I am head over heels in love with this charming and whimsical Parisian apartment. Forget for a moment that I am over the nursery room years, have three little boys and live in Portland. My imagination wants to be here speaking french to my wee babes (i'd have to add a girl for that sweet nursery of course) as we look out over Paris from the Juliette balcony of my lovely bedroom. Or reading books in that adorable little nook, coloring on the chalkboard wall, sitting on my sofa admiring all my hand-carved moldings and ornate fireplace, discussing our days event at the little kitchen table . The only thing I don't imagine is cooking in that tiny kitchen but that is fine because if I could afford this sotheby's property listing I am sure I could afford to eat out every night (and maybe adopt a little girl too). Le sigh...
Design Trends: Boucherouite Rugs
Monday, May 20, 2013
1-2 Via The Apartment
3-5 Via Beklina
Thanks to pinterest I have yet another new item to obsess over - boucherouite rugs. It may be that I have been in my own land of painstaking handcrafting lately so items like this are really calling to me right now. Though I can't imagine how many hours goes into handcrafting just one of these rugs. More than that however, I love the free-form designs, the colors and that they are crafted with reused materials. I also find the story behind them intriguing which you can read a bit about here. Even though they are in fact made for floors, I could easily see one of these hanging on a wall as a piece of art. What do you think? To Boucherouite or not to Boucherouite?
Favorite Finds | Dressers |
Friday, May 17, 2013
My Ikea Hemnes dresser broke this week. It literally just started coming apart at the joints. I think with my lack of folding skills I need something a little more solid. Luckily I was able to fix it, though, I don't think it will hold forever. But I think I am okay with that because I have been over mine for awhile now. I have also been wanting to give myself a bedroom makeover (as you may remember from my numerous posts about it) and this might be the motivation I needed to finally do so. Right now I don't have the time to spend toiling over dresser decisions (you may also remember indecisiveness would be one of the three words that would accurately describe me - the other two are still up for debate) but I do think I want a more low profile dresser. The Hemnes one I have now is really tall, which I thought would be better for my not-so-big bedroom, but I am fairly certain I was wrong. It feels like it looming over me while I sleep (especially now that I know it's super unstable). What do you think? Is the longer, low profile dresser better for a smaller space?
The last two images are vintage pieces (I really like that little wooden/painted number). Searching for a great vintage piece might take a little extra time but it also might help to narrow down my list and thus make the process go faster for me. Additionally vintage pieces tend to made with wood throughout and those good old fashioned tongue and groove joints which is why they are still around - they last forever. Particle board and tiny wooden pegs are not the best method for something that takes a real beating, and by beating I mean blindly stuffing full and shoving closed. But I am really loving the not-vintage pieces as well. Good thing I am not a in rush to decide, it's not going to be easy.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! I am still so very busy and am hoping this weekend will be productive enough to get me past the "totally overwhelmed with my to-do list" phase.
Make : These Things
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
One thing I really enjoy about blogging is it motivates my diy projects. I often come up with various ideas, or find inspirations for things I want to try, but being able to turn my efforts into a blog post makes it a lot more fun. Also being a crafter of sorts by trade it feels good to work with other materials than I normally do, and it can actually help get my creativity flowing in general. But I have been so busy lately I haven't been able to do or share any diy projects (insert my sad little face here). So I have rounded up a few crafty diy's for you all here, these are things I am hoping to attempt when I have a little more free time. I think that first one, with the pom pom embellished blanket is my favorite because I am a lover and advocate of simple projects that have a dramatic impact. If you want to try it I do have a pom pom tutorial you can find here. I know you want a pom pom blanket just as much as I do.
** Being as I won't be here tomorrow I just want to give a little shout-out today to my sister for her birthday on Thursday. Happy Birfday Hannah. I love you!! xo
The Printed Pant
Monday, May 13, 2013
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Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend and all the mama's had a relaxing Mother's day Sunday. I have to admit I spent part of my Sunday working. But I really enjoyed it, there is this perfect mixture of working and relaxing that I can achieve sometimes that makes it feel wonderful. I think it's the no-stress-attitude that makes the difference. It might have helped that we feasted the entire day too. Lots of fresh berries with crème fraîche, a kale and red onion quiche (with gluten-free crust!), bbq chicken with roasted potatoes and pistachio ice cream for dessert. I also got a book that I have long been waiting to get, Beautiful Ruins, but for now it's going to have to wait for me to have some time to start it (I know you're not suppose to judge a book by its cover but this one is so pretty! I can't wait to read it.).
Also, when I have a little more time to indulge myself, one other thing I must do is shop for some pants. I wear leggings so much it is kind of embarrassing. If I stumble across a meme about how "leggings aren't pants" I turn beet red even while sitting by myself in front of my computer, because I totally wear them as pants (with long shirts of course, but still. I know it's a problem I must face someday). At first I wasn't sure how I felt about all the printed pants I have been seeing for the last several months but they are really growing on me, like I want some now, growing on me. I can say I am still not convinced that they are best for my short stature but I am kind of falling in love with them. What do you think about the printed pant, a yes or a no? I am thinking #4 would be a good start for my transition phase.
Weeks End Review | Perspective |
Friday, May 10, 2013
As many of you know I have been pretty busy these last several weeks. One of the many things I have been busy with is my little Luca's food allergies. Dealing with food allergies is a long process. As a mom I knew something was wrong but couldn't put my finger on it. So you try this and you try that because they don't write out orders for lab work based on hunches (insurance. not our doctor. our doctor is amazing!). But I was dealing with it based on a hunch he could not eat wheat which he hasn't eaten for months. Then at a recent dental visit we found out Luca had a mouth full of cavities. The great thing about having twins is that automatic comparison you get, because Milo did not. The dentist suspected Luca has been suffering acid reflux which finally resulted in insurance approved allergy testing to see what else he may have issues with. And thus his food allergies which led to his acid reflux led to him needing to have dental surgery. That was yesterday.
It went really well, we are happily at home eating popsicles. We went to Doernbecher children's hospital here in Portland, which I learned is a wonderful place. It also put a lot of things in perspective for me. I was feeling pretty frazzled in general from my never-ending to-do list. I was also feeling really guilty about not realizing sooner that Luca had acid reflux so bad that it caused so much damage to his teeth (how did i not realize that for so long?!). I was moping about having to learn how to make all my own pastries - not just wheat free but now oat free and soy free. I was feeling bad that Luca would suffer with allergies/celiac for his whole life and wouldn't be able to just spontaneously get an ice cream cone with his friends and would have to learn all the sneaky names for foods he's allergic to so he can properly read food labels.
But then we spent all of yesterday at Doernbechers and I heard a woman crying on the phone about having to drive several hours to get there in an unreliable car, having to take all her children with her with no one else to help, having to stay in a hotel she didn't feel safe in because that's all she could afford. Then I saw a man who was also there with his sick child turn to her and give her some money and say "I have been there too. I want you to have this even though it's not much." I saw a young boy in a wheelchair hooked up to an alarming number of IV bags come outside to play with his parents. He couldn't play like I was able to play with Milo. So his parents played catch with each other in front of him like he would if he were able to and they included him in every way possible, emotionally - lots of high-fives and laughter between them all. I saw too many parents that ran into other parents they knew because they each had spent so much time at the hospital with their children, and they all stopped to give each other a hug and words of empathy or encouragement.
We walked out with two bouquets of beautiful flowers that are donated by a non-profit organization The Bloom Project. We left with four stuffed animals which were also donated to give each child who comes for surgery (and to their siblings too). We made bracelets while we waited in the family area with volunteers who go from waiting room to waiting room bringing a cathartic distraction for families while they wait for their children in surgery. And we enjoyed a few nurse-ran puppet shows while vital signs were taken.
Today my feelings of guilt and stress have given way to feeling really fortunate. It was awe inspiring to see so many acts of kindness. Having been in social services for so long in the past, I hate to say it, but at some point you can feel a bit jaded that efforts don't reach those that need it most. It was just such a beautiful experience to see these efforts not only reaching those that need it but each person paying it forward immediately and without a second thought. And I'm totally over moping about having to make my own pastries. In fact I'd love to make a batch and take them down to one of those waiting rooms here in the near future. We all have our own set of blessings, it was a wonderful reminder to count them, and then, share them with others.
Mother's Day Gift Guide
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
turkish beach towel | atlas of remote islands | personalized recipe cards | chanel no. 5 | notebook "paper" embroidery kit | metallic beach tote | tomorrow no. 77 candle | coffee mug | garden soap | folding ballet flats |
Mother's day is coming up this Sunday in the US. Anyone have any special plans? I have to say everyday feels like mother's day around here being a mom and all. Personally I don't see a better way to celebrate my mothering than to have a day off from it. I kid. Okay, I am actually not kidding. I honestly adore my children and love being a mom, I just totally get those calgon commercials now. While at the top of my wish list would be a remote island vacation I rounded up a few other goodies in case that doesn't happen. Because that's totally not going to happen, and even if it did, within about 10 minutes I'd be wishing my kids were there to enjoy it with me.