It’s here! The moment everyone in the midwest has been talking about for the past 11 months! FALL!!! This is our first official fall friends. We are waking up high 50’s degree weather, the leaves are starting to change and there are fall festivals everywhere. […]
Most of the furniture in our home are pieces that we’ve collected throughout our marriage. Our couch, bed and dining room table were the first “grown up” pieces we purchased from an actual furniture store. Other than that, we’ve collected different things here and there from home goods and target, as well as donations from generous friends. During our move, my parents offered us their bedroom armoire. I didn’t have a place for it, but it was a really sturdy wooden wardrobe with great height and lots of personality. The downside was the red-wooden color, the doors (which made it look really bulky), and the knobs, which were a little antiquated. So… we worked on a DIY furniture update.
here’s a before picture from our instagram
I’ve read about chalk paint and how easy it is to use on furniture because it eliminates the tedious task of sanding. We actually used this black chalkboard paint because it was fairly inexpensive and I thought that if it didn’t work then I’d buy the expensive stuff and try again.
We removed the doors, painted the entire piece chalkboard black… except for the middle shelf because I knew it would get most use and I didn’t want the paint to chip so quick. We added an Ikea under cabinet wine glass holder (similar to this one) and changed the existing knobs to thick leather DIY knobs…voilà!!
It’s now turned into our entertaining bar/ dining room supply holder furniture piece and we could not be happier about it!
My favorite part about the piece are the knobs… I’ll post a DIY on them soon. They’re super easy and they look amazing! Also, all of the glass against the matte black give it a sophisticated look that our dining room was in need of.
When Grace was born, we lived on the first floor of a garden style apartment complex. It was a one-bedroom apartment and taking the garbage out on a daily basis was not a big deal. We worked it into our daily schedule and our home was free of stinky diapers every night.
This time around, we thought about keeping the same diaper routine. However, we quickly realized that running out of the house with a newborn and a toddler is easier said than done. This week, we are partnering with Munchkin to share three steps on our diaper routine and how we manage to keep our home odor free by using their Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin.
Three steps to a diaper-stink free home
- Designate a changing station – This did not come easy to me. When we lived in a one bedroom apartment, we did not have a designated changing station and resulted to changing Grace all over the apartment (couch, living room, kitchen, patio, dining room etc.) We didn’t want to buy a changing table because we couldn’t afford another piece of furniture taking up the little space we had and we constantly had to make our evening rounds gathering diapers left behind after each diaper change. This time around, we designated a diaper station with a changing pad, wipes, diapers, diaper cream and our diaper pail allowing for more time cuddling a fresh smelling baby. Having a changing station allows for a quick diaper change and more time for cuddling with a cute baby.
- Schedule a bag change date- Some days the number of diapers vary. Having a set day (ex. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday) to change the bag allows us to organize our daily chores as well as minimize the time used (aka stinky) diapers stay in the room.
- Pick a heavy duty diaper pail- One of my pet-peeves is having used diapers sit in my garbage for longer than a couple of hours at a time. When choosing a diaper pail, my first priority was that it came with a built in order blocking mechanism. The Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin is powered by odor eliminating baking soda that sprinkles in to the bag every time a diaper is inserted and the bag reseals itself so no odors are released when the lid is open. Win!
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before moving into our current apartment, we blogged about our lady’s first bedroom. we were renting (and still are) so our design was very minimalistic. we opted for a gender neutral palette and made sure to steer clear of anything pink. mainly because i was overwhelmed with the pressure of having pink EVERYTHING for little girls. i tried to boycott the color as much as i could and i was pretty successful. however, after some time, i realized that it was inevitable. we had to bring the color in somewhere, and thanks to a contest i entered last summer through Oh Joy’s blog and One King’s Lane, we did. the two collaborated on a Pinterest Contest called The 10 Day Picnic. the winning prize was a water color summer illustration by the talented Virginia Johnson. i entered… and WON!! and as if winning wasn’t enough, they sent me my favorite illustration of the ten!!! it’s a picture of a colorful popsicle perfectly melting on a hot summer day.
at the time i did not have a place for the illustration. we were getting ready to move out of our apartment and i wanted to make sure we found the perfect spot for the beautiful water color painting. once we settled into our new place, i knew that the inspiration behind our little girl’s bedroom had to center around our one of a kind Virginia Johnson piece. it was perfect blend of colors that encouraged me to play with pinks and more vibrant hues allowing gracie to have more of the once dreaded color in her life, in a tasteful way of course.
^^this teepee is a new addition to her bedroom. it was a random find at homegoods that we picked up on clearance for $50!!! we found the exact same one later that night at amazon and were thrilled when we realized how great the price was^^
^^the furniture in the room is the same as the one in her previous bedroom. the banner over the tent was one we put together for her birthday and decided to keep around because it added height and played very nicely with the Virginia Johnson illustration. she still looks at it and says “look momma, it’s my party!”^^
^^grace is learning how to “sit like a lady” it cracks me up how knows that ladies cross their legs when they sit!^^
^^i love this stage she’s in right now. she loves painting her nails and tries to blow on them to make sure they dry properly. she’s also all about princess dresses… i have to force her to wear pants!^^
^^plants don’t really thrive in this home but these little ikea plants are managing to hang in there^^
^^this is sparky, her horse. it’s a hand-me-down from grace’s cousin but i’m almost sure it was a cracker barrel purchase. she used to be terrified of the horse and for a year and a half the poor guy lived in an attic. now i can’t get her off this thing.^^
^^the shelves are from ikea. they are very sturdy and we’ve had them for ever! we had to make sure we positioned them high because grace is getting to a “climb everything” stage and knew she’d climb to the top of those shelves if she found a way to get close to them. the baskets were another clearance buy from target a couple of seasons ago and the “canvas” on the top shelf is a repurposed easter cloth kitchen towel that target sold two years go!^^
^^the mobile on the wall is just about one of my favorite things in this room (except for the little lady in the picture of course!) it was a DIY polka-dot garland project that i worked on for her first bedroom. i wanted it to match with the water color motif, so i pulled off the dark blue circles and added light blue ones. voila! that’s what i love so much about that garland… over time, you can tweak it as you need to^^
^^i know i say this often but this little girl is getting soooo big! she’s having all sorts of conversations and is showcasing her personality. so far, i think this room suits her well. it’s girly and playful and isn’t covered in pink! she’ll also be in this crib until i see signs of her trying to climb out of it, and i am not rushing to get her into a big girl bed any time soon. ^^
i’m curious where do you find inspiration behind home design/style? a painting? a trend? i’d love to hear all about it!