Thursday, October 25, 2012

Late nights

 Our older boys, two and almost five, have been sharing a room for over a year now. Everything started out pretty good. However, over the past six months they have been awful at bedtime! We let them have books, a nightlight and they can talk all they want as long as they do it quietly and stay in their beds. That didn't last long. They jumped on their beds, climbed up on and walked across the dresser between their beds to get to each other, stripped all the sheets and blankets off of their beds and threw them out in the hallway and any other naughty thing a young boy could come up with. They wouldn't stop coming out of their room so we  put up a baby gate in the doorway. Once they figured out how to climb over it we had to double up on them, thankfully they never climbed it, but all that it solved was keeping them in the room. It's steadily gotten worse and worse and Stanley and I were spending almost two hours every evening getting them to go to sleep. That meant the only time that we had with each other was spent in frustration. I had had enough.  We considered splitting them up and moving Jude downstairs but I knew he wouldn't sleep down there by himself. We had also talked about getting bunk beds, then at least they wouldn't be looking right at each other.  One day when Stanley was at work last week (after an especially late night), I moved the crib from the nursery into Jude's room and moved Phins bed into the nursery. The first day was a little rough, Phin is so used to sleeping with Jude and he was upset. One week later though bed time is bliss! We still have some nights that are a little rough but now we're looking at thirty minutes at the most and not two hours. Most importantly Stanley and I have our evenings back and I can't tell you how nice that is. This set up is only temporary though because Isaac is still in our room in the bassinet. Once he moves into the crib we'll have to see how things go. The boys may get moved downstairs at that point, who knows. For now I'm just happy that bedtime no longer makes me want to pull my hair out!

Anyone else have any problems like this??

PS- Anyone know if this is real La Fiorentina? It sure looks and feels like the real thing but I'm not sure of the colorway!? I ran into Ross a few weeks ago to return something and found a pair of these pillows for the exact amount of my return ($9.99 a pillow!). 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

True Blue

true blue for you

true blue for your home

true blue for your home 2


'Lovers of blue have a deep need to find inner peace and truth, to live their life according to their ideals and beliefs without having to change their inflexible viewpoint of life to satisfy others.'

(from here)

Monday, October 15, 2012


CL chair

Hop on over to My best friend Craig and check out my post in the Craigslist Monday series that includes some before and after lovelies. Thanks for having me Charmaine! Also thanks to Surface View who featured my canvas and living room on their Facebook page this week. Thanks for the love guys!!

Have a great Monday wherever you are!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Eclectic Dinette


Happy Friday! The hubs has been off since Sunday and it has been SOOOO nice!! We are thoroughly enjoying this time together with the boys and we'll all be sad when Daddy has to go back to work. I've been thinking a lot about our dining area and my plans for it and the kitchen. I recently found a vintage settee on Craigslist for my Aunt to use for photo shoots. When she's done using it I'm planning on buying it back from her to use instead of building a banquette. We have a crazy faux rock wall that will cost a lot to replace and since we'll have such a small budget for this project it will probably have to stay. I mean what would you rather spend money on? The kitchen....counter tops and appliances or removing a 'feature' wall? Yeah, definitely the kitchen, I can live with the faux rock. The plan is to reupholster the settee in some kid friendly outdoor fabric-have a good source for me?? I'm thinking a crazy print is in order or some stripes like the above settee. 

I love this space by Caitlin Wilson too!! I've always wanted a chalkboard wall somewhere, maybe in the kitchen?

We'll see though, you know how I change my mind!

Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cozy bedroom

cozy bedroom

Well the living room carpet is out! The area rug is being bound and will be done tomorrow morning. So looking forward to getting our house back together. This moodboard is all I got for you today, pictures of the living room tomorrow!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Happy Thursday!

chic living

Well, I can hardly believe it but the hubs is taking a whole week off! The last time that he took vacation time was when Isaac was born. He stayed home with the boys for 10 days pretty much by himself while I was in the hospital with Isaac...nice vacation huh!? The day after Isaac came home from the hospital he went back to work and hasn't stopped since. He gets super busy at work through the holidays so it's now or never. Definitely looking forward to some family time! We do have quite a few things to do around the house though. The garage needs cleaning...again. Am I the only one who is REALLY unorganized when it comes to my kids clothes? We need to go through the 592 storage totes of clothes for the boys and reorganize them according to size. Stuff always seems to migrate to different boxes! Our boys grow so fast that I need to have a good system in place for keeping their next size clothes handy. Isaac is already into 9 month clothes and I only have up to 6 month stuff out.

 Anyway that's the boring chore we get to do next week. Tonight, however the nasty carpet in the living room is coming out. Yay! As of right now all of the living room furniture is piled into the dining's a wreck. Kind of wishing my living room looked like the one above. It's a ton of work but it'll be so worth it! I'm also planning a little drapery switcheroo in there. I'll post pics next week.......or maybe I'll take the week off too.

Enjoy the weekend!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ptolemy Mann

Have you heard of her yet?

She is a very talented textile artist from the UK, who produces stunning hand dyed woven textile art and fabrics. Check out her portfolio.

That beautiful curtain panel below (featured in this months Living etc. magazine) was made from her Multi Vortex fabric, (which you can buy here, along with the pillows below.)

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

images via pinterest, and here

Definitely one to watch!

Monday, October 1, 2012

This week....

I should receive this canvas, my pick from the Surface View giveaway I won.

Can't wait!