What it was like to have our Douglas fir floors refinished | via Yellow Brick Home

bed frame | bedding | chambray shams | velvet pillows | marble doorstop | throw | sofa | pouf | fan Although refinishing the floors was on our Tree House to do list for 2017, to be honest, it was more of a wish. Initially, we had every intention of doing it ourselves, …
  • Stacy G. - December 21, 2017 - 6:31 AM

    It looks so good. What a transformation. We are doing our first floor next summer, and I feel equal parts of excitement and dread. I cannot wait until our hardwoods floors look as great as the ones in your Treehouse, but oh the work!

    I am enjoying following the Treehouse project very much.ReplyCancel

    • Stacy G. - December 21, 2017 - 6:33 AM

      Treehouse, Tree House, when will I learn to edit better? :DReplyCancel

      • Kim - December 21, 2017 - 9:29 AM

        Haha, Before we nicknamed Tree House, we went back and forth a thousand times on which way was the correct spelling – turns out, they both are. We chose two words because it’s a house surrounded by trees, as opposed to a house IN a tree. It makes sense in our minds, but we’re all right! :DReplyCancel

        • Stacy G. - December 22, 2017 - 6:05 AM

          Your choice to call it the Tree House vs. the Treehouse makes complete sense. :)ReplyCancel

  • Haley - December 21, 2017 - 6:41 AM

    This looks awesome! Amazing how different it looksReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - December 21, 2017 - 7:21 AM

    What a fantastic upgrade! It is really beautiful and worth so much more than what you paid, it will set the stage for everything you do to the place going forward. If it’s Douglas Fir, does that mean the wood was shipped form the Pacific NW back in the 1930’s? It’s kind of funny to ship a soft wood across the country to hard wood land. I guess that is an indication of the cost difference back then which I doubt exists anymore.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 21, 2017 - 9:32 AM

      That’s a great question, and it’s one I wish we would have thought to ask! Scott also reminded me that the flooring is more or less a subfloor throughout. The fir floors are attached directly to the joists, and the insulation is in our crawl space! Because it’s a soft wood, maybe it was just the cheapest option back then? There’s actually a difference in temperature if you’re standing in bare feet on the living room floor versus the recently added master bedroom floor.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - December 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

    OH MY GOSH IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!! Jaw-dropping is right… what a transformation! This makes me want to get our floors refinished even more than I already did… but it’s our regular house that we live in… and all that furniture… it would be A PROJECT, even with hiring professionals. I’m thinking of trying some of that floor rejuvenator stuff.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 21, 2017 - 9:33 AM

      I’ve been curious about that stuff! Let us know how it goes?ReplyCancel

      • Rachel - December 22, 2017 - 7:49 AM

        For sure!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - December 21, 2017 - 8:20 AM

    What a dramatic transformation! It looks incredible. And I’m with you, the more character in my hardwoods, the better.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - December 21, 2017 - 8:31 AM

    Wow, this looks beautiful! I actually love the bits of pink that peek through here and there in the douglas fir.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 21, 2017 - 9:33 AM

      Right?! We don’t mind it. We didn’t love that saturated red, but the soft pinks mixed with the yellows feels really pretty and sort of ‘old world.’ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - December 21, 2017 - 9:02 AM

    Wow! This is SO beautiful. I am loving following along with your Treehouse renovations.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - December 21, 2017 - 9:17 AM

    I’m so in agreement re: your appreciation of the character in old flooring! Those knicks and patches are like an homage to an old home’s previous lives. Our 1919 four square was previously owned by a hoarder and there are stains throughout which couldn’t be removed by sanding, but I love it. No way would we replace century-old quartersawn oak!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 21, 2017 - 9:34 AM

      Give us all the knicks and scratches! :DReplyCancel

  • Lori - December 21, 2017 - 9:27 AM

    That looks amazing! The continuity between rooms plus the lighter color really makes the space look huge and airy. So happy for you guys!

    Do you plan to leave the loft floor as-is, or will you be lightening that up too, sometime down the road?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 21, 2017 - 9:35 AM

      Oh, man. We debated asking Dean about those floors, but the truth is, they’re in such great shape. I don’t even think they’re Doug fir, and it looks like they were stained a dark walnut color. We wish they were lighter, but they’re even in tone and were too nice to mess with.ReplyCancel

  • aussiebushgirl - December 22, 2017 - 12:06 AM

    I’ve loved and admired this blog from the sidelines for a very long time. It’s your genuine love of preserving the old with the new that works for me. I admire the ‘quiet’ dignity of your blog, and the creative energy you bring to your homes. 2018 is going to be an amazing year for you, and I am looking forward to following you on your journey. Wishing you both a beautiful, healthy and happy Christmas! heather xReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 22, 2017 - 8:49 AM

      We can’t thank you enough for these kind words. Your encouragement does more for us than we can ever express! A warm, happy Christmas to you and your family! xxReplyCancel

      • aussiebushgirl - December 22, 2017 - 8:55 PM

        Thank you so much, Kim! xoReplyCancel

  • Julie P - December 23, 2017 - 12:23 PM

    Wow! Those new floors etc look SO darn expensive and BEAUTIFUL. Congrats!!!

    Question, what species is the huge plant you have styled in the master bedroom?ReplyCancel

  • Geraldine - December 24, 2017 - 4:24 AM

    Loving this article! I will refinish my own hardwood floors myself in the spring. This makes me eager to be at the end of this project and enjoy the result! =DReplyCancel

  • R. Pyper - December 31, 2017 - 5:14 PM

    I loved reading this post because this year we also “saved” our fir floors, including uncovering the original wood in the kitchen. It was worth every cent and second, and your floors and mine could be twins.

    For readers who are interested in DIYing this kind of project, we used Loba to finish the floors–matte finish, commercial grade, no stain, natural color, and smells like heaven. Pics are on my blog for those who want to see.ReplyCancel

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Bali Blinds Natural Shades in Kayana Opal | a review via Yellow Brick Home

rocker | ottoman | rug | end table | sconce | crib | curtains | shades This post is in partnership with Bali Blinds. We shared most of the nursery updates a few weeks ago, but today, we wanted to dive into those window shades - an item that we know has all the potential in the world to be our saving grace during sunny …
  • Bobbie - December 19, 2017 - 1:21 PM

    Beautiful, if idealistic. I know because I also did long curtain with pom poms in my nursery. Which was sooo cute, until the wee one started crawling and put the pom poms in her mouth. Even better is when super human baby strength pulls the pom poms off and they’ve now become a choking hazard. But they’re pretty until then.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 19, 2017 - 2:06 PM

      It’s definitely not a situation we take lightly. We’re completely open to removing the curtains when/if the time comes. Thanks for the note!ReplyCancel

      • Caitlin Rose Low - December 20, 2017 - 2:21 AM

        Our son is now 4. We have never babyproofed a single item in our home. Call us negligent but we left cleaning products, breakables, exposed corners, even outlets uncovered and in the open. He just wasn’t a baby who did those things! Interestingly enough he also has severe food allergies and I always consider it our blessing that we didn’t have to worry about him randomly picking up another kid’s peanut butter sandwich at the park. I’m sure if baby girl makes the curtains her playground you’ll make sure to keep her safe :) Her room is just delightful!! One random suggestion…make sure you can curl up in her chair and ottoman. We had a womb chair in our son’s nursery and I was so thankful I could fit in it and sleep with him (ha, another no no). Just keep a nice cozy warm blanket close by to snuggle!!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - December 20, 2017 - 9:32 AM

          Thanks, Caitlin! We’ve got PLENTY of blankets nearby – as well as a cozy couch about 5 steps away. :DReplyCancel

  • Trude - December 22, 2017 - 5:07 PM

    Love the texture of those shades paired with the curtains! I’m bookmarking all these great tips for when we finally buy our own place in the next few months and don’t have to hide hideous vertical blinds! ;)ReplyCancel

  • kate - December 30, 2017 - 7:36 PM

    Hi, what a beautiful nursery! Was wondering if you know of any reviews for the crib? There aren’t any on its website, and we’re considering it for our nursery. Any insights would be appreciated. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 31, 2017 - 12:50 PM

      Our review is that it’s awesome! Minimal, clean lines and very, very sturdy. We couldn’t love it more, and we’re so happy we went with it!ReplyCancel

  • CD - January 30, 2018 - 1:42 PM

    Wonderful job! I came across you blog as I was researching Basalt Powder paint and saw your “Choosing the right off-white paint” post. Is this nursery also painted in that shade? Purchasing my first home and the task of finding the right shade of white/gray is so daunting! Looking forward to learning from you both!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - January 30, 2018 - 4:25 PM

      The nursery is Benjamin Moore’s Intense White. It’s pretty similar in color to Basalt Powder, but a tad bit lighter.ReplyCancel

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A while ago, we shared on Instagram that we've been working hard to prepare Jack and CC for the upcoming arrival of the newest little. So many of you left comments and messages with your own helpful tips, and we've been taking notes ever since! We also had a handful of requests to share what we're doing to set their expectations, and while our experience is unique to us based on our specific needs, we're glad to dive further into what we've been doing, how they've been responding and further the conversation …
  • Cheryl - December 14, 2017 - 6:16 AM

    When our first daughter was born we had a rescue pup that was skittish around new people. Our pup loved to lay on the landing of the stairs going up to the second floor so when she began to crawl we taught him to go there when he had had enough of her and her that when he was there he was off limits. It will be awhile before that happens in your life, but something to think about! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie scherer - December 14, 2017 - 7:12 AM

    great post! Im a dog mama in the early stages of introducing my pup to my partners children from a previous marriage, and even with the age difference, this was helpful to read. thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle | Birds of Berwick - December 14, 2017 - 7:15 AM

    These tips are so helpful even if you don’t have kids! We have two dogs and are working so hard on every one of these things just to allow people to enter our house! We’ve got a puggle who is admittedly much harder to train but is easy with everyone. We also rescued a coon hound who is very fearful of new people and turns it into aggression. Through many of these tips and months of work we were able to host people in our house during Thanksgiving and it made us all so much happier and put Bogey much more at ease. That said…small children and babies who are crawling are a “no” and he still manages to terrify them, but it’s a work in progress!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - December 14, 2017 - 7:30 AM

    Wow, this is wonderful! Such great training tips. Something else that we did was try to teach our crawling daughter that the dog’s bed was off limits. That way the dog knew it was a safe space to take a break. Our daughter wasn’t trained as easily as a dog (lol) but she definitely responded to redirection and praise to leave it alone. My daughter just turned 4 but we have another one on the way so thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 14, 2017 - 9:10 AM

      Ooh, great point. That’s going to be equally as important to teach her what’s off limits. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - December 14, 2017 - 7:59 AM

    I’m sure you have already read tips about the day you bring home your new baby, but this is what worked well for us with our dogs and cats and with two kids. Take/steal the first hospital newborn blanket she is wrapped in (its the smelliest). Then one of you enter the house first with just the blanket (baby is left in car with someone). Introduce the animals to the blanket smell, then bring in baby. We have found that the dogs quickly understand the new hierarchy and after initial curiosity everyone adapts…except the cats because they are always “in charge”. ps. keep those dirty diapers securely thrown away. Its pretty much the most disgusting thing to clean up- a eaten dirty diaper.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 14, 2017 - 9:09 AM

      Yes, we went over that as well! And so true about the cats. :DReplyCancel

  • erin - December 14, 2017 - 7:59 AM

    this is absolutely wonderful! i love that you’re working hard to still have the pets as a part of your lives even when a new baby is coming. i wish more people would do this because pets aren’t something you can just ignore and discard if a new family member comes into your lives.

    Training is so essential, and i think everyone is that much better for it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 14, 2017 - 9:09 AM

      We completely agree, but by far the hardest part is sticking to it! Training only works with a lot of persistence and practice. We don’t want to give anyone the illusion that it’s easy.ReplyCancel

      • Rachel - December 14, 2017 - 11:15 AM

        I always say dog training is fundamentally simple, but not easy. The concepts are simple once you start to think how your dog things, but the implementation and consistency are SOOOO hard! You guys are awesome though and I’m sure the work you’re putting in will pay off big time with happy dogs and kiddo :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz - December 14, 2017 - 8:01 AM

    I love you guys for doing this. Wish all new parents who already have fur kids were as thoughtful and committed as you guys are.ReplyCancel

  • Beret - December 14, 2017 - 9:41 AM

    The Travall gate guard is the BEST thing ever. To anyone wondering, it is worth every penny. I had a cheaper version first and I would have to adjust it every single time we got in and out of the car. Good luck with the training!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 14, 2017 - 9:51 AM

      Couldn’t agree more, glad to hear you endorse it as well! We also bought a few less expensive versions of the gate, but CC would ALWAYS find a way to push through the gate and hop into the backseat. This one stays PUT. The dogs are safe, we’re safe, and we’re all traveling in peace (for once!).ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - December 14, 2017 - 9:56 AM

    It is so great that you’re training the pups for the new arrival! Bringing home our son went better than I imagined – we have a mutt who is (we think) a lab/heeler mix so she’s high energy and kind of neurotic. Surprisingly, she didn’t really care when we brought a newborn home. Fast forward two years though, and she “tolerates” the toddler at best. I had visions of the two of them being the best of friends (baby using the dog as a pillow, waiting by the front door together) and it turns out they function more like casual acquaintance roommates. Turns out you can’t force them to love each other!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - December 14, 2017 - 10:21 AM

    This is so great! Thank you for sharing what you have been doing. Could you explain more how you use the gate guard and the tethers in your car? I think that could work well for us, too, but I’m not sure the best way to tether our pup while she is in the “way” back. Do you have all of the seats folded down?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 14, 2017 - 10:27 AM

      Sure thing! Sorry I didn’t get a better photo of it. So the seats are all up like normal, and the gate guard is secured behind the seats (as seen in the product image). We have a Forester, and this is made for our car model/year, so your guard might look different than this. Then we have the tether around one of the headrests in the back seat with TWO leashes (one for each of them), and we clip an end to each of their harnesses so that they have freedom to lay, sit or move around, but they’re also secured in the back. Does that help?ReplyCancel

      • Taylor - December 14, 2017 - 12:11 PM

        Yes! That makes sense. Thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - December 14, 2017 - 10:28 AM

    This is so fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing this, as a animal shelter employee and pit bull owner (and potentially getting pregnant soon) this is just one of the greatest things I’ve read all year. If you don’t mind I may take these tips and tricks and compile them into a pamphlet for our adopters to receive, along with other new dog advice. Your pitties are amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 14, 2017 - 10:30 AM

      Thanks, Amanda! We love receiving this feedback – our pets are such an important part of the family!ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - December 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

    Thanks for sharing your experience and tips in so much detail. I love the love and a six foot leash series too. Thanks for the endorsement of the gate guard. That’s a big one on my list. Although it may be more about training me to not feel guilty that the dog is in the “trunk” than it is about the dog.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 14, 2017 - 10:44 AM

      I hear you! I had guilt at first, too, but MAN. We’re driving safer without their distractions, and all they do is curl up and sleep. It took CC a little longer to get used to it (she would cry and cry at first, and it broke my heart!), but she’s doing awesome now and just cuddles with Jack.ReplyCancel

  • Lydia - December 14, 2017 - 1:09 PM

    I am so happy you did a post on this! We did some intensive training with our high-energy high-anxiety chocolate lab this summer before our own little girl was born in August. WORTH EVERY PENNY and EVERY ounce of energy we put into it. Our main takeaways: dogs need a safe quiet spot away from babies (don’t we all?). We also were told to NOT introduce dog to baby when we got home, to just let them start to coexist without making it a big deal. It was also really important to do positive reinforcement instead of negative consequences – like praising dog for turning away from baby instead of telling them NO while they smell baby’s head- not wanting to associate baby with anything negative. We were also warned of regression once the baby starts moving, so we’ve got our trainer on standby for when that happens. We also got a lot of puzzle toys to keep him occupied on those crazy days when you just can’t give the dog the attention he needs and they have helped A LOT!

    Good luck! It went better than expected for us and I’m sure it will for you guys, too. Make sure you’ve got lots of cheese sticks and hot dogs ready to go :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 14, 2017 - 1:29 PM

      Lots of great advice here, thank you! Would you mind sharing the puzzle toys you got your dog?ReplyCancel

  • Regine from The 256 Project - December 14, 2017 - 2:16 PM

    This is the exact problem we have with our 3-year-old husky/lab mix!!: Jack and CC love meeting new people, and their overexcitement has always been a struggle when we welcome visitors into our home. This is especially true with Jack, who is incapable of greeting people without jumping on them, which is a definite no-no with his large sizeReplyCancel

  • Nicolette - December 14, 2017 - 2:44 PM

    The flooring change in the nook probably helps them a lot. I have different flooring in my kitchen compared to the rest of my house and have been very successful teaching my eight year old pup to stay out of the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • carmen - December 14, 2017 - 7:07 PM

    I just loved seeing CC’s face in the car, so cute. It was so cute I had to go show my husband, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Gagner - December 15, 2017 - 9:36 AM

    Good job you guys. We did literally nothing but we have a 15pound cockapoo so the damage she can do is minimal :) Fortunately the transition has been a breeze (we now have a 15 month toddler). The best advice I got was the day we brought her home (we didn’t do the blanket trick) my husband got down on Obi’s level on the floor and let Obi immediately sniff and lick her over – we’ve always let her lay her head on her and sniff her and play with her and have never had a problem. We also put her bed in Aria’s room so she has a place to lay in there. She sleeps with us (and for the first year so did Aria – whole family in the bed) but when I’d go in the nursery to breastfeed Obi would come with to ‘keep watch’. Dogs and babies are just beautiful together. They’re now best friends when Aria’s not busy tormenting poor Obi :)ReplyCancel

  • Marna - December 16, 2017 - 6:41 AM

    Kids and dogs are the perfect combination. You’re doing all the right things. Things will go great; they’re a wonderful breed and very, very baby-oriented. Happy gestating.ReplyCancel

  • Misty - December 17, 2017 - 4:19 PM

    Great advice! A couple days ago I just saw a post on Pinterest about a couple that installed a screen door on their nursery. Apart from looking incredibly charming, it kept the cats out of the room but allowed the room to stay “open”ReplyCancel

  • Jane - December 19, 2017 - 7:28 AM

    I just found this website last night and then I thought of this post. It’s http://www.stopthe77.com and it’s all about preventing dog bites with kids.
    I do NOT think you guys have to really worry about it, and with our Poodle we don’t need to either…but at the same time, I was impressed by their tops and advice and we plan to implement some of it with our toddler right away. It’s good for general rules on how kids should treat animals.
    Thought I’d share since you’re making such a conscious decision to be good pet/human parents!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 19, 2017 - 9:18 AM

      Thank you for sharing, Jane!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - January 11, 2018 - 3:18 PM

    I applaud you guys for seeking professional help with this. Too many people have blinders on when it comes to their pets and assume that nothing bad could ever happen. But you really never know, and it’s best to be prepared. Sounds like you guys are doing everything in your power to make this a great transition. Good luck!ReplyCancel

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marble soap dish | silver ribbon | botanical gift toppers This post is in collaboration with Crate & Barrel. Have you ever been caught off guard by a friend or neighbor who drops by with homemade treats during the holiday season? It always warms our hearts to receive a thoughtful assortment of cookies or jam, and to prevent being blind sided time and time again (no more!), I've started to DIY a few small gifts every …
  • AmandaKB - December 12, 2017 - 4:44 PM

    That’s such a great little gift :)ReplyCancel

  • Paige Flamm - December 12, 2017 - 5:01 PM

    I love all the DIY soap posts that I’m seeing floating around the internet today! I’m going to have to try my hand at making some!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.comReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 12, 2017 - 5:03 PM

      So funny, right? There must be something in the air! :)ReplyCancel

  • Eva @ FantasticHandyman - December 13, 2017 - 5:00 AM

    I love how this turned out. I always wanted to try to make DIY soap on my own, but I never had the courage. I think I’ll try to make them this Christmas as little gifts. The packaging you made it’s so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this!ReplyCancel

  • jo li - December 13, 2017 - 3:37 PM

    I tried this a few years ago and by the time I finished they cost more than the nice french soaps at Marshalls LOL. Now I buy the nice french soaps at marshalls and put them in a small basket.ReplyCancel

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rocker | ottoman | rug | end table | sconce | crib | curtains | shades The nursery is slowly coming together, but what you don't see - just out of camera view - is a mountain of diapers and a toppling pile of onesies in need of their first washing! Every time I pick up a teeny, tiny …
  • Tina Slocum - December 7, 2017 - 5:56 AM

    I love every little detail of your baby girl’s nursery. The different shades of white are so subtly fabulous. And that pink closet!
    I know you and Scott are thorough enough to anchor the beautiful bookshelf to the wall for safety. So excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley- At Home with Ashley - December 7, 2017 - 7:52 AM

    I have a cream rocker and my husband said I’d regret the color and it turns out that he’s right. But mine is a twill, not performance velvet. One suggestion would be to put a towel on it for the first month. My baby had a few blowouts while nursing (it was so gross!) and spitting up. I wish I’d done that even though I hate having a towel on a seat. I was just so sleep deprived that cleaning a chair was super unappealing. The room is looking stunning!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 7, 2017 - 8:12 AM

      Great tip, I may have to do that! Luckily the velvet will be more forgiving than twill, but even still. Thanks, Ashley!ReplyCancel

      • Sharon - December 7, 2017 - 1:04 PM

        This is such a good tip! Definitely put a towel down for the first month – maintaining the chair is not something I could have possibly done in those first few weeks of my babies’ lives. There are some things I let go while I was in that exhausted, figure-it-out stage, and now that I’m past it, there are some things that can’t be undone.ReplyCancel

      • Cindy - December 7, 2017 - 2:09 PM

        I second the motion: great tip! Respect the blowouts, man.ReplyCancel

      • Kelly - December 11, 2017 - 9:18 PM

        We put a cute washable blanket or quilt on our upholstered rocker for just this reason. It looked cute and made my life easier. So excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - December 7, 2017 - 8:12 AM

    Love the scone light next to the chair. Do you mind sharing where you got it?ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - December 7, 2017 - 10:10 AM

    I’m SO glad to hear that you’re a researcher as well. My husband (I think) finds it endearing, but I know people think I’m nuts. Why, yes, I did research for two hours about which wool socks are warm enough for a trip to Bavaria. Yes, I want a water pik that will last more than a few months. I can’t help myself! I want the best.

    The nursery is looking fantastic, and I can’t believe you’re so close! So excited for you guys.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 7, 2017 - 11:04 AM

      It’s a sickness – I drive myself (and Scott) crazy!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - December 7, 2017 - 11:03 AM

    Lovely! We’re decorating our nursery right now for our first baby – a little boy- my husband keeps saying it’s fifty shade of gray in there, but as we get closer to the finish line the subtlety of the tones are popping out more. Our glider is in performance velvet as well, but it’s in a really soft gray – everyone keeps telling me how gross it’s going to get but only time will tell!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 7, 2017 - 11:05 AM

      Eh, that’s life. Nothing is too precious in our home, and we do our best to choose durable, hard-wearing materials.ReplyCancel

  • Julia | Chris Loves Julia - December 7, 2017 - 11:04 AM

    Nothing beats all those layered shades of white. Talk about serene!ReplyCancel

  • Malia - December 7, 2017 - 11:30 AM

    Looks amazing! I love the serene & cozy space you’ve created! Looking forward to reading your post about the natural shades as well. Purchasing some very soon!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - December 7, 2017 - 10:25 PM

    Gosh this room is looking so beautiful and inviting! As a fellow shortie (5’0″) I can’t emphasise enough how important it is that you be comfortable in whatever chair you’re nursing in. I neglected my posture for the first several months after my son was born and ended up with constant pain in my mid back. It was totally preventable if I’d only prioritised better back support and being able to rest my feet flat on a footstool (the one I had was too narrow to comfortably get both feet on at once). All improved dramatically when I embraced the wonder of a V pillow, which I set with one arm supporting my back and baby resting on the other.

    Sorry for the torrent of information, I just wish someone had been able to tell me this two years ago. Wishing you all the best for a peaceful final month of pregnancy!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 8, 2017 - 8:41 AM

      I appreciate this feedback! The pillow at the back helps, and the ottoman is quite large for my tiny feet. :) We also have a boppy and a few other essentials to make holding the baby a little easier as well, we hope. Thank you, Nicole!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - December 8, 2017 - 8:00 AM

    I love this room! We’re in the process of decorating a nursery for our first little girl and I’m loving all of your choices. You might have mentioned this in a previous post, but what’s the paint color on the walls?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 8, 2017 - 8:42 AM

      Thanks, Miranda! It’s Intense White, Ben Moore.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - December 9, 2017 - 12:49 PM

    It looks so beautiful! Excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • 'col - December 10, 2017 - 9:07 AM

    Chiming in to agree with previous commenters about covering the chair for the first few weeks. Better than a towel even would be an easy-wash throw blanket (that’s thick enough to catch some mess). I’m not worried about you–I know you and Scott will work as a team to handle all the things that come up (pun maybe a bit intended). I just want it all to be as easy as possible for you.

    I’m so excited for you. I’m sure you have been bombarded with advice about baby, so I won’t offer any beyond: be kind and gentle with yourselves, and accept help where you can.

    I’m grinning my face off for you!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 10, 2017 - 3:28 PM

      You’re so sweet, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 10, 2017 - 9:41 PM

    Third the motion to just cover the rocker with a towel or sheet for the first few months. Even if your fabric cleans up, it’s so much easier to throw a sheet in the wash. That’s what I did and our non performance light gray Monte glider is in mint condition for kid #2. OTOH, I burped my baby once on the uncovered couch this week and of course he chose that one time to have the most dramatic projectile spit up. Since then I’ve grabbed a blanket.ReplyCancel

  • nicole - December 12, 2017 - 4:39 PM

    I’m sure you’ve written about this before, but is there a reason you go with curtain clips/hooks as opposed to using the sewn in pockets? Is it just a matter of taste kinda thing or is there a functional difference?

    (apologies if you wrote about this in this very post and I missed it #pregnancybrain)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - December 12, 2017 - 4:58 PM

      It’s totally personal preference! I like that I can scrunch the curtains tighter to one side when they’re on clips, but mostly I just like the look they create at the top compared to putting the rod through the pockets.ReplyCancel

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