Hacking a Tiny Play Kitchen

If you are parents then you probably know all about what an awesome deal the Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen is. It's small, cute, relatively easy to assemble, and super easy to hack. And that's exactly what we did for Adeline's Winter Solstice gift this year. I checked out a bunch of Pinterest ideas, talked design with Keith, bought supplies, and we started working on it about two weeks out. First tip: this is a little labor intensive.


We decided to paint the kitchen the same gray as Adeline's bedroom accent wall (Benjamin Moore's Platinum Gray), leave the oven door white, and paint the microwave the coral color from her accent wall (Benjamin Moore's Tangerine Dream). I want this kitchen to grow with her, so we decided that putting a little time into really giving it an unique look was worth it in the long run. I covered the counters in a Marble Adhesive Contact Paper that I found on Amazon and painted all the door knobs, sink, faucet and outside of the stove top with Rustoleum's Metallic Hammered Spray Paint (in copper, though now I'm kind of wishing I had done copper rose).


I did not think to take a ton of step-by-step photos so I'll talk you through the few that I have and share some more tips along the way. The very first thing that I did was pull the entire thing apart and figure out which pieces needed to be painted and what weren't going to be seen. I covered the counter-top with the adhesive faux marble contact paper and made sure to leave the holes on the bottom side of it uncovered. I don't have any photos of this process, because it was definitely the most challenging and 100% a "fly by the seat of my pants" application. I didn't want to risk cutting the holes for the top of the counter-top (for the faucet) and make them too big, so that I actually left for after the counter-top was adhered. It is very much like wrapping a gift. I'd recommend adding some clear packaging tape to the (not seen) bottom of the counter to insure it's adhered, and you may also need some clear tape on the edges to keep them in place. You can't see them unless you look really close on mine, but the tape is totally there.
Tip: A second pair of hands and credit card for smoothing out bubbles would definitely come in handy for this part.


The next step before you start painting is priming. Zinsser is not only my favorite primer on the market, but if you do a google search for what to prime Ikea furniture specifically with, this is the primer everyone will tell you to use. They do have a Zero VOC option, which I have never tried, but that may definitely be worth checking out if you're concerned about paint fumes. We applied their low VOC oil primer with a paint brush outside, since it is still a little more fumy than the Benjamin Moore paint we used. It only needed one coat of primer and took to the piece great. Here was actually where I made my first mistake. For some reason, I didn't prime the door knobs, sink, and faucet. Don't be me. Prime every single thing.

We gave the primer 48 hours to fully set, then started painting. The painting is pretty straight forward. We used a paintbrush (rather than a roller) and it took two coats to fully adhere. We actually primed the oven door to de-gloss the piece and left it like that. We did one coat, lightly sanded it, and then applied a second coat. I love the low gloss look, and knowing that if it needs touching up in the future, it's an easy fix.  I used green Frog Tape on the stove, oven and microwave doors while painting and then made sure to remove before paint had fully dried to prevent sticking. I spray painted the door knobs, utensil hooks, sink, faucet and outside of the stove top with the copper paint. This is actually my biggest regret with the piece, because I had to spray-paint outside due to the fumes, it was a bit too cold to be painting, and the spray-paint did not adhere well. It ran down (especially the faucet and sink), formed globs and looked terrible. We had to sand everything and re-spray twice, but if I could re-do that one thing, I would have primed them all first and waited for a nicer day to paint.

The last two things we did were drill three holes above the oven for stove "dials" and drill new holes for the one cabinet handle to be on the side instead of at the top. I wanted to break up the matching door pull look, and it was pretty simple to just drill new holes and then putty in the original ones on top. The stove top dials were a Black Friday sale and are now sold out, but Anthropologie has lots of other great options. Then we started assembly. That is pretty straight forward and you just need to follow the instructions. The only extra step is based on the marble contact paper if you also didn't put holes for the faucet before adhering it, like me. I just used a flat head screwdriver to poke holes from the bottom of the counter through the top (for the faucet). It made for a tight fit and worked perfectly. Lastly, I glued the sink in place with a thin line of Gorilla Glue.


We are really happy with the finished look and Adeline absolutely loves her kitchen! In the next month or so, I plan to add a sheet of thin plywood to the open back with adhesive faux subway tile contact paper, a hook on the side for her play apron, and eventually hack the oven door to open like an actual oven with shelves that slide out. I am really happy with the 90% final design though, and I'm definitely enjoying having "freshly baked cookies" at our tea parties every day.

Revision: If you are interested in hacking this play kitchen for your kids, I came up with three different design ideas along with price estimates for each. This a really easy piece to make your own, so have fun with it!

My first design idea was for a "modern", simpler play kitchen. For this one, I thought you could actually leave the body of it pretty much as is, but swap out the handles for something a little more streamlined and less chunky, spray-paint the oven and microwave door a metallic blue or light pink (depending on your room's color scheme), and add a thin plywood sheet to the back opening painted with any variation of chalkboard paints you can find at Home Depot. You would need a power screwdriver with drill bits to add new holes, plus putty to fill in the old holes, for the new drawer pulls.

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Sources: 1. Ikea Play Kitchen. 2. Rust-oleum Pearl Metallic Spray Paint. 3. Satin Nickel Drawer Pull. 4. Rust-oleum Chalkboard Paint (Matte Charcoal). 5. Ikea Duktig Utensil Set. 6. Melissa & Doug Fridge Play Food. 7. Avril Loreti Modern Home Tea Towel.

This next design might just be my favorite, but I'm a total sucker for copper (plus how gorgeous are those drawer pulls?!?). If you have a very soft color palette, this may be a good choice for you. This one could easily sway less feminine by swapping out the tea towel for something in yellow or crimson. This one is a bit more labor intensive than the first one. I was envisioning this having the bottom portion painted a light gray, the top a creamy white, swapping out the cabinet pull for that copper and pearl knob, the oven and microwave pulls for a glass/copper pull, covering the counter-top with a light marble contact paper, and spray-painting the faucet and sink that metallic copper color to tie in with the new pulls. I thought that plush tea set from Land of Nod would be a fun, sweet addition.

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Sources: 1. Ikea Play Kitchen. 2. Rust-oleum Metallic Spray Paint (Copper Enamel). 3. Mother of Pearl Knob. 4. Rock Candy Handle. 5. Low VOC Paint & Primer in One (Behr French Gray). 6. Marble Contact Paper. 7. Party Guests Tea Set. 8. Yao Cheng Floral Tea Towel.

My final play kitchen was entirely designed around a Tile Self Adhesive Paper I spotted on Home Depot's site. How cute would this be in a more southwestern inspired home (or a western-themed nursery/play room)?!? This one is a little more labor intensive than the first two, as it does involve adding a piece of plywood and back-splash as well as painting. This one I was envisioning painting the majority that tan color (#6) so it ties in more with the back-splash, then painting the counter-top a deep gray color (almost like a concrete counter). I would probably leave the oven and microwave white (or maybe spray-paint them to match the sink, faucet and drawer pulls). I thought it would probably really sweet to swap out the cabinet pull for that leather one, and fill the top open cabinets and hooks with those wooden mugs and utensils I found on Etsy. Lastly, add a thin sheet of plywood and adhere the contact paper as a back-splash that inspired this all. 

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2018 Word of the Year

I am sure you wait with bated breath every year for my "word of the year", (*please note the sarcastic tone*) but first let's do a quick recap of this past year. 2017 was the "year of firsts". I dyed my hair blue, got my first color tattoo, bought my first business, and taught my first Fit4Mom class. Adeline took her first steps, celebrated her first birthday, got her first full-size bedroom, and said her first sentences. Keith shaved his head, wrapped his first solo editing gig, went to his first film festivals (Sundance and Toronto), and went snowboarding for the first time in his 30's. We wore our first family Halloween costume, took our first (multiple states) road trip, and moved into a new apartment as a family for the first time. All in all, it was a good year.


2017 was also a challenging year for us though. I was diagnosed with Diastasis Recti, started getting migraines again after two years of respite, we put ourselves under financial strain, and we're all three finishing the year with back-to-back group colds. I love the idea of fresh starts, new opportunities, and clean slates, so without further adieu, starting tomorrow our new "word of the year" is Health. 2018 will be the year we start taking better care of ourselves, each other, our finances, and our careers. 2018 will be the "year of health" - emotional, personal, financial, and career.


I want 2018 to be a BIG, exciting year. A year full of growth, new opportunities, celebration, overcoming obstacles, and so much more. There is a lot that goes into focusing on multiple goals all at once though. In the past, I've typically tried to accomplish one thing each month that focuses on my overarching goal of the year. Next year, there are multiple big-hairy-audacious goals that I hope to accomplish, so just one task per month simply will not do. I haven't laid it all out yet, but Keith's and my plan this evening after dinner is to write out our overarching goals within each of those categories I listed above (emotional, personal, financial, and career) and then break it down into smaller goals for each month that will help us work toward achieving those. I found a variety of career roadmaps online, and this was a visual that I really liked. What are some of the steps that must be taken to achieve one's goals?


I am a detail-oriented person. I am not a big picture person. I have a rough idea of where I might like to be 10 years from now. I have a rough idea of what I might like my career to look like, my marriage, my parenting style, my relationship with my daughter, and where I might like to live. But I've never really sat down and mapped out all the steps it would take to get there. Partially because living in NYC would never have been on my life roadmap five years ago. And I really, really love that it wound up being part of our adventure. I want to keep the doors open to various possibilities, alternative routes, windows opening where doors close. All of that stuff. But, I also think that achieving certain goals starts by taking action.

And that is what this post, this evening's roadmapping, and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone to look at the big picture is all about. I want to end next year feeling stronger, healthier, happier, well loved, and debt-free. Since I haven't mapped it all out yet, I don't know entirely what it all looks like just yet, but here are a few initial rough ideas. Please keep in mind that I know this is not perfect, and may not be entirely the best process for goal setting. It's a work in progress, just like me.

My 2018 BHAG

Emotional // Set aside "me" time daily - reading, bathtime, meditation, exercise, etc.

Personal // Focus on my marriage - date nights, counseling, weekly check-ins, etc. Focus on my nutrition - how what I'm putting in my body makes me feel and affects my fitness goals. Eliminate (or at least reduce) migraines and illnesses. Establish new and improved habits.

Financial // Build back up our savings to where it was at beginning of 2017. Have better sense of where our money goes. Reduce unnecessary expenditures.

Career // Make a business plan and partner with people that hold me accountable for taking steps toward making it happen. Determine where my strengths lie and hire people to fill areas that aren't within that realm. Establish a work routine.

I can't wait to share more as this all continues to unfold! I'll also be sharing updates on my personal Instagram (for family & close friends), on Facebook (for a wider audience), and hopefully on more posts like this one. Next steps? Please comment below with your favorite meditations, journals, blogs, podcasts, recipe books, documentaries, books, articles, etc that focus on all these areas that fall within the realm of healthy living.

Happy New Year! Happy goal setting! Cheers to your health, happiness, and prosperity in 2018. Thank you, as always, for following along on my journey. xoxo

Migraines and Diastasis

A better title for this post might have been "Is my body falling apart?", but questions don't necessarily make the best blog post titles. I am writing this almost six weeks into my diastasis recovery process (read all about that here) and two months into my migraine homeopathic recovery process. Yes, that's a whole lot of self-care going on. If you know me at all, you probably know that self-care is my biggest challenge. I love working out and drink a lot of water daily, but anything beyond that (sleep, food, stress, etc) I struggle. This and my last post have been possibly some of my hardest to write. I'm not exactly an "open book" kind of person, but part of the process of taking care of yourself is being open about your needs and sharing with others, so here goes.

I think my migraines started four years ago. They became a monthly occurrence, and eventually, I started tracking when they started, what I ate and drank, how much I had slept, how stressed I was, etc. I met with various doctors, neurologists, had x-rays and cat scans done, tried various prescription medications, most of which barely helped. I was told by three doctors that the birth control pill can cause migraines, and since we wanted to have a kid, I got off of it. And sometime later, got pregnant. I hadn't had a migraine since, until six months ago. Migraines with a toddler at home are a sick joke. Parents have enough to deal with, without migraines. Ugh. So, so bad.

Anyway, I started the research and elimination process again, but here's the thing, I don't drink alcohol anymore, I sleep a little more now than I used to, and I'm just as stressed as I've ever been. So why now? Hormones, I guess. Hormones suck. I wasn't about to go back to a neurologist as I didn't find them particularly helpful last time, and I didn't like the migraine medications. So I started doing research in homeopathic migraine treatments. I had heard positive things about acupuncture, so I started there, which led me to craniosacral therapy (read more about that here). I had never heard of that treatment before, but I'd had really great experiences with Slope Wellness in the past and am open to trying new things (especially in the Year of Firsts).

So, my First for last month was (obviously) going to my first Craniosacral Therapy session. I went one week before I am most prone to migraines and a second appointment two days before. And it totally seemed to help! Instead of my typical waves of aura, then nausea, then pain, I only experienced little flashes of pain and light behind my eyes for a few hours. I have my third appointment tomorrow, but yesterday I started experiencing the migraine nausea. It never went beyond that though, and I used some Saje Peppermint Halo oil around my hairline, on my neck and shoulders, which significantly decreased the nausea. I had a little bit again this morning, reapplied the essential oil and it immediately went away. Pretty exciting! The massage therapist also has me lightly rolling the back of my head and neck with a foam roller, which I'm trying to remember to do daily, and that seems to help mainly with the tension that builds up there. 

EDIT: Shortly after finishing this post, I took a long hot bath and wound up staying up until 11 PM watching the final episode of Outlander on our iPad. Bad move during a migraine week. I woke up the next morning with increased nausea and light head pangs. By 11 AM, my migraine was in full swing, but thankfully Keith was home for this one. He took over with Adeline and I took two ice packs to the bedroom, turned off all the lights, blocked out the noise with earplugs and placed the ice packs on my head and back of my neck. I wound up napping off and on for three hours. Keith brought me chamomile tea and oatmeal, both of which I barely touched. I was able to get out of bed around 4 PM, prep for a fitness class I was teaching, taught around 7:30 PM, came home and went right back to bed with more ice packs. I'm feeling better today but definitely learned my lesson on scheduling my craniosacral appointments later and how important it is to stay off the computer and phone during a migraine week.

On another health-related note, I'm heading into week six of my diastasis treatment program and am so completely over this splint. I've finally gotten to a point where I don't feel like my guts are going to fall out whenever I take it off to change or shower. Yes, that's seriously how it felt in the beginning. I feel stronger and have very little to no back or hip pain like I had been experiencing before. But honestly, feeling better also makes me feel more ready to toss it aside and start exercising again, which is tough as I don't have my next check-up until next week. The good news is at my last check-up two weeks ago, I had moved from a deep diastasis to shallow-medium and from 4 fingers wide to 2 / 2.5. If you have no idea what that means, go back and read my last post!

I'll end this note on a slightly more fun kick and tell you my last First for this year - we're driving to Wisconsin with Adeline for the first time ever! Yes, we're going to take our time. Yes, it's a long drive. Yes, there might be snow on the roads. Yes, our daughter sometimes gets carsick. Yes, we're a little bit crazy. Wish us luck!

p.s. I promise apartment photos and updates post-holidays once the tree is gone and decor has been put away again. Stay tuned!

Thirty-One Weeks in the Making

This post has been several weeks in the making, or 31 weeks in the making, depending on how you look at it. It's a hard one to write, there are a lot of emotional aspects, but I'll try my best to not over-dramatize. About a month ago, I invited a Physical Therapist (that specializes in pelvic floor and Diastasis Recti) to my Our Village playgroup that happens after Stroller Strides. These are both areas not spoken enough about in the postpartum arena, and my clients had expressed a lot of interest. The PT offered to check all my clients for Diastasis, there was certainly a range of levels and depths, but I almost didn't bother to have her check me. I have been experiencing back and joint pain, particularly when trying to run beyond 4-5 miles, but I thought "surely I'm fine". 

I was the last one to get checked, and apparently had the deepest and widest gap of anyone. If you don't know what that means, here is a visual representation to show how your ab muscles should be, to properly support you and keep your organs in place. And next to it is what happens during pregnancy and childbirth. I've read a lot of articles, researched a lot of treatments since then. I decided to get a second Physical Therapist's opinion and she actually expressed surprise that I wasn't having more issues for how weak and deep my separation and muscles are. As a prenatal / postnatal Fitness Instructor, that was probably the lowest point for me. 

My immediate reaction were feelings of shame, regret, anxiety, and mostly guilt. I felt irresponsible, like I had steered my early postnatal clients in the wrong direction. If I didn't know how to prevent and properly heal Diastasis, then who was I to be talking to them about pelvic floor, engaging their cores, belly breaths, proper form, etc during fitness classes? 

When I went to my first physical therapy appointment, the Physical Therapist talked about their program, the Tupler Technique, took my measurements, before photos for comparison, taught me how to put on the splint and explained that it had to be worn 24/7 for 6 weeks (except to shower). Then she told me no exercise outside of the PT ones. My heart fell. No exercise for 6 weeks?!? I started to tear up. Not only do I love to exercise, but it also helps me naturally manage my depression that flares up from time to time, helps me sleep better, and keeps my energy high and mood swings low. I pushed those emotional responses down, reminded myself how important self-care is and of my end goal to be able to run another Half Marathon eventually with no back pain. Then I asked the hard question. 

Was this my fault? 

Did I push myself too hard? Too soon? Too fast? Did I do too much? Not enough? Did I gain too much weight? Had I not lost it quickly enough? Had I done this to myself? 

She gently assured me that I didn't do anything wrong. Of course there are always things we could do differently. I could have gone to a Physical Therapist during pregnancy. I could have worn the splint with extenders and learned how to properly breathe and gently pull my belly button up and in, my ribs gently toward one another. I could have done this throughout pregnancy and continued immediately after giving birth. I shouldn't have been doing burpees, front planks, push-ups, crunches. I could have learned to get up and down from a bed, the floor, a chair correctly. But I didn't know any of this during or right after my pregnancy. My obgyn never mentioned a thing during, immediately after or at my 6-week postpartum check-up. Most obgyn's don't even know how to check for Diastasis and don't specialize in Pelvic Floor recovery. I learned about these things during my Fit4Mom training, and at that point, I assumed I had properly healed and those concerns no longer applied directly to me. 

I have gradually started sharing with my clients of my diagnosis, as it does make teaching certain moves more challenging. I've been showing less intense options, explaining how to increase intensity, and then helping correct form and technique. I've asked more advanced and experienced clients, or even my instructors sometimes, to demonstrate core moves for the rest of the class. The last clients I've started sharing this with take Stroller Strides, my earlier postnatal mamas. I still feel shame. I still worry they will look at me differently, question my postnatal knowledge. This sits with me daily and some days weighs me down more than even this awful, uncomfortable splint.

The splint makes a lot of my daily life more challenging. It makes it hard to bend side to side and bend down to pick up things. It makes sitting for stretches of time very uncomfortable. It digs into my ribs, cuts into my hips, presses on my bladder, catches on my clothing. The velcro comes apart throughout the day and rubs together when I walk. Dogs can probably hear me coming from a mile away. I'm on week three of the treatment and even called the PT the other day to check if I should be having so many issues. She said unfortunately that bringing your ab muscles gradually back together is an uncomfortable process, and wearing a tank top both beneath and over the splint may help with some of rubbing issues. Thank goodness it's cold here so layering isn't a problem. I just feel like a stuffed bird now with two tanks, a splint, and at least one additional layer on top of those three. 

Okay, so maybe this post is starting to go off the deep end a bit. Week three has been hard. I'm worried it won't work. I'm worried I might need surgery. I'm worried I'll go through all this and never run past 5 miles. And I miss working out with a deep, dull, constant ache. I miss running the most. 

If you're wondering at this point why I'm doing this at all if it's so dang miserable, this is why. I want to believe I can improve this. I want so badly for my entire body to not ache regularly. I want to set a good example for my clients. I want to set a good example for my daughter that it's important to take care of yourself. I want to prioritize self-care. I want to start off the New Year feeling stronger than ever. I can't wait to put on my running shoes again, go for a light 3-mile run, and my lower back to not slowly tense as I push myself up that large hill on the eastern portion of Prospect Park. 

Unicorn Apartment, Design Scheme

You didn't think I would be too busy to come up with an entire design plan for our new apartment, did you? If you read my last post then you know that we're moving into a new apartment in October. And we're totally calling it the "unicorn apartment", because we seriously cannot believe we got this place and we're still a little bit waiting for something to go wrong. It just seems to dang good to be true. Here's the rundown on our new place: it's an actual 2/1 (vs 1 1/2 we currently rent = closet off the 1-bedroom), it's in a larger apartment building and about 60% of the apartments are owned (including ours by the couple renting it to us). There's a gym, laundry room, stroller lobby parking, storage lockers and a bike room. The apartment has a big open living/dining room, a beautiful kitchen, and gorgeous original hardwood floors. While you wait anxiously for actual photos of the space (soon!), here is my design inspiration for the new apartment: 

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I've been pretty in love with navy and grays for a while. There are a lot of blues, yellow, and gray in our current apartment decor so thankfully that will all tie in well with the new place (and keep new purchase costs down). Since I don't currently have photos to share, I thought I'd show you the floor plan instead.


When you walk into the apartment, that long hallway has really pretty built-in bookshelves and a shoe storage bench plus a hallway coat and utility closet. The larger bedroom, which will be Adeline's room, is just off the hallway and nearest to the bathroom. You walk under an arched doorway to enter what will be the living/dining/my office area and the kitchen is just off of that room. The smaller of the two bedrooms, which will be our master is also off that large room and it's placement was our decision behind it being our bedroom. We went back and forth on this, but after I used Pottery Barn's room planning tool, we realized it was still enough space for our queen bed, dresser and Keith's desk. Our room will be much more sparse than it currently is, but that's all we really need and it will challenge us to be more creative with side tables and storage. 

To give you an idea of what we plan to take to the new place, here is what our living room currently looks like:

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The majority of the new purchases will be in our largest room, the living/dining/office combo. You can see the basic layout plan for this room in the bottom left corner of the below design board (these were all created with Pottery Barn's room planning tool). We plan to keep our gray Ikea loveseat in the picture above, but would also love to buy a modern, comfortable fold-out couch for the new much larger living room. We'll also keep our black tv stand, those pouffes above, the side storage table, and rug. Here's the current design inspiration for the living room and office area: 

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I love our current living room rug, but it'll definitely be too small for the new living room. I'd like to keep it and use it in our dining room area, so I plan to start rug shopping as soon as we're in the new place. I really like the idea of adding more touches of coral and navy to the new apartment, so I'd love to find a rug similar to the one in that bottom right corner above. Also, I haven't sat on that navy couch yet, but can you believe that is a fold-out couch? Major swoon. Next up, the dining area that shares the living room/office space: 

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We recently bought that Ikea table for more dining space, and Keith painted the legs and base a deep greenish-gray last weekend. He plans to stain the top this weekend, and I'm excited to move the finished piece to our new place. We both like the idea of chairs on one side of the table and a bench on the other, and since we don't have one yet, this is a piece I'll be starting to shop around for as well. I'd kind of like something soft and upholstered, but I don't know if that's a terrible idea with sticky kid fingers. The same goes for the chairs. I don't love our current white and pine chairs, and that blue West Elm one above is really calling to me. New dining chairs aren't really in the budget for this year though, but maybe next year. 

Next up in the design plan, is the master bedroom. This is the smaller of the two bedrooms, but it's just off the living room and we didn't want to worry about keeping up Adeline when we're watching a movie, I'm working late in the office area, or we have guests visiting and sleeping on our fold-out couch. Here is what our current bedroom looks like: 


We love this storage bed, so we definitely plan to bring it to the new space, but our room will be a bit tight for that giant storage headboard we have on the right side of the bed. We plan to sell that and buy a regular queen-sized headboard to serve as an actual headboard (see below). We also probably won't be able to use our current side tables (at the back of the room under the window), but might hold onto them temporarily as we actually hacked those about five years ago for our Austin house and still really like them. We'll definitely be bringing that dark blue dresser (bottom left corner) and are hoping to use that gray chair (right corner) in either Adeline's new bedroom or the living room. I don't know if that rug will work with the new design plan I'm envisioning, but we have an office rug we might swap out. Here's the master bedroom design board: 

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This is a pretty small space that will serve as both our bedroom and Keith's office space, so we're cramming a lot of function into this room. As I mentioned above, we plan to swap out the headboard and buy a smaller one that goes behind the bed. Thankfully we have those giant bookshelves in the hallway of the new place, so all our books currently in the office bookcase and that side headboard storage, will be moved to the hallway in the new apartment. In the living room/dining room, I think I'd like the walls painted white, but in our master, I kind of want to go dark and moody. I love that inspiration photo in the bottom left above from Old Home Love with 70% of the wall painted a deep navy and the top 30% white. Our new landlords are allowing us to paint, so I'm excited to start looking for the right shade of navy that will still pop against our navy dresser. We'll be using most of our current bedroom art in this space, but one new piece I may add is a tapestry hanging on the wall from a rod above the headboard. I can't decide if it should be a graphic black and white pattern or a soft watercolor-esque look. I'll keep you posted. 

Adeline's room has changed a few times in the last twenty or so months since I finished it. Here's what it currently looks like:  


I plan to re-use most of the art and decor in the new space and while I'd love to use the rug, it may also be too small for her new much larger room. I'm wondering if it might work in the kitchen or even bathroom hallway though. I'm actually most excited about designing this room, because I feel like I get to design an actual bedroom for her vs a tiny closet. Here's my current design plan for Adeline's huge new room: 

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This all totally stemmed from that graphic navy, coral, orange, white wallpaper in the bottom left corner. I love the colors and pattern, though it may be a bit too loud for this space. I'm thinking about seeing if the owners will allow me to come in once they are moved out and paint this room's accent wall myself. I'm picturing a similar color scheme but taped off in a larger pattern. We'll be reusing all of her current furniture, but plan to bring our gray armchair into this room for bedtime readings, maybe add a small kid chair for her, and are discussing hacking an Ikea play kitchen for her Christmas gift this year. The only other purchase I might make for this space are one new set of bedsheets, because those navy and yellow flowered ones are just too dang sweet. 

I am so excited to get moved into the new apartment and start actually laying out all of our furniture in this space. Packing and moving with a toddler are going to be rough, but I just know it will be totally worth it for our family in the long run. Stay tuned for apartment photos and further details soon! 

Sources: Unicorn Apartment #2 - Images from Pinterest, Anthropologie, Magnet Street, Grey Likes Baby, and The Turquoise Home. Living Room / Office Combo - Images from Advice from a Twenty Something, Bigger than the Three of Us, Pinterest, and West Elm. Dining Room - Images from West Elm, Ikea, Black Band Designs, Coco Kelley, and Pinterest. Master Bedroom - Images from Etsy seller Julia Bars, Ikea, Urban Outfitters, Country Living, Old Home Love, and Pinterest. Adeline's Bedroom - Images from Etsy seller Wallpaperie, Bloglovin, Etsy seller Babiease, Project Nursery, Jenny Collier, and Pinterest.