breakfast nook makeover

August 20th, 2014 · 3 Comments


I’ve written before about how when we bought our house, we had put all of our savings in to the down payment and building the pool, which meant that we had basically no budget to decorate it.  So instead of spending a ton of money on furniture or decor items, we made do with what we could find.  We bought a lot online, we kept a bunch of pieces from the prior owner, and we tried our best not to stress if something wasn’t 100% perfect. 

But, two years later, I started to realize that some of the stuff I wasn’t crazy about — the stuff that was fine for six months or a year after we moved in — was still hanging around.

Take, for instance, our “breakfast nook.”

Here’s what it looked like before:

Kitchen Before

Big difference, no?  It was pretty awful.  That brown table belonged to the prior owners of our house — it more or less matched their decor, but it was really not my style. 

Actually, that’s too nice.  I hated it.

But it was there, and it functioned as a table, so for two years, I just kept it. 

However, a few weeks ago, Lulu and Georgia offered me some pieces from their beautiful website — and I figured this was a great opportunity to update our little nook.  I picked up a white table from Ikea and matched it to their Xandra chair.  I wanted a light, bold, breezy look for this little corner, and the clear lucite chairs were exactly right. 

I’d like to think that our home style could be described as “bold-bright” meets “rock and roll,” and this room captures the essence of that.  And it only took me two years to get here!

Ever since designing our nursery, I’ve been bitten by the home decor bug.  Look for more posts like this in the future as I tackle our house, one room at a time!

Check out the chairs on Lulu and Georgia here, as well as the picture frame and throw pillows here and here!



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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!




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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! 









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