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.  

Monday, December 29, 2014

I'll Probably Be Royal

I'm sitting by a cozy fire on a giant worn slipcovered sofa while my dad and my husband flip back and forth between hockey and football. I'm obviously bored out of my mind and tempted to turn on Vanderpump Rules and watch the room clear out. But I like my dad and my husband, so I decide to let them stay while I read design blogs on my phone and try to figure out the best way to get someone to give me a blanket.

Then, I'm hit with this post and my heart starts racing.

"OMG. Oh Em Gee. Are you kidding me???? What? Where? Omg!" 

My dad and my husband do not even acknowledge what is clearly the most amazing thing I've ever seen on my phone EVER! 

Luckily, my 20 year old sister is sitting in the corner and decides that what I am looking at must be good enough to pull her away from her intensive iPad search for the perfect Spring Break/21st birthday local. 

But no one is really taking me seriously.  

"This is my dream home," I exclaim. "And it's in Kansas City.  And it's not even a house.  It's a high rise."

I knew this would get the husband's attention.  We just moved into our dream home in the perfect neighborhood with the best neighbors, schools and grocery stores galore.  What could possibly make me want to move into a condo?  He's intrigued.  My Dad is telling me about his friends who live in a high-rise and like it.

"It's 9,000 square feet." I'd left out the mansion part.

Kip sits back, relieved that I'm just in my other reality.  My Dad thinks that's too much space.

Y'all can decide.

Sherle Wagner Hardware through out.  Old school fancy.


Gah again! I love the gorgeous curved staircase, corbeled dome with cove lighting and "reed & ribbon" moldings.

Living Room with paneled walls, custom moldings, silk window dressings, oak parquet floor.

Oh, that's not the real kitchen, silly.  That's the service kitchen.

Made to look like the real kitchen.

Felt-lined walk-in silver service!!!! Yes, I'm shouting!!!

Powder room with framed Chinese papers reclaimed from the original entry (oh to see that!)

House manager's office.  With marble.  Because you give the house manager whatever they want.  It's the rules.   The house manager at my house would like marble, too.

A guest room.  (See the end of the post if you're curious who has slept here).

Just a view of manicured English Gardens.  We all have those in Kansas City.

Dining Room with silk brocade walls and draperies.

What kind of games do you think they played in the game room?  The "look out the window" game?  The "look at my pretty walls" game?  Oh, I know, the "look, there's a conservatory just through the archway, lets go in there" game.  I like games.

Rooftop Terrace

Kansas City has some of the prettiest skies I've ever seen.  Also, hands down the most beautiful sunsets.  It's not something it's known for, but it should be.

I can't with that view.

If you need a Dr. Pepper or some Goldfish, don't worry, the game room kitchen's got you covered.

Mens love this room.  All mens.  I love that the TV is hidden behind that panel across the way.

Many a cigar had on this balcony, I imagine.

This is just storage, but, to me, it's as beautiful as any of the custom molding.  I'll spare you the rest, but there's more.

The back staircase.

There's so much more.  An apartment with it's own kitchen. (That's four kitchens.  I love that.)   More bedrooms.  More views.  Irrigated landscaping.  Mystery (Who's lived here? How come I always thought this was a fancy retirement home when I'd walk by it?)

The 10-acre grounds.  And yes, they really look like this.  I used to walk by The Walnuts all of the time when I lived near here in law school.  I wondered why I didn't live there and then determined it was because it was a retirement home.  This type of thinking kept me sane in law school.  It's actually a super high-end condo development sitting on 10-acres of private park just across from the beautiful (but public) Loose Park.  I would've failed out of law school trying to stalk this place.

"I think I need to live here," I announce to everyone in the room.  

"Yeeaahhh but then when you have to take the dog out you have to go all the way down and all the way back up and it's just a pain," says my dad.

So there ya go.

* All images from Cates Auction Real Estate Company

UPDATE: According to this article, former owner (not the current seller), Charles Price played host to overnight guests such as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Prince Charles.  He was a former U.S. ambassador to both Belgium and England, and apparently a pretty great one.  I love learning a little bit of Kansas City history.