I LIKE MY SUGAR with coffee and cream!
Especially on Mondays. Except for the sugar and cream part. I take my coffee with coconut oil and a few drops of maple syrup. Yep. I’m one of those. It’s so good that way.
Did that give you enough time to shake The Beastie Boys out of your head? No? Okay, let me hit you with a little nursery update to cleanse the palate. I recently wrote about my plans for baby number two’s nursery. Here’s a real life pin board I put together with some catalog clippings and fabric swatches.
I’m set on this graphic, black and white pineapple print from Little Smilemakers and these darling rainbow confetti wall decals from The Lovely Wall Co. Also, despite having four other contenders to grace the floor with their beauty, I ended up purchasing a completely different area rug when I was out shopping with my hubby two weeks ago. This is the kind of crazy thing that happens when grandma comes to town and we have an afternoon without our son. We even had a romantic lunch date at the café at Wegman’s.
The rug came from The Dump, an overstock furniture outlet with locations all across the U.S. I understand not everyone has The Dump close by, and I always enjoy the look on people’s faces when you tell them you got something fabulous at The Dump! Priceless.
It is an 8(ish)x10(ish) Napa Zig Zag rug by designer Liora Manne. As far as I can tell, the blue version of this rug isn’t available online in this size. It is available in black and white on Wayfair and other websites where rugs are sold. Although it’s an indoor/outdoor rug, it’s incredibly squishy underfoot. I was immediately drawn to it because it has the look of Moroccan Berber rugs, which are really on trend right now. I also thought the rug was equal parts sophisticated and playful, and I think it will transition seamlessly into another space in my home or to a big kid room when the time comes.
I hemmed and hawed about it in the store because I had the other four rugs dancing through my head. I also was worried it wasn’t “gender neutral” (I’m not sure this is even a thing anymore) because of the color, but once we got it home I knew it was going to be so good once I pulled everything together.
A rug is one of the first things I pick when I’m starting a room from scratch. I’m not sure why. It might be because there are so many to choose from (have you been shopping for rugs lately?) that my soul is put to rest once I’ve knocked out one of the more tedious design decisions. It also might be because the rug takes up so much surface in a space that I like to have that particular element selected first so the other details can fall into place around the rug.
The other big design decision I like to make early in the process is the paint color. Mostly because it’s much easier to paint an empty room. Because I had so much color and pattern swimming in my head, I stuck with the most neutral of all neutral colors: off-white.
I picked Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore, a warm white that makes for a clean slate without being too stark. It’s a great white to have in your arsenal.
The lighting in this room is a real challenge for me, so hopefully these images do the creamy, dreamy paint job justice. As it turns out, my camera does not like to photograph an empty white room when I’m shooting in automatic. After supervising the painting, I was too tired to take out my tripod to shoot in manual. I think you still get the idea.
Ah, now I can breath easy. Another four beige walls bite the dust! Seriously, almost every room in this house was some shade of fleshy beige when we moved in almost three years ago. We learned from our former selves to live in our home for a while before taking roller to wall. This is also a more budget-friendly method of decorating.
To give you some perspective, the trim and ceiling are painted straight-outta-the-can white. My painter used an eggshell finish on the walls for durability and a semi-gloss on the trim and ceiling for a bit of shine.
I’m starting to pull together the smaller elements of the space, but I don’t have anything to show for it yet. This fan, the Westinghouse Comet, is going to replace the outdated fan that’s currently in the room. My hubby almost hits his head on it, so when the new fan goes up it will be flush mounted. If the manufacturer’s details are accurate, this fan should only come down from the ceiling about 12 inches.
I like the modern look of this fan and, at under $100, the price was right. I went with white because, in truth, I hate ceiling fans and I wanted this to blend into the background as much as possible. If I lived in the perfect climate, I’d have gorgeous chandeliers in every room. As it stands, it still gets oppressively hot in Pennsylvania in the summer, and I can’t argue with the functionality of a ceiling fan during those few months.
I hope you’ll continue to follow along as I mold this blank slate into a sleep-inducing nursery for my new baby due in January! Have a fabulous week!