Pink & Aqua Nursery

We moved Liam to a new room and redecorated the nursery for our new addition.

This was a pretty easy room because we used all the same furniture and the paint color was still great for a girl.  All I needed to do was add some pink.

Grandma knitted the pretty pink blanket.

My favorite part of the nursery is the pom poms over the crib.

I bought the fabric for the crib skirt before I was pregnant because it was being discontinued and I was hoping for a girl.  The crib skirt is 3 sided and attached to the crib with Velcro.  This makes it super easy to shorten each time we lower the mattress – all I have to do is take off the front panel & hem it to the right length.

I am planning to fill the picture frame with cute baby pictures.  I made the chevron minky throw blanket & the chair pillow.

The curtains are from Ikea & I hemmed the panels and added blackout fabric.  I was planning to add ribbon trim similar to Liam’s new curtains but once I hung the curtains I realized that the ribbon trim would not be visible.

Mom and I made the liner for the changing table out of the leftover crib skirt material and it was the most difficult sewing project that I’ve done.

It’s a very happy room & she seems to like it so far.

The crib sheet has been a great background for taking her monthly pictures.


Source List:

Sheets – PBK – no longer available

Pom Poms – Etsy seller PomTree

Dresser – Ikea Hemnes

Bookcases – Ikea Kallax

Crib – Land of Nod

Curtains – Ikea 

Frame over changing table – Home Goods

Big Boy Room Complete!

Note: This post is very delayed because Liam’s big boy room has been finished for a few months now but I didn’t find the time to update the blog with a newborn.

Liam loves his room & bathroom & I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

The room started last January when Kevin and I took a trip to Asheville & found a propeller (vintage reproduction I think) in the Antique Tobacco Barn.  It’s a huge warehouse with no heat and minimal lighting but it’s always fun to visit.   The propeller started the idea of an airplane theme which developed into more of a transportation theme as we found things that we liked.

We debated on where to put the propeller and how to hang it for a long time and finally settled on hanging it above the closet.  I thought it would look nice over the bed but we could not figure out a way to hang it in a secure enough way to erase our fears that it would fall on the bed and hurt Liam.  It also had to be high enough off the floor that a toddler couldn’t try to climb it and get hurt; while it may not be the best focal point, over the closet was the safest way to go.


I love the Pottery Barn Kids Harper curtains but could not justify the price for a kids room, so I used a pair of Ikea curtains, hemmed, added blackout fabric to the back of each and then added the ribbon trim.  I used the sewing machine for hemming & the blackout fabric but the ribbon is attached with iron on tape.

Grandma knitted Liam the awesome blanket to match his room.  I love the colors & the chevron pattern.  Liam and his animals (Monkey, Captain monkey, Moosie, Whale, and a rotating assortment of others) sleep under it every night.

The bookcases on each side of the bed are great for both books and the stuffed animals that don’t make the cut.

I used an Ikea Kallax shelf in the closet to store diapers, pjs, socks, etc.  I wanted to put in a better closet system but that can wait until he is older and we know what kind of storage he needs.  The extra cube with bins works great for now.

The adjoining Jack & Jill bath also had a makeover!  I fortuitously decorated it in a Pirate theme before he became obsessed with all things pirate.

It was surprisingly hard for find navy rugs in the right color & size (which only really matters to me) but I bought and returned at least three sets before I found these.

We only had to paint the walls & decorate the bathroom.  I made the art with graphics I bought on Etsy & then put together in Photoshop based on some cute things I saw on Pinterest.


I found cute anchor towel hooks at Target and added those at Liam height under the pictures.

Source List:

Sheets – PBK

Duvet – clearance at West Elm – similar one at PBK

Dresser – local mom

Bookcases – Amazon

Bed – antique

Art – Etsy shop Wallfry

Propeller – Antique reproduction from Antique Tobacco Barn

Curtains – Ikea & Ribbon from

Closet shelf – Ikea

Closet Bins – Home Goods & Target

Shower Curtain & Accessories – Kassatex (I bought it at on sale)

Anchor wall hooks – Target

Rugs – Kassatex from – no longer available

Towels – Costco

Art – Ikea frames & used graphics from Etsy to make prints

2014 Project List – Update

It’s time for an update of the list of projects that I put together in January because I’m love crossing things off lists.

Here was our 2014 list with updates!

Dining Room99% COMPLETE!  We finished the hardwood project and only have one minor loose end – touching up paint on the baseboards.  The dining room has been so much better without carpet.

My parents gave us a very nice antique buffet when they moved to the cabin.  It now holds our wedding china from Kevin’s mom & table linens.  The buffet has been around as long as I can remember & I used to use it as a deluxe Barbie condo.

Office  – 90% complete – We had it painted, installed a new ceiling fan & added some new decor.  I didn’t have the rug yet in my last office post.  The rug made a big difference in breaking up the beige carpet & it’s much nicer to look at when we work from home.  I have to admit – sometimes ticking of all those clocks drive me crazy!

I still think that the windows need curtains to add a little more color & visual interest to the room.  I’ve got the fabric & will hopefully get them made & hung before our new baby comes in January.   (Sorry this picture is so dark – I’ve only had time for pictures at night lately).

Outside – There WERE are several projects that need to be done outside this year.

1) Repairing wood rot – 100% complete – A contractor was supposed to do that before we moved in but he was a POS so we fired him before he finished the work.  We hired our favorite painters, Greenwave Solutions, to do the job for us & everything looks great now.

2) Fix the front porch – 100% complete – & install a new front door – on order – this year (details on why in the linked posts).  The front porch project was a cluster but it’s done now so I don’t have to think about it anymore.  The front door became more of an issue after the front porch demolition went awry so we have a new door & picture window on order from Champion.  It is custom made to fit the exact opening so it has a long lead time but we expect it to be installed sometime in December (hopefully before Christmas).  We really wanted this door in red (mock ups from sales process):

However, due to the much higher price of a full glass panel door and privacy concerns, we ended up going with a solid steel door in red with the same sidelights that will look something like this:

We are also replacing the picture window above the door.  We have tried everything (insulation, new AC units) that we can think of to control the temperature of the top floor but after those upgrades it still easily reaches 80 on a hot summer day (which we have a lot of in GA).  The sun blasts in through the current single pane decorative window and bakes the thermostat so the upstairs end bedrooms are cooler but the middle is sweltering.  The new window will have what Champion calls Comfort 365 glass which (if it lives up to the marketing) should finally make a difference in the temperature of the house.  Fingers-crossed.

3, 4 & 5) The next three items on the list escalated to a much larger project this year & are 90% complete.  We grouped all of these together & built a new deck & patio!  The wood still needs to be stained but most of the deck, stairs & railings are composite/aluminum so this might be a manageable DIY project.

3) Pour a concrete patio under the screen porch – a task for Kevin &  my dad.  We got a quote on this that was high so my dad offered to help us with this DIY project as well.  Right now it is uneven dirt covered with pine straw.  We don’t have another spot for the grill or smoker so it would be nice if this area was a nice flat surface.

4) Install a new screen porch door (major procrastination here since we’ve had the door since Sept ’13).

5) Possibly have someone rebuild the deck stairs so they are safe.


Basement – Hallway & Gym – 25% complete – Paint the trim & doors & possibly remove the last wallpaper in that is left in the house in the stairs & hallway. You can’t tell in the picture but the trim has yellowed and needs caulking in some spots so it would just look nicer with fresh coat of paint.   The hallway wallpaper was definitely the least offensive in the house but it is still wallpaper.  The trim & door painting would be a DIY job and I can’t think of many things less appealing than painting trim so we’ll see how far we make it on this project.

One day while Kevin was not home (shame on me), I started pulling off the wallpaper in the hallway & using the wallpaper steamer to remove the paper layer.  I made good progress over a couple of different sessions and now the hallway is almost wallpaper free!  But…

the stairs look like this….still.  Liam looks at them in amazement and says “Messy”.  The yellow part on the walls is the paper backing that still needs to be steamed off.  I estimate this is going to take another 8-9 hours to finish and then the walls & trim will need cleaning & paint.  The good news is that the steamer works great & the walls are not damaged.  The bad news is the stairs are going to be difficult to paint due to the height of the ceilings.

New Projects:  There are a few new projects on the list for this year as well.  Since we are expecting a baby girl in January 2015, we needed to fix up Liam’s new Big Boy Room & free up the nursery for baby.   Kevin & Dad worked one weekend to paint the walls & trim in both Liam’s new room & the attached jack & jill bathroom (I helped paint as much as they would let me while Mom watched Liam).   I had the bedding & we picked up the airplane dresser back in the Spring.  There is still some decorating to do (e.g. hang art, curtains, a couple pieces of furniture, clean junk out of the closet) but the hardest part is done!

Big Boy Room – 75% complete

The bathroom is also looking great now!  We used the same color as in the nursery (Sherwin Williams Watery)  It’s a nice cool blue that works well with the grey tile.  The bathroom will have a pirate theme with navy towels.  I am looking for new bathmats & also have a few cute ideas for wall art to go with the theme.

Nursery – 75% complete

The nursery will also get a few updates to make it girly.  I have plans for a new crib skirt, changing pad cover, blanket and blackout curtains.  I have at least 8 sewing projects that need to happen in the next 3 months so I better get busy!

Making the Playroom More Playful

The playroom was cute & the ABC art & Liam’s art on the walls made it less boring but I still felt like it could be better.  Liam hardly ever looked in the bins in the 2 Expedit cubes on either side of the futon and those toys & books were not being played with at all.

So with a little inspiration from Pinterest, I added a bench, new pillows, a reading nook & a couple cute wall decals.

The bench and book shelves are from Ikea.  My mom helped me make the cushion for the bench with fabric from & custom cut foam from  I found the grey & white stripe bins at HomeGoods a few months ago & got the dinosaur bin for stuffed animals there a few weeks ago.

The reading nook is probably my favorite part.  Liam loves books & is also a very organized little guy so he likes to put the books back on the shelf after he is done.  This helped make all the books visible so we aren’t stuck reading Go Dog Go over and over.

I had enough fabric left from the cushion to make a couple extra pillows for the futon.

The Coke bear likes his new home on the bench.  The new cushion even has a zipper in the back so I can remove it to wash if needed.  It’s actually 2 long invisible zippers that meet in the middle so that it is easy to get the foam in and out.

Here is one of the great decals I got on Etsy.  I’ll mark Liam’s height with a Sharpie on the white part of the chart.

Here is the 2nd decal from Etsy.  I used 1 of the bird decals from the Grow set for the Play decal since they came from different sellers the yellow birds were very different colors.

The room is much cuter now and a lot more functional.  Liam can easily find his favorite trucks & toys which helps him destroy the room in under 5 minutes,   Thanks to all the bins & baskets, I can pick it up in under 5 minutes too!  (Which is important since there isn’t a door to the playroom & it’s the first room you see when you walk in the front door.)

*Disclaimer – Some toys were removed for the photos…Thomas the Train & Mega Blocks just aren’t cute.


For Kevin’s Birthday I got him a glass terrarium kit from Red Envelope.  It came with the container, dirt, plants & rocks needed to build a pretty little terrarium.

We enlisted Liam’s help to get it started.  First we spread a layer of rocks/gravel on the bottom of the container.  The container is not water tight so it does have to sit on something to protect the surface you put it on.


Next we added some charcoal pellets to the rocks

And then the layer of mossy stuff

After Liam stuck the spoon in the dirt and ate a tablespoon, it was time for Monkey to take his place as helper.

Dirt went in on top of the moss.

Next we unwrapped the cute little ferns & placed them randomly around in the dirt.

Monkey approved the placement.

Some lighter green moss went in around the plants.

And then a few little rocks for decoration.  We might add some people/animals to the scene at some point – like this – but for now it’s done!  Monkey approved.

It looks pretty cool as a centerpiece on our bar.  It’s been a couple months since we put it together and so far everything is still alive.

UPDATE: After another month or so – this thing is dead as a doornail!


Linked to The Style Sisters

Nursery – Rearranged

I rearranged Liam’s nursery and it has been much more functional now that he is a toddler.  Before the room felt a little cramped even though it’s the biggest bedroom in the house other than the master.   The glider was shoved in the corner between the crib & changing table and since he’s gotten taller this became a hazardous for Liam’s head.

After – I moved the chair to the opposite corner of the room & made space by moving the Expedit shelf to our master closet where it made a big improvement and moving his chest of drawers down a few feet.  I moved the art around a little as well – the Kings of Leon poster moved into the office.

Books are in 2 baskets on the floor next to the glider so he can easily pick out what he wants to read at bedtime.

Cute little flying piggy bank he was given by Kevin’s aunt.  We picked up the giraffe at FAO Schwarz in NYC on a trip before Liam was born.  The block letters were a gift from Liam’s cousin Eli.

We really don’t use Liam’s closet much since his clothes all fit into the dresser & there is a separate linen closet for the sheets and towels, so I just moved his few toys that we keep in his room (most are in the playroom & basement) to the floor of the closet.

Here is the attached bathroom.  Love the frog toy scoop.

I painted the whale after I saw the idea on Pinterest.

This cute graphic came from this Etsy shop to add a little color & life to the bathroom since we haven’t painted this room & don’t have plans to anytime soon.