Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Birthday Blues (and Whites!)

No birthday blues here!  I had a fabulous day.  I'm still recovering from an epic wedding weekend in Chicago, which I will share more about when I have sleeping kiddos.  But for now I wanted to share a few blue and white birthday gifts that I'm super excited about.

Wedgwood Pearlware "Flow Blue" Dinner or Cabinet Plate Circa 1855-69

My in-laws gave me this wonderful plate to add to my collection of blue and white.  It's from an antique shop in Charleston called Geo C. Birlant & Co that I'm going to have to add to my list of shops to visit next time I go. 

I love the cobalt color and the deliberate blurred effect that this type of glazing created, a style known as Flow Blue  Not only did I get a pretty plate to display, but I also learned something new!*

* I should probably learn more about blue and white if I'm going to be obsessed with it.  The other night I was discussing my love of blue and white with my friend's mother-in-law, who is an antiques dealer in Charleston, and she asked me which kind I loved the most.  I knew what she meant, but I had no answer.  I'm like, "all of it.  Just all blue and white."  Then I recovered by adding "particularly chinoiserie." 

Right now it's sitting on my mantle with some of my other favorite blue and white pieces.  (The mantle is about to get a new look.  Hint: remember this post).

My mom gave me these gorgeous flowers from Flowers by Emily, a local florist here in Leawood, KS, who always does gorgeous arrangements.  

You can see a little bit more of two of my presents in the picture above.  First, The Suze is having pillows made for my family room in this fabric that we both fell in love with from Colefax and Fowler.

Then you may notice the little ticket glimpse.

One guess.

Mayybe I photoshopped my face ... not sure why it's purple.


Kip got me Britney tickets for my birthday!

I cried.

Not because of Britney (yes because of Britney), but because it was so thoughtful. 

He wins.

Kip, this is your prize**.  Your face next to mine on one of the greatest couple outfits of all time worn by Britney and JT.  You're welcome.  You can frame it and put it in your office. 

** Apologies if my husband ever runs for office and this picture starts to make the rounds.  And by apologies, I mean apologies to his opponent for not thinking of it first. 

Finally, not really a birthday present, but still pretty awesome (and blue and white), LET'S GO ROYALS!!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Have a Loverly Weekend!

* This picture has nothing to do with anything except it's pretty.  via Architectural Digest

Heading to Chicago for my bestie's wedding! I'm so excited to get to see some of my favorite people in the world and reminisce about our sillier days. I can't wait to eat, sleep and watch my bestie finally tie the knot.  We've been talking about this day since our college years when we'd sit up late at night, eating pizza, listening to Counting Crows and wondering if we'd ever find someone who would say, "every time she sneezes, I believe it's love."  Well, I don't think our guys would ever say that, but they feel it, and that's all that matters.  Love is in the air!  I hope y'all have a fantastic fall weekend! Go Royals!!

Enjoy these linkies with your hot dogs and drinkies :)

A perfect ROYAL blue onesie for a little boy 

I had no idea Bill Murray had 6 kids

Something about these tiny baby pictures make my heart melt 

I found a new thing to collect (but I just know Edward is going to play with them) 

Excited and Scared for what Tory Burch is going to make me think I can do with this

Cool Kansas City T-Shirts
(I just got my Royals one and it's soo cute!)

Mark your calenders: November 5th = Britney Day!
(For me it's Oct. 28th, the day I met my husband, dressed as pregnant Britney Spears, me not him, he was a ninja turtle, I felt God speaking to me, but then I thought, "Does God speak to people carrying Cheetos and dressed as a pregnant pop star? is this really how I'm meeting the man I'm going to marry?? Of all the times I've tried to look cute ..." True Story.)

TK TK gifs

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#TBT: Kansas City Spaces

Sooo I happen to have Kansas City (so in love), Blue and White (Go Royals!), and my bedroom (revamp) all on my mind.  Pinterest told me this image (above) has been super popular this month, a room by Marshall Watson that appeared in an issue of Kansas City Spaces.  I clearly scanned it (poorly) and posted it in this kind of hilarious post about twin beds that I must've written when I was in the throws of sleep deprivation after my first baby was born.  How soon we forget.

Of course, I tried to find a better image and failed, but I did find a pretty St. Louis Missouri home on Marshall Watson's web site, which first appeared on the cover of September 2012 issue of Traditional Home.

From his web site:

And from Traditional Home

It's funny how the colors look different in the magazine images.  I'm in love with the pool house and it's interiors in the last 3 images.  Is it weird to say it looks like it smells good? It would be a great place to have a party.  I'm also very envious of the original black and white marble floors in the entry! 

Love a good little trip down the rabbit hole of the Internets. 

I'm glad we did that. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall at My House

Don't let the title fool you.  This is no How to Decorate for Fall Pinterest-worthy post.  This is my accidental minimalist Fall decor that I figured I'd share because, well, I like it and it's as good as it's going to get right now.  But I'm pretty sure no one is going to look at these pictures and say, "Oh my, where does she find the time?! How does she do it all!" Ha! It's ok.  I know that's why you love me, right?

I intended to have more mums, but I could tell I was pushing my luck with my cart full of pumpkins.  So I chose two of the most brilliant magenta mums I could find.  And gotta have the Royals pumpkin. I'll post a step-by-step DIY on how to do it tomorrow. (Just kidding, paint it blue and grab a sharpie while the kids aren't looking). 

In other news, I finally had a piece framed that had been sitting in our closet for 5 years (embarrassed blushing emoji).  I think my father-in-law gave it to us, but I can't be sure. 

It's perfect for our country kitchen.  I love it because I've seen that scene a hundred times: when my family used to drive from Dallas to Peoria when I was little, when I drove home from Columbia, MO to Dallas and back in college and now from Kansas City to Dallas over the last 8 years.   It feels very much a part of me and very grounding to look at every day.  I never had it framed before because I knew I wanted to do it right. 


Major props to Leawood Fine Art for guiding me in the right direction. 

Oh and if you blinked, you may have missed my Fall mantle decor ;) Trader Joe's, y'all.  Pumpkins and flowers and pumpkins and flowers. 

Soo much decorating stuff in my head to share with you!

Oscar De La Renta

A moment of silence for our  fellow blue and white lover, Oscar de la Renta - a talent and inspiration gone too soon.  

(His Punta Cana home - one of my absolute favorites)

Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Friday, Wha? Have a Lovely Weekend?

* A white house with blue shutters and striped awnings = emoji heart eyes 

How can a week fly by and be the longest week ever?  I hope to do a little bit of Fall decorating outside and take the kids to a pumpkin patch.  Kip and I are probably going to heatedly negotiate the number of pumpkins that is appropriate to have outside your front door.  He will say 2 and I will say 10 or more.  I'm also inspired to do a big grouping of mums in different colors after seeing this post from The Potted Boxwood.   I usually just go for the lavender mums, but I love the idea of mixing lots of different colors.  So basically tons of mums and pumpkins need to happen this weekend.  Follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for updates!

UPDATE: Anyone have tips for getting half a bottle of Mr. Bubble out of the carpet??? Yep, that just happened. 

Enjoy these linkies:

whyyyyyy? whhhyyyyyy, must I covet these so?
(ya, that why was in Nancy Kerrigan's voice)
(I'll tell you why because they are gorgeous)

The perfect t-shirt for my wild, charming 1-year-old

The Antique Palm Prints could make cool wall decor in a tiny powder room

I can totally do this Pinterest pumpkin treat for Edward's snack day at school

 Autumn Chopped Kale Salad that I can't wait to try

A guide to hashtag etiquette

50 ways to brighten someone's day

Do not judge me if I try this someday

25 iOS 8 Tips & Tricks that are really good to know

Eleanor Roosevelt on maturity and values: Nailed it!
(This sums difference between my 20-year-old and 30-yearold self and why I'm loving getting older)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Master Bedroom Inspiration

If you've followed this blog for awhile, you will know that the Master Bedroom has always given me a hard time when it comes to knowing what I want. But I think I've finally found some realistic inspiration.

This first little moment is one of my favorites.

Amy Berry Design
If you're not familiar with Amy Berry Design, you should head over to her web site and get yourself acquainted.  I love everything she's done and can't wait to see more.  My little sister introduced me to her work and I love that she tends toward "pretty" and "calm" - two things I need more of in my life right now.  

David Easton

Edward came home from school with a spider ring, the ring part he asked to be removed.  I swear, it looks so real at a glance, that I have about 10 mini heart attacks a day.  I stepped on it today and jumped so high I think I hovered.  Not pretty.

Tobi Fairley

The boys have also started a new game called, "How loud is too loud, Mom?"  Edward makes a loud screeching sound while covering his own ears and then asks, "Is that too loud Mom?"  Then Christopher copies him.  It's a game often played in the car or at home when I'm on my way to write something down that I'm afraid I'll forget to do.

Have y'all seen the "What does the fox say?" video?  I have.  35 times today.  Edward sang the song on repeat at the grocery store.  Even the baby has started singing it.  It's not the worst thing they could sing.  It's just one of those that gets stuck in your head.  And when you're 4 and that happens, the only thing you can do is sing.  Sing hard.

Collins Interiors

All of these rooms look so relaxing and quiet to me.  Like soo relaxing that they could probably overpower the intensity of small children and their accoutrements.  And I'm all about overpowering the little ones.  Just kidding.  I'm really just all about recharging so I can be better for my sweet boys who have endless amounts of energy. 

This post could get really long, but basically it all comes down to committing to fabric for the cornices in our room.  They will be the place I'll bring in color and/or pattern so I've been really trying to find something I won't tire of quickly.  The existing fabric is really pretty and very much something I have wanted to make work, especially because they seem to be expertly upholsteres.  It's just not exuding the extreme level of quiet I'm looking for.  

I need hiding under water in a pool quiet.  

Phoebe Rudomino Underwater Photography