Blogger Home Tour: Alaina Kaczmarski from The Everygirl

How precious is Mr. Jonah??? I can’t wait to meet him! And his nursery is just fabulous. So glad Jill shared that with everyone yesterday. Kudos to that momma for still blogging while on maternity leave! We’re grateful to you lady because we love your stuff.

Have you been to the blog The Everygirl? If not, it’s definitely worth a read. Jill told me about it last year when we were talking about blogs that inspire us, and I visit it often now. It’s a lifestyle blog that speaks to pretty much every kind of woman, especially career-oriented women who love fashion, beautiful interiors, and hearing other strong women’s stories. Alaina Kaczmarski is a writer for The Everygirl, and she also has her own fabulous blog, called Live Creating Yourself. How she keeps up with all of this, I do not know. But I’m glad she does.

I adore her home tour and thought you all would too!

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Her family room is right up my alley with all the greys, whites, and worn wood.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Living Room

 

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

So pretty.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Side Table

White built in bookshelves with the perfect amount of accessories.

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Built In Bookshelves

And, oh my goodness black walls in her bedroom with grey and pink everywhere. I really want to be her friend. LOVE this bedroom!!!

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Amazing Bedroom

 

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TheEverygirl_AlainaKaczmarski_Bedroom Accessories

 

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Adorable Alaina. Absolutely adorable. Alaina has recently moved and is redecorating her new digs. We’ll have to check back to see her latest home tour once she’s done. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Jonah

I missed you last week – but for good reason.

Last Wednesday, July 24th at 1:03p.m. we welcomed our little guy into this world.

Jonah Dorsey Hall.  A whopping 9lbs. 1.5oz.  He was 21 inches long and as perfect as can be!

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Jonah Dorsey Hall – one day old in the hospital in his baby carrier

As you can imagine I am spending as much time snuggling with him and just enjoying the newborn stage.

Lack of sleep – bring it on.  We are very blessed to have family in town and around us helping to make the transition from two to three easier.

I promise to post more pictures soon of the little man but I also wanted to share with you his nursery.

When I designed the nursery I did so with the intentions of it lasting through all of our children.  Therefore, I splurged on a couple items knowing I would get great use out of the key elements in the room.

My jumping off point for the nursery was the Missoni fabric I had ordered and had a seamstress customize the crib bedding.

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Four years ago and the bedding still looks amazing.  I went with gender neutral colors in case we were to have a girl but now with our third boy the colors still work.  I have just added more of the turquoise, grey and yellow into the room.

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I have also played off the building block shape in the pillows and custom blocks that the mister made.

Here is a shot of the nursery in our old place when Liam was born.  It has evolved a bit in the last four years but the main elements we are still using and loving.

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For more information on the entire nursery and a full rundown on all the items in the room check out Project Nursery where the nursery was featured.

Here are some more photos of the room in its current state.  Featuring my old baby dresser refinished.  Custom lamp shades using extra Missoni fabric.  A fabulous budget friendly light fixture from Ikea and our motto for the next couple years of “keep calm and carry on” because we do know that beautiful chaos will ensue with three boys under 3 in the house hold.

And of course Jonah gets his very own “love letter“.

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Pop of Red…Chairs

While on vacation last week (I think I’ve mentioned 40 times that I was on vacation), I actually got to look through Pinterest a little. I LOVE Pinterest as much as the next person but just don’t have much time to visit it.

When I looked through my “For the Home” section, I noticed that I had pinned several photos that had red dining chairs. Didn’t really know I liked red dining chairs so much, but I guess I do. I have pops of red in my kitchen and have always loved red in kitchens for some reason. I think it might remind me of an old diner…or maybe I just like red in the kitchens. Who knows? Regardless, I thought I would share these photos because I think any time someone can pull in color through a dining chair, it ends up making their space feel more fun.

I adore metallic chairs. I’m bound and determined to have some one day. I love these red ones paired with a rustic table, shown on a site called Fleaing France.

Red Metallic Chairs in Dining Room

Red Metallic Chairs in Dining Room

 

More metallic red chairs - told you they were cool. These were posted originally on a site called Delight by Design.

Delight by Design

Delight by Design

Love the red bar stools against the white woodwork and teal wall. This photo was originally from House of Turquoise, which is a blog you should definitely check out if you have never been there.

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Red Bar Stools – House of Turquoise

 

 

They’re even pretty in a more formal setting, like these ornate chairs painted a glossy red from a Southern Charm page. The color really showcases the detail on the chairs. Love it!

Red Ornate Dining Chairs

Red Ornate Dining Chairs

Not sure if red chairs will be in my future, but I obviously like photos that include them. So maybe that means I need some. Hmmm…..

 

 

End of a Perfect Week

What a wonderful week this has been. A time for me and Jill to be thankful and soak up our families. Jill welcomed a new baby boy to her crew – Jonah (from his pictures, he looks so precious!!). And our fam has spent the most perfect week on the beach. Each year on vacation, I feel overwhelmingly grateful for what I have – a healthy family, great job, and amazing friends. This year, I have added our fun little blog to that list. This space that I share with a dear friend and fabulous readers. We are so grateful for those of you who join us on Middle Redefined. It’s definitely allowed Jill and me the opportunity to explore our creative sides, and we’re excited to see what’s in store for the future.

So for today, I’ll leave you with a quote that touched me. I saw this on Pinterest and thought it would make a great wall hanging for an office. And cheers to the ending of a perfect week!

New One Life Quote

New One Life Quote

 

 

Guest Post: Brianne’s Flea Market Finds

One of our friends, Brianne, also has an addiction to the West Bottoms Flea Market. So for today’s guest post, we asked her to share her favorite finds and how she’s used them in her home. As you can see, she’s so creative and has a knack for accessorizing. Jill and I are thrilled to be able to share her post with you because we know you’ll be inspired. Hope you enjoy today’s post, written by Brianne herself – thanks Brianne!

About two and a half years ago I was watching The Nate Berkus Show (RIP, unless you count the reruns on Oprah’s network, which I don’t.)  There was a lady on that was showing how she repurposed furniture and she mentioned having a store in Kansas City called Good JuJu.  She mentioned it being in the West Bottoms, which I only knew as the location of the haunted houses and a cool backdrop for urban style family photos.  A quick Google search showed me that her store was amongst others in the Bottoms, all of which were only open the first weekend of every month which was called Warehouse Weekend.  I hit the next sale to check it out for myself and have missed very few weekends over the years.
Just to show you all that the West Bottoms have to offer, I thought I’d share some of my favorite scores!  All store’s vendors replenish stock throughout the weekend.  Many of my earlier purchases came from Good JuJu.  I purchased this buffet from a vendor there.  She then painted it for me the color I needed.  I love the clean lines and all of the storage it provides.

Refinished Grey Hutch

Refinished Grey Hutch

This turquoise mirror is also one of my Good JuJu finds.

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Little Girl’s Room

 

I custom ordered this bookshelf from a store called Bottoms Up Antique Market.  Bottoms Up has over 60 vendors and four floors.  The vendor had one bookshelf on the floor but could also make them the dimensions you need and with the metal finish you’d like.

Metal Shelf Accessorized

Metal Shelf Accessorized

The tar-stained wood was from a chicken barn and was unfinished, but after living with it for a while I decided to stain it.  The darker look just felt more like me and now I love it even more!

Rustic Stain

Rustic Stain

This milk crate came from a shop called Nook and Cranny.  I love the milk company’s name on the front.  I cleaned it up and filled it with some of my husband’s favorite adult bottles since we don’t have space in our home for an actual bar.  Father’s Day gift success!

Milk Crate

Milk Crate

 

My most recent purchase was this amazing gold ornate mirror at this month’s sale.  I literally walked/ran to it when I saw it from the doorway of the second floor at Bella Patina because I was so worried that someone else was seeing it at the same time I was.  It was seriously large Marge and although I had no idea where I was going to put it, I knew I had to have it and would figure it out.

Antique Mirror

Antique Mirror

My favorite store by far for antique & vintage shopping in the West Bottoms is Restoration Emporium.  Much of my smaller decorative items have come from here.  From mason jar soap dispensers to décor for every season and holiday, it has everything and is always our first stop.  I came across these vintage bug prints and knew they’d be perfect for my son Rowan’s camp-themed room.  I purchased the wood-grained finish frames from Ikea and hung them above his art table. If you only have time to visit one store in the West Bottoms, Restoration Emporium is a can’t miss.

Little Boy's Room

Little Boy’s Room

Thanks for checking out some of my favorite flea market finds! Hope they’ve inspired you to do some exploring and rethinking for your own home!

 

Office Chair Decision

Our ‘desk’ area got a quick revamp lately but we are still lacking the perfect chair.

Here are three options that I am deciding between – (I am thinking in 3′s because we are patiently awaiting our third little boy – hopefully arriving any moment.)

Option 1:

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This one is from World Market and on sale right now for $90 – down from 129.99.

Option 2:

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This one is a Craigslist find listed for $100.  Vintage.  Unique.  Pretty awesome.  Not to mention it is on wheels.

Option 3:

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You can never go wrong with a classic ghost chair.

What do you think??  Which one out of the three is your favorite?

 

 

Guest Post: Halle’s Navy and Pink Nursery

I’m on vacation this week, soaking up the sun, beach, and most importantly, my family. So, I’ve asked some talented friends to help out by providing posts this week. So excited to share them!

Navy and Pink must be the color of the season (did you see Katie’s fabulous navy and fucshia wedding?). My friend Lora also used that color scheme when creating her baby girl, Halle’s, nursery.

One of our friend’s moms, Stefanie, is a gifted designer. And she helped Lora design Halle’s perfect room. Check out these pics!

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I adore the white decals on the wall that create her white dots. And the framed monogram is so precious. Jill has one just like this on her front door!

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And instead of the traditional mobile over the crib, Lora and Stefanie gathered pink poms together, along with ribbon from Halle’s baby shower gifts. I love how fluffy they look! Halle gets to stare up at a bunch of pink clouds each night!

Non-traditional Mobile

Non-traditional Mobile

The navy and white chevron curtains make such a statement.

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Navy and Pink Nursery

 

And I love her tiny personalized pillow.

Personalized Pillow

Personalized Pillow

 

Etsy art with more chevron along with pink animals go perfectly next to her painted family dresser. Look at those knobs!

Painted dresser and Etsy Art

Painted dresser and Etsy Art

And there’s her precious son adoring his new baby sister framed on her dresser - I mean, doesn’t your heart just melt?

Etsy Art

Etsy Art

 

Thank you so much for sharing Lora! Love, love, love Halle’s room, and I’m so glad everyone else gets to see it now. Here’s Lora’s source list:

Puffs: Etsy, Fiesta Pom Pom

Monogram: Etsy

Frame for monogram: Hobby Lobby, painted white

Wall dot decals: Etsy

Dresser, buggy, and rocker: Family heirlooms painted

Framed art next to dresser: Etsy

Chevron drapes: Etsy

Crib bedding: Harper bedding from Potterybarn Kids

Personalized pillow: Etsy

 

 

Kid Room Design: Kingston’s Space

Throughout this week, I shared the final projects I needed to get done for my son Kingston’s room. First, there was the $10 locker makeover, which I showed you in this post. The shelving is from Target, and I decided to buy baskets to hold all his books instead of have them standing up. It’s easier for him to just throw his books in the cubbies at night instead of placing them orderly on a shelf. I’m sure all your kids are much better at keeping their books organized than mine.

School Locker Redefined

School Locker Redefined

Then, there was the curtain that I extended using fabric glue – eliminating the silly fan covering at the top of his window. The large iron vehicle art hanging next to his window are from Hobby Lobby. They have iron art 50% off every other week, so I got an amazing deal on these. His chair was a gift from several of my girlfriends for his first birthday – I will be so sad when he outgrows it.

Kingston's Curtain After

Kingston’s Curtain After

And finally, here’s the rest of his space. His bedding was made by my mother-in-law’s niece. I found a photo online from Pottery Barn Kids of the madras plaid bedding, and she was able to recreate it using fabric we found at Joanne’s Fabrics. The Pottery Barn Kids version is on sale right now if you’re interested in it as well.

The art above the bed was made by my incredibly-talented mom. She had purchased this large airplane art from Pottery Barn for her basement, and I asked her to recreate it – isn’t she awesome? This piece of art kicked off the theme for his room, which I decided could be vintage vehicles, planes, ships, and trains.

I love that his bedding and art were given to him by family. It just makes those pieces so special.

His bed was a purchase we made several years ago when we lived in St. Louis – we used it in our tiny guest room. We bought it at a discount store, and I don’t even remember the name of it now. It’s held up well, so we thought it was a nice step up from the toddler bed.

Kingston's Space - Homemade Bedding and Art

Kingston’s Space – Homemade Bedding and Art

Kingston is really artistic, just like my mom, and he comes home every day with loads of scrap paper from school with new creations on them. I wanted a way to display them easily and make them a centerpiece of his room. So I found some simple hooks at Target, screwed them into the wall, and tied Jute rope to it (you can find this at any craft store). With some wooden clothes pins, his art can hang all the time and be rotated whenever we get new items – which is pretty much every day.

The hubcabs above it are inexpensive finds from the West Bottoms Flea Market. Every time I’ve been there, I see several of these.

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His dresser is the original one we bought when he was first born from Babies R Us to double as a changing table (it had a whole thing on top to keep the changing pad in place). So we just removed the top part, replaced the wooden knobs with rustic-looking ones from Hobby Lobby, and it looks like a new piece.

The shelving is from Pottery Barn and was given to us as a wedding present eight years ago - we had registered for the invisible shelves and someone was kind enough to get them for us. However, over two moves, we lost the most important part of the shelves – the mechanism to hang them. So, we found some inexpensive brackets from Lowe’s, and my husband made them work. The shelves couldn’t go with the dresser any better. And I decorated them with family photos and goodies from Hobby Lobby found at half price. A few of the small cars were a gift from my dad. He found them in England while traveling for work and brought them back to Kingston for his room. What a nice papa.

Dresser Setup

Dresser Setup

When deciding on a wall color, we went with a rich tan and used all navy, red, and brown accents. His room feels so cozy to me, and I love the personal touches that make it his space. The most important thing is that he loves it, and we spend a lot of time in the evenings reading books in here.

My family is getting ready to leave for vacation tomorrow, and Jill is popping a baby out any day now! So we’ll have some guest posts next week, and I know you’ll love seeing the creativity of some of our fabulous friends. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

Next project – Kid Bookshelves

Liam is about to turn four and this little man has quite the book collection.  The collection is part in thanks to my friends gifting a book in lieu of a card when I had Liam’s baby showers and he receives an abundance of books from his grandparents along with others.  Great problem to have – but finding a new way to store this growing collection of  books is the design dilemma.

Currently, we rotate the books out every couple weeks and store them in his side table / night stand.

Side Table - Stores books / Vintage airplane

Side Table – Stores books / Vintage airplane

If you want to check out Liam’s entire room you can here.

The side table is “fine” but I am wanting a better solution that hold more books and of course on a friendly budget.

I stumbled upon a wonderful blog called The Aestate the other day and loved the bookshelves she just used for her daughters room.

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Don’t you love them?  Sort of doctor’s office-esque but that is another reason why I like them.

Simple.  Clear.  Inexpensive.  PERFECT.

You can find these puppies here and range from $8.75 per shelf to $13.50 per shelf depending on size.

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Add in some hardware costs – still a great solution to displaying books and making them easily accessible for little man to reach.  Hoping that he doesn’t think they are climbing mechanisms to scale the wall.

What do you think?!

Extend a Curtain Using Fabric Glue

So, in addition to adding a fun new locker to my son’s room this weekend, I also added a bit of length to his curtain using fabric glue. Kingston has a really long window in his bedroom, and it has a rounded top. When we moved in, that rounded space was filled with a fan-type window covering. It worked just fine for covering the window, but it let a ton of light in – not to mention it was absolutely caked with dust and honestly just didn’t really make sense to me. So, I decided to extend his curtains and get rid of the weird fan thing. My only problem was that I don’t know how to sew, and I didn’t have a ton of time (the whole project only took me an hour and a half).

Kingston's Curtain Before

Kingston’s Curtain Before

I got some fabric glue and plain white material out and got to work. When I started the project, I realized that applying the fabric glue directly to the fabric from the bottle was not the right method. The glue was way too noticeable – as you can see here, – so I decided to apply it more sparingly with a paint brush that I stole from Kingston’s art supplies. Thank you Kingston.

Fabric Glue to Extend Curtain

Fabric Glue to Extend Curtain

I measured the extra length I needed, and the width of the curtain. Then I decided how much extra I needed for the edging. Once I started cutting and gluing, it actually felt a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Extending a curtain using fabric glue

Extending a curtain using fabric glue

And the end result was totally worth it. The longer curtain just fills that wall and window so much better. And when we close it, the material keeps his room dark so much better. Don’t look too closely at the edging though, because you can see some of the glue through the material. If I had used thicker and/or darker fabric, you wouldn’t have been able to see it nearly as much.It’s not incredibly noticeable, so for a cheap fix to a little problem, it’s worth the imperfection.

Kingston's Curtain After

Kingston’s Curtain After

 

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Do you have a curtain that could be extended?

On Friday, I’ll show the rest of his room and the other personalized touches. Have a great rest of your week!

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