Happy Easter everyone! I’ve been in Chicago for work for the past few days and ended up needing to stay through the weekend. It’s my last travel trip since I’ll be 24 weeks pregnant on Wednesday – ah! My mom stayed with me for part of the trip (just in case) and we were able to work in some fun during the trip, too.
In my free time, I’ve been making the most of seeing friends and doing a final round of shopping while I’m still mobile enough to think walking eight blocks sounds like a good idea. I think the girls are enjoying the spring brights in bloom in the stores right now.
Looking forward to getting back home, but in the meantime I’m enjoying my last few quiet moments in the city.
How cute is this fashion collaboration? Keds for Kate Spade. Considering I’m not wearing heels these days, these polka-dot shoes are looking pretty appealing for summer kicks. If you’re as in love as I am, you should hurry though because these are already sold out on Keds.com (tip: it looks like you can still order through KateSpade.com or Nordstrom.com).
Since I don’t exactly have $75 to spend on these right now, I see a fun DIY on these in my near future. The ones below could be fun to re-imagine, too!
Happy birthday to my one and only. His birthday present? A lot of snow. And his first chance to shovel our new driveway. I am so thankful for him every day. I know the next year will be a fun new adventure as parents.
We’re settling into our new house slowly but surely. Lots of little purchases – and a few big – which will add up eventually to our dream home. I would say nesting is in full force. The nursery is on my main to-do list, so more photos of that room soon!
What are you doing this lovely Sunday?
Life has been a bit crazy lately. Right after closing on our new house on Thursday, I had to go to Los Angeles for a weekend work trip. This meant pushing back our moving date to this weekend, but Mike figured in the meantime he could do a little painting before we moved in our furniture.
We picked out paint samples from Benjamin Moore (p.s. this part was SO hard) and went over the night after our closing to decide on a few key rooms we wanted to transform. Our priority list included the kitchen/living room, the master bedroom and bathroom and the nursery. There are a few other rooms on our to-do list, but these were the ones where the original paint colors in the house just wouldn’t do. Let me tell you, choosing paint colors in two hours before leaving town? Not easy. Especially when you’re an emotional mess of a pregnant lady, just ask Mike or my mom.
Little did I know, a whole village of family and friends was coming to help out. They say it takes a village … and can I just say that I have the best village a girl could ask for? Mike’s parents came down to help, my parents came over to help, my brother, some of my girlfriends. I think we have almost every room we want to paint complete! That’s a lot of painting in three days. It’s moments like this when I realize just how lucky I am to have family close-by. THANK YOU to everyone who helped already make our new house look so amazing.
Here are a few before/after painting shots of the living room and master bedroom – more to come soon! I’m especially excited about making over the nursery 🙂 Of course, we haven’t moved any furniture in yet so for now just picture a perfectly decorated room alongside the new paint.
Paint Sample Choices
I was about 95% sure I was going to love Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter (shown on top) after seeing it all over the place on Pinterest. Just to be safe, I tested Benjamin Moore’s Stone Harbor (a darker hue shown on bottom), but the entry way is a dark grey color already so I wanted to lighten up the main level with a lighter color.
I’m in love. Revere Pewter might be the best paint color ever (at least in my book). It’s a nice warm grey that has just a little beige in it.
Again, here’s another photo of the master bedroom (before we bought the house). For some, bright blue might be a great color. For me, it doesn’t exactly say “relaxing master retreat” which is what I need. Right before we moved out of our condo in Chicago, we painted it in Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus and fell in love. I swear, our whole new house isn’t going to be all grey… (although admittedly most of the paint colors will fall into the greige category).
Paint Sample Choices
Ta-da! The reveal sans furniture is a tab underwhelming, yes, but I really like how the color turned out. It’s just enough of a silvery-grey to calm the space – which is exactly what I need to feel when I’m in my bedroom.
More room reveals to come soon! You know, maybe even with some furniture in them?