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Our Place: Bar Mirror

Maggie Stephens

I was thinking back to when we first bought this chest in Seattle about two years ago, and this was the mirror I'd pictured getting to hang over it. I'd kept it in the back of my mind since then, but what with moving and having more urgent decorating needs, it kept getting pushed to the back burner. Finally the stars aligned and I got to order my mirror. I think it's the perfect crown jewel to our little bar area. It's from Wisteria.

For more context, this is the whole of our dining room - just a fat hallway on the way to the tiny kitchen. To the left is our entry. Despite having those interrogation track lights above (how I long to swap in a pendant!), this is the darkest part of our apartment. I love that now the mirror bounces some natural light from our living room window at the other side of the room.

And while I'm not currently partaking in our bar's obvious purpose, my nesting instincts are loving using the chest as a place to store my ever-growing napkin collection, and our small collection of barware. The shelves to the sides have been the perfect place to show off some of my favorite wedding china and thrifted serving pieces.

Loving feeling like this little nook is nearing completion.

Just for Fun: Glam Safari Bedroom

Maggie Stephens

I had no intention of designing a room with a safari "theme" for today's post. The benches and zebra art were two of the first pieces I chose, along with the canopy bed. But somehow with the addition of the leather-arm chair that had a decidedly "Out of Africa" feel, the mood was undeniable. So here we are - though I think I added enough glam touches to make this less of a tent on the savannah and more of an elegant bedroom with just the air of the exotic.

Mostly I'm loving the neutral palette. With the warm woods and gold touches, a cool rug and refreshing whites were needed. The straight and modern lines of the bed, dresser, and glass vanity needed some curves to soften them - hence the patina'd feminine nightstands, and bone inlay chair at the vanity. As always, I like something "weird" or off-kilter, and those fab brass lamps are bringing it. I'm envisioning a soft lavender on the walls, lots of windows with soft white linen curtains. Perfect retreat whether at home or abroad.

Our Place: Baby Stephens Nursery Plan

Maggie Stephens

Naturally since finding out we were expecting, I've had our baby's first room on the mind. I had a pretty clear vision of the large furniture that fit whether we had a boy or a girl, and I had a rug picked out for each sex. Once we found out BOY I've been filling in the gaps.

As a reminder, we are in a two-bedroom apartment. The second bedroom is currently my office, and also our "hobby" room with our guitars and art supplies and such. Most of the office pieces will move to our bedroom (more on that later) so we'll have two small bookshelves left over plus what you see below. We're using the curtains I already have.

*note - we haven't really started purchasing yet, so some elements may change. Dresser shown is an example of what we're looking for at the flea market. Glider is similar to one we chose that I can't find an image of online. I already hate that blue pouf I showed (hormones, haha), so that will be changing. But this is a pretty good idea of the direction we're heading!

I'm not a fan of "themed" rooms (all the pregnancy forums I've peeked at are debating "under the sea" or "rodeo" themes, etc. and I run away!). All the nurseries I've designed for clients have been theme-less, but with a basic color scheme. Mine doesn't even have that... loosely red and blue, I suppose. But I'm pretty confident that it will come together and be a fun and engaging place for our little guy. And with renting, can move to our next home with minimal changes.

So excited to have it start coming together! Hope to start ordering pieces (we got the red shelf already) in a month or two. Unless nesting kicks in early...

A brand new year!

Maggie Stephens

Well I certainly didn't mean to take such an extended blog break! But stepping back for a bit has been good for me, and I do feel a bit more refreshed.

We took a glorious two weeks off at Christmas and New Years - spent most of our time in Washington State visiting family, and a few days on our own in Seattle, staying at our wedding hotel! It was a wonderful trip, but we were also glad to have a few days of downtime at home before work started back up again in 2015!

Meanwhile, new clients, new projects, and the beginning of tax season have been taking up most of my work-day, while another personal development has been grabbing at my attention as well...

That's right, we're adding a baby boy to our household around the end of July! Now that I'm firmly in my second trimester, I'm finally feeling a little more human and a little less of a zombie, and hopefully my rediscovered energy will be channeled into some new blog posts! Already working on one with our nursery plans in it.

Hope you have been well and had a wonderful holiday season and start to your new year! I didn't even make New Year's Resolutions this time around. But in whole I'm feeling pretty optimistic about 2015 :)