Monday, March 23

It's A ...


A very active one, in fact. He gave the ultrasound technician a rough time ... she never did find his kidneys! He yawned for us, and boy, is he cute. He's also tall! 

Of course, I wanted to put together something creative and cute to announce it. After coming up with ideas like throwing darts a paint-filled balloons, glitter filled balloons, dog tracks in paint, a paint filled baseball ... well, we ended up calling and Skyping our family and just telling them. 

But I held out hope for at least a cute picture of Sirius in a blue bow with the baby shoes.

Instead I ended up with fifty blurry photos of Sirius destroying the blue bow. He didn't want to put up with it for a second. 

Well Baby Conley, we can't wait to meet you!

Friday, February 27

Nursery Decor Inspiration: Nautical Boy and Girl

I've pretty much decided that whether we're having a girl or a boy, I'm going to go with a nautical themed nursery. I came to this conclusion after spending some time on Etsy gathering inspiration.

For a girl, I love this combination of pinks, gold, and aqua.

Baby Girl

The Jaylin Swaddling Blanket - All Organic Cotton / Coral nursery nautical nursery coral baby by TASbabyfactory / Baby Shower Blush Lace Baptism Decorations Nursery by MarigoldPoms / Shell Mobile. Perfect for your baby's nursery or for by Fairyfolk / Boppy cover Gold Polka Dot Boppy Cover Nursing Pillow by KBCute / Gold Dot Lovey Security Blanket Coral Minky Lovey by DelvaBTree / Whale Pillow/ Aqua Chevron/ White Minky/ Nautical by sandaba

That mobile is what sealed the deal. Let's get a close up:

And for a boy, navy, light blue, gray, and orange.

Baby Boy

Also, whales and octopi. Can we talk about that octopus fabric, and that whale mobile? Also, the sailor hat?

I don't think it gets cuter than that. 

Only one more week until the ultrasound!

Between the two nursery looks, which is your favorite?

Wednesday, February 25

Living Room Transformation: Repainting the Fireplace

Remember when I said I decided to tackle re-painting our fireplace at the same time we tore apart our office? Ta-da!


It was brown. And as I've said before, I'm not always a fan of painting fireplaces - especially if they're red brick. I LOVE a red brick fireplace. But this one was brown. And ugly.

"What are you doing?" 
"Nothing..." #ActionShot. 

We used white glossy paint, in hopes that it will be easy to wipe soot off of (it is!). We also bought special paint rollers for rough surfaces. I highly recommend. It takes A LOT of paint, and some elbow grease. 

But really, I can't speak to that so much, because Brian ended up doing most of the work, while I ... supervised. #PregnancyPrivelege. 

It's finished!

I took an informal poll on Instagram. Should we leave the mantle as it is, or should we go for the all white look? Or, as a wildcard option, paint it black? 

The photo on the right is from Domino Magazine. Votes were evenly split, but since I don't feel like doing any more work on this project ... I think we're going to leave it as is. 

My sister decorated it for Valentine's day with sticks from our backyard, paper hearts, and this heart-shaped wreath made from dyed coffee filters! She seriously needs a blog. 

The room feels so much brighter, more roomy, fresher, and more modern. I can't believe what a difference it made!
And, we got a new couch! Goodbye, plaid monster. Although you were super comfy, I'm happy to replace you with this classic gray sophisticated one. I bought it from friends who are moving. I just need some more throw pillows, and we'll be set. 

Sirius approves.
Have you, or would you, paint a fireplace? What small projects have you completed that made a huge difference? Share with us in the comments!
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