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The House on Fremont Street: nousDECOR (Giveaway)

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You know that I’m already a heavy Pinterest user, right? Obsessive might be a better word. Especially as we’ve been pulling the details of our new house together, my Pinterest boards have kept me organized and sane, as I pull ideas, inspiration photos and products for each room.

However, as much as I love Pinterest, sometimes, it leaves something to be desired. I don’t claim to be anything close to an interior designer. Sometimes, I play one for work (my special talent is sourcing the perfect products), and I certainly know what I want and like for my own home, but that’s as far as I can go. In addition, I try to stay as far away from scary editing photos, like Photoshop, as possible, so pulling together those gorgeous pin-worthy interior collages that you see on design blogs is way out of my league.

nousDECOR Logo

Enter nousDECOR(you say it “new” decor, in case you were wondering…)

The newest online design tool on the block, nousDECOR is like a cheat sheet for those of us who didn’t exactly attend design school, but who want to create spaces in their homes that look like we did.

The main feature of nousDECOR is being able to take a picture that inspires you, for your own home, and to pull products, straight from the extensive catalog on nousDECOR, to create a custom moodboard.

Here is an image (on the left) that I pinned to my Pinterest account long, long ago, for living room inspiration, and the moodboard that I created on nousDECOR to create a similar look:

nousDECOR on bellingFAM

If you click through on the image above, you’ll see that when you’re on the moodboard, you can click on each product I chose, which will take you to the website where you can buy it. For example, if you can’t live without that rug (which everyone and their MOTHER has right now!), click on it, read more about its details from nousDECOR, then click on the BUY button. Easy as that.

nousDECOR Products

One of my other favorite features is that as you pull products for a room on your moodboard, it keeps a running total of how much the design elements you’ve picked will cost. If you look above, you can see that these products are at around $1650.

Isn’t this cool? You really just have to get onto nousDECOR and play around to get the feel of it!

There are a million amazing features built into nousDECOR, but here are some of my other favorites…

  • See a room that you love on nousDECOR, but it’s about 900 times out of your budget? Click on the moodboard, then click on each item and use the “SAME LOOK, DIFFERENT PRICE” button to search for similar items at different price points.
  • Have a room that you love but can’t find the products to recreate it? Have a couch that you can’t seem to find the perfect rug for? Try nousDECOR’s SEEKING HELP feature. You can upload a photo of what you need help with, then put it out there for the nousDECOR community to give you feedback, including their in-house designers and Chief Designer, Mark Cutler.
  • For those of you who fill your homes exclusively with “flash sale” decor (such great deals on those sites!), but you get tired of hunting and hunting and hunting through them to find what you’re looking for, as you’re creating your moodboard, click the SHOW FLASH SALE FIRST button to give you products straight from all of those sites. There is also a SHOW DIY FIRST button for products that you can easily recreate at home.

Okay, honestly, the best thing to do is to jump on to nousDECOR and play around. There are so many cool, thoughtful features and it’s SO EASY to use. I can’t emphasize that enough. Plus, it’s fun!

To get you started on nousDECOR, they are hosting a giveaway for one of the stores where you can pull products on nousDECOR, as you create your moodboards… and one of my personal favorites for home decor, Anthropologie(I used to work there. I was awesome at folding the bedding. Seriously.) One bellingFAM reader will win a $100 gift card for Anthropologie.

To enter to win a $100 ANTHROPOLOGIE GIFT CARD, please click the Rafflecopter link below:

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bellingFAM Giveaway for $100 Anthropologie Gift Card from nousDECOR

(If you’ve never used Rafflecopter before, I promise that it’s easy and the BEST and safest way to enter a giveaway on a blog, as well as for me to run a giveaways on bellingFAM. No registration necessary. All of your information provided is kept private. U.S. residents only, please.)

Giveaway provided by nousDECOR. No other compensation was taken for this post.
All opinions are my own, as always.

Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day weekend

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you sweet moms! I hope you feel loved and appreciated this weekend…

I just came from the Mother’s Breakfast at Everett’s preschool and apparently I have a knack for farming. Nothing like seeing yourself through your 4-year-old’s eyes for a little self-reflection, right?

Here’s what happened on bellingFAM this week:

// We had a huge discussion on Facebook about the top 17 selling items at Trader Joe’s. I added some new to-buy items to my list for next week after hearing what you love to buy!

// Construction started at our house and, I’m grateful to say, that it’s almost done.

// My first Stitch Fix box arrived and I shared what I sent back and what I kept.

// And, after seeing how popular the review was, I added a giveaway for a $25 Stitch Fix gift card. It’s still going!

// Everett’s room was revealed, including his feature herringbone wall. Thanks for all of the positive feedback… I’m glad you think it’s as cool as we do!

(see you next week! come say hey on instagram over the weekend! xoxo.)

The House on Fremont Street: Everett’s room


Everett's Room

It’s impossible to photograph Everett’s little room in one shot, so here it is in bits and pieces.

Can we take a moment for the wall, please? (tutorial later. when i’m feeling less traumatized. scratch that. when josh is feeling less traumatized. ditto for the paneled ceilings. we haven’t even discussed those yet!)

Everett's Room

Everett’s room is nearly done, despite a few finishing touches and things that we’ll do further down the road, like painting the inside of his closet and creating better storage in there and upgrading the blinds. I’ve been playing with the idea of adding a cover to his duvet, maybe this one from Pottery Barn Kids, but I’m still on the fence. I don’t want his room to feel too heavy or over-designed. The curtains are even pushing it, in my opinion.

Everett's Room

See that little Seahawks helmet lamp? It was Josh’s when he was a kid. Talk about being a lifelong fan. I’m on the hunt for a new shade…

We didn’t have a place for that Seattle map in the rest of the house, so we hung it in here. I think it gives a nice pop of color to his room. I want to cover that wall with all Seattle/Washington/Northwest-inspired art work for a little gallery. I’ve been pinning some ideas here.

The best part about his room is that we pretty much already had everything we needed. I did add that tiered basket for his trucks. It’s the Ladder Storage Basket from Urban Outfitters (currently on sale for $59) and it gives a nice industrial touch to his room, while also giving us an easy spot to toss the random trucks and cars we find around the house.

Everett's Room

A closeup of the wall. The insanely perfect wall. I kind of want to hug it. The mug and wooden letter are both from Anthropologie. They still carry the Monogram Mug ($8), in case you can’t live without one of your own.

The House on Fremont Street

The House on Fremont Street

The House on Fremont Street: Construction zone

This is the scene at our house this morning.

Flaggers. Backhoes. Cones. No parking signs. Compressors. Guys drilling into concrete.

After a chilly month at The House on Fremont Street, we’ve having gas brought to the house and a new heating system installed, replacing those old, dangerous in-wall heaters that were single source of heat when we moved in… and that we promptly ripped out so that we could paint.

Long story short, our house has been a bit on the chilly side since we moved in!

It happened that both installs, gas and heat, landed on the same week, so we’ll be living in a construction site, of sorts for the next few days. I don’t think Everett will mind one little bit.

Here’s to having dry bath towels, being warm when we get out of bed in the mornings and to on-demand hot water.

(can you hear the angels singing? i can.)

The House on Fremont Street

Herringbone Wall Part 1

The House on Fremont Street: An {imperfect} DIY herringbone wall in Everett’s room {part 1}

A long, long time ago, before The House on Fremont Street was even a thought, I pinned this picture on Pinterest. I loved the entire nursery, which actually originated from the gorgeous, to-die-for blog, At Home At Home.

Fast forward nearly a year. We’re in our new home, trying to add some customized elements to make our otherwise plain jane house into a home that we adore. I don’t think that I would ever brave painting a true chevron pattern on the wall, as trying to make all of those zigs and zags align perfectly (they’d have to. HAVE TO.) makes me want to cry, but this imperfect version of a herringbone pattern seemed doable. Even for this paint-hating DIYer.

I promise to include a full step-by-step guide in the next post, but we’re only halfway through and I hit a bump in the road along the way, so let’s talk about that first, shall we?


We used FrogTape Delicate Surface (since we had just painted the wall with a fresh coat of white paint), which is pretty much the best thing ever. It’s so soft and easy to put on the wall. Note that we used the wider tape, giving us almost 2-inches of coverage for every white line.

Herringbone Wall

Josh was in charge of the first step: getting the vertical lines perfectly spaced and perfectly straight. He’s good at things like that. I’m not. This is why we’ve been married for nearly 12 years.

Herringbone Wall

Now my work began. I started in the center of the wall, taping off two of the first herringbone lines about mid-way up the wall. I didn’t want them to perfectly connect, but I did want their angles to be similar, which I just eye-balled.

Herringbone Wall

Then, I started tape off of my first piece in one section. I didn’t want each section, which will be painted blue, to be the same size, so I just taped my heart out, adding new lines until I had filled up the entire section.

Herringbone Wall

This was the result. When I stood back, I wasn’t as excited as I should be. When I compared it to my inspiration picture, I realized that I had added far too many lines.

Herringbone Wall

Instead of starting over, I went with a new strategy for the adjacent section, starting with taping three pieces: one that was in the middle, then one above and one below, giving me three equal-ish sections. Once those looked good (it was tricky to get their angles right!), I added two lines of tape below and above each of the three main tape lines.

Herringbone Wall

Once that side was taped, I went back to the first section and removed about half of the tape that I had applied originally. I just did some random picking and choosing, being careful to step back away from the wall, to check on the progress as I removed each line.

In the end, I love that the section on the left is a little more structured, while the section on the right has some skinnier and thicker bands. I think they’re a good balance for each other… at least until we get started on the outer sections!

We’re going to finish taping tonight and maybe I can convince Josh to start painting for me too… Stay tuned for a full reveal and step-by-step instructions (minus the ones we wasted time on!) next week!


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What we’ve been doing the past couple of weeks

I promise that I didn’t forget about you all. Between moving and unpacking and having family in town and not having internet at home until just a couple of days ago, it’s been a whirlwind. But, we’re into the swing of things and I’m actually going to get GROCERIES today. Progress.

Here’s a little peek at what we’ve been up to the past couple of weeks…


The kids only had to sleep on the livingroom floor for a couple of nights… I think they slept better in there than they do in their beds!


This was the state of our garage. Thankfully, it does’t look quite this bad anymore. Who can spot a treadmill, the base of a lamp I don’t want anymore, and a weedeater?


We were out-of-town for a family event last weekend and killed some time at this cool park. Does anyone know where we are? Full post with details coming later this week!


This little spot in our entry way is one of the only spots that I consider semi-done. Well, despite all of the paint touch-ups I need to do. But still, a moment of peace and beauty goes a long way.


We’ve been eating out a lot the past couple of weeks. Ev and I are certainly frequent flyers at The Bagelry. (He gets a bialy with cream cheese. I get one with feta-garlic-dill. Yum)


This is the last of the boxes that contain inside stuff. Josh put them inside on Saturday. They’re still sitting there, untouched. Staring at me. I hate them.


And, a quick shot from our Easter egg hunt with cousins yesterday. Why don’t my kids move this fast when we’re trying to get out the door in the morning? Hmm…

Come visit tomorrow for a giveaway of one of my favorite mom must-haves in one of my favorite prints. It’s a good one!


Let’s talk about the deer

Let’s talk about the deer.

(I almost titled this post “Oh, deer!” but I thought twice…)

Is it just me, or are there more deer than people in Bellingham? I swear that I don’t go on a single drive without seeing some trying to cross the road/nearly hitting one that is crossing the road. It’s kind of insane, right?

When we were signing the papers on our new house a couple of weeks ago, we happened to run into the previous owner in the lobby of the title company. She was so sweet and we chatted for a moment or two.

On our way out, she said, “Oh, I need to tell you about the deer. You have to feed them.”


She revealed that she’s been feeding them from her back porch for years and that they will actually come up to the back window and wait until you bring them apples.

Let’s try that again… Huh?

I asked if she cuts them up. (I was joking.)

She said yes. (She wasn’t joking.)

Josh and I left, shaking our heads and thinking that she must be exaggerating a bit. We laughed about it and told the kids that our new house came with pet deer. YAY! We don’t have to get a dog anymore!

Then, on Friday, Everett and I were in the front yard when we noticed a deer casually walking towards the back. By the time we got there, she was waiting for us, just at the end of the deck. And, even with a 4-year old who was hopping back and forth on his feet with excitement, she just stayed there… waiting.

I grabbed an apple from the fridge and tossed it out to her as she gave me an exasperated look, like she was saying, “It’s about time, lady.”

So, now we have a pet deer. She’s been back a couple of times now and gets so close that we could reach out and pet her, if we were so bold, which we aren’t. Because, um, rabies. She does seem to prefer the apples cut up — she couldn’t seem to break through the skin of the apple when it was whole. Also, I’m apparently a deer lady now. It’s like a cat lady, except weirder.

I admit that I feel like I’m screwing with Mother Nature a bit by feeding her and I’m wondering how long it will be before I come down the hallway to find a deer standing in my kitchen.

Do you have a crazy deer story to share? Please do! Crazy like company.

This isn’t our first close encounter with wild animals. This happened at our house in Seattle: Read this first, then this. Warning: It includes raccoons. And some graphic language. And possibly some illegal animal dumping.