Baby Nursery Tour

I wanted to get married so I could plan a wedding. I wanted to have a baby so I could design a nursery.

Just kidding!….kind of.

But seriously, one might say I’ve been excited to have a nursery in my house for a looooong time. Ever since I fell in love with the 3D plush wall decals of Michelle Tanners nursery way back in 1989. A dusty pink and blue baby heaven.

full house nursery

My nursery tastes have changed a bit since then….ha! But I still love me a good nursery. Pinterest is a smorgasbord of nursery styles. So many that I actually found it a little overwhelming. And like much of the home decor on Pinterest, the really good rooms, are filled with REALLY expensive (or European…can’t get it in the US…stuff). So I kind of chose not to look on Pinterest much.

The color scheme came from my desire to NOT have a color scheme. I’m not a pink and purple kind of gal, not that I dislike pink (purple can be added to my list of Colors I Could Do Without right next to red, black, and anything in the “rust” family) I just really didn’t want to have to limit myself when picking furniture and accessories. I also prefer to keep it a little bit gender neutral. Nothing sucks more than having to find a certain color rug, or blanket or lamp, its like when you need a black cardigan for an event, and suddenly NO ONE IS SELLING BLACK CARDIGANS! Also because I had hoped to buy a lot of stuff used, I REALLY didn’t want to limit myself.

In the end I would describe the rooms colors as Pastel Cool Jewel Tones and Pops of Magenta <—-sounds wacky…and it is. Did you see that giant glitter strawberry? I stole that from a wedding I did that had a “glitter fruit theme” I kid you not.

The walls were the other thing I chose NOT to paint. I painted this room 2 years ago when we first moved in (including the white stripes) and I had genuinely thought I would re paint it. In the end though the thought of actually painting deterred me enough to live with the current color. The room is still a little ways away from being done. I have a mobile that I made which I may hang up. I also may make valances for both windows instead of drapes. And we need to get a garbage can for dirty diapers and a few other little things. But were getting close! I have my last baby shower this coming weekend in Colorado, and after that I’d like the room to be completely ready by the first of October.

First off a view of the whole room.

nursery 1

This gold bow was plastic red when I bought it for $2 at an estate sale. I spray painted it gold and hung it on her door, it may be my very favorite thing in here!

nursery 2

Hula thinks we are decorating this room for her. Not only does she have her own bed in here (not pictured) but she also sleeps in the crib, on the changing pad, on the sheepskin chair, and her all time favorite place is that she can climb up under the crib and lay in the drawers (they are filled with baby blankets) we call it her “bottom bunk”. Having a baby is the best thing that’s ever happened to this cat.

nursery 3

nursery 4

I made these curtain from a $1 sheet at Goodwill. I may take them down though and make valances out of them for each window. That way there isn’t a bunch of bunching fabric, etc. Mr. Gaunt installed the black out roller blinds (purchased at Home Depot), I love them!

nursery 5

The room is quite tiny. Maybe 8’x10′? It will work well for a baby, but this whole house makes me nervous for a toddler! Ugh where will all her stuff go?

nursery 6

nursery 7

Now onto some details about what we purchased New vs Used and how much we spent.



The crib is the DwellStudio for Target Soho Crib that was sold in 2009 for around $300. Apparently it was a hot seller, because duh, its gorgeous!  Also those bottom drawers are great for extra blankets and bedding. I bought it from a woman off Craigslist for $120 (not including a mattress, I’m not keen on used mattresses) Only down side is her daughter chewed a little on the wood edge, but I hardly notice or care.

The bedding I got used online too. I belong to a local kids consignment Facebook group and a woman listed this set for $20 (sheet, bumper and skirt). She said it was never used, that it was their backup bedding. When she gave it to me it was in one of those vacuum sucked storage bags and smelled/looked brand new. I believe it is this bedding, which you can find online for around $120.

The mattress I “splurged” on and got this one from Amazon that had really good reviews.



This was my other big splurge. I had wanted a ottoman that would be comfy to put my feet up on, but also good for babies to hold themselves up on, and WASHABLE for drool and sticky hands. I found an old PayPal account with some money in it, and after scouring the web for the best Pouf, I picked this one from the (adorable yet overpriced) Land Of Nod. To be honest its better than I thought. It is soft yet sturdy, and super washable! I almost want to get another one! I highly recommend getting this one if you’re looking to buy a pouf.

The chair is actually our old office desk chair. Its been repurposed here until I decide if I actually NEED a rocker (a lot of people say you do). My biggest problem is that I HATE almost every glider/rocker in my price range…HATE! The one I have on my registry is absurdly expensive, and I also like this one and a few others from Target, but anything in THIS family….gag! So we will live with this one, which is from Cost Plus.

The bookshelf is an old family hand me down from Mr. Gaunt. He screwed on long strips of wood and the READ BOOKS signs to make it kid friendly, so the books can face out instead of side by side. I may paint this whole shelf like this if I find some extra time.

The lamp I got last night from Target for $17.

All of the art, knickknacks and books came from Goodwill, garage sales or were baby shower gifts.


art 2



Rugs are stupid expensive. I was excited when I found this one on Urban Outfitters for under $50. the colors were very true to the website. Its a thin rug, so I used carpet rug tape to hold it in place, but it’s worked great so far. Its low pile, but not too rough for little hands and knees.

The dresser was a very generous baby gift from my mom. It’s the Ikea Hemnes dresser, and it took Mr. Gaunt and I close to 2.5 hours to build it, but we love it!  Because our house is so small, we needed to keep the TINY closet in this room for storage of our stuff. So all babies clothing, cloth diapers and other such baby items will go in here. I’m sad to say it’s already full. I need to sort her clothes by size and put the extras in storage somewhere.

The art above the dresser is from an adorable little shop in town called SPRUCE. They do custom stationary and sell fun party supplies and wrapping paper. I bought these printed sheets for very cheap, and they make such a big pop when placed in a white (Goodwill spray painted) frame. The hot pink mirror came from a garage sale, and the adorable bunting was made by my BFF for my baby shower.

A few other things to note:

-I purchased this changing table pad and this cover.

-The Magenta fruit bins (that hold baby hair accessories) are from here.

-The Oeuf baby bouncer I got at a thrift store for $4! Regularly over $100!

-All throw pillows and baskets were all purchased used. I don’t know why people buy this stuff new.

So that’s it! Ill probably updated in October after we finalize some things.


Rug: A Love Story

My living room has remained more or less the same since we moved in a year and a half ago. It was in need of a little upgrading, or change. I tend to stick to neutral walls and neutral large furniture, but love to make bright pops with smaller furniture, and accessories. There is a lot of lime green in my house, but you might not notice it at first, that’s how I like it. I also love to mix old and new, modern and rustic. My house by no means looks vintage or antique, nor ultra urban, but we do have a few old things. I like it to be comfortable, and pretty.

I bought this Ikea rug for our living room when we first moved here. It was modern and cute and SOOO CHEAP! $20! However it’s not great quality, and after a year and a half, it looked a little run down. It’s also not soft, and not kid “floor-time” friendly (not that we have kids) but our friends do, and Id like them to feel ok with setting their baby on my rug. It also became a little blah and boring, plus I have no less than three friends who own the same rug.

My mom told me she would help me buy a rug for my birthday last week, so I have been looking EVERYWHERE! We went to Ikea about a week ago and I hated everything. Does anyone else feel like Ikea goes through seasons, and sometimes it all looks like a preschool? Yuck. Anyway I also checked out Costco, Target, Ross, Craigslist, Rugs Galore (one of the only large rug stores in wa), Home Depot, Lowes, and tons of online rug stores. NOTHING! All a bunch of tacky ugly fuddy-duddy hotel style garbage. The thing is, maybe if rugs were like $45, then I would be ok with buying something I “kind of” like, but they aren’t! Rugs in the size I wanted are generally $150-$300! There is no way I’m dropping that kind of cash on something I settled for. I found a number of rugs online that I liked, but they were all around $300, and I didn’t hate my current rug THAT much.

So long story short (apparently not that short) I ended up going down yesterday to Seattle with my mom. We spent a couple of hours in the ADORABLE downtown Snohomish! Who knew? So many cute little shops!  Then we went to a rug store I found online, that was lame. Last we went to Cost Plus World Market after a friend (hi Brittany!) recommended it on Facebook (where friends bitch about the difficulty of finding rugs to friends). OMG you guys! Heaven is here on earth, and in the form of World Market!

First let me say, I’m not a huge fan of anything with an “Oriental” style (is that a politically correct term?). I don’t really care for any Asian or imported furniture or accessories (a large portion of this comes form my hatred of the color red). I think its great for some people, but just not me. So I was definitely under the impression that World Market was all that style (and it does have a lot of that, but not necessarily the majority). It’s also a lot “hip-er” than Pier 1 I would say (and I love me some Pier 1). Needless to say their style was great and so were there prices! I bought a rug, a new desk chair, two couch pillows come white cotton napkins I’m going to Ombre! I couldn’t be happier with the new stuff, just the change I was wanting!

For your shopping convenience, the following items can be found here:

-Plum Stripe Napa Chindi Rug (looks way more red in the online photo!)

-Ribbed Throw Pillows (clearance mine are green, obviously)

-Concrete Hayden Dining Chair

Also just in case you’re dying to know, our couch is from Costco 4 years ago, our coffee table is the LACK Ikea one, and the little desk is Target’s Dolce Desk.

Living Room After

I took about a million pictures of this room, so many that I just don’t have the patience to edit them at all, so they will be raw straight out of the camera. That’s fine, right?

I just really wanted you to get all the angles and details and such.

The original BEFORE video is HERE

The painting is HERE


Paint: Ralph Lauren (color matched into Glidden) Forde Abbey in Eggshell. Trim is Ultra Pure White in Semigloss.

Couch: Costco (2009) $550, Beat THAT Room&Board!

Coffee Table: Ikea Lack (this is actually the 2nd one we have had as they do chip over time)

Rug: Ikea GISLEV ($20…seriously, go buy it)

Entertainment Center: Ikea BESTA + Doors +Feet+Knobs

Book Cases: Ikea Billy + Glass Doors

Desk: Target (only I found this one for $35 at Deals Only!)

Floating Shelves: Ikea RIBBA

The rest of the accessories came from Thrift Stores, Pier 1, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Target. I really try hard to find deals whenever I can. I shop at Goodwill and other Thrift stores to fin little treasures that I can refurbish. However we have invested (with help from our families) in some nicer pieces that help bring the room together. Not that Ikea is overtly NICE, but it works for us. The couch was the best purchase we ever made! We love it, and feel so lucky to have found it!

Anyways the only room left is the bathroom, which isn’t that exciting, but I’ll show you it soon. The spare room is a total disaster still, which is fine as we don’t actually have any furniture to put in it. So it will be a future project when there are more funds.

Not So Connected

Tomorrow a wonderful creature will come to my house, and bestow upon me the ability to see the whole world and all its glorious beauty…


Comcast is coming to hook up my internet tomorrow.


my mom “borrows” internet from the bar downstairs, and it comes in and out depending on where you are sitting. It annoys the crap out of me. I can hardly blog, let alone upload and edit photos. Hence the lack of anything interesting on here. It also means I have been staying at her house the last two weeks instead of my own, as I have no furniture and no Internet: No Pandora, No Facebook, No Netflix, no nothin!

But after tomorrow all that will change, and I will probably attempt to stay over there more.

And despite the lack of posts, I have actually been really good at documenting my house re-model. I have taken lots of before and afters to show you later this week!

Painting is taking WAAAY longer (and way more paint) than I had thought, as we have plaster walls and they drink up the paint like its their job. Lame. But things are coming along well.

I miss Mr. Gaunt more than anything. I’m glad we had some time apart, but I would like him back now. And my stuff, and my cat. A few more weeks and they will all be here with me!

Oh and today I bought some Zig Zag fabric that my sister and I are gonna make pillow covers for! I got it at Fourth Corner Quilts, they have a waaaay better selection than JoAnns, and my fabric was 50% off!

Paint and Videos

We have made a decision on paint colors!


Ralph Lauren – Forde Abbey (which is no longer available, but Home Depot still has the color codes which they can mix into another brands paint)


Martha Stewart – Yellow Magnolia

Kitchen/Laundry Room:

Martha Stewart – Butternut Squash

And lastly Mr. Gaunt showed m how to create a YouTube Channel and upload my videos! Yay!

Buh Bye Blue

Our landlord is a total Jekyll and Hyde. Whenever Mr. Gaunt talks to him on the phone he is crazy and evil and “INSISTS HE COME OVER DESPITE ME HAVING THE FLU IN BED!” and then he comes over and he is super sweet and apologetic. Its bazaar.

So two weeks ago we called him and told him we were leaving a month early. This is only ok in our books because we never actually signed another lease. We have been here 2.5 years, and had a lease only for the first year, so whats he gonna do? However Mr. Gaunt is a lot more paranoid nicer than me and agreed to doing a very short notice walk through with him and his wife (who lives in California and we have never met). So we scoured the house and lit yummy candles and they came over.  We managed to hide the flaws (broken towel rod and screwed up bathroom sink) and accentuated the positives (made bed, clean stove) and overall they seemed pleased with how the place looked. BUT Homegirl decides that she isn’t cool with the paint color. She didn’t directly say she  didn’t like it, more that she was concerned that it wouldnt match new tenants taste. Yeah your boring white didn’t match MY taste so I painted it, that’s what you do! He actually really liked it, so we all compromised and agreed that the bedroom could stay and that we would just need to paint the livingroom to match that olive/tan color of the entry way. Fine.

So today we cleaned and packed and moved furniture. Mr. Gaunt taped off and I painted over my LOVELY Perwkinle grey….sad day. The color really looked so nice against the dark cherry cabinets and the (in my opinion slightly too orange) wood floors. And especially looked stellar against our perfect Greige couch. However they want boring, so now there is a very drab olive/tan where my beautiful blue once was.

The day wasnt a total bust though. Mr. Gaunt was especially willing to run errands, which meant Starbucks, Chipotle, and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cupcakes…swoon. And it was super sunny and Hula looked especially adorable sun bathing.

House = Complete disaster

Goodbye Blue

Taping off

20 minutes Later

Thin Mint Cupcake Via GiGi's in Littleton.


Check out that ear hair...GORGEOUS!

Evening naps

All done, tv back up for the week

why its important to make sure your furniture wont clash with your paint...eww