Sunday, July 27, 2014

Target finds {black and white}

I was at Target yesterday, shocker, and just had to share a few new discoveries with you all.  If you are in the midst of creating a big boys room for a little guy in your life, these just may be a few items you'll love.  I know I did, a few are already in my home...others are still on my wish list.

I just can't stop thinking about this map and truly think it may have to come home to our house.  Where will it hang...not quite sure, but for only $17 I just can't let is sell out. They are available in-store only, but here is the link with some info.

I had to grab these plus sign sheets for my son's bed, cause they are just the perfect subtle pattern.
And who doesn't just love the plus sign trend at the moment...if you don't, no worries, total general statement, but I love this pattern.  
Even better, right now until Aug. 2nd they are 10% off through the Target Cartwheel app.

This arrow lamp has already made it into my son's side of the room.  It is the perfect amount of light for him to read with at night when his sister is already asleep.  And for only $9.99 it makes such a cute statement.
Here it is in my kids room reminding my son his head goes on his pillow. =)

These saucer chairs are so comfy and would be a great addition to a little reading corner in a modern kids space.

Those are just a few of the items I'm coveting at good ol' Target.  Happy Sunday and happy shopping all!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Greatest Gift I'll Ever Give {an update and a thank you}

I have shared a few times with you all my journey of becoming a gestational carrier for my cousin and his wife, and a few belly shots along the way.  If you missed them you can read about it here and here.  If you follow me on Instagram you've seen a few more updates and moments.  I wanted to give a little update today because this road is about to come to an end.  We are currently 36 1/2 weeks along and only have 2 1/2 weeks til induction day.  We have it all scheduled in the hopes that all goes to plan so that this little guys parents make it from the East Coast for the most special day of their lives...the day they become parents.  I am feeling a bit of stress because of this situation.  It is what really separates this experience from my own two pregnancies and births.  With my own pregnancies I had the mentality of "sure, I wouldn't mind if I went into labor before hitting 40 weeks.  That would be awesome!"  This time around it is more like "STAY IN THERE BUDDY!"  With this technically being my 3rd pregnancy we all know nature can take it's course and anything can happen.  I am just trying my darnedest to sit and rest often, when those braxton hicks kick up in the afternoon daily I sit there a pray that they go away.  I have so many emotions about this upcoming experience because it is a bit of the unknown.  I want to make sure all parties are taken care of and that we all come out of this healthy.  I am hoping for a smooth delivery soon to be followed by a swift recovery because my kids are really ready for their bouncing around, fast moving mommy to be back.  My kiddos have been champs through out this journey.  My son understands what is going on and I have appreciated his maturity involved in this.  Yes, he's been frustrated and a bit "difficult" too because he just wants me to be able to do what I used to do on a daily basis, but he's 7, I have to understand that he can't fully understand this situation.  I just want to make sure that at the end of this all he has the right amount of closure with the experience.  If that means seeing this little guy, then that is what we'll do. My daughter is a bit young.  She knows the baby in my belly isn't ours, that it is my cousins and his wife's, she knows his name and talks to him often.  We have just reminded her through out this entire time that he'd be going home with his mommy and daddy once he was big and strong enough to come out of mommy's belly.  I just hope we are able to give them both the kind of ending that they expect to this journey.  With kids it is always hard to know the real emotions they are feeling and how to address them properly.  I just hope my husband and I can pull through and make this an easy transition back to "normal" life.  As for my husband...he's been a rock star!  Not many men could watch their wives carry the baby of someone else, let's be honest.  He, on the other hand, was game from the start that this is family and of course we would do this for them.  He then was there through every step of the way...I'm talking legal contracts, meeting with psychologists, medical exams, administering my injections, watching me in such pain because of them, really stepping up in December when I could barely get out of bed and then just being there through out the course of a full pregnancy.  We are almost at the end and I just know we will be such a stronger unit because of this.  I know I haven't always been easy through out this pregnancy because it isn't ours, the responsibility just felt larger.  It's been quite the road and as much as I've enjoyed it, I'm ready for the end to come.  I'm ready to see my cousin and his wife as parents, and know that that is because of me, I'm ready to not be pregnant anymore, I'm ready to have a drink (let's be real), I'm ready to pick my kids up again and spin them around, I'm ready to sleep on my belly at night, I'm ready to be ME again.  This situation takes a lot and really isn't for the weak.  You give all of yourself to the reason behind this journey and for however long it takes to get a successful pregnancy test and full term pregnancy, you really are at the direction of others.  I knew that coming into this and I was completely on board and ready.  I'm am now 36 1/2 weeks pregnant and just tired.  Like any woman at the end of a pregnancy, especially one ending during the summer, you are just ready for it to be over.  I am ready to see the look on my cousin and his wife's face and on their families when this little miracle baby arrives.  I'm ready to get my huge pat on the back!  And I'm ready to say to myself...
"great job girl, you did it!  You are the ROCK STAR!"  

35 weeks

36 weeks

The start of maternity leave yesterday!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Our master bedroom {black and white room}

I've been wanting to take pictures of our master bedroom for awhile, but I haven't felt like it was done.  Who am I kidding though...will I ever feel like my home is done?  Probably not.  That to me, though, is what makes designing fun.  It is ever changing with trends and your own personal style.  So, after realizing this, I felt it was time just to capture what our room looks like now.  So I did.  I'm still on the search for a rad rug and possibly a vintage chair for the corner, but for now, it's still one of my favorite spaces in the house.  You can find me resting in this bed often as I'm 36 weeks along as a gestational carrier and days are getting to be longer and longer days.  My bed is my special spot.  I love lounging in it.  There is just something about all white bedding.  I hope you enjoy this mini tour of our black and white bedroom.

Here's a little peak at what our room looked like when we first moved in... 

We had a very grand, dark espresso bed and a chevron rug.  It just was no longer the style we were going for in our new home.  Love seeing spaces go through transitions...mine included.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Oh Deer {boy nursery design}

I just finished this design for a recent client and I CAN NOT wait to see it all get put together.  This is part of the fun with e-design...the anticipation of when will my inbox receive completed photos of this space.  This room is so my has a wood accent wall people and it is phenomenal!  Here is the design I came up with for this space and I will for sure share with you the completed photos once I receive them.

Out of respect for my paying clients I do not list all sources...please contact me if I can be of some assistance for your inquiries.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Nautical Nursery {room tour}

This nursery has been so much fun to work on.  I have known the soon-to-be mommy for years and this is her first baby.  She wanted a super special nursery for her little guy, but just wasn't in love with the room that would be his nursery.  They currently rent the most unique beach cottage that is just full of character.  Some times "character" can be seen as a hindrance, but I was excited to make it a special piece of this nursery.  Here are a few before shots of the space so you see what I was working with:

The walls were covered in two different types of wood going in two different directions with a back wall with a very useless wall cubby.  It was time to get to work and make this space special.
My design board for her looked like this:
As with all designs...things change slightly and usually for the better, so you'll see a few tweaks that were made in the final room. 

Now for the room, get ready for photos overload.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour.  The best part about this nursery design for me is that the mommy now says this is her favorite room in her house.  That she loves the originally wood walls and even that ceiling.  All the character that was initially viewed as unattractive, is now serving a design purpose and I just adore it.  I can't wait to meet this little guy in a few short weeks!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A special little boy nursery {blue and white}

I'm excited to share with you all this nursery that was recently completed by the mommy and daddy of the little boy I'm carrying.  For those of you that are new to my site, I am a gestational carrier for my cousin and his wife and we are due the middle of August.  As that date is quickly approaching, the parents and I have been in the process of getting his room designed and put together.  Seeing as they live on the East Coast, this was a classic E-design for me along with plenty of emails and photos back and forth.  They just put their finishing touches on the nursery and shared it with all their friends, so now it is my turn to share it with all of you!
The starting point for this nursery was when the parents absolutely fell in love with a room featured on Project Nursery that had striped walls that they definitely wanted to incorporate.  Knowing that our backdrop would be striped helped me in deciding on how to balance the rest of the space and the patterns used.  My cousin loves the game of golf and had a few treasured items from his childhood that were to be featured in the space...from there, the other pieces fell into place.

I just know this little guy is going to love growing up in this space.  Hopefully the book wall gets plenty of use when he is up and mobile.  I know his mommy and daddy already enjoy lounging in the glider, putting their feet up.  And I know he'll never forget where he was born because of the California silhouette we incorporated into the gallery wall.

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