Movin’ on Up

Some of you may have heard, J and I are house hunting! I now have an excuse for binge watching anything HGTV related! In all seriousness, we live in a more depressed area, and while the town itself is working on revitalization, the homeowners in the area haven’t been. Many of the homes, while beautifully built in the early 1900’s haven’t been updated since the 70’s [if you’re lucky] and have other damage, whether it be water, electrical, foundation, etc.

90% of the options in our price range are “fixer uppers” which has sent me straight to Pinterest. As much as I’d love to go totally modern in our new house, I have to try to be realistic with the furniture and things we already own. If we have to shell out money on re-wiring a house, then I can’t blow money on trendy furniture. Right now we have furniture in neutral colors such as brown and cream, but we also have darker jewel tones like emerald and sapphire blue chairs. Eventually, we can exchange those items, but for our first few years in a new house, we’ll have to work with them. Here are my current inspirations for our potential new home:

 

For the kitchen, I’m drawn to crisp white cabinets. As much as J had been trying to talk me out of it on account of our children and their filthy hands, we recently looked at a house with a newly renovated kitchen white white cabinetry and he couldn’t deny how nice it looked. One house we had our eye on also had granite counter tops [which is pretty rare for this area, but the previous owner was said to have been a doctor]. The granite is dark, which is another reason I’d lighten that kitchen up with white cabinets. If we were doing a remodel, I’d like to have lighter colored quartz counter tops with grey cabinets, but that would be a huge expense.

The bathrooms have to be the first thing we remodel. They have not been updated or had anything replaced since the 1950’s. Yes, that’s right, THE FIFTIES. Imagine pink and mint tile. Even in the other homes we’ve seen, the bathrooms usually have fixtures from the 70’s and 80’s. For a half bath, I’d do some thing clean and simple. like the picture above with the gorgeous mirrors and chocolate vanity. If we’re lucky enough to get a house with a master bathroom, I’d like it to have a little more personality, like a dip-dyed shower curtain.

The bedrooms I’d like to keep fairly plain and simple, only because I imagine us rearranging our future children in and out of various rooms. Maybe we need a nursery for 5 years, but then can it be a play room? A formal guest room? An office? We have girls right now, but can I transform the place for a boy with minimal effort? The color grey is surprisingly versatile.

For some reason I’m really drawn to having a navy blue dining room. I feel like it sets a more formal tone while still tying into the scheme of the rest of the house.

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As far as the family room goes, we have a lot of mismatched furniture, but I want to try and make that work for us. We have a matching couch and love seat, as well as coffee and end tables that are all a dark brown. That should be a solid foundation for the room that I can mix and match other quirky pieces with. As for paint, we have brown walls in our current house and I am tired of the brown-on-brown darkness it creates. I’d like to lighten up a living room with a light blue that ties into the rest of the house while balancing the other dark furniture. If I can find a cute navy rug [like the one pictured above] as a nod to the navy dining room, even better!

Maybe it’s too much blue, maybe these smaller updates are still more than we can afford… but I have to have some thing to look forward to and imagine in my mind as we look through all these houses. I’m trying not to get discouraged, as this whole process is really overwhelming for a first-time buyer, but keeping inspiration like this in the back of my mind helps to keep me feeling positive about the whole experience.

 

[all photos were found via Pinterest]

Links I Like

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So I haven’t been very creative in the ways of cooking, baking, or mothering this week. I was going to share a really good banana bread recipe I found, but then I realized we were out of eggs, so I couldn’t make the bread, which means I couldn’t take scrumptious, delicious pictures of the bread for a post about the bread! Anyway, I decided to give you a glimpse into what I’ve been doing on the web this week since I came up short.

  1. I’m trying to get back on track diet-wise and not give into pregnancy cravings as much, which has lead me to troll Pinterest for recipes.
  2. You may have heard the Pope is coming to the USA so there have been many articles circulating about him. So far, this is my favorite.
  3. A friend of mine introduced me to a new maternity wear website. The clothes are so chic and affordable!
  4. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, then you probably already know I have a few banana bread recipes already in my arsenal. Even still, I was eager to try this one.
  5. I’m not ready to move Sophie into a toddler bed, despite our new arrival coming soon. I’ll want her to stay in the crib until she’s at an age where I can rationally explain sleeping in a big girl bed to her. So where will baby #2 sleep? I am currently in love with this bassinet! 

Otherwise, I haven’t been up to too much. I’ve been exhausted, anticipating our trip to New York in a couple weeks, house hunting, planning a gender reveal, and trying to mom. What have you been up to?

DIY Headbands

Ever thought of making your own baby headbands? With some elastic from a craft store, it’s actually super easy, and you can tailor each one to match outfits your babe already has!

Around 10 months, Sugar Plum’s head officially became too big for store-bought baby headbands.

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I spent my Easter break making her new ones. It is actually way easier than you would expect, to my delight! Just pick up some cute elastic and flowers from a craft store, and bust out the hot glue gun! My daughter is rough on headbands, so I typically sew mine, but she has been sporting some hot glued ones lately, just fine.

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Isn’t she just the best baby model?

Contemporary and Modern

These are the looks I am LOVING right now! Even though I haven’t lived here in the Buckeye State with my husband for very long, 1 day of watching HGTV is enough to inspire anyone to want to re-style their entire home. As our family grows, we will eventually have to upgrade to a bigger house [Please God, make it one with 2 bathrooms…]

You may not know this, but Hubs and I both like to collect art. I actually like more of the photography/art print type, and he is a huge comic art collector. The only way I envision both of our style being able to be displayed, is with the modern contemporary look. Gallery walls and bold pops of colors.

So how does one do this on a tight budget? We are a young family you know… I’ll start by sharing some of my favorite pieces of inspiration:

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Look 1: The gallery wall. This can be done for surprisingly cheap! Some of the art we’ve invested in, is worth protecting with custom framing, but some of the cheaper prints, I have put in dollar store frames and mounted to our walls using command strips. This is a look you can totally accomplish even if you’re renting or living on a military base, because the command strips will not damage the walls. You can even paint the dollar store frames if black doesn’t suit you. I however, like the boldness and contrast of the black and white.

Look 2: Chalkboard paint. You may not be able to paint, depending on your housing situation, but this is such an easy and creative way to modernize and update a room in your home. It doubles as an accent wall AND a functional space. Use it to write notes on for the week, or let your kids go at it! The wonderful thing about an accent wall, is that you don’t need a lot of paint, either.

Look 3: This is my go-to, cheap way of changing up the look of my house. Accent pillows and furniture! A few bold prints and one statement piece of furniture [umm, that pink ottoman? swoon!] and your room will be transformed!

Contemporary and modern looks aren’t everyone’s taste, but if you’re willing to make a statement, there are definitely  budget friendly ways to do it!