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Getting things done

We’ve been working on our girls’ room little by little–I spent the majority of my pregnancy sort of online “window shopping” for it. I was seriously excited to get to put together a girly nursery/shared room for Rose and the baby. We were too poor to really buy any furniture or decorate a room when Rose was born (we didn’t really even have a dedicated space for her–we moved 3 times the year she was born). And then we had a boy so it was a shared space and I couldn’t really go pink or feminine with anything, plus we were renting and saving for a house. SO anyway, it’s more for my own satisfaction than anything… We started by splitting the bunk bed, which I made Reed and Raimo do because I was pregnant. Here’s the before of the two rooms:

I bought a new crib this time around since Berrett is just 23 months and will continue to use his crib for the next year. It feels like a rite of passage to get to pick a crib for your baby.

Here’s the little gold crib I picked.

We got it up in June over our anniversary staycation. Next came the dresser. I was actually quite anxious to get this taken care of because I was nesting hardcore, and because all 3 of our children were sharing one dresser in the boys’ room, plus I had gotten out all my baby girl boxes and washed and folded all the tiny things, and they needed a home. We were getting close to the due date, and I was having a hard time choosing because the room doesn’t have a lot of space (initially I was thinking vertical dresser under the window between the two beds) but I wanted a horizontal dresser for more storage and so I’d have the option of putting a changing station on top of it. I picked this one from Joss & Main

I loved the gold knobs to match and the sweet details of the feet and the drawers. Luckily I got it on an even better sale than it’s listed here. It took hours and hours to put together but I guess that’s why you save so much money buying this way. We got the dresser built, and I went into labor in the middle of that night! It was physical work building the dresser, I tell ya!

Hi Giselle! 👋

So I’ve been a bit land-locked since then and haven’t had a chance to finish the room. My mom did come and help me sort and load all of the baby clothes, plus all the other kids’ clothes, and donate old things and put away too-small things. She also washed and put the crib bedding on which was gifted by my aunt! I felt much better about life once it was done and I could dress my baby in a myriad of adorable options! 🎀

I had to buy a bassinet while in the hospital (thanks Amazon) because I threw out my hand-me-down one that was kind of falling apart earlier this year. It was cheapish, but another thing on the list (ummm diapers??) We also realized I threw out the baby bathtub…oops. We’ve been making do, but just bought a puj today so it’s on the way. Sorry Giselle. No baths for you!!!

Next came blinds. A couple of months ago the blinds on the larger window fell down in this room, and since then a sheet has been hanging there for a window covering. I ordered some cordless blinds for the two windows (I hope to go cordless all through the house eventually–most of our blinds are extremely old and have very long cords, which is a child hazard. In fact, Berrett has actually had one of them around his neck before and luckily I was right beside him to remove it and put it it of reach. SO I hope to replace them, and in the meantime all of the cords are tied up high, and we’ve had talks with the older kids about keeping the cords up and telling mom if one is ever accidentally let down. Just realized this is the longest “aside” inside parentheses maybe ever).

I bought these cordless white faux wood blinds from selectblinds.com and they seem great so far. I should add that I also painted the interior of the window trims white because whoever painted this room light blue took the paint all the way in to the windows, and I don’t want the blue poking through after I change the room color (light, light pink or peach?!?) The blinds look really nice and are pretty easy to maneuver. My only complaint is that the website only specifies if they’ll be inside mount or outside mount blinds (I wanted them mounted inside the window frame) but the hardware didn’t allow us to hang them from the side, only from the top of the window. This didn’t work for us because there is an arch.

So I made Raimo buy a 2×4 and have it cut just the right size. Luckily he talked to a guy at Home Depot who recommended the perfect hardware to hang it with. I painted it white and he got it up this morning. It sounds simple, but it’s actually been a long delayed process and I’m really glad it’s done, and no longer have blinds sitting in the baby crib and screws lying around and tools all over. Raimo got the blinds to attach to the 2×4 and it all worked out. I already had this arch covering, and it sits nicely on top. Hooray! Do you ever have little projects like this that sit in your mind for a long time and nag at you?

So that was a big check mark on my list today. Next up is finding the perfect paint color to go with this wallpaper

The lighting is not very good in these pictures, but this is what the paper looks like in daylight:

I love love love this wallpaper and have had my eye on it for a long time. I caught it on sale 20% off at Anthropologie, and had to jump on it! Im nervous about the process of wallpapering because I’ve never done it before. Especially with the arch window and the angled ceiling! I’m going to put it on this accent wall, and paint the other 3 walls. This is what I have in mind for the wall color… a very very light pink or peach

I like how calming it is with such bold paper. Wish me luck in finding the perfect match!

After that, I think I’ll finally be at peace with the room for a bit. Of course, it’d be nice to have a soft rug underfoot (we have cork floors in the bedrooms) but that will have to wait awhile. I’d also like to find a new way to store all those children’s books, maybe get a bigger white bookshelf, or do some cute flat displays on the walls like this. Raimo will kill me when I show him the tutorial for making it–very overwhelming! But so cute!

I also really love the rolling acrylic shelf in this picture. It’s nice to have some books on display and some that you can roll right next to the bed. We have SOOoo many books though. They’d never fit. We need to move some over to the boy room. Speaking of which, the boys’ room kind of has a loose theme of sailboats with blue and navy and kind of primary colors. Eventually I picture moving the bunk bed in there for them and getting some cute navy and white striped bedding. The walls are dark grey with white beadboard, and I’m fine with it for now, but I would like to eventually paint it all white, or something lighter since there’s only 1 window. I used these fabrics to make their pillowcases at a Relief Society activity, and I’d love to make curtains or something to match

I’m also thinking about what I’d like to put on the girls’ walls. I recently found this girl on Instagram — she makes the cutest name signs

I love all my kids’ names so much and seeing them written out makes me happy. Maybe something like that above each head of the bed. The boy ones are cute too

And I’d love to put a rectangle one over our front door in the entryway for the Laitinens 06-07-08. Love seeing our date 💕

Other ideas: we got a ton of beautiful photos from Giselle’s newborn shoot, so I could put up a few of those over her crib and maybe a few other girly things. I also love this print. I’ve been starting to collect artwork that has mother/family themes

These are a few I have from Caitlin Connolly that I love. Everything she does is so good and meaningful

And I love this one

by Brian Kershisnik. I’ve been meaning to move it to my room over the white bassinet– I think it would be sweet there.

This post is full of TANGENTS! It feels kind of nice to get down all my thoughts about what I want to do with my house. I sit inside it all day long and come up with plans and ideas for it. I did the same thing when I had Berrett. Our house was a bit different then. We had no couch when he was born, no rug, lots of empty walls and spaces to fill and organize. It takes a lot of money to furnish a house, and it takes a lot of thought to make it the way you want it and to make it feel like home. It has definitely come a long way. I should probably take some pictures of what the house looks like now (when it’s all cleaned up!) just to record what it looks like… because I enjoy putting it all together. And I like pretty things 🙂

Another tangent: I went back to re-read this after posting, and my phone had corrected “I’ve been starting tonsillectomy artwork” in place of “I’ve been starting to collect artwork” and for some reason it is SOo funny to me right now at 10 pm. I’m still laughing! What would tonsillectomy artwork look like????? 😂😂😭😭I’m crying. So tired.

A few more baby girl room ideas:

I really like this statement closet door that Young House Love did in their girl’s room. After finding the perfect lightest pink for the walls, I think I’d like to do this with a bolder pinky coral. And add a crystal knob 🙂 Here’s some pink on pink for an idea

I like this shade on this dresser

Also, white curtains or window treatments. If we finish this room by the time she’s 18 we’ll be golden!! Lol. If I were Young House Live, I’d also put white shiplap on the ceiling. I think it’d be cool (or dool, thanks autocorrect) since the ceiling is an interesting shape.

Instead of working on my house projects, I’m usually just cleaning up and caring for my kids. I can’t imagine how that mess just builds up so many times each day…

I spend a lot of my time fixing things they break and just putting things back together all day long. There are also random House things we have to take care of all the time too that get in the way, and it’s annoying. Case in point, yesterday while sanding that 2×4 with an electric sander, something went wrong with 2 electrical outlets outside. One of them had my beautiful outdoor lights plugged into it (now not working) and one in our garage had our hot water heater plugged into it!!! 😱😱😱 Today I got the idea to hook the hot water heater to an extension cord till we can get an electrician here (and no, playing with the breakers didn’t work. I was standing barefoot outside with my newborn switching them on and off in the blazing heat… not what you imagine when you dream of home ownership). We spend a lot of our time trying to keep our house together and just doing upkeep. It’s rough. Also both of our ceiling fans now have various issues and don’t work.

This is getting boring. More artwork!

I bought this print a long time ago, and i still need to have it framed. I love it!!! I may put it over Roses bed if it matches the room. Everything this artist does is really whimsical and old fashioned

This one would be so cute in a bathroom

Some other art I love

Any seascape

And I’d love to do a DIY of this “do the cha cha” … I think it’s perfect for us!

I’m still loving our outdoor setup that I bought in the spring. I thought for sure I’d sit out there a lot in the summer. And we did before it got hot, but the last few months iVe just been staying indoors. But sometimes in the evening we’ll go out with friends. The other night we were playing Go Fish with Ben and Liz. The things Finn was saying were hilarious. He just doesn’t really get the game, for example he was too excited to hand over one of his cards when it meant someone else was getting a match. Yes I DO have a sea turtle!! Hooray here you go kind of thing. Too sweet. And an awesome use of this outdoor space. And I enjoy the lights every night. I think we’ll use it a lot again as it cools off in the fall.

All of the little details feel like progress. Yay for house progress! 🙂

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