Nursery Reveal for Baby #3

By | Room Makeovers, The Brothers May, Wallace Woods House | 16 Comments

Two months ago I was convinced I wouldn’t do an official nursery for baby #3. I figured hey, baby will be with us for awhile, what’s the rush? It took just a day or so before reality struck—probably something to do with my due date inching closer and closer—and I pulled together a design plan and got moving. I had SO MUCH FUN with this space and yes, I am so glad we tackled this space before baby’s arrival. Design-wise, it was exciting to take risks and just not overthink anything. Blue plaid floor? Sure! Paired with giant beetles on the wall? Why not! If I liked it, I figured out a way to work it in.

I have so many photos to share with you!

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

I started big and bold in this space, first with the buffalo plaid floor and then with the beetle wallpaper. I was going to do one or the other but then decided, aw heck, let’s just go crazy. I’m glad I did because they share center stage quite well. The wallpaper, by Sydney Harbour Paint Company, has been a dream wallpaper for a long time, so seeing it actually exist in my own house never gets old!

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Everything else in the space I kept as neutral, natural and light as possible—lots of tans, whites and wood tones. Textures were in the form of baskets, planters, raw edge wood and fur blankets. Accessories I pulled from what we had, like books, toys and other baby equipment.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

It didn’t feel like a room in the May household with something modern and brass, so this ceiling light was a much-needed addition. I love how petite it is—it makes a mini statement without competing with some of the other things I have in the space.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Hello green dresser! This is a dresser I bought off Craigslist and painted Peat, a color in Behr’s Home Decorators paint collection. I loved this dresser especially because of its inset drawers. It had brushed nickel knobs, which I swapped with some antique knobs I found on Etsy from this shop.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

I tried to touch as much surfaces as I could with little details, like lining the inside of the dresser drawers with leftover wallpaper from the previous house’s bathroom.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

We also changed out the door hardware in here to match the antique brass finishes we have throughout the room, like the dresser drawer knobs. We’ve since updated the rest of the doorknobs throughout the house with the same knob and it’s crazy how big of a difference they’ve made. I love how dark and heavy they are against the white doors.

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

My favorite picture is probably the one below—this is the view I see every day (albeit way more messy) walking down the hall. We’ve got three cribs in this house! And two nurseries. Who woulda thought!? And you can tell I totally have a “style” when it comes to designing boy nurseries—bright blue is the name of my game. 🙂

Beetle Boy Nursery Reveal

For more posts on this room, check out the original design plan, how I created the buffalo plaid floors using carpet squares and the beetle wallpaper installation. Oh, and before it was a nursery, it was our guest bedroom. Our guests are now on the third floor, which I’ll share one day!

Here’s the before and after…

Before and After Nursery Reveal Go Haus Go

If you’re interested in any of the items we used in the nursery, here are some sources for ya:

Beetle Vintage Modern Nursery - See the full reveal at GoHausGo.com

1 – Baby Mod Parklane 3-in-1 Crib via Wayfair

2 – Flor “Made You Look” Tiles in Ocean, Pigeon and Pearl (see this post for a how-to)

3 – Sydney Harbour Paint Company Beetle Wallpaper in Chambray

4 – Lucent Light Shop Vortice Petite Ceiling Light (with 10″ drop)

5 – Metal Wall Mirror With Shelf via Target.com

6 – Mr. Maria Brown Bear Lamp XL

7 – Nate Berkus Baby Pom Pom Bin

8 – Baxton Studio Yashiya Mid Century Retro Modern Fabric Upholstered Rocking Chair, Light Beige, Baxton Studio Yashiya Mid Century Retro Modern Fabric Upholstered Ottoman Stool, Light Beige

9 – Pillomatic Rolling Hills in Green, Teal and Blue via Etsy

10 – Whisky Ginger Vintage Bugs Illustration with Walnut Magnetic Holder via Etsy

11 – Owen & Ozzie 2-Piece Crib Skirt and Sheet Set via Walmart

12 – DIY Painted Olive Dresser using Behr Home Decorators Collection in Peat

13 – Bungalow Rose Seagrass Basket via Wayfair

14 – Schlage Addison Collection Andover Passage Knob, Antique Brass via Amazon

15 – Live Edge Wood Side Table from Home Goods (but similar Target one shown)

 

A huge thank you to Lucent Light Shop and Sydney Harbour Paint Company for supplying some awesome goodies for us to use in this makeover. And now we just wait for this baby to arrive! My due date is a little less than two weeks away, so we’ve done a lot of lounging and snuggling with our boys. I have no idea how life will be with 3 little kids, but I can fully expect it to be 100% crazy and 100% full of love. We’re ready for you baby 3!

xo,

emily

 

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Cincinnati Find: Fast Track Online Auctions (AKA Where To Find Crazy Good Deals)

By | Cincinnati Finds, Haus Hacks | 6 Comments

I’m cringing a little bit as I write this post because there are many of you NKY/Cincinnati folks that would rather leave this crazy-good deal source a secret! Well, I’m kind of a brat like that. The people need to know! It’s my duty!

Fast Track Online Auctions

If you’re into the thrill of hunting for deals, but would rather not leave the comfy confines of your couch, then this site is for you. Welcome to the world of Fast Track It Online Auctions—think of it as the Amazon of garage sales (you’ll notice the sellers love calling themselves “Fasttrackazon” for that reason). This auction site operates like eBay, meaning you bid against others on items, but the item is located at a warehouse near you. You’ve won something? Great, now you just have to go pick it up.

WHAT: Fast Track Online Auctions (www.bidfta.com)

CINCINNATI-AREA PICK-UP LOCATIONS: 

  • Batavia – 518 W. Main St.
  • Eastgate – 8485 Broadwell Rd.
  • North Bend – 333 W. Seymour Ave.
  • Blue Ash – 7660 School Rd.
  • Amelia – 4000B McMann Rd.
  • Newport, KY – 54 E. 11th St.

Note: You don’t have your choice of pick-up location. There are separate auctions located at each of these locations. If you’d rather only pick-up from the Blue Ash location, for example, then you would need to only shop the auctions listed at that address. 

Technically, Fast Track Auctions also exists in the following cities but I have less experience with the type of inventory typically found there: Dayton (OH), Waco (TX), Elizabethtown (KY), Indianapolis (IN), Las Vegas (NV), Mentor (OH), Rogers (AR), Smyrna (TN), Spartanburg (SC) and Springdale (AR). For example, the Indianapolis auctions tend to be mostly merchandising equipment, like display cases and clothing racks, from moving or defunct big box stores.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND: 

Fast Track Online Auctions

Anything and everything—truly. I’m browsing now and I’ve found everything from a box of spoons, doggy stairs, an UppaBaby Vista stroller system and a gas-powered generator. Our new record player (above) was listed among patio umbrellas and baby gates. It is truly the randomness you’d expect from a garage sale and in various state of conditions (more on that in a minute). As you get accustomed to the site, you’ll recognize that certain sellers tend to gravitate towards certain types of items. Some seem more apt to be in the business of tools and garage gear, while others prefer to deal solely in household appliances, decor and furniture. Obviously I’m pre-dispositioned to the latter.

WHAT YOU’LL PAY: 

Fast Track Online Auctions

You can expect to pay about 60-80% off of retail. For example, I was able to grab this $160 Bjorn bouncer for $45 which is almost 75% off. More popular items, like luxury strollers and tools, are likely to be more near the 60% mark. It all depends on the market and the need. I saw several gas-powered generators go for a little higher than normal last week due to all the storms and outage issues we had around town. The site is also getting more popular overall, so expect to do a little bit of fighting for the stuff you love. Get your bidding fingers ready. 🙂

WHERE DOES THIS STUFF COME FROM?

Fast Track Online Auctions

Fast Track Online Auctions

These sellers are in the business of buying “lots” from big box retailers. These lots include all types of items—some returned, some discontinued, some damaged—it really all depends. You’ll also see a ton of Amazon boxes in the mix. My guess is that as online shopping becomes more and more proliferous, the churn of constant returning has solidified this type of industry. In many cases, the act of returning, reviewing, restocking and relisting the item is often more expensive than selling it to one of these auction places. And for the damaged stuff, it’s a way for the retailer to still make a profit. All of this benefits us auction-goers. 🙂

WHAT’S THE CONDITION OF THE ITEMS?

The one thing in particular I love about this auction site is that it clearly states the condition of the item and if it’s broke, where and how. Each item is classified as one of the following:

  • APPEARS NEW – Nothing should be wrong with the item unless noted otherwise. Item is sometimes returnable if found otherwise
  • OPEN BOX – Final sale. Could be a return, a damaged or dirty item. This classification requires the most poking around. Often the box and packaging itself is also in poor condition
  • DAMAGED – Final sale. Something is wrong with the item. Baskets are bent, wood tables are busted, parts and pieces are missing, etc.

Now, I would say that sophistication isn’t this place’s strong suit, so sometimes an “Open Box” item will state pieces are parts are removed, or damaged. My counsel here is to read closely and examine the pictures even closer to make sure there aren’t any surprises.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS?

The process is quite simple, especially if you’re used to an online auction-style environment.

  1. Sign up for your unique bidder number
  2. Place a credit card on file—it will automatically be charged if you’ve won (the charge will also include a ~17% auction fee plus sales tax)
  3. It’s time to shop! Select your preferred pick-up location using the “Filter Auctions” yellow bar and browse the auction lots available at that location (there are typically 6-9 separate lots on a given day)
  4. Browse for items—put the ones you really love on your watchlist
  5. Bid on items (make sure you’ve signed in with your bidder number first)
  6. You’ve won? Awesome. Your card will be charged and a receipt will be sent to your registered email address
  7. Print the receipt and take it with you for pick-up, along with your driver’s license

The receipt will look something like this (this is the example they provide on their website):

TIPS AND TRICKS: 

  • The search function on their site, including trying to browse by category, is total garbage. Don’t even try—it doesn’t work. This is rough, but you’re going to have to go through each “lot” listing item by item to find the good stuff
  • Take careful note of the three times/dates associated with each “lot”—there will be a preview time (where you can go see any item you want in person), a bidding end time and a pick-up time. Make sure you’re available and your schedule is clear for at least the second and third (it’s completely up to you if you want to see it in person before bidding)
  • Really want an item but don’t have time to watch the auction all night? Set a max bid, which is the maximum amount you’re comfortable spending. The site will bid automatically for you while you’re away, but will not exceed that amount.
  • Take note of who else is bidding. The site allows you to see the other list of bidders. It’s easy to see who is gung-ho and who is not, which helps you gauge how easy/not easy it might be to win.
  • Visit the site often. Just like with any good deal hunting, grabbing the good stuff takes persistence and frequency. Visit the site a couple of times of week if you can.
  • At pick-up, try to avoid popular hours like lunch. Pick-up times are usually from 9 to 4 and at noon, the pick-up line (meaning, the line of people waiting to check out with their stuff) is looooong. It goes quick and the employees are efficient, but something to be aware of.
  • At pick-up, dress appropriately. Many of these warehouses lack heat or air-conditioning. It is not fancy by any means. Also, wear comfy shoes and someone to help you if the item is heavy.
  • At pick-up, you’ll need to bring two things: your printed invoice that is marked “Paid in Full” (see example above) and your driver’s license. They will not let you leave with your items without it. Ask me how I know ha!

I know so many of you are already big-time Fast Track Auction lovers. I’d love to hear more tips from you too! And if you’re just hearing of this whole phenomenon—congratulations. I hope you find the deal of a lifetime. And if you’re not a big fan of the whole auction thing—that’s OK too—here’s a post on how to find great online deals other ways.

Happy shopping!

xo,

emily

Fun fact: About a week after I paid $400 on Amazon for our new nursery rocker, I spotted a brand new identical one on this site. It sold for $89. *bangs head against wall*

 

De-Pilling Upholstery and Fabric

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Ok, real quick post! I posted about “shaving” some of our upholstery this weekend using this neat $12 fabric shaver and there was some serious interest in how it worked. As it turns out, we all have pilling fabric that drives us crazy!

Conair Fabric Shaver

We absolutely love the glider in our boys’ room (it’s this one from Land of Nod), but we’ve been hard on it and its fabric these last two years. I’d like it to stay with us for a long time—it’s the boys’ favorite chair to read books—but the pilling made it look terrible! The pilling turned a dark blue, probably caused by dirt and the dark dye of our jeans.

I’m a part of this big group on Facebook called “Laundry Love & Cleaning Science” (obsessed!) and a bunch of members were singing the praises of this little $12 magic tool via Amazon—the Conair Fabric Shaver. It had over 3K great reviews, so I figured I’d give it a shot. And have since been shaving every piece of fabric I can get my hands on.

Conair Fabric Shaver

It comes with a depth guard on it that can adjust depending on the type of fabric, but I’ve found that removing the guard all together helped speed up the process. I just moved it in a circular motion over the fabric until all the pilling was removed.

Conair Fabric Shaver

Anyways, if you get satisfaction from these types of things (pimple popping anyone?), you’ll love this thing. Here are some fun before and afters of the glider fabric.

Conair Fabric Shaver

Conair Fabric Shaver

Can you tell which side I did/didn’t do below? Ha.

Conair Fabric Shaver

If you’ve got a big project, like a sofa or a rug, there’s also a rechargeable, “extreme” version. I haven’t tried it, but I can only imagine the amount of de-pilling it could tackle.

That’s all for today! Now excuse me while I de-pill more stuff. 🙂

xo,

emily

 

 

 

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