Thursday, July 6, 2017

Baby Boy Nursery Tour


Guess what!?! 
He's here. :D 

MY baby boy that is...and he's already a month old. I basically have just spent this last month breastfeeding but I really wanted to get a post up about his sweet nursery (+ just let ya'll know that he is here) and right now he is snoozing in dad's arms, so I'll type fast til he wakes up and wants to eat again. So, here is Oren's nursery...


The second room in the house to have all the trim done!


I sewed up these little clouds by hand...which I really am not a fan of doing.
It felt like it took forever, but I really wanted the nursery to be just the way I pictured it in my mind for when he came home...not that he cares. I don't think he can even see them yet. ;)


None of these pictures really show the wall color well. This is probably the best one...it's a very soft green. It is "Sheltering Winters Pine" by Valspar. (We left it from when this was the guest bedroom because I thought it also seemed fitting for a nursery.)


I got this marble lamp base at a garage sale for $10 and my husband re-wired it with a $7 kit...and that is just a cheapo Walmart shade that I got on clearance for $5.


My mom found this vintage print at Goodwill for $4
...the background matches the wall color perfectly.


And another awesome thing Grandma did... 
She refinished this dresser (that was her grandma's, so Oren's great-great-grandma's) that we use as the changing table. It's a very pretty soft blue/green chalk paint. And she added some new glass knobs from HobLob that look very vintage. 
It fits a lot of onsies! Thanks grandma...and great-great grandma!

...also I just realized that I never really got a good picture. This dresser is up on 4 pretty legs...


*Guess who is now nursing and typing one handed*
;) 
...not that easy... 



And then there's Aunt Maddie, who has so much talent in so many different areas it's ridiculous. 
Painting would be just one thing she's good at.



Yep, my sister made these!



The theme of the baby shower was Peter Rabbit. 
My mom is super awesome at throwing any kind of party, so hopefully some day I'll get around to blogging about the shower and can show off some of that decor...
But anyways it resulted in a bit of a Peter Rabbit theme in the nursery (YAY!). 
I love Beatrix Potter's artwork,
 and my sister did such an awesome job re-creating some of her characters. 

Also, I'm on the lookout for the right kind of floating shelf to put underneath these paintings, 
and that's why they are hung kinda high.


The bunting on the window is leftover from the baby shower.
It matches the quilt hanging over the crib. Both made by my awesome momma!


I got some awesome light gray black out curtains on amazon, and we put them behind the sheers.
Kinda weird I know, but I do what I want. And I wanted the sheers to stay.


Teddy's bow also matches the quilt and bunting.


I used this old tool box that I had painted blue and distressed last summer to corral all of his blankets.


The rug and bed-skirt are both from IKEA. I know you're not supposed to use bumper pads anymore, so I still wanted to try to make the bed look a little cozy, and I think the skirt helps with that. 


I got this free printable and the one up by the lamp off of Pinterest. 


Oh, you can almost see the dresser's nice legs! Urg... mad at myself I didn't get a picture of that.


The other free printable


And, a not so beautiful picture, but look at all those clothes! There's 97 hangers plus I have a pile not hanging up, plus that gigantic dresser is filled up! 
I'm still nervous about trying to get him in everything before he outgrows sizes.


 And the big belly in front of the crib! I think this was 39 weeks along.
Patiently waiting.
He stayed in there until 41.


And now, the most important part! The baby boy to go in the nursery. :)
Meet Oren Nicholas Godfrey.
Born 6/6/17 at 2:05 am
He was 8lbs 3ozs and 20.5 inches long


There we are getting ready to leave the hospital!

He's been a pretty good baby, and I am enjoying motherhood a lot so far.
I don't really get much done except for feeding the baby, but at least he is super cute to stare at!
And breastfeeding is quite peaceful, so I can't complain. 

More baby pictures can be found on my Instagram 

Thanks for taking the tour!


Have a blessed week.
~Olivia




Sharing at: Feathered Nest Friday

Thursday, May 4, 2017

DIY Drop Cloth Curtains with Birch Tree Rods


We finally have curtains up in the living room!
Homemade from drop cloths...and hanging from skinny little birch tree rods.

It took a while to get these done...mostly because I am still scared of my sewing machine - even though it wasn't really that much sewing - but my mom really has to coach me. 
Or just let me watch her ;) 



As you can probably tell, on our gigantic bow window they are still pretty much just decorative. 
They do cover almost the whole thing when closed, but we've never really needed to close them. 
The beauty of living in the country. 
The only people that probably see us are neighbors driving by at night.


After quite a while of trying to figure out how I wanted to hang them, we decided on grommets and some extra thick jute. Which was nice, because it added some needed extra length as well as another texture. It also helped bring a rustic element onto the curtains themselves, so they work better with the very "rustic rods". 


The bow window took an entire birch tree, which was a little tricky to find, but the smaller window only needed a section of one, so it is quite a bit straighter.


BUT, guess what? One of the things I really love most is that the tree above the big window isn't perfectly straight. It adds a bit of whimsy. 
I like the perfectly imperfect look of nature.


So this picture shows the ugly, gigantic, black hole that is the TV, but now you can get an idea of just how big the window is, and see how the rod dips down a little.
For the record, it does really bother me that the TV is currently half way blocking the window. 
In a perfect world there would be enough room for the corner hutch in the dining area. 
In the real world, the solution will be to move it to the other corner and slide the TV fully over. 
However, that is kind of a big project because I have to take my millions of breakables that are crammed in there out, and well, it's just not high on the priority list when there will be a little baby joining the family in less than a month!


Maybe it will be a summer project if my baby is a really good napper and my husband feels like using his muscles. ;)


Another reason it took us so long to get the curtains up was that we had to wait until we could get to IKEA to get the rod hooks. Which requires a trip to the cities for us.


The bow window display is forever changing - although I kinda like how this collection of random things came together, so it will probably stay for a while...especially since I'll be busy learning how to do mom things and not sure how much time I will have for decorating for a while.


I'm a lover of natural light and getting as much sun into the house as possible, so all of my curtains are light and filter the sun. Actually I usually just use sheers... :)


I think I forgot to mention the other obvious reason I love my curtain rods and decorating with nature...

Because it's FREE!! 




This really is a very frugal way to do curtains.
Drop cloths are not at all expensive, rods were free, and the IKEA hooks were under $5 I'm pretty sure. Grommets and jute are also pretty cheap.
When you add it all up, wayyy less than the cost of curtain panels from just about any store.
Plus, they are custom.


Thanks for stopping by to check out my curtains! 
They add another texture to my neutral world - which is so important when decorating with neutrals.
And, they just make the living room feel quite a bit cozier and homier I think.


I hope you are all having a wonderful start to spring! 


Blessings, 
Olivia






Sunday, April 9, 2017

Little Lilli's Shabby Chic Nursery

At the end of January my husband and I got to take a mini vacation down to Georgia to see my best friend, her husband, and her NEW BABY LILLI!! 

Lilli's momma is a shabby-chic decorator extraordinaire.
Aside from admiring all of her home decor (hopefully I can manage to share the rest in another post) I spent most of my time asking her all kinds of questions about mom-hood. 

Have I mentioned on the blog yet that I'm pregnant?
Well... I am. I've only got a couple months left until Lilli's future husband ;) is ready to be born. 
And his nursery is currently non-existent, so with baby stuff on my mind I'm finally getting around to showing you Lilli's. 


I loved every little detail in this room! 
(which was good, since it was also our guest room for the week - Lilli actually sleeps with mom and dad)


A dried flower display that hung above a chair in the corner...
It's hard to tell in my pictures, but the wall color is actually a soft green.


I LOVED the little vintage baby clothes above the crib.
(I recently found a vintage baby girl outfit at the thrift store and bought it, cause I'm confident I'll have a girl eventually...and you just don't pass that kind of stuff up.)


Baby shoes are the best! Do they actually wear them? I'm not sure. But I still liked looking at them all on this little ladder right next to our bed.


There was our super comfy bed next to some lovely vintage nighties. 


Why don't we still dress this pretty??


I just started laughing when I saw this picture again...I was so little! I think I'm like 22ish weeks in this picture. I felt huge then...and I feel like a whale now. So...what am I going to feel like in another month??


I stole this picture from Kayli's facebook, but I wanted y'all to see what used to be where our guest bed was - a gorgeous buffet used as Lilli's changing table.


And this is Lilli! The cutest, chunkiest, sweetest, little girl. 
And she has the best little shabby-chic wardrobe to go with her room too. :)


Here I am with Lilli - I think she was around 9 or 10 weeks old at this time.


A little blurry, but is she not the cutest!?


And my sweet Kayli ~ she got us all dressed up and took some maternity pictures for us.
She's an awesome friend, decorator, hostess, and new mom!

And the next time we get together for a mini-vacation we will probably have little toddlers that can play together! I'm excited to be joining her in the adventures of motherhood.

I'll work on getting my little boy a nursery and some pictures of it up...cause isn't it fun to look at little baby stuff!? 


Have  a blessed week,
Olivia




Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Home Tour 2016

Merry Christmas everyone! 

I have gotten quite a bit of new Christmas decor this year...
Recycled Christmas at the Catholic Church is the best!

It is so wonderful having a house to decorate... especially at Christmas.
I changed a lot up from last year - and got a 2nd tree!
Anyways, here we go...


The entryway display


Lots of faux white pine in an old tool box.


Notice I dry brushed the frame white since the fall display? 
It was cool with the gold but just too dark for me of course ;)


A crate and little milk stool underneath that's also painted ASCP French Linen to match the console table.


Aaand then there is THIS beauty. A favorite homemade gift from last Christmas.
My sister painted this reindeer for me because I LOVE reindeer and she loves me.


I got a new frosted wreath for this mirror - from recycled Christmas for $2. One of many scores.


A touch of plaid is always festive!


My gorgeous tree! Right from the woods - just the way I like em.
And let me brag up my wonderful mother... She made me this tree skirt last year for Christmas - another one of my absolute favorite gifts. She knows me well.


I also made it to Hobby Lobby before the Christmas season and got some more pom-pom garland, so I had enough to go up the entire tree this year.


Another favorite score from recycled Christmas was a bag of hand made, crocheted, snowflake ornaments for 50 cents. They are my "filler" ornaments.


Ladies...let your husband help decorate!
I had plans to hang all these snowflakes in my bow window and ended up having him do it since he's 6'3". Well...I ended up LOVING his placement. I'm glad it was all random. 
Sometimes I tend to be a little too symmetrical with things and it just doesn't turn out the way I actually wanted. He gets me. :)


This vintage glass pinecone ornament is a new favorite this year. $1 recycled Christmas ;)


I made a very simple, little village this year with these buildings I got for 50 cents a piece at Salvation Army. Mostly because I would like a life size version of that house!


I don't know that Santa will fit in the front door or down the chimney in the back... 
It's not about proportion anyways right? hehe



*JOY*JOY*JOY*


Calla trying her best to pose pretty...but mostly wanting to come smell the camera.


A few little trinkets on the side table.


And on the other side table...


My hutch filled with Christmas goodies


A very simple little nativity...and Uncle Dan in the left corner, who is spending his first Christmas up in Heaven literally that close to Jesus. <3 


Not sure if he's actually vintage, but I think he's cute!


And these little ladies actually are vintage! 50 cents a piece at... you guessed it.. recycled Christmas!


A vintage caroler I found at Salvation for 50 cents


The tree looking a little more Christmas-sy with some presents.


A touch of Christmas in the bathroom... 
Taking advantage of the ledge on our weird 70's mirror/medicine cabinet thingy


I got these cute towels last year as a hostess gift from Aunt Pat and Uncle Dan.
The little church light was $1 at Recycled Christmas.


A reminder hanging in the kitchen window.


Okay...I am so stinking excited about this garland my mom grabbed at Recycled Christmas for $2.
I wish I had a better picture of it that showed the quality. When we got it home I thought wow, this looks really nice, like the kind we used to sell at a nice home decor shop I worked at. I then spotted a hand written tag..like the kind you see at home boutiques...$50! I left the tag on for now just cause it makes me happy! :D But seriously...who donates that!? Apparently that's not a lot of $$ to someone.


A little kitchen display...kinda thrown together with things I didn't know where to put ;)


And now on to the dining area...and my new tree!


The red is living in the dining room again this year.


A homemade ornament on the chandelier that my great grandma Sophie made.



I love this vintage table runner that I got at a garage sale for $1. I forgot to take a picture more close up but it has the cutest little reindeer and Santa in his sleigh.


And now...my new tree!


I got this last year after Christmas for 75% off... $10.
And I REALLY had to convince my husband that we would "need" two trees.
But I'm glad he let me get it...and I think he is too because everyone has said they think it is really pretty. :)  


It's my more "glamorous" tree.


I kept all the ornaments silver and gold...and added my pink pearl garland.
That's how you class up a $10 tree ;) 




The lights really glow off of the white.







And at this point there is absolutely no more room for another Christmas card! I love feeling the love...and getting fun mail this time of year.


Almost time for the house to be packed full of family and to start opening the presents!


I do my best to make the home feel cozy...with very little money. 
Good thing I love thrifting!


I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas celebrating our savior... His birthday is the reason we go all out decorating! It's a special time of year...a time to make our homes feel extra special and cozy and filled with love.


Peace, Joy, Hope, Love, & Blessings to you this Christmas,

Olivia