Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Movin' On

We're moving! You read that correctly friends. It's been a whirlwind of a few weeks, but long story short we are under contract on our current house and actively looking for our next house to call a home. CRAZY!!  I know, I know.  {I've already had one 3 a.m. panic and I've warned my husband there may be another one at some point} Steve and I are still in shock, but it's all good and we're confident that we will find a house.

Here is a quick timeline from the past week:
- Our house was listed on the MLS last Tuesday.
- By Tuesday night we already had 3 offers on the table. 3 offers in one day. Craziness I tell you.
- We accepted an offer on Thursday morning.
- Inspection is currently being done

And now we're on the mad hunt for our next home!!!!  Keep us in your thoughts please :)

Here is a photo from our listing:

Photo courtesy of our fantastic realtor Stephanie Cantner

So my plan for Sheila's next room? Well that's going to be her next room in our next home.  And the sprucing up I was doing in our living room and bathroom? That was getting the house prepared for photos and listing. (I'll do another post on the bathroom update since I never got a chance to show you the final results)

Nothing like selling your house to get the house in order and all the projects done, huh? All this while also being 22 weeks pregnant - I'd say I'm handling things very well thankfully ;)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fabrics for the Big Girl Room and a New Book

A few had asked how I was going to use the fabrics that I had shown in the design board I brainstormed together for Sheila's next room. Here's a photo that I had taken this past weekend once two of the memos had arrived...the Thomas Paul/Botany fabric and then smaller scale fabric.

You can get a better feel from this photo as to the colors and pattern in the Thomas Paul. You can see the butterfly peeking through on the left there and then a few different flowers. It's so pretty and I love how it also has a vintage feel to it as well.  I'm thinking about using this fabric on drapery panels or a Roman shade.  And then the other fabric I would probably do pillows.


And now I'm off to read some more of my new book - Thom Filicia's American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat. Have any of you read it yet? I'm only about 25-30 pages in so far but I'm fascinated by his architectural vision for his upstate NY home and how he works on his projects. So far so good - I'll give more of a rundown once I'm finished.

Have a good one!

Monday, February 18, 2013

My Big Girl's Room

I wanted to show you my ideas that I've put together for Sheila's next room. 

You guys...I'm in love with  this and I hope Sheila will be too. I actually put a few of the fabric samples out on the floor yesterday and then Sheila came over and wanted to play around with them too (my assistant in the making?!)

Realization has kicked in that she's not going to be in the crib forever - although she still sleeps so well in it BUT we're going to need it for the baby and it will be good to get Sheila into a real bed (and she's getting so tall that she'll outgrow the crib before we know it anyway). So that's when I started thinking about her next room.

This is the photo that started it all...a soft, feminine powdery blue paired with the prettiest blush pink. 

And then this fabric memo arrived the other day and it couldn't be more perfect...it's youthful, playful, colorful, and brings in some touches of nature. Perfect for my little girl (and I'm SO curious whether she will be my only girl or not).

And here is the rest of my inspiration board for her room...

All fabrics are Duralee, pillow by Hable Construction, "You are so Loved" print by the Wheatfield, inspirational wedding image Southern Weddings, original painting by Angela Moulton, Onward & Upward print by Girl From Blue Skies, Bear archival print by Amber Alexander, Paint colors are Bashful by Benjamin Moore and Glass Slipper also by Benjamin Moore

I can't wait to get started on this. 

**Everything went great at our 20 week ultrasound - this baby is an active little one and the baby is already measuring a week ahead lengthwise which isn't surprising since Sheila is very tall for her age as well. I can't believe I'm already half-way through this pregnancy.

Tomorrow I'll be back with some fun news. Hope you had a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Words to Live By

I'm working on selecting a piece of original art for Sheila's next room, but in the meantime I just ordered this print for her room as well...

Thanks Mom ;)  Do you have words that you grew up with and have found yourself using as well?

I'll be posting some more ideas I have for Sheila's room soon.


We've got our 20 week anatomy ultrasound tomorrow morning so we're looking forward to seeing our little bubba on the big screen. As curious as I am about whether we're having a boy or girl, we won't be finding out the sex of the baby. I'm anxious to compare our photos to Sheila's photo at 20 weeks. The 3D technology is incredible. Gotta make sure I drink a little OJ so the baby is wide awake :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Boy's Room Fabric Options

I had posted about this scarf that my Mom had given me over the summer and how much I loved the colors. I'm thinking that if we end up having a boy then it would be a perfect opportunity to get the scarf framed and use it as art in the room.

I decided to have some fun and play around with some fabric and trim options just in the event this scarf does end up in a boy's room in our home at some point...

I really didn't have any intentions of this but I like how these fabrics took on a loose nautical vibe when put together and I also added in some fun trim options that I could add to a valance or shade.

Now I'm wondering if somehow I could swing using this with a girl's room too - mmmm...

Fabric sources (clockwise from top): Duralee, Duralee, Thom Filicia, and Duralee

Trim sources (top to bottom): Stout, Robert Allen, Stout

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Living Room and Bathroom Updates

I had hung some additional art/photos in the living room the same day that I updated the floor lamp and the gallery wall, but I never had the right light to get a good photo of the other wall where I had installed the additional art/photos. Here is a decent photo I was able to get the other day:

From top to bottom: vintage sketch of Valley Forge National Park chapel that I had picked up at a flea market last fall, Manayunk Bridge oil on canvas by Jeremy Shires, and a photo of my sweetie pie that I had blown up in black and white.

The wall color is BM Camouflage.

And our bathroom got painted this past week and my Mom was over this past weekend to help me make a new valance. Here is a sneak peek of what is being added:

The wall color actually didn't change that drastically at all. What helped bring everything together was the new valance in the fabric that you see above. I hope to have some more photos later this week.