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nursery before & after

June 18th, 2014 · 3 Comments


Remember how I told you that Baby Bear’s nursery was originally our junk room?

I finally dug up my before pictures, and now I can officially prove it.

Do you see that beautiful photo above?  The one that looks like it should be in a magazine? 

Here’s what it looked like a year ago:

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As before and afters go, this one is seriously dramatic!  His room was such a complete disaster that I’m sort of embarrassed to even show you guys the photos — but on the other hand, I’m extra proud of his nursery given the way the room looked beforehand. 

And like I said, I’ve been bitten by the decorating bug!  There are a bunch of spots in our house that I never quite had the time/budget to decorate enough, and I’m hoping to show you guys a few examples of how I finally made them work! 

But for now, let’s just sit back a moment and appreciate how this disaster of a junk room became a beautiful bedroom for our baby boy.  It took a lot of work, but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

Read more about our nursery here, and check out my DIY for the IKEA Henmes dresser here!




Tags: baby · home

Our Baby Boy Nursery!

May 2nd, 2014 · 11 Comments


We finished our nursery a few weeks ago, but I wanted to save the big reveal until after our son had arrived!  He’ll be sleeping in our bedroom for at least the first few weeks, but I am so excited at how beautiful his room turned out.

As I’ve written about before, when we bought our house, furniture was a bit of an afterthought — we were moving from a small apartment into a big house, and our first six months as homeowners were focused on saving up to put in the pool (not an easy task when you just put a down payment on your first house!).  So I had a very limited budget for furniture and decor — I tried to use what we already had, and added accents where we needed them.

But for the baby’s room, it was a different story.  It started as a complete blank slate — at one point, the room was supposed to be an office for me (the “Sugarlaws” room), but I was working full time and never ended up using it.  So it became… a junk room.

And if you think I’m exaggerating, I’m not.  I’ll try to dig up some “Before” photos so you can see the transformation for yourselves, but I’ll tell you, flat out, this room was in bad shape. 

Garbage bag full of clothes we don’t wear? Throw it in the Sugarlaws room.  Random furniture that doesn’t work anywhere else? Sugarlaws room!  Bulky photography equipment? No need to clean it up, we can just close the door!  No one goes in there anyways, so who cares?

Yup… not exactly a beautiful, serene baby’s room. 

So when I found out I was pregnant, the first thing I did was to throw away or donate every single item in that room that wasn’t necessary.  The rest, I organized carefully into the closet, so that the room itself was completely empty.

Blank slate.

And then I started to have fun. 

I had two Pinterest photos as inspiration for this room (here and here), but I knew from the first moment that I wanted the color scheme to be turquoise.  After searching through tons of bedding (and even flirting with the idea of custom-made), I settled on the Harper pattern from Pottery Barn, and then built the rest of the decor around its aqua tone. 

And then I did a crucial thing: on Black Friday, I took advantage of every sale I could find, and ordered everything in one huge shopping day.  I ordered the rug, the crib, the bedding, and the glider all in the space of maybe 3 hours, taking advantage of the best deals I could find.  Then, I filled in the details with some personal touches: my sister gave me a beautiful lamp from Restoration Hardware, Chad’s old Care Bears and Popples, and too many more to name (including so many wonderful registry presents from our friends and family, which I am so grateful for!). 

All in all, I’m in love with this little room, and it’s given me a bit of the decorating bug for the rest of our house.  There’s something so exciting about having an idea and bringing it to life — especially when you know that you’re doing it for someone you care so much about!  As much as I adore this room now, I know I’ll love it even more it belongs to our baby boy.

And yes, if you’re curious: you can’t see it in the pictures, but the room definitely still has the drama-laden ceiling fan

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Serenity
Crib: Serena & Lily Liberty Crib
Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids Harper Nursery Bedding Collection
Throw Blanket: Target
Rug: Rugs USA Moroccan Diamond Shag Grey Rug (they have amazing sales — I got this for 70% off!)
Dresser: IKEA Henmes (check out my DIY on how the dresser was customized)
Glider: Little Castle Cottage Glider from Wayfair
Monogrammed Pillow: Pottery Barn Kids Harper Nursery Collection
Side Table: Ikea Henmes (we swapped out the knobs to match the dresser)
Baby Monitor: Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor
Rocking Horse: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids Harper Blackout Panel in Aqua
Wall Art: Oopsy Daisy Giraffe and Elephant prints (over dresser), Restoration Hardware watercolor animal prints (over crib), Pottery Barn Kids Ombre “You Are My Sunshine” Print (over changing table)
Mobile: Pottery Barn Kids Elephant Crib Mobile
Changing Table: DaVinci Jenny Lind Changing Table
Wicker Baskets: Pottery Barn Kids Sabrina Baskets
Mirror: IKEA Henmes
Diaper Pail: Ubbi Diaper Pail in Robin’s Egg Blue

I think I’ve included everything, but if there’s anything I’ve missed, let me know! 









Tags: baby · home

Spring Cleaning: Beauty Cabinet Makeover!

March 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments


A few weeks ago, I did something *long* overdue: I cleaned out my beauty cabinets!

I try to keep our house streamlined and organized, but with the influx of beauty and hair products I receive every month, it’s almost impossible to keep my beauty cabinet organized.  It’s funny — I have SO many products, but my day-to-day routine pretty much fits into a small makeup bag.  Basically, it’s just Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer in the morning, and Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser at night, along with makeup wipes in a pinch and spot treatments if I have a break out. 

And yet, somehow, I wind up with drawers and shelves full of beauty products, which get so disorganized that I have no idea what they are or how long I’ve had them!  So, every once in a while, I do a huge cabinet cleanout and start fresh.

This was my rule: If I got it after September Fashion Week in 2013 (seven months ago), it could stay.  You can actually hang onto many products for much longer than that, but I wanted to toss a LOT of products, so I set my timeline a little shorter. 

And then, I organized!  I had all these old dividers from years ago, that were originally meant to be stacking shelves.  Instead, I used them to line my drawers, creating mini compartments for everything I needed.  Hairbrushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, skincare supplies — everything in its place, clean and de-cluttered.

I created a little cheat sheet list below, in case you’re wondering how soon to toss your old beauty products!  And scroll down for my before and after pictures — I debated whether to post them because the “before” shots are really messy and gross, but I figure honesty is the best policy!  Everything looks beautiful now that it’s done.


Less than One Year
Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year, as long as there are no changes in color.
Bath oil: One year.
Nail polish: One year.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Two to three months.

Two to Three Years
Body lotion: Two to three years.
Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: About three years.
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years.
Foundation: Two years.
Deodorant: Two years (the package probably has an expiration date).

Three Years or More:
Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years.
Perfume: Technically two years, but truthfully, I keep mine around much longer than that.
Hair styling products: Three to five years.

So there you have it!  Who’s up for some spring cleaning this weekend?



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