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Nursery Inspiration

I know I promised additional updates quite some time ago - and we have been busy making progress. The addition is nearing completion and with that, this nesting-mama-to-be has one thing on her mind -- the nursery! It has been tough waiting patiently to get started on it, but, being the planner I am, I know it will come together quickly.

I wanted the nursery to be largely gender neutral and started planning it before we found out we were having a little girl. I also wanted it to flow with the rest of the house and be a space we, as adults, would love to be in. So yes -- this does mean some black and white. Because the walls are the original 1950 stucco and heavily textured, I wanted to keep them the same matte white as the rest of the house. But this is also a room for baby, so color is a must. I settled on the idea of a injecting color through a patterned rug. Below are a couple images that capture the overall vibe of the space and set my wheels in motion:

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In addition to the rug, undoubtedly color will be brought in through toys, books and knick knacks. What I love about the next nursery is not only the pops of color balanced with black and white as well as natural materials, but the pair of simple white shelves which artfully display all that is baby!

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Some of the room's major pieces will actually be hand-me-downs from my own nursery and childhood room -- a bentwood rocker my mom splurged on when my oldest brother was born (and rocked all 3 of us in, replacing the caning after each baby!), my dad's twin bed (just one for now!), and my own changing table which will get refreshed with a coat of paint (TBD!). So with these pieces and this overall look in mind I began sourcing the rest. With the rug being the main event, I started there -- finding a fun-yet-sophisticated one designed by an artist I follow on Instagram for Land of Nod. It had the perfect palette -- pulling in black and white and offering blues and greens to highlight were it a boy, and pinks and peaches were it a girl. 

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As mentioned, we're going to set up a twin bed (the room is a mirror image of ours and plenty big enough!) -- something for the occasional out of town guest or nights when mom and dad need a little extra help from Beema! I just love this girly-yet-modern bedding combo:

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I have a few other pieces planned including a custom piece of art I commissioned from a friend I'll be sharing with the reveal. With our deadline quickly approaching (2 months!) I am so excited to get started cleaning, organizing, and setting up the nursery for our baby girl, this week!

818 Kitchen Inspiration

Things have been moving at 818. If you've been following along via Instagram you've seen we've painted the wood paneling, demoed our kitchen, and tile is going down! Once the tile is complete we can start putting (back) together our kitchen. 

After laying out a few different kitchen floor plans (island? peninsula? bar seating?), I settled on a U-shaped work space with a corner banquet. A big factor was the windows. There are 4 - which is awesome but also tricky to work around, as there are only so many spots the appliances can fit. Additionally, the kitchen is relatively isolated from the living spaces, so I wanted to make sure to incorporate a comfortable space to hang out - enter the corner banquet. Banquets are a great way to maximize space and tuck in some hidden storage. 

You may remember the washer and dryer were somewhat alarmingly plopped in the middle of the kitchen. We'll be stealing some from the garage's water heater closet and adding it on to the existing pantry to allow for a stackable washer + dryer. 

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We've decided to go with white Ikea cabinets, gray quartz counters, and a white subway tile backsplash. The overall vibe is somewhat Scandinavian and definitely modern. I plan to warm it up with some natural elements, such as a rattan pendant and have my eye out for an antique butcher block island. Also thinking a pop of kelly green, maybe on the back wall?

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So excited for this to become a reality! A bigger kitchen means I'll cook more, right?