Check it out: Everett’s room is complete!
Check it out: Everett’s room is complete!
After discussing the logistics of Everett’s bedroom, or bed rather, Nick and I decided to keep the queen bed from the guest room and make it his new bed. It saved us about $700 and we figured, that way when my mom comes to visit (or any quest), they can still have a bed to sleep in. Anyway, did you know its really difficult to find kids sheets in a queen size? Pretty much the only store that carries them is Pottery Barn Kids. I took Everett with me on a special trip to the mall so he could pick out his sheets. I told him he got to pick out one set, and I picked out the other set. Can you tell which set he picked?
With a little tweaking to the original design and incorporating the mountains I painted… TA-DA! Reveal photos to come soon.
I have been painting, drawing, doodling, etc for most of my life. Pretty much since I discovered finger painting in Kindergarten, I was in love. My undergrad degree was in Studio Art from Concordia University, Irvine and going to school for the arts was the best. I’d stay up late, turn on Norah Jones and go to town with the paint brush. My college roommate, Stephanie just Facebook messaged me, reminiscing about those college days in the dorm when she was studying biology and would watch me paint. It was such a great time in my life, I miss it. I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since Graduation. WOW!
Anywho, I pretty much stopped painting when I moved to Denver to study Interior Design, and that took over. Between a new city, a new school, planning a wedding and the craziness in between, the paint brush was put down. Over the years, I moved all of my art supplies from house to house but they were still never used. At a garage sale before Everett was born, I was cleaning out and decided to sell some of my old stuff. I only kept my favorite supplies and thought, “hopefully one day I will be able to use these again”.
Finally, the opportunity presented itself when I was installing a job for work and the art arrived, not being the exact colors we were expecting. I went to the store, bought some paint and a paint brush and made it look the way we wanted. This reminded me of how much I missed painting. Any chance I got for “fixing” a painting at work, I took it.
For the past few months, I’ve been designing a clubhouse for an apartment complex here in Denver. The space has extremely high vaulted ceilings and requires a piece of artwork over the sofa that needs to be large and in-charge. Bold, graphic lines came to mind and since the current trend is geometric shapes and contrasting colors, I decided to paint something structured and in my favorite shades of black, white and gray. I picked up the paint brush and got to work.
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.
Thats right! Baby Stewart No. 2 is on their way and we couldn’t be more excited. We knew we wanted to have another baby and somewhat close in age to Everett, who is now 2.5, so I feel 3 years apart will be just right for our little ones. Anyway, we are due September 19th and YES OF COURSE we are going to find out the sex of the baby. My next ultrasound is April 25th and should know then, fingers crossed! What do we want? Well, Nick wants a girl (for my sake) and I think its going to be a boy, just because of the Stewart family history with this generation of babies (there are 5 kids whom are all boys). We just want a healthy, beautiful baby and since it’s not our decision, we can’t really stress about it. I’m just ready to find out so I can start on the baby’s room! Details to come!
Everett was my model for our announcement and let me tell you, for as cute as he is in these photos, it sure was a fight to get them done. Haha!
Here’s the rest of the shoot, once he got into it he was really having fun!
After having Everett, I had mom-brain so bad that I couldn’t remember anything. I was starting a new job and felt every morning was a disaster getting dressed. Not only did I have to be creative about what I wore (because I worked with the worlds most creative group of women) but I also just didn’t want to have to think about it. I spent so much time in the morning trying to create outfits, I knew there had to be another way. Here’s what I did:
I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog and what I want it to represent. Simply Stewarts was a great starting point for me as it was a blog focused on journaling the events in my life. When I found out I was pregnant with Everett, I knew I had to document everything and what better way than a blog? As I have grown, I have realized I don’t want my blog just for me anymore. I would like to use my experiences to help and influence others.
I have decided to change the name of my blog to Stewart Designs – Designing A Life I Love. I found this amazing brand kit over at Dear Miss Modern because I LOVE her designs and she’s having a great sale right now! [YIPEE!] My new blog is a work in progress so sit back, relax and lets enjoy this journey together!
I’ve been thinking a lot about this New Year… a chance to start new, start fresh, start over and my New Year Resolutions. Typically every year, I will put a quick list together in my head of the usual: 1. lose weight 2. get in charge of my finances… etc… and those are great resolutions, but this year I’ve been concentrating on a few other things.
Looking back at this past year, OH BOY what a year its been! In a nutshell: We sold our house, bought a new house. Paid off all of our debt and finally went on our honeymoon (8 years later). Everett turned 2 and we had a great summer in the pool. I left my job for a new job, then the new job didn’t exactly work out well. Then I went unemployed for a few weeks (or as I like to call it, a staycation) waiting for the perfect job to come along. After a ton of patience and trusting God had a plan for me, I was hired at Studio R Design in Denver doing Commercial and Residential design. Nick got promoted and celebrated 10 years with his company. We both turned 33 (yikes!) and the Holidays were festive and fun. We hosted Christmas dinner for the first time, in our new house and it was one of my dreams, come true.
I feel like there were a lot of highs, a lot of lows and a TON of events that have set us up for success. Never in my life have I felt more in the exact place I’m meant to be, than right now. Our hard work all of these years has paid off and we are living a dream. This year has been great, but I’m looking forward to whats in store for us in 2017.
Here is a list of my resolutions for 2017. Most of them are pretty self-explanatory but here are my thoughts:
Well there you have it. My top 10. I feel like there could have been a lot more, but I was afraid then this post would have never been posted. Cheers to you and yours and Happy New Year!
Last week when the trees were at their peak, we scheduled a photo session with our friend Daniel Balboa who is an AMAZING photographer. We are so blessed to know him and be able to use his talent for our family photos. No need to say anymore, the photos pretty much do the talking…
Nick and I were even able to squeeze in a few head shots:
For years Nick and I have been struggling with managing our finances. We didn’t think it was that bad until it got to a point where we both had enough. I started Pinterst-ing a few ideas on what to do and came across this awesome post:
It’s a must-read, but basically it talks about how most people have two bank accounts, one for savings and one for checking (that was us). In this post, it recommends having 7 bank accounts (YES 7!) to help you organize where your money is going. Nick and I sat down and discussed this and decided to start first with opening a new bank account at a different bank that was going to be our “every day expense” account. So at one bank we have our savings and a checking, but our checking we wouldn’t use other than for auto bills and all expected expenses spent every month (mortgage payment, utilities, phone bill, etc.) Most of our paychecks go into this account as well. For the new account, we figured out how much we spend a month on food and extras for ourselves and direct deposit from each paycheck into this account. We set a goal for ourselves that this is only what we get for each month and when its gone, its gone and we cannot dabble from the other account.
So far we only have 3 accounts (technically 4 accounts with the HSA account). We are currently working towards setting up the Husband’s Checking and Wife’s Checking as well as the Emergency Savings. I think its so important to keep these organized so you know exactly how much is going into each and there are no more guessing games as to where your money is going.
Please keep in mind, this is a learning process and it wont be perfect right away. Try it out at first and make adjustments as needed. We have now been doing this for 6 months straight and its constantly changing, but we are much better at recognizing where exactly we want our money to go. We talk about it and think it through. We also set up monthly money meetings to get together and talk about it, so we are always on the same page.
Along with the advice of organizing our bank accounts, Nick started listening to Dave Ramsey podcasts and this really jump-started our focus on money management. Along with his book “The Total Money Makeover“, Dave Ramsey has shaped our image of money and the step-by-step process to becoming debt-free. Nick and I never realized how much debt was a burden until now and we are doing everything possible to get rid of it.
I know money can be a sore subject, or something most people don’t like to talk about (just like me). But rather than ignoring the money issue, take action and learn how to manage your finances!