This post is sponsored by Command™ Brand. All opinions are my own.
While working from home has been my situation for a while, this year it became Oleg’s situation too. When we bought this house last year we surely didn’t anticipate needing workspaces for both of us, so we’ve been faced with the dilemma of how to make room for that. The plan from the beginning was to make the garage my workspace, but when it was immediately clear that it would take a while to set it up the way I envisioned, we made the extra bedroom my office. That then became Oleg’s office and I set myself up at the dining table, then we turned the office into the nursery and moved Oleg to the garage with all the boxes we still haven’t unpacked yet from the move, then I declared that the dining table was not sustainable for me. Now we’re here with the next phase of our work from home plan: this little nook in our family room that I had several other ideas for will now be my workspace! We still want to make the garage a workspace/studio with the updated plan for it to fit both of us in there, but until we figure that out I’ll be working from here, and I partnered with Command Brand quickly make this temporary workspace more functional and beautiful with some of their very easy to apply damage-free products.
I’d always hear from other moms that the nursery became their favorite room in the house and now I completely get it because I just joined that club. Many times a day I sit in that rocking chair looking around the room imagining our son in here, daydreaming about how he’ll grow and be comfortable in this space, and how it will evolve with him as we discover who he is. I’ve already been so excited for his arrival and this room has now made it uncontainable. Knowing that I would also be spending a lot of my time in here, I certainly considered making this a space for the adults to enjoy too in a way that would feel continuous with the rest of our home. Crate and Kids was the perfect partner to design this room with to feel light and airy, keeping it gender neutral, with pieces that would grow with baby while matching our modern minimal style, and a sprinkling of a few sweet details.
Researching what we need for baby and the best things to register for was a much more daunting and time consuming task than I had already anticipated as a first time mom. I learned quickly from all the advice and guidance I’ve received from other moms that there’s no one list fits all answer, and a lot of it will come down to lifestyle/preference and what baby likes, which we won’t know how he’ll take to some of this stuff until later. Still, there were some pretty universal words of wisdom across the board and clear essentials, and I’m partnering with buybuy BABY to share my top picks which hopefully will help any of you new expecting moms feel a little less overwhelmed with your baby prep.
Now that I’m in my third trimester, I thought I’d look back and share a few things I’ve been using during pregnancy that I love or have found really helpful with the hopes that this can be a good resource for any of you who are expecting, or know someone who is (SO nice of you to think of them).
When we were house hunting, we’d talk about all the changes we wanted to make during our first walk-through of a house not only to be on the same page about the potential we saw, but to get a sense of what kind of room we’d need to make in our budget to fulfill those ideas. A lot of the time I’d be spewing off an exhausting list that would make it clear the house wasn’t the one, but with this house I confidently declared that if we only did one, big project here, it would be updating the floors because that would do everything to completely transform it. While there is still a list of things we want to update about this house, the new floors delivered on that transformation and already make this place feel brand new- this is it, we’re done with all the work on the house (no not really, but feels like it!!)
Put this post together after getting many messages asking about all the dishware that repeatedly appear in my cooking stories on IG. This is about those daily plates, bowls, and glasses that have stood the test of time with us, can take the constant handling through breakfast lunch and dinner, and look great in their simplicity and versatility.