In fact, mold has been to blame for much of this mess! We knew upon purchasing the house that there had been some ongoing leaks for the roof, which was in dire need of replacement. Before we closed on the house, the sellers had the roof replaced, which repaired the leaks but they were not budging on anything else. So the husband and I decided we loved the home so much that we'd just deal with it ourselves. Pouring a good amount of money into the place wasn't exactly what we had in mind before we could even move in, but I know in the long run it'll be worth it. It's our "forever home" as we keep calling it and having it in good shape is important, both now and later.
Regardless to say, it's been very taxing (both emotionally and physically) to investigate contractors, meet them sporadically for estimates, select workers, oversee the progress and keep everybody from bumping into each other or overlapping too much. I leave the babies with my nanny or my mom for an hour or so when I need to run out to the house or the husband escapes work during his lunch hour, it's like playing wack-a-mole and we're popping in and out all over the place!
In between all of this, of course I've been contemplating new furniture, decor and details for how I want to set up our new place. Many (many, many, many) things will have to wait until we've settled in, taken stock of what we have and re-calibrated our budget. Sigh. But I have picked up a couple things to get me kick-started on one of the kid's bedrooms and found some other helpful photos on Pinterest that have inspired a theme.
Logan and Trystan will be sharing this room...
|that corner bench opens up as a laundry chute to the washer/dryer below and will be bolted shut once we're in the house. no little babies need to go for a flight test!|
and yes, that's a weird shaped window. with a weird shaped custom blind, ha.
...which we are having painted these colors (the light green goes below the chair railing)...
...and these are my inspired room pics. I want a few owls but nothing overboard and a light, airy color scheme with mostly light green, pale pink and cream.
So far, I've found a great starting piece in this owl wall hanging, a colorful picture frame for $3.99 and some sheer curtains, a score for $8!
This gem of a room is going to be Harrison and Kailey's. But I'd seriously like to knew who the hell authorized these paint colors. And those diamonds. Shudder. But I do like the nifty built-ins.
I'm putting white and gray in their room, with the gray to go on the bottom half of the wall. (The white is pretty white in person, it's looking very creamy in the image.) At some point, my mom and I will go in and paint gray stripes on the white wall that'll be above the chair railing. We did a similar striped painting job in my office at our previous home. In fact, you can read my how-to here.
I envision it looking something like the image below, and I definitely intend to use turquoise as an accent color and I'd already planned on working in a couple elephants. I know, I'm on an animal kick here!
Currently, we're planning to go with Behr paint since we've had great luck using it in the past. However, depending on the dry wall/paint contractor we end up with, we may transition to a different brand with the same hues.
I'm also ordering two white cribs as soon as we start to move, since they'll be on two-day shipping. They are going to be the same brand and model as the two cribs we already have that are dark brown (those will go in Trystan and Logan's room) and the babies will finally get to quit sharing beds. Even though they snuggle at night and sleep very well together!
I love how the two rooms are close to each other and also connected with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. It'll be great as they grow older! The kiddos will be splitting rooms until the day someone comes up to me with a serious issue about it. I'm hoping I get at least 10 years. ;) When that day comes, we'll likely move Harrison to the remaining downstairs bedroom—which has it's own bathroom and shower—and let the girls divvy up the rooms to their liking. Although with three teenage girls in my future, I'm not sure that hair pulling, lipstick smearing and name calling won't be involved.
(For curious minds puzzled as to why we aren't immediately using the downstairs bedroom: We want all the babies upstairs with us at night for the time being, and the downstairs room is for overnight guests like grandparents who come help us with the babies frequently!)
In the meantime, excitement is mounting and we're just dying to get into our house and start unpacking. I've purchased a few other small things but have now put myself on a buying freeze (that may have been
|pretty blue bath towels were $5/apiece at Home Goods as well as two beige curtains for $12!|
|this rug and basket were clearance buys at target, i know they'll find a good home ;)|
Not much longer...