Thursday, March 14, 2013

Nursery Talk

Lets start by saying, this is so unlike me to be dreaming up plans for a nursery. I'm going to blame it on my best friends who are all trying to get preggers right now.

I stumbled across this picture and fell in love. I'm not really traditional in the way of nursery d├ęcor, and I'm more concerned about the long term functionality of a room… that’s probably why I like what my friend, Oh Louise, did for little Walker so much.

This room is so clean, simple, and transitional. It could easily go for a bambino or bambina with a few very small tweaks. Everything except the crib, teddy bear and rocking horse could be used anywhere in a house. The flooring is amazing. I'm not sure a baby even deserves to have such nice carpet, but once you're ready to transition your tot to a big kid room, you could move them to a another bedroom and use this as a guest room. Give the kiddo old carpet, so you're heart won't break when they decide to turn it into an art project, right?!

When you live in Texas, ceiling fans are a must-have… at least for this girl. Its really funny how much the ceiling fan bothers me in this room. I'm going to think that they just hadn't gotten around to replacing it with a nicer looking fan before this pic was taken. Maybe even something like one of these…. Or maybe stick with painted blades and some glitz for a little girl?

What do you think? Are you loving the big bovine? Or are you more traditional?

Love the look? here are some of the moving pieces:
  • Oeuf Sparrow crib, $760 (pricey, but they build their furniture sustainably sourced wood, finishes are free of VOC health hazards, non-toxic and water-based, and all factory wastes are recycled - nice). If you're on a budget, you can get a similar look at Ikea for $120.
  • Rocking Chair, $405. I personally may opt for something a bit more substantial that Mr. Husband may actually want to sit in, like this or this, or the awesome glider that was made for Walker's nursery.
  • Bovine paintings and prints (similar): here, here, here, or commission a piece from an artist like this or like this.
  • Antelope carpet, $5.85/sq ft. Thanks to research done on the part of MFAMB in this post. I'm sure that you could find it for more/less... if its gets too expensive to carpet the whole room, or if you have wood flooring, think about having an area rug made from the carpet.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

DIY Door Makeovers - Part 1

Dear Blogosphere,
Its been quite a while since we last had a visit. I had  a fun girls trip with my mom and sisters that I had to prep for, enjoy, and recover from. Don't worry though… I'm back and ready to continue our meaningful relationship.

A lot has been going on in this crafty case since I returned from my trip. Remember this post about the bi-fold closet door make over? Its happening! 

We are literally in the middle of the project, and like most of the projects I drag Mr. Husband into, I totally underestimated the amount of time it will take to finish. That being said, I thought it would also be a good idea to throw in updates to a few more interior doors. Why not?! Right?

All of the doors in our house are circa 1978 hollow panel doors with jank door knobs that should be replaced. When we moved in, all we did was paint them white – which honestly didn't even come close to hiding the hideousness. I couldn't justify spending the money to replace the hardware on these doors because they were just so sad and gross.  I was all but resolved to having ugly doors for the remainder of our time in this house, until I took a visit to my friends house that she recently had remodeled (I have every intent of crashing her house to share with you once she's settled and gives me the green light, don't worry!!).

Her new doors are lovely. They're heavy, solid, thick wood doors. What caught my eye on them specifically was the trim that was used to give them the custom look.
BAM! My doors may not be heavy, solid, or thick, but they could certainly take some trim to dress 'em up!

So, that was the second half of our weekend door make over project, that didn't get finished this weekend…. That probably won't be done for a few more weekends. Oh well, its going to be bad ace once its complete. Here's a teaser pic to wet your pallet….

PS – I totally rocked my leopard print fur trapper hat on my ski trip. My sisters were pretty jealous.