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Laney’s Big Girl Room

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“After I get finished with my big girl bed, then I’m gon’ get a boy bed” These are the types of conversations I have with my 2-year old daughter Laney about her future transition to a big girl bed. She thinks it’s fun to kid with me about wanting a “boy bed”. We are preparing to move Laney to a different room in the house but the room needs a little work before we can do that. I’ll be sharing that room tune up after we begin the work but today I wanted to share my inspiration for the room and a rough plan. images via Pinterest And here’s a little design board I worked up for the room, Feist / Dresser / suzani / hooks / sconce / headboard / sheets / quilt / bed / blanket / stool / fabric / rug

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Jaxon MINI

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That’s my all-star niece Madeline, my brother Chris’ little girl. She’s hamming it up! (She gets that honest from both her mom and her dad.) For the past month or so I’ve been working with a team of folks to bring a creative pursuit to life, and here we are – at the launch date of Jaxon MINI, a kid’s line designed by Victoria Richter! Jaxon Home is a brick and mortar home furnishing shop in downtown Culver City. My group came on board to help Jaxon Home build a website and we’ve fallen so madly in love with the business and it’s owner Victoria, that I’m honored to say this venture is now something that is part mine to make a success. And it’s new to the web! Not many people outside of LA know about Jaxon yet. I’ve been an observant consumer as brands of all shapes and…

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NYE 2014

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Just in case you’re curious about who is pictured above. Me + Laney (2) + my Mom/ DC (5) + my husband/ DC + Laney

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Loss

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Still thinking of the families, children and members of the Newtown, CT community. There are no words. I keep hearing mention of spreading, giving, sharing LOVE. I am sending my love to Newtown.               All images via Pinterest

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Sally Mann

Sally Mann

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I was introduced to Sally Mann’s work through Pinterest, which these days is where I meet with a whole lot of new things that I like. Sally Mann This is the photograph that sent me frantically searching, candy cigarette, 1989 Sally came in to public view with a series of intimate photographs of her three young children, Jessie, Emmett and Virginia shot in Lexington, Virginia. The collection was called Immediate Family and it first appeared in Houk Friedman Gallery in New York and then later in a traveling exhibit at the The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. From what I’ve seen of the series, the collection explores both the reality and fantastical nature of childhood and the sensuality that Mann saw in her own children all under the age of 10.  In most of the photographs contained in the Immediate Family collection, Mann’s children appear nude and sometimes they are injured, sick (bloody noses, chicken pox, pink eye) or…

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Attic Win

Attic Win

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I love the idea of a bunk room and if you have browsed the TEOT flickr page at all you’ll find lots of images that make “attic” references. Although my house is of ample size I think I have an unusual amount of attic space in a total of four attic rooms. Two of the attic rooms are entirely empty due in part to the fact that I have a GIANT basement. So I consider these empty attic spaces to be wasted space. My wheels are constantly turning about renovation whether its about my own house, my neighbors house or a friend’s house so its only natural that I would want to turn one of these attic spaces in to an attic bunk room. So my husband and I tip-toed up the stairs at 10:30 and measured the width of one of the spaces and whispered about head room so that…

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Playset Prep

Playset Prep

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As I explained in last Friday’s weekend post, my daughter DC is turning 3 this weekend. Before DC was even 2, we were invited to a slew of birthday parties complete with pony rides and bouncey houses.  But I figure Dan and I have a lot of birthday parties ahead of us and we’re going to reserve those kinds of antics for a later time–maybe when DC is in school. Right now we like to limit birthday parties to family and close friends. How do you feel about fancy parties full of toddlers and Cowboy Bill for entertainment before the age of 3? So a big part of this party happening this weekend is our gift to DC which is an outdoor wooden playset. We did some research before buying at places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, Sam’s Club, Sears and Creative Playthings. I talked with my Dad about the different types of material that the various sets were…

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Bohemian kids

Bohemian kids

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Last week I saw these chic little chairs on One Kings Lane, and so I did this, Bohemian Kid’s Room by TEOT on Polyvore.com Large Curved Basket | west elm $54 -westelm.com ikea HEMNES $299-ikea.com John Robshaw Textiles – Cerulean Stitched – Duvets & Shams – Bedding $75 -johnrobshaw.com Lotus Flower Chandelier – VivaTerra $40 -vivaterra.com White Porcelain Stool (China) | Overstock.com $84- overstock.com ikea KRITTER $25 -ikea.com Oddly the fabric sources didn’t show up on the list, but the drapery fabric is Robert Allen, Ideal Weave in Havana and the paisley fabric is from Lewis & Sheron

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Starry Sky

Starry Sky

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I’ve always really admired the pairing of this wallpaper and wall color in this little girl’s room. If I were to move to a new house lets say oh….in the next month or two I would seriously considering doing this in DC’s room. Its the Coronata Star wallpaper available at Osbourne & Little. The wallpapered ceiling in the Rhoney nursery turned out really great too. Of course this would also be great for a baby’s room, boy or girl! Laura Resen photography

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work & play

work & play

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While taking some exterior photos of the Indiana project last night, I snapped some photos of DC playing in the sprinkler.

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Big Up Yourself

Big Up Yourself

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For the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about switching DC from a crib to a big girl bed. Dan and I think its a good idea to get a full size bed because it expands our space for guests but we want to be careful not to make it overwhelming for DC. She doesn’t seem to mind sleeping in her crib at all so I’m taking my time in locating just the right bed. I’ve looked at a lot of antique and vintage beds both twin and full size.  I’m really itching to line a pair of twin beds up but I don’t think I have the space in DC’s room for that. Sunshine Ruffalo’s home I’m in the early stages of deciding what direction I want to go in as far as color.  Right now I like the idea of aqua or light blue with a punch of red.  The ceiling in…

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Two heads are better than one?

Two heads are better than one?

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Twin beds is something that we are seeing a lot of whether it be in a shared bedroom for kids or a guest room, we previously posted about the twin invasion here. But I recently spied something that was a little different, a spin on the twin bed lineup. What do you think about this concept? Would you rather have separate headboards?

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We’ll be seeing you…Alice

We’ll be seeing you…Alice

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You know I’ve never seen the animated version of Alice in Wonderland, only the 1985 musical version that aired on CBS with Sammy Davis Jr., Sherman Helmsley, Shellie Winters, Scott Baio, Lloyd Bridges etc.  Now don’t go saying that I need to see the animated version because I doubt it can top Sammy Davis Jr. sitting on top of huge toadstool smoking a hooka pipe. But maybe Tim Burton’s rendition could push it to #2 or maybe even a live experience like this… An Alice birthday party found via Swish and Swanky, photorgraphy by Jessica Claire. I would love to do this for my daughter DC, when she’s old enough of course.

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She’s gone and done it

She’s gone and done it

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There are a lot of great blogs out there and sometimes you’ll find one that really inspires you or just makes voyeurism that much more fun. Either way, I found a new blog a couple of weeks ago that I promptly bookmarked, its called katie did. Peer in to the adventures of Katie and her three blonde children, no she does not bleach their hair, someone actually asked her that on the street!  One of the many things that I love about Katie and her blog is her amazing sewing talent and beautiful children’s clothes.  She’s thinking about producing patterns which is very exciting and I’d like to maybe attempt them myself. Thank you Katie, for sharing your life and children. We’ll keep a look out for your patterns.             And Katie seems to go in to what she calls a “baby quilt binge”, this is one of my personal favorites.

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