4.16.2014

Belly Updates.

Since the news yesterday I have been overwhelmed with sweet congratulations here, on instagram and facebook. We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support; it means the world!!! So, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I am going to overload you all with pregnancy belly pictures and updates on how I am feeling now.
I have pictures from 8-12 weeks right now and will post a 13 week update tomorrow!
I feel huge - but I guess that is just the first trimester "growing pains".
 feeling pretty good about myself still.
feeling bloated - all i can keep down is cheese quesadillas and fruit.
 1st week of spring - feeling cute. starting to eat veggies again.
 starting to see a minor change in my stomach, dealing with major panic attacks about it.
feeling good (a little more energy). my sweet husband bought me this amazing Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote for our first baby growing and my pregnancy. He melts my heart.

I will start the weekly updates tomorrow as the first trimester just kinda took the wind out of me. I am absolutly certain I was never more tired in my life than the first 12 weeks of this pregnancy. I would sleep ALL.THE.TIME. You know that amazing dresser B built? Yea that one. Well, I slept through the whole process. We would get home from work and he would go upstairs and build and I would go to the basement curl up with a blanket and fall asleep for at least 2 hours. Then get up, barely eat anything and go to bed. I am pretty sure I was the best to hang out with at that time...for real.
I also could not eat any of the foods I regularly eat. Vegetables - yea YUCK. I couldn't keep them down. And meat - meat was tough. I basically lived off fruit, that was the only thing I seemed to crave. At 13 weeks I am just starting to come back to normal, taste bud wise.
My first real craving came in the gummy bear form. Anything gummy seems to be pretty appealing to me. I also have been wanting french fries too. But B has been helping me with sticking to fruit rather than indulging in the french fries. But seriously this girl wants some fries. Help a sister out will ya? FRENCH FRIES!!!!
And I just started working out again - I am shooting for 3-4 times a week. I was on strict orders to lay off my usual weight training and stick with walking and yoga. But I have been cleared - so back to it I go! I had 2 workouts since my doctor cleared me and I am feeling MUCH better already. Of course I have to take it slower and decrease my weights but it feels good to be back. 
First trimester almost over! I can't wait for that influx of energy - come on 2nd trimester bliss!!!

Linking up here today!

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4.14.2014

Growing by 2 feet...

We are so happy to share with you that:
Baby R will be here October 2014 and we couldn't possibly be more excited! Well, maybe not ALL of us...Rascal is unsure of how this will go. I think he is still on the fence. We are working on it - he enjoys that "only child" thing a little too much, I think. Poor thing has no idea whats coming. Although he has been more protective over me lately which to me means he knows somethings up. And let's not kid ourselves; I love that.

We had a announcement photo shoot taken about a month or so ago and literally have been waiting on baited breathe to share them. We love the pictures more than words and cannot possibly thank our amazing photographer enough. If you are local in western Maryland you must check her out! ---> Lindsay D. Photography!
Here are some of our favorite shots!
my favorite one! look at his tongue! so sweet!!!
It wouldn't have been appropriate not to make a stupid face in a couple pictures - I really did try and keep it classy.

What fun these next 6 months will be planning, decorating and preparing for baby! We have been so wrapped up into everything "early pregnancy" lately - that projects and capturing daily life have been on a bit of a hold.
Oh, that early pregnancy exhaustion is the real deal. Hello...6pm, 2 hour naps, followed by bed time at 8pm. It has been quite a journey to get to this 13 week period, but I am starting to get my energy back! That, my friends is a welcome change. Now on to the fun part; where my clothes don't fit and I feel like a cow. Grow baby grow.

Up next - my weekly belly updates up til now! Can't wait to show you!

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4.09.2014

A building machine...

Since his last tutorial - my husband has been steady building for our house. I am not sure what has gotten into him but he know believes that he can build anything for the house. He man - building machine. And you know what, I am cool with that. Less money I have to spend on furniture and it keeps him busy while I watch too many episodes of Real Housewives of any city.
I am pretty excited to share with you the side table B built - and then try to figure out a way to take credit for this accomplishment. Maybe I should start building things....yeah probably not.
The reason B decided to make this table was pretty simple: the budget for this room was small and since we try to save every dime we have all.the.time. we decided to make the table.
We used our recycled pallet wood, which we make our signs out of (shop here)! and some other scrap wood and B then constructed his "own creation". We measured the space we had next to the bed in the guest room and went off of that, this table is a special build for the space - so if we need to use it again I am sure we could probably fit it anywhere, because of its generally small size.
We started with the scrap wood, then Brandon stained the top pieces and painted the pieces which will be the bottom black.
He then constructed the base and added the pallets to the top of the table which makes the "table top". We used nails to construct the base and then screws to secure the table top.

After the table was constructed we coated it with a light coat of polyurethane on the table. We let dry for a few hours and then moved it upstairs to the new guest room!
Pretty easy, cheap and attractive if I do say so myself table.

I swear - it may look like I don't contribute to any of these projects lately, but I do, I have crowned myself "the brains" of the operation. Haha. Yes - we can go with that.
Happy Wednesday people. Linking up here today!

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3.25.2014

How to: Build a Dresser (a guest post by Brandon)

I am so excited to be back to blogging after a little break. We have been going crazy on renovating and working on the house that things got backed up in our camera and in our lives. But that just means MORE projects to share with you all soon! 
Remember how I showed you my inspiration for the guest room, and then a little about the daybed and the painting? Well today's post is all about our guest room progress! But instead of me, you get to hear from a much more talented member of the Rethemeyer family...my husband Brandon. He made a custom dresser for this room and he really is a gem; he always insists on saving a buck and "doing it himself".
To say I am proud is an understatement. But not to sugar coat it - shit was hard and I did not help at all. At all... #realtalk
Anyways, enjoy! And if you have any questions email me and he will respond to you! erin@cali-landchic.com


Thanks a lot Crate & Barrel.

So apparently a Crate & Barrel Christmas catalog can turn into a complete room renovation. Lets go back first...Five and a half years ago we were house shopping and we "needed" an office space for one of our rooms. Now back to the present...we never used the office. We honestly can count on one hand the amount of times we sat in the desk chair and did "office stuff."
So in December "the" Crate & Barrel catalog showed up on our kitchen island with the page folded over to a red daybed. 
After we stared at this picture for weeks we agreed to do away with the office furniture and make this room a functional guest space. We held out and patiently waited a month and a half for the daybed to go on sale before we snatched it up. This kick started the room renovation.
My next immediate question, (after, "what two people possibly need this much luggage?") was, "where are we going to hide all this luggage?"
After researching some dressers for a week, I apparently thought I had all the confidence and information needed to go ahead and build my first piece of actual furniture. (side note- I now know way too much about inset vs. overlay cabinets...this will make sense when you begin to develop a plan for your very own dresser) I first measured the tallest and widest piece of luggage to ensure a complete fit inside the dresser. We knew the dresser was going to be against a large wall so we were prepared to build a statement piece. Using 1" MDF as the outside panels, I screwed them to 2x4's on the bottom. (make sure the outside panels are plum before moving forward-everything must be square) I then attached the top using a 1x2. 

With the initial supports in place, I then attached another 1"MDF panel in the middle as a separator between the drawers and cabinets. Using 1/2" MDF I screwed the bottom of the dresser to the 2x4's and attached another 1x2 to begin the drawer area. I got a little nervous at this point so I stacked all the luggage in just to make sure it would indeed all fit before I got too far. 

I attached the 4 cabinet front panels (1/2"MDF) to the face frame using this...
Erin stuck her head in to see the  progress and came up with the brilliant idea of using magnetic catches on the doors so they would firmly close. 
For the drawers, there are a ton of options out there for drawer slides. I didn't want to "over complicate" my already unsure idea of a dresser so I got the cheap-o wheel slides and attached the one side to the dresser and one side to the drawer box.
For the top I used 1/2"MDF and for the back I attached Lauan. 
With the entire dresser structure built.
...it was time to "class" it up a bit. I decided to attach  1" lattice strips to create some depth and attractiveness and then primer coated the entire piece. After one coat of Kilz, I painted 2 coats of light grey and finished it off with a layer of polyurethane. (all painting was done with foam brushes so it had as smooth a finish as possible)
With construction out of the way, I summoned Erin's opinion for the knobs and decorations because with most of our projects we have the agreement that I will build and she will make it "pretty." Again, she did a fantastic job of finishing off this project and completing the new home for our luggage.
 *not finished decorating yet! but getting there!*
So all thanks to a Crate & Barrel Christmas catalog we now have a red daybed (without a mattress yet) and I was able to build my first piece of usable furniture. If you have any specific questions, I will try my best to help you, as I have gone through the frustration and head scratching you may experience. Stay tuned for more guest room makeover blogs as we made it a goal to DIY the majority of this transformation. 

Isn't he the best?! 
Happy dresser making people!

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2.27.2014

Him & Her

him: vanilla wafer pudding
her: french fries

him: soccer
her: football

him: v-necks and shorts
her: sweats and baublebar

him: ipad
her: iphone

him: running
her: lifting

him: espn
her: the west wing on netflix

him: building things
her: designing things

him: graphic design
her: decorating the house with pictures

him: no blankets :: no socks
her: all the blankets

him: redskins & orioles
her: 49ers & SF giants

him: blueberries
her: strawberries

A little fun inspiration pulled from my two favorite gals Theresa & Kasey :: original source Harley & Jane.

We have been steady working on the guest room remodel - B is actually making a dresser from scratch, big things happening people, big things.

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2.17.2014

Painting the Guest Room & a funny story!

The new guest room is in full swing. We are currently ready to assemble & build furniture and decorate! I am so excited as this room is the start of many transformations to come.
You saw my vision for the room here and let me tell you - it is turning out better than I ever expected!
But before I show you where we are now and tell you a little story....let me show you (again) the before.
I think when any 20 something couple moves into their first house they inevitably end up with one room in that house as an "office". It like a requirement if you don't have kids. Empty room with nothing to put in it = office. It was they easy choice and the best use of space.
Question - Did we use it? Answer - NEVER.
I mean, never. We had paper and supplies in the closet in this room that we used but no, we never used this room for anything, so it was not a "practical" room in our house at all.
Plus I now have my amazing Craft Room which acts as our office now.
We couldn't wait to move all of this "never touched stuff" out of there and make room for our new "fun" purchases.
The first thing we did, was go through everything. We purged so much, set some aside for consignment and Goodwill and then made a pile for my mother-in-laws upcoming yard sale. I would say that the act of purging and "cleaning" causes me small amounts of panic and anxiety as the piles get bigger.
But now that it is all out - I feel so much better.
Once we had everything separated and moved out of the room we had to prep for paint.
When we paint we ALWAYS make sure the spackle from previous the holes in the walls. After that you will need to sand the walls and then clean them. We use a warm rag with a very little bit of soap and lots of water. This will leave your walls smooth and ready for a good coat of paint.
We then tape off the top of the wainscoting to ensure no spill over onto that already finished paint.
B is the master at paint and very sweetly tells me that helping is "just not my best attribute". So I am in charge of basically everything else. No painting for this impatient attention lacking lady.
We started with our chalkboard accent wall. We used chalkboard paint from Lowes (easy and cheap) and applied 3 light coats, applying with a foam brush and foam roller.
And here is what we are currently working with:
A freshly painted room after 2 trips to Lowes and a increased stress level.

And now for story time.
You see we got about 28 inches of snow last Thursday - so we were unable to go to work and knew that going into the day. So B decided to head to the hardware store on Wednesday night to pick up the paint and some supplies. On his way home - I guess - since I wasn't there, the paint had rolled around in the car and when he opened the door - it fell out. Fell out and then spilled out the ENTIRE gallon on the driveway.
Needless to say - I was in the house hanging out with Rascal when I hear a grizzly bear come in my house terror, screaming and yelling about paint and how to get it out of concrete. I decide that my quickly witted comments may be better off in my head and proceeded to "try" and help.
We were able to cover the paint with a trashcan until we got all the snow then the next day tried to scrape it up and delute it with warm water to get rid of the inevitable stain.
It seemed to work as the paint is gone. But the disappointment of a wasted evening and wasted money still resonates in our house. I keep trying to laugh it off - it seems like B is not quite over it yet...
Also to top it off a few days later after going to pick up our new Crate & Barrel bed an hour away - B realized he was missing 2 pieces. 2 very important pieces it turns out.
So - we have a beautiful red daybed - waiting to be put together.
Not every project runs smoothly. Well actually none of our projects run all that smoothly. No one is perfect - even if it looks like it. #realtalk

Un-Assembled gorgeous daybed:
Have you ever painted a chalkboard wall? Tell me how you love it!

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2.14.2014

Basement Furniture!

Can I just tell you all how amazing a comfortable, new, pretty sofa is? Can you possibly enjoy it as much as we have just by looking at these pictures? Probably not.... So in that case, come on by and enjoy! For real.
But in case you live too far - here are some shots of our new basement furniture which have already been used for many things; naps, TV watching & snuggling (with Rascal of course).
They are perfect and make such a difference in this room. Of course, we had the addition of the new fireplace facade, but I am sure that keeping the old furniture with such a bold, modern re-do would have been blasphemous. So, we went out and picked out the world's most comfortable sofa. Literally.
Enjoy - and again be jealous of the little fur-ball in the first picture as I imagine him enjoying them right now, while I am sitting at my desk at work...spoiled little man.
The color was one thing we were unsure of.
The basement wall are grey - dark on top and light on the bottom. At first I thought we would choose a grey-ish sofa. But when in the store we were really concerned that they grey colors would blend in with the carpet...
So we opted for a brown-ish grey. We knew that it would bring a softness to the space and it tied in really well with the brown bar-top on our vintage leather bar & the fuseball table. We are really happy with the outcome. The color, in my opinion was spot on.
target :: tray // target :: bowl // taget :: vase :: michael kors
polo pillow // target :: cream pillow // target :: lamp // home goods :: moose pillow // target :: cream blanket // plaid blanket // target :: assorted frames // home goods :: black pillows // OLD
For accessories I went with a modern rustic theme. Plaids, reds, creams and grey's. I love how these color's help make it feel like a cabin retreat. I come down here every evening excited to curl up with my new pillows and fall into the comfort of my new sofas.

And because we all  know I LOVE a good before and after:
New furniture purchased at Ashley Furniture. We got 2 sofas, a coffee table and a side table.
We love it!
Let me know if you have questions about anything! And I would LOVE to hear what you think!

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