BATHROOM REDESIGN

With our bathroom update getting closer by the day it is time to make some design decisions. While I of course want our bathroom to be beautiful, and add value to our home, it HAS to be functional. Being a one bathroom household means that this room needs to accomplish a lot. The bathroom does not have a linen closet or any shelved storage so the only storage that we will have is the vanity and our two medicine cabinets. Thank God for those medicine cabinets!

I found the below vanity at Home Depot and LOVE that it has 6 drawers. We can hide so many things in there! One set of cabinets will house our towels, and the other set our taller, bulkier products that don't work with the drawers. I am not crazy about the hardware, but fortunately that is an easy fix. 

In terms of inspiration - I am obsessed with this bathroom! Our bathroom already has subway tile halfway up the walls. Unfortunately, it is a dingy off white/ivory color so we will be having it reglazed to be a true white. I plan on going with the dark hexagon tile floors to add some dimension in what will be an otherwise very white bathroom. 

Perhaps one day, if I can convince Phil, we will wallpaper the top half of the bathroom with a paper similar to this incredible black and white floral print. LOVE. But, one thing at a time! 

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

Good question..."Where have I been?"

Well I haven't been doing anything too crazy I just haven't been blogging, and for no apparent reason. I haven't had a lot to say so if you have any topics or ideas you would like me to talk about please let me know. In the comments here or on Facebook. And if you reallllly want to know what we are up to follow me on Instagram, I post Instastories like it is nobody's business.

Ok, onward. Here is a little recap of what has been going on in our lives the past few months. Obviously, home renovations were happening. Below are a few pictures of the chaos we were living in. I am SO happy to report that all major work has been completed. Walls are up, drywalled, and painted. Phew! Ruby's bedroom now looks like a one year old's bedroom instead of an abandoned warehouse. More photos of that coming soon!

In early December we headed to Boston for a sweet family wedding. We got to spend time with Phil's family and Ruby found out just how great it is to have cousins. Unfortunately, she was battling a terrible, never ending cold, along with a double ear infection. Our evening was cut short, I forgot to apply lipstick, Ruby failed miserably at her "passing out bells down the aisle" duty, but all in all it was a wonderful trip. Although, I don't think we have ever been happier to get home.

And then out of nowhere, it was Christmas! Christmas card photos consisted of bribing her with milk and covering up her chafed nose and cheeks with concealer - but hey it worked!

Sadly, Santa was not a hit this year. Ruby was unusually quiet and still while we waited in line to meet the big guy. As soon as it was our turn and we began to make our way toward his lap the screaming and kicking began. Phil is a sweetheart and only made her sit there for approximately 3 seconds before he scooped her up and took her straight to the play place for a welcomed distraction. Oh well, I feel likes it's a right of passage of some sort to have a screaming Santa photo. Now we have one!

We spent Christmas in Ohio with my family and were able to see lots of long time family friends. The holidays are such a special time, we all had a blast traveling from house to house, eating delicious dinners, playing games, staying up late, opening gifts, and laughing till our faces hurt. 

Christmas morning with my people! Side note - opening presents is easier, and more fun when you don't have pajamas in your way.

A few days later we hopped on a plane and headed to Orlando for Christmas with the Marks. Ruby is a well traveled little girl but knowing Anna and Elsa were there to distract her for 2 hours was more comforting than I'd like to admit.

Visiting Florida is always a great time. We have lots of people to see, warm weather to enjoy , and Minnie Mouse is EVERYWHERE. 

After a fantastic few days in Florida we headed home, slowly coming down off of our Christmas high. We spent an evening at Zoo Lights, Ruby played in the snow for the first time, and she got her first haircut! I know, she hardly has any hair, but the hair that she did have was getting weirdly stringy and mullet-like, so we trimmed it up. Here's hoping it's shoulder length by the end of 2017!

What's next? Our bathroom remodel! One of the major bummers about this house is that it only has one bathroom. One as in one, no additional half bath, no nothing. This makes remodeling the bathroom that we do have particularly tricky since we have to leave our home entirely while the work is being done....because we would have no where to....use the bathroom. We have just finished up tile quotes, subway tile refinishing quotes, and are working on a date for all of this to go down. In the meantime, here is a pretty corner of our bathroom, just waiting to be overhauled.

PUMPKIN BABY

Seeing seasons and holidays through Ruby's eyes is one of my favorite things about parenthood. Everything is new and exciting for her and Phil and I love experiencing them with her. Now that fall is in full swing we have taken advantage of pumpkin patches, hayrides, and petting zoos and she couldn't be more obsessed. 

In Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo has a fantastic pumpkin patch on the weekends. Ruby spent a long weekend in Ohio with my parents and they spent their Saturday in Amish country. Lots of petting goats, picking pumpkins, and (of course) eating! Heck, even Home Depot and Trader Joe's have pallets of pumpkins (which is where we got our pumpkin from!). Happy Fall!

Lincoln Park Zoo | Jacket | Leggings | Shoes

Lincoln Park Zoo

Amish Country | Sweatshirt | Jeans | Shoes

Amish Country

Amish Country

Amish Country

Amish Country

Little Girl's Bedroom Rugs

Lately I have been obsessing over a rug for Ruby's bedroom. I have had a hard time coming up with an inspiration piece this time around. This will be Ruby's third nursery in her short 17 months of life, so maybe I am just out of ideas!

I debated about wallpapering her room but decided something so permanent for someone who will have LOTS of opinions of her own very soon was too risky. Her room will be painted in Benjamin Moore's Frostine. She has a large window looking out onto our deck and ivy covered brick wall, the bright white seems to highlight and bring the outdoors in.  

I digress, ok, in terms of inspiration I think the rug will be the focus of Ruby's bedroom. After hours and hours of rug browsing I have narrowed it down to my 5 favorites. They are completely different from one another so I just need to decide what colors and look I prefer.

Do you have a favorite?

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HOUSE UPDATE

HOLY BLOG HIATUS! We closed on our house, went camping in St. Louis over Labor Day weekend, hosted my sister and her boyfriend in Chicago before she deploys again for South Korea, and bought a new laptop charger (ours corroded thanks to a chewer named Ruby, and we were without a laptop for a couple weeks), all while simultaneously working on the house. But, I'm back!  

I just hung up with the moving company and we are officially moving next Wednesday. A week from today, oyyy! We have lots of packing and organizing to do but the excitement is building.

Since gaining possession of our house we have spent quite a bit of time there making changes that are necessary before move in. Thankfully, I have the worlds BEST dad, who also happens to be incredibly handy, and knows how to make exactly what's in my head come to life. He spent a weekend in Chicago removing walls, relocating outlets, and framing for us. Did I mention how great he is? After his portion was complete we reached out to Andy at Windy City Painters who completed our drywall and painting (don't worry, wallpaper will also be joining the party soon) portion of the project. If you're in the Chicago area I HIGHLY recommend this company, they are fantastic all around. We have ordered Ruby's bedroom and closet doors but unfortunately they will not be arriving until early October (post move in) so the trim/door painting and install will have to wait. So stay tuned! 

Here is what we have accomplished so far. I may be biased but I'm LOVING it!

This is a before picture looking from the master bedroom into what was considered a den. We needed 3 bedrooms, so we converted the den to what will soon be Ruby's bedroom. We removed the french doors (as pretty as they were) and closed in this area making the master bedroom inaccessible from Ruby's bedroom. 

This is a before photo of the entrance from the kitchen into the den (what will be Ruby's bedroom). This odd tri-fold was removed and framed in for a normal size door. 

Demo Day! 

 We made many a trip to Home Depot that weekend.

We made many a trip to Home Depot that weekend.

Walls are going up and walls are coming down!

What was the master bedroom closet (I know SO small) was reconfigured to be the new closet in Ruby's bedroom. 

There's a wall between the master bedroom and Ruby's bedroom now! Woo hoo!

The current deck railing wasn't to code and I was a nervous wreck every time Ruby was outside. 

In the process of being rebuilt so that no babies or chihuahuas will fall through the railings!

The master bedroom is framed and drywalled! My dad's company is building us custom closets that will go along the new back wall. They should be arriving sometime in November and I CANNOT wait. 

Ruby's freshly drywalled closet. 

What once housed the odd tri-fold door is now framed and drywalled for a standard size door.

I never knew replacing french doors with a wall would make me so happy but this layout works so much better for our family. 

We painted the entire house Frostine by Benjamin Moore, white is so bright and fresh to me and we are loving the results.

To switch it up we decided to go with a navy (Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore) accent wall in the living room. It adds the perfect amount of depth and drama.