Maternity Wear Without Maternity clothes

Guys, just a few more days and I’ll be 31 weeks pregnant which means we are officially in single digit countdown! To say we are excited in anticipation of this baby is an understatement but not being prepared is definitely not one. Our poor baby still does not have a place to sleep.  My goal next week is to start the preparation for the arrival of our new bundle of joy. Stay tune for upcoming nursery, baby gear posts and so much more.

As I am quickly approaching the end of my pregnancy, I wanted to share with you how I built my maternity wardrobe without any maternity clothes. This sweet little boy or girl (it will be a surprise) will be our very last baby.  I didn’t want to invest in clothes that I can only wear a few times or for a few short months. If you are in the same boat as I am or looking for versatile pieces that will accommodate both a growing baby bump and post pregnancy, this is for you.

For the most part, I avoided wearing jeans/pants and stuck to dresses, elastic band skirts, joggers and jumpsuits.

This dress is currently my favorite dress of all time. It is a such a flattering day to day midi dress that comfortably stretches to accommodate a growing belly. It also makes the perfect LBD post pregnancy.

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I have owned this Leith dress in multiple colors for a few years now and it has been the perfect go to maternity dress. I also recently purchased this red bohemian dress  that simply drapes over my belly. It is such a statement dress that is comfortable and light weight, perfect for summer.

 

thumbnail_IMG_1958.jpgIf you are into jumpsuits, then you cannot go wrong with this one. It hits all the marks, affordable, comfortable and on trend. I also got this kimono during the Memorial Day sale to rock at my baby sprinkle in about 2 weeks. And let’s not forget about comfortable nightmare. I have this night gown from Target in all three colors. 

What I Pretty Much Live in These Days

 

Swimsuits:

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Living in Florida, you can’t really get away without putting on a swimsuit every now and then. I pretty much stick to high waisted bottoms and these have been my affordable go to swim suits during my pregnancy. This blush tunic coverup is my all time favorite.

 

Headpieces:

Accessorizing with a headpiece has been my tool to elevate my maternity wardrobe. If you follow me on Instagram and seen my stories, you’ll notice that I am almost always rocking one of these headbands.

 

 

 

 

How I Transformed My Not So Desirable Kitchen Into A Beautiful White, Open And Spacious Kitchen.

Guys, we finally renovated our kitchen after contemplating for over 2 years since the day we moved into our 1680 square feet townhouse. After finding out I was pregnant with baby #3, I immediately knew our kitchen had to be gutted and remodeled. Now that I will be nesting with a baby, I knew I needed to love my home.  The kitchen was the one room in my house that I did not love, yet spend the most time in it.

If you ever once thought white kitchens are boring, well I hope to change your mind today. In my opinion, white kitchens are classic and timeless. For our kitchen remodel, I wanted to keep it traditional while adding some modern elements and plenty of visual interest to it.

We didn’t touch the layout as this layout functions great for our family but we pretty much replaced everything.

What we did:

  1. Added taller shaker style cabinets (old cabinets were 30″ in height, new are 42″).
  2. Added crown molding above the cabinets.
  3. Replaced the under cabinet microwave hood with a custom built in hood.
  4. Added open shelves on each side of the hood.
  5. Lowered the bar top to countertop level.
  6. Removed the pantry and replaced it with full height cabinets.
  7. Added deeper cabinets over the refrigerator and panels on each side.
  8. Replaced the travertine backsplash with white 3″x12″ subway tiles.
  9. Added shiplap above the shelves and cabinets and on the back of the peninsula.
  10. Added lighting above the shelves.
  11. Replaced the tile floors to waterproof/kid proof vinyl wood floors.
  12. Replaced the speckled corian countertop to the Calcatta gold quartz countertop.
  13. Added the waterfall effect to the countertop of the peninsula.
  14. Replaced hardware, faucet and sink.

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Despite the layout remaining the exact same, the kitchen now feels a lot more open and spacious. The taller cabinets, the open shelves, the lowering of the bar top, the replacement of the pantry with full height cabinets all played a significant role in this.

The rectangular hood above the range may appear simple but definitely added a modern statement to the overall look and feel of the kitchen.  The simple black hardware, stainless steel apron sink, champagne gold faucet and industrial glass pendant lights all added the perfect modern balance to a traditional kitchen.

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The shiplap, the crown molding, the beautiful veins on the Quartz countertop and most definitely the waterfall effect adds drama and keeps your eyes captivated despite the very white and neutral color palette.

I absolutely love how our kitchen has turned out and excited to be making many more memories with my family here. I would love to hear what your thoughts are on white kitchens. If you didn’t like them before, was I able to convince you otherwise.

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Before Photos (of when we purchased this home):

Superhero Boys Room

Decorating my boys room was a lot tougher than I had thought.  I wanted their room to be stylish but also reflect their interests. I also felt it was important for my 5 year old to be part of the process. However, if it had left it up to him, I think there would be superheroes flying at you as you enter the room.

I gave the boys the option of choosing a superhero theme bedding or having a superhero wall decal above their beds. As you can see, they opted for the wall decal.  They each got to choose their favorite character from a preselected list based on price point. My oldest chose Spiderman and my donut chose the Hulk. These are perfect because you can take them off easily if you need to relocate them or want to switch them out for something else.  We also had this superhero banner from awhile ago when Lucas was in his own room. Of course he insisted on bringing it over to his new shared room with his brother.

I chose this navy blue upholstered platform bed from Amazon for their room because it complements the decor. More importantly, it is not something that they will outgrow quickly.  The bed is affordable, stylish and easy to put together.

For bedding, I took the boys to Ikea since you could literally make a whole day out of Ikea, from browsing through their entire show room, stopping at the kids section, playing with all the toys, eating and then going downstairs and actually finding your items plus way more than you came for. Lucas initially chose this  flower bedding, which is so pretty and fun.  I was blown away by his great taste. I loved all the flowers and color on it and was excited about figuring out how I was going to tie the flowers into the Spiderman and Hulk theme.   Then his younger brother choose this blue stripe one. I am not sure what happened but last minute, Lucas threw back the flower bedding and just went with this simple navy blue set. I was a little disappointed but it was his choice. boys room view 1

It took me awhile but I eventually found this cute little night table for their bedside. It is also available here.  It is round so no sharp edges which is great for kids (childproof). More importantly it has a little basket that could store all their stuff animals. My boys must have at least 10-20 stuff animals in their room at any given time and they usually ALWAYS end up on the floor. So having the basket is amazing because I could easily throw them all in there.  Each night they would pick one from the basket to bring to bed with them.

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One of my favorite items in their room is the paper mâché LED letters that I placed on top of their bed. It acts both a decorative piece and night light for their room. Overall the boys room came together pretty nicely and we are pretty happy with it. It is cute and stylish for mommy, and you definitely cannot miss the superhero figures on the wall protecting my boys at night.

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XO,

Kim

Master Bathroom Remodel

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This is probably one of my favorite renovations to date as we tried to keep this as budget friendly as possible. We opted for simple and minimalistic finishes, however, with all the right touches, this bathroom exudes sophistication.

Renovating a bathroom can be a costly expense but you can make smart choices to help keep your cost low. For this renovation, most of our purchases came from big box stores and we searched for sales.

Here are some BEFORE photos of the bathroom prior to the renovation.

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The existing bathroom had two single vanities. To maximize the space, we opted to remove the smaller vanity. We then converted the larger one into a double vanity. White is as classic as it gets so we chose this white marble countertop vanity.

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For the shower, we extended the width and length by 1 foot so it is now 4×4. This whole bathroom design revolved around this beautiful pattern tile we picked up at Home Depot for the shower floor. Since it is a pattern tile, we kept the shower wall simple to balance it out as well as allow the shower floor to take all the glory.  This beveled subway tile was the right decision as it was clean and simple and the edges added the right amount of visual interest.

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To keep the bathroom looking open, we chose to have a frameless glass shower wall and protected it with this glass shield to prevent calcium build up.  Our local provider had the shield applied at the manufacturer. We chose to do this because that meant there was a 2 year warranty on the glass but you could also do it yourself for a fraction of the price.

We managed to purchase this simple yet beautiful tub when it was on sale for $649. (Note: I just checked and it is on sale for less than $600 now).

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If you are looking for low maintenance, then opt for oil rubbed bronze finishes for all your faucets. It will definitely look cleaner a lot longer than your more typical chrome and nickel finishes.

Wood looking tile has definitely gained popularity over the past few years, but I’m certain it is a trend that is here to stay. We chose this neutral wood plank porcelain tile for the entire bathroom floor.

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The geometric pendant light hanging over the bath tub is probably my favorite purchase for this space. It is gorgeous, adds so much interest while not occupying a lot of space visually because of its design. To top it all off, it’s handmade from an Etsy shop in Greece and you all know how much I love to support small businesses. This is how the box came in the mail. There must have been over 50 stamps on the box.

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The vanity light is also from Etsy and we went with the brass finish as it complements the space and the oil rubbed bronze finishes in the faucets.

The distressed ship lap wall behind the bathtub was a last minute decision. We originally did not consider having a feature wall because of the tight budget. However, for a few extra hundred dollars of material and an extra day of labor, it was absolutely worth every penny. It completely transformed the space and added so much warmth and detail to the master bath.

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To finish off the space, we added these vanity mirrors from Lowes.  In terms of paint color, after many sample purchases in search of the perfect gray, we finally settled on this light gray, Shoreline, from Benjamin Moore. If you are ever looking for a perfect barely there light gray (no undertone) then this is your color.

XO,

Kim