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Our house is a work in progress. The girls arrived about two months after we moved into our new house in Kansas City and we haven’t really 1) had time or 2) had a ton of flexible funds to design our whole house exactly how we want it to. Not to mention the whole toy overrun and baby-proof elements of our design drama. Did I mention we have a formal dining room with NOTHING in it? All of that to say: I’m on the hunt for a lot of things to complete our home lately.

Awhile back, we removed the coffee table from our living room. After Emma took a direct fall into the corner, I couldn’t live with the potential for her to do it again. Especially now that both Kate and Emma are able to climb onto the couch by themselves. The vacant hole that’s left in front of our couch has been haunting me ever since.

Since it’s hard to take the girls shopping for much longer than an hour, I’ve been searching online for the perfect soft ottoman to replace it. I’ve looked at Home Goods, West Elm, Target, Wold Market, Wayfair and Joss & Main but am still on the hunt.

Here are two that have come close – but both are too big for the space. Are they drastically different? Yes – I’ll be honest – I don’t think I’ll know what I want until I see it. Which is how I feel about most of the things we still need to pick out in our house.

West Elm Upholstered Tufted Ottoman

West Elm Upholstered Tufted Ottoman

Joss & Main Dorian Cocktail Ottoman


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.

Kitchen/Living Room

Before

Here’s a photo of the room before we bought the house. This paint color looked yellow/greenish in person and I wanted to find something that would complement the existing grey tones in the fireplace.
living room before

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.
living room paint samples revere pewter stone harbor

After

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.
living room after rever pewter

Master Bedroom

Before

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).
master before

Paint Sample Choices

On top is Benjamin Moore’s Nimbus (the color we already we knew we liked). On bottom is Benjamin Moore’s Stone Harbor. I thought I may want a darker tone, but it turns out I still love Nimbus.
master before benjamin moore nimbus stone harbor

After

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.

master after benjamin moore nimbus

More room reveals to come soon! You know, maybe even with some furniture in them?



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