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New Additions – JJ is here!

Hi friends,

After a couple months I’m finally settling in and I’m ready to share the latest in the New Additions category!

It’s Julianna Joy! 

Her name is Julianna, but you can call her JJ.
Born July 16, 8lbs 13oz 21″ tall and looking like a real mix of her daddy and a Moyer baby.

She is here and as a sweet coincidence, she arrived on Sarah’s birthday, July 16th. Happy Birthday Sarah! haha.

We’ve been adjusting to our new family dynamic here, and playing mama is my most favorite job to date.

Workin Mama doesn’t get too much done with just one hand.

Speakin of mamas, mine made it out for JJ’s due date, one day after her birth. She and my Dad walked into the hospital room and the tears flowed all around. It was a sweet moment to introduce my little Disney looking lion cub to her grandparents. For two weeks, my mom, recovering from another surgery to fend off her endometrial cancer, got to love on JJ every day. We’re hoping and thinking that holding another grandbaby (her 11th) has had healing powers.

My sweet mama with JJ on our trip up to the mountain house.

Now that the babe is here and we are sharing our bedroom, a new level of pressure has settled over the garage conversion project. But the latest moves in that department are slower than ever. The initial goal date for building permits was now, but with some holdups on the structural engineering end, it looks like we are still six MONTHS out before construction will  begin.

I met with our contractor to discuss new windows and doors, and it’s time to begin shopping. That brainstorm will surely result in something to share, as soon as I take the time to do the research!

Here is a look at the Nursery where JJ has been livin.

Our Aussie, Ky, is always there to keep an eye on baby J.

I rather love waking up to this view each morning. JJ actually sleeps in the bassinet at the foot of the bed, but will be transitioning into that crib soon.

We use a dock-a-tot which helps hold her tight through those sleepy time Mora reflexes. She sleeps for a long 5-7 hours at night with no break, so no complaints here. 

There is a peace to this room that we love for winding down time.
Our quiet corner

JJ and I both love the Babyletto Recliner Rocker and its funny to me now that I was hesitant to add a rocker. I just didn’t want such a big temporary piece of furniture in my life. But, it’s good lookin and we have spent hours in it. 

Bedtime includes a change into a sleeper and a quick book, usually with Heffe, aka Daddy.
The Chairish rug as art makes me happy.
We are so grateful to Satah’s Mama and Daddy for the sweet blankie from Patapri.

Hopefully soon, there will more to report on the New Additions at Betsy’s House, later! Back to babyland for now!

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Cali Chalet: Inspiration & Direction

The Cali Chalet is a new kind of beast for me to wrestle with so I had to search long and hard for inspiration and direction.

It’s a 90’s Contemporary Mountain Home decorated straight outta the heart of a Mediterranean Wine & Coffee lover with a flair for bird themed stained glass and tiffany lamps.

The pre-renovation kitchen

When we met this house, she did not present an easy solution to me for what she could become. Some obvious needs included toning down the mix of pine, oak trim, bamboo, tile, slate and 7 (YES LITERALLY 7) various shades of paint, all visible at once in the main living area. So, I’m taking this as a challenge and will do my best to bring it around to a cooler Southern California Cabin style that our family can relate to.

It’s so interesting to see how families manifest their own style. The Mediterranean Wine Lovers that lived here before told me that when they renovated in 2006, the entire home was covered in floral on floral from furniture to wallpaper. Boy, would I love to see that!

The laid back mountain version of our family’s style will be another fun exploration. With this home we are looking toward a more rustic and cozy application. We will lighten up the main living spaces again and seek a neutral backdrop. But, I’m leaning into some moody colors in the bedrooms – appropriate for the cold winters in this pine forest.

I’ve started to amass some inspiration on my Pinterest Board. The overall desired vibe is coming together! Here are some examples and the thinking behind the pin!

For a little while I was seeking complimentary floor finishes for the orangey knotty pine ceilings. This A-Frame had a nice combo with some light oak flooring.
Another shot of the same home as above.

And then, our girl Emily Hendo made it known that stripping the orangey ceiling stain was an option, so I started dreaming about a raw pine ceiling instead, and so it looks like that is where we are headed.

This image caught my eye and got me thinking about what could be in regards to the ceiling.

Do you think we can turn the Cali Chalet kitchen (seen below) into something more like the image above?

Hello random closet

I like green paint lately, but not that shade of green. How about these instead!?

Jenny Wolf bedroom from her NoHo loft project

These dark greens are giving me the warm, cozy vibes that I think we will love on snowy mountain house weekends.

I love the moody green of the reading nook at the Chris Loves Julian Mountain Cabin

Besides toning down the main living area and darkening up the bedrooms, the Cali Chalet needs a decor direction for furniture and accessories. When I think of this home, I’m dreaming along the lines of creamy neutral tones for the large pieces and I’d like to keep the colors minimal and mix textures where it comes to textiles and accessories. I’m sure our bedrooms will include a lot of moody blues and greens to maintain that pine forest feeling.

It will be interesting to see how the elements unfold at this home away from home vacation spot. Find more Cali Chalet here.

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New Additions at Betsy’s House – Update

There has not been a ton of activity here on the architectural department side of the New Additions at my house. It’s a waiting game at this point on both the baby and the garage additions!

The baby nursery is coming together though, slowly. So I’ll share some progress images for both projects, starting with this little quiet corner.

The stuffie is a Newfoundland like our big Dodge and was a gift from some dear friends. The watercolor disco ball by Shana Frase was a graphic player in our wedding invitations and that little lampshade is something that I recently slapped together with some leftover Baule Ikat from West Africa. I love the look with this rattan chair, but it will be swapped out for a linen rocker soon. That turkish hemp pillow and the suzani are both ShopTEOT inspired finds.

For the actual addition to the house, we recently had a crew come out to dig around in our yard to see how far down the bedrock was. This was an eager moment for us because if the bedrock was so deep that the new garage required 30 foot tall caissons then we may have had to scrap the whole idea. Luckily our findings were favorable and we can build on our hill without having to dig too deep for support.

This is a finalized floor plan sketch if you are into this sort of thing. I love a floorplan!

With the final floor plan in place, we had a visit with the contractor to go over it and discuss some costs. A new front door/entryway enclosure is a big maybe. It’s not seen drawn on the sketches above.  But, I’m pulling hard for it as 5 people arriving to go in opposite directions while being greeted by a 160 lb kisser dog and a 30 lb jumper dog is mayhem in the current tiny foyer area.

It’s going to be up to the city though. Apparently It puts us something like 5 sq feet over the allotted area and since the entry would not meet current code (40 feet from the street) we aren’t technically supposed to enclose it at this point… However, we’re gonna try to get this by the city anyway cause its kind of silly not to let us do this. It’s minimal. I can get into this more if its going to happen. I still don’t have any drawings of it which keeps the idea abstract. A photograph of our current entryway exterior is below the proposed exterior illustration.

Can you imagine our current porch enclosed with a new face and front door?

Moving back inside to the master bedroom nursery situation. I pulled the trigger on the art rug from Chairish and I’m pleased that I did. I also took the hardware off of the IVAR drawers. It’s better this way.

So, its any day now until baby is here. Getting ready has been fairly relaxed, but as I near the end I begin to understand why so many mamas want to chug castor oil to speed the process along. (DON’T DO IT, I’M KIDDING.) Feeling patient can be hard when your body is sliding toward its primal caretaker role.

I sent out a bunch of postcards to friends and family asking for participation on a website that I put together for the baby, to create a bedtime story book out of. The response that I have gotten has been so much fun to read through and I’m a glutton for more. I chose this postcard/baby book project in lieu of a big girl baby shower since my tightest of girl posse is spread out all across the country.

 

Heffe assembled our crib and I watched while feeling in love.

Perhaps a full nursery photo shoot will come together one day, but I’ll await the few final pieces and the little baby girl!

 

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The Cali Chalet: An Introduction

Hey Friends & Fam,

What a week! It’s been a long time in the making, but TEOT has a couple of really great irons in the fire, with Sarah’s new A-Frame by the Lake, the new shop location and now this intro, to the Cali Chalet!

The Cali Chalet is a new weekend getaway home for my family. Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, its an easy hour and forty minute drive from our home in the Palisades, and almost 5,000 feet above the sea we live by.

It’s so exciting to explore the California version of Mountain Living… Growing up in the foothills of North Carolina with frequent trips to the Appalachians, the mountains are a part of me and they call to me, just like all the Wanderlusty posters say they should.

The home that we scored is a sprawling 90s Contemporary. We are perched up on the hill a mile above the lake with tree top views. There are huge pines all around us, a beautiful Maple in the front yard and an Elm out back, which I just can’t wait to watch change through the seasons! My NC heart is so very content up here! My crew has been joking around that the baby and I are gonna come live full time and the dude will have to visit us on the weekends.

That bright green Maple makes me so happy!

After watching a number of cute little cabins get snatched up pretty quickly, we stumbled into this gigantic 90s contemporary home with so many nooks and crannies and lifestyle features that we just had to go for it. It’s large enough to host multiple families along with our own growing one, much more than we imagined when we started. Holidays are going to be so much fun!

Aside from the 3 bedrooms and large media room that we will turn into a kid’s play room with bunkbeds, there is also room for our vintage Shasta Camper project (which was criteria number one in the search.) Bonus, it comes in the form of a 3 car garage which means plenty of room to spread out tools and get rid of our storage unit in town. There is also a studio space in that garage in which we hope to add a pottery wheel and a kiln for my old college hobby (and the grandparents’ more recent delve).

Underneath the house, there is a pimped out wood workshop with a dust collection system, which won the heart of my woodworkin dude. None of this was pictured in the real estate listing, so you can imagine our surprise as we uncovered each bonus space.

For our crew of inveterate dabblers, tool collectors and hobbyists, there is an incredible amount of tinkering space. There is even a whole room dedicated to hot tub club, one of my favorite past times! I can’t wait to show you what that hilarious room looks like! It looks like a dream come true. Here, let me just go ahead and show you how the sellers had it styled when we visited the home for the first time.

I hope the cheetah comes with!
(it didn’t)

 

In fact here is a tour of the home as we were introduced to it, through the real estate pics.

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So that’s it. The fun new project where we have been spending our weekends.

I’m sure you are wondering how we are going to approach the decor in this dated 90s home, and on most days I’m wondering that to. But a plan is coming together and we are getting started and I don’t think anyone will be too disappointed. More to come soon!

 

 

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Betsy’s House: The Kitchen

It’s not time yet.

So I’m still doing that thing where you collect inspirations and bank ideas and make wishlists for features and stare at what you have and wonder what it could be.

Currently, this is what I stare at and wonder about.

At move-in, we removed all the uppers on the right side of the kitchen to make it feel more open.

It’s not the worst kitchen to live with at all, which is precisely what enabled us to get this darling home that we got back in the house hunt. Workable, but also prime for a renovation someday! It’s very 90s Italian Cucina inspired with its large square tiles in teal and fiore trim.

It’s a bit more open now than when we first purchased the home. We removed some uppers and I have some Rejuvenation brackets here for floating shelves… I bought them about 2 years ago, but I have yet to convince the dude to hang them for me in real time. Funny how time passes and projects just don’t get done.

That’s the previous owner’s setup. We haven’t missed the fax machine station.

We have been happily making due with what we have. And I like to continue to dream about what could be.

So, let’s explore the collection of images that I have stored for various ideas! I have collected most of these to help express ideas to Heffe and to get his opinions on finishes.

 

We both love this beverage bar situation for the obvious reasons, but we’re also a fan of the materials mix. The white oak with black + white theme is still going strong.

I’m really digging these cabinets.
They look like old wooden barrister bookshelves on the countertop. Also, display storage like this seems more practical than say open shelving.

 

Prepare yourself for a bunch of Amber & Lauren Liess as they continuously pump out my fav kitchens.
This one is of note for the marble countertop + backsplash, and the simple modern range hood.
Plus, its an argument for a La Cornue gas range.

 

I believe I saved this in the argument for keeping our current layout with peninsula and simply resurfacing. Peninsula’s aren’t all bad, but I just rarely see them in new kitchen makeovers.
It’s all about the island.

 

And speaking of islands, boy do I love a huge eat-in. This is more rustic than I can pull off in my home, but that black countertop with wood is a nice mix. Love you Lauren Liess.

 

Same as above, but this time wood countertop and black bottoms. Oh and copper cookware is of note.
That’s gonna happen in the next kitchen. I’m looking at you Mauviel.

 

This is wicked clean and I really love that statement sink.

 

Sticking with the clean, crisp look another Amber in all white with marble. I do really love a waterfall island. Can I have something like that?

 

We have some tall storage along the back wall of our current kitchen and I’m always wishing it were something beautiful.

 

Another argument for the peninsula (with waterfall). This is an easy look to achieve.

 

I got pretty into wood shakers for a minute, but I think I need the contrast from our white oak flooring.

 

A mix of black and white cabinets with some wood fits here. And again, really lovin the french range + modern range hood combo.

 

More of the same idea. Are those concrete countertops?

Lauren Liess Greatest Hits. I’m pretty sure that I could pick this up and put it in my kitchen and it would work perfectly. The age on that island is an unexpectedly rustic element that I think we could support. It’s just the right amount for our beachy rancher.

Lauren also knows how to work some practical family gathering. I wish that I could line up my 5 children around my sink!

 

I think we’ll skip cabinets in a blue or green hue at our house, but its tempting.

 

Ooh, another Amber kitchen. The whites are getting warmer y’all.

Lastly, I pinned this for the creative range hood, and the composition of those two doors is just so good. It’s dreamy.
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New Additions at Betsy’s House – A Baby Nursery

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Hi! It’s your 7 months preg blogger friend checking in with updates on the New Additions.

Accidental closeup of the bump when I was trying to work the self-timer. It’s become my favorite shot of late. And I got to see my mama for a bit in my 5th month.

I have always wanted to be somebody’s mama someday, and I still kinda can’t fathom that someday is on its way. Due date is in mid July (the day after Sarah’s Birthday).

I’m still very much enjoying being pregnant more each day, I can’t wait to actually meet this little thing that has been moving around inside of my belly. I was laughing with my sister-in-law, Lowrey yesterday. She is also pregnant (her fourth!) We were laughing at how scooting and rolling out of the bed onto your knees to stand up and go to the bathroom 6-10 times a night sounds like it is miserable, but we’re just having so much fun!

As far as nursery prep, and until this post, I had done next to nothing. Is it paralysis? Is it laziness? What is it that has me holding back? I have 2 months to figure it out.

As you may know, we jumped to it getting the new garage addition on the house rolling, and there have been more meetings and more idea developments that I will share soon, but its still a ways in the future before baby has her own room. Until then, she has to share with someone, and it looks like that’ll be us! (Something about on demand feeding and SIDs, etc. I’m getting the deets, don’t worry!)

Okay, so what’s the deal with me and getting prepared? I guess once the dude and I start plucking some purchases off of the nursery decor list, then I’ll start putting together a newly organized master bedroom. You may recall that it only recently evolved into its latest iteration, which is still a design in progress with a few more tweaks needed… but instead we’ll move some things around and hang up a room divider and turn half of the room into babyland while we live among construction on the new garage addition!

My brainstorming is shaping up to look like this.

I do have a few little doodads here and there that my sweet supportive friends have already given me in excitement. As my sister in law told me, babies beget baby gifts. If you conceive, gifts will come. So we’ll see about that as time grows nearer. I’m happy to play baby dress-up in little outfits and send friends and family pictures of their picks. Otherwise, I’m stocking up on white onesies.

My hopes to be a minimalist are pretty strong. Not that I’m a minimalist in any other way. I guess I just mean that I don’t want tons of unnecessary baby paraphernalia. My desire to not let our house become overrun with swaths of primary colors in plastics is palpable. The dude shakes his head in the opposite direction of agreement when I talk about baby minimalism, so we’ll see how it plays out. I’ve been warned of the moments that one will buy anything to get a crying child to sleep.

Perhaps I’ll be defeated in time, but let me please just try y’all and I’d love your support. Once she develops her own communicative personality and starts begging me for My Little Ponies, she’ll have her own room and she can stockpile the American dream in all the colors of the rainbow. I did begin a baby registry on Amazon and you can look at it if you are curious about what products we have chosen. It’s here. Huge thanks to my friends Rene, Amy & Patterson for all the recent advice on baby must-haves and don’t needs. There is plenty that I may need, that I’m going to wait and see about in time.

Some patterns and products are coming together on this board. We’ll see where we actually end up, but this is where I’m headed.

Crib  |  Block Shop Wall Hangings  |  Graphic Wall Hanging  |  Calder Mobile  |  Rocking Chair Recliner  |  Changing Table  |  Baby Bassinet is Vintage  |  Baby Patterns via Etsy  | Pillows via TEOT

So, that’s where we are. I have a plan and a little bit of time left to execute. Can’t wait to see what that room looks like in 3 months! Ha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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