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    "One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see." John 9:1-41
We're officially one of those families. The type with an extremely loud child that has to sit at the back of the church and go for frequent laps just to burn off energy. Remy's cute bird noises have turned into ear piercing screams. Like SCREAMING for joy at the top of her lungs. It's cute when we're at home, but not so much during a long and serious Catholic service. Then when I try to cover her mouth with my hand she licks me. Honestly, Geoff and I can't complain. We actually have to stifle our laughs. We were truly blessed with such an amazing girl. I prayed for her for such a long time, and my prayers were answered. And then some. 
Also, it is the anniversary weekend of her and her cousin's baptism (@abighousefull). What a special time of year. Always ready to help unload the dishwasher, clean dishes or not. More importantly, it's Friday!
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remy’s room (again & again)

childs-room-1I think that I may have a problem. A renovation problem. If you all remember, we have already made-over Remy’s room twice. The first time we painted, changed the fixtures, and decorated. Second, we replaced the carpet, painted some more, and rearranged a few things. Yet, it still hadn’t turned out the way that I hoped that it would. I continued to obsess over the room.

childs-room-2I had originally gone for a look that was child-friendly vintage. Given that our home is over 100 years old, I wanted to keep all of the charm. I had used antique crates as shelves, put old toys on display, purchased a retro-looking crib, and more. I was largely inspired by this room. I feel like I had achieved the feel and soul of that room, but it just wasn’t matching the rest of our home. Hence my problem.

childs-room-4After months of looking on Instagram, I started saving pictures of the types of rooms that I was drawn to the most, and I noticed a trend. Rather than filling the walls with crates and “things,” I found that I most envied bare walls. These rooms also had practical children’s furniture, including wicker baskets for toys and books. They were still quite playful, but on a scaled back level.

childs-room-9I decided to take down everything from Remy’s walls and start over. After trying a few different spots, I decided to leave the crib and change table where they were. I removed the London bookshelf and brought up a white storage unit in its place. I put her books in a wicker basket and toys in the trunk.

childs-room-3-1I only hung a few things back onto the walls. I kept Buck Jr. and Buck Jr. Jr., which was my Gedo’s. I also hung the antique clipboard that has a racoon hat from Colorado and wooden gun from Waskesiu. Beside it is the bird hook that we were gifted upon moving into our home, and my favourite bib from babybbasic. Her ultrasound pictures are above her change table.

childs-room-5I ended up reusing our Waterfall Ruffle Shower Curtain from Urban Outfitters as her window curtain. I had wanted to purchase this one, but since it was on back-order and our shower curtain was just laying around, I thought that it might look good in her room. I was right! I actually prefer it covering a window.

childs-room-7Finally, I purchased a black, industrial shelving unit to hold everything that was in the crates. I think that it really suits the room, and it makes it look much tidier. I think that overall the new look is more of a Scandinavian nursery.

childs-room-8Hopefully this will be the last post on her room, at least for awhile! Now to get back to renovating the main floor.

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Emory

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remy’s room (part two)

remys-room-makeover-4Happy New Year, all!

Remember this post? The one that I published over two months ago saying that we made-over Remy’s room? Well, we’ve changed it yet again.

remys-room-makeover-1Above is a before photo.

remys-room-makeover-2This was the first make-over.

remys-room-makeover-4This is what her room looks like now.

remys-room-makeover-5These changes occurred over Christmas. While I was painting our bathroom (that we are also renovating), I started to compare that room’s shiny white baseboards to Remy’s ugly, beige baseboards. I felt guilty that her room was unfinished like that, so I told Geoffrey that over the holidays, I would also tackle the trim and doors in her room. The problem was that the old carpet rose quite high, and was too thick and stiff to either tape it off or to lay any protective material down so that I could paint the bottom of the baseboards. I knew that it would have to be ripped up.

After finding a great carpet store, I went in and explained my situation. We were initially going to tear out the carpet ourselves. I wanted to see the condition of the hardwood floors that were underneath. Our home is over 100 years old, so we are lucky in that most rooms have hardwood as their original flooring. This is something that I hope to expose and refinish someday soon. However, we wanted a quick fix for Remy’s room, and so we decided to stick with carpet. After peeling back the old stuff, we saw that the underlay had essentially turned to dust. We then agreed to get the carpet installers to tear it out in addition to installing the new flooring.

remys-room-makeover-6Everything went incredibly quick and smooth. I chose a dark grey carpet a few days before Christmas, and they came the morning before Christmas Eve to put it in. It went off without a hitch. Over the next few days I painted her room (in between visiting and hosting family), and decorated it in the dark after she went to bed on Boxing Day. That brings us to today!

The carpet and paint are two more huge improvements. Now I can officially cross her room off my to-do list for good. Hooray!

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Emory

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before and after: remy’s room

remys-room-1Hi everyone! Well, like I posted earlier on Instagram- it only took 7 months and 3 houses, but we finally have a room for Remy!

I can’t believe that we went this long without having anywhere to put her things. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I remember going out for supper after my biweekly doctor appointments, and crying in the restaurant every time because I didn’t have a nursery for our baby-to-be. At the time, I felt like such a bad mother. While I hope to never relive that experience of being so pregnant and feeling so unprepared, I also realize that it really wasn’t the end of the world. However, I am so glad that she has a room of her own! Let’s begin the room tour.

before-roomAbove is what her room looked like when we first moved in. The walls were painted beige, and the ceiling had a cloud design on it. There was an old fixture, dirty blinds, and dated switch plates. (Please excuse the mess of boxes, I couldn’t put anything away until her room was painted.)

remys-room-2-2Geoffrey and I chose a basic white, zero VOC paint for her walls and ceiling. After two thick coats, we were ready to set up her room.

remys-room-4remys-room-11A week before Remy was born, I published a post on my nursery envy. The inspiration for Remy’s room largely came from this room. To me, its whimsical nature and somewhat chaotic state is exactly what I think of when I think of a fun and well-loved child’s room. Plus, I’m notorious for hanging crates as shelving. It was a perfect match.

remys-room-6The white rose was Remy’s baptismal flower, and the little black-eyed-Susan was the first flower that Remy ever picked for me.

remys-room-7remys-room-8Remember the post with her crib? It’s a Jenny Lind, and we made a road trip specifically to purchase one.

remys-room-9-2Her sonogram photos were a DIY project that I shared in November of last year.

remys-room-12Rather than buying a new light for her room, we removed the one in the hallway and turned it from brass to silver by spray painting it. We lucked out with the light, since I was having the worst time trying to find one that would suit a little girl’s room. This one even has flowers on it. I think that it’s so cute now.

remys-room-3We still need to replace the carpet with hardwood flooring, and change the colour of the baseboards. However, that will probably be in a few years from now. Until then, Remy (and whomever else may come along) can have the ugly but soft carpet to play on.

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Emory

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nursery envy

DSC_3826I know from experience from building a home that when it comes to planning a room, one can spend countless hours online pinning and saving pictures for inspiration. I tried to not let it get the best of me in regards to a nursery. In fact, a lot of the nurseries that I did come across slowly began to appear the same. There always seemed to be a beautiful crib, a statement wall, pale paint, bright accents, a large dresser or changeable, a nursing chair, a small and organized play area, and an oversized picture hanging above the crib. Granted, these are things that are needed within a nursery. Searching for rooms that stood out took a bit of time, but I think that I have finally compiled a good collection of children’s rooms that I envy, in addition to having something that sets them apart from the rest.

Here are my favourite nurseries thus far:

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Emory

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nursery dresser and clothes

Baby DresserChoosing a nursery dresser was quite the task. What began as having a separate change table and dresser, soon turned into finding an antique nine-drawer dresser that I could refinish, to a six-drawer, and finally to a brand new three-drawer dresser topped with a change pad.

IMG_0029Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetWe had purchased the pad first, knowing that we would have to find a dresser that would sufficiently hold it. After scouring the classifieds and thrift stores in search of a vintage dresser for weeks on end, I came up empty-handed. One night I went into JYSK just before closing, and saw the cutest pine dresser tucked away in the corner. It didn’t have a price tag, so I wasn’t sure if it was still for sale. I tracked down a sales associate and asked about it. She told me that they were discontinued, but had four of the dressers left. After hearing the extremely low price, I said that I would buy one. Meanwhile, I had forgotten to check the measurements to make sure that the change pad would fit. However, by the time that I had thought of that, it was too late. I had already paid for the dresser. We went back and picked it up the next evening. Geoffrey set it up the following night, as I was sure that I had made a mistake and that it would be too small. Once it was assembled, I put the change pad on top. It’s like it was made for it. It’s a perfect fit, with no room to spare and no overhang. I was definitely very lucky with the purchase!

IMG_0022Also, I am now into my third trimester. With my due date drawing nearer, we are finally starting to accumulate a cute collection of baby clothes. Here is a snippet of our gender-neutral wardrobe thus far.

Baby Dresser - 6 The top drawer of our new dresser is dedicated to newborn clothes, the second drawer is 0-3 months, and the bottom is 3+ months.

Baby Dresser - 2This is also a temporary home for the dresser, and is not a peek at our actual nursery. That tour will come later, once everything is set up and we, ourselves, are more settled.

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Emory

P.S. The winner of The Bird and Elephant Giveaway is Morning Day Dreams.

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