When we found out we were expecting last October, we quickly began discussing where exactly baby was going to live??? I mean, with us of course, but in our 900 sq.ft., 1 bedroom condo with a 90 lb dog, there wasn't exactly a ton of room for a new addition and all of the things that come with baby. We began brainstorming and quickly decided to turn our dining room into the nursery. Who eats at a dining room table anyway, amiright? We were sad to see our dining room space go but delighted about the refreshing new (and super adorable) space that was created.
Dining Room Before
We hired a contractor to build the interior wall and double pocket door rather than a traditional bedroom door. Best. Decision. Ever. With two main sources of light in our condo, this room being one of them, we wanted a wider door opening to let that light in during the day. We also thought a double pocket door would give the space a multi-purpose feel for resale. People could see it as a bedroom, office, nursery, or even a dining room if needed.
Dresser: Craigslist, Brass Hardware: Ebay, Color: Behr "Secluded Woods"
Rug: Rugs USA
Pouf: West Elm
Crib: Ikea - sold out??
Art Print: Etsy
Mobile: West Elm
Side Table: Target
Storage Bin: Pehr Designs
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore "Revere Pewter"
Bookshelves: DIY Gift from FIL, tutorial here
Nursery Chair: Craigslist, originally from Wayfair
Just the other day I flipped my calendar a whole two pages and I saw this: J-U-L-Y
Eek! This means our sweet little boy will be gracing us with his presence, which also means that I need to get crackin' on this nursery! I've been pinning away almost since the day I found out I was expecting and my overall plan for the space hasn't really shifted much after finding out the gender. In our modest one bedroom condo, I'm hoping to streamline the design to be simple and clean yet fun for a little boy. I'm also not terribly into themes or focus too much on baby as I want this space to transition as he gets older into a little boy's room.
Here are a few spaces that I'm loving for inspiration:
Here's what the space currently looks like:
You might be wondering how we plan to fit all of this in our one bedroom condo? Well, we've decided to say goodbye to trade in our dining room for a nursery. Our contractor is coming on Wednesday to install a wall to turn this one bedroom into a two bedroom! I'm excited (and a little nervous) to see how it changes the feel of the space. Although we used our dining room a great deal for meal times, hosting friends, and as a work station we feel that the added value and extra space is the best next move for us. I cannot wait to share the final result!
Baby J's Nursery Moodboad
All images sourced below:
It's just starting to feel like fall in The District with a nice crispness to the air in the mornings and evenings and warm afternoons. The beauty of living in such a mild climate, versus the midwest where we grew up, is extended fall and spring seasons - cool enough for sweaters and boots but warm enough for a happy hour on the patio in the sunshine.
October 11th is also our homeownership anniversary and we're thrilled with all the changes we've made over the course of four years. To celebrate our cozy DC condo, I'd like to share a quick "tour", which equates to about four turns in all.
The built-in desk was our most recent project and has made a huge difference in the feel of our space. You can check out the post here. There was so much wasted space in our entry/living room that this solution really cleaned everything up and actually now make the room feel bigger!
We really needed some serious statement wall art to fill the space behind the couch. After looking around online, I was a little discouraged by the price tag of all the trendy abstract art I've been seeing lately. I found a few pieces that I loved and decided to take the DIY route -- saving a few bucks can turn anyone into an artist, right?
One of the biggest projects on our list this year was a built-in for our entry, which was LONG overdue. In a 900 square foot condo, we need all the space we can get, and for the last (almost) four years we've been scheming and dreaming up possibilities for this space.
My DC-iversary is coming up on July 26th! With seven years under my belt, I think I can officially be declared a Washingtonian (brushes off shoulder). In such a transient city it's rare that you meet people who have lived here for longer than three(ish) years. Over time, I've developed a love and appreciation for the history and culture that thrives here, so in honor of my DC-street cred, I present to you my list of summer-musts!
Hey-o, happy 4th of July, y'all! I just got back from a week in Italy with my students (eek, we survived!), so we're laying low and spending some quality time in DC for the long weekend. You can't beat the city during the holidays. It has such a different feel when most people are out of town. With only a barbecue with friends and a birthday party planned, I foresee a pool and a few cocktails in the near future.
Check out a few of my latest finds this week, sources are linked to images:
1. We're in the market for new art for the living room. I'm digging these two prints from Etsy. Simple, clean, and just about as budget-friendly as you can get with downloadable prints.
2. Feeling a light and airy summer look these days. I picked up both of these for my trip to Italy, and the second one is on super sale right now!
3. Can you tell I'm loving the summer blues? This indigo mudcloth pillow is just what my bedroom needed. And the sandals are calling my name.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Tags: Found, Madewell, Nordstrom, Etsy
Garlic and Olive Oil Pizza with Mushrooms, Tomato, and Arugula
Today we're sharing our go-to pizza recipe perfect for date night, company, or a quick weeknight meal. Wow your guests (or your spouse) by changing up your pizza game with this crowdpleaser.
An Hour to One Day Ahead: Pizza Dough
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) of Active Dry Yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 1/2 cups of flour
1. Combine warm water and active dry yeast in a bowl until it dissolves (about five minutes).
2. Coat a large bowl in olive oil and flour. Set aside.
3. In a food processor or large bowl combine flour, sugar, and salt.
4. Slowly add in water/yeast mixture until combined.
5. Once dough forms into a ball, remove from food processor or continue to knead in bowl until everything is incorporated.
6. Add dough to coated bowl and cover with saran wrap. Place in a warm spot (top of your stove works) for at least an hour. Until the dough doubles in size. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a day.
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 cup cubed, fresh mozzarella
1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 package of Italian Salami or Prosciutto
1 thinly sliced roma tomato (optional)
1 cup thinly sliced baby bella tomatoes (optional)
2 cups of arugula
1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon
1. Preheat oven to the highest temperature setting. We have temperamental smoke alarms, so we can't go above 400 degrees without causing a mass evacuation in our condo building. If you can, preheat to 500 degrees. If you have pizza stones or pizza tiles, preheat them as well.
2. Place minced garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil to diffuse the flavor.
3. Spread cornmeal on counter and work dough until it fits the size of your stone, baking sheet, or pizza tiles. Do so by pressing lightly on the edges until it reaches the desired size.
4.. Bake in oven until lightly brown - about 10 minutes then remove from heat.
5. Lightly brush or spread the olive oil mixture over pizza crust. Add grated parmesan, mozzarella, tomatoes, mushrooms, and salami and bake until cheese is melted - about five minutes - then broil on high until lightly browned
6. Remove from oven. Add desired arugula then drizzle with lemon juice for added flavor!
Our last major project of the year is a much needed master bedroom update. (Can you call it a master bedroom when you've only got one?) When we first moved into our condo a little over three years ago, I yearned for a bright and airy master bedroom in stark contrast to what we had in our previous rental. These photos don't do the space justice since they are missing the nightstands and some art that I quickly sold on Craigslist (no patience), but overall you get the point that it was, um, pretty blah.
Maybe it's my impending 30th birthday (eek!) or my constant need for change (eek!), but I'm really yearning for a more updated, grown-up space for US.
Here's the game plan:
In order to change the overall vibe of the room, I'm thinking a moody accent wall -- either matte black or inky black/blue. The room size is relatively modest, so wall sconces and floating end tables will open it up a bit. I'm also wanting to get a little crazy with some COLOR with a bright Kilim rug.
Sneak Peak! Can't wait for the big reveal!
We moved into our condo in southwest Washington, DC a little over three years ago and have slowly accumulated furniture. After a wedding and home purchase, we were on a tight budget, so many of our purchases happened via Craiglist and Target. Although we've created a functional space, I'm ready to shift to a more stylish one. Our laminate floors were installed two years ago, so the "only" major additions to the living room and entry will be two built-ins in the main living area with storage and shelving and another for storing my husband's TWO VERY LARGE computer monitors and the WORLD's LARGEST PRINTER he has to have for work, which have been a major eye sore in our current Craigslist-key lime-pie-colored-1k-pound-monstrosity.
1. I'm loving the simple look of this built-in using Ikea Cabinets. The open shelving and added storage would be a nice touch to our main living room wall.
2. Another built-in option using Ikea cabinets. We want to turn our main entry wall into two hidden desks and additional storage.
3. This coffee table from Urban Outfitters is a slight shift from our current coffee table. I'm loving the sleek lines and muted gold tone.
4. This rug is everywhere! It's a West Elm knockoff for a steal (75% off with the code JOY75)! I'm a sucker for white shag rugs (even with a dog!) since they really open up a space.
5. We have a mid century style chair in a sage green that we may end up keeping but this blush number caught my eye!
6. Similar to the lines and color of our Crate and Barrel couch minus the chaise.