For far too long now, our living room has been lacking two major elements: storage and an area rug. But I am happy to report there has been progress on both of those fronts!

Let’s talk about the storage first. They’re Fjalkinge units from IKEA, and they’re honestly so perfect for what we needed. Since our TV is off-center on that wall, I have always struggled with how to add shelving/storage, but still keep it looking balanced. Lucky for us, IKEA offers the Fjalkinge in two different sizes that fit our walls exactly!

Living Room Progress | Lemon Drop LifeExcuse the TV cords – remember: this is real life, peeps.

 I also knew that whatever shelving I added wasn’t just going to be for pretty trinkets and perfectly styled vignettes. Let’s be real. I have an 18 month old and in a few short weeks, I will have a newborn. And, unfortunately, our house doesn’t have a space that I can dedicate as a play room so 99% of the ‘playing’ happens in our living room. Which means that 99% of the toys are in our living room. So, I needed to be able to accommodate toy storage in a practical way. The open shelving/basket combo we’ve got going on is perfect. No, it’s not necessarily magazine-worthy, but it’s what works for us.

I keep some of his favorite toys on the open shelf on the bottom, so that he has easy access to them. The rest go in the baskets above. And, truthfully, he rarely even gets inside the baskets. Out of sight, out of mind I suppose. He usually ends up playing with what he can readily see (the toys on the bottom shelf), and I can easily clean things up at the end of the night in about 10 minutes. I keep a stock of his books in a basket on the smaller shelving unit, and quite frequently, he ends up pulling that basket off and dumping books EVERYWHERE. But it’s not time consuming to pick them up and throw them back in that basket at the end of the night.

Living Room Progress | Lemon Drop Life

Right now, we’re not storing much in the hidden drawers – currently they’re just holding the video game controllers for JP’s Xbox, along with a couple of user manuals and some extra hardware we had after putting the shelves together. Side note: who else gets MONDO nervous when you have extra pieces at the end of putting something together?! I have nightmares about the whole thing just crumbling in the middle of the night because we forgot a screw somewhere.

Living Room Progress | Lemon Drop Life

And then the top shelves are alllll for momma to decorate any ol’ way I feel like! Everyone wins! I really need to get them all gussied up for fall, but right now the thought of restyling them makes my head hurt. Maybe I’ll just focus on redoing them for Christmas.

Living Room Progress | Lemon Drop Life

Obviously we didn’t want to just leave the space under the TV empty so we picked up a Ramsatra console to hold some of our electronic accessories, and it also offers more hidden storage for some of Roarke’s toys. I wish it was a smidge taller, so it could fill more of the dead space under the TV, but it does the job. If I lived in a childless home, I would style it up with some taller accessories (lamps, vases, etc.) to fill that space, but every mom knows that decorative accessories on a surface low enough for a kid to reach is just asking for broken windows. So empty it shall remain. And we need to hide our TV cords, but, again with the real life and stuff.

The second new element to our room is our glorious, makes-me-feel-like-a-grown-up area rug. I have eyes various rugs over the years, but never been able to pull the trigger because $$$$. Large, quality area rugs are EXPENSIVE y’all. So here we are, four years into our marriage and we’ve never had a rug in our living room. But not anymore! Over Labor Day, Rugs USA had some crazy good sales – I’m talking 70-80% off – and I got to pick myself out an early birthday present. The rug I got was originally $933 and I got it for $185! Crazy good.

Living Room Progress | Lemon Drop Life

And it’s gorgeous in person. It’s wool, so it’s still going through the shedding phase – currently I’m vacuuming it 1-2 times a week to try and cut down on the stray fibers. But most reviews I’ve read for wool rugs say the shedding stops after a couple months.

My only dilemma now is that I really want to replace our ottoman. It’s been awesome, but after 3 years of wear and tear, it’s definitely looking dingy. Plus, I don’t like the way the pattern competes with the rug. I’d still like to go with an ottoman over a coffee table, just because I’ve never had to worry once about Roarke falling and hurting himself on a sharp edge. I’m currently obsessing over the thought of a deliciously worn, camel leather ottoman with fabulous tufting. So, if anyone knows where one of those exists for not thousands of dollars, let me know J

So what do you guys think of the changes?

Another week has gone and a new one is beginning and today I’m finding myself reminiscing about our vacation.

A few weeks ago, we joined my parents and siblings for a getaway in Gulf Shores, AL. We all chipped in to rent a beach house, and it was a fantastic week of sun, rest, and relaxation. It was glorious!

By far, one of my favorite things about this vacation was that they house we stayed at had a private pool..Roarke LOVES the water. Like, seriously, he pitches a huge fit every time I get him out of the bathtub. So, naturally, he loved being in the pool.

Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life
The pool was completely shaded, so it was definitely chilly, but that didn’t deter him one bit.

Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life

We attempted to do the beach thing with him, but that lasted all of five minutes. The stretch of beach where we were was incredibly shell-y, which made it very unfriendly for baby tootsies. And there was a pretty steep incline once you got to the edge of the water, which again made it difficult for him to walk. Plus, he wanted to run head first into the ocean with no abandon, which gives this mom heart palpitations.

AND it happened to be Shark Week on Discovery so I was already a bit tense.

I really wanted to get some cute pictures of him on the beach, but there was no way I was letting go of his hand and leaving him to his own devices (see above statement about running head first into the ocean). So, alas, this is the only picture I got to document his first walk on the beach.

Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life
I’m calling it ‘artsy’.

My brother and his fiancee were with us so we went to the beach and attempted to get some photos for their Save the Date card. Beach photos are hard, y’all. Sun, wind, sand..all elements that are working against you. We managed to get a couple cute ones though.

Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life
Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life
JP and I’s 4th wedding anniversary also happened to fall during that week, so we got to celebrate with the whole family. JP treated himself to oysters, and I buried my face in fried fish.

Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life
Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life
Another great feature of the house was the large back porch that overlooked the ocean. We watched a pod of dolphins come in about the same time every morning to feed, it was awesome! And the little dude loved making kiss faces on the sliding glass doors and rearranging all the patio furniture.
Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life
Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life
Getting all of us together in one place is a task these days since we’re all scattered, so of course we had to take the opportunity to get a large family photo. I had forgotten to bring my tripod, so I just set the timer on my camera and put it on top of the trash cans in front of the house. That’s what I call working with what you’ve got.

Vacation Recap | Lemon Drop Life

Anyone else squeezing in a last minute summer vacay?

Sooo..remember when I showed you guys the new and improved view from my bed? It looked something like this:

Family Gallery Wall | Lemon Drop Life

Well, now it looks something like this:

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Well, hello GIGANTIC TV.

Let me explain. With the impending arrival of bebe #2, we’ve had to do a bit of a room shuffle in our house. What was the guest bedroom is becoming her nursery, and therefore JP had to give up his man cave (*gasp* the horror!) to become the guest room. So, his huge only-meant-for-a-man-cave TV had to go somewhere.

Ever since we got married, I have been staunchly against having a TV in our bedroom. I’ve read a million articles about having a successful marriage that basically said putting a TV in your bedroom is the kiss of death. It shows your partner you’re more interested in The Bachelor than them, and before you know it you guys barely even talk anymore. But the truth is, JP and I love relaxing and watching movies or a good show together. Most nights, we ended up laying in bed and watching Netflix on his iPad anyway. And since we’ve moved it into our room, we’ve started a new nightly routine where Roarke lays in bed with us and we all watch an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and have some play/snuggle time. It’s become a really sweet tradition that I find myself looking forward to at the end of every night. So, bottom line: TV in the bedroom – not so bad.

But let’s get real here and talk about the beauty underneath the TV. That killer mid-century modern dresser.

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop LifeThe angle of this picture makes that drawers look uneven, but they’re not.

I scored this lovely on Craigslist for $75. Originally it was all dark walnut, but I painted the drawers white, and I LOVE the way it turned out!

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

And I’m totally gaga for the original brass hardware that came on the drawers! The shadows are making them look funky and scratched here, but in real life they are gorg! And just in case that whole TV-in-the-bedroom thing is bad for a marriage, I put a lucky horseshoe on the dresser to counteract any bad mojo. ;)

So you might be asking, what happened to the gallery wall? Well, it got shifted to another wall in our master bedroom.

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

I don’t feel like it looks as ‘complete’ on this wall, if that makes sense, but I think adding more pictures and filling up the wall over time will do the trick! And we’ll add definitely be adding more photos once baby girl arrives!!

Master Bedroom: Remix | Lemon Drop Life

So that’s the current state of our bedroom..anyone else been shifting any rooms around? I have to admit, I’m kind of digging the fresh spin on spaces that had previously been untouched for years!

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Howdy, lemon-droppers! We’re currently on vacation in Alabama, but I’m stopping in to share the mood board I put together for our baby girl’s nursery.

For Roarke’s nursery, we had a pretty clear theme. Baby girl’s nursery is a little more eclectic. In my mind, it’s going to have a somewhat natural, bohemian feel with little touches of sweetness. And when I say “sweetness,” I was inspired by the phrase “Sugar and spice and everything nice…” and I love the idea of whimsical touches of sweet treats (cupcakes, candy, etc.) as a nod to our sweet girl.

So without further ado..

Sugar and Spice: A Baby Girl Nursery | Lemon Drop Life

 

A couple of these items are things we already  have and are incorporating into the nursery design. Our plan is to use Roarke’s crib in her room eventually…she’ll just sleep in a bassinet in our room for the first couple months. So for the sake of this mood board, just imagine a white crib as part of the plan.

We already have the over dyed purple kilim rug that we used in the guest room, and I found a vintage wicker and cane rocking horse at an antique mall a few weeks ago that I am totally in LOVE with.

The rest of the mood board is just made up of things that I’m obsessing over, like some tie-dye curtains (I’ll probably DIY some) and a large scale macrame wall hanging (possibly a DIY also) for behind the crib. And I envision a series of these fantastically whimsical animal prints by Anna Burnett over her dresser (that will likely double as a changing table).

I may not have all the details hammered out, but one thing is for sure: this sweet little baby’s nursery will be filled with LOVE!

Our house is soon to be covered in bows and lace…we found out yesterday that The Bump is a GIRL!!

JP and I were both caught off guard..this pregnancy has been virtually identical to my pregnancy with Roarke, so I was assuming it was a boy. But what a nice surprise!

Of  course, Roarke cycled through your typical 16-month-old emotions when we broke the news to him. Confusion. Sadness. Acceptance. Excitement.

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Luckily, he settled on excitement :)