Category Archives: Decorate

January Blues

So, here I am after a very long hiatus. In that time I’ve very much gotten in to home design and fashion. So, with my slow reintroduction to blogging I am sharing some of my favorite things that I am longing after this cold January (well, cold for us in Arizona with most days in the 50’s-60’s). I’ve very much fallen in love with stores like Madewell and Anthropologie, which is not good for my bank account, but I always, always buy things on sale which is where most of these are linked from and why some of these links may not even work anymore. For that, I do apologize.

  1. I have been watching these denim pouches for a couple months now but refused to pay full price for them. Then they went on sale, much to my shopping addicted beating little heart’s surprise and of course I bought the top one because it reminded me so much of Japanese sashiko stitching. <3 <3 <3
  2. These peplum tops were really big this past fall/winter. I bought a long-sleeved one from Old Navy and was not super impressed with the fit, but I think I am willing to give a short-sleeved one a shot and I love these ones from Roolee. I think the short-sleeves will look less like a potato sack.
  3. I have not yet pulled the trigger on any Madewell denim, but I love the look of it and the idea of owning quality denim. I’ve pretty much been wearing jeans from American Eagle since high school but that’s only out of habit. I like the look of these jeans and that the holes are not too much.
  4. I need a nice bookend for my shelves as my books are constantly falling off. I love the look of these.
  5. I was thinking the other day that I cannot believe that The Count and I do not own a globe! We need a small one to complete our bookshelves.
  6. Okay so I know I’ve dropped a few names throughout this post, but I’m really not a brand name girl. I do not particularly like Michael Kors or Coach or Tory Burch or any of the like, but for some odd reason, I do like Marc by Marc Jacobs. Hypocritical, I know. This wallet is cute, though the $100 price tag is not.
  7. And speaking of Michael Kors, when my sister-in-law and I were in San Diego over the New Year holiday, we saw puffy jackets everywhere and fell in love with them! This puffy jacket is one of the few that I could find that I liked, but do you know of any better ones?
  8. Don’t get me started on these shoes. I have put these in my cart so many times and stopped myself. I feel like these could be the one expensive thing I buy in my life and be so happy with and not feel guilty, but I just know that everyone else would give me so much shit. I love them. I’m in love with them.
  9. I’m totally on a dress kick. I’m ready for spring. And I loved this dress. Chambray is totally my thing. I wanted it so bad and I put it in my Anthro shopping cart one night before bed and told myself that I really don’t need it, but if it’s still there in the morning, I would buy it and if it’s gone, it’s not meant to be. Well, it was gone and let’s just say I was a little less easy going about it. I was sad and kicked myself for not buying it.

Anyways, there’s my January list… what’s on yours?

Decorating for Finn’s First Birthday

Part I.

Finn’s first birthday party was awesome. I need to say up front that we couldn’t have pulled it off without a few people:

A.) Finn for turning one. So, thanks Finn for that!
B.) Our dear friend Julie who did all the decorations and helped me plan it. She was incredibly helpful and gave us so much of her time and it turned out wonderfully. We were pinning stuff back and forth on Pinterest and then shopped and put it together and I think we were both happy with the way it came out. She’s an excellent party planner. She also did our baby shower. I think she needs to go into business. ;)
C.) My parents who helped a ton. Thanks Mom and Dad! It is always appreciated! I’d have sunk with the ship by now if it weren’t for you!

His party was already planned and then the week before it happened I lost my job. Dun dun dun. But we got by with a little help (and encouragement) from our friends and family that the party must go on. And it did! And it was a ROARIN’ success!

This is just going to be a big picture smörgåsbord of photos of all the decorations including the food that we ate. Enjoy! I decided I will split his birthday into two posts since there’s just sooo many pictures.

Julie made this awesome wreath and I put together this little photo of him at the last minute:

balloon_wreath_collage

Julie did this awesome banner out of scrapbook paper that we picked out together and the letters were cut using her Cricut (I believe):

banner_h

Julie is amazing, she made this tissue paper dinosaurs at the last minute, literally right before guests walks in the door:

dino_puff_balls-no resize_edit

I bought the big mylar balloon off of Amazon a few weeks before and my mom had it blown up along with this bouquet of balloons the day of the party. Finn loved staring at them. Julie put together these awesome dino-dig buckets for all the kiddos:

balloon_pail_collage

LOVE the “Year of Firsts” poster that Julie made with chalkboard paint and chalk. I conceptualized it and she made it happen. She’s amazing like that. I sent her a bunch of special pics of Finn and she brought it and it was more amazing than I thought it would be:

tv_wall_h

Mom found these blow up dinosaurs at the dollar store which were perfect for strewing about and Julie painted the R-O-A-R letters and added the dino flair. Love how this came out:

roar_h

Dan made the volcano and got dry ice and it was a big hit with the kids. I made some concoction of lemonade-fruit punch or “lava lemonade” as we called it:

drink_station_h

Our sandwich platter makings, for the “Carnivores”:

sandwiches_h

salad_h

I made pudding cups with chocolate pudding, crushed Oreos, and dinosaur gummy snacks for our “Sweetivore” table:

food_collage

sweets_h

Aaaaand the cupcakes that my mom, Dan, and I made all day the day before. Mom and I made the cupcakes and then Dan and I made the frosting and decorated them. We had to make a special frosting for Finn since he’s allergic to dairy and it didn’t cooperate and want to “peak” so it was kinda flat. But they turned out cute anyways! We bought chocolate rocks and these cute little bones at the candy store in the mall and I special ordered these cupcake liners off of Amazon:

cupcakes_h

And Finn’s special “1” cupcake which he wasn’t too fond of because he’d rather have a whole avocado than sweet stuff, which I guess is a good thing and we should be thankful for now since that more than likely won’t last:

1_candle_vertical

My First Big Project

Our cats have pretty much destroyed our stairs from the first month that we moved into our house. I’m sure they think that they are one big jungle gym cat tree for them to do whatever they please with. They’ve been clawing at the carpet for years and it’s barely hanging on, on some of the stairs. So, it’s been at the top of our list for the past 3 years. Unfortunately, our budget to redo the stairs has been practically nil. I peruse Pinterest and find these beautiful images of things I can’t afford all the time, but I pin them anyways because well… someday, right? I pinned this particular image a couple months ago without actually going to the site because I thought the stairs looked lovely. Then last week as I was looking back through my pins (which I occasionally do) I clicked on it and I realized that it was actually something that we COULD afford! Enter, Paper Bag Stairs:

035

I did some more research, more reading, more pinning, more digging, and I totally think that this is something that we could do and we’ve decided that this will be Dan and I’s first big project in our house. Much, much needed project. And after we see how it goes, maybe we’ll do our whole second floor this way. Until we can afford a more permanent solution. Since our cats have pretty much ruined the whole house and I hate carpet. And then we’ll see about the first floor. I think I love it. :) Here’s some more pictures:

stairs

Dan and I are going to go and buy a piece of wood and the supplies and give it a go on there first just to see what it looks like and to see if we like the look of staining it or the look of the natural kraft paper in our house better. Then I think as soon as The Kid’s birthday party is over (in 2 weeks), I am just going to give it a go and jump in. After all, I’m a homeowner and I can do these things now and if I fail we’re really no better off than we are now!

 

February Cure

010313outbox

One thing that I came across that was so motivating in not only getting this blog going, but getting our HOUSE going, was Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, which I have decided to loudly and proudly call, February Cure, as I didn’t quite get my stuff (read: self) together to start it in January. But come February, it is on! What is January February Cure? Well, in the words of Apartment Therapy:

We’re getting organized! For the first time in more than a year, we are running a group Apartment Therapy Cure. If you are ready to whip your home into shape, get it clean, organized and under control, we’re here to help – let’s do it together! We’ll be posting assignments each weekday from January 2 through February 1, giving you all the info you need to know to follow along and stay motivated. By the end of January, you’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home.

It sounded pretty damn motivating to me, and is exactly what I need. Some of the genius tasks (to me) so far have been things like setting up an “outbox” which is a halfway house where things sit while their fate is being decided. Genius. I have about 30 of these all over my kitchen and living room, except they never get emptied and they only move into another room or gasp! the dark pit of despair, otherwise known as the garage. Womp womp. Creating just one of these in a more functional location and then making sure that I empty it out at the end of each week will really help us cut the clutter. I also like the idea of tacking a project that I’ve been wanting to do or framing something I’ve been wanting to frame and having clearly written goals each day and weekend. There’s even a calendar they provide! What a way to start the year. I love it. It is so inspirational. And one of the best parts about it is the end goal which is that you are preparing for some kind of get together with your friends. In our newly organized house. A scrap-meet with the girls, perhaps? :)

[Image: Tara Bellucci]

Hello 2013

cookie

My goal was to have this shiny new blog up and running by the new year and I was going to start checking things off of my list as far as what my new blog was going to be about, what the new year had in store, and basically what the new me was going to be about. Buuuuut that didn’t happen. Had some major road blocks as far as the blog was concerned, life had a few stumbles already (I know!), and so here we are now 23 days late and the blog is still a work in progress. Which is just fitting for what I’m all about and what this blog is all about. Progress. And now, hopefully maintenance.

Last year was a heck of a year. It was a wonderful year in one aspect as we added to our family and have this amazing little person that we get to share this big odd world with. But it was also a year filled with so many trials. Three surgeries for me, one that I haven’t even gone into on the blog and I’m not totally ready to hash out in words yet. I can talk about it pretty openly with just about anybody but found when it came to writing about it, I’m just not ready. So, yeah – heck of a heck of a year. One that I am so thankful for but at the same time so very thankful that it is behind me.

And so we move on to progress. To 2013. The Count and I have so many plans for this year. And it’s already started out with a bang which I’ll go into in a later post (sorry to be so elusive?). This year we’re focusing on fixing up our house. We bought this house in 2010 and other than the Kid’s nursery which we lovingly spent so much time on in 2011 and 2012, the rest of the house has been neglected and we’d like to fix that. So our hopes are that this blog will keep us accountable on that quest and give us some inspiration as we share it with others. And of course we’ll still be sharing lots of the Kid and other snippets of our lives along the way.

And so, goodbye 2012, we won’t miss you. And hello, 2013, it is nice to meet you! Stay awhile, won’t you?

Nursery Progress: Catch-up & Last Minute Projects

We spent the last month before Finn was due working on the final touches of the nursery and ensuring that we were 100% ready (ha) for his arrival.  We finished making sheets for his bassinet and made some cute little burp cloths using leftover fabric scraps from all of our various projects.  Mom is also working on a quilt but it didn’t get done before Finn’s arrival, and then you all know what happened after – so we’re hoping by month 2 it will be done so we can use it as a backdrop for some more pics.  If not, month 3! ;)  I realized that through all the months we worked on Finn’s room together, didn’t get any pics of mom hard at work – so I made sure to change that while working on these projects.

The start of the quilt layout
Quilting Supplies
Angie helping
Final touch on the bassinet – a blue bow
Mom sewing the burp cloths that I cut and pinned together
Final product (well some of them, there are many more!)

Nursery Tour

Okay, it’s finally (almost) done.  Dan is still working on his last 2 pieces of artwork; one for above the bed (a whale submarine painting done in his style) and one on our art collage wall (the obvious black picture at the bottom of the collage).  We have one more shorter shelf to hang under the long shelf above the dresser, which requires a long drive to Ikea, and then we need to pick up this cute little submarine caddy for diapers to put on said shelf from Target.  We have a brass boat port window with a mirror in the middle of it instead of an actual window that my mom gave us, or as we like to call it, Finn’s submarine lookout mirror that we also need to hang, but Dan’s sorta putting it off because it’s so heavy.  You’ll just have to see it once it’s hung – it’s perfect.  Either way, it’s looking really done so I think it’s finally time for a full tour of Finn’s small submarine/underwater/whale/sherbet colored room!

First the view from the door as you walk in:

The wall (#1) to the left as you walk in:

The crib wall (#2):

The window/closet wall (#3):

The art collage wall (#4):

And the opposite view of the room as you look out, where the entrance is:

Now for some close-ups and more details.  I’ll start with the bed since it’s the focal point of the room.  As I said, it’s looking pretty bare above the bed because Dan’s not quite finished with his art portion.  Oh and we’re still working/thinking about the mobile above the crib.  No ETA on that!

Here’s another picture of the unbelievably perfect matched blanket that my mom found at Goodwill months ago:

And a close up of the crib bedding, just so you can see the detail.  Dan tied these bows:  :)

Now we can move over to wall #1, the dresser/changing table wall.  Another shorter shelf is going to go on the right side under the top shelf for storing the diapers, and the submarine lookout mirror will be on the left above the pad:

Corner shot.  To the right of the dresser (better seen in the above pic) we have our former stainless steel kitchen trash can that we’ve recycled to use as the diaper pail.  In it I have a Planet Wise diaper pail liner which can go right into the wash with all his cloth diapers.  And of course the, again, upcycled coral tree decoration that was from our wedding back in 2008:

Close-up of the tree corner:

Okay let’s see, details of the shelf above the dresser.  These old books were given to us; the Opie Sendak one was given to us by my mom, which was given to her by her mom, and the Huckleberry Finn book (from 1957) was given to us at our shower this past weekend by a very dear family friend, Isabel.  Perfect for Finn!  The picture frame my mom gave us and we plan on putting a picture of Finn in it once he’s born.  Or perhaps one of my belly from the yet-to-be-done maternity shoot:

Close up of the beautiful handmade lamp.  My mom made the shade with Dan’s help and I glued the pom pom and ribbon trim along the bottom (to go with the detail on our curtains) as well as stuffed all those tiny little shells each in almost one by one:

And then of course, our beautiful handmade invitations that our good friend Julie made for our shower, I just had to frame!  And the baby book Dan got me for Christmas, and a picture frame Dan made in 2004 with a pic of him on the beach in San Diego (I guess that’s better seen above, too).  Oh and the wooden train my mom gave us (again):

Here’s a view of the window and curtain valance my mom made.  Fabric is the same as the crib bumper, crib skirt trim, and changing pad trim.  Added a coral ribbon with yellow pom poms at the bottom to incorporate our “polka-dot” accent and coral color, and then my mom made the buttons at the top by hand.  She painted them, drilled holes in them, and threaded them – just because it needed a little bit more oomph!  Love it:

It was hard to get a good view of the valance due to the window being backlit:

Aaaaand the art collage wall.  The grand finale.  Again, the lighting is messed up and I’m not real good with figuring out how to fix it with the camera:

Along with the start of his book library and toys:

Now an explanation for the artwork.  Most of it was “found art”.  For the big piece, we picked out some cool scrapbook papers together that we liked and sat and folded them into little origami whales together one night while we watched a Suns game.  We then toyed with their placement and direction and came up with this:

This was a little thing my mom gave us at the beginning of the pregnancy, “101 Ways to Praise a Child”.  A good thing to remember in ensuring that Finn has a good, positive, self esteem.  We placed it on the aqua/yellow dot fabric that we used around other parts of the room:

I really wanted to have pictures of us when we were babies so that we could compare his little face to ours as babies.  Here’s Dan’s model pose that hung in his hometown Sears & Roebuck in Kenosha, Wisconsin:

And my “ganger” pose from the hospital nursery in Denver, Colorado at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center.  Dan says I couldn’t decide whether I was East or Westside with the gang signs I was throwing up.  Looks like Westside won:

This is a drawing Dan made months ago of a bunch of little whales in the shape of one large one (as you can see).  My mom gave us these huge bearclaw clam shells which her and I drilled holes into so that they could hang by this pretty little aqua ribbon (also from our wedding!):

And now for the super “found art”.  The underwater and alphabet print is scrapbook paper we liked.  We still plan on getting some letters to put over the alphabet with his name.  The seahorse print is wallpaper my mom found months ago which we picked out our favorite part of, framed, and added the little clown fish on the frame just to give it some texture:

And this unfinished shadow box frame will be where we display Finn’s hospital bracelet, along with Dan and I’s – which both of our mothers just so happened to save!  For now, ours are sitting in that pouch protected and I just threw that little picture of Dan in the hospital nursery for now (won’t be there later).  We’ll finish this once we have Finn’s to add to our family hospital bracelet picture:

Wow!  Almost done.  Now, for some “behind the scenes” stuff.  The closet.  I’ve done my best to keep it as organized as possible.  For now.  I know eventually it will be a mess like the rest of our closets, and that’s okay.  Here’s a picture of all of his clothes.  In case it’s not obvious, he has plenty of onesies.  And everything from 0-6 month clothes.  He does however still need 9-12 month clothes of all kinds if anybody still wants to get him some clothes. :) I just had to share how adorable they all look organized in his closet!  I love coming up here and looking at them, no matter how many times I’ve seen them all and memorized every little onesie/outfit – I still could sit here and stare at them for hours dreaming about the little person that is going to be wearing them soon:

And now side-by-side shots of the closet.  Side #1 with our SUPER EXPENSIVE supply of diapers and wipes that I am told will last us maybe a month until he’s big enough to fit his cloth diapers (YIKES), as well as the clothes, remainder of the amazing diaper cake our friends, Christian & Renee got us at our shower, the box of bottles, baby carrier, and diaper bag with wet bags.  And on the bottom is our still boxed pack ‘n play and part of the car seat for Dan’s Jeep:

And on the right is my attempt at organizing at the top.  Mom gave me these bins.  I have all his extra crib sheets, some blankets, extra boppy pillow cases, and junk.  More clothes and at the bottom our Maclaren umbrella stroller (from England!) that my mom found us at Goodwill.  Normally $180, she got it for a steal at like $30!  Love it.  And the boppy pillow and bumbo seat (w/ tray) that I bought used off of Craigslist:

Almost forgot – the other “behind-the-scenes” stuff, which I’ve already posted about, but this post wouldn’t be complete without ’em!  Our closet organizers (for clothes sizing) and our cute little drawer liners:

And there you have it.  For now.  As we finish the last few things I have mentioned above, I’ll be posting more pics.  Hope you enjoyed reading about Finn’s nursery as much as we enjoyed creating it!  Now we just need a little baby to complete it. :)

Stay tuned for updates on the shower last weekend.  I’m still trying to track down like ONE picture of me at the shower.

 

Nursery Progress: Art Wall, Shelf, & Bassinet

Okay, this will be a short one tonight (*gasp* I know!) as I’ll mostly let the pictures do the talking.  Finally got the art/collage wall mostly complete.  Have 3.5 to finish.  I won’t go into details as I will post a complete picture of the wall once all is done.  The wall with the dresser got a shelf, still needs one more, plus a small mirror, and then we need to hang our boat “port” window my mom gave us (again – you’ll see that later).  Dan’s working on his art for above the crib and some other touches that he wants to add.

The latest steal of a deal my mom found at Goodwill!  Bassinet for Finn while he sleeps in our room.  Eddie Bauer wooden bassinet brand new = +$200.  Mom got it for $27 with her senior discount.  Sahweeeeet!  We added the blue ribbon and she’ll be making some mattress pad covers to match it once we get the mattress which is the only thing it was missing.

Shelf with the start of his book library, some knick knacks, our lamp, and I framed our beautiful shower invitations that Julie made because I loved them so much!  Oh and the baby book Dan got me for Christmas to fill out.  And the wooden train mom gave me.

Aaaaand our art wall.  Too tired to go into too much detail about it.  I will make a whole another post on each picture’s special meaning.  And as you can seem 3 pictures aren’t even done.  1 is only halfway done, but you wouldn’t know it.  Yay!  ALMOST COMPLETELY DONE WITH THE ROOM. I can’t believe it.  But am so happy and excited.

Nursery Progress: Okay, NOW We Have Curtains

Don’t worry, you’ll get a better picture of the whole room soon enough.  Today (among other things going on in our lives which will be a whole separate post) I am working on hanging shelves and working on the art/collage wall behind the door.  I finished my big “art” project for it last night.  Well, I guess it was more of a craft since that’s what I’m better at.  But it was something I’d been wanting to finish for quite a while and I can’t wait to share it on here.

Dan is going to start working on his portion of the art in the room.  He’s painting a big picture to put above the crib and then we’ll have to both figure out what else we are going to do there.  It’s all coming down to the finishing touches of the room.  I’m so happy that we started so early in the room because I really got to take my time and make it just the way I wanted it.  I got a lot of comments about how “early” we started and “why?”.  Well, because now here I am almost 8 months pregnant and am getting very tired and worn out so the thought of doing all the work that we finished early on does NOT sound appealing at all.  I think if I were just starting, it just wouldn’t get done.  Then baby would be here and things REALLY wouldn’t get done.  So, I’m so glad that I got the excitement bug early on and feel that I’m finishing at a good time in the pregnancy.  Although I use “finish” relatively since, really, will I ever truly be finished with it?  No, probably not.  Things are going to keep coming to me up until he arrives.  Which is a good thing since that will help satisfy my “nesting” urge that I am TOTALLY in right now.  And Dan.  ;)  He’s been organizing our nightmare of a storage/miscellaneous room upstairs a little bit each week as he wants it to be more organized by the time baby arrives, as well as working on his office/guest room.

I have more updates to come including what is going on in our lives (other than baby’s room) and a new pregnancy pic.  Stay tuned for those later!

Nursery Progress: Lamp, Valance, and Decorations

Wow, it’s almost been a whole month since I updated on the baby’s room.  For anybody reading this that wasn’t reading it for baby updates – well I did pretty good!  But the countdown is back on and we have to get things done!  That includes sharing it on here.

I just have to say before I say anything else, my mom is awesome, and amazing, and I don’t think there’s a thing she can’t do.  She’s done SO unbelievably much for Dan and I since the very beginning of the pregnancy.  She’s been such an integral part of the entire experience and an invaluable resource when it has come to designing the baby’s room and making it come to life.  She has such a good eye and always has great ideas for making anything and everything we do even better.  She is constantly buying things for Finn, helping me with projects, and been really good at being overall excited for and with us as we are near embarking on this new journey.  Thanks, Mom, you are seriously appreciated and the absolute best.

What have we been doing?  Painted over the old blue with this new blue.  May be hard to tell from pictures, and it’s still not *perfect*, but it’s good enough and is staying.  We got the bedding back, as you know, but it needed a little bit more work.  I had a girl make the crib bumper, crib skirt, changing pad, and a sheet (so that we could see how it’s done and make a few more ourselves).  It turned out lovely, as you know again, but after the fact we thought of a few things we could add to the set.  We made 2 more sheets out of some beautiful fabric I purchased.  You will see one sheet on the crib the next time I post a picture of it.  I *attempted* to learn to sew, but pretty much learned that I can’t sew a straight line.  Mom to the rescue!  I’m an excellent elastic puller, though!

The changing pad was originally just the blue dot and yellow minky, but my mom’s keen eye thought we needed some coral so we went to our local ribbon shop and bought this, which she sewed right on.  Turned out awesome, I love it!  Oh and what’s that to the right of the changing pad you ask (Ok, humor me here, I’m really excited.)?

Why, that’s our beautiful lamp which we made by hand!  Mom found a lamp shade at Goodwill.  She whipped up the fabric cover to go over it (lining it with a coral colored fabric on the inside so it really shows through when the lamp is on – see, she’s all about the details!) with her sewing machine (again), and Dan and I helped with feeding the elastic through the top and bottom so we can say we contributed!  She also sewed the brown pom pom trim to the ribbon so that I could then take it home and glue it on the shade.  Mom then found a glass lamp base, again at Goodwill, and I painstakingly filled it with these tiny shells one by one (the hole was very small), glued the ribbon around the base of the lamp (harder than it seems), and wah lah!  We have light!  I love it, love it, love it.

See, Dan snapped a picture of me hard at work.  Stuffed this bad boy with shells til 1am on Sunday night.  Let’s see, what else have we been up to.  Oh yes, the curtain valance as the title of this blog suggests.  Well, you can’t see it yet.  I thought it was done, but turns out it’s not.  Mom had another brilliant idea to add to it and so she came by my house today and confiscated the what I thought was finished curtains and took them back to her house.  I am confident they are going to look “cute as a button” (hint hint?!) and you will love them, too.  Just take my word, we do have curtains, you just can’t see them yet.  Sorry.

What you can see is this – another piece of the nursery that mom found for us at Goodwill.  Our glider.  In perfect shape other than needing a few screws tightened.  It was originally going to go in the nursery for late night feedings, but we decided since Finn will be sleeping in our room for the first few weeks or so (more to come on that later!), and our room is located downstairs, that putting the glider upstairs in the nursery was a little impractical.  It’s not like I am going to wake up in the middle of the night to feed and run upstairs (with baby in arms) to rock in the glider.  Since our living room is right outside the master bedroom, we have it in there for now for those late night feedings and rockings by the tv.  Once Finn is sleeping in his room, we’ll move it up there since at that point I *will* be going up and down the stairs to take care of business and having the glider then will make much more sense.

And here is the start of the decorations.  I know there wasn’t much underwater/whale stuff before… but it’s starting to trickle in.  This neat little coral tree is actually something my mom bought for our wedding to use as a center piece which we were unable to use since we ended up having the wedding in Cancun!  So, I got to re-purpose it in Finn’s nursery.  Dan hung this shelf, mom stuck a few starfish in the tree and we have a few little knick knacks next to it (that are ever changing).

There is plenty more to come.  Still working on the art/collage wall (behind the door which has yet to be shown on this blog), organizing the closet, hanging other shelves, mirrors, and decorations around above the dresser and crib, and the mobile.  But it’s shaping up quite nicely!  Oh and of course filling up the nursery with all the baby gear!

  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Mattress
  • Repaint the blue on the walls
  • Closet organizers
  • Drawer liners
  • Art wall
  • Lamp & shade
  • Curtains
  • Shelving unit?
  • Baby book – Dan got me one for Christmas!
  • Pocket shelves
  • Mobile
  • Find a glider!
  • Sheets
  • Baby quilt w/ mom
  • Lighting
  • Fan

Up next??? BABY SHOWER.  Can’t believe it – never thought I’d be having one, but I am.  Next weekend.  Well, BABY BBQ is more like it.  Not having a typical shower.  But more on that in another post, this one is all about the nursery, baby!