21 June 2011

Bathroom Makeover: Before & After

Our last big undertaking in our house was the main bathroom. We knew there was going to be a lot involved in updating and transforming it, so we put it off to the end. Kelly again is such a trooper taking this on. He completely stripped down the room by removing drywall, ripping up the tile to the sub floor, and removing the handicap shower stall. And then, we knew there was no turning back. After many hours spent watching youtube videos about how to do this and that and talking with the people at Home Depot and Lowe's who probably knew Kelly by name at the end of all this, he finally finished. It took from January to May but WE'RE FINISHED! So, to put this room back together again; Kelly installed a bathtub (because he loves his baths), tiled the walls around the tub, tiled the floor, tiled the countertops, installed new drywall on the walls and the ceiling, painted, put up new trim and installed all the hardware and I'm sure I'm leaving some things out. Again, I'm so proud and thankful he's such a hard worker and see's projects to their very end. Doing this ourselves saved us so much money.

Tile: Lowe's
Sink & Faucet: Lowe's
Mirror: Target
Light Fixture: Pendant - Amazon; Shade - Ikea
Bathroom rug: West Elm
Shower curtain: West Elm
Knobs: Anthropologie
Frames: Ikea

15 June 2011

Lucy's Nursery: Before & After

Lucy's nursery is complete except for some very minor details, so I'm going to show off the cutest parts. Before there were even these wood floors, there was some very old knotted carpet that Kelly had to rip up. He sanded the wood floors and and added a light coat of varnish. He painted a fresh coat of paint and completely changed the shelving in the closet. I am so thankful for him, he worked so hard on getting everything ready for me to decorate. I love how everything turned out. The nursery feels calming, there's lots of natural light and we feel it really reflects our style on a budget.

Paint: Turtledove by Behr & Moonlight White by Benjamin Moore
Crib: Hand me down
Bedding: Duvet from Urban Outfitters, transformed into bedding by GreenNeedle
Dresser: Hand me down
Knobs: Anthropologie
Rocking Chair: Ikea
Frames: Ikea
Curtains: Urban Outfitters

And my sister just bought this vintage embroidered piece to hang in the nursery, it's sooo cute!

08 June 2011

Lucy's Shower!

I've had an amazing three showers for Lucy and cannot believe the generosity of family, friends and friends of family I barely know. I feel the closest to being ready for Lucy's arrival than I've ever felt. I'm still incredibly anxious about the exact day this will all happen but that's a given I think.
Below is an invitation I designed for one of my showers. I literally couldn't help myself from doing it, I know it's suppose to be someone else's job but I wanted to do something to contribute to the showers.

One of the most memorable gifts of the shower is this incredible quilt from Brooke. She only started quilting recently and her quilts appear as though she's been doing this forever. The shot below is from her blog but is pretty much exactly what Lucy's quilt looks like. It will be something we will care for and treasure always! There's no tellings the countless hours Brooke put into making this and Kelly and I are just amazed by her talent and gesture! You should definitely bookmark her Etsy shop Pennington's Quilts, she is always working on something new for her shop!

Coming soon are pictures of our bathroom makeover, and Lucy's nursery (which is so close to being finished!)