What Bored Pregnant People Do

When we started our Living Room journey, the room looked like this. I liked it, because it felt cozy and all fireplace-y.

Living Room Furniture Arrangement

We had some extra space behind the sofa, which would have made a nice locale for a console table and some artwork.

Couch Location in Living Room

Let’s call this my second favorite arrangement. I like it, but it had a few dings in my mind as well.

So in the name of opening up the room a little bit, we then experimented with this (highly unfinished layout). I hated it.

Large Open Living Room

Well last week we started doing some final measurements for our FLOR rug, and this crazed pregnant lady got to thinking. Let’s try furniture configuration 3.0, shall we?

Olive Sofa with IKAT Pillows

This option still focuses on the fireplace, but created more of a conversation area.

My favorite feature, is that the sofa peaks into the view of the dining/kitchen area now, so I feel more connected with my husband the chef when he’s cooking dinner.

Here’s a vantage from the newly finished Dining Room. The rooms just all feel much more connected now, which will be nice for baby watching down the road.

IKAT Throw Pillows

I’m so glad we grabbed these tufted arm chairs from TJ Maxx this summer. They were less than $250 each, and they really help to fill out the space! (For TJ Maxx shoppers, you know what a miracle it is to find TWO matching items in one trip!)

Tufted Linen Chairs

As much as I’ve toyed around with the idea of replacing our current ottoman with an actual coffee table – now that we have a mini Sell on the way from Babyland, I’m thinking this upholstered number may stick around a bit longer so we don’t have any sharp corners.

Ottoman Tufted Linen

And although I have lots of love in my heart for our tufted highback linen chairs – I’m even more excited about my latest thrift find that cost me a whopping $8 :D

Bamboo Side Chair

It’s the perfect addition to our empty little nook to the right of the armoire. Love, love, love it :D

Oh, and we’ve officially got our FLOR tiles in da house now! I’m so excited to show y’all a final shot of how the space is looking with the new carpet in next week!

Pixel Pride | Giveaway!

Water colors and state pride, it’s like butter and jam. It just goes good together. Actually watercolor and anything – maybe it’s a trend lately but I’m loving it (have you guys downloaded the waterlogue ap? so fun!)

Pixels and Wood is offering any print from her shop for the winner this week. Here are a few that y’all can pick from!

Like this print (customized for your state!)

Home Is With You

Or this fun one!

Life is Short

And for a rustic space, or rustic nursery perhaps – I adore this one!

Fortune Favors the Brave

Enter the giveaway, here.

Win: Any print from Pixels and Wood 
When: October 21st – midnight on Tuesday, October 28th
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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Farmer Jack

First off, can I start off by saying that I love the fall. Like want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner can’t get my fill – bring. it. on. Something about 70 degrees and sunshine down here is just too much for me to take some days. Perfection.

So, adding to the list of things this lady finds perfect – y’all – check out this farmhouse table Jay built. Disclaimer – online it said this plan would take you 8-12 hours, it took us like 8-12 days. Now it really wasn’t that hard, it was just tedious. And had lots of steps. And my husband liked it a little too much – ya know – like he would go out there and tinker for an entire evening and I would be all like, awesome!! so, it’s ready for stain tomorrow, right? And he’d be all, well actually no, I cut a board and sanded it. What can I say, the man found some peace and solitude out in the garage and now he’s a bonafide table maker. Our neighbors even stopped by and asked Jay to make them one!! Ha ha (that went right to his ego)…

DIY Farmhouse Table

This table, makes this wifey, very happy. See, we’ve been sorta slumming it in the dining room category. We, eeerr I, made an executive decision that the old table just wasn’t working in the space so I went and sold it on craigslist. I figured, sell the table, pay for the supplies on the next one, right?

DIY Farmhouse Table

The thing that makes me the happiest about this table is that we can sit six people at it! That’s legit entertaining category right there, y’all!

Up close, it’s got a super nice, subtle stain on it. After some failed attempts, we landed up going with minwax golden oak.

Golden Oak Minwax Stain

It’s the stain we used on the floors in our first house and ever since, I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for it.

Now the arrangement is nestled to the right of the room (as you look at it from the kitchen) so the chandelier needs some … reconfiguring. I’m also thinking it needs some spray can action.

Moving Chanelier

I got super excited about styling up this room so I decided to add in a few more accessories.

I’ve actually been having some fun rearranging our living room (more on that later this week), so I grabbed the bamboo chairs we had in there previously and added them to either side of the doorway. Lil’ cuties.

IKAT Pillows

We’re also artless in this corner of the house, so I grabbed some of our dollar finds from thrift stores up in the mitten and popped them right in.

It’s a lady, and a pig. I may or may not have made up a song to accompany these two fine fellas for serenading every time I pass them :D

Folk Artwork

So overall, we’re chalking up this DIY as a big fat win. I’ll have a play by play post on building the table up soon!

Here’s another close up shot of the beauty to feast your eyeballs on in the mean time. If you’re looking for me, I’ll be doing some crazy hair waving head banging. It’s feels good to be back in the dining room business.

Farmhouse Table

Chairish is a Word I Use to Describe

Y’all know I’m obsessed with thrifted duds, and one of my favorite online stops for vintage chic furniture is Chairish (especially for non-local clients that are looking for quality pieces with much lower prices). If you’re not familiar with Chairish – be prepared for an addiction to set in, in three …. two …. one.

Here are some of my favorite vintage finds on the site right now.

Antique_Trunk

This trunk would be awesome extra storage in a nursery.

Ginger Jar Lamp

Perfect for an office, or extra lamp in your living room.

Mitchell_Gold_Club_Chair

In love with the lines on this Mitchell Gold Claire chair.

Vintage Bamboo Rocking Chair

This rocking chair reminds me of the furniture my Aunt and Uncle have from the Philippines. It’s gorgeous!

One of my favorite things about designing spaces for clients is stepping outside my normal style zone to embrace something outside of my typical palette. I mean, as lovely as a linen skirted parsons chair is, it’s well, sorta quiet and understated. Here is one of my favorite modern chic office looks, which all centers around an incredibly rad emerald green high back chair from Chairish that I think would look pretty amazing as a place to park your booty. You can browse all the accent chair they have on their site, here.

Modern Chic Office

Gold Chandelier // Emerald Zebra Print // Libby Side Table // Emerald Chair // Juniper Rug // Mirror // Fiddle Leaf Fig // Lamp // Desk // Bicycle Print // Be Kind Print // Whitney English Day Planner

So what do y’all think? Green with envy over that chair or what! Emerald just might be my new color :D

 

Pumpkin Pie

We’ve got a soft spot for orange things in this household. Orange cats, especially. ;) So now that it’s pumpkin season, we’re all about it. My husband is a renaissance man, and in addition to being Bob the Builder, he’s also Emeril the chef. Actually, he’s more like Paula Deen, since he prefers butta and sugar in his recipes :D

Since it’s fall, this pregnant women has been craving pumpkin esq items, including the most delicious pumpkin bread known to man.

Fall Recipes

My Mom had a recipe that she shared with Jay a few years back and he’s tweaked it and changed it a bit over time. Best part, it’s super easy and it tastes like heaven on earth. Especially if it’s warm out of the oven with butter on it. Nom nom nom.

Here’s what you need, you probably have it all in your pantry, except the pumpkin, which is super cheap this time of year and easy to find.

Fall Recipe Ideas

Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Butter
  • Pumpkin

Just mix in the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately.

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Looks super appetizing, now doesn’t it?

After that, mix these bad boys together and voila!

Simple Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Jay likes to add some brown sugar on top to give the bread a crispy (and delicious) crust. :)

Easy Pumpkin Bread

Get in my belly.

Easy to Make Fall Treats

We took the bread over to our friends house to share and it was gone in no time flat. The mister got some fall flavored beverages to go along with it.

Here is the recipe! Note, we did a half batch (1 loaf) – the recipe below will yield 2 loafs

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
Mix dry ingredients.

1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
4 eggs
1 cup melted butter or oil
2/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
Mix wet ingredients.

– Pour wet ingredients in the center of dry.  Mix together..
– Pour into 2 bread pans that have been greased & floured.
– Spread thin layer of brown sugar over all of the batter to create a crispy top
– Bake at 350 degrees for 45-1 hr, until a knife comes out clean.

Stick a Feather in your Cap | Giveaway

I know y’all are going to be excited to hear that throw pillows are the giveaway item up for grabs this week :) We all know that changing seasons call for new accessories, right?

Nicole from Reed Feather Straw is giving away a $40 gift card to one lucky reader, huzzaa!! Enter below for a chance to win a few new throw pillows from her gorgeous collection!

Weekly Blog Giveaway Win: A $40 Gift Card from Reed Feather Straw
When: Today, October 14th – midnight on Tuesday, October 21st
Winner: Announced on this post, next Tuesday!

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NOTE: I was not paid or perked to offer this giveaway! It’s just a fun way for all of you to win some free swag! :) 

House Stalker

Here I was, sitting on my pregnant tuckus Sunday afternoon eating (another) slice of pizza and do you know what my weary eyes stumbled upon? An email from our neighborhood listserve saying there was an open house in the hood. Since it was 2pm, and I was still in my PJ’s, I figured an open house was just the motivation I needed to get my rear in gear and enjoy some fresh, October air.

This house you guys, oh my goodness. For starters, it’s on one of the loveliest streets in Durham (IMO) but this beauty was a winner from top to bottom.

Front Entry Living Room

I’m totally – completely – obsessed, with this kitchen.

Just look at this beauty!

White Cabinets Chefs Kitchen

The details on this space are to the nines.

Vintage Kitchen Sink

Ok, one more. I just can’t get enough :D Open concept gorgeousness.

Large Kitchen White Cabinets

Right off the kitchen there is a beautiful dining space and a cozy little living space/den. Being an old house dweller, I can tell you that I long for and extra living space that we could use for TV watch chillin. Maybe someday.

Something like this fits the bill, huh?

Cozy Den Family Room

Even better, there’s a little sunroom off the side of the TV/Dining/Kitchen area. So much space, I wouldn’t even know what to do with it all. I’ve got a feeling I’d be up to the task though, if I really put my mind to it ;)

Sunroom Off Kitchen

All the bathroom’s in the house had the most beautiful tile work. I liked how it offered some consistency throughout the home and really helped to tie the entire property together.

Vintage Style Master Bath

Another detail in this house – all the cabinetry – from the built-ins in the front Living Room to the Kitchen to the Baths were matching, inset, vintage inspired and gorgeous.

There were a total of (4) bedrooms upstairs on this house, and all of them had gorgeous hardware and solid wood construction. The door on the far left of this room actually goes up to a 3rd unfinished floor which would be a sweet spot to add a TV lounge area for kiddos.

Large Side Bedroom

Since they’re my favorite rooms in this house, other than the kitchen (obvi), I thought I’d finish off the tour with one more view into these beautiful matching bathrooms.

SWOON.

Second Full Bath

Want it? Need it? Have to have it? Well the good news is, it’s for sale! The bad news is, it’s just shy of $1 million. I know, right. That’s what we call bad luck in the Sell household :D

And a Little Monkey Makes Three

I’m like the worst future mother. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I’ve had zero desire to work on this nursery. Zilch, nada, nothing. Maybe it’s because we don’t know the gender yet, or because I’m still like – wait – there’s a monkey human in there – but y’all – WHOA. This momma needs to get some pep in da step.

So this week, when I felt a small little burst of babyness, I put together a mood board for the space, to help guide me a bit on this nursery process.

Baby Sell Board

A little bit of this, a little bit of that – voila – a room fit for a babe.

See, I really, really don’t want a themed nursery. I want something gender neutral and easy to pop future humans into. Since this room already has a twin bed in it, I think that we’ll just convert it into a room for two once we have another pip squeak down the line. Easy peasy.

Now I’m on the hunt to find a jenny lind crib on craigslist :D

I’m also trying to narrow down my rug choices, which are:

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Kilim Natural

This one is my favorite (I included it in my mood board, above), but the most expensive – of course. I love, love, LOVE it though and might just splurge. Or cross my fingers and hope for a mad sale.

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Gray Natural

I also love this one, but it doesn’t look quite as soft since it’s a lower pile option. It has a little less detail throughout as well.

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Gray Wool

This one is cute (the cheapest) but I wonder if the pattern is a bit trendy? If I’m looking to keep this for future babes, I don’t want to have to worry about buying a new rug down the line …

So what say you? Cast your vote!

A Tour Through Blogland

I seriously get the biggest kick out of other blogs reaching out to me to collaborate and to feature my humble little abode. Heidi, over at Kruse’s Workshop, reached out to me a few weeks back and asked if I’d be willing to be featured in a little tour through blogland, which is a fun way for readers to mix and mingle and see all the amazing renovations happening out there on the interwebs.

This is Heidi’s sweet house. You know I’m a total sucker for a tree lined street, so her little bungalow had me at hello.

Kruses Workshop

Heidi and her husband are renovating rockstars. As soon as I read up on her wall removing ways, I knew we were kindred spirits :D

This is a shot of her beautiful kitchen, which she renovated on a dime. Like $200. Bam.

Kruses Workshop Kitchen

Seriously, stop by her blog to see all the amazing renovations and her cozy, comfy home. It’s legitimately delicious :D

Kruses Workshop Dining

Y’all know my house for the most part, but to continue to tour, here are a few snapshots of what our home has evolved to over the past 4+ months of us living here.

Our kitchen has definitely come the farthest. Although we’re not done in here yet, per-say, this room is so. much. better. There are cabinets, there are counters, there’s a floor! Believe it or not, that’s progress!! Ha!

GE Cafe Oven Review

In the most improved category, we’ve also got the hallway. This little entry into our abode. It was a bit – well – busy, when we moved in. ;)

These days it’s been classed up a bit with some fancy pants wainscoting and a fresh coat of sparkly paint.

Revere Pewter in Entry

But enough about me and more about … Sarah!

This lady seriously has one of favorite homes in the blogosphere. Many of you have already virtually met Sarah with 702 Park Project – but y’all seriously need to scope out her house if you haven’t yet.

I’m seriously crazy inspired by this women’s vision to breath new life into a gorgeous (huge!) old house, right here in NC.

702 Park Project

Best part – this house has been in Sarah’s husband’s family, and they serendipitously landed up buying it after it went into foreclosure via an owner in between. Whoa. Cool beans, yo.

Check out this banister. Yummy.

Foyer Dark Banister

They’ve been hard at work restoring this home into it’s original beautiful state and every detail is absolutely perfect.

Subway Tile Bathtub

You can follow along with Sarah’s journey, here.

Home is Where the Heart Is

I think we knew that we’d miss home – miss Michigan – miss our family. I think we also expected North Carolina to feel more like home, sooner. Day by day, it does feel more like home, but I swear to God, something about going home in the thick of the fall season just makes your heart hurt something awful. Or maybe I’m just a hormonal pregnant women. That’s also a possibility.

Well the trip, as expected, was pretty perfect. Mom cooked for me, I got to see extended family, and we fit in lots of fall staples.

Notice the huddled over people wearing their down parkas? It was a high of 45 and windy on Saturday. Ha!

Eastern Market Detroit

But that didn’t stop people from swinging out to buy some fall essentials. :) The market was bustling on the day we stopped by, chock full of people buying all sorts of local goodies.

Eastern Market Pumpkins

Had to snap a few pictures. I’m a total sucker for market photos. Fresh food is just so darn beautiful, in my opinion :)

Fresh Eggs Eastern Market

Another market stunner could be found at the flower stand. Swoon.

Fresh Flowers Michigan

And more …

Fresh Flowers Eastern Market

They have a fresh flower CSA here in Durham. Wouldn’t that be crazy awesome to get fresh flowers weekly? Now that’s something I could get used to. ;)

Michigan Made Products

Until next time, Michigan. I’ll be missing you.

Howell Michigan