Creating a Nursery: Sources and Cost

Well hey there fine friend. Whenever I do room makeovers, I always try to post sources (like the kitchen) and if I can, cost (like the ostrich bathroom). Yes, it tells you where/how to find certain things but for me it’s invaluable because otherwise I forget and have no clue where something came from! Also, costs. Sharing costs makes me twitch sometimes (it seems really personal?), but I try to do it to provide some context for the project. This room may be on the cheap side for some while too spendy for others… I get feedback on this that’s all over the map. So, for the sake of consistency with how I’ve done these posts in the past, let’s lay it all out there.

Sleep

Furnishings

Wall Art

  • Smile Print – Keep Calm Gallery – $0 (from old living room)
  • “Don’t Grow Up” Banner – DIY – $10

Diapering

  • Changing Table – Source Unknown – $75 via Craigslist (we talk about our twin crib solution here)
  • Bassinet Pad – Babies R Us – $25
  • Pad Cover – Aden – $17
  • Diaper Pail – Diaper Genie Elite Pail System – $30*

I tried to mark what we got as gifts (*) from our amazing family and friends (for example, our parents bought the cribs for the boys) or via blog partnerships (c/o), so luckily for us, this nursery was completely doable and within our budget. I mean, it’s our first babies, and I don’t know about you, but I could have gone about 100% more crazy in here and bought all. the. things!!

There are probably some affiliate links in here—sometimes my plug-in works and sometimes it doesn’t. Basically all that means is that if you click on any of the links, I get a few pennies (literally!) in my bank account.

That’s all folks. Happy hump day.

xo,

emily

Making the Switch with Adorne

It’s been my mantra in this second house to DIY with intention. I want the changes we make to be true upgrades that will last a long time. This might mean improving the aesthetic, the functionality or both! As a lover of all projects, I’m totally guilty of changing something just for the sake of changing it, only to change it again a few months later. And when I look back at those projects, I think: was it worth it? Was it worth the time/effort/money? A lot of the times yes, but other times maybe not?

So, with that being said, my eyes were set on upgrading a very under-the-radar piece of our home: our light switches. Why light switches? Well… we touch them every day, we look at them every day and they end up in every photo in the blog.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

And I thought… maybe there is something better out there? That’s where Adorne comes in. Adorne is a line by Legrand that makes these beautiful modern light switches. You essentially get to mix and match from their selection of wall plates and switch types (like SofTap, SensaSwitch, TouchSwitch) so you can have your switches just the way you like them. Our selection shouldn’t surprise you: white on white! We chose the white face plate with the SofTap switch, which turns on lights with a quick push of the finger. Light Switch Update with Adorne

My favorite part of these new switches are the little locator lights on each switch. They shine like little beacons in the night, which means no more fumbling to find the switch on a dark wall.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

Now, let’s talk about installation. This is one of our first forays into electrical work and we were intimidated. I mean, we’ve installed a bunch of lights in our day, but terminals and 1-pole vs. three way, etc. just seemed like a whole different level. Well, as it turns out, it’s really simple. First things first: TURN OFF THE ELECTRIC!! Also, I would recommend watching this tutorial a few times.

The Adorne packages will look like this in the store. These are the products we needed for a single switch, or 1-pole,  plate: the wall plate (on the right) and the actual switch itself (on the left). We chose the white gloss wall plate with the white SofTap switch.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

Once you’ve got your products, it’s time to install the switch. Big obvious next step: remove the existing wall plate!

Light Switch Update with Adorne

And then remove the switch from the junction box.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

With the switch removed, we pulled it out of the wall and assessed the wiring, first locating the “hot” wire. Oftentimes the hot wire is attached to the switch terminal by an odd color screw, which was the case at our house—it was gold while all the other screws were silver.  We marked the hot wire with tape so we wouldn’t get confused. At this point, we also installed the metal backing plate that came with the Adorne wall plate.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

Because this is a one-pole switch (meaning, it turns a light off and on from a single location) the wiring was fairly simple. We essentially just mimicked how it was installed to the original switch. The hot wire (the black wire on the right in the picture below) was inserted into the terminal marked “HOT” and the red wire was attached to its labeled terminal. The locator light wiring (that blue wire) was wired into the same terminal as the red wire.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

The switch clicks into the metal backplate and then the entire piece is finished off by the white faceplate, which also clicks in.

Light Switch Update with Adorne

We are loving the upgraded look Adorne has given our first floor. We like that they’re simple, but also look really modern and tech-y too. You can browse their range of wall plates and switches here.

Light Switch Update with AdorneAnd some words of advice from us: don’t attempt to install light switches in the evening, when electricity is needed to see! We waited until after dinner to install these, but had to finish up by camping lantern. I’m sure the neighbors thought we were nuts! Ha!

Hope everyone has a great week. A big thanks to the folks at LeGrand for supporting Go Haus Go and this post!

xo, emily

Driving Me Nuts!

I would say we are 80% moved in to our house as of today which is hilarious because we’ve lived here for nearly a year now! So while lots of the house is unpacked, organized and put away, there are three areas in the house that are driving me absolutely crazy. Are you ready to see some really attractive photos? Ugh…

  1.  The Shoe Situation

Driving Me NutsWe are lacking a serious closet system at the moment and our shoes have no where to go. When we first moved in, I started lining shoes up under my bed in an attempt to just get them out of the way for awhile. Well here we are, 9 months later, with shoes still lined up along my side of the bed. DON’T EVER DO THIS. It’s horrible. I spend nearly every morning fishing dusty shoes out from under the bed abyss… I am accidentally kicking them under there all of the time.

Driving Me Nuts

And yes, it obviously looks terrific! Here is my side of the bed. I’m using an old jewelry storage as a nightstand. And a cardboard box instead of a chair to catch that day’s clothes. But wait… we are talking shoes. You can’t see the line of shoes in this pic because I’m sure they’re all deep into the under-bed black hole. Trust me, they’re there.

Driving Me Nuts

Aaron’s side of the room isn’t much better. His shoes, also displaced from any sort of common sense storage unit, are stacked up behind the bathroom door.

Driving Me Nuts

So yea, we’ve a bit of a shoe storage crisis. Now’s probably a good time to show you the complete cluster that is our master bedroom closet. Oy.

Driving Me Nuts

This is essentially how the closet looked on day two of moving. Hang the clothes, shove the boxes underneath, close the door and hope for the best. Remember my pretty closet at the old house? We will get there…

Anyways, our existing closet is actually a pretty decent-size closet, it’s just that we’re not utilizing the space AT ALL. I would love to get a professional closet system in here, but for now, some purging, box removal and the addition of shoe storage should do the trick.

Driving Me Nuts

Let’s move on to the next “driving me nuts” area…

2. The Laundry Closet

I used to call this the laundry room, but let’s be honest, it’s more of a closet. We should have bought toploaders and sat each machine side-by-side, but instead we bought front loaders and were forced to stack them on each other. The stacking is actually great (less bending down) but it created this weird space to the right of the machines.

Driving Me Nuts

And naturally, that dead space has become a clutter zone for cleaning supplies. My plan here is to install some shelving along the bottom of this space (running parallel to the machines) and near the top, add a closet rod for drying clothes. I can’t wait to get all the laundry supplies up off and floor and on to shelves! It will be much better.

3. Hardware-less Cabinets

Driving Me Nuts

I don’t know what it is about me and kitchen cabinets, but I’ve never had hardware on any cabinet that I own. I think I’d like to change that. It was livable at the old house because our hands were free 99% of the time. In this house, I’ve got a baby or two which makes prying open these cabinet doors that much harder. I can’t even seem to use my foot! Hardware is high on our list of to-do’s, plus who doesn’t love a little cabinet jewelry?

So now it’s time to fix all of these things—some sooner than others. Does anyone have good suggestions for in-closet shoe storage? I’d like to do something a little nicer than the MDF cubbies (more dusting!) but that may be where we end up depending on time/cost/availability. We will see. Sometimes it just feels good to lay all of this out there and figure out a plan for how to get it done.

Happy weekend everyone.

xo,

emily