The Green Room

I have been OBSESSED with this room at the Lake Forest Showhouse by since the moment I saw it on Instagram.  Those green lacquer walls and the mix of modern and traditional is PERFECTION.  This color is HOT HOT HOT right now. I’ve been seeing vendors like Ballard stocking , so you know it’s a color that is en fuego .

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My Renovation Progress

We’re entering the final phase of our sunroom renovation (well, new build, actually since we tore it down). I CANNOT wait to get into this room! I already love it so much and it’s not even full of pretty things yet! We’ve been working with the fabulous Nik Monahan from (best builder experience to date, for real) and everything is coming out exactly as I had hoped.

Last week the V-groove walls and ceiling went up and I got really giddy. Between that and the windows there is SO much light, which is a lovely departure from the rest of our house which tends to be on the dark side with low ceilings. We’re adding wood beams to the ceiling, which will really be exciting.  And today it’s all being painted Benjamin Moore White Dove (which is the trim color throughout the lower level of the house)

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Fashion Friday: Henry’s Fall Wardrobe (and some finds for the little ladies too!)

I love dressing my little monkey for fall (can you believe he’s going to be TWO in a month??) It’s so much fun to get to pick out these miniature man outfits everyday while he will still let me.  He really has no opinion yet on clothing beyond always wanting to wear a baseball hat.  I think we were so obsessed with him having one on as a baby that now he thinks it’s a requirement to leave the house.  The other day (when this picture was taken) I asked him if he wanted to go meet Daddy at the train and he looked at me with big eyes all excited and screamed “HAAAAAAT! HAAAAAAT!” while patting his head and running around.  Too cute.

Anyways, here are some of the items I’ve either bought or am planning to buy for Henry for fall. I’m obsessed with the I just bought at Nordstrom (which he’s wearing above with this and ).  I may need to buy too.  And I clearly have a stripe and Red and blue addiction. :)

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And while I don’t have a girl to shop for, doesn’t mean I don’t DIE over the “mini me” options out there. I mean, can I have this wardrobe (complete with gold Chucks?)

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Jorey Hurley’s Gorgeous Prints

I figured something light and bright was needed today and so I wanted to share the work of that I found on Etsy who does the best prints for kids rooms (and some for any kind of room). I love the style, the modern edge and the bold color. Available from 8″ x 10″ to 30″ x 40″, these would look great in groupings or on their own. I have my eye on some for Henry’s eventual big boy room.

I’d LOVE to do a whole wall of her in a playroom. Would be stunning and huge. :)

There are also some cool prints for grown ups too.

Have a sunny day everyone.




An Ugly World.

Waking up to the news that our country suffered the worst mass shooting in history feels like a kick in the gut when you’re already writhing on the ground from various other devastating blows.  The world feels like a very ugly place right now, with disaster and doom lurking around every corner and on every news website- natural disasters, ineffective and rude government officials, terrorism….  It’s hard to feel positive during dark times like these, and blogging about pillows and pretty paint color doesn’t feel right today. It feels like a day to be quiet and contemplative.  And also to think about what positive action one can take to perhaps, just maybe, change some the things that make this day in age so anxiety riddled.

Yup, I know, this is a design blog. I get that. But I am also a person, a citizen of this country and a mother and while many have said I should not to get “political” on here (“bad for business” they say, although I’ve never seen much collateral damage aside from a few unfollows) I am going to take a minute to remind everyone about the stalled, ridiculously messed up gun control debate we have in this country.  Our government has managed to STILL not take a stand on automatic and semi-automatic weapons, which actually helps shooters like the one last night do what they do with few hurdles to even slow them down.

According to the BBC, Nevada has of any state in the country. Open carry is allowed, even for assault rifles. There is no limit to the amount of ammunition that a person can buy at a time, which may have helped the shooter harm more people during the attack. Gun owners also don’t have to be licensed with the government, meaning there was no way to potentially track the shooter’s movements before the attack and prevent his actions.  I mean, it’s harder to get a license to drive a CAR than it is to get a freaking assault rifle in Nevada. HELLO? HOW DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE?

I’m not here to say no one should have a gun.  If you want to abide by a set of rules and background checks to have a handgun or hunting rifle- fine. That is your right. But no civilian, and I mean NO ONE, needs to have an automatic assault rifle.  These should be banned completely. And it’s proven that in doing so it STOPS mass shootings ( who bravely and rightfully made huge gun law changes after a mass shooting).

I myself have been a member of since the Newtown shootings  and now have joined and am donating today to support their fight against these stupid, outdated laws that keep getting innocent Americans killed.  I think  about my sweet boy playing on tractors and eating apples this weekend happy as a clam and then think about the possibility of a gunman taking his life because we allowed them to have access to ridiculous weapons and I want to flip a dumpster in rage.

There is so much that happens that we cannot do anything to prevent, but we can with this.  I have to believe we can demand action from our elected officials.  So my call to action today is if you feel like I do, join a group like the above that are working to make change or write your Senators and Congressmen to tell them what you want from them. Lets fight for them to take at least ONE step towards reasonable gun laws.

It’s time.

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