Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thank You Bonnie!

So many wonderful family members and friends have given Ryan and me such generous gifts for the baby. I have begun to write my thank you's--but of course I feel so far behind! But Ryan and I are so grateful and feel so thankful to have such loving people in our lives--thank you to everyone!

I wanted to give a special thank you to my cousin Bonnie. Not only did she buy and restore an old toy chest...but she went out and bought my nursery paint colors (Benjamin Moore Bold Blue and Benjamin Moore Decorator's White) and painted the exact same stripes on the toy chest.

It is the most beautiful piece of furniture I've ever seen...and the thoughtfulness is overwhelming!

Check out the gorgeous pics below...

And inside the toy chest were two gorgeous orange blankets--one she handmade! I can't wait to put all of the baby's toys in here and snuggle with him and these blankets!
Bonnie--I will treasure this gift forever. Thank you so much!

Love you!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Home in Madrid? Yes please!

After a weekend of beautiful days and even great weather ahead...

I am totally in love with Isabel Lopez-Quesada's elegant Madrid villa featured in Architectural Digest.

I am obsessed with the mixture of antique and modern furniture, white walls...and bold pops of color.

This home just screams fresh Spring to me!!!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Container Store Score for Closet Organization

Are you trying to organize your closet? After searching at Target & Bed Bath & Beyond for some great pieces to organize my baby closet--I went to the Container Store and found a great, super cheap solution.

These open crates are stackable so you can make them as tall or wide as you want, are only $9 per crate, and because they are open you can access whatever is inside super easy without worrying about cheap drawers.

I also found this great blue hanging device. I had previously bought a white version from Target but the dividers were way too flimsy. This is actually really sturdy and can hold much more weight.

The cute little striped box is a drawer divider which will eventually go in my dresser. One section will be for socks, the other section for hats.

As you can see I have a ton of storage space now! I'm thinking I'll put diapers and extra towels in the blue hanging drawers, and then maybe buy two boxes that will slide into the blue piece where I can store all of the baby shoes and baby toiletries. I love when little things, that can get easily lost, all have a place to call home.

And I still have my dresser to fill up :)!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Nursery Reveal

I think this will be my last "official" post about my nursery! I still have frames that need to be added to the shelf and my ceiling pendant hung, but overall it's finished and I'm in love!

Here are some of the "reveal" photos...can you spot my inspiration board above the bookcase? My class project really has come to life!

Most of the pieces are from PB Kids and Potterybarn. The pillow on the chair is from Marshalls but is the fabric I sourced from Calico Corners. The little stool is from Target, but is temporary as this will be replaced by the changing table/dresser.

The rhino book ends are from Urban Outfitters. The monogrammed piggy bank is from Nordstrom. Orange Chevron rug is from Urban Outfitters.

This weekend I washed all of his 0-3 month clothes and hung them back in his closet. His 3+ clothes are separated out into sized boxes and stored in the attic for now. I'm thinking of doing some sort of closet organization to take advantage of all of the space below the hanging clothes. Plus we'll need some additional storage for diapers, blankets, towels, etc. So I'll be posting any great finds later...

Do you remember this space before? Here's what it looked like when we moved in...

Here's the same room set up as my office...

And here's the same room set up as the baby nursery!

Now we just need to wait patiently for the bambino...

Monday, February 27, 2012

It's been way too long...

Ahhhh I can't believe it's been two weeks since I last posted! This is the longest I've ever gone and I have missed it! Plus I got a stern warning from my Aunt that I need to start posting again...and I can't disappoint her :) So I promise to get back in the saddle again this week.

Things have been crazy to say the least in the Heather / Ryan household these past few weeks. Ryan has been in Las Vegas a total of 3 separate times + Arkansas in the last 30 days. We've had two wonderful baby showers, plus family and friends in town, a crazy work schedule...oh and did I mention I only have 5 weeks left before the baby arrives!! Ahhhh!

Good news! The nursery is finally done--well almost. Is anything ever really done? We still have to hang the light fixture but to be honest I just don't know how this will happen. This super cheap and super awesome brass light fixture from Urban Outfitters has stumped all of the handy men in my contractor, my father, and my brother-in-law! (No I didn't forget to add my husband's name to this list :)

We also had a small snafu with our dresser. The snafu being my eyes were bigger than my room and my dresser is too large. So we had to order a more narrow dresser--so we are hoping this arrives in time for the bambino! But everything else looks amazing! Curtains-up. Bookcase-stocked. Closet-full of washed super cute clothes hanging on the tinniest hangers ever! I'll post complete pics this week!

In the meantime, I have three more home projects I would love to do--maybe after the baby is born--because I will have so much time right? :)

#1 is painting the guest room. This is the last room in our house that hasn't been painted and is still in that awful builder's beige color they dipped our house in before selling.

#2 is painting my office downstairs. I'm still thinking green?

#3 is updating my foyer. Now that I'm totally obsessed with board and batten (from the nursery) I'm thinking this would look perfect on my awkward wall next to my front door. Sorry for no pics. But basically my front door opens up into my living room and we have this weird long wall where we can't put any pics behind the door so it always looks lopsided to me.

But then I came across these awesome (and similar) foyer solutions--and I think this would look perfect!

Also check out this amazing redesign I found on Young House Love via Jenna Sue Design.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Loving my Rhinoceros bookends!

Happy Friday! I plan to take a breather and relax this weekend. How about you?

In the meantime, I thought I'd post the cutest thing I found for the nursery so far...

Rhinoceros bookends from Urban Outfitters.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Nursery Progress - 5

Well...the nursery painting is DONE! We literally painted for two days straight...and I outlasted all non-pregger volunteers :) Ryan says I have more energy now than before I was pregnant!

The stripes were much harder than we had anticipated--but after many touch-ups and touch-ups to the touch-ups they are perfect! A huge thank you to my mom, Ryan, my sister, and her boyfriend who helped make this possible and didn't judge me as I obsessed over every square inch with a fine toothed comb!

Every person I love has helped in some way with this nursery--and it really does make it that much more special.

We still have much to do--the curtain rod just shipped to me so I have to hang the curtains, the brass chandelier, the gold frames...and of course bring in the dresser and glider...but we are getting so close!!!

For the colors I used Benjamin Moore's Bold Blue & Decorator's White--both mixed in Valspar's Zero-VOC Certified "asthma & allergy friendly"™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Love this paint! Benefits include:

  • Certified "asthma & allergy friendly"™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Dries to an antimicrobial finish
  • Provides a mold and mildew resistant finish
  • Uncompromising quality
  • No lingering odor
  • Zero VOC