home // baby room

Hello there.

Seeing as my baby bump is almost 32 weeks along, I suppose I should start working on a baby room.

Poor, pitiful second children.

Matilda’s baby room was long finished by my 32 week mark.

Here’s where my head is at this second currently.

Paint: white walls with maybe one black wall.

We adopted a (huge) mid-century modern desk from the house my parents are renovating. It will serve as the changing table mainly, but it will also catch some other surface-required items. The desk has been painted white, and I’m thinking it would look lovely on a black wall with a gallery of frames above it.

Theme: Blech. No themes here.

I can’t handle being married to a theme. Not in a baby room or any room in my house for that matter. I have to collect pieces for a space as I find them. I know it’s right when it feels right.

I am very cheap thrifty. I cannot justify spending much money on many things in life. When I was putting together Matilda’s room, all furniture was donated or handed down. However, I’m over all of those pieces for a baby room. SO. I’ve been hunting inexpensive pieces that will satisfy my cravings for Ingrid’s room.

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Ikea crib: $69.99 (lovingly purchased by my parents as a baby gift) // Urban Outfitters rug: ON SALE! for $19.99

Urban Outfitters mobile: ON SALE! for $9.99 // A vintage ABC embroidery for $8 at 410 Vintage in Fayetteville.

Lastly, a wool blanket that was a birthday gift for me from my sweet in-laws.

Not very babyish, huh? I’ll post pictures as it comes along.

I think as I accessorize it, it will feel more babyish. Also, these ideas are subject to change as I put the room together.

But, it’s a start. (For Ingrid’s sake.)

How do you decorate? Theme or no theme? Color palette? Budget or not?

Happy decorating! xoxo

diy // card catalog update

A couple of years ago, my wonderful husband (who knows how much I love hording collecting junk) called me to ask if I wanted an old card catalog from the university he worked at. For free.

Before he could even get the question out of his mouth, I said “Yes!”

He and a friend about broke their backs moving it into our garage.

There it sat.

Until we moved and had the perfect nudge to get it updated and into our new home.

With a little inspiration from this Design*Sponge post and a little help from my husband, I updated this guy.

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I used Glidden’s Semi-Gloss High Endurance Paint + Primer in Cool Breeze Blue. We cleaned it thoroughly and busted out the paint. It took about three coats to get it fully covered. Taking out the drawers and leaving them the original finish cut out a ton of work.

Total cost: $15 for paint.

This piece fits perfectly in our home. We’re in love.

How has your luck been with painting furniture? I was nervous, but it was shockingly easy.

Happy hunting, updating, and DIY-ing! xoxo

vintage // school lockers

Warning: Most of my upcoming posts will be home decor related, because we are hopefully closing on a new home in two weeks-ish.

We found the perfect house for our little family. This precious home was built in 1978 and has all the charm we were looking for. The bonus is that it was remodeled within the past year. There are a few minor things we will change (front door, paint colors, some light fixtures), but overall we are completely smitten.

We downsized, thank goodness. However, we didn’t sacrifice the things we loved most about our previous home. It has an open living/dining/kitchen area, a efficient floor plan (no wasted space), loads of built-ins, and an amazing yard. I’ve been up at night arranging and rearranging our furniture in the new space… in my head.

I’m too excited to sleep.

One of the spaces I’ve been planning out is the entry from the garage. It is a spacious laundry room with a door to the backyard. Naturally, I want to turn it into a mudroom as well.

There is a perfectly open wall… just right for vintage lockers. Perfect for creating a laundry/mudroom. Right? Right.

The problem? Lockers are going for hundreds of dollars, man. I’m now on the constant hunt for a set of cheap lockers. Let me know if you find any!

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I will certainly share this decor journey as we go. Moving in count down: 12 days. Eek!

Happy hunting! xoxo

thrift finds // online?

More times than not when I get the urge to dig through the dirty shelves of a thrift store, my sweet girl is napping. Alas, I don’t get to go very often. She’s asleep right now and I just had said urge.

Then it came to me: I need an online thrift store.

They exist.

I found two that are help those in need and seem fairly easy to navigate.

Shopgoodwill.com has more of an eBay feel. You set up an account and bid on items.  They pull items from all over the country to post online.

Here are a few vintage (turquoise, Ray Bans, Coach bag) finds…

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The other site I found is called WebThriftStore. This site allows anyone to donate items, the money goes to a charity, and then the seller gets a tax receipt. No bidding here, you can buy what you like immediately.

Here are a few more vintage (Marc Jacobs and CHANEL) finds…

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Do you thrift online? What are you favorite sites?

Happy hunting! xoxo