Daphne’s ‘Birth Day’ Lemon Cake Recipe

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With each of our babies, we’ve celebrated their birth with a ‘birth day’ cake.  For Wilder it was the family’s apple cake recipe, for Brooks it was a hearty carrot cake, and two weeks ago, we made Daphne a summer lemon cake topped with lemon curd, cream, and raspberries from the Farmhouse garden.  Since I’ve had all of my babies at home, we (or more accurately Garrett and my sis) have made these cakes on the day or day after our babies were born and we share them with friends and family as they stop by to meet our newest little one.  You guys know how much I love making layer cakes for special occasions, so it’s probably no surprise that these ‘birth day’ cakes have become one of my very favorite family traditions!

The Grit and Polish - Daphne's Lemon Cake Slices 1

This lemon cake is sweet, strong, and perfect for the summer, just like our little girl.  It’s definitely a bit of an involved recipe and takes the better part of an afternoon to create, so it’s best saved for special occasions with loved ones.  Just like most of my favorite cakes, this recipe was adapted from Leslie Makie’s Macrina Bakery and Cafe Cookbook.

Summer Lemon Cake with Berries (aka Daphne’s ‘Birth Day’ Cake)

*this recipe makes one 9-inch layer cake

for the cake

2 1/2 cups white pastry flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

5 tsp freshly grated lemon zest

8 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup whole milk

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

fresh raspberries or strawberries (for final assembly)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease one 9″ springform pan (3″ deep). Line bottom and sides with parchment paper.  Sift flour and cornstarch together in a medium bowl until combined (about 5 times).  Stir in sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest and set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter with paddle attachment until butter is smooth and pale (about 5 minutes).  Add the flour mixture and beat on low until fully incorporated.  In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks, vanilla, and milk.  Add 1/3 of egg mixture to butter, beating on low until fully combined and then scrape down bowl and beat again.  Repeat until all ingredients are fully incorporated.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until skewer comes out dry.  Cool cake on a wire rack for 1 hour before cutting into thirds and frosting (recipes and instructions to follow).

for the lemon syrup

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Cook water and sugar in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar is totally dissolved (about 10 minutes).  Remove from heat and add lemon juice.  Let cool before pouring over each cake layer.

for the lemon curd

6 egg yolks

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

6 tablespoons butter, room temperature

Combine egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice in a metal bowl and mix together with a fork.  Place bowl overtop of a saucepan filled with simmering water, taking care that the water doesn’t touch the bowl.  Whisk lemon mixture continuously and cook until it’s thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 10 minutes).  Add butter and whisk until fully incorporated.  Remove from heat and pour through a sieve.  Cover top of lemon curd with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  Lemon curd should be completely cooled before using.

for the lemon cream frosting

3 cups heavy cream

1/2 batch of lemon curd

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream until stiff peaks form.  Fold in cooled lemon curd using a spatula until fully incorporated.

To assemble cake, cut cooled cake into 3 even layers.  Place first layer on a 9″ round cardboard, pour 1/3 lemon syrup over top and then spread 1/2 of remaining lemon curd over top (I’d recommend skipping the lemon curd if you’re serving to kids or people that don’t enjoy strong lemon flavor) and then spread 1/3 lemon cream on top of that.  Place second layer on top and repeat.  For the third layer, pour lemon syrup over cake and then frost with lemon cream.  I left the sides of my cake bare, but you could do a crumb coat for a rustic look.  Top cake with fresh berries.  Cake can be served at room temperature, but I prefer it chilled in the refrigerator for a few hours.

The Grit and Polish - Daphne's Birth Suite Lemon Cake

Sitting atop that table was the final piece of Daphne’s cake, which Garrett and I shared in this corner of our bedroom one afternoon when the boys went swimming with Nana.  Goodness did that cake ever taste sweet after all those months of pregnancy and hours of labor.  Of course, now that we’re done having babies, I’ll have to find another excuse to bake cakes…or maybe we’ll just have to start celebrating random Wednesdays 😉

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Daphne’s birth and Brooks’ birth

p.p.s. my favorite almond cake recipe

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Happy Friday + Links 8/11/17

Happy Friday! How was your week? I hope you managed to enjoy the heat or avoid it completely if you’re in the smokey Pacific Northwest like we are.  If you haven’t heard, the air quality around our parts is nasty right now due to wild fires in Canada, and it’s kept Daphne and I mostly inside for the better part of 10 days.  Which, for the record, is like 7/8ths of her life so far.  Thank goodness for AC!

Speaking of Daphne…that little girl has us all head over heels in love.  The boys keep sneaking kisses all over her little head, which they know they’re not supposed to do when she’s sleeping, but I can’t bring myself to be mad about it.  Not even when they wake her up, which happens approximately 10 times a day 😉  And honestly I’m no better because I obsessively sniff her head, trying to memorize that perfect newborn scent, and pick her up whenever I have free hands – even if she’s dead asleep – so I can get a few more newborn cuddles in before she leaves us for college. But really, it’s all going so well.  Somehow it’s been easier welcoming baby #3 than it was baby #2, and I’m not really sure why that is, but I’m going with it.

So it turns out that there’s a whole world outside our Farmhouse and I’ve been seeing glimpses of it on the internet.  So grab a cup of coffee and jump in!

A behind the scenes look at one of my favorite brands, Farmhouse Pottery.

My mother-in-law stayed with us for a week after Daphne was born to help out with the boys (yes, she is amazing!) and left behind this book.  It is the sweetest and has the best message and I can’t recommend it enough!  Sidenote: my favorite pet is the Narwahl 😉

Cup of Jo Apartment

source \ photography by Alpha Smoot

Joanna moved and of course her new place is stunning!  Sidenote: I’m obsessed with that vintage trestle desk!

Another baby girl in the world (and another 9 pounder!).  Congrats to the Marcums.

Speaking of babies, sleep deprivation is a thing.  I remember after Wilder was born, Garrett and I were like walking zombies and it was haaarrrddd!  Learning to live on 4 hours of sleep.

West Elm’s having a sale on seating and this couch is so good!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Office // Chair + Trestle Desk Pairings

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Our backordered office chairs recently arrived and goodness, what a difference they’ve made.  Who knew that a comfortable/tilting/swiveling/rolling office chair would be the key to an enjoyable work space?!

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sources // office chair (lower back version here) / trestle legs / sketch book / brass wall frame

Okay that was a facetious question.  A comfortable seat is obviously a key ingredient to any good work space, but honestly, I was surprised just how key they have been.  Suddenly I find myself sitting in the office any chance I get.  And that makes these chairs worth every single penny…especially considering I bought them during a 25% off sale 😉

Strangely West Elm seems to have discontinued our high back Helvetica chairs, but they still have the lower back option plus there’s a TON of other great chairs out there.  So today, I thought I’d share a few great office chairs paired with my favorite style of desk (and what we have in our own office), the trestle desk.

The Grit and Polish - Office Chair and Trestle Desk Pairings

top chair / top desk / middle chair / middle desk / bottom chair / bottom desk

Really all of these pieces could be mixed and matched, but I paired them as I did our own office, with a mix of natural and light elements.  Our desk is of course a DIY project with Ikea trestle legs and a marble countertop (it’s actually the rest of the 3’x8′, 2cm slab we bought for the Porch House kitchen backsplash), but I love these options too, especially the center one even if it’s not technically a trestle desk.

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Well I can’t wait to finish up our office, but in the meantime, you can get caught up with what we’ve done thus far here: office design, office cabinet, and a progress update.

xoxo

-Cathy

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She’s Here!

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She’s here!  Our sweet baby girl, Daphne Garrett Poshusta arrived on 7/27 at 7:24pm, right here at the Farmhouse.  She’s 9lbs and 20″ of pure snuggly goodness and we are so in love!

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Our sweet baby Daphne was born at 7:24pm after 13 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing.  I’m so indebted to our wonderful midwives, Garrett, and my sister for their kindness, strength, and persistence in helping me bring this sweet baby into the world.  Because in the end, she was worth every second of it!

The Grit and Polish - Baby Girl Initials

A little about her name.  Daphne’s middle name is obviously in honor of her dada, which we chose both because Garrett is such a good dad (and I happen to love his name) and also because I think it’s pretty special for a little girl to be named after her dad.  Daphne’s first name is one that has topped our ‘girl name’ list since we first got pregnant with Wilder some 5 odd years ago.  We are so happy/thankful/excited that our baby Daphne is finally here!

We’re enjoying some quiet time at home this week as we get to know our newest little one and adjust to life as a family of 5, but I’ll be back to posting regularly next week (I think) with some content on our home office and the Porch House.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get my newborn snuggles while the getting is good…

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. Brooks’ birth at the Dexter House

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Happy Friday + Links 7/28/17

Happy Friday!  How was your week?  Mine was slow – to be expected when you’re 41+ weeks pregnant – but also really good.  There was lots of time spent at home with Garrett and the boys, waiting, walking, and napping.  But most importantly, the raspberry vines are overrun with ripe fruit, which really makes it impossible to be anything but happy.  By the way, I scheduled this post on Thursday, so check on Instagram to see our baby girl when she arrives.  If she’s not here soon, I’ll be induced, so we’re really down to ‘any day’ now!!!

Well there was lots of great finds on the internet this week.  So grab a cup of coffee and dig into these links:

Seven questions to ask yourself before buying a fixer upper.

This week’s #howyouhome topic on Instagram was a call to see unique architecture in your home. This is how I answered the question, but I’d love to know what your response would be.  Do you have anything really unique?  Or maybe you are more like me and love all the architecture in your home…?

The Grit and Polish - Nursery Crib and Pregnancy 41+5

Sometimes you end up more pregnant than you ever thought possible (like 41 weeks and 5 days).  But a little extra time during pregnancy can be a good thing too.  I started working on the nursery last week and our crib just arrived (I priced it everywhere and it was cheapest at Target).  We still need to buy a mattress and crib sheet before baby can lay in here (I stole Brooks’ mattress for this photo and this blanket is covering it), but it’s a start!

Park and Oak Kitchen

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This kitchen blew me away and apparently half of the internet feels the same way because I’ve seen it everywhere. But it’s too good not to share here.  And no surprise, but it’s by Park and Oak Design and part of their #POwilmettereno project.

I bought this dress in 2 colors and I’m hoping they’ll be the perfect summer dress for hanging around the Farmhouse (and for nursing).

Getting a wee bit excited to have an adult drink again!

Wishing you the happiest of weekends.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Kitchen // The Island Butcherblock

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As I mentioned last week, I love the look and feel of natural materials in a kitchen.  Not only do they seem more historically-appropriate in old homes, but natural elements add warmth, character, and a timeless appeal that you just can’t get with the man-made stuff.

When it came time to pick out the Porch House kitchen countertops, I knew right away that I wanted to use wood on the island.  Garrett and I went back and forth with whether to go with something basic and fairly inexpensive (like a classic edge grain butcherblock) or splurge on a custom design.  In the end, we decided to splurge.

The Grit and Polish - Porch Kitchen Butcherblock Close

The white oak, end-grain butcherblock on the Porch House’s kitchen island is a custom design we did with Hardwood Industries, my brother-in-law’s family business.  You may remember that Uncle Dougie always provides flooring and/or butcherblock for our renovations (like at the Bryant House, Ravenna House, and the Dexter House) and this renovation was no different. Once Garrett talked me into splurging on the kitchen island, I immediately called Doug to start the design process.  Over a few days and a dozen or so emails, Doug and I settled on a 2 1/2″-thick butcherblock in an end-grain pattern (which is reminiscent of a real butcher’s cutting block) in white oak to match the floors.

Over the following weeks, the butcherblock was crafted by Juan, a long-time employee at Hardwood Industries.  I can’t imagine how many hours he put into this piece – cutting, gluing, and sanding it over and over again – but when he finished, it weighted more than 250lbs and was pure beauty.

The Grit and Polish - Porch House Butcherblock Close

With such a short timeline to complete this kitchen renovation (the 16-day schedule was set by the producers of our HGTV pilot), we didn’t get a finish on the butcher block before we had to film the reveal.  But we will eventually seal it with a food grade wax before we put the house on the market.

Thank you to the talented folks at Hardwood Industries for making such a stunning addition to the kitchen (and for giving us the family discount ;)!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. more about butcherblocks

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Happy Friday + Links 7/21/17

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a good week.  We’ve been having lots of fun with the visiting cousins at the Farmhouse this week.  Frog hunting, water balloon throwing, fruit picking, and eating lots of good food has felt like a real summer vacation and a great distraction from being very pregnant.  Now if I could just have this baby before they head home tomorrow…

I jumped back into the Porch House this week on the blog, and I’m super excited to share more about that renovation with you guys.  It really is a beautiful home and I feel so fortunate that we can bring it back to life.  Garrett’s been making a lot of progress on the construction side of things over the past few weeks.  He just passed all the cover inspections (electrical, plumbing, framing, insulation) so it’s basically full bore ahead now.  And guys, that means we’re getting to the good stuff!  Dry wall is going up, siding is being repaired, floors are being laid, and pretty soon we’ll be tiling, painting, wallpapering, and finishing this beauty.  I really can’t wait to see how this renovation turns out!

Well did I mention that it’s Friday again?!  Like always, I’ve got lots of links for you, so grab a cup of coffee and jump in:

Farrow and Ball‘s Game of Tones paint line.  Honestly, I’ve been looking for a good transition to talk about Game of Thrones all week (so thanks Farrow and Ball!) because guys…how good does this season look?!

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My Tips to Surviving Your House Renovation are on Architectural Digest (!!!).  Sidenote: we definitely took our own advice on ‘surviving a renovation’ advice, when we camped out in our friend’s living room for a week during last summer’s 6 Day Kitchen Reno.  Also: I love this photo of Garrett 😉

Karrie’s and Lauren’s HGTV pilots are both going to air, and I’m super excited to watch them!

Meg Ryan via AD

via Architectural Digest

Leave it to Meg Ryan to have one of the prettiest New York City lofts I’ve ever seen.  For the record, I have a giant crush on Ms. Ryan’s style.  Her beach house is still one of my favorite renovations ever!

My mother-in-law made this plum buckle the other week and it was SO good!  I had never heard of a buckle before, but I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my cake roundup!

I’ve had a lot of readers ask for a step-by-step guide on how we build range hood covers (like at Dexter), but unfortunately we always seem to get almost finished with them before I think to photograph the steps.  Thankfully, here’s a how-to from Home Talk.

My sister ordered this from the Nordstrom sale, and now I’m craving one just like it!

Have a great weekend, guys!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Porch House Kitchen // Before + Inspiration

THE PORCH HOUSE

It’s been awhile since I talked about the Porch House here on the blog, and it’s high time we get back to it. As a quick reminder, Garrett and I bought this 1900 home early this year as a flip project.  We quickly got down to the business of renovating, tackling the kitchen, sunroom, living room, master bedroom, and exterior, which were filmed by HGTV as a pilot for a new show, ‘Rehab Crazy’ (more about that experience here and here).  The pilot is still in post-production and I don’t want to give away too much until we hear if it will air or not, so we won’t be getting around to the reveals for a little bit.  But that won’t stop me from sharing the kitchen design and inspiration today.

The kitchen at the Porch House is one of my favorite rooms that we’ve ever renovated.  I’m pretty sure I say that about every kitchen we do, but this project was definitely special.  Not only did we complete the transformation in 16 days (a timeline required by our production company), but we had some great help in the form of talented contractors, learned some new DIY skills, and put in a lot of my dream kitchen finishes.  It’s a good one guys, and I can’t wait to show you the finished space!

But let’s start at the beginning.  Here’s what the kitchen looked like before we got out the sledge hammer.

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Not awful, but not exactly a chef’s dream.  As with most century-old homes, the Porch House kitchen had been previously renovated.  The ceilings were dropped to 8′ (the rest of the original main floor has 9′), the moldings were stripped, and a back ‘storage’ room was added on behind the kitchen.  The general affect was a blah kitchen that was completely closed off, dark, and anything but inspiring.

Right away we knew this would be a gut remodel because there really wasn’t anything to save.  And that was okay in my book, because kitchen renovations are my favorite.  Plus we intended to flip this property, and kitchens sell homes, so we needed an amazing kitchen.

I will say that for all it’s negatives, this kitchen did have one thing going for itself: it’s size.  For an old house, it was pretty spacious, and right away I saw the potential to enlarge it even more by opening it up to the adjacent storage room (aka future sunroom).  The end result would be a bright and family-friendly kitchen/living space, which would surely be the heart of this home.

Modernizing the kitchen was also a top priority, which would entail new electrical, lighting, gas piping, plumbing, appliances, etc.  But modern amenities didn’t mean I wanted a modern-feeling space; quite the opposite in fact.  I’m a firm believer that renovations should fit the vintage and style of a home, so making this kitchen feel like it belonged inside a 1900 farmhouse (while still having all the luxuries of a 2017 kitchen) was the most important goal of the entire renovation.  Another design goal was to bring back some of the ‘old house charm’ found elsewhere in the Porch House, mainly replicating the original chunky moldings and the 9′ ceilings.

If I had to wrap up the kitchen design in a few words, I’d call it a subtle, current, and welcoming space.  This room is all about craft, simplicity, and understated elegance, much like these inspiration images:

The Grit and Polish - Flip Kitchen Inspo

clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Pretty, right?  Everything feels simple, muted, and vintage, but also well-crafted, fresh, and clean.  I decided pretty early on in the design process to nix tiles from this kitchen, opting instead for a marble slab backsplash behind the range and a short 4″ marble backsplash everywhere else.  There were two reasons for this.  First, I wanted to keep the shine and gloss to a minimum so that the crafted elements would stand out.  And secondly, with only 16 days to complete the renovation for the cameras, setting and grouting tiles just wasn’t in the schedule.

Another major element of the kitchen design, was the use of natural materials.  Not only do I always gravitate towards natural materials, but they also lend an authentic and character-rich feel to old spaces that the man-made alternatives just can’t compete with.  Thus I relied heavily on marble, wood, and brass.

This is what all of that looks like:

The Grit and Polish - Flip House Kitchen Elements

I put this board together even before we started demo, and while a couple things changed during the course of construction, it still holds pretty true to the end product.  Goodness, I’m dying to show you the ‘after’ photos!  Soon enough.  In the meantime, I’ll be sharing more about the butcher block countertop and the appliances we picked (with a few sneak peeks of the finished space thrown in)!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Happy Friday + Links 7/14/17

Happy Friday!  I hope you had a great week!  We (the boys and I) made our very first jar of raspberry jam using fruit harvested from the Farmhouse this week.  That’s been a goal of mine since we moved to the country, so I was pretty excited about it!  Of course, the boys love eating raspberries right off the vine, so we only made a small batch, and left the rest of the berries for picking.  We are getting 15lbs of raspberries from a local farm today, so by the end of the weekend, we’ll have raspberry jam coming out of our ears!

Speaking of the weekend, my sister and her kiddos are on their way to town!  With my due date quickly approaching (ahem tomorrow), my sis is coming up so she can be here for the birth.  She’s been at all of mine and I’ve been at her’s, so perhaps her presence is just the comfort I need to get labor started.  And if not, she’ll be a great distraction from my impatience!  Side note: if you have any good labor-inducing remedies, I’d love to hear them.

Well it’s Friday, which means time to grab a cup of coffee and check out these links.

The best way to eat fresh raspberry jam: make these biscuits, cut open and lather with butter and a healthy dollop of fresh jam.  So incredibly good and the perfect wrap up to a summer dinner.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Lavendar Entry Crock

I shared this picture of our entry on Instagram last weekend.  We have lavender everywhere at the Farmhouse right now and I love it.  Not only is it one of my favorite flowers, but it’s supposed to be calming, which is never a bad thing.  These blooms were a gift from my mother-in-law’s garden.

An adorable baby announcement (I really want one of these of our family!).

Park and Oak Bathroom

via @parkandoakdesign Instagram

This bathroom designed by the talented Park and Oak Design dua, stopped me in my tracks.  It’s just so beautiful!  And now I’m dying to see more of their #POwilmettereno project!

A hammock roundup that will have you feeling all the summer vibes.  I’d love to get a large one like this for the Farmhouse!

Casa Zinc via Cococozy 7-14-17

via cococozy

This is a tour of Casa Zinc in Uruguay from a couple of years ago, but I find myself going back again and again.  Because it’s just that good!

Peas are one of my garden favorites, and we’ll definitely be trying this quick recipe when our’s are ready!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Master Bedroom Update // Preparing for Baby (and a home birth)

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We made a few changes to our master bedroom recently in preparation of the arrival of it’s new tenant, our baby girl.  With her due date just a few days away, I eagerly got this space finished up last week.

The Grit and Polish - Master Bedroom hanging crib

all sources are listed at the bottom of this post

I’ve always liked having my babies sleep near me when they’re little, at least until they slow down on night nursings.  So putting a hanging crib up in our master bedroom was pretty exciting.  Isn’t the crib lovely?  I first saw it here and immediately bought it for Brooks back when space was tight at the Dexter House.  Not only is the crib easy to fit virtually anywhere you have a couple of square feet to spare, but it also helps to soothe the baby by bouncing and swaying whenever they fuss.  (For the record, I’ll pull the pillow and stuffies out when baby arrives.)

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The other new addition to our master bedroom, is this old Ikea unit, which we’re using to store baby’s nighttime essentials: diapers, wipes, swaddle blankets, burp rags, and pj’s.  That way we won’t be running back and forth to the nursery (where the rest of her clothes are stored) in the middle of the night. I may eventually swap the shelving unit out for the antique hutch that used to be in our bedroom (and just change her on the bed), but that piece is currently at the Porch House being used for staging (yes, the Porch House is still under renovation).

The Grit and Polish - Master Bedroom baby space

Those are the essentials we have for baby in our master bedroom, but we have made a few other additions/changes in preparation for a home birth.  We’ve done home births with all of our kiddos thus far (Wilder at the Bryant House, Brooks at the Dexter House, and now baby girl at the Farmhouse) and have enjoyed them.  ‘Enjoy’ is probably not the right word here – labor is labor and they don’t call it that for nothing – but being at home has made for a more comfortable and peaceful birthing process for me.  My favorite part is waking up the next day in my own bed.  Yes, I am a homebody through and through 😉

Speaking of our bed, you may have noticed it’s made a little haphazardly in that photo.  In preparation for labor, I made the bed with sheets and our usual quilt, covered that with a waterproof mattress cover, and then made the bed again with our not-so-nice sheets and a blanket we can quickly pull off.  That makes for easy cleanup and a quick tuck-in after baby is born.  And in case you’re wondering about the sensibility of a wool blanket on our bed in the summer, Garrett needs it since I have the AC on full blast and still can’t stand more than a sheet.  The joys of pregnancy 😉

The Grit and Polish - Master Bedroom lavendar nightstandThe Grit and Polish - Master Bedroom Lavendar on Nightstand

Another addition I’ve made to our bedroom is lots of lavender, which is supposed to be a calming scent, so I have it on both sides of the bed.  My nightstand also houses my favorite Ina May labor-prep book, a couple of kids books, and lots of enjoyable paperbacks for those long nursing sessions to come.  Plus there’s a giant-sized box of Tums tucked on the bottom shelf because pregnancy indigestion is a real thing.

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Of course there are quite a few other supplies we have on hand for the home birth: a box of medical supplies from our midwife, old towels, trash bags, a large bowl, an inflatable tub, and hoses/adaptors to fill said tub up.  It’s great to have everything on hand, but I’m secretly hoping this labor goes so fast that we won’t even have time to set up the tub 😉

You may remember that our 4-year-old, Wilder, is not much of a sleeper and usually ends up in a sleeping bag on our floor sometime in the night.  Well that hasn’t changed.  I’m not sure how Wilder’s continued tenancy in our room will play out with the frequent night wakings of a baby, but I’m hoping that it will be the kick Wilder needs to finally stay in his own bed.  All night long!

A mama can dream anyway 😉

The Grit and Polish - Master Bedroom Wilder's sleeping bag

Sources: hanging crib, Kindekeklein | pillow in crib, Serena and Lily (color discontinued) | unicorn head, Target | bed, Restoration Hardware (ours is from the outlet) | sconces in Aged Brass, Rejuvenation | cord cover, Amazon |Claire Elsaesser print, Etsy | white pitcher, Le CreusetIna May’s Guide to Childbirth book (highly recommend!) | Skyline rug, Rejuvenation | plaid throw, Pendleton (ours are from the outlet) | overhead light, Rejuvenation (6″ Jefferson in old brass with 14″ Classic Opal Schoolhouse Shade) | curtain rods (on sale!), Restoration Hardware | drapes, Pottery Barn | Wilder’s sleeping bag, LL Bean (similar)

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. our master bedroom reveal from last November and surviving a not-so-good sleeper.

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