Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mila's Nursery Reveal

But Natalie, you just posted about moving day, how could you just now be posting Mila's nursery reveal?  Because a) I just realized this draft was sitting in my posts, b) things get crazy busy after you have the baby who resides in the nursery; but most likely c) it felt really private until now since we no longer are living in this space.  I know I want the documentation of it so I'm happy to post it now.  It wasn't anything fancy but it holds many of my most favorite memories and makes me well up just thinking about how I'll never (physically) be in this space again.  My only child's very first bedroom.

When Matt and I found out I was pregnant we decided to wait to find out the gender of the baby.  It goes against the crazy type-A organizer/planner in me but we both agreed it is one of life's last happy surprises.  I totally understand why people find out in advance, but for us this was the way to go.  We also decided early on we didn't want to do a traditional green or yellow gender neutral nursery.  One of my favorite colors is a deep navy blue and I loved navy, pink and white as well as navy, green and white combinations so navy and white is what we chose to paint the nursery.  When the baby arrived we would then add pink or green touches (we both knew instinctively we'd be adding pink).  

I did all the painting (no-VOC with a mask and windows open) and cut and installed the chair rail.  That nesting phase of pregnancy is amazing, I wish I could get just a hit of it every now and again when I need to get something done. 

There was a lot of furniture in this room so it feels cramped when you look at the pictures but it didn't feel that way in reality.  I'm actually thankful for every piece we had in there because they were all useful, I spent more then a handful of nights on that futon and we needed two dressers since the closets held Matt's clothing (see, we really did need a bigger home).

This room is very hard to photograph so I apologize for the weird angles, lighting, etc.

View from the door.  The lighting fixture was actual the initial source of my inspiration for the room.

Reverse view

View from the attached guest bathroom.

The crib with her name and custom monkey mobile.
(Can you tell it took me a while to photograph the room? The crib already has rail covers to keep Mila from unleashing her teething habits onto the crib and the mattress is on the lowest level!)

We included one of my favorite phrases along with photos of me and Matt as babies, word art, maternity photos and hospital and baptism shadow boxes.

Random items along with my baby shower invite and the cutest little card that came with an Etsy order that shows a bird with a rainbow with the saying "follow your heart".

Our first and 20 week sonogram picture and bow holder from my Aunt.

Changing table with giraffe figurine from Nonna's trip to Africa.

Lots of time spent in the Ikea Poang chair alongside the monkey frame from my Aunt and Mila's first bible from her Auntie.  A basket full of wonderful books from my baby shower with special messages to Mila inside.

This framed picture of Mila cracks me up every time, it was from her newborn shoot and she looks like shes pointing and winking at the camera as if to say "ya got me!"

More storage.

It hurts a little to know this room only exists in my memory now but it makes me smile since Mila has a new room now with new memories being made every day.

Moving Day!

Sorry I've been MIA!  This move has really overwhelmed me more than I could have imagined.  We are all in and settled now but let's go back, way back to the first weekend in March...

Our house closing was very dramatic.  Closing company fighting with the lender, the person who is usually in charge called out, it was the last day of the month, and a Friday, etc.  It was an all day fire drill that I never want to go through again but in the end we got our keys, stopped by the house for 10 minutes and drove back to Montgomery County to pick up Mila at daycare 5 minutes before they closed.  Phew.

 I guess two feet (!) of snow on moving day would overwhelm most people.  Our move went relatively well considering we were dealing with the worst winter storm this year had to offer.  It took two days instead of one but at least we were doing a "local" move even if it was to a different state.  Matt was really the MVP of the move, directing the movers and going back and forth between Loudoun and Montgomery county countless times all while running out of wiper fluid and having to throw water on his windshield during the trek.

The only good thing about snow on moving day... beautiful pictures of your new house.

First night in the new house (with all the furniture at the condo).

Nothing keeps Mila from eating her guacamole, not even a lack of furniture.


Not happy (either one of them).

Waiting for the movers...

The only damage done was a quarter sized nick in the basement stairwell wall from a sofa so I would call it a very successful move overall (snow aside).  Now the fun part, making our new house a home!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Granite Countertops and Hard Wood Floors

We took a ride out to the house on Sunday.  The granite was all installed as were the hard wood floors!  The floors were all covered to keep them protected so we couldn't really get a feel for them but what we could see was awesome.


Kitchen, now with countertops!

Matt & Mila celebrating the granite installation.

Kitchen / Family Room Panoramic

View from Family Room to Foyer

Butlers Pantry from Dining Room

Butler's Pantry from Kitchen

Dining Room


Living Room

Office Bathroom

Foyer Stair Entrance

Family Room Stair Entrance

Mila's Bathroom

Mila's Bedroom

 Laundry Room 

Guest Bathroom

Master Bedroom


Master Bathroom 

Rec Room Stair Entrance

Rec Room Bathroom


Only 3 weeks to go!

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