Thursday, January 31, 2013

there was one in the bed...

Rewind to four years ago... when I tossed my husband's king size bed from his bachelor pad days to the curb. And while I still stand by my reasoning (the bed was HUGE for the room), I'm starting to reconsider.

Fast forward to today... Perhaps it's my punishment for walking around these past six months bragging about how well Miss Hazel sleeps... But our sweet little thing is going on 3 weeks of up-and-down evenings. She does, however, sleep like a rock if she's snuggled up in our bed. Which, of course, leaves one of us out on the couch.

So are these sleep-deprived parents now googling sleep training? Nope. A bigger bed? Bingo. {Feel free to subtract points for bad parenting now...}

I'm thinking a patterned upholstered headboard, a la West Elm...


But, of course, DIYed with a budget-friendly fabric from Premier Prints...



Although I must admit that a large part of me still wants to find this gorgeous ikat fabric from Mary Jo's... A year and a half later!

What do you think... When does function trump aesthetics? When does a bed become too large for a room? A post on searching for the world's smallest nightstands may be coming up soon, friends! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

baby boy nursery inspiration

Dear friends of ours are expecting their first baby in July.  They find out this weekend whether their baby W will be a he or a she!  In the meantime, I couldn't resist pulling together a few nursery inspiration boards.

I have a feeling that they'll be welcoming a little bambino, so I'm starting off with a baby boy nursery board.  (Although in full disclosure, I've been wrong on my baby gender guesses about 90% of the time, including my own!)

Outside of the crib & rug, this entire board is thrifted or DIY... Proof that a chic nursery doesn't have to break the budget!

Here is baby boy W's vintage car inspired nursery...

1. Set of framed vintage car prints for over the crib
{found on Etsy for $75, but I scored a set of 6 prints without frames at a yard sale for $0.50!}
3. Navy buffalo check fabric for crib skirt & roman shade
{DIY projects from here & here
4. Peg board for over dresser to hold diapers, spraypainted a fun color
5. Area rug, found at Home Goods
7. Benjamin Moore Sea Salt CSP-95 for the wall color
 8. Leather rocker/ glider, found on Craigslist

Monday, January 28, 2013

our weekend {in pictures}

Happy Monday, folks!  We had a relaxing weekend... and as a bonus, it was extra long due to an ice storm that had Hazel's daycare and Jeff's office closing early on Friday.  And for that I say, keep the ice & snow coming!

We bundled up in some warm new clothes, thanks to Yiayia...


Took a few naps...

Watched an unfortunate (for UNC fans, at least) basketball game with aunt Sarah & uncle Greg...

And started celebrating the Carnival season!  Mardi Gras is two weeks away... which obviously calls for muffalettas, homemade jambalaya & Hazel cuteness.  In case you were wondering, we did find her in a kingcake...


And we may have squeezed in some shopping too... But Hazel promised to keep that part quiet!

Friday, January 25, 2013

found fridays: west elm baskets

I'd love to start a new feature... Found Fridays... to share thrift finds, deals, or other fun budget-friendly ideas.

Up first?  Some look-alike West Elm storage baskets, found at possibly the most random spot: my local grocery store.

{West Elm on left / Harris Teeter on right}
For $19.99 for a large basket, the price is perfect for Jenny's DIY ombre paint project.  She used the West Elm basket, but for less than half the price, I think these would make a great substitute.


I may just have to head back to the grocery to pick up one... or two!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

slow cooker pumpkin oatmeal

We've had a week of cold, cold mornings here... And with winter's end still not in sight, I wanted to share a new breakfast recipe that's been warming up our wake-ups.


Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Pumpkin Oatmeal
(very slightly adapted from here)
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 cup cooked oatmeal
Nutritional Info: 253 calories, 3 g of fat, 44.1 g carbohydrates, 9 g dietary fiber, 9 g of protein

1 cup steel cut oats
1/2 tbsp butter (optional)
1 can canned pumpkin
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups milk (can substitute Lite Vanilla Soy Milk or Almond Milk)
2 cups water
1 heaping tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tbsp nutmeg
Walnuts, dried cranberries, raisins

1. Combine milk, water, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the slow cooker and stir together. Then stir in oats.
2. Cook in slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours. Serve topped with walnuts, dried cranberries and raisins to taste.

Couldn't be easier, right?  For the past couple weeks, I've fired up the Crock Pot just before bed so that we wake up on Monday morning to hot breakfast.  I've also found it's easy to double the recipe, then just put the leftovers in the refrigerator for the rest of the week.  I actually think it tastes even better the next day.

Enjoy... And Hazel says, stay warm!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

the nursery diaries: part 1

I loved reading Erika's nursery diaries series over on Urban Grace several years ago.  So I thought I'd do the same with our nursery decorating projects, except we'll just have to pretend like all of this wasn't going on a year ago, okay?

We knew the old office/ man room/ junk collection was going to be the baby's nursery.  I have a theory that all married couples have that ominous third bedroom that literally serves no purpose (except for parental comments on how "it should really be a nursery by now") until a baby comes along to fill it.  Our first order of business was to clean everything out and repaint the walls. 

I knew I wanted to incorporate fabric from Caitlin Wilson Textiles and immediately fell in love with the coral & mint chinoise pillow cover.  Honestly, I also knew this was going to be on our 'splurge' list.  But I felt like I could incorporate the pillow cover and a couple yards of the coordinating coral fretwork fabric and still stay within our budget.

I wanted to keep the walls relatively neutral and found the perfect shade of pink, with just a hint of yellow, in Benjamin Moore's Opal.  In some light, the walls don't even look pink but more of an off-white.


In one weekend (while I was out of town, I might add), my sweet husband took our walls from this:

To this:

We also quickly realized that the large doors on the closet took up valuable real estate, given the room they needed to swing open. So in that same weekend, off came the doors!

Jeff also added some new shelving and hanging rods, and he used a level to draw straight lines down the closet wall.  The next weekend, I covered the lines with Frog tape and painted bright blue/green stripes to match the mint color of the pillow. (Note: be sure to remove the tape while the paint is still wet to prevent any peeling!)  It was a small space to add stripes, and the little painting project was much easier than I anticipated.

Up next?  Some Craigslist furniture finds and thrifty decorating!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

guess who's back?

After multiple attempts to get things going on my new blog, I realized that I missed posting about home renovations, DIY projects and thrift finds... Basically, I just like blogging about pretty stuff.


So if y'all can handle some posts on the prettiest little thing (in my not-so-humble opinion), then I hope you'll join me... again!

Stay tuned for tons of nursery projects, as well as updates to a few other parts of the house... It's amazing what two home-project-happy people can do in a year!  Not to mention the projects I have on the radar for the next couple months (like finally DIY-ing our simple headboard into a Colette bed look-alike).

Thanks for sticking around!