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Monday
Jan152018

2018 goals

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a great start in 2018!  The holidays seemed to fly by so fast, despite finishing my Christmas shopping early in the hopes of enjoying a small bit of the season before the big day, but it was worth all the hustle and bustle to see Lydia and Luca's little faces on Christmas morning!  As for the New Year, I can't believe we are already well into January! I've never been one to make resolutions because I don't think I've ever stuck to them for longer than the first week of the year, but there's nothing like the start of a fresh set of twelve new months to make you set some small, attainable goals that I can stick to throughout the year - the kind that, when I look back on them at year's end, I can actually say I was able to achieve them 

Ever since becoming a mom my main goal has been to be as present as possible and that's my first and foremost priority this year, too.  I really, really need to organize every square inch of this house, too.  Here are a few goals I'll be working on this year; what are some of yours? 

Get organized, once and for all.  My motto these days is to shove everything and anything in any cabinet, basket or room and close the door - out of sight, out of mind...until I need it and then can't find it.  My former OCD/anal retentive self would be shocked and appalled.  I'm slowly, but surely, making my way through every room and closet and tossing and donating as much as possible.  It feels so good to pare down!

Blog more.  There isn't much I do these days that's all for me, so blogging is my escape at the end of the day or during nap time to do something for myself and make me feel a part of something "grown up".  I've got a ton of projects, diy's and even a few giveaways to share this year and I couldn't be more excited!

Worry less.  This is something I've been working on my whole life, but seems to have gotten worse since becoming a mother. 

Keep working on my photography skills.  I got a new lens for my DSLR recently and have been trying to capture more candid moments with my kids but I've also wanted to hone my skills a little more with interiors and projects.  My biggest challenge now is editing.  I've read so much about lightroom and how amazing and user friendly it is.  Has anyone else tried it? 

Happy Monday!

Friday
Dec222017

christmas table setting 

Red is a color I love to wear but rarely ever use in decorating.  While I tend to stick to silver, gold and white when Christmas rolls around, this year I just couldn't resist a little pop of red when planning my table for Christmas dinner.  I found this linen hemstitch table runner last year at TJMAXX and have been waiting for the perfect time to use it, and with the plate hutch and all my ironstone platters providing a crisp white backdrop, it's just the right amount of color to add a cheerful touch for the holiday! 

I'm keeping everything else super neutral and playing up the texture with water hyacinth placemats from Ikea, my French wine glasses from Crate and Barrel, woven tumblers from HomeGoods and my new, AMAZING bamboo flatware (more on that to come!).  A few clippings from my green giant arborvitae out back in a silver hotel pitcher in the center and that's it!  I always look for something to dress up my every day dining/entertaining basics and this year the red runner was it - I especially love how amazing it looks with the rattan, water hyacinth and bamboo.  When in doubt, I always add some color and some texture! I can't wait to have everyone sitting around this table on Sunday and Monday and this red is really growing on me, I must admit.  The best part, for me, is that it is completely unfussy.  How are you decorating your table this year for Christmas?

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year of health, happiness and success!

Tuesday
Jul042017

july 4th

Happy Independence Day from my family to yours!  I hope you all enjoy an amazing day, filled with friends, family, too much food and a cocktail or two (or three!)  I'll be back up and running after the long, slow weekend. Cheers!

Thursday
Dec152016

guest suite progress: the bathroom

The longest running construction/reno project in history (also known as my upstairs guest suite) is finally nearing completion!  To be fair to our contractor, we knew when we hired him this past summer that it was the height of the season and that it would take a little longer than we had hoped it would (it was supposed to have been done in the end of September and here we are in December), but I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to have worked on our home and I'm SO thrilled with how it turned out!

You might remember a few months ago, I posted our plans for the bathroom up there (you can read about it here).  This was to be a full fledged guest suite for visiting family and friends to free up the other bedroom downstairs for baby boy's nursery and to also give our guests a space of their own, completely on the other side of the house, where they didn't have to tiptoe to the bathroom at night, in fear of waking a sleeping babe.  For the most part, we stuck to the plan and I love how it looks!  We tried to keep the cost down as much as possible so I looked to Home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon and Wayfair for almost everything.  And you know what?  It all looks like I paid a lot more than I did.

The bathroom.  This was our original plan. And this is how it's looking right now.  It's so crisp and clean and just so PRETTY.  The wall color is Etching by ICI paint and the gorgeous slate floors are Montauk Blue Slate from Home Depot. 

The subway tile and cast iron tub are from Lowe's (that tub weighed more than 500 pounds, took four guys to get it upstairs and was less than a cheapo fiberglass insert!!!)  The frameless tilting mirror is from Amazon and the gorgeous pedestal sink and faucet are from Signature Hardware, with whom I am seriously in love...their prices are INSANE good and their customer service just can't be beat. 

I wanted a chrome pedestal sink in here SO FREAKIN' BAD but I couldn't find one for less than $1000, so I went with a small white pedestal and I actually love it more!

At the last minute, I decided to put beadboard up instead of doing my version of board and batten like I had originally planned and I'm so glad I did.  I love the contrast, although it's soft, between the  blue/gray walls and the beadboard, which is painted Sherwin Williams Extra White like the cabinets, trim and built-ins in the rest of the house.  It adds just the right amount of texture and interest, not to mention that it looks so amazing adjacent to the slate floors.

For the rest of the living space, we did not want carpet but we also had to be mindful of our budget.  We found 6 inch wide bamboo flooring at Home Depot in a rich espresso finish that was on sale for just under $2 per square foot (cheaper than anything we could find at Lumber Liquidators) and it looks amazing against the light walls.

We still have to finish shelving in the bedroom/living area and the floors need a good cleaning, so I'll save pics of that for another post.  All in all, this may have taken ten years to finish, but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!  Now it's time to buy a rug, hang window treatments, move furniture in and decorate...which also means the downstairs guest room will be freed up for me to make a nursery for Luca!  I can't wait to show you all how it looks once I get everything in and set up! 

Monday
Jul252016

transitioning from a crib to a big girl bed

When I was pregnant with Lydia, long before I even knew I was actually having a little girl, all I could think about was a nursery centered around a gold Jenny Lind-style crib.  The day we had our ultrasound which, indeed, confirmed our little bundle was a baby girl, I ordered this crib and immediately had it painted Champagne Toast by Ralph Lauren Regent Metallics.  It was - and still is - my favorite part of Lydia's nursery. 

Well, here we are two and a half years later (I still can't wrap my head around how fast the time went) and she's not only starting to run out of room in her crib, but we are also getting closer to needing it for baby bear's nursery. The thing is, even though she is 2.5 she isn't exactly ready for a big girl bed. My child has always been super curious about everything and wants to be around us 24/7 so, even though we go through our whole routine every night before bed, it still takes her at least 30 minutes most nights (and sometimes more) to settle herself once we leave the room (and that entails playing with her lovies in her crib, talking to herself and looking straight at the monitor and yelling for momma to come get her). 

I know the only way she could sleep in her big girl bed would be if I were to lay in there with her until she falls asleep, otherwise, she would be all over the room, pulling books and toys out and having herself a grand old time, but I feel like doing that would defeat all my efforts over the years to get her sleeping through the night and not having to run in there every time she kicks the covers off or semi wakes up for a minute before drifting back off to sleep.  I know she is about to undergo some serious adjustments once the baby gets here and I feel like sticking to routine as much as possible would help her tremendously, but I also know I need to start transitioning her slowly, as well. 

Luckily, she LOVES her big girl bed that Daddy made for her room before she was born!  (You can find the plans we used to make it here; it's aptly named the "Lydia" bed)  We read books there and lay together after reading stories and saying our prayers at night, talking about all the fun things we did that day, but she very rarely ever asks to stay and sleep in it....

With baby boy making his debut in the next six weeks or so, it just doesn't make sense to buy another crib, so I figure I will start out by getting her to take naps in her daybed.  Any suggestions of how to make that transition easily?  And, more importantly, how to get her to stay in it? Or, am I crazy and I should just leave her sleep in her crib for as long as she wants?

Hope you're all off to a great start this week!