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wrapping paper + nails.

we’ve made some fun little updates around the house in the past few months (yes, months – i know, i’m a bad blogger to not share home-related changes with you that have been around for MONTHS!), but fear not: today, the time has (finally) come to share them with you.

behold, what i call the “nook” above our hallway upstairs:



as you may know, if you’ve read any of our posts about our wedding back in 2010, my mother collects bird houses and has for many years. i was bitten by the birdhouse bug in a different way – specifically, i dig birdcages, so i’ve collected a few over the years. this seemed like the perfect place to display these, both of which are leftover from our centerpieces at our wedding reception. click here to see them in action!

the corner also features another wedding decor item that’s been repurposed; recognize these manzanita branches from our wishing tree display?

i’ve also hung a few pieces of artwork around the house, the first two of which were housewarming party gifts back in november:




fun, right? while i’m not sure the design of the “home” print is my style, it sure is a sweet saying! i also love the way the “hope” word fits right in to our gallery wall in our hallway upstairs.

and now, for a new addition to L’s room – faux taxidermy, yeah!



that’s a rhino, and he’s my pal. i like him oh so much, and L thought it was funny to touch (before i hung the rhino way, way up high so that L’s little hands can’t reach him). our friend the rhino is from Cardboard Safari.

last up, i’ve had some fun adding drawer liners made from wrapping paper (from the One Spot at Target!) to our newly repainted nursery-changing-table-turned-console:



i definitely want to seal these drawer liners up with some Mod Podge before too long to make the graphic cuteness last, but i haven’t gotten that far yet – soon!

what mini updates are you making around your home? isn’t it funny how the littlest things can make a room seem more polished or finished? adding a few accessories to the nook above the hallway was a real game-changer for me.

DIY gradient dresser.

as i mentioned in this post, i finally decided on a gradient finish for the dresser for baby L’s room. i wanted to do a gradient featuring three shades of blue, and after browsing many a paint strip at my favorite local paint store, i decided on these hues, all by Benjamin Moore:


as you might recall, the wall color in L’s room is BM’s Palladian Blue, the top color on the gradient shown above. i purposefully chose the top color of the gradient to align with the wall color to make the dresser look intentional and cohesive with the rest of the room design. to these blue hues, which i used only on the drawer fronts, i added BM’s white dove (my favorite shade of white, which we also used on our DIY farmhouse kitchen table) for the “body” of the dresser.

to jog your memory regarding what L’s bedroom looked like before we added the dresser, here’s a look at L’s room when we revealed the new paint color:


the muted blue is subtle enough to pass off as a neutral hue in our home, which has made it a fast favorite of mine, so i knew that it would be an ideal choice with which to start the gradient finish.

but now, back to the dresser. as you can see in the above picture, we had utilized a small vertically-constructed dresser in L’s room until this point. but by the time he turned a year old, we found that we needed additional (and differently constructed) storage in his room. the dresser that’s pictured above, which we repainted in black and installed fun knobs for L’s first nursery, is actually part of a bedroom set that i had as a little girl. the entire set was finished in country blue and included the dresser above, a wider vertical piece (about twice the width of the dresser above) and a lower, wider dresser with six drawers total. the final dresser that i described is the piece that we chose to refinish for L’s bedroom here in our first home.

as i mentioned, the dresser was finished in a country blue color. my parents did us an immense favor by sanding and priming the piece for us; i then painted the rest of the piece, including the gradient finish.

time for the big reveal! here it is:




i was obviously inspired by this gradient dresser on Red Hen Home and this dresser on Young House Love; i couldn’t be more pleased with how my “take” on the gradient trend turned out.

are you buying into any trends these days? i still am a huge fan of the chevron and the mustache…

a few little updates.

today, i thought i’d share a few small-scale updates that we’ve made around the house.

update no. 1: we’ve made a few additions to our small-scale gallery wall in the upstairs hallway. layout-wise, these frames are hung at the end of the hallway upstairs; L’s room is to the left, and the master bedroom is to the right.


the frame at the top right features a map of Seattle, one of Jord and my most favorite places, and the destination of our honeymoon redo in 2011. we became quickly entranced by the city, and i can’t wait to return (for a solo trip this time!) in April – more on that to come.

update no. 2: after seeing this adorableness on Pinterest, i had to duplicate the same look in our kitchen:



i’d love to paint or add color to the cake stand (which is a World Market find), but for now, this adds an eensy bit of charm to doing the dishes – or at least that’s what i’d think if i ever did the dishes…

update no. 3: we hung some canvases of L around the house because, well, he’s our boy, and he’s the most adorable little guy to us. my aunt joked that she’ll be anxious to see if our future kiddos get the same love all over our walls when they join our family someday, but i’m confident that if our future kiddos are as cute as L, they’ll be blanketing the walls of this place.

here’s an arrangement of canvases that span the staircase down to the lower level:



update no. 4: when L was born, he was blessed with one awesome changing table, a find that i explained in this post of yore. since he’s grown, we’ve repurposed his changing table as a console table of sorts in our living room upstairs. since our color scheme upstairs doesn’t include such a bright hue of lime, the table needed a fresh coat of paint.

as i’ve mentioned before, i’m a big fan of the punch of color that our freshly painted blue entry doors offer to our entryway, so BM’s Blue Lake was the obvious choice when repainting the table.

here’s the table in L’s nursery, shortly after he was born {photo by Creative Kindling}:


and now, take a look at the repainted table in action in our living room:


We love how the fun punch of color adds personality and flair to the room. Our living room upstairs is looking quite different these days, so look for an updated tour soon!

The fun (and smudged – sorry!) mirror is from IKEA, and the lamp, tray and decorative wicker balls are all clearance finds at Target. The black velour floor pillows are from a few seasons back at Target.

update no. 5: we ditched the builder-grade mirror in the upstairs bathroom in favor of a rectangle-shaped mirror in a black scroll finish.

here’s the before:


and here’s what our loo looks like today:


i suspect that we will eventually ditch the black finish on this mirror in favor of something more metallic, (especially if i convince Jord that we should paint the bathroom navy and add white beadboard – wouldn’t our large, chunky mirror refinished in gold or silver look fabulous?), but i’m loving the change for now.

what small-scale updates are you making around your home these days? i’m still on the hunt for some throw pillows with fun graphic prints that won’t require me to sell my soul away…any leads?

Our Home: L’s Room

{Click here to catch up on the reveal of our new home!


Eat-in Kitchen


Master Bedroom}

Up next on our home reveal: L’s room!

Here’s a few before shots to show you what the room looked like when we first moved in:



After moving in, our first priority was to get L’s room ready for him. Jord and I were both off for the week that we moved in, and I got right to work painting!

I chose a paint color by Benjamin Moore called Palladian Blue for L’s room – I became smitten with the color after seeing Katie’s office over on Bower Power, and I knew that it would be the perfect blue-green hue for L’s room.

After the walls were painted (uffda, painting was exhausting, especially when I discovered that the taping I had so meticulously done – with some help from family members – hadn’t safeguarded our woodwork to my standards! In fact, I still need to do a little touch-up around the ceiling…), my mother and I got to work decorating the room. Much of L’s things transferred well from our apartment to our home, so a lot of the decor has been re-purposed! We purchased a new crib sheet (grey and white polka dots!) from Target for the room, as well as a fun metal bucket to hold blankets, cloth diapers and/or toys, but that’s all.

L’s room has changed quite a bit since we moved in – we originally used the 2×4 Expedit shelving unit from IKEA (we have the black one) to store toys, books and stuffed animals and to use as a changing table, but L has since outgrown the need for a changing table (sniff), so we’ve shuffled some furniture around. In the next month, we plan to add a low dresser (repurposed from my childhood!) that will be painted in a gradient finish in a variety of blue hues (update on the blue paint colors: I HATED the colors I mentioned in my last post, where I first introduced the gradient idea, so here’s a shot of the colors that I decided on (the three on the far right, beginning with Palladian Blue at the top), after seeing them “in real life” in our local Benjamin Moore store:


Much better, right? And now, back to our regular programming…)

And now, the grand reveal: here’s L’s room! This first picture is the most accurate depiction of the color of the walls – I’m such a bad blogger that I shot the other photos at night.

I created all of the artwork above the crib, with the exception of the “L” print, which I customized via On to Baby.







For a list of sources for the nursery, click back to this old post.

Up next on the home tour: the exterior of our home!

L’s Nursery: What We Purchased & Where We Got It


Just in case you were curious, here’s a list of the items that we included in L’s nursery, as well as links to where everything is from:

Crib: Stork Craft Monza I Fixed Side Convertible Crib

Fabric for crib bedding, rocking chair pad: Carousel Designs

Sleep positioner: Jolly Jumper Sleep Positioner

Crib mobile: Wee Gallery Mobile + Wee Gallery Art Cards

Black picture frames, curtain rod, curtains, shelving unit, sheepskin throw, wicker baskets: IKEA

Rocking chair, black dresser: Hand-me-downs from my parents

Green lamps, ottoman, black mirror, black iron shelf: Target

Green changing table: Gordman’s

Changing pad: LA Baby Changing Pad

Sling: Rockin’ Baby Sling

Floor rug: Urban Outfitters

Growth chart: A gift from my brother-in-law (he made it!)