Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Hodgepodge [Almost] Finished Nursery

Ten days folks! That's how long I have till baby #2 graces us with his presence. At least in theory, that is. He could of course come sooner (yes, please), or later ( no, thank you). We made some major switcheroos to our room situation, moving the guest bedroom downstairs, to allow for a new nursery upstairs. This has been a really fun project for me. I chose to lighten up the color scheme, going for Watery from Sherwin Williams. I had a coupon and saw this color in a magazine. I actually bought it for my kitchen originally, but it was too baby blue. I decided I was going to use it on our future nursery regardless of having a boy or girl. Turns out to be perfect.
Last night, Tony and Taliila finished hanging some pictures and a chalkboard. There's still a little fiddling to be done, but here's the gist of it. I'm really proud of most of the deals I got, with the exception of the chalkboard, which was a splurge.
 Stool: Refinished FREE, Chalkboard: Home Goods $49.99, Ikea Lamp: via Craigslist $5

 Softest Rug EVER: Gabriel Brothers $65, Chair & Ottoman: via Facebook $65
Framed Animal Art: Via here, White Frames: Ikea $7.99, End Table: yard sale $5, Green Lamp: Already owned
 Mobile: via yard sale $5, Red/Yellow Chest: my childhood dresser FREE, Thomasville MCM Dresser: Tony's grandpa's FREE, 
Green Polk Dot Diaper Topper: previously had from Taliila's Room
Curtains: Home Goods $29.99, Crib: Ikea via Craigslist $25, Sheets/Bumper: Free from friends
Like I said, a hodgepodge, but the room itself is really light and airy- I love it. We already tend to congregate in it and play on that big, comfy rug. I can officially say we.are.ready.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Real Estate Monday: Thornburg

Today's Real Estate Monday is thanks to a friend who shot me over a picture of this house. It's pretty amazing, and has so much more potential. It reminds me of this bungalow in Seattle I posted about a while ago (seriously worth clicking on if you never saw it). This time the show stops in Thornburg, Pittsburgh. For a whopping $287,000 you call this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom estate your very own home.
560 Hamilton Rd. Pittsburgh, Pa 15205
 I love the curb appeal, and the beautiful California front porch. 

 The kitchen, while bland, is at least updated. I'd love to see some life breathed into it with some creamy gray cabinets, and a huge island painted black, with some fun stools around it. 
 The description says there's one large room upstairs with an ensuite bath. I'd say this would be more than adequate for a breathtaking master suite. Just add some new lighting, some warm paint, and furniture, and voila. 
 This courtyard reminds me of something you'd find in St. Augustine, FL. 

What'd you think? Did you click on the Seattle link? I think it would be a pretty awesome house. 

* I am not the listing agent for any of the homes I share on Real Estate Monday, unless otherwise stated. I do not receive any compensation for these posts. If you'd like more information on any of the homes, please contact me via email or cell and I can always schedule a showing for you :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Front Door Makeover

My house was repainted about three weeks ago. It's actually a very subtle color change- from creme siding to light green- but the slight change made my door color look a bit off. Just in time for the fall, I chose to paint our front door an eggshell black. It's looking very halloween-y with my jack-o-lantern wreath, which yes, I ended up buying from a store instead of making. I told you I wasn't crafty. Plus, I'm now 9 months pregnant, and have other projects on the list that I'd like to get done before baby time. Now I can check painting the door off my list. 
Here's a close up of the house color so you can see what I mean when I show you the old door. I can't tell you how happy I am with the paint change... it just looks so much cleaner. 
Next step is tackling that huge rhododendron bush so you can actually see the front of my house! We're finally working on the curb appeal here, something we've been neglecting till recently. It's a process. A never-ending process. 
 Here's the old front door color- the color I've been obsessed with using for accents for over a year now. 

I started taping off the small wood pieces in between the glass, and then I realized why I never tape things- because I hate it. 
But, ultimately I'm glad I did because this little one wanted to help paint. 
And voila, the finished product. I'm quite pleased. Also, paint scrapes off the glass fairly easy with a razor blade and some Windex. 
Here's a little close up of the wreath I found at Home Goods. I love how the colors pop against the black now. 

 And finally a little outside peek. 

Happy Fall! 


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