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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nursery "Mood Board"

I use the 'mood board' term lightly, since I don't have the capability to make an actual mood board. If you read any design blogs, you know what a mood board is. Mood boards are basically collages of items such as photographs, sketches, clippings, fabric swatches and color samples that designers make for clients to get an idea of what a room would look like. I don't have photoshop or any program in which to make a sleek display of my nursery finds. So I had to make do with what I did have, Microsoft word. Not the best program to use, however, not the worst either.

Here's a real mood board:


And here's my lame attempt at one:


We found out we're having a boy! So out with any frilly pink dreams I had for the room, in with the rough and tough blue.
1. I found the blue/green/grey fabric on Zulily (my new fave site to get mama and kid items on the cheap), that I'll use to make pillows for the chair and a bed skirt.

2. I'm loving these numbered cards from Land of Nod. I'm thinking of hanging them on some wall shelves.

3. I've had my eye on this modern crib for a while. I like the two-toned wood and the white will brighten up the room since I already have two dark wood dressers we'll continue to use in the room.

4. I would love to have a comfy upholstered glider like this one from Pottery Barn Kids. I'm not loving the 1K price tag, since that's the budget for the entire room. Any ideas on where to get a white fabric chair on the cheap, I'm all ears!

5. I have looked everywhere for an eco-friendly rug for the nursery. Rugs made out of non-natural materials leak vocs that are very dangerous for babies and are even linked to SIDS. I coudln't find a rug I liked, so I designed one on Flor in the colors of my choice!

6. I like idea of a hanging pendant for lighting, but I'm not so sure about the brown. I may try to find another color or light all together.

So there you have it. I'm planning on doing some DIY art work by covering large canvases with fabric or wrapping paper to hang over the crib. Details to come later!

And all of this is merely an idea right now since our nursery is still a storage unit. It now has even more stuff in it since Dave ripped apart the basement and attic and anything that was in those two rooms are now housed in the nursery. ((ugh))

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Finally getting around to it.



Those of you who have been over to our house know that we have a lovely entertainment center consisting of the cable box, dvd player, and receiver sitting on top of a beautiful speaker. We had been asked if we were going to get an actual entertainment center. Well, it was on the list. Dave had visions of turning one of the built-ins that came with the house into a cabinet for all the electronics
but now that he's on to bigger and better things (like tearing the attic and basement apart) it got put on the back burner. With baby on the way, I knew these things needed a place to hide. Especially since our little friend Evan came over and tested it out for us and yes, it's really fun to turn the stereo volume up and push all of the buttons. Thanks for the hint Evan!

I did lots of research online to find the right size cabinet. I searched C&B, West Elm and Target. We found the cabinet we liked at Target not only for the price (a huge plus!) but also for the dimensions. Our stereo receiver is pretty deep and the cabinets we found at the other stores were just not wide enough. I also liked the feature the cabinet had to close half of it off so you don't see the cable box.


Now I just need to figure out what to put on top of the cabinet and also on the shelves, it looks a little too matchy-matchy right now. And to answer your question, yes everything we own is green.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!


It's just Sammy's dropping in with some Thanksgiving cheer. No she didn't get any of that turkey like the Bumpus Hounds, but she sure was excited to swipe 5 biscuits off the table while no one was paying attention. One small victory for doggy-kind.

This year I was very excited for the magically expanding waist pants I got to wear. Let's just say, it was awesome. Even if you're not preggo, I highly suggest you buy a pair of maternity pants for the holiday season. This is a 19wk. before-the-meal-shot. Sorry but I opted out of an an after-the-meal-shot.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Raise the Ceiling

No, I'm not talking about the debt we'll be in once the kitchen is finished, I'm talking about literally ripping out the ceiling. I've always wanted to live in a house with high ceilings, but the basement was not the place I envisioned this would happen. Dave is taking the ceiling down so that the electrician can get to all the wiring when he comes to add outlets, a new electric panel and lights to the kitchen.
I haven't ventured into our basement for over a week, so I actually don't even know what it looks like down there firsthand. Here's a photo journey of the room formerly known as our basement.





And I thought upstairs was a mess..


All cleaned up

Only one casualty


And now Dave's working on the laundry room ceiling. Please pretend you don't notice that I'm in the same clothes as last week. Febreeze may be my best friend.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Need to sell anything?


Send it our way. Apparently, we're pretty good at selling things. Yes, I just tooted our own horn. Dave said that we're good at buying things. Which, really is the truth. We had an offer on our condo after the first showing, so we knew that was a good investment.

I recently sold a pair of shoes on ebay for 100 beans (and only bought them for 80!). And this weekend we sold our old couch and Dave's car. What can I say we're on a roll.
We listed our C&B sofa for 500 last weekend with no interest, when we lowered it to 375 we had a bunch of people interested. It's all about pricing things right and buying something classic that won't go out of style. It is a big sleeper sofa that we replaced with our sectional. We'd like to have a sofa upstairs when we turn it into a rec. room, but there was no way it was going to make it up our steep attic stairs. Someone got a great deal on a sofa, what they don't know is that we bought it at the outlet and made all our money back! ha!

Next we sold Dave's car. Yes, we're buying a baby mobile. And,no, its not a mini-van. Dave listed his 4runner on Saturday and with in 2 hours we had 5 emails and someone who drove by the house who was interested. On Sunday after the first test-drive, it was sold.

It feels good to have sold all these items so quickly! We never expected it! Maybe we'll have a yard sale next, I have a bunch of junk in the attic.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Welcome Dumpster

We live on the North Shore and we have trash in our yard. Last week we got a dumpster delivered and it will remain in our backyard for another few weeks. So far it's filled with the ugly hollow varnished doors we took down and any wood scraps in the basement left from the stair project. As soon as we get our building permits, we'll (and by we'll I mean Dave) tear down the basement ceiling to expose the electrical wires so it's easier to get to them. We're putting in a new electrical panel and are adding more outlets to the house and re-wiring the kitchen. So the basement ceiling will go in the dumpster as well as the paneling from our second floor.

I don't even have a photo for you of our actual dumpster because this mama is too lazy to walk the 50 feet out her back door to take a photo. Yes, that's how lazy I have been. Simple everyday chores seem like climbing Mt. Everest.

Maybe we won't get rid of the dumpster once we're through with house projects. I've always wanted a hot tub.