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Buying a Rug is Hard

For some odd reason I find buying area rugs so hard for me. I’ve purchased little door mats and small rugs, but committing to a large area rug freaks me out. I could go buy a whole store worth of furniture, but a rug – no way. Apparently I have major commitment issues. But that’s about to change because we definitely need one for our master bedroom since we are putting in hardwood floors (they finish up today!!!).

I’ve rounded up my 6 favorite options. We need a lighter one since the floors are darker, and we’re keeping in the same blue and ivory color family as the rest of the room (reminder here). They are all from Wayfair because we have a credit, but let me know which one you like best!

1. Marled Blue/White Area Rug
2. Wilton Light Blue Area Rug
3. Luckett Hand-Tufted Ivory/Aqua Area Rug


4. Laurelville Ivory/Seafoam Area Rug
5. Herringbone Hand Woven Blue Area Rug
6. Saliba Blue Area Rug

I think we’re ready to pull the trigger on one of the above…THINK. Ughhh why is this sooo hard for me?!

 

My Favorite Neutral Nursery Gliders & Rockers

Like I mentioned before, I’ve been extremely picky when it comes to purchasing items for the nursery. I searched and searched for the perfect neutral glider or rocker. I found some really great options, but ultimately decided to go with this one from Target (#5 below). I loveeee it! I’ve spent hours reading in it so far, and hopefully I’ll love it even more after baby arrives. It is a very light color (almost white), so I coated it with Scotchgard quite a few times for extra precaution. So far so good.

 

  1. Abbyson Living Thatcher Rocker // Overstock – $419
  2. Monique Lhuillier Wingback Swivel Rocker // Pottery Barn Kids – $1,200
  3. Delta Emma Swivel Glider // Target – $330
  4. Wingback Convertible Rocker // Pottery Barn Kids – varies based on fabric choice
  5. Delta Avery Swivel Glider // Target – $250
  6. Shermag McKinley Rocker // Babies R Us – $400
  7. Luca Glider // Land of Nod – $995
  8. Delta Eva Swivel Glider // Wayfair – $340
  9. Best Chairs Sutton Swivel Glider // Babies R Us – $500

I mean you can’t really go wrong with any of these. They are all beautiful. Remember, most of these will go on sale at some point so never buy regular price and always search for a coupon prior! What do you think – which one is your favorite?

 

 

Entryway Makeover Plans

Our entryway is getting a fresh new look, and I think it might be one of my favorite projects to date (after the master bathroom, of course). We’re in the midst of the mess still, but it’s already looking so much better!  Most of the work is on the actual staircase itself, but we’re updating the entire entryway (minus the flooring on the first floor). One day I will get all hardwoods downstairs though – one day! When we win the lottery most likely.

The old staircase was just outdated and well, not in the greatest shape. The runner was absolutely disgusting, and had to go. We’ve got only one room left with the same gross carpet – the master bedroom and it will also soon be ripped out. Yay, I cannot wait! I’ve hated that carpet from day one. We were told that it was actually expensive carpet back in the day (it’s a thick, looped wool carpet), and I’m sure it was. But I am counting the days until it’s finally gone for good.

Our inspiration for the project came from these images on Pinterest and Instagram. We’re going for a clean look with a hint of craftsman style.

Here are a few crappy iPhone before pictures that I snapped right before we started any of the demo work. Christmas decorations and all.

Things on the to-do list:

  • Rip out disgusting old carpet runner, padding and tack strips
  • Rip out old wooden balusters and install new rod iron balusters
  • Box out the existing newel posts and paint white (the top piece will be stained the same color as the stair treads)
  • Install stair nose molding and hardwoods on landings (they were plywood before covered up by the carpet)
  • Sand & refinish all stair treads
  • Paint all trim work and stair risers a fresh white
  • Paint the entryway walls and upstairs hallway walls in Balboa Mist, by Benjamin Moore
  • Swap out the old almond outlets and switch plates to new white versions
  • Install new pendant light
  • Install new hardwoods in the upstairs hallway (as well as the master bedroom and closet!!)
  • Accessorize and photograph

Only a few minor steps. 🙂 We’ve made lots of progress so far (well, hubby has – me and my pregnant self can only do so much). Here’s a sneak peek at the bottom portion of the stairs looking all fresh, stained and sealed.

I’d say we’re about half way done though and aiming to have everything finished up by the end of the month. Stay tuned for more!

Nursery Plans

Evan and I are expecting our first child at the end of April, and we could not be more excited! We also like to torture ourselves and will not be finding out the gender of the baby beforehand. I was on the fence about finding out for awhile, but I’m actually so so glad that we aren’t. It has been hard not knowing (and gender neutral clothes are – ehhh) but I know it will be so worth it. I can’t wait to find out who little peanut is!

We do have some names picked out already. I’ve had my heart set on Everly for a girl for a few years now. Pretty sure nothing is going to change my mind at this point and thankfully Evan is on board. We have a few boy names picked out too but it’s not set in stone yet. So TBD there…

So I’ve basically been designing the nursery in my head for a few years now, but it’s so fun to actually start putting things together. I’ve been verryyy picky about everything. It’s taken me forever to finally pull the trigger and order things. And I’m trying to keep the overall budget down as it’s very easy to go crazy on nursery furniture and decor.

Since we aren’t finding out the gender beforehand everything is staying pretty neutral until peanut is born. Grays (imagine that, right?) – whites/creams – and a pretty dusty blue. If peanut is a girl, we’ll add blush pink, and if peanut is a boy, we’ll add navy blue.

 

I put together mood boards for each version of the nursery with a few sources below (in case anyone was curious). Some things I’ve already purchased, others will obviously have to wait until peanut makes his/her debut in a few months.

Girl Nursery

  1. Wall Color – Gray Owl, Benjamin Moore
  2. Name Sign – Six Eleven Co
  3. Pendant Light – West Elm (no longer available, so we actually made a similar version)
  4. White Crib – Wayfair  (we actually chose a different, very similar one)
  5. Blush Pink Rug
  6. Glider – Target
  7. Dresser (will serve as the changing table) – Wayfair
  8. Pouf – World Market
  9. Pink Lamp – Target
  10. Artwork – Left Side, Right Side
  11. Blush Pom Pom Basket
  12. Nightstand – Target
  13. Blocks – Uncle Goose
  14. Elephant Bank – Pottery Barn Kids

Boy Nursery

  1. Wall Color – Gray Owl, Benjamin Moore
  2. Name Sign – Six Eleven Co (also, this is not one of our top boy name choices, I just threw something in there)
  3. Pendant Light – West Elm (no longer available, so we actually made a similar version)
  4. White Crib – Wayfair  (we actually chose a different, very similar one)
  5. Navy Rug
  6. Glider – Target
  7. Dresser (will serve as the changing table) – Wayfair
  8. Pouf – World Market
  9. Navy Lamp – Wayfair
  10. Artwork – Left Side, Right Side
  11. Changing Pad Cover
  12. Nightstand – Target
  13. Blocks – Uncle Goose
  14. Elephant Bank – Pottery Barn Kids

Only 111 more days to go until baby!!