Sooo … we had our big ultrasound over the weekend. (!!!) You know, the one where you find out if you’re having a boy or a girl (if you’re into that sort of thing, which, DUH. I could not wait). And then we came home (after celebrating and stuff) and I immediately mocked up the baby’s room in Photoshop. What do you think we’re having?
Eeeee! This is obviously very bare-bones, but the main feature will be the awesome walls. I’m imagining the same color we’ve got in the living room (and guest room, but that’s going away) in a softer shade – right now I’m thinking White Peach by Behr. And then I want to stencil over it, but do just an outline of the stencil, in GOLD. Like this genius. Love that so much. I’m considering the Monroe Twisted Cord stencil from Stencil Boss, as pictured here, but I’m undecided at the moment. I like that it’s not too girly, but it’s maybe not big enough – it’s definitely smaller than I have it here in the mock-up. I need to play around a bit.
I won’t be able to get my hands on this room until July, so this is all very preliminary – I’m sure I’ll change my mind before then. But it’s super fun in the meantime – planning a room that’s nothing but happy and sweet and fun. Soft, but still bright and contrast-y (if a room can be all of those things at once). I can’t wait to get started. And then I can’t wait to put a little person in here.
Back to the griiinnd.
Vacation was kind of awesome, but not for any vacationy reasons. We did pretty close to absolutely nothing all week. We felt half-guilty/half-lame, but we just wanted to lay around, so that’s what we did. Keith repeatedly compared us to John and Yoko, and that made it feel slightly less dumb. Whatever. We didn’t have to go to any children’s museums, so we relished what might be our last action-less vacation for some time.
I also didn’t take any pictures. I’m the worst at vacation pictures! Especially since this trip was just one comprehensive tour of public restrooms. I’M NOT KIDDING.
Despite all of that stuff, I did grab a few treats for myself along the way, like this incredible basket:
Bought at the Asheville farmers’ market. PRETTY. I have no idea what’s going in this just yet, but I need to be able to stare at and admire it at all times. I also grabbed this awesome Royal Haeger planter at an antiques store outside of Nashville. I can’t wait to fill it with a giant droopy fern or something.
This minty green hand is from the same antiques store. I don’t know. I just wanted it. It’s weird and I like it, and if there’s anything I need, it’s more small, random stuff.
And then there’s this guy …
Well hello there, HAPPIEST BEAR EVER! We stopped to visit my parents on our way back into town and my dad pulled out this adorable vintage toy he had been hiding in their own antiques store for us. I can’t stop smiling at this little guy. He really is the cutest thing ever.
And that’s pretty much it! Aside from the breakdown I had in the Motherhood dressing room at the Opryland mall. A note for anyone who owns a maternity clothing store: LIGHTING MATTERS. That experience was far more humiliating and discouraging than the worst bathing suit shopping trip I have ever lived through. And I wasn’t the only one – the woman next to me said those very words as they were running through my own head. But what’s a vacation without your husband finding you (after you’ve been gone for over an hour) crying in the checkout line behind the slowest people on Earth in the most understaffed store on Earth clutching the one thing that fits you in the entire store? I’ll say this: “baby moons” can be a little more complicated than regular vacations when you’re in the midst of a major growth spurt and your hormones are, shall we say, a little uneven.
I’m glad to be home.
Spring Break, you guys! Wooooooo! Flash me your boobs.
Vacation begins at 3pm this afternoon, and a few short hours later, Keith and I are hittin’ the road for Asheville and Nashville. Yay! Sort of. I’m super excited about taking a trip with Mr. Keith, but I’m bummed that Asheville has crummy weather in store for us – rain all weekend. Thanks for nothing, jerks! I don’t know that I want to spend $100 to walk around a mansion and not be able to enjoy the gardens at all. Also … ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. That house better change all of our dang lives. Keith and I would be happy sitting around a hotel for three days anyway, so whatever, we win. Then it’s off to Nashville for some sun and slightly warmer temps. I’m just excited for the break, really – we’ll make the most of whatever we get.
Oh and in case you’re now digging around for your lock pick, don’t bother. There will be people in our apartment all week guarding our stuff and working on this:
That’s right. We’re GETTING A NEW BATHROOM! Well, we’re getting a new bathroom with a lot of old stuff, but only the old stuff I like, so, still … !!! We’ve got some serious water issues in the wall, so they have to open up everything, which means no more mismatched tile and no more box around the tub. We’ll now have brand new walls, an exposed clawfoot tub AND real ceramic tile on the floor instead of the lame peel-n-stick stuff. And as much as I appreciate the idea of the current wall tile … that stuff is plastic. Just plastic concave plates glued to the wall. They pop out all of the time; there are sections that don’t match; there are other sections that have been painted over, and the vanity is covered in them (with the exception of the few places where they’ve fallen off and never been replaced).
Sooo … this is the plan:
The awesome tub, giant built-in medicine cabinet, adorable sink and lucite towel rack are staying (oh and the toilet – whatever). They’re stripping down the vanity and giving it a coat of paint, putting another coat of white paint on all of the trim and painting the walls in French Gray by Behr (this color is so great next to white and much, MUCH prettier in person). Then they’re ripping up the floor and putting in clean white tile with dark grout.
I’mma so excited!!!
And the absolute BEST part is that we’ll be gone for this entire job. I feel like taking a victory lap. That right there is called WINNING, people. By the way, I probably won’t be checking in while we’re vacationing, but I promise to miss you the entire time. xoxo
Oh man, there is some good stuff happening around here lately.
And this is the just the muslin, you guys. In the stupidest polyester fabric ever. Wait until we make it in silk. Dyyyiiiing.
This gorgeous, vintage, french chantilly lace will be used in another amazing gown. And yes, it’s peach. And yes, hearts will break. Mine already has, and all I did was buy the lace.
This other amazing, embroidered, french lace will be used in an Edwardian/early ‘twenties-style gown. I mean … YES.
And these are just the very tips of one very incredible iceberg. I have so many more GREAT things to show you. 2013, baby!
Also, literally … baby.
Hey look – I have a new website.
Which will include this soon:
I have to photograph everything first, but I’m pretty excited! I’ve tried this before, but always felt like things were a bit too clunky. Same goes for the old website. I want my whole life to be as clean and effortless as possible now, and I’m streamlining everything in my path. I’m also adding some special touches to the shopping process – like pretty little packages tied up in bows and fancy certificates of authentication – so you can brag to everyone that your goods are certifiably fancy. And I’ve added links directly to images on Pinterest, so you can now pin your favorite styles (something my web hosting service doesn’t provide automatically – weird). Anyway, I hope you like the new updates and you’ll tell all of your friends when the shop opens up! I’ll keep you updated as the goods roll out. xoxo
Our internet was out all day yesterday. Waah. I was pretty relaxed about it until I wasn’t. And then poor Keith spent all night working on it. Poor us. Happily, everything is back up and running now. Lucky, EVERYONE. Haha
Anyway … my brother and I painted the dining room on Sunday, and it is soooo goooood. You’ll have to wait for pictures, because I have to change a few things and it’s too dark to take a picture now anyway, but you can take my word for it. I love it.
In the meantime, let me tell you about this nifty, little thing:
I’ve complained to you before about the rando electrical outlet in the middle of this wall. It was ugly and stupid, albeit conveniently located for our coffee and toast equipment. I was tired of looking at it, so I took advantage of this genius’s idea and covered it with artwork mounted on hinges.
Now I, too, can call myself a genius. I thought maybe it would be too fussy for an outlet we use repeatedly throughout the day, but it’s actually kind of satisfying and so tidy. Keith has requested that all of our artwork be hung with hinges – it’s significantly more fun that way. We could hide things all over the place. Anyway, it’s pretty cool, and it makes our kitchen look WAY better. Yay!