Gray and Orange Nursery

Gray and Orange Nursery

I have so enjoyed putting together a nursery for this little one, and those who will follow. Knowing I wanted this room to be gender neutral, both because we didn’t know the sex of the baby and because I want to be able to put multiple kids in one room, potentially of differing genders, I selected gray and orange as my colors. My “theme” if you will is woodland animals like foxes and owls — but truth be told, I don’t like any room to look too theme-y. So you’ll find I included a lot of geometric shapes and a variety of textures (I am such a texture person!).

My inspiration board helped me figure out what I liked and what I wanted to strive for as I pieced things together. It actually helped me identify what it is that I like — as opposed to just grabbing every “cute” baby item I could find (which, yeah, as a pregnant woman is sooo easy to do).

So here goes!

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Even Husband agrees that it is time for the “Great Transition” (ie. putting away Spring/Summer clothes and bedding and replacing with Fall/Winter clothes and bedding). Husband is usually much more practical about these things (which is a little odd, because in other respects I am far more practical), but he recently requested that we make the Great Transition. (Must be all that cool, fresh air from the open windows!)

It’s not a simple chore, but I have much of it down to a specific routine that works. To give you a little before and after, this is what our bedroom looks like for the Spring and Summer:

Our bed in summer.

Headboard–Curious Cargo; Bedspread–Bon Ton; Pillows–various; Lamps–Ollie’s; Art–P. Graham Dunn

(Just as an aside, did I ever share the oh-so-perfectly coordinating lamps we got at Ollie’s for a steal? They aren’t what we want in the long run, but they are great for now. Take a look:

Bedside lamp.

So goes with our bedspread, right?)

But all of that bedding and oh-so-many pillows went into these bags to be stored in our cedar closet upstairs.

Bags of bedding for storage.

Then, out came our Fall/Winter bedding and pillows…

Our winter bedding.

Heated Mattress Pad–JCPenney; Down Comforter–JCPenney; Duvet Cover–TJ Maxx; Pillows–TJ Maxx and various thrift stores

It might seem like the opposite of simplifying to have to change all of this out every six months or so, but honestly it makes my life easier. We have a nice, light-weight comforter for Spring and Summer and for Fall and Winter we have a heated mattress pad and a down comforter. By switching them out, it not only helps freshen up the room for a new season, but it also helps keep our more expensive items from over-use and therefore, they don’t wear out as quickly. (But mostly, it’s just fun.)

I have a feeling there will be even more transition in our home as it morphs from Summer to Fall, but this is always the first major step.

A long week

It seems that every time Friday rolls around, I’m thinking the same thing—boy was that a long week! Will a week ever just be a week?

Sure, part of it is some extra stress as I get used to me new responsibilities at work and one of my supervisors is out. And yes, I am working full time and taking a graduate level class and trying to work on my thesis. But really, life is going to continue this way for a while. So I might as well get used to it.

A few things I’m learning:
• Don’t attempt to do homework after working all day and cleaning the barn in the evening. I’m exhausted.
• Don’t schedule date night after work and barn for the same reason.
• Drink lots of hot tea at work in the morning; it makes the day feel a little calmer.
• Don’t plan to do too much on the weekends.
• Don’t stress too much over the state of disarray at the house while simultaneously trying to renovate the bedroom.
• Don’t attempt to do homework unless I have the house to myself.
• Purchasing a new dog toy/bone can be very helpful in getting homework done.
• MAKE time for friends; they’re more important than a clean floor.
• Wake up early enough that the morning isn’t rushed; it’s worth giving up 15 minutes of sleep.

In other news, the walls of our bedroom are completely prepped and Bob is going to be priming today (since he has the day off and I am working). If all goes as planned, I should get two coats of color on tomorrow. I might have to wait until Monday evening to do the glaze, but it should all be wrapped up in a few days!

Then perhaps on to the kitchen walls…