{phfr} Progress

Linking up with my favorite Like Mother Like Daughter on this beautiful Thursday in May.  Why can’t it just be May all year round? It’s so easy to come up with pretty, happy, funny, real things in May!



The best time of year is when the yard looks pretty with little to no effort on our part.


I had to put this picture of SK’s morning hair up.  The volume! Oh the volume!  I’m sure it will be annoying to her one day, but her Mom will always be jealous of it!


We finally tackled the big bedroom move upstairs.  Now Dave and I are in the front bedroom (that used to be our crap room) and SK is in her new big girl bed in our old room.


I don’t know if it’s technically feng shui (and I’m not going for that anyway) but having the bed fit between two windows makes me a very happy lady.  I love all the natural light in this room and it inspires me to keep it cleaned and keep the bed made.



Our last bedroom had two windows and this one has three, but instead of buying a whole new pair of navy blue blackout curtains (because Dave demands NO light for optimal sleeping conditions), I got a pair of lacy curtains from Ikea ($10!) to go with one blackout panel on these flanking windows.  The full pair of blackout curtains that remains goes on the third window in the corner.  It works out really well because the lacy curtains really emphasize all the natural light during the day, and at night the mini blinds and one blackout panel completely block out the light.

I think I’m finally embracing the fact that I like pretty things.  I’m not super trendy when it comes to home decor and for a while I was self-conscious about that fact.  But you know what? Lace curtains make me happy.  Chevron stresses me out.  There, I said it.


SK’s big girl room so far.  As you can see, it’s nothing special.  I’m going to make simple curtains and move some of her art and wall decor from her nursery, but other than that I think I’m going to keep this room simple and strictly functional.


Before I share my funny pictures, I have to explain that I do not live in the “ghetto”.  It makes me mad when my side of town is referred to as such.  No, it’s not the expensive pretty side of town, but our community has a rich history.  Basically, it’s one of the oldest working-class neighborhoods in the country and I’m proud to live here!

(Stepping off my soapbox…)

We have a little pocket of helpful businesses in our neighborhood that are a quick walk (and even quicker drive) from our house.  Some of  our most frequented establishments are the CVS, a little hidden post office (it’s a gem, I tell you), the obligatory Dunkin Donuts, a liquor store and the Family Dollar.  The Family Dollar is a hoot.  It’s like a mini-Walmart; it’s got a little bit of everything, and it’s all pretty cheap and not very classy.  But, it’s a very useful place to have right down the road!  Need a can of tomato paste last minute?  The Dollar probably has it.  Need bread?  Well, you’re probably outta luck there.  They sell out of bread pretty early in the day. But, do you need underwear?


They’ve got ya covered.  And they have lots of options.


How about a huge neon colored teeshirt with a pro-marriage message?


While we made progress in the getting ready for baby department last weekend, we still have lots on our to-do list.  Plus, the kitchen reno is still in the early stages, and we’d really like to have it done before himself comes along.  Behold, projects and players who are waiting on deck for their at bat:


The nursery (gah!) is a hot mess.


A thing of beauty.  My dishwasher waiting for cabinets to be removed and plumbers to pull permits.  Soon my pretty.  Soon.


Fabric for SK’s curtains and for little fella’s curtains and crib skirt.  Can you tell which is for whom?


And, oh yeah, baby boy sitting large and in charge at 34 weeks.  We can’t wait to meet him!

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11 thoughts on “{phfr} Progress

  1. I love your decor style! Actually, until I read the caption that the nursery was a mess, I thought it looked great! (Yeah, I suppose on a closer look, there's a few things on the floor, haha) but the style is so cute. It's the carefree yet sophisticated style I'm always pinning on pinterest and not quite achieving in my home!

    • Thank you Auntie Leila! Pretty and peaceful is what I was going for, and I'm so glad I have 2 windows to put the bed between now!

  2. All the rooms looks so great, Ellen! Your bedroom looks so bright and fresh. And I love SK's hair- Evie has volume & curl that she def. doesn't get from me and I have hair envy. Also, who knew you could find a red bra that has "Love Me" in rhinestones at Dollar General?!

  3. Someday, we'll look at pictures from the '10's and know that's when they were taken because of all the chevrons. And I really really like your curtains. And am a wee bit jealous of your cellar.

  4. Your bedroom looks great! There's no way to balance our bed with the windows in our room, so I'm jealous. Six weeks to go!

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