Thursday, May 5, 2011

pretty things

I'm sitting here going nuts, thinking about my basement being just a hair away from finished and ready to decorate, and the baby's room that I've been so excited to put together (and now I can't do anything but sit here in the hospital and think about it)
Being stuck in the hospital like this feels like prison, but I know we are blessed to have this baby still growing inside of me and I'll do what I've gotta do to get him here safe and healthy.

I had a better-than-expected Mother's Day today. Scott and the boys came and spent most of the day with me in the hospital. The boys made me pretty pictures and cards to hang on my wall. I need to take a picture of them, but they make me happy. Scott wrote me a very sweet letter and brought me nutella and strawberries (one of my favorite indulgences!) and a book I've wanted for a long time now:

"No Place Like Home" by Stephen Saint-Onge.

I love the room makeovers he used to do for Better Homes and Gardens. He has done some t.v. shows as well, but I don't watch much t.v. so I didn't really know that. The book has a lot of pictures of great rooms and his advice and thoughts on making a home a comfortable place for your family.

I snuggled up and started reading it tonight after my fellas left.I love his philosophy of surrounding your family with things that inspire you. The only problem is that it gets me so excited to go home and put the basement together that I start to get a little twitchy sitting here!

So rather than think about being twitchy in the hospital, here are some pretty and colorful things that cheer me up right now:

Baby Quilts!

via ETSY quiltrhapsody

If I can't be home putting his room together, at least I can keep dreaming about it. I love that hexagon quilt, so much!

via Etsy romeojulietdesigns

I can picture something like either of these quits in his room (here's that little idea board I made a few months ago)

Hubby votes for the dots, and I love the simplicity of it. I'll probably make my own version of something more that, it's a little more realistic for my skill level, and I think it's adorable! I think I would go insane trying to do something as detailed as the hexagon quilt.

Cheerful red door and living room:

via southern living

I can't get over Chris's toilet paper roll art (Seriously. Toilet paper rolls.) Who thinks of these things? She does!

Go look at the whole process and prepare to be amazed!
(and yes, indeed, we do have the same duvet set!)

And random, but adorable- colorful rainbow cake.

via martha
Do you think one could use natural vegetable dies and get the same effect? I don't know if that much food coloring would be good for the body. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

a peek at the stairs...

The pictures I posted this morning had some troubles, so here's a second try at the progress on the stairs. It's going to be Gor-geous!

way before:

after the drywall phase- we opened up that closed dark stairway:

current progress:
I mentioned in my post this morning, but to re-cap: the treads will be stained dark, the trim pieces and banister parts are going to be white, along with the column/post thing at the bottom.

I promise some better pictures when it's all said and done and baby and I are home and recovering. Until then, I'm afraid my posts will be sporadic and random... but it's all for a good cause!