Update to Baby's Room

Our baby's room used to be our office, but now that we've moved all of our furniture out and into our bedroom (yay...), we have a much better idea of what our boy's room will look like, even though our baby will be living in our bedroom for the first few months.

I made a previous post showing a mood board that I was going to follow in designing the room. Fortunately, I had purchased just a few small items from that mood board and later decided I wasn't too set on using bright colors on big pieces like the rocker and rug. I have nothing against bright colors; I just happened to watch part of the movie Problem Child around that time and noticed the very primary colored room or house or something, and I just couldn't get that out of my head - reminded me of clowns :(. Also, the tile in the nursery is bluish gray, so the overall design with more neutral tones doesn't look as bland, but I was afraid it would be too much with the brighter tones I previously chose. Lastly, if we have another child in the future, I thought I would get tired of the colors and would either want to purchase all new things or keep the original stuff and cringe every time I enter the room. So in an effort to save money and my husband's sanity, I thought I would be best to go with more neutral tones.

It's worth noting that the dresser in baby's room is actually a vintage piece that was part of my grandparents' first furniture set after getting married. Below is a similar piece. 

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lamp / cactus blanket (no longer available) / wire basket / cactus print / alpaca print / oak dresser / glider / pouf / llama mobile (no longer available) / crib / rug

I forgot to include this cart that I got from Ikea. The shelves are a little oddly shaped, but I added in some little felt baskets, and it's working out perfectly holding random stuff for now. All we need is to add a plant, deliver a baby, and we're good to go! I'll post some actual photos of the room once it's all ready (and doesn't have diaper boxes sprawled out all over the floor!)

Baby Boy's Room Mood Board

Now that I'm in the third trimester, I find myself waking up in the middle of the night to ponder many things like... 

What will our baby look like?

Will I gag a lot while changing diapers?

How in the world am I going to give birth to a human? Ew.

While I think it's fine to wonder these things rather than being naive about them, I do know that I don't need to fret and can trust that God will guide us through all of the unknown.

However, there's another tug-of-war my mind likes to play. I'm trying to figure out how to design this baby's room when we haven't even met him yet. We don't know his personality or preferences, other than he likes to kick and hiccup, especially around 4am. I feel half guilty for pushing my own style and preferences on this baby, yet that is suuuper silly because he's not in the womb looking at Pinterest or baby blogs for ideas. He won't care one bit what his room looks like until probably he discovers a love for something like Teletubbies. That thought makes me shudder. Hopefully at that point he won't care either. Can you imagine Teletubby wallpaper? So creepy.

Trying to figure out a theme/style for a baby room can be quite overwhelming. There are a plethora of ideas on the interwebs, and Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod and really cute baby boutiques suddenly love to show up on all of my feeds, so where to begin? I started with maybe forest animals to South American/Andes-inspired textiles with fluffy alpaca stuff. Then I decided that since I'm the only one in this family with travel experience to the Andes that that might feel a little strange and unfamiliar, so I thought it might be a more educational (?) and interesting to go with a desert theme cuz, you know, we live in the desert. Cactus-patterned things are super easy to find these days, and since desert animals aren't the cutest or most cuddly, there will probably be some alpaca or llama appearances. I know they're not native, but there are quite a few alpaca and llama farms around the southwest.

Although baby boy's due date is less than 12 weeks away, the thought that he could come at ANY time freaks me out since all of our office furniture and Kelvin's futon from his bachelor days are still taking up residence in the baby's room. (Btw anyone want an Ikea futon? Excellent condition.) I keep having recurring dreams that baby comes, and we still have nothing ready. Haha. What a great feeling. To clarify, currently all is well with baby and there aren't any signs that he will come early, so we'll prob be okay; it's just something that has been in the back of my mind.

Below is the board motivating me to get to some shopping/baby registry-ing done. That's probably more productive than using baking as my way of nesting (if you've seen my Insta highlights, you know. Just simply cannot stop.)

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floor lamp / knit pillow / nursery glider / brass wire basket / rug / llama stuffed animal (currently unavailable) / desert landscape photo / cactus lamp / dresser / crib / gold cactus blanket (no longer avail) / palm leaf quilt (no longer avail)/ llama mobile

Any other mom friends out there feel this strange guilt yet excitement when decorating baby's room? Any advice? I'm all ears!

Kitchen Reveal

Does a house renovation really ever end? If you've had any experience with renovating, you're probably answering with a disgusted, "NO!"

We definitely do not feel like our project is complete because of those "finishing touches" that drag on and on. If you're optimistic like my husband, finishing touches are fun because of the progress, and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you're an average Debbie Downer like me, finishing touches are frustrating because 1) money, 2) time, and 3) if you need a worker or contractor to come in, you have to figure out a time for them to come, hope they show up when they say they will (since August, we've been at about 3 for 10), and then you have to clean up after them. Despite the stress and frustration, we've had some really hardworking trades, and we feel so at home here even though it's somewhat incomplete.

Out of the entire house, our kitchen by far took on the the biggest change. It used to be a tight 8-ish by 4 foot galley kitchen in the middle of the house and made the rest of our home feel very compartmentalized (see this post), but now our kitchen is located in the front of the house and is more open and much larger. We even still have a couple of empty drawers and cabinets!

Do I have any regrets with the kitchen? Aside from installation problems with our backsplash tiles, no. However, I was on the fence with the tiles after installation. I originally wanted white tiles, but some people convinced me otherwise because of the size of the kitchen and the white cabinets and counter top. Since white was out, I was on the hunt for a clean, bright color that was still kind of subtle, and online these tiles looked like a great option. They're from Cle Tile, and the sample tiles we received had a brighter hue to them, whereas our entire order was more gray with just a few bright pieces, so I felt a little bummed at first, but they've really grown on me. I love the tiles' organic look and how none of them are alike. Now that I see the "finished" (haha) product, I'm glad we didn't choose white. With the kitchen being such a wide space and the bright natural light coming in, I think my eyes would hurt.

Well, here is our mostly finished, spacious, airy, and open kitchen. We really feel it reflects our style and is the perfect space for how we function in the kitchen. See my notes below each photo for where some of the finishes and products came from (nothing in this post is sponsored - I'm too small for that).

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Originally, this entire space was a sunken living room. We had it filled with some planks as opposed to cement so there wouldn't be any bubbles in the new flooring. When you step in the kitchen, you hear a slight echo through the floor. It might sound strange, but I like that sound. It reminds me of what this room used to look like and how much it has changed. The pendant lights are from Schoolhouse Electric, the cabinet pulls are from CB2, and the stools are from a garage sale.

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The rug on the left is from West Elm and is part of our dining room. Photos from that space will come soon! Also, I spy a lifetime supply of rice.

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Styling the shelves was a struggle for me. They were empty for a few months until Ikea came out with some fancy new glasses and mugs. The floating shelves are from Target, the wire baskets are from Anthropologie, and the lemons are from our tree. Please pardon my sad looking basil plant.

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All of our major appliances are from Samsung in stainless steel black. And may I just say how efficiently designed this fridge is? The shelving inside the fridge is so functional. The space between the shelves is much shorter than your average fridge which scared me at first, but then I realized that 95% of the food we store in the fridge is not that tall. There's still enough space for taller items like cartons of milk.

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Our faucets are from Delta in Champagne Bronze, and yes, our sink is black! It's a composite quartz Elkay single bowl from Home Depot. It's nice because it disguises stains and scratches but is deceiving because you don't think you need to clean it as often.

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During the week, our island often gets piled on with mail, used containers from lunch, and Costco receipts. But when it's clean and has some small decor in the middle, I feel invited to cook and bake and experiment with recipes. That's really how I feel about our kitchen in general - invited to come, be creative, be ourselves.

Have you renovated a room in your home? Do you have any regrets, or are you completely happy with the outcome of your home?