Neverland Nursery

 

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Remember when I did the reveal of the Winnie the Pooh nursery? Well we have since moved Evelyn into her own room downstairs and took the Pooh decor with her which means that the old Winnie the Pooh nursery needed a makeover!

Initially my thought was to do a nautical theme, because adorable! But as I was searching Pinterest for inspiration I came across a Peter Pan’s Neverland themed nursery and I was instantly hooked. I’m a sucker for storybook, imagination, fantasy goodness.

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I kept the crib and a few pieces from the old gallery wall but everything else is new and on theme.

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My favorite part of the room is probably the flying ship mobile. When I started making it, it was just going to be floating stars but once it was all done it felt like it was missing something and thus came the flying boat. If you know the story of Peter Pan, you know that he covers Captain Hook’s ship in pixie dust and uses it to fly Wendy and her brothers home. Making this mobile was a ridiculous amount of work but after seeing the end product, I feel like it was SO worth it.

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I love that this room has so many elements of the Peter Pan story; Captain Hook’s ship on one wall, a teepee from the lost boys on another. Even Captain Hook’s hook is there to hold up a lantern for my little lost boy’s night light.

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This has become one of my favorite rooms in the house. It’s so full of imagination and possibility. I’m excited for Remi to get older and find a similar love of the Peter Pan story and dream of going to Neverland.

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[Subtle] Winnie the Pooh Nursery

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Since I was pregnant with Evelyn I knew I wanted to do a Winnie the Pooh nursery for her. Well now she’s two and she has a little brother sharing her room but I finally made the nursery that I had originally planned.

I love the imagination and stories of Winnie the Pooh and thankfully Evelyn does too. But I didn’t want it to be like WOAH! WINNIE THE POOH IS ALL OVER THESE WALLS! EEK!! So I did a more subtle version as opposed to just buying all the Pooh paraphernalia ever created.

Instead of covering the walls with images of that silly ol’ bear, I tried to capture the essence and silly fun of the hundred acre wood.

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The pinwheels were my way to bring in a little extra color and whimsy. It makes it feel like you’re playing out underneath the blue sky in the hundred acre wood.pooh nursery 004

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“Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders. What does “under the name” mean? asked Christopher Robin.’It means he had the name over the door in gold letters and lived under it.'”

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There is no hundred acre wood without at least one beehive.

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The bookshelf is the main focus of the room and it contains that only “toys” not put away in the closet. I want my kids to have the same love of stories that I do and I figured it’s best to start them young.

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The banner over the mirrored closet doors is my ode to Winnie the Pooh’s hero party for saving Piglet. If you don’t know the story, I highly suggest you read the book.

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My gallery wall is a mix of family pictures plus some Pooh Bear fun. I have maternity photos from both pregnancies, plus each of my sweet newborns next to their initials.

The quote is by A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh, “Did you ever stop to think and forget to start again?”

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A page photocopied straight from the original Winnie the Pooh book.

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The shelves make it easy for this little button to see all her books so she can decide what to read next.

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I painted the dresser this bright coral color. I was a little nervous that all the bright colors in the room would be overwhelming but I think it turned out very happy. And my crudely recovered rocking chair ties all the colors together.

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Home Update: Living above ground

Guys. GUYS! I am not a sole basement dweller anymore! It’s true, I have moved to the land of the living, above ground!! Can you even believe it?! It sort of feels like it happened all at once but then I remember that we started this process of applying for permits over a year ago.

When Chris’ dad came into town, crap got done. When he got here there was a big whole pile of nothing upstairs. By the time he left, the floors were tiled, the cabinets and most of lighting was installed, the closet shelving was installed, the painting was started, the doors and trim were in and the railings for the stairs were in. It was magical to watch.

While they were doing all that I found and scheduled our carpet and countertops so when he left we mainly just had finish painting before the carpet came in (not a necessity but makes it easier to not drip on new carpets.)

We were so eager to move upstairs that we didn’t even mind that things weren’t finished. My necessity was a toilet for those midnight bathroom runs. Since moving up Chris has gotten all our appliances working and even the kitchen sink. We still don’t have working sinks in the bathrooms and we have to go downstairs to shower but we’re getting it all done a little at a time. Hopefully it will be 98% done by the time baby boy decides to show up to the party.

Well I know most of you are looking at the pictures anyways so, I’ll just stop typing now.

First some work in progress pics:

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^^When Chris’ dad was here I was trying to be helpful so during one of Evelyn’s naps I took a massive shopping list to Home Depot and was absolutely exhausted by the end.

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^^The nursery sans carpet

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^^The kitchen sans appliances

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^^Living room pre-carpet. I’m seriously so happy with how all my paint colors turned out!

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^^Entry way and stairs

Our house in its current state:

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^^Living room. We got a new (to us) couch off KSL (classifieds) for some temporary seating upstairs. When we save up and can get the furniture we really want this will go into the basement.

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Home Remodel: Expansion continued

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Since we’re not working on the house full time, things have been very start/stop. Drywall and stucco outside seemed to happen so fast. But since then we haven’t done much.

Isn’t it funny how I keep using “we”?? My contribution is complaining that it’s not done yet.

I guess that’s not entirely true. I did help pick out doors and trim, while also wrestling a toddler who did not want to sit still and talk to the nice man about our interior finish work.

So where are we now?

The stucco is DONE!

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The color turned out a little more blue than I was expecting.

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We still need to do the front and back porch. I also want to add some shutters and paint the door and whatnot, but that comes at the very end.

The drywall is DONE!

(How about a little tour??)

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^^View of the kitchen as you enter the house

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^^The nursery and all our doors!

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Adventures in Home Remodeling

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People ask all the time how our house is coming. It’s the first question they ask when I haven’t seen them or talked to them in a while. And you know what, I’m starting to be okay with the question. I’ve stopped thinking so much about it. It doesn’t make me cringe quite as much anymore.

My default answer is, “It’s coming.”

The worst question now is, “When will it be done?”

Well that really is the question isn’t it?! One we would ALL like to be answered. So if you find out the date it will be completed, please let me know. I’d love to plan around that.

Does that answer your question?

Now on the subject of the slow moving progress:

We caught Home Depot on the tail end of their November Black Friday sales and got great deals on all of our kitchen appliances. It was a lot of fun to pick them out and picture our soon to be kitchen.

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Home Remodel stage 3 part 2

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So things are actually starting to look pretty dang impressive. For the most part, the whole house is framed. I can actually walk through each of the bedrooms and see how big they are and imagine how I’m going to decorate. I’m so excited!

No really I am! It is all seeming more real.

Now that the rain has slowed down and we no longer have a cup duct taped to our ceiling in our bedroom to catch drips, things are on their way up.

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Home Remodel stage 3: Expansion

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Building a house is seriously hard work. I mean I’m not actually building the house, but it sounds like hard work.

I’m sitting peacefully (ha) beneath the house and my only job is to keep my daughter alive. So nothing has changed really. Except that now I have to keep her happy while it sounds like there is a war going on above us. It’s making nap time really interesting.

Although as I write this she is amazingly fast asleep and I’m sort of in disbelief. But I’m just going to quietly count my blessings and hope it’s a long nap so I can regain some semblance of sanity.

I never realized how stressful this whole process would be on me. I mean I’m not actually doing any building but it’s still pretty stressful. I guess living in a construction zone can do that to you.

Chris’ dad got here on Saturday morning, bright and early and they started working right away. Then unfortunately on Sunday the ceiling was leaking (I say ceiling because there is obviously no roof) so they had to work to get things finished faster to prevent a Noah’s ark sort of situation.

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But things appear to be coming along quite nicely. I have a doorway up, which is pretty thrilling. Makes the whole thing seem real. I stood up there and squinted my eyes to pretend that it was finished and I was looking out my open door. And they’re done with the plumbing so I can see where my bathrooms will be.

There’s even a stack of walls in the back yard that I assume will go up as soon as they put the floors down.

It’s pretty exciting stuff people!

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Ripping off the Roof in time for the Rain

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Early this morning while most of you were still nestled warm in your beds and a few of you early birds had begun to wipe the sleep from your eyes, Chris felt raindrops come in from the window.

He shot upright in bed, waking me up, and desperately tried to make sense of his apparent distress at the sprinkles of water.

“Rain,” He mumbled almost incoherently.

“Just close the window,” I replied, annoyed at having to wake up for something so silly.

But then it clicked. The reason that the light sprinkles of rain, which signaled a possible downpour, were a cause of distress: we didn’t have a roof.

A few days ago the stars aligned and Chris was able to start working on our house. And by that I mean, ripping off the current roof so that by the time his dad gets here, everything will be ready to start the real building. One of Chris’ friend’s was more than happy to help and the process went surprisingly fast. Evelyn and I watched from a sand pile in the backyard.

The forecast promised clear blue skies but Chris pulled the tarp out of the garage just in case. He forgot one important thing, the forecast is rarely right.

As Chris grabbed his shoes and rushed out of the room, as an after thought I called after him, “Do you need help?”

It sounded like he was already out the door as he answered me, “Yes.”

Still in my pajamas I slipped on my rain boots for their protection and ease of putting on more so than their comfort. The night was still fairly warm but the breeze was cool and droplets of rain slowly added to the chill.

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A Book Nook

I have wanted a library in my house, pretty much since I saw Beauty and the Beast. I just love how incredible it feels to walk into a room full of books and hunger to devour each one. Evelyn and I went on a walk to our local library the other day and I just get giddy walking inside. It has that musty book smell that is somehow so euphoric and there is just shelf after shelf of possibilities.

I love to walk down each aisle and take my time scanning each book. Being the (basically teenage) girl that I am, I am drawn to bright colored covers with funky fonts. Whoever said not to judge a book by it’s cover has never had the opportunity to go to the library and find something to read with anything to go on. So yes, I will choose that book whose title is in curly handwriting and is bright yellow with a fun drawing on the front. It’s Summer and I want an easy-read, pool book.

But I digress. I’m pretty sure once our house is finished I may actually get my library! It won’t to be up to the Beauty and the Beast par but hopefully by our final house (you know the one we live in till we die) I’ll get to work my way up to an amazing library full of books and I’ll be so old by that point that I’ll just lie on the chaise lounge and fall asleep and dream of what might be between the covers.

I loved this Huffington Post article about Book Shelfies (a selfie with your bookshelf? yeah that’s stupid) on deciding how you would organize your books.

By order of publication

Personal significance

Alphabetically

By height

Stacked

By color

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Home Remodel Stage 2: Part 2

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As you may remember from part 1, Chris decided to work on the yard so we could enjoy it during the warm months, even if the house wasn’t done yet. I am so glad that he did because with all these set backs on getting our building permits I’m at least happy that we have a gorgeous back yard to enjoy the summer in. And Evelyn is pretty happy about it too.

Everything you see below is all thanks to Chris. He built the planter and planted the flowers and trees. He totally built the pathway and fire pit and got the bench for free. He turned a barstool into a tree swing. He also bought ducks while I was out of town, built their cute little duck house and made their pond. I’m less than thrilled about that last bit.

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