Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Freedom!

Ok y'all! I'm going to try to get back to the business (or hobby) of blogging.  I had visions of coming back to an awesome blog redesign, but post-August-me just laughs at silly old pre-August-me for thinking I would get anything accomplished with my two kids needing 24/7 attention.  My house is a disaster, I actually think I forgot how to write and I have 5,000+ blog posts to catch up on. 

BUT I wouldn't change a thing.  I know that the days when my kids want to spend every waking moment with me will get fewer and fewer as the years go on.  I knew this might even be the last summer where we really had nothing on the agenda.  I chose to just go with it and I'm happy I did.  We had fun, we had discipline issues, we were silly, and we cried - sometimes all within a span of 10 minutes. 

SO what is the first thing this mama does when one kid is in school and the other is sleeping? Why style up my coffee table with some pretty things and look at it for 5 minutes.  Is that weird? 

So for my first blog post back, I thought I'd share with you my moment of zen. 




Obviously, no my one-year-old could destroy this in a matter of seconds.   




My mom and sister gave these sweet Herend animals to the boys for their birthdays.  Each is personalized with the boys' initials and birthday.  Over the summer, my sister worked at Madison, my favorite store in Dallas, and it really upped her gift-giving game. 




I've been getting a little crafty over the month of August.  I'm considering having a sale of some of the things I've made (like the above tray).  More on that later. 

Ok, one more time before I take it all down ...




I'm so happy to be back! I hope to find a way to blog every day, but for now it might only be a couple of times a week.  I've missed you all terribly, and I have soo much I want to share.  I'm finally feeling inspired once again.  I hope you had a fabulous summer! 



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stepping Away


* Interior Designer Mark Gillette - English Country Estate Apartment "Burley" published AD May 2014


Hello Friends!  I'm taking a little break from the blog until school starts up again.  Nothing dramatic, I'm just finding that with two kids at home all of the time, I'm choosing between showers and blogging or playing and blogging or spending the evening with my husband and blogging.  It's just a little difficult at the moment.  So I'm forcing myself to take a sabbatical until school starts up again, and we can get back into a routine.  Hopefully, I'll be back with new projects, new inspiration and a better blog. 

Until then, follow my new Instagram @BelclaireHouse for more design/less kid updates.  I have one little silly project I'm working on that I definitely want to share with y'all when it's finished.  Also check out my Pinterest, I just reorganized all of my pictures :)

Have a lovely Summer y'all!!!

xo

Monday, July 14, 2014

Moodboard Monday: Little Bean Nap Mat Debut!

Hello friends! Today my fabulous sister-in-law of Little Bean Shop is debuting a new line of adorable nap mats and I had to share them with y'all.  I'm so excited about these!

http://www.littlebeanshop.com/default.asp
 

These are really cute and both kid and design-friendly, which is something we don't have enough of in this world. They would be such a great gift for a mom who's about to go back to work and send her kid off to daycare or parent's day out for the first time.  They'd also be awesome for traveling with your wee ones.  It's just nice to see some stylish kid-designs for once.  Of course, I did a whole mood board around the white floral nap mat, which I think is my favorite, but ask me again in 10 minutes. 


Little Girls Room inspired by Little Bean







So here's the gist,



They come in five different patterns:

Black and White Check with a Lime Strap

Pink Floral With Aqua Strap

White Floral Polka Dot with Lilac Strap

Navy and White Check with Gold Strap (Go Scots!) 

Coral Flowers and Brown Stripe with Aqua Strap

They're 100% cotton, organic, hypo-allergenic and made in the USA!

They fold up like a yoga mat, have a little attached pillow, blanket and pocket to slip a little love note or charm for your wee one as they're off to parent's day out, day care or an overnight at grandma's.  Edward loves a little pocket to put things like rocks and tiny dinosaurs in so this was such a genius thoughtful little addition.

See some more adorableness below:




Go here now to check out Little Bean Nap Mats!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Have a Lovely Weekend!


* image via

Hello friends! I could handle spending a summer in a place with a luscious green landscape and a gorgeous marble pool.  Really, I could.  Sigh, I'm so good at vacations.  If any of y'all are planning some fun or fancy or lazy vacations, I'd love to hear about them!  I haven't had any time to watch this season's Bachelorette (gasp!) to get vacation ideas (I'm not ashamed). 

I hope y'all have a lovely weekend! 






I love a visit back to decor in the 60s, this Palm Beach pad does not disappoint

Seeing this organized office closet is motivating me (to go buy those scalloped basket liners)

Chintz - eet ees good!

In the Land of Lilly (having just been in Sea Island, I've got Lilly on the brain)

Holy Toile and De Gournay! This post makes me weak.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wedding Wednesday (I made that up)

Y'all, something pretty exciting happened while we were on vacation.


Soo since weddings will be on the brain for the foreseeable future, I decided to do something really unique in the blog world and blog about wedding things on ... wait for it ... Wednesdays!! I know, no one has ever done that before.
So, my friends, please indulge me as I share pretty wedding stuff.  I get so many ideas for decor and entertaining from many of the weddings and vendors I browse.  There is just so much opportunity for pretty things to happen when it comes to a happy moment like a wedding.  (there's also some opportunity for crazy ifyouknowwhatimean)
 
I'm so happy to be experiencing a new surge in weddings.  Now that I have kids, I really look forward to the chance to dress up and dance in celebration of two people starting a life together.  It reminds me how blessed I am.  My wedding day was the start of a million best days of my life, and if you ask anyone who attended, it was a pretty awesome day.  It was just magical.  But then again, finding your soul mate is a huge deal and worth the celebration.
 
I know I've shared them before, but I thought I'd share them one last time in honor of our five year anniversary.  
 









The engaged one!!

















M-I-Z

The Spannaus Signature Wedding move - take the photographer aside at the end of the night and take ridiculous pictures!




 
 
The best thing.
 
* Photography by Larry Sengbush

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mark D. Sikes in Veranda

I would be remiss if I did not share Mark Sikes' latest spread in Veranda.  His home is just so lovely.  It would behoove the glossies to revisit it often.  I will always, always buy a copy for my archives when his work is in it.  I have that much faith in my love for his work that I can say that. 










I have to admit, I semi-freaked when I saw that the dining room no longer had the Gracie panels. That was until I saw he had moved them to the bedroom.  Then I marched myself over to Edward's time-out chair and put 5 minute on the oven-timer for even questioning such a move.  It's hard to pick favorites, but both bedrooms really do it for me.  It's good to wake up in pretty.

Read more about the rooms here.  (Or better yet, go pick up this issue of Veranda.  It's REALLY good.)