Hi Friends, I can’t believe we are officially into the month of December. TIME IS FLYING! Maybe it’s because we have a new baby and things are extra busy or that we are headed out of town in a couple weeks and I have to get as much done before we leave for vacation. We’ve never taken a vacation before Christmas so we are all just extra excited to do a big family trip together. Hoping all travel will be safe and that we can enjoy some time away all together. Truly, there is no better gift I can think of than a huge family tropical vacation. Right?!
I wanted to share some updated photos of the Arched Chalet before we head out of town! We were just there after Thanksgiving trying to get some more things set up. We plan to go back after Christmas and spend time there while the kids have the week off. We are definitely taking a little extra time off this month to just relax and enjoy all our hard work.
I also want to just mention because it’s crazy what a difference a year can make. We started actively searching for properties on the morning of January 1, 2021 as we sipped coffee we called a few realtors regarding properties in Vermont. Ironically we were staying in New Hampshire at an adorable Air B and B. At that point we stayed at so many Air B and B’s we finally felt it was time we invested in our own place. I can’t believe one year later we will wake up in our own little winter getaway. It’s amazing how the universe works when things are just meant to be timing wise (PS I also found out two weeks later I was pregnant, and some things that are meant to be are also not in the plans either!)
The last few construction items will happen this month (WE HOPE and have been told by our new carpenter). Our first level is set to finish with ceiling repair, some wall repair and new floors. As you can see the first level is still basically in construction mode. This view looking through the hallway is where the washer/dryer stack and new water heater live in those screen doors on the right. We plan to use this room as a mudroom, for all the ski/snowboard gear, winter coats etc… it will actually be so nice to dump all that stuff here before heading up to the main living areas of the home. However it is currently full of boxes and trash! Whoops. I can’t wait to get all of this cleaned up and furnished. Thankfully most of it has been painted and all the baseboard heaters have been updated and replaced!
This room above will be a family/tv room. We ordered a tv for the left wall and a sofa for the right wall. I’ll also layer in a cozy rug and coffee table. I imagine lots of board games and movies will get watched in here by the rustic warm stove and my goal is to make it very cozy!
The sofa we ordered on Black Friday:
I’m excited because we just ordered tile from Bedrosian, we went with the black Makoto tile. With the chalet I’m keeping things light and bright but with some pops of contrast and moodiness like the fireplace for example. I wanted this primary 3rd floor bathroom to have that same dramatic contrast and pop with the really dramatic arched ceilings. The Makoto tile has these subtle gradations of gray and I think that will add such interest vs. just a solid dark black. Instead of doing a chevron pattern which would be a little busy, I’ll do a vertical stack. A vertical stack will accentuate the dramatic height and bring your eye up to the beams.
Here are some updated views of the living room which let’s face it, is the show stopper of the chalet. Those giant arched ceilings just give such a wow moment, add the giant windows, mountain views and you never want to leave this room, trust me. The missing piece is the roaring fire place, which we are set to have finished just before Christmas. We are having it converted back to a wood burning fire place. One of Ben’s all time favorite things is making a beautiful fire in the winter. He is a cold weather guy, through and through. His birthday is January 14th so as a winter baby it only makes sense he would love all things about winter. So with all the chimneys and fireplaces cleaned, repaired, etc… we want them to be working properly for guests and our friends/ family to enjoy with extreme safety and caution. We plan to have a thorough guide on using these features. But we feel like going to Florida and renting a house with out a pool is like going to Vermont and renting a house with out a fireplace, they just go hand and hand. Plus add that extra specialness.
I can’t wait to show you how the fireplace once it has been transformed and the project is complete. I’ve ordered these two really pretty fire place accessories.
Thank you all so much for reading this post and following along on our family adventures/ home renovations! Fixing up this Chalet has been so exciting and we love sharing it with you. We can’t wait to eventually share it with you in person too, if you ever want to visit Vermont. Stay tuned for more updates!
Today I’m teaming up with Christmas Tree Shops to share some simple decorating ideas for your kitchen and dining space! This year we are so excited to spend time at our new vacation home The Arched Chalet in Vermont. As always, Christmas Tree Shops is the place to go for a few new unique and affordable seasonal pieces that will bring that festive vibe to your home. Before I show you our kitchen, let me show you some of the items I found on my most recent trip!
During my shopping trip to Christmas Tree Shops, I immediately fell in love with all the modern gold and black decorative items! Our ski chalet has a lot of that color combo and I knew it would fit in really well in the kitchen. Bottle brush trees, signs and baskets make great decorative items for the kitchen! I was sure to get some bottle brush trees for a simple dining centerpiece, as well as gold charger’s too! This little basket with the reindeer will look so cute on an open shelf.
Little soft scatter rugs look so cute in front of a sink or oven, side door or front door interior. I loved all the different sayings and color combinations. These brownie skillet are perfect for camping, or an easy dessert that we can whip up quickly! The kids can even make them.
Christmas Tree Shops has an entire section of holiday baking gifts and cooking sets. I was so excited to find a ski chalet gingerbread house kit. I knew this would be such a fun activity to do at our chalet so I grabbed the kids each one! I also found an amazing geometric and modern wreath that I thought would look so pretty above our stove. We are supposed to be getting a hood installed and it was looking so bare. I love how the geometric shape has that modern twist with the classic greenery and red berries.
Let me show you what the kitchen looked like BEFORE we renovated it. We are still waiting on a few things like an island, stools and some finish work to our shelfs on the left side. But it has come a really long way let me remind you.
We updated the flooring, removed all the upper door fronts to create this open shelving and painted/trimmed out all the lowers. New appliances made a huge difference. I love the retro style fridge too it fits the space perfectly. Since we are still waiting on the hood I thought I’d add a cute wreath in its place. I added this cute rug and wreath to make it feel more cozy.
I love using baskets on shelving in a kitchen for storage, but why not choose something that ties in with the seasons or holidays? I love this brass basket with black reindeer that I grabbed from Christmas Tree Shops. It looks so cute on the open shelves and I can see some hot cocoa fixings going in it.
The dining area is looking very refreshed as well! Let me remind you what it looked like before…
I love how the black runner I found at Christmas Tree Shops ties in with the chairs and the gold tree pattern on it feels a bit modern. Christmas Tree Shops also had a placemat version of this tree pattern but since our table is narrow I thought they’d take up too much space so I opted for the runner and gold chargers instead. The black bottle brush trees make such a simple yet pretty statement against all the white and neutral wood tones.
The kids wasted no time at all getting started on their Chalet Gingerbread houses. I’m so excited I found these at my Christmas Tree Shops trip, they kept them busy while I finished unpacking boxes and setting up more of the chalet. They were so proud of their gingerbread creations! We put them on display on the mantel we could admire their beautiful work!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how we added some festive holiday touches to our chalet! We can’t wait to spend time here this holiday season and thanks to Christmas Tree Shops for the fun finds and of course the adorable gingerbread house kits! If you’d like to sign up for a $10 off $50 coupon sign up HERE
I’m so excited to share some new BEFORE and AFTERS from the Arched Chalet!! For those of you that have been following along on Instagram you know we purchased a ski cabin in Vermont last spring! The home needed some major TLC and we wasted no time getting started demo-ing the place. One of the first things we knew it needed was updated flooring and carpet. I’ve partnered with the Carpet Workroom in the past, so I knew I wanted to use them again for this project. Being based around Boston, the big question I had for them was “how far north will you travel?”. When I found out they install in Vermont I was so thrilled! They have such a huge selection of carpet and price ranges to choose from. Plus, I love that carpet is their main focus so they are extremely knowledgeable and do very high quality work.
After Ben and I ripped up many, many layers of carpet and old rubber padding we were so excited to begin to envision what these new stairs would look like, especially since the mid-level stairs are so central to the house. I knew I wanted to keep some of the original 70’s ski character and bring in a little fun/pattern mountain chic to the staircases. Below are some of the samples I selected and pondered over for awhile.
Here is how this staircase is looking now with fresh paint and that amazing carpet! The carpet we chose is called Harcourt Impala in grey/white it is incredibly soft and plush. I also love that it looks and feels so cozy with that touch of cabin chic!
The lower level of The Arched Chalet is the main entrance to the home. This room with the stairs to the mid-level is essentially a big mudroom. In the future lots of ski and snow gear will be removed here so I wanted a stair carpet that was more lower pile and durable.
This first level isn’t as far along as we hoped. We are currently in the process of repairing some waterproofing issues on this level by excavating and adding french drains. Thankfully the wall to wall stair carpet is not directly affected by this, so we felt safe having it installed. Once we complete the waterproofing + add flooring, then I’ll update this post with some more photos of this space.
Here is the before photo in all its paneled glory from the listing of the house. Yikes! I thought the retro plaid carpet was actually really cool and a great throwback to that era. However it was so dingy and stained. It had to be removed. I knew I wanted to bring that style back again just in a more clean and contemporary way. We selected the Kaleen Roadtown in Silver. Once the old carpet was completely removed and the walls and banisters were painted, the Carpet Workroom came and worked their magic. I can’t wait to finish off this mudroom with tile and new hooks, benches and ski storage!
Thank you so much for stopping by and seeing our latest updates to The Arched Chalet! The new carpet makes such a huge impact to the cabin vibe and I’m so happy with how it all turned out. Also HUGE thanks to the Carpet Workroom for partnering with me on this post. Be sure to check out their website and instagram page for more carpet inspiration. They’ve been so kind to share a discount code JORDECOR10 with my followers so be sure to mention JORDECOR if you decide to work with them in the future!
I’m so excited to be partnering up with Christmas Tree Shop’s today to share some of my favorite fall items from their Petal and Stone Collection as well as their new Jewel Tone Collection. Getting a head start on adding some fall pieces to our living room will make cuddling a sweet new baby that much cozier. For those of you that don’t know we are expecting #3 any day now which means I have a serious case of nesting. I’m prepping our home by getting it clean, organized and maybe a little styled for fall too! Each passing week I start to feel a little less energy. Thankfully I was able to get a few new items to style from Christmas Tree Shops that I can’t wait to share with you.
My favorite decor to change out for the seasons are:
I love taking you along as I peruse the aisles of Christmas Tree Shops’ seasonal decor to get inspired and find pieces that I think will work with my existing decor like sofa, rug, wall color, accent furniture etc. While you shop keep in mind your existing color schemes and home style when selecting seasonal decor. The seasonal decor you select should enhance and compliment your existing decor not fight with it.
So when shopping for our living room at Christmas Tree Shops I was keeping in mind the pale greens/blues and touches of deeper pinks already at work in our living space. As I shopped, I instantly fell in love with the darker burgundies, burnt oranges as well as hunter greens like in these pillows below. For seasonal decor I don’t like to spend a lot and Christmas Tree Shops always has the best deals!
I love this rattan wreath for a transitional piece from summer to fall. I love it for an interior door! You can also add a few little white pumpkins as well.
As you can see their Jewel Tone collection is full of deep rich colors like burnt orange, navy and burgundies. I just couldn’t help including a bump picture during my shopping trip!
Here you can see how I used some of the existing colors in our rug to pull the sage green and pink tones from their Petal and Stone collection which has a little more of a boho vibe. I grabbed some pumpkins in golds and grays to balance some of the blush and burgundies, then the pale greens soften it. I love how the wreath and sign from the Jewel Tone collection tie in with the deep green of our front door.
I added the burgundy “thankful” pillow to this ottoman bench area and filled a low wood container under the tv (hides an electrical outlet perfectly) with a couple bags of their velvet “filler” pumpkins in beige and hunter greens for $4.99 each is perfect to add a little fall to an existing bowl or vase. Switching our Frame TV to fall art also helps set the seasonal vibe.
I love these gold textural metal pumpkins they are so classy and a touch vintage/boho. I placed one on a book next to this wood container with blush florals, also from Christmas Tree Shops. I like that I won’t have to think about keeping these alive while I’m taking care of a newborn. I like to add groupings of three or four when I decorate a table corner it adds interest. The woven wall basket on the interior front door also adds a nice focal point and I may even add my own little faux white pumpkins too it as well. For only $26.99 it looks like it was made for this room!
I fell in love with this pink embroidered pumpkin pillow for $19.99 and my biggest regret is not getting a second one for the other corner! I’ll have to go back. I can’t believe how well the colors all tie into the existing decor. It is much easier on the eyes than throwing a bunch of orange into this room. The fall touches are subtle and add coziness but don’t steal the focus or dominate the space.
As you can see our front door is fall ready! The burnt oranges of this wreath and sign combination from the Jewel Tone collection pop perfectly! Christmas Tree Shops has an amazing selection of seasonal wreaths at great prices and I love to add/layer a cute sign on top of a wreath for an extra layer of interest! I simply nestled the sign into the faux branches but I’ll also use some floral wire to secure it in place.
So what is your guess for baby’s arrival? He is due 9/25 think we will make it that far?! Have you started decorating for fall? I sure hope this gives you some inspiration. Be sure to check out your local Christmas Tree Shops for super cute pieces to add to your home this season!
We have been hard at work since the spring trying to get our mountain ski cabin in Vermont ready (aka live-able) for the fall/winter. Renovation can be a challenge under normal circumstances but add a three hour drive from our house plus a pregnancy and you get even more restrictive circumstances. We’ve been fortunate to find trades people to help once we finished all the demo. Thankfully they’ve been there at a steady pace throughout the summer and we are seeing some amazing results. When we bought this place back in the spring it needed a complete overhaul. Since then we’ve painted the entire place, added new exterior doors, floors on the second level, tiled the bathrooms, appliances, water heater, updated all the electrical and light fixtures as well as plumbing. We also were fortunate enough to find a handyman that is helping us fix some water and draining issues in the basement (which is really the entry/first level of the house).
Two weeks ago we took the kids up and had our first few nights as a family sleeping at The Arched Chalet! It was surreal sleeping there. We officially have one bedroom set up, the guest bedroom off of the kitchen and the kids slept on aero beds in the living room. The first floor bedroom isn’t ready and the third floor bedrooms still need flooring so we all just stayed on the second floor which is mostly complete now. For the entire summer we had to book hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and Air B and B’s while we worked on the place. While these little getaways were fun for awhile, especially after not really traveling much through the pandemic, the price for staying at these different places was adding up. The silver lining is that we were able to explore a lot of different areas surrounding our cabin. The most amazing part of sleeping and waking up at our cabin was seeing the incredible sunrises over the mountains each morning. We knew the back of the house was east facing and of course has the beautiful mountain view, but we were never there early enough to see a sunrise.
So at 6 am I jumped out of bed, well more like rolled out of bed, (at 8 months pregnant I’m not doing any quick movements these days) and went out to the deck to see the beginning of the most amazing sunrise. How stunning is this?
So let’s get back to upcoming projects at The Arched Chalet this month include the install of quartz counters in the kitchen from Home Depot. Once the counters are installed our plumber will complete the new drop in sink and faucet. Then we will put back all the cabinets we’ve been working on updating. I’ll do an entire separate blog post on the kitchen once it is done so you can see how the kitchen makeover turned out. Towards the end of the month the installation of our carpet by The Carpet Workroom on the third level and two staircases will also finish off a lot of spaces. I’ll also be doing a dedicated post on how those turn out too!
For this post I wanted to show you some of the updates we’ve made through the summer in terms of floors, lighting, paint and more. So let’s look at some of these before and afters!
Here is an idea of how the painting turned out with some before and afters. We used Benjamin Moore Cloud White for the arched ceilings and Pale Oak for all the wood paneling. I wanted something a bit off white that had a little interest and would break up the white ceilings. I loved that Cloud White still had some warmth and depth but still also had a nice clean bright look to it. The fireplace we decided to paint a charcoal color called Graphite by Benjamin Moore to freshen it up and add some contrast/interest. I also used that same color to paint the banisters as you can see in the below photos.
This is the staircase up to the third floor and it was cavelike prior to paint and I jut love how this Cloud White and Pale Oak brightens it up so much.
We may be replacing all the baseboard and I’m eventually going to paint the doors so that is why we have a lot of this dark wood still going on. Once we get a nice fresh carpet up here (including the stairs) it will look much better. Notice the lighting is also updated as well!! I went with these glass sconces so that the light could shine and illuminate the entire space vs. just a sconce that just would shine below it.
We were quoted so much for vinyl flooring from local places in Vermont. Thankfully my uncle has worked in flooring his entire life and was able to get us some commercial grade Rigidcore vinyl plank flooring at cost AND get a crew up here to help us get the floors prepped and ready to install. In one day, a crew of three guys, plus my uncle and Ben finished all the floor on the second level. We saved so much money using family help whenever we could and are so grateful that my uncles was willing to help us.
We decided to do carpet vs. these planks on the third floor to make it cozier and to also make it more quiet when people are up there walking around, since it is open up in the loft area. We have more of this flooring which we plan to install on the first level too. In both the bedroom bunk-room we hope to eventually have and living room once we get it all completely waterproofed.
What do you think of the updates so far?! Between flooring, painting and lighting we are definitely in better shape then a couple months ago. You can really start to see the transformation. The kitchen is still looking really rough but once we get the lower cabinets back on as well as the counters and appliances it’s definitely going to look really nice!
One last before and after… there are so many to share. I haven’t even really shown the bathroom or guest bedroom yet. I’ll have to do another post for those! Our handyman came by to install our new exterior door with window and the difference was incredible. He found this door for us at Home Depot and my really only requirement was that it have a full length glass panel so we could add more natural light. It made such a HUGE difference. He needs to put the trim around the new door now but you can just see how it opens up the entire dining area.
I’ll be sure to blog some more updates soon. Next time we go up to Vermont, hopefully in October with baby in tow we will get to do some leaf peeping and also continue setting things up to prepare for winter. Winter IS COMING! I’ve ordered a dining table, and some beds for the third floor. In the mean time we wait for baby, counters and carpet!
Have a great week friends!
Next week the electrician is coming to update all the electrical in the Arched Chalet. Safety is so important and we are making sure that we have the most up to date fire detectors and electrical through out our vacation home. Our electrician also volunteers in the local fire department, so he brings with him all his knowledge of fire safety as well. This house had a lot of dated electrical and we can’t wait to get it all up to code. Not only is all the electrical and baseboard heaters getting upgraded we are also swapping ALL the lights in the home.
The lighting in this house currently is SO DATED! I’ve been ordering new light fixtures over the last two months and I wanted to show you guys (below) what we have so far. I can’t wait to see these fixtures added to the chalet as I know the lighting plus the finished paint will make this place look 100ooooo times better! Here is all the lighting for our mountain ski home a mix of modern and a little rustic.
What do you think of these selections? Lighting can get really expensive but there are some great deals to be found out there. I love shopping lighting from Wayfair, Amazon, Build.com, Foundry Lighting, Overstock, Lu Lu and Georgia and Etsy!
Today is so exciting! We not only have our logos complete for our Vermont vacation home (and soon to be rental) we also have some MERCH you can purchase to get excited for your visit. We hope to complete renovations by fall and fingers crossed have it all set up to welcome visitors early in 2022. We want to make sure it is perfect, my signature “JORDECOR” style and a magical getaway experience as well. We honestly recommend you book your fall visit for 2022 ASAP if you want to get the leaf peeping trip planned early, places book up so fast in Vermont in September and October. You can get your email on the booking waitlist and be first notified about reservations opening by going to our BOOK WITH US PAGE.
Thank you to my cousin Olivia @ STUDIO IG for helping us create these special one of a kind logos that bring to life the vibe of this retro 1970’s ski chalet. The original owners sent us a patch that went along with the ski resort when it was first built and the mountain this cabin is on. We felt so inspired by the shape of the patch as well as seeing our home in the design that we thought it would be a cool to incorporate that in the logo design. I also took a vote on Instagram of various logo design concepts and majority fell in love with the arched patch shape. I love that the “A” is also an arch of the home. It’s such a unique shape and characteristic that you don’t see very often and we wanted to really make that a stand out feature in the logo.
Fourth of July is quickly approaching! Typically I’d be sharing some 4th of July inspired decor but we have our new Vermont house on our brains. With so many new spaces to design and decorate it is hard to focus on anything else! We are looking forward to a fun weekend on Cape Cod visiting family. But we are really looking forward to July 5th because our painters are starting work on The Arched Chalet!! We booked these painters two months ago and we’ve been patiently waiting for this to begin. Part of the reason for the delay is the painters needed to rent scaffolding to reach the high ceilings in the main living room and loft. Once they finish we want to get some furniture in the third floor bedrooms so we can start sleeping there, well Ben and family who might be helping out with floor installation or other projects. Ever since we purchased the home we’ve had to rent an Air B and B, a bed and breakfast or hotel room for our stays. While sleeping at different places has been fun and a nice treat after a year of not going anywhere it also is cutting into our budget for things for the new house. I could purchase all the bedroom furniture in the loft for a weekend staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast in Woodstock.
Today I’m going to share two different loft bedroom inspiration boards. I had you guys vote on Instagram stories on your favorite products. I put them all together in two different designs. The first design is the most popular choices and the second design is the runner up choices. Let’s chat about the loft! The loft is a really cool space, it has it’s own outdoor deck and it overlooks the entire living room below it. The large open space will double as a sitting room when not in use as a bedroom. I selected two daybed options that I think work with this style home, both also have a trundle feature for additional sleeping. I like that both kids can sleep there when we stay and they’ll just be across the hall. The updates happening to the loft before furniture can go in is paint on the ceilings + walls and new wall to wall carpet, plus a large light fixture that will be seen also from the first floor.
Imagine the day bed on the arched wall centered with a side table and lamp on the sides. The walls/ceiling a fresh coat of Cloud White and paneling a warm neutral called Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore. I may be able to add a little night stand or dresser on the left paneling wall there but it also has it’s own closet which is great for hanging some clothes or as storage for games, blankets bedding etc. This room will get a lot of light so I’ll probably have the kids wear sleep masks so they don’t wake up at 5 am in the summer. I’ll try to figure out something for the windows around the door but since they are all arched in shape I haven’t quite determined window treatments for blocking some light. It may need to be a custom purchase, unless I get creative. I don’t really want to block these super cool window shapes. So here are the two design boards, I like creating these for inspiration as a starting point for planning out the look of a room. The first purchase will definitely be the bed and mattresses, so we can get sleeping there sooner than later.
I love the airiness of this design which majority of you voted for as your favorite elements. A rug may or may not be necessary (we are having gray wall to wall carpet) but I like to include that in a room design board because a rug is an important part of the overall look. I do like a layered rug combination, so we will see if a rug ends up being necessary to complete the loft. The day bed trundle is more of a scandi vibe in the light wood which is similar to the flooring we are doing on the second level. Some black elements offer contrast and tie in with the large scale light fixture that is going up into that very high vaulted ceiling. I love those little vintage skis and then some poufs to add as a little tufted ottoman and just extra seating for kids. Simple wood slice graphic art fits in with the vibe, Not sure they’d go above the bed but maybe on the side paneling wall.
I’m so excited to share this teeny tiny space for our teeny tiny new person (baby boy) coming this September. I really wanted to get a head start on this because the summer is so busy. Plus the further along I get the more tired! If you are expecting or trying to figure out how to make a small space/home work for a new addition I hope this inspires you. We have a home with three bedrooms currently all occupied, because our two older kids are exactly willing to give up their bedrooms or share with a newborn (I don’t blame them!). I wanted to get creative with our master bedroom and make a little nursery nook for this baby. Since we usually keep our babies in our room for the first few months anyways this will give us time to evaluate sleeping arrangements and if we decide to add on to our house (aka another bedroom) or maybe move. We don’t want to rush our decision right now.
As you can see my initial design was very neutral with white and wood tones. Once we found out it was a boy however, I decided to go with the greens and grays since they flow so well in our bedroom. We still don’t have the bassinet or crib set up, that will be next! I decided to add a peel and stick wallpaper that I found HERE to accentuate the recessed dormer in our master. I wanted it to flow with the rest of our master bedroom which I like to think is a soothing spa atmosphere.
Our master bedroom walls are Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, the peel and stick pattern I selected brings out those sea-foam gray/green tones and adds some pattern into the baby’s nursery nook. Let me show you how it looked before with just an antique trunk that stored our extra bed linens and pillows. Now it will serve as a place to change baby as well as keep his tiny clothes tucked away. I’m sure he will end up with a lidded storage basket under our bed too!
For the nursery nook makeover we ordered a new dresser, changing pad and an adorable felt baby mobile with colors to tie into the organic fern wallpaper. I made sure to find a dresser that fit this spot perfectly and wanted something simple in design. I measured five times just to be sure I had the exact measurements then looked for something a couple inches less. I was looking for a dresser with specific size requirements which narrowed things down. I also didn’t want to spend a fortune on something. I was able to find a great deal on this one and I love the sleek lines and three big drawers. I’ll share how I organize them with bins in another post soon. You can see how the peel and stick paper picks up the colors in our bedroom wall color really nicely. The pattern is understated yet gives this area its own personality. I love the softness the curtain adds which we already had here. I don’t move it as we have a black-out blind.
I decided to splurge on the Keekaroo peanut changing pad because I loved the sleek modern design plus the idea of not having to change or do extra laundry with the changing pad covers was so appealing. This wasn’t an option my last pregnancy and it just seemed so cool. We have the strap that we will attach on to it and if its cold for the new baby at first I’ll throw down a swaddle blanket it. I really just love the look of it as well as the convenience of easy clean ups. Since it takes up majority of the space on top I put all the changing supplies inside the drawer which I actually prefer not looking at all that stuff anyhow.
Two wooden shelves on the inside wall are just perfect for adding little books, pictures and accessories to display and makes me feel like this nursery nook is it’s own little nursery! I used these years ago in Griffin’s bedroom to hold all his books and I still love them. I went with the raw wood to break up the white and bring in the natural tones. The custom baby mobile is the perfect little accessory to finish off this tiny space. I worked with Wooly Sheep Dots to choose custom colors that would match the peel and stick wall paper. I love that I was able to incorporate two etsy shops into this design. Once we know baby’s name I have a few more shops I want to order from as well!
I decided to hang a little pegboard set of hooks to hang some baskets for more storage. The trick is to find ways to add storage wherever we can in a smalls pace. I can use it to hang up some clothes for the week, little jackets of his or changing/feeding supplies. I’m sure things will move around a little bit.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how our nursery nook turned out! I’m really happy we have this ready for September. The next couple months are so busy with kids out of school for summer that I feel good knowing it’s all set. I still need to figure out the bassinet/crib situation. My sister has a Snoo that I’m thinking I might borrow. She had amazing luck with hers. I’ll share how the rest of the little area looks once we finish it up. I can’t believe in just a couple months we will be sharing this room with our sweet baby boy. We are so excited to meet him. Thanks for reading!
I can’t believe we finally made it to the end of the school year! It was a strange year to say the least and our teachers are real life super hero’s. Needless to say they deserve some extra recognition and love this year for all they’ve dealt with! I wanted to do something that showed our appreciation for all their hard work and dedication through this tough, tough year. I wanted to do something that was cute and that they could enjoy/use. I decided to purchase these mini Simply Lemonade drinks after seeing them in the grocery store and thinking they were so adorable!
I considered adding little nips or alcohol gift cards to these but thought that might be a little inappropriate for the kids to hand out at school. I’m sure the teacher’s can take matters into their own hands if they’d like to mix these into a cocktails. To add something a little extra I purchased THESE reusable straws to attach as well. I love the different colors and better for the environment too. I made some fun gift tags that say “You are Simply The Best Teacher EVER!”. I printed the labels on cardstock paper, cut them out then added them to the bottles with layers of tulle and ribbon. They look so adorable. You don’t need a big expensive gesture to extend a big “thank you!”
I hope our teacher’s enjoy the refreshing drink and reusable straw this summer. I also hope this idea is helpful for you if you are trying to come up with something quick, cute and easy for your special teacher! Below please find the labels I designed for this end of year teacher gift. I’ll also add an alternative label that you could use with more of a “lemon” theme that is very fitting for this year especially!
Have a great end of the school year!
I’m long overdue for a Vermont house update post. Today let’s focus on the bathrooms. If you didn’t know we purchased a cool 1970’s arched ski chalet located in central Vermont. You can read more about it HERE. We have spent the last month calling various trades people to set up appointments for quotes from flooring, painters, contractors, plumbers and so on! It’s been a part time job just trying to line up all the trades people we need to help us. We’ve also been busy ordering and sourcing items for our new Vermont house as well. We are hoping to get as much of the bigger stuff done before late September when baby #3 arrives. I’m not in a rush to finish this house, as I can’t wait to enjoy the process and see how it evolves. But right now, it’s not even livable. Once we can get the place painted, floors done and electrical updated, oh plus the bathrooms in better working order, THEN I’ll feel more comfortable sleeping there with the kids.
Let’s go through what the bathrooms look like currently and the plans to update them with out fully gutting them. Our plumber will hopefully start the end of July. It seems pretty typical that most trades are at the least a booking a couple months out. As much as I’d love to start this ASAP- AKA this month, we will take what we can get! We don’t have to live in these spaces now so that’s good. Plus this gives me time to order all the items he will need to swap out fixtures in the both bathrooms. So far we’ve (and by we I mean BEN) removed all the flooring in the bathroom (old gross linoleum) to be replaced with tile. Budget won’t allow for a full gut job to these bathrooms, but hoping with fresh paint on the paneling, new tile, vanity, toilet and fixtures that they will look brand new!
Below is the current state of the bathrooms, it pains me to even share these photos with you. Ugh so ugly! I really hope they don’t crack your computer screen. To give you a sense of the lay out the first bathroom is on the mid floor and is off the kitchen next to a bedroom and the other “master” bathroom is on the third level.
The shower insert in the mid level bathroom is actually fairly new and clean. We are going to leave that for now and get the shower head and lever upgraded as well as a nice new shower curtain/rod to dress it up. Gosh it’s so much BROWN! Imagine white vertical shiplap against nice new modern fixtures in black and brass. Below is another view looking in from the outside. You can see that this bathroom is off the kitchen and guest room.
As you can see the bathroom is very, very narrow. So I purchased a smaller console style vanity that is more narrow which will give guests more space to walk through. I considered a pedestal sink but don’t love that look. A new mirror, light fixture and faucet will also be added. Along with new tile and fresh paint on the paneling. We thought about ripping down the paneling in the bathrooms and putting up dry wall but it’s been so hard to find a contractor and we just aren’t sure we want to get into ripping down walls right now. If we can slap some fresh primer and paint on that wood it might just be ok for awhile. New efficient toilets will be added to cut down on water usage, the current ones go through SO Much water each flush it’s crazy!
Similar plan in this upstairs in the “master” bathroom. We are keeping it simple and installing the same tile on the floor, as well as the same vanity + faucet. I’ll switch out the mirror and a different light fixture just to make it a little different. We will remove this hideous shower door and take off that vinyl inside the shower tub/shower wall. The plumber inspected the tub and said it was in great shape, with a little fresh caulking, bar keepers friend and heavy duty cleaning it should be fine! So eventually we plan to tile the walls in the third floor bath and just add a pretty simple shower curtain. This paneling will need some serious prep and primer. I’ll most likely keep these painted a light color to make the bathrooms feel a bit larger than they are.
For the first bathroom I decided I wanted the shower curtain to be a little fun and dramatic. I’ll differentiate the vibes by changing the light fixture, mirror and shower curtain/decor. I’ll keep the floor tile and vanities the same just to simplify ordering. I really like how they both have the same vanity which is super affordable yet totally different feels. Since there really isn’t a ton of space for soap I’ll add them to the wall in these really cute dispensers. Most likely just a single with a bottle of soap that can be refilled easily. I like the idea of using these woven baskets underneath the vanity to hold extra toilet paper rolls or towels.
These bathrooms don’t offer much space to add a lot of decor or big vanities for storage so I’ll have to be creative with hooks, baskets and finding ways to add items with out it taking over the narrow space. I’ll continue to mix some brass and black elements but soften the vibe in the master with greens and some natural tones using rattans and softer taupe colors. Amazing how you can use some of the same core elements but by changing a few other details get a completely different look!
What do you think of the two bathroom designs? I’m sure things will get tweaked here or there. First things first is primer and prep work then paint. I’m thankful these bathrooms are small so that the paint process will go a bit faster. I’ll be sure to update here on how things are working out!
A couple weeks ago I shared a round up of my favorite modern style rocking chairs from All Modern. Thanks to All Modern for sponsoring this post! We are expecting our third baby (a BOY) in September and we’re slowly getting our home ready for his arrival. It’s been awhile since we had a baby in our home. Also, we don’t have an extra bedroom to make into a nursery. So I’m creating little baby zones around the house. This corner of our living room area is one of those zones. I’ve created a baby changing area and diaper/baby cart for easy access to supplies. I love that the cart can be moved around as well and the changing basket looks more like decor than anything baby related. I love that All Modern has rocking chairs that tie in with our living room decor and don’t scream baby. I know we will enjoy countless snuggles, cuddles and reading to our new baby in this chair. Continue reading below to see which one we selected!
Shop these chairs HERE
The chair we had prior is comfy but takes up a lot of space. I knew I wanted something with a bit more contrast here. We have a lot of light color furniture and adding something with a bit of a darker tone is a nice way to break things up and add balance to a space. Since we can’t fit a rocking chair or glider into our bedroom, using this first floor corner for a rocker and changing area made sense for us.
After browsing the selection at All Modern I fell in love with the light wood tone base of this rocking chair, as well as the darker upholstered fabric. The clean lines gives it a more modern feel and it’s also great for a smaller corner as it isn’t super wide.
I absolutely love how our new rocking chair fits in this corner. I can just imagine all the snuggles and books we will read together here. It feels like part of our living room and not overly baby-ish. I added a simple start pillow made by my older son and a super soft Chappy blanket. A modern shaped side table is also a perfect addition for those bottles, cups of water and to hold books. I added this faux cow-hide rug for softness and we will probably get a little pouf or stool to put our feet up on too.
In these last photos I swapped the rug for a cozy shag sherpa rug. I love the pop of white! Either works but it is fun to play around with the decor here until it feels just right! What do you think of the round up of modern rocking chairs from All Modern? Do you like this one here? I think it really is a nice change from the super over-sized light colored chair we had here before. Big thank you to All Modern for sponsoring this post and thank YOU for stopping by and checking out my first baby related decor post!
Have you ever used peel and stick wallpaper in your home? Unlike traditional wallpaper, peel and stick is both affordable and user friendly. Meaning, it’s easier to install and remove then traditional paper you may come to think of from decades past. It occurred to me recently that we have used peel and stick paper in quite a few areas in our home. In this post I thought I’d round up some of my favorite peel and stick paper, as well as give you a little tour around our house sharing areas where peel and stick paper was the perfect accent to finish a space.
If you are considering peel and stick but are unsure if it may look good or may be too difficult to install, let me suggest to smart small. The common use of peel and stick is as an accent on either one wall, a small space or in an alcove of some kind. Here are a few ideas of spaces you may consider using peel and stick.
this paper in our entry closet
This faux grasscloth wallpaper in our bedroom
This brick paper to add texture and a bit of urban/industrial vibe to a boy’s bedroom
This botanical print wallpaper we used in my Sister’s house. It is the sweetest accent in a nursery and paired with a board and batten treatment it is just enough color/pattern to bring interest to this wall.
I hope these ideas give you inspiration if you are trying to finish off a space and looking for that extra pop that will make your space special. Peel and Stick wallpaper is an inexpensive solution if you want to try to add a little something different and unexpected. Some places I love to shop for peel and stick wallpaper are Amazon, Target, Wayfair and Home Depot. Small shops found on Etsy are a fabulous way to go as well as WallPops, Urban Walls, Rocky Mountain Decals, Livette’s Wallpaper and Wall Paperie.