Vintage Find // Farmhouse Office Cabinet

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The largest piece of furniture at the Farmhouse is the cabinet that sits just inside the office.  It’s 5.5-feet wide and 8-feet tall and built so solidly that it took 3 men to move it from the antique store where I found it.

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But before I delve into the cabinet, I wanted to tell you the story behind it.  It’s a tale of serendipity – the stuff of old home lover’s dreams.  And it has made me fall in love with our little hometown even more, because this is the kind of thing that could only happen in a small town.

But back to the cabinet.  The moment I saw it, I had to have it.  Not only was it beautiful (SO beautiful!), but the fir wood looked like it would match perfectly with the Farmhouse’s fir woodwork.  Actually the entire piece – from the crown molding down to the old latches – looked as if it would fit perfectly at our Farmhouse.  So much so, that I had the fleeting feeling that the piece had been made for our Farmhouse.

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But at $1,400 and no immediate need for a pantry cabinet, I couldn’t justify the purchase.  So I sulked away empty handed.

Fast forward two months to our mailbox.  I found a hand-addressed letter there, which turned out to be from a previous resident of the Farmhouse.  She had written to inform us that there was a large cabinet at the local antique store that had originally belonged in our Farmhouse.  Quite obviously, my interest was piqued.  Even if it wasn’t the pantry cabinet that I had fallen in love with, I had to bring whatever piece of furniture she was talking about home.

The former resident went on to explain that the cabinet had originally been in the kitchen and then later moved to a closet.  It had been painted and then stripped.  And in recent years an owner removed the cabinet from the Farmhouse, and placed it on the 3rd story of a local victorian home.  Finally it had been brought in to the antique store to be sold.  And there it sat.

I later found out that the cabinet had been bought while our letter sat in the mail, but thankfully it was returned before they got it out of the store (it turned out to be too big for the buyer’s space).  And there were other interested buyers too.  But serendipity was on my side.  When I went back to the antique store, the store’s owner was delighted to find out that I was the new owner of the Farmhouse – she was familiar with the history of the cabinet – and walked me over to the piece in question.  It was, of course, the pantry cabinet I had fallen in love with all those months ago.  Happy to reunite the cabinet with it’s original home, the store’s owner offered me a discount and I happily brought the cabinet home.

Sweet, sweet serendipity!

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To say this piece is solid, is selling it short.  It’s built like no cabinet I’ve ever seen.  The backing is 3/4″ tongue and groove flooring strips (no doubt the same material that still graces our floors) and the sides are at least double that thick.  Even the cabinet doors are an inch thick.  Garrett and his dad had to separate the cabinet’s top from it’s base to get it from the truckin to the Farmhouse and even then, they needed a hand cart.

After a little research, I believe this piece should actually be called a stepback cupboard.  But since I plan to return it to the kitchen where it originally sat (someday….years in the future when we remodel the kitchen), I’m going to keep calling it our pantry cabinet.  In the meantime, I love having it in our office.  It looks and functions great as storage and makes my heart swell every time I see it.

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Well that’s the story behind our beautiful pantry cabinet turned office storage.  I’m so happy to have it back home!  Next week I’ll give you a progress update on the rest of the office including all the sources from this post.  Until then, I hope you have a great week!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. a vintage spool bed.

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Farmhouse Entryway // the Kids’ Alphabet Wall

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With our almost-4-year-old finally interested in letters, I knew it was time for an alphabet wall at the Farmhouse.  I wanted something fun for the kiddos, but also a bit more grown-up for us adults to enjoy too.  I searched everywhere for the right alphabet cards and finally found them on Etsy.  We decided to hang them in the entryway, at least for now.  The letters will surely get changed out for something a little less juvenile as the kids grow, but for now, we all love them here.

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alphabet cards // clipboards // wood push pins

Cute letter cards, right?  I happily paid way too much for them because how can you say no to these sweet animals?!

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So far the boys are getting a lot of use out of the alphabet wall.  Wilder likes to sit Brooks and I down on the stairs and pretend he’s the teacher, standing on the bench and pointing out letters for us to repeat.  Sometimes he even lets me switch roles with him and will recite the letters I point out, which couldn’t be more adorable!

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Hard to believe that boy turns 4 next week.  4!  Next thing I know, Wilder will be off to college and I’ll be one of those moms who sends way too many care packages and embarrasses him with daily phone calls 😉

But I digress.  This little bench nook of our’s measures only 4’4″ wide and has a sloping ceiling, so it’s awkward to say the least.  But awkward spaces like this are usually some of my favorite rooms in old houses.  They feel so fun and whimsical and I can’t help but think how much I would have loved these awkward spaces as a kid.  This bench nook is no exception.  Our boys love hiding here and have already logged hours of quality coloring/visiting/silly time on the bench.

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I asked our old neighbor’s daughter what they used to use this space for, and apparently it was the telephone nook.  How sweet is that?  Can’t you just imagine a giant antique telephone sitting on a table back there?  And oh my what fabulous late night gossip sessions must have gone on in here!

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xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Office // Design Plan

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Somehow we’ve managed to live without a home office for the last 8 years and it’s not for lack of wanting one!  But we really just haven’t had the space…until now!  With baby girl’s pending arrival in July (meaning I won’t be getting out a lot) and paperwork piling up from running 5 rentals and renovating the Porch House, I decided it was finally time for a dedicated office.  And thankfully, Garrett agreed!

Directly off the Farmhouse entryway is a small room (11.5’x9.5′) with large windows and an oversized pocket door.  It has no closets meaning this space has probably always been an office or library (or sitting room?) and it’ll be perfect for Garrett and my shared space.

With Garrett on board, I picked out a paint color and persuaded Garrett to spend one whole kid-free day at the Farmhouse with me.  We painted, pulled up carpets and hung new light fixtures.  Here’s what the room looks like:

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The navy blue is moody and cozy and surprisingly spacious.  It’s perfect for this space.  But that didn’t mean that the color was an easy decision for me!  I was actually very tempted to go with white in here – white looks so beautiful with our wood moldings and really goes with the whole historic, farmhouse vibe I’m going for in this house – but at the last minute I selected BM’s Hale Navy.  The main reason for the darker color is that I wanted this space to feel like a real destination and separate from the nearby living spaces at the farmhouse (which will all be white).  Going dark is so hard for me, but every time we’ve done it (like the Dexter guest bedroom, Julia’s kitchen, and the Porch House exterior) I’ve loved it.  So I trusted my gut, and went with the dark color.  In the end, both Garrett and I really like how it turned out!

I mentioned earlier that we also pulled up the carpets in this room (which, for the record, I’ve been itching to do for a good 9 months now!).  We found spots of missing finish and more of those carpet stretching scars we found in the living room, but thankfully there’s no damage that a throw rug can’t cover for now.  Speaking of a rug, the one in the picture above actually belongs to the nursery (it’s the Skyline from Rejuvenation and has floated around a few rooms here at the Farmhouse), but I had it in here to check scale.  For this space I’m planning to use a cowhide, as you will see in the design plan.  We are also planning to buy real office chairs for this room – say what?! – but I’m waiting for them to go on sale (any day now West Elm…!).

Even though I’ll likely use our office more than Garrett, I really wanted both of us to feel comfortable in here, meaning I picked design elements that we’d both love.  The desk and lights are feminine and airy, which was what I was dreaming of, while the chairs, cowhide, and vintage accessories feel darker and grittier, which feels much more like Garrett.  Hopefully it all balances out to a coed office space where we can both happily design, manage, and do everything else for our construction projects, tenants, and blog.

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sources: light // rug // chair // trestle legs // magazine rack // clock // art // floral pad // brass scissors // vintage adding machine

I’m really excited to see how this space turns out!  Here’s a look back at the evolution of this office since we moved in last summer.

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There’s lots left to address in this space like storage, functionality, and how we’re accommodating the kids (because those little buggers are sure to sneak in here from time to time ;).  But I’m really excited to be putting together a beautiful home office that both Garrett and I will love.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Entryway // Progress!

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As I mentioned last week, the Farmhouse entryway is still a ways from completion, but it already looks and functions a whole lot better than it used to!  I really love the direction this space is taking – historic, functional, bright, and full of authentic country feelings.

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The lilacs were cut on Mother’s Day, while we prepped our garden for planting.  I wish they’d stay colorful and vibrant in a crock like this all year round because they make me so very happy. But alas, I’ll have to settle for a house plant or something when the blooms fade.

The entry table is an antique, which I bought in town a couple of weeks back.  I had Garrett cut it in half lengthwise so it wouldn’t protrude too far into the hallway.  With 3 doors, 2 pocket doors, and a staircase in this space, I didn’t want furniture to stifle flow.  I really love how it turned out!

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You may recognize the bench from the Dexter House mudroom.  We swapped it out for a bank of theater seats last weekend (I had a few extras laying around from when I found these for our master bedroom).  The bench is actually an 1800’s church pew and only 18″ deep, so it fits in the small nook by the stairs perfectly.  The bench is also much easier for 19-month-old Brooks to get on and off of than folding theater seats.  I’m pretty smitten with it in this space!

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This room still needs a giant mirror over the table, a new overhead light, an indoor/outdoor rug, storage for kids hats and coats (I’m toying with a row of shaker pegs above the bench and around the stair nook), and additional lighting over the bench.  And at some point, I’d like to swap out the stair runner because that brown kills me.

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Next up, I’ll share our office project with you guys (did you catch that glimpse of a navy blue wall in the picture above?!).  In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you guys think about our entryway progress!

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse Entryway // Welcoming, Historic, & Functional Goals

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As I mentioned on Friday, I have a little case of pregnancy nesting going on.  Actually that’s a total lie.  I have a GIANT case of pregnancy nesting, and it’s getting worse everyday!  There’s not a room at the Farmhouse that I haven’t wanted to fix-up/clean-up/make-more-efficient.  Ahhh!  Thankfully Garrett is all patience and kindness towards his super-pregnant, hormonal wife and agreed to help make over our office and entryway.  Today I wanted to show you what I’m thinking for the entryway, because I have big goals to make this little space more inviting and functional, while highlighting the historic feel of our 115-year-old farmhouse.

The front entryway is the main entrance to our Farmhouse and gets a ton of use by our family and all our guests.  Getting two young kids ready and out the door without leaving a giant mess in our wake is struggle enough, so I can only imagine how challenging this will be after baby girl’s arrival this July.  With that in mind (and with my pregnancy nesting urges), my primary goal for this space was organization:  a place for putting on shoes, storage for those shoes and other kid treasures that always find their way into the entryway, hooks for hats and kids coats (we adults hang ours by the front door), and a place for keys and mail.

Garrett and I got started on this space during an impromptu work day last week while the kids were with Nana.  We painted the walls and ceiling in my favorite white (BM Simply White), bought and retrofitted an entry table, and recycled the perfect antique bench from another one of our houses.  Here’s a sneak peak of how this space is looking.

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I’ll show you more next week, but basically we have all the major pieces in place.  Which means it’s time for me to start looking for decor (which will probably be a slow process since we have a lot of other projects going on at the Porch House still).  Let’s talk about my decor plans in here: add a large, brass mirror over the table, maybe some hat hooks or framed historic photos, a pretty new or vintage overhead light fixture, additional lighting over the bench, and someday, I’d like to replace that awful brown stair runner!  Here’s a roundup of what I’m dreaming of:

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paint / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

The end goal is to have a welcoming, wood and white entry that looks reminiscent to these:

Made in Heaven inspiration

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Lucy WIlliams Interiors Inspiration

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Pretty, right?  And since any good transformation needs ‘before’ photos, here’s how the entryway looked when we first bought the Farmhouse.

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Next week, I’ll share all of the current photos of the entryway.  Hopefully you’ll like it as much as I do.  And in the meantime, if you have a lead on an antique-looking brass mirror that’s 60″ tall and 30″ plus wide, let me know!  Have a great week.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Farmhouse // Moving the Boys into a Shared Bedroom (and how it’s going)

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A couple of weekends ago, we rearranged Wilder’s bedroom and moved Brooks in with him.  The transition hasn’t been without a few hiccups, but it’s going soooo much better than I ever expected.  The room has become so much cozier with the two of them in here, and somehow I love the space even more than I did when it was just Wilder’s room (you can see what that looked like here).  So today I wanted to show you what the boys setup looks like now.

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sources: overhead light // drapes // roman shade // rug (similar) // rug pad // comforter // duvet cover // striped throw // plant hanger // stuffed animals //dinosaur backpack (no longer available, cute option here) // plaid blankets // table lamp // ukulele //dinosaur figurines // crib // animal heads (no longer available, cute options here)

As I mentioned on Friday, moving the boys into one room was one of those things that I had worked up in my head as a huge deal.  We had tried this transition once before when we first moved to the Farmhouse but failed after a couple of nights.  Looking back, I think we failed because Garrett and I were busy and tired with moving so didn’t have the bandwidth to deal with it.  We knew that we would try again at some point but we kept putting it off and putting it off.  Then last Saturday, Garrett and I were Spring cleaning and one of us said, ‘hey, let’s put Brooks’ crib in Wilder’s room’, and that was that.  A couple of hours later, the boys had one shared bedroom.

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Both of the beds are now pushed against walls, which should limit any falling out of bed.  Wilder is a very active sleeper and every once in a while he’ll just kind of tumble out of bed.  Just last week it happened, and I found him laying on the floor still totally asleep.  Ahh to sleep that hard!

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I’ve gotten a lot of questions about our matching twin bed frames since finding them on Craigslist last year.  I don’t know the story behind them, but they’re definitely antique, a wee-bit on the narrow side for a modern twin mattress (we have to sort-of squeeze the mattress into the frame when we put sheets on), and have a lovely dark stain on them that looks nearly black.  I always planned to put them in one room not only because I love the look of side-by-side antique beds but also because we hoped that Wilder and Brooks would share a room by the time that Brooks was ready for a big-boy bed.  And from the looks of it, we’re just about there!

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve had a couple of hiccups since moving the boys into one room.  The first being that Brooks has almost completely refused his crib since making the transition to a shared room.  I’m not entirely sure why that is, but after 20 minutes of crying on Saturday night (in my arms and in his crib), I finally laid him down in his big boy bed and he was instantly quiet.  So I tucked a blanket over him and watched from the door as he dozed off.  We hadn’t planned on having him in a big boy bed at night so young (Wilder made the switch at 2, and I thought we’d repeat that), but if he keeps sleeping through the night then he can sleep wherever he likes!

The second hiccup is that bedtime now takes a good hour plus.  Both boys are so excited to look across the room and see each other, and there are giggles and squirms for way too long.  Of course, I find it soooo sweet, so even if it means an extra hour at bedtime right now, so be it.

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For the Spring we have light comforters and duvet covers from Ikea on the beds.  Garrett and I are really careful to keep fire retardants out of the boys bedding and PJs, so natural linen duvet covers were an easy choice, even if they’re a little more expensive.  Of course Wilder already got green marker on his duvet cover, but thankfully they are are two sided so we’ll just have a ‘bad side’ for everyday and a ‘good side’ for photographs and guests 😉   I also bought these summer throws for the boys’ beds during West Elm’s one day sale a few weeks ago (and they’re still on sale!).  I’m not sure they’ll be heavy enough to have on here with a sheet alone, but Wilder runs hot (soooo hot…and soooo the opposite of his mama) that it’ll probably be enough for him.  If not, I’ll layer them with a simple white cotton blanket.

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Probably my favorite part of finally having a shared bedroom is shared story time.  When the boys were in separate rooms, we read stories to each of them separately before tucking them in.  But now we shut the blackout blinds (an essential with these longer Spring days), snuggle up in one bed and read a couple of stories before tucking the boys in their own beds.  And I love it!  There is something so special about spending this time together, and it makes this mama’s heart very happy.  I know there will be nights when one of the boys is not happy, and I’m tired and this whole situation is totally exhausting, but right now it’s everything.

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For the record, I hung that plant up for the shoot.  I’m going to have Garrett relocate the hook over the nightstand so the plant is not over a bed (because it’s heavy and plus I don’t want to risk water draining onto a bed).  I’m on the hunt for an alphabet poster or paper tiles for the space as well.  Wilder is finally getting into letters, so it’d be fun to have a spot for him to see them!  I haven’t found one that I love yet, but I’m looking…any suggestions?!

The closet is probably both of the boys’ favorite space in this room, so I wanted to give you a peek.  I’ve mentioned before, but this space has been basically a storage ground for Wilder’s collection of ‘stuff’.  We finally hung up costumes and boxed up a lot of Wilder’s stuff so this space is at least a step above an eye sore now.  Someday I’d like to turn the far end of this closet into a kid hangout spot with cushions and pillows and everything comfy but for now there are a few boxes and stacks of books back there and that’s just fine.

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So that’s our experience thus far with our two boys sharing a room.  I’d love to hear any tips or stories you guys have about shared bedrooms….seriously!  Growing up I shared a bedroom with my twin sister until high school, and I still have fond memories of laughing the night away.  Sure there were plenty of arguments but I think it taught me a lot about compromise and living with others.  At least, I’d like to think so 😉

The one thing I haven’t mentioned yet (and have been dying to!) is that the nursery is now empty!!!  I’m chomping at the bit to get started transforming that space for baby girl.  But since she’s not due until July (and will sleep with us for a few months afterwards), I’m trying to keep my focus on thePorch House since we still need to finish that renovaiton and sell it, hopefully before baby girl arrives.  Honestly I’m trying not to even think about the nursery, but somehow that hasn’t stopped me from buying plenty of things for that space 😉

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. how we deal with Wilder not sleeping through the night.  Wilder’s room at the Ravenna House and his room at the Dexter House.  The latter was also featured on coco+kelley last year.

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Farmhouse // Some Old Photos of Our Home

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Farmhouse Old Picture with Car

One of my favorite things about old houses is the history, and not just the history hidden behind the walls and underneath the carpets.  I love hearing about the people who lived in a home before us.  The way they lived.  How they reconfigured and redecorated the spaces.  The parties they threw.  There is so much magic in that connection to history!

When we moved into our Farmhouse last summer and met our 90-year-old neighbor at the mailbox, I was beyond excited to learn that he had grown up in our Farmhouse (his dad and grandfather built it).  He shared a little history of the house every time we crossed paths at our mailboxes, and I found myself really looking forward to those run ins.  Garrett and I planned to have our neighbor over for dinner once we settled in, but unfortunately he passed away before we could schedule a time to visit.

We were fortunate to also meet our neighbor’s daughter and grandson (the latter of whom we actually went to high school with…how can you not love small towns?!).  Neither of them ever lived in the Farmhouse, but they spent plenty of time here visiting family and inherited the family photos.  We had the two of them over for dinner with their families last month and let me just say, it was absolutely magical to have the fourth and fifth generations of the original owners of our home, sitting around our table.

Farmhouse with two in front 1965

Thank you Debbie for sharing these amazing photos!  It’s so special to get a peek into what this old home looked like and see the people who lived in it.  And for the record I think this old house is about the prettiest country home I’ve ever seen, back in the early 1900s and today (and yes, I realize I’m 100% biased!).  Garrett and I are still pinching ourselves that we get to raise our kids here and call this beauty home.

Farmhouse Man and Cars

I’d love to hear from you guys.  Do you love the history of old homes like I do?  Any good stories from your own home or family’s home?

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. we’re halfway through the Porch House reno already (well, the main parts of the home, at least).  You can see my increasingly- frantic daily progress updates here 😉

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Wilder’s Farmhouse Bedroom // The Reveal

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Wilder’s bedroom was one of those magical rooms that came together like, well…magic!  After coming across the matching twin bed frames on Craigslist and finding the perfect overhead light and drapes, the rest of the room just fell into place.  Most of the decor and small furniture items came out of storage or Wilder’s previous bedrooms.  The funny thing is, this room is my favorite of all of Wilder’s bedrooms and it was by far the easiest to put together.   Isn’t that the rub?  How can a space you think about and plan for the least be the easiest to finish?  Craziness.

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Resources: overhead light | drapes (LOVE these!) | roman shade | hanging chair | animal heads (no longer available, cute alternatives here) | dinosaur backpack (no longer available, cute option here) | plaid blankets | table lamp | ukulele | stuffies: bear (similar), fox, monkey (we love the Jellycats brand!) | kids ranger vest | Dinosaur figurines: Giganotosaurus, Sauropod | Dragon lego kit | books: see below scrolling bar

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This east-facing room gets intense morning light, which made blackout drapes essential.  Wilder is already an early morning person, so anything we can do to combat even earlier mornings is worth Every Single Penny!  But even with the great morning light, bedtime is my favorite time of day in Wilder’s room.  Wilder has always loved story time and snuggling, so bedtime, spent together in his bed with a favorite book, has made for some of my favorite moments of parenthood thus far.  In case you’re interested, I put together a few of our current favorite bedtime stories below:

If you have a little one with an active imagination and an interest in dinosaurs (can you tell we’re into dinosaurs?!), I cannot recommend Dinotopia and it’s sequel, the World Beneath, enough.  Garrett’s mom passed these down to us last year and they’ve become some of our favorite bedtime stories.  What I love about these books is that they are wonderfully imaginative, well written, beautifully illustrated, and best of all, they keep both our 3-year-old and us parents engaged.  Check them out!

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That vintage toolbox is a find from the Dexter House, and it’s been Wilder’s favorite box ever since.  He stores all sorts of things in it – tools, hair clips, bugs – so not surprisingly, it’s one of his most prized possessions.  Wilder has a bit of a collector’s disposition (which sometimes borders on ahem…hoarding) so boxes and containers are his thing.  I joke that we have to shake his pockets out when we leave friends’ houses, but it’s not far from the truth!  Right now Wilder stores his collections in his large closet, but I haven’t come up with a good organization system yet, so stay tuned for a look into that space another time.  In the meantime, maybe the fact that we’re finally settled in one house forever will help Wilder get over his ‘collector issues’ or maybe it’ll bring out the hoarder in him…

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As I mentioned last week, this is Wilder’s forth bedroom at the ripe old age of three.  The Grit and Polish didn’t exist back when he was a baby at the Bryant House, but here’s his room at the Ravenna House and his room at the Dexter House.  The latter was also featured on coco+kelley last year.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Nightstand 2     The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Hanging Chair 2

When the boys play together in here, that hanging chair is Brooks’ favorite spot.  He loves to fall into it and swing around.  It’s such a cozy seat – it literally hugs the occupant – that it makes a great space when either of the boys needs a little quick comfort.  Nana gave the hanging chair to Wilder for Christmas a couple of years back, and I’m so glad that we finally have the space to enjoy it!

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Fox on Bed The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Chairs The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Deer The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Closet Door  The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom Beds  The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom 2

I just noticed that we still need to add the base shoe molding in here.  Plus I’m still toying with painting the bottom of Wilder’s walls in a gray/green color.  There’s always something, right?  I should also mention that we usually have a thick, 8×10 jute rug in here, which really cozies up the space.  I temporarily stole it for the living room since we do more playing down there.  Here’s a link to our rug, but since it’s currently unavailable, here’s a similar one.

Someday soon, this will be Wilder and Brooks’ room and I’m really excited for that day to come.  There’s bound to be all sorts of important late-night talks in here.  And arguments.  And adventures.  And memories.  Isn’t that what growing up with siblings is all about?!

xoxo

-Cathy

p.s. what Wilder’s room used to look like and what we’ve done to it.  Also, how we handle Wilder not sleeping through the night.

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Master Bedroom Update // How We’ve Survived Our ‘Not So Good’ Sleeper

THE FARMHOUSE

In honor of last weekend’s Daylight Savings – the bane of every parent’s existence – I thought I’d share a little peek into the minor change we’ve made to our master bedroom that has made all the difference in how our toddler sleeps at the Farmhouse.  Spoiler…he and we sleep much better!  I’ll be back back next week with Wilder’s Farmhouse bedroom reveal as promised.

Our toddler has never been much of a sleeper.  I can probably count the number of times that Wilder has slept through the night on two hands (plus maybe two feet) and he’s 3 1/2 years old!  Lack of sleep is one of the things that Garret and I have struggled with the most as parents, especially in Wilder’s first year, but we’ve finally found a way we can all survive.

The Grit and Polish - Sleeping Bag 2

sconce / cord coverbed frame / velvet pillow / accent pillow (similar here) / sheet set / rug / curtains / lion / books: Pajama Time, Lama Lama Nighty Night, The Little Blue Truck / sleeping bag (no longer available, but my favorite alternatives are at the bottom of this post!) / paint: BM Simply White

Yes, that’s a sleeping bag on our master bedroom floor.  I didn’t exactly include that in my master bedroom One Room Challenge reveal, but it gets used Every. Single. Night!  Somewhere between midnight and 4 am, Wilder slides out of his bed, crosses the landing, and tucks himself into his sleeping bag next to Garrett’s side of the bed, where he proceeds to sleep the rest of the night.

And that right there, is the best thing that happened to my night of sleep since becoming a parent!

Let me explain how this all came to be.  Sometime last year, we were at our pediatrician’s office, and the doctor asked us how sleep was going.  After I stopped laughing, I launched into it: Wilder has never been a “sleeper”.  Wilder has woken us up almost every night of his life.  At 5 months old he was sleeping in his crib and waking up 5 times a night, and though sleep got better as he got older, Wilder has never taken to the all-nighter.  We’ve read and tried just about anything, including sleep training, but nothing seemed that helpful.  At 2 1/2, we were putting Wilder down in his own room but he was sneaking into our bed sometime in the middle of the night, and it worked okay, except that Wilder was a restless sleeper, often kicking us and steeling blankets.  Once Brooks came along, our bed was too full and our nights were too short.  The doctor heard us out and then surprised us by saying that she had similar issues when her sons when they were young.  She recommended we put a sleeping bag next to our bed and teach Wilder that it was his own (and *only*) special sleeping place in our bedroom, when he needed it.

It wasn’t a new or particularly creative solution – I’m sure many parents have done something similar in the course of history – but it was a respectful solution we could all live with, and one that had a profound impact on our family’s sleep and thus our lives.

The Grit and Polish - Sleeping Bag 3

The first couple of nights were rough (Wilder really wanted to get in bed with us), but soon his middle of the night antics were reduced to tip-toeing into our room and quietly tucking himself into his sleeping bag.  The best part was that he didn’t even wake Garrett and I up.  It’s worked so well that the sleeping bag is still our policy for Wilder today (thankfully Brooks has proved to be a happier sleeper in his crib), except when he’s sick or needs cuddles after a bad dream.

The Grit and Polish - Sleeping Bag 7The Grit and Polish - Sleeping Bag 4

So that’s the minor change to our bedroom that has made our household majorly happier.  I’m a big proponent of doing what works for your family and your child (because goodness knows they’re all different) when it comes to sleep, so please don’t take any of this as advice.  It’s just fun to show you guys the full story of how we use our bedroom space.  And if you’ve come up with your own creative kid sleeping solution, I’d love to hear about it!

Wilder’s shark sleeping bag (a 2nd birthday gift from Nana) is no longer available, but I found some fun alternatives.  Check out the roundup below.  I’m thinking about getting number 1 or 2 for Brooks (for traveling not for our bedroom floor!).  Or maybe 4.  Goodness, they’re all cute!

The Grit and Polish - Sleeping Bag Roundup

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I’ll be back next week with Wilder’s bedroom reveal.  In the meantime, you can get caught up on what we’ve done to his space at the Farmhouse here.  For all you parents out there, I wish you an easy Daylight Savings transition.  But if it’s not, you can sign this petition to end Daylight Savings or this one to stay on summer time permanently, aka Daylight Savings time…just saying.

xoxo

-Cathy

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Wilder’s Farmhouse Bedroom // Progress

THE FARMHOUSE

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom 4

This is Wilder’s bedroom at the Farmhouse.  It’s a space that I haven’t shown much of on the blog, and I’m not entirely sure why.  But I aim to fix that.  Over the next two weeks, I’m going to show you how we took this space from dark and carpeted to light and comfortable.

This bedroom is the smallest of the three upstairs rooms at the Farmhouse, but Wilder claimed it as his immediately.  His decision had little to do with the bedroom itself and everything to do with the attached giant “closet”.  With low sloped ceilings, no windows, and no heat/AC/insulation, this closet is just the kind of space kids go gaga over 😉

When we bought the Farmhouse, Wilder’s bedroom had pretty great bones.  There are 9′ ceilings, architectural windows, wood moldings, and so much potential if you could almost look past the carpet and purple curtains.  Almost.

The Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Boys Room WindowThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Boys Room Closet DoorThe Grit and Polish - Farmhouse Boys Room Closet

When we first moved into the house, we threw a couple of mattresses into this room to make sure Wilder had a comfy spot to sleep while we settled in.  It didn’t take long until Garrett and I found time to work on this room.  Wilder got to camp out on our floor while we took down the curtains, painted the walls and ceiling with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (the same color as the master bedroom and nursery), replaced the lighting and electrical sockets, and ripped up the carpets.  We had hoped for pristine hardwood floors underneath, but that’s not quite what we got.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Room Painted

These floors are actually in much better shape than the other upstairs bedrooms (you can check out what the nursery and master bedroom floors looked like), but they still needed a sand and refinish.  Anyone who’s refinished their own hardwood floors knows that it’s a big, dusty job and we just weren’t quite ready to tackle it.  We were still busy moving into the house and enjoying the warm weather outside, so I threw a big jute rug down and put off the refinish for a couple of months.

During the months leading up to the hardwood refinish, I continued to decorate Wilder’s space.  First we installed the matching vintage bed frames I had bought on Craigslist (for $150 if I remember correctly), which Garrett retrofitted with slats.  And if you are wondering why there are two beds in here it’s because this space has always been intended for both Wilder and Brooks.  But Brooks is sleeping so well in the nursery that we’ve been reluctant to move him into this big boy room just yet.  Of course now that we have a baby girl on the way, Brooks’ move is inevitable…

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Room Curtain Hanging

Decorating continued with a new overhead light fixture – my favorite schoolhouse pendant from Rejuvenation with blue stripes – along with new linen blackout drapes and a curtain rod.  Otherwise, most of the furniture and decor in here are things we’ve collected over the years or found in storage.

The small chairs are from my parents storage barn (apparently from my elementary school).  That vintage school map is one that I bought a couple of years ago and have been looking for a good space to display it ever since.  Wilder made the T-Rex and Pterosaur with Nana (the later of which has sadly since broken) and the books are an ongoing collection kind of thing.  Of course all of the furnishings and decor we put up had to be taken down when we began the great floor refinish of 2016 a couple of months later.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Room Map Install

Before getting into the hardwood floor refinish, let me explain why I went to the effort of decorating Wilder’s bedroom for two months, just to take everything back out.  This is Wilder’s 4th bedroom in 3 years – a statistic that I’m not proud of, but one that was necessary to make our retiring by 35 a reality.  If you have young kids, you know that change can be really hard on them and Wilder is no different.  In fact, his sensitive nature might make change even harder on him.  Wilder has always felt such big feelings and been so sensitive to his environment, making our previous move from Ravenna to Dexter very hard for him.  We didn’t want to repeat that when we moved into the Farmhouse.

Okay, on to the hardwood floor refinish.  We tackled this project at the same time we did the master bedroom and nursery floors.  It required that Wilder and Brooks as well as Garrett and I move out of our bedrooms, and sleep hungajunga style in the guest bedroom for a couple of weeks.  The set up was not ideal, but the floors were definitely worth the sacrifice.

The Grit and Polish - Wilder's Bedroom FLoor RefinishThe Grit and Polish - Floor Close Up

Refinishing the floors was a big job that we DIY’d ourselves.  I won’t go into the nitty gritty here since I posted about it last year (you can read about the process here and see what it cost us here).  We opted for no stain on the floors, just the natural wood color, finished with a latex sealant.  I’ll show you the finished product next week along with what Wilder’s space looks like now.

In the meantime, I’d love to hear if you guys have ever moved with young kids, and if so, any tips to helping them adjust?

xoxo

-Cathy

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