Friday, January 30, 2015

Have a Super Weekend (had to)

The Queen's Bedchamber - Karen Knorr 

Hello friends!  Who's excited for the weekend?  I spent the entire day working on an organizing update in between my day job responsibilities as monkey wrangler at the zoo.  I mean, my boys are so sweet and cute, but there are times when I stop and think "this is much closer to the monkey cage at the zoo than anyone is willing to admit."  I love the picture above.  It's just so perfect.  Anyway, my organizing update post was so long and rambly, I decided to save it for Monday (I know, I'm really making you excited to come back).  Instead, I'm leaving you with some links o' love, but many are organizing-related! I hope y'all have a super Super Bowl weekend.  Can't wait to see the ads this year.  The ones that make me cry are always my favorite.

Enjoy these linkies with some halftime drinkies!

I'm making these sandwiches for the Super Bowl - yum

Sanebox for your email woes.  Get it.  It's a sanity saver.

I've been using this app to scan things like business cards, important receipts and warranties

15 Cool and Practical Apps for Couples - some of these really do look cool

I need to see more of this nursery 

SUPERCUTE kids necklaces I got the boys for Valentine's Day (also spotted: the world's cutest little girl and blue and white, it's like the perfect post)

This is my new favorite Kansas City Restaurant 

Even Thomas Keller (one of my cooking idols) is giving me good organizing advice

I just realized I can subscribe to coffee 

This Breathing Trick really works when you can't turn off your brain at night 

Scallop detail needs to happen more often 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

More Blog Love: Inspirational Images from The Potted Boxwood

It's my real-life friend Christina of The Potted Boxwood's birthday today, which is a perfect excuse to share a few images from some of her fabulous posts.  I was so happy the day she told me she was going to start blogging!  She has the best taste and every post of hers is a veritable roundup of all of the most fabulous images on any given subject.   Here are a few:

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A Wall of Roar - A whole post of fab taxidermy images :)

Homes of Hampton - a roundup of images featuring the designs of Alexa Hampton, just one of the many great designers she features regularly. 

The Luxe Look of Leather - Leather chairs for those of us who think we don't like leather chairs.

Subway Is Always Fresh - A roundup of rooms with subway tile ... that are freaking awesome.

Accessible Amenities - This one I loved because it is so her sweet personality.  This is a roundup of fabulous rooms for those who use a wheel chair, which often requires a different use of space than we see in our everyday magazines.

So go visit my friend over at The Potted Boxwood and wish her Happy Birthday! 

I'll be back tomorrow with a brief report on the new, organized me and some really good links!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Enchanted Foyer

I could not let another day go by without directing you to my lovely friend Tina's post on her newly completed foyer!

The Enchanted Home

For the love of all things good and holy and blue and white, this makes my heart skip a beat.  I'm so happy for her.  I can't even be jealous because I know she is appreciating every inch of it and we get to share in the excitement with her.  This is when I'm glad I keep up with my blog reading.  

The Enchanted Home

I know many of you have ended up at Belclaire House by way of The Enchanted Home so this is a repeat, but I'm confident that you are like me and just one-step away from making this foyer your screen saver.  It's that beautiful.

The gorgeous mural is the Hemmerling Chinoiserie Wallpaper from Paul Montgomery.   I don't know how she narrowed it down, his murals are so gorgeous.  I do believe she picked the perfect paper for her entry.  And (dramatic sigh), now I will have to copy her.  Well, someday.

Here are some others from his collections that I loved:

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Aren't they gorgeous?! I bet they're even prettier in person.  Go visit The Enchanted Home to see more of her gorgeous foyer as well as some inspiring blue and white!

Have a lovely day!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Have a Perfectly Organized Weekend!

This looks like Heaven. {image via thefoodogatemyhomework tumblr - one of my favs}

Hey y'all! Still in super organizing mode so I apologize for not coming up for air.  I just so rarely get in this kind of zone.  It helps that until the last two days, it's been too cold to expose your skin to air outside.  I would never get this kind of motivation in the summer.  I have become no expert at organizing by any means, but I have made a few changes from my usual organizing benders that I think will make a difference:

  1. I'm letting go of my typical need to make everything "cute" and just trying to get it done (i.e. I replaced cute baskets with clear plastic boxes that can withstand the murderous hands of my toddler), 
  2. I'm also letting go of things in general, and 
  3. Lots of labels.  It's not pretty, but at this stage in our household it's necessary.  If something is not in it's spot, it's usually in the bathtub or the basement and it makes me insane. This helps everyone else help me.  And the kids are no longer off the hook because they can't read.  I printed pictures of almost every significant toy we have and each one has a place.  I also labeled a few food items in the refrigerator, which really makes me look insane.  BUT it's really helpful.  One quick glance and I know exactly what staples are running low, and I can put it on my list.  It's a technique called finding the path that uses the least brain capacity.  I just made that up.  

I'll be spending the weekend working on the closets.  Yikes!  I'm not looking forward to it. Any advice for closet organizing?  Also has anyone read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?  I need life-changing tidying skills and lots of magic.  Wish me luck!

Alos, I hope y'all have a very lovely weekend! Enjoy some links below!

I usually love the Timehop app (if you've ever posted things on social media, it's super fun!) ...

Until it reminded me that I was having the exact same organization freakout exactly 1 year ago!

Another great app that just launched, Good Housekeeping @ Home

This cooking appliance is about to replace my slow cooker.  It's amazing! (I'll post more about it when I've used it more, but so far I'm very impressed.  It's gonna be a game changer)

Some good parenting tricks

The Emotional Phases of Cleaning Your Home, in GIF form (you know I love a good GIF)

Dallas Friends Take Note!

Blue & White Collecting Advice from a pro

The most beautiful post on kitchen storage

I just want to be in this room sitting in silence with a glass of champagne and a cookie


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pretty Pantries


I just spent an intense week trying to get my house organized, starting with my kitchen, laundry room, breakfast area, dining room and soon-to-be bar area.  I fully intended to just do the kitchen, but you know how that goes.

This is not my pantry, but this is what I'm going for.
I thought it might take a day.  Maybe two? 

But I've made a dent.  I feel good about being supercrazylady organizer. 

Well, I did feel good. 

Until I found my son's shoe in the warming drawer, which was on and essentially slow cooking the shoe. 

Meryl Streep

It's a slow process when you have little ones.

Next on the list: finish kitchen, basement toys, closets and bathrooms!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

For The Bebes: Pixie Interiors

I can't believe I'm just now sharing this with you! Just before Christmas, the folks at Pixie Interiors, a super adorable textile and children's decor design studio, reached out to me to share their new line of nursery prints and products.  I'm so glad they did because I had actually seen their work on Instagram months earlier and made a mental note to find out more.  Clearly, I have a problem with mental notes.

This is the image that first caught my eye:

Pixie Interiors 

Their nursery prints and products are adorable.  Really, exactly what is missing in the world of baby decor.  Fresh, fun colors with a nod to traditional patterns and the sweetness of a newborn baby.

The bumper shown above is their Night Circus fabric.

I love their Pagoda pattern, which comes in tons of fun colors.

Emerald Pagoda Fabric
Watermelon Pagoda Fabric 
 They also offer monogrammed crib sheets.

This is almost fabulous enough to make me want to go for baby #3.  Almost.  I really, really adore their products (and, no, they're not paying me to gush).

Their line is carried exclusively with Rosenberry Rooms, where you can order their products online.  They offer their fabric by the yard as well as pillows, storage bins and poufs.  I know that they have some new things coming up for Spring so I'm really excited to see what's in store.

I'm eyeing these storage bins to corral the toy situation we have.

So if you're in the market for fab nursery decor, definitely check out Pixie Interiors!

Anybody out there have a bun in the oven? I love baby announcements regardless of who is making them.  I don't know why, but I get so excited for everyone.  So if you are a stranger and want to share, I wouldn't think it was weird at all.

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

Adrienne Chinn Design

Well, hello 2015. You feel very future-y.  I wanted to start 2015 on a high note with the above photo.  That blue hutch is fabulous.  If you decide to stop reading here, I would be fine with that, since this is the image I cannot get out of my head.  This suddenly became a crazy long post.

I made a few resolutions this year, just as I try to do every year. Some are personal goals, like lighten up, give more and read more.**

Then there are my house and blog goals. I have lots of projects I want to tackle this year, and I really want to share them with y'all because most of the really great design decisions I've made are 100% based on your advice, which is so cool. So here are some of my big blog/house resolutions for 2015.  Baby steps.

1. Buy More Blue & White. 

"Don't buy things that aren't blue and white" just didn't have a great ring to it. But really, I am having none of this Marsala color of the year business.

Remind me when I start contemplating a Marsala velvet chair or something.  I just can't live with a lot of other colors outside of the blue and white scheme. I love other colors. I just can't live with them. Therein lies the issue.

This is about the only image I can find where I liked the color Marsala.  

2.  Get It Together. 

You know, the typical declutter & get organized. Hopefully, I can take it beyond just pinning genius organization ideas and pretty places for things.  I'll never forget when I read an article (ok I forgot which article) where Charlotte Moss chastised those of us who don't keep a tidy house. Eeeyyikes!

Two things are threatening to derail me: 

Tweedle 4 year-old and Tweedle 1 year-old. 

Exhibit A: A new game called "Gathering Treasures" 

This game involves gathering items from all over the house and placing them in a room. And then jumping on the sofa (it's not like there isn't a trampoline in the room). 

Exhibit B: The water obsession. 

Usually, a quiet one year-old and an open bathroom door mean someone is playing in the toilet. This is a truth I live with daily. I am also acutely aware of any sound of running water in the house that is not of my own making and am usually quick to investigate. Yesterday, I made a huge mistake and assumed that the water running in the bathroom right next to me was because my husband was shaving. Nope. I'm sure you can guess what happened next. Drawers full of water. It was not the worst disaster we could have, but it was another reminder that we are livin on the edge over here in the land of little boys. 

Just keeping it real. 

3.  Do These Projects: 

(1) Master Bedroom Cabinets 

You might remember this post here where I contemplated doing this:

Well, I'm going to do it.  Kip is worried it will look cheap.  I'm hoping to prove him wrong.

(2) Paint Master Sitting Room Bookshelves, AND
(3) Upholster Some Chairs 

Master Sitting Room

(4) Have a Cabinet Made for Under The TV in the Living Room or Find Something That's not Super Awkward - This is one of those "I have it in my head" situations.

(5) Finish Edward's Bedroom 

Brothers' Room

(4)ish  Make the Blog Look Not So Much Like It's From 1992. 

Don't worry, I won't get too creative with the layout. I don't even know if I'll have time for this, but it would be nice to make it look a little more refined. 

It's a lofty list of goals, but I think it's manageable (famous last words).

See I told you I had tons I wanted to share!  I hope you'll stick around! (I hope you read stick around in Tony Danza's voice)

** For the first time since I can remember, I'm not trying to lose 10 lbs. This is the result of an intensely physical lifestyle forced upon me as baby #2 started to crawl. Suddenly my step count went from average to Holy Moly! I also made some changes to my eating that you can read more about here. Even though I'm not trying to lose weight this year, I still want to eat well and exercise so I'd love to try bring back my Slim Down Sundays if I have the time. So consider this Blog Goal #5ish tucked away so hopefully no one will hold me to it.