Who Has a Sitting Room? Here’s Some Inspo to Help Make the Room Functional & Guest Friendly

Our new house has a spare or “bonus” room which the listing called a sitting room. After months of reconfiguring the first floor set up we decided on using our fireplace room as the designated sitting room. We knew we wanted to the room to be used but didn’t know exactly how we were going to make that happen because our main “living room” is where we spend our day to day lives. We also started out with a hand me down deep blue couch, end tables, and coffee table that were all in good shape so I needed to work around those colors and textures.

I knew I needed some colors (unlike the rest of the house that I have kept extremely neutral because the blue couch wasn’t going anywhere for the time being. I decided on some colors that complimented the blue + that brought me to this color palette (whites, browns, wood). I have received so many compliments on this room (via social media thank you COVID) and I think the leather poufs really bring the room together nicely.

I also added a gallery wall, a wood mantle, and some small pieces to the room to make it feel more inviting (because let’s be serious… white chairs are not). Adding the TV to the room instantly made the room more appealing to us and now when we are cooking dinner, eating, or sitting by the fire this room is used all the time! Below are the links for most items pictured above! If you see something that isn’t linked shoot me a message & I will send you it or something similar.

Genuine Leather Pouf | Rug | Lounge Chairs | Modern Fireplace Mantle

Similar Shell Bowl | Gallery Wall Frames | Fireplace Tools | Memories Book

Bathroom Makeover: Budget Friendly Upgrades that Boost Your Outdated Bathroom

When we first looked at our house one of the main problems I took mental notes of were the bathrooms (along with a long list of other things that I will get to in other blog posts). They were outdated (from the 90s so not terribly outdated), with beige sinks + toilets. Lucky for us we haven’t had any visitors (thank you COVID) so there was really no need to rush into making changes to the bathrooms when we first moved in. However, once we were settled in and using the master bath daily (pictured above) I knew I needed to do something because walking into that bathroom everyday was such a let down. It was painted blue (no pictures prior to painting it sorry), dirty, and just overall felt cold. Totally renovating our bathrooms just isn’t in our budget (hopefully one day!) so we needed budget friendly alternatives.

Here’s the following steps we took to make minor changes to our bathroom that made a big difference without breaking the bank.

Step One: Paint, paint, paint! Paint the walls a color you are going to want to look at every day! There is just something about a white bathroom that screams clean to me. Who knew when I went to pick out paint samples there were about 20 variations of white none of which truly looked like white next to each other. We ended up going with SW Westhighland White because it gave a nice warm undertone that matched the beige toilet + sink without being too warm/maintaining the white effect.

Step Two: Switch out any outdated outlets, switches, and/or vent covers. This step may require some additional help from an electrician if you are not one to play with electric but I swear if my husband can do it on his own so can you or yours! Check out youtube to help with this step if you are going to tackle it on your own.

Step Three: Spruce up your vanity if you aren’t going to completely replace it. Again, changing out big items just wasn’t/isn’t in our budget so I opted to use chalk paint to update it.

Here is all you need if you are going to go the chalk paint route: Jolie Paints (Noir is the color I chose) || Clear Finishing Wax || Chalk + Wax Paint Brushes

Jolie YouTube Video Linked Here

Step Four: If you need to clean your tile floors/grout. We used Grout-Eez + let me just say it worked wonders on our grout. Check out my instagram bathroom highlights to see some examples!

Step Five: Replace your faucet if it is not what you want. We replaced an outdated chrome faucet with matte black faucet (see below pictures) and it really elevated the whole room. Again, my husband was able to do this on your own so you can too!

Step Six: Switch out your sink mirror, shower curtain rod, hand towel rack/holder, toilet paper holder and anything else that matched the old faucet.

Step Seven: Hang some floating shelves, pictures, add some towel hooks, and other any other details that work in your space.

Check out my after pictures below!

Towel holder || Faucet || Black Basket || Black Round Mirror || Shelves || Towel Hooks || Shower Curtain Rod || Shower Curtain || Shower Curtain Hooks || Vanity Mirror || Bathroom Floor Mats

I hope this post gives you some inspiration if you are thinking of tackling your bathroom! Feel free to message me or email me if you need additional links.

Let’s Talk Baby Registry Must Haves: A Deep Look Into All Things Newborn Essentials!

Is there anything better than sitting down looking through endless cute baby items and with one click adding it to your wishlist as a mama-to-be? After looking into different sites that offer baby registries (note: I am not one to use a little gun + pick out baby items in a store, plus than you can’t read the 10,000 reviews for each item!) I found Amazon to be the most user friendly & convenient for both the parents-to-be as well as the shopper. Amazon allows the person purchasing the item to use your prime membership to get the items to your door quickly as long as you have a Prime subscription. You also get a 10% completion discount for non prime members and 15% completion discount for prime members. You can read more about the details here amazon.

I don’t care what anyone tells you about the do’s and don’ts of baby registries, you are always going to add items you may not need and/or things that are not necessary immediately after you bring your little one home from the hospital. This post is more about items IRL that are mama tested (by me) and baby approved.

Here’s the Baby List!

Stroller || We chose the Uppababy Vista V2 stroller in Blue Melange (Gregory). This is the one item I did physically go to the store to test out to be sure it was worth the money (& it 1000% is!). This stroller is hands down one of the best on the market and it rides like floating on a cloud. So far, I have taken it over grass, mud, water, curbs, and gravel with ease. You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to strollers IMO.

Car Seat || This car seat is the same brand as the stroller. I have never used car seats before (FTM problems) so I really have zero to compare it to but it seems to the do the job and is pretty easy to get in and out of the car. We also purchased the seat base which we leave in the car we use day to day. The only real negative I have with this car seat (which I read in the reviews as well) is the weight of it. It is pretty heavy on it’s own without the little one in it.

Cover for Car Seat || We used this car seat cover to bring our little one to and from the doctor’s office. The cover is easy to slip on and off and creates a nice little barrier between the car seat and strangers when you are in waiting rooms, running into a store, etc. Once winter hit, our pediatrician recommended a fleece car seat cover which was budget friendly and did not come with the crazy price tag of the Uppababy line of accessories. We use this every time we leave the house so if your little one is coming during the winter months make sure to check them out and add it to your registry, you’ll thank me!

Baby Car Mirrors & Sun Shades|| These are pretty self explanatory but not something you need right away unless you are tasked with taking the baby to their first couple doctor’s visits alone. I personally sat in the back with the baby while my husband drove for the first month or so and in turn did not put up this mirror until recently. Same goes for the sun shades, for the first two months or so our little one slept every single car ride so the sun really was not an issue. A cool feature to these sun shades are the hot alert system that change colors if the temperature inside the car is uncomfortably hot.

Bassinet || When looking into bassinets I wanted something that was reasonable priced, safe, and accessible. There are so many types of bassinets on the market right now that I found it somewhat difficult to narrow down one that I thought would be best for our little one. You also have no idea what your baby’s sleep behaviors will look like until they enter the world so I didn’t see the utility in buying something with bells and whistles until we knew what she needed. We chose not to attach the bassinet to the bed (see the link for more details) because we have a platform bed and the logistics just did not add up for that. Overall, no complaints with the bassinet and she still uses it today (at four months old).

Portable Pack + Play || If you have a two story home, you absolutely need one of these. We use this every single day for naps and diaper changes throughout the day when we are downstairs in the living room. I really don’t think it matters which one you buy but I linked the one we decided on if you are like me and think almost every single pack and play is hideous! This one is the least ugly IMO but still has all the attachments (bassinet, changing topper) you need when you bring your newborn home. Don’t forget to purchase extra bassinet sheets for both your pack and play + your bedroom bassinet (we did not get these pre baby + had to do Prime to get some ASAP!).

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine || No words just buy it, you’ll thank me later! We also got a portable sound machine for the pack and play.

Owlet Sock || Honestly, I could probably write an entire blog post around this baby registry item. Personally, we used the sock from day one and was the best “technology” item we bought. I’ve heard so many parents and parents-to-be make comments on being too anxious to use a device like this which I never really understood. What’s the difference between checking to make sure your newborn is breathing every 5 minutes for the first month you are home and using a device that does it for you? IMO, it is a lifesaver, peace of mind item that lets you get some zzz’s in the beginning. Now I mainly use it to check and see if my little one is waking up when she is tossing + turning in her bassinet (I have her sleep vs. wake heart rate down like a science!).

4 oz Baby Bottles || I really had no idea how little newborns eat when they first come home from the hospital. Also, if you have a little one like me, you are still using them 4 months later!

Baby Brezza || Another item you can keep in the box and use if you need it! We overnighted this when we needed to supplement with formula when the baby first came home. Now that she is exclusively formula fed, this is a life saver.

Bottle Drying Rack || Have one of these handy when you first come home from the hospital even if you plan to breastfeed! My plan was to breastfeed but my little one was not latching properly so I switched to pumping by the time I got home from the hospital which meant an endless amount of cleaning and drying bottles, pump parts, and nipples.

Onesies + PJs + Mittens || I am not linking any specific onesies + mittens here (just remember the time of year for long or short sleeves). I swear you won’t put your baby in anything more than onesies and pajamas for the first month! Target + Burt’s Bees is my go to for footed pajamas.

SwaddleMe Original Swaddle || I would recommend this to any new parent who has never swaddled a baby before (raising my hand). These are easy to use + keep your little one nice and snug! I was honestly sad to stop using this baby item.

MamaRoo || Every baby is different so try to have something like this handy to try when you first get home. If they don’t love it return it for a swing and try that!

Baby Wrap || Baby wearing is all the rage these days. Have something like this handy to try when you want to free your hands from holding the baby!

Pacifiers || I made the mistake of buying a bunch of pacifiers + our little one hates them all. I ended up running to target as a last ditch effort to grab a Wabbanub pacifier. She doesn’t even love that one but it’s the one she will tolerate the most and she goes down for naps easier with it. Buy one or two to try and then run out to the store or order some if your little one doesn’t take to them. Or if you are not one for pacifiers avoid them completely.

Diapers + Wipes || We tried a couple different brands (Honest, Pampers, Huggies) and I personally like the Pampers Pure the best. I found Honest was a little too rough + didn’t have the beautiful line that indicates your little one is wet + Huggies didn’t hold the urine odor well (sorry TMI)! We do use Honest wipes because they seem to work fine + we already had a pack of those from our drive by baby shower.

And that is pretty much all the items I see as “must haves”. Of course, my baby registry included things like feeding items, clothing, toys, books, nursery decor, etc. but to seriously survive the first few weeks with a newborn the above is what you need! Check out my post on mom essentials for mom specific items.

Designing Our Nursery

When I first found out I was pregnant one of the first things on my mind was how in the world we were going to make our tiny two bedroom apartment into a baby friendly environment. I started researching tiny spaces nurseries, apartment living baby rooms, etc. I kept coming across accent walls (thank you Pinterest!) and I settled upon a Herringbone Accent Wall. At the time, I wasn’t sure how I was going to achieve the Herringbone look; stencil, wallpaper, stick on designs. Fast forward to four months later, buying our home, I knew my Pinterest nursery board was still something I was very much in love with + that’s when the nursery really started coming together!

With the help of my artist father, we decided a stencil was the way to go. I found all of the stencil materials on amazon + bought the paint samples from Sherwin Williams. Don’t waste your money + buy a gallon of paint for the accent wall stencil, just pick some samples out because the samples are more than enough paint for the project.

Stencil || Spray Adhesive || Brushes || Wall Paint || Herringbone Paint

Now let’s get to the fun part! Once the room is prepped (painted, flooring, whatever your nursery needs!) it’s time to start designing your nursery. One thing I found to be helpful is the new way of designing nurseries does not always have to include nursery “sets” and instead looks to mix textures, designs, and statement purposeful pieces. You may (or may not) remember the time when parents-to-be would walk into a store and purchase the entire nursery including the crib, dresser(s), night stands, and/or changing table. When I started looking for these items I noticed there was always something within the sets I didn’t love (example: knobs on the dressers, the bubbled shape of the furniture, the colors). This way of purchasing items may be scary at first, but trust me it is worth it! Not only do you often save money but you also aren’t stuck with outdated furniture when your little one gets older and decides they hate their bedroom furniture.

Check out the linked items below

Crib || Rocker || Similar Pouf Ottoman || Toy Dump Baskets || Plant || Black + White Throw Rug || Similar Set of 3 Frames

It’s all in the details… if you have been reading along you know I am all about purposeful shopping for this room. I may not have known immediately where on the shelves each item would go or where the wooden play set would go but I did know th colors, textures, and/or design fit in the space and were budget friendly. If you see something in this post that is not linked feel free to shoot me a message or email + I will send you the link (or something similar)!

Little Babe Cave Sign || White Book Shelves || Rattan Wall Mirror || Changing Table Basket || White + Gold Floating Shelves || Dresser || Ubbi Diaper Pail || Floor Lamp || White Shag Rug || Wooden Play Gym ||