baby items are starting to make their way into our home and things are getting real.
after studying reviews and prices, we landed on the bayletto Hudson convertible crib (right now on sale at allmodern.com). all this baby gear is seriously overwhelming - it feels really good to cross one big item off the list.
my mom came to visit and helped me with curtains while she was in town. it was so nice to have an extra set of hands and another creative mind to help with a project, for a change.
i purchased the plain silk curtain panels from Target and she sewed on the little ball trim. we also added some black-out liner in hopes that the baby will sleep for hours and hours at a time. ;)
while she was here, we also made a mobile to hang over the crib ... an idea i had first seen on Martha Stewart's website for party décor.
i ordered a couple of pieces for our front living room and things are finally starting to come together in there. what do you think of our new jute rug and chairs? (you may remember me talking about our chair purchase a few months ago.)
this was my first time buying from rugs usa, and it was a great experience. the positive reviews, 50% off, and free shipping didn't hurt either.
i always regretted skimping on the size of our other rug and decided this time to go big (10 x 12 to be exact). best decision ever. i was so pleased with how it changed the room, it motivated me to keep moving forward. and so i decided to finally jump on that cb2 lucite coffee table i've always adored.
it was a cold january morning when i first found out our lives were about to drastically change. i already knew the answer but needed to see the confirmation for myself. i let the test lay on the bathroom counter and came back into the room again and again to stare at it in disbelief. could this be it?
i decided to wake rob up to show him, to make sure i wasn't dreaming. we both felt it seemed too good to be true and agreed to take another test again the next day. and the next day, the results flashed on the screen even faster than before.
several ultrasounds and pounds later, i think the reality has finally set in. we're having a baby!
it feels like such a gift and i'm so incredibly thankful.
this mother's day feels a little different as we look into our future and have a bigger appreciation for our own mothers than ever before.
happy mother's day to all you amazing inspiring mothers!
our kitchen cabinets are oak and original to the house. although they have held up nicely, oak cabinets in general feel a little dated and country to me. there's also quite a lot of wood going on in one room: wood floors, wood trim, wood beams, wood doors, wood cabinets. it was screaming for a little more interest/contrast.
our realtor recommended getting the cabinets professionally refinished, and since painting the cabinets in our last kitchen had been such a tedious process, i was completely open to the idea of hiring it out this time around.
our kitchen looked like a scene out of dexter for a couple days. everything had to be taped off since the cabinets would be refinished using a sprayed lacquer.
color: Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray HC-105
total cost: $1400
$1400 at first seemed like a lot of money to me until we received a second bid back that was more than twice that amount. as much time as we spend in our kitchen, it was decided that the expense was worth it. i also knew i'd never be able to create as professional of a finish myself with a paint brush and roller.
do you remember our plans to replace the existing arts and crafts light fixture? since we have a 1960s ranch (and not a historic arts and crafts bungalow), the style didn't quite go with the architecture of our home.
plus the fixture just felt a little clunky to me.
i need to put an ad on craigslist to find it a new home which shouldn't be a problem based on all the compliments it has received.