the leopard chairs

if you have been to my home in the past year or follow me on instagram, you have most likely already seen my friendly leopard {cheetah? no one knows} chairs.  for those who haven't, allow me to officially introduce you.  i found these two guys on craigslist and fell hard for their perfect lines, size, and comfort level.  they were in great shape, but the colors and pattern didn't blend well with the rest of my home.  

i didn't see that as a problem though.  i like to try everything once {design wise at least} and figured this would be the perfect opportunity to dabble in reupholstery.  who knows, it may end up being my passion in life?

after a good five hours of breaking staple after staple, sore hands, and only half of one chair to show for it while nine months pregnant, i realized that no, reupholstery is definitely not for me.  do you know how many staples they use to hold fabric onto a chair?  a lot.  i decided to throw in the towel and not touch another staple until my baby was born.  i also decided to reevaluate how much i really wanted to do these guys myself.  with a new baby in my arms, the answer was not at all.  so cody explored some professional reupholstery options for my birthday and came up with a price i wasn't exactly thrilled with.  on top of it all, boston had officially claimed one of the chairs as his own.  like, try sitting in it and he will stare a hole through you until you move.  and forget that glass of water you are longing for.  so where am i going with all this?  well, i realized how nice it would be to be able to wash the chairs every now and then and not have to worry about getting them dirty.  it was decided, we would be going with custom slipcovers.

i ended up going with the slipcover man out of minneapolis and was extremely pleased with the quality and timeliness of his work.  the cost ended up being less than half the price of reupholstery, plus i am able to wash them in my washing machine. win. win.


a guest bedroom and office

going through my blog, i realized it has been far too long since i have updated my home photos.  my house has changed quite a bit in the last couple of years and i am excited to show some of the progress.  first things first, i realized i never had a post dedicated to our finished guest bedroom/office space.  here we go!

the nightstand/dresser is a perfect little piece of furniture for this space.  it was given to me, which is the best way to acquire furniture in my opinion.  it serves as my dresser as well as a place for us to store our computer printer.  you can read more about its transformation here.  

we inherited cody's old bed for the room and purchased the bed frame and duvet set from ikea.

the desk was a craigslist find and just needed a little love and some new hardware.  you can read more about it here.  the desk chair is from goodwill and also received a facelift.

the command center is a great way for our small office space to stay organized, although it still is usually filled with lots of bills and papers!

this is the view from our guest rom down the hall into our laundry room.  my clothes are kept in this closet since it is so close to our only bathroom and our bedroom is lacking in closet space.  my clothes fit great thanks to my closet organization system.

in the next few months we will be working on converting this into a bedroom for a certain little girl in our home.  she is pretty excited to start decorating :)


baby slippers

it seems as if winter has officially arrived.  i haven’t decided exactly how i feel about that yet, but i do know that trying to keep an active crawler warm is a whole different ballgame than trying to keep an immobile newborn warm.  where i would once knit tiny little booties to keep little toes warm, i must now provide warmth, comfort, easy mobility and traction for our slippery wood floors. 

evelyn and i were suffering from a bit of cabin fever this week, thanks to all the snow, so we ventured out to grab some supplies for her new slippers.  we found a perfect old sweater at goodwill and some non-slip fabric at jo-ann’s.  i used this pattern, but i added extra ribbing on top in order to allow the boot to fold over.  i followed the tutorial provided, except i left sewing the tube together for last.  since knitted material tends to stretch, i found it was much easier to gauge how much i would need after it was attached to the sole.  i ended up cutting off quite a bit of fabric compared to the pattern provided.  the entire project only took about an hour to complete. i had to refrain from waking her up from her nap in order to try them on her.  once she woke up, however, they were a perfect fit. 


ten months


taking pictures of evelyn lying next to suzette (her fox) is impossible these days since her obsession with her has hit an all time high.  the second she sees her it's hugs and kisses and squishes, so we just roll with it.  at the ripe age of nine months, miss evelyn finally got her first two bottom teeth.  they are apparently very fun to play with all day long.  she has also been liking playing all of her favorite games, like peek-a-boo and patty cake, on mom and dad instead of us doing them for her.  that also includes lifting our shirts and tickling our bellies.  here's to hoping that never happens in public.  she has been learning to use sign language lately and signs "more" fervently during all her meals.  mama can't feed her fast enough.  she has also been learning to imitate car and animal noises and of course say boo, you know, for halloween and all.  looking at these pictures, i can't help but notice how grown up she is looking.  but don't tell her that, or she's all "what's that? grown up? let me start waking up two times a night again and i'll show you grown up".  but yeah, it's cool.

and in honor of halloween yesterday, here is a picture of the sweetest little lamb i have ever met.

i had a tough time getting good pictures of her whole costume since she hated her headpiece with a fiery passion.  could be because it pretty much completely covered her eyes and all she could do was stumble around in the dark when it was on #smallheadproblems.  oh what was that? you want to see more? well twist my arm...

...because every child deserves documentation of just how much they hated their first halloween costume.  happy ten months girl!



i’m currently finding myself to be in a season of the in between.  it seems to be infiltrating all areas of my life, and my home is no exception.  i'm in between the desire to have a well-stocked and completely decorated home and the even stronger desire to purge all my belongings and live only on the bare necessities.  i think we all feel the pull in one direction or another at any given moment.  it’s a continuum, an ebb and a flow, and of course the key is to find the balance somewhere in between.  isn’t balance the answer for everything?  as a new season begins, i find it easiest to implement changes in all areas of life.  decorating for this new season in my life does not include store bought goods that will need to be stored or any perfectly curated vignettes.  it does include bringing the outdoors in-pumpkins, pinecones, leaves, grasses, branches-and gathering these with my favorite little helper.  it involves rearranging rooms and digging out warm blankets to promote coziness.  it involves burning pumpkin candles and diffusing cinnamon and orange oils.  it involves simmering soups and baking pies and steeping some loose leaf tea.  it involves dusting off some old records and maybe even throwing in a christmas album or two because, why not?  it involves cracking open the windows on cool evenings just to hear the sound of the combines late into the night.  it involves fake fires in the electric fireplace while watching football with your friends on sunday afternoon.  and that, my friends, is how i am decorating my home this fall.