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Everett’s Room Design

I’ve been working on Everett’s room design and I’m excited to get started this weekend! This is the overall look, although I’m going to be painting mountains on the wall instead of the wood. I decided to carry the woodland theme from his nursery, I just love it and know he will too. We’ve been really pumping him up for a “big boy bed” and a “big boy room”. Since we are moving him into a different room, we don’t want him to feel like the baby is taking over his things. It’s been taking a lot of strategizing, so fingers crossed that the next month or so go well with this transition.

pendant | wood wall | wood art | marquee letters | lit tree | bed | side table | curtains | floor lamp

shelves | bean bag | dresser | round wood art | table lamp | lamp shade | deer faux taxidermy | rug


Our House: Before & After

Two and a half years ago, we bought this house with the intentions of making it ours and thats exactly what we did. With a lot of hard working hours put into this beauty, it has come out exactly the way we wanted! Take a tour through our diamond in the rough with the before (when we bought this house) photos and the after photos.

The Front: (please ignore the fact that the before photo was taken in the summertime and the after was taken in the dead of winter)



When you walk in the front door:



The Living/Family Room:



The Dining Room:



The Kitchen:



The Kitchen:



The Kitchen:



The Bedroom/Office:



The Bedroom/Nursery:



The Master Bedroom:



The Guest Bedroom:



The Bathroom:



The Backyard: (please ignore the fact that the before photo was taken in the summertime and the after was taken in the dead of winter)



The Patio: (please ignore the fact that the before photo was taken in the summertime and the after was taken in the dead of winter)




Career Mom

d8dbb9a0eff17d57b164a4eee9bd6420 Its so amazing how things happen when you least expect it. I was 38 weeks pregnant and happened to come across a job listing on my account for an AutoCAD/Interior Design position here in Denver. I thought to myself, “why not apply?” I made a few quick changes to my resume, wrote a cover letter and submitted my information. Two days later, I got a phone call to come in for an interview… I’m ecstatic. The only thing is… I’m 39 weeks pregnant. Do I tell them? Of course not! I go struttin my “large” self in to that interview with my head held high! LOL

The interview went great and I think they were ready to hire me, the only thing was the timing… I wouldn’t be able to start for 2 months and they needed someone ASAP! I kinda figured if it wasn’t meant to be, then it wasn’t meant to be. But I was so hoping it was right and was trying to be as patient as possible.

Finally, the phone call came and they offered me the position! I am beyond ecstatic and can’t believe this happened at the timing it did. Crazy, huh?

Immediately, Nick and I got on the computer and started researching daycares. The first daycare we toured, I sorta fell in love instantly. I definitely wanted to compare it though, so we toured 2 other facilities in the area. Yeah, it definitely blew them out of the water. Get this, we toured several rooms with different age groups, and for whatever reason at the time of our tour, not a single kid was crying or mad or upset. We couldn’t believe it! I’m sure it was just perfect timing, but it impressed us. There are a ton of other things that I won’t get into right now, but we immediately put down our deposit to save our spot. It was incredible they actually had an opening, because I went for orientation just this past week, and they don’t have another opening until April 2015! It’s like all the stars aligned and everything is working out perfectly!

So… I start tomorrow, and Rett starts daycare tomorrow too. Its like the first day of school for the both of us! I am a little nervous and anxious, but mostly excited for this is the beginning of a completely new chapter in our lives. I absolutely love being a mom, but my passion is to design… so you have to balance it, right?

This definitely came along when I least expected it and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity. Cheers {‘clink, ‘clink}, to this new adventure!


Kitchen Remodel – The Finale

The kitchen is Done! Finished! Complete! and I’m so excited to finally be posting these photos for you! We started this project in November, right after we moved in and what an adventure. If you haven’t seen the work-in-progress posts, check them out here for part 1 and here for part 2! I couldn’t be more proud of the work Nick has done and doing 98% of the work himself! A HUGE thank you and shout out to Bryan Murray, Alex Stewart & George Stewart for helping install the cabinets, Ray Broker for helping Nick with the handles and microwave install and Chris Luebbers for working on the electrical.

Anyway… I’ll let the photos speak for themselves! Oh and be sure to check out the end of the post for the before & afters! What a difference!

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Baby Stewart’s Nursery

The Nursery is finally done, and so are the photos! I’ve been asked for photos since I got pregnant and I apologize for taking so long, but it has been a process. There are so many adorable nursery styles and themes out there, but the thing that sold me was the faux deer head! I originally wanted the big one {this one} for over the crib, but when thinking about the mobile and collage wall, I went a slightly different route. I’m calling this theme: “Woodland Meets Geometric” or “Whimsical Woodland”.

The colors for the nursery was the easiest and surprisingly the first thing I picked out. My fav colors are mint and gray and have been for over a year {yes, they change frequently}. I knew they would be perfect for a little boy’s nursery, so once we found out the gender of our little one, I quickly got to work! I picked the paint color first {which is actually an interior design no-no}, but I found this muted mint color and fell in love. Interior Design 101 – Designing around a paint color is so much more difficult than picking a paint color to match your decor. Luckily enough, I found the bedding that would coordinate perfectly and the rest came together.

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We ordered the rocker and that took {what seamed like} FOREVER! I wanted something that both Nick and I would be comfortable in and could plan on sleeping in, if needed. Whats great about this chair {and well worth the price} is it is a “convertible rocker” – basically, the rocker legs come off and stationary legs go on, to make the chair great for our living room years down the road.

Originally, I was going to make the curtains, but then realized the task was much bigger than any You-Tube Sewing tutorial I could learn off of, so I found some others I liked just as much {pre-made} here.

I had my eye on the silver leather pouf online for months… one day I walked into ZGallerie and they had this one – ON SALE – plus 50% off! What a steal! That was an exciting day for sure!

The mobile above the rocker is little silver planes and this hung in my Grandma and Grandpa’s bedroom for as long as I can remember. It’s so special to me and reminds me of them, I knew I had to include it in my little boy’s nursery!


I came across this little Mustache pillow on the clearance rack at Paper Source. A totally random find, but I loved it so had to have it! Gotta have a Mustache in my Little Man’s room.


The dresser is a vintage dresser that was actually my mom’s when she was a baby. Then I used it when I was a baby, and my brother as well. Between storage and a few other households in the family, its been well taken care of and was in great shape. We just had it repainted and it looks fab!


I found these adorable little wooden owl knobs at Hobby Lobby with 50% off, talk about perfect, right? I <3 them!

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We got so many books from our showers that I had to put them on display! I love reading books to little kids and can’t wait to read to my own!


I’ve had these blocks forever, I bought them years ago on Etsy as newborn photo props and decided to display them in the nursery as well with his initials. I’m not giving away his name to the internet world yet… we will announce it when he’s born!

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I found this idea on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with it, although they did wood burning and I just wanted to write on them. After a witch hunt to find these wooden plaques, I found them at Michaels of all places {thank you Whitney}! Both Nick and I decided on two Bible verses and I went to work.



I had been looking for a big “E” to hang in with this collection and actually found this one at the A Paris Street Market at Aspen Grove from a vendor that makes his own furniture. Such a great score!


The crib and changing table are Pottery Barn Kids. I originally had another crib picked out on, then got a PBK catalog in the mail with this crib ON SALE, and was actually cheaper than the one I had picked out. Knowing the quality of PBK and the sale price, we couldn’t resist! I loved how gender-neutral it is so we can reuse it for however many times we need to and its pretty modern, which is what we were looking for.


The mobile was definitely a project and I loved that Nick helped me strategically plan this thing out so that the antler and each ornament spin, making it a realistic mobile. The antler is kind of heavy, so we had to make sure it was tied up really well and don’t worry… it is! The antler is from ZGallerie and the ornaments, I found on Etsy {they made the owl one special just for me}.


Who doesn’t love a JellyCat Woodland Owl? He’s so soft and precious, I just couldn’t resist!


I immediately fell in love with this bedding because it has all of my colors and I love the triangles, but I’m a little disappointed with the shop I bought it from, because it took 3 promises of delivery, and didn’t happen… this is why this post is delayed. Anyway, my suggestion is to find a fabric that you like and try to make them yourself! Thats what I’m going to do next time! Remember: no bumpers and frou frou fabric or blankets, pillows, etc… SIDS is a very serious occurrence that can happen and your babies can suffocate… they say nothing in the crib but the flat sheet for at least the first year of life. {Obviously we will take the stuffed animal out when he arrives}.


The changing table, we actually found on Craigslist and purchased it from this wonderful couple who didn’t need it anymore. {Thank God for Craigslist!}


I loved organizing the closet. We had talked about re-doing the whole thing to have shelves and lots of storage, etc. but honestly, we have enough work to do around here. I found this idea on Pinterest to buy the Ikea bookshelf and that helped out a lot. We’ll take it for now!


VOILA! It’s finally finished and ready for our little guy to come and enjoy it! We can’t wait!



A great way to figure out a design is to create a storyboard… here’s mine:

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 1. Silver Deer Head  |  2. Paint  |  3. Real Wood Plaque  |  4. Print & Frame  |  5. Jellycat Owl

6. Silver Deer Antler  |  7. Real Wood Creature Ornaments  |  8. Crib  |  9. Sheets  |  10. Owl Knobs

11. Wingback Convertible Rocker  |  12. Mustache Pillow {Paper Source}  |  13. Baskets

14. Silver Leather Poof {Z Gallerie} |  15. White Faux Rug  |  16. Trash Can



The Icing on the Cake

Finally, we got our light in for the kitchen – the finishing touch to our Kitchen Remodel! Now I can officially take the finale photos and post! Hurray! My wonderful husband installed it today while I was at work and literally when I walked in the kitchen, my heart stopped! It is absolutely beautiful.

{this photo does NOT do it any justice!}



The Last 7 Days – Bathroom Remodel: Part 1

Well, what started as a small project of replacing “big blue” our 1950’s porcelain blue toilet, with a new one… turned into gutting and remodeling our entire bathroom. Here was our week:

Sunday – Mission: Replace toilet

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Here’s what we found {EWWW GROSS!}:

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The floor was rotted through, the flange was rusted and breaking and there were definitely signs of mold so its a good thing we decided to do this BEFORE the baby comes!

Here’s a few photos of the rest of the bathroom:

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Then Nick really started ripping stuff out:

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Tuesday – Our electrician came out and helped us put in some new electrical. I’m so excited to have some light in this bathroom, plus a fan!

Wednesday – Nicks brother Alex came out and helped him take out the tub and pick up the new tub at good ‘ol Home Depot:

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Thursday – The plumber came and updated the shower plumbing, tub drain and the toilet nastiness. Nick helped him install the new tub. Also, Nick put in insulation on the exterior wall {the only insulation in the entire house} and installed the pre-made inset boxes in the shower.

Friday/Monday – The drywall guys came out and started putting stuff back together including Durock cement board in the shower.

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Also, while all of this was being done, we managed to pick out the floor tile, shower tile and accent glass tile for the shower, insets and backsplash. As well as the shower and sink fixtures, paint color, light fixtures and mirror. Here’s the plan:

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Wall Sconces  |  Mirror  |  Sink  | Faucet  |  Paint Color  |  Bead Board/Trim  |  Toilet  |  Glass Tile  |  Wall Tile  |  Shower/Tub Fixture  |  Floor Tile


Whew! What a whirlwind! Stay tuned for the next steps and we will see how it works out!


Kitchen Remodel – Part 2

Nick and his friend Bryan {who is a home-remodel expert}, installed the cabinets:

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The countertop installer came to measure once all of the cabinets were in place and level. Then it was 2 weeks until installation. We definitely liked the lighter – gray granite. We found this granite at The Granite Source in Centennial called “White Cashmere” and our sink is a single basin made of black granite composite:

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Then finally, it was installed:

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The hot water dispenser is a MUST. My mom has had one for years and I’ve always wanted one. Since we have a cold water dispenser on the fridge, we didn’t need both, but they make those also! Everything was installed JUST before Thanksgiving! Thank goodness for having our kitchen finally functional!

While my mom and her boyfriend Ray were in town visiting for the holiday, Nick and Ray installed the chrome handles on the cabinets:

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Then they installed the microwave:

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We decided to take a few months off of working on the kitchen and rest. I also wanted to find the perfect backsplash and I knew this could take some time. We went back to The Tile Shop and found a long subway tile in marble that originally we wanted to install in a herringbone pattern as displayed in their shop:

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Isn’t it amazing? Well after much contemplation on how to actually install this pattern, we decided to nix the herringbone and just go with a classic subway look. I love the herringbone, but theres something just so timeless about the subway and I’m really happy with it:

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We also replaced the tiles in the window sill with a custom wood one:

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Now… with this wall! Ugh! It had 50’s wallpaper, then a layer of paint, then 70’s wallpaper. Talk about a nightmare! Nick wanted to just take the wall down and put up new drywall and honestly, that probably would have been much easier. Instead, we both spent hours scraping wallpaper and sanding to get the wall as flat as possible. It actually turned out pretty good!

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To be continued…



Kitchen Remodel – Part 1

Since we moved in on Nov. 2nd, our kitchen has been the main project of our house. Thank goodness it’s finally done!! The worst thing is living without a kitchen for however many months, and being forced to eat out or do your dishes in the bathroom sink. Everything is unorganized and the construction leaves your house a disaster! This is what we got to go through:

Here is a recap on how it looked before we moved in:

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First, we opened the doorway:

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Then Nick Demo’d the rest:

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We ran into a little problem when we ripped out the dishwasher. For whatever reason, when they re-modeled the kitchen in the 70’s, they tiled the dishwasher in, so it wouldn’t just roll out of its cubby. We then figured out why when Nick pulled up on the dishwasher to get it out of its spot, the water was connected only by a copper pipe and the pipe pulled right out of its joint in the floor, causing the water to flood down to our basement. Talk about five minutes of PANIC and chaos!! Lesson of that day: Turn off the water whenever doing ANYTHING in your kitchen or bathrooms before you get started, you never know how things are connected!


Next: Replacing the drywall {Nick has done this before!}:

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In the meantime, our cabinets arrived:

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Everything is fully demo’d and we had a few drywall guys come in to patch/mud the wall:

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Next: Tile the floor. We originally picked out something light-colored, until I had the vision of a dark floor against the white cabinets and we came across this beautiful ceramic tile called Titanium Negro in the 12×24 size. I absolutely LOVE the metallic finish!

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Here’s how it came out:

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To be continued…