Seeing Green | Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

st pattys | hanna andersson jammies and serena & lily bedding

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In between some basement walk-throughs with our painter and potential trim guys, we made some treats for our friends and I’ve been putting the bedding together in our master (Crew has been giving it a test-jump!). Hope your day and weekend is filled with happy!

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basement paint colors.

Basement Paint Scheme | lifeinyellow.com

With drywall finished, and trim installation up next, I got a head-start on looking at paint colors. (Note: All colors you see in this post are Sherwin-Williams.)

Working off the paint colors throughout the rest of our home, we wanted to go lighter in the basement, since the only natural light comes in through two egress windows on the south side, and filters down the stairs from a large window on the landing. I’m okay that it feels cozy down there, but not dungeon-like!

“Requisite Gray” that you see below, is the color that comes down the stairwell from our main level and sets the tone for the basement.

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The palette that will make up the majority of the basement is below:

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Did that last one throw you? :) Oceanside (6496) is the color Page kept coming back to for the gym. It is definitely a deeper/less neutral color than the rest of our picks, but a great energizing hue for a workout space. You won’t see a whole lot of it, between a wall of wood (more on that later), a window, and mirrors and a TV on the walls, but hints of it will be visible from the main living space through french doors. The gym is a fun place to play with more intense color, and not be so safe. I like that it’s something out of the norm of colors we’re usually drawn to (paint or otherwise) and I like the examples I’ve seen of it in real rooms with white trim and natural light that soften it a bit.

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Speaking of white trim, Extra White (7006) is our trim color throughout the house, and one that will continue onto this level. We used this as our trim color in our last home as well. I love it in all lighting situations — perfectly creamy and clean and not too cool, but still a “true” white with no yellow undertones.

I mentioned that Requisite Gray is the color that currently comes down the stairwell. It will meet up on the lower level with City Loft (7631), which will cover the majority of the basement, including the main living room area, the bar/simulator, play area, and the bathroom. It keeps the warm/neutral flow going, but a bit lighter than our upstairs choices. I always think screens mess with paint chip hues — it’s definitely still the in the “grays” versus “tans” category, but the warmer end of the gray spectrum.

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To create some contrast, we are bringing our outside color in. The exterior of our home is Cyberspace (7076), a gray-navy inky color that I love as much as the day we picked it. After we moved in, I was gifted a large picture frame for our front entry from the creative duo at Adamo Design, in the same Cyberspace hue. Seeing a splash of this color inside on our walls and how she artistically distressed it a bit made it an easy choice for our downstairs bar cabinets.

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I’ve wanted to use a faint, faint (dare I say “pink”) wall color somewhere in our home, but I wanted it to be anything but baby pink. This has a more coral/peach tint to it, and it’s super subtle. I was ultimately sold on it after I saw it in a couple of non-nursery rooms. In a basement bedroom, I wanted something that felt warm and welcoming but still light and bright, without any (major) color commitment in any one direction. (I know, I’m high maintenance!) So Faint Coral (6329) it is, to bring a little personality to the guestroom.

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So there is the rundown of our paint picks for the lowest level. And to give a flavor of the other surfaces and finishes that will come in down here, here’s a quick collage. The stone will go up a pillar at the bottom of the stairs (Eldorado’s “Chapel Hill” which is in our upstairs level as well), some elements of dark walnut stain and/or cedar will appear between the bar countertop, a sliding barn door at the bottom of the stairs (for noise control), and a version of this on a wall of the gym. We haven’t picked a tile, but we’d like to go light with a subway tile in the shower stall, and we’ll continue the chrome door/cabinet hardware and fixtures on this level as well.

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I’ll be back to share more as this all slowly comes to life. Off to call some trim carpenters! :)

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back in the basement!

Oh, friends. Who knew a decision to finish a basement could prompt so much soul-searching??!

In brief, the past couple months brought some major start-of-the-year conversations about goals — home, financial, location, etc. Those conversations dovetailed with an unforeseen opportunity to purchase some land that we may or may not build on (yes, again…sign us up for the support group…) in a few years. We literally got as far as starting the paperwork and decided in the eleventh hour that it wasn’t our move. Not now, anyway.

And so with that decision made, we were refueled in our desire to continue to put down roots in our current home. While we still scrunch our noses at our lot (it’s a semi-busy street and not much yard in any one direction, and the idea of building where there are actual TREES continues to be a (sub)urban myth) we do love the home as we built it — but now two years later, we are ready to finish moving in. We’ve always planned that this would be a house we grow into — finish the basement, landscape the outside, furnish a patio, and hell – just furnish the parts we live in now. We can’t do it all at once for all kinds of reasons (uh, money for one!) but with the cold winter days fresh in our minds, we are turning our attention back to our basement in hopes of having this space ready to use by the next cold season!

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Back in September, Page finished up a couple little details to the framing that was mostly done by our builder, pre-move-in. We installed insulation ourselves, and a crew came to hang the sheets of drywall that had been stocked down there since day one, finishing up before Halloween. Since then, we cleaned up a little and purged some of the stuff being stored down there, but mostly between holidays and birthdays and life in general, we’ve been focused on other things…until now!

After chatting with a few contractors, we selected a drywall duo to come in and tape, mud, and texture the walls. This ended up taking six working days, in part because of the extra drying time that comes with basement levels. I give you the latest — dust in the air and all!

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{From left to right: storage closet, bathroom, bedroom, gym} IMG_9697

{toy storage area with extra-deep toy closet…

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…and play house under the stairs}

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{one of the things I’m most excited about — the future ballet barre on this wall!}

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{another shot of the bedroom}

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{bathroom}

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{two storage closets on the right, looking to the future bar and golf simulator to the left}

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{bar, A/V closet and sump pump access, and golf sim space}

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{future stone column at entrance to lower level}
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Progress continues — Page is on the fence about his decision to do trim himself, so we’re asking a few trim carpenters to stop by and give us some estimates. After that, PAINT — and our colors are already selected! Stay tuned for the picks!

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Easter for the Boys

Between the pink and pastel-dominated holidays of Valentines and Easter, it’s sometimes hard to find stuff that doesn’t feel super girly, for the boys. So I’ve been on the hunt (hehe pun intended) for basket contents for a certain someone who has a special place in his heart for trucks, bugs, and everything else you might traditionally associate with BOY.

I’ve rounded up a few things that will be appearing in somebunny’s basket this year, should you be looking for some toddler/boy inspiration!

Easter for the Boys | lifeinyellow.com

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Crew is obsessed with all things trucks, and loves putting things inside other things, and has a slight obsession with garage doors. So his dreams pretty much all came true when we discovered Tiny Tonkas — there are more than a dozen to collect and they fit in his hot little hand. Each comes with a garage and as you collect them, the garages can hook together in a row. You’d think we’d have lost more of these because of how TINY they are, but he keeps close tabs on these treasured toys!

I love clothing that is more off the beaten path and not on repeat at every big box store (and on every other kid at day care!) so Etsy is a go-to for me, for little boys’ clothing. I loved this take on what could otherwise be a really feminine bunny tee — but given the cool factor!

We are in a major I SPY phase, after getting a first couple of books for Christmas. I opted not to do the “Little Hearts” version for Valentines (but note to self, should you need VDay ideas for next year!) and went for the “Little Bunnies” edition instead.

It’s been a while since it was warm enough to be bug weather, but that doesn’t keep Crew from spotting them in every book, game, movie, etc. Plus who doesn’t love a good pop-up book?

This egg sidewalk chalk made its way into Crew’s basket last year, and it’s still the batch he reaches for most when we’re coloring outside. I think because it’s easiest to hold and sturdiest against breaking. I finally threw out the worn-down nubs at the end of the season — time for a fresh batch to kick off Spring! (Note: Just the other day, I also found egg chalk at World Market.)

I loved this carrot take on a traditional popper — something Crew hasn’t yet partaken in. I also liked that the treats inside AREN’T candy — he’ll get enough of that as it is!

The words “bow tie” were in Crew’s vocab long before he hit two. I love that this kid likes to dress, and I love Janie and Jack’s classic, quality, childrens clothing for when you want to go the preppy route. I can’t wait to share his Easter outfit for church!

And while (of course) I bought Easter jammies long ago (okay, over a year ago — I love to shop the sales and plan ahead!) I thought both these and these were so cute but still “cool” for little men.

I’m excited to incorporate some Easter traditions this year — maybe an egg hunt outside, weather permitting? What are some of your favorite Easter activities with littles??

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Super Bowl Sandwiches (Updated!)

Super Bowl Sandwiches | lifeinyellow.com

I first blogged about these mouth-watering sammies a few years ago. After making them about a bajillion times since then, I’ve updated the recipe just a tad, and included a couple little tips I’ve found helpful — although these are SO easy you really can’t screw them up! These are perfect if you’re looking for an easy Super Bowl recipe for Sunday!

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Melted swiss, hot ham, sweet Hawaiian rolls and seasoned buttah (er, butter) and you have yourself a ready-in-thirty crowd pleaser! (Scroll to bottom for full recipe!)

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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Melt your butter in the microwave, then whisk in all other ingredients (except, of course, the ham and cheese and rolls).

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2. Slice your Hawaiian rolls, keeping them in a whole “sheet” right down the middle and drizzle half your butter-mixture on top of the “bottom” half of the sheet.

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3. Layer on slices of swiss and ham and put the “top” sheet on your rolls back on top. NEW TIP: I’ve learned that the very center rolls’ cheese doesn’t melt as well, so after I get these all assembled, I slide them down the middle to let a little more heat in.

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4. Drizzle those bad boys with the other half of the butter mixture. Cover with foil and pop in the oven. NEW TIP: I’ve bumped the cook time up to 25 minutes, but check at 20. Nothing bums me out more than to find the cheese isn’t gooey enough, three bites in!

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Note: If you want to keep these warm for an extended period of time (although damn, they’re tasty even when they’ve cooled), set your crock pot to warm and under-bake them initially by a couple minutes. We’ve taken these to a couple of tailgates this way and the crock pot method kept them perfectly gooey until they were gone! 

Also — yes, there are twelve rolls in a package, and mine are only nine. A certain toddler in my house is ob.sessed. with Hawaiian rolls, so I got what I got… 😉

Super Bowl Sandwiches (a.k.a. “Crack Sammies”)

1 package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
1 package thin sliced deli ham
1 package sliced swiss cheese
1 stick of butter
2 tsp onion powder
3 Tbsp dijon or spicy brown mustard
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
3 tsp poppy seeds

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes (check at 20). ENJOY!

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season of love.

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I have to keep the seasonal momentum rolling around here — otherwise I’d still have Christmas mixed with Camp Crew all over my house. There’s something refreshing about moving on to gearing up for February and beyond with the decor. In Iowa, I think it’s the promise that winter WILL eventually end!

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But while I’m a sucker for pink and red personally, I live with boys and appreciate when brands can think outside the box with their V-Day color palettes. I loved the mix of navy blues and aquas from Target this year, especially with my navy Adamo frame that hangs in our entry year-round (currently housing one of the – many! – photos of Crew he will someday roll his eyes at…when I put Cupid wings on him this time last year!)

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I like making Valentines less about having a significant other and instead focusing on ALL the people in your life that you love. He won’t get it this year, but I picked up the heart-topped mason jar for future Valentines when I thought we could do something in our family where we collect slips of paper about who/why/what we love. For this year, the mailbox is PLENTY entertaining enough and I’m pretty sure the entire focus of the day will center around the always-exciting concept of mail! Ha!

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Cheers to everyone surviving the holiday season, resolving to do whatever you plan to do in the new year, and looking forward to Spring! <3

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