baby brain dump

Part of my recent lack of posting lately can be explained by the fact that, since we found out, my brain has been hijacked with visions of nurserys and cute pictures and random baby stuff. Since we weren’t quite ready to make the big announcement, I just got sort of stuck. So today, let me present:

A bunch of the things I’ve been wanting to pin and blog about and haven’t been able to.

First up, a few of my favorite nurseries. I know I shared the pink and blue options, but we haven’t actually settled on colors. For now, here are a few shots that make me happy:

When your job title is the creative director of J. Crew, fabulousness is kind of expected. I’m a huge fan of this nursery, which belongs to the son of Jenna Lyons. I like the striped ceiling, the uncluttered look, and the quirky, playful touches that keep things interesting.

I love the built-in look established by the crib and flanking bookcases in this nursery shared by the wonderful Erin Gates of Elements of Style. I also love the artwork over the crib. Such a great way of incorporating colors that kids will love without being too cheezy.

I love the unexpected pieces and playful nature of this awesome space.

 Lest you be fooled into thinking I only go for bright spaces, I’m also a big fan of this sweet room from Project Nursery.

I have about a zillion more ideas running through my mind, but I thought I’d share them piece by piece to keep this post from being volumes long. In the meantime, if you have any favorites, I’d love for you to share! I’m happy for all the tips I can get!

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a decorating dilemma

So, I figure it’s about time that I gave you a more reasonable excuse for my recent distraction.

You see, I’ve been having a little decorating dilemma.

We’re thinking about painting a room in our house, and we’re not sure if it’s going to be blue:

Or pink:

In other words…

We’re having a baby!!!!

We should get to see his/her sweet face sometime around April 21st.

I’ll probably share more of an update later, but for now, we’re just busy being beside ourselves with excitement. :)

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3

present for baby B

A few weeks ago, we had so much fun spending a Saturday morning with our friends Ben and Abby traveling to yard sales and looking for deals.  Abby is hitting nesting mode, and was looking to find a few baby things (which are crazy cheap at yard sales compared to stores- it’s really mind-boggling).

While I hadn’t been yard sale shopping in a while, I have to admit, spending a Saturday morning enjoying the beautiful weather and time with friends totally pushed me into deal-finding mode.

So, last weekend while my husband was resting from a whirlwind road trip to buy a truck in Rhode Island (he got up at 3:30am, came home at 3:30am), I decided to do a little solo shopping. (note: Saturday morning adventures are significantly more fun with a tall, dark, and handsome man in the seat next to you, but I managed)

At one particular neighborhood sale, I stopped at a house that had two tables of random kids toys- looking like a total flop. I was about to turn down the driveway when I saw this little guy sitting on the back of the table:

If you happened to read #9 in my earlier post, I mentioned using a lantern style light to go with Baby B’s woodland nursery. I couldn’t actually find what I was looking for online, which ended up being a blessing!

I scooped this guy up for a measly $2. I realize that the shade is a little ridiculous, but thankfully, it’s an easy fix. As a bonus, even Zach thinks it’s neat, so it’s officially boy-approved for the nursery.

Baby Sawyer, hope you like your little gift! Can’t wait to meet you!

something i like

Ok, this is the part of the post where I come up with a better excuse for not posting other than life craziness and generally being distracted. Nope. That’s about it.

Moving right along, while we haven’t been doing a whole lot around our house lately other than the mad cleaning dash that comes before showings, I thought I would share a recent find that I found to be particularly inspirational.

Do any of you get Better Homes and Gardens? My mother-in-law signed me up for a bunch of magazines as a Christmas gift, and that was one of them. I was most impressed with their Septemeber 2011 issue. First of all, I was just excited about their feature of Erika Powell, one of my all-time favorite designers, and Bob and Courtney Novogratz, who Zach and I secretly dream of being our own version of.

After I finished oohing and ahhing over the Stylemakers section, I then proceeded to fall head-over-heels for the insanely gorgeous home of Nestor Carbonell (Richard from Lost) designed by Tia Zoldan of Zoldan Interiors.

Let’s drool a little, shall we?

Alright, first of all, those light fixtures had me at hello. I love the vintage/modern aesthetic, and the fact that they’re a little unexpected.

Next up, can we talk about the FLOORS? Seriously, I don’t remember ever drooling over kitchen flooring more than I did when I saw this picture. If anyone wants to hook me up with some amazing Moroccan tile for our next house, I won’t complain. (ps- On Tia’s blog, she gives out the sourcing information for the floors, in case you’re interested)

Third thing I’m totally in love with: the windows. Windows absolutely have the ability to make a room. The transforming power of natural light is pretty amazing, and these guys are proof.

I also love the color scheme, the sink, the clean, unfussy layout, and the styling.

Basically, I’ll take it.

And it even makes me forget a little bit about the absolutely terrible mess that was the season finale of Lost and the fact that I feel the producers owe me several hours of my life back. Almost.

For now, I’m off to relax with my husband, who is making me homemade mac and cheese. Because he is wonderful. And because it is FALL! Loving this weather and the beautiful change of seasons!