Archive for February, 2013

Black and White

For you loyal readers out there, you’re well aware at this point that Kate has had her baby, Josephine Audrey Belchers. Too cute for words! So while Kate is enjoying motherhood, I’ll be taking over as guest blogger for awhile, today being my official debut. I wanted to start off with a classic. A client has recently moved into a beautiful old home but its in much need of some TLC. Since the whole house will eventually be renovated, they decided to start with the kitchen because that’s where everyone spends the most time anyway.  The existing kitchen has some unnecessary walls and the cabinets and conter tops are a little outdated, but amazing potential. Here is the existing kitchen. IMG_1147 As you can see, there is room for a much bigger and brighter kitchen with a very open floor plan. When discussing style and color, we all agreed a classic black and white kitchen would be the way to go. Here is what we have in mind as far as layout. kitchen We’re going to knock down the wall separating the kitchen from the rest of the room, creating a more open space like the kitchen pictured above and add counter seating and an island. Since there is nothing a fresh coat of white paint can’t fix, we decided to go with a black and white color scheme for the new kitchen. kitchen3kitchen2 Aren’t they the greatest? The window above the sink and main counter area opens up to a huge deck with great sun exposure, so we’re replacing the current window with a shutter style window and installing a counter outside creating an indoor/outdoor feel.

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Wouldn’t it be great for entertaining in the summertime? I’ll make sure to keep you updated on the transformation.

~Allie

February 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM 4 comments

Two Week Birthday

Josie turns two weeks old today and she has been such a joy to our lives.

I’ve been very busy learning all about motherhood and caring for a baby so I’m afraid this won’t be a long post but here are a few pics of the sweet pea on her two week birthday.

Dressed in a silly outfit all ready to hit the world…

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Her perplexed “what is this world?” face…

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Her freshly fed and so satisfied with a finger face…

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Peacefully sleeping the day away…

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Our happy family of three…IMG_1742

We do love her so!  Happy two week, Josie!  My how you’ve changed our lives.

February 21, 2013 at 5:58 AM 6 comments

Not Just for Kids

Can we all just take a moment to recognize how much Land Of Nod knocks it out of the park?  Many of their items are definitely fit for any adult space and their styling is awesome.  Honestly, it all feels so cool.

Here’s what I’ve been eyeing…

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Circulation Chest

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Oak Park Elementary Dresser

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Looking Glass Desk Chair

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Step Cut Diamond Rug

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One of the Buoys

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Cardigan Pendant Gray

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Coastline Table Lamp

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Isosceles Table Lamp

And because I’m crazy, I have Josie’s big girl bed all picked out…

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She’ll be going from a Jenny Lind crib to a Jenny Lind bed…how original.  But, imagine it with navy and white striped bedding, a storage bench at the end of the bed in a fun fabric, and awesome wallpaper…kind of like this image but navy and white scheme -

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February 20, 2013 at 5:23 AM Leave a comment

Office Project Reveal

Just before I became a mom, we finished up an office project that I thought would be fun to share today.  When we were brought on the job, we were basically given an empty room.  The clients wanted to keep the wall color and they had a bookshelf but otherwise, we were given free reign to spruce up the office for my client’s husband.  He has a passion for baseball as you can see by the pics.

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They had existing wood slat blinds and so we wanted to add some softness with a box cut valance in a cute Peter Dunham fabric.

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We added in a small sofa for a nice spot to sit and it can be pulled out to a twin sleeper for grandkid’s sleep overs.  The two x-benches act as a coffee table but also can be used for extra seating.  They are from Ballard and they really did a great job with it.

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This side table is one of my favorite elements in the room.  It reminds me of a catcher’s face mask and the tin top is a great surface for little grandkids spills.

DSC_2278We wanted to do a gallery wall above the new desk with all of the husband’s memorabilia.

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One of my favorite finds for the gallery wall was a vintage “S” letter for his favorite sports team.

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The mahogany writing desk is very elegant but the clean lines keep it from going too traditional.  We also had the chair custom made.

It was a fun project because it was pretty much a surprise to the husband.  He got to come home to a brand new office and he loved it.  I always think it’s so much fun when we get to surprise someone with a brand new room.

February 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM Leave a comment

Welcome to the World

Thank you for all of your sweet comments, love and support on our departure for the hospital.  I’m so happy to report that we are back from the hospital with the most special gift in the whole wide world…Josephine Audrey.  Josie came into this world at 10:45 on February 7th and she is absolutely perfect.  What a wonderful miracle!IMG_1549

Josie is an absolute joy and we are counting our lucky stars.  We both love the name Josephine.  There is also a long line of Josephs on my side of the family, most importantly Josie’s Uncle Joe.  We named her Audrey after Graham’s maternal grandmother who was a very special woman and who is watching down on her now.  And there you have it, no more BGB – JAB it is.

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Now I must be off to go cuddle with her and stare at her more.  I can’t take my eyes off of her!

February 12, 2013 at 5:30 AM 16 comments

Hospital Bound

Today marks the most momentous day of both Graham and my lives.  We have known for 39 weeks this day was coming and for about a week that this specific date would be here, yet it still feels surreal.  Baby Girl is breached and happy as a clam head up.  Today, I have a scheduled c-section to meet our little one that we have been so eager to have in our lives.

I can’t in any way describe the emotions that we are feeling.  We pray that all will go smoothly and that baby and I will be healthy.  I have felt massively blessed to have had the past nine plus months nurturing, caring for and bonding with the little one.  And now, the time has arrived to hold her in our arms and we can’t get over how lucky we are.

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(Photo taken by Michelle Drewes on a home shoot when I was about six months pregnant)

I will be reporting back as soon as I am able to with an update on her arrival and her real, non BGB, initials.  I’ll give you a hint…it still ends with B. :)

February 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM 22 comments

Entry Nook: Organized and Ready

The January Cure really kept me motivated the entire month to get every nook and cranny organized for baby.  I know for a fact that I won’t be doing any home projects once she arrives so I really wanted to get things under my belt.  One thing is a tiny alcove that we have just to the left of the front of the steps when you walk in.  This is what it looked like January 1st…

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The dresser was moved to the baby room for more storage for her and I love it there.  That dresser used to house things like ski goggles, cheap sunglasses and other miscellaneous things.  It now holds her adorable clothes.  I moved the bench that was my grandfathers from our bedroom to the nook so we have a spot to sit and put on and take off shoes.  I got three cheap baskets and put under the bench for me, Graham and Baby.  I’d like to possibly switch it to different baskets or one large one down the road.  This is where we were at last time we checked in…
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I added on a John Robshaw custom cushion to cover up all of the scratch marks on the bench and for comfort.

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I have always been a huge fan of this fabric pattern and so I splurged and went for it for the bench.

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We (by “we”, I mean our handyman with me annoyingly directing) stained a piece of plywood a dark walnut color and put the anthropologie hooks across them so that the plank could be screwed in at the studs.  This way we go the hooks that I so desperately wanted and they can actually carry the weight of a diaper bag or baby bjorn.

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And the, let’s fake it and pretend it’s summer styled shot…

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I’m hoping this spot will function nicely with baby.  We had some people over on Sunday and they showed up with coats.  I was so, so excited to hang their coats on the coat rack.  It felt very adult of me. :)

February 6, 2013 at 5:42 AM 1 comment

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