Vintage Car Nursery

While mama has been quickly expanding around the mid-section (and other areas), we have been getting everything prepared for our quickly expanding family!

It took a while to get around to it (this is, of course, the 2nd kid), but we finally finished the nursery!  Luckily, big sister was so excited to move to her purple, big girl room, that she willingly gave up her old room to her little bro… No drama for this mama!

Since my hubby’s first car was a vintage ’67 mustang, we decided that a car themed nursery would fit us just right!  We even framed a couple pics of my hubby’s first car to hang in the room.

Nursery Collage

Luckily, we had enough time in advance to refurb at least one piece in the nursery.  My mom found this “well-loved” dresser at a garage sale.  We just taped off a few areas and painted it with matte gray-blue paint.

Nursery B-A

We found a plastic grill at a local swap meet, and decided to “faux” it to make it look like rusted metal.  This is seriously so easy, and you can do it on cardboard letters or anything you want to look like old metal.

All you need:

  • Metal colored spray paint (or just acrylic paint)
  • Paintbrush or sponge brush
  • Cinnamon


  • Spray or paint your item. While it’s still wet, sprinkle cinnamon on the paint, heavier on some parts, lighter on others.
  • Take a paint brush or sponge and lightly press in the cinnamon.
  • Layer with paint and cinnamon as you see fit
  • You should probably seal it after… I haven’t done that yet…

No before pic, but it was shiny silver plastic…

Nursery Rust

Lastly, as a very special present, my mom made a custom cross-stitch pillow that says our boy’s name! (big sister also had a custom g-ma pillow in her nursery too!)

Nursery Bear Pillow

We are happy to get this checked off the list! Next item…. labor I guess….


Our Backyard: Before and After!


We did it! Our backyard is finally done! Well… almost.  Still have a few builds to finish and some planting around the house… but alas, it is not planting season and it’s too dang hot!…

ANYHOO! It has been a looong spring and summer for us…. I think it’s safe to say we worked our little “you know whats” off, trying to make our backyard a usable (and baby safe!) place!

It wasn’t easy, (understatement of the year!) requiring months of digging, hacking down spiky cactus, getting poked by cactus, more digging, shoveling out masses upon masses of gravel (and dirt), laying pavers, removing pavers, crying, tearing out dead grass, installing new grass, building furniture, freaking out, being sore, laughing from delirium, planting, decorating, all while taking care of a baby, and then finally……. HALLELUJAH PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY… It. Was. Finished. And it was good.

After the craziness of Joy’s B-Day party, I was finally able to compile some before and after shots of our new and improved backyard!

Feel free to dry-heave at the before pics, and OOH and AAH at the afters…


We wanted a grass area for our little one to run around on, and a place for us to play Cornhole, the official game of the mid 20 year olds.

So we got to work.  Digging, scraping, yelling, blah blah until it was done! (again… massive understatement!)

No, my husband is not wearing socks…  We lived in dirt for months.


But it was worth it…





BY Potted Garden


In the area next to the grass, we decided on creating a big and cozy lounge area.

This required building a custom sectional to accommodate the amount of seating we wanted.  We used Ana White’s original blueprint and then modified for our needs.

And so began the build.  James and a couple good friends, worked tirelessly in our hot garage, surviving taunting from our neighbors who asked “are you building an ark in there?” har. har.


I love the X design on the back.  James did not “love” building them…


Once we got the couch into place, we painted and cushioned that behemoth!


BY Before 1

And now… the AFTER!:

BY Sitting Area

I stumbled upon the barrel coffee table idea on pinterest, but their’s required getting glass custom cut for the barrels.  We were actually going to do that, until we random walking through the plumbing section at Home Depot and I found these: water heater drip pans.  They were cheaper, and safer than glass, and we found a size that fit perfectly in the barrels.  The lip of the pan sets inside the barrel lip.  Perfect!




OK! Off to the dining area! The cage was the only safe place for the child.  Poor kid.



Annnd the AFTER:  (The table is always set. Ha. Yah….)



Finally, we really really wanted to have a fire pit.  There was a kind of natural break in the backyard that we thought would work perfect.


Again, the cage for the wee one.




We built a simple cinder block fire pit. There are tons of fire pit DIYs online for you to find.  We are still working on the bench in the back.  We followed this DIY for the bench.

BY Fire Pit 2


All lit up for our warm, summer night hang outs.

BY Night Time


Now yes, we still have gravel.  Is it our first choice? No.  Are we making it work (like all the outdoor pics from Restoration Hardware)? Yes.  Hey, it helps me sleep at night…

We love our new backyard.  A prize well earned.  Nothing better than running around outside with little ones, or relaxing with my love in the warm summer breeze.

The Gravel House: Backyard Update

Ahh construction…. it’s really like digging a hole that doesn’t get any deeper.  The tasks are never ending…

I got it in my stubborn mommy mind that no matter what, we are having my daughter’s first birthday party at our house! I really didn’t want it at a park… in the hottest part of summer…

So began the backyard renovation.  All on our own.

This involved removing giant cactus and a million pounds of gravel!  That took a while….

We also laid pavers around our gravel patio and quickly realized it wasn’t going to work with our new outdoor furniture, so we ripped them all up.  Weekend wasted….

We are now in the process of laying down some sweet artificial grass! Haters gonna hate, but we don’t care… Enjoy your water bill!

There’s just so many ideas bouncing around my skull and i’m just praying it all gets done in time…. One month and counting….


Until then, enjoy my daughter “helping”…



Master Bedroom Makeover!


The “Gravel House” is becoming a home! Buying a house and having a baby 2 weeks later kinda puts a damper on nesting, but slowly but surely it’s gettin’ done!

To be honest, the master bedroom was the last room we decorated.  For a long time, we were sleeping on a mattress on the floor, with extra furniture stuffed against the walls.  We had bigger issues to tend to (like repainting  a million kitchen cabinets! oh!… and having a newborn), so we made due for a time.

After a while though, with a house filling up with more and more baby things, we were in need of a retreat.  The rest of the house (as you will see in posts to come) is pretty neutral.  A lot of grays, greens, and tans.  So my hubs decided that we should go bold, something new for us and different from the rest of the house, so it felt like a nice little getaway from house and baby life. So here ya go!…



Boom.  I don’t think you can get higher contrast than purple and yellow!  We decided to go more “dusty purple’ on the walls, to make it a little more adult-like.  Also made sure to ground it all with a neutral palette, because these colors can get out of hand real quick!  I think we did a pretty good job… A little bold, eclectic, mod, vintage….


It was also important to us to create a different “zone” in the room… make it feel bigger, more hotel-like.  So we found a sweet cushy loveseat to go under our window, and added a side table for wine glasses and whatnot (this is a MOMMY and DADDY retreat room, people!) It’s amazing how MORE furniture can actually make a room feel larger than it is…

I also really enjoyed mixing tons of patterns and textures.  The key is to not repeat the same kinda of pattern.  Our duvet is bold and large, so the loveseat is small, and more geometric.  This also contrasts with the light and flowier  pattern on the curtains.  The art is really soft looking, and we added a lot of copper accents for some metallic  and shine.  Furry rug and blanket, etc… you get the idea…  I’d definitely say that we rock the eclectic vibe pretty hard in the entire house.



What do you think?! Please disregard the naked pillows on the bed, I’m in search for the perfect dusty purple shams!  It all turned out slightly more feminine than I originally planned, but we love it! This decor was definitely out of the box for us, but being able to create different vibes in one house is what makes decorating fun!!

New Series: The Gravel House

We bought our first house back in August.  It’s the perfect little starter home.  Quirky, made in the early 50’s, “move in” ready, but weird enough that we would want to do some renovating.  Just the kind of vibe we like!

The house’s nickname is The Gravel House.  It unfortunately was not named by us, but rather by everyone in our neighborhood…  It’s probably pretty easy to figure out the origins of it’s name, but I’ll just tell you anyway… it’s covered in gravel.  No grass, no flowers, just rocks.  Big ones, small ones, (“some as big as your head”… anyone?) with a sprinkling of giant, menacing cactus.  Perfect playground for a kid, right??!! Lord help us…. it’s plain awful… The only way Joy can safely sit outside is in her Pac N Play, i.e. her jail cell.

This new little series of posts will chronicle the updates and renovations of our home.  Watch out for our first post: Master Bedroom Makeover! Until then, say sayonara to this rocky curb appeal….( ok fine, there’s a couple hedges here and there intermixed with the cactus… but still… pick a plant theme people!)