“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.
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 sizes have announced new lines online without knowing how much thought and how much work must go into a product line launch. It’s been very exciting for me to be a part of such a collaborative and creative effort.
To kick off the line we’ll be hosting a group of around 40 or more Mommy bloggers and Los Angeles mover and shaker moms at the store. There will be shopping, sampling, and sipping wine as well as a presentation by a children’s book author on getting published. (I’ll be taking notes… maybe children’s fiction is in my future too – since all my dreams seem to be coming true!)
If you are here in LA, come on over. 5-8pm at the store.
If you are my mom, or my dear friend – please join me in celebrating by taking a look at the Jaxon Home blog, and please please feel free and comfortable to shoot me a note and let me know what you think, good or bad! Lay it on me betsy at theestateofthings.com.
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.
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 appear exhausted. The nudity and context of some of the photographs sparked some controversy and garnered Sally some press and attention that wasn’t forseen.
After Immediate Family was released, Sally was contacted by a filmmaker named Steven Cantor. Cantor intended on making a documentary short about censorship in our culture but after meeting Sally and seeing the pictures of her children what resulted was Blood Ties, a 1994 documentary about Sally and her family that was ultimately nominated for an Academy Award.
After Blood Ties, Sally continued to create art in collections like Still Time and What Remains. Cantor and Mann remained in contact and in 2004, Cantor released a full length documentary about Sally, her artistic process, her family and the project she was working on that centered around death and decay called What Remains.
After learning more about Sally and her work, naturally I wanted to know what became of the most beloved of subjects–her children. Did they become artists too?
Turns out Lexington, VA, the site of the Mann family homestead, was also home to many acclaimed artists like Cy Twombley. Under Twombley’s tutelage, Jessie Mann also began painting. Emmett joined the Peace Corps for a time and Virginia went to law school.
For me, some of the photographs in Immediate Family at first were too raw, too provocative but then I started to remember childhood, especially a childhood in the rural south. The injuries depicted in these images; blood, scabs, black eyes, bloody noses, insect bites–all of that is par for the course and capturing that on film is a solid dose of realism. When I gave my brother a black eye, I don’t think we would’ve been scarred if my mother would’ve sat him down against a white wall and photographed him. Its the apparent sensuality in some of these images that creates the shock value and what many wrestle with including myself. Some will instantly be dismissive, some will remember skipping stones on the river in the heat of summer. I’m just wondering–Does/Should this art have a place in our world?
A portion of Cantor’s 2nd film about Sally, What Remains.
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 we could assess the prospect of converting one of those wasted spaces…sometime in the not so near future.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Erika’s bunk room, that was a big hit and understandably so. It was graced with Erika and her team’s design skills and it was great use of a small space.
I was reading up on some painting tips recently at This Old House and happened upon this attic bedroom suite for kids and thought this was another great version of the attic bunk room. Please excuse the directional arrow on the image.
This plan is exciting to me for a few different reasons,
this is the layout I have in a more basic form, 2 attic spaces joined in the middle by a bathroom
they raised the door frames to 6′ and vaulted the ceilings just like in the bedroom area, GENIUS
mechanicals enclosed in accessible space for future repair
added closet space
moved tub/shower over to window wall
You can see the rest of the renovation of their East Hampton home here.
I’m apprehensively sharing a couple of photos of my outdated upstairs bathroom, you can see a door on the left side of the bathroom and on the right. These doors each lead to separate attic spaces that are 14′ wide by about 18′ long. So in comparing that to the TOH layout above, do you see the potential? Now I just need to win the lotto and put this plan in to motion.
while we’re looking at this bathroom…notice the sconce on the wall, its actually a ceiling light with a glass shade attached. This bugs me every night when DC and I are going through the bedtime routine. Ugh!
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.Â But I figure Dan and I have a lot of birthday parties ahead of us and we’re going toÂ reserve those kinds of anticsÂ forÂ a later time–maybe whenÂ DC is in school. Right now we like to limit birthday parties to family and close friends.Â How do you feel about fancy parties full of toddlers and Cowboy Bill for entertainmentÂ before the age of 3?
So a big part of this party happening this weekend is our gift to DC which is anÂ outdoorÂ wooden playset. We did some research before buying at places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, Sam’s Club, Sears and Creative Playthings.Â I talked with my Dad about the different types of material that the various sets were made of. He gave me a general hierarchy of durability which was,
Redwood drove the price up significantly and was outside of our budget so we looked at some cedar sets. My Dad warned that if the cedar isn’t high quality it will split. I read some reviews of some of the cedar sets offered at Costco and some parents reported that the cedar split when they were assembling it so we moved on. We found the best selection at Home Depot whereÂ they primarily carried theÂ Swing-n-Slide brand.Â To learn more about their construction we visited the Swing-n-Slide site.Â Â Â We liked the 4×4 construction and the heavy duty brackets used to assemble the sets. After tooling around their site a bitÂ we found their Outlet section. Swing-n-Slide was offering some discontinued sets at pretty great discounts so my husband and I settled on the Juneau.
There was a lot of prep work involved before assembly could even begin. Over the years the previous owner hadÂ allowed vinesÂ and other brush toÂ take over the property. We’re lucky that my Dad owns a backhoe AND enjoys using as often as he possibly can soÂ he has completed a lot of the land clearing for us. I’m trying to talk him into buying a Bobcat which looks like this,
He is actually going to look at a used model today that has a mulching attachment on the front that just kind of eats small trees and brush piles.Â This is anÂ exciting prospect when you buy property that has been severly neglected and you battle brush piles with a rake.
So my Dad cleared some space in the side yard among the beautiful hemlocks and my brother loaded pile after pile of brush in to the rented dumpster. This processÂ went on for a few days.
Here’s a view of the property partially cleared,
My brother and Dan then cut the old ivyÂ vines shooting out of the ground and hand raked the area where the playset would go, this would be significantly faster and easier if we had more equipment to smooth the area but we had to resort to hand labor.
During the clearing process, my brother unearthed a stairwell made of square brownstones that leads down in to a lower part of the property. It will take a lot of work to fine tune this area but it was a cool landscape surprise. Those stones have been there a very long time, they were probably installed not long after the house was built in 1929.
After all that clearing and raking, we distributed 80 bales of pine straw around the area. We chose pine straw because we live in the land of Longleaf Pines which shed their needles constantly so we took a “can’t beat ’em, join ’em” kind of approach. Others might choose some kind of engineered or recycled material like rubber mulch or sand.
And then finally– we’re ready for assembly whichÂ will beÂ leftÂ up to my Dad, brotherÂ and Dan. My Dad did carpentry work and a lot of woodworking in his youth and he’s a pretty fantastic handy man so he willÂ lead the assembly charge. The assembly is scheduled to begin this Friday, there’s a lot of speculation as to how long theÂ assembly will take, the estimates range from 4 to 8 hours.
I told everyone we could take a long break from yard work for a while, their response was basically yeah no s#!@
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!
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 weÂ want to be carefulÂ not to make itÂ 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. Â 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.Â Right now I like the idea of aqua or light blue withÂ a punch of red.Â The ceiling in DC’s room is Benjamin Moore’s In Your Eyes.
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?
You know I’ve never seen the animated version of Alice in Wonderland, only the 1985 musical version that aired on CBSÂ with Sammy Davis Jr., Sherman Helmsley, Shellie Winters, Scott Baio, Lloyd Bridges etc.Â Now don’t go saying that I need toÂ see the animated version because I doubt it can top Sammy Davis Jr.Â 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.
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 blogÂ a couple of weeks agoÂ that I promptly bookmarked, its called katie did.
Peer in to the adventures of Katie and her three blondeÂ children, no she does not bleach their hair, someone actually asked her that on the street!Â One of the manyÂ things that I love about Katie and her blog is her amazing sewing talent and beautiful children’s clothes.Â She’s thinking about producing patterns which is very exciting and I’d like to maybe attempt them myself.
Thank you Katie,Â for sharing your life and children. We’ll keep a look out for your patterns.
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AndÂ Katie seems to go in to what she calls a “baby quilt binge”, thisÂ is one of my personal favorites.
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