Deuce Cities Henhouse

Boy, oh Boy!

Yep, that’s right: we’re gonna have 2 BOYS in this house soon. It took a few days to get my head wrapped around the idea of having two sons in my life. I really had a feeling that this one was going to be a girl, so I was a little disappointed when we found out it wasn’t. But as the days go on, I get more and more amped about the idea of having another guy in my life. I’m looking forward to all of the adventures we’re going to have. Finn and I have so many already; I can’t imagine the fun of doubling that up.

I’ve been antsy to get started on a baby project. I felt like everything was hinging on the outcome of girl or boy. Now that we know what we’re getting into we’ve been able to start preparing for this new dude. Last weekend we conquered the first project on a list of many, we painted the 3rd upstairs bedroom from mustardy tan, to a soft light grey. What a difference a coat of paint makes, as you can see below.

Baby #2's Room Before Baby #2's Room (work in progress)
Don’t mind all the junk in that first photo; we’ve been using this room as a storage closet for old-baby-gear ever since we moved in. We always planned on having another kid and were saving this “junk room” for the day we’d have a new babe in our life. Now we have to go through the daunting task of sorting through piles of old onesies and trying to repair baby swings with missing pieces.

Cleaning messy spaces aside, we were able to get almost all of the painting done. We still have to patch some holes in the ceiling and repaint it white but we’re getting there. We didn’t stop with just paint though. We were also able to get Finn’s grey Oeuf crib set up and it looks great next to the grey walls. And no, this room was not the location of a domestic crime scene—that blue tape on the floor outlines the homes of a new dresser and bookshelf/window bench. Did you notice the new light fixture? Jeff was a pretty handy dude too, and installed this new pendant lamp from Ikea almost entirely by himself. We’re becoming pretty nimble little home owners ’round these parts.

Baby #2's Room (work in progress)
And here is a hint of what this room could be. Light grey walls, a dark grey crib, white linens and furniture and pops of yellow all around the room. I can’t wait to make this little space into a home for my new baby boy.

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Making the most out of what I’ve got.

Our Bedroom (repurposing stuff)
Well I think I’m starting to get a little energy back in these bones. For a good 2 hours this weekend I was inspired to clean, really good and it felt awesome. Cleaning wasn’t the only bug in my bones, after spending so much time in my room over the past few months I was starting to hate it. I have a cronic problem of never being able to pull a look together in any of the bedrooms I’ve lived in, and I was over it. So considering all the items I had in my house I put together this “mood board” in hopes of giving my room some direction for the future.

Our Bedroom (re-purposed)
First item on the board is the paint color, actually it was the only decent paint color in the house when we bought it. A light grey blue, so I can’t complain and it could be much worse, plus I don’t have the energy to go around painting my bedroom right now, so I make the most of it and plan around it. Second, since replacing the green rug in my living room with this black and white rug. I now have a green rug with no home, and a space that needed a rug, so in comes this Hemmet rug from Ikea. Third, I have to consider a four-season porch that sits off our bedroom, it too is in the midst of being reorganized and changed around but it does make home to an orange colored chair. All of these elements combined makes figuring out this room a challenge, thus the “mood board”.

Our Bedroom
I’ve found that the key to figuring it all out is YELLOW, it’s the only solution I could come up with that worked. I had purchased a yellow quilt by dwell studio earlier this year at target, so it goes on the bed, I hang a large yellow toned painting that we’ve had in both of our previous living rooms on the wall above a buffet that has made it’s home in our previous kitchen and dining room. I grab some yellow flowers at the grocery store as a place holder for a not yet purchased accessory such as the vintage yellow clock pictured above. I order some pillowcases from Anthroplogie that I’ve had my eyes on since we’ve moved in, they help to tie in all the prominent colors (yellow, orange, blue, and green.) As soon as they arrive the will be going on the bed in place of the brown pillows I currently have. I feel that with a few more yellow pieces, this room will be poppin’!

Ikea Bookshelf in Porch
Onwards to the porch, this room has been coming together slowly, slowly, slowly since we moved in. I posted about it once last year and it was a mess. I would like to think it’s a little better now days.

Upstairs Porch
It’s a small space but oh so light and airy. I think it was possibly the thing that sold us on the house. We (Jeff and I) have an obsession with hanging out on porches and drinking beers all summer long, so when we saw the possibility of having this luxury in our own bedroom we were sold. Besides a “master porch” is way better than a master bathroom, I can pee down the hall any old day. So anyhow, we love this space, and we’ve adorned it with our favorite books, knickknacks and our little console record player (which also plays twins games in the summer.)

Sofa and Foot stool in upstairs Porch
Down on this end of the porch is this sofa that we picked up last year in Saint Paul. I posted about it when we bought it but in case you don’t remember it was kind of awesome, but not awesome for my porch. The upholstery was a combination of turquoise, brown and cream colors and it wasn’t doing it for me. So I grabbed these curtains that the old owners left, cut em’ up, and quickly reupholstered this couch. It isn’t a forever solution but it is holding up pretty good for now, and the cats love it. I also was able to grab the curtains from our old living room and replace them with these heavy blue ones that came with the place.

And before I go I should mention that we’ve officially lived in our new (not so new) place for a year now, and in honor of such a momentus occasion I compiled to flickr sets a before and after if you will. Check em’ out if you’ve got the time.

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A Quilt for Baby #2

Baby Quilt Project
I got to spend some time with my grandma this weekend, she’s been quilting for 20 years and got me started on my first quilting project, a baby quilt for #2. I thought I’d be a little more agile with all of the measuring and cutting equipment, but it did not come so naturally for me. I did not realize all the precision that went into creating a quilt, everything has to be perfect, even the ironing has to be perfect. I had a pattern all drawn up but once we started piecing the quilt together I realized that it was going to be too small for a crib quilt and decided to go for a 12-cross quilt (3×4 crosses) instead of the 6-cross quilt drawn out above. It was a slow start to our project but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. Me and Grams are meeting a again in a week or two and hopefully we will more productive now that we’ve (I) figured out our (my) rhythm.

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Personalized Stationery

Custom Stationery for Mom
I am excited to share my latest adventure in Gocco printing. My dear old mom had back surgery last month and I knew it was going to be a hard and long recovery for her. For Christmas I made her this set of custom stationery so that she could keep up with correspondence while she healed. She’s always been known for being an avid gardener and I thought including her own little garden on the stationery would be fitting for her. I choose a robin’s egg blue note card as a background for this field of white blooms outlined and detailed with dark brown ink.

Custom Stationery: Envelope Front & Back
I was able to repeat the design on this kraft paper envelope and include her name on the back of it for an even more custom look. This set of 50 should help her pass the days (and stay in touch) until she’s back on her feet.

Custom Stationery for Mom
We recently added this custom stationery to our etsy store, and we can personalize it to fit you or a friends name. Here’s the link for more info. If you’d like us to custom design stationery for you (from scratch) please email us at contact@thehenhousepress.com

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What’s it Gonna Be?

Welcome to my latest project: planning this new kid’s future nursery! Heck yes. Here’s how the story goes: When Finn was in my stomach we were in the midst of selling a loft-style condo in Saint Paul with no rooms (except for the bathroom), which in turn allowed for NO nursery and therefore NO nursery planning. Back then, the only thing that Finn needed was his crib. We didn’t have any room or space for any other furniture, so I feel like I kind of missed out on the whole excitement of getting a nursery ready for a baby. When we moved from the loft into a rental house I wasn’t able to paint in Finn’s new room and we didn’t want to buy any furniture for it and not have it fit in the next house (that we would own), so we made due with what we had. Are you getting where I am going with this? Now that we’ve got our new house and a real bedroom for this kid I finally have my chance to really go balls to the wall (yes, I said that) on this one.

Nursery GIRL Version
I’ve had ideas about what I’ve wanted to do in nursery since the days when Finn was a little dude. My big problem now is that I don’t know what kind of babe (i.e. what style, boy or girl) I’m having yet, but I should be able to find out in a few short/long weeks! I am really gunning for a girl, but in case things turn out differently I want to be prepared and excited for a boy. So I’ve come up with two similar but different plans for both a girl’s vintage nursery and a boy’s manly grey-on-grey nursery.

Above is what I envision for a girl baby. A turquoise wall accented by yellow fabrics and accessories. What makes it girly? The feminine yellow Heather Bailey Fabric, the white Jenny Lind crib, the vintage light fixture, and the cute but not too cute yellow artwork and accessories.

Nursery BOY Version in Grey
And this is what would make this nursery dude-ish; light grey walls, accented with simple geometric fabrics, a grey Oeuf crib, as well as a modern dresser and light fixture will make it less girly and more boy. The accents will remain yellow and white, just as with the girl’s nursery but instead of a vintage look will be more bold and modern. And since you can’t have just grey on grey this room will have to be amped up with little pops of red and turquoise colors as represented by the back of the quilt, as well as the diagonal printed fabric.

There are some things that will remain the same in both nurseries of course. For one, I’d love to find a white owl lamp to sit atop the dresser, as well as any other “functional” accessories that just say “kid.” Also, my Grandma (a master quilter) and I are planning on creating a similar looking baby quilt to the ones pictured above. Plus the furniture arrangement in both rooms will have to stay the same, thus similar but different white dressers.

Nursery
Here’s where I’ve found some awesome inspiration. Oh what would I do without you flickr? Don’t you love this room?? I can just see my little girl in it now.

I found this nursery via meandwee.blogspot.com, please check it out if you’d like more details on this nursery.

Here is where I found some ideas for the boy nursery: thebline’s photostream on flickr. I’m in love with the Expedit bookshelf made into window bench and will be doing the same thing in this new one’s nursery as well.

I guess that’s all I got for now, I’m so excited for this new kid I just can’t wait! Stay tuned for more baby ideas and ramblings.

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