Thursday, June 14, 2012

Renovation Updates

We are knee deep into renovation projects right now.  We've started packing up the entire house and putting everything in to storage while we prepare for the flooring to be installed.  This week we will begin making the cutout for the patio door which will be installed on Monday and the existing carpet and tile is slowly being torn out room by room as we shift furniture around and make adjustments to our living situation.

The process is stressful and only made worse by the fact that being 7 months pregnant, I can't lift anything heavy, so I've been packing boxes and then kind of shuffling them across the floor with my foot after they are filled - comical for those around me I'm sure.  I also get out of breath easily and have to take frequent breaks, plus the up and down movements are killing my lower back.  On the plus side, this is fulfilling some major nesting tendencies that have occurred as of late.  Honestly though, I'm really looking forward to the whole thing being over in a few weeks so I can start preparing the nursery.  Once we return from our trip my main focus will be getting the baby's room ready.  I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head and can't wait to share them with you.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

British Pub Style

Mike and I are escaping our house renovations and sneaking away to France for a 'babymoon' of sorts while the floors are being installed in a couple of weeks.  I love traveling to Europe because I am always so inspired by their cozy but chic, nearly effortless design aesthetic.  Last year when we were in England I was totally enamored by the style of the beautiful pubs we visited.  Here in the states, the thought of a pub conjures an image of a dark bar with bad lighting, no windows, and the smells of stale alcohol and bad fried food. Real British pubs are nothing like that, they are cozy and intimate places to meet with family and friends while sipping on a good beer and enjoying locally produced food. 

If you like the idea of bringing a little British pub style into your own home, I've put together this design board of bits and pieces that are reminiscent of the cozy, local gathering spots I visited while in England last summer. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Birthday List

I turned 31 a few weeks ago.  I usually always write myself a little goal list of things to accomplish by my next birthday but this year it completely slipped my mind.  With baby brain in full force and the desire for my birthday to go under the radar this year - not because I don't want to face the truth that I'm getting older but because we are so deep in to house projects - I truly forgot to do it.  Being a total list girl, as soon as it occurred to me that I hadn't written one, I immediately started working on it.