Savannah Babymoon


A couple of weeks ago we decided pretty last minute that we wanted to take one last trip together, just the two of us! It's really starting to sink in that life as we know it is about to change so we figured what the heck! We packed a bag, booked a cheap hotel (I'm obsessed with Priceline bidding... anyone else use that? I love to research the possible hotels that I could win right before placing my bid... usually I can guess the exact hotel we'll win and we save a ton of money on our room!!) hopped in the car and drove to one of our absolute favorite vacation spots, Savannah. Savannah's only about a 4.5 hour drive from our house. Just long enough that you're happy to get out of the car once you're there but not so long that you contemplate killing one another mid-way through (the 10 hour drive to my parent's house is another story HAHA!). :)

Ripping out the old floors


There was a lot of work that had to be done before we would be able to install the new floors.
We had to tear out carpet (easy peasy!!), tile (not as easy peasy but not terrible), and glued-down engineered hardwood (torture... an absolutely miserable task). I say "we" but I have to give major props to Aaron because being pregnant it really wasn't safe for me to use the bigger tools that we rented to tackle the tile and hardwood. He's basically a floor removal pro at this point! Love you sweetie!

Preparing for Baby Z


Our biggest DIY project the past few months has been preparing ourselves for our little mystery babe to arrive! Btw I am basically DYING to know if there's a little boy or a little girl in my belly. Eeee! We'll know soon enough!

When I found out I was pregnant back in January, I pretty much received the swiftest kick in the butt EVER! This new 9 month countdown that was suddenly looming over my head was just the motivation I needed to get a project list mapped out and a timeline assigned to each task on the list.

We had BIG goals for the house that we wanted to complete before baby's arrival because let's face it, nothing is happening on the project front here right after baby is born. We'll be too busy snuggling that new little human and I am relatively certain that we will be consumed with laundry (we're cloth diapering) and just trying to stay showered/fed. :)

Here's the big guys I had included on my Before Baby project list:

New floors throughout the house
Tear out living room built-in and re-configure that room's layout
Nursery -- Top to bottom overhaul!
Laundry room makeover
Get the kitty litter moved out of the 3rd bathroom and into the garage (this was huge to me)
Move the dining table to the eat-in kitchen and turn the dining room into my office
Turn old office into 2nd guest bedroom
Spruce up the outside

I am SO happy/relieved to say that with 1 month until baby's due date, we have tackled everything on that list!!

I'm excited to share with you all some of the progress we've made over here! This house looks nothing like it did when we moved in 2 years ago. :) Hope you're as excited to see as I am to share! Stay tuned!!

Oh and just for fun, here are some Instagram pics from the past few months! Be sure to follow along @fabvintage to stay up-to-date with all things house and Baby Z! :)

xx, Shannon

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Baby Z's Gender Neutral Nursery


As I shared yesterday, we won't be finding out the gender of Baby Z until birth! That's why we decided that Baby Z was a fitting name for our little peanut. I feel funny saying "he" or "she" when I really have no clue if it is a boy or girl in there and I definitely didn't want to say "it"! Our last name begins with Z so Baby Z it is. :)

We have started purchasing some of the major pieces in the nursery so I thought it would be nice to share a little mood board I created!

I fell in love with that crib many many months ago (before we were even pregnant) and I knew I just had to have it for the nursery! My mom knew that too and that's why she very sneakily ordered it for us and had it shipped to our house. :)

The thing I am most excited about though is that wallpaper!!!! We plan to use it on an accent wall! I've already ordered it and it's been delivered, now I just need to get it up on the wall! I secretly stare at it every day. Would petting it be stepping to far? Nah, I'm pregnant... I am learning I can do weird things and people brush it off as cute/normal because I'm growing an alien inside of me. :)

Let me know in the comments if you're interested in knowing sources of any of the other items I've pictured above!

And of course for good measure, here's a belly pic from last weekend. :) I really just started showing in the past couple of weeks.

SO crazy to think that we're having a baby!!!!

xx, Shannon

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Baby Z Nursery Inspiration


I can't believe I am already 18 weeks!! Baby Z will be making his/her appearance before we know it so it's time to start thinking NURSERY!!!!!

This is probably the most exciting part so far of this adventure. We've decided to stay Team Green and not find out the gender of our little peanut until birth so I can't really get excited by clothes shopping or anything super gender specific. Baby's room though, that's another story!

I have been stalking Pinterest, blogs, design magazines, Instagram, WHEREVER I can go to get nursery inspiration and so far this is what I'm loving. :)

Please pin from original source, thanks!

Project Nursery

Charleston Mag

Any ideas on original source?

Design Sponge

It's clear that I am leaning very neutral when it comes to the main pieces in the room. Crib, glider, dresser, rug, I want all of those main pieces to be a neutral base -- think whites, grays, and wood tones. Then we can bring in color and personality through textiles, art, books, toys, etc!

Check back tomorrow for the nursery mood board I've come up with. :) I'm so excited to share!

Anyone else stay Team Green with their little peanut? Surprisingly I'm not dying to know the gender! I think finding out at birth is the most genuine surprise you can ever have. :)

xx, Shannon

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We're Having a Baby!


Hi all!!

If you follow along on Instagram - @fabvintage - you saw our big announcement on Saturday! Our family of two will become a family of three in September!

We are absolutely thrilled to be having a baby! I have already started brainstorming ideas for the nursery which in itself is extremely exciting!! We aren't finding out the gender of Baby Z until birth so the nursery design is a little extra challenging. I'm up for it!

Now that a baby is on the way, we're really motivated to get some of the bigger projects we've been planning crossed off our list. Our house is currently a disaster zone as we are preparing to lay the new floors throughout!

Aaron ripped up the tile in the kitchen, eat-in area, and the hall a couple weeks ago and we've been living in a construction zone ever since!

#myhubbyismyhero :)

We did already complete the floors in one room, the future nursery of course! :) I am so happy with the flooring we chose!

I'll be sharing photos of the new floors later this week. 

I've also been pinning nursery inspiration like crazy and want to share those ideas too!

So exciting!!! :)

xx, Shannon

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Our Wedding Day - Part 2


Hi all!

I wanted to pop in to share ceremony photos with you today! If you missed it, I last shared getting ready and first look photos.

We had a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony in the most beautiful church in Tampa! We went through the entire pre-cana process and Aaron even attended adult confirmation classes. :) After experiencing such a beautiful wedding ceremony, I am so happy we chose the route that we did. The whole ceremony was so magical. :)

Okay enough chit chat, here are some photos!

I'll post sources at the bottom. :)

All photos taken by our extremely talented photographer, Regina as the Photographer.
Ceremony Dress - Essence of Australia
Bridesmaid Dresses - Cache
Groom and Groomsmen - Vera Wang Black
Bowties - H&M

Church - Sacred Hearth Catholic Church

Next wedding post I'll be sharing venue and reception photos! :) :)

xx, Shannon

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