Finally, we are calling this room 100% complete (!!). Little Ryan arrived a few weeks early, following a prior few weeks of me on bed rest, so I’ll go ahead and blame those two things on the hold up. Although, that is unlikely. More likely? Game of Thrones + Orange is the New Black having slightly swayed my priorities. Either way.
Last time we touched base, the “construction” phase, as we’d called it, had just been wrapped up. Wood plank walls, craftsman door/window moldings, a newly drywalled ceiling, and fresh paint throughout. Read more about that process here. We moved onto the really good stuff, furniture + diy projects, and eventually lighting, window treatments, accessories, and so on. Let’s dive in!
Welcome to Ryan’s Nursery!
Many of the pieces came straight from the original mood board that I first shared, but there are plenty of new selections that can all be sourced at the bottom of this post!
Gah. That dresser. We found it for $60 on Craigslist and I gave it a complete makeover. Fresh cobalt paint, new hardware, and decorative fretwork panels on the top drawers. It’s easily in my top five favorite elements in the room.
I am constantly reminded of all the love that we’ve tried to inject into this space. Hopefully, that’ll be the feeling Ryan gets as he grows older as well. We’ve always been fans of tackling projects ourselves, big and small, but there’s just something about this room that feels so handmade to us. I love it.
Design-wise, Ryan’s nursery has been a big game changer for me. It’s a new reminder, when it comes to the rest of our home, to prioritize including pieces that carry emotional weight. Memories, personal pieces, family photos, etc. That seems silly, but it’s not always been at the top of the list for me when styling a space. More often, it’s about making things pretty and functional. There’s something so amazing about a room that feels lived in, like it has a life of it’s own. Anyway, another lesson learned.
One of the biggest regrets that I’ve had in past makeovers, is the absence of old and new pieces. Not this time! While plenty of purchases were made from big box stores, we also bought everywhere from local thrift stores and flea markets to vintage pieces from Ebay + Craigslist + Etsy! It’s such a good mix, I can’t get enough.
There’s somewhat of a theme going on here, although it could be hard to pick up on if you weren’t paying close attention. I know. Themes. Not in my wildest dreams. But this is one I can get on board with. It’s sort of a whimsical, woodsy + nature meets tribal + hard industrial. That’s not a thing, but I’m going with it.
And with our third kid, we finally got the whole organization thing down pat. Not only is this room ready for baby, it’s ready for toddler + preschooler + more. Similar to what we just gave the girls (read more about that here), Ryan’s closet is also customized to the nines.
So, there we have it, Ryan’s nursery!
Interested in where we purchased something? This is for you! Otherwise, any questions can be left in the comments and I’ll do my best to help!
The nursery is moving right along, and thankfully so, considering our little guy is due to arrive in just over a month now. Last time I’d checked in, I’d shared a mood board illustrating our plans for the space, looking something like this:
The past week or so, Ricky has been chipping away at the first phase of the room, what we’ve been calling the “construction” phase. For us, this meant covering the existing popcorn ceiling with new smooth drywall, adding horizontal wood planks to all the walls, trimming out the window and closet opening, re-installing baseboards, adding crown molding, and finally, painting all of it. Easy enough, right? I have to credit most of this to Ricky, although, I was able to jump in with some relief on all the painting.
Here’s the most recent shot of the room, that I’d shared with you guys after whipping up a quick book display (Lizzy still occupying the room at the time):
When Lizzy moved into a shared room with Zoey we emptied out most of the items, but the rest has now found it’s way into the dining room, garage, and anywhere else we could temporarily squeeze things in. That’s also been fun. Changing table in the narrow hallway for a few weeks, why not?
Once completely cleared, Ricky laid down rosin paper to protect the floors and taped off the closet with a plastic barrier (it was filled with nursery items).
First up was new drywall on the ceiling. The decision to cover our inherited popcorn ceilings was something we’ve always wanted to do. They were poorly done and super distracting in the space. Plus, the rest of the home has all smooth ceilings, so eventually covering the bedrooms to match was in the plans since day one. What we didn’t anticipate were popcorn ceilings that had been painted – aka, scraping them smooth was not an option. Although we have different plans for the other bedrooms, in here, we opted to just go over them with a thin new layer of drywall. Quite the delay time-wise, but worth every minute in the end.
As for the planked walls, we followed this tutorial almost to-a-tee, so I won’t go into the details (just follow the link for an in-depth walk-through). However, we made one exception when it came to the corners of the room, by skipping out on the vertical trim pieces. Instead, a quick sweep of caulk prior to painting seemed to cover any gaps where the boards met.
Because each wall in this room is about 11′ long and the wood only came in 8′ lengths, we were a little worried about seam placement. We went with a simple pattern to keep things consistent, but were pleasantly surprised at how well the joints vanished after painting. In fact, if they’d been bothersome enough, we probably could’ve eliminated them completely with a little wood putty. You can barely see in the photo above, seams about 2′ off the corner at every other board (just along the wall without the door).
Once the wood planks were up, Ricky re-installed the baseboards, hung crown molding, and installed craftsman-style trim to match the door on the window and closet opening (check out this post for a full tutorial on how we did that).
And finally, I painted. Everything.
SW-Snowbound on all the walls and trim (a bright, but not stark, white) and SW-Lighter Mint on the ceiling (a pale mint with a touch of blue).
I’m crazy in love with the ceiling color. We wanted something really subtle. I love a bold ceiling, but in this space, we just wanted a hint of mint to compliment the brighter colors we’ll be using elsewhere. It’s noticeable when you enter the room, definitely, but I think once we add the cobalt blue dresser, it’ll read as more of an accent color than the star of the room.
You can already see below how well it picks up on the aqua floor baskets from the mood board.
Sneak peak at a few accessories in the closet.
Here you can really see how well the caulk worked to join the boards together at the corners.
I was a little fearful that adding the wood planks to all the walls might make the room feel even smaller than it is, or that all the crazy horizontal lines going on would get distracting, but I’ve found quite the opposite. I think the bright white makes more of an impact than the actual wood itself, opening up the room even more.
And I’m head-over-heels for the contrast against the floor.
I was also always under the impression that I loved the craftsman trim and the crown moldings throughout the rest of our home because their bright white color popped against our gray walls – not the case. The white on white has me begging for more here:
I still need to do a few touch ups around the window, as well as empty the closet and give it a fresh coat of paint, but for the most part, we’re moving onto the fun stuff!
I painted the crib last month, so that just needs to be reassembled. I’m working on the dresser as we speak (!) and the arm chair has been making itself right at home in our living room for weeks. Lighting, rug, curtains – all in the works! Closing in on the industrial pipe bookshelves
We shared a glimpse into a newly decorated space of our home on Instagram ages ago, and I’m finally feeling ready to call this space mostly done and share it today on the blog. I hesitated for so long because although the exterior appeared to be finished, there wasn’t a whole lot going on function-wise inside the actual piece. Let’s just have a look. Our new(ish) entryway!
If we back up a bit, here’s where we’d left off last.
We had added a simple wall treatment and grasscloth wallpaper to help brighten up the space, and we even laid out a few plans as far as what we wanted to see happen in the future of the room – all of which were nixed after having my design breakdown. Whomp, whomp. So the space just sat, while we figured out our home’s new direction and could come up with a cohesive plan. Which I was okay with, since the last thing I wanted to do was come up with a quick fix that I’d tire of months down the road.
And then I had my breakthrough. As I was wasting endless hours sorting through other people’s crap on Craigslist, as I do, I stumbled on this guy.
Had I not just spent weeks gushing over Emily Henderson’s new design for Bri Emery, featuring this very same modular shelving unit? Yes, yes I believe that I had. Of course, $225 is a pretty big chunk of change, especially for something used on Craigslist, so we headed over to just check it out. Aka – me trapping Ricky in this stranger’s basement until he caved under my sales pitch. Well, luckily, he thought it was “pretty cool” (a 100% yes in man terms), and we both happily took this guy apart and brought him home with us the very same day.
Update: We later learned that similar pieces like these go for thousands of dollars on Ebay. Score.
What do I love about it? Please, let me count the ways. For starters, it’s the epitome of everything I desired in this post. It’s modular, meaning that all the cabinets, drawers and shelves are interchangeable, so it can be completely taken apart and reassembled into countless combinations. It’s a design lover’s dream piece. Kind of like, you get all the amazing flexibility of a newly designed furniture piece, except it’s vintage and beautiful and one of kind. And also, I love it.
It’s a little hard to see in the pics, but although it definitely had a very loving previous owner (I wanted everything in their house), it had seen it’s fair share of wear as well. If I remember correctly, I’m pretty sure that I began removing hardware for cleaning and sanding it down for a new coat of stain the second we pulled into our driveway. No, I don’t have a single picture of that process, but it was nothing exciting or different than any other sanding/staining process that we’ve been through, so I won’t bore you with details. In fact, the stain was even a custom color we had made (I was trying to tone down the super orange tones that it naturally possessed), so I’ve got nothing for you. And the blogger award goes to.. Ha.
Now, reassembled, in the house, and styled months later, we have this:
God, I love it.
When it came time to style it, I tried to really embrace a new color scheme that I’ve been wanting to work towards for our home, with bright yellows, mints, and hot pinks. Clearly, I took some notes from Emily’s design (who wouldn’t), on both the colors and the styling itself. Without feeling that I need to completely defend myself from critics, I guess I just want to make one part clear before I have people jumping my case. The girl is amazing. I love her work, which is so obviously inspiring me on this new design journey, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I figure, as long as I can continue to separate what I actually LOVE and what speaks to me from what I just appreciate as really good design that I don’t necessarily want in my home, then there’s no reason not to be inspired and embrace what someone else has already somewhat done.
I mean, I couldn’t be happier with the results. And that’s what matters right?
Now, as I mentioned, the reason I hesitated so long to share was (ok, mostly because I went on blogger hiatus, but also..) that I hadn’t yet figured out how to make it a functioning piece. Yes, it was pretty, but how do we make it work? I mean really WORK hard for our family? This piece is packed with storage options and there was no way I was going to let that go to waste. We lived with it for some time and did some serious reevaluating of all the problem areas we have in our home (a lot), before deciding on our solutions.
Now, it serves as:
• A Convenient Entryway Landing Spot - keys and sunglasses all get dropped into the yellow egg crate, phones and chargers live in the glossy teal box when not in use, and un-read magazines now have a nice home on the magazine shelf. This won’t always be our main entrance to the house, but for now, we have to make do. Someday, maybe we’ll actually be able to fit a car into our garage and enter through a mudroom that isn’t half-finished and completely non-functioning to the point that I close the door and avoid it at all costs. Someday.
• A Makeshift Office Area - No, typically I do not sit here to use the laptop, but it’s a nice cubby to hold it when not in use, as well as a few office related supplies (haven’t added those yet), since we don’t currently have a desk area anywhere else in the home. I’m thinking a few simple desk organizers in here to hold small notebooks, pens, etc. would be enough. Sidenote – we attempted to match the stain inside this cabinet to the rest of the piece with multiple failures before finally resorting to a coat of white paint. I apologize in advance to all the paint on wood haters out there. I tried.
• File central - We have long needed an easily accessible place to store frequently used files that aren’t kept in our other file safe. I’m crazy obsessed with this solution. It has transformed our lives having everything so organized and at hand. We were able to fit four of these inexpensive file boxes in there, containing anything from our paid bills, medical records, school paperwork, pet info, electronic manuals, etc. You know, the fun stuff. We actually only filled half of the space, so we have plenty of room to grow. Hopefully, not with more bills.
• Printer & paper storage - The lower portion of this side we’re using to store our printer, paper, and printer accessories. It’s probably a little strange for most people to have these things in the entryway, but our home is by no means huge and our entryway just happens to be right in the heart of the home. It’s pretty much the same room as both the living room and kitchen, where we spend most of time, and since we don’t have an office, this makes sense for us. What didn’t make sense was trekking back to the master bedroom, where it was previously stored in a bookcase, every time we printed something. Probably not a forever solution, but for now, it’s working just fine. Also, can I say how much joy these pink paper trays bring every time I open the doors?
• Stationary and Bills - The three drawers on the lower righthand side of the unit are still developing, but I have a pretty good idea of what’s going to stay. Most of our bills are paid online at this point, with very little actual paper to be managed, but the little bills-related supplies that we do have is kept in the top drawer, along with some stationary supplies, and our household binders. A work in progress for sure, but it’s nice to finally have a place for them to call home. I didn’t photograph the other two drawers, also still coming along, but one is holding all of my camera supplies – batteries, lenses, tripod, etc. and the second is storing my Silhoutte Cameo and it’s accessories. Speaking of which, I really need to master that thing and use it to it’s potential.
• Barware Storage - Umm, because what good office/entryway doesn’t have wine? Again, this doesn’t work for everyone, but this side of the shelving unit is maybe two feet from our kitchen’s refrigerator and island. It’s the perfect location, sort of casual like a bar cart could be, located near the living space as well, and it cleared up an entire cabinet in the kitchen by moving all the glassware. We keep a larger wine rack in the pantry, plus a wine cooler in the island, so I really have no idea how those bottles even got in there. Just keeping it easily attainable from anywhere in the house I suppose. Kidding. I’m Preggers. Anyway, if you’re looking for bar-related goods, this is where you’d find them.
Two other small updates that we made in this area of the house that you may have noticed are the addition of a storm door (which explains the open front door in the other pics) and a few coats hooks. Most days, we now keep the wood front door open and the sunlight just pours in. It’s fabulous. Natural sunlight = key to my heart. We’re still planning to make a few tweaks to the storm door come spring time, so we’ll share our progress in that area as we go.
We moved a few things around in the living room, no wait, everything in the living room (more on that soon enough), and the placement of the previous mason jar coat rack just wasn’t making sense anymore. Relocation to the laundry room maybe? Instead, this new wall space that would easily be concealed behind the open door was a great landing for three of these coat and hat hooks.
While this single wall may be small in scale to all the other space in our home, it’s easily my favorite space to date and it serves as such an inspiration as I work to bring the other rooms up to date.
Because this disaster that we call a dining room is a fine example of that happening…
Is there really an appropriate place to pick up at after being gone for so long? Probably not. So instead, I’m just going to jump into something that I’m currently completing consumed by. Babbbby.
As mentioned in the previous post, Ricky and I are so excited to be welcoming our third baby late this April, and even more excited to be welcoming our FIRST BOY. After two girls, it’s totally new, unexplored territory, and it in a lot of ways it feels like our first baby all over again. Exciting, terrifying, and no shortage of emotional breakdowns. On a second note, I think I’ve officially crawled out from under a pregnancy condition known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum (more on that here for anyone interested), basically “morning sickness” on steroids. Which, as many of you guessed, was the main reason for my absence from the blog. Fun stuff, but I’m ready to leave it in my past and live my life again!
So, today I’m back to share a few details on the nursery (!!!!!). We’re shooting to have it completely finished prior to the baby’s arrival. Both of the girls slept in their own rooms only days after coming home from the hospital, and we envision the same happening with this little guy. I’m a super light sleeper, and the girls were unusually loud and mobile sleepers, so we just found it was better for everyone if we be in separate spaces. Of course, that’s always subject to change, but we’d like to have a space ready either way. That means we have just under three months, which should be doable.
The nursery will actually be Lizzy’s old room, who has since moved into a shared room with here big sis, Zoey. Zoey is three and Lizzy will be two next month, so that’s been.. interesting. Their both in big girls beds, and I’m working on finishing up their room as well, meaning we’ve really fallen behind on keeping this blog updated. At some point, I’d also love to share the living room. It’s about 90% complete and 100% different than last time it was shared, but I think I’ll wait to cross the finish line and then spill the beans. And while we’re playing catch-up, Ricky has been chipping away at the family room (the addition, as we once referred to it), which we’re shooting to have ready for furnishings in the next few weeks. Fingers crossed.
Basically, this is just my fair warning that we’re really behind in sharing our progress and that this blog may be running a little different than anything you’ve seen in the past. Noticeably less updates, but more substantial ones at that. I may still have a few smaller projects mixed in, but I’m really excited to make the switch to more “revealing” posts. Think full room reveals and/or multiple updates at a time versus “I love this new pillow/lamp/or chair post”. But for now, let’s get you guys caught up! Here’s a glimpse at what I have in mind for the nursery:
1- Color Scheme – We’re playing around with a loose combination of cobalt blues, cool mints, bright yellows, and contrasting black and white patterns, all layered on a bright white palette. We tried our hand at the horizontal wood planking on the walls of our guest bath and we’re thinking the nursery would be a great contender for a second try at that (wider planks this go-round). Maybe just one or two walls, possibly them all, we’ll see. The ceiling will get a subtle pop of minty color, similar to what we did with Zoey’s coral ceiling.
2- Crib – We’ll be using the same crib that Zoey and Lizzy used for the new baby, but it’s seen far better days (tiny teeth got to it before we could prevent the damage). I had been planning to paint the bottom wood base white, to match the upper portion anyway, so now I’m just leaning towards a good sand on damaged areas and a fresh coat of paint on the entire thing.
3- DIY Bookcase – These wood/pipe bookcases are everywhere right now, but we’re hoping to take a slightly different approach color wise when building one of our own. We’ll see. Looking at the mood board, I’m actually kind of loving how the traditional black pipe/dark wood combo is looking too. A few cheery, yellow accents mixed in with toys, books, etc. is sure to make this a favorite wall.
4- World Map – I ordered this print a while back and have a fun crafty project to do with it. The colors are spot on and the paper is surprisingly vintage-inspired. Love.
5- Floor Baskets – Because piles of toys are so much cuter in pretty baskets.
6- Dresser/Changing Table – I used this dresser image in a previous client’s design and have been crushing ever since. We have a dresser that I found on Craigslist just waiting in the garage for some warm weather and cobalt paint. The snowy forecast is looking very promising. And that lamp. We have the very same one in our living room (slacking on updates, I’m aware), and I can’t get enough of it. Seconds, please.
7- Lounge Chair – We never really “rocked” our girls to sleep. No, that’s a lie. We never rocked Lizzy. We rocked Zoey so much that she became fully dependent on it, sometimes taking up to an hour of rocking to fall asleep at night. We then vowed never to rock Lizzy into a full sleep before lying her down. Point of this tangent – we will not be rocking any babies around here, so a simple arm chair should get the job done for those late night feedings. The Karlstad chair would easily transition into any other space in our home as baby outgrows it AND if we destroy the cover with inevitable milk spills, a replacement cover can be bought at a small cost. Win, win.
9- Rug – The rug in the girls’ room is not soft. Like, at all. It’s terribly beautiful, but has zero function in my eyes. Anyway, that’s a replacement for another day (third time’s a charm?). So, with this purchase I wanted something on the opposite side of the spectrum. We loved West Elm’s Souk Rug, but ultimately ordered this guy. After reading Dana’s post we’re pretty confident that it’ll be perfect for future baby hands and knees.
So, there we have it. Official nursery plans brain dump.
Now, we just have to actually do any one single of these things that we’ve planned. Ready, go.
Life is overwhelming in all the normal, and mostly expected ways and I don’t expect it to slow down. If you follow me on Instagram then you already know we’re expecting a third addition to the family, (a boy!!!!) in late April. And for now, I’m allowing myself and my family a little room to breathe. It’s glorious.
I also want desperately to come back. And I will come back. It could be next week, next month, or next year. I’ll know it when the time feels right for us.
Also, I love you guys and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along with us in this crazy adventure of ours. I can not wait to share what’s next