Monday, February 26, 2018

Making Over the Master Bedroom....Again....Part I

Well I'm back at it again with the bedroom...
I think it's safe to say, that it's one room that I'm never satisfied with. I don't think I have ever had a bedroom that I just absolutely loved.
So I have been on a mission to create a cozy bedroom that I love. 
For the past few years our bed has been between the windows, which I thought I loved, but I really never did. It left the wall to the west looking so large and blank. 
If it's one thing I hate, it's an empty large wall.
So I decided to move the bed back to that west wall, we originally had the bed like 
this when we first moved in. I really started to think about this layout more and more when I found out I was pregnant.Especially since I will need to fit a cradle or a bassinet in one of the corners. I wanted a room that would flow well and the layout that would provide the most space.
One of my very first projects was installing this faux brick panel wall, it never really turned out that great and honestly I regret putting it in... but it's one of those things, I didn't really know what I wanted and surely didn't have a plan as to how I wanted things to look.
When we put it up, I caulked the seams, but that was probably 3 or 4 years ago, and our house settle pretty good, so needless to say, you see the seams, and it's pretty obvious it's fake.
Such is life. At one point I asked my husband to take it down over last summer, but we had bolted it to the wall pretty good and I could tell he just really didn't want to, so I let it go.
 When we moved the bed back, I decided to try and salvage this accent wall by adding spackling paste to add texture and create a plastered looking, vintagey brick wall.
I started by adding spackle to the seams and working my way out to create a  random pattern, covering seams, screw holes and some of the seams between the actually brick pattern...
 I'm taking my time and spakling a little bit each day. Once I'm done I will paint it the same color as the walls, which is Bher Silver Polish.
I moved our red rug that I bought last year into the room.
 I would actually like to purchase a more neutral one eventually,
 but right now with the baby coming soon, other financial matters are obviously priority....
I did move the fireplace and my gold mirror into the bedroom.  I have always wanted a fireplace in our bedroom, they just feel so cozy. As you can see I need to repaint, when I repainted last time, I did not move the bed and just painted around it. 
 Ya, I know....LAZY...
So my next step will be to paint that wall, I haven't decided if I want to shiplap that wall or 
maybe just behind the fireplace?
Obviously since I robbed the fireplace from the living room, 
I will be building a new one in there... I can't wait!
 Placing the bed against the west wall, really allows so much more room.
And I love walking in and seeing the fire place and that gorgeous gold mirror.
Plus it really opens up access to the windows and allows them to 
be opened and closed so much easier, and I love allowing natural light to filter in!

So for the most part, the bedroom is in the layout I want, and it just needs some final touches.
I want to put a pretty chair where the pile of junk is by the fireplace.
I want to get a new duvet cover, something simple and probably white.
Maybe add some shiplap or some kind of wood detail to the fireplace area.
I plan to add textures with some throws, flowers and some lovely pillows.
 In this sad little corner, is where I will revamp and add a sweet little baby nook.
I will remove that corner cabinet and put a sweet little bassinet and canopy.
I will figure out some kind of decor for the dresser, 
even tho nothing I put there ever looks good to me.
And I will figure out another place to house my fan and purifier... a little less out of sight... however...I can't sleep without the noise.
I will have updates soon!
Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 23, 2018

18 weeks

Today I am officially 18 weeks!
So far so good, my motion sickness has subsided and as long as I stay away from fried foods, 
I don't get any upset tummies.

My energy is coming back and I'm ready to start working on projects around the house again,
I'm making some changes to my decor, 
some finalization and some decor color choices that I can live with long term. 
I decided a long time ago I would quit my job when I became a mom, so since I won't have extra money anymore, I won't be changing my home decor as frequently as I used too. Well, I really won't be changing it all...

So I will have some projects coming up on the blog soon that are more decor focused.
So fret not, I'm not turning into a mommy blog...although you will see some of that...

We find out Monday if we are having a little boy or girl, 
so once we know we will start making choices for the nursery. 
However I am going to save the nursery for the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE 
that will start in April. I'm so excited, I can't wait to find out what we are having!
We really don't have a preference and the nursery won't change much, really just whether or not we need bunny wall paper or floral wall paper:)

I'll let you know the good news soon!
Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Oh Baby!

Look out world, cause shit just got real!
That's right friends, we are having a first child and we couldn't be any more excited, nervous and bit overwhelmed... but I'm sure that's nothing new for any new parent.
I have been so quiet lately and if you follow me on IG @raisingafarmhouse then this isn't new to you... but I wanted to put it on here, just for those who don't follow me on social media.
Today I am officially 16 weeks and so far so good.
Because I am 36 years old, I'm considered "Advanced Maternal" which means I'm high risk for certain genetic abnormalities. If you haven't ever heard of this term before,  any woman over the age of 35 is considered Advanced Maternal... basically in the world of pregnancy and doctors your womb is considered archaic, and you are treated as such.
The only benefit to being considered Advanced Maternal is,
 I get extra Ultra Sounds and all of these Ultrasounds are 4D.
 Which is pretty neat, even tho you can't really see much at this point.
However, I currently have about two apts. per month, which I have been told the normal is 1, so going from...pretty much Never going to the doctor, to going every two weeks is quite the adjustment.
And I have been offered every genetic test under the sun,
 which tends to start to defeat the good vibes of the pregnancy.
Our second Ultra Sound, which was performed at a High Risk Perinatal center went extremely well. Because they found nothing out of the ordinary, I declined any further testing. My personal belief is I would never terminate because the child wasn't perfect, so to me it doesn't matter.

Knowing or not knowing doesn't change anything to me personally.
I did not want to stress myself out in this pregnancy and I did a lot of research, and the only sure fire way to know if there are any abnormalities is to perform a amniocentesis, which carries a risk of miscarriage. Again, my mind thoughts were "so what if it does" it still doesn't change a thing, it's our child and we will love it. Period. The End.
In 2014 we had a miscarriage, we were not trying and I honestly had no idea I was pregnant at the time. I had just starting working for Hobby Lobby as a Photo Stylist and it was the worse and most stressful/physically demanding job I had ever had. I have no doubt in my mind that the stress and physical labor contributed to my miscarriage. And because of my raging hormones, I ended up being forced to quit. That's another story for another time... but Hobby Lobby is not what you think it is... or maybe it is... it always depends on our perception right...
Needless to say, I didn't know I was pregnant until I had a miscarriage, which never affected me until I got pregnant this go around and the extreme paranoia of losing this baby kicked in. So, as much as I gripe about being made to feel so old for a first child, I am extremely grateful for all the extra attention I do receive, and thus far, we are expected to bring a healthy baby into this world around July 27, 2018.
I find out the sex at the end of this month... I honestly have no preference, I just want a healthy happy and well rounded human being:)
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Farmhouse Christmas

Hello and Welcome to Raising a Farmhouse!
I am so excited to be apart of It's a Wonderful House Christmas Hop
I hope you enjoyed your tour of  Leana's beautiful home from Fairies and Faunas.
and I want to give a special thanks to Olivia  from Reinvented Collection for putting on this Christmas Eye Feast! So much talent in one blog hop, I can hardly stand it!
Sooo... Can you believe we just wrapped up Thanksgiving 2017?!?
I know right, it's almost insane, I mean this year is just flying by! But I ain't mad... cause I kind of have some exciting things happening in the new year so I'm kind of pumped to get the ball rolling... I'll share more soon... oh I know, your holding your breathe right?;)
So let's get into the spirit shall we?
This year the Farmhouse got a lot of new touches added it to it.
I moved this fireplace which used to be in the living room...well it kind of still is.. the house is super open, but now it's where my hutch used to be in the dining room...
 and now the hutch is in the kitchen...
Lots of moving...and never being completely satisfied... such is the life of a chronic decorator...
Can we talk about Walmart for a sec? Are they stepping up there game or what?
I got this gorgeous tree there for $69? You heard me... and the garland was like $12.99 and it ain't crappy... Walmart for the win!
I kept the mantle simple again this year... I plan to eventually move this fireplace into the bedroom and create a new faux fireplace for the living room... ugh...I create so much work for myself it makes me sick at times... but, I want a certain look on a certain budget and that means I gotta get busy...
I picked up some ticking stripe napkins from Hobby Lobby... don't look to close... you won't see all the silverware.... he he... I didn't want to wait for the dishwasher and I was running out of day light...on account to waiting to the last minute to snap my photos...
I know your not judging me tho...
so it's all good... 
Do you just love these swans? I got them from At Home and just fell in love with them... after I brought them home, I was like .... what in the hell am I going to do with these massive ass swans?
Pardon my French... but for real....
But I think  they look lovely on the table.
The kitchen didn't get much attention, I will be gussying that up soon...

Notice anything new? Ummmm... like the whole living room...
I'm talking new sofa, coffee table, accent chairs... new painted Entertainment Center and let's not forget that studly painting of a horse.

Which something like that horse painting is usually not my cup of tea, but man when I saw it... I fell in love with it.. it reminded me of those novels I used to read when I was a kid about those horses, I think it was called Black Beauty or something... I was obsessed when I was about 10 or 11... but it totally reminded me of that and I just had to have it.

And good bye stained Entertainment Center... I won't miss you... at all...

You can read more about that project here

And we took down the Ceiling Fan, can I get an Amen!

I mean finally! This light fixture was the one that I had originally bought for the dining room, it used to be black, but it got a fresh coat of Rustoleom Metallic Gold.

And oh my gosh... do I love it!

I'm loving the whole new look of our living room, I feel like I always say that... but  we decided to change it out and have less white... don't get me wrong, I love white... and I put that linen tufted sofa upstairs for now...

But... for now I'm digging all my greys and greiges... if you will;)



So here is a peek at the Laundry Room that has taken me for ever to finish... one day I'll do a proper tour of the whole thing, it's done... I've just been too lazy to clean it...

So for now I crammed all the crap behind those doors and you get this lovely shot:)

What do you think of my green door? It's different right... I wanted something fun and since this isn't a room you see from all angles, I decided to be a little more quirkier than usual...

We are still loving our new outdoor space!
You can read about more of our 
One Room Challenge Here when you have some time!
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas Tour of the Farmhouse and hope you will be back soon!
Have a Fantastic Holiday Season and you can follow me on 
IG @raisingafarmhouse for daily updates and shenanigans!
Next On your Tour is Olivia with Reinvented Collection
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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