28 July 2014

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Part 2

Side note: I wrote this post a few weeks ago and we've already made some minor changes in this powder room. Mainly, we now have faux wood blinds to keep our neighbors from watching us do our business.
You might remember this post where I professed my love for the Allen + Roth frameless mirror I purchased from Lowes. When we moved I knew I wanted to find a great place for this mirror again. I saw a photo on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea of two identical frameless mirrors in a master bath. Unfortunately Lowes no longer sells this mirror and all the identical ones of other websites are over $200! (I paid $79 for this one at Lowes.)
As I mentioned before our house had been completely renovated before moving in. While the powder room was one of the freshly updated spaces, I'm not crazy with how it was updated. Specifically the mirror. It's bulky and a little too matchy-matchy with the cabinet for my taste.

I decided to do a quick and easy swap and hang the frameless mirror in this space. 

The new mirror instantly opened up the room. But that light fixture is another sore sight.
A side by side comparison:

Without the frame the space looks more open and not so heavy above the sink.

Here's the view of the room from the door towards the window.

Sidenote: I bought that bath rug on clearance from Target. Love it, but it's so thick the door won't pass over it, so it ends up pushed up against the corner of the powder room. Ah, you win some you lose some. 

Since this is a room that people don't see often, I'm not in a huge rush to tackle painting and changing things up. We lucked out that the room is finished and updated, so we can live with how it looks for now. 
Still to do in the powder room:
- Paint the walls (Benjamin Moore 'Moonshine')
- New light fixture
- Wall art
- Possible towel hook

I guess I should add "fix that crooked outlet" to the to do list. 

03 July 2014

Family Room Progress

Our family room is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms. It's where Jordan and I settle down at night to unwind after the kids go to bed. It's where Lucy likes to snuggle up and watch a movie after a busy day when she's too stubborn to admit she's tired. 

Measuring about 15 x 11 ft, our family room isn't a huge space, but it's a cozy one. When we moved in the walls were painted the same neutral beige as the rest of the house. We painted the walls (guess what color!) Benjamin Moore 'Moonshine' and hung fresh window treatments. Aside from that we used the same furniture we had in our townhouse (minus the coffee table) and bought two new floors lamps and some fresh pillows. 

BEFORE moving in (with staging furniture):

And how our family room looks now:

BEFORE from a different angle:

And how the room looks today:

It's crazy to see how different the room looks with fresh paint and a smarter furniture layout. Since the space is so small we opted not to have a coffee table in the middle of the room as it would make it feel cramped with no space to walk. I've thought about tossing an area rug on the floor, but haven't seen one that would work in the space yet.

The antelope was a HomeGoods find. Now that we moved more north than our townhouse we are much closer to a huge HomeGoods store with a better selection than the one by our old house. The photo underneath is from our family photo session we had a while back. 

Pillows (L-R): Target, Caitlin Wilson, Etsy, Pottery Barn, Target. The mirror is also a Target find. The frames are Pottery Barn and filled with hand painted calligraphy of our names.

This mini gallery wall is near and dear to our hearts as it has photos of all 4 sets of our grandparents. It is sort of an updated version of the one we had in the guest bathroom of our previous house. This time in a much more public place so more people will actually see it.

A view from the hallway that connects the kitchen, powder room and laundry room.

And a view towards that hallway. You can see the doorway to the powder room as well as one of our new light fixtures. The kitchen is to the left and laundry room to the right. 

I go back and forth with how finished I feel this room is. Sometimes I think it needs a lot more, other times I feel it's almost complete. 

This corner of the room still needs work. The dipped table is temporary until we find a more permanent side table. 

Last but not least, a special shout out and thank you to my assistant for the day, Miss Lucy James. 

02 July 2014

Mila Jane: 2 Month Milestones

If you read this blog three years ago, you may remember that I posted monthly milestones for Lucy. (You can catch up on all those here.) I decided I wanted to do the same for Mila, more for myself than anything else as I like to look back and see how my girls have grown and progressed. 

Our poor girl was just getting over a week long heat rash when these photos were taken, hence the red cheeks. 

  • 10lb, 6oz, 23.5"
  • Nurses every 3 hours, breastmilk only
  • Sleep 6-7 hours each night, usually 10pm-4am. Eats and goes right back to sleep until 6 or 7am. 
  • Smiles all the time when you talk/sing/interact with her.
  • We tried the bumbo for the first time recently, she tolerates it but isn't quite ready.
  • Has great head/neck control when being held upright. Tolerates tummy time for a short period of time.
  • I've caught a handful of giggles, can't wait for more.
  • Focuses on faces as well as some of her interactive toys and bug mat.
  • Starting to try to vocalize and 'talk' to us.

I adore this photo. Mila has the same smile Lucy did at that age. 

For those of you wondering, Lucy has been adjusting so well to having a little sister. She adores Mila and constantly talks to her, holds her hand, etc. She still refuses to hold her or kiss her, but she won't hesitate to snuggle her on the floor and whisper 'I love you' into Mila's ear. Lucy actually asks me to hug them both when they are snuggling on the floor, telling me 'come snuggle your girls. Hug us both, mommy.' 

I couldn't ask for anything more. 

20 June 2014

Mila's Room

It seems like forever ago I posted the mood board for Mila's nursery. Her room was actually finished before she even arrived, I just never took the time to take photos and share the room. When planning her room I had a few specific details I wanted to incorporate, but beyond that I kept the design fairly simple. I don't have shelves of books or toys like I do in Lucy's room. At this point we don't use Mila's room for more than a diaper change and to get her dressed. She sleeps in a bassinet in our room since I'm nursing her at night.

When we moved into our house, Mila's room was bright blue with green stripes. It was staged as a nursery when our house was on the market and the bright wall color along with the way they staged the crib made her room feel so tiny. This was the first room I wanted to tackle as soon as we moved in. Thankfully my father-in-law came over the morning after we moved and got to work repairing, priming, and painting. 

Here's a photo of the room before we moved in:

And this is how Mila's room looks now:

What was done:
- walls repainted Benjamin Moore 'Moonshine'
- new vents installed
- window sills, closet doors, and trim painted semi-gloss white
- wood blinds installed
- closet interior painted, new knobs and shelving installed
- door knob changed from brass to oil rubbed bronze

Both the crib and dresser were part of Lucy's nursery in our old house. They worked so well together, plus with Lucy transitioning to a big girl bed, I opted to pass them down to Mila's room. 

The two zebra prints are my favorite part of this room. They have the Dr. Seuss quote: "Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." I bought the prints from Society6.com. The frames were purchased from a separate website (I can't remember where) and I assembled and framed the prints myself.

The teddy bear was Jordan's when he was a baby.

I bought the butterflies off Etsy back when I was pregnant with Lucy. I had originally planned on using them in her nursery, but scrapped that idea and held onto the butterflies to use later. 

The Moroccan floor pouf was purchased for a steal off Overstock.com (for less than $100 when many of them go for close to $300) and the rug was an Ebay win. I searched long and hard for the perfect vintage rug for her room and fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. I watched it like a hawk and put my bid in a second before it ended and won!

Mila has a pretty roomy closet, the photo below doesn't do it justice as the closet itself stretches past where the doors end. Imagine both of Lucy's closets combined to make one. That's how large this closet is. 

When we moved in the closet was a mess. Not only was it painted blue like the rest of the room, but the shelving was half installed/falling apart. My father in law removed all the pieces, then installed new wire shelving so we had plenty of space to store clothes, diapers, shoes, blankets, etc.

I'm able to fit so much in that space that I can even store all Lucy's hand-me-down clothes on the floor without cluttering the closet.

While I didn't buy a bunch of toys for Mila to put in her room (Lucy has plenty for both of them), I did want to pick up a few dolls that she could call her own.

One of my favorite details of this room is that her bedroom door is on it's own angled wall between the wall where the closet it and the wall where the dresser is. I feel it brings some character to the shape of the room. 

Once Mila grows bigger and we start using her room more, I see myself making some changes and adding a few more custom pieces as well as some toys and books. For now, this room is just perfect.