Lucille’s Nursery Tour

Lucille's nursery

When decorating a room, starting from scratch is so exciting but it also can be quite daunting and overwhelming when you are unsure of what direction you want for the room. It’s hard to picture the finished product when all you have to start with is a big, empty space. The process doesn’t have to be stressful though! Putting a room together should be fun and finding all the perfect little details that make the room work shouldn’t happen overnight. It takes time to shop around, especially with little ones at home. Shopping online is also helpful, but just make sure the place you order from has free return shipping.Things you may like online, might look completely different once you get them in your space. Places like West Elm, Overstock, and Wayfair always have really great sales and free shipping. I can’t tell you how many times a week I am running places to return things and dropping off packages at the post office. It is a process! Even when I think a room is finished I find myself constantly rearranging and adding new pieces. It’s a disease you guys. Our house will never be complete, much to my husbands dismay. Bless his heart!

For me, a room always starts from one piece and evolves from there. The hardest part of designing a room is finding that one defining piece. When I designed my son Jack’s room I really had no idea what I wanted for the space besides the fact that I wanted to incorporate the color navy, which is his favorite. One day I was browsing in a thrift shop and came across this brilliant, old, pirate ship that could hang on the wall. After bringing home that piece, I knew exactly what I wanted the rest of the room to look like. Jack and I had so much fun spending time searching for all the nautical details that really made his room special.

Lucille's nursery (7)As a mother of three boys you can only imagine how excited (and surprised) we were when we had our darling little girl, Lucille. As soon as Lucille was born I started dreaming of what her nursery would look like. After designing boy rooms for the last 6 years, I was pretty thrilled to finally get to design a room for a sweet little girl. I quickly found out, after doing some hardcore Pintersting, that I was not drawn to the typical girly, pink, glitzy nursery. You would think after all the boys I would want to go all pink everywhere…but that was not the case! I am not quite sure why this surprised me so much, as I am not a girly girl myself. My inspiration for this space ran dry after much searching online, so I decided to go back to basics. I needed to find my one piece. As soon as I found my piece, hopefully I would know the direction I wanted the room to take.
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I had seen a shop on Etsy that makes tassel garlands for over cribs, which, seriously how genius is that? I am always weary of hanging anything too heavy over the crib just in case it would fall, so this was a perfect idea. As I was looking through all the color schemes in the shop, I came across one that I loved. Just like that I had my piece. A gorgeous pastel mint, peach, and bold navy. Let’s not forget the gold. Everything in life needs to be gold is what I think. In fact I keep a bottle of gold spray paint in the basement juuusst in case of emergencies. So there it was, I found my perfect piece!

We have a local artist, Missy, that is helping us with all of our painting projects and she’s been here for so many weeks that we are total BFFs now. She is so creative and knows exactly what I like. I knew I wanted neutral walls in this room for a clean look, and also so the garland would pop, but I did choose a white color with a touch of pink in it to soften it up a bit. For a fun pop of color we did mint on the ceiling, and brought the mint down with a scallop edge. I love a clean, crisp room, but I also really love to incorporate vintage pieces into every room. The scallop around the top of the walls was inspired by a vintage wooden tray table I picked up a flea market. Missy cut a stencil for the scallop edge and took it all the way around the top of the walls. The challenge for this room was to keep it clean and feminine, while still giving it the vintage flair I wanted it to have. Sometimes I find that it’s hard to throw vintage pieces into a room without making it look junky. I bought a few vintage items that I ended up not even using in Lucy’s room because they just took away from the clean look I was going for.


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I wanted her name above her crib and I really wanted to do some kind of wooden letters but again, I was afraid to hang anything too heavy above my sweet baby girl. I asked Missy if she could paint her name above her crib with a few florals and a wee little blue bird. Didn’t she do an awesome job? Just as I envisioned it.

The crib and glider are the only pieces of furniture in the room I purchased new. The glider was my splurge, but honestly it is THE most comfortable chair in our entire house. I love rocking Lucy in it ever so much. I adored the earthy element of the fabric which has a burlap feel to it—plus it really tied in with the whimsical little animals I have going on in the nursery. The crib makes my heart flutter! Those beautiful spindles reminded me of antique furniture and I fell in love at first glance. I will take those little details over a modern design any day!Lucille's nursery (18)

The maternity canvas print I ordered from Shutterfly, and I just love it. I posted more maternity of my photos in this post here if you are interested. But seriously… Shutterfly has the best deals ever. If you are not already on their email list go sign up because I get coupons all the time, you guys. Also, I have ordered many canvas prints and they always produce by far the best quality. Lucille just had 6 month pictures this weekend wearing the same flower crown I wore in my maternity photos, and I will be ordering another canvas to hang next to the maternity one. So excited to add that to her room!

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The dresser was an incredibleCraigslist (think virtual garage sale that you don’t have to bid on) find, from a woman who donated all of her belongings to her church after she passed. The church was then selling them all to help a local couple pay for an adoption, a cause we were more than excited to support. Plus, isn’t that dresser just a beaut? Find of a lifetime and in mint condition! The little nightstand next to the glider was a rummage sale find that also came with a twin bed frame for when Lucy is a little older. Five dollars for the pair, score! I love everything about finding pieces from thrift stores. I love the hunt, the uniqueness of each piece, and most of all the price. This girl loves a good deal. For some people it may work best to go in with a set budget when you are decorating a room but I can’t really say that I go into a room makeover with a specific dollar amount I want to stay within. I will say though that most of the things I find come from second hand stores, so I do decorate on a budget, although I will splurge when it comes to a staple piece of furniture.


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The floral water color pillow is by Jenna Kutcher. I bought it some time ago without even having a place for it because, are you kidding me? It’s perfection. I think it was a gorgeous addition to Lucille’s room. The “I’ll love you forever” watercolor print is also from Jenna’s collection. The girl knows her way around water colors. All of the photos on the gallery wall are thrift store finds, some of them vintage, except the two pretty ones with Lucille’s name on them, those were gifts. After Missy painted the little bluebird on the wall I was inspired to add a little more whimsical animals into the nursery. The canvas bunny and fox prints were in the perfect color hues and I think they are quite adorable. Lucille's nursery (4) Lucille's nursery (10) Lucille's nursery (15) Lucille's nursery (17)Lucille's nursery (2)

I originally had pale pink curtains up and they looked pretty darn cute, but I just couldn’t do the pink. It was too much for me. I returned them and got these airy, white, ruffled ones that I like much better. We used a curved shower rod for the curtain rod for something a little different and more feminine. I am still contemplating that pink ruffle pillow I have sitting on the glider. What is my deal with pink? I think it just has to be the exact right shade or its no good. Who knows maybe I’m just a weirdo. And that beautiful Saint Lucille statue was given to Lucy by her great grandmother Marjean Estelle. Lucille’s middle name is Estelle which is after her great grandmother as well. Lucille's nursery (19)

So the room is “done” for now. I would eventually like to add a little reading nook in the area to the left of her crib. Maybe put some shelving on a toddler level, down low, and some comfy pillows for bedtime stories. I am on the hunt for a mobile for above the crib right now. I am thinking dream catcher esque, maybe with some feathers. I also like the idea of having little birdies having over the crib. We shall see. We are also going to be replacing the carpet in her room (eventually…because…so much dollas$), to something a little more neutral and soft. I also just ordered her the most adorable little stuffed fawn rocker! It will be a sweet little addition to her space. But we are so done for the time being, as we have many other projects to finish around the rest of our home. Also, our sweet little diva doesn’t even sleep in her crib yet, therefore no more time will be spent on her room until she gets it together. You hear that Lucy!!?? Hopefully that happens before she grows out of her crib…

 

 

Crib: Amazon, Crib skirt: Amazon, Teal throw pillow: TJ Maxx, Floral throw pillow: Society 6 by Jenna Kutcher, Bunny & Fox canvases: Target, Tassel Garland: HomemadexoJules, Kids rocking chair: rummage sale find (gifted), Glider: Target online in Elle Pearl, Saint Lucille statue: gifted, Mirror: thrifted, Shelves: thrifted, Ballerina framed photo: flea market find, Custom photo canvas: Shutterfly, Curtains: Target, Dresser: Craigslist find, Lamps: hand me downs

Paint colors: Ceiling: Reflection by Benjamin Moore #850 Walls: Alabaster by Benjamin Moore #876

All paining done by Melissa Norenberg of Artistic Designz

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A beautiful mess // house updates

Oh hey little, old blog of mine. Remember me? Apologies for the neglect.

Isn’t it funny how things change in life? I have always been somewhat of a planner. I like things orderly and I really like when things go according to my plan. Having children has forced me to lighten up a bit though. Now, having 4 kids, I have learned it’s a whole lot easier to laugh when things don’t go according to your plan instead of getting all worked up about it. There are still (many) times when I feel challenged to let things go, it is a nature that doesn’t just come naturally to me, I work really hard to be easy-going. Sometimes I find myself trying to calm myself down, and talk myself through a situation. God totally throws some hard balls my way and likes to remind me that His plans for my family are far better than any of my own plans.IMG_1572

{one of our updates was to paint all the oak built-ins in our living room navy and update the hardware}

The “plan” for this blog after Lucy was born was to never miss a beat, and just keep on posting somewhat regularly. I had seen so many women that I admire on the blogosphere do it before. So I prepped by finishing up posts ahead of time, and making lots of lists.  But as it turns out in life, and specifically in life with 4 little children, you can kiss any kind of “plan” goodbye. It seemed like one thing went wrong after another after we moved that prevented me from blogging. Not to mention just being at home with the 3 boys and an infant who nurses like it’s her last meal on earth every 2 hours. The days seemed to vanish away before they even started. Always so much to do, so many things to cross off our never-ending lists. For whatever reason the jump from 3 to 4 kids was SO HARD. And y’all moms that told me anything after 3 was no big deal are CRAZY. I was not prepared for this. I feel like I sort of… sometimes had it together when it was just the three boys, but now, HA, now I am the mom that forgets everything–including picking up other people’s kids from school (am I right Nicole! :/ ) 

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{my plate wall in progress in our kitchen}

Just a few things were keeping me busy in the past few months….

After Lucy was born we were showing our house, selling our house, packing up our house, moving into our new house. When we went through the house it seemed that all the paint colors were neutral, we had a few things in mind that we wanted to update but not much right away. Wrong-o! After moving in, of course that was not the case. All the walls seemed to be different shades of yellow or tan that just made everything look dirty. Every room needs at minimal, a few coats of paint.  Every light fixture replaced. Every outlet plate changed from yellow to white. All these little things really are little things, but when you have a family to take care of, they become big things that take up so much of your time. So little by little we are trying to make this home our own, without sacrificing our family time.  So far we have redone the entire kitchen, living room, 1 bathroom, dining room and Lucy’s bedroom. Luckily, we have  an incredible painter who has been helping us and she has been so flexible with our craziness at home.

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{this is the chandler of my dreams and I can’t believe it’s hanging in our kitchen. Ralph really enjoys replacing light fixtures…he will tell you he doesn’t, but he really does. }

Oh! Did I mention after we moved in we had NO internet for 4 months? Because that was a really fun time. I know it sounds a little snoody, and I do realize we are blessed to have been used to that luxury, but it was really hard.  First of all Ralph works from home and needs high speed internet. Also we don’t have cable, so Netflix is my lifeline with the kids somedays. There was no “hey kids, go watch TV for a 2 minutes so I can pee alone!” or, “How about you guys go turn on Curious George so I can brush my teeth today.” Our new house didn’t have any internet (besides Dish which was out of the question because it’s too slow to run Netflix and Ralph’s meetings), so we payed Charter to dig lines to our house. After that 4 month fiasco, I was so excited to get back to blogging. I was so ready and had so many ideas stored up that I just couldn’t wait to crack open my laptop and let the creativity flow. Plus I needed an outlet of my own. Something that didn’t involve, nursing, or diapers, or homework, or anything child related.  I opened up my laptop and started finishing up Lucy’s birth story. About 2 minutes in, I spilt my entire glass of water on my Macbook. I lost not only my new-er laptop, but everything…including Lucille’s birth story and lot’s of pictures that I hadn’t printed yet. I was heart broken and so bitter about it all. IMG_1568

{a little fall decorating–side note I have no idea how to decorate a mantel because I have never had one. Now I have 2 and I’m so clueless!}

I contemplated just throwing in the towel and shutting down my blog. When would I really ever have time anyways? How could I possibly just jump back in to blogging after skipping so many planned posts? Who would even want to read anything I wrote anymore because my life is such a mess? I can barley keep it together on a day to day basis with everyone’s school schedules and who needs to be here, when, where. I am no super mom. Moms aren’t going to be inspired by my mess. That night I was headed over to a girls movie night with some friends and we watched “Mom’s night out”. The movie incorporated our MOPS theme from last year in it which was, A beautiful mess. When I got home I couldn’t stop thinking about that message. I spent all night going through all my old posts, one by one. Starting from the beginning, where my pictures were terribly lit and I had no idea how to work my camera. I worked my way through recipes with typos, birthday posts, photograph improvements, and all the way to sweet Lucy’s birth announcement. My heart was so full of all the special moments I had shared and I simply couldn’t imagine never writing again. My life really is a huge mess and rarely do I have it all together. But it’s my mess. And it’s a beautiful mess. So here we go. Although I missed sharing a lot of big moments and tasty new recipes, I am jumping right back in (with a new Macbook in hand!) See ya when I see ya :)

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{this artwork hanger from IKEA is the best ever}

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Lucille Estelle Holzmann

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Ralph and I, along with big brothers, Jack, Remy & Liam, are thrilled to introduce to you: Lucille Estelle Holzmann.

Born Thursday, May 1st at 8:36 a.m., 8lbs 8oz, 20 inches long. Lucy is named after her late great grandmother Lucille Holzmann, and her great grandmother Marjean Estelle; a name we have had picked out for over 6 years, and weren’t sure that we would ever get to use it.

Lucy is perfection and we are still in awe that we get to call her our daughter. Feeling extremely blessed.

Stay tuned for her birth story.

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False labor Friday

I am growing the most stubborn baby of all time in my belly you guys. This past week has been a whirlwind. Every day I feel like I am going into labor. What I mean by that is I am literally having consistent contractions every day. Even though this is my 4th labor, this feels so new to me. With my 3 boys, except for a few Braxton hicks, I didn’t’ start contracting until actual labor. Now I am keeping track of contractions all day long, thinking that this might be the real thing.

Friday my contractions kept getting closer and closer together until they were just 7 minutes apart. I decided to call my midwife and she told me that we better get the boys settled and head in. So we got everything ready to go, the boys packed, house cleaned, car seat installed, and then dropped off the boys by Nana & Papa.

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We got to the hospital, checked in and the nurse immediately hooked me up to the fetal monitors. She confirmed that I was in fact having real contractions and the baby was doing great. Next the midwife came in to check my cervix. I was only dilated to 2. After contracting from 12pm-7pm this was so discouraging to me that I hadn’t made any progress, especially because I have been dilated 1-1 ½ for the past two weeks already. My midwife told me to take a tub to try and relax, and that if this was real labor the contractions would keep getting worse and I would continue to dilate. I took an hour bath, we went for a long walk around the hospital, and then she came back to check me again. Contractions never ceased, but this time I was only dilated to barely 1 cm. I actually “undilated”. Even though I was super bummed, I accepted the fact that I wasn’t in real labor and for whatever reason I just wasn’t going to meet my sweet baby that night.

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I left the hospital feeling so down on myself (but first I took a selfie ^). This was my 4th baby, I should have known this wasn’t the real thing. Although the nurses and midwife reassured me that I did the right thing by coming in,  I still felt like such a wussy. Plus it was so much work getting everything ready at home and the exhaustion of all the emotions we felt thinking we were going to meet our baby tonight; only to be sent home to wait to do it all over again. All I can think is that I have one stubborn, sassy, little baby in my belly and my excitement is growing by the minute to meet this little bugger! In God’s time little one. Off to rest and hydrate and the next hospital adventure we go on, I will be ready!

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38 weeks and counting…

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Now that I am in the final days of pregnancy, dilated, having contractions, and baby could come any day now, my thoughts are consumed with visions of what the baby is going to look like and if it’s going to be a boy or a girl. Also my midwife says baby is already about 8 or 9 lbs so hopefully he/she comes soon! I spent pretty much my whole pregnancy thinking it was a boy; for no particular reason really, just that boys are all I know and have, so I assumed this would be another sweet little boy.

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Then there was about a week a month or so back that I thought it MAYBE, might, possibly, be a girl. I even bought a couple girl outfits; of course I didn’t take the tags off or anything crazy like that, but I couldn’t’ help myself. And now I am back to being 99% sure that this little babe is a boy again. I haven’t had any dreams or anything but I do have a strong sense that our boys will be gaining another brother. Since I am not sleeping much, I am now lying awake second guessing our baby boy name choice that we have had picked out this entire pregnancy.flower crown maternity flower crown maternity (9) flower crown maternity (8)

Bump position: Extremely high the entire pregnancy until I dropped last week. My poor ribs have to get popped back into place by my chiropractor every week. So that’s really fun and not painful at all.

Heart rate: 160’s up until the last couple weeks…it’s mid 140’s now.

Skin changes: DRASTIC. My skin was so horrendous this pregnancy….just hoping the scars go away afterwards and it goes back to normal.

Nausea: For the first 6 months it was terrible and even now every so often the mornings still get me.

Cravings: A lot of sweets. A lot of salads. Kind of all over the place.

Sleep: Nope.

Stretch marks: Oh yeah. Not any new ones with this pregnancy so far though.

Belly button in or out: All the way out now.

Wedding rings on or off: I couldn’t wear my ring for quite a while and then one day I put it back on, big mistake. Currently my ring is swollen onto my finger. I am hoping I can pry it off before labor because it’s painful. I just hate to be without my wedding ring.

Total weight gain: 30 lbs so far…and enjoyed every single one of those calories consumed thank you very much!

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Thanks to my friend Shelley for snapping these last minute maternity shots for us! The boys were a last minute addition in a couple photos, so don’t mind their mis-matched sweat pants :)

Photos by Shelley Cullen Photography

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