Starting the Mudroom

A little while back, I mentioned that we had to clear out the mud room so that there was a place for our dog to stay in if we left the house. We were tired of cleaning up his pee around the house, so clearing out the mudroom was definitely a priority.

Although it was cleared out, it still isn’t completed. There was still flooring to be done, moldings to put up, oh and still the need to build a bench, cabinets, cubbies, a sink, etc just to name a few.

Last weekend, David finished the flooring and started putting up the baseboard, and trim. He also measured and designed the bench and cubbies. We are going for a simpler look but it’s going to be functional and clean looking! I can’t wait!

Happy Friday!

Eli’s Big Boy Room Reveal

A couple of weeks ago, we finally tied up most of the loose ends and Eli’s room is 99.99% complete! Even though his room is tiny, it is so adorable and we are all so proud of it. Eli loves it so much that whenever he has a friend come over for a playdate, the first thing he wants to do is show it off.

I got my inspiration from Pinterest,  but there were a few things that I wanted for this big boy room.  First and foremost, I wanted the room to be a room that could grow with Eli.  As much as I love decorating, I don’t want to redo his room every 3 years as his interests change.  So we went with more of a color scheme rather than a “theme”.  It was really important to me to use a lot of the furniture and accessories from Eli’s nursery without it looking too babyish.  We worked really hard on both of his nurseries on Owl Lane and Compass Pointe, and we were really fortunate to get some of his furniture made and gifted by family members, so it is extra special.  Lastly,  I knew that I wanted him to have a bed that he could grow in to, unlike a toddler bed, so we went with a full-sized bed and a more mature headboard that he (hopefully) won’t get tired of.

David did some great modern looking moldings, similar to Dax’s room (almost complete BTW) and our stairway.  I wanted to give the room something special, so we went with this amazing wallpaper.  From the moment I came across it on Pinterest, I was instantly obsessed.  I think it looks amazing on this wall, even though it took us a while to figure out which wall we wanted it to go on!  His bed looks fabulous against it in my opinion.  I am super into mixing patterns, and we found his comforter at IKEA of all places.  I am loving the blue and green combo. We purchased a cute decorative pillow, but with the amount of stuffed animals Eli loves having in his bed, it just looked to cluttered, so we returned it.  I am still on the hunt for a blanket or quilt, but I think for now the bed looks fine without one.We weren’t going to use this bookshelf that was in Eli’s nursery, and we purchased a new one, but as we were setting the room up and noticing how many books our book-worm has, we decided to use the bookshelf from his nursery.  It actually looks great in the room, and holds the tons and tons of books he has. We decorated it with my favorite bookends, the invitation from his baby shower , and some other cute accessories from Target (duh).Besides the wallpaper, one of my favorite parts of this room is the dresser.  My uncle built it for us and my grandparents bought it for us.  It is gorgeous, the best size, and we will never get tired of it.  When Eli was a baby, my uncle had built a changing table topper for the dresser, so the room officially felt like a “big boy” room when we took the topper off. Sad!  We replaced the topper with some photos, some special books that were my mom and dad’s from when they were children, and a boat that my Zayde (that’s yiddish for grandfather) made Eli before he passed away in January.   Eli is in a monster phase right now, so we obviously have a nightlight on there too to keep the monster’s away- except for Dax, he’s here to stay.I spent hours looking for artwork for this room, hours.  After wasting way too much time, we actually opted out of artwork because the room is so freaking small.  Having a ton of stuff on the wall just would make it look way too cluttered.  Instead, we put these amazing signs that were made for him from my Bubbie (yiddish from grandmother), and my dad.  I think it looks great.One of my least favorite parts of the room is the roman shades.  I love the look of the navy, but I hate that they are cordless.  We chose this for obvious safety reasons, but they are the most annoying shades to deal with, in fact I leave them down 100% of the time because of the hassle.  You can see in these photos that they are both up and uneven.  Yes, this is because I was struggling for 30 minutes on how to get them both up all of the way. So embarrassing! We didn’t want to do custom shades in this home, but we won’t be purchasing these ever again that’s for sure.  Oh, and sidenote, ignore the awful screens on our windows, they all need to be replaced hah!The only things left to do in this room is get some hardware for the closet doors, and David needs to scrape off some of the paint on the floors.  I also need to unpack and find the photo of me and my mom that was up in Eli’s nursery to put up in his new room. Eli is named after her and I love that her picture is overlooking him when he sleeps.

I can’t believe what a transformation this has been, and how long it took, but it was all totally worth it! You can see the before photos here.

You’ve Got Mail

Our mailbox is ridiculous looking.  It’s such an eyesore, but we really didn’t want to replace it until we do the entire exterior.  Last weekend we decided to pull the trigger and order a new one.  There are so many gorgeous mailboxes out there, but they come at a hefty price! We decided that we really don’t want to spend 800.00 on a mailbox now or ever.  First, we don’t even know if we will be in this house forever.  Second, I would hate to spend that kind of money on a mailbox and then if we for some reason don’t decide to do the exterior, the new mailbox doesn’t match the style of the house.

We ended up finding a great inexpensive mailbox on Wayfair.  I was surprised how I excited I was when it arrived to set it up, but left with disappointment when we opened the box.  For starters, it was beyond cheap looking.  It looked nothing like the picture, and it honestly looked like it could be a children’s toy.  Well, a giant children’s toy.  The color was nothing like the picture either.  However, in Wayfair’s defense, the description said bronze even though it looked black in the picture.  David was the one who ordered it, so maybe he needs his glasses prescription re-checked, or maybe he just didn’t read the description at all.  Regardless, we had to return it, and we are still left with this lame mailbox. My mission this week is to find another inexpensive one, and I will read the description before ordering!

Never Eating Chives Again

I feel like it’s been forever since I gave an update. Last week totally messed me up with David’s birthda, and the 4th, but I’m back!!

Now that David (mostly) finished the dog run fence, it was time to focus on the inside area of the dog run. Our dog is super picky about where he goes potty. It’s so ridiculous how high maintenance pugs are. He goes fine in grass, but when he poops, he digs it all up. He has long claws, so the dirt or mud after the snow or rain gets stuck in his paws and then he runs around like a Tasmanian devil while we try to clean him up. It’s just too much when I also have an insane baby to chase around. In our Scoria Lane yard, we had grass and replaced it with bark chips that were easy to clean, and the dog had no issues doing his business in them.  We thought that putting some mulch in this yard will make less of a mess when he goes outside. Of course in some areas there is grass, but the main portion of his dog run is now mulch.

Let’s take it back a notch though…

The area that we planned on covering with mulch, was covered with chives. Yes, chives. So random because there is no garden there. Maybe the previous owners started a garden and didn’t maintain it, but I still don’t understand why anybody would plant so many chives. I mean the area was completely covered. It just doesn’t make sense. So obviously the first thing that David had to do was remove the darn chives. This was a lot more work than he anticipated which should’nt be a surprise to anyone.

We had to get all of the chives by the roots, but while he was working on that he noticed some old tree roots, and the sprinkler system wiring that was cut, spliced, and exposed. So after removing the tree root, digging a trench for the wires, and the burying the wires, it was time to dig out the chives. We wanted to make sure they stayed away…for good. So David sprayed the crap out of the area with some type of chemical so they won’t grow back (hopefully).

After he sprayed, he laid out some weed block, and then started to pour the mulch.  We went with black because we hope to paint our house.  We figured black would work with the colors we are debating between.  It might look weird now, but the space already looks 10x better, and we aren’t even done! There are still more areas with chives, as well as some areas where we need to plant some grass.  We really need to find a landscape architect to come help us with the ridiculous concrete situation as well.  Ah, the things we do for our pets!! If we continue to have no rain, hopefully this dog area will be complete within a week or two, and then on to the next project!

Until then, and most likely forever, I will never be eating chives again!