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.

New Kitchen Rug

I’m in love with antique rugs. They are beautiful, and if you haven’t done much vintage rug eye candy research, I highly recommend you head over to Pinterest now so you can see what I’m talking about! The problem…the price tag. Stupid money…It’s always getting in the way of my dreams! I would love love love a vintage rug for our kitchen, but I just refuse to spend the money on one. Maybe some day I’ll spring for it, but with baby on the way, that some day won’t be now. Instead I opted for the cheap way out and got an Ikea rug for the kitchen.

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It’s the Valby Ruta rug. It’s of course not vintage, but it comes with a much more friendly price tag. It’s $29.99 for this size. It’s almost 3×6. It comes in a variety of sizes. It photographs a bit small in the space. In really life it feels like it fits the space a lot better.

 

 

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It’s maybe not the rug of my dreams, but I really like it, and my tootsies are especially thankful for it and will continue to be thankful through the cold winter months!

Bedroom Benches

I’ve always planned to put the Ikea poufs at the end of our bed in the nursery. I wanted an ottoman in front of the rocking chair for late night rocking, and the round, corner-free, aspect of these poufs made them a perfect fit.

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The problem…I really liked the look of something at the end of our bed. I looked around, just not too seriously, and hadn’t really found anything that felt right to replace them. Our bedroom was lacking wood tones. The only thing I was really certain of was that I wanted wood.

When I bought this bench from HomeGoods for our front entry, I actually bought 3 of them. They were all a little different in size, and I really thought that I would need at least two of them in the entry space. I just wasn’t sure which two. I planned to take at least one or two of them back but plans changed.

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The entry space only ended up needing the largest bench. On a whim, I decided to stick the other two at the end of the bed.

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Success! I decided not to take them back and just use the other two here. All the other benches I had looked at were a lot more expensive than these two.

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Tulip is making a guest appearance in this post! She looked so peaceful I couldn’t make her move, and she’s pretty anyway!

I really liked the idea of hanging on to all these benches. Since I do so much constant rearranging, I can see the whole set reuniting somewhere someday, where they would make a pretty cool impact. For now, I’m enjoying these in the bedroom. Since they are a bit taller than the poufs, I find myself sitting on them quite often for putting on shoes. They aren’t only pretty, they are pretty functional!

Bathroom Mirrors

I got my bathroom mirrors!

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They are THESE mirrors from Urban Outfitters. Mirrors are so expensive I’ve realized! Or probably I’m just cheap, but these were the best I could find for my money. (I have since seen some really awesome mirrors of a similar style at HomeGoods. I would have liked them better because they were a little bigger, but oh well.) I do really like the way they are working in the space. It’s much better than what we had before. You might also notice the new hand towels! I’ve been obsessed with Turkish hand towels for a little over a year now, and when I found a pack of them at HomeGoods for $4, I couldn’t say no! I love love love the way they look. The stripes are an improvement from the plain white towels I had before.

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I also filled my picture frames! I picked up a beautiful piece of paper at Paper Source. I went with a blue marbled paper. If you have never thought about Paper Source for framed art you should check it out. I got a large sheet of paper for $8. They have some beautiful paper there.

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I opted to go ahead and file three of the four frames with the paper. Since each section of paper is different I felt like each part was frame worthy. I may eventually change some of them out for other art, (I didn’t feel like the bathroom was an appropriate place for family pictures. That’s just weird.) but for now I’m enjoying each one of these marbled prints framed.

 

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There you have it. The finished (until the real overhaul) bathroom!

Closet Organization

When I knew we were going to be getting beautiful new closet doors soon, I started to consider the condition of the inside of my closets. They were a mess and totally embarrassing.  I’m slowly but surely working on making all of our closets and cabinets more beautiful and functional.

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The clothes on the shelf were just a wadded up, jumbled up mess. Although, I cleaned the shelves off and refolded them often, they just always ended up back in this state. It was time to fix the situation. I decided baskets would do the trick. I just needed something to actually put my clothes down in. I’m loving how much better it looks and the fact that I can easily pull them out of the closets to find what I need.

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I’m dying to get all matching hangers for our closets and ditch the mis-match plastic hangers. I just haven’t done it yet. In the meantime, these two closets are looking much much better. I’m tempted to color block or paint designs on the baskets to give them a more modern feel. I’d love getting into my closets even more if I did! Being that they are behind closed doors, it’s not a huge priority. I’m guessing that eventually I end up doing it, though! Leave it to me to make something only I will see pretty!