We are thankful for Emmet for many reasons, one of them being that he lit a fire under our butts to finally get our house finished, something that we had been trying and failing to do for a full two years. About two weeks before our due date we gave in and hired a contractor to come in and finish the remaining projects so that we could have a finished house to bring little e home to. Emmet then even knew to come a few days late so that all of the projects could actually be done! They literally finished up work while we were laying in the hospital snuggling our new little guy.
On the list of projects we had done was putting up the kitchen backsplash, completely building the laundry area (it used to be the biggest eye sore/waste of space in the house...), mounting the new microwave, and building shelves in the bathroom. I'm in love with how how it all turned out and how amazing it feels to be in a (mostly finished) home! We still have a few projects here and there but the main bulk of it is done and boy does it feel good. And hey, maybe all of the other projects will get done in the next two years (or perhaps right before the next kid comes).
Spring break has been so wonderful and couldn't have come at a better time! I've been cleaning, napping, and organizing everything all in preparation for the day this little man comes! I can't say for sure that I will feel rested (because I just rested for a week- and it isn't showing!) but I can say confidently that we will be ready for him! I cleaned every nook and cranny I could find and we finally have every thing that we need (and then some) to take care of this little guy.
The nursery is one of my very favorite rooms in our little house. It is the smallest room by far (other than the bathroom..) and it serves a dual purpose- it is both the office and the baby's room. It has been so fun putting it together!
Most of the furniture in the room is from IKEA. I love the look and feel of all of their products and I especially love their prices! It didn't feel like we spent our entire life savings in order to get this room ready! Our main goal with the furniture was to find things that were both practical and provided optimal storage space for all of little man's things.
This storage dresser holds most of our office, and my crafting, supplies. It was the perfect way to hide it all but still keep it accessible in the room! I found the chalkboard at our local thrift store for only two dollars, it felt like such a steal! I have since repainted it and written our potential name on it (still a secret). It will one day be home to his little drawings and paintings from his Aunt Hannah. We are pretty excited.
Right now his crib is set up for display, he will sleep in a bassinet in our room for a few months once he arrives. Once he moves into his room we will store all blankets and stuffed animals in a basket on the other side of the room. All of the pillows in the room were made by me and that sock monkey was mine from when I was little! We thought this shelf would be the perfect way to store and display all of his cute little toys and of course it also holds the beginnings of his soon to be very large globe collection.
Our office is now the very corner of the room. The desk is really only big enough to hold all of Dave's screens (he is pretty techy...) but it does the job. We assembled it from a few items from IKEA's office section so that it would fit the decor of the room. We put a shelf up above for additional storage.
With our first IKEA round down (for the baby at least) and a few other purchases from Target and Etsy, we have a pretty good start on our nursery! Especially considering that we are only 15 weeks along... we will most definitely be ready by 25 or so weeks from now, at least ready in the sense that we will have a room ready. As first time parents it can be a little bit intimidating to figure out what you'll need, what you just want but shouldn't spend $50 on, and what items are just incredibly unnecessary. Luckily there are already some great mommy bloggers out there with lists upon lists of things you'll need for a newborn, items to take to the hospital, or advice ranging from what kind of diaper bag to use to what kind of bouncy toys they prefer. It is nice to have real moms, who are currently mothering with what is available now, to turn to for advice in addition to the wonderful people's faces that I so cherish everyday.
These are just a few of the things that I have found that I am lusting over for decor/purpose in our little one's room. Some of them we have already, some of them are items that cost to much so we might DIY or just not buy, and others are things that we are dreaming of and might register for. We don't really have a theme for the room or a color scheme... unless you count white white splashes of color. I am noticing a trend in animal prints and toys, but any animal theme was entirely unintentional.
Regardless of what we end up buying for our baby or how we end up decorating this little one's room, I am just really excited to someday meet it! In the end it won't matter what we bought or how we arranged things, it will really just matter that the three of us are happy and safe in our little house and that is all we as for. But it is fun to dream, right?
Those of you who know Dave and I, or those of you who are (Very committed- thanks for sticking around during the drought!) blog readers know that we live in a very teeny little house. So teeny, that upon finding out our fantastic little news (big news really-but little baby) we freaked out just a little about where we were going to put everything. We are making this work though dammit. I love this house and all the work we have put into it.
To make it work though we are turning our once, mostly desk, office into a baby room/ office a lot like the third inspiration picture from Taylor Sterling's nursery. Her post on Glitter Guide is what made me realize that this would be in anyway doable. We started measuring, researching furniture and necessities, and measuring again. I drew up plans with some of our ideas and came up with an idea and a list of items that we decided could work!
We are currently in the process of piecing things together. We snagged a couple of items from IKEA, as well as a few or our existing items, and some hand-me-downs from family and have started arranging them and some of the baby items that we already have. Our goal at this point is to keep it pretty gender neutral (we have no idea what we are having yet- though everyone has been making guesses). I've never been a huge fan of super girly or boy-y things though we will of course put in a few pieces that maybe sway it slightly one way or the other in the end, but we will stick as close to neutral as we can. I love all of the neutrality in the images above! These have been our inspirations for our room so far!
While I love our living room, in fact I spend a good most of my day sitting in it and working, it is the room that I am almost the most puzzled about finishing (aside from the office). I've always swooned over living rooms on pinterest and have dreamed of the day that I would have one to truely decorate. But I just can't figure it out. Right now it feels crowded and cluttered, and a little too dark. But I have hopes to get this space figured out! Here are some of the living rooms that I am using as inspiration.
We are getting so close to being done! I am loving the color schemes, textures, and plants in these living rooms. Perhaps we need some sort of cowhide rug or something! I'm thinking at the very least getting the trim painted and some sheer curtains like in these photos might help us out. Perhaps a fiddle leaf fig wouldn't hurt too... If I can keep it alive this time!