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Wow it is amazing how quickly ideas can come together once you have a jumping off point!  After weeks of searching for the perfect world map I think I've finally landed on the watercolor beauty from Happy Place Art.  I adore everything it, the color pallet, the soft slightly muddy watercolor tones, and then price doesn't hurt either.  Sure I need to get it printed and mounted, which is no small task, but I have a few ideas up my sleeve for that as well.  
Baby Boy's Room
The big items we already have, the adorable Jenny Lind style crib and glider we are currently using with Lydia and we'll slowly transition those to baby boy's room eventually once she/he/we are ready for that big change but until then baby boy will start out in the pack 'n play that we used with Lydia until she was almost 18 months old. I guess nothing says second child like well used-hand-me downs.
Side note: seriously Mamas to be, INVEST in a good rocker you will be spending many many hours sitting in that chair.  Lydia is now 2 and I still spend at least an hour and a half in that chair every day! My only regret is that we didn't by a nice chair sooner.  
For the walls I'm honestly excited to try get any color on those walls besides the depressing dingy yellow white that is on them now.  Someone quick hand a gal some primer already! Now that we OWN these walls it will be fun to try some new paint techniques, like stripes as well. (I know not very daring) The plan is to go big and bold in a soft blueish green on at least one of the walls and then see how we like it before we commit the rest of the room. 
A couple weeks ago Cody and a friend ripped up the worn crusty beige carpet (ugh thank you boys) in that room to reveal solid wood floors that are in desperate need of attention which is on par for the rest of the floors on the second level.  But refinishing all the floors upstairs is NOT on the before baby list but I have long been of the opinion that ugly wood floors are far better than carpet any old day.  So I'll take them, stains, nail holes, scratches and all.  
However I probably should decide on just one of these beautiful rugs instead of the 3 I keep wavering between.  I might wait until we get the walls painted and maybe the print hung before I decide how much more color we need in the room.
Then finish off the space with soft grey curtains and some sweet crib bedding, adding a few of our own touches of cute along the way but I think that covers a lot of the big decisions. I know defiantly gives me some motivation to start painting already.
We've spent much of the first winter as homeowners making small cosmetic changes to each of the rooms spending the majority of our time and energy tackling large responsible home projects.  The baby boy's room will be the first room we take entirley room from start to finish and I think it will be a refreshing change to have a little bit of 'our' stamp on this sweet home of ours.  
What was the first room you guys tackled in your house?  How do you get started on your own home projects?  I love hearing how different the processes is for everyone.  Also be sure to click back and check out how Emerson's nursery inspiration started out and then of course soak in their big reveal.
Below are the sources for the mood board you see above.  All are just products that caught my eye no affiliate links included here.

NuLOOM yellow area rug


Safavieh area rug


Handmade wool area rug




26 weeks 6 days

Not a milestone most check off in pregnancy but for this expectant lady that marker will forever be burned in my mind.  It was the day Lydia was born, rushed into this world in the most dramatic fashion possible and stabilized in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit where she would stay for the longest 14 weeks of my life. 

And while this pregnancy has its very similar challenges today I am sitting on the deck of our new house enjoying the sunshine and counting the many many blessings we've seen over the last few years.  Starting with this gal.


and ending with this guy.  


I've never been so happy to have so few clothes fit!  And I hear I'll only get bigger from here…wow my mind is blown.

But now past the pregnancy sappiness and on to pretty things.  I've been throwing out nursery ideas to Cody every few weeks.  Girls are easy. I KNOW how to decorate for a little girls but what do you do for boys? So over dinner I'd ask Cody, what do you think about rocket ships?  While walking with Lydia I'd ask, so planes WWII planes do you like those? Adventure is that a theme? We aren't a huge sports fans so I could skip that whole genre.  

But as I was contemplating having a little boy, I was struck again and again by that old familiar verse, 'For God so loved the world He gave His only Son'. bam.  Wow what love, the very thought make me clench my little baby belly.  

Which of course prompted the most obsessive search for the prettiest, manliest world map to ever exist! Ok that might be stretching it a little far but here are my favorites I've found over the last few weeks. (yes weeks, see I told you it was obsessive)

School House Maps: Why hello gorgeous… Every once in awhile you hear about someone pulling these from the trash of a school but really the odds are 1 and a gajillian so Ebay and the likes are great sources for finding these old beauties.


Found Here

Antique Explorer Maps: Doesn't this framed master piece make you want to sail around the world like Christopher Colombus?


Found Here

Chalkboard: Yes, we are in a Chalkboard everything era, so of course you can find world maps done on chalkboard paper.


Found Here

DIY: This simple little map showed up in my Feedly one day, ahhh isn't is so simply wonderful?  But let's be honest. I have a 2 year old. And there is NO WAY I am getting these babies printed cut and pasted before someone decided to help.  Plus I'm pretty sure I'd be second guessing my spacing in those middle of the night feedings… how far away is Australia really?


Found Here

Watercolor: Ohhhh I think we have a winner! I've been staring at this guy for days now, the soft water colors are gentle enough to make my heart skip a beat but still uber manly.  And with a price tag of 15 buckaroos for the digital file I think this guy needs to come home with me asap! 


Found Here 

Those are some of my favorites after my obsessive online searching.  How about you guys?  Anyone  else celebrate odd pregnancy milestones? Or have great suggestions on how to decorate for a little boy? And please tell me I'm not alone in my slightly obsessive nature to attack the internet in search of The… Perfect… rug, lamp, cell phone case, you name it.  

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