The Gender Neutral Nursery

I am starting to think about how I want to re-design Clay’s room, and it makes me a little sad.  He is starting to have different needs now that he is approaching 2 years old.  It feels like just yesterday I was decorating this nursery for the baby boy/girl that I was waiting on.  That is right, we didn’t find out the gender when I was pregnant.  It still seems kinda crazy, but I think it was the best decision.

I knew that I wanted this baby to be in a room that felt really light and airy.  I really like a mixture of old and new materials with a little handmade thrown in there.

The Old

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I picked up the dresser that we put his changing pad on and the local flea market for $90 and then we painted it and put some new knobs on the drawers.  The only downfall is that the drawers don’t open and close very easily.  You kinda have to put some umph into it.  This has actually been a blessing because my almost 2 year old can’t open the drawers and pull out all of his clothes (win).

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Ty’s cousin handed us down their kids crib which worked out amazing for us.  All I did was assemble it!  The pictures above the bed were definitely the biggest splurge for me.  I will blame it on nesting.  It was actually the very first thing I bought “for the baby”.  They are from The Animal Print Shop and they are pretty pricey.  Like $25 per picture…. and I bought 8 of them.  That is 200 dollars on something that my kid can’t play with and serve virtually no function.   I don’t have any other art in my house that is more expensive than the art in Clay’s room.  What can I say, you like what you like, and I love these.  They still make me happy and Clay seems to really enjoy pointing at them and making their animal sounds (quack, meow, etc.)

The New

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I bought this glider from AllModern and this rug I found at Home Goods.  I was trying really hard to get any color other than white because instinctively I know that white would get dirty in a kids room.  I played around with so many other colors, but in the end, I just loved the feel of all white nursery with gray walls.  The truth… 2 years later and they are both holding up pretty well.  The rug could use a cleaning.

The Handmade

To me, this is my favorite part of designing spaces in my house.  This is when I feel like a room gets its soul.

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Ty made those cute little wooden bookshelves.  I made the feather hanging thing above the changing table.  Ty’s aunt made that beautiful quilt on the back of the glider, and my great aunt made the little blue and white blanket (years before I was pregnant but that is a different story).  That little wooden horse my dad made for my brother (40 years ago) and it has been passed down through all his kids to mine.  Finally, that yellow and white blanket I knitted for Clay when I was pregnant.  For some reason, I was convinced that I wouldn’t go into labor until that blanket was finished.  You better believe that 75% if that blanket was knitted in 37-40th week of my pregnancy.

This is kinda a long post to be talking about one room but I am having such mixed emotions about it turning into more of a big kid room.  Honestly, for the last 2 years his room has been my favorite in the house.  It is the most complete, where I feel like the other rooms are still evolving.

 

 

 

A Cute Little Bike

Wow, it has been a busy summer!  I can definitely say that we have made some progress on the house, but I think that I will write about that later.  I instantly want to apologize for not writing sooner, but I will not because shit I am busy.  This summer has flown by!

A few weeks ago I was posting free outdoor chairs on that neighborhood app, and I came across someone selling the cutest little bike.  I know that Clay isn’t quite at the age to be pedaling a bike, but I have a hard time passing up a good deal.  20 minutes and $20 later this baby was ours!FullSizeRender (2)

I am obsessed with those little leather tassels and that wood standing area. The bike works great, and just needed a little cleanup.  The chrome was a little rusty so I got to work.  I find the instant gratification of cleaning something so satisfying!  I may have an OCD.  FullSizeRenderIn this picture above you can see the chrome above the bottom wheel is not cleaned up, but the top on is looking real shiny.  I have a trick!

WD40 and steel wool!

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Seriously, it works so good.  You hardly need to scrub at all, and I had both of these in the garage already!  Within a couple minutes it looks brand new!IMG_7434

 

 

Weekend Goals

I get so excited about weekend.  It gives me a chance to get some bigger goals accomplished.  This weekend is a holiday weekend so it feels longer, even though I am working on Monday.  Along with having some fun, I also have some things that I want to get accomplished.

Goals

  1.  FINALLY plant some plants in my front planter bed.  Last week I dug out a planter bed in front of my porch, and bought some plants.  I just haven’t gotten around to actually put them in the ground.  2 actually died.  It is embarrassing how often that happens to me.  Ty (my husband) and I go back and forth about what we want.  I love lush and pretty plants, and he loves a desert minimal/modern. It is a struggle making decision sometimes.
  2. Paint the inside of my kitchen wall (ceiling) thing.  We had some water damage due to a roof leak.  We put a new roof on aboooouuuttttt….. a year and a half ago.  Ha!  It took a little bit to get the drywall patched to look good,  and we had to put casing around the new window.  I have not got around to paint it.
  3. Mow the front and back yard.  This may seem like a simple task.  Let me assure you.  It is not.
  4. Get my nails did.  No explanation necessary.

Decision

  1. Decide on how big of an outdoor table to do.  I want to be able to comfortably seat our entire family: brothers, sisters, moms, dads, husbands, wives, kids (ok the kids can sit at a kids table).  With everyone that would be 23… ok don’t want a table that big.  Just adults would be 15…. still pretty big.  I am thinking something that seats 12.  What are the chances we will have the ENTIRE family over.   I kinda love these.Pint-size perfectionTuscan table
  2. Once I decide on how big of a table, I really need to figure out if I want to build one, or buy one.  This decision almost always lands on building it.  I want something that fits and functions perfect for our house.  I often find that means that I have to build it.  That is ok.  I like a challenge.  (I almost always regret those words).