It seems hard to believe but we are currently under the two month mark until my son turns one! While I still plan on keeping this blog mostly to include my interests, I do enjoy some of the antics that go on in our house between our cat and baby. A lot has changed since my first post about Barton having a brother. My son has become very mobile and while he is thrilled about his newfound abilities, Barton is not. In fact he has become quite fearful of the baby grabbing his tail, pulling out his fur and, well, you get the point. Here are the photos of what Barton has been up to since he became a brother.
When were you going to tell me about this baby gate?
This is my sleep sack in the crib, right?
My favorite time of the year is when mom puts this tree up for me.
Thank you for my play pen!
I will just sleep in your spot then, Mom.
This is my crib now. Meow!
Today im excited to share another one of my room Makeovers and it might just be my favorite one because it's my son's nursery. This room is the smallest room in our house (besides the bathrooms) yet I think it might be my favorite. I originally painted this room in 2014 when I was pregnant for the first time. Unfortunately I lost the pregnancy at 12 weeks but already had painted the room aloe green. I originally painted the room green because I wanted the gender to be a surprise. Over the years this room kind of became a 'catch all' room where I dumped all my stuff. When I became pregnant in 2016 I no longer wanted to be 'team green'. I wanted to know as soon as I could if I was having a boy or a girl! I found out we were having a boy but I didn't want to repaint when I had just painted this room less than two years ago. So I decided to stick with the green color and update the walls with decals.
I knew I wanted to decals to go along the wall where I placed the crib for safety reasons. Originally I had planned on doing horizontal stripes for an accent wall, but when I started researching wall decals I was amazed at the designs. I ordered this set of decals from Wallums. I was a little worried that it wouldn't work well with our walls since we have plaster walls. Fortunately they send you two test items before you actually do the decals to see if they stick. I did my test decals and they were still there 48 hours later so I decided to go ahead with the project!
The trees were a bit tedious to put up. It could have also been that I was 30 weeks pregnant or so when I decided to do them! Each tree took approximately an hour to put up and I ended up doing one tree a day. Once the trees were placed I added the finishing touches with the birds and the owl.
Even though this wall art was a tedious task, I have to say it was well worth it. I absolutely fell in love with it when it was all put together. Walking past this room everyday it always brings a smile to my face. It was also one of the first ways my son recognized his room as a newborn! He would look at the decals from his crib. Now when we come home and I take him into his room, he immediately sees the decals and smiles. It melts my heart!
The other side of the room is where I keep his dresser and chair along with lots of toys! The chair is from IKEA and is one of my favorite pieces of furniture because it can easily be moved from room to room and the color can be changed as the slip cover can be removed and washed! This chair was in our finished basement but I brought it upstairs and changed the covering from black to white to match the rest of the furniture in the nursery.
After my son was born I noticed he really enjoyed bright colors so I decided to decorate this side of the room with prints and paintings. The balloon print was a gift from my baby shower and the animal canvas was a gift as well. I painted the elephant scene and love how it represents the baby and mama elephant!
This room has quickly turned into a favorite place to be for our entire family. Most evenings all four of us (this includes our cat) are huddled in this tiny room playing, laughing and giggling. This room room has definitely transformed into a place that I love to be!
Welcome 2018! For my first blog post of the year I've decided to try something new. As most of my friends and family already know I have a passion for decorating (and sometimes redecorating) my home. I'm not sure exactly when I became so interested in home decor but in college I distinctly remember watching a television show on painting techniques and I was hooked. I asked my parents if I could paint vertical strips in my teenage bedroom. I know they probably thought I was nuts but I really enjoyed the project. They must have liked it too because they haven't painted over it yet! I've carried this passion into my own home. I've painted every bedroom in our house and our finished basement. Eventually I hope to share more about those rooms, but for now I'm going to share some of my smaller home makeovers. Because let's face it, as a full time working mom I don't have time for bigger projects right now so I'm focusing on the smaller areas of my house!
After taking down the Christmas decorations I felt inspired to work on some overlooked areas of our home.
living room corner
This corner was the first space I decided to redecorate. For Christmas we decided to gift ourselves this floor lamp from West Elm. We've had our eyes on it for years and this year we finally decided to go ahead and get it. I ordered this on a Cyber Monday sale. Once it arrived and Bobby assembled it, it totally transformed the room, making it feel much larger and brighter. This dark corner now feels like a warm and welcoming space. The framed photo above the table is one that I took while visiting the Valley of Fire in Nevada. The frame is from IKEA. The table came from Bobby's bachelor days. The clock was built by my grandfather and gifted to me in 1992. The white vase was picked up at a West Elm sale, and the blue vase I found in an antique store near Deep Creek, Maryland.
Dining room buffet
This area gets a lot of attention year round, but after I put away the Christmas decorations I wanted to redecorate it a bit. It also is currently one of the last areas in my house that remains inaccessible to my infant son. My cat also has never shown much interest in the buffet so it's where I put my 'most breakable items'. The buffet was a Wayfair find that my parents bought for us a few Christmases ago. This painting hung in my grandparents living room when they were still alive. I decided to decorate with blue, white and gold colors which seem to mesh well with winter. All the vases are West Elm finds except the large blue vase in the middle. I ordered this from an online clearance sale on the Crate and Barrel website. When I ordered it, I clearly didn't read the dimensions because I thought it was going to be a small vase but when it was delivered it was huge! I was shocked at how big it was and probably would have never bought it in store but have grown to love it as the centerpiece of my buffet.
living room book shelf
My living room book shelf is also a Wayfair find. Originally I found open book shelves like this at Crate and Barrel, but they are really pricey. I searched several sites before I found this one and was quite pleased with how it turned out.
This area required a complete overhaul as our infant son started crawling. Previously I had only used the bottom two shelves for books and the upper shelves to display pictures and keepsakes. Then one day my son started pulling out my albums from the bottom shelves and not treating them so nicely. I did what any first time parent would do: panicked and removed everything from the bottom shelves and tossed everything into my guest room. I quickly realized that this was a mistake though as I frequently update my albums and no longer had them easily accessible. I decided it was time to bring my books back to the living room and make the bottom shelf more baby friendly. I stacked his books on the bottom shelf and purchased a soft bin from Big Lots to store his toys. Now he has easy access to his items and mine are out of reach! I might be applying this approach to the second shelf as well very soon!
So there you have it! My first three little projects of the year! I hope to have more small projects as the year progresses. What about you? Do you have any upcoming projects? Did you have to redecorate when you had little ones roaming about?
Author: Sarah Warman
I like to run, take pictures and write. I've combined all three in this blog.