samuel - 8 months

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

You guys, I am so in love with this little man.  He is just the happiest guy I have ever seen!  All smiles.  And his just melts me.

When I went to pick him up from the church nursery last Sunday, the ladies there were telling me about how sweet he was.  They said he has a personality that is just different.  I think it was because he was surrounded by women.  The boy loves the ladies ;)

It's crazy how much they change month to month.  He still hasn't crawled, but he gets his knees under his belly and is sooooo close.  He is rockin the baby food and getting a hang of picking up those little baby puffs and getting them in his mouth, although most still end up on the floor or in his lap.  He has been having a hard time nursing this past month, but I think it's mostly because he STILL has fluid in his ears from his double ear infection he had last month.  No teeth yet, but at the rate he is making out with his Sofie Giraffe, they should be making an appearance soon.

He did go for his first swim in a pool this month!  He was as relaxed as relaxed could be floating around in his baby tube.  He almost even feel asleep.

As I write this I think about how he likes to run his tiny hands over my face and smile up at me.  I don't want him to grow up!!!

Looking Back:

refinishing a table - need your help!

Monday, July 29, 2013

I have this wood pedestal table that I've had for years. 
Here she is in our old kitchen.
It came to me from my parents who got it at an antique store when I was little.  When I was about two years old I actually broke the table top when I was standing on it (yep) and threw my legs out from under me, landing my little baby booty hard on the edge when my dad yelled at me to get down.  I think it was at that point that he refinished the table since he had to work on reattaching the top.  That was about 30 years ago. 
Ol girl has seen better days.  But, I still love her.

I desperately need to refinish her and put on proper casters.  The original casters were wood, but one fell off during transport when my parents had it, and were replaced with these super awesome plastic 80's vintage computer chair cast offs.  I still have no clue why after all these years they still haven't been changed out.
Here's where I need your input.
Our new house will have very dark brown wood floors.  It will be sitting in the kitchen where the cabinets will be white with a black island.  I'll still be using the black X back chairs with it for a few years (you know, until Sam masters the eating without tossing food thing).  Oh, and I won't be using a rug either (same reason as before).
Do I go for a bleached wood look so it has some contrast against the dark wood floors?

Or, do I keep it close to it's current color?
I'm more drawn to the bleached wood, but wanted to get your thoughts.

one thing leads to another

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stopped by the build site today and saw that they are finally getting started on the new house!!!
So, here's how my brain works.
Seeing this gets me excited about changing up the decor once we get moved in.  Which gets me thinking about how I'm wanting white drapes in the new living room.  Which then leads to me putting our bedroom curtains up in the living room  just so I can see what white drapes would look like next to our off white couch.  Next thing I know pillows are flying around the house, fabric scraps are tossed over pillows...

and a wingback chair is less than gracefully yanked out of my daughter's room and hauled down stairs.  No one was hurt in this process, but there was a large amount of cussing under my breath and almost taking a door off the hinges.  Again, just so I can see what a living room set up could look like.  It's a problem.
Anywho.  Turns out me likey the wingback.  It doesn't really work in this space (and Izzy threw a mega hissy at the thought of loosing her bedroom chair) but I'm definitely going to be checking out Craiglist for a pair of wingbacks that I can slipcover for the new place.
I promised my husband I wasn't going to do/buy anything until we got into the new house, but I figure a couple of neutral slipcovered wingbacks could go anywhere and with anything.  Kinda like a nude pair of pumps, am I right? 
So, how do you guys get when trying to visualize decor changes?  Are you the type that can sit back and stare at the space, seeing it all in your head?  Or, do you have to get in there and set up temporary scenarios before going forward?  I'm both.  I spend far too much time staring, and far too much time playing around ;)

galvanized laundry sinks

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A few weeks back I spied this image from a laundry room over at Milk & Honey Home
Pretty cool, huh?
It got me rethinking my plans for our laundry room in the new place.  We were going to have them put in the regular builders sink and cabinets, but had them scrap those plans and just put in the rough plumbing for a sink so I can recreate this on my own.
I luuuuurve the subway tile going up the wall behind this one.  That's gonna have to happen.
Here's another using nesting tables as the wash stand.  I like the idea of having another flat surface to sit things on.
I've already ordered a faucet similar to the one in the first photo and have sweet talked my way into them setting up the plumbing to accommodate it.
What do you think?  A little too different or do you love it??

juicing | strawberry limeade

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I should call this Sneaky Strawberry Limeade because the lime makes it so easy to sneak in some spinach.  That's why this is my go-to juice for Izzy.  She loves this stuff and has no clue it's good for her.
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  • Handful of strawberries (tops cut off)
  • Granny Smith apple (cored)
  • Half a small lime
  • Handful of spinach leaves
Run it through your juicer and enjoy!

white walls | facing my fear

Monday, July 15, 2013

I've been dragging my feet in picking out a paint color for the new house.
I wanted to go with my Paint BFF, Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter, since I loved it in our last house.  Easy enough right?  Wrong.  They told me I had to go with their paint company.  I froze like a deer in headlights.  Kerrrrr-appp!!!  I'm not good a picking out paint.  It took me 7 years to finally find the perfect one!
So, the other day I went into paint sample panic.

And then went to my trusty Pinterest boards.  Pretty much every single image I have saved of rooms has one thing in common.  White walls.  Oh dear.

I love the look, but when it comes to my own home, it skeers me.  I stared at my paint samples again and again and decided I was going for it.  Well, more like dipping my toes in.
I'm going with Palomino Gray on the upper left.  It isn't registering too much lighter than Revere Pewter in the photo, but in person it's significantly lighter.
I'm going from being scared of the almost white walls to really excited.  I figure now or never right?
My mom always tells me that she thinks I'm afraid of color because of my love of black and white in d├ęcor.  But in reality, it's the lack of color that scares me!
Are any of you embracing naked walls?  What do you think?

DIY temporary wallpaper

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Yesterday I realized I never put together the tutorial for the temporary wallpaper I put up in our laundry room.  Oops!
So, here she is!
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I was definitely inspired by the Scalamandre zebra paper.  It's killer.

I kinda want to put it up in the powder room of our new place.  We shall see.
Here's what I did to get a fun and cheap temporary version.
What you'll need:
  • roll of black bulletin board paper (I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby)
  • removable mounting putty or Command Strips
  • razor to trim the edges
  • chalk or paint marker
STEP ONE:  Place a row mounting putty along the top of your wall and then another row every 2ft or so.  (NOTE: I went back later and used Command Strips at the top row only because I was worried the mounting putty wouldn't hold the weight of the paper long term).  UPDATED!!! Place some Command Strips along the top of the wall and then repeat rows every 2ft or so down the wall.  ** I recently pulled down the wallpaper when we moved out and the mounting putty had actually hardened.  I was still able to get it off the walls without damage, but the Command Strips were SO much easier.  I'd recommend only using the Command Strips. **
STEP TWO:  Starting at the top corner, press your paper into place and work your way down.  Pressing the paper firmly onto the putty UPDATED!!! Command Strip.
STEP THREE:  Once your entire wall is covered.  Use a razor to trim off any extra length.
STEP FOUR:  Using chalk or a paint marker, draw on your design.  I ended up making a stencil for the zebras so I wouldn't have to free hand the silhouette every time.  Saved a lot of time and stress.

There you have it!  Temporary "wallpaper" that can be pulled down in literally one minute with zero damage to the walls.  That's my kind of wallpaper.
You can read more about the temporary table skirt here, and the temporary cabinet knobs here.
I'll be linking up to these fab parties!

new bathroom choices

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

We're getting closer and closer to having the selections for our new house completed.  I can't wait to be done already!
I already shared with you guys the kitchen selections.  Today we're talking about the master bath.
These are the images I keep going to for inspiration.
And, here are our picks!

Floors - 12x24 marble planks in a brick pattern
Shower surround - The shower will be doorless with white subway tile
Shower floors - Matte hexagon marble

Cabinets - Black, but in a shaker style
Counters - Carrera marble
Wants and budget hardly ever get along, but I think it's going to be pretty great in the end.  I was hoping for a stand alone tub.  Ca-razy expensive to get one from them.  Didn't do it.  I was also hoping to add some interest to the subway tile shower by adding in some pencil tile surrounding the shower fixtures and the chair rail looking tile around the perimeter.  Wanna guess how much those extra pieces of tile were going to cost us? Over $2,000!!!!!!!  For tile I could pick up for a couple hundred at the home improvement store!  Grrrrrr......  I just can't make myself spend that.  Can't do 'er!  I still think it will look lovely with the plain tile though.
My husband is horrified at this thought, but there's a part of me that wants to show up at the job site with tile and yummy treats in tow hoping I can sweet talk some pencil tile into being placed around the shower fixture.  I know, I know... they probably won't do it and I'll be told to pound sand.  But I want to know, is it something you'd try?  Tell me I'm not alone :D


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