February 4, 2014

The Nursery Mood Board and Plenty of Other Ramblings

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:

Nursery Mood Board | Cape27Blog.com

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.

8- Throw Pilllows – Babies love throw pillows, right? Not in the crib people, calm down.  I’m really drawn to black and white geometric prints and hot damn, this pillow is gorgeous.

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.

 

 

 

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December 3, 2013

Withdrawls.

Hi. I miss you. 

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 :)

August 20, 2013

Living Room Items For Sale!

You ask and you shall receive :)

After announcing some major changes in our living room, we had a lot of interest from readers in purchasing a few of the items that are getting the boot. So, as promised, now that we’re ready to sell, we’re back to share details on how exactly those pieces can be purchased!

Living Room Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

We’ve created an account over on Ebay (HERE) where you’ll find prices, measurements, shipping info, etc. Please note – Larger pieces are only available for pickup to locals here in Cincinnati.

We figured that since we’ve had so much interest, Ebay would be the best way to handle the purchases. That way, everyone knows exactly how much we’re asking, how long you have to purchase, and nothing is sold without everyone having their fair share at it.

If you have ANY questions whatsoever, please shoot me an email and I’ll do my best help!

Happy Shopping :)

August 9, 2013

New Direction + Eye Candy

There’s been a whole lot of talk lately about which pieces in our home I’m no longer loving, but I’ve yet to say much about the new direction we’re hoping to head in. For starters, I have no intentions of nailing down our style into one particular category. I’m still exploring just what it is that I’m drawn to, so to assign myself anything super specific, even just as a guideline, seems counterproductive. Plus, I’m pretty sure that I’m all across the board anyway.

A few of you have been asking what exactly triggered this shift in styles, or realization rather. It may just all be part of my style evolving, but I think a few other things played a part. Taking a slight step back from blogging, as well as putting mood board designs on hold, has been a tremendous help in rediscovering my style.

As a blogger, it’s really easy to get swept up in all the inspiration oozing from the interwebs. Not only do I look to other bloggers for inspiration, but I’ve developed relationships with many and have grown to genuinely care about what they’re working on. In other words, it’s hard to step away. And sometimes, discovering “you” means cutting yourself off from all else.

Mood boards came with any entirely new level of baggage. I found myself surrounded with the styles of my clients on a day to day basis. And of course, since I’m creating these designs, it’s natural for me to love them as well. And so the struggle began to separate what I loved for others and what I actually love for me. That’s a hard one to explain, but I’d think anyone in the creative field could probably relate to some degree.

Now that we have a little background info, the rest of this post is pretty much just going to be a smorgasbord of all the rooms that inspire me. Of course, there are probably thousands of spaces that I find inspiring in one way or another, but these designs, these designs are it for me.

We’ll start with my NUMBER ONE design crush, a very recent makeover. Bri Emery’s living space, designed by Emily Henderson.

Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson

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It’s really no surprise. I’ve been in awe of Emily’s work for quite some time, but there was still always something a bit out of my comfort zone in each of her designs. But this room. Ohhh this room. No space has influenced me like this. In no room have I ever loved every single piece, every  single accessory, everything down to the tiniest of details as I do this one. I could honestly live in this room. Which says A LOT from a gal as particular as I am.

 Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
Bright and airy, daring color choices, mid century modern furniture, quirky vintage accessories, texture galore, live greenery, and.. well, everything else.

Emily shared this design around the time that I was searching for my own style sense, so you could definitely say that finding something I loved so much probably helped in pushing me to reevaluate my own choices.

Bri Emery's Living Space | Designed by Emily Henderson

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Once I began to realize just how much my style was changing, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and sort of “study” a few of my Pinterest boards. Turns out, I really haven’t changed a whole lot, I was just evaluating myself in the wrong way. Basically, I knew what I loved, but I didn’t know specifically why. Hopefully that makes sense.

You’ll notice plenty of similarities in these next spaces, which is ironic, since many of them date back at least two years. If only I could have seen this :) Live and learn.

Space # 2

Designed by Julianne Moore | Domino Magazine

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Texture, texture, texture, bold sofa, mid century accents, live plants, vintage rug.

Space # 3

Yellow & Seafoam Green Color Combo

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Color, mid century lighting, live plants. (are we sensing a theme here yet?)

Space # 4

Katie Rodgers Workspace | The Glitter Guide

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Shades of pink (I want you), quirky accessories, pops of yellow and gold, mid century seating, overall feels collected, daring and vibrant.

Space # 5

honey and fizz: My home in Adore Magazine!

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- PINK and yellow, bright and airy, black and white patterns, vibrant, layers.

Space # 6

Leather Sofa | Freedom Furniture

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Caramel leather, texture, kilim rug, vintage-inspired lighting.

Space # 7

 Amber Interior Design

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Kilim Rug, vibrant colors, mid century furniture, texture, fun pendant light, rustic table.

Space # 8

Emily Henderson

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- bold tufted sofa, rustic, mid century

 Space # 9

House of Fifty

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Funky lighting, pops of color.

Space # 10

 Glencoe Avenue Residence by Daleet Spector Design

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Mid century furniture, open and airy, bold color choices, super fun accessories.

Space # 11

 THE PATEL’S | Emily Henderson

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Umm, every detail. Spot on.

Space # 12

 Navajo Rug

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- Texture, navajo rug, mid century furniture.

Space # 13

 Happy Corner in the Czech Republic

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WHAT’S TO LOVE:
- bold sofa, mid century.. you get the point

So, there you have it. My top 13. I’ll be pulling inspiration from these spaces for our redesign, and for the most part, just going with my gut :) Wish me luck!

August 6, 2013

Giveaway: Mod Diva

*** This giveaway is now closed – Check below to see who won! ***

Thank you to those of you that entered! Random.org has selected one lucky winner… Alex M! Congrats! :)

This week’s giveaway comes from Mod Diva, an Etsy shop that specializes in an array of fabric-made pieces, including some super cute designer pillows that I couldn’t help but get my hands on! I’d been itching to bring in something with a larger, bolder pattern for Zoey’s bed, and this Marimekko pillow did just the trick.

 Marimekko Throw Pillow | Cape27Blog.com

I’m crushing so hard on this pink, red, orange, and yellow color combo. And it works perfectly with her newly remodeled closet!

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

Lovvve.

Marimekko Throw Pillow | Cape27Blog.com

AND the folks at Mod Diva are offering you guys a chance at a $50 store credit towards anything in their store!

HOW TO ENTER: Scroll down to use the Rafflecopter widget below to earn up to TWO entries (one mandatory post comment + optional Mod Diva Facebook page “like”).

DEADLINE: Thursday, August 8th at 12am EST. One random winner will be announced on Friday, August 9th.

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