I’m sitting curled up under a cuddly blanket in our living room with a empty mug of what was lemon tea beside me. The kids are napping and I feel like I have the house to myself. I just used one of those coupons you get after moving to make a purchase of some lamps for the living room from Wayfair (these ones). Drew has school pictures taken this morning and then we escaped to the mall for a little bit… this was part of our drive out of Manchester. Isn’t it beautiful?
Before I get started on today’s post I need to announce the winner of the gorgeous Mariposa tray:
I’m continuing the tour of our home with our furnishings in it (as opposed to the empty entire home tour with all the “before” shots HERE). You’ll probably remember that for the tour of each room that nothing is done. Everything is in progress and for a lot of the spaces we have a very unfinished look to them because we are trying to figure out how each of the spaces work, what furniture is best for them, etc. Without further ado, let’s me introduce you to…
We were very fortunate that the previous owners had everything in an incredibly neutral color scheme in the house (except for our pink living room) so that we didn’t have to do any painting. Drew’s room is very similar to his last space. We brought back the rug we used in his nursery (seen HERE) instead of the giant jute rug. This one has better roads for cars. 🙂 I’m really proud of this room because so many of the pieces of it were free. I love when a space comes together and feels comfy and cozy without causing you to break the bank. The trunk and bed were side of the road finds and the rug was purchased after combining a lot of gift cards to Pottery Barn that people gave us at Drew’s baby shower.
The dresser was handed down to us from a family AJ used to paint with for the summers (he has the summers off because he’s a school teacher) and the desk was found at the dump and restored. Another reason I love the room is because it has a lot of history to it, the ship’s wheel was a prop at our wedding and the bag door stop is a vintage American Tourister that was from my Nana’s home and I was able bring it into our home after she died.
Curtains | Rug (Similar: HERE and HERE because ours is only available in 3×5 now)| Bedding | Bed Whale | Dresser Basket (mine was from regular PB, this is similar since mine was sold out) | Ship’s Wheel: Christmas Tree Shops
Lest you think that I’m super women and my children’s rooms are always clean let me set you straight. Quickly.
I generally make them clean them every day, otherwise I get a little crazy, but somehow even when that happens this happens. Tell me I’m not the only one with this problem.
In about 20 minutes, though, it looked much better!
I struggle a lot with feeling like my home or life isn’t as polished of beautiful as other peoples’ and my guess is that you do to. Especially since we live in a world were everyone seems to be putting their best foot forward on social media and blogs. One of the reasons I loved the idea of showing these rooms as they are shortly after we moved in is so you can see how we have so many imperfect, unmatched pieces and then so you can see how eventually they all get sorted out.
A picture with just a down insert, a mismatched rug, missing curtains and a lamp without a shade isn’t going to get me many likes on Instagram or into any magazine but here’s real life. We have X amount of dollars to work with every month and every month there are priorities, like I know there are at your house, and sometimes more important things get bought than lamp shades, rugs and bed spreads.
When I was taking the pictures for this post Drew was at pre-school so it was just Elle and I in the house. I knew I could stress out about getting these photos just right and waiting until I could stage everything but that didn’t feel right. This is Elle’s room and if she wanted to be in the room while I took pictures and she wanted to put all of her toys into the bird cage while I did it then so be it. The result is one of my absolute favorite photos on the blog. Elle’s room is being lived in. She’s got a tea party going and she’s in her typical attire of some form of a dress or skirt, with a necklace and “pretty shoes”, these ones are zebra, don’t you know, and she’s incredibly proud that her hair is finally long enough to put into a pony tail. 🙂
She sleeps every night with this elephant and loves this puppy that my grandfather just gave her. This chair was rust colored when I acquired it from a couple who were ditching it and then my mom and I made this slipcover. This chair has been with me longer than AJ has. 🙂
Elle’s former changing table holds a bulletin board I’m going to convert into a jewelry holder for her, one of her Lupine Lady prints (read more about that HERE) and her birdcages (see them HERE in her nursery). I can’t forget her race medal and number from the race she can Drew ran nearly two weeks ago. She never stops reminding me how fast she went. 🙂
Last but not least, I wanted to share the view from Elle’s window. Our neighbors, Cindy and Bill, who the kids absolutely ADORE and very nearly stalk, have the most gorgeous maple tree in their yard and it’s such a pretty sight to see every morning when I put Elle’s shades up.
coming up next
I’d love to get your feedback on a mini series I want to do next week or the week after… we own some rentals and have sold a couple flips. Doing this has allowed me to stay home with the kids and set us up for the future. I want to do a series on things we’ve learned while researching to buy, the actual purchasing process, how to rent, etc. and FAQs about those properties but I need your help. What are your questions? What scares you, excites you, confuses you, etc. No question is a stupid question. You wouldn’t believe how many “stupid” questions I had for AJ when we started dating and he was just getting started purchasing investment properties (on a teacher’s salary!!!) so trust me, I won’t think anything is stupid because I probably asked them. You can comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.