Wait… Can We Fit in One More Project?

It would not be far fetched to suggest that the projects we’ve taken on this year have grown in equal proportion to the belly.

Quick recap:

We started with a $100 minor bathroom upgrade during the first trimester. No major demo, just a quick touch-up with paint, fabric and fresh accessories.

The second trimester brought with it a major overhaul on the den which became our new kitchen. It’s nearly complete with just a few final finishing touches needed. The above picture is roughly midway through the renovation.

And then this past week…

That would be the week before little Baby S is due, we tore into the old kitchen to create a third bedroom and home office.

Here’s what the old kitchen looked like when we moved in:

We made minor live-in updates, like covering up that blue formica and staining the cabinets a dark espresso. Here’s a look at the space today from the same angle (from the sealed-off perspective and just inside):

Woohoo! Thrilled that we’re tackling this project before little one is here. Dust and debris would not be ideal in the air in just a couple of weeks and thankfully baby is obliging by staying put so far.

A little in-process action:

We knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the front bedroom as well, here’s a look at that front room when we moved in:

Boy did that family love wood paneling! We painted the space to create faux beadboard around the entire room and tore out the carpet, but today the little bedroom received a big overhaul:

We pushed this part of the renovation off until Kevin wrapped up school just last week, knowing full well that if babe came at all early we’d have to hold off for months to turn these two useless spaces (nobody really needs two kitchens…) into a new office and guest room.

Big plans brewing for the new space! And don’t worry – the nursery, master bedroom and kitchen are all receiving little updates (thank goodness for nesting overdrive right now) that I look forward to posting about soon.

Three days until Christmas!

Favorite Trend: Faux Antlers

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I fell in love with the little fella below when I was wandering the racks at Kohls for last-minute Christmas shopping this past weekend.

I kind of have a thing for ceramic animals (and antlers!) and have always felt that they add a little special and contemporary something to a room.

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Bringing him home made me wonder what other inspiration is out there for decorating with faux antlers throughout the house.

The search was on and it produced some seriously beautiful results:

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Can you spot the antlers? It’s kind of like a Where’s Waldo for deer heads… each of these homes creatively showcase their version in a different way.

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Plus this is sort of the perfect time of year to add them to your space, no?

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I don’t know how I feel about the real deal – I think I prefer the animal-friendly, crisp white versions for now (and on the pro side, they won’t turn your living room into a hunting lodge decorating-wise).

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And here’s the last of them! Mmm, love the look. It’s bold and maybe a bit trendy, but they sure look darn good in these inspirational spaces.

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Image sources from top: Flickr “It’s Great to be Home”, DecorPad, Graham and Green, Young House Love, Bower Power, Made by Girl’s living room via Hygge Nook, Decor8, Domino Magazine, Lonny Magazine via Things We Love, Style Files, Just Something I Made and House Beautiful.

Four days until Christmas!

“Christmas is Coming…”

Do you remember singing that song in grade school? It went something like “Christmas is coming the geese are getting fat…” – that first “Christmas is coming” line has been playing again and again in my head all week! Odd Christmas carol to be singing, I know.

We dressed up the home as usual this year and I thought I might take a couple of quick pictures to share what the holiday spirit looks like at the Spenla house.

This year we added a new baby stocking to the mantel! We’re expecting baby S any day now (my official due date is the 29th). We put up our tree the first week of December and my love of all things bulb ornaments quickly took over. This year I added lime green, hot pink and baby blue sets to the mix but we usually keep it pretty classic in terms of the ol’ green and red theme.

A few of my favorite new details include manzanita branches with mini ornaments (next to my diy sweater vases which are staying for winter) and a great Kohl’s ceramic deer head find (he resembles a reindeer for now but I think I’ll keep him out all year long).

I found these two red bulb candlesticks on the 90% off shelf last year at Von’s – surprisingly their little floral department has the neatest holiday decor and it’s always heavily discounted the week after that holiday (be it Easter, Valentine’s Day or Christmas). Here are my white feather trees again and a red beaded garland strand (cranberry-ish) hanging from a window and full of our Christmas cards from family and friends.

Sorry for the poor lighting – I love how the room looks lit up at night but I realize that it doesn’t capture too well on film.

One of my favorite pieces to pull out each year is a thrifted gold star that I use for the top of the tree. I also made a simple tree skirt out of faux sheepskin fabric from the local discount fabric shop (inspired by this awesome duo), kind of reminds me of snow (especially since we don’t get a white Christmas in San Diego) at the base of the tree.

Feeling inspired to crash a few more holiday homes? Check out this link party by Nesting Place. Just five short days until Christmas!

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