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Organized Baby Closet

The hardest and possible longest project in my house, turned out to be the hallway closet.  It was the last thing in the house that still had a musky mildew smell. In other words, still smelled like the old 1952 house that it is.  Two of the walls inside had wood paneling and it looked like there might have been water damage at one point, from the shower on the opposite side of the wall.  I wasn’t sure if it had mold behind the walls, but I didn’t want to take any chances with putting the babies cloths and things in there.  Also, the awkward placement of the different size pieces of wood holding up the shelves made the whole closet inefficient. You can’t really see in this picture, but the ceiling was lower than the rest of the house and the light was on the outside in the hallway.

The whole thing became a gut job.  The ceiling was raised up and the electrical was moved over for the light to be inside of the closet. If you look, the ceiling used to start at the top of the door frames.

Luckily, the wall backing up to the shower didn’t have mold damage like I thought.  And we were able to reuse the same shelves, but gave them a facelift and better placement.  They were measured to fit adult cloths for later use, whenever I decide to sell the house. My favorite part though, is trim we added on the shelves. I feel like it gives it a clean look.

Here is what it looks like with all of his things inside.  Having everything out in the open isn’t for everyone, but I find it so convenient.  I can’t tell you how many people told me they bought a changing table and never used it. They just ended up changing their baby on the floor or wherever.  I couldn’t imagine not having my changing table. I actually find it easier, so he isn’t all over the place. We are in the phase of flipping over and trying to get away while getting changed, so here he’s contained.  In the morning, it’s great to be able to change him and dress him all in one shot. Especially when he grows out of things and I can just grab another outfit.  Then when we’re done, he loves to play in the mirror.

What do you think? Do you love or hate it?  Does it make you cringe to see everything out in the open?

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Master Bedroom Nursery

So we all know that Maximus isn’t really sleeping,  but this is what my pre-baby imagination came up with.  Since my second bedroom serves so many roles as it is, making it the babies room wouldn’t work.  Also, I wanted to have him close to me for the first couple years for what has now turned into 1am screamfests. I’m a complete zombie when woken up in the middle of the night and making it across the room to check on him is already hard enough, so it’s probably better he’s not in another room.

The space between my closet door and bedroom door was freed up last year, after my closet renovation. I’ll post more about that later, but I no longer needed my armoire in the bedroom, leaving a perfect place for a crib.

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My problem was, that I didn’t want it to feel like there was a random crib just placed in my room.  My goal was to create an area that defined the space for the baby within the room, so I started looking on Houzz for nursery ideas and I came across this picture.


The idea of adding extra storage is a no-brainer in my small house.  I also love the idea of having books on display, since reading to the baby is so important to me.  The cabinets reminded me of the kids cabinets that I’ve seen at Ikea and who doesn’t looooove a good reason to go wondering around Ikea?  If you’re anything like me, you go to Ikea for one thing and after entering the rabbit hole, you leave with things you didn’t know you needed.  Ikea is slowly taking over every room in my house. So when I saw this cabinet, the wheels in my head started turning.

SILVERÅN High cabinet with mirror door IKEA

Now I know it’s a bathroom medicine cabinet, but hear me out. I originally wanted a mirror to put on that wall, so I thought this would be perfect to pull double duty. I was also looking for the ledge shelves that I have in my living room, for the books to go on, but for some reason my Ikea doesn’t seem to carry them anymore.  Thankfully Pinterest has a million ideas on how to make them on your own.  I don’t even remember what site I went to, but it was something like THIS.  I ended up using left over trim that I had from my closet renovation to create the same look. In case you were wondering, this does not impede the closet door. That would drive me nuts if it did.

I got lucky and found a random bassinet in the back of a TJ Maxx for $20.  Sometimes it pays to go wondering around stores for no reason.  It was perfect, since it had wheels to roll him from room to room as a newborn and it fit between my bed and the wall at night.

I also found a picture of crocheted jelly fish on pinterest, so my mom made me a couple to hang from the ceiling.  They still need eyes and a mouth MOM, but I think they are cute!


It took until he was 2 months old, to find a picture to hang over his bed.  I didn’t want anything that was too expected.  I think this has the perfect amount of child like whimsy with a coastal theme that still matches the rest of the room.  Now I wish I could find more animals to go with him.  Couldn’t you just picture Llama Llama red pajama, hanging out with Peter Rabbit on the beach?

This is what his section of the room looks like today.  It turns out, a regular size crib wouldn’t fit between the two doors, so I ordered this (affiliate link) Mini Crib on Amazon.  It fits perfect and he still has plenty of room to grow. I like how the natural wood matches the cabinet too.

This is my side of the room.  What do you think?  Do the two sides look cohesive?  I feel like the lighting in these pictures aren’t doing it justice.

What do you think?

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Sleep Deprived

I’ll go ahead and say it, my son doesn’t sleep through the night.  I know, shocking right?  I mean he is a baby, but these days it seems to be a sign of motherly skill or lack there of.  On a daily basis I get asked “Is he sleeping through the night?” Some in a sympathetic way and others in a purely judgmental way.  It’s usually followed by “You need to ….” Fill in the blank.

Seven months ago I brought home a newborn baby who loves to sleep. Well I shouldn’t say that. He’s always fought sleeping during the day, but he loved to sleep at night. I had to set an alarm to wake him in the middle of the night to eat, otherwise he would keep sleeping. I remember going to mom group and listening to all the other moms complain about their babies waking up all night and thinking “Thank God that’s not me.”  Then when he hit the magical age where they are able to sleep through the night without eating, I thought I was home free.

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Fast forward, four months later and I just need some sleep!!  I am the type of person who requires a lot of sleep. I love sleep! If I’m in a bad mood it’s probably because I’m hungry or I need sleep. Sometimes I’m both and I forgo the food just to get some sleep. These days I suffer with a sleep deprived mom brain. My mom called me the other day to tell me I forgot a couple things at her house.  Me,”If we wrote down all the things that I forgot this weekend we could fill a page.” For someone who is a bit of a control freak, it is driving me nuts that I have no control over my own brain.  So I’ve gone into research mode and googled every sleep fix possible. (Side note, What did moms do before google?)

Here’s what I’ve tried…

1. Soothing bath before bed. -Mostly back fires and he cries the whole time I’m lotioning him up and putting on his pjs after the bath, which is less than soothing.

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2. A little lavender on his sheets. -Does nothing, but smells good.

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3. When he starts eating food, he will be full and sleep through the night. – I feed him two hours before bed, then a bottle a hour later and then bed a hour after that. Still wakes up to nurse and the past two weeks he’s been waking throwing up. Screw sweet potatoes!  Who even has an allergy to sweet potatoes?  This goes on for 1-2 hrs and equals less sleep and more Google! Google says there are people with sweet potato allergies.

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4. Finally, after being told by every grandparent over and over, I tried putting a little cereal in his bottle. -Guess what?!  He would drink 1 ounce and refuse the rest! After 45mins, I could maybe get him to drink 1-2 more and have to throw away the rest. I tried this for a couple nights. Do you know what I have to go through to pump that milk, just to throw it away?!? I die little each time. 😩

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5. Then after 6 and a half months, I came to a point where I didn’t have enough breast milk to send to daycare the next day, so I had to supplement formula. Formula fed babies usually sleep through the night right? So I fed him two bottles that night to get caught up on pumping. -At 11:00 at night he spent a hour throwing up more then I’ve ever seen, filling his whole crib multiple times. So now there’s that.

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6. Tried changing the temperature or his outfits.  -Same results.

At this point, by morning I usually give up and create a pillow barrier on my bed and try to “rest” a little longer with these shenanigans going on around me.

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So I have come to this conclusion…… He will sleep through the night when he is ready to sleep through the night. I mean I’ve always known it, but when other people get in your head that he should already be sleeping through the night, of course you want that to be true! To be fair, he gives me one night every once in awhile where we sleep. Those nights just seem to be getting further apart.

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If you are like me and you are going through the same thing with your little, We will get through this!  We will get through this right?  Tell me we will get through this!

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Making Room for a Baby

I’ve been in my house now for 3yrs and the number one question I received over and over again when I was pregnant was, “Are you going to move?” And give up an affordable mortgage in St. Petersburg? Not to mention an affordable mortgage close to down town? Are you crazy?  “But where are you going to put the baby?” Most people would think that living in a 624 sq ft house doesn’t leave much room for a baby.  To give you an idea, this is the layout of my house.

First, I started thinking about how the living room would work. While I loved the Mid-Century design of my couches, they were less then comfortable during my pregnancy.  The idea of sleepless nights and mornings, nursing my newborn on them became less and less appealing.  So, I posted them on craigslist to see what kind of interest I would get. I couldn’t believe it, after 1 week posted, I was offered $700.  They were 6 years old!  SOLD!!

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My desk was the hardest to part with, but I was going to need space for his toys and activity centers.  My grandfather made the desk and the chair, so I’m storing them in the garage until I can find a home in the future.  That meant that everything that was stored in it, would have to find a new home.

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This craigslist dresser has become my entertainment center and storage for my crafts, board games, and now everything from my desk.  I ran the power cords up the back of the dresser and into the top drawer to hide my laptop and tablet.

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Another thing that had to go was the coffee table and rug. Just as I suspected, we spend most of the day playing on the floor and while the coffee table took up too much space, the rug was just old and dirty.  I replaced the table with an ottoman for toy storage and found a new rug online.

Here is what it looks like today.


It’s still a work in progress, but I love having a sectional.  It’s great having extra seating when people are over.  I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find one that would fit between the wall and the front door.  All of the smaller sectionals seem to be loveseat & chase combos.  I ended of finding this one at Havertys.

I miss the coffee table. The ottoman is not exactly what I had in mind.  I bought it online at Target during Black Friday sales last year. It works great for quick clean up after he goes to bed and it doesn’t close on its own, so no worries about injuries for my little man.  It’s just not the right color or size and it doesn’t slide around as easily as I hoped it would.
The rug on the other hand, was a great find from Joss & Main.  Did I mention the other rug was dirty and old? I thought it would probably be a good idea for the baby to have a clean one to play on.

This is what the other side of the room looks like these days.  I figure this area will be changed out quite a bit as he gets older.

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What do you think? Do you have a suggestions or tips?  What would you do differently?

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What has changed….

The simple answer….. Everything.  I started this blog on a journey to re-invent my life based on what makes me happy.  After 13 years in Orlando, I just wasn’t laughing or smiling anymore.  So I decided to move to Clearwater to be closer to the coast and be able to have a more outdoor lifestyle. Then later, ended up buying my first house in St. Petersburg.  I was ACTUALLY HAPPY, But NOTHING could prepare me for my most recent addition.  On December 29th, I gave birth to the most incredible baby boy and I am so blessed and honored to be his mother.

My entire life, I have dreamed about having a family of my own.  Having a partner and a best friend that I could share everything with.  We would have children and watch them grow, sharing in the sleepless nights and getting excited together over every little milestone they accomplish.  Turns out, real life is a little different. Instead, for the past 5 months I have been living my greatest fear, being a single parent. For reasons I still don’t fully understand, my son’s father has chosen not to be a part of his life at this time.  My brain is done trying to figure out why.

It’s been hard for me to wrap my head around this new reality.  Sometimes I’m not sure what’s harder, is it the physical loss of someone or is it the loss of that future life together that you created in your head?  Either way, today, I’m creating a new dream and it’s all based around this beautiful little boy.  I saw a video of Will Smith the other day, where he said, “God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror.  On the other side of your maximum fear, are all of the best things in life.”  This couldn’t be more true.  I can honestly say I have never been more happy in my entire life…….Annnnnnd tired.

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Halloween Inspiration

This one Halloween decoration had me like 😯 this year…

So of course, I had to go get my own. Sure I could have made some myself, but why go through the trouble when JoAnn’s was already marking them down? 

 

I’ll tell you why you should probably go through the trouble. While they are supposed to look like they are flying out from behind the couch, instead, they are actually falling one by one behind the couch. It looks pretty creepy down there now. There are only about 4-5 left on the wall that may make it to Halloween. I’m going to have to take it up a notch next year. 

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Life…

My heart breaks today for someone I hardly know. 

She stands there filling shelves in a grocery store, telling me the story of how her husband passed away over a month ago. “It wasn’t life threatening they told me, but I could tell he was getting worse.” It turns out he went to the hospital for a minor rash, but through his 9 day hospital stay, acquired Mirsa and a fatal case of Pneumonia. “He was only 64 and was planning on retiring next year,” she goes on. “He was my soulmate and I can’t imagine life without him.” Yet here she is stocking shelves. 

She is the type of person to treat you as her own child. Even here in this momment, she seems more concerned about how I’ve been since she’s last seen me. My heart goes out to her today. 

If I could give one piece of advice, Be kind to one another! You never know what journey in life someone else is on. With all of the things going on in day to day life, remember to pay attention to what really matters most…PEOPLE.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

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Livingroom Makeover

When I first moved into my house I was in a decorating frenzy to get everything done.  After a few months and some disappointing paint colors, I decided to live in the space for a while to see how I felt, before making any more changes.  While the whole house is still in a fluid state of decor rotation, I finally have it at a point where I feel comfortable enough to share.

Here is a look at where the living room started and where it is today.

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IMG_3515This is what it looked like when I first moved in.

IMG_3588I thought I liked the color, so curtains seemed like a good place to start.  Yet somehow, even though the curtains were beige linen, they blended right in with the mint walls.  It just looked blah.

IMG_5188 Enter Darker mint paint. “Malted Mint” to be exact.  I love it, but the window still needed something, so I added bamboo shades to fill in the wall between the windows and the curtains.

The other side of the living room has gone through multiple changes.  How do you decide what the best use of an extra couple feet of space should be?

IMG_3516The desk fit nicely, but reminded me of living in an apartment.

IMG_3756An extra sitting area seemed like a logical choice, but what to do with that wall.

IMG_5192At some point someone told me the turquoise had gone a little over board too.

Hey! It’s “Mint”……but I had to agree.

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 What do you think?