My Little Nugget!

On April 6th, 2015 Chad and I welcomed our beautiful little boy Liam into the world.  I was induced and labored for two days, and ended up with a 3rd degree tear, but as any new mom will tell you… it was all worth it.  Every stereotypical, mushy comment parents say such as “It changes your life forever, they never thought they could love someone so much, and how they could not imagine their life without this tiny person in it” is all true.  As a new mom I find myself saying those same exact phrases.  Born at 8 lbs 11oz our “little” nugget has brought us so much joy.  Even though Chad and I are  operating on little to no sleep and have on more than one occasion looked at each other and said “Parenting is SO Hard!” When he looks up at us and smiles his tiny grin (whether it is gas or not) warms our heart and makes every diaper change, late night feeding, and random fussy/cry fest all worth it.

We have done many newborn pictures for other parents in the past so when it came time for Liam’s I wanted to do something different.  I wanted it to be as natural a possible. No baskets, suitcases, funny outfits or other props.  Just him in his natural state…..which right now is usually sleeping….  There was something very organic about just lying him on our bed and documenting him sleep peacefully, innocently existing in this world.  Quiet moments  like these are when I sit back and envision what his life will be like in the coming years.  What kind of person will he become?  How can I guide him and teach him important lessons on how to be a good, loving, honest person like my parents taught me, and Chad’s parents taught him?

It is all so wonderfully terrifying and exciting. I have never felt so ready for the task.

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Preparing for Liam

With a little over a week to go until we meet our son Liam, I have been cleaning, washing and mentally preparing for his arrival.  When we found out we were having a boy I immediately starting thinking about how I wanted to decorate the nursery.  I knew that I didn’t want to be held to any specific theme which I know is very common these days.  I wanted to keep the room as neutral and tranquil as possible because inevitably it will be filled with colorful toys and clothes and what ever he becomes interested in as the years go on.  Keeping the main decor simple will make it easier to change out details later on to cater to whatever his new “thing” becomes.

Storage is always very important to me and a cluttered room always seems to make me anxious 🙂  Not that I am a neat freak by any means, I just like to have a place for everything, even if it is not always in its spot.  At the baby shower we got so many boxes and baskets to store diapers, blankets, toys, clothes etc in that it really helped out with setting up the room.  One of my favorite pieces in the room is our wooden chest.  Chads mother bought this chest for us and had it reclaimed after we got engaged.  It was used as our “Hope Chest” keeping bath towels, dishes and little items for when we got our first apartment after the wedding.  The Hope Chest was the perfect addition to the nursery and now has a new purpose as Liam’s toy chest.  I am sure it will fill up faster than we can imagine!

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Chic Little Man Baby Shower Invites and Decor

My sister-in-law Jen is so incredibly talented and I am so blessed to have her in my life.  Everything she dreams up and creates constantly leaves me in awe.  I wanted to highlight her talent in a post showcasing the invitations, thank you cards and decorations she did for my surprise baby shower a few weeks ago.  Both my family and Chad’s family worked so hard to put this shower on and it was a true success.  The amount of love and support that was poured over every little detail for this shower as well as all of the amazing gifts helped Chad and I feel a bit more easy about welcoming our son into the world.

My mother-in-law made my adorable favors!  Small glass bottles were filled with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows and a blue party bag was filled with hershey chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows for a quick s’mores snack.  Everyone loved them and they really added a unique touch to the party.

My Aunt opened up her beautiful home to host the party which gave the shower a great relaxed feel and my mom and in laws came over the week before to get all the decorations just right.   My mom also used an old wicker bassinet to hold donations that guests were asked to bring for a local charity called the Mommy and Me program at a local drug and rehab center.  I can’t begin to thank everyone for everything they did for Chad and I.

I took a few pictures of the invites and thank you cards my sister in law made as well as the favors and decor.  This is a snippet of Jen’s talent and be sure to check out her website Dahlhouse Design! click on her ad on the right hand side of this site (if on a computer) or at the bottom if you are using a mobile device.

Enjoy!

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Rustically Beautiful

I love home decor that has a natural feel.  They add a sense of warmth to a home as well as a unique flare.  For the winter months I found this cool preserve boxwood wreath at Home Goods for $20 to hang on our front door.  It still has that winter/holiday feel without being your standard holiday wreath.

My aunt for christmas a few years ago found these amazing birch tree candles at a craft fair and knew that it was right up my ally for how I wanted to decorate my home.   I don’t ever burn them, they are too pretty!  I set them right on my coffee table and everyone who sees them for the first time loves them.

Another one of my favorite pieces is my wire basket planter I got at a garage sale for $1 that I made into a cute organizer for my bathroom.  Instead of plants in the glass containers I put cue tips, bath salt and cotton balls.  Have fun with non traditional pieces that can make memorable statements in your home.  Play with natural textures and colors to give a home a more inviting feel.  This does mean that I only have natural, distressed details in my house.  I love mixing modern with rustic. For the most part they will always pair nicely together, in my opinion 🙂

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DIY Farmtable. Made with Love

My dream in a home was always to have a long, weathered, farmhouse table to sit and enjoy times with family.  There is something about rustic simplicity of a handmade table that adds so much depth to a house.  Farmhouse tables are being more and more popular these days which means you can be paying big bucks for them.  Lucky for Chad and I my parents were installing a new fence around their pool and throwing out the wood from the previous one.

For my birthday Chad and his brother took at wood and hand made a one of a kind table with corner storage bench for our dining space.  It came out beautiful! I asked if they could leave some of the blue paint that I had spent every summer repainting since I was a child while they were sanding it down to refinish it.  The storage bench was a perfect solution to all our random kitchen gadgets you acquire over time and a great place to throw thing in to hide when company comes over.

Everyone that sees it in person loves it and compliments on how well suited it is for the look we are trying to achieve in the home.

Thank you to Don and Chad for the hard work and one of kind birthday present!

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Winter Wonderland Maternity …Part 1

My sister in law Stephanie is a saint for what I put her through….

It is not often you find someone who actually LIKES have her picture taken and is willing to do any crazy shoot I come up with.  I have put her in fields, underwater and now in 16 degree winter chills all because I had this “great idea”

I am so happy for her and my brother in law Don for finally being blessed with expecting a little girl.  The family is thrilled and I am counting down the days until I can meet my niece.  This is part one of her maternity shoot and coming soon will be part 2 that I promised her.  You look beautiful Stephanie and thank you for putting up with my crazy antics!

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Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover

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When we bought this house our bathrooms were straight from the seventies.  Gross Mar-lite paneling, cheap linoleum and dark cabinets.  We knew that those rooms were going to be some of our first projects.  This bathroom was small and with no room to expand I knew I had to use light and airy colors and design to make it seem bigger than it was.  We ripped out the paneling in the shower and replaced it with white subway tile for a clean and classic look.  A fresh coat of paint on the white paneling around the room really made it come to life and I chose a light green for the top half.  The color I found was Dew Drop by Behr.

I am IN LOVE with the vanity because I bought it for $20 at a yard sale and it was brand new!  The people selling it were a moving company that collected items from homes that the owners no longer wanted.  It was in great condition but I wasn’t crazy about the wood color.  I painted it a light grey (Dolphin Fin by Behr) and bought new hardware and sink top at Lowe’s.  Vanities that size we were finding were around $300-$600 and ours was only $140!

I begged my husband to let us put in real hardwood on the floors because I absolutely love the look of old reclaimed wood gives to a bathroom.  I imagine original wide plank floors, sanded and poly’d to this vibrant finish.  However after much discussion it was agreed that with us starting a family that tile would be more durable for the years to come and kiddos splashing water all over the floor during their baths.  I was thrilled to find these porcelain tiles that look like real hardwood!  We found them in Lowe’s and the color was called Gunstock. They really pop against the light colors and give the room a rich feeling.

I accessorized the room with items I found at Home Goods and TJ Max including a textured white curtain, decorative shampoo and conditioner dispensers, and wire basket.  Needless to say this my favorite room in the entire house at the moment! Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using What You Have

For some reason it really bothers me when I watch shows on TV and the designers take a really old house and try to make it ultra modern, or vise versa, take a modern home and try to make it look old.  I agree and understand that there has to be balance, I and love mixing old with new however the majority of the feel of the house should come from what you start with.  Let the house speak for itself and simply enhance what you already have.

Our house had great charm. It’s fun to play off that and add unique touches that really pop.  I love finding great peaces at garage sales, antique stores, flea markets etc that really add something to a space and makes it your own.

Chad’s mother found this amazing handmade cabinet at an estate sale for cheap and snatched it up for us.  It works perfectly in our living room and is great to decorating with plants or other fun items.  The tiny drawers are also perfect for hiding out iPhone and iPad chargers!

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Farmhouse or Faux

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There has always been something about the old farmhouses that brings a smile to almost anyone’s face.  It’s that unique charm that seems to be rapidly disappearing as time goes on.  I always dreamed of having my own farmhouse one day.  I wanted the long wooden table for family gatherings, the fresh produce from my garden, rocking chairs on the front porch and acres of land where my future kids and dogs can run free.

My husband and I got married in 2012 and after living in a small apartment for year to save our pennies we decided to search for our dream home.  As a young couple just starting out it was a harsh realty to find that our budget and area we were looking to live offered nothing near that dream farm style house we desperately wanted.  We looked at mostly 1950’s and 1960’s modular style ranch homes that offered boxy layouts and almost no charm at all.  They were boring and cold.

Finally after months of searching we found a 1930’s cape style home that was as close to our farmhouse we would ever come in that moment and it truly captured us.  It is surrounded by someone ELSE’S farm but looking out my kitchen window, I can pretend it is mine.  It had hardwood floors, a beautiful mantel and so many little details we could not find in any other house we could afford it instantly became love a first site.  After we purchased the house we quickly found out how popular it was around town.  Everyone seemed to know it and everyone started to express how they would always drive by on their way to work or while running errands and fantasized what the inside looked like.  I decided to start this blog to document my husband and I’s journey in taking the great bones we started with and transforming this house into our dream farmhouse.  It is our dream faux farmhouse.

This is the first picture we took after we got our keys!

 

 

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