Monday, April 11, 2016

Recent Home Updates

How were your weekends?  If you saw from my snapchats (@kavanderploeg), ours was filled with SNOW.  What the heck Michigan.  Despite the weather being pretty nasty, we still had a good time.  Friday night some friends from Chicago stayed with us, Saturday was designated to lots of spring cleaning, and Sunday I traveled to the other side of the state for a baby shower (and didn't even get picture in this dress because I had to layer my trusty blazer and North Face parka on top) in a mixture of rain/sleet/hail/snow- so that was fun.  

But!  The upside to the crappy weather was that we got quite a few things done around the house, along with some purchases I've been meaning to make for a while now.


The first being the one I am most excited about, a fiddle leaf fig!  Not a real one because I have a terrible track record with keeping greenery alive and I want to put it in a corner in our living room that isn't going to get much sunlight.  I did a ton of research online trying to find one that didn't look super fake and was reasonably priced, and this one fit the bill.  Tons of great reviews and it's on sale right now!  Should be here on Thursday and I'll report back after.

Another idea to add some green to your house: this set of watercolor paintings.  I haven't ordered them (yet), but I'm obsessed.  They would look awesome in a kitchen or dining room or heck, anywhere in your house.  There are so many great finds out there on Etsy.  


We painted our downstairs half bath a dark navy color last year and I've hated it since about then.  After Amanda's post about her DIY striped bathroom, I got the drive to finally fix ours.  I'm thinking something nice and light like this picture above.  I'm a sucker for white, what can I say.  Now to put my husband to work ;)

This gold mirror was the perfect finishing touch to our bedroom dresser/vanity that I need to share here soon.  And I am still LOVING these acrylic makeup boxes that I picked up, too - definitely worth the $20.


Last is something I need desperate help with: nursery curtains.  Are blackout ones necessary?  I don't know why I have such a hard time picking out drapery, but I do so please just tell me which ones I should buy ;)  I'm thinking simple white and was leaning towards these from Pottery Barn Kids.  They're just so expensive, worth the money?  I don't know, probably but also don't know if I want to spend that much.  I'd love to hear what you guys have used!

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39 comments

  1. I'd definitely go with black out curtains for the nursery! They're worth their weight in gold and when the baby sleeps great so will you :)

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  2. amazing...this room looks so stylish

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  3. Love love love all the new house updates! I can't keep plants alive either so that tree is perfect! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. Fabulous home updates, lady. The tree is so fun and I agree water colors would look amazing near the wedding pictures.

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  5. I'm terrible at keeping plants alive, but I still want a fig leaf LOL! They add the perfect amount of "freshness" to a space!! Happy Monday! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. Ugh I hate buying curtains...they're SO expensive. I bought outs from Overstock and really love them. I'd look there and see if you can get some blackout ones (or at least ones that kind of keep the light out if you want so that you have the option).
    I really like that indoor leaf tree thingy! :)

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  7. Love those watercolors! I just favorited the shop and am def going to order them for my office. Also, my mother has a real fig tree in my parents' living room and it has been growing for YEARS. Yet I, like you, can't grow anything for a week. Keep us posted on how this one looks in person!

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  8. Ughhhh snow in April would be a major downer, hopefully spring will make an appearance and stick around soon! I don't have much of a green thumb either, and go with fake plants for the house too. As for the curtains, love the sound of a simple white and I'd go with the blackout curtains so the baby can sleep well no matter what the time of day or early morning. Cheers to a fabulous week <3
    Green Fashionista

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  9. I can not believe it is still snowing up there! Hopefully it will ease up on you soon!! Can a house ever have too many water color prints or fiddle leaf figs? I think not! Thanks for finding that faux FLF! I can not keep real plants alive at all, ever. That one is nice!

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  10. I'm loving all your updates along with your plans for future updates! Once it's done you're going to have to do an updated house tour for us!

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  11. I've wanted a Fiddle Leaf Tree for years!! I've been on the hunt for one but they are almost impossible to find :( I'm excited to hear how you like the one you purchased. I've been eyeing that one for awhile too!!

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  12. Hoping you get rid of that snow soon! And loving greenery inside - I'm trying to add more of that too!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  13. Everything looks so lovely!! The Fig tree is adorable
    Chelsea @ http://thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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  14. I love that bathroom! I'm all about light and bright rooms!

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  15. I love your decor! Super dainty! I might have to steal some ideas for our home as we're still in the early designing stage.

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  16. I have been wanting a fiddle leaf fig but worried about my crazy child getting into it, now I'm thinking the faux version would be perfect! Can't wait to hear what you think of it! As for the curtains, personally I'm glad we stuck to regular curtains + blinds. I think it would have made it tougher for R to fall asleep at daycare or elsewhere if he was used to the room being super dark, but every baby is different!

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  17. Girl I cannot believe it is still snowing up there! I think you need another Clearwater vacation ;-)

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  18. I think blackout shades are necessary but not until the early toddler years. You'll find the kids want to wake up with the sun (not cool when it rises at 5am....) so it's nice if they can't really tell if the sun is up or not!

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  19. Love that you got a faux fiddle leaf tree! I may have to get one for the corner of our family room. It looks so bare right now. And as far as nursery curtains go, we actually got the white blackout curtains from PB kids for Camden's nursery and LOVED them! Babies can be pretty sensitive to light, so if you want them to sleep in their crib/room during the day it really helps to block out the sunlight. I will be getting another set for baby 2! Totally worth the $!

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  20. Just my suggestion from hearing things - if you get your child used to black our curtains - they'll NEED black out curtains - it will be harder for them to sleep in areas. Probably not helpful when you're on vacation, or traveling, or just want them to spend the night at grandma's house... I say save the money on the dark curtains :) Just my opinion.

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  21. Love the light, airy feeling of everything. As far as curtains, I honestly think it depends on the baby. Ben is a really good sleeper (knock on wood). We had some regression with him around six months, but since about 10 months he's been awesome. The light doesn't really seem to bother him. Also, he will sleep anywhere right now, which is really nice. So, you could wait it out and see how she does in the beginning. I'm not sure how it will be once he gets older though...

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  22. Little updates around the house can make such an impact! Those watercolors would be adorable in a kitchen or dining nook!

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  23. Definitely go with black out curtains. They are 100% essential when daylight savings time rolls around and they have to go to bed when the sun is still shining through. Of course, ours are supposed to be blackout but aren't completely, so I have a black blanket tacked up underneath the curtains. Classy. ha!

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  24. We got a lot done around the house Saturday since it was so chilly and gross out, too! :) I've heard mixed things on the blackout curtains- like both sides have mentioned above me haha. So I think we're sticking with just our blinds and a regular, decorative curtain.

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  25. Now I'm obsessed with those Thyme prints! They're so pretty. And I want a fiddle leaf tree sooo bad! I love everything that you've gotten or are getting - so pretty! I never used black out curtains, and I don't think they're necessary. Then they'll only like to sleep when it's dark. It's up to you, everyone is different and I know some people swear by them.

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  26. I have no ideas if babies should have blackout curtains in their nursery, but have you ever checked out Curtainworks? I love their curtains, and they're very affordable. So glad that you got some stuff done around the house - I'm going to check out that fiddle leaf fig that you got!

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  27. We just bought our curtain for the nursery. The room has a tiny window. So we only need one panel, could use two, still undecided. I got inexpensive blue curtains from Target. They are black out and were $19! Not sure if black out is necessary, but might be nice and could always switch out they were so inexpensive. Xo

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  28. Ohhh I can't wait to hear what you think of the faux fiddle leaf fig! I've been slowly adding more plants to our place, I love the touches of green, but it can definitely be tricky to keep them alive.

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  29. I got reasonable blackout curtains from bed bath and beyond for our master - check there! They let me use 20% on each of them too!!

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  30. I love adding little touches - it can really change things up! All of these sound fabulous!

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  31. I want a fiddle leaf fig so badly but I'm afraid I will murder it. You have to let me know how the faux one is! Avery has PBK curtains that we love (the pom pom ones) and G needs blackout shades. Every one is different, so it might be worth waiting to order on! You can always do a sheer and add black out panels or cellulars after the fact!

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  32. I love your striped bathroom! So gorgeous! Also, I'm so over the snow and cold weather. Spring, where are you?! Haha.

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  33. Love your house updates. I am terrible with plants too, so a faux tree sounds perfect. I would say yeh for the blackout curtain, I just think in the summer baby would sleep so much better without the sun beaming on her. I hope Spring comes quick for us all, I'm over the cold!

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  34. I love the idea for those watermelon prints! And I say go for it with the striped bathroom, I bet that would look so cute!

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  35. I'm with you on loving whites! I like your inspo pic for the bathroom! And if I was going to get a plant like that for indoors, I would totally go fake too. I'm terrible at keeping up with plants haha!

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  36. awww thanks for the shoutout!! it's a heck of a lot of work for sure, but sometimes i just go in there & stare at it. i kid you not. haha. LOVE light & bright too - i bought a light color for the master, tried it, and need to get an even lighter color. luckily i didn't put too much time into it :)

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  37. I can't believe I wasn't following you on Snapchat! Just added you. I love the fiddle fig! It looks totally real. I have my parents taking care of my little fiddle fig while we're away, I hope they keep it alive!

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  38. Oh my, you have been a busy lady! I am loving all the new updates and will be purchasing the faux fiddle leaf fig that you found. I don't have any luck keeping these alive either! Xo, Stephanie

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