Monday, May 16, 2016

Baby K's Nursery Reveal!

Matt and I managed to (mostly) finish Baby K's nursery before he's born.  I know he won't use this room right away, but I really like having it done before his big arrival.  I think the only thing I have left to do is paint some new closet doors and replace the ceiling fan.  Not bad!

I posted back in February about my ideas for the space. For the most part, I stuck to this plan which rarely ever happens.   The only thing I switched out is the navy campaign dresser from Land of Nod. I actually bought it and returned it. :/  While I still really love the piece, the dimensions weren't working out.

As I mentioned in my last post, we replaced the carpeting and painted the walls and trim.  Click here for details on what carpet we used and what color we painted the walls.

The room is a mix of high and low end pieces, store bought items, and DIY projects.  

One of the projects I tackled before my belly really got in the way was adding an accent wall with removable wallpaper.

Having to cut around the window and the fact that I ordered 1/2 as much as I needed the first time made this project a bit of a pain, but if you have one wall with no door openings or windows, it's really pretty easy to do.  I also worked by myself which made things a little more difficult.  If you're patient enough to wait for a partner to help you (unlike me), it would also make things a lot easier. This is the paper  I ordered from Livettes on Etsy.  My one complaint is that the navy rubbed off if I wasn't careful.  I quickly learned to use a towel to smooth out bubbles rather than my sweaty palms. 

Another project I took on was painting the drawers of an old IKEA Hemnes dresser Shade Grown by Sherwin Williams and switching out the knobs for cute elephant knobs from Target (unfortunately no longer available online).

I'm using the dresser as a changer/dresser combo.  I bought the changing pad and cover from Land of Nod.  The "Seek Adventure" sign, sailboat, and Sophie are from Target.  The white shelf is one I had kicking around (originally purchased from Lowe's).

I received so many great bins/baskets at my baby shower.  At first I didn't think I'd be able to use them all but that wasn't the case.  This navy basket holds swaddles and small blankets.

The top drawer of the dresser I'm using to store diapers and wipes.  I added some plastic bins from Target to help organize the drawer.

I found this great rocker/ottoman combo on of all places. The whole set costs around $300 and I'm really happy with it.  I was psyched when I found an upholstered chair with a wooden rocker on the bottom.  Most of the chairs I found like this cost 2 to 3 times as much!

Next to the rocker I placed the Modern Spindle Side Table from Pottery Barn. and topped it with this cute lamp from Target and a sweet ultrasound photo of our little man.  The frame was a shower gift, from Hallmark, I believe.

This adorable Moose rocker was HANDMADE by my sister and her fiance.  Talk about skills!  I absolutely love having these handmade pieces that we will keep for years and years.  

My husband crafted these birch wood swings after I saw the idea on Garden Therapy's blog. Head over to her blog for a quick tutorial. 

One of my favorite pieces in the room is this wood sign I ordered from House of Belonging's Etsy shop, "Something Tells Me I Am Going to Love Him Forever." The crib is the Elliot 3 in 1 Convertible Crib from Pottery Barn and I purchased the crib sheet from Pottery Barn as well.

The bookshelf is filled with books I received at my shower, 2 sweet piggy banks (also gifts), handmade animal canvases made by my dear friend, and an antique airplane that Matt and I found on our babymoon in Vermont.  

The opposite side of the room, I hung two cute prints from Nothing Panda's Etsy shop and framed them in frames I found at Homegoods.  The giraffe  (aka "big Sophie") was a gift from my Mom (somehow she knew I had my eyes on it!).  

The linen curtains are from Land of Nod.  I was so happy when I finally found linen curtain panels that wouldn't crush my bank account.  They aren't blackout (as I originally wanted) but they are lined.  

Matt installed a solar-powered blackout skylight shade which really helps with the amount of light and heat this room gets when the sun is shining.

I really hope Baby K loves his room as much as his parents do!  

xo - jess

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fireplace and Closet Makeover with Behr Paint!

Disclosure: I was provided product by BEHR and compensated to write about this project but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own!  

Almost a year ago, I was contacted by Behr Paint and asked to do a couple of projects for their new Designer Stories website.  The challenge was to transform a couple of spaces in my home using Behr paint. Of course I was eager to participate since my fixer-upper is still a work in progress and I know the power of paint!

I had to keep these projects hush hush until the Designer Stories site launched, but now that it's officially live, I can finally share them with you!  (The site actually went live in March. Please don't judge me.  I'm blaming it on pregnancy brain).  

The first project I tackled was transforming a dark cedar closet in my office to light, open shelving.

Cedar Closet Transformation

And for the second project, I updated my dated red brick fireplace using nothing but paint!

Fireplace Facelift

Head over to the Designer Stories website to read the full posts including step-by-step instructions on how you can tackle these projects at home!

While you're there, check out the other projects completed by the other Designer Stories designers for some great inspiration!

xo - jess

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Baby K's Nursery Ideas

Hi there!  I finally got around to getting my ideas for Baby K's nursery out of my head and on to paper. We've gotten a start on his room by painting the walls Sherwin William's Agreeable Gray and replacing the carpet with LifeProof Lower Treasure in Dove Tail from Home Depot.

Here's a look at where we started:

The room is light and bright and the high ceilings make it feel spacious even though it's a very narrow space.  

Here's a shot of the opposite side of the room after we painted the walls and trim and replaced the carpet.  We also already received the Pottery Barn Elliot 3-in-1 Crib from my Mom and we love it!

The room is now a nice clean, blank slate for us to work with.  Here's a mood board showing some of my ideas to finish off the nursery:

I plan to add the fun navy and white chevron removable wallpaper to the back wall.  The colors will be light gray, navy, and army/olive green with pops of orange.  We're not doing a theme, per se, but we've already picked up some fun animal-inspired pieces like the elephant knobs shown above.  I already own the IKEA hemnes dresser (shown above).  I bought it in black and painted it white when I decided to use it in the guest room at my old house. I want to paint it an army green color for Baby K's nursery and swap out the knobs.

I am IN LOVE with the Land of Nod Campaign Bookcase in navy, but it's a splurge and I'm not ready to commit.  I want to get some other pieces in the room first before I make my final decision.

One of the DIY projects we're most excited about working on are these fun branch swings from Garden Therapy.  Aren't they adorable?

{Image via: Garden Therapy}

I'll be back with an update once I get the wallpaper up. Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Small Space Laundry Organization on

Hello!  Dropping by real quick to share that the half bath/laundry room I designed at my first home is being shared on Good Housekeeping's website.  Check out my ideas as well as 8 other ideas for small space laundry organization here: 9 Clever Ways to Organize a Small Laundry Room.

You can read all the details about my bathroom/laundry room makeover at

xo - Jess

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"Hello, can you hear me?"

"Hello, it's me.  I was wondering if after all this time you remembered me?"

Okay, I took some liberty with the Adele lyrics, but for realz it's me! First off, Happy New Year!

How the heck did that happen?  2015 was a super busy year for Matt and me.  We got married (!) and tackled a bunch of home projects (none of which I got around to blogging about) and we also  MADE A HUMAN.

Baby boy is due in May and we are so excited!  I have high hopes of sharing some of our finished projects with you (one being the bathroom remodel I last blogged about) and, of course, I'll be working on a nursery!  The wheels are already spinning!

Best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy 2016!

Stay tuned.  xo - jess