Baby Content – The Beginnings of a Nursery

Two major additions to the nursery this weekend!

My dad somehow scored a really great rocking chair from a friend – for free! I had no idea what it looked like and saw it for the first time at Easter (where it was waiting for us at my parents’ place for us to take it home). I’m so thrilled with it, I’m putting it in the nursery and we’re putting the one Mr Content ordered for me in the family room. I tossed an ikea pillow onto it for comfort and have tucked it into the corner of the nursery by the window.

Rocking Chair

 

And here’s the big one – THE CRIB IS UP!!! I can hardly believe it. It still isn’t sinking in that there’s a wee one joining us in less than three months but it’s really happening! We’re thrilled with the crib, and it was relatively easy to put together (thank goodness!). It has three different heights for the mattress, converts to a toddler bed and eventually to a regular bed – the front and back turn into a head board and base board. This was a gift from my mother-in-law (Thank you Alice!) and we know it will be much loved for many years to come. No bedding yet, I’ve put it on the registry  so I will post further updates as it all comes together. Also I’m still playing with the layout of the furniture in the room, and am holding off on hanging anything on the walls until the furniture is figured out. Stay tuned for the evolution.

Crib

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Style Content – OOTD Shades of Grey

OOTD shades of grey

 

New grey washed out jeans (maternity) from H&M ($40!), oversized black blouse  by hanni y that is a staple in my closet (I’ve had it for over a year). Oversized fuzzy grey w/ skulls scarf and of course my trusty black leather jacket both from Zara. Boots from  Fiorentini & Baker.

All that happened here was a new pair of inexpensive maternity jeans from H&M giving new life to some staples in my wardrobe. FYI I’m at 27 weeks here. We didn’t take a side profile pic but trust me there’s a large bump there. That’s why i had the big fuzzy scarf and gloves on, because there’s no way my jacket zips up.

Home Content – A Big ‘Ol Clock

We’ve been wondering how to tackle our kitchen, we’ve got this great big brick wall in it and it’s begging for the right furnishings. The previous owner had a series of mirrors across it, not overly inspiring but it did add both space and light. We knew for sure we didn’t want to go that route so we’ve left it as a blank canvas until now.

We have finally decided on a theme of old Canadiana, Newfoundland, and Dutch paraphanelia. My dutch tiles and plates for sure will find a home there, and we’ve got a number of items from Mr. Content’s father who was a lobster fisherman in Newfoundland. But we’ve got a number of little items and a big wide canvas and have been waiting for inspiration to strike us on how to anchor everything together…. And then inspiration hit when I saw this in CB2;

Kitchen Clock 1

Originally I thought I’d put this above the door in the kitchen that leads to outside but alas it was too big! So we scratched our heads, pondered, turned about 45 degrees to our left and thought – ‘what if?’. And lo and behold, it’s the exact perfect item to centre on the brick wall and act as an anchor for the rest of our trinkets.

Kitchen Clock 2

More posts to come as our heritage paraphernalia starts to join the clock.

Home Content – Inspiration is Everywhere

Our bedroom is the last room to tackle in our home decor rampage. It also happens to be the most mismatched room in the house during our ‘make-do’ stage, and awkwardly laid out. As a first time expectant mom I’ve never ever been more motivated to turn our bedroom into a sanctuary, knowing that rest is of the utmost of importance both now and in the months to come. So where does one even begin to start? We don’t have one single piece to start with.

I’ve showed countless online images of headboards and duvet covers to Mr Content but he just couldn’t give me any direction from ‘a picture’. So I thought I’d take it a step back and dropped by the paint store to pick up some potential paint swatches, but instead of showing him one at a time, i put two potential palettes together and presented them that way. Bingo!

The room is small, so a light bright colour was the only way to go for the walls, but i added in some more saturated hues to show how some accent colours could really compliment the light. (think bedding, pillows, curtains, etc.)

Proposed Palette #1; Blues with a little Seafoam Green action

Blue Palette

Proposed Palette #2; Purples with a little Rose and Neutral action

Purple Palette

As it turns out Mr Content is not a fan of anything green, (not even seafoam!) so those were quickly eliminted from the blue palette. And although purple is his favourite colour he thought the light colour options for purple too grey toned, and anything else was too feminine for the walls. So we chose the lightest brightest blue in the palette and then started playing with accents, we ended up with an array of blues but i still felt like we were missing something to kick it up a notch. That little hit of the unexpected. And then I saw one of my scarves sitting on the dresser and it all came together in an instant!

Bedroom 1

The very light blue is going on the walls – ‘Sheer Bliss’ from Benjamin Moore, and the rest will serve as direction for bedding, accent pillows, headboard/bedframe, etc. Before and After photos to come hopefully in about a month.

Style Content – Filling Empty Spaces, Before & After

It’s no secret we’re in love with our new-old-home. Now that we’ve been in our space for a couple of months and have some painting done, some art purchased, and some storage planned we’re getting into the detail work. Or at least for the first floor we are – the second is just getting ready for a full on makeover.

Working around radiators is one of the biggest obstacles, as well as the fact that as tall as the house is, it’s also skinny. So we’re carefully planning furnishings with these ‘obstacles’ in mind. We clearly needed something at our entrance, as much as we love our exposed brick and we’re thrilled with how our massive mirror looks hanging on the brick – the entrance still needed a little something.

Before:

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The rest of the room has a very modern industrial feel to it’s furnishings. Clean lines, mixed metals, concrete, etc. So it couldn’t be just ‘any’ console table that would work. We found this at CB2 and are thrilled with the final outcome.

After:ImageThe glass and metal are a perfect compliment to the space. And now I have somewhere to put all those glass vases I’ve apparently accumulated over the years, plus it’s the perfect spot for that ‘change tray’ that Mr. Content likes to empty his pockets into.

The Style Files – Black is always a great idea

This was one of those days where I had a million things to do and the day started off with prenatal yoga (at Toronto Yoga Mamas) and continued from there. So at the base of it all is my tried, tested, and true lululemon items. I found that early in my second trimester my wunder unders were no longer comfortable around my waist and ended up picking up the Skinny Will Pant. I love love love how as I’ve grown the high waist (which I folded under my belly early in the third trimester) now supports my lower belly as I’ve increased in size. I wear the waistband all the way up and have cut out the drawstring (it just adds a strange bulge which no pregnant belly benefits from). And my other go-to is just a basic tank, i thrive on the Cool Racerback (sidenote: I can’t see the Long version of these online but in stores they are often available in black and white in a longer version, these are my preferred length right now because you get a little extra bum coverage).

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Layering is the key these days, it’s still cold here and my internal temp is all over the map. So today I tossed a chunky knit sweater from Zadig & Voltaire over top, and my go-to boots are always from Fiorentini & Baker. (They make everything better).

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I promise the quality of pics will improve! I don’t have a full length mirror and rely on the hubs for the full length shots – we’re working on it…

I just want to point out again that I have on Zero ‘maternity’ clothing, and I’m just about 24 weeks along here. This took me from yoga to coffee, through errands, home for a nap :), and then dinner with my husband in a trendy restaurant.