Hello Baby!

On April 30, right on her due date and 10 minutes before my scheduled OB appointment, our little Edie made her (very punctual) debut! And while I meant to share her finished nursery before then, things happened, naps were taken, and deadlines were missed. Oops.

So here we are, 5.5 weeks later, and I finally have a free moment (and enough sleep to not need that free moment for a nap) to post the pictures of her space! I let Jason pick the theme, though I use that word loosely because super theme-y spaces aren’t really my style, and he settled on “space.” With a modern black & white base and lots of pops of bright color, it’s a perfect compromise between our style and kid-friendly fun. And while I feel like the room will probably keep changing and evolving as she starts living in here and her personality starts to show, I’m loving where it’s starting.

Here’s her space, with a very cute cameo at the end:

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Jason made the neon “shhh” sign, and I made her name pennant, and I love that there are little handmade touches throughout the room to show baby girl how excited we were for her to get here, and how much we love her.

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This board and batten wall was another labor of love, and adds a little character to this builder-grade room.

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Hi, Edie! I can’t wait to watch you grow up in this room.

sources: crib | rug | “eclipse” art | ottoman | “I love you this much” pillow | side table | dresser hardware

Craigslist Catch: modern office chair

After a small summer hiatus, we are back with another edition of Craigslist Catch! This week's steal is a gorgeous tufted faux leather chair with a bent metal frame:

 

I'm imagining it going to live out its golden years in a sophisticated, modern-meets-boho office space, like one of these:

 

Because it's been listed for a while, I'd try to haggle it down a little closer to the $50 mark. I'd pair it with a clean-lined white desk, warm up the space with artwork and a vintage rug in peachy tones, and toss a faux-sheepskin rug over its back. I could definitely see myself upping my productivity in an inspiring workspace like this!

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Now someone, go save it!

Craigslist Catch: vintage egg chair

In honor of summer's appearance, I set out looking for some patio furniture for this week's Craigslist Catch. And OH BOY, did the 'list deliver. Just look at this magical treasure I uncovered:

 

I joke with J that this blog segment is going to cost us so much money because how in the world am I supposed to find gorgeous steals like this and not want to bring them home to live with us?! At least until I find a good home for it ;) This beauty deserves to live out its life on a covered porch, somewhere with warm weather and maybe a sea breeze or two. Imagine having your morning coffee while curled up on hanging chair one of these perfect porches:

 
 

This particular chair has such beautiful clean lines, it was practically calling out for an elegant and serene Hamptons-resort-meets-Alys-Beach-modern situation. I kept the color palette neutral, using black and white accents to contrast the natural elements like the rattan chair and grass fringe pillow. The perfect mini oasis:

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light | tree | beach sign | pouf | pillow | rug

Sigh. So dreamy. Who wouldn't want to spend Sunday morning on this porch?

Craigslist Catch: bathroom storage

One of the most common and most overlooked items on Craigslist is the china cabinet. I get it—they're a little old-fashioned, often oversized, and they tend to become catchalls for clutter and dust. BUT, in the right room for the right purpose: gold.

I was searching Craigslist with that idea in mind when this beauty caught my eye. It's smaller in size than most, and doesn't have the dated, ornate floral carvings you see on a lot of old china cabinets:

 

Perfect, and kind of a steal. And, no work needed! This piece is just begging to be put to use as stylish bathroom storage, like this: 

 
 

Paired with clean chrome fixtures and a cool vintage rug, the hutch looks right at home in this traditional-with-a-twist bathroom design:

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light | art | plant | rug | hooks | towels | hamper 

Our next house NEEDS a bigger bathroom so I can make this happen. Can you be jealous of your own design ideas? Because I am.

Our (Mostly) DIY Kitchen Update

I loved our house from the moment we first walked in. I also hated the kitchen from the moment we first walked in. Orange builder-grade oak cabinets, laminate countertops, fluorescent lighting, and lime green walls. SO. MUCH. GREEN. But, I still loved it and saw so much potential, and immediately started planning an update. A few weeks ago we finally began the project, and now, eight months after moving in, we have a new kitchen!

It all started with the countertops. We found some remnant slabs we loved, and they fit perfectly in our small kitchen and saved us some money. After the countertops and the new sink were installed, I spent about a week and a half cleaning, sanding, priming, and painting the cabinets. Jason drilled new holes and installed the new hardware and the sink faucet, and then we installed the new backsplash together. (A word of advice: don't choose a glass tile. Just don't.) A new stove and microwave were delivered yesterday, and after a few weeks of blood, sweat, and tears later and we have a brighter, more beautiful space! It really changes the look of the whole downstairs space. I am so proud of the work we put in, and I love how it turned out. Scroll through for some photos of the new space!

THE BEFORE, on the day we decided to make an offer on the house:

THE AFTER:

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