Home Content – The Wallpaper Diaries

Ok so I admit I put the whole wallpaper search on hold for a while. I did order the mural for the family room, which just came in. And was debating just painting the hallway instead of wallpapering it, mostly because the cost of awesome wallpaper was just so high! (seriously – it’s an investment!). But I really didn’t like the idea of a plain hallway, i wanted impact and life, some creativity! It’s tough with a hallway, there’s no direct sunlight and i have really awkward light fixtures (they came with the house, see below).

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So I took the time while I was waiting for the mural to arrive (meanwhile we did the baby’s room and our bedroom) to brainstorm solutions for the hallway. Should I just do the one wall? (but then would the impact be there?) Should I try one of those stencils like you see on Pinterest? (seriously, at 30+ weeks pregnant I can’t exactly get up on a ladder and my husband is not really the ideal candidate for this job) Should I just say ‘eff it’ and do plain jane paint for the entire hallway until i have the money and inclination to do it right? And then I was watching Candice Tells All and discovered paintable wallpaper. Oh. My. God. Could this be the solution?

As it turns out doing the hallway in Paintable Wallpaper is going to cost less than half of what it would cost for any of the cool graphic print wallpapers that we were looking at. And there are a lot of options, you can get anything from just a really cool texture, to a geo repeat, and plenty of traditional options as well. Including an option that would be awesome for a ceiling to mimic tin tiles.

Geo:

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Tin Ceiling:PW tin roof

And the winner for us is this guy, i just love the traditional pattern and the scale of it. Also the fact that the texture is on the raised pattern really adds dimension:

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So the plan is to leave it white (the ceilings are going to be painted white as well, this grey has GOT to go) and then when it starts to look a little dingy we can just put a fresh coat of white paint on it. It’s highly durable and designed for high traffic areas. Can’t wait to show you the ‘After’ photos.

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Style Content – Pastel Power

The forecast for last night & today was so miserable – I just refuse to let Spring think it can drag it’s butt any longer. So I did my best to pretend the warm sunny weather is on it’s way by opting for a pastel mani/pedi. I wish I had had the presence of mind to take note of the colour names – both are Essie. Obvi i went for mint green on the toes and a pretty soft coral on my hands, my sincerest apologies for not knowing exactly which colours they might be.

Pastel Power

A fresh mani/pedi will cheer any girl up – well at least it always cheers this girl up. Especially these days as I can barely manage to shave my legs, never mind paint my toes. It’s the one indulgence I’ve tried to maintain through my pregnancy – because when you look good, you feel good. And some days when the hormones are through the roof and you don’t know if you are happy or sad or coming or going – you need all the help you can get. A little pastel polish goes a long way.

Baby Content – Bee Decisions

Ok folks, those brilliant folks at Bugaboo have gone and done it again. This time they are offering limited edition Andy Warhol prints on their canopies for all stroller models. But which one to choose??? Let me know your vote!

Flowers?

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or Cars?

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Baby Content – Birth Photography, yay or nay?

Have you heard about Birth Photography? This seems to be a growing trend, and admittedly one I’m really fascinated with. I love photography. I love the documentation of life and events, and more importantly – moments. And isn’t birth, like any momentous event, a close series of important moments?

A number of local birth photographers have popped up on my radar lately via some of my favourite pre/post-natal resources like Bebo Mia and Toronto Yoga Mamas. Two stand-outs for me are Born by Cala Evans Photography and Four Bees Photography.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on documenting this intimate time in your life – are you for or against hiring a Birth Photographer?

Baby Content – Sleeping solutions

Cribs are one thing, but for the first few months Baby Content will be sleeping in our room which is rather limited in size. So what to do for those first few months?

Originally i was thinking I’d just get a stroller that comes with a bassinet that I could just plot onto a stand in our bedroom but I ended up deciding on a stroller that doesn’t have that option.

So here’s where I’m at; I’ve picked out two options – one is more on the inexpensive and functional side, and the other is gorgeous and still functional but maybe not as versatile.

First up – Summer Infant’s By Your Side Sleeper. It’s compact, travels well (convenient for the trip to the East Coast we’ve got booked for next September), has the mesh sides which aids in SIDS prevention (allows air movement so the baby essentially does not suffocate in it’s own CO2 while sleeping). It appears to be designed to be on the same bed as you, or on the floor or a counter of some sort – this is one of the major downfalls because our bed is quite high and I don’t have anything to place the sleeper on to keep him/her closer to my eye level. And you can’t really beat the price, $59.99.

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Next up is Restoration Hardware Baby & Child’s Heirloom Wicker Bassinet. what can I say about this that isn’t already obvious? It’s. Just. So. Beautiful. *Le Sigh* It comes with a stand that has a convenient shelf underneath for all the baby things you need to keep handy for the middle of the night feedings and diaper changes. I can park it right beside my bed and have Baby at eye level for quick and easy supervision. And I can remove the basket to use in another room if we decide to take a nap in the family room together, or i want to hop in the shower really quickly and keep an eye on the wee one. It won’t travel well – not to the East Coast anyways, but that’s only a week out of the entire year. And it’s such a beautiful piece of furniture that would not be obtrusive in our own bedroom. Eventually I can use it to put some toys in, in the baby’s room once we’ve moved on to a crib. A little more pricey at $299 usd, but if you compare to what Pottery Barn Kids has to offer – not outrageous.

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Baby Content – Top Three City Strollers

So I’ve spent weeks, maybe almost two months of weeks truth be told, deciding which stroller was best for me.  ‘Me’ is in bold because everyone under the sun wants to be helpful and offer their advice but at the end of the day only you can decide what the perfect stroller is for you. I had originally been looking at options that will be adaptable to a second child in a few years whenever #2 comes along, but quickly realized they are just too big for my lifestyle right now. So what is the point of spending money on something I’m not going to be able to, or enjoy using? There is NO such thing as the Perfect stroller, just what is most suitable to your personal needs. I made a list of my top 5 requirements and went from there;

1. Something light that I can take on and off the ttc on my own, from birth! And ideally eliminates the need for a second stroller (umbrella stroller). I don’t want a ton of ‘stuff’!

2. Forward and rear facing capabilities, as well as the ability to snap on our car seat. I want versatility.

3. Stylish! Of course i want it to look appealing, It’s an accessory that I’ll have with me all the time, after all.

4. Well made. My husband was really focused on wheels and treads and concerned about the winter months (more on that later too)

5. Not insanely expensive!

So I narrowed it down to these three brands/models, they all hit most of, if not all my top requirements;

1. Bugaboo, Bee – the lightest of the bunch weighing in at a mild 18.5 pounds. The easiest one handed closing I’ve EVER seen! It’s narrow – great for city sidewalks and inside stores. And hit every single item on my list, and it also has 4 wheel suspension – to my husband’s delight. The only thing I didn’t love about it was that the cocoon (bassinet) is soft so it’s only good inside the stroller, I can’t use it outside as I was hoping to so I’ll have to pick up a moses basket or bassinet for the baby to sleep in the first few months. Not the end of the world. Base unit price runs around $699 plus accessories (cup holder, parasol, cocoon, etc) at Moms to Be and More

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2. Mamas and Papas, Urbo – this guy weighs in at just under 20 pounds (9kgs), looks very cool, has the front/rear facing capabilities, and works with top brand car seats. My hesitations with this (and at one point I was leaning towards this as my top pick) are that it didn’t seem to be the same quality as the Bugaboo, and also the wheels were only so-so, and it took a bit  more effort to collapse and definitely required both hands. This guy retails for $579.99 at Babies R Us.

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3. Uppababy, Cruz – this cool guy weighs in at 22pds, works from birth (with an insert to cradle your peanut’s head of course), has an easy one hand fold, a large storage basket, adjustable canopy height to grow with your babe – and the canopy has a 50+ UPF rating. Also like the Bee it has the option of adding a kickboard for your toddler to cruz on when you have baby #2 in the seat. And this bad boy comes in at a comfortable $499.99 at Moms to Be and More

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For me and my lifestyle the Bugaboo Bee was the most suited, so that’s what I’ve decided on. I went ahead and put all the accessories on our registry including the sun parasol, the cocoon, and the sun canopy (summer baby), among others. Of course I don’t have a baby to put in it yet but I like to think that when he/she arrives I’ll be excited to get out and about in our bee.  Also one thing I didn’t mention – this stroller was SO easy to maneuver, like a really high end sports car. I can easily move it around with one hand and hold the baby in the other if needed.