With a full year of home projects under our belts (and because I’m pregnant and unapologetically sentimental right now), I decided to take a look back through everything we’ve tackled in this house so far. Seeing it all rounded up in one place, I almost couldn’t believe how far we’ve come since closing in July of 2015. Though much of the main kitchen and the upstairs apartment kitchen renovations (we have an upstairs apartment that we rent out) were tackled at the end of 2015, finishing touches and the actual blog posts went up in 2016, so I decided to include these spaces as well. I’ve linked each before/after pairing back to the original post in case you want to see more or are looking for a product source. I hope you enjoy the walk back through this year’s home projects as much as I did!
Do you guys have people coming to stay for the Holidays? My sister was in town the first week of December celebrating for the Holidays, so we had our guest space in good working order a bit earlier than usual. With the Holidays approaching at lightning speed (seems like anyways!) I thought I’d share some of the things we kept in mind while preparing the room for her arrival, just in case you have people coming to stay too!
Happy weekend! I’m excited to invite you in for a tour of our home decked out for Christmas as part of The Meaningful Holiday Home Tour, hosted by Laura of Meaningful Spaces! The tour runs Dec. 1st – 4th, so make sure you check out the rest of the homes on the tour with the links at the bottom of this post.
On the coattails of yesterday’s big reveal, I wanted to breakdown what specific pieces we used to achieve the overall look. There were a few accessories that I DIY’ed myself, like the pink floor mirror, Ikat lumbar pillow, message board and indigo-dyed shams, but most everything else is shoppable. I also tried really hard only to include links to the EXACT accessories you see in the reveal. The only exceptions to this are a few of the DIY’ed pieces and the insanely gorgeous, one of a kind vintage rug from Woven Abode. In this case, I linked to the most similar rug available.
Baby Girl Francois is well on her way to taking over our current guestroom come February, and with 3 bedrooms in our home: our bedroom, my office/studio, and the soon-to-be-nursery, we had to figure out a way to accommodate overnight guests comfortably without resorting to our living room sofa (our only sofa) as the royal sleeping chambers.
After much ‘what-the-heck-are-we-going-to-do-with-our-guest-bed-situation?‘ discussion, Ken and I concluded that our only real option was to add a bed to my current office and turn it into a multi-use space by re-configuring the layout.
I tossed in the idea of doing a murphy bed, because I had one in my tiny first apartment post-college, and they’re such a smart space saver. The way it folds up into itself when not in use, giving me nearly the same amount of space in my office to work on large projects as I originally had, was just too tempting to pass up!
This time of year I find myself reaching for a blanket almost daily. Whether it’s to curl up with while watching a movie or adding an extra layer to the bed as we go to sleep. So I like to keep extra blankets out and around for easy access, but how do you incorporate them into your home decor so they’re not just in a stack on the floor or draped over furniture? Today I’m sharing some clever ways to incorporate blanket storage into your home decor, so they’re not only easy to grab, but also act as pretty accessories when not in use!
When scouting vintage and thrifted pieces for the home, it’s all about finding that right, one-of-a-kind piece for the space, but “the hunt” can often be super time consuming. Wading through a hundred uninteresting pieces to (hopefully!) stumble upon the perfect gem isn’t exactly an efficient process, but it’s what we love about thrifting, right? It’s the thrill of the hunt, never quite knowing what you’re going to find.
There are a ton of changes that take place when you’re expecting. Major physical changes, extra dietary requirements, and feeling a bit up-in-the-clouds spacey (it’s true!), to name a few. So far, I’ve been rolling with all of it, and then my sleep pattern began to change, and I started becoming restless at night, mostly from having to sleep on my side. I’ve always been a great sleeper, so when things started to go downhill, I decided we needed to do something about it. We need all the sleep we can get before this bébé arrives!
Our bedroom was one of the spaces in our home that didn’t get a ton of love when we moved in about a year ago. We pretty much plopped our furniture in place and focused on the more immediate changes we needed to make elsewhere in the home, a.k.a. the kitchen. However, now that we’re expecting, I spend more time in our bedroom, and want to make it a cozy space conducive to sleep.
With a nursery and guestroom redesign already underway, our bedroom updates didn’t come in the form of paint and carpet removal (which is on the honey-do list for someday). Instead, they’re more about styling out this bare, forgotten space to make curling up for bedtime more enjoyable.
Probably the biggest change we made in terms of creating a better night sleep was in our mattress. We previously had a run-of-the-mill spring-loaded mattress which worked okay prior to pregnancy, but now it just wasn’t cutting it. We decided to upgrade to a GelFoam Mattress given their pressure-sensitive Serene Foam technology. Enhanced with billions of microscopic air capsules, Serene Foam is proven to increase self-adjusting support while simultaneously reducing pressure on key areas of the body.
As an expecting mother, my OB recommended sleeping on my left side to avoid the strain on internal organs that sleeping on your back or right side can sometimes take on your body. On the old mattress, no way. There was no way to sleep on my left side the entire night without constantly tossing over due to the pressure put on my left hip. With GelFoamBed though, I sleep through the night on my left side, no problem! The mattress just kind of hugs you as you lay down, all the while providing firm support so you can get a good night sleep. Needless to say, I’m loving it.
Another reason I love GelFoamBed is the eco factor: The mattress arrives rolled up super tightly, which means it uses less packing material and takes up less space on the delivery truck, resulting in an overall smaller carbon footprint.
Normally I hate allocating budget to non-decorative things that you don’t actually see, but in this case, it’s SO worth it. It’s so worth sleeping through the night, waking up refreshed, and being my most productive self during the day. If you’re also in the market for a new mattress, take a look at GelFoamBed. They’re offering $50 off any purchase with promo code: francoisetmoi !
The other updates we made were hanging drapery, updating the bedding and throw pillows to help soften the space and dilute those beige walls. The drapery is from Ikea a few years ago, that had been stored away since the move. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they’re available anymore, so I’ve included a similar panel style in the “Get the Look” section below.
We also added a nightstand on the far side of the bed. The door you see in the photo is a tiny under-stairs closet for occasionally accessed storage, so we felt okay with a nightstand there. All three bedrooms in our home are small by today’s standards, but typically sized for a 1930’s home, so you do what you gotta do to make the space work for you! Last but not least, we flanked the bed with matching lamps with fabric shades that give off the most serene glow just before bed.
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