Living room ‘before’ photos

Thank you guys so much for all the support about the pregnancy, its been crazy fun reading all the comments and makes me feel as happy as a Justin Beiber fan, in the VIP section. Everything is going super great so far, besides the fact that i’m a massive narcoleptic and pretty much a certifiable zombie after 3pm.  Yesterday, like most days, I worked installing in a house and on site at The Fig House and by the time I got home to write today’s post, which was 8pm, I passed out all cartoon style on the sofa.  Clothes/shoes on, tongue out of my mouth, remote control in my hand, undoubtedly watching Season 3, episode 22 of Dawson’s Creek (for the first time), looking generally wasted, although obviously (and sadly) NOT.

So the blog post I planned for today, which was the reveal of my living room finally all designed, is going to be tomorrow instead because I didn’t get the chance to finish it and you bloggers out there know that linking big posts like that takes hours in itself.  But just in case you forgot what my living room looked like when we moved in a year ago, here you go:

house before

Not awesome, but GREAT light, pretty floors and a relatively open layout. Don’t get me started on the exterior or the kitchen  - the latest from the property manager when I gave him my kitchen redo proposal was ‘No, and maybe its time for you to save enough money for you to buy a house you can customize any way you want’ … yeah…. I was pissed because he just didn’t want to deal with it (the landlord would probably have said yes) but meanwhile he wasn’t exactly wrong, i mean, i should take that same effort and time and create a crazy tight budget that would allow us to actually be able to buy a house…..

house before2

The living room is so bright and kinda big, so that’s good. The texture on the wall is INTENSE, you guys, I’m dying to sand it, skim coat it and fix it but it would cost around $1200 and its the biggest mess ever. And while I would love to waste $1200 on it, Mr. Henderson is much wiser and doesn’t want to throw any money into the rental in permanent ways.  He also doesn’t even notice it, i’m sure of it.  So tomorrow you’ll see this bad boy, styled up all Henderson style.

Meanwhile is it too early to nap? And any secret potions or remedies to help the ‘falling asleep on my desk’ problem? I mean, I know I need to sleep and i’ve been generally going to bed at 9:30 but the day time narcolepsy is really bringing down my usual high energy spirit.  Or do I just relish in it and not feel guilty? Gahhhhh…

  1. Robin

    Emily, just give in and sleep! I remember week 7 of my pregnancy, being so tired, I didn’t understand how I could sleep 10 hours and STILL wake up exhausted. By the way, I got totally hooked on your season of Design Star while I was on maternity leave, so thanks for entertaining me! I love your blog!

  2. patty blaettler

    I remember so well; when I was pregnant and commuting to NYC I would come home so exhausted at 6:30 (my husband worked nights, so I was the only one in the house), I would think “I’m too tired to eat” and climb right into bed. I wouldn’t wake until 6:00 the next day to get up and do it all over again. My little baby is 23 years old and a U.S. Marine, so it all worked out pretty well. p.s. my only food craving was fresh fruit.
    Enjoy this very happy time and indulge yourself whenever necessary!

  3. The good thing is that usually the second trimester you usually get a second wind of energy and the tiredness is a little intense. And then you get into the third trimester and it’s awful again. I’m 39+ weeks pregnant–my due date is June 11–and I’m just waiting for my baby (who probably weighs more than 8 lbs now) to make his appearance into the world, but he’s being stubborn about it. Try not to get too anxious for baby to come in those last few weeks because it seems like they always want to stay in the womb longer than you want them to.

    Physical activity is probably the best remedy to tiredness–I felt most tired when I was just sitting there, but if I could find an ounce of energy to get up and do something, it helps.

  4. Kelly Jo Bahry

    my first trimester at work at the office, i would fall asleep going pee and find myself startled awake drooling against the bathroom stall still on the toilet with my skirt hiked up around my waist. i would say if you work from home that’s a bonus (and your coworkers don’t think you’re suffering from diarrhea eight times a day). definitely count on taking care of you. you are going to be crazy busy in a few short months so rest while you still can. you are so creative and such a hard worker good work will be there when you need it to be. trust your body. rest, my sweet!

    • CatherineSalazar

      Oh Kelly! I am so glad I worked from home because that was me! You made me laugh.

  5. Just give in! Schedule your “must do’s” for first thing in the morning, when you have the most energy, and assume that afternoon to evening time you will be sleep-walking at best. With my 2nd pregnancy I would fall asleep in the doorway of my daughter’s room so she could play and I’d wake up when she tried to climb over me! By pregnancy #3, I just got a nanny to watch the other kids in the afternoon, and I took every.single.thing off my schedule that I possibly could.


    • Amanda

      Laughed out loud! I’ll have to remember this for #2!

  6. Mary

    Give in and enjoy it. Although, working out a bit in the 1st trimester always helped a little with the fatigue. I’m now 20 weeks with my 3rd and have crazy beans amounts of energy. Like, I can’t. stop. doing. stuff. So, your time is coming. Enjoy the excuse to relax, Max.

  7. SLEEP!!! Drink coffee! That’s all I got.

  8. Every day at 2pm I felt like someone slipped me a Benadryl. Luckily it passed but man it was so tough to get past the afternoon tiredness!

  9. Jennifer

    Give in to the sleep! Your body is making a micracle (I know that sounds super cheesy BUT its true). I have an 8 month old and I am amazed by my little one every day. Seriously sometime around 5 or 6 months your energy will return right until you’re a month or so out from your due date. In the first trimester, I slept in my car for my entire lunch every day. It was the only way I could survive the work day, then I was out for the night at 7 pm

    • Jennifer

      *miracle, I promise I can spell

  10. SLEEP girl! I seriously laughed out loud reading this because I was the same way. That first trimester I did nothing but sleep ALL. THE. TIME. Your body is working overtime and you definitely need it, so get it while you can! And don’t worry once you hit about 15-16 weeks you’ll perk right up :) VERY excited for you and excited to see your living room tomorrow!

  11. congrats and take advantage of the sleep…cuz you’ll be craving for it once the baby gets here!

  12. KVB

    I’m with everyone else – you just have to let go of the guilt and sleep. I’m quickly approaching my 3rd trimester, can cake a 2.5 hour nap, and STILL be ready for bed at 9pm. I just assume that there is a major growth spurt on the worst of the days. No shame in my game. Creating a human takes major work! Hang in there.

  13. Chenell Tannure

    I was thrilled to find out I could drink two to three cups of coffee with no ill affects on the baby…BUT, it didn’t help much. I used to joke that sleep during pregnancy was like heroin. (My husband always got upset and hastily explained to whomever I was talking to that I had never done heroin, which I think only made it look like I HAD, no?) Prenatal yoga helped on the days I had enough energy to get to the studio, but don’t try to fight it, because you won’t win.

  14. Ali

    Can’t wait to see your beautiful living room. I say, sleep now, for you will never sleep again :) lol.

  15. Michelle

    Hi Emily,
    I’ve never been a mom so I don’t have any advice to give you, besides you have a ton of wise and beautiful Ladies giving what sounds like brilliant advice to me! I just wanted to say Congratulations and tell you how much I look forward to reading your blog everyday! I’m decorating a new house from the floor up (a rental) and I already spent $1000 on a painter because I COULD NOT LIVE WITH DAY GLO ORANGE SHERBERT WALLS and I’m a sucky painter!!! I know I will never get that $$ back and we will probably only be here for 2 years, but hey it let me sleep at night (something I was not doing before because I could see the DAYGLO ORANGE SHERBERT even when my eyes were closed) Anyway just wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog! I find myself asking several times a day as I try to set up our bookshelves and nightstands etc “what would Emily do?” so much that my Hubby now uses it as a catch phrase to tease me (what does he know, he is a design peasant!) He also blames you for my so called “gold animal fetish”, see peasant!!! I wish all good things and blessings to you and your expanding family. God Bless!

    P.S. Can’t wait to see the uber cool Nursery!!

  16. Marie

    In my first trimester I would fall asleep on the couch by 6pm and then wake up about 9pm and go to bed. I felt like 6pm was too early to go to bed even though that was basically what I was doing. Giving in and going to sleep earlier might make your waking hours more awake.

  17. Kimberly

    That really stinks that the Property Manager couldn’t see the value that would be added to the property investment. As someone who is currently in the process of making the big jump into owning/managing my own rental properties, after many years sitting behind a desk as a software analyst, I can tell you first hand that there is a lot to be gained by increasing the net operating income of the unit. Of course the P.M. has to out weight the investment with the target NOI and hopefully that was done before the rejection came. Mr. Henderson is absolutely right. I am all for painting and little fix-ups because, after all, it is your home. But do not make any large investments in a property that is not your own. I’m sure the landlord would love it, but it could come back to bite you by adding to a rent increase and even if not, that’s money you are never going to see back.

    Ya know, once you finish your book and it is published you’re going to be a millionaire and then you’ll certainly be able to buy a beautiful home!! There are many of us that would LOVE a SFAS book that recaps all of your episodes; the style diagnostic done on the individuals, the before/after photos and a breakdown on cost. Sort of like repackaging your show into a written format. Something that I could take with me everywhere I go. I have pinned all that I could on Pinterest but it’s just not the same as a book. I know you had mentioned months ago about a book proposal you were doing and maybe this was one of them. Even if it wasn’t, food for thought right? It works for Candice Olsen! I still own all her books which are basically just recaps of previous shows because its just nice to have it in that format. We’ll make you a very wealthy gal yet!

  18. Julie

    Sleep as much as you can. You are growing a human being for goodness sake! It felt so good to sleep at that stage of pregnancy especially since I had such a hard time sleeping later on. Take care of yourself :)

  19. The best thing you can do when you’re pregnant is listen to your body; sleep if you’re tired! Think of all the work going on up in there… you’re growing a whole new human! So I say to take it easy and nap as much as your body tells you to.

  20. cindy

    girl, relish that shit! you’re growing a HUMAN in your body.

  21. Haley

    Sleep is so sweet. Enjoy it while it lasts! Also mention the fatigue to your doc. I was anemic with all three pregnancies and could not stay awake for anything. Iron supplements helped a ton. :)

  22. Alisa

    Sleep now, because by the time you hit the third trimester, you’ll be getting up 100,000,000 times a night to pee, and you’ll barely remember what sleep is anymore. :) Nightmares. Yes… sleep now, my friend, while you still can!

  23. Amanda

    I can’t wait to see this made up Henderson style. Our living room has a very similar layout (and similar vintage features) and I have the hardest time trying to figure out the layout. I will be studying that post like none other!

  24. Sabrina

    Relish it!!!!! I was dog tired with both my pregnancies. And I felt bad when I had to cancel plans or just wanted to hibernate. But now, I see that sleep is magical when you can get it. You will find this out once baby comes. So enjoy it now! :)

  25. Seriously, I have no idea how people hold down regular office jobs while pregnant. I work from home and during my pregnancy, without fail, every afternoon by 2:30pm I would stagger away from the computer and just fall into my bed. Grow that baby, woman.

    Love your site. Is it weird that I don’t even know you but am kind of ridiculously excited on your behalf? Hmm.

  26. Lindsay

    SLEEP. You are growing a tiny human and he/she needs your energy! Take this time to take care of yourself. You’ll get your energy back in a couple weeks (2nd tri) then it all comes crashing down again in the 3rd tri. SOAK IT UP. :)

  27. lisa

    Iron supplements were a life saver for me. Really helped with the exhaustion.

  28. Meghan

    Hang in there!! It will get better. I’m a week away from baby#2 and am less tired than I was during the first trimester. Huge congrats, by the way!!!
    I can’t wait to see what you do with the living room. I have a similar layout/look in my rental house in SF and will surely be super inspired by what you do. Best blog ever, by the way. Only one I still read.

  29. Lauren

    I used to sleep on my yoga mat under my desk in my office. I would just make sure to close my door and turn off the lights so students and colleagues wouldn’t see what was up. The 20 min day nap was totally necessary! I say cat nap your heart out if you can swing it. I once fell asleep standing with my head against a wall! That first trimester is a doozy, but I did feel like I had way more energy in the 2nd. Just more generally like myself. I only starting needing a 4 PM nap again late in the 3rd tri. Have you had crazy pregnancy dreams yet?! Those are a hoot! Super vivid and trippy and often mix baby anxiety with pets – my mommas group used to trade dream stories and pets were very often involved. Best wishes!

  30. Lynne

    Emily, listen to your body and sleep when you need to. You’re making a human being for goodness sakes, you need it! Also, enjoy it while you can!

  31. laurel

    There will come a day very soon in the 2nd trimester when it feels like a switch gets flipped. You will literally jump out of bed and feel amazing. There are a small amount of women who suffer all the way through, but most likely you’ll feel great. And then you’ll feel huge. I mean, really huge. So ENJOY that 2nd tri because girl, it goes fast.

  32. Heather

    I am 5 and a half months pregnant right now and I was SO, so, so tired up until month 4. I would wake up and want to nap right away again and still go to bed at 7:00pm. My husband was really sad because I was always so tired when we were hanging out. I heard about all of the morning sickness but the tiredness I never really heard about.

    On a related note, you are lucky since you’ll have halloween to dress up and still be pregnant! I’m due right before Halloween or else I would totally do this idea. Your husband could be an Oompa Loompa and you can be Violet after she turns into a blueberry!

  33. jeannette

    eat something every five hours, like high quality protein, if you can stand it. a few bites of one of those flavored tunas out of an envelope, or its equivalent, is what it boils down to. be in bed by nine, read, watch tv, gossip, whatever, lights out by 10. it’s revolutionary but a solid eight hours’ sleep in a dark bedroom every night will change your life.

  34. Trish


    There is something so wonderfully indulgent about napping when pregnant. It’s a free pass you will never get again (except maybe when you are 90 and who wants to wait for that?) and your body needs it. I’m not normally much of a napper, but I have happy memories (seriously) of the exquisite naps I took during all three of my pregnancies. My youngest (and last!!!) is now 12 weeks old and I can’t even imagine getting in a nap.

    Enjoy, and congratulations.

  35. RD

    Nap when you get the opportunity not to exceed 20 minutes. More than that and you’ll awake feeling groggy instead of refreshed, plus it will throw off your circadian rhythm.
    Best thing to do is make sure you get a good night’s sleep and one 20 minute power nap in the afternoon.
    You will adjust. Give it a few more weeks.

  36. Hollie

    Congratulations! As far as the sleep goes just give in! Once you precious babe arrives for at least the first 2 months you will be a zombie! Can’t wait to see what you’ve whipped up for you living room.{}

  37. E E Faris

    Sleep, sleep, sleep. Your body needs it. It is a peculiar sensation to have your usual agenda derailed – which will probably happen in many ways. Take care of yourself, you are working at making a baby all the time and it takes energy. Maybe stay off of ladders too.
    You might want to pick up The Mothers Almanac and Penelope Leach’s Your Baby and Child. Both are smart, calm, and cheerful.

  38. I’m just catching up on blog reading after a few days missing out and boy did i miss out – what amazing news, huge congratulations guys – that is just wonderful. And as for the afternoon exhaustion – it was the same for me but all i can say is if you can manage your working life to fit around more naps right now, do it and enjoy it – your body is telling you what you need, it’s working super hard creating that brand new baby and the more rest and good food you give it to work with (and some chocolate thrown in for good measure of course) the better. So have the naps if you can and absolutely no guilt needed. And it does usually get a bit easier in the middle part of the pregnancy – a bit more energy and not so many naps needed so you can hit your stride again later. Lovely lovely news, thank you for sharing. x

  39. amy

    emily, congrats!!!! soo happy when i saw your post about the baby to come :) amazing. and just SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP when your body is asking you for it! even if it’s in the middle of the day. i was working full time during most of my pregnancy – and i gotta say, it helped to HAVE to at work, cause at least i kept my eyes open during those hours – but as soon as i got home, i too became a zombie and just SLEPT!!! the fatigue will get better soon by the way, for me…around 14-16 weeks into pregnancy, my fatigue lifted and i felt wonderfully energetic! drink lots of water, (coconut water hit the spot for me!) and PUT YOUR FEET UP GIRL!! :)

  40. SLEEEP! Do it now and enjoy every second of it because as everyone will tell you once you darling babe arrives, your lovely naps and sleeping through the night will end. When I was pregnant I would fall asleep in a armchair at work during my lunch break everyday until I hit my second trimester. Your body is working super dooper hard creating a wonderful little person, so be kind to yourself and relax when you can.

  41. Miriam

    Just give it a couple of weeks and you will get to incredible months full of energy. I mean FULL!

    I love your work and share your passion in so many ways.
    Greetings from Vienna.

  42. Nina

    Sleep. While. You. Can.

  43. allison

    sleep, sleep, sleep! your body needs it! when i was pregnant with my son, i was talking to a friend about how i couldn’t keep my eyes open past 7 pm. she said, “of course you’re tired! you’re making a spinal cord!” hearing that put it all in perspective for me, and made my many daily naps totally guilt-free.
    on the first day of my 2nd trimester it was like magic – i had so, so much energy. second trimester is awesome!
    then the crazy, emotional 3rd hits… i was watching meerkat manor one night while my partner was in the other room. he came running into the room when he heard me crying uncontrollably, asked if i was okay. through tears, i was barely able to say, “Shakespeare got bit by a cobra and i just don’t know if he’s going too make it.” i was inconsolable for an hour. so yeah, you have that to look forward to!!

  44. Rachel

    Apparently magnesium supplements can help you get a great nights sleep when u r preg.

  45. Chelsea

    I’ve just been catching up on your blog and saw your good news! Congratulations! You are going to be such a fun mom! I do have one bit of advice for a december baby…My mother was born the 27th and it was the last thing she wanted for her child, BUT when you’re trying so hard to get pregnant things happen! My birthday lands on Dec 21st. She always tried to make my birthday separate and special for me (I guess I had a hard time sharing with Jesus!) I was given a small gift every year on my half birthday, it drove my sisters nuts but I loved it. For example: Everyone had to wait until they turned 8 to get their ears pierced, but I got to at 7.5. Also my middle name is Noelle, which I still love! Good luck with the pregnancy!

  46. Laura

    I basically love this post because you mentioned Dawson’s Creek. Just when I thought I couldn’t love this blog any more . . .

  47. Karli

    I notice you did paint it a bright white when looking at your most recent post of your living room. What color and brand white did you use?

  48. Those are probably the best episodes of Dawson’s Creek. Try to stay awake through Dawson’s meltdown!

  49. Relish it and do not feel guilty. It’ll go away in trimester 2 (and then it’ll come back in 3…and then the baby comes so just sleep as much as you want now!) Also, without getting too gross (which I’m about to do anyway), you ARE growing a whole new organ this trimester and it’s a pretty intense and complicated one. Placentas are insane…and awesome. So just rest and get to growing!

  50. Kimberly

    What brand and color white did you use for this room?
    Take the words of wisdom to SLEEP! And do not feel guilty, you are making a baby. As a Mommy of two kiddo’s (3 yrs. & a 9 month old), I wish I had slept 24/7 because now, I feel as if I am on the go 24/7!

  51. As much as people worry about the amount of caffeine we pregnant ladies are supposed to have, I find a medium cherry coke (or orange soda depending on the day’s craving) to be particularly helpful right around 1pm with lunch every day. It’s got way less caffeine than coffee and just enough sugar to still taste good!

  52. MEL

    Don’t ever feel guilty about napping! Sleep it up while you can! And like so many others have mentioned, hopefully you’ll get a second wind in a couple weeks. Congrats!

  53. Holly

    I used to hide and take naps all the time – especially with this second pregnancy. Sometimes even a 15 minute nap helped, but girl I know that narcolepsy feeling and it’s so easy to fall asleep.

  54. Anne

    Go with it! You will never get as much sleep again as you do right now. Enjoy it! Relish it! Make it an event to enjoy every day. I have 5 boys, the youngest is 10 months, and I am amazed at how little sleep I can survive on. Please, sleep for the both of us. ;^}

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  56. josh

    Thanks for including where you bought the items. If there is one thing that bothers me is bloggers that never, never, never, include where the item is coming from. Then you have a million people asking them where it is from. Great Job!! Enjoyed it.

  57. Barbara

    Congratulations on the baby!
    After much contemplation, I have surmised that you live in the house down the street on the same block in LA where I used to live. I am now selling that apartment building (the pale pale green one with the darker green stripes at the top and chocolate brown trim), and now I live a little further east.
    I loved walking around that block while I was super pregnant, especially at night, in the summer evening mistiness, where the cactus blossoms on the north end of the block were silhouetted from the street light.
    Your blog and design work are an inspiration. Everything is amazing. And your child is going to be so very happy growing up in a house where every shelf in every room makes you smile.

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