nesting 2.0


nesting started a titch early this time around. probably because we were both trying to avoid the flooring fiasco (that ended up working out perfectly fine) of march 2010.

our main hurdle for this pregnancy was to clear out our office, or Junk Fortress, to make room for Hayes' new room. as soon as we found out B.I.B. was a B-O-Y we decided to keep the nursery as is, put BIB in there and give Hayes the bigger office. 

my friend Colett designed a built-in bookshelf for her house and when i saw it last year i dr-oo-led. i showed Russ and he took off running.

so here is our first of many nesting projects... to get the "office" out:
Russ was able to build in custom shelves for our computer, printer, CDs, records and record player. he wired in speakers so we get excellent sound for our computer and record player. every other shelf was just eye-balled, but it worked out really well. to give the books some order i ended up organizing them by:
1. poetry, short stories & biographies
2. church & religion
3. books for kids
4. self help & conspiracies (thankfully our smallest section. ha.)
5. cookbooks and coffee table books
6. everything else (mostly adult non-fiction)
if you're really observant, yes Russ insisted on painting the whole room too.
the cream color we chose originally was fine, but we spend most of our time in this room in the evening, and our west facing windows let in really yellowy evening light that made the room look yellow too. apparently this annoyed Russ.
i told him i wanted nothing to do with it, i hate painting!
so he picked the color (valspar "wood ash"), painted, and i just made sure not to be home.
here's a "before" look.

p.s. the winner of the CSN gift card is:
entry #25 Sean and Janet!
e-mail me & i'll send you the code!


Aimee said...

That bookshelf is drool worthy. I'm jealous!

Diana Smith said...

its sooo cute! I love what you both did!! Its perfect for the room! And I like the new paint color!

Griffin and Gretchen said...

that looks so great! me and my hubs were just saying we needed a book shelf

stacie and geoffrey... said...

Looks so good! Can we hire Russ? Can't wait to see the magic you make out of Hayes' new room!

Colett (*.*) said...

looks really great, I'm happy to be your inspiration! Can't wait to see Hayes's finished room!

jenna said...

can russ be my husband? just for one day.
i have plenty of honey to dos that andrew refuses! :)

Anna Culp said...

it's definitely going in my "when i own a home" binder.

Lindsay said...


Anonymous said...

wow i'm impressed with how deep that is.

really nice.

Jessie said...

I just came across your blog and your family is darling.

The bookshelf is to die for!

And it's totally opposite at my house, I seem to con my husband into painting (HE HATES IT), I don't like to paint either, but I like the finished product.

ps. congrats on the bun in the oven! Mine are 19 months apart, and the older they get, the more and more I am happy I had them close together.

{lindy baker cakes} said...

This looks amazing. I love it! Russ is so good at what he does and you're so creative.

chari-o said...

that looks awesome! you guys are so genius.

Katie said...

i LOVE it.

Michelle said...

Ummm YEs.. I love this!! I right away showed my husband the before and after.
i just love built ins. he did such a good job! and great color choice for the walls! :)

Brooke said...

I've been wanting to do something similar in our family room for our TV! Does Russ ever come to St. George???

Lindsay said...

Russ, You are amazing! It looks great!

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