anesthesiologist would even do another since I was so far along. I was terrified and overwhelmed. Everything was going so well and now I was worried I was going to have to go without an epidural for the remainder of the labor. Luckily, the anesthesiologist took pity on me and did do another. It was pretty uncertain if it would even work because we didn’t really know why the first one stopped working, I was a bit traumatic to go through the epidural again. Especially during intense contractions. The anesthesiologist call me a “hot mess.” Hahaha ‘i was a hot mess. My hair was completely matted, I had lost one sock, and not handling the pain very well. Thank goodness for that anesthesiologist. He was great! Luckily, the second epidural worked. I did have some spells of low blood pressure, which made me really nauseous, but I was much much more comfortable. By the time the whole epidural process was done and they were able to steady my blood pressure, it was time to push. By the time we were pushing, our original nurse was back. She was so amazing. I really couldn’t say enough good things about her. She took such good care of me after delivery, and made me feel so comfortable with all the poking and prodding. I can imagine that experience not being nearly as nice with someone you weren’t feeling comfortable with. She was amazing, though, and in my head we are now best friends. Haha. Anyway… we were 21 hours into labor, and I was seriously amazed that I was ready to push! My doctor says there is some heredity to labor. My mom went overdue at least a couple of weeks and had to be induced for all 4 of her deliveries, and my sister had to be induced and had over a 30 hour labor and delivery. Here I was ready to push 21 hours after going into labor completely on my own. Call me cheesy, but I was so so so proud of my body. I really felt so empowered. After a few days of perspective and recovery, I told Shane that delivering our baby girl was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had and I have to say I sort of loved it.

I only had to push for an hour, and then they handed me our beautiful baby girl. The pushing was so surreal and the hour flew by. I sobbed when they put our baby on my chest. I knew I would cry, because throughout the entire pregnancy I teared up just thinking about the moment they handed me my sweet girl. But I ugly cried, out loud, uncontrollably. It was such an amazing moment with such intense emotions. I know I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.

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Jolie is a perfect, healthy little girl. She was a big 8lbs 7oz and 21 inches long. I kind of had the feeling she might look like Shane, but it turns out she looks like me. My mom brought me my baby book, and our baby pictures are very similar. we think she may have Shane’s eyes and can’t wait to see how she changes and develops over the next few months.

Going Home!

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Now on to the other nitty gritty details….

Are we getting any sleep?

Not really. She seems to have her nights and days mixed up. Shane and I took shifts last night. I got about 4 hours with a feeding in-between early in the night and then about 3 hours this morning. Shane slept about 5 hour between my sleeping. She’s not really fussy at all she just doesn’t want to be put down. It’s adorable and exhausting all wrapped up into one little package. We are hoping she will slowly figure it out. She’s already gotten a bit better.

How’s the recovery for me?

Rough… I really never thought about the recovery side for me. I figured I’d be a little sore, but “sore” doesn’t cut it. Again with the TMI, but I had Level 3 lacerations, which is apparently almost as bad of tearing as it can get. Walking, sitting, standing, pretty much everything is difficult. I have to just take things really really slow and remind myself that if the laundry doesn’t all get done…that’s ok. In fact, the laundry probably shouldn’t all get done.

The rest of my body seems to be making an awesome recovery! I really couldn’t be more thrilled with my how much my belly has gone down in only 6 days.

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It’s definitely not what I used to look like, but who cares?! Besides, It’s been about 6 months since I felt this tiny! I’ll take it! I’m sure it will only get better from here. I have about 15lbs to loose, but I’m thinking that will come off pretty easily with breastfeeding. I may still be throwing out the bikini’s though. My belly skin is pretty stretched and I now have one of those weird innie/outie mom belly buttons. I’ll spare you that picture. It isn’t pretty. I’m not sure how much those things will go back to normal. Like I said, though…Who cares? It’s all well worth it.  For now I’ll just enjoy time with my new baby, and a few months down the road I’ll worry about getting back into shape.

Breastfeeding?

I was incredibly nervous about breastfeeding. I’m not really sure why. I guess I had heard so much that it can be really difficult. I knew I was committed to breastfeeding, but I really worried about struggling. The good news is we aren’t struggling at all! I nursed her within a half hour of birth and she latched right on without a problem. I won’t lie…it hurt and it hurts worse now, but watching her sweet little face while I’m feeding her totally dulls the pain. She’s eating about every two hours, and I’m incredibly lucky because she’s a quick eater. It only takes us about 12 minutes for a full feeding. I was a little worried about how much she was getting so yesterday I went to a breastfeeding support group where they weighed her before and after a feeding. She got an 1.5oz in 11 minutes, and she wasn’t even as interested in that particular feeding as she usually is. It was so good to get that peace of mind and know that we were doing it right. This first time mom stuff certainly comes with a lot of feelings of doubt. She also had her first doctor appointment and was up 6oz since we left the hospital. She’s already back up to 8lbs 5oz! So, she’s definitely eating well.

Baby Blues?

I’ve had a few crying spells over nothing. Mostly, I was just feeling scared and overwhelmed. I’m feeling like I’m getting the hang of things now, though. I’m feeling really really really happy. Exhausted but happy. I’m sure we will have our days. I’m bracing myself for them, but I’m already reminding myself that you always get through those days.

How’s Shane as a daddy?

I’m pretty blown away by how well Shane is doing! I never doubted that he would be an amazing Dad, but I had no idea how naturally he’d take to it, or how into it he’d be. His first time holding her he jumped right on the opportunity for skin to skin contact. It might have even been his idea…I can’t remember, but it filled my heart to see him wanting to bond with her in that way.

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He’s continued to be amazing. I’m not sure I changed a single diaper in the hospital. Since getting in and out of bed was difficult, he did it all. He even spent the majority of the nights up with her. He has still changed way more diapers than I have. He’s really doing a great job of taking care of both of us, and he spends so much time loving on and interacting with Jolie. I can tell he is really bonding with her. It’s adorable!

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What’s the shape of our house now?

People that know me and the way that my house is alway tell me, “Just wait until you have kids.” I know Jolie isn’t old enough to contribute to the mess yet, but she does come with a lot of stuff and she’s a total time vacuum. I’m happy to report the house is staying clean. We’ve alway had a good routine of keeping things in order, and it’s been easy to just maintain that. There might be a bit more baby gear hanging all around than I thought I would like, but I told Shane that I kind of like it. It’s making our house feel more lived in and more like a home than ever.

Our family of 3!

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We are getting newborn pictures tomorrow. I can’t wait to share them with you once we get them back from the photographer!

We’ve never been happier. Thank you to all of you who have wished us well and congratulated us on our new addition. We really do enjoy sharing this incredibly special time in our lives.

We Got the Nursery Done!!!!

So, I know I’ve been majorly MIA. I have a good excuse, though! Excuse number 1…My husband came home! We hadn’t seen each other in over a month, because his job took him to New York for several months. I’ve been enjoying time with him. Excuse number 2…I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant. If I’m not eating I’m thinking about labor and prepping for baby’s arrival! Excuse number 3…We’ve been working our buns off getting the nursery done. Literally, it’s all we did for about a week and a half straight! It has paid off and my dreams have come true! Our nursery is done BEFORE the arrival of our little girl! These are good excuses for my lack of blogging, are they not? It may get a bit hit and miss for a while now….I’m going to be busy getting used to being a new mommy! I’m here today, though. I’m ready to show you our nursery! Yay!!!

So let’s back track. This room used to be our spare bedroom. AKA “The room that mostly collected leftover stuff.”

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It had looked like this at one point.

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Then, I got it all cleaned out and painted a huge painting to go into the nursery.

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It ended up like this, and I decided I hated it and painted over it. I’m blaming the red on crazy preggo hormones. I hate red typically!

I put together these ideas…

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And we ended up with this!

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We went with a super cheap IKEA crib, because why spend money on such a short lived item? The name banner my sister made for our baby shower. We thought it was adorable so now it’s above her crib! We still have a mobile in the works. We will see if that gets done before she arrives. (I’m hoping not because I have hope she will arrive…like NOW.)

The quilt my sister made for her, as well. It’s really awesome and beautiful!

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We still have to make this chair into a rocking chair…We will get around to it in the next week I think.

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Above the chair is this shelf. I wanted her to have a few family pictures in her bedroom. One is of Shane and I. One is of my grandparents, and one is baby Jolie’s adorable cousin! I still have one picture frame to fill. Also on the shelf is the wooden block toy my dad made fore her. I wanted it to be seen until she’s ready to play with it, because it’s seriously beautiful.

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Across the room is her changing table. We simply got an IKEA Malm dresser and put and changing pad on top. Behind it is my painting! I like it in these colors so much better. Shane made a nice wood frame for it which really sets it off.

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I felt like there was a bit of an empty spot on the wall. So, I picked this rhino up at TJ Maxx. It has ended up being one of my favorite things in the room. This shot also gives you a nice close up of the planks we covered the room in. We love the way they turned out. They make the room feel so clean and fresh, and they saved up from a ton of drywall work that needed to be done to patch the walls. They were in really terrible shape.

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She already has her own Christmas tree! Is it a little early? Maybe….but something about becoming a new parent is making me feel all excited about Christmas!

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We are calling this the reading corner! The reality is that since this is our only other bedroom we still needed a bed for my family when they come to see her, because they all live out of town. It will also be a nice place to sit and read together down the road, though. We have three book shelfs hanging at the head of the bed.

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Well, there you have it!! Baby Jolie’s nursery! Now we just wait for her to get here!

 

 

 

Helping Friends With Their Loft- The Reveal!

So, I told you about my friends that reached out for help with their living room/ kitchen area of their loft. They live in the top floor of an old commercial building that they recently renovated. The bones of the place are amazing! They just needed help with the decor. They have great taste, they just weren’t sure how to put everything together. That’s where I stepped in to help them out!

 

This was their living room before. It was a bit cluttered and lacked a since of style. I moved out the bean bags because they just didn’t really fit the style that they loved. I got rid of some of the clutter and combined things they already had and helped them shop for some new stuff.

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In place of the bean bags I pulled a chair from their bedroom into the space. It helped give the living room less of a college dorm feel and more of a formal, grown up space. They side table is a great midcentury find they picked up on their own. Like I said, they have great taste! The foot stool was something I pointed out to them at HomeGoods. My friend loves bohemian influences. I really wanted a footstool their to help anchor the chair to the rug since the rug doesn’t quite reach. It looks a lot better if your run in your living room can touch or come close to most of your pieces of furniture. It helps bring the space together.

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One thing they really needed help with was just making sure all their surfaces were “pretty” and clutter free. I really just helped her arrange all of their nick-nacs into nice little arrangements. It really brought a more polished look to the room.

 

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This was their couch area before. Pretty bland which felt really strange given that the opposite side of the room was so full.

 

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Couch Area After:

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To help pull in the Bohemian vibe she loves, I suggested that they pick up this yellow and white rug from IKEA. The space just needed to be warmed up a bit. When it comes to couches, I prefer a layered look. There was nothing really wrong with the yellow pillows she had, but they lacked depth and interest. I shopped the rest of their house for pillow and came up with a different mix.

I did suggest she buy two new pillows which she ordered right away. I wanted her to add a couple of Turkish Kilim pillows. I knew she’d love them because of their Bohemian look. We hopped on Etsy and ordered these two.

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I have to say I was incredibly nervous about the pillows… You never know when you are ordering on Etsy, and it’s really scary spending someone else’s money! I worried they wouldn’t quite work or that she wouldn’t like them. It was a totally success, though! They are AWESOME. The quality is fantastic and they work in the space so incredibly well! The best part…They were cheap! Only $14 a cover which is totally unheard of for pillows like this! They have such a great texture to them. I’m totally going to buy some of these for myself now, too!

 

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The white coffee table was an IKEA purchase they had made for another space. I suggested we use it as the coffee table. I had them buy a fur to put on top that way it can easily and comfortably double as an ottoman to kick your feet up on. I just arranged some items they had on top of the coffee table to make it feel like a completed surface.

 

TV Area Before:

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On the flip side of the room is the TV. They have the TV nicely mounted and they already had a great entertainment stand that they had picked up at TJ Maxx a while back. the real problem was the kitchen clutter was inching its way into the living room and the surfaces just were’t pretty. When you see a picture of a room you love in a magazine, pay close attention to the details. It’s probably where you are going wrong in your home. There’s no clutter in those magazine rooms, and all the surfaces are beautifully stylized!

TV Area After:

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Surprisingly, we didn’t buy a single thing for around the TV. they already had a lot of cool stuff they just weren’t using it in the best ways possible. We moved out the kitchen clutter and added these knit poufs that were in their daughters room. They can serve as additional seating, but also they help to anchor the TV area to the rest of the room. The TV was feeling a bit like it was out in no man’s land setting the poufs in front of it inched it back into the direction of the couch. It’s hard to see in pictures the difference that it made, but it did make a big difference.

 

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Next we made sure the surface of the TV stand looked awesome! My absolute faaaaaaavorite thing is the clay art they picked up from a local artist. It’s AMAZING! So much texture. They literally had this gem shoved behind a table in their son’s room before I started rearranging things. When I found it I felt like I hit the jackpot. It’s perfect. The Marshall speaker they had sitting on the floor next to their bed. It’s so awesome and cool looking, why not showcase it? It just makes sense in this spot along with the record player. I always like to add a little green to just about ever area so this little grass plant works perfectly.

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Right next to their TV they have a stove that they use in the winter. It was feeling just a little out of place so I decided to stage it as a bar.

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They will have to move this stuff while they are using it, but since it’s all on a tray it won’t be difficult.

 

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When I first stated this project they had bikes shoved in this corner. It was making their living room feel a bit like a garage. The space isn’t exactly functional so we just made sure it was pretty.

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They already had the big metal pot and we just picked up a fake grass plans to put in it. The candle sconces were hanging in very random places before, and I relocated them here.

Kitchen Area Before:

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Next up was the kitchen area. With so few cabinets, the biggest issue was storage. We really had to get organized and creative to get the clutter off the counters.

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We succeeded! The biggest help was that they added shelves above the stove. That helped tremendously, and I suggested that they pick up these cheap baskets from IKEA. She can now store some items that she doesn’t use regularly in them. I also suggested she get baskets for the shelves under the island. She was putting things there a lot and it was looking messy. The baskets keep it clean and contained.

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I wanted to make sure the counters were reserved only for pretty kitchen items.

 

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Another big help was that she picked up this little cart from Walmart of all places! It was a great purchase that really helps with food storage. I just helped her pick pretty things to go on top of it.

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They had these antlers and this bag already and I suggested we hang it here. She now keeps her potatoes in it. It works perfectly and looks great.

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Well, that’s it! A little project I’ve been taking on! I had a lot of fun with it and I think everyone ended up really happy with the results!

 

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Helping Friends Love Their Loft

A friend of mine recently asked me for some help at her house. She and her husband had recently renovated a loft and she said she hated it. I think she just felt stuck. She knew what she liked and could point out spaces she liked on the internet, but I think she just didn’t know where to start in her own home. I think it’s a problem a lot of people have. They feel like they have to just scrap everything they have and start over. Occasionally that might be true, but it wasn’t even a little true in this case. Here are the before pictures of their living room and kitchen area: IMG_2354

The space itself are what design dreams are made of….Tall ceilings, loads of natural light, an open floor plan, exposed brick, and tons of character!

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They had done a lot of things right in the space. They had arranged the major pieces of furniture in the right places for this room

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Initially, they had planed to put a new kitchen in the space. To save money, they instead opted to put the original metal cabinets back in. I think it was a great choice! They add a lot of character to the space. I love that it’s not something you see every day. Their kitchen needs a bit of tweaking, which they plan to do in the future, but for now it’s functional and also really cool.

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They also had a lot of really great staple pieces. They have great taste. It was just putting those pieces together that was the problem.

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The other issue was just clutter. We all struggle with that. it’s easy to collect things and just keep adding them into your space, but generally less is more, especially when the bones of the house are as amazing as this. All the “extras” were getting in the way of an actual style for the space.

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Another big problem was that pictures she showed me of her “ideal” living room were very formal, but some of the pieces in her living room weren’t formal at all. I think that was a major contributor to her dissatisfaction with her living room. These huge bean bag chairs just weren’t fitting the vision of what she showed me she wanted.

My job here was super easy, because they had so much cool stuff! Check out the blog later this week to see what we did in the space! I can’t wait to show the “afters!”

This Week’s Obsessions

Here’s a round up of things I’ve been obsessing over this week. I’m not sure how pillows aren’t somehow involved. They are one of my true obsessions….I guess I’m evolving as a person!

Just when I thought my sheepskin addiction couldn’t get any worse…I’m starting to see black sheepskins, and I’m smitten!

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I’m in love with moto jackets. I have one in white and black, but I’ve really been wanting a maroon moto jacket! I’m also dying over moto vests! I miss the days pre preggo belly. I’m thinking if I can get my post baby body together for the rest of the winter I’ll be picking myself up a moto vest!

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I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been obsessing over benches. I love love love benches! I always envision them at a dining table or in the entry. They deserve some place in the house where you can stand back and really get a good look at them. Unfortunately, my house is just too small for a beautiful statement bench….Someday

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I’ve been crushing big time over faucets that come out of the wall! I just love the look of them! If I was completely renovating a bathroom I’d go for a wall faucet!

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I’m adoring swing arm lamps in bathrooms and kitchens. I love that they aren’t your typical pendant. Come on….How great do these look?

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Shane says I have a boot problem…he’s right. I’m dying to add a pair of fringe booties to my collection!!!

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If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, please stack wood somewhere! I need to live vicariously through you!

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I wish I was good at lipstick, because I’d love to be rocking some dark lips this fall…Sigh…I just can’t find a brand I love that looks nice… If you have any ideas please share!!!

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My baby bump is seriously making me love the oversized trend! I’m totally able to find clothes that still fit me! I can’t wait to continue wearing oversized sweaters after the baby comes, too!

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So, when we renovated our kitchen we chose black and white because it was the most cost effective option. At the time I really wanted an all white kitchen, but now I’m obsessed!!! All the kitchens I love are black and white!

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Well, that’s my roundup of this weeks obsessions!

Knitted Baby Blanket

The nursery may still be on hold, but signs of baby are showing up other places!

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I can’t explain to you how weird it is to open up our silverware drawer and find baby spoons! It will take some getting used to. I’ve finally sorted through all of the shower gifts we’ve received, taken inventory, and put what I could away. It’s really starting to make this all feel more real! Just 6 weeks left to go!

I’ve also been working on another baby project.

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I knitted our baby girl a baby blanket! I have to say I’m pretty proud of this! As of a few weeks ago, I had never knitted anything in my life. It was definitely a trial and error project, but I’m happy with the results.

 

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I used huge knitting needles and the chunkiest yarn I could find. It makes it a nice big knit and go comes together super fast.

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The stripe down the middle came about when I ran out of the white yarn and couldn’t find anymore matching yarn. So, I just opted to do something else down the center. I really actually like it. I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet baby stuff, and I feel like the browns and beige helps keep the blanket from being too sweet.

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Around the perimeter I crocheted pink yarn. I just looked up videos and did my best. It’s not perfect by any means, but it works. It’s super soft and warm, and I hope our little girl will enjoy it for years to come!

Nursery Planning When We Should be DOING!

Do you feel like I abandoned you this week? I totally have. I’ve been mega distracted with life and all it’s happenings. I’m so sorry…I’ll try to regain my focus…Although, pregnancy brain makes it tough!!

 

OH MY GOSH I AM 33 WEEKS PREGNANT! How the heck did that happen?!?! (You can spare me the bird and the bees convo, I know how it really happened.) This pregnancy is flying by! I only have 6 and a half weeks to go! I honestly can’t believe it. It’s probably time Shane and I get serious about putting this nursery together. There’s only one problem… Shane’s working 12 hours from home…. BOOO!! Since there’s a lot to be done, I can’t tackle it alone. We are hoping he will be home in a week and a half and we can start the project. That’s all a big MAYBE he will be home. In the meantime, I’ve decided to not sweat it. We’ve got the carseat, the diapers, the pi’s, the bassinet…all the things babies really need. If her nursery doesn’t get done before she joins our little family, that’s ok. (The preggo nester side of me is totally not ok with that, but I’m pretending she doesn’t exist…) What can you do? Life is easier when you just go with the flow…

That being said….I’m totally still prepping in the way of gathering things and planning. Shane and I recently added something new to the plan!

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I’m totally going to get my plank walls! We had lots and lots of drywall work head of us in the nursery. The walls are old plaster that’s badly cracked. We were going to replace much of it with drywall. We did this in our living room about a year ago, and let me tell you, it was a nightmare. Drywall dust and everyday life just shouldn’t mix. I’m obsessed with plank walls and we decided that it would probably be easier to do since we can attach it right to the plaster. YAY! I think it will be adorable. All the plywood will be cut and sanded at Shane’s shop. Therefore, keeping the dust out of the house. I’m more than excited about this. Now can you see why Shane’s help is essential?

So, I’ve had a basic idea in my brain what I wanted for the nursery, but this the first time I’ve really put it together. I have to say I’m loving it!

 

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So you may remember the painting I painted for the nursery.  Well I totally painted over it. I know…CRAZY right?! I just wasn’t in love with it. Clearly white is my thing. I’m going to blame the original red decision on hormones. It just didn’t feel like me. So now my giant flower painting is white and has similarities to the flowers above. I can’t wait to catch Baby P looking it over for the first time!

The chair is a chair that we already had from IKEA. Shane is going to put rockers on it to make it a rocking chair. One of the many things on his long “to do” list.

The poufs you will remember from the end of our bed in our bedroom. They are going to live in the nursery.

We are opting to go for a cheap IKEA crib. Babies only spend a couple of years in the crib. There just didn’t seem to be a good reason to spring for something fancy. I like the clean and simple look of it anyway.

The dresser is IKEA as well. It’s going to double as a changing table. My sister and brother-in-law used the same thing for their new baby (AKA the cutest nephew known to man) and it seemed to work well.

Lastly, the rug…Oh the rug… I had originally planned to use a rug that we have stored away in the basement, but Shane kinda nixed that idea. He wanted his baby girl to crawl around on something soft and plush. The rug we had was a flat weave and really not soft at all. This may be the beginning of “Daddy’s little girl” spoiling…let’s hope not. Truth is, I didn’t love the idea of the flat weave rug for the nursery either, but I’m always trying to save a buck. Shane wouldn’t have it though, and I’m pretty glad.

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Now for the extra goodies….

We bought some IKEA spice racks to use as bookshelves like pictured above. Also, and idea I’m stealing from my nephew’s nursery.

Shane and I have plans to make a brass mobile similar to what’s pictured above. She may be 6 before it’s hanging above her bed, but hey at least we made it! Let’s hope that’s not really the case, but as I write this I’m realizing how much we still have to do and how little time we have left to do it! EEEK!

There are two windows in the room that are going to get dip dyed curtains. I’m thinking ours will be a little bit of a softer more teal blue.

The “For Like Ever” poster is something I’ve had for 3ish years. How cute will it be in her nursery, though? I have a fancy gold frame I picked up at Goodwill 3 or more years ago that it fits perfectly into.

The three shelf cart is from IKEA. I’m thinking a lamp will go on it for beside the chair and some toys in the bottom shelves.

Of course there will be sheepskins….because I’m obsessed, and if a nursery isn’t the place for sort and furry I don’t know what is!!!

Lastly, this lamp will go in the nursery. We already had it and I like gold and brass as accents. I painted a lampshade for it. You may remember that from HERE.

 

Yep, I love it! I can’t wait to see it come to life! Hopefully that’s sooner, rather than later.