Nursery Walls Going White

Here’s a little corner of the nursery currently. I was going to settle by leaving the paint color as-is, but similar to the guest bedroom walls, it’s just not working no matter how much I ignore it.

Nursery - Before Paint

Its walls are being painted Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore this week (a warm, off-white) and should be done by Saturday. And get this… they are not being painted by me. Professionals are in this DIY blogger’s house painting these walls. It’s bizarre! I’m not exactly thrilled about paying someone to do a job I can do for free but we got a great deal. I’m much bigger now than I was when I painted the guest bedroom and even then, it was a struggle going up and down that darn ladder.

I can’t wait to share nursery progress with you. I’ve just been waiting until these walls are finally the color they should be!

Stay tuned…

xo,

emily

Update On Our First House

The last update I shared on our previous house was that we were moving! And it was for sale! So one of those happened (we moved of course!) but we made the decision in late December to pull the house off the market. I was contacted by a friend of Aaron’s sister who wanted to rent the house. She reads the blog, lived nearby and needed a backyard for a future pup. We weren’t even considering renting at the time, but she was/is absolutely the type of person I trust handing over the keys to. So we said YES! She moved in officially February 1.

Update on House #1

Despite finding such a great person to take over, making the decision to rent was really hard for us. Was it the right/smart thing to do? The house hosted a good number of showings (about 10 in a 2-month period) despite the holiday season. But when an offer didn’t show up (the reason being: “it’s small!”), we got spooked. We had planned and were prepared to handle two mortgages comfortably until August (theoretically when the twins start daycare), but what if the house needed more time to sell?

The “what if’s” seemed so much more scary than reality. What’s that saying? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush? That’s exactly how we felt. We had someone willing to rent and ready to move in… someone that we know would be awesome. And on the other hand we had the unknown. We went with the more comfortable choice.

So far everything has been going well. I still haven’t shed a tear over that house, but I have been close many times. We still pass the street on our way to the grocery store—it’s just a few blocks over! January 17 was our last day moving day (we moved slowwllly) and Aaron snapped a few pics of our empty home.

Update on House #1

Update on House #1

We kept several things at the old house. The bookcases, the kitchen table, the window curtains and shades… even the Edison chandelier! We didn’t have a place for them at the new house, we were tired of moving and I know they would be put to good use. Plus, one day when we’ve got to put this place back up on the market (or renting it out again… who knows at the moment), staging it will be a little easier.

Update on House #1

Update on House #1

Yes I left the cabinet plants and planters! And gave our renter the license to kill if desired. Ha! Also, the bathroom ostriches are missed. I still have an entire roll of wallpaper leftover. They will find their way somewhere in the hew house I am sure.

Update on House #1

So that’s the last update (sniff) I’ll be giving on the old house for awhile! It’s sad to see it so empty but I’m so glad it’s in good hands.

xo,

emily

Twin Boy Nursery Plans

We’ve been working on the nursery on and off since Christmas now. We’re nowhere near done, so before I get too far (or finished!) I wanted to share my plans for the room. Let’s just get right to it shall we? Here is the design we’re working against for the boys’ room. It took awhile to get here (I share the evolution below) but we’re here and we’re happy!

Twin Boys Nursery - Winner!

Before I get in to the details of the space… let me start from the beginning…

The room we chose for the nursery is our second largest bedroom. It has great closet storage, two bright windows and a fireplace. Sheer size of the space made this room the winner. This gives us enough room for two cribs, a spot for a glider and lots of floor space left over. Aaron and I are the next room over.

Wallace House

For whatever reason, getting this room right feels so important. I think it’s a control thing. Putting this room together is the only part of the whole pregnancy process that I really have some control over. My body? Nope. These babies? Nope. So control it I do! It feels good. :)

The design plan overall has certainly been an evolution. Before Christmas, I was 100% on board the neutral/rustic train and below is the design plan I was working against.

Twin Boys Nursery Plan - First Try

While the neutrals were great, what I wasn’t getting right was that this was supposed to be a room for little babies… who will one day be toddlers… and this room, well… it felt a little too adult. Aaron agreed too. All of the fun and brightness was missing.

And while the design plan wasn’t working, there are some elements that I still love to this day. We now have two of those cribs that are pictured above—the BabyMod Marley crib in all Walnut—as well as the “Smile” print, which used to be in our bedroom at the old house. I’ve also been crushing hard on the Miffy lamp, which you’ll see in all of these evolutions. If we need a nightlight, why not have it be a 20″ tall bunny?

In late December, I found a great rug at Bargains & Buyouts and decided to just jump in and start making my decisions off the colors in the rug. The colors are much more vibrant in person than the photo below, but I liked that the colors bridged that gap between adult (grey, army green) and kid (blue, light blue, orange). And for $99? Sold.

The rug itself is called the Fiesta Multicolored Rug and it’s still available via Overstock.

With this rug at the center of our minds, here is how the design plan evolved. This was probably around January. Better! More color… more character… fewer random items.

Twin Boys Nursery - Progress

Now, keep in mind that this design plan features the $1200 Emmerson dresser from West Elm. I friggin love it, but I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on a dresser. On diapers and day care? Yes. On a dresser? No. I’ve been searching for something similar for weeks now and kind of gave up. Plus, the dresser was the last remaining artifact from the month’s previous neutral obsession and I was ready for a little more color.

So just in the last few weeks, here’s where we’ve ended up. And this is where we’ll be!

Twin Boys Nursery - Winner!

The blue campaign dresser is our most recent addition to the space. It certainly adds color (Georgian Bay by Sherwin Williams) and fun. Did you see it on my Instagram yesterday?

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And for just $50, it seems like a more appropriate choice for many years of two wild boys. This is the dresser that I thought I was going to put in the guest room, but after painting it, it felt so much better in the nursery. Phew! It’s much taller than what’s pictured in the board with 6 drawers total. The changing station is elsewhere… I’ll share more on that later.

My next big project for this space is getting the walls white. We picked an off white called Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. Now that I’m in my third trimester, the idea of painting a space this big makes me want to barf, but it’s only a matter of time before I get my next burst of energy. Plus, I’m getting lots of help these days.

So that’s where we are! As soon as I get these walls painted, I will share some pics!

xo,

emily