Month : January 2015

planning for the master.


I’ve been turning my attention lately to our master bedroom and bathroom. I grabbed these below photos from another house by our builder, whose master layout is very similar, to give an idea of what the space will feel like when completely finished:



I love how much light this room gets with the two walls of windows, and painted Requisite Gray with white trim and dark stained crown in the ceiling tray, it won’t be far from the color combination pictured in these photos. Add chrome hardware to the doors and this ceiling fan, and you have the “bones” of the room.

61967329-bdf3-41e3-8b9b-7cdc1c8d471f_400First up to put this room together was finding a bed. In seven-plus years of marriage, we’ve never owned more than a mattress and boxspring on a frame, so we thought it was time to grow up a little. 🙂 We were drawn over and over again to a wingback style, grey linen material, and I really liked the traditional flair of some nailhead trim. We settled on this one from Joss & Main – (my first time ordering from them and they have FABULOUS customer service!)

halifax king bed in greyOur hacked RAST dressers will go on either side of the bed as nightstands, and on the wall opposite our bed will be our wardrobe built-ins (on which I’ll do an entire post when they’re complete!). For now, here’s the latest in-progress pic (and our wall color in the background!):

wardrobes with paint

So that covers the first “layer” of stuff in the room…the next step is some accessorizing and COLOR! In our last house, I had a few pops of chartreuse paired with our blue and white West Elm bedding. If we stuck with some of that, I really like the idea of adding some soft seating, either in the form of a chair or upholstered bench in a similar gold.

But…the master bath has been painted in Sea Salt, and I’m trying to keep it really clean and crisp in there with whites, chromes, and the sea glass part of the color wheel. I’m not sure I love the way this citron color flows into that. So…. teal_gold_scheme

I’ve thought about losing the goldy green color and instead bringing in more aqua/deep blues. I like that this tranquil scheme brings in some color, without getting too loud or distracting. Really calm.


On the other hand, I like the idea of a bright, cheery coral with the blue in our existing bedding. Ah, so many options…

Fortunately I have a little time (and maternity leave) ahead to think on it. But it’s fun to play around with ideas in the meantime! I leave you with a couple (very dark) peeks at the master bath — until we get electricity (and light fixtures) this week, these are the best I can get of that room. Even in the dark, I’m loving the paint and accent tile together!

master bath shower

Excited to see our tub, granite, and light fixtures in here, tying everything together! master bath

mid January: house update!

While we have been getting to know life as a family of three, our home has continued to progress. We are more than anxious to get moved in and settle into our life within its walls, but in the meantime, we are appeasing ourselves with nearly daily visits to check out all the latest happenings!

mudroom lockers |

The trim carpenters built some beautiful built-ins, from our mudroom lockers…

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…to our living room storage…

half bath vanity |

…to laundry room loveliness (need to take a better photo) and this half bath vanity…

clothes chute and AV |

…and little nooks and details like these, our clothes chute drop and some A/V shelves in the upstairs landing space.

wardrobes ready for paint |

As an unplanned little “extra” task, they stepped in to help Page finish the crown trim on his wardrobes (since someone decided to make his debut a bit early, before Dad could finish them!). I can’t wait to see them all painted and to put the components in and hang the doors…eeeek!! 🙂

The painting crew came through and I’ve been thrilled to see how the various paints and stains we chose for different elements are all blending together. There’s a moment of hold-your-breath-and-cross-your-fingers before you can see it all together in real life, and I wasn’t sure if we had too much going on, but I love the blend of a grayer stain in the mudroom, against our white cabinets, against the cedar style beam and mantel in the living room, and the espresso stains of the barn doors and fireplace trim. It’s fun to have more than one standard trim treatment (like in our last home) and play around with blending different textures and treatments. I can’t wait to see our wall colors in real life to really bring it all together.

For our mantel (below), the painters asked us if we wanted the notches and flaws puttied…no way! We are loving the perfectly imperfect character.

cedar mantel |

I’m planning one final February post to show the last stages of progress but the items left on the list include installation of our granite, the rest of our flooring besides tile (carpets and hardwood), installing our electrical fixtures and appliances, and little touch-ups to everything from paint to trim, before we can complete our final walk-through. There are a handful of outdoor items that will have to remain on the list until spring (landscaping, painting, patio pour) but I’m thrilled to be so close to moving in and am just fine to wait for those things later when it’s warm enough to enjoy them.

Here’s to the home stretch…and the movers booked!

just the two of them.


“From the first time the doctor placed you in my arms
I knew I’d meet death before I’d let you meet harm…


I pledge to you, I will always do
Everything I can, show you how to be a man…


Always tell the truth, say your prayers
Hold doors, pull out chairs, easy on the swears
You’re living proof that dreams come true
I love you and I’m here for you.”

(Just the Two of Us — Will Smith)

THIS GUY is holding life together for us in these early days, looking after both of us, managing the latest at the house, booking movers, gathering everything for our mortgage to close, going back to work, and most importantly, being an AWESOME daddy – a total natural.

Crew and I are beyond lucky to have this guy!

Crew’s birth story.

birth story

Like a lot of mamas-to-be, I found myself reading birth stories on the blogs of some of my favorite authors, and on pregnancy/baby blogs, to get a better feel of what I might expect when D Day arrived.

If nothing else, by reading a variety of birth stories, you solidify your understanding that there is NO way to know what will happen, and that each birth is truly unique. I think it’s easy to do TOO much reading, or psych yourself out about all the possibilities. I read some, and then quit reading them as the time got closer, focusing on the best possible outcomes, and keeping a flexible, open mind (we didn’t have a birth plan) that it would go however it would go, when the time came.

All that said, I want to share my story because it was, in all, a very straightforward and happy story delivery – don’t get me wrong, still painful and had its crazy moments and surprises, but in all, about as “easy” as can be. I think it’s important to read stories like those, to remind you that it’s not always guaranteed drama and scariness and emergency c-sections. I appreciated reading stories more like mine happened to turn out, and focused on those, versus the scarier versions. To each their own of course, but that was how I kept myself mentally ready and positive going into this!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

We’d spent our morning lounging in bed with coffee and HGTV (like we need ANY more house project inspiration right now!). Page headed over to the house to work on our wardrobes a little before 2pm, and I pulled a bunch of clothes out of the dryer to fold. I was standing there in our living room just about to get started when suddenly…gush. I thought I had peed my pants! I hadn’t had any bladder issues the whole pregnancy, and I was instantly annoyed to think I most certainly had a couple weeks to get through yet, and now I was full-on wetting my pants without any notice? How would I go to work (or even walk across a room?!) if this were to be my life for the coming several days?

I changed my pants and went back to the laundry. Again…gush! Hmm, okay. Could this possibly be my water breaking? I wasn’t at ALL uncomfortable, or having contractions. So I called the nurse line (of course it was a Sunday and my doctor’s office was closed) and tried not to be annoyed with the nurse receptionist, who first asked me the reason for my call (um, I think my water broke but I’m not sure?), but then four questions later, asked me if I was pregnant. (Seriously?!) This exchange was one of the only negative experiences, but it was certainly not the way to start out for a first time mama unsure if she’s in labor ha!

I was told to go to Labor & Delivery downtown to be checked out and have the fluid tested. I called Page over at the house, who excitedly told the carpenter in the background, “Her water broke!”. I immediately hissed at him not to tell anyone, because I was still sure I just had an accident and didn’t want to sound the labor alarm only to admit later I didn’t know the difference between water breaking and peeing my pants!

We debated bringing our bags (and thankfully did) and drove to the hospital around 4pm. I mentioned to Page that my lower back was suddenly bothering me a little. We checked into a triage room and waited to have the fluid tested, while they hooked me up to a contraction monitor and heart rate monitor for baby. Boom. I was at four centimeters, it was indeed amniotic fluid, and the monitor was showing contractions — I just couldn’t yet feel them. We had a silly moment of “so…do we stay here or go home?”. I think the nurse tried not to laugh as she said, “Oh no, we’re getting a room ready for you right now. You’re having a baby today.”

"you're having a baby today"
“you’re having a baby today”

As we waited for our room to be ready, the backache became more nagging and came and went, as I started feeling the contractions. It was manageable and we got settled into our room and texted the parents that it was game time…by sending a pic of my hospital bracelet, and this funny picture of Page:

It's go time!
It’s go time!

From 7 to 9 or so I worked through the contractions on my own with Page’s support and our FANTASTIC nurse, who was there from start to finish. I was trying to get to five or more centimeters before asking for my epidural (not for any strong reason, just a personal goal). I was told it was a slow night on the floor so when I was ready, it likely wouldn’t take long for the anesthesiologist to show up.


By the time the contractions made me stop talking and close my eyes to get through them, I asked for the drugs. As it turned out, (full moon that night!), two emergency c-sections took place during my request, and then a second-time mom arrived nearly ready to deliver. (I know first-time moms don’t progress as quickly…but don’t tell us someone is jumping the line in front of us – ha!) At any rate, it was over two hours before Rockstar Nurse nearly bullied them into sending another on-call anesthesiologist and that we were done waiting. I remember her asking me to rate my pain on a scale of one to ten and I asked if ten was wanting to jump out the window, and if so, I was at an 8 or 9. I was holding onto the bed handle with a death grip to breathe through the waves of pain when the anesthesiologist walked in, still taking off her coat as she talked me through what would happen.

Page watched the whole thing but because my ligaments were especially tough, it took a few tries to get the epidural in just right, at one point putting it down a vein. Ouch. The whole time, I was hunched over and told not to move, even through the contractions. I’m still not sure if it was my anxiety or being hunched over for so long as they tried to get it right, but Crew’s heart rate dropped drastically and I remember the room suddenly having more people in it, as they rolled me onto my side and started putting more monitors on me. He recovered quickly and the scary moment passed, as my epidural started to take over. It was nearly midnight, I was at seven centimeters, and we were wiped. We were told I’d be checked in two hours and to try and rest. I think we both passed out within seconds.

Two hours later, our nurse came in to check us, and asking if I was feeling any pressure. Um, yes. She was preparing me that it could still take a bit, but after the check she laughed and said, “oh, you’re ready to push!”. It was at that moment that I freaked a little…everything to this point had been manageable, but something about this final stage made me super anxious. It was almost 4am, and Page grabbed a quick cup of coffee as the room was transitioned into a delivery room.

time for coffee!
time for coffee!

To my surprise, the next phase was very calm and quiet – just our nurse, me, and Page, doing the initial pushes to the timing of the contractions. To Page’s surprise, after we had discussed him staying near my head when delivery time came, he was asked by the nurse to grab a leg and that he had work to do! In retrospect, Page said it was terrifying in the moment, but now he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I remember being SO hungry and tired at this point that I’d do a push, then close my eyes and nearly sleep between each one. After about an hour of pushing, our nurse called for the OB on call. She came in and asked me to do one practice push as she gloved up across the room. I had to laugh when her eyes went a little wide and she said, “Okay, never mind, stop pushing!”. She got into place and two pushes later, our world changed forever.

meeting my new love.
meeting my new love.
instantly in love.
instantly in love.

We are so lucky and blessed that all in all, it was a smooth delivery and everyone is happy and healthy. We still can’t believe this little peanut is ours to keep!

what’s in a name?

It was a tough secret to keep, but it was the *one* thing we kept to ourselves throughout this pregnancy, waiting for our little man to arrive.


While I wish I could say we had some grand story behind it, it was simply the name we loved best, both masculine and preppy. For me, it conjures up images of an all-Americn boy, rowing crew at an ivy league school, perhaps in a bow tie. 🙂


We didn’t plan to have a name picked out when we headed to the hospital — we had a handful of favorites and were planning to see which best fit him when he arrived. But the more we talked about him and his pending arrival these past months, it became crystal clear that our son’s name be Crew.

(I can’t wait to share what we came up with for his birth announcement that plays on his name…coming soon!)


I don’t think any name could fit more perfectly. Love you to pieces, Crew-man!

happy new year: house update!


Between the holidays and counting down to baby D-Day, it’s been a quick month with lots to catch up on, but we’ve made it to 2015…and our closing date is in sight, just over a month away! When we last left off, drywall was in.

We started off 2015 quite literally ready to make this move, signing all our rate-lock loan documents first thing on January 1. Come onnnnn, closing date!


Outside, our siding has arrived. It won’t be painted until spring  (this color), and sod/landscaping won’t go in until then either, but we are more than happy to get even “half-finished” on the outside. They’ve also added our gutters since the above shot was taken (on a drive-by visit over lunch!).


Inside, trim and doors were delivered and the amazing trim carpenters have been working their magic. It’s so fun to start to see elements that will be visible when our home is finished, as opposed to all the steps that happen BEHIND the walls!

It’s awesome to see it all start to come together from the baseboards to the window and doorway trim as our (yet to be painted) doors are hung, as well…


In other fun news, I’m doing a happy dance for our cabinets starting to go in, here in the kitchen…


…and in the bathrooms…


I’m so happy with the color and am loving the soft-close feature…perfect for little fingers! I’ve been measuring them all like a crazy lady so I can plan my organizers to get everything just where I want it. OCD, much?


Page has been working alongside the crews, starting on our wardrobe wall in the master bedroom…


This wall will deserve a post all its own, but above you can see a sneak peek of the two Pax wardrobe frames (which will be filled with drawers/dividers/pull out trays and closed off with these doors)…


…and here, the shelving unit he is building, to put between the two wardrobes. This will hold our TV and components, and create additional shelving for decor and storage. When everything is installed, the whole thing will be painted and trimmed to match the room. I can’t WAIT to wake up to these every morning!

A LOT is happening — and more to come soon! With five weeks until closing, this last month-plus of progress is a welcome distraction as we wait for the tiniest new tenant of this home to make his arrival!