Henry’s Nursery

So here it is- finally- Henry’s nursery reveal! It’s taken a long time to complete, but I am so grateful to Wayfair for helping outfit this room with some seriously dreamy items! As you know, I went with a serene scheme aimed at calming not only the little guy but myself as well. I knew I wanted to do a scenic wallpaper and chose this Susan Harter muralpaper (Calmsden in Grisaille) to base the room on. It’s SO gorgeous, a real work of art. We want Henry to love being outside, so hopefully this starts him off on the right foot.

For the crib I chose the ducduc Campaign crib and I am OBSESSED. It’s the perfect mix of modern and boyish with the greyish stained wood supports. It’s an amazingly well made piece of furniture too.  The bedding here is from Rikshaw (quilt and sheet) which I have loved forever, and the mobile I got from a maker on Etsy (the brass finish is INCREDIBLE in person against the paper!)

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Front Walk Update

As I mentioned I’ve been Extreme Nesting- some of it totally just because I want to and some of it necessary. One renovation project I wasn’t planning to tackle right this minute was our ugly, old front walk and stairs.  But then our brick stairs basically crumbled to dust. And I figured, well that can’t be too safe with all our visitors coming to see the baby, so let’s see if we can just repair them.  Turns out, the crumbling old brick and concrete was so far gone we would have to rebuild.  And since we would have to rebuild them it made sense to do it how we’d like them- in granite slab, and replace the purple and maroon walkway stone with bluestone.  Not a easy nor affordable “surprise” fix, but as I always say to my clients- why do it cheaply when you KNOW down the road you’ll want to do it right and then you’ve ended up spending more!  If you can, just rip the band-aid off fast and do it right the first time.  But this one stung, as you know, masonry work is NOT cheap. Not by a mile!

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(I also love how my chartreuse door looks with my leopard stair runner!)

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Nesting Updates

Andrew and I have been nesting like MOFO’s. This weekend was no exception- finishing up some exterior work on the house, the nursery and the basement.  I was so exhausted last night my brain could not come up with a more fascinating post, so here are some house updates!

The basement isn’t finished by any means, but here is an update.  I’m waiting on some wallpaper and a countertop for the bar in the basement, along with some new furniture (a larger, more comfy sofa) but it’s coming along! The walls are Sherwin Williams for Lowes in Modernist Gray.  It’s pretty true  mid-tone grey if you need one- not too blue, green or purple.  The sconces are awesome and from Lowes as well.  We decided to re-purpose some items from other rooms in the house or items we no longer were using.  The IKEA rug is from our guest room (which is now the nursery), the sofa is from the sunroom which we replaced (and we’re getting rid of this one too), the leather butterfly chair was in the sunroom too but is too crowded in there with the larger new sofa. Same goes for the acrylic CB2 table.  That is the only thing I really need to replace upstairs but not until next spring :)

The side tables I picked up at Target ($77 each on sale and real marble! Thanks Nate Berkus!) and the IKEA frames I will fill once my prints arrive, obviously. :)
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Basement Progress & Design Concept

We are closing in on the end of the construction phase of our basement renovation with Lowes Home Improvement!  It’s been awesome working with DM Painting and Carpentry on this- total pros with a can-do attitude, which I love (highly recommend these guys).  We had some big projects- like the addition of our egress window which involved some insanely big saws to cut a big hole in the foundation- but when building code calls for it, you must answer!  We’ve added new electrical, lighting, windows, plaster and today and in the next few days they will install the vinyl plank flooring, little “bar” area and paint the space!

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