My Third Trimester

Um, didn't I just write my second trimester update post? And here I am, 9 months pregnant and Anthony and I are just a couple of weeks (or days!) away from meeting our daughter for the first time. 

Warning, this is a majorly photo heavy post for the same reason I have yet to order prints from our maternity session with Savannah Smith Photography -- I just love them all too much to pick favorites! In fact, I went back and added more photos to both my first and second trimester post because I'm feeling so sentimental about the fact that I'm nearing the end of this pregnancy. 

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Celebrations

I turned the corner into the third trimester just before our 27th birthdays. Anthony and I were born the same year and exactly a week apart. Me at the end of March, him at the beginning of April. So if our little girl is born in late May like she's expected to, we'll all three have back to back birthday months! 

Also right around that time, we celebrated our baby shower at a local brewery. It was a low key, co-ed party decorated beautifully by my best friend, Jess. My college girlfriends travelled from across the country that weekend to celebrate with us and we had so much fun with our family and friends, we didn't want the shower to end! It was really the perfect day.

A few weeks later, my friends from church choir threw us a surprise shower disguised as an "important extra rehearsal" which was so unexpected and incredibly sweet of them! Over the past year and a half, our church community has become like another family to us and we are so happy to get to share that with our daughter as she grows up! 

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Changes & How I'm Feeling

I think my second trimester energy stuck around until about 31 weeks. Since then, it's been a bit of a rollercoaster! For a long while, I was just feeling so exhausted all the time. I've also realized that my body is very clued into the weather! I've had Braxton Hicks fairly consistently since the second trimester but in the last 8 weeks I've had four bouts with strong pre-labor symptoms, which after looking back have all coincided with stormy weather. My midwife mentioned that sudden changes in barometric pressure can kickstart contractions or labor in some women. The first time it happened, they had me in for observation just to be certain it wasn't preterm labor. Since then, I've done my best to ignore the contractions knowing that when it's real labor, I'll know. But it's definitely a mind game here as I'm nearing full term! I have felt more energetic lately, and I think that might be because the baby dropped earlier last week. I have a little more room to breathe, but also, now that she's lower that makes for another kind of discomfort so I've been taking lots of baths to relax my achy body!

Overall, I can't complain. Pregnancy definitely has it's discomforts and challenges, but I'm lucky that both the baby and I are healthy and everything has been going smoothly and normally up to this point. Also speaking of changes, we just have one monthly photo left to take! We'll take my last bump photo on our Instax Mini at 40 weeks, unless she decides to come sooner than that -- then the series would end with a picture of me holding her on the outside.

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The Nursery

In case you missed it, the nursery is now complete! We decided to join in with the One Room Challenge  to get our butts in gear and finish our daughter's room before she arrives. I shared weekly posts of our progress over the last 6 weeks, ending with the big reveal this past Thursday! Working together on our first baby's nursery has been such a special experience for Anthony and I. I think it's safe to say it's now our favorite room in the house and we are so looking forward to spending time as a family in here. You can catch up on the renovation and see more photos of the finished space right here.

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Hospital Bag

About a month ago, I started thinking about what to pack in our hospital bag and it quickly became my number one obsession in life. Seriously, I approached this simple task with the effort and enthusiasm that most people reserve for their master's thesis. In trying to be a minimalist, but also not wanting to overlook any important items I set up the ultimate opportunity to overthink every last detail. I'm pretty sure I drove Anthony and all my mom friends crazy with all the questions and links I sent them. I saved all the things I got on this Pinterest board. Maybe after she's born, I'll put together a post of what I packed and if there's anything I wish I would have brought or things I could have left at home. 

 
 
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Last Thoughts

Last week I wrapped up a lot of things on my to-do list, from finishing the nursery to sending off my last bit of client work before maternity leave. Those were both a big relief to check off, and now I'm feeling about as calm and ready as I can be about welcoming our daughter into the world. My pregnancy feels like it has gone so fast in some ways, and in other ways I feel like I've been waiting a lifetime to meet this little soul. Excited doesn't begin to cover how I feel about becoming a mother in just a couple short weeks. Anthony and I are both feeling so lucky and grateful. We're trying to soak up these last moments as a family of two- well three, counting Chloe! But man, oh man, we are looking forward to this next chapter of becoming parents and getting to know our little girl. 

All portraits by Savannah Smith Photography

 
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The Nursery Reveal! | One Room Challenge Week 6

We did it! Our daughter's nursery is officially complete and ready for her arrival in approximately 3 more weeks. It's Week 6 and reveal day for the Spring 2018 One Room Challenge. I can't wait to show you around!

If you're just joining in now, Hi! I'm Stevie. I'm an interior designer and soon-to-be mama from York County, Pennsylvania. For the past six weeks, my husband Anthony and I have been making over a spare bedroom into a dream nursery for our little girl due at the end of this month! We're old home lovers, thrift store enthusiasts and semi-confident DIY'ers. You can see more of our house here, or catch up on our ORC posts below:

 Week One | Week Two Week Three | Week Four | Week Five

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We didn't have a theme that we were going for with the nursery; more of a color palette and a "vibe". Our house was built in 1903, but sadly the upstairs had been completely renovated and lost all of it's original character. My biggest goal with the nursery was to create a historic-inspired space that felt like it had always been there. I love eclectic interiors that have that "collected over time" look, mixing styles and eras of furniture to create a room that feels truly unique. But before I get too far into the design, let's take a quick peek at what the room looked like in it's previous life as a spare bedroom/hodge-podge of all our leftover furniture:

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The starting point was definitely the crib. I had my sights on either a vintage style crib and once I saw this oil-rubbed bronze beauty, I knew it had to be the one. I love that it looks like it could be antique, but is still pretty simple. The single row of decorative balls feels like a modern take on the traditional ornate styling of wrought iron cribs. I wanted the crib wall to really become the main feature of the room and got the idea that a black and white wallpaper mural would be just the way to do that. 

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I'm thrilled to have partnered with Walls Republic for the One Room Challenge on this stunning custom wallpaper mural! Walls Republic is a great resource with thousands of modern, stylish wallpapers and murals to choose from. They also offer a "Create Your Own" mural option, where you can have any image from Shutterstock made into a custom sized wallpaper mural. Anthony and I chose this beautiful 19th century engraving because of the gorgeous details and the little storks wading in the water. Ok, they might be herons, but our last name is Storck so it just felt too perfect! Through Walls Republic I was able to customize the size to fit our room and have it printed in greyscale (the original image had some slight sepia tones) onto high quality non-woven paper.

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Our friend and neighbor Janie Reeves of Design2Finish generously installed it for us and with Anthony's help they had it up in under an hour. If you're local to PA, MD or northern VA and in need of a fantastic painter and wallpaper hanger, she's your woman! A big thank you to both Walls Republic and Janie, the mural is truly a showstopper and our favorite part of the room! 

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In addition to framing the mural out with simple chair rail moulding, we continued the same moulding around the perimeter of the room as a faux picture rail for a little architectural interest. Anthony had never done and finish carpentry before, but he figured it out quickly and got it done in just a couple of evenings last week. And he said he had fun doing it too, so maybe there'll be some more decorative moulding projects to come at the Storck Home! We painted all the trim, baseboards and the interior of the door the same color as the walls - Farrow & Ball's French Gray - to give the room a really cozy, cocoon-like feel.

For the main storage piece in this room, we reused an IKEA dresser that we had bought for our last apartment. Instead of a separate changing table, we topped it with a wooden changing tray and pad insert. I was originally thinking of a white tray, but I'm glad I went with the wood for a little warmth and contrast on this side of the room!

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Over the course of my pregnancy, I had slowly been collecting artwork for the nursery. Everything is vintage except for the Emily Jeffords print on the far right - I love her work! The small piece in the brass frame is a page from a vintage book of Whittier poetry that was falling apart. I actually used a floral illustration from the same book to decorate the shelves on the other side of the room. Instead of making the gallery wall cohesive with matching frames, I decided to keep the eclectic look going by taking a list of the sizes I needed to Salvation Army and seeing what I could find. I came home with a mix of wood, black and brass frames, none of which cost most than 99 cents! 

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I know I said the mural was my favorite part of the room, but really we have so many favorite parts of this room it's hard to just pick one! This vintage velvet settee was a yard sale find a few years ago, and actually Anthony was the one who spotted it! Despite it's petite size, it is so so comfortable. Even our boxer, Chloe loves it! I imagine spending a lot of time between this settee and our rocker, cuddled up with our little girl. The antique mirror above it was another lucky secondhand find. 

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The closet in this room is pretty funky. It's kind of like a long and narrow walk-in, with 3 big "steps" that cover the slant of the stairwell ceiling below. There was no rod or shelving when we moved in and we decided to install the storage on the very back wall to make the best use of all the space back there. You can see a progress photo of the closet organization here.  I had always planned on hanging a bookshelf on this shallow side wall of the closet, but on Sunday Anthony suggested that we remove the closet door and paint the interior of the closet to feel like an extension of the room. I'm so glad he did because I love this little nook so much more now! 

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On the fourth wall, we built simple shelves using primed MDF boards and pine brackets from Lowe's. We painted them the same color as the walls and trim because I wanted the items on the shelves to be the focus. I styled them out with a collection of vintage finds, a couple photos (including my nearly complete polaroid baby bump pictures!) and an adorable handmade elephant doll gifted to use by a friend. Next to the shelves, we hung a plug in wall sconce for reading bed time stories and late night nursing sessions. 

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The rocker was a $30 Facebook Marketplace find, that was originally purchased as a placeholder but since has really grown on us! It's a little dated, but the high back makes it super comfy and we don't plan to replace it anytime soon. I've already spent a lot of mornings rocking in this chair and thinking about what it will be like when our baby girl is here! 

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Designing and creating this room has really been a dream come true! Anthony and I both love spending time in here and we're so glad we hopped on board with the One Room Challenge this go round. It feels so good to have a beautiful room prepared just for our little one. We are so looking forward to all the time we'll be spending in here as a family in just a few short weeks!

I'll be sharing a post next week with sources for all the items (that aren't vintage at least!), but in the meantime feel free to ask me any questions on Instagram! I'll also be doing a video room tour on stories so we should definitely be friends over there ;) 

There are so many amazing One Room Challenge room reveals to see! The 20 featured bloggers are linked below and you can browse the 200+ guest participant room reveals right here. Thanks for following along! 

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive | Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design | Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators | Sacramento StreetShannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

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The Nursery | One Room Challenge Week Four

It's week four of the One Room Challenge and while it doesn't feel like I made a lot of progress this week, I did spend a lot of time working on the practical/functional aspects of the room. Here's a rundown of what we did this week!

But first, if you're just joining in now - Hi! I'm Stevie, an interior designer, thrift store regular, kind of outdoorsy wife and soon-to-be mama! My husband, Anthony and I are slowly renovating our 1903 fixer upper in York County, Pennsylvania. You can see more of our house right here and my last three ORC posts here: Week One | Week Two | Week Three

Last week my best friend, her adorable baby boy and I took the hour drive down to our nearest IKEA. I (surprisingly) kept to my list and came home with just these few things:

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1. Skubb Box, set of 6 - I got 4 of these in black. Two for organizing the nursery dresser and one for each of our nightstands in the master bedroom. 

2. Sanela Cushion Cover - I'm loving this mustardy yellow in the nursery. It's a warm accent color that contrasts both the green-gray of the walls and the burgundy background of the vintage Karastan rug. In fact, this exact color is in the pattern of the rug so for $8 this velvet pillow cover was definitely going in my cart!

3. Antilop High Chair - This obviously won't live in the nursery, but we decided to go with the famous $20 IKEA high chair because it seems like everyone who has it loves it! I have heard that the tray is hard to remove, so I'm considering ordering this removable placemat for easier clean up. 

On Saturday, I washed all the 0-3 month baby clothes so I could put them away with our new organizers! You can tell I'm nesting because I went full Kon-Mari with the folding. I am fully aware that these drawers will never look like this again but it was important to me to separate out the few newborn size items we have so I remember to use them before she grows out of them! I used these drawer dividers for the wide drawers and the IKEA boxes to divide up the small top drawers. Since our dresser is from IKEA, they were a perfect fit! 

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In other news, we also got a rocker for the room! It's not the glider I had on my original mood board. From the reviews it seems like that one sits pretty low and I was worried about it being comfortable for two taller people like me and Anthony. With time running out before reveal day - and my due date - I convinced Anthony we should buy this old rocker off of Facebook Marketplace, even if it's just as a placeholder until we find something new. It's obviously a bit dated, a little darker than what I wanted and I'd rather not have two button tufted upholstery items in the same room. But for $30, it was well worth the peace of mind for me having a something to rock our little girl in when she gets here and we were actually both surprised by how comfortable it is. So we may or may not end up replacing it, but for now it's just perfect!

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If you watched my room tour on Instastories this week (it's saved to my "nursery" highlight!) you know that aside from the gallery wall above the dresser, deciding on art and wall decor for rest of the room has been a bit of a challenge for me. I think I finally decided to go with a couple shelves by the rocker - as seen in the mockup below - and probably a mirror over the settee. I like the idea that the mirror would reflect the mural on the opposite wall, instead of another piece of art competing with it. I'm thinking it has to be round or oval otherwise it would be too many rectangles with it hanging between two windows. We'll see what I find! 

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With just two weeks left in the challenge, we still have a lot of work to do. Here's hoping for a productive weekend!

As always, you can see the week four updates from the 20 featured bloggers below or and the rest of the guest participants here. Thanks for following along!

Apartment 34 | Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive | Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design | Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators | Sacramento StreetShannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Style Me Pretty Living

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