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guest room to nursery

11 Jul

As most everyone knows by now, we are getting closer and closer to bringing a baby into this crazy world! As soon as we moved into our house we knew exactly what room would be our nursery. It had two pink walls which we also always knew, would be changed to mint.

The exciting part was moving everything out of there and finding places for it all throughout our house.  Newer construction homes in Central Florida are extremely tight on storage space so that was quite a challenge.  We got rid of some stuff, sold some stuff and moved some stuff into the various storage spaces we have dedicated throughout the house and the garage.

Our first purchase for the nursery was actually our rocker. We had gotten some cash for Christmas that we wanted to put towards the baby’s room so we headed to Buy  Buy Baby to find the perfect one!  The same weekend we also found an awesome rug from Home Goods.  It was a productive weekend!

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Next step in this adventure was to paint.  While Britton was away on business one week I started the process and completed the first coat of paint on all the walls! Once he was home, he helped me finish the walls with a second coat.  It’s much more fun to paint with a partner!

In the midst of painting the space we also found out we were having a baby boy! Which helped us decide what would come next in the space to prepare for a baby boy! No more mint and coral and yellow for this room, it would now be mint, white and navy blue 🙂 Once the walls were painted it was time to figure out a dresser/changing table and get the rest of our furniture ordered.  I had already picked out a crib and had hoped to refinish an old dresser for his room.  The dresser, however, was not as easy to refinish as I had hoped so we scrapped the idea after finding the perfect piece from Adjectives Unhinged. A midcentury disaster was what it was when we found it but after they designer refinished it, it was PERFECT for our baby boy!

My in-laws purchased our crib for us so we put it together and we were well on our way to having everything we needed for baby boy!

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I also wanted a bookcase where all of our baby books could face out so I found a great one on the pottery barn kids website! I also needed artwork for our celestial themed nursery so I headed straight to etsy to find some unique pieces. We also got a great mobile from etsy that we couldn’t be happier with.  Britton even found a map of the northern sky on a deal website from Europe! Two weeks ago we put it all together and his room is PERFECT and ready for his arrival (just like I am!)

We had a lot of fun putting together his room and we really can’t wait for him to spend his first years in this room and this house. We hope he loves the space we’ve created for him!

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Friday I’m in Love

11 Mar

Hi friends!  So excited for this weekend!  I’m already in Georgia with my baby sis for a weekend getaway 🙂

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I am so in love with the paint color in the nursery. OMG he is a lucky baby 🙂  More information to come on the redo of that bedroom but right now I am crushing hard on mint condition.

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Last Sunday Target released a new line of baby clothes called Oh Joy!  I went to the stores to find it in person only to find out they’re only selling it online.  I will admit, I went a little crazy because the stuff was adorable!  I think I bought one of everything!  I think my package is arriving today but at least I can share their info with everyone else with kiddos. It’s pretty amazing.

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Have you heard about Magic in North America?  I am pretty darn in love with Harry Potter, JK Rowling, and the Pottermore franchise.  This news was exciting to me.  Can’t wait to read more!

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Last but not least I am so in love with my new orange tree.  I grew up with orange trees in my back yard and I love that I can have one in the backyard for my kids.  Britton and I even had some muddy fun planting this baby!

Can’t wait to share more about my trip this weekend and the nursery so stay tuned for some more good stuff!

Chalk Paint Redo

27 Oct

Hello friends!  A few weeks ago I took on a small project to see how I liked the whole chalk paint craze… I’m In!

I bought a few pieces of furniture a few years back from Brittons grandpa when he moved to Franklin, TN.  I have a soft spot for vintage furniture and probably would have taken more of his stuff if I had had the space back then.  But instead I took only a kitchen table and a side table, both from my father in laws childhood days.  I redid the cushions on the dining room chairs years ago and it was finally time to redo the side table too.

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To start, I had to pick a paint color that I liked.  For a few weeks I was spending a lot of time at Adjectives Market in Altamonte and it gave me a chance to decide on a color.  We have blues in our living room with some accents of grey and coral.  I decided on Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey for the side table and purchased a small can of the clear wax.  I had plenty of brushes at home so luckily I didn’t have to purchase those too.

The side table had some water damage from spilled waters and condensation so I started by lightly sandpapering the table to even out some of the damaged spots.

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The next step was to paint the piece with the Paris Grey Paint.  I decided to do 2 coats to ensure it was well covered.  One of the great things about this paint is that it dries pretty fast.  I waited about 30 minutes between my two coats.  I had some trouble painting the lower shelf of the side table mostly because the handle of the paint brush was too long!

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After the paint dried I coated the side table with clear wax that I applied with an old hand towel.  The wax, unlike the paint, takes a little more time to set.  Before I set the side table back in its corner, I let it sit out for 24 hours before putting it back in it’s place.

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I really didn’t know what to do about the gold handle so I found some craft paint and painted it white.  I’m still searching for a handle that’s a little more interesting but this will do for now!

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I’m totally in love with the new and improved side table.  And it was so easy that I can’t wait to paint some more furniture!  Have you chalk painted any old furniture?  I’m trying to decide what to do next 🙂

A Coat of Paint

21 Sep

It’s amazing to me how something so simple can change a house so much!  When we first saw our house online, I didn’t mind the colors on the walls.  They went well with the previous owners furniture.  After I lived here for 2 minutes, I hated them.  We noticed early on that the color on the walls was much like… baby poop.  And it all looked the same from the hallway to the dining room to the living room.  But once we started patching small holes and trying to match the paint they left us, we realized, the living room was a few shades darker, baby poop with a hint of olives.  The color did not AT ALL go with our decor or the look we have going.

We did a lot of painting in our last house.  We had white in our living room, yellow pretty much everywhere else, we even had the honor of completely repainting the exterior of our old house (oh so fun…) and this house I wanted to be different.  I loved our yellow walls and even have yellow in the master bedroom of this new house, but I wanted a change from my tried and true.  So it took me months to decide on a color palette.  Every time we were at Lowes or Home Depot I would grab a hundred more paint chips and drag them around the house.

Finally I did some research to see what colors looked good with big red cabinets (I have two red cabinets, one of which is the focal point in our dining room).  All signs pointed to a shade of blue.  And so I picked up some samples of some of my favorites and got to work.

We painted the living room first, on a Sunday, and my dad came over to help me and Britton.  This was the easiest space to complete and having done the living room, i didn’t feel pressure to do anything else just yet.  I could let it sit for a while without the house looking like a complete mess.  I knew that once I moved around the walls of that room, we would have to get it all done and fast!

IMG_2552Once I left my job to pursue a new one I ended up with a few weeks of free time.  It seemed to be the perfect opportunity for me to knock out an overhaul in our house and that’s just what I did!  I posted a few times in my Friday I’m In Love posts how much I love our new paint, one coat is all our ugly, poop brown walls needed and it was perfect for me to be able to do on my own.  We went from drab to fab in a week and I only needed minimal help from Britton to get it completed.

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Bedroom hallway before and after

IMG_1150IMG_3719It was a lot of work but SO worth it.  Just days after painting it I felt like this was how our house should have always been.  As though I hadn’t just spent HOURS making it that way!  I love it!

Friday I’m In Love

7 Aug

Last week I was on vacation in California.  I’ve got a LOT to share on that amazing trip.  So we will start with a snip it.

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rubicon 2Lake Tahoe. Go visit.  That’s all there is.

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muir woodsMuir Woods.  We stopped by a little national forest called Muir Woods on our way to San Francisco last Wednesday.  The Redwoods in that forest were just amazing.  I would love to spend more time there and in more national forests across the nation with such amazing history and wildlife.

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AC guysOnce we were back we were back at home we had to deal with a lovely broken AC and we called AC Guys.  THANK YOU!  They had a new unit in place within 48 hours of us being home.  What would we have done without them? It was up to 92% humidity in our house when we got home! WOW!

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languid blueSherwin Williams Super paint. This was actually on my last Friday I’m In Love Post because its just that awesome.

Once the air was working again in the house I got to work painting the interior of our home.  We started a few weekends ago by painting the living room.  I can say now, I have painted the dining room, hallways, kitchen and most of our living spaces Languid Blue.  It took one coat of super paint to cover up our nasty brown walls.  Its a good feeling to see a job well done without spending days doing multiple coats of paints.

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Amazon Prime has the George Ezra album on prime and I’ve been listening to it and dancing to it while I paint the house this week. i LOVE him. Awesome music.

Be sure to check out some other Friday I’m In Love posts here

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I’m already working on my travel post from our adventures last week so stay tuned for joining us on that amazing journey!

Laundry Room Remodel

3 Aug

The new house was built in 2003 and had a pretty basic and boring laundry room.  I would argue it was the most dysfunctional laundry room I’ve ever had and I’ve lived in a LOT of crappy apartments!  We also had to purchase a washer and dryer so it made sense that we would update the whole space.

0174f62c3785a5b2c8944f2445a0ef77755549fe5eI wanted to paint, hang shelves and hang a rack for hang dry.  We had picked a lovely shade of blue for britton’s office and it really was perfect for the laundry room as well.  We purchased a white washer/dryer set and with the blue paint it really made the white pop.

laundry blueWe got kitchen cabinets to hang in the space to create more storage for this lackluster laundry room and britton did all the hanging.  We also got a bar to go under the shorter cabinet to increase our space for hanging.  We also hung this rack from ikea opposite the washer and dryer.

all done laundryThe laundry room was also where we store our pet food and it was becoming a hastle to have two storage containers just sitting on the floor.  Luckily, ikea also has interesting storage options for shoes.  I took that idea and turned it into a hanging food storage cabinet.  Perfect!

food storageWe love how our laundry room turned out.  So much storage for such a small space!

What laundry room hacks have you tried?

6 Months of Visitors

7 Jul

I knew when we moved to Central Florida I should expect to see many guests at the house.  Thankfully I was right!  Last week I posted the fabulous RAST Hack I did which helped us prepare the guest room for all the guests.  This week I thought I would share some of the adventures we’ve had with friends and family that have come to visit.

Our first visitors were Britton’s Aunt Diane and Uncle Terry.  They came in to Orlando at the end of January making their visit not even one month after we arrived!  They came for a few nights before heading to the coast to spend a few weeks with his other aunt and uncle, Kathy and Lee.  When Diane and Terry came to town we took a day off and did three Disney parks in one day!  We had SO much fun with them!  We started the morning off with a trip to Animal Kingdom where we saw a few shows and rode a few rides.

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After animal kingdom we spent a few hours at Magic Kingdom and ended the night at Epcot.  They had gone to Italy the year before us and we decided to celebrate our adventures with dinner in Italy around the world.  It was a magical day and we had so much fun with the family!

Our next visitors were another set of Britton’s family, Uncle Lee and Aunt Kathy.  They had spent a month in Marco Island and came to spend a day with us on their drive back up to Iowa.  We also spent a day with them at the parks, but limited ourselves to Epcot for the day.  Britton had to work but since I was still job searching, it was a great way to fill my day!

We ended the evening being adventurous and made reservations in Morocco.  The meal was amazing but the company was even better!

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Next we had Britton’s parents in town for almost a week and a half!  (and if they’re reading this blog, it should be noted, they should come back real soon!)  Janet and Greg came into town the first weekend in March.  We partook in lots of fun activities while they were in town, including:

Spring training game

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New fan installation

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Lots of time at the pool

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Celebratory birthday dinner at the Yacht and Beach Club

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A boat ride/break down in Mount Dora

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Jeremiah’s Ice

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Some fun beach time

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We had so much fun with them it was sad to see them leave.

Our next house guests arrived much later, coming after the school year ended for a celebratory trip to Orlando.  My former student, current friend, Hanna and her boyfriend Ian.  They came down a week after I started work so I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked but we had a blast none the less.  Highlights from their trip include:

A trip to Epcot

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Lunch at Breakers in New Smyrna

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Hotel hopping around Disney

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True ramen at an authentic Japanese restaurant (they spent 6 and 12 months abroad in Japan last year)

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A trip down memory lane at Rollins

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I have loved having all of our houseguests and hope to have a lot more visitors in the coming months and years to come!  So all you friends out there, lets plan some vacations, we’re ready for you!